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wma support in xmms

19 Oct 2006
Posted by stylesen

Recently I installed Ubuntu Dapper Drake in my laptop and started to use it as I do with my Debian system. But still I ve learnt how to configure wireless cards in GNU/Linux so I ll try to get my favourite distro Debian GNU/Linux in my laptop.

I use xmms to listen to music and I ve installed it in my Ubuntu box. But unfortunately I have a lot of .wma files. So I wanted to get wma support in my xmms. For the above I did the following.

sudo apt-get install alien
sudo alien xmms-wma-1.0.5-1.i386.rpm
sudo dpkg -i xmms-wma_1.0.5-2_i386.deb

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Yesterday was one of the memorable days in my life, because I attended a function in Trilogy where I enjoyed to the core. There was a group which performed Dollu Kunitha at the top floor of Salarpuria Infinity (This is were Trilogy office is situated). Yesterday Sap called us ie., Prabhu, Ekanth (all of them are my roomamtes) and myself to attend this function and we went there at 7:30 pm though Ekanth came only at 9:30 pm. Everybody was in their ethnic wear, except a few, including myself, Prabhu and Ekanth. I was wearing my company T-shirt which had "SpikeSource India" text at my left chest, and a dark blue cotton jean with my brown shoes.

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The blog subdomain in is changed to I had some problem in my subdomain after enabling clean URLs in my drupal configuration. Today I analysed it carefully and identified that the way in which the blog links are referred in Drupal will conflict with the subdomains created by my hosting provider. So due this issue I have to choose a different name for my blog subdomain and I landed here with This solves my problem and makes my blog link in the left side menu to be seen without expanding the categories :) which I wanted to do long back.

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There is a new link "Articles" added to, where I ll post articles authored by me. These articles are based on the stuff which I read and study when I find some time. There are some articles which are nothing but some notes which I ve prepared for taking seminars.

I ve also added a subdomain for articles namely

Wait and watch for more articles authored by me :) (I ll try to follow the KISS principle).

Started swimming!!!

27 Sep 2006
Posted by stylesen

From Monday(25-09-2006) onwards I ve started going for swimming classes. The swimming pool is near Kanthirwa stadium (close to MG Road) which is St. Joseph School's pool. I go along with my room mates (seniors but not so :) ) early in the morning. Yeah in the morning, many will be suprised, but thats the truth, I get up at 5:30 am in the morning and go for swimming. All of you know how cold is Bangalore and before I jump into the pool my body shivers like anything. Once inside the pool I enjoy swimming :). Am a beginner in swimming and gradually learning the art of swimming. There are 3 coachs Karthick, Radheesh and Manhjunath, who takes special care for me because am the only guy who have joined basic course, all the others are in the advance course who have some knowledge of swimming. They say am picking up faster than what they expected.

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Since am not a Windoze user, I was not aware this file format .chm. Today I stuck with this when I was trying to download some e-Books. Am in my GNU/Linux box so wanted to view/read these e-Books which was in .chm formats which is a native M$ format. There is a cool tool to view these files GnoCHM. This is a simple tool and you can get it as a tarball, rpms and debs. Just do a "$ yum install gnochm" and you are done with it. It is very small something around 206 K download (when you install using yum). It is a free software and is GPLed.

The other related softwares are:

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This was one of the memorable Software Freedom Day's (SFD) I would recall in future, because this was the first SFD am not a student. I went to Madurai to attend the SFD code named FStival'06 in my college TCE. This time I could see many more improvements in the way in which the event was organised and some more maturity. There was a huge crowd from colleges in and around Madurai and the general public which was our dream two years back when I was in college.

Kenneth Gonsalves from NRCFOSS was the chief guest of FStival'06 and he gave an impressive talk on "HowFLOSS makes you a great programmer". He also answered many queries posted by the audience.