Category Archives: software

OMG!TKK v2

Finally found the patience to upgrade my template to the new one. Its all nice, easily arrangeable modules but in the end had to edit html to get the header right. But I like the blog archive on the right.

Yes, I know, its like the Porsche 911, same design over and over again! but its new!! 😛

Cartman: You guys! I got it! It seriously! It’s the greatest picture ever! Oh my God!
Stan: What’cha do to Butters this time?
Cartman: Ihit was genius! I waited ’til he was totally asleep, right? And then I got my camera, and I pulled down his pants, and then I took a picture of his wiener in my mouth!
Kyle: Dude!
Cartman: IknowIknow, check it out, look. I got his whole wiener in my mouth, see? Heheh. Oh man, I got him good!
Stan: Dude, how is putting Butters’ wiener in his mouth getting him?
Cartman: Because that makes Butters gay now!

Something has to be done to firefox


Someone has to design a garbage collector for Firefox, Its eating every byte I have! All the other browsers are under the same conditions.. 1/2hr of browsing each. Opera lowest as you can see.. and VirtualDub running encoding a RAW AVI didnt need any memory. It doesn’t matter to me but on slower systems its a pain. People of the Moz! fix the damn leaks! please!

Word 2007 Test

Well just installed Office 2007, don’t ask where I did get it from. Its amazing though. It looks great, feels great, and is much easier to use. Being an irregular Blogger I was always interested in applications integrating blogging, long ago found one or two but they weren’t that easy that they could replace the web UI altogether. Word 2007 has it built in now, so its nice that I can write blogs offline save them and then post them. There is one down side to all this though, all the new office applications are huge memory hogs, and even Outlook takes a lot of memory. Even on the monster with 1.5G Dualchannel DDR400 it feels sluggish. Maybe I have to defrag and optimize my sys to see if its any better.

Also finished downloading the new Windows Vista RTM and I’m dying to test it, but there is no way in hell that I would do it on the monster, so lined up Vik’s and my dad’s sys to test it. Wait, dad’s systems got only 512M RAM, damn it, VIK your sys is my only test bed now don’t let me down!! I shall get back to playing NFS Carbon now. Yes yes I have exams, screw them. Its Advanced data structures exam the day after anyway. It is an area where I’m so good that if you wake me up in deep sleep and ask me some strange question in that subject I’ll probably answer it.

In the end overall reviewing of Office results in a 8/10 rating from me. Good job M$! hope your Vista is better.

“Why does this happen every month? It seems like right about the same time every month, Kyle’s mom gets a hair up her @ss about something, and I always end up getting screwed by it.” – Cartman

Fedora Core 6 + AIGLX.. naicee

I installed Fedora Core 6 on my monster. Finally… after 2 and half years since I bought this babe, I have a dual boot. At the expense of a RAID0 set though.

FC6 is almost same as all the other FCs but… it now has the AIGLX (Accelerated blah blah.. ) which makes it more Vista-ish. I tell you its just amazing. The window animations, the water/rain effects, the whole virtual desktop cube concept.. everything. I would recommend everyone to install it and check it out at least once. Downside though is that the installation and configuration process for AIGLX will take you through a complete Intermediate user tour, a boon and also a bane if you consider the time it takes.

Above all that, I had a serious problem, none of the apps, Yum especially seemed to connect to the internet, except luckily firefox. After hours and hours of troubleshooting, googling foruming, the I diagnosed it as a DNS malfunction on Linux’s side. Well Linux has problems with my Router being a DNS forwarded instead of a DNS Server. I took almost 8-9 hours altogether to figure the problem out and solve it. It was only after that I was able to setup AIGLX n other stuff.

I wanted to write a complete tut and a demo on that.. will do that soon 😉 just gotta find time.. driving a lot lately…

11223344 << RAMBITT!!

Ah yes! The blog, I forgot, age2_x1.exe and Gamespy have that effect on people. BSNL rocks and so does Iron Maiden. They released their new album “A Matter of Life and Death”. Although all songs are easy listening type when compared to either the X Factor or Virtual XI, I rate the new album 8/10. No complex music, it is simple and just rocks.

Track listing

  • “Different World” (music: Adrian Smith/Steve Harris, lyrics: Steve Harris) – 4:17
  • “These Colours Don’t Run” (music: Smith/Harris, lyrics: Bruce Dickinson) – 6:52
  • “Brighter Than a Thousand Suns” (music: Smith/Harris, lyrics: Harris/Dickinson) – 8:44
  • “The Pilgrim” (music: Janick Gers/Harris, lyrics: Harris) – 5:07
  • “The Longest Day” (music: Smith/Harris, lyrics: Dickinson) – 7:48
  • “Out of the Shadows” (music: Dickinson/Harris, lyrics: Dickinson) – 5:36
  • “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg” (music: Dave Murray/Harris, lyrics: Harris) – 7:21
  • “For the Greater Good of God” (music & lyrics: Harris) – 9:24
  • “Lord of Light” (music: Smith/Harris, lyrics: Dickinson) – 7:23
  • “The Legacy” (music: Gers/Harris, lyrics: Harris) – 9:20

You guys gotta play the RAMBIT Scenario in AOE:TC, its just infinite fun. Get 8 people and you can enjoy for weeks together or just login to Gamespy and you will never go back!!

Quote of the Day

Auctioner: Our first item is a pair of panties confiscated from a prostitute.
Quagmire: Fifty bucks.
Auctioner: She had nine STDs.
Quagmire: Forty-five bucks.
Auctioner: And when we caught her she wet herself.
Quagmire: Fifty bucks

X1: The death

It all started when I wanted to search for a document I stored a month ago. I couldn’t find it anywhere as I couldn’t remember its name, so I used the built in windows search. I disable the indexing engine as soon as I install the OS, and so none of the files on the disk were indexed and the normal search couldn’t find what I was looking for. It was then; I felt the need of a desktop search tool. Once on Slashdot I was reading an article on some topic related to desktop search wherein a hippie wrote that Google should be scared about X1 Desktop search engine being made free. He also bragged about how great an indexing engine it is. I was convinced and decided to give it a try, a 12MB download which took almost a full night to finish on my gay ass connection, I was all set to install it.

That evening I installed it and set it to the recommended indexing aggressiveness. It was running all night, the next day morning and also even when I came back home the next day. It was almost 20 hours since it started and it was still indexing, saying “Optimizing file index”. It used almost all possible resources available; I decided to free all the resources by rebooting the system.

It shut down and restarted posted well and everything was normal till the Intel RAID (ICH5R) bios showed up. It was showing the HDDs’ status as “Unknown” for both the 160G 7200.7s on the controller. In my experience I have seen “Normal” and “Error Occurred” but I have never seen “Unknown”. After a couple of reboots one disk showed up as “Normal” but the other didn’t, even after checking it with 4-5 HDD diagnostic tools like Sea Tools, MHDD etc. The “Unknown” status was holding back the controller in detecting the RAID0 (Stripe) Set. As a last attempt I used Norton Disk Doctor, and NDD without any user intervention, said something about fixing the drive and started doing something all on its own. I lost all hopes at that moment, I had to wave goodbye to my 320GB data. All the little hopes I had of retaining the data were lost when the RAID bios reported both the disks as “Normal” but wasn’t able to detect the previous RAID set. I was mortified! All the 320GB data gone! Vanished!

What was the reason? X1. It tried to index every byte of the files in the RAID partition; the HDDs couldn’t take that torture and failed one after another. All the 320G data was nothing but videos, yes 95% of the data was either movies or TV series, and I still don’t know what X1 was indexing in those files. Key frames? What ever it did, it was the reason I lost 320Gigs of data. It didn’t really bother me because I have seen almost every byte on those disks, so I am not that disturbed as I was be when I lost my 5600XT. Fortunately both the disks are under warranty and I am absolutely sure ill be getting new disks when I claim the warranty, some good news at last.

X1 will never be forgotten. It reached the top of my “Worst Software ever” list, right above Norton Antivirus 2002. The next time I see such suggestions by hippies on Slashdot, I’ll openly flames their asses.

DNS Tip

For you people who have gay DNS servers like the ones that belong to my isp, ones which dont resolve addresses of even the sites you know for sure, exist. I’ve got this small idea which works.

First off, we need an online DNS service. A site which can resolve addresses using its own connection. I have chosen http://www.dnsstuff.com. The simplest way to get the ip address is to go to the site and put in the host name in the ping box. But if you have to resolve addresses frequently, there is a better option which uses firefox or any other browser for that matter.

  1. In Firefox, goto Bookmarks >> Manage Bookmarks
  2. Click on Create a new bookmark button
  3. Type in whatever name you want in the Name and Description fields.
  4. In the location field put this “http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/ping.ch?ip=%s” without quotes.
  5. And for The keyword, you can put anything you want, for the sake of easy understanding better type in “ping”, again without the quotes.
  6. Thats it! now to test, in the address bar type this
    ping www.google.com
  7. If you have done it all right, you must end up with this.
    Webping example
  8. Now that everything has worked out fine, Its time to tell the computer where to go when you hit that address. Open up your ‘hosts’ file, located in “c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts” with any text editor, prefreably notepad.
  9. Add the ip address and the hostname separated by a tab-space next to the default entries. Remember each new entry should be on a new line and the tab-space is a must. Save it!.
    My hosts file looks like this….
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  10. All done! Now just type in the normal address in any browser and you will be take to that site.

PS. Thanks to Arvind for teaching me how to create such bookmarks using the %s directive. What happens is, the %s is replaced by the string you type in after the keyword and the formatted url is then submitted.

Quote of the Day :

Arvind: NEW FOUND GLORY — ( Head on Collison Lyrics )
Arvind: u have that song?
TheScarletCars: nope
Arvind: found that song in a porn clip
TheScarletCars: lol
Arvind: ripping it frm that clip and and adding it to my collection
TheScarletCars: rofl!
TheScarletCars: pervert!

Firefox…. My Firefox

Generated: Wed Feb 22 2006 20:22:33 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.1) Gecko/20060111 Firefox/1.5.0.1
Build ID: 2006011112
Enabled Extensions: [21]

  • Adblock Filterset.G Updater 0.3.0.1
  • Adblock Plus 0.5.11.2
  • Add Bookmark Here 0.5.5
  • AJAX Yahoo! Mail [Viamatic WebMail++] 0.5
  • autoHideStatusbar 0.3.2
  • ColorZilla 0.8.3.1
  • CuteMenus – Crystal SVG 0.9.9.68
  • del.icio.us 1.1
  • deviantART : Koh33 Extension 0.3
  • Download Manager Tweak 0.7.1
  • Extended Statusbar 1.2.4
  • Fasterfox 1.0.3
  • Findbar Basics 1.2.08
  • FlashGot 0.5.9.993
  • Gmail Manager 0.4.3.3
  • Leet Key 1.3.1
  • MR Tech Local Install 4.2.1.3
  • SearchPluginHacks 0.1.3
  • Sourceforge Direct Download 0.4
  • Tab Mix Plus 0.3.0.4
  • Yahoo! Photos Easy Upload Tool 2005.10.12

    Installed Themes: [4]

  • Azerty III 2.0
  • Crystal Dream 1.0.2
  • Firefox (default)
  • Qute 3.0.4

    Installed Plugins: (10)

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft® DRM
  • Mozilla Default Plug-in
  • QuickTime Plug-in 7.0.3
  • RealPlayer Version Plugin
  • RealPlayer(tm) G2 LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In (32-bit)
  • Shockwave Flash
  • VLC multimedia plugin
  • Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library
  • Yahoo Application State Plugin

    This is the current state of my firefox customization. I tried hundreds of extensions available but this is the list of what I’m using right now. All these make firefox an almost perfect browser. I would still suggest Opera for speed but if you want it the way you want it.. Firefox is the only option.

    Screenshot :
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  • Qoute of the Day :

    Sheila (Kyle’s mom): Just remember what the MPAA says: Horrific, deplorable violence is okay, as long as people don’t say any naughty words!