November 14, 2008

Oops.. Brilliant

I'm looking forward to see this movie. Seems like a lot of hard work has been put into create this movie. Best wishes to the whole Vaaranam Aayiram team!

September 7, 2008

Setting up (Thinkpad T400) wireless network in Ubuntu Hardy Heron

I got a new laptop (Thinkpad T400) recently. Lenovo forces all the T400 buyers to choose Vista by default. As far as I know, there used to be an option to choose GNU/Linux operating system with T61 models. I don't know why Lenovo has revoked those options with the T400 model. As I plan to use my T400 was development purpose as well, I want to install a GNU/Linux operating system and my option is Ubuntu, for its behavior in seamlessly detecting all devices.

To my surprise, when I booted the Ubuntu Hardy Heron I noticed that my wireless card wasn't detected out of box. When I googled for it, I found out that to be a know problem with all the Atheros wireless cards. The wireless card that I have in my laptop is:

(output from the command lspci -v)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
Subsystem: Atheros Communications Inc. Unknown device 0035
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 22
Memory at f4300000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]

To get that working follow the steps given in the reply #6 (by the user reasoner) in the thread It worked perfectly fine in my case.

Before I landed on the above menitoned link, I tried with the latest madwifi source from its subversion trunk and that didnt workout for me. *May be* the code under the subversion branch '../branches/madwifi-hal-' made the difference.

July 18, 2008

Heading towards another manoeuvre in my life

Its been an year wait for this, actually more than an year now. An year ago I felt like I should be taking up my masters program. There has been multiple reasons that urged me to take this decision. I felt it was a very hard decision, but for some reason I wanted to do that.

I remember the day I started to the read the book, Word Power Made Easy (WPME) by Norman Lewis. It was interesting and a great learning experience for me. Consciously I have never tried to improve by word power, being a guy who inhibits the habit of reading, you know the situation. But after few days of reading the book WPME, it was some kind of satisfaction that drove me to complete the book. Following that I started to read Barrons making my mind that I should give GRE in few months. That too happened, but completing Barrons was a real strenuous effort. I never thought I could do that! Following that was TOEFL, which didnt require much effort from my side.

The next big and demanding task was the application process. From the copious number of available universities, I had to narrow down to the ones I really would love to go. It required a lot of back and forth conversation with my friends and relatives. Another long and demanding period of time was the application phase, where I had to prepare documents required by these universities, couriering them, following it up, waiting for the results, etc. It didn't even stop after the results were out. To my luck, I (and all my univ mates) had to wait a long time to get hold of my I20. Once the I20 was in, it was a very quick week for me, I got my Visa stamped before I could realize that it happened.

Another surprise to me was that, by the last Monday (14th July) I had completed 3 years of my stint at Trilogy (and thus in the industry). I know this is a little late, I should have gone for my masters an year ago, but it is good that I atleast decided to take that up now, rather than never.

And FYI, I'm heading to the State University of New York at Stony Brook for my MS in Computer Science starting this Fall (September 2008) semester!

May 4, 2008

IPL at Chinnaswami Stadium

IPL is the buzz these days. It may be because of the money that has been poured in, or the 100% guaranteed entertainment. At least I enjoy watching these games for the guaranteed fun.

I'm in Bangalore for the past 2.5 years and I haven't used this opportunity to watch a live match in the stadium. But I didn't want to miss this anymore. Since IPL T20 being a sure entertainer we set out to watch one. Being a native a Tamil Nadu, the obvious choice would be to watch the match between Chennai (Super Kings) and Bangalore (Royal Challengers).
- Chennai Super Kings
- Bangalore Royal Challengers

Watching a match in the stadium is much more different than watching it on a Television. The lively, energetic and sometimes boisterous crowd is one of the cogent reasons to witness a match in the stadium. Sometimes you ignore the actual match to get involved in some activities that happens in the stadium stands like the Mexican wave, etc.,That too in our case, the clash was between Chennai and Bangalore (the so called deadly-rivals in the water dispute) and with equal number of supporters for both the squads added the fun factor. During the final overs of the Bangalore innings, when they were loosing wickets in haste, the tamil crowd acclaimed Super Kings with slogans, which remained me of my college days.

Though Bangalore gave a big fight, they were unfortunate to lose the game. We witnessed great batting skills from MS Dhoni, Ross Taylor and Wasim Jaffer and an awesome bowling spell from Dale Steyn, though he stumbled in his last over with Dhoni. We were able to see players Kallis, Murali, Ntini and Hussey and drummer Sivamani in a very close proximity. To recapitulate, it is a great fun to watch a match in the stadium.