Slumber

After a long time, I am clearing the dust that lied on this page. This site has been in hibernation for a good three weeks, in which a lot of things have changed. This page was inactive for a reason, which I feel embarrased to divulge. The point is, that I am back. Some things have changed and some things havent. The third sessional tests were conducted by the institute and they were decent. I had prepared much better for the tests and so far, the results have been way better than the second sessional results, which were attrocious. The next step lies in the end semester exams which begin on the 13th of November. The practical exams start this Monday, thinking of which, I must get back to preparation…

On Linux

It has been almost a week, since I came back to the Linux Domain. I have just been to Windows only twice or thrice since then. Ubuntu is really addictive, as the level of customisation is limitless. It has given me few headaches, except for the apt problem, which I know cannot be fixed till the bandwidth here is upgraded, and some ports opened for general use. ION should seriously consider this.

Almost all the general softwares like OpenOffice, VLC, Gstreamer plugins were installed by the LUG, in their modified version of the distro. I have since then installed Xampp (PHP, MySQL, Apache2…), Songbird and a few additional softwares. I found Amarok2 to be quite unusable. It’s interface looks great, but it just doesnt play anything. I tried every solution on the web, but to no avail. I am planning to revert to the Classic Amarok 1.4, which is my all time favourite player, though the second spot may go to Songbird, which is the closest I can get to Amarok, through it’s plethora of features, extensions, and also open source nature.

Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope

FINALLY…

I have Linux on my system. After what seemed like ages, I got Linux installed on my laptop. For quite some time, I was not sure about the applicability of the warranty, in case I installed Linux. Thanks to LUG Manipal, the local Linux Users Group, I managed to install Linux without fear. Though I have been a user for over three years now, It is now time to get dirty with this fascinating OS. Since I started using Linux, I never really got the time to explore the real internals of the OS. Now, I can find the time to study how it works, and with all help from LUG, it can really work out well, as they are really helpful people.

Somehow, apt doesnt work here, probably due to the slow connection. I am using apt-fast, which works better.

I am now posting with Gnome-Blog, which is a nice, small and free blog editor. It has really the fastest posting time that I have seen in any editor. Nice…

Reflections

The last week was one of the best since I came to Manipal, in terms of the break that we got. Three holidays and three half days is just great. This is the longest break that we have got in two months and we took a break from the mundane of the tests and assignments. I spent quite a lot of time relaxing. I took some time to go through my old blog posts, which I posted a few years. Nostalgia… Now that I look at them, I think that they were quite interesting to read. By turns humorous and sometimes hilarious. It is nice to read about the crazy things that I used to do in school, which had slipped out from my memory.

I also joined two clubs  at Manipal this week. The First club is the Akshay Urja club, which is all about the usage of renewable energy sources. It is government funded organization. Even though I am Computer Science student, I am interested in this field, and thus I joined it. I participated in a fantastic quiz called Cybermatrix. The concept of the quiz is interesting. The questions are in sequence, and one question unlocks the next question. Help can be taken from the internet, and twice, a lifeline can be used. I scored about 13. Just when things started to get interesting, the quiz finished. Could have done with more time. I also joined the Linux Users Group of Manipal, which is a registered group for Linux. They might conduct an InstallFest this coming week, and I am looking forward to it.

Reflecting back on the week gone by, I realise that there might not be a week like this till next year, as there are few holidays here. Still, I will have to make do with whatever I get.

Songbird

Songbird is a free and Open Source media player-cum web browser that is supported by the Mozilla Foundation. I was looking for a Last.fm alternative when I stumbled upon this great player. While it did not solve my original purpose, this player caught my attention, and since then, I have been using it.

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