I use elinks most of the times (Mostly along with Firefox). Elinks is real good as in speed and coolness. Even facebook thinks elinks is damn cool :P. Check out the screen shot below, which shows what happened when I tried to open facebook in elinks.
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)
A book on a IIT-an’s Love story By Tushar Raheja !
I loved this book. First, It had nothing to do with the ‘Tejas'(hero) being an IIT-an for it can happen to any Kuppan or Suppan from any college if at all being a college student is an requirement for the story . Next, its narrative style – very amateurish and romantic , making it sweeter ! Then the unbelievable coincidences, (may be they are not true , but who cares ?? ). A good read , particularly when you are pretty much frustrated with your cycle test marks and pathetic CPC scores and in my case both 😛
Yeeyyyy !! Trichy now has Three FM’s : Sooryan FM, Hello FM and the classic Rainbow Fm ! Its gonna be musical year from now on 😛
“Other than the fact Linux has a cool name, could someone explain why I should use Linux over BSD?”
“No. That’s it. The cool name, that is. We worked very hard on creating a name that would appeal to the majority of people, and it certainly paid off: thousands of people are using linux just to be able to say “OS/2? Hah. I’ve got Linux. What a cool name”. 386BSD made the mistake of putting a lot of numbers and weird abbreviations into the name, and is scaring away a lot of people just because it sounds too technical.”
(Linus Torvalds’ follow-up to a question about Linux)
Read The Alchemist by paul coelho . Wonderful book ! It gave me lots of things when I was just searching for them ! This book has changed a lots of ways i have been thinking ! But yeah , I myself have experienced it a few times – ‘When u really want something then the whole universe conspires to get u that thing ‘
May be even I should follow my dream ! But for that I have to drop all other things I have got so far . Thats the catch – I am afraid as anyone to leave the comforts of where I am now. Hope I come out of it 😐 . Probably I can come back if i ever have to come back…
Rubiks cube :
this is the latest past time for me. Took one of my friend’s rubiks cube some three months back. Learnt how to solve the first and the second rows myself but the third row was the most difficult one. googled for solutions and got the correct algo from there.
My average is about 4 minutes and my fastest time so far is 2min 38 sec . But this is no where near to the world record which is whooping 9.56 seconds.