To pre-empt or not to pre-empt?

January 14, 2010

Life is a scheduling game.

How many things do we continue to do, just because we have started them?

Shouldn’t we try to be more productive, by learning to stop doing some things halfway, when required, and move on.

It does take some effort; after all, isn’t that exactly newton’s first law?

[The other case in Newton’s first law is a more observed problem, however. The effort it takes to start doing something new.]

Why I quit using Kubuntu and where I found my refuge

June 17, 2009

I has recently spoken of my experiences with kubuntu 9.04

Today I removed it from my system, due to several reasons, most on the functionality side.

  1. KDE4 would not remember the settings. My desktop widgets would get reset on every boot. (this alone is a deal breaker)
  2. Sound wouldn’t work fine. multiple sources of sound/flash problem (I needed it! youtube and media player)
  3. Microphone wouldn’t work out-of-the-box (need Skype)
  4. Hard disk drives would not auto mount. had to be mounted by typing the password each time.
  5. The themes weren’t really appealing. The plasma desktop, however was.
  6. General appeal. To quote Srik, “I always have this weird feeling that everything in Ubuntu is oversized.” I share the feeling.

Anyway, I truly couldn’t make myself try anything that did not have wubi to set it up. (separate partitions just aren’t necessary) Ubuntu, Kubuntu – tried both this month. The next release is in August, I think.
So here was my saviour… (drumroll…) LinuxMint

  1. Cool looks (yeah, its important to me)
  2. Things work out of the box (yea, Sabayon style on debian platform :P)
  3. They have a good story behind it. I liked the story (the {clem} paragraph in the About page)
  4. Everything I expect to work works (yea- graphics, flash, wireless, apt-get, drivers, codecs – you name it!)
  5. Zero post-install customization necessary (installing apps, drivers, fixing things.. )

I have further more respect for Ubuntu now, seeing that things like Linux Mint can be built on it.
Linux Mint 7 will surely stand high in the rankings of my experiences with linux distributions, and will be my current recommended distro for new users.

open source and job market

June 5, 2009

I am asked by many people of the working model of open-source software.

How can ppl give away their effort for free?

Why do ppl give away their effort for free?

While I myself am learning and ask the readers to put down their thoughts in the comments, the open source world is huge and complex and there are many facets to it.

At the bottom of it all, some acts don’t have reason. and other acts are initiated by these acts.  There could be a wish to get the needful done, and I could spend my time and effort to reach the goal.  Its like gardening. Leave that aside, for now.

Open source software did not not come into the top-100 searched term (is it?) for that alone. I wish to present a case (probably well used, given the generality of this) to show why a process which is bigger than just a few people should exist, and why it’ll help the people who are themselves the target segment of the processes.

Say there’s a person who is looking out for a job in the market and is having difficulty finding one, due to the present circumstances.

Polishing his skills is the best thing he could do in this time, along with spending time to look for opportunities.

It is just more convenient to show results, say in the form of involvement and contribution to a known open source software, wherein the processes dictate that you should be capable else it filters you out of the system, better than leaving it to chance in the interview?

There is sometimes a the-hen-and-egg reference quoted to say that opportunity alone provides further (future) opportunity and it is impossible to get into the loop without.

Take up an open source project. Work on it. You will be working with people in tougher circumstances than in normal IT companies. It demands high level of skills, technical and personal, which act as testimony to your capabilities in times of need, or right away.

Think. Create. Engineer 😛

full page zoom coming on Google Chrome, and soon ?

February 19, 2009

I definitely see page zoom being available on SRWare Iron (A browser based on the free Sourcecode “Chromium”,  explicitly disabling the collection and transmission of usage information to Google)

check out these screenshots of – the original, as seen in Iron , and as seen in Chrome  [in that order]

these are with the latest versions released of each software, Iron, and Chrome (notice the higher verison number of Iron)

Since SRWare Iron is based on chromium, and that in turn on  WebKit, which apparently has page zoom available in its nightly builds, we could be seeing the much required page zoom feature in Google Chrome soon (so also in Apple’s Safari, since it uses the same framework –  WebKit )

I currently am not comfortable using Chrome as my primary web-browser, due to the lack of many basic functionalities.

Another reason could be that it is not currently available on Linux, which i often use 

Nonetheless, it is a very quick application, and noticably fast. It will definitely be more interesting in its version2.

YouTube registration mishap

February 2, 2009

I tried to create a new YouTube channel today and the only way i could do it was by creating another account. Alright, it’s their service. Use if i like it attitude, i went on to create a new user.

I filled the form, entered the captcha, and viola :

I was greeted with this message –

youtube registration failure

youtube registration failure

I tried again. and again and again. with a new google account once. with strictly strong passwords once.

Then I assumed they are trying to encourage ppl to login with their google accounts, and tried that as well. Totally 10 ( TEN) times.

To no gain.

More irriating is that fact that the error message does not contain any kind of debug information to handle the issue reasonably.

Am I not being allowed to signup because of my name ? my password ? my nationality ? gender ? username preference ? talk to me and i’ll deal with it..

  • #UPDATE – tried clearing cookies and cached content, and it signed up fine. wonder if it is a browser issue or if it is YouTube.

firefox 3 download day

June 18, 2008


its well past the said time, confusion all over.

considering they advertized it all over and they had reasonable time after receiving the pledges , they should have done better.

hold on a sec , as i write this and try again. a few mins have passed now. it’s now serviced and works. and the download was pretty fast too. less than a minute!


pretty cool!

you can still download until wednesday 18th june (supposedly IST 10 30PM. calculations didn’t come easy to me) to come under the world record.

more about opera 9.5 and Firefox 3 in another post.