Wednesday, December 26, 2007


yes, this post is frm my Slack 12! :D
Basically just now got two essentials working, in case you are wondering, da essentials are - Sound and Networking :)
And both required just one command to be run! :)
Well thanks to Suman, who told me to run 'alsaconf'! wonder why Slack doesn't do it by default, the way Suse does! anyways i didn't spend lot of time getting it to work, so its ok :)
'n as far as networking, well the problem was, i had skipped the networking setup during installation....yes, yes i know dumb of me, but yea after 3 installations 'n configurations, trying to resolve the lilo boot loader issue, i was bugged!
Anyways the problem, was me being brought up on suse yast, where its all just go click,click 'n you are done, i had no clue where to start in slack. Almost did Alt+F2 and Yast, before i realized 'm not on suse :) But thankfully came across 'netconfig' in some slack basics pdf, which did the trick! 'n here i am typing this post! :)
So there you go, now you know two very useful commands ! 'n btw yes 'm on KDE, will probably blog about my experiences with it soon...
until then

update -
Just now got scroll wheel working(yes, it doesn't work by default on slack), after li'l bit of googlin'. Steps to follow which i got from here -

For a 5 button mouse (2 buttons with a scroll wheel):

Option "Buttons" "5"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

if your mouse protocol is set to
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Protocol" "auto"
You may have to change it to:
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"

In either case, once the changes are made, restart X to use your scroll wheel.

second update -
Somehow shutdown, never did a complete shutdown! So it was back to some more googlin' which landed me at the solution - adding 'acpi=force' at boot time. But then i had to hunt around for some time, trying to figure out how one makes lilo remember this option. Grub was so easy!!! it just let you add and save from boot screen itself! Anyways this is how one does it for lilo -
  • vi /etc/lilo.conf
  • go to linux section and type append = "acpi=force"
  • save the file
  • run 'lilo' as root

Thursday, December 20, 2007

0096 2251 2110 8105

It all began with this sequence of numbers - "0096 2251 2110 8105". Now very few people will get it, 'n among that who would probably see this blogpost is '0' . So what is this number sequence anyway? It befuddled many my friends when i put this up as my status message on gtalk. Some responses i got -
A: Is this your old credit card number? but in ulta? :)
B: whr are you? (yea i don't know, which country can possibly have such number :) )
C: whats with that 0096 code?
D: you started drinking?
E: is that you credit card number?

Whereas a simple google would have given one the answer. The first result in google would tell you that it is the last line of 'Even Less' song by Porcupine Tree. Though it is people 's tendency to disbelieve even when something is in front of their eyes. :)

So yes, what's the significance of those numbers? If you proceeded after the first line you would have come across this -

It's the same number (0096 2251 2110 8105) as an E05 recording on the Conet Project discs (track 3, disc 1) by Irdial, all of which you can download for free here:"

But it was actually the second result which made me want to dig deep. Now me too had never heard of something like E05 recording or Conet Project. So imagine my surprise when i stumble on this wonderful world of Shortwave Numbers Stations -
Seems like its straight out of some Ludlum's spy thriller. :)

The website says the TCP is currently out of stock, but you can access some of the recordings at
the Internet Archive. In case you didn't know abt Internet Archive before, check it out, it is one brilliant concept!

Now 'm just waiting to catch some shows on this. 'n yes do get and listen to 'Stupid Dream' by Porcupine Tree.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Uber Cool Light-Weight Nerd says I'm an Uber Cool Light-Weight Nerd.  What are you?  Click here!

when you have nothing else to write abt, you can always depend on above stuff to keep the blog alive :)

btw, 'Uber Cool Light-Weight Nerd', now thts a nice name, think it pretty much got-it right ;)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

oh darn, just realized i missed out oct entry.... :(

neways, came here to ramble abt a coupla movies i saw o'er this weekend....
but now tht 'm here, dont feel upto it...

sincerely hope this is a passing phase, otherwise this may end up being yet another dead blog...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A very important lesson learnt today...
"Look at second page also in google search, sometime the answer is there"... :P

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Google Reader finally has search!!!! read it correctly...reader finally finally has search!!! man from how many days i have been wanting to have that...
though it still kinda looks outta place...da functionality works...thats all matters... :)

Now playing: Cream - Crossroads [Live]
via FoxyTunes
Now playing: Cream - Badge
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


well was writing this post, 'n wasn't sure under which blog to put it in....'n finally decided to put it in the other one and provide a link here... :)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

openSUSE 10.3

two reasons why i can't wait to try out 10.3 -

One-Click Install: Hassle-Free Installation of Software

Greatly Improved Boot Time

Looks like SUSE is finally getting it's act together... 'n also i just remembered the 2007 Desktop Linux Survey...SuSE has taken a big big jump to 2nd place, with a jump of 8 percentage points!!! But it still has a long way to go before it catches up with ubuntu, as you can see from the figures...hopefully we will reach there sometime... :)

anyways that itself is a lot to cheer about... :)

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Windows Users Caused Skype Outage!!!

Skype has finally explained the reasons behind the 36+ hour outage of their popular P2P VOIP service last week: Windows Users.

According to Skype the outage was caused by “a massive restart of our user’s computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine software update” which The Register points out was Microsoft’s monthly patch Tuesday. Patch Tuesday is the time of the month Windows users receive security updates that often result in widespread reboots by Thursday.

Skype said that whilst their peer-to-peer network has an inbuilt ability to self-heal, the event “revealed a previously unseen software bug within the network resource allocation algorithm which prevented the self-healing function from working quickly.”

Windows Users Caused Skype Outage

This was too good not to blog! :)

Compiz Fusion - Videos III (Switcher again)

Ring Switcher and Shift Switcher(in both Flip and Cover modes)...
though shd say quality of google video is bad...if you were to watch the original ogg, you will know...

Compiz Fusion - Videos II

Screen Saver Plugin: Rotating Cube

Screen Saver Plugin: Flying Windows

You can see the youtube video playing in the window as it flies around :) btw thts chax's marriage video... :)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Compiz Fusion - Videos

Recorded few using recordMyDesktop, faced lots of problems...i am still unable to get videos of few right now just uploading 2, will update the post with more soon...
'n btw Google Video is awesome, just lets you upload directly in ogg format!

Compiz Fusion - Paint Fire On Screen

Compiz Fusion - Gears

Compiz Fusion - Switcher(leaves Vista way behind :) )

Friday, August 17, 2007

Compiz-Fusion 'n Awn!!!

Thats "Snow" plugin - one of my faves

yep i finally 'em working!!! right now just posting some screenshots...will soon post a how-to 'n how-not-to... :)

Thats 'Gears in Cube', which keeps rotating in ur transparent cube, myself prefer this to the 'Cube Atlantis' 'n tht is ur fishes in cube(for those who aint familiar with the terminology)

'n thts 'Rotating Cube Screen Saver', another option of 'Screen Saver' is 'Flying Windows' 'n which is real time!!! but photos dont do justice...shd upload videos, prob sometime next week...

thts my skydome img in background 'n again, the beauty of skydome 'n its animation can be made out only in video... :(

'n thr r loadz of other effects....prob my next few posts will all be on this... :)

update: one more ... :)

this is using 'Paint With Fire On Screen'...

Monday, August 06, 2007

Podcast/Vodcast - best thing since sliced bread?

today on my way back home, was watching series of vodcasts(Video podcast for the uninitiated) i had downloaded...'n dint realize when my one-hr journey got over! Its an amazing way to pass time...'n it needn't go have podcasts/vodcasts in almost any category you can think of! So if you are the kind of person who likes learning new languages, all you have to do is subscribe 'n you are on your way...'n if you digg NG or Discovery, you can subscribe to their informative vodcasts as well...
iTunes website does a neat job of listing the top podcasts/vodcasts...

well Novell used to have NOA, when Ted was there...hmm wonder if its still happening...

Anyways here's da list of my top podcasts/vodcasts -
BestOfYouTube ( Must have!!!)
National Geographic Video Shorts
Flight of Conchords (nice comedy series by HBO...'n u get few entire episodes for free download!)
The Classic Tales Podcast
Discovery Channel Video Podcasts
Learn Spanish With Coffee Break Spanish
Ask a Ninja - iPod
Pandora Podcast Series

'n ofcourse you have ur Techie 'n Sports sections...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Google again!!

Just saw this weird behavior, when you click on 'View Online' in picasa, it automatically opens up in IE, even when you default browser is set to something else!
Can somebody plz xplain to me Y?!! 'N its not only picasa, try Google Earth too, its the same. Click on view in google maps, 'n it opens up not one but 2 IE windows!I dont want to think badly of google, but 'm getting more 'n more such instances wherein i have no option to think otherwise...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Google - you have lost that lovin' feelin'

is it only me...who feels Google is losing its way...way too fast i may add. The reason for this is that out of place question which Google has taken ard to include it in all its products now. Yes, now if you are installing picasa, you will be confronted with a question as to whether you want to make Google as the default search engine in IE. Seriously what does it have to do with Picasa!!! 'n it goes for other products from Google. i forgot which one else, i think google earth was the other one i came across.

Yeah i know its all business, but seriously you should know to draw a line somewhere.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

this is how vista looks on my new Dell Optiplex 745

'n yeah all this thanks to a wonderful free software called VMware Server :)
'n thts SLED 10 SP1 btw...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The iPhone is a piece of shit, and so is your face.

The iPhone is a piece of shit, andso is your face.No, I'm not going to get an iPhone, quit emailing me about it. I'm not getting one because I already have a phone that's better: it's called the Nokia E70, it's the pinnacle of human achievement, and I love it more than my family:

You've probably never heard of the E70 because Nokia's marketing team is busy finding every last dick in the universe to suck, so I'm going to do their job for them and tell you about this product. And no, I'm not being paid to do this. I'm just tired of the iPhone fanboys shooting huge sticky wads and high-fiving each other (literally) over their stupid cellphones.

First of all, the E70 has a full keyboard, not some shitty stripped down, tap-and-pray smudgy piece of shit. Nokia uses a technology that's even more advanced than the iPhone's tap screen, allowing you to actually feel the keys you press as you're pressing them! The technology is called "tactile response," and it allows you to do things like dial a phone number without staring at your screen like a shit-chucking ape. In fact, every other cellphone ever made has this technology, sometimes called "buttons."
The iPhone is a piece of shit, and so is your face.

This was just too good not to blog it... :)

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The Ultimate Search For Bourne With Google

Sorry, butTHE ULTIMATE SEARCH FOR BOURNEcannot be undertaken in Linux
The Ultimate Search For Bourne With Google

How can they do this!!!!! its almost like Racism! why can't they support linux!!!! Google which is one of the main consumers of linux don't have all their products supported on linux! hypocrisy! unfair! can add on...

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

I want one of these!!!!!

Fujitsu unveils the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive yet: 300GB

Posted Jul 3rd 2007 2:08AM by Nilay PatelFiled under: StorageFujitsu's been selling well-regarded hard drives in branded external enclosures for a while now, so it's no surprise the company is trumpeting the arrival of 300GB 2.5-inch drives with a new line of pocket drives. The USB-powered 4200rpm drives feature a new 16-point shock absorber and the usual array of security software that'll get wiped out during the first reformat. Expect to see these hit shelves in Q3 for $229, no word on when the bare drive will be available.

Fujitsu unveils the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive yet: 300GB - Engadget

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

few updates...

hmm...its been a long time....its not tht thr's nothing much happening...just tht i have become even more lazy thn da usual... :)
Neways came across these 2 sites 'flixster' 'n ''. Well the latter is very similar to 'Grupthink' but diff being Questions can have only two answers - 'Yes' and 'No'. 'flixster' is a nice quiz site.
Another nice site i came across was 'MusicBox' though it doesn't have large number of videos.
And if you haven't noticed it, now Orkut has feeds feature!
Now if only they could just provide search feature in Reader!!!!
neways me feelin' outta here...

Saturday, May 12, 2007 'n mouse gestures...

now these are 2 really cool things i came across this week, all thanks to 'Flock'... :)
Me.dium comes with this extension for 'Flock'...donno if they have for others....but wht it does is - it lets u see what other ppl(friends) are currently browsing...
neways this is what their FAQ says -

What is Me.dium?
Me.dium is a window that reveals the hidden world of people and activity behind your browser. Through Me.dium, you can see your online world for the first time.

Check out this for more...

'n the other one was 'Mouse Gestures', probably many of you, might have already come across this one...its such a gr8 extension...'m surprised as to how it aint so popular 4 me not to have come across it before...
now we all know da 'Inertia Principle'...tht applied to Comp world, will go like this -
'Human hands on key board, will continue to remain on keyboard, 'n when on mouse, wud like to remain thr...'
now mouse gestures lets u do the 2nd thing... :)

Black Amarok!

Check out my new Amarok look...

now, you can see in the pic that i finally got the moodbar working! :)

VMware USB support on Open SuSE 10.2...

Well past few days, was fighting ard this problem, had got windows Xp running on vmware on Open SuSE 10.2 for downloading all tht podcasts frm iTunes(yeah, it still doesnt come on linux :( )... only to realize tht USB doesn't work...'n da solution that google gave me, was 'recompile the kernel'....
'n as ne other person had hrd all these scary stories of how things can go horribly long....'n in the end, the need overcame my hesitance so i plunged in.... 'n it was so easy!!!!!
or was i just plain lucky? :)
Neways it did take lot of time on a 4G RAM m/ on low end m/cs you can just imagine how much longer it will take....

Well here are the steps i followed -
1. Install kernel-sources and kernel-syms
2. copy .config and Modules.symvers from /usr/src/linux-obj/ to /usr/src/linux
(Note: on my 10.2 system this was already achieved with symlinks. I simply cd to /usr/src/linux and continued with the following commands)
3. make oldconfig
4. make menuconfig, select the usbfs (found in Device Drivers > USB Support > USB device filesystem)
5. make modules && make modules_install (have a cuppa - takes a while to complete)
6. change noauto to auto for the usbfs in fstab
7. reboot
8. ta-da


Sunday, May 06, 2007

Spidey 3

Free ticket to 1st day showing of SpiderMan 3, now thats how every weekend shd begin.... :)
Well as one of my colleagues put it...'Its a chick flick with guys stuff put in...' but then its spiderman.....its a kid ob it cant go overboard with ne stuff....tht said thr were still some threads in da script which were just totally unnecessary 'n poorly executed...

But i just love da black suit....looks so much better thn da red 'n blue one...I also did get to see previews of 'Pirates Of the Caribbean: At World's End', 'Shrek the 3rd' 'n 'Rush Hour 3'...
Really donno, why there had to be shrek 2 'n now shrek 3! As one of my friends says...'There's no bad movie which cant be made worse by a sequel...'

Thursday, May 03, 2007

End of Pandora?

If you live outside of the U.S. and enjoy listening to customized radio stations on Pandora, brace yourself for some bad news. The site will be shutting you out starting Thursday evening.

Pandora To Shut Out Non-U.S. Users Thursday Evening

Can you believe this? wht will i do once i come back? ;(

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Awesome roads...

something nice i came across on scribd...

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

what do u know...'m a Rocker girl! :D

You are a Rocker Girl!

If you don't have musical talent, you've got a talent for picking out great CD's.
Music rules your life - and you've got the best MP3 collection of anyone you know.
Many guys find you intimidating, but a select few think you're the catch of a lifetime.
Start hanging out in more used record stores, and you'll find love with a fellow rocker!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Thou Shalt Always Kill!

something i came across...'n which may very soon get very popular...check out da lyrics...

Thursday, April 19, 2007


This is such an awesome thing i came across, probably u need a new word for this, frustration just doesn't cut it...
its a tad lengthy though, ard 24 min, so guess it defines new limit of tolerance/patience under xtreme frustration... :)
anyways it may also probably be used as a material for crash course in expletives 'n their usage...:D
so you would probably like to use head phones, in case you are at work...but again WTF go play it loud 'n have some fun... :D

Want to explore the BBC archive?

The BBC is looking for people to join a six-month trial in which 20,000 UK residents will get free access to hundreds of programmes from the BBC archive, including reports of historic events as they happened, ground-breaking documentaries, soaps, action-packed children's shows, sumptuous dramas, and comedy shows that thrilled the nation.

BBC Archive Trial

Darn, why couldn't i be living in UK now? :(

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Amarok Revisited... :D

Its funny how in almost one year of me using Amarok, i had never explored da script manager, except to probably just run da default lyrics engine. Neways yest night clicked on da get more scripts button 'n it opened up this world of so many gr8 scripts. I especially love the "nightIMPgale", looks like its tailor made for me, now i can just put on a playlist before going to sleep and configure nightIMPgale so that it shutsdown the system after 1Hr or after the end of playlist 'n so on... :) Other ones i liked were the "AutoTorrent" and "itrans". Probably someone should write an entry of all the cool things you can do in Amarok... :D

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Will the EU Make You a Copy Criminal?

If IPRED2 passes in its current form, "aiding, abetting, or inciting" copyright infringement on a "commercial scale" in the EU will become a crime.

Penalties for these brand new copycrimes will include permanent bans on doing business, seizure of assets, criminal records, and fines of up to €100,000.

IPRED2's backers say these copycrimes are meant only for professional criminals selling fake merchandise. But Europe already has laws against these fraudsters. With many terms in IPRED2 left unclear or completeley undefined - including "commercial scale" and "incitement" - IPRED2 will expand police authority and make suspects out of legitimate consumers and businesses, slowing innovation and limiting your digital rights.

Tell the European Parliament to Fix IPRED2 | IPRED2: Will it Make You a Copy Criminal?

We Follow Thou America...

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Gaim IM Client Renamed to 'Pidgin'!!!!

WTH?! can you imagine using pidgin in place of Gaim?!! I never even knew AIM was trademarked by AOL...but seriously how was it gonna matter to AOL, whether yu call Gaim as Gaim or something else...i just fail to see the point why they had to go sue da Gaim ppl...! more 'n more i feel we are living in a funny world...
btw recently saw this movie Idiocracy and dont think they were quite off da target...
Its a real timepass move...making a mockery of da American culture....'n da path it may lead us down on...

BetaNews | Gaim IM Client Renamed to 'Pidgin'

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there's a better way to get a job than crawling up your boss's ass...! The Ass-Kisser Project | Ads of the World

Real Genius...Words Fail me... LOL :D

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Monday, April 02, 2007

iTunes to Offer EMI's DRM-free Music

In what could be a watershed moment for the digital entertainment industry, leading music publisher EMI Group announced today it would provide most of its music catalog to listeners without any digital rights management restrictions.And making Apple CEO Steve Jobs live up to his promises from earlier this year, the two companies have reached a breakthrough agreement where DRM-free EMI music will be available on iTunes.

WOW! now thats some news...will probably update this post later on in the day...but for now just wanted to say...way to go Apple! :D

BetaNews | iTunes to Offer EMI's DRM-free Music

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Never Mention "hotmail" In Your CV

Via this blog (link in spanish) a guy, who works in the department of a Human Resources consultancy company, says they made a selection process in which, among other things, they asked for a person with ample experience in using the internet (navigation, searches, formats...).
They received 50 candidacies, from which 30 came from Hotmail-directions, all of them erased as they entered.
The reason: You can't pretend being an internet expert and use a Hotmail account at the same time.

howzzat? looks like some ppl are finally gettin' it right... :D

sugiero: Never Mention "hotmail" In Your CV

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

New Google Cafeteria Crushes Competitors' Cafeterias

New Google Cafeteria Crushes Competitors' Cafeterias - Grub Street - New York Magazine

now who wudn't like to have such food everyday... where is this 'n the pathetic food we get at our canteen....due to which i am forced to go out 'n eat everyday.... ;-(

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multifarious vocabulary! :D

Your Vocabulary Score: A

Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.

Friday, February 09, 2007

yahoo pipes

i couldn't not blog abt this... :) It is such an amazing li'l thing, 'n more surprising thing is that it is from yahoo camp! Well anyone wo knows me, knows that i am a bonafide Google girl...'n have a real low opinion abt yahoo...but when i came across this 'pipes' from yahoo, my view points took a serious damage.

"Yahoo!'s new Pipes service is a milestone in the history of the internet. It's a service that generalizes the idea of the mashup, providing a drag and drop editor that allows you to connect internet data sources, process them, and redirect the output." You can read the entire article here.

'n a friend of mine in yahoo, forwarded me this link. Yahoo! Our City looks like another good service. Google can't take it easy anymore, lest it becomes like the story of 'The Hare & The Tortoise'.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


"Hey, thar."
"How're you and yermahmenthem?"
"Fahnez froghar. You?"
"Aw, I had to carry the pickup back to the shop. Joe's fixinta fixon the transmission again."
"Dang shame. Djeet?"

Fixinta learn ya how to use some Texasisms

something i googled out, when searching for the meaning of squeet... :) Wonder if spanish has something like this....anyways it will be nice to know, in case i eva get to meet a Texan Cowboy... now whts da chances of tht happening? lol... :D

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007


AllFreeCalls, a new service which lets people make free phone calls by first calling a phone number in Iowa and then calling to any of dozens of other countries, just added eight new countries to the permitted lists (plus Antarctica). In an email the founder also said that they handled 80,000 call minutes yesterday.The company operates under a legislative loophole that gives rural telco’s a kickback on every received call. That kickback is greater than the cost the company bears for making outbound international calls. So someone’s paying for these calls (other telecos? taxpayers?), just not the person using the service. I love bureaucracy.

AllFreeCalls (un)Surprisingly Successful

    Interesting... wonder how many such loopholes exist in India... :)

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Friday, January 05, 2007

Celebrity Patents

The following 18 patents are all by celebrities not usually known for being inventors. You can follow the link to the actual patents to learn more about each one.
1. Eddie Van Halen, Musician.Patent #4,656,917 — Musical instrument supportEddie Van Halen patent
Eddie Van Halen patent

Ironic Sans: Celebrity Patents

Good one.

pls: Trying out the just select, right-click 'n blog this option in Flock....'n am i impressed!

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