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Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 10:12
Managing users in Jira is one of the most important thing that you will have to do. This is especially useful when you have to pay for the license and at the same time you may want to perform health check based on usage of the the tool. You will find videos and scripts related to user management here.
Friday, January 7, 2022 - 17:28
Jira Cloud Google Mail
Today I was configuring Jira Service Manager project of Sparxsys where I wanted to create a dedicated project for people/organistions who want to reach out to us for general enquires related to our services. So this is the portal which is now live. All good so far but I also have an email info at sparxsys dot com which I have always and I also have created support at sparxsys dot com dedicated for our support channel. Now I want to configure support at sparxsys dot com with my support project so I used the in built connector. Follow these steps. Go to Project | Project settings | Email requests | Connect a custom email account and click on Google. You will be presented with a screen to authenticate your Google account and give permission to Jira Cloud. This is the tricky part. There…
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - 09:47
Mail tester score
I use Google Suite or whatever it is called these days (Google Enterprise or Google Workspace?) for my company's email. Although I would love to setup my own mail server but setting up an email server is a pain and too much hassle. May be in future. I have this Google Suite legacy free 10 user account so I don't pay for it, too be honest Google mail or Gmail is actually quite good. To create an account for someone is simple and they are up and running in minutes. I am sure in 2022 there is an Open Source email solution with these features, I need to explore. Getting back to the point. Why am I worrying about my email going to spam? I moved my sites from webfaction and dreamhost to my own VPS. So I don't use these shared hosting providers anything. I was very happy with their services…
Monday, January 3, 2022 - 08:20
Expert Talk
There are lot of passionate people out there doing wonderful job of sharing there knowledge by making tutorial videos, writing blogs or even helping others on the community. In 2019 I started #ExpertTalks when I asked my good friend to be the first guest on channel and share his wisdom on Cloud computing, but then since 2020 there was a long lockdown here in UK and I was also a bit occupied with work, but I thought I don't have to do this ExpertTalk face to face and I resumed this series online. It makes sense to do it online but whenever possible I will surely do this in person. In the last couple of months I was able to find time and have done few of those sessions again. I don't want to restrict myself to experts in Atlassian ecosystem but I definitely want to focus first on people…
Monday, December 20, 2021 - 13:35
Upgraded to Drupal 9.3.0
Today I upgraded my production site ravisagar.in to the latest recommended Drupal 9.3.0, the site was running on 8.8.2 which was not too far behind but I wanted to not only upgrade my site to 9 but also want to add more features. The current sparxsys.com website is on version 8.6.3 which is a bit old but instead of upgrading it to Drupal 9 I have now other plans. Well this site has all the videos, blog posts and twitter syndications. It is an integral part of what I do personally and also at Sparxsys so I have decided to move sparxsys.com website to the same codebase. However instead of running both the sites on multisite configuration I will have the same database and shared content. This can be achieved using domain access module in Drupal which is something I did for a client in the…
Friday, December 10, 2021 - 12:47
Running a company is not easy, a lot goes into making a company successful. For me it is not new. I was running a company in India and now I just have to repeat those things here in UK. There are so many thing that I need to do, I can think of the following immediate tasks. Updating company website, it needs a bit of revamp and Drupal upgrade. I need to mention all the services that we want to offer. Make sure I spent regular time in app development. I already have 2 server apps but those needs an update and we need to work on their cloud equivalent. Create regular video courses on YouTube. Ensure all the company documentation, templates etc. are up to date with UK operations. Need to find an accountancy service here in UK. Need to promote Sparxsys services in India. Finally I…
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 18:38
A simple shell script that I use to find a random image from a directory and change the wallpaper. #! /bin/bash   files=(~/pics/wallpaper/*)   randomfile=$(printf "%s\n" "${files[RANDOM % ${#files[@]}]}") echo $randomfile   xwallpaper --stretch $randomfile Enjoy.
Sunday, July 11, 2021 - 09:42
I have an action camera which I use sometimes to record my rides or walks. It creates multiple MOV files of size 4GB. So to make a video using those big files takes lot of time, however all I really need to do is concatenate them, remove audio and then merge it with another big mp3 file. All the ffmpeg commands are below. Enjoy. While concatenating multiple videos remove audio usingffmpeg -safe 0 -f concat -i file.txt -vcodec copy -an output.MOV Create file.txt for the concatenate to workfor f in *.mp3 ; do echo "file '${f}'" >> file.txt; done; Concatenate audio filesffmpeg -safe 0 -f concat -i file.txt -acodec copy all.mp3 Merge video with audio and keeping the shortest duration (from video)ffmpeg -i output.MOV -i ~/Documents/sounds_youtube/tmp/all.mp3 -map 0:v -map 1:a -filter:a "…
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 21:51
So I just edited this video using #kdenlive and it didn't take me long to figure out basic things. In this videos I did the following things or you can say I learned the following. How to use proxy videos? It is a simple setting in the configuration. How to import video clips from local drive? There is an option to import. Simple. Cut the clip: Use Shift + R where you have the timeline. Remove spaces: There is an option in the timeline. You can remove one space or all the spaces. I learnt how to export or render the clip. It is simple option in he menu. I learnt how to change the audio level of a clip. I learnt how to fade in, fade out and dissolve both audio and video. I learnt how to insert a title. So overall I think I spent 20m to do all that. I do have lot of experience…
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 17:00
Vaccination
I got a chance to watch the #AtlassianTeam21 #Keynote video from Mike Cannon-Brookes and I made my notes not because I have to clear an exam but I think it is always good to know what the plan is moving forward. Personally I don't really worry too much about the latest announcements from Atlassian. It is always good to know what is going to happen in near future, but I can wait and usually if you are like me - totally invested in Atlassian tools for living then I am sure you already know lot of it. I watched the video and I thought I will share my notes with all of you so you can also learn about the direction Atlassian is taking. The keynote started with of course the situation since last year and how companies used Atlassian tools to collaborate together. The COVID vaccination was…

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