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

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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!