“The phoenix must burn to emerge.” ― Janet Fitch, White Oleander

after gone missing for more than 2 years i have emerged back from outer space back to this lively blue green planet. lot of things have changed, both from my end and in the world around me. the geek in me have been shadowed by the responsibilities of a husband and a father. and my work life gives me no more opportunity to be the geek i was. the hacker spirit is long gone and am merely surviving.

this could be another futile attempt to re-emerge, though am no more practicing the craft to be able to write anything of use to anyone. but there are things that i wrote way back that still draws attention of the searching souls and many times prove useful to them. am happy to be of some help, hope i can do much better.

This Blog Is Not Dead

This blog is not dead, it’s just me who doesn’t post.

I still get an occasional thanks for a very old post and am happy that I could help someone looking desperately for an answer, like I once did.

Life has changed a bit but priorities have changed a lot, what I found curious then have become the way-it-is now and hence my attention have turned towards other things, especially those which have come new into my life. Those who know get the clue, and those who don’t I just hope that I’ll be able to come back in sometime, may be not as much as I was but better than what am.

Till then, singing off…

some time no post catching up

Three weeks since I moved back to Chennai, the first week went off in settling down in the new rented house with packers and movers shifting stuffs from Bangalore, some electrical, carpentry and plumbing works getting done, Airtel broadband getting installed and a lot more. The next week saw me traveling 60 km a day, to work and back home  put together, leaving me all tired to try doing anything else other than having my dinner and catching some early sleep so I can get up early the next morning and go to work. As Internet is under restricted mode at work, no possibility of catching me up on line during day time from now.

Works been sounding interesting so far. Bought a book on Probability and Statistics and catching up some idea so I would be able to perform better at work. Hopefully would start committing code from Monday. I fortunately landed up a day before the CEO came down from US of A, especially for working with our team’s new efforts for some time. It’s been great going though all I have been doing these 2 weeks was to get into the grove with the rest of the team and the code base.

One of the happy things is that I am not asked to work on a Windows machine but a Centos machine with KDE3.x on it. Also that I get some nice breakfast and lunch, and more importantly coffee/tea/chocolate milk any time I want 😉

Traveled over the newly constructed Guindy Grade Separator aka Fly-over few times from all directions and it is indeed wonderful. Hope lot of such projects keep happening to address the worsening traffic conditions of Chennai. As a downside, they reverted back the one-way rule around Ashok Pillar to the earlier problematic turn-any-side so that all those traffic jams is coming back to embrace us back.

Nothing else interesting enough to be blogged. With around a week left for Jaunty release, need to catch with the junta and all the excitement of yet another Ubuntu release.

digging up

My mom wanted my good ol’ cupboard to be cleaned up and junk stuffs thrown out so she gets some space to use. This little piece of wood built into the corner of my ex-room has served the past 8 years as a store house of all artifacts right from my child hood, though a few things got their place in the “paran” above.

I have my entire collection of Digit and LFY in it, but don’t know what to do with all these mags which I don’t read anymore. I do not want them to be put to the paper wala.

I dug up the first copied of the magazines which I edited and/or co-authored during my school and college days.  I find them to be totally amateurish and unprofessional now, especially the type facing. But those are precious, and the very experience got me my first job.

I had an entire collection of science and maths books from my schooling. I even picked up one to brush through probability and statistics which I very much need now. And in the deep bottom of all these were all the marriage invitations of my cousins.

I discovered my notes which I had made during my non-academic learning process, especially on microprocessor programming, Matlab, PHP, Python, HTML and CSS, ABAP and lot more. I also found all my puzzle books that I had bought during those days when I attended at least one test/interview every week for getting my first job.

One of the magazines actually had pictures of my college department staffs, super seniors and seniors, and I was trying to figure out how many of theirs names I still do remember. Well, I could remember most of the girls’ names 😉

Finally, I moved up two bags full of (may be around a dozen+) books from the cup board to my existing book shelf, realizing that I will be finding it hard to accommodate the books I buy in the future 😛 I have 3 books on Red Hat Linux and 4 books for C++ (I have 4 books on Python as well, all from O’Rielly) now.

wireless usage – february and march 2009

The day I read a blog post about setting up vnstat to monitor network usage, I had one setup for my wireless network which I normally use at home. It’s been running for the past two months and been providing some interesting stats on my internet usage at home. Here are some snapshots as of today,







Looks like my typical use of wireless at home happens between 4 PM to 10 PM on weekdays, maximum being 6PM to 8PM. During weekends am using extra internet as I usually leave my mail client and messenger/IRC on most times. Well, this is just my usage at home which obviously happens in the evenings. Will also have a watch over wired interface which might give day time usage at work.

were you lucky to see this?

Were you lucky enough to notice what Google gave for your results this evening? Whatever was searched for, below every search result link, there was a warning message, “This site may harm your computer”. Looks like some malware filter got goofed up, but Google got it fixed before I could tell my friends around. For those who missed it, here is a chance to look what we saw…

Google says it's harmful

Google says it's harmful