CommentLuv and Top Commentators Enabled on Techie Buzz [Announcements]

commentluvhere We always believe in giving our best to our readers by providing latest news, quality content and the best software reviews. However, we alone cannot form the entire ecosystem, it is you the reader who drives us to deliver the best. When we give our opinions, we try out best to be true and correct, however, your opinion matters too. Your views complete the ecosystem we have in place.

Commenting has always been a tedious task, however, we want to give you better benefits to put in that extra efforts. To do that, we have made a few policy changes with regards to commenting on Techie Buzz, you will find a brief overview below.

Commenting Benefits

Like always we believe in spreading love back to our readers and commentators. To show our love, we have introduced some new benefits for commentators.

  • We have included a Top commentators widget throughout the site.
  • Top 7 commentators will be displayed on the site, this list will be reset every week, we might increase the number of commentators displayed based on comments and feedback.
  • Top commentator links from the home page will be follow links.
  • We have enabled the CommentLuv plugin on the site, this will allow us to automatically pull in your last blog post when you comment on the site.

We get around 40000-50000 (growing fast) visits every day, so you can be assured of a good amount of traffic coming your way. We hope that these benefits will give you more incentives to comment on the site and add more value to our views and discussions.

Commenting Policies

We believe in fair use of benefits provided to users. To make sure that no one abuses these benefits, we will be constantly moderating comments. Here are some comment polices for the site.

  • No abusive language will be tolerated in the comments, we retain the rights to delete comments if we find them abusive.
  • Please respect other’s views.
  • Do not try to game the system.
  • We reserve the right to delete comments which are not relevant.
  • Commentators posting links to spam websites will be permanently banned from commenting on the site.
  • Please refrain from excessive self-promotions using links.

That’s it, hope we can spread some cheer your way with these small updates. We look forward to listening to your opinions on these changes and also commenting more often on other articles on the site.

Happy Thanksgiving: Thank You To Our Readers

It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow and we know that most of our readers will be heading out tonight to spend some time with family and close ones.

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We want to take this opportunity to thank all our readers who have been with us all this while, helping us improve and grow within ourselves everyday. We want to wish everyone who celebrate the day a Happy Thanksgiving from Techie Buzz. Enjoy your Turkey and time with your family.

By the way, if you want to thank us or help us out this Thanksgiving, fill out a small survey and tell us how we can improve.

Update: Downtimes and Slow Site Access

Update 2:49PM EST: Server upgrade has been completed. You should not see any downtimes or slow site access now. If you do, please email admin[@]techie-buzz[dot]com.

We are aware of slow site access and downtimes on the site, which are affecting several users. Thanks for emailing in your concerns. We are currently working to restore normalcy.

In the process we are upgrading the server to add more firepower to it. You might see a further downtime of 15-20 minutes. Please bear with us, till we fix the issue.

Sorry for the inconvenience, we are working hard to get things back to normal.

Techie Buzz is a Top 100 InfoTech & Technology Blog in the World on Technorati

Out here, we are certainly not obsessed with rankings. However, from time to time we do like to share our achievements with others. Quite recently we were Top 100 InfoTech and Technology Blog in the world, according to Technorati, who track millions of blogs from across the world. This is a great achievement for us, since Technorati tracks more than 133 millions blogs across the internet, and being in the Top 100 puts us into a very elite position.

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Overall, we are ranked 110th 100 in the general technology category, among 133 million blogs from across the world. Which again is great considering the amount of blogs that write about technology.

Once again, we want to thank all our readers for all the support you have given us. And like always, we aim to please. You will notice a lot of changes in how we review software and services, making it much more easier for you to make a decision to try out new and useful software.

Wishing All Our Readers a Happy Diwali

It’s festival season once again. All over the world, people celebrate the festival of lights, also known as Diwali or Dipawali.

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I take the liberty to wish all our readers on behalf of Techie Buzz authors, a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali. Let us all light the world with our work and dedication.

We also want to ask you, to respect nature and celebrate this festival responsibly. Let’s go Green this Diwali.

Techie Buzz Internship: Looking for Mac/Apple/iPhone and Software Review Interns

We got a tremendous response from our last hiring spree, and are now moving to getting more closer to being, a one-stop information hub for users that are looking to get solutions for all their technology needs.

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We are a 20 member strong editorial team, some of who contribute regularly and some who cover specific topics. However, we are missing a few bright guys in our team.

We are looking to expand in more specific areas, if you fit the bill, feel free to shoot me an email at keith[@]techie-buzz[dot]com.

  • Mac/Apple/iPhone content – If you own a Mac product, we are looking for you. You can write about software reviews, Apple news and iPhone Apps.
  • Software/Freeware Reviewer – You will work directly under me, reviewing software and and unleashing all the benefits to the user.

There are two positions available right now, both of them are internships, which will be closely monitored by all the editors on the team. In future, all internships will be converted to regular author positions based on performance. Interested in joining? Just email me with your bio.

When you email me, please answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to write for Techie Buzz?
  • What area(s) you can cover from the above list?
  • Have you written elsewhere or own a blog? If so please provide samples.
  • How often can you contribute?
  • Anything else you might want to include is welcome.

Looking forward to having you on the Techie Buzz team. If you are keen to join the team and contribute to Techie Buzz, but don’t fall in the above two areas. No problems, you can always guest post for Techie Buzz.

Techie Buzz is Part of 9Rules Network

I am very pleased to announce, that we have added another feather to our cap, by being chosen to be part of the popular 9rules network.

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9rules is a premium blogging network, which showcases the best content of the Independent web. Techie Buzz was selected in round 9 of blog submissions, along with several other popular blogs. There were more than 150 blog submissions, out of which 43 blogs were chosen to be a part of the network.

We want to take this opportunity to thank member of the 9Rules team, consisting of Scrivs, Mike and Tyme, for selecting us to be a part of the network. It is indeed a privilege to be part of a network, which features some of the best blogs from across the Internet. We are more than eager to add the 9Rules leaf to our cap :-).

And last but not the least, we want to thank all our readers for all your love and loyalty, that contributes towards making Techie Buzz a success. We look forward to delivering the best news and become a one-stop resource for all your computing needs.

P.S. Want to show more love? Become a fan of Techie Buzz on , or follow our friendly update robot @techiebuzzer on .

Google Tributes Mahatma Gandhi on His Birthday

It was really good to see Google celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday by adding a doodle on their home page. The doodle replaces the G in Google with a picture of Mahatma Gandhi.

The doodle is to celebrate the birthday of Gandhi, also known as Gandhi Jayanti which is a national holiday in India.

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Mahatma Gandhi was (and is still) known for his non-violence and charisma, and played a big role in achieving independence to India.

It is definitely good to see Google paying tribute to a great personality. You can see a doodle that pays tribute to Gandhi by visiting the Indian page of Google Search (http://google.co.in).

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Congrats on making a decision to move from a shared hosting to a VPS (Virtual Private Server). Now that you are there you need to setup things from scratch including setting up your own web server, PHP servers, MySQL servers and more.

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If you are a newbie to all these things you might not be able to do that with ease and professional services cost you a bomb.

To save you from paying a ton of money to just get started out and also from taking too long to move from shared hosting to a VPS like Slicehost or Linode, I am offering my services to make the move seamless for a minimal amount.

Basic VPS Setup Package

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This is a recommended setup if you just wish to use you get the best out of limited resources. I have been using Nginx on this site and it works like a charm serving 10000s of users on a day to day basis without crashing.

LAMP Server (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) from Scratch

In this package I will setup Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP on your VPS server and optimize all the settings for optimal usage.

WordPress Setup and Migration [Add-on Service]

If you are moving from a shared hosting you will have to setup and do other things like migrate your MySQL database, themes and plugins.

I will help you will all of this and also setup your server with WP Super Cache a excellent plugin to cache your files on any of the Basic VPS setup you choose.

Server Monitoring Scripts to Restart Server When it Goes Down [Add-on Service]

Monitoring and managing a VPS server can be quite a headache, in this add-on service I will setup scripts that will monitor your server resources and automatically restart Apache/Nginx and other monitored services when it stops working.

These scripts are very useful if you want to sleep peaceful nights without having to worry your server going down and when you don’t want to spend more money to upgrade your VPS plans.

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By default you will not require FTP servers for your VPS and can use SFTP instead, if you require a FTP server to be setup, I can do that and also create users and restrict them to certain directories.

In addition to that I will also help to setup a remote server management tool that you can use to monitor system status, create users, add virtual hosts, start and stop services and more.

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In addition to that you can also ask for additional services which will be considered as add-on services.

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Spring Cleaning in Fall: A New Techie Buzz Theme

Over the past few years we have had the same motto. That hasn’t changed. However, I must state once again that "change is constant" and we will always strive for constant improvement. That’s one reason why we try to make everything easier for our readers.

We do this by making changes to the website over and over again. This time around I decided to dirty my hands and do a redesign of the theme for better navigation and content presentation.

I am not a designer per se, but I do dabble a bit in it whenever it is worthwhile. I spent a few hours doing some thinking and designing to come up with a new theme for the site. It has hints of the original theme, but I have tried to keep the content more readable. You can take a look at it in the screenshot below or browse the newly created theme.

New Techie Buzz Theme

Although there are still things that might need tweaking and changing, I depend on your feedback to further improve the theme. Please feel free to browse it and let me know if you want to see any changes in it.

Your suggestions and feedback is highly appreciated and like always the comment form is open for you.