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Got a new mobile

09 Jan 2007
Posted by stylesen
On December 29th I got a new mobile when I was on my vacation in Trichy. It is Sony Ericsson W700i which is popularly called as a walkman phone. I was searching for a good mobile handset to buy for the past 4 months and finally settled with this. Some of the features which attracted me are:
  • Walkman phone with Mega Bass
  • Has a very good 2 mega pixel camera
  • Compatible with GNU/Linux
  • Feature rich with technologies such as bluetooth, infrared, etc...
  • Has FM radio
  • Java Enabled
  • Has a 30mb phone memory and comes along with 256mb memory card which is extendible
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I wrote my first Drupal module today. I ve named it as "What's new?". Yeah exactly the block which you see at the right side bar in this website. Previously I had popular contents in the same place which is a default block feature present in Drupal. It was not getting updated frequently because the popular contents gets changed after a long while. Then I was thinking today to change that particular block with some other content. I was updating my poems as a page entry which is added as a content but there is no means to show those new poem pages or any new content for that matter separately in the website. So I decided to write my own module known as "What's new?" and Drupal code base is so easy that I was able to finish it within a hour or so :)

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I ve written a lot of tamil poems and today is the day I ve started publishing it in stylesen.org. Since I have a huge repository I may not be able to type all of them at one shot, so keep visiting http://poems.stylesen.org (yeah I have a subdomain for this) where I keep updating the contents when I find time. There was always a wish/dream in my life to publish my tamil poems in a printed form (formal way), that may or may not be fullfilled, but today I think this wish is going to be partially fulfilled via stylesen.org.

Its been a long time I have written tamil poems and most of the poems which I am going to publish here are those which are written in my school days (pleasant memories) and in the early days of my college life.

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GetEz a downloading software developed by myself and Ranjani (my college mate) is now hosted as a project in SourceForge.net. Today I ve setup all the required things for that project and even the website is ready. I am planning to spend some time in order to remove any bugs if it exists in the project.

The project website can be accessed at http://getez.sf.net

I ve uploaded the initial release source code of the project and yet to make the CVS repository up. The project summary page in sf.net is http://sourceforge.net/projects/getez/

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This is a Howto to Configure BCM4318 Airforce Wireless cards in Debian Etch.

NOTE: Run lspci and look for the line "Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)". If this is not there then this how to is not for you.

Step1: Update your Kernel to 2.6.17-2-686 which could be done using Desktop->Administration->Update Manager

Step2: Install bcm43xx-fwcutter from the .deb package obtained from http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/bcm43xx-fwcutter.

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So after a long time (4 months) I ve started working with my favourite disto again! Yeah its Debian now, but this time its "etch" and not "sarge". I tried Ubuntu Dapper Drake in the intermediate time. The primary reason which kept me away from Debian these days is my laptop HP Compaq nx6110 which had a Broadcom bcm4318 card which did not have any free drivers and firmware. Hence I was desparately searching for a solution to get my wireless card working, since both in office and home I have wireless connectivity.

At last today I figured out how to configure the wireless card, of course in Debian etch.

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On October 24th, 2006 we had the new release of Firefox ie., version 2.0 Release Candidate (RC) 3. I have Ubuntu Dapper Drake in my laptop and wanted to update my firefox to the new version. I found the installation of firefox is somewhat tricky because it does not have the usual way of configure/make/make install cycle. There was also another happy news today that Ubuntu's latest release Edgy (6.10) is out which has all the latest softwares including Firefox2.0. But I was not in a position to update my Dapper to Edgy today, but I decided to get Firefox2 in my Dapper and this is how I did it with the help of the following script which I obtained from Ubuntu forum: