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How to get your FREE ($1) AWS account for 12 months

Hi Friends,

Amazon provides FREE AWS account for 12 months it is called as "AWS Free Tier" account.
Here are the steps on HOW to get FREE AWS TIER account for 12 months. Please note that the account would be FREE as long as your usage donot cross the different pre-defined limits for the FREE account. Please note that you might be charged $1 on your Credit Card for verification while registering for AWS newly.

AWS FREE TIER Account qualifies for the many services which should be sufficient for learning about AWS services(data as of 18 Sep 2014, might get updated). Few of the important services:

Amazon EC2 (750 hours per month of Linux, RHEL, or SLES t2.micro instance usage or 750 hours per month of Windows t2.micro instance usage)

Amazon S3 (5 GB of Standard Storage, 20000 Get Requests, 2000 Put Requests)

AWS Trusted Advisor (4 best-practice checks  on performance and security (service limits, security groups, IAM, and MFA) Notification and customization features)

and more more...

Please visit to get more details of the FREE account and to register your account.

CAUTION: In order to register your AWS FREE account, you need to provide your Credit Card details, if your usage is BEYOND the allocated FREE usage levels of different services you would be CHARGED on your credit card, please be AWARE and be careful to use the services WELL WITHIN LIMIT. But using AWS Trusted Advisor service you can set ALERTS on your usage.

I registered my AWS FREE account couple of years back and I was not charged a single cent extra as my usage was well below the available free limits.

One more TRICK for users who DONOT want to provide their credit card or donot have a credit card, please check if your BANK or CREDIT CARD company have a provision to create a VIRTUAL CREDIT CARD with a pre-defined limit says Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 and use it for registering on AWS site, your account might be charged a small amount of 1 USD or so when you register your account for Credit Card validation.

Please NOTE that AWS charges in USD and not in INR.

Once you have your FREE AWS account, you can use all the services within the quota without the fear of getting charged. I used those services well within the limits and I didn't pay an extra CENT.

So while using any service like EC2, ensure that you are choosing an AMI which qualifies for FREE TIER and then only use it.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any further queries.

All the best.

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Configure WinRM access for Non-Administrator users

Dear Friends,
Recently I was working on WinRM and trying to execute Powershell cmdlets on a remote Windows 2008 R2 machine with WinRM enabled, I could successfully execute the cmdlets with a domain user who belongs to administrator group, but I couldnot execute the same cmdlets as a domain user where is not an Administrator.

After debugging and searching for couple of hours, I could find the problem cause and the way to resolve this. The reason for the problem is that by default non-administrators wouldnt have access for WinRM, we need to provide access for non-admin users explicitly. Please find below the details of configurations to be done.
1. Launch Powershell prompt as a user with Administrator access (as we need to do privileged action)
2. Run the following command:
Set-PSSessionConfiguration Microsoft.PowerShell -ShowSecurityDescriptorUI
3. At the prompt, enter: Y
The Permissions window appears.
4. Add the users which need access to WinRM and close the window by saving changes.

By doing above configuration we should be able to use non-administrator users also use WinRM.

Hope this helps.

Please share your comments.


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Technologies changing how developers work in 2014

Hi Friends,

Recently I came across a very useful and interesting article on how the latest technologies are changing the way how software is developed and also how the skill set of developers for doing different kind of works has changed.

I agree with most of the points menti0ned in the article but there are few things like making use of only WYSWYG editors for creating websites and apps may not be the right approach as customization and making things look unique would be very important.


Please check the article @

15 technologies changing how developers work


Hope you will find the information in the article useful, please do share your comments and thoughts on the article in the comment section of this post.



Excel: How to handle error message “This workbook contains one or more links that cannot be updated”?

There are two options to handle this error message.

1. If you are absolutely sure that the links are unnecessary and redundant, then you can simply remove them by following these steps.

a. Go to data tab in Excel ribbon

b. Click edit links






c. Select "Break link"


2. Option 2

If the link is necessary and if you don't want to break it, then you can choose to either "Update the Values" or "Change Source" and browse for the location of the source file.

Hope this helps.


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CentOS v6.3: Device eth0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization

Dear Friends,
I have been working on setting up CentOS v6.3 and could successfully install the OS on a VMware Virtual machine. But i had trouble getting the IP Address for the machine.

Whenever I ran ifconfig I got only the loopback adapter, but never got the eth0 adapter info.

When I tried to start eht0 adapter with command ifup eth0, I got the below message:
Device eth0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization

In my case the problem happened because of mismatch between MAC address of the actual NIC card and the MAC address in the eth0 file.
The solution that worked for me is below:

1) Ensure that MAC address (HWADDR) in the file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 is same as MAC address of the actual NIC card. If not, edit the same in the file.

Ensure that ONBOOT option is set to yes, so that the interface starts .

2) Remove /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules file, it would be created on reboot with proper MAC address of the interfaces

rm -f /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

3) Restart the machine

Now you should get the IP to the device.

Hope this helps.


Online Shopping: Safe Practices

Dear Friends,

Thanks for visiting my blog.

These days Online Shopping has been the way of purchase of items like electronics, pendrives, computer accessories, shoes, even dresses, etc.

I see the following reasons on why online shopping is becoming very popular in India:

  • Price
  • Time Saving
  • Door Step Delivery

I have known my friends who do online shopping very frequently and I personally have been shopping online starting with Ebay 7 years back and atleast 5 other websites till now.

Over the years I have known people who have lost lot of money or paid for inferior quality goods online and also lost faith in online shopping sites.

I personally have bought almost Rs. 40,000 worth of gadgets online over a period of 7 years, which is not a very huge figure when compared to my other friends.

Out of all my online purchases, I had problem with my recent purchase with site, I had problem that customer care is not responding to emails and they are not even picking the calls. I know lot of other people who had their orders delivered ontime from, but mine was totally different I got courier consignment number which is not valid number, not just me I could see that there are 10 other people who were facing same problem like me from their website feedback system and forums. After waiting for 15 good days and calling them almost daily and writing 2 emails I finally decided to use my WEAPON and it worked like a charm. I would explain the simple principles below.

Whenever I buy ONLINE i follow a specific RULE by which I am sure my MONEY is safe.

Always have a credit card with lower credit limits like Rs. 20,000 or so
Always PAY online purchases using low limit CREDIT CARD

The main advantage of doing so are as follows:
Because of lower limit, even if my card get hacked i won't loose much money so I can fearlessly shop on any website
I will have approximately 30 days from date of purchase to raise a dispute with my credit card company to stop payment for the purchase if i face any problem with item delivery or even quality.

With when i failed to contact them after trying for 15 days, I called my credit card company and raised a dispute and as expected, I got response to my emails the very next day afternoon and got a call from in the evening and they readily agreed to refund my payment. I told them if they can refund that is fine, otherwise my Credit Card company would take of the same as I raised a dispute and interestingly my order was cancelled and refund was initiated in 2 minutes after the call was disconnected.

I am a big fan of online shopping as it would save your some money and lot of time. So I would recommend you to do the following while buying online.

Check feedback of the site and also the particular seller (wherever applicable like ebay, shopclues, etc)
Pay using your lower limit CREDIT CARD
Make sure you try to communicate with customer care
When CC is Clue-Less then contact credit card company and raise dispute, while raising dispute you need to prove that you contacted customer care and they didn't respond.

Hope this helps.

Keep visiting my blog as I would be posting interesting topics on various topics related to technology, finance, etc.


what to do in an earthquake: Drop, cover & hold on!

Hi Friends,

These days we have been hearing of Earthquake in some or other part of the world.. While browsing I found a nice line demonstrating what to do in an earthquake: Drop, cover & hold on!

Drop, cover & hold on!

Take care..



HOW TO: Download EARLIER (Archive) releases of JAVA products (JDK, JRE, etc)

Hi Friends,
Recently I wanted to download OLD version of JRE and I was search Oracle site & also on the NET.. but i couldn't find a easy source.. By spending sometime on Oracle Portal I found the below LINK which has ARCHIVES of OLD JAVA products.

Please find a screenshot from the page below showing different OLD VERSIONS of JDK 5.0.



Hope this helps.



Internet Routers & Modems: Default Passwords of various models

Hi Friends,

Today one of my friend got a DLink DI-514 router which was kept in desk for years and wanted my help in seeing if it is working or not. After my initial inspection i found out that the Adapter was burnt so went to market and bought a NEW Adapter and could see lights blink.. it works 🙂

But problem still remains with username/password for the device then i searched on the net and got some useful information on DLink site and also other websites.

I found the site, it has got information of default passwords of HUNDREDS of Internet router and modems both OLD and NEW models.

Hope  you will find the site useful..



Guide to Freshers Job Search (IT Jobs in INDIA)

Hi Friends,
I have been getting queries from my relatives, friends about best way to search for jobs for freshers. Few years back i came to know about the pH test conducted by

I recommend couple of my friends who wanted to search for jobs (freshers) and they took the pH test and scored very good marks in pH test.

Within weeks of writing pH tests, that person started getting calls from companies for written test, interviews. That person also got 2 offers, he gave me a very nice feedback about eLitmus.

Most of the jobs are from IT companies.

Hiring Potential test ( pH Test ):

I would recommend, visit, register on their site(free) and look up for pH test format, prepare well and register for the test (Fee Rs. 699 at the time of writing article) (it happens at multiple locations) and write the test.

After you get the test score, you will able to apply for jobs on their site based on requirements & eligibilty criteria of companies.

Please note companies might have another round of tests/interviews before they offer jobs.

Hope this helps.

Elitmus do have contacts with companies for jobs for experienced persons also through pH test.

Pass this information to all job seekers (mainly freshers) and help people get their dreamjob.
All the best.