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Beware of nerdy!


Apart from spamming you, he will have his cousins spam you.

he: hi
he: who is this?how come you in my msn buddies?
me: i have no idea
me: i got a request from you for getting added 
he: where are u from?
me: and i was wondering the same thing 
me: balaji 
he: I am from Dubai 
me: coimbatore
me: nope, no chance 
he: u know anybody in Bangalore? 
he: I am native of Bangalore
me: i live in bangalore
me: whats your name? 
he: or have you travelled last week  Mumbai to Bangalore by train 
he: Nagaraj
me: nope
me: related to linux?
me: or anywhere on linux mailing lists?
he: yes
he: you know by nake Vikrant aivalli
me: nake? 
he: name
he: name
me: ok?
me: yes. what? 
me: i know him
he: ok,he is my cousin. mostly he did this job
he: he is using linux
me: so?
he: how u know him?
me: he added you to me?
me: what the heck
he: i will ask him,? in detail
me: ok! coolness
me: :-))
he: its ok,thanks for your kind info
me: np 
he: bye for now

Pictures from yesterdays meet


Pictures from yesterdays meet are here. Turned out to be a geek meet with flashy bluetooth devices and everyone looking for Mike-yo.

Saturday's Meet


Pictures of Saturday's meet with Aivalli, Premshree and Yazad Jal are here. And my new userpic on LJ comes from one of those.

MT => LJ sync screwed up?


Seems my sync between my MT and LJ is screwed up. Atleast two people have now said that they are not able to see my posts on their LJ friends page.

Does this one work? If not, i am clueless.

Livejournal Friend's Birthday


Want to find the birthday of your friends on Livejournal. Here is a script which fetches and displays the info from LJ. It uses the HTTP::Lite perl module.

Its self explanatory.

Comments welcome.

Merry Christmas


Wish you all Merry Christmas

Welcome to LJ


Please welcome anandsubbu and sivaram_n to LJ.

Anand, is part of the GNOME Foundation and IndLinux group.

Sivaram is a friend of mine at Wipro.

Half Asleep


Was getting this error for the past couple of hours when I was trying to start snmpd (net-snmp) on a Solaris box.

"init_kmem: kvm_open failed: Error 0"

Was thinking that either some necessary library was missing or some permission issue. Finally managed to find the reason thanks to Google. Had installed a package meant for Solaris 2.6 on a Solaris 8 box. Shit... Never work when you are half asleep.

Fedora Installed


Atlast got some time to install Fedora Core I on my laptop. Looks good.

1. Lilo is gone.
2. The boot up process is now a fancy gui. Not that OK / Failed stuff. So Windows users must like it.

Got drivers for my modem and it works fine. Need to get power management working.

Dont know if i will be able to switch to Linux fully at work. The only major bottle neck seems to be Sametime Client. Rest can be managed.

Let us see where it goes.

From ET:

If you ask the Andhra chief minister's office for a list of Chandra Babu Naidu's engagements next week, you are certain to be told that it is a state secret.

In fact, his security detail is told about them only 24 hours in advance. But shockingly, hackers have been privy to such information weeks in advance. (Do you think Internet has made security lapses easier?)

For six months now, they have been hacking into the CM's mail server and downloading his schedules for 20 days at a time. This includes his engagements, his tours of the districts, the visitors calling on him - in fact, everything he notes down in his diary.

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Dravid's Marathon


Rahul, the Wall, Dravid

Amazing innings. Every one knows that he is "The Wall". Batting for close to 75 overs and more than 10 hours without any fatigue.

Let us hope India wins this match!



I am back in Bangalore after a pilgrimage to Guruvayoor and Sabarimala. Visits to temple in Kerala keeps me wondering. How do they maintain the temples so clean irrespective of the heavy crowd? Why doesnt this happen in Tamil Nadu.

Picture with Nat With Miguel

Thanks to Anand.



Whole of LJ is being flooded with posts of LB/2003. Mine is here albeit a bit late

Day 1:

Reached IISc at 0945 and there was a bee-line till the entrance of the main complex. Joined the queue and it took almost fifteen minutes to reach the entrance of the complex to be told that this queue was for those who had already registered. Joined the new queue, registered and by the time reached the main hall, the inauguration ceremony had already started.

After the inauguration ceremony, attended atulchitnis talk on Lessons learnt from a German Potato Salad. More people were in just to understand what does a Linux conference has to do with a German potato salad.

Talk of the day was from Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icazaon Low-Cost Linux Desktop Deployments. Two young guys, enthusiastic and passionate about what they do, held the crowd spell bound. Particularly Miguel jumping and running around the stage and making funny comments. No wonder kalyan made this comment about Miguel.

Attended thats talk on Volunteering for Geeks. Then back to the crowd pullers talk on Usability and Innovation: The Gnome Desktop. Next was Taj
Skipped the movie Revolution OS and went to office.

Day 2:

First was swatisani talk on A brief introduction to Open source business models. Next was Miguel's talk on The Mono Development Platform . Amazing. He is very energetic, jumping, freaking out. He managed to extend his talk / QA almost until 1230 and everyone was wanting for more. And finally when he came out of the hall, there was a huge crowd surrounding him bombarding him with questions.

Lunch followed by Rasmus Lerdorftalk on Do you PHP? . In the meanwhile, LB/2003 got slashdotted and tariquesani announced it in the hall. He was ecstatic about the set of PHP talks and preaching in front of the God. Rasmus talk was followed by Tarique's talk on ABC of securing PHP code. Skipped Nirav's talk on Smarty - PHP Template Engine for Devdas's talk on Mail hosting solutions. Backup to PHP Guru's talk on Tuning, Benchmarking and Profiling PHP.

Met Sebi and Thangaraju. Introduced Upendera / Mahi to them. Mahi and me then decided to see how the fusion music by Layatharanga was going. Wow! They kept the audience involved and spell bound.

Day 3:

As again was late and attended Kishore Bhargava's talk on Build your own Opensource Firewall. Next was Nirav's talk on Jabber. Nat / Miguel's talk on Rapid Application Development using Mono was amazing. Miguel typed naughty stuff about Nat when he was not seeing and the whole audience enjoyed the bit of entertainment. Demonstrated a few applications (distributed, B2B, highly scalable architecture). Miguel's Migzilla was fun again.

There wasn't much to do in the second half. Either the talks didn't interest me or there was too much of crowd in the halls. Had a meeting at our office at 1700hrs. The meeting got over by 1830 hrs. aivalli told that the Rock show of Phenom hadn't started yet. So i rushed back to IISc. Reaching IISc from Honeywell at Bannerghatta Road in 35 minutes with 16 traffic signals in between is a story by itself. And saw Phenom performing for the first time. These guys rock.


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have slept just five hours in the last 48 hours. am going home now. hope i will make it to the LJ meet



Filched from FN's post on LIG

A man once asks a pretty young lady, "Will you
sleep with me for ten dollars?"

The lady feels outraged, and shouts back: "What do you
take me for? A prostitute?"

Not giving up, the man says: "Lady, would you
sleep with me for a million dollars?" Suitably
influenced, she says that could be considered.

Comments the man: "Now that we've established
you are indeed a prostitute, the only thing
left to be determined is the price."

From today's ET

The open source world has for long been regarded as the realm of geeks. However, in the last couple of years, the lower cost of ownership has seen increased adoption of open source technologies by corporates and SMEs.

More here

Random Thoughts


Life is what happens to you when you are busy making plans

LJ'ers whom I met at LB/2003


Here is the list of LJ'ers whom I met at LB/2003 (most of them for the first time)




BlogShares is down


BlogShares is closed. Went to the site some time back and saw a message from Seyed saying the site is closed. And BlogShares is for sale

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