Be a man of Deeds! Not a man of Needs!
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Today's date (25th February) is very special in my life for the past 2 years and it will continue to be like that till my end of life. This date for the past couple of years had given me happiness, satisfaction and a sense of achievement. This year is no exception to that and I decided to visit Spastics Society of TamilNadu (SPASTN) located at Taramani, Chennai. It was in 1996 I last visited this place for my project "Care for the Uncared" which I did in my 7th standard along with my friends for "National Children Science Congress". I was with the children for 3 full days and spent lot of time with them in "The Spastics School". Its been more than 15 years now and I visited today as a man with a good cause, it was really joyful to be in the School and speak with people who are closely associated with it. There was lot of changes in the School from my previous visit!

SPASTN visit pic

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OpenSource book wrapperI wrote a book on OpenSource in Tamil and it got published by New Horizon Media (Kizhakku Pathipagam) on last Saturday ie., 07-jan-2012 in Chennai Book Fair 2012. If you get a chance to visit Chennai Book fair drop in at Kizhakku Pathipagam stall and grab a copy of the book.

Following are the link to purchase the book online:

1) https://www.nhm.in/shop/978-81-8493-489-2.html

2) http://www.infibeam.com/Books/open-source-tamil-sa-senthi-kumaran/9788184934892.html

3) ChennaiShopping

4) Flipkart

Introduction about this book are available in the following links:

http://www.tamilpaper.net/?p=5347

http://www.badriseshadri.in/2012/01/blog-post_08.html

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OpenSourceTamil

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In work I wanted python2.7 for using some latest modules. I run Debian 6.0 ie., squeeze in my laptop, but python2.7 is available in Wheezy or Debian testing. In order to install python2.7 from the testing repository add the following in your sources.list file ie., /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://mirror.cse.iitk.ac.in/debian/ testing main contrib

After adding the testing repository, do an update and then install python2.7 package as follows:

$ sudo aptitude update

$ sudo aptitude install python2.7

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My first article - "Creating Professional Presentation with Latex" - for Muktware got publised. This article explains how to create presentations with latex beamer. Following is a gist from the article, to read more visit - http://www.muktware.com/a/14/2011/830/creating-professional-presentations-latex

"If you are a fan of versioning presentations and not convinced with versioning binary files then this article is for you, of course it makes you stand out among your friends since this is how geeks prepare presentations. Latex is a popular document preparation system which provides a document markup language to edit your documents which looks beautiful in paper.

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Gone are those days when we want to boot a downloaded ISO image from an USB stick, we need to perform lot of black box operation in order to put/align things in the USB stick so that it could be made bootable.

I didn't follow the Debian stuff for a long time though I use Debian in all my machines. Surprisingly last week we had the much awaited release of Debian 6.0 (squeeze) and I was over joyed on seeing that! I was longing for that.

With the new release of Debian 6.0 we need not do any special things in order to create a bootable USB stick of the Debian ISO. Just a plain 'dd' of the ISO will do the magic. For a long time in order to create a bootable USB stick we had to depend on tools like usb-creator both for Ubuntu or Debian, but now things are pretty easy and straight forward. I am not sure whether this works for Ubuntu yet, may be the next release 11.04 will have such a feature, but as of Debian 6.0 it works.

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Back in 2008 I started my Master of Science course in Birla Institue of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. Last semester I completed all my papers related to my course work. This semester I had my dissertation which I completed a couple of weeks back.

I gave dissertation viva voce yesterday ie., 19-oct-2010 to Mr. Kiran D. C who was interested in Subversion and asked many related questions about my dissertation work. My dissertation was based on Subversion titled "GPG-agent based secure password cache for Subversion Version Control System". As of now this work is maintained as a separate branch (gpg-agent-password-store) in apache subversion project repository. Though the branch is in working condition and does the intended job, there are many more changes planned before merging the branch back to trunk.