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Now I know why

Posted by Kunal on June 2, 2007

When Dell started offering Ubuntu Linux on their computers recently, people were surprised. So was I. Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux was also vary when Dell initially put the idea of offering some Linux distribution on their computers. So, when Dell actually started selling the computers, everyone was pleasantly surprised.

I think I know why Dell is offering Linux. Read this. Michael Dell uses Ubuntu on his laptop! Just proves that anyone who uses a good Linux distribution will become an instant fan and will start evangelizing :)

Of course, it is entirely possible that Michael Dell installed Linux after they decided to put it on their machines to test it, but I am happier with the other explanation.

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Posted in open source | 3 Comments »

Wake up and smell the Java!

Posted by Kunal on November 14, 2006

Sun open sources Java. Wohoo!

That too under GPL! Now, we can expect faster Java and easier integration into Linux.

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Ahh! That one

Posted by Kunal on August 12, 2006

I love Calvin & Hobbes. I love the philosophical undertones in many of the comic strips created by the sublime genius of Bill Waterson. Many times it so happens that I want to go back and read a particular strip. Inspite of living in an age where finding information on obscure topics is a mindless task, unfortunately finding a particular comic strip is almost impossible for many reasons. Thankfully, I found just the right tool to do my bidding.

http://www.transmogrifier.org/ch/comics/search.cgi

Update: Another C&H search engine (thanks to Anish) http://reemst.com/calvin_and_hobbes/stripsearch

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Linux and the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Posted by Kunal on July 30, 2006

Linux is evolution, not intelligent design. - Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds on the Linux kernel design process :)
Read Greg KH’s talk on the Linux kernel here.

Posted in Humour, open source | 1 Comment »

Slashdot moderator!!!

Posted by Kunal on July 23, 2006

I have finally arrived!  Today while reading a slashdot article, I came across this message:

You have moderator access and 5 points (expire on 2006-07-25). Welcome to those of you just joining: please read the moderator guidelines for instructions.

I have done some meta moderation for slashdot before but I am getting the ‘privilege’ of moderating the great forums of slashdot for the first time. It seems that they are offering moderator access to almost all users nowadays.

Sometimes I think I get insane amount of pleasure from the most idiotic things. Ahh, well …

Posted in Geek Life, Technology | 8 Comments »

Google Earth coming to Linux

Posted by Kunal on May 29, 2006

Just after Picasa was released we find out they are also working on Google Earth for Linux also.

Google cares about Linux! Last week Google released Picasa for Linux. While it is not a native Linux program, it works under Wine. I think this is a major step towards Linux acceptance by big software companies. Traditionally, software companies will release a Linux version only if the software is written in Java and hence it is platform agnostic. With Picasa, we can expect great quality software (although not open source) to be released under Linux. I downloaded Picasa and it works flawlessly on my Kubuntu machine. I have run Wine applications before and this one is different. Essentially because it links with libwine (which means that its not as bad as running a .exe under Linux. Google has made internal changes to Picasa).

Google Earth coming to Linux will be nice as there are no open source alternatives to it. Many people are complaining that this is a half hearted attempt by Google to woo Linux users because Picasa isn't a native Linux application. I think if Google isn't going to open source their applications (the best option ), they might as well make it run under Wine. A closed source natively compiled application is as bad as closed source application running under Wine in my opinion.

Note : I am blogging from Digg.com for the first time!
read more | digg story

Posted in open source, Software, Technology | 7 Comments »

Maintaining your orkut sanity

Posted by Kunal on May 24, 2006

Go to settings and unselect the check boxes for 'Messages sent to friends' and 'Messages sent directly to me' options.
And this to all you spammers on orkut.

Thanks.No.

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Age = Age + 1

Posted by Kunal on March 7, 2006

LESTER (V.O.)

I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me… but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…

LESTER (V.O.)

…and then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life…

(amused)

You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry…

FADE TO BLACK.

LESTER (V.O.) (cont’d)

You will someday.

From my favourite movie.

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This is hajaar funny

Posted by Kunal on March 4, 2006

A MA thesis on IITM slang!!

Via Maajorly shadymax arbit fundaes

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C & H

Posted by Kunal on January 8, 2006

A pearl from the greatest comic strip ever:

And while we are on Calvin & Hobbes, take a look at this post by Dilbert creator Scott Adams in which he disects the humour in C & H.

The core of humor is what I call the 2-of-6 rule. In order for something to be funny, you need at least two of the following elements:

Cute (as in kids and animals)

Naughty

Bizarre

Clever

Recognizable (You’ve been there)

Cruel

I invented this rule, but you can check for yourself that whenever something is funny it follows the rule. And when something isn’t, it doesn’t. One of the reasons comics are such a popular form of humor is that they often get the cute part automatically. Calvin and Hobbes is widely considered the best comic ever, but the few times it featured the parents doing the main action, it fell flat. Whenever it combined Calvin and Hobbes (both exceedingly cute), with some witty dialog (clever), a dangerous wagon ride (cruel), Calvin acting like a typical kid (recognizable), and thinking about adult philosophy (bizarre) it fired on 5-of-6 humor elements, which is virtually unheard of.

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