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31 Jul 09 Kishore is a college student again

Yes. I have joined PGSSP course at IIIT Hyderabad. Its like preparation course for employees before getting into actual masters degree course. We should get Avg 7 CGPA in this PGSSP course to get admission to M.S. or M.Tech. next year.

I have chosen “Introduction to Middleware Systems” and “Cloud Computing” as my subjects for first semester and classes will start next week. Lets see how can I manage both work and studies at same time :)

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29 Jul 09 DISQUS – WordPress Comments Manager

I installed DISQUS WordPress Plugin to manage comments in my Blog. Now you can login with DISCUS, FaceBook, Twitter or OpenID to post your comments. You can also comment with out login.

I am gonna use this blog to test these features :)

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17 Jul 09 Wonderful Trip to Coorg

Last week, I went to Coorg Tour with my Juno friends and had great time over there. I will briefly blog about the places we visited as part of this tour.

We were eleven friends and we booked a 13 seater Tempo for our complete tour i.e. Bangalore – Coorg – Bangalore. We reached Bangalore on 4th July morning and we immediately started to Coorg. It was around 2 PM when we reached Madikeri. We stayed at Aahan Homestay which is around one km after Club Mahindra. Its located in beautiful place and we booked Groupstay in it which costed us Rs. 300 per head per day.

Aahan Homestay

Aahan Homestay

It started raining when we reached there and we knew that it would not stop. So, we went to visit Abbey Falls in rain. We all were surprised as we did not expect the water falls to be that big and everyone enjoyed. Our next place was Raja’s Seat. Its a view point famous for sunset. But in those thick clouds, we could hardly see Sun. We returned back to cottage after that.

My birthday was on 5th July, so they planned to celebrate it on 4th night. They could not find a Cake there and could only manage to get Chocolate Pastries. After Pastry cut at 12 AM, everyone got ready to give me birthday bumps. But I sweetly rejected their offer ;) . They tried to convince me for some time, but then returned to their rooms with disappointment. Sorry buddies and thanks for celebrating my birthday :)

Second day, 5th July, we went first to Namdroling’s Golden Temple. Its Lord Buddha’s temple with lots of Tibetan monks. After spending some time there, we then headed to Nisargadhama. Its island like place surrounded all sides by river kaveri and is full of trees and few animals. After some time, we noticed that rain almost stopped, so we immediately headed to our next destination River Rafting. It was first time for everyone of us, so we enjoyed it very much. But it costed us Rs. 600 per head. We became all wet in river water so went back to our cottage and changed dress and then headed to TalaCauvery.

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace

TalaCauvery is 40kms from Madikeri and is a temple on a hill which is considered as starting point for river Cauvery. We reached there at around 5′O clock in the evening and it was still drizzling. Once we got down the Tempo, we could not believe our eyes. We were literally in clouds. Its wonderful sight to see. The place was full of clouds and its just looking like heaven. We spent more than an hour there and none of us wanted to go back. But traveling on Ghat road during nights is not safe, so we started from there at around 6:30 PM.

Since we covered most of the places in Coorg, next day 6th July, we went to Mysore. We just visited Mysore Palace there and then started to Bangalore as we have to train to catch in the evening.

Overall, it was a great experience and everyone of us enjoyed a lot. I filtered and categorized the photos taken by four of us and uploaded them to picasaweb with original resolution. Check them at below links.

| Abbey Falls |Raja’s Seat | Nisargadhama |
| Namdroling’s Golden Temple | River Rafting | Talacauvery | Mysore Palace |
| Birthday Celebrations | Aahan Homestay | Food | On The Way |

We also tried to capture few videos. I uploaded them to YouTube. Check them at below links.

| Abbey Falls 1 | Abbey Falls 2 | Talacauvery |

Thanks for Reading ;)

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20 Jun 09 Enjoying Awesome Dual Monitors

Few months back I tried Vertical Monitor Setup and it was great. Last month, I turned it back to normal as I wanted to try something else, the Dual Monitor Setup. In office, we have Dell 22″ Widescreen LCD monitor for our Linux box and Compaq 17″ Normal LCD monitor for Windows pc.

I tried the setup on these two monitors, but did not like it because of small 17″ Campaq monitor. Then I took the 22″ Dell Widescreen monitor from one of my team mates who is on vacation (ofcourse, with her permission) and had setup the Dual Monitor with the two 22″ widescreen monitors for Linux Box. Found a cool wallpaper at this link when I googled for dual monitor wallpapers. Now its just looking amazing. Check the below image and screenshots. I will enjoy this awesome setup atleast till my team mate comes back from vacation :)

Dual Monitor Image

Dual Monitor Image

Dual Monitor Screenshot

Dual Monitor Screenshot

One More Dual Monitor Screenshot

One More Dual Monitor Screenshot

Dual Monitor Wallpaper

Dual Monitor Wallpaper

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21 Feb 09 Kubuntu 8.10 with KDE 4.2 – Rocking Combination

I installed Windows Vista on my Home PC when I bought it last year. It was running fine on my PC but it could be because of high-end configuration of my system (Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM and Nvidia GeForce 8600GT 256MB Graphics card).

But couple of weeks back, I asked myself “Am I depending more on Microsoft?”. Being Microsoft hater, I decided to completely remove vista and install Linux. Then I installed Kubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) 64bit edition. But I could not completely avoid using Windows because of some windows-only software. So, I installed Windows XP using VMware.

Kubuntu (Ubuntu with KDE) is the best User-Friendly Linux distribution available for PCs. I feel even linux newbies can start using it right away very easily. Kubuntu 8.10 came with KDE 4.1 and I upgraded it to KDE 4.2. It has cool Plasma effects (similar to Aero in Vista).

I am not new to linux, but its the first time I’m using it for everything (almost ;) .. Check out few screenshots of rocking combination Kubuntu 8.10 and KDE 4.2 on my Home PC.

Desktop with Transparent Terminal

Desktop with Transparent Terminal

Watching TV and Running Windows XP

Watching TV and Running Windows XP

Doing Office Work using Remote Desktop and Watching Movie

Doing Office Work using Remote Desktop and Watching Movie

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24 Jan 09 Turned My Monitor Vertically

In office, we have Dell 22″ Widescreen LCD monitors for our Dev machines which have Oracle Enterprise Linux installed. I love this Linux box because of its high-end configuration and big monitor.

Few days back, I came to know that we can change the alignment of this monitor and make it vertical. At home, I have Viewsonic 19″ Widescreen LCD monitor but it cannot be rotated physically.

Yesterday I tried to turn my office monitor’s display vertical. And guess what, it was superb. I need not scroll much to view web pages or to view the code. And then I have set “Aishwarya Rai’s Jodhaa” wallpaper which made it look more beautiful. I may revert it back after few days, but for now.. I’m loving it ;)

Check out the pic of the my monitor and few screenshots of the desktop…


Image of my monitor turned Vertical

Image of my monitor turned Vertical


Vertical Desktop Screenshot

Vertical Desktop Screenshot


Vertical Desktop with Transparent Terminals

Vertical Desktop with Transparent Terminals


Browsing Web and Listening to Music

Browsing Web and Listening to Music


Remote Desktop to My Windows PC

Remote Desktop to My Windows PC

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02 Jan 09 Happy New Year 2009

2009

Friends, New Year Greetings.. Hope you guys would start doing something useful atleast this year…. like me ;)

haha.. Just Kidding.. Have a Joyful Year.. :)

30 Dec 08 Vijayawada Trip

My brother-in-law stays in Vijayawada and he had been asking us, relatives in Hyderabad, to visit his place. My mom arranged the event and finally last week, on 25th December 2008, we went to Vijayawada.

It was just one day trip and we were 26 people (22 Adults and 4 Children). We could not manage to get Railway reservations as it was planned in last minute. So, we went there in 25 seater minibus. Don’t ask me how was the journey ;)

I carried my new Digi cam along with me, but could not manage to take great snaps. Anyway, sharing some of them.

21 Dec 08 My New Digital Still Camera – Samsung S760

You might have noticed my dream camera in my Wish List. Its Olympus E520 DSLR and its cost (along with extra lens) is around $650 (Rs. 32,000). Its the cheapest DSLR available, but still its little bit costly for me.  And I knew that it would take some time for me to save money to buy it.

But till then, I can not depend on my mobile phone as it does not have a great camera. So, I finally decided to buy a decent point-and-shoot camera.

I searched for some models and gave some links to my brother Vasu for his opinion. He replied back with link to Samsung S760 and told me that he would buy it. We received it from Sify last saturday, just a day before he returned from Sweden.

It costed us Rs. 4890 along with 1GB memory card. Haven’t used it much in this one week, but will sure share my experiences with it in future. If you are looking for complete details and review about this camera, then check here.

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17 Dec 08 Aamir Khan’s Body In The Making – For Bollywood Movie Ghajini

Aamir Khan.. also called as Mr. Perfectionist in Bollywood.. Prepared killer body for this new movie Ghajini (Remake of Tamil movie Ghajini.. which again got inspired from Hollywood movie Memento).

Watch below video to know how he achieved that great body. He worked out for 10 months, 3hrs per day. Its really great inspiration for people who want to lose fat and gain muscle.

If you want to download the video, try these links Low Bandwidth & High Bandwidth. These are flv files and playable in VLC Media Player and FLV Player.

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