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I got a call from Shalinie mam from Thiagarajar College of Engineering on June 6th, 2007 in which she intimated me about "The Best Innovative Project award for the year 2007" which was given to TCENet (which was my final year project in college) by PCQuest a leading IT magazine. I just floated in air for sometime as soon as I heard it. Some four months back mam was telling me that TCENet was nominated for PCQuest's Best IT implementation award for the year 2007 along with some 250 great industry standard projects.

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After a long time I saw a very good movie "Mozhi". I am not good at writing movie reviews, but I felt I should write about this movie since it has created a wave deep inside my heart. I have come across a lot of characters in my life, this movie made me to look back and take a review of these characters.

Long back when I was doing my seventh standard, myself along with three of my school mates did a project called "Care For the Uncared". I don't even have traces of the project report or the findings with me, but those memories still remain pleasant in my heart. We used to go to a lot of orphanges, spastic schools, old age homes, schools for the disabled, etc and even went to the roads interviewing the difficulties of the poor people. I did not know what is the cause for all these things but, I think at a later part of my life these experiences which I had with such people are going to help me. These things flashed my mind when I was watching that movie. Myself and Arun Ponniah (my room-mate and senior) watched this movie together. When they introduced Jothika, Arun was telling that she may be deaf and dumb, suddenly I remembered that the description deaf and dumb was inappropriate. When we were collecting information about such kind of people in one of the schools for disabled in a village near Trichy way back in 1996, we happen to meet the headmaster or the principal of that school. We had a chat with her regarding the difficulties these students face and things like that, during our conversation, we used "deaf and dumb" to describe these students. The headmaster of that school corrected us by saying not to call them "dumb", because usually a dumb person is the one who is foolish or stupid, but she told us these students are not fools, they have a sound knowledge and they have some disabilities. She asked us to call a person who has difficulty in speaking as "mute" and not as "dumb". So the correct term is "Deaf and Mute". These things rolled at the back of my mind when I saw the movie.

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Since I started using a 64-bit processor, I got these doubts. After installing a GNU/Linux in my AMD Turion 64 bit X2, I would like to know whether the installed OS is 32 bit / 64 bit OS. Thank you for Ananth Srinivas who pasted this information in one of the mailing lists. Just issue the following command in GNU/Linux:
$ getconf LONG_BIT
If you get '64' then the OS is a 64-bit one, else if you get '32' then it is a 32-bit OS. The second thing is, you have a machine with some 'x' type of processor. You want to know whether your processor is 64-bit capable. In order to find this you can put the following command:

FOSS 2007 @ TCE

17 Jan 2007
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I was one of the speaker and resource person at the FOSS2007 Workshop held at Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE). I took sessions on various topics such as Database tools, Web Programming tools and Content Management tools. This was a great experience for me since I was able to share my knowledge with various class of people. There were many lecturers and students from different colleges across Tamil Nadu.

It was a 6 day event and I was there on the last 2 days ie., on 12-01-2007 and 13-01-2007. On the first day FN, I handled sessions on Database tools and web programming tools for the delegates and in the AN I handled the same sessions for the second year CSE students of TCE. Both these sessions went on well for about 3 hours. There were good questions posted by the audience on these sessions. Unfortunately I had some problem with my throat at the end of the day and my voice was totally different. In the evening I had a nice chat with my junior friends.

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 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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The blog subdomain in stylesen.org is changed to http://myblog.stylesen.org. I had some problem in my blog.stylesen.org 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 myblog.stylesen.org. 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.