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Monday, February 19th, 2007

The work started at the moment I got introduced to the Team. SAP Exchange Infrastructure [XI]; now (well)known as Process Integration [PI] was the module I need to take care for the three system landscape implementation.

Hooray!!! the entire landscape is gonna happen on RedHat Linux AS. Let the g00d time r0lls!!!


Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Woof…! I am lucky that I put on an extra woolen kind of brown T-Shirt, which I got from my brother.

It’s really chilling at the Airport and I walked towards the pre-paid taxi stall. Shown up my forefinger “Eak, single aadmi… mein….….taxi chahiye; Maruthi Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon”

Smiles exchanged, paid the bill and I move out of the airport premises. It was five minutes past 1 AM when I search for a telephone booth outside but it was locked.

My mobile was dead in both SIGNAL and battery charge.

What’s next…? I need to make some calls, and a call to my counterpart at Gurgaon office. The next best option was to ask for a favor from the young man who was sitting inside the Airtel shop, [New] connection/service provider.

Hi, this is Sagar…new to Delhi……hmmm… can I borrow your Nokia mobile charger for a while, if ya keep one.

:> ahha ..Yes no problem.

I kept my mobile charged and walked out of the shop, saying “I shall get some coffee for you”

:> No Sir… that is ok…. You can come and sit here.

I sat with him and we had some general conversation over the hot Nescafé. In the middle I found the first person/friend I met in Delhi was a mallu [Keralite, who speaks my mother-tongue]

Spent around half-an-hour with him, exchange numbers, he made some arrangements for the taxi; remind me to ask/call for any help needed…. Thank you so much and goodbye my friend!

Tail: He doesn’t have any balance to make a single call from his mobile. No problem I adjusted with the Taxi driver :)

Broke up with B’lore

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

I don’t have any valentine’s story… (hmmm…do I…? ) may be I am not blessed by The Cupid.

For me today is the day to pack-up my stuffs, have a short break over Bangalore…. I am flying to Delhi on a project at our client location by hoping fun since it’s an assignment on PI Implementation, first time flying to Delhi.

Hey… B’lore I will be back, let me have some chill-out at Delhi.

Eclipse | Mono, don’tNET

Monday, February 12th, 2007

This post is an excerpt of a discussion happened over a couple of drink at one of my close friend’s apartment. To some of his understandable queries, I mailed him after the fun…


Hope you would be interested the following texts and some keywords [highlighted] :)

I just gotta flash of the discussion, which we had at your flat.

“Porting your Application/Software from Windows to Linux”

There are two choices available:

Eclipse with the C# plug-in and MonoDevelop.

Eclipse is now bundled with latest Linux distros these days.

MonoDevelop is not as mature as Eclipse as a complete IDE, but it provides a very tight integration with Mono, auto-completion for all the class libraries, support for various programming languages (C#, Visual Basic, Boo, Nemerle, and ILASM) and a GUI designer specifically designed for Gtk#.

Mind you, Mono’s goal is not to create an exact replica of the .NET Framework. There seems no point in that. Rather, Mono places a high priority on implementing in open source those components that are essential to let applications run on alternative platforms — and Linux in particular. This means that it looks at what features and libraries are required for existing .NET applications to run, and focuses on correct implementations of those.

A dedicated team of engineers at Novell is working on Mono. Mainsoft (NOT a typo) also has a dedicated team working on the project components shared in common. Both companies are highly focused on implementing those parts of the .NET platform that Microsoft has placed with the ECMA standards body.


Good Luck


Classic [blue to black]

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

It’s been a while I put some text here, in fact there were many under the drafts section.

Frequent visitors, may find a little change on the look and feel of my page…classic [blue to black]…eha…???

I went for an up-grade of my wordpress-1.5 to 2.1 (gotta something to fiddle around for today’s night). The upgrade went like a breeze…and I go to bed at 6:00 and some stubs left behind.

Common Linux myths dispelled

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Linux is lousy for games, Windows is a memory hog, OSX will force you get a Liberal Arts degree and recycle… but, I digress. We’re here to dispel the myths, not spread them.

By the way, have any Qs like…

. Linux is great, too bad there aren’t any good applications.

. On Linux, you can’t open files other people send.

. Linux won’t allow you to watch your favorite video files.

. Linux doesn’t have a modern 3d desktop like Vista’s Aero or OSX’s Aqua.

…but, if I use Linux I won’t be able to run Word/Photoshop/Internet Explorer/____.

. I can’t play Half Life 2, Prey, or World of Warcraft on Linux

Check the links down.

Desktop | CrossOver 6.0.0

Kerala’s draft IT policy released

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The draft information technology (IT) policy released by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan here on Wednesday proposes to make Kerala a cradle of knowledge workers. It aims to upgrade the productivity, skill and knowledge levels of the citizen.

The policy stresses that Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) will be used in e-governance projects. Open standards such as Unicode and Open Document Format and Open Architectures will be followed in e-governance projects to avoid total dependence on select vendors. The Government proposed to develop the State as the FOSS destination in the country. It will provide special incentives to companies developing FOSS. The policy says that the State will try to make maximum use of ICT in governance. Taking the Right to Information Act in its true spirit, the Government will take up ICT-enabled programes for efficient flow of information between citizens and the Government.

The Government will make use of all the media tools and emerging technologies to ensure proper communication between the Government and the citizen. The Government will promote the use of Web sites, e-mails and other news communication facilities in various Government and semi-Government organizations.

Courtesy: The Hindu

_ 化蝶 梦里 笛版

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Hey… can ya just make a whistle…?

Thanks…thanks a bunch; even though ya bluff me…. Ya better watch your back.

Am I stoned, nay… those were ‘ol daYs… may be tripped… Chinese instrumental music sounds nice!

Keyboard Hack: (®, µ, æ, £, ©, ñ, ±)

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

I have been looking for something like this. No downloads or setting changes necessary. Quick reference sheet on how to type lesser used, but often needed symbols and characters.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Unix SysAdmins

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Obviously Linux Sys-Admins too!

I feel it’s a good deal shown up by Sandra.

Sandra Henry-Stocker has been administering Unix systems for nearly 18 years. She describes herself as “USL” (Unix as a second language) but remembers enough English to write books and buy groceries. She currently works for TeleCommunication Systems, a wireless communications company, in Annapolis, Maryland, where no one else necessarily shares any of her opinions. She lives with her second family on a small farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Send comments and suggestions to

New Years celebrations have been going on for as long as 4,000 years. Some historians date them back to the ancient Babylonians welcoming the return of Spring. And New Years resolutions have probably been made throughout these years. While their success rate does not seem to have improved over the millennia, the practice has still not lost its appeal and the beginning of each new year is a time when many people will be thinking about what they want to improve both in their personal lives and in their jobs. So, what are some likely resolutions for Unix sysadmins? Here are a dozen worth considering.

Learn a new skill: Maybe you’ve put off learning Perl, Python, Ruby, MySQL, PHP or Java. If so, then now while the new year is yet young, set yourself a goal of learning a new language in the next twelve months. If you don’t like working completely on your own, consider community college or online courses as a cost effective alternative. Take a look at O’Reilly’s Learning Lab. Self-training can work if you get yourself a good book and stick to it, working through all of the exercises, but you will probably have an easier time learning a new skill if you start off with a firm goal of completing some kind of project related to your work or personal interests.

Be more diligent about security patches
: Establish a schedule for routine application of security patches on the systems you manage and make an effort to stay informed of newly discovered security issues. Sign up for newsletters and alerts from your system vendors and set up a regular weekly time for reviewing them and highlighting any actions that you might need to take to keep your systems secure and up-to-date.

Change your root passwords!: If you’ve been using the same passwords on your servers for all of 2005 (or longer), change them now and commit to setting new passwords every 3-6 months. And make sure the passwords that you select are neither easy to guess nor impossible to remember. At some of the places I’ve worked over the years, root passwords were stored in a safe where they could be accessed by the sysadmins or management as needed. At other places, root passwords were stored in an encrypted file so that, if a sysadmin forgot the password to one of many servers, he could retrieve it while the passwords remained unavailable to non-authorized users.

Work Smarter: Organize your work so that you spend less time moving between assignments. Find ways to combine tasks. Reduce the number of times that you have to deal with any single issue.

Document Everything: Don’t leave important processes dependent on the skill set or memory banks of one individual — even if that one individual is you! Compile all of the critical aspects of managing your network or your servers into a reliable repository of system knowledge. You never know when you or someone else will want to move on to a new assignment. Leaving good documentation means someone else can follow in your footsteps and you can move forward with a clean conscience.

Find a better job or make your current job better: Be honest with yourself about what you like and don’t like about what you’re currently doing. Make a list of those things that you’d like to improve and then ask yourself how you might go about making those improvements.

Learn Linux: If you’re working on some other Unix platform and have little or no experience with Linux, dedicate some time to working on a Linux system. One of the PCs that I have at home is running Linux. I bought it on eBay for about $50 — a very small investment — and installed Fedora Core. I can’t imagine a better use for a Pentium III.

Learn the basics of IPv6
: I’ve heard we won’t need to switch until 2025, but it’s not too early to start anticipating what the future of the Internet is going to look like.

Get yourself certified: There are lots of certifications available for Unix and networking professionals. Wondering if you can prove your worth when you apply for a new position? Maybe it’s time to pass some exams and add some letters to your resume.

Lessen your dependencies on closed software: Use OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office. Take advantage of the wide range of available open software to help manage your systems.

Get a Safari account and keep up-to-date on the latest Unix topics. With more than 3,000 books online, Safari can help you learn new skills without investing a fortune in books. Better yet, get your boss to buy you an account.

Have a Life: Don’t be so much of a geek that you don’t take time out for the other things that you enjoy. Go camping or dancing or sing with a Barbershop Quartet. Join and listen to books on CD during your commute.