Change Google Apps – GMail Logo

In Google Apps hosted GMail, when using themes, GMail logo is not changed. If your organization logo is not transparent then it will be distracting for some themes.

I am using Fluid app for GMail and since it supports Userscripts, you can use following userscript.

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Jetty Remote Debugging using IntelliJ IDEA

Recently wanted to remotely debug Jetty instance, which was using mvn jetty:run.

Using following MAVEN_OPTS worked for me –

$ export MAVEN_OPTS=”-Xms256m -Xmx512m -agentlib:jdwp=transport=dt_socket,address=7848,server=y,suspend=n”

After setting above executed –

mvn jetty:run

Then configured IDEA Remote Server by connecting to server on above configured port 7848


Speed Up SSH Connections

If you are working with a remote server using SSH, which requires frequent connections you might have noticed how it takes a lot of time to establish a connection. You also have to enter password every time you connect.

You can speed up this processes by configuring ssh to reuse connection to the same server if its has a connection already established.

This is a feature of OpenSSH, which I have tested on Snow Leopard and Ubuntu.

As per manual,

Enables the sharing of multiple sessions over a single network connection. When set to “yes”, ssh(1) will listen for connections on a control socket specified using the ControlPath argument. Additional sessions can connect to this socket using the same ControlPath with ControlMaster set to “no” (the default). These sessions will try to reuse the master instance’s network connection rather than initiating new ones, but will fall back to connecting normally if the control socket does not exist, or is not listening.

In order to configure, create or edit ~/.ssh/config file and add following lines –

Host *
ControlMaster auto
ControlPath /tmp/%r@%h:%p

In order to test above, you can use -v while using ssh command. This will print debug information message while establishing a connection. While using ControlMaster you will notice that the there are lesser messages.

debug1: auto-mux: Trying existing master

If you don’t want to reuse existing connection you can use ssh with -S none which will create a new connection.


YouMint AdMail Spam [Resolved]


I am really frustrated at for sending me YouMint AdMail..and tired for setting up GMail filters to move them to trash.

This all started when someone by name of “Shivprasadrahoriya Prajapat” used my email address for registering with YouMint. Below is that email.

From: “”
Date: 1 December 2009 12:21:01 PM GMT+05:30
Subject: Important message: YouMint Registration Confirmation + Sign-on Gift.

Hello Shivprasadrahoriya Prajapat,

Welcome to YouMint! You have just joined an elite community of people who care about their society and want to make a real difference.

Click on this link now to activate your account and receive your SIGN-ON GIFT:

Every advert that is sent to you generates money and you can choose to keep it all to yourself OR donate it to charity in full or part. You can choose the charity and the cause you want to support!

Members have generated over Rs. 1 Crore and there are over 30 lakh members who are part of this elite club.

WE THANK YOU and as a small gesture from us, please use YouMint to send sms at no cost to you.

Remember, a small gesture by everyone on YouMint will make a big difference. Invite your friends to this revolution and empower them to make a difference too! Their interactions will contribute towards your earnings as well.

Thanks once again for choosing to be a part of this revolution.


Team YouMint

———– Disclaimer————–
Received this in error? Forward this email to to delete your record.

Notice that there is a email verification link, which I never clicked. So the account shouldn’t be active.

Alright, I had sent following mail to

I have not registered. Please don’t send me any mail.

I got following reply,

Hi Shiv,

We would like to inform you that YouMint is a site of real people and it sends permission based e-mails to its registered users only.

It seems you have forgotten creating an account at As per our records your account has been registered with on 1st Dec, 09 with the username “shivprasadra”. Hence, the mails received by you from YouMint are not “Spam mails”. These mails are “AD Mails”, which are permission based promo mails.

However, if you still wish to unsubscribe, you will need to send a request mail to from the e-mail id which you used at the time of registering with YouMint along with the following details: your username and mobile number.


You Wrote :

I have not registered. Please don’t send me any mail.

From the reply mail it seems they didn’t understood my mail. Also interestingly they have provided email address where I can send mail to unsubscribe.

Following was my reply to both and,


Thanks for the mail. But someone else used my email id to register
with youmint… and I am getting these mails. You should verify the
email address of the user to check it belongs to him before allowing
him to proceed with account creation.

Can you please either don’t associate my email id with “shivprasadra”
or delete the account?


Hoping to get “you have been unsubscribed” sort of mail, following landed in my mailbox,

Hi Shiv,

To assist you with your query, we have suspended your account to avoid any further communication.

However, in case you wish to permanently delete your account then you’ll need to provide us with your registered mobile number to enable us to take the necessary step and do the needful.

I don’t know what suspended stands for in dictionary, but I am still getting YouMint AdMail… The irony is that they are asking mobile number which was used for registration for permanently deleting account…. so dear Mr Shivprasadrahoriya Prajapat can you provide me your mobile number so that I won’t be spammed with YouMint mails..

Update [10-Dec-2009]: Today I received following email from YouMint…

Hi Shivprasadra! As per request your Youmint a/c with user name Shivprasadra has been deleted.Please be informed that you have lost the entire network and the account earning (if any), which can not be retrieved again.


Thanks a lot…


Successful Installation of Snow Leopard on Dell D630

(Disclaimer: The following instructions/attachments potentially violates Apple’s End User License Agreement for Mac OS X. Please ensure you own a copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard if you wish to follow the procedure.)

Thanks mialemat for excellent guide.

Visitors please refer


Project Soap Bubbles Liquid

I was trying to make liquid soap bubble solution for my 4 years old daughter for last few days… tried lotz of options Liquid Soap, Shampoo, etc…nothing was able to create good bubbles…finally was able to make it work…

Below is the what you will need –

1: Vim Drop Dishwash Gel – Any neighborhood Kirana store would have it…
2: Glycerin – Medical Store…

Use Glycerin as 1:5 ratio w.r.t. Dishwash…

You can even create different shapes like star etc.. using cloth hangers…. 🙂

Happy Bubbles….


ASP.Net Custom TreeView and TreeNode .. InvalidCastException

I had to create custom TreeView and TreeNode, and weirdly getting Invalid Cast Exception while I was iterating Nodes and while casting them to my custom TreeNode…. It seems you have to override CreateNode method in your custom TreeView class and return your TreeNode instance from it….


Introducing @pune_pulse and @pune_marathi

About Twitter –

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers.

There are two accounts on Twitter related to Pune.

1: pune_pulse – Information and news about Pune fetched from various sources. A short title and a link to original source.

2: pune_marathi – पुण्याबद्दल ताज़ी माहिती. Information and news about Pune in Marathi.


Online SBI and Usability

I had recently applied for Online SBI, and surprisingly I was handed the pre-printed internet banking user id and password instantly.

Quite happy, I tried to login after few days on, guess what…. it didn’t allowed me login showing “Invalid username or password.”

There is a link on login page “Trouble Logging In” which is nothing but a form mailer. The reason for this blog post is this “Trouble Logging In”

It asks for all the details in 6-7 fields like account number,email etc… after submitting the request, it threw me below error…

Where is all the data that I have entered….????


I do not understand, when will the people like those at Online SBI understand the user experience…


Ubuntu – Extract Archive on Open or Double Click

In Mac OS X, when you double-click a ZIP file its contents are extracted. I wanted similar functionality in Ubuntu. You can use file-roller utility to extract files to the destination folder name as zip file name.

You can set above as a default action, by viewing the property of any zip file in Nautilus and selecting file-roller with -h as command line option.

Zip Prop

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