Saturday, May 1, 2010

May Day

May 1 is commemoration of the 1886 labor movement that started in Chicago. I always thought of such labor day celebrations to have originated from some communist country.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Installing Chromium (Google Chrome for Ubuntu) on Karmic Koala

I followed these steps to install Google Chrome (Chromium) on Ubuntu without using the terminal command window:

(This is also an example of finding and installing any software if you know the path for the package repositories)

Select Synaptic Package Manager:


Select Settings> Packages:

Go to "Other Software" tab:


Add these lines one by one:
deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main



Press on Reload after adding the repositories:

Type chromium in search box and then select chromium-browser:

Add the required packages too:


Press on "Apply":

Press on Apply:


Enjoy your newly installed software:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Face to face interaction to help troubleshoot ubuntu issues

I just can not understand as to why people would buy windows when all that they do is just check email, news, write documents on word, sometimes as DVD player, store their photos from digital camera. Ubuntu would do all of the above really well and all of them for free!

I think the biggest reason for people still going for windows is that they think if they have an issue with their computer they can not find anyone to help them. I think one way to help these people out is to setup ubuntu troubleshooting network. Some face to face interaction would help. Why not set up a group of volunteers that would sit in front of a store or mall and give out free CDs and also let them know that if they wanted it installed they could even bring their laptops over and the volunteers could install Ubuntu.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Karmic Koala ready for masses

Karmic Koala is very pleasant. I love the new "Ubuntu Software Center" right in the applications menu. Now anyone can just find an interesting application and install them right away without having to type in any sort of command. I think this version of Ubuntu is now ready for linux novices (for that matter anyone new to any computer - including seniors).

Seems like the media is also talking a lot about Ubuntu:

BBC on Ubuntu 9.10
The Hindu on how easy it is to install/uninstall programs

Need a Google Wave Invite

I need a google wave invite. Can you invite me? Thanks in advance !

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Today's run

Edit 2008-05-29:
I just realized that viewing the map on google maps is better than viewing on MapMyRun. So here is the same run on Google maps (To get this just paste the link of the KML file in google maps search box and then click on 'Link to this page' which will show the code to embed. The KML file already has to be hosted on the web somewhere, and MapMyRun does just that):

View Larger Map

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


There were very high expectations of four records being broken if Michel Fournier went to the edge of the space. But the balloon left without Michel Fournier and hence there will be no free fall from 40 km height. What an anti-climax!
Here is the entire story from BBC News: Link

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