• I Squished Two Bugs in OHAC

    At last, I've managed to contribute code to open source! Although they're just two very trivial and super easy oss-bite-sized bugs, something's better than nothing. What say? One bug fix was in the GDS coding template where I corrected a minor mistake with the local_zone_zsh() function. I stumbled upon it while developing HA-Cron, one of my Code For Freedom projects. The other bug involved me correcting some improper cluster boot messages.

    Both this fixes are coming out with the next release of OHAC. w00t! ^^

  • Atheist bus? What's wrong with you people?

    An atheist campaign?

    Absolutely despicable. What else can I say? Even though I'm an atheist and I do agree that religion is doing as much harm as good, I'm totally against the idea of atheists trying to propagate their thoughts by putting up banners everywhere. If you're going to express your atheism in an in-your-face manner, you have no moral right to blame missionaries from the Church (or whatever) for what they're doing (this statement has been made with reference to a comment on one such 'Atheist bus' blog). Talk about hypocrisy! I pride in being an atheist and I like keeping quiet about it. I only react when I'm provoked or when someone tries to stuff their beliefs down my throat. Come to me and tell me something like, "Hey, I wonder how you survive without any faith... Don't you ever feel like visiting a temple?... How do you appear for an exam without asking for God's support?... etc", and I will definitely give you an overdose of what I think and a few more things (a kick in the nuts perhaps) as a token of my appreciation. I don't know what this is about people trying to tell the entire world about their faith in God (or lack thereof). Can't we all keep quiet about this? Isn't it inevitable that no one's ever going to agree on religion, especially in a country like India where everything seems to revolve around it.

    Religion is something that you can't prove right or wrong, but that which you choose to believe is right. If you know you're right, why the heck do you care about those around you? Just get on with your own lives...

  • Sun Tech Days 2009

    Sun Tech Days 2009 is a wonderful opportunity to interact with technology experts from around the world, and a cool place to meet up with developers working on your favourite projects! So what're you waiting for? Sign up already!

    I'll be there for sure, and will be attending as many OpenSolaris and OHAC sessions as possible . See you all at Hyderabad!

  • Stumbling away....

    After working on HA-Cron all day, and making pretty good progress, I decided to call it a day and thought I'd stumble for a while. Here are some interesting links I stumbled into :). Enjoy!

    http://www.thinktechnologies.com/portfolio/demos/Blackhole.html

    http://www.400monkeys.com/God/

    http://www.buttafly.com/originals/friendster2.php

    http://www.rinkworks.com/stupid/cs_os.shtml

    And this one surely takes the cake...

    http://www.88by31.com/flashman/thepeoplesmario.swf

  • Upgrading from Etch to Lenny

    It's the first day of the new year, and amidst the hassle of being one of the admins conducting the online semester registration for the students, I decided to upgrade my ageing Debian Etch to it's testing release, Debian Lenny. Upgrading from one version to another has never been so easy! Just go through the following steps.

    $: sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list

    Now replace every occurrence of 'etch' with 'lenny'. To be on the safer side, comment out all 3rd party repositories as Lenny is still in testing.

    Next,

    $: sudo apt-get update

    $: sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    You might have to do the dist-upgrade step a couple of times till it upgrades no further. I know some people have had problems while trying to do an Etch->Lenny upgrade, but things have been quite OK for me. If you're not using one of the Debian packaged kernels (you built your own kernel from source), make sure apt-get doesn't override your kernel headers. In case it does, and you notice that some of your device drivers are acting up, just go through the following steps:

    $: cd /usr/src/linux

    (if you don't have the symlink, cd into wherever your kernel is!)

    $: sudo make headers_install

    Although I didn't have to do the last step, I believe it should solve your device driver issues after your upgrade, if any. Do correct me otherwise.

    And yes, almost forgot...

    Happy New Year everyone!