Thanks DropBox, I found some old Magestic Sunset images!

I am an ardent fan of smartphone photography. I use Dropbox to archive some of my old photos using the Camera Upload feature to save space on my smartphone. Luckily, I have around 26GB of Dropbox space most of which I use to store photos captured using the smartphone. Dropbox provides 2GB of free space as the starter plan and they have a referral system to increase the amount of free space upto 16GB. The paid plans are also pretty good deal even though I have not yet felt the need to upgrade to a paid plan.

Now let me show you some photos which I liked a lot while browsing through my photo archive at Dropbox.

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You can try DropBox (It contains a referral link which will provide me with an extra 500MB space and also you can earn an extra 500MB if signed up through this link and the app is installed) if not already a member.


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I took the above picture at my village, a lush green paddy field. The shot was taken using a Samsung Galaxy Note (aka N7000) phone sometime in 2012. The picture was color enhanced with Adobe Lightroom Mobile on my current OnePlus 3 smartphone.

I, along with my family, went for some treatment at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, India during Sep-Oct, 2012 where I underwent a small knee surgery (an arthroscopic surgery) for some knee joint pain and during our stay we had a trip to Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) which has many stone sculptures as well as beautiful sunsets. The following pictures are examples of the beauty of the place during sunset (my mobile photography is not that good to justify the real beauty of that place)


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The above three images were taken at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India which is around 50Km from Chennai.


Marina beach is a very well known beach in Chennai, and a major tourist attraction:
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Shot with Samsung Galaxy Note N7000, Marina Beach, Chennai.


To know more about Mahabalipuram, visit this Wiki Link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_of_Monuments_at_Mahabalipuram

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All images used in this post were personally clicked by me (@dreamzchm), edited with Adobe LR Mobile.

# Thank you!

Preserve Nature, Preserve our heritage!

Have you heard about NOTS?

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NOTS is an acronym for Naturally Occurring Toxic Substances. There are many of them which are found in common food items. I would like to introduce you to some of them so that when you pick those Apples or Mushrooms next time at the departmental store or local vegetable market, you would think again for the potential health hazards and how to avoid them.

Fungal Toxins

Death Cup Mushroom (Attribution: Picture By Archenzo (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons Under GFDL

Death cup mushroom are highly toxic. A single mushroom can be lethal for an adult. The symptoms of poisoning are predominantly gastrointestinal(GI) in nature. The toxin eventually kills due to hepatoxicity. An image of the Death Cup Mushroom is shown on the right. Now, what is hepatotoxicity? “Hepatotoxicity means liver damage by chemicals! There has been a lot of such cases due to overdose of certain drugs.”

Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN)

It is a well-known toxic chemical (We have all heard the term Cyanide Poisoning! Right?). HCN is found in raw or unprocessed cassava and bamboo shoots. Bamboo shoots or the bamboo sprouts are used as traditional pickles by many tribes in the North Eastern states in India. The soots of bamboo are also used as additive in many traditional cuisines, (e.g., Chicken with bamboo shoots). It can be found in quantities as large as 1g/Kg. It is also found in fruits which have a pit like apples, cherries, apricots and bitter almonds. They contain small amounts of cyanohydrins such as mandelonitrile and amygdalin which slowly releases HCN.

Chemical structures of mandelonitrile and amygdalin. Drawn using Chemical Structure drawing software ChemDraw.
Image Source: http://www.freestockphotos.biz/stockphoto/16103

“We should eat our Apples without the seeds!”

 Furocoumarins

These are stress toxins and released in response to stress such as physical damage. They can cause GI problems and allergic reactions in susceptible people. These toxins are present in parsnips which are closely related to carrots and parsleys. Below are two isomers of furocoumarins.

Parsnips should always be peeled and cooked before consumption!”

Glycoalkaloids

These are common in stress toxins concentrated in bitter tasting sprout and peel common in Potatoes. The chemical that is present in the green part of potatoes is called Solanine. It is a glycoalkaloid poison found in species of the nightshade family within the genus Solanum, such as the potato (Solanum tuberosum), the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), and the eggplant (Solanum melongena).

Chemical structure of α-Solanine; Image Attribution: By Original: Calvero Vector: Calvero (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Solanine was first isolated in 1820 from the berries of the European black nightshade (Solanum nigrum). According to one study, toxicity appears at a level of 2-5 mg/kg body weight, with LD-50 (lethal dose) values at 3-6 mg/kg body weight.

How to avoid potential poisoning?

Simply, cut off sprouts and peel off green potatoes.

Fact is, cooking cannot destroy Gylcoalkaloids!

Lectins

These plant toxins are found in kidney beans such as red kidney beans. Soaking in water for few hours and followed by boiling will leach it.

Oxalic acid

Rhubarb (a plant, the stems of which are used in making pies and other desserts) contains oxalic acid. The leaves contain high amounts. This acid can cause neurological , cardiac, respiratory, and GI effects.

Image Attribution: By RhubarbFarmer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Curcubitacins

They can be found in zucchini. Bitter tasting zucchini must not be consumed. It can cause severe gastrointestinal problems.

There are many other toxins that occur in many fruits and vegetables naturally. Consumption of toxic NOTS can be very dangerous in some cases.

Proper information about different foods that we consume and their potential toxic effects can help us avoid future risks of toxicity.

Download YouTube videos the command line way in openSUSE linux

We can use a small nifty command line utility called youtube-dl to download our favorite YouTube videos in different resolutions as supported by YouTube. It can even download the videos that require users to sigining in to Google (for age or other restrictions) without logging in. I use openSUSE 13.1 presently and will show the steps for downloading a video in openSUSE 13.1. This utility can easily be installed in openSUSE 13.1 systems through Yast software installer. Since it is a command line tool, the method is similar in other distros as well.

Once you have youtube-dl installed in your system,  first copy the video url from YouTube (See screenshot below )
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Then open terminal and type:
youtube-dl -F “video url” (See screenshot below)
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The -F flag is used to list out all the available formats and resolution of the video against some numbers. In this example, the highest resolution is (1280×720) is defined by the number 22.
We will download in this resolution by typing
youtube-dl -f 22 “video url”
(Please note:The flag  -f is used not -F)
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The video will be downloaded and stored in the default video directory. Enjoy!

 

 

openSUSE 13.2 releasing this November

 

The wait for the next release of openSUSE version is almost over as the openSUSE 13.2 is scheduled to be released on November 4th 2014. The Release Candidate is already available for download for those who are willing to try the distro in its latest avatar. openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. You can surf the web, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, play videos or music and have a lot of fun.

For more information, visit  http://opensuse.org

 

Get to know unknown callers using the True Caller App

True Caller is a very good free app available for Android phones which helps in identifying unknown callers through the use of a huge database of mobile numbers generated from user submitted data. The app shows up the caller details in the home screen fetched from the internet when connected to 3G network during an incoming call. One can also set blacklist of unknown/known callers to get rid of spams. Search the Play Store  for download options.

Flipboard- The Magazine app

 

images-flipboardFlipborad is a very popular magazine app for Android. It was originally available only for iOS and now it is available for a variety of platforms. It offers easy to use interface and various categories of news. It also has Social Connect option to link to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Flipboard stories can be saved for reading at a later time and the account syncs across different devices (platforms) seamlessly. Flipboard now offers web-reading of article through web tools. So, today’s app digest app Flipboard is a must have app for those who wants to get the latest articles on the go.

Get it on Play Store :

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Box bumped up free Cloud Storage to 10GB!

Cloud storage giant Box  has bumped up the free storage quota to 10GB from earlier quota of 5GB. Now users can get more space for their cloud storage requirement for personal use. The leader in cloud storage Dropbox   still provides 2GB of free space but they offers the options of referral links to earn bonus spaces. Box offers apps for Windows, iOS and Android devices to get access to your files anytime , anywhere and from any devices. Watch the video below for Box in action:

Get 20GB of Cloud storage from this DropBox alternative free!

Get started with 15GB free cloud storage

















A new cloud storage service called Copy  with features comparable to other existing and famous services has been launched with a very good storage capacity of 15GB to start with.  Copy provides an alternative to the already very popular services like Dropbox. It also provides access to the cloud storage via various devices viz., Windows, Linux, iOS (Copy for iOS app)  and Android (Copy for Android app). A photo backup service is also included which they call “Photocopy”.  Copy allows files to be shared privately or publicly. Copy also provides seamless syncing with variuos devices using the apps for different platforms.  

As a launching offer, Copy is allowing bonus spaces to be earned via a referral system where both parties earn a huge bonus of 5GB of extra storage.  Copy for companies extends the benefits of this new cloud stoarge service to businesses where teamwork can be extended to the cloud. 

Click Here to get your copy of Copy Cloud and earn an extra 5GB bonus along with the starter 15GB space.

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