Last week Google had supplied few of its clients with Google Adwords Promotional Codes to help its customers get up and running with their Adwords Campaign. This Promo code would entitle you to get $50 worth Google Adwords. The only catch here is that the account using this Promo code needs to be less than 14 days old.

This Google AdWords promo code expires on 30th June 2009.

The promotional code is 5DAD-HQSS-UGAN-NXQA-2SA

In order to redeem this Adwords voucher, you need to goto the “Billing” section in your Google Adwords account and enter the promo code provided above.

P.S Your account needs to be either new one or not more than 14 days old.

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One of the most unused feature of Apple Mac OS X is the application for internet sharing that is found in System Preferences -> Sharing -> Internet Sharing.  This is easy to set up, doing so would allow you to share wireless wifi connection to be shared with the other systems in your vicinity. This allows you to change your Apple Mac into a wireless internet hub. This is a step by step guide to set up your Mac’s internet connection to get XBOX 360 online without buying your wireless adapter.

The initial step is to get familiar with the Internet Sharing application provided by Mac. As described above, navigate to Internet Sharing(option listed on the left).  Once you are on the Option page of Internet Sharing, you need to know what you exactly want to do before you proceed to turning it on. As you can see at this point, you need to pick where you want the shared connection to originate and where you are going to get the output. If you are planning to convert your Mac into a wireless internet hub, you would select

Share your connection from: Ethernet

To computer using: Airport

You can play around with any of the configurations here, like changing it from Bluetooth to Airport, Ethernet to Ethernet, etc. To enable this service, you need to check the internet sharing options checkbox in the left. Doing so, you can turn your Mac into a wireless internet hub. This works great when you are roaming and you just find a Ethernet plug but you’ve couple of laptops to connect. You can at this point create an internet hub for everyone to connect to.

One of the recently found feature that I like is using the Airport connection of my Macbook with my XBOX using an Ethernet connection. I’ve been doing this for a couple of times now, and this has saved me S$ 130 if I had to get myself a wireless adapter for my XBOX 360. Here is a step by step tutorial on sharing your internet connection using your Mac to get XBOX 360 online:

1. Enable internet sharing as shown above, in System Preferences of your Mac.  Select the sharing from Airport to Ethernet option.

2. Using an Ethernet cable connect your Macbook to your 360.

3. Goto Applications > Utilities, and open Terminal application on your Mac.

4. Type “ifconfig eno” in the terminal.

5. Look for a line that shows “inet XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX” in the screen of the terminal. Make a note of this number. In my case it was 210.172.51.1

6. Get the IP Address of your wireless internet router from System Preferences -> Network -> Select Airport -> Advanced -> TCP/IP Tab -> Router.  Note this number also. In my case it was 168.23.1.1

7. Go to the menu of the Network Settings once you start your XBOX 360. Now, you would have to fill in some numbers.

8. Enter the inet number you noted from your terminal screen against the IP Address, but note that you need to add 1 to the last digit. For instance, mine would be 210.172.51.2

9. Enter 255.255.255.0 against Subnet.

10. Enter the inet number against Router/Gateway.  Mine was 210.172.51.1

11. Enter the IP of your router against DNS (both primary and secondary).  Mine was 168.23.1.1

12. Leave PPPoE and advanced settings blank (default was off and automatic).

13. Test the connection and enjoy having a shared wireless internet connection to your Xbox 360 from your Apple Macbook.

If you need any assistance with configuration, please leave a comment to this and I’ll get back to you.


Social networking is great for keeping in touch of your friends, but what about all the time you sink into it? The effort you put into social networks can consume your day faster than you can pick friends on Facebook. Here are 5 methods to keep your life less complicated.

Digsby is an excellent aggregating tool for all your online social life, wrapping social networking, Instant messaging and e-main into one small package. The internet application integrates AIM, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and lots more, everything in just a single application on your system tray. It has always been exciting to see someone writing comments on your MySpace or Facebook wall, but what if you are at work and a huge list of e-mail notifications from these social networks can be a huge time sucker.

NutshellMail consolidates all the messages from the social networks, likes of Twitter, Facebook and secondary e-mail accounts into a single periodic digests.

Apart from managing your profile information, Ping.fm(you need to register) is all about managing your status. All you need to do is set-up this service once. A single update at Ping.fm would automatically updates a new status on all your social networks configured. Ping.fm supports more than 30+ social networks, that would save lot of time.

Interested in tracking your room mates, college mates or perhaps your loved ones? Pipl, a search engine for people that scans the Web to find even last fingerprint that the person you’re looking for has ever left online; from blog posts to photos to address, every possible information it can uproot. Pipl also supports reverse people search using the user name, e-mail address and mobile numbers.

If you’re addicted to the popular micro-blogging and social networking service Twitter, you’ve probably would want to go beyond using Twitter’s Web interface to write and track the tweets. TweetDeck is a free download that puts Twitter on steroids, letting you easily group your friends, track particular search terms, shrink URL’s using bit.ly, and many more, all from one centralized desktop window.


There are a number of use-cases for which you would want to browse a mobile-optimized website on your PC. When you visit the mobile website on your PC’s web browser, the website displays the full content much to your dismay. However, when you visit the browser on a mobile, it displays a perfectly mobile optimized page.

Click here to read more.


Here’s a cool analysis of the ICICI mobile banking application. It’s a long post, but a good read.

Go here to read it.


This is a world of uncertainties and no one can guess what may happen the next moment. To be frank you should not thing that is a way of looking things from a negative point of view. This is a step for being cautious. For instance you might have put in a good part of your savings and bought your dream car. It is also very important to get a car insurance as it will help you get a cover and get reimbursements in case some unforeseen things happen. If you are looking to get a cheap car insurance then Maczoop is he perfect destination for you. The site helps you to get various quotes, compare and contrast and then choose the best one which will fit in your requirements. They have also got some valuable information and tips on auto insurance and this will be very helpful when you are going to take one. Get things insured and stay secure!


The Fig Rig is nice accessory for budding short film makers. The Rig is designed to provide stability while using a handheld camera. If you’ve seenFig-Rig the continuous 90 minute takes in Figgis’s Timecode you know what prompted him to come up with this contraption. The Rig is pretty costly around $300-$400. But DIVXUSER has the right tutorial for you to make your own FigRig

The basic idea is clever since it allows one-handed operation for low angles like skateboarding or many two-handed tricks like swoops, quick pivots, dutch angles, “steadycam” follow shots, upside-down transitions, and whatever crazy stuff you can imagine.
You can attach lights, a mic, zoom/focus controller (vital!), and other things.

He used an old steering wheel, a piece of aluminum plate and a wooden dowel. It isn’t that pretty to look at, but it definitely didn’t cost him $300 and it works pretty well too. Notice how this one has the full handle under the plate like the original FigRig prototype. It allows for stability and extra control of the rig. Now, you don’t always have to put you hands on the sides.

DIY FigRig


hi!!, came across this site called Linux from Scratch, that teaches you to build your own, customised linux from the source code. The site is very interesting and would be very useful for adventerous guys (he he).

Also check the linux documentation project. The site has also documented the linux kernel.


I have heard lot of people complaining that their new site still doesnt show up in the major search engines even after weeks. Now here is a neat way on how to get the search engines to crawl your web-site as soon as your site is up online. Submit your page to the following three Search Engines.

Google‘s Add URL page

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Yahoo!‘s Free Add URL page
(Note: You need to have a registered Yahoo! account to submit here. Both AltaVista and All The Web are now fed by Yahoo!’s new engine.)

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MSN‘s Add URL page
The crawler of MSN is very impressive, your site shows up in a few days. But if you want to hurry it up… go ahead.


Free DIY eBook

26May08

Project Gutenberg offers 2 free ebooks for the geek in you. “Things to Make” – by Archibald Williams and “The Boy Mechanic: Volume 1” – by popular Mechnics.

boymech thingsmake

Both books provide many interesting projects including carpentry, fitting, machinery, planes, gliders, steam engines and a lot more with neat explaination and diagrams/sketchs to help you. They introduce you to a lot of hacks and mods in day to day life. Though the books were published in the 1910s and 1920s, it still makes for an interesting read. And mods will be mods, thats something that the book will make you realize.

The site offers you PDF, text as well as DOC format. Two of the best books you can download for free, for your holiday projects.

Things to Make

The Boy Mechanic