Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Singularity OS : Microsoft's OS Prototype

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/singularity/

Microsoft is working on a research OS for quite some time. Since it's research project there's a small team of developers plus a number of interns who work on this project. The project seems to be testing ground for Ground breaking technologies that will influence windows of the future.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Cutting Edge


What is it? Staying at the top with the best in the class, with the latest of the breed? Perhaps not best but certainly latest. Now comest the tricky question. Are you at the cutting edge? Oh My God! Me? Man! Are you... Naah not me. It's simple actually - it costs too much for what it's worth. The latest is very costly - and so many reasons. Most of us have all these reasons and we are not supermen to fly the sky and have X-Ray eyes. So what do we do? We try to stay updated on what is latest. And we can definitely look forward to have the opportunity to bag something which was latest not far back.
We usually have our budget rigs with not so latest software. E.g. I have a Win7 machine which haven't seen a single update. Why? because I end up installing the OSES on regular basis. Let me put the Installs and Deaths of various OS'es on it below.

1. Win XP SP3 32-bit Install
2. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 32-bit Install
3. Win7 Ultimate 32-bit Install
4. KUbuntu 10.04 LTS 32-bit Install
5. KUbuntu 10.04 LTS 32-bit Demise
6. KUbuntu 10.10 32-bit Install
7. Win7 Ultimate 32-bit Demise
8. KUbuntu 10.10 32-bit Demise
9.Linux Mint 10 64-bit Install
10. Win XP SP3 32-bit Demise
11. Win7 Ultimate 64-Bit Install

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Commodore is Back!!!

C64x: A Commodore 64 with Blu-Ray, Dual-Core Processors, and More


The commodore is back. And this time it's going to kick some serious ass!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Memory Usage - DistroWatch.com

SOURCE: DistroWatch.com

Questions and Answers (by Jesse Smith)

Memory usage

One of our readers asked about programs which display memory usage, what to use and what the different types of memory (shared, virtual, swapped, cached) mean. Furthermore, what fields are important to look at when comparing different systems?

First let's talk about programs to use when monitoring memory usage. When in doubt, I generally fall back to basics and use "top". It runs everywhere and shows you most of the information you should need, both in regards to memory usage and CPU usage. If you're just concerned with how much memory is being used by the system and uninterested in CPU usage then "free" is also a good command to run as it'll show you usage information for shared memory, cache and swap. When looking at GUI applications, I like KDE's System Monitor. The default layout looks a lot like top's, but it's easy to configure System Monitor with different views and with different filters. My favourite feature of System Monitor is its method of displaying CPU, memory and network usage in a graph so you can quickly tell if your resource usage is spiking or holding steady. For non-KDE people, there is a GNOME application, which also carries the name System Monitor, and it shows the same information in approximately the same manner.

Slax - still alive in the Slax Community remix - DistroWatch.com

SOURCE:DistroWatch.com
 Feature Story (by Bernard Hoffmann)


Slax - still alive in the Slax Community remix

SlaxOnce upon a time Slax and KNOPPIX were the de facto Linux live CD distributions. Dating back to 2003 Slax was certainly one of the first, and its creator, widely known as Tomas M, gave the community the Linux-live scripts and pioneered modules instead of packages for an easy install of additional programs. The main edition CD image was around 200 MB and featured only the necessary base and a light KDE 3 desktop to allow customizing from there. Slax is, as the name might suggest, based off Slackware Linux, or perhaps better, a repackaging of the Slackware base and certain applications into Slax's module format LZM.

The module section hosted is vast and many are user-contributed which makes this way of operating a security concern. However, a system of approval is in place which warns you when downloading one that has not been approved and, of course, you can always make your own modules from pre-existing packages should you not trust what's available for download. For example, Firefox from the last official release is now severely outdated, but with the help of the provided utilities it is as easy as downloading the latest tar.bz2 from mozilla.org and converting it to LZM. It may even have given PC-BSD the idea for their PBIs, although these go further, including the dependencies in a static package as well.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's mint - Linux Mint 10

I didn't know it would affect me so much. But Linux Mint is something - perhaps its mint fresh!

I came across Linux Mint through a few reviews/ posts about it, and thought to try it. It's one of remasters of Ubuntu/ Debian (There's a debian edition too), containing many everyday utilities/ Packages that don't  make to Ubuntu's standard distro. Mostly it's because we need alternatives for many programs we use for everyday tasks and the many missing packages necessary for everyday use like codecs/ compression programs/ media players etc.

So I installed Linux Mint 10, and the first thing I noticed was the interface. It's kinda sober looking. Not much flashy, not much glittering, but it's like a mid-range Bajaj bike that gets all the work done and doesn't costs (and looks) much. I liked their menu. The arrangement is very good. And it's one of the reasons I haven't yet touched anything of the interface. Not even the wallpaper.

Monday, December 6, 2010

List of Books Available in Genre Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Hello All,
Here's the list of all eBooks I have.
List of E-Books Available with Me in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Genre.

You can drop me a mail requesting any of these and I'll be delighted to help you: vaibhav[dot]dlv[at]gmail[dot]com.

Mercedese Lackey E-Books Available

Mercedes Lackey Collection Available:

Mercedes Lackey On GDocs

Keep Visiting for Many More...

BitTorrent Magnet Links Explained


SOURCE : SOFTPEDIA NEWS.

Anyone following the BitTorrent scene has been noticing some interesting developments lately and three new technologies in particular have stood out. A couple of them, DHT, PEX, are new ways of finding peers (users with copies of the file you want to download) without relying on the old BitTorrent tracker system. These are very important to the actual downloads but work mostly hidden from the user who may not even now when they kick in.


Magnet links, on the other hand, are a different story. They have been around for quite a few years now, yet most people have started noticing them only recently, notably since the Pirate Bay implemented them. And now that the world's first BitTorrent indexer, which relies solely on magnet links, has showed up, more and more people may find themselves wondering how these links work and what are their advantages over .torrent files, which are still in wide use, if any.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

TRAI issues new regulations for telemarketing

We are getting tighter controls on Tele marketing calls and SMS's, so can we say it's end to those pesky SMS's?
I don't know. I don't receive as much calls for Credit Cards/ insurance/ Investment.Usually I politely say that I'm not interested. Sometimes when I'm in a mood I take them for a ride worse than imaginable and in the end they end up with wasted time and efforts. Well, that's the way it's going to be. They're paid to do the efforts.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My current Desktop

Hi,
After so many days, I got bored of conky, changed the wallpaper, changed the AWN theme, plugin set and now I've a new desktop. 

Pope John Paul Quotes

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.
Pope John Paul II 

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
Pope John Paul II 

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.
Pope John Paul II 

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mega Letter Pack

This is something I worked on few years ago. It's actually a pack of PDF's containing a number of  letter samples. Yeah, we don't write any letters these days, thanks to mobiles, and partly Internet.

But in official conversations (even through e-mail), we need to be aware of the language. I hope these help.

Mega Letter Pack (Google Docs Folder)

Friday, November 19, 2010

What Hardwarwe Do I Have

Source : http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/what-hardware-do-i-have
Nov 18, 2010  By Joey Bernard

Often you may not necessarily know what kind of hardware you have—you may have a no-name box from a smaller company or a used machine. This month, I present the tools you can use to find out what you have installed.
First up is lshw. This utility LiSts HardWare (lshw). If you run it as a regular user, it actually warns you to run it as root. So go ahead and run sudo lshw. You should see screens of information for your system. The first section will be general information and should look something like this:
jbernard-eeepc            
    description: Notebook
    product: 700
    vendor: ASUSTeK Computer INC.

Monday, November 15, 2010

solipskier - This Game is Addictive!!!

 SOLIPSKIER
http://mikengreg.com/solipskier/




Make Your Own Fake Virus with Notepad

Open Notepad and Copy-Paste foll. line:


X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

Then save it as a txt file. If your AntiVirus is not sleeping/ not configured to scan txt files you should get a Virus warning. 
If you can save it and later open it again, perhaps your AntiVirus is sleeping. Then save this file as an 'exe'. If even now your AntiVirus is sleeping, you need to boot out the Lazy Tom of your AntiVirus.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fwd: Dangerous virus.. fwd to all your friends..

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/black-in-white-house-virus-hoax.shtml

hoax.jpeg
BEWARE OF SUCH MESSAGES in "SERIF" FONT AND IN RED/BLUE FONT COLOR



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php files opening in browser as phtml files

I was having this strange issue where in firefox was showing me phtml files to be saved instead of web pages.
I had reconfigured apache, php and every other package.
I had also checked all the config files which were fine.
I was very troubled and I tried a number of other things. But none of them worked. Then at some thread I read:

"Firefox may have developed some problem in it's profile. Delete current profile and restart it.
"


I did it and behold - the phpmyadmin and my local sites started working fine.

Sometimes the wheels are faulty not the engine!!!

Distribution Upgrade Botched

Hah! This is not funny!!! I changed the icon theme (from Human to Humility) in Ubuntu ??.?? (Hey it's a bit of mess here! The sources are maverick, the machine says it's Lucid and the upgrades are multiply botched!) I had Distribution Upgrade running in background (Downloading some new packages) and as soon as I changed the Icons, The distribution Upgrade window vanished.
Just restarted it again. Now it's downloading things. God! I always prefer a fresh install. But I've messed up things so badly here that Dist-Upgrade is the only quick and dirty option I'm left. (Mostly because I'm lazy enough to have a cripple system running rather than doing clean install and installing the hundreds of apps later...)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

SOMETHING WIKED INDEED

Need to get 1,206MB/1,563MB of archives.
After this operation, 25.6MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Err http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main language-pack-kde-gl-base all 1:10.10+20100930
  Something wicked happened resolving 'in.archive.ubuntu.com:http' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)
Err http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ maverick/partner adobe-flashplugin i386 10.1.85.3-1maverick1
  Something wicked happened resolving 'archive.canonical.com:http' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)
Err http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main language-pack-kde-he all 1:10.10+20100930
  Something wicked happened resolving 'in.archive.ubuntu.com:http' (-5 - No address associated with hostname)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's Festival Time

Yes Folks!!! It's Diwali. So Happy Diwali to You All!!!

And Since I'm off on a small vacation from Tomorrow (About a Week), I'll summarize things in last few days and few happening things too.
I just finished with The Home Grown series - Tutorial for LAMP. And I also exhausted my knowledge of LAMP there. So I'm working on getting some new things in my small head.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

More Eye Candy

  












Even better!
Added AWN. Removed the Analog Clock Widget on Desktop.
Got the System Tray back with AWN's Systray applet.
(You would notice there wasn't a system tray in last build!!!)

Kudos To AWN Developers!!!

ext2Read : A tool to access Linux Ext2/3/4 File Systems from windows

Here's a nice post about ext2Read

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/33387/how-to-browse-your-linux-partition-from-windows/

And here's the link to download:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2read/files/

Friday, October 29, 2010

a nice KUbuntu Desktop



Ingredients:

Widgets on Desktop : Analog Clock
Widgets on Panel : Menu and Show Desktop

Wallpaper: Abstract-RayOfLight.

Desktop Theme : Air

No System Tray or Any Annoying Notifications. Extremely clean.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Home Grown : 11. PHP Session Management

You must know about PHP's session management. This demo lets you to see how the authentication is done in conjunction with PHP's session management. Look how we have used AJAX to minimize the number of pages and ease up the process flow. We can add SSL for securely sending password to server. We can declare user's profile and accordingly set UI using his Preferences. This way we can provide a personalized experience to users. I'll round up things with this.
There are still a number of things that we can do by combining PHP and JavaScript through AJAX. So there'll be more here, just as soon as I stumble upon them...

Download the Project from
HERE .

Home Grown : 10. Listing files in a folder on Server

This page will help you list the files in a directory in appropriate way.
I've coded a function that will give back appropriate file Size. Also I'm listing them according to their creation date so latest files will be on top.

Download the Project from
HERE .

Home Grown : 9. Database backup with php

Why would we need a Mysql Backup tool using PHP?

Well there may be many reasons, when you don't have access to the Database through cpanel/the hosting provider's phpmyadmin panel (Usually admins have them, so they might not give you the full access to the hosting account). All you're concerned is with data in the database. So you can use this php code to backup the database as a SQL file. This is very handy when you want to manually sync the online database with your local database.
In out Tutorial project you have this as Page 7. The code is really simple. We make a connection to the database in question. Then we get table structure and later we fetch the data in tables and add it to querystrings to be added to the sql file.

Download the Project from
HERE .

Home Grown : 8. DataGridView like View

We have reached easily to the paginated view of the data. Now we are going editability to this form. It's really simple. We use JavaScript to modify the DOM and and when editing is done we save the modified data to the database.

We have following files: 1. phpDataGrid.php and 2. saveDataGrid.php

I made sure that I have unique id for each element of the row and somehow I got hold of that id in the JavaScript. So I pass the row no to my AJAX function. I have a button which performs two tasks depending what we want it to do. One is in edit mode it replaces the text of required fields with input boxes. And in save mode it saves modified data and replaces the input boxes with the modified data.
Really it's simple juggling of data around. I have spans for all editable elements so that I can modify their innerHTML easily. I also use labels to get hold of and set the text very easily. I have used the value of button edit (edit and save respectively) to determine modes. After save we get to see either success/Failure at the end of the row.

You can also add delete right next to edit. Also you can have a small form for new row of data somewhere at the start or end of page. This way we can build ASP.Net's DataGridView like page in PHP.

Download the Project from
HERE .

Home Grown : 7. AJAX AutoSuggest

There are many JavaScript libraries out there that provide autosuggest/autocomplete functionality. I stumbled upon the prototype Library that provides autosuggest functionality in a quite easy way. We need following:
1. Prototype JavaScript Library:
http://prototype.conio.net/

2. A frontend page: Here you can find page phpAutoSuggest.php to be that frontend. We need the id of the field for which we want autoSuggest. Also we need to create a span and pass its Id to the Prototype Javascript. Also needed is a backend page that will give us the set of values that we want displayed as options. That is hintURL.php. Once again we are using help_topic table in mysql database on our local Mysql server. We search for the URL.

After creating all above we simple create a new autocompleter as new Ajax.autocompleter() to which we pass the id of field, id of span and the name of backend page.

When we type something in URL field we get a list of matching options. The trick here is in coding the backend page correctly i.e. we should generate appropriate entries in resultset which is not difficult. We are usually needed to use something like %word% in the query. Also we need to give unordered list formatted output to the autocompleter function. You can apply css to the result. You can fiddle with the appearance of the result so as to match your page. You'll find firebug very helpful while debugging this. Or on chrome similar functionality is provided via 'Inspect Element'. Next we move to editable fields, or how best to implement ASP.Net's datagridview like page in PHP.

Download the Project from HERE .

Home Grown : 6. Pagination with page jump

Today we're going to add a small snippet of code to our previous paginate example and we're going to get page Jump functionality. Now you may ask why is this important? Simply when you have a large number of records arranged sequentially and the user has some general idea where he wants to go so he can just enter an approximate page number and jump there thus saving him so many scrolls through records of literally no importance to him.

How do we implement this?
It's really simple as we can see that the pagination PHP code passes the page number as a GET parameter in the URL. So we code a small form for user to enter the page number to and we name the input field as page and set the request method as GET. So when this form is submitted the page value that the user has entered will be available to the PAGINATE script in the form of Page parameter.

Now this example just stirs the surface, and there are so many things that we can add here. Like automatically taking current page number in the page field. Or clicking clear should clear the page field and take us to first page. We can implement these things as needed. Using the page jump facility our web page becomes very navigational. Next we'll handle the autosuggest functionality.

Download the Project from
HERE .

Home Grown : 5. Pagination with PHP

This might not be that important topic from a web designer's point of view, but when we design an online system concerning data, the presentation of the data becomes very important. Usually the database contains hundreds of entries. And we would be hard pressed to write appropriate queries to retrieve the exact amount of data and to represent it as such. So here we take a look at a small solution that needs us to define What Data, How Much data per page & How to represent that data and then takes care of everything.

First lets create a database that will hold our hundreds of entries. Okay lets use mysql database (on your mysql server) itself. We'll create a page to paginate help_topic table. We'll use ps_pagination.php from PHPSense.
We have placed ps_paginate file in scripts. We include it in our PHP Page. After we create a connetion to database and fetch required data using a suitable query. Next we create a PS_Pagination object with the required parameters and recieve a Resultset for our page.
We represent this resultset into a table. Next to generate the links we call the render functions that PS_Pagination object supports. That's it.
This is Page No. 3 in the Example Project. So go through the code while I write a simple control to get you the GoTo page functionality. But that in next tutorial.

Download the Project from
HERE .

Home Grown : 4. NetBeans IDE for PHP development

I'm using the Netbeans IDE for PHP development for last 3-4 Months. There might be something better but for now Netbeans suffices my needs. Still I encourage you to seek alternatives. Perhaps you might get something better.
Now you must question : NetBeans is a Java IDE. So why use it for PHP? Well all I can say is that, because it supports PHP. And whatever support it provides is more than enough for me - at least as of now. So we install NetBeans Full Version which comes with all the goodies and also it has PHP support.

It supports syntax highlighting for PHP, HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Intelligent autoSuggest is also provided. AutoSuggest works great with HTML and PHP. It's a bit shaky with JavaScript mostly due to JavaScript's loosely typed nature. But then I'm not much good with JavaScript either - hmmm I was doing a joke, serious. Anyway but what little highliting etc works that should be more than enough. Actually I use Mozilla Firefox's FireBug extension to debug JavaScript and trust me it's a GodSend. It lets you do everything that you can expect from a decent debugger. For me the best functionality is step through. It lets you see runtime values of variables so that you know if there's some stupid spelling mistake messing with things. So FireBug's very highly recommended. You can also use Google Chrome which has similar functionality inbuild through "Inspect Element".

With Netbeans we have inherent support for a PHP project and we get templates to for various files. Also integrated is Symphony Framework and that one I'm yet to tinker with. We are also provided with PHP code clips through Tools > Palette > PHP Code Clips.
Using Projects window we can arrange the files in our Website as suits our need. We get tabs for multipple open files that makes navigation easier.

For CSS we get a style builder which lets us see the output and lists all parameters we can change. This makes working with CSS styles a breaze. For HTML we have autocompletion of end tags and syntax highlighting. Also is indentation which helps us keep track of blocks even in HTML.
the major shortcoming of Netbeans is its slow since it runs on Java. But still all above features coupled with the nice simple interface make Netbeans a very good IDE.


Download the Project from
HERE .

Home Grown : 3. A simple AJAX Example

For AJAX you need two things - Some JavaScript on the frontend to make an Asynchronous Request and Something on the Server side to handle that request.
We create a XMLHttpRequest object and send a request to the server. When we receive the response, we use JavaScript to modify the page according to the server response.
I hope you've gotten and installed the tutorial project and have it working proper.
So here we have a button which calls a JavaScript function to make the xmlhttprequest. On server side we have a simple PHP page that replies with some text. Our JavaScript then modifies the page(Or in this case the text input field).
That's all AJAX. How can this small technique help us?
Well, if you're good with JavaScript and have some innovative mind you can make magic with AJAX. Have you seen the so called infolinks? These are double underlined words on some websites that open a small pop-up (Usually an advertisement) related to that word. See how beautiful this is. You have a double underlined word, you hover your mouse over it and voilla you're presented with something related to that word. And since the result is coming from the server you can use all kind of metadata to provide something as good as the user is expecting.
You must have seen Google's new image search? See how beautifully it arranges the images. And the pop-up effect. And the dynamic loading of pages. It's the beauty of AJAX. If you have the imagination, the creativity you can make magic. So pull out those JavaScript books and start messing the webpages.

Download the Project from
HERE .

Home Grown : 2. LAMP - modelling a website

Here we'll take a look at how a website looks from a programmers perspectives. We'll take a look at what constitutes it and what should we use for which purpose.

1. HTML: A website has the HTML pages which constitute the look and feel or in other words The Front-end. Plain text files with embedded tags that dictate the Presentation of Information.

2. CSS: We use Cascaded Style Sheets to enhance the looks. We can design colour themes and appearance of text and various page elements. CSS styling thus is a very important part of our exercises. Every HTML tag has some standard attributes which we can manipulate through CSS for streamlined look. We can also define various styling for different portions of our website.

3. JavaScript: JavaScript is the client-side script. We use JavaScript to perform certain operations at client-side that can ease processing of request on Server. E.g. Form Validation. With introduction of technologies like AJAX JavaScript's use has increased. Also with various libraries like jQuery JavaScript is used to provide various effects for page elements. These days JavaScript has become as indispensable as CSS for an aesthetically pleasing website.

4. Server side Programming: This is something that resides at server and takes care of your requests and responds to you with appropriate response. At first people used to have programs accepting user request and produce appropriate response. Those were (somewhere still are) cgi(Common Gateway Interface) programs. Later with the advent of server-side programming techniques we ended up with frameworks/Technologies that ease processing of Requests. Here we're using PHP to code our website. PHP is easy to learn, loosely typed, and very powerful.

What we'll have and where it will be?

Of course everything will be on the server. Since we're building this in PHP we won't have any actual HTML pages. All pages will be PHP only. It's just an HTML Page sans any PHP code in it. This works since the browser is not concerned with the URL - whether the page served is a HTML or PHP - but rather if the response is in correct format.

On server for the sake of ease of access we group similar files in folders. So we have a 'CSS' folder in which we put all CSS files. Another folder 'scripts' stores all our Java Scripts. Similarly we can put all PHP pages into another folder. This is necessary for very big websites where we have hundreds of pages.

Tools: What is required?
This is something that you'll have to decide for yourself. There are many suites/IDE's that allow you to build beautiful websites. For this I'm using Netbeans IDE. It has very good support for HTML, CSS and PHP. The JavaScript support is okay. So you cna start from there.
There are many other IDE's for PHP. You can try them too.
I use firebug Firefox Extension for JavaScript debu‌gging. It's excellent for debugging and also for checking the DOM tree and other things.

Download the Project from
HERE .

Home Grown : 1. AJAX-LAMP Introduction

What is AJAX? What is LAMP?

LAMP-> Linux Apache Mysql PHP. The acronym stands for the powerful applications we can build by using these four components. Linux is the OS. Apache is the Web Server. Mysql is the Database. And PHP is the language of choice for Server Programming. Thus these four together make for a powerful combination.

AJAX means Asynchronous Javascript And XML. AJAX is not a language but a technology which allows us to make server requests using Javascript without leaving current page and depending on the response we can Modify current page's content with the help of Javascript.
One simple example would be user enter something in one part of our page and he wants some operation done on that data without leaving the page. Lets say user has a form where he enters his ID and he wants to check whether he's there in the database or not, before filling a lengthy form. Here AJAX comes handy. Using AJAX we can send a request to server as soon he's entered his ID and check for it's existance.
These days AJAX is used widely to do a variety of tasks. Usually the pages load the Important matter so that the User can go on with whatever he's doing on the page and remaining stuff is loaded per request or in staggered manner. Also using AJAX we can do so many small tasks (like checking User ID in above case) very efficiently.

Download the Project from
HERE .

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Linux is not Windows

Original Article : http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm


In the following article, I refer to the GNU/Linux OS and various Free & Open-Source Software (FOSS) projects under the catch-all name of "Linux". It scans better.

Linux != Windows
(Linux is Not Windows)

If you've been pointed at this page, then the chances are you're a relatively new Linux user who's having some problems making the switch from Windows to Linux. This causes many problems for many people, hence this article was written. Many individual issues arise from this single problem, so the page is broken down into multiple problem areas.

Problem #1: Linux isn't exactly the same as Windows.

You'd be amazed how many people make this complaint. They come to Linux, expecting to find essentially a free, open-source version of Windows. Quite often, this is what they've been told to expect by over-zealous Linux users. However, it's a paradoxical hope.
The specific reasons why people try Linux vary wildly, but the overall reason boils down to one thing: They hope Linux will be better than Windows. Common yardsticks for measuring success are cost, choice, performance, and security. There are many others. But every Windows user who tries Linux, does so because they hope it will be better than what they've got.
Therein lies the problem.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ubuntu 10.10 Review

Well, I went through a number of reviews so I had a basic idea what to expect. And after going through the install and an hour's session I did found out most similar things. Although I had some novel experiences as well.

So lets start with the start.
1. Installation:
I put my freshly burned CD into the drive and restarted the Machine. It took quite a while to get to the Try/Install ubuntu screen. And in between the drive slept. By slept I mean really went to sleep. I was at splash screen. The dots were moving on and on. And then they just stopped moving. The drive stopped spinning and even harddisk also became idle. I waited for a while but nothing. So I had to press [space bar] a number of times to get it
started again. Weird. But slowly though, I got to the Try/Install Ubuntu Screen. I wanted to reboot and check for the weird behaviour but I wanted to get to the OS asap. So I moved on to Install Ubuntu.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

IBus for marathi input

Start IBus:

Navigate to the menu:

System >> Preferences >> IBus Preferences

You will see a message which reads:


IBus daemon is not started. Do you want to start it now?

Click, "Yes"

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Customization Freeze

I'm freezing my Ubuntu Customization and Beautification Project today.

I've done many interesting things to my Ubuntu Distro to get this beautiful desktop. I've obtained the optimum setting. Whatever I do forward from this point of time would probably mess up this. So I'm calling it a day.

The only feel I have right now is AWE at how Linux lets us customize everything. And trust me you can't do this kind of thing with other Proprietary software.

Here I'll summarize the customizations. Many of these we have already covered before in this post.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Multiple signatures in GMAIL

These days I;m not writing much but once in a while I come upon something which is simply great and very helpful to all of us. Well that must go here (With credits of course!)

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Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/manage-multiple-signatures-gmail-browser-plugins/
By Justin Pot

Gmail is superior to desktop clients like Outlook or Thunderbird in almost every way. It’s faster, accessible from any browser and (being from Google) includes amazing search capabilities. I’ve given up email clients altogether in favor of Gmail, and I don’t think I’m alone.
One shortcoming of Gmail, or so I’m told by people

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Translating Ubuntu in Marathi

Hey everybody!

Just joined launchpad last week. Was very busy - what with Sunday's trip to Ranjangaon, Endless episodes of Prison Break, scheduling for this week, and so many pending tasks. I wanted to write something here this Monday itself, but because all of this I felt like having a massive hangover right from Monday through Wednesday i.e. yesterday. Well, anyway I wanted to do something for Ubuntu. So I looked up around. Found out that I can't take any big programs(<laughs> frag big! I can't even get any time to code a small utility...). So I wanted to do something that'll not be trivial, and I could slack off whenever I wanted. So the translation thing looked good and I jumped on the Wagon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

[Updated]Accessing a Database on Server

Let's consider a scenario where I have a database on a Server. I want to process the data in database from client. What are the possible solutions?
1. I can write a web application and upload it to the server and use server side scripting to process the data in Database.
2. I write a client application to my taste and use it to access server database remotely.
3. Lets say I'm a security freak and I don't mind writing tons and tons of code and I'm perfectly content in doing things in the complex manner, so I write a client server application where my client is with me. My server is with the database. My client connects to my Server through an encrypted tunnel and sends requests and gets reports. My server can directly access my database and processes my client's requests.

Can there be any other scenario?
P.S.: Don't tell me you also have your server and both our server can talk to each other and we can have fun!

25Sep2010: Yeah I've reached another architecture. Serverless client. Actually here the server is not a Binary Application as in classic Server, but a php page that get's a request (HTTP Request) from client and processes it. This way now I can have my client Application connect to my web server and process data on database. Although this process is very crude. And the data type, ease of processing are points better forgotten. Although we can use xml formatted reply to better structure data and outputting xml data in a php page is piece of cake.

Monday, September 13, 2010

How To: Customize your desktop

Hello Folks,


You can see how the above desktop looks. Well, getting there is not difficult. Let's see what do we need and what steps to follow.
Ingredients:
1. Avant Window Navigator, With all extra plugins.
2. Emerald and some emerald themes.
3. Conky and conky script to get this particular look.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Modding your OS UI

Yes! They say there's no end to modding and you can get to some very interesting ends if you're the wanderer of the crypts. Geez! That's some term! Wanderer of the Crypts.
Anyway, I went on experimenting with Ubuntu's look and feel and within couple of weeks I have a fully functional "AWN" on. I've switched from Gnome-Panel. Also I've switched to "emerald" for window decoration. The GTK theme New Wave remains my favorite. Oh yeah, and I stumbled upon a great wallpaper pack for ubuntu. Used it generously. About AWN, it took me quite a while to set it up. Simply the number of applets available are so many and it takes time to get to the right combination. And sometimes even the stock applets doesn't satisfy your need. You need to apply some creativity to your use. E.g. I've two cpu frequency controllers present for my Dual Core Processor. Also your usage pattern decides what you want on AWN's Task Manager space. I've Google Chrome here, cause I don't use net on my Laptop still I need Chrome to do some Web Development.So it rests right where I want it to be.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Installing Ubuntu 10.04 on Acer e-machines e-727


 *Update: Finally after going through tens of webpages and trying out a number of things, I've a solution to display brightness problem on my e-machine e-727.
Apparently all I was needed was:
1. Edit /etc/default/grub file.
$sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
2. Change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="" to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="acpi_osi=Linux"
3. Save and close the file. And update grub.
$sudo update-grub

Adding an Extra Layer of Protection - Sunbelt Security News

 Published by Sunbelt Software FORUMS | BLOG | RSS | MY PROFILE | PRIVACY  
Vol. 3, #78 - September 1, 2010 - Issue #78
Adding an Extra Layer of Protection
This issue of SunbeltSecurityNews contains:
1. Editor's Dossier
      - Adding an Extra Layer of Protection

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Internet from my time

It might feel ominous coming from the mouth of a twenty-three year old guy. Yeah, Internet is been from before me and will be after I'm gone. But I'm not concerned about that. It's a part of my life - an inevitable part considering I'm a Software guy.

I want to talk about speed of Internet - here in India. My first experience of Internet was when I was 12Yrs old - about 11years ago. I was a village kid and a proper village kid without a touch of tech. I visited one of my uncles in Mumbai that May - the school vacation. They had a computer, perhaps a Pentium III or sum such. But he needed Internet for work. So my cousins were casual with it. I on the other side didn't knew 'C' of Computers. I just watched on while my cousins interacted with weird looking wired accessories connected to a Big Box set Vertically and twice the size of a VCR.
I knew VCR - we used to bring Video Cassettes from Kankavli to watch movies once in a while. There was a guy couple of wadi's (blocks) away who had a Color TV and a VCR. Usually I would ride with my Papa on our Bajaj M-80 to deliver summons. At night he would deliver the TV and VCR for the night.
Well, sweet childhood!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

One week of Laptop Pt. 2

Hi everybody,
After an exhausting weekend I'm back here to tell you the remaining tale of the day.
Yeah, so we took a look at the Win XP and Ubuntu Lucid installationa on my e-machines e727. The remaining two OSes are Windows 7 and Kubuntu. Obviously these are hobby installs I don't need any more than two OSes at once.
3. Windows 7: 
Windows 7 has come to be a very good OS when compared to the junk that was Vista. Well there are things that windows can't do - like shutting down in 4 seconds like Ubuntu or starting up in about 10 seconds which again Lucid manages effortlessly. But still windows 7 is far better OS in windows stable. The install went smooth. And the OS booted with most of the things working. I needed the Video, LAN and Wireless drivers to be installed using the Resource CD that I got with my Laptop.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

One week of Laptop Pt. 1

Wow! I didn't even noticed how this week flew by. Yeah, I was busy. Too much work. Too much hassle around. So many meetings, new schedules. And I am not even getting this Sunday off. Well, this got to suck, but yeah this is time I did something and I'm doing it.
I didn't go into high gear with my 727 though(that's my acer e-machine e727). I went on to install WinXP followed by Ubuntu 10.04, Kubuntu 10.04 and later (Just for the sake of it) Windows 7. And everything is running smooth as ever. 
1. WinXP SP2: The installation was as boring as usual. Took about half-an-hour and later a hour to install drivers and various essential apps. I had everything working fine and the RAM utilization was just 148MB/~980MB. That's definitely cool, except WinXP takes longest to boot up and shutdown. So just okay experience.
2. Ubuntu 10.04: This was also as boring as usual. (I've done a no of Ubuntu installations since this Jan'2010). Took about 20Mins and I had it up. Next I set-up  apt cacher. And then so many packages.... I was exhausted by couple of hours and still I didn't have everything I wanted Up and running.
One thing I noticed was that the brightness settings for LCD didn't work. After some searching I found out that the devices are arranged a bit different and where I should have a LCD, I had an OVGA. But the kompiz effects worked brilliantly and everything worked out of the box besides.

I'll update about remaining two next week........
Till then, happy weekend....



Linux On Laptops

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

some discussions worth noting on UUC

Ubuntu Users List is the mailing list where Ubuntu Users can post about their problems, discussions, ideas etc.
Now I had to add that the etc because from following discussions you can see the etc stretching too far. 
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From: Ric Moore

On Mon, 2010-08-23 at 08:19 -0700, Johnneylee Rollins wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 6:19 AM, Basil Chupin wrote:

> >
> > Because the word contained "rape".
> >
> > Don't want to read something? Simply hit the NEXT button...
> You know, of all the things that's okay to joke about, you've hit one
> of the things that really really isn't?
> Kindly don't use rape as a tool to make some inane point, it's
> entirely inappropriate. Especially here.

Words Meaning Something

It's difficult any way I say it. And I know there are many more from where I come who frown on me. But I made myself not care. I just moved ahead leaving behind a wake which contained all that I had discarded. It contained things, memories and people. I set myself these impossible goals and I labored to make them come true. I wend on and on not caring those who needed me, who cared for me. I was selfish. Selfish for my goals. And I didn’t even blink an eyelid when I was questioned. I had a purpose. And I expended enormous amount of myself to achieve something.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Debian Binary Package Building HOWTO by Chr. Clemens Lee

2002-11-30, $Date: 2005/08/09 20:49:46 $
Revision History
Revision 4.02005-08-09Revised by: ccl
updated email address and added link to Turkish translation by Oguz Yarimtepe
Revision 3.02003-12-19Revised by: ccl
fixed two typos reported by Claudio Cattazzo
Revision 2.02003-12-13Revised by: ccl
applying Frank Lichtenheld's feedback
Revision 1.02003-11-08Revised by: ccl
first version
This mini-HOWTO shows how to build a minimal Debian .deb package.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

83 Ways to Trash Your School

Liberate your life! Smash your school! The public schools are slowly
killing every kid in them, stifling their creativity and individuality and
making them into non-persons. If you are a victim of this one of the things you
can do is fight back.

This chapter is not written for people who are not yet sure whether school
is good or bad. It is written for students that realize the way that compulsory
education and grades destroy the natural curiosity so many children feel... Who
realize how the tracking system keeps the poor people and minorities in our
society on the bottom while keeping the rich and powerful on the top... Who
realize the danger of teaching complete obedience to authority and who are fed

20 WAYS TO SABOTAGE YOUR SCHOOL

WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE EXERCISES IN FREE SPEECH I HAVE EVER SEEN.
IT WAS FIRST PRINTED IN 1968 BY SOME HIGH SCHOOL KIDS IN AMERICA'S
INDUSTRIAL HARTLAND AND MOST RECENTLY (IN ENGLISH AT ANY RATE) IN ENGLAND AFTER THE RIOTS THERE IN 1982. OF COURSE I REPRINTED IT FOR PURELY  EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES - JUST TO SHOW YOU HOW IRRESOPNSIBLE FREE SPEECH  CAN GET. I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACTIONS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO USE  THIS TEXT.
NOW THAT WE GOT ALL THE BULLSHIT OUT OF THE WAY HERE ARE THE 20 WAYS I'VE BEEN TELLING YOU ABOUT.


50 Fun things to do in a final

50 Fun things to do in a final that does not matter (i.e. you are going

1.Bring a pillow. Fall asleep (or pretend to) until the last 15
minutes. Wake up, say "oh geez, better get cracking" and do some
gibberish work. Turn it in a few minutes early.

2.Get a copy of the exam, run out screaming "Andre, Andre, I've got the
secret documents!!"

Monday, August 2, 2010

Three guys die and go to heaven

Once three guys die and go to heaven. God welcomes them to heaven and says "People, you'll get a car while you're in heaven. Tell me whether you were faithful to your wife or not and I'll give you a car accordingly."
First guy looks up and says "Dear god, I've never cheated on my wife." God smiles and says "I know. Here's a Rolls Royce for you."
Second guy smiles nervously and says "Dear God, I've cheated on my wife couple of times. But I always took care of her." God smiles and says "It's okay. Here's your Ford. "
Third guy doesn't look up. God looks at him and says "I know you were not at all faithful with your wife. You'll get this shaggy buggy of your grandma's time."

The guys leave.

After 3-4 weeks, last two guys meet up near a bar and find the first guy's rolls Royce in the parking. They decide to move in and check on him. But to their surprise they find him completely drunk with whole lot of empty bottles around him. They feel concerned and go and ask him why is he drinking so much.

The first guy looks up and says, "I saw my wife on a bicycle today."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

DTE.ORG.IN and Open Source

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Hi,
   Engineering, Diploma etc. admissions processes are online. The website for it is dte.org.in . Unfortunately Technical board doesn't seems to care about users who don't use IE. When you go to http://www.dte.org.in/FE2010/StaticPages/Default.aspx , this is what it says: "Sorry, this Application is Supported only on IE6, IE7 & IE8" .
Same applies when Diploma admission link is visited. I think this is clear case of vendor locking. Is there any way to protest?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What you can't take away from me

You can't take away my smile
You can't take away my music
You can't take away my spirit
You can't take away my happiness
You can't take away my pride
You can't take away my kindness
You can't take away my honesty
You can't take away my love
You can't take away my peace
'Cause I've found all these things inside me!!!

But if you want all of these,
You can have them all.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Setting Up Virtual Hosts on Apache for Linux

Dear All,

I was needed to set up a virtual host for an older LAMP application and the developers had worked with a different serer. So it used fixed directories and hardlinks. Sufferance. And the developers are long vanished from our horizon. So what to do to make it run again - Either edit the 40-50 pages and change the links or create a Virtual Host. I chose easy looking way of creating a virtual host.

How was I to know I've stepped into a mire and all that remained is sinking down in confusion. I went through 40-50 webpages for information and things got more confusing. So I went ahead and tried a number of solutions. I was about to give up when one combination worked. (Not perfectly though, I was stuck at not able to get host but it got solved within next 10 pages).

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Browsers and browsers

Browser wars are far from over. I'm gonna tell a small story of which browsers have influenced my life.

It was windows 98, and we had IE5.5. I was a novice then, and didn't know world beyond IE. The Windows98 was something to remember with it's unpolished GUI, blue screens and many hidden features. But that was all the windows we had back then.

Next came Windows XP and more hardware requirement. Well it also gave us IE6 n 7 recently. After fumbling around for couple of years, I learned about better alternatives, about Mozilla, safari, opera and many more. I moved away from IE. Its 6 years since I first used Mozilla's Firefox. I'm still using Firefox but I also use chromium once in a while.

It's also 6 years since I touched IE. From then Firefox have reached FF4beta, IE9's in the works and Opera n others are moving ahead as of Aug'2010. Google's Chrome n chromium are giving tough competition to settled players. But one thing I noticed about chrome is that devnagri matter/text is not displayed properly.

Obviously they'll improve that, and the browser war will wage on...

*on mobile front Opera seems to be the king of the hill with Opera Mini and Opera Full. But with new OSes like iOS, Android and many others providing inbuilt better browsers, it's tough there too.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lucid Lynx and Me

Hmmm, I'm a skeptic and paranoid guy when it comes to new things. And when you think about OS'es yeah all my paranoia is aptly justified. We see newer releases filled with bloatware, demanding more and more resources, and looking flashier, and sometimes so hi-fi that we cannot help but feel blinded in all the eye-candy.

Thank god, I don't have any kind'a computing device at home so I'm spared with testing and making myself a believer in Win 7. But at my workplace I had Ubuntu 9.01 for 4-Months and it's worked cool n quiet and I'd a nice setup without much experimentation. (I did mess up one installation - n learned my lesson that never experiment on workstation. So now I've couple of partitions exclusively given to trying out different OS'es.)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Something of Music

I've a songs collection of approx 45GB. It's not much when compared with many of you who'd have terabytes of Music sitting on your disks. I listen to Marathi songs, Hindi songs from oldies to latest Bollywood hits. In English it goes from pop to rock to party hits to Remixes.
I like all kinda songs. I listen to Linkin Park, Creed, Shakira, Trapt, Hoobastank, Nickelback,Bob Sinclar, Korn, The Rasmus, Rohanna, Akon and many more. And it's not like I favour any single artist. It depends on mood. Sometimes I feel like listening to 'Kande Pohe' from Sanai Choughade and next I'm listening to Papa Roach's 'Getting away with Murder'.
There's something about music. Just last night I put some random songs in My MP3 Player (I'm one of many people who don't are for iMP3's). BTW it's just 1GB thing, takes in about 150 songs, and I keep on changing the content weekly. So I came across 'Chaiya Chaiya' from 'Dil Se' and I remembered 'Vatage Point' and it's starting Music. The movie was great. (I'm a movie buff BTW or I believe myself to be one...) So I remembered a number of movies that I'd seen over the years. Many with great Music. I fondly remember a number of Movies by Bhatt brothers for their music and Nonexistent anything else.
But back to Music. Some Ghazal's are always with me like 'Hoshwalon Ko' from 'Sarfarosh' starring Aamir Khan and Sonali Bendre. And sonali did look like the girl of everybody's dreams. Then there's some songs which make you want to dance - like 'Chhan Chhan karta hai ye nashila badan' again with Sonali Bendre, but it's an altogether different beat, different mood, and a kind of nasha.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Apt Cacher: A local APT Server

APT-CACHER

apt-cacher is a program to set up an apt cache server from which a number of other computer can download packages. Apt-cacher reduces network bandwidth used while downloading similar packages on a number of computers over LAN.

Tutorial to Setup Apt-Cacher

How To Set up a repository cache with apt-cacher

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Scratchbox Tutorial

Scratchbox is a tool that aims to provide chrooted crosscompilation environment and manages to hide the complexity in crosscompiling any app for a target platform.


1. Installing scratchbox :

Add following line to apt sources.list

deb http://scratchbox.org/debian stable main

Update repository of host machine,

#sudo apt-get update

Install following packages:

थोडा मराठी input

गेल्या शनिवारी मी अणि माझा सहकारी सिद्धार्थ, टेक मराठीच्या सभेला गेलो होतो. About ५० लोक आले होते. बरीच नवी माहिती मिळाली. पण सगळ्यात मोठे असे की काही लोक मराठीसाठी कम करतायत हे बघून बरे वाटले.
Anyway's back to the base of it all. Right now I did try to get some marathi/hindi input on my desktop(My Company-provided Desktop). I'm using Ubuntu 9.10. Unfortunately I didn't get marathi support for input. Hindi support is available but I'm still searching for guide/Documentation for the proper input and getting complex input right.

The one software that looked very promising is Baraha. But sadly it's not available for Linux. So we inter net junkies are left with google's transliteration, which is more than sufficient for guys like me that do most of the writing in English. But occasionally we would also like to write some matter in our mother tongue.

But it looks we'll have to be very determined to get something out. जसे की मी आत्ता म्हणतो आहे - माका माझ्या मालवणीतना सगळा लिवुचा हा. तर मी काय करू? का माका देवाक garhana घालुचा लागतला?
p. s. I couldn't get garhana right whatever I did.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A new name

Today I wanted to change the name of my blog to something good. I tried many names and at last I've found point element as my blog's new name.

Point element is the point man in a recon group. He's the most alert guy scanning terrain before him. And usually the petrol changes point regularly so that the guy who's on point is fresh and always most alert.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Audacious

I  was looking for a good winamp like Audio player for my Ubuntu. I hate rhythmbox for it's interface. And so the journey began to find a good Audio player that'll give me good enough sound and ease of use so that I won't miss my winamp.

After going through a lot of crap, blogs, posts and all I settled on Audacious.



It gives me everything that I need and I didn't need to learn something new because things were not as I wanted them to be.

And those are some crystals for desktop background. Naah, I just crammed them in the LCD.

Documentation

You might wonder what the heck is a post doing with a title of documentation. And rightfully so. Even I also wondered what the heck am I going to write here. But then I blanked my mind for couple of minutes and thoughts started crowding about in my mind. various thoughts.

I remembered various documentations I've done in my life. all those private diaries. Those unreleased private transcripts. The assignments, notes, project documentations. Lots of writing. I felt proud. Yes, I've written so much and today also I'm writing. Well right now I'm working on some documentation too. I'm working on my company's flagship product's documentation. Well, rightfully though it's not my job. My job is to write code. But small company, limited horsepower...(horse??? Oops manpower). And so you need to put on a number of hats, do a number of jobs.

So anyway the joy of creation is still there, and the doc's coming nicely. I'll post it somewhere when the said product is officially released. On personal front yes, there's some private documentation's going on too. I do that since many times I need to have reasons for my actions. I need to remember the situation. And for me every decision is usually a conscious decision. And so it helps knowing why I did what I did - especially somewhere in future.

On other fronts things are going okay. Not much trouble here. The society is peaceful. Travel with public transport is still Pain in the backside. And I'm yet to get my Limo(you don't believe I'm getting a limo. Well, Me neither. And it's just a dream anyway, and I'll probably shift into the Limo saving Rs. 2k of rent. Haha.)
So things are good overall. Be back with something interesting.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

card Tickets Vs E-Tickets


Today's 20 Min's journey from home to office was a little more than interesting. The bus was full as usual. I stood hanging at the back. The conductor looked cheering than normal. I thought - must've been bored to death with crowded buses and endless ticketing. But what the heck. Anyway it all didn't make much sense till last ten min's when the good fellow reached the back of the bus.

He was frustrated with the e-ticketing machine and he did get couple of wrong tickets. Once he got out a ticket of Rs. 10 for one asked of Rs. 6. And another time he got similarly wrong ticket.

Monday, June 7, 2010

A twist with gnome, KDE, LXDE and OpenBox

Hi all,

Today I'm on a different plane. So last week I was flying(metaphorically) around the world wide web. And I came across a number of websites/forums/blogs where people have published really eye-catching desktops using various utilities/programs etc. I went through it and as a hardcore Linux User and Developer I know how slow a system becomes when you try out all those swanky things.

Sure try them if you have a Quad core monster and oodles of ram, but I came across a number of posts where people have achieved lightweight desktops with great eye candy. Many used Openbox, others LXDE, not many for xfce.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Going deeper in Linux

I started with Linux as an amateur. I was interested in options (I always am and I believe in multiple backups BTW), and I was tired of Windows 98. It was back in 2002. I started on a P4 1.8GHz.

Wait a minute, I've used a 486 before that but I just played doom on that at my cousin's home back in my village. So I started with the 1.8GHz Pentium 4 and 128 MB Ram on a i845 mainboard. It was okay machine, I could play some games too. But windows 98 was hell of unstable.

Win2k was coming around to stability but it was too much effort to go at it. Anyway I was too much into Magazines then and so I came to know about Linux. As one self declared geek I attacked with greed. (We all geeks are just like that!) So I tried a few Live CD's like knoppix, slackware. It was good trying out new things. jumping around obstacles. Way more geeky.

Monday, May 31, 2010

The time passing by...

We believe that we are great time managers.

At least I firmly believe the said thing. And yet there's a book sitting on my table for last 3 weeks waiting to be read. And every morning I wake up look at it and promise myself that I'll finish it in few days. The few days of mine are more than three weeks.

Life's that.

So where are we moving? This is another question I seem to be asking myself many times these days and frankly I don't have any answer. Things are boring around as usual. There's hardly any excitement, rush or pure, clouding fun. But once again I'm alone and hardly in any mood to give a damn for all these things that are - around me. Again a looooooooong Sighhhhhh. And Life's that.

Goals. Yes there are goals. But they don't feel fresh. It's as if life needs a fresh breath and this stagnency need to be removed.

Time is passing by and besides jumping at some unknown thing and invite chaos (Read: Wonderful Chaos) in this peaceful life, I've nothing else to do.


Yes Life's that.


p.s. I think this post is meaningless.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Work piled up...

Monali's singin Ishq Mein...
I got 10 windows open in front of me..
In one i'm formatting a SD Card
Running QEMU in other
Analysing qemu output in another
Putting the O/P in another txt file
Installing some packages in Device
copying couple of files to PenDrive
PDF reader is open with an E-Book
One browser window
One file Managerwindow
In last one I'm looking for packages of a decent audio player for linux..


It's called Life in fast lane..

Monday, May 24, 2010

Digging up the Past

one more weekend behind me, and some productive work there...

I was going through some junk in my baggage. BTW I live in a rented place and so I routinely go through my things and try to keep them as few as possible. So I'd some pages(Not some, actually lot's of ) put in folders, packets, and even in carrybags. Most were two to six yrs old. As I went through (SYSTEMATICALLY of course), I understood that these are actually relics from my past. There was so much info about myself that most of what I'd forgotten. There were things about my junior college, then engineering, then a month full of anxiety just before I moved to Pune. Then last couple years again everything's blank. No not that blank except I closed that account and started noting things somewhere else.

So I recalled some insane adventures that I was part of during my college days. Our calculated bunks in engineering. Our final year project. The one full semester when I debunked college and yet cleared all damn papers. (I fondly remember this one). Our various teachers through Junior college and Engineering. The yearly Festival's at college. Then last but not least various coups etc etc.

Life used to suck then but still we did lot of s***. And best of all our educational record remained sane.

Now things are different, present has a new meaning. But nobody's any wiser. Perhaps I find myself a bit saner. But not by much when i remember our nightly trek on NDA Road - Yeah on A Amavasya night - me and Raahul.

Damn if this would be known to our parents they would have a fit. But yes not much crazy - a bit saner.

Digging the past gives us a chance to compare ourselves to our past namesakes. And mostly we feel better. Yeah then it was this bad, now it's less bad. Kinda cool.

Be around.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

no bang but i'm back

Yes I'm back took a lot of beating here but the same is for the fighting spirit.
And so the hero's back and the film's running allover...
Whatever thank god I'm no drinking these days (Don't think that i used to drink before either cause...I just don't know.... Weak memory and all )

So today's Saturday, I'm still at work though it's supposed to be half day, anyway waiting for one of my buddy to be back from a client visit. I'm hooked to a Zen bunging music(YEP that's Enrique ) blasting in ma ears.

continue later

holding on

it's time for things to move ahead, but as in my case as always I find things regressing. There's no funds to speak of - both in my personal case and same with my company.
My parents are tired of funding my adventures.
So I can't even ask them.
Now there's only one way left. Marry someone and exploit the supposedly soft Father-in-law. But even that's closed to me since I want to be a bachelor as long as possible.
Life's difficult. Life's bitch. Life's a f***ing SOB.

But I'm a survivor, gotta fight - as always.
[The Mean Marshal]