Friday, December 30, 2011

Elementary Icon Set Refresh

The Elementary People are refreshing the legendary icon theme and have set up a PPA on launchpad. Check it out at following address:

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Twins Fighting

2 .Net assemblies conflicting when referenced within same project!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Recently I had the pleasure to work with CSV files. And it ended in a CSV hell for me! The functionality I wanted wasn't available anywhere (As often happens when you provide custom solutions to your clients!) The client didn't want to rely completely on the system! (I question the need for the system in such circumstances, but the client wanted the system! Brilliant! Kind of like 'hey, I'll be travelling in Bus but just in case lets have that train available and tracks laid out!)
Anyway, I couldn't get them to change their preference and so this hell started. Now the situation is the client uses OpenOffice and/or MS Excel to edit the CSV's. They have excelsheets for the data and they export that to csv. I assumed I could write a parser for CSV and that would be it. But when I got to the task I just couldn't figure out the correct logic. One logic worked for some and failed for some other data and the other worked for some and failed for some other.
After playing with it for couple of days, I was really frustrated enough that I dumped the csv thing and instead used single quotes as field delimiters and "|" as separators. This made my logic simple and in 2-3 days I had a working parser for these files.
Next hard part come when I tried exporting excel sheets from both MS Excel and Open Office - both would screw up the file somehow - sometimes it was the field delimiters, sometimes the separators. After wasting one more day on this, I finally resorted to manually editing the files. GEdit's find and replace function came really handy then.
Four more days later I had the supposed to be csv's ready and I finished the task. It shouldn't have taken  that much time but as it happens the raw data coming from client had so many problems in it, like improper fields, fields exceeding lengths(these brought in duplicate record errors in mysql), and many others.
All through and through, it was quite an experience for me to work on this challenge.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

This brings tears of sorrow to my eyes

Min requirements for nfs : the run


OS: Windows Vista SP2 32-bit
DirectX: DirectX 10
Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Equivalent
Memory: 3 GB
Hard Drive: 18 GB
Graphics card (AMD): 512 MB RAM ATI Radeon 4870 or higher performance
Graphics card (NVIDIA): 512 MB RAM NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or higher performance
Sound card: DirectX Compatible
Keyboard or Gamepad or Steering Wheel
DVD Rom Drive
Online: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
DirectX: DirectX 11
Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad or AMD Equivalent
Memory: 4 GB
Hard Drive: 18 GB
Graphics card (AMD): 1024 MB RAM ATI Radeon 6950
Graphics card (NVIDIA): 1024 MB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX560
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Keyboard or Gamepad or Steering Wheel
DVD Rom Drive
Online: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Music Fail

I love working on things with music running in the background. The beat is a necessary thing to help me concentrate on my work. Also it's a way for me to get full concentration in my work. I don't use music libraries, instead I just play the albums one at a time depending on my mood. On windows nothing beats Winamp's explorer shortcut which lets me play my music folderwise, and since I have my music well arranged it's just a matter of few clicks to get the groove.
On Linux though things are a bit different. The functionality available in winamp/windows is just not available anywhere. The best I can manage is with opening Totem and dragging the folder to it. Banshee and Rhythmbox don't accept dragged directories. In fact they even won't even accept m3u playlist. (This might be mitigated in latest releases - I tried on Ubuntu 10.10. Will try the same thing on 11.10 and update here.) This is certainly FAIL for people like me who don't like (or don't know/use ) the whole music libraries concept.
And one plus with Totem is that it recognises my Laptop's Multimedia Function buttons helping me switch between track with one key press which is a huge plus especially when I'm working in Open/Libre Office or coding.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Favourite Firefox Plugins

I use Stylish and Adblock Plus for ease of use while browsing. And firebug for Javascript development.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Shell Code to Recursively search a directory for files and process them one by one

for FILE in `find . -name $FILENAME`
## Process $FILE
echo "FILE: $FILE"
cat "$FILE" |
# Read Header but don't process it
read line
# Read records
while read line
echo $line

The above shell script code searches through current directory (and subdirectories) for all files with name RECORDS. It then reads the files one by one and processes them line by line.
Eg. If your record file is like follows
Then you could put following code to read off all names in while loop.
$NAME=`echo $line| cut -d"," -f1`
echo $NAME

Friday, November 25, 2011

Getting up and facing the Sun

          About four months ago, I pulled down the Shutter! On blogging, on most of new things I was involved in, and I killed a few old processes too. There wasn't much happening around for me. The world meanwhile has moved ahead. Unity has seen some noticeable improvements, gnome 3 is also getting better, both of them picking good ideas from each other, Ubuntu is trying to break into tablet space, Linux Mint not wanting to disappoint many fans of classic desktop has chosen MGSE (Mint Gnome Shell Extensions ) to lead the way for them and they are also working on Mate - A fork of Classic Gnome (gnome 2.32). Meanwhile there are other people who have switched to XFCE/ LXDE etc.

           Lots and lots happening around with Fedora and OpenSUSE both releasing major versions that look and feel promising. I have downloaded Fedora 16 but I'm yet waiting to get a spare USB to put it on my Laptop. The Live Desktop does look promising but in the end it's the things that are after an install that matter. Follows my current state of affairs!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tis the time to pull the shutter down!

Well well well, whoever would have thought of this. It's been a journey of more than a year and I'm gonna miss sharing all the special stuff I come across. But it's time for me to take a break.
Will I be coming back? I don't know! Do I promise to come back? No, I don't promise things that I am not sure of.
Can you find me somewhere? Well, I'm heading for Hawai, cya there! Kiddin. I'll be around and probably won't vanish suddenly (Fingers crossed on this one.). Well, that's it then. Goodbye social networking! Goodbye Internet! Mails will have to be stay alive but there too, goodbye any extra services. And finally goodbye everyone!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Check Open Ports on your Linux Computer

It is always a good idea to keep an open eye on ports listening on your computer.
The easiest method to do that is to install Nmap (
sudo apt-get install nmap), and run sudo nmap localhost soon after installation.
That should tell you what ports are open out of the box.
Run Nmap often and if you see a new entry in the list of open ports that you are not familiar with, try to access it from a browser (
localhost:XYZ, where XYZ is the port number).
If that does not tell you anything useful, consult Wikipedia's
List of TCP and UDP port numbers

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Help Translating Ubuntu

Translation statistics Oneiric

Language Contributors Status Untranslated Need review Changed
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 We can do more!!! Read more to know how...

Uninstalling a VMWare Product on Linux

VMWare is a deep install - means it has many components that interface with the system very closely. So when it comes time to uninstall it, we find ourselves in a flux.
There is a script called vmware-uninstall that you can use which will help you get the job done.
$sudo vmware-uninstall 

After we run this script it shows that it's deprecated (in version VMWare Workstation 5.0.1) and you should use vmware-installer --uninstall-product product-name. So we try it.

$sudo vmware-installer --uninstall-product vmware-workstation

where vmware-workstation is the product I have installed here.

Hmmm, this did the job for me, but I remember another time when this failed for me. In such circumstances we can manually uninstall a VMWare Product.
Read on to see the link to the official page and this date's (June 2011) version.

Monday, June 13, 2011


Okay! Perhaps the last one didn't actually look beautiful, more gory so! Well, I am not one to be satisfied with that so I went ahead and looked for latest versions of the components.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011


In a quick fix soundconverter helped me quickly get an album transcoded. Nice simple program with just the goal of audio conversion in mind.
Great peace of software! Simply great!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Importing RSS feed into Facebook as My Notes - 2011

I was using Yahoo Pipes to club together posts from my two blogs and put them to Facebook. Recently I was playing with Pipes and messed up the Pipe for both blogs. This stopped the feed on Facebook. I have continuous updates here than my other photography related blog so I thought I would connect only this blog to Facebook! To do this I went to Facebook's Notes section and I couldn't find the Import Link. I searched around. I turned the corners. I looked in the dark. And I looked under the mountain too. No settings, no import,no nothing!
I turned up to Google and after half an hours search still couldn't find it! Wow, I said!
Then I thought to look into places it shouldn't be. So from My Notes i.e. Facebook Home > Notes > My Notes page I clicked Write A Note [Button at the top right corner of middle column]. Here I looked around, and clicked on My Notes in the left column. And Aaha! I found the sacred "Edit Import Settings " link at the bottom in left column under the heading "Subscribe". Click it and it takes you to the settings for the RSS feed. I changed them here to the default feed address for this blog and Yeah! Got it!
UI Design is not a simple thing!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Secure Copy or SCP

Secure Copy or SCP is a means of securely transferring computer files between a local and a remote host or between two remote hosts. It is based on the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol.
The term SCP can refer to one of two related things, the SCP protocol or the SCP program.

xsnow, oneko, tuxeyes, groach.

Funny Post! Even funnier programs!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Latest Desktop - May 2011

Stumbled across this nice conky script and a matching wallpaper has me smiling like an Idiot!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Me n Ubuntu in Yr. 2020

Oooooh, I can imagine myself working on some obscure code while standing in front of my monitor which is connected to my Desktop Rig which has Latest Ubuntu 20.10 with 4D Unity 3.0. I'm using hand (and leg, perhaps a tail too if I manage to grow one by then) gestures to modify something and unity's all sparkling and moving things around. And yeah it's got a voice too. And then there are global menus that announce some (again!) 4D notifications about my neighbor (she) out sunbathing, my dog (lewdly) observing her, and Unity telling me - "Hun, the dog won't listen!"(Virtual pout!)
Yeah that's Vaibhav D for you, (a)live from Yr 2020 just 8 yrs ahead.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

kubuntu 11.04 - The horror of KDE Continues

I installed Kubuntu 11.04 on day one on a test machine because in my organization we use it as the OS of choice(I keep my organization in my prayers! LOL). I have been using it since then on regular basis. The machine I have here is an AMD Sempron 2.7 GHz on a NVidia mainboard with integrated graphics. (Yeah I hear that groan! ) So anyway I had thought I am prepared and there'll be a few problems and a few crashes. The user experience would suck and overall I would have only headache albeit small.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Getting on a lighter side

Until yesterday I had Linux Mint 10 Julia as my Backup OS of choice but finally I have gotten tired of it too. Need something light - feather light, something that doesn't let you do much but is fast and does the few things with aplomb that it does do!
Is there any answer to this question? Of course in world of Linux there's an answer to each and everything. I haven't yet reached to a level where I would start with a Minimal install and build upwards from there so I picked up Linux Mint XFCE Edition. It's light - lighter than Win XP. E.g. XP eats ~150MB at startup but mint takes 25Megs less. The speed is seen to be believed. There are no fancy effects but then if we are looking for snappy desktop who needs smoothly opening windows?

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Geek way of playing Music

Many of you are like me. have huge music sitting on our hard drives and we just load it into our favourite media players and put it on shuffle. E.G. I have approx 4.4k English songs and similar amount of hindi songs. So I find using any GUI player difficult. I have tried many a media players but only a few can handle this big playlists (and that with shufffle). My current favourite Banshee also fails at this task, just gets horribly slow. So I thought a lot on this problem and knew that the GUI progs have to go. I'll have to use something consolar. I mean a console program will survive where all these heavyweights failed. I just need some music shuffled around and a one key next song function. I remembered of MPlayer - The Sweet Ultimate Console Media Player.
I rummaged around in man files etc and came out with ultimate solution. Yes! I would use mplayer, and a couple of options with it would give me exactly the solution that I need.
MPlayer with -playlist option supports playlists. So I created a playlist of all my songs using Banshee! Then I loaded this in mplayer with following command
mplayer -playlist Play_Queue.pls
where Play_Queue.pls is the name of playlist file. Add -shuffle parameter to this and shuffle is on.

Later I created a script by copying this command and named it and placed it on Desktop. So one click music playback - and it doesn't hog my processor. Just the functions I needed nothing else (Read No Bloatware, no unrequired features like fancy album art!).

There are few shortcuts with MPlayer that come handy.
9 0 : Volume + and - Resp.
up down : Move 1 Min forward and backward
left right : Move 10 sec forward and backward
Page up Page down : Next and Previous Item in the Playlist (This is the next I was earlier talking about - Pg Up and I hit next random song in my setup.)
p : Toggle Pause
m : Toggle Mute
[] : Decrease increase Playback speed
Backspace : Reset Playback speed (Handy if you accidently press [ or ])

Following is my shell script

#! /bin/bash
# - check for Data partition and accordingly invoke mplayer to play the media

if(!(ls /media | grep DATA)) then
    echo "Please mount Data Partition";
    mplayer -shuffle -playlist ./Play\ Queue.pls;

Programming In C++ - E Balagurusamy

Object Oriented Programming With C++

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ubuntu 11.04 First Look

The latest Ubuntu is out. And with that Canonical has brought a number of changes. I downloaded the ISO right away and used usb-creator to put (burn???) it to a USB Drive.

My eMachines e727 is well supported so I booted to Live Version straight away. As usual ubuntu didn't take long to start and get me to the unity screen.

I am yet to try out Gnome 3 so I can't tell between the two. But I did spend some time with Unity and I also made one of my friends use it and tell me his impression. My impression isn't much here because I felt Unity was okay - just okay, nothing ground breaking. I have a few gripes about the placement of things and the BIG app dock on the right.

Friday, April 29, 2011

2010 Freshers! Wipro Aptitude Test Papers

Wipro Placement Papers

Look Mama, I busted my car's tyres!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Meet The GIMP

Holy S***!

That's what I uttered when I stumbled on the following link:

GIMP Video Tutorials! About 130 of them! I am downloading one right now! Got GIMP on my RIG, so hope to do some good!

P.S. I actually have used GIMP regularly for scaling/ cropping images and applying various filters (and creating hideous versions! ). I also have used GIMP to put text atop images and create cool banners etc.

resizing pictures in batch under linux


Hi to all!

I have discovered a very easy way to resize a bunch of pictures using Linux.
First, you need to install imagemagick:

[CODE] sudo apt-get install imagemagick [\CODE]

Then, what I did was to copy all the pictures I wanted to resize into a temporay folder.
Finally, using the command line, I went to the previous folder, and typed the following:

[CODE] mogrify -resize 800x600 *.jpg [\CODE]

and all the pictures were resized.
Of course, you can choose any size you want. Instead of"mogrify", you can use "convert" which does not replace the picture but instead creates a new one with the desired size.

You can also rotate pictures. For instance:

[CODE] mogrify -rotate 90 picture.jpg [/CODE]

where "90" is the number of degrees you wish to rotate picture.jpg.

Here is a link with more infos on imagemagick:

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Jaitapur Nuclear Reactor - A Dream Threatening to Come True!!! [Parody]

'Few' lies of Government regarding Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant.
1) Jaitapur comes in Seismic Zone no. 3(actually it comes in no. 4. as per Govt. Meteorological Dept.(from RTI))
2) Its rocky and barren land, no agriculture and forest gonna affect. (is Kokan a rocky and barren land? Govt. is giving compensation of hundreds of farmers. then how the hell agriculture is not being affected.)
3) Radiation cures cancer.(OMG.. I think Govt. should shut all its cancer hospitals and should transfer cancer patients into the 'Special Ward' in Nuclear Reacter)
4) Nuclear Power Plants enriches surrounding biodiversity.(काय संबंध???)
5) Indian Nuclear Reactors are safe than japan as we have good technology.(औकात में रहो..)
6) 'We' will build such a nuclear reactor which can survive in 'possible' earthquake.(Few years ago Japanese govt. would also have telling the same to its people)
7) Only 35 died in Chernobyl Accidents.(WHO tells the no. is in Millions. The height of Shamelessness)
8) Nuclear Spend Fuel is Recycled(even America is still dealing with the problem of Nuclear Waste disposal)

9) Increase in sea water temperature by few 3-4degrees will increase breed of fishes. (a 4 yr old boy of fishermen will laugh on this)

This much lies are sufficient for you my dear friend to make you Wake Up????

I have some say on few points - and I am painting a Grim picture here:

* Jaitapur is about 90KM from my hometown and I won't have a Reactor within 100KM from my hometown which I plan to have as a last ditch shelter when the WW3 starts! :D

1) The Govt is lying on this point! And they don't even have the decency to check their own sources!!!

2) Anybody can go and see on Google maps/ earth that Jaitapur area is not at all barren - again Govt lies. And if govt sees Jaitapur as barren then the whole f***ing Maharashtra is barren and f***ing Rocky!

3) This point shows how much the IQ level of our Govt - inko Japan mein bhejna chahiye Reactor clean karne ke liye - inke dimaag ka cancer theek hoga!!!

4) Once again I really want to feed this govt to the reactor instead of Reactor Fuel!!!!

5) This brought out a laugh! Really, I know how capable us indians are, but I also know how capable our politicians are at eating/ swallowing/ guzzling things!!! And I am actually hoping that they eat this reactor completely! (My children will say - babani tar sangitle hote ithe reactor bananar aahe, aani mag aaplya kade 24 taas light ani samudrache garam paani yeil! :D )

6) I hope they build one that will survive a terrorist attack!

7) Yeah - the history is gonna say Maharashtra Govt died in Jaitapur! Seriously this Govt should participate in The Laughter Challenge! They can't get their figures right? What's wrong with these A******s? Or is it wrong of me to expect these lazy babus to get the figures right?

8) I bet they are going to recycle it in backyard of "Varsha" - CM's residence! And some minister will sell that to Pakistan to make few billion $$ Reactor Fuel Ghotala!

9) There is no reason to question this wisdom! People bring down this govt! You can do this least of all!

Kokanche California banavun jhale - aata Kokanche Chernobyl Banva!!! Tourism aajun wadhel - tourist yetil The Famous Jaitapur Reactor baghayla - jyat Reactor Fuel Ghotala jhala, jyacha slab bandhatanach 2-3 vela padla, jyacya radioactive panyane Kokan/ govyachya masemariche teen tera vajle, jyachyawar terrorist attack jhala aani jo Bhookamprahit hota to Terrorist grenades ni kosalala!

p.s. Tourist radioactivity protection suites madhe pan ghotala hoil!

The above said reactor is a fictional project in a fictional universe. This is in no way related to the one about which all the outrage can be heard in Newspapers and all over Konkan in this Month April of Year 2011! I request you to consider the matter so and no sue me because I won't take it kindly being a Kokani Manoos! 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Geek Horoscope

Check out this cool geek horoscope! So who are you? Pirate? Ninja/Assassin?

Click on Image to see original bigger image.
p.s. The Ninja/Assassin has a wrong year - 1956 should be 1958!
Copyrights of image acknowledged!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SHOCKER: Nokia Rolls Out Symbian Anna in support of Anna Hajare!!!

Ok! I am in a buoyant mood today, and Anna Hajare and Nokia aren't related in any way that I know!
Nokia has rolled out Symbian OS PR2.0 codenamed Anna.
Nokia X7 and Nokia E6 with Symbian Anna

Nokia X7

Symbian Anna Home Screen

Nokia E6 White

Now the updated interface looks better but lets hope it's more functional (than the old). But still I can't help feeling it's too late for Symbian!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Windows and Linux Device Drivers Comparison

A nice article comparing Windows and Linux Device Driver Support:

So is  Linux has Device Drivers Problems a myth only? Not exactly, but looks like the Linux and Open Source Community has got systems in place that help user get at the solution in a better way than that of Microsoft. Perhaps because at times Microsoft blames the hardware manufacturer and vice versa.

My current OS's of use - Apr 2011

For last few weeks all I am doing on my laptop is editing some documents. The work is boring, very regular and doesn't need more than 10% utilization of my brain. Sucks! But they say
"not everybody shall climb everests, most will run home to office and back! And it will be boring!"

So it's some quite time - I start the machine, put up the headphones, queue up coupe of albums in Totem and open the two documents - one a scanned copy and the other is the digital one. And then I go on typing, and typing and ........

Friday, April 8, 2011

Creating a website with Google Sites

I think creating a website was never so easy! I knew about google sites for a while but I never gave it much than a glance.
But I recently felt a need to setup a portal for myself like a startup point for all my separate threads that have spawned in all 10 directions. (12 if you count "inside in" and "outside out" - I have trouble with these two!)
But I spent some time on google sites and this is what I managed to get to. Check it out at following URL:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Docky undocked

Been using docky for almost a week. But it didn't work much! Kept crashing half the times. So my verdict is it's not stable enough. Or it doesn't like KDE.
What now? I'm sticking with AWN which by the way becomes the most used program by me on regular basis - except Need for Speed Most Wanted.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Docky Experience

It looks nice, isn't it? I wanted to try Docky for a long time. But since it's very closely integrated in Gnome 3.0 / Gnome Do that kept me from trying it on. But today I was feeling very adventurous. So I installed it and spent some time adjusting it to fit my needs.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Firefox 4 Hits 7.1 Million Downloads

Firefox 4 was released couple of days ago. And it has capped an impressive download figure of 7.1 Million times, failing though to cross the impressive 8Million mark by Firefox 3.

New Features include:
# New Menubar
# Rearranged tabs
# Various features for better integration with Host OS
#Hardware Acceleration
and many more

CIA and Google


p.s. I would bet RAW has provided funding for but then it might not considering the state of intelligence in our country!

Facebook & Google are CIA Fronts

February 16, 2011
In the case of both Google and Facebook, three talented students in their 20's came out of obscurity to establish multi-billion dollar enterprises. Do you suppose they had some help?


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Brilliance Quotes


Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.

Ernest Hemingway

I shouldn't be saying this - high treason, really - but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren't fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there.
Stephen Fry

I'd rather wear jewels in my hair than anywhere else. The face should have the advantage of this brilliance.
Hedy Lamarr

If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.
W. C. Fields

Men are like the stars; some generate their own light while others reflect the brilliance they receive.
Jose Marti

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.
Frank Howard Clark

No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails.
John Mortimer

One's performance is often heightened by the brilliance and generosity of other actors.
Cyril Cusack

Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquillity of a lovely sunset.
Ann Landers

The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.
Robert Bresson

The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Our is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
Omar N. Bradley

We have magnificent brains, but we use a great deal of our brilliance to keep ourselves stuck and ignorant, to keep ourselves from not shining. We are so afraid of our beauty and radiance and brilliance because it scared the adults around us when we were children.
Patricia Sun

What a wonderful phenomenon it is, carefully considered, when the human eye, that jewel of organic structures, concentrates its moist brilliance on another human creature!
Thomas Mann

When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.
Warren Buffett

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shouldn't try to fix something not broken

Today I found a Vacancy Related email in mailbox with following starting line:

Trust things are fine at your end.

For a second I didn't know whether I should continue reading or not! I went ahead and read the remaining stuff. But I knew people should know about this.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Beautiful Letter from a Father to his Son

Beautiful letter written by a father to his son. This applies to daughters too. Use this in your teachings to your children.

Following is a letter to his son from a renown Hong Kong TV broadcaster cum Child Psychologist. The words are actually applicable to all of us, young or old, children or 

Laloo Is On!

After completing a jigsaw puzzle, he'd been working, on for quite some time, Laloo prouldy showed off his finished handiwork to a friend.
'It took me only five monts to do it.' bragged laloo.
'Five months? That's too long,' exclaimed his friend.
'You are a fool. See this puzzle, it is written "for 4-7 years",' replied Laloo.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Customer Care in 2020

Operator : 'Thank you for calling Shanti Sagar Fast Food. May I have your…'
Customer: 'Helloo, can I order..'
Operator : 'Can I have your multi purpose card number first, Sir?'
Customer: 'It's aah…, hold on…… 889861356102049998-45-54610′
Operator : 'OK… you're… Mr Singh and you're calling from 1715B, 18th Cross Malleswaram. Your home number is 23440946, your office 56452302 and your mobile is 9823426625. You are now calling from your mobile now, Sir?'
Customer: 'How did you get all my phone numbers?
Operator : 'We are connected to the system Sir'
Customer: 'May I order your Seafood Pizza….'
Operator : 'That's not a good idea Sir'

10 Laws of computing

1. When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.
2. When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it's probably obsolete.
3. The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you'd least expect to find it.
4. When the going gets tough, upgrade.
5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction.

Hot Chili

A guy sits down in a Cafe and asks for the hot chili.
The waitress says, "The guy next to you got the last bowl."
He looks over and sees that the guy's finished his meal, but the chili bowl is still full. He says, "Are you going to eat that?"
The other guy says, "No. Help yourself."
He takes it and starts to eat it. When he gets about half way down, his fork hits something.
He looks down sees a dead mouse in it, and he pukes! the chili back into the bowl.
The other guy says, "That's about as far as I got, too."

Last Day at Kindergarten

On the last day of kindergarden,all the children Bought presents for their teacher.
The florist's son Handed the teacher a gift. She shook it, held it up and said,
"I bet I know what it is-its some flower!"
"That's right !"shouted the little boy.

Donkey Equation

Equation 1
Human = eat + sleep + work + enjoy
Donkey = eat + sleep
Human = Donkey + Work + enjoy
Human-enjoy = Donkey + Work
In other words,
A Human that doesn't know how to enjoy = Donkey that works.
++++++++++++ +++++++++ +++++++++ +++++++++ +++++++++ ++ ++


Two weeks ago was my forty-fifth birthday, and I wasn't feeling too hot that morning anyway.
I went to breakfast knowing my wife would be pleasant and say Happy Birthday, And would probably have a present for me.
She didn't even say Good Morning, Let alone any Happy Birthday. I thought, Well, that's wives for you. Maybe the children will remember.
The children came in to breakfast and didn't say a word. When I started to the office I was feeling pretty low and despondent.
As I walked into my office, my secretary, Janet, said, Good morning boss, Happy Birthday!
So I felt a little better; someone had remembered. I worked until noon.
Then Janet knocked on my door and said, You know, it's such a beautiful day outside and it's your birthday,
let's go to lunch, just you and me. I said, that's the best thing I've heard all day. Let's go.
We went to lunch. We didn't go where we normally go; We went out into the country to a little private place.
We had two martinis and enjoyed lunch tremendously.
On the way back to the office, she said, You know, it's such a beautiful day. We don't need to go back to the office, do we??
I said, No, I guess not. She said, Let's go to my apartment. After arriving at her apartment she said, Boss, if you don't mind, I think I'll go into the bedroom and slip into something more comfortable.
Sure, I excitedly replied. She went into the bedroom and, In about six minutes, she came out carrying a big birthday cake, Followed by my wife, children and dozens of our friends.

Cows and Economics

You have old stubborn cows. You sell them as pet dogs to innocent small businessmen.

You have a cow. Force the world to buy milk from you. Spend a million dollars to feed poorer cows.

GE has a cow. You take 49% of the milk.

Intel has a Goat. Samsung has a Camel. Buy milk from both & sell it as Cow's milk.

Microsoft makes horse shoes. You nail them to your cows & wonder why they don't run fast.

You have a bull. It doesn't give milk. You hate Microsoft.

You have a cow. You don't know which side to milk, so you sell tools to help milk cows.

You don't have a cow. You sell milking solutions for cows implemented by milking consultants.

You have a cow. You spend $50 mn to develop the world's thinnest milk.

Welcome to Citibank. If you have a cow, press 1. If you have a bull, press 2...stay on line if you'd like our customer care to milk it for you.

You don't know if what you have is a cow. You sell complete milking solutions through authorised resellers only.

You have a donkey. People think you have a 100-year old cow. If someone finds out, that's his imagination at work.

You don't yet have a cow. You sell empty cans to people for Rs. 501, because Dhirubhai wanted everyone to have milk.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Irish declare war

Joke 1: The Irish declare war
Saddam Hussein was sitting in his office wondering whom to invade next when his telephone rang.  "Hallo, Mr. Hussein!", a heavily accented voice said. "This is Paddy down at the Harp Pub in County Sligo, Ireland.  I am ringing to inform you that we are officially declaring war on you!". "Well, Paddy, "Saddam replied, "This is indeed important news! How big is your army?"  "Right now," said Paddy, after a moment's calculation, "there is myself, my cousin Sean, my next door neighbor Seamus, and the entire dart team from the pub. That makes eight!".
Saddam paused. "I must tell you, Paddy, that I have one million men in my army waiting to move on my command."  "Begorra!", said Paddy. "I'll have to ring you back!" Sure enough, the next day, Paddy called again. "Mr. Hussein, the war is still on! We have managed to acquire some infantry equipment!". "And what equipment would that be, Paddy?" Saddam asked. "Well, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and Murphy's farm tractor."
Saddam sighed. "I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 16,000 tanks and 14,000 armored personnel carriers. Also, I've increased my army to 1-1/2 million since we last spoke  "Saints preserve us!" said Paddy. "I'll have to get back to you." Sure enough, Paddy rang again the next day. "Mr. Hussein, the war is still on! We have managed to get ourselves airborne! We've modified Harrigan's ultra-light with a couple of shotguns in the cockpit, and four boys from the Shamrock Pub have joined us as well!"
Saddam was silent for a minute and then cleared his throat. "I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 10,000 bombers and 20,000 fighter planes.  My military complex is surrounded by laser-guided, surface-to-air missile sites. And since we last spoke, I've increased my army to TWO MILLION!"   "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!", said Paddy, "I'll have to ring you back."
Sure enough, Paddy called again the next day. "Top o' the mornin', Mr. Hussein! I am sorry to tell you that we have had to call off the war." "I'm sorry to hear that," said Saddam. "Why the sudden change of heart?" "Well," said Paddy, "we've all had a long chat over a bunch of pints, and decided there's no way we can feed two million prisoners."

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Swarg n Narak

What is Swarg? Usa Salary,German car,Chinese Food n India Wife.
What is Nark? Usa Wife, German Food, Chinese Car n Indian Salary.


Year 2020
Son to Dad:how did u meet Mom.
Dad:Ah my Son It all started with a request, add as a friend on Facebook.

Engg student 'n sweeper

Engineering student 2 sweeper brother:I have got degree,I can sit in society.Wt do u have?
Sweeper Brother:I have the job.

This is one crazy guy!!!

Getting old

Appu: How do you know when you are getting old?
Pappu: When the candles cost more than the cake.

flying saucers

Banta: What is the best way to see flying saucers?
Santa: Pinch the waitress.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

MySql BLOB, Marathi Text and Qt

For many days I have been working on this problem, but every time I started work on this, something would come and interrupt me. From the brief research I did, I knew that there's not much data on the net about this problem and if anything is there then I'm not searching with the right keywords. 

Anyway let me tell you what the problem was: I wanted to enter Marathi sentences, special characters etc in MySQL and have them encrypted. Now encryption was the catch - otherwise it worked alright. I am using AES ENCRYPTION here. And I found out that normal alphabets fared okay but special characters used to get screwed. e.g. the degree sign would be replaced by something like Ǻ. 

Now, I was in a bad fix here since I wasn't much familiar with BLOBs. But I vowed that I would overcome every limitation and I would find the solution to this problem. Head on to see what mountains I crossed!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Selection Cropping an Image in GIMP

There are many times when we need to quickly a part of an image to paste somewhere or upload on a website or mail to a contact. usually we try to use the available photo manager to do this and it's quite simple. But a number of times we need to crop the image to a specific resolution and using trial and error with the photo manager sucks. 
So in this situation we can use GIMP for this. Let's see how:

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Resume/ CV (Re)design

Every prospective JobSeeker want's his Resume/CV to be great to look at, vary presentable, and precisely presenting themselves. A superior Resume /CV also increases your chances for the job by highlighting you skills/ experience etc. 

I recently went through a CV overhaul. I was looking around at all those fantastic Resumes and I thought why not have one of these? Okay it was more on the lines of - Damn, I need to get my Resume swanked up! Or nobody would notice me! So I hunted on the internet for some catchy ideas that will give me the boost I sorely wanted. 

Here's a small list of Possible Prospects. And they are swanky!!! 

HP Releases TouchPad and two new smartphones touting WebOS 3.0(for TouchPad) and WebOS 2.2 (for Phones)

On Feb'09, 2011 HP released it's TouchPad Tablet with WebOS 3.0 and two new smartphones namely Pre 3 and Veer that use WebOS 2.2 which an update on WebOS 2.0 which was released with Pre 2. 

This also marks the official demise of the Palm Brand. There are many Palm users who mourn this - but things like this happen - remember ATi? Anyway so here's the first three offerings from HP's stable now. 

Interview / Aptitude Test Guide

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Now this is too much! YOU CAN STOP A DOG FROM BARKING!!! I am not taking this. These people need some institutional help

Hi Chandu,

Nancy again from

In my first 2 emails, I had talked about one basic thing that drives
most of the problem behaviors in Namya. I
also showed you how to stop your Namya from Jumping.

Today, I'll talk about how to stop your Pug from
barking and biting.


If your Pug is barking or howling when ignored,
it's probably because it suffers from separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety usually starts with fear and insecurities.

Namya's going to get trained!!!

I found this mail in my yahoo mail inbox - remember filling a form on some website few months ago, never thought they were this serious about it!

Hi Chandu,

Yesterday, I sent you an email explaining why
I'll train Namya for free.

Since then, tons of people have written me asking
if this was 'for real'.

The answer is: YES!

I'll flat out GIVE you my ENTIRE Pug
Lovers Membership Site for free if Namya
isn't magically transformed into a dream dog.

It's all here in black and white:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The 'du' command

   The du command ( disk usage ) gather and summarize about how much your disk space being used by your file and the disk space being use by directory in the Linux system  The du command can be use to find the size of file and the size of directory in Linux system. The example below show the step to use the du command to get the size of file and the size of directory in Linux Fedora Core system.

Using du command to get file size.

  The du command below show the files size in the current directory in MB or K.

[root@fedora ~]# du -h
4.0K ./.rhopenoffice1.1/program/addin
108K ./.gnome2
28K ./.nautilus/metafiles
32K ./.nautilus
6.0M ./.mozilla/firefox/1wvl2gwo.default/Cache
12K ./.mozilla/firefox/1wvl2gwo.default/chrome
12M .

Monday, February 7, 2011

Convoluted... A Facebook story

Today I wasted almost all the morning on Facebook. Thanks to Facebook's convoluted policies I was unable to get to few friends, my old email address was still alive in Facebook's system and I had quite an amount of data that I think still resides in Facebook's caches worldwide. Wow! Thats a mouthful! So I used couple of D-Day profiles that I had setup for my black ops and tried to see which one of them works and luckily I found one that actually worked. 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Playing with Enlightenment DR17

I am always up looking for new things, different things and compelling things. Well, that's a lot of things, but the thing I'm going to be playing with is the Enlightenment DR17. 
You can Wikipedia for some info on what is Enlightenment Desktop here
Enlightenment DR17

Nokia Bubbles

One more fancy unlock!

Friday, February 4, 2011

A Word on Partitioning

These days it's common for us to have at least couple of OS'es on our PC's / Notebooks. Those of us who are geeker (hey! No offence non-geeks! Being a simple user is perhaps painless experience considering we geeks screw up our workstations!) usually have multiple OS'es lying around. 
Many people who dabble in multiple OS'es use virtual machines but when you need to see the close interaction of an OS with hardware or when the VM Performance doesn't appeal you or when the situation demands a hardware installation, you're needed to install the OS on the desktop/ Notebook. 

Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer Shared

Check out the link above to Read/Download Artemis Fowl Series from Eoin Colfer. This is one amazing series of Literature!

jQuery Novice to Ninja eBook Shared

jQuery Novice to Ninja is a great book that can truly make a Ninja in the use of jQuery. 
The beautiful code examples for resourceful jQuery Library and Plugins are Very handy and give you a great opportunity in staying current in Web Development. 
It's shared here!

CSS -Books Shared

Here are CSS E-Books shared that should come handy!

1. 250 Resources to Help You Become a CSS Expert
2. 70 Expert Ideas for Better CSS
3. CSS Cheat Sheet v2
4. Painless CSS Development Guide
5. Web Design With CSS