One year up in IBM

A year back on this day, I joined IBM.

So far, so good. Lots more to do.

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Want a Linux flavor for human beings?

My first experience with any Linux flavor has been usually bad. But this one wasn't.

I had heard about Ubuntu a long time back but somehow could not use it. The requirement of the Internet for installation was too much to ask.

However, I was interested in trying out a new flavor of Linux and so asked for a CD. I like KDE more than Gnome and so I asked for Kubuntu. The coolest feature that I saw was that there was only one CD, which acted like both a Live CD and an installation CD. Boot the OS and if you like it, click on an icon and it installs as if the OS were an application.

There were no hassles. The live CD booted without any problems. I was even able to access the net. was also able to access the net using a USB modem using the Live CD (imagine doing that without even touching your hard drive!). Both of us were excited.

The installation however gave me some problems. (My success rate of installing Linux in one try, thus, still remains at zero! 😦 ) I had forgotten that I had mounted a Linux ext3 drive and I was trying to format it during the installation. The install process crashed and asked me to refer to some logs for more info (which I did not). Failing during installing Linux is not a big deal! So I tried again.

This time I tried a slightly different option and I was given a clue that I could be trying to format a partition that is mounted.

That was it. I did not face any problems after that.

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If you are like others and wants to use open source software, but are shuddered by the idea of a 'Linux installation' or 'package dependencies', try Ubuntu.

There are more packages than you can imagine. There is something (actually a lot) for everyone. You will find applications that you use in your day to day use or atleast find equivalents.

Overall, I am more than satisfied with Kubuntu. Thanks to all the developers and the people behind this wonderful revolution.

Wanna try it out? You can ask for free CD's by asking for it here.

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Flock – a Web 2.0 browser?

I have been trying Flock for about a month now. And I am stuck to it.

What I liked:

  1. Blogging support – I am making this blog entry from within Flock. Also there is Technorati publishing support and all that.
  2. Flickr support – you get to know if someone adds new photos and you get to see them in a neat view.
  3. Delicious support – one of my favorite features here. There is a neat sync between your local bookmarks and your delicious bookmarks. You just click on the 'star' next to the address bar and you get a popup where you indicate whether the bookmark should be posted to del.icio.us.
  4. An improved search bar – there is live Yahoo search, local search history and the usual search engine support.
  5. Performance – somehow seems better than Firefox. Dunno why? 😐 (However, see hate point 2)
  6. Web snippets – I don't use this much, but there is a snippets bar, where you can copy snippets of your interest.
  7. News – This is where you get to manage your RSS feeds. But I don't use this either, not better than Blogbridge. 🙂

What I hated:

  1. I sometimes feel they should have gone with making an extension over Firefox rather than a separate browser. Some extensions might not work in Flock. Developers have to adhere to Flock separately. This is not good.
  2. Sometimes, there is some backend process which runs for a long time and results in a 'Unresponsive script' warning. This stops the working of the browser for a while.

Overall, I strongly recommend Flock for people who use the utilities mentioned and were craving for integration of these.

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Hackday @ IBM

The power of blogging was apparent. IBM had its first unofficial HackDay.

What was impressive was that the contest and the details spread through blogging and then got publicity because it was recognized by some of the biggies.

I participated. I came up with a simple and useful hack, which has been listed under the 'Best improvement' category. More details about the event can be found here.

There were calls, where participants discussed their hacks.

Thanks to all the organizers.

Awaiting the next one! 🙂

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