Streaming from Amritapuri

Our team, LRSL ( named so after Last Row of Sun Lab , sort of a cult back in college) consisting of Abilash , Natraj and myself qualified for ACM ICPC Amritapuri regionals round. Its on 6th and here we are at Amrita Kerala Campus. The place is so wonderful and the hospitality of this place is so stunning. The food, hostel and everything else are too good. The Organisers have also planned for trip around to the local beach house and so on. So three days filled with coding, superb food, fun at the beach and superb people around, What better way could I have started the Holidays with 🙂

PS: Probably Life is a roller coaster ride, One day you are at the bottom and the other day you are at the top 😐

The command liner !

Probably one of the features that amazes me in Linux are the power and cuteness of the command line applications ! Right now but for watching videos, working with images , I have found ways to do stuff entirely on the terminal. Whats better ?? Its fast – really fast and completly productive. Let me brief few of my recent infatuations in command line apps.

* Every wonder how fast your browser can be in Elinks ??? No pop ups, no images, but absoultely cool plain test views,option to see images using eog , tabbed browsing, history, bookmarks, history : everything one might need in a modern day browser. It doesnt crash , doesn’t require extra plugins for working. Actually above anything else its the speed of browsing is what that beats me ! Too good. Check my gmail window in elinks 🙂

* Okay , One thing Elinks might not have is the chat feature. But there is a better client than that. Finch : Welcome to the command line Pidgin. If you already new Pidgin, then Finch is the exact ditto for the shell and If you didn’t know about Pidgin, u are missing something 😛 With Finch u can GTalk , AIM chat , yahoo , IRC , jabber talk and lots more. Once again the simplicity and speed beats any other application.

* And for everything there is Emacs plus shell combination. So the only thing I need the GUI is for watching videos and similar stuff where GUI is not a luxury but plain necessity.

* Of course I am still on the learning curve for Emacs and so sometimes when going gets tough I use Gedit. Now something great about gedit is that one can extend it in large ways to suit one’s need. With a good GTKSourceview color scheme and font selection , coding can be a wonderful experience. (Gedit doesn’t fit in command line tools, but sometimes its as much helpful 🙂 )

I accept GUI has a friendly effect, simplicity of use. But what me miss is that after a few tries the command liners are simpler to use , more productive and damn cool , (particularly when you are showing off :P)

Dial up in Ubuntu 7.10 – Gutsy Gibbon

WOW ! ! Dial up is working in linux FOR me ! Well this might not be news for many , but yeah its a big one for me ! Without this i had been disconnected for more than one semester hols .
What did i do for making the dial-up work ??
Simple – Installed Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon ran wvdial – the gnome PPP dialer! it worked just out of the box ! All i had to know was to do was to add
my user name and password for the dial up connection ! sweet isn’t it ??
1. sudo wvdialconf
this generated a wvdial configuration file for connecting to net using ur modem

2. sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf
change the username, password and dial up number in that file of my ISP .2.png
3. sudo wvdial
it throws a lot of garbage and then finally obtains few DNS & IP addresses!

Then u can use firefox or any other application to connect to net ! thats all 🙂

Now after this , i also installed a gnome application called PPP dialer , which is a GUI for wvdial.

Just a day has passed since i came back home . Already two big things happened ! Hope hols have lots more for me 😛

PS : the other thing is OGRE, which will be in another blog 🙂