The new Bangalore International airport started operating from today and seems to have already handled around 341 flights.
I tried to check on the official website to know more about the launch day only to find the website down ! I tried accessing the site contents via Google cache; even that seemed to lead to pages with errors.
The site was well designed and optimized for search engine queries. However looks like the IT team overlooked the bandwidth requirements and visitors seeking information have to end up seeing the above screen !
The web server seems to be in Texas and hosted by Theplanet.com Internet Services Inc.
HTC Touch Diamond was unveiled in London 2 weeks back and even India is part of the global launch of the handset.
As with the case of HTC Touch, HTC Diamond will also be available via Bharti Airtel, which means that the device will be locked onto Airtel Network.
I am confident that the intelligent folks at XDA will come up with an unlock mechanism for HTC Diamond as they did for HTC Touch.
The specifications of HTC Diamond looks way better than HTC Touch. It has a much faster processor, more memory and a better camera. Its 3G enabled and also has GPS. The new 3D TouchFlo also looks good.
There is also a custom YouTube Application, however I am not sure if the video experience is same as in iPhone.
2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution
Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
Europe/Asia: 900/1800/1900 MHz
(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)
GPS and A-GPS ready
Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera
Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio with RDS Ring tone supported formats:
MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB
40 polyphonic and Standard MIDI format 0 and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI
Official HTC Touch Diamond Video
The phone is being priced at 27500 INR (670$) which in my opinion is way too high. Hopefully the price will come down over the period of time in which case it will be a worthy alternative to HTC Touch.
Note that these schedule are subject to change and for more accurate information you should/could always call up 1800 425 4425
BIAL website also has added a new feature via which you can view the live flight arrival and departure information.
Following is the list of current transport options available. You can either travel by bus, use the Airport Taxi Service or drive by yourselves.
Airport Shuttle Service
There are around 40 Volvo AC buses which will shuttle between the city and the airport. The following table has more information on the pick-up/drop-off points. The following areas are covered as of now
Jeevan Bhima Nagar
HAL (Old Airport)
JP Nagar 6th Phase
Kempegowda Bus Stand
Note: Once you know the route taken by these buses, you can catch the bus at any place on the route.
The following transport map seems to show 2 more locations not mentioned in the above table.
For more information on the areas covered, you can always call up these numbers.
BMTC Control Room: Telephone No: 22952522/22952422
BMTC, Kempegowda Bus Stand: Telephone No: 22952311/22952314
BMTC, Shivajinagar Bus Stand: Telephone No: 22952321/22952324
For those who are familiar with Bangalore, the following image might help in choosing the shortest road to the airport
Airport Taxi Service
Meru and Easy Cabs are the official taxi operators at the airport. The cars supposedly have a GPS and are also air conditioned. They are also are equipped with a credit card machine and at a charge of 15 INR/km this is definitely required 🙂
You can also book these taxis over phone; the facility however is available only if you are going towards the airport.
Easy Cabs - 43434343
Meru Cabs - 44224422
Limo and Car Rental
You can also rent premium cars from Hertz or Akbar Travels. Apart from the regular chauffeured cars, passengers can also avail self-driven cars at the airport.
There will be three ranges of self drive cars- the compact category (Suzuki Swift), the intermediate range – (Ford Fiesta), the standard category- (Toyota corolla), Multi Utility Vehicles (Toyota Innova) and Sports Utility Vehicles (Ford Endeavour)
AirLift is another car rental service which is currently charging 300 INR for a pickup/drop from any place in Bangalore. I checked on the official Website of Airlift and it looks like they are covering only south and east Bangalore as of now.
However at 300 INR, a drive in Toyota Innvoa with personal entertainment is a steal. I haven’t had the opportunity to use AirLift and hence can’t give a feedback on their service, if anyone has used Airlift, please feel free to give your feedback on the same.
If you intend to use Airlift, note that they are available at P-3 parking at BIA’s arriving terminal.
You can contact Airlift using the following details:
RedBus, the online bus ticket booking service has introduced BMTC Bus booking for Bangalore International Airport.
You can book using RedBus irrespective of whether you are traveling to or from the International Airport.
RedBus allows you to book the Volvo buses on all the routes mentioned above and they even let you pick your seats.
(Note: The available seats have a checkbox which when checked appears in the “Chose Seats” text field)
The Airport’s car park can accommodate 2000 cars. The system used for the parking management is fully automated, efficient and transparent and is provided by SKIDATA™
Car parking fees have been priced at Rs.40/- for two hours and Rs.20/- for every additional hour in the general parking area. For overnight parking, Rs. 300 will be charged for the first 24 hours and Rs. 200 for every additional day.
At my workplace I somehow managed to eat up almost all of the 40GB on the primary partition and I had no clue as to what directory/file was eating up the space.
As usual, Windows XP has no inbuilt tools to accomplish the simple task of finding the culprit directories/files.
In my earlier post, I had mentioned about some of the tools which could help in a similar situation. Some of the tools that I mentioned on that post are no longer supported and hence I had to “google” to find the right tool for the cleanup task.
WinDirStat was one of the useful tool that I found ! Its a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows.
The tool can either scan all your disk drives or the individual drives or even specific folders. The entire directory tree is read and the information is displayed in 3 views:
As a Directory list which is sorted by file/subtree size as shown below
As a treemap view which represents each file as a colored rectangle, the area of which is proportional to the file’s size.
The rectangles are arranged in such a way, that directories again make up rectangles, which contain all their files and subdirectories. So their area is proportional to the size of the subtrees.
As an extension list which shows all types (filename extensions) occurring in the directory tree
The treemap is an amazing feature which helps you to quickly identify the file occupying the maximum space. The selection of the colored block automatically highlights the file in the tree view and you can delete the file from within the UI of WinDirStat.
Xobni is an excellent add-on for Microsoft Outlook and has definitely simplified email management for me. Even Bill Gates fell in love with this application and referred it as the next generation of social networking.
This site is powered by WordPress and when it came online 2 years back for some odd reason I opted to install WordPress on the "blog" sub-domain. I guess it was popular then to have the blog installed on its own domain.
And even though I knew the kind of content I would write, I still opted to use my name for the domain. Something which I can’t change easily now 🙂
venukb.com remained as a dummy entry point and it just used to redirect to venukb.com/blog. I have always wanted to get rid of the sub-domain and move to the root domain.
I was of the opinion then that the move would affect the Pagerank and hence had held making such a move. After the recent tanking of Pagerank I decided that it was the right moment to make this switch.
I had 2 ways of making this switch:
Method 1 – Changing the Blog Address in WordPress Options
WordPress can power your site’s root and yet can be copied to a separate subdirectory. In my case blog was the subdirectory and I could quickly switch to root by just changing the Blog Address in the WordPress Options.
You should also update the permalinks and rebuild the sitemap after making the above change.
However Google’s Index and sites linking to your pages would still have "blog" in the URL and this requires you to redirect all those requests to the root domain. I accomplished this easily by adding the following directive in .htaccess file
Redirect 301 /blog http://www.venukb.com
Everything worked fine until I tried to access the WordPress Admin console which was at venukb.com/blog/wp-admin. Since the /blog was redirected to root, I was never able to gain access to the admin console and with the mod_alias directive, there is no way to exclude access to a particular URL.
The only option was to fall back on mod_rewrite and use RewriteRule in conjunction with RewriteCond. I searched in a lot of forums for putting in the right rewrite directive only to end up in a confused state.
mod_rewrite is a one complex library and regular expression is something which I can probably never understand 🙁
If someone has already done this with mod_rewrite, please let me know as to what directive worked for you
Method 2 – Moving the WordPress contents to the root domain
I gave up on mod_rewrite and moved my entire blog directory including the WordPress core files to the root. With SSH access to the server, this was done in seconds with a mv command. I also backed up and restored the .htaccess file on the root domain (If you copy the .htaccess residing on the blog sub-domain, you would end up with 500 Internal Server Error)
In addition to Blog Address, I even changed the WordPress Address and as in the previous method, updated permalinks and the sitemap. The mod_alias Redirect directive worked like a charm and I had no issues in accessing the WordPress Admin console.
What else do I need to do ?
The main thing to do after moving to a different domain is to set the permanent redirection (301) and building your sitemap. The pages in your blog might have linked to several other internal pages and all this might point to the "blog" URL’s.
Even though the Redirection will take care of these links, its better off to modify these links.I am considering using the Search Regex WordPress plugin from Urban Giraffe.
If you are using a desktop based client like Windows Live Writer to publish posts, you have to update the account settings.
You might also want to monitor the 404 errors on your server and for this I am again using Urban Giraffe’s Redirection Plugin
Redirection plugin is also a powerful way of setting up Redirects in WordPress and this method totally avoids .htaccess. The author is also testing a beta version of this plugin which modified the .htaccess file itself.
If you also happened to move WordPress across domains, do share your experience.
But again I am not completely sure if TLA is the core reason behind this downgrade ! I moved my hosting from Dreamhost to MT some time back and one of the biggest mistakes I made was not to check on the XML sitemap.
After the hosting change, the XML sitemaps generator plugin for some odd reason started putting the XML file on venukb.com/blog while Google was searching for it on venukb.com. I had manually set to venukb.com and during the move, the option changed to “Automatic” and happened to select the subdomain.
And I realized this only after 3 weeks ! Duh !
The crawl stats also confirmed that the sitemaps were not accessible from quite some time !
I fixed the issue and even then I see that 0 pages from sitemaps are included in the search index.
Has the PR downgrade affected traffic ?
This site for one gets almost 80% of the traffic from search engines (mainly Google) and I have noticed that some of the high traffic pages are no longer in the Top 10 !
I do see a dip in the number of unique visitors, but after including the landing page, the pageview count hasn’t changed much.
I am hoping the reconsideration request to fix the PR 🙂 And if any of you are running Text Link Ads and also get a huge amount of traffic from Google, you should consider switching the text ads off !
And yes be careful about XML sitemaps when you are moving to a new hosting ! (Though not sure if this is also the reason for downgrade !)
Talking of PR, do share your experience as well ! Has it improved ? Do you see change in traffic with the improved PR ?