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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Maintenance Activities on Durable Link to this BLOG
Websites, like cars, computers and humans require a lot of maintenance. At the time of starting we don't realize it, but the effort involved is substantial -- whether applying security patches, moderating comments, or improving the search engine positioning.

Anyway, a number of friends (and my mother) have been complaining that Kamat's Potpourri has been falling apart due to lack of maintenance.

So I spent the better part of weekend looking over the stuff. Boy, Kamat's Potpourri is a HUMONGOUS website (Google is showing some 30,000 pages but I think they are missing about half of them) that really requires a team of people and unfortunately I do not have the expertise, time or the enthusiasm to keep it up to date. 8-(

I made numerous small changes to get better search engine exposure to some deeply hidden treasures on the website, like our Research Paper Abstracts or our List of Indian Blogs.

I retired my homegrown ad-server and switched to OpenX hosted solution. I am trying out a Site Search powered by Guruji. To honor the spirit of its creator (my father, who liked to build everything by himself) and to keep it distinctly simple and low-tech we built all our software and tools. I feel that one of the reasons why this website has survived is because we didn't use any 3rd party tools.

I fixed a bug in AddContent that had prevented updates to Malli's Potpourri since the XSS attack a few months ago.

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Kamat Scholar Search

The name is a pun on Google Scholar, but it can be a useful tool in information filtering research.

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Elections in India

Here's a microsite I built from our collections on the Pictures of Elections in India. It features mostly old pictures.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, April 16, 2009
Last Modified: 4/19/2009 11:33:36 PM

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