How to add your podcast on Google Podcast

Google released it’s Google Podcasts app on the Google Play Store a couple of months back in June 19, 2018. It’s a very handy tool to listen to your podcasts on your phone and discover new ones. Google also released developer guidelines for developers to make their podcasts compatible with Google Podcasts app. So I am gonna just guide you on how to add your podcast based on the guideline.

First things first, you will need a platform to publish your podcasts. You could use any platform which can host audio files to start your podcast. But the easiest option I would suggest is to use WordPress. It’s easy to use and you can easily setup your podcasts using free plugins. You can either choose to start your podcast blog on wordpress.com or host your own from wordpress.org. WordPress.com provides 3GB of free storage and comes with podcasting feature. No extra plugins required. Only downside is that you won’t be able to customize the look or any other features as your need and for the free version your site name would be on wordpress.com domain (for e.g. yourname.wordpress.com). You can choose to link your own domain to wordpress.com as well. 

But if you choose to host your own site with WordPress, you will have full control of your site. You will have to get a domain for yourself and some decent hosting space. Then you can customize the look and feel of the site as per your will. You will get to choose from millions of themes available online or create your own if you please. 

You can check the comparison here. https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/self-hosted-wordpress-org-vs-free-wordpress-com-infograph/

Podcasting on WordPress

Now we come to the podcasting part. There are several free plugins available for podcasting. Some popular ones are Seriously Simple PodcastingPowerPress Podcasting plugin by BlubrryPodlove Podcast Publisher. All these and other plugins do their work but my personal favorite is Seriously Simple Podcasting for it’s serious simplicity. It’s very simple and does what it needs to do best. It creates a new post type called “Podcasts” which you can access from the side menu and start publishing podcasts normally the way you post blogs. It then creates a nice player with description of the podcast for you. 

You can browse through its settings which is very easy to use with descriptive messages for each setting displayed along with the options. You don’t need to change anything in the settings. Our concern would be the “Feed Details” tab on the settings page. You will find fields to fill in about your podcast. It’s better to fill out all the fields for better discovery. The “View Feed” link is your podcast feed URL. This is the URL used by every podcast players. The URL looks something like this https://castmandu.com/feed/podcast so for your domain it would probably look like https://yourdomain.com/feed/podcast

That’s all there is to do for Google to recognize your podcast. All you need to do is wait for Google to index your site. Google has provided Podcast Publisher Tools to generate link to Google Podcast. You need to paste the URL of your podcast feed into the box here to generate the link. If Google has crawled through your website you will be able to get the link which looks like https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9jYXN0bWFuZHUuY29tL2ZlZWQvcG9kY2FzdA%3D%3D
This link opens the Google Podcasts app on your phone. You can share this link on social networking sites or add it as a banner in your site. You might have to wait a day or two for Google to crawl through your site. You can use Google Webmaster Tools to verify that your podcast website is indexed by Googlebot.  Also for the updates to be reflected on google, you could try publishing your feed to google from Google’s WebSub publish tool at https://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com/publish

If all goes well your podcast is now ready to be played on Google Podcasts.

Castmandu Google Podcasts page

If you have any queries please feel free to leave your queries on the comment section. I will definitely try my best to answer your queries.

And please listen to Castmandu on Google Podcasts. 

Turbo C graphics on Win7 [Updated]

Sorry, there seemed to be a problem in the tutorial described before.
There was a problem loading the includes file in turbo c which was due to directory mismatch in the turbo c installation.keeping the tc folder in a folder with name dosbox and mounting the folder dosbox as c: would fix the issue.The tutorial has been updated to fix the issue.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Today I noticed that Win7 doesn’t support Turbo C graphics.

Win7 doesn’t support the fullscreen mode for DOS applications.

That was fine, just ignoring the error would start turbo c in window mode. But today when I tried running the program with graphics, the program compiled without any errors but on running the program displayed the same error and ignoring it didn’t do any good. Instead I get another error

So I tried changing some options on turbo c but all in vain.couldn’t make it work. And then I realized, DOSBox must be available for windows as well.(DOSBox is an DOS emulator. I had been using DOSBox to test my programs on turbo C on linux)

So the solution to this problem would be to install DOSBox on your win7. With DOSBox you can run turbo C on fullscreen mode as well. So download the latest DOSBox and start using Turbo C on fullscreen.

Setting Options on DOSBox:

In order to change the options of DOSBox, goto the DOSBox options menu in start menu.It will open the dosbox .conf file on notepad. The conf file is well documented. And there’s no need for much change.change the fullscreen valu from ‘false’ to ‘true’ if you want to run dosbox on fullscreen mode

You need to first mount the folder containing turbo c to be able to run it.
So on starting DOSBox type “mount c c:dosbox” assuming your turbo c installation files are at “c:dosboxtc”. Then change the current working drive from “z:>” to “c:>” by typing the command “c:” and next type “cd tcbin” and then “tc” to run the Turbo C. VOILA!! that’s it!!! your very own TC in fullscreen mode in Window 7

typing all these commands could be tedious and hard to remember to some of you.so we can autoexecute these commands.At the end of the conf file(i guess u know how to do it.but in case you forgot, open it from the DOSBox options menu from start menu). and at the end of the file under [autoexec] heading paste the following lines

mount c c:dosbox
c:
cd tcbin
tc
this would directly open Turbo C
If you have any problems please feel free to ask me. always happy to help 🙂
P.S. if you use ‘gcc’ and want to be able to use graphics.h, you will need the library ‘libgraph’ installed.
//anerdsblog.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/graphicsh-in-gcc/
This post describes very well how to do it.

Geeky Way to listen to Revolution Radio (rvlradio.com)

THT RVLradio @ Moksh

If you are on linux and don’t want to trouble your browser to listen to the radio, then here’s how you can achieve it.

Install mplayer on your machine, fire a terminal window and enter the command

mplayer http://rvlradio.com:8029

Alternatively, if it doesn’t work, enter the ip address for rvlradio.com

mplayer http://67.23.237.151:8029

The aforementioned example is for the live radio. You just need to change the port to tune into other channels under rvlradio. Below is the list of URIs for different channels.

Live –> http://67.23.237.151:8029
Rock –> http://67.23.237.151:8065
Pop –> http://67.23.237.151:8063
Nepali1 –> http://67.23.237.151:8061
Nepali2 –> http://67.23.237.151:8073
Metal –> http://67.23.237.151:8069
Blues –> http://67.23.237.151:8075
Dance –> http://67.23.237.151:8071

Here’s a screenshot of the RVL Pop channel [Without You – David Guetta feat. Usher] being played on my machine.

CHEERS to Revoultion Radio !!!!!!

TwiSkip HomePage

I always loved the “Skip Inbox” function in GMail and so much wanted it in twitter as well.
Here’s the same function for the twitter and I love calling it “Twiskip”

Ever wanted to get the tweets from a tweeterholic but didn’t want your homepage overcrowded with their tweets?

Here’s a simple solution.

Just go to their profile page and add them to one of your lists[Note:don’t follow]

If you are already following the person.Just unfollow them and add them to the list.

Simple as it is!!!

🙂

Filter Facebook mails in hotmail

  • Sign into your hotmail account.
  • Click on Options at the right side of the page and goto More Options
  • Click on “Automatically sort e-mail into folders” under “Customize your mail” heading.
  • Click on the button called “New Filter”
  • In step 1 “Which messages are you looking for?”, enter “facebookmail.com” in From Address Contains field .
  • Now, in step 2 “Where do you want to put these messages?” create a new folder and name it whatever you like[Facebook would be good 🙂 ]. Finally save it and you are done. Now your inbox is free from all the cluttered mails from facebook.And you can find ’em all under the Facebook folder accessible from the left side of your hotmail page.

8085 Simulator

After a brief search for a good 8085 simulator, I ended up with GNUSim8085

Very easy to use and pretty impressive look and feel.

Okay, now for installation.

If you are using a debian distro, the author congrats you coz’ it’s available in the repo. Just fire up a terminal and sudo aptitude install gnusim8085

There you go. GNUSim8085 is installed in your machine.

Now for windows. It’s not as easy as typing a line into your terminal but not that difficult though.

Download the latest version of GTK+ for Windows Runtime Environment from http://sourceforge.net/projects/gtk-win/

Let’s complete the downloads part first.

Download the program GNUSim8085 from

http://www.gnusim8085.org

The download link’s on the right side of the page. The file name is gnusim8085-x.x.x-no-gtk-installer.exe

All downloads done!!!

Now, let’s carry on with the installation process.

Install the runtime-environment first.

After its sucessful installation, start installing GNUSim8085

If all goes well you will be able to use the simulator. The author provides you with some tutorial on using the sim and also some example programs.

Ubuntu Installation

With the Microsoft updating its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) tool to introduce a few uncomfortable niggles for users of pirated versions of Windows, popularity of Linux is getting higher. Everyone is afraid of getting his/her computer screen blackened by Microsoft. A lot of people are seeking to install Linux on their system but lack proper guidance. So I thought of posting the instruction guide on installing Ubuntu.

Here are the steps for installing Ubuntu along with your Windows.

  1. Empty a drive by backing up a copy of all its contents to another drive.
  2. Open ‘Disk Management Console’ by typing ‘diskmgmt.msc’ in Run dialog. (View this page for details http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000)
  3. Locate the drive you just emptied. Right click on it and select ‘Delete Logical Drive…’ Select ‘Yes’ when asked for confirmation.
  4. Now right-click free space on an extended partition, and then click ‘New Logical Drive’.
  5. Specify the size of the partition such that it is 5GB less than the size of the drive you emptied.
  6. After this you’ll have an un-partitioned space of 5GB and an empty drive. Copy your data to the drive.
  7. Insert the ‘Ubuntu’ disk. Right click on the disk and click on autoplay.
  8. Select ‘Demo and Full Installation’. Click on Finish to reboot your machine.
  9. Enable boot from CD from your bios.
  10. Boot your machine from CD. The first thing you’d see is a language selection screen. Select the language you’d like your system to run.
  11. Now select ‘Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer’.
  12. After a certain time, you’d see a desktop just like Windows. You can continue using Ubuntu. When you feel like installing it on your machine, open the ‘Install’ program which is located on the desktop.
  13. Now an installer wizard would open guiding you through the installation of Ubuntu.
  14. You are once again asked to choose your language. Just click ‘Forward’.
  15. Select your location in the map provided.
  16. Choose your keyboard layout. Most of us use ‘US English’. So the default would be perfect.
  17. A window would appear telling ‘Starting up the partiotioner’. After it starts, select ‘Manual’ and click ‘Forward’.
  18. Select the free space and click on ‘New Partition’. Create a partition of size 4000MB. In ‘Use as’ select ‘Ext3 journaling file system’ and in ‘Mount Point’ select ‘/’. Then click on OK.
  19. Again in the free space, create another partition as Swap.
  20. Click ‘Forward’. The partitioner would take some time to create the partitions.
  21. In next page, create a username with password.
  22. You would be asked to import documents and settings from your windows. Select the entries as per your requirement.
  23. A ‘Ready to Install’ page would appear describing the details of the Ubuntu installation. If you want to make any changes, you can go back and make the change. Otherwise, continue with the installation by clicking on ‘Install’
  24. The installation would start and finally you would be asked to restart your machine.
  25. After restart, a menu would appear where you can select your operating system.

The installation of Ubuntu is finished.
Enjoy using Linux. Have FUN!!

For detailed information about installing Ubuntu have a look at the following websites.
http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Installing-Ubuntu-8-04-LTS-84314.shtml

If you have any trouble installing or using ubuntu contact me at sujinjoshi@gmail.com

Vista SUCKS!!!-Part 2

This is the second part of the article “Vista SUCKS!!!”.
Actually, this article was born due to an event following the event mentioned in the previous article.

When I tried to install Windows XP in the laptop. I encountered yet another problem. The Windows XP didn’t detect my hard-disk. I was so amazed. I had never seen such a case in my life. Then, I knew XP had a solution for this. It could load third-party drivers at the start of the installation. So I tried it. I pressed F6 and a message was displayed allowing me to install the drivers or continue with the installation without the driver. I chose to install the driver and a screen popped out. The new screen left me speechless. It said “Please insert the disk labeled Manufacturer-supplied hardware support disk into drive A: *Press Enter when ready”. Now, where on earth would I get a floppy drive for my laptop?

Then I thought“XP also SUCKS”. Actually, “Microsoft SUCKS”

I googled about it and found out that it was not just my problem. I found a solution for this problem too(there is no problem unsolved as long as Google is there)
The solution was to slipstream the drivers into the XP installation media. We had an application named “nLite” for this. It’s a really cool software. You can customize your XP installation.
I slipstreamed the driver into my XP installation CD and booted the laptop with the new installation disc. And, BRAVO!!!! It worked.

Thanks to nLite and thanks to Google.

I tried Ubuntu on this laptop and there was no problem with any hardware.

Finally, Long Live Linux.    Long Live Ubuntu

Vista SUCKS!!!

The latest release of every thing is supposed to be better, but Microsoft has proven itself to be an exception.
It released its new Operating System “Vista” which is far worse than it’s previous version “XP”.

Vista was released about 18 months ago. As my system didn’t support Vista(it demanded a real high specification), I didn’t think of upgrading and I didn’t want to use it either. I hadn’t used Vista much until recently when I brought a laptop from one of my friends. The laptop was with me for a few days and unfortunately it had a pre-installed Vista. I was compelled to work on Vista.

The laptop was really good. It had 2 X 2.00 GHz processor,  2 GB  of RAM. It met all the requirements for Vista to work(actually, it crossed the requirements). So, I thought of giving Vista a try, may be Vista was real good in a system like this. BUT, I was horrified at my experience.
I had problems running applications. When I tried to watch a video, the video stuck as if I was streaming it over the Internet.
It has a feature called “Digital Rights Management (DRM)” which controls the applications that I use. It doesn’t allow me to use my computer as I like. Why can’t I use the applications that I want?
It sure has some better designs but what’s the use of designs if you can’t work easily. The new start menu makes it difficult(at least for me) to find programs.

Now, the thing that made me post this article.
I was going through the control panel(which is really messy). I got to the User Accounts page and then thought of changing my password. I changed the password to a word in Nepali Unicode(thank god, the Nepali language input worked on Vista). I successfully changed the password and continued working on other things. After finishing my work, I shut down the laptop and went for a walk with my friends.
When I returned home and booted the laptop. I came to the login screen. I remembered that I had changed the password so I instinctively pressed the shortcuts for switching between the input languages and typed my password. ALAS! Vista says the password isn’t correct. I tried it again and again it failed. Then, I looked for the icon which displayed the language code that I have been using, but couldn’t find any. I was so pissed off. I was so angry with Vista. It allowed me to change the password in another language but doesn’t allow me to type it in the login screen. It left me no options than to install a fresh copy of another operating system. I got my Windows XP CD and started installing it to another partition.

From that day onwards, I swore to myself that I am never going to install Vista on my computer. Windows XP was better than Windows Vista and far better than that is our very own UBUNTU.

Say no to VISTA and start using UBUNTU
With Ubuntu, you get more than that you get in Vista for absolutely FREE!!!!!!!

http://www.badvista.org/