Missed My Flight As Uber Cab Had No Fuel

I have never imagined that I’ll miss a flight and the reason would be such silly. The Uber cab was low on fuel and stopped just after running a kilometer.

Flight Ticket for 13:15

On 26th April 2017, I had to catch a flight to New Delhi from Hyderabad at 13:15. I had to travel with wife and kid. I booked an Uber cab at 11:12. The airport would take almost 30-35 mins from my location of stay. Uber cab was just near my location.

I called the Uber driver to explain the exact location. However, he called again asking to change the payment method to cash, as he needed to fill the fuel. I agreed and changed the payment method to cash.

After getting in the cab, the cab stopped just after 3-4 mins after running 1.38 km. The petrol pump was just 200 meters ahead. The driver took Rs. 300 from me for fuel. However, he went twice to petrol pump with different containers to bring petrol.

Even after filling the fuel, the car didn’t start as may be the driver tried to run it on the empty tank for some distance. The whole fiasco took away almost 40-45 mins. We tried booking alternate Uber cab. However, the new cab booked was at 15-20 mins distance. The new cab booked canceled the booking after few mins without consulting.

We arranged another cab (not Uber) parked nearby and shifted our luggage. The new cab driver tried his level best to drop us as early as possible. We reached the airport at just past 12:45. He took almost 20-25 mins.

However, the officials of the flight showed their inability to allow us with the luggage. They would have helped us to board if having only hand baggage. It would

Afterward, we booked another flight to New Delhi at 19:20. Options were few and this was the cheapest. Even next two days flights were at a higher price. The new flight costs us Rs. 25, 618.

Flight Ticket for 19:20 flight

We waited almost 6 hours at the airport. After landing in New Delhi, when I opened Uber to book a cab, I found a charge pending on my card for Rs. 257 for the failed transit in the morning. So, even after choosing cash payment, I paid Rs. 300 by cash (for petrol) and Rs. 257 by card. Rs. 557 for a failed transit which costs me Rs. 25,618 extra for the flight and harassment for the whole day.

Boarding Pass for 19:20 flight

I have emailed Uber my story and waiting for a reply. Let’s see how much Uber cares for its customers.

Interesting Facts – NICL’s Promotional Exam Results 2016

Scale 1 to 2 (Vacancies – 343)

Highest Marks : 96.01 (Scored By Amit Pratap Singh Sisodia, Delhi and Shashwat Srivastava, Kolkata)

Lowest Marks: Nil

Candidates appeared : N – 546; NFT – 310; FT – 231; Total: 1087

Normal Channel: N and NFT Candidates with marks above 50 : 518

Fast Track: NFT and FT Candidates with marks above 60 : 404

Avg Marks : 56.76

Scale 2 to 3 (Vacancies – 237)

Highest Marks : 90.67 (Scored By Baljit Singh, Chandigarh)

Lowest Marks: 2

Candidates appeared : N – 378; NFT – 184; FT – 0; Total: 562

Normal Channel: N and NFT Candidates with marks above 50 : 168

Fast Track: NFT and FT Candidates with marks above 60 : 62

Avg Marks : 43.20

Scale 3 to 4 (Vacancies – 96)

Highest Marks : 81.35 (Scored By A K Gupta, Delhi)

Lowest Marks: Nil

Candidates appeared : N – 203; NFT – 83; FT – 0; Total: 286

Normal Channel: N and NFT Candidates with marks above 50 : 79

Fast Track: NFT and FT Candidates with marks above 60 : 19

Avg Marks : 42.20

Scale 4 to 5 (Vacancies – 29)

Highest Marks : 72.34 (Scored By A K Bhardwaj, Chandigarh)

Lowest Marks: 16.01

Candidates appeared : N – 71; NFT – 30; FT – 9; Total: 110

Normal Channel: N and NFT Candidates with marks above 50 : 24

Fast Track: NFT and FT Candidates with marks above 60 : 5

Avg Marks : 41.22

Distribution of Scores for various Ranges of Marks

Range of Marks

Scale 1 to 2

Scale 2 to 3 Scale 3 to 4

Scale 4 to 5

More than 90

13

1 0

0

90-80

116 7 1

0

80-70

181

22 5

1

70-60

229

50 23

7

60-50

177

88 50

22

50-25

294

340 179

68

Less than 25

77

54 28

12

Total

1087

562 286

110

Average Marks of Students based on their city of Exam Centers

City of Exam Centers

Scale 1 to 2

Scale 2 to 3 Scale 3 to 4

Scale 4 to 5

AHMEDABAD.

49.57

36.55 43.20

34.08

BANGALORE.

61.94

39.23 41.49

36.84

BHUBANESHWAR.

52.19

45.64 29.68

48.12

CHANDIGARH/MOHALI.

51.10

45.14 41.64

42.01

CHENNAI.

59.94

45.94 38.67

42.95

DELHI.

61.96

46.95 44.77

42.18

ERNAKULAM.

59.90

40.34 44.47

42.88

GUWAHATI.

42.80

35.68 36.40

21.68

HYDERABAD.

59.67

45.63 44.28

37.31

INDORE.

51.83

40.36 46.26

40.76

JAIPUR.

55.31

41.97 46.43

48.79

KOLKATA.

60.99

40.55 42.10

44.76

LUCKNOW.

53.74

43.95 33.86

34.68

MUMBAI.

61.15

44.28 45.75

27.46

NAGPUR.

47.72

42.07 51.59

38.80

PATNA.

50.84

41.46 44.76

61.68

PUNE.

53.44

42.93 38.37

39.35

Overall Average

56.76

43.20 42.20

41.22

Average Marks of Candidates from Different Promotional Channels

Channel Scale 1 to 2 Scale 2 to 3 Scale 3 to 4 Scale 4 to 5
FT 68.57 0.00 0.00 52.53
N 45.81 37.82 38.79 37.76
NFT 67.23 54.23 50.53 46.01
Overall Average 56.76 43.20 42.20 41.22

The file with class wise results in excel sheet for further analysis is attached. Click Here to Download.

I’m Abhishek Rukhaiyar, AO posted in Reinsurance Department at Head Office, National Insurance Co Ltd.

Easy WordPress-NGINX Configuration – EasyEngine

In my last post, I Want to Restart Blogging, I talked about setting up a WordPress site in less than 5 mins using EasyEngine. Actually, I talked very less about the advantages of EasyEngine. In this post, I’m going to take you to the world of Lightning Fast WordPress using simple WordPress-NGINX Configuration achieved using EasyEngine.

Why WordPress-NGINX?

Apache is the world’s most used web server. So, why to opt for an NGINX based server. I’m going to start with an image which tells you a well-known secret.

An Eye Opening Analysis – Source: nginx.com

The above analysis tells us the usage percentage of different popular servers in the world based on its usage in all the websites; usage in top 1,000,000; top 100,000; top 10,000 and top 1,000 websites. Apache is overall definitely a very popular web server. But, when it comes to top 10,000 or top 1,000 websites by usage, NGINX surpasses them to be the most widely used web server. It shows that NGINX has definitely an edge over Apache.

Google’s server seems a popular web server in top 1,000. But, it is a costly web server. Further, as it is only popular among top 1,000 websites, it means Google web server is definitely good. But, Google’s Server is not for all. It is a premium service.

One more interesting thing is even WordPress are using nginx for its own servers. You may check it out at the following pages. WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG.

Nginx – High Performance Web Server

Here are some benefits of using nginx in simple language:

  • Nginx is fast because it does not need to create a new process for each new request.
  • Nginx uses very little memory, especially for static Web pages.
  • Nginx can be used with a range of systems.
  • Nginx is highly scalable, and performance is not dependent on hardware.
  • Nginx is easy to install and configure.
  • Nginx has very less CPU load

However, there is an overlooked fact here. Apache is used by a heavy number of top 1,000 websites. So, those websites with best minds on the earth behind them must be getting phenomenal result with Apache too. The thing is Apache needs some tweaking which is not simple to do. Tweaking nginx is easy. Even on low-budget and nil tweaking, nginx gives impressive results.

Why EasyEngine?

Before going into the question, why EasyEngine, I should answer what is EasyEngine.

EasyEngineEngineered with Simplicity

In 2010, one of my website TheApplePirates.com became a hit within a month of its launch. It was getting more than 10,000 pageviews a day. It was my first website to get such a good response. I had invested in just domain name for this website. Hosting was from a free one. So, it was becoming slow after the traffic crossed 5,000 a day mark. It was the first time that I went first to a VPS Server, then to a dedicated server. Being completely in an unknown arena. At that time, I came to know about some packages like Alternate PHP Caching (APC), Varnish, memcached, eAccelerator and other such names. I researched a lot those days and tried to implement few on my server. It took me more than 3 days to make APC working on my server. I know, I’m not a technical guy with any degree or even diploma in computers. But, spending 3 days to make APC work that too without a splendid performance. Its insane.

Anyways, after the recent success of my websites, once again I was forced to try my luck with memcached and nginx. It was real pain to make all these packages to work together. If you have tried to do the same. I’m sorry for your wastage of time. The answer to all these complex installation could be a very simple to use customized Package EasyEngine.

EasyEngine with not more than 3-4 commands can install a nginx based server with PHP5-FPM, MySQL and added features like FastCGI, memcached, Zend OPcache, Google Pagespeed, Postfix. It is a package made especially for WordPress and its performance optimisation. It gives option for a WordPress website to be created with page caching support using optimal setting for either of FastCGI or WP Total Cache or WP Super Cache and also with no page cache. Further, one can use it for WordPress subdomain or sub-directory installation too. Using EasyEngine on a fresh server, one can install 12 types of WordPress install in less than 5 mins. An interesting feature, it tweaks its configuration itself as per available hardware resources. However, for optimal use, I recommend to tweak the configuration of packages included as per your requirements.

EasyEngine blends compatible and latest packages together to give a stable environment. Regular updates are released which are easy to install with a single command. However, the tweaks and settings remain unchanged after update. I’m using SSD-VPS from Virpus Hosting for this website. At Virpus Hosting, by paying just $ 5 per month one can set up a website using EasyEngine to easily support a WordPress blog to handle daily traffic of 1,000-2,000 that too with a page load time of under a sec. If you are a blogging for long, you must think I’m giving false picture. But, this is true. Using EasyEngine along with few plugins that I’ll tell you in coming posts. You can do it without hassle.

The beauty of EasyEngine lies in its simplicity, flexibility, cost effectiveness and performance. I give 5 out of 5 in all these segment to EasyEngine. There is more alternative to EasyEngine – Like LAMP, WAMP, MAMP, XAMPP. But, all are Apache based packages. I would love to test package similar to EasyEngine for nginx if you can suggest some.

Installation of EasyEngine

Installation of EasyEngine is quite simple and Easy. Get a fresh server. If you want for testing, you can use an instance from Amazon EC2, else for deployment of your WordPress blog get a VPS from Virpus Hosting. EasyEngine currently supports Ubuntu and Debian 6/7. I prefer Ubuntu over Debian due to its wide popularity.

Once you get root access to your server via command line (Putty), the first step should be to update the server to latest using following command. Press y, if it needs permission during update.

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get dist-upgrade

Next, run the following command. It will install EasyEngine. During the run, you will be asked to enter your name and email id.

wget -qO ee rt.cx/ee && sudo bash ee

Once completed, run the below command. It will install MySQL, NGINX, PHP5-FPM, HHVM along with Opcache, WP-CLI, phpMyAdmin, Adminer and other useful packages.

ee stack install

There would be HTTP Auth Username and Password on the screen, once the command will end installation. Save it. Keep the credentials safe.

Now, you are all set to install your website. Use the below command to install WordPress.

ee site create www.facebook.com –wpfc

Replace www.facebook.com with your own domain name. Copy and save WordPress admin Username and Password from the screen.

Above command will use nginx’s own page cache FastCGI. You may use other commands from EasyEngine for using W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache and no page cache.

Now, just point your domain’s dns to the IP address of your server. Once this is done. You can see your blog right away with easy WordPress-NGINX Configuration.

I suggest using CloudFlare for dns hosting and other optimisation. If you are using CloudFlare, you can change the IP address within few seconds to point to your new server.

I would write in subsequent posts about customisation of EasyEngine. Further, I’ll try to make you familiarise with basic architecture of file system in EasyEngine.

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