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Installing MySQL on Windows using a noninstall zip archive

At-least for me, configuring MySQL zip archive on server by reading MySQL team's unfriendly, multi-navigational document has been quite a challenging task.

Here is my simplified version:
Download mysql noninstall zip from here: http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/Extract do C:\mysql folderUnder c:\mysql folder you will find my-default.ini file, make a copy of it and rename it to my.iniOpen my.ini in notepad, You will find basedir and datadir as commented statements, just uncomment them (by removing # from the starting position of each line) and do the changes shown belowbasedir = c:\\mysql #installatin directorydatadir = c:\\data   #data directory, it can be in some other drive too!Open cmd.exe as administrator and type below commands one after the otherGo to bin folder where mysqld.exe file is presentcd c:\mysql\binBelow command will initialize the data directory, by reading my.ini file (in our case its in c:\mysql folder)mysqld --initializeInstall mysql as background running se…

How a university is saving 2.5 tons of paper every year?

Considering the current environmental imbalances, many non-profit organizations (like The Nature Conservity, SayTree…and many others) around the world working desperately to save plant and trees. It is our responsibility too. We felt starting with universities is the better place to spread the awareness. With this, we also made universities administrative work more manageable and effective.


The story I am going to share tells you how a university quietly worked and stands as a role model by saving tons of paper and millions of rupees of its own and its students.
In the year 2012, VT University (Visvesvaraya Technological University also popularly known as “VTU”) Belgavi (India), has moved its thesis evaluations to online to effectively reduce its use of paper and streamline the process online. University’s this decision made it save several Lakhs of rupees (~ tens of thousands of dollars) every year in paper cost while giving faculty and administrators more direct access to evaluation …