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Saturday, April 3, 2021 - 18:27
#UpdateDrupal
I enjoying updating #Drupal far more than #Jira :) Feeling relieved now. Last time I upgraded my site was in September 2020, it has been 6 months and I was hoping to update in January but never really got enough time. These are my notes that I always follow, but for Drupal 8.8.12 version there are slight changes that are mentioned on this page. For updating I used this command. composer update drupal/core "drupal/core-*" --with-all-dependencies Instead of this. composer update drupal/core-recommended --with-dependencies Finally on staging and live I used this command. composer install --no-dev Instead of this. composer install I usually do these updates on weekend and of course I follow standard dev > staging > live workflow. However I run my production site from dev branch which…
Saturday, April 3, 2021 - 09:33
#RSSFeed
I am very proud of myself that I have successfully reduced my social media dependency. It started around September 2020 when something happened to me, not sure if it was an enlightenment or I was just fed up. I hardly use Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter anymore. I didn't want to quit these platforms, may be I will in future but I decided to not add/share/comment even a single thing on these platforms. I have been maintaining this site and few other blogs for close to 20 years now and that's what I will continue to do.  The reason I am writing this blog is because I wanted to share how I follow other people I want to follow. RSS feed: I still use RSS feed to get updates from limited sites. I do that on this site using the Indieweb Drupal module. This also includes twitter feed from some…
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 10:31
Indian passport renewal London
I renewed (re-issue) my daughter's Indian passport recently and I thought may be I will share my experience so it can help you in case you are doing the same thing. This is of course applicable for Indian nationals living in UK. Check the process and documents required: VFS Global Book appointment: High Commission of India  Tips to book appointment Due to COVID there were not many appointment in VFS Hounslow and London and that was my main concern but I was checking the appointments multiple times a day, I also checked it from my mobile and I got lucky one Saturday morning when I saw appointments for the following week. I booked immediately. I kept the application number handy because the appointment are filled up quickly and you won't get second chance if you wait too long. I chose…
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 14:35
If you want to learn Jira then first figure out want exactly you want to learn. Do you want to learn Jira to use it or to administer it? In both the cases ask your self do you have previous experience in another tool or are you a total beginner? In my opinion there is no definite answer to this question. Depending upon your previous experience I think usually it take couple of days to learn Jira, especially if you go through a training course. I have trained thousands of people to become Jira Administrator. Most of the training sessions I did were for corporate clients who want to train their employee to not only learn how to use Jira but also equip them to administer Jira. Also when clients moved from legacy tool to Jira they had to train their developers, manager and administrators to…
Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 20:24
Lot of people have learned Jira while at home during the lockdown. London and I think most of UK is still in lockdown, hopefully it will be relaxed in coming weeks but what I wanted to share is that use the time wisely. I know we all are missing meeting our friends and drinking with friends but we have to find ways to get the most out of this situation. Staying at home is for this long has been annoying but we have so much time we can used to learn a new skill. That new skill can open doors and give you more opportunities. Learning Jira is one such thing you can do. Lockdown for me was not to bad, for instance I have been learning Node.js for the past few months, this is along with my usual videos and other courses that I have making. My content is free and I have intentions to keep it…
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 16:37
There were few questions on the community related to using smart values for fetching change history of an issue. It is much easier to use ScriptRunner for Jira Cloud but there is something that can be done using Automation as well. I would prefer using ScriptRunner as writing a groovy script is easier, a bit more readable and can handle complex cases. In both cases you need this end point. JIRAURL/rest/api/3/issue/{{issue.key}}?expand=changelog Let us say you want to do it using Automation rules, then when you call this end point. You will get a response JSON back in a smart value which you can access like this. {{webhookResponse.body.changelog.histories}} Now if you log this smart value you will get the json of the histories part of all the change histories. Now you can…
Sunday, January 17, 2021 - 13:11
RAM
We all have different computing needs like browsing the web, editing documents, development, running our own home server or editing movies but for me personally I never really felt the need to have more than 8GB of RAM or processor beyond i5 earlier generation, that means my computing needs haven't really changed much in the past decade. I recently made a video about my computers where I talked about when I buy a computer I look for mainly 2 things - how easily can I upgrade it and how easily can I replace it. I own few computers, almost all of them are around 10+ years old and honestly they all work fine for my computing needs even in 2021. Do you know how much RAM you need?Choose the right operating system and identify your computing needs I don't do video editing and I don't run…
Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 13:39
Sunil Grover
I have a thing for movies set in Delhi, because that's my city and whenever I see a movie or series set in Delhi I get excited. I grew up watching movies and shows set in Mumbai so I guess whenever I see a glimpse of my city I feel good. I found some old movies set completely in Delhi and I will write about them as well. Last year I started watching lot movies and online series to do something different from you know work. I think I am spending way too much time on computer these days because we are not traveling anywhere and we are not allowed to meet friends as well so I guess it is ok. Today let us talk about Tandav the new web series on Amazon Prime. I think overall it was very much watchable, the story and everything else was ok but because it is set in Delhi so I have a reason to…
Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 08:08
Sunset Lawrence Road
Drupal was released 20 years ago by @dries on 15th January 2001. In this blog I want to share how it changed my life. So make yourself a tea, coffee or get beer and enjoy :) Special thanks to @mirnazim as well. The year was 2007 Vinod and I were maintaining an online community of thousands of users on Orkut but, after 4 years running that community we realised that we need our own website.  So I bought a thick PHP & MySQL book and started making a student community site for IP University in Delhi. It was Vinod's idea to build a site with features like online forums, college information, previous year papers, helping students with admission and other issues related to education. In case you don't know IP University is probably Delhi biggest university and they have lot of private and…
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 04:25
Connaught Place Zebra Crossing
Ab Ayega Mazaa is one movie that you will enjoy watching on a lazy Sunday afternoon with family. If you remember the life in Delhi during 80s then I don't see any reason why you wouldn't like this movie. I have a soft corner for movies shot or based in Delhi and today I want to talk about this movie which I don't remember when I watched it first time. I think it was in early 2000s when I saw this movie on a DVD that I purchased, yes that was a thing 20 years ago, not anymore, the CD/DVD era didn't last for long. There is something about this movie that makes me very nostalgic about life in Delhi in 80s, I remember lot of things like wide roads, old DTC buses and just few flyovers. I think the Delhi nostalgia was one of the main thing that I like about this movie but apart from that I…

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