Get this: Grab up says I am a “wierdo”!


Originally uploaded by jrharshath

After so much time of using linux, who would have thought that I would some day be categorized as a “wierdo”?

And now some random Mac OSX glorifying sucker has done that to me! Whats more, he has grouped me along with all the windows toting fiends! Thats really the last string!

In return, I call them… Mac-dicks!

BTW, this Grab Up thing is a screenshot sharing service… and by what I’ve heard, it pretty great.

Well… I don’t really have anything against them.
I am only shocked how I could be a “wierdo” 😀

Delicious add-on: Yes No buttons swapped


Originally uploaded by jrharshath

I use the Delicious Official add-on for firefox extensively. I wonder if anyone has noticed this, or reported this to the delicious guys: the icons on the Yes and No buttons in this confirmation dialog are in the wrong place!

Perhaps its because of this: On a yes-no confirmation dialog in windows (yuck!), the Yes button always appears on the left side of the no button. But in linux, its always the reverse.
While writing the addon, if you specify that the button that means should say “Yes” and the “No” one should say “No”, then there won’t be any such glitches.

However, if you specify that the “Left” button should display “Yes”, this problem occurs. The left button is Yes alright, but the icons displayed are decided by the OS. So the icons kind of become OS dependent. Now we don’t want that, do we?

Interesting facts

Here are some interesting facts I found on the internet…

  1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your
    right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on
    your left side.
  2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink
    more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism
    shuts off.
  3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.
  5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is ‘Das Beste oder Nichts’ meaning ‘the best or nothing’.
  6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.
  7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.
  8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night.
  9. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune
    system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only
    laugh 15 to 100 times a day.
  10. The roar that we hear when we
    place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound
    of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
  11. Dalmatians are born without spots.
  12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  13. The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but
    for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings).
  14. Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left.
  15. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.
  16. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee.
  17. Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks.
  18. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.
  19. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.
  20. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.
  21. The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
  22. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.
  23. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
  24. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor.
  25. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney.
  26. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.
  27. It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it.
  28. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.
  29. There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  30. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.
  31. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.
  32. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.
  33. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
  34. Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game.
  35. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.
  36. Every day 200 million couples make love, 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die.
  37. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10
    because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look
    like it is smiling).
  38. Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.”.
  39. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.
  40. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  41. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru(See
    no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru(Speak no evil).
  42. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  43. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
  44. Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.
  45. Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.
  46. Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.
  47. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause.
  48. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet!

How to contribute to the open source community

Open source is so much like a teddy bear. You love it and it loves you so right back. It doesn’t even ask for commitment (wow!), but if you are sensitive enough, you would do a lot for it. I won’t get into what you would do for your teddy bear,

I guess there are basically three things you can do for open source projects:

  • Contribute code to it: This really means coding, bug fixing and the like.
  • Maintain: This means stuff like maintain its public pages, manage its mailing lists and/or its website. But nowadays most of these things are done by websites like sourceforge
  • Donate: Yeah. If you like some open source software but can’t contribute to it the techie way, you can always donate. With big projects like Ubuntu, Firefox etc this would mean buying “branded” products like a coffee mug or a tee shirt. But small projects don’t really know what to do with their money.

And here‘s a great article about this topic I found.

How to install ubuntu: a painless procedure

Here’s another screenshot tutorial.

This one shows how to install Ubuntu Hardy (8.04) Desktop Edition on a computer. Read (rather view) the complete tutorial first, then go about installing ubuntu on your computer, with this article by your side.

If you want to know how to get Ubuntu, go here.

Boot up your computer from the Ubuntu Hardy CD

Boot up your computer from the Ubuntu Hardy CD

Wait for ubuntu to boot up from the live cd

Wait for ubuntu to boot up from the live cd

You can use ubuntu without installing it

You can use ubuntu without installing it

Click "Install" to install. Really simple!

Click "Install" to install. Really simple!

Select Language

Step 1: Select Language

Select your location (timezone)

Step 2: Select your location (timezone)

Select keyboard layout

Step 3: Select keyboard layout

Set up your partitions

Step 4: Set up your partitions

Intoduction to partitioning

Step 4.0: Intoduction to partitioning

Set up the root partition "/"

Step 4.1: Set up the root partition

Next lesson about partitioning

Step 4.2: Next lesson about partitioning

Set up your "home" partition

Step 4.3: Set up your "home" partition

Create a swap area

Step 4.4: Create a swap area

Partitioning done - five easy steps!

Step 4.5: Partitioning done - five easy steps!

After this step, you may be taken to a “Migration Assistant” if you have windows XP already present on your computer. You can safely proceed further without making any changes. Just press Forward. Of course, if you want to see what it does, do it sure!

Personal details - the easy stuff

Step 5: Personal details - the easy stuff

Ready to go!

Step 6: Ready to go!

Go take a stroll

Step 7: Go take a stroll


Step 8: Done!

There you go! You now have a great system installed, all done manually by yourself.

If there are any questions about the procedure (like in the partitioning), feel free to ask. I always help my friends 🙂

[ Info: How I took these screenshots

I used VirtualBox and created a virtual machine on my computer. Then I installed ubuntu on it, and took screenshots of the process from my host operating system.

The pictures were edited with Gimp. ]