Yet another accident
Posted: 2009-03-01T14:37:43+05:30

This time I am ok, but my 400GB external HDD is gone and along with it I lost all the photographs that I took in the last two year and the videos including meetthegimp and inkscape and bijra related videos. I somehow managed to kick it while it was connected to the system. It fell from 1 and half feet above the ground.

From /var/log/messages

Mar 1 15:02:15 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: USB disconnect, address 17 Mar 1 15:02:17 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 18 Mar 1 15:02:17 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice Mar 1 15:02:17 localhost kernel: scsi19 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices Mar 1 15:02:17 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0d49, idProduct=3200 Mar 1 15:02:17 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3 Mar 1 15:02:17 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: Product: Maxtor 3200 Mar 1 15:02:17 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: Manufacturer: Maxtor Corporation Mar 1 15:02:17 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: SerialNumber: 2CAHFJJP Mar 1 15:02:28 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 18 Mar 1 15:02:33 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: device descriptor read/64, error -71 Mar 1 15:02:43 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 18 Mar 1 15:02:59 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 18 Mar 1 15:02:59 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 18 Mar 1 15:03:10 localhost kernel: usb 2-1: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 18 Mar 1 15:03:10 localhost kernel: scsi 19:0:0:0: Device offlined - not ready after error recovery

Right now I am singing in joy(?). Is there any chance that I can recover the data ?


Another accident
Posted: 2009-02-14T21:44:46+05:30

Today my light stand (for my vivitar 285HV) fall on my left leg, X-Ray says nothing , tonight and tomorrow totally on bed, no movement , have to visit doc again on Monday.


Down with jaundice
Posted: 2009-01-21T14:01:03+05:30

On complete bed rest, will not be able reply to mails on time.

bilirubin in my blood is around 4 whereas it is supposed to be 0.1-0.2, it may go up as jaundice is detected in the ea1rly stage.


Some updates
Posted: 2009-01-05T17:21:43+05:30

Took some nice vacation from IRC in the last week. Now back on track again. In the current todo list:

  • Implementing the Jukebox ideas
  • Work on more PyQt videos
Also found the third eye: Can you find me in that ?

The Eye


Mission April
Posted: 2008-12-26T09:18:40+05:30



What else we did at
Posted: 2008-12-10T09:38:40+05:30

We talked and talked and kept on :) is a great event to meet all your friends and I love that part a lot. In day 1 after reaching the venue as we were standing just outside the main gate other speakers also started coming. Pradeepto landed with Sharan, Adriaan and Sayamindu were also there. We all went together towards the 750 hall for Harald’s keynote which was as good as expected.

After the keynote we all moved out, the kde-in local team (BMS lug people) also joined us and managed to setup the KDE stall with full of awesome posters including amarok posters :) We, the fedora people also sat down on the ground in the same stall and as they  ran out of CDs I started putting Fedora 9 live CD to distribute. Rest of the day we just talked on everything. All other friends also came and joined us there. The hot topic of the first was the kde handbook. After the day ends we started moving out. At night I went through the details for my talk.

The second day started with Sayamindu’s talk on “Coding for education, coding for the last one billion”, this talk helped me personally a lot as I was not so much familiar with Sugar. He started with very basic details on Sugar and went on to the code level. After that we again came to the stall and put the XO(s) on the desk , Sayamindu was carrying two and I carrying one from office. It suddenly became a huge crowd puler as everyone was too much excited to see those little green wonders. We also distributed lot of stickers and live cds. My talk was scheduled just after lunch on the same day on “Getting Started with OLPC Activity Development” and this time I made only one jpeg image as slide (which I forgot to show anyway). I started vim and started to talk :) Within my talk I also copied code from Sayamindu’s Imageviewer and used it in my Jukebox to add a new feature. The talk was too much code oriented and no one asked a single question in the end. The review-o-matic workout was also started in the same time of my talk, my only contribution in that workout was giving git commit rights to rishi. tuxmaniac also joined the group from 2nd day.

Next day was full of KDE, we had some superb entry level talks on different parts of KDE and some high level ones also. Me and Soumya already made a plan to work on maps for Kgeography (Soumya made total 3 which I need to commit) and sat down in the stall with others , OLPCs were working as crowd puller anyway :) Someone suddenly came and told that he liked my talk :) Susmit also joined the Fedora team that day. At night we all went together to “Rasa” for dinner. Veg and Non veg people sat in different table and somehow we managed to make a hilarious scene while dividing the bill.

Day 4 we spent while chasing people with video camera and doing interviews and funny interviews :p . Again almost the whole day was spent in the stall , somehow people were really less in that day.

Everyone was tired on day 5 (usual story in the last day of any event). Kalyan’s end keynote was really mind blowing. I am trying to put the video up somewhere. The full photo set can be found here. Also read Sayamindu’s report and Soumya’s report.


FOSS.IN 2008 shots
Posted: 2008-12-04T15:01:35+05:30

So, finally managed to upload most of the shots taken at 2008. View them here. Few more may come later. Mostly edited in Gimp and managed in digikam. Enjoy :)

Through the lenses: The Beautiful Eye


Through my lenses: FOSS.IN 2008
Posted: 2008-12-02T21:13:17+05:30

You can find my event report here (11MB). This is my first try to make something like this. Nicu helped a lot with my poor spelling mistakes. Comments are welcome.


This FUDCon rests in peace
Posted: 2008-11-14T20:06:17+05:30

The words are already out. Yes, it is true, the FUDCon got canceled. But you can still meet us there. We can talk on some wounderful projects and ideas which we can implement. Feel free to join us, in our laptops we will have LiveUSB stations , so if you bring your  USB key , we can turn it into a magical USB key which will contain a full operating system. Just remember to keep contributing in which ever form you can :)


MH - 12 DS 228 , the drunk driver who hit my bike
Posted: 2008-08-20T00:59:51+05:30

First of all, I am safe. Front part of the bike broke. I was coming back home from office , around 11:50pm, in front of Koregaon park chouki, a whitish car in front of me slowed down and stopped, so I also stopped more than a feet behind. Suddenly that car started coming back in reverse, and it’s behind portion came on top of my bike’s front tire. I was using my bike’s horn at full , but he never listened , and then I understood that he was drunk. He came out of car with 1 male friend and girl. The driver was drunk , aged less than 40 started shouting at me, twice I went back few steps as he was almost in  a mood to hit me. He threatened me of police, when I said lets go to police station he suddenly ran to the car, his friend followed him and the girl went to some other car in different direction. The number of the car which hit my bike is MH-12 DS 228 .

I tried to do an F.I.R. to the police station nearby but no one was there. So I went to Shrasti nagar police station, they asked me to go to Koregaon park police chouki , so I went back again. There they just took the details in a white paper and asked me to go home, they said they will check later in the morning.

Yes, I am a bit upset with the police’s behaviour. But more than to that drunk driver, he looked like some manager kind of guy (from clothing) , and he thinks as he is having money he owns the road. I am lucky nothing happened to me physically but things might went different. In newspapers we regulary read how people are getting killed by drunk drivers.

My kind request to the responsible people don’t drink and drive. And also please help me to find this person, if you are in Pune, try to see if you know this car or ask your friends if they know anything. Give them the car’s number.


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