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आठवणी !!!

 Badly missing couple of books i lost to termites a few years back


१. तोत्तोचान

२. देनिसच्या गोष्टी


Does anyone have a copy of these( in marathi ) ?

Totochan is avialable in english still, while a website hosts english version of "Adventures of Denis" but i lost the link (how could i :( )


UPDATE: Recovered the link. I should archive the pages somewhere in case the site disappears.

सुन्दर कविता क्रमान्क दोन : "कणा - कुसुमाग्रज"

'ओळखलत का सर मला' पावसात आला कोणी

कपडे होते कर्दमलेले केसावरती पाणी.

क्षणभर बसला नंतर हसला बोलला वरती पाहून:

'गंगा माई पाहुणी आली, गेली घरट्यात राहून

माहेरवाशीण पोरीसारखी चार भिंतीत नाचली

मोकळ्या हाती जाईल कशी बायको मात्र वाचली

भिंत खचली चुल विझली होते नव्हते नेले

प्रसाद म्हणुन पापण्यांमधे पाणी थोडे ठेवले

कारभारणीला घेवुन संगे सर, आता लढतो आहे

पडकी भिंत बांधतो आहे. चिखल गाळ काढतो आहे'

खिशाकडे हात जाताच हसत हसत उठला

पैसे नकोत सर, जरा एकटेपणा वाटला

मोडून पडला संसार तरी मोडला नही कणा

पाठीवर हात ठेउन नुसते लढ म्हणा.

Drupal comment deletion trouble!!! and Google cache to the rescue!!!

After searching a lllooootttt and waiting for a loooong time; few weeks back I finally bit the bullet and deleted a large number of spam comments from the drupal site. 

Its really frustrating that drupal doesn't offer easy way to delete comments


  • all comments from a partcular node
  • comments which meet particular criteria (e.g. name=blah or date < this day and > that day
  • all comments :D

(Please let me know such a module if it exists).

I had to resort to editing the backend database myself by hand (in SQL). The donwside was, while deleting about few hundred thousands of them i may have deleted a few genuine.


I actually noticed one comment missing from one of the blog node pages. Since it was particulalry critical of me i didn't want the author to think i deleted it on purpose. But there was no way i could remember exact comment to recreate it.The solution as always was the mighty google. I just searched few words i remembered from the original comment in google cache and bingo... a cache entry poped right up. (so the comment is now recreated and unfortunately redated).


Scary goolge keeps watch on me.... i wonder when this stops becoming a help and starts becoming a threat.

सुन्दर कविता !!! "एवढे लक्षात ठेवा - विंदा करंदीकर"

उंची न आपुली वाढते, फारशी वाटून हेवा ।
श्रेय ज्याचे त्यास द्यावे; एवढे लक्षात ठेवा ॥

ती पूर्वजांची थोरवी, त्या पूर्वजांना गौरवी ।
ती न कामी आपुल्या, एवढे लक्षात ठेवा ।।

जाणते जे सांगती, ते ऐकून घ्यावे सदा ।
मात्र तीही माणसे; एवढे लक्षात ठेवा ॥

चिंता जगी या सर्वथा, कोणा न येई टाळता ।
उद्योग चिंता घालवी; एवढे लक्षात ठेवा ॥

विश्वास ठेवावाच लागे, व्यवहार चाले त्यावरी ।
सीमा तयाला पाहिजे; एवढे लक्षात ठेवा ॥

दुप्पटीने देतसे जो, ज्ञान आपण घेतलेले ।
तो गुरूचे पांग फेडी; एवढे लक्षात ठेवा ॥

माणसाला शोभणारे, युद्ध एकच या जगी ।
त्याने स्वतःला जिंकणे; एवढे लक्षात ठेवा ॥

This sure is the year of linux desktop

One more proof that we are getting there :D


I tried to play a movie in totem and it crashed in gstreamer!!! tried to analyze the problem but no luck. All libs were at latest versions, i even reinstalled them from cache but nothing worked. Heh even rhythmbox gave the same problem.


And in the end solution turned out to be a good old style reboot Ha ha ha!!!! We are surely getting there.


UPDATE: The problem seems to be random ram errors (pun?). A quick memtest showed quite many error, am still investigating further. doesn't seem to be ubuntu's fault after all.

The excitement is here !!!

I created a small controversy a few days ago with my status line changed to "Exciting times ahead !!!" .... Well the time is here (and a time for explanation).

Yesterday was the last day for me at calsoft, my now "x" employer. I am joining the core team of a three year old startup "Cameo" with an agenda of expanding its horizons to new domains and ventures.

It feels great to be back in the game of thrilling ideas, challanging innovations and almost assured uncertainty.


As allways this will be the only exception post keeping in line with my policy of not blogging about it.


This post is suppose to travel straight through to twitter and facebook !!!  

It seems like a pretty good, well engineered service. But its always sad that in 21st century we still need third party services to join two communication networks. 

Ubuntu live usb stick and MacBook recipe

With release of Lucid Beta it was time to upgrade my MacBook as well. However the cdrom on my Mac is non functional. I was stuck with using the live usb stick. But unfortunately MacTel EFI firmware has a poor support for booting from USB sticks. There is long list of web pages on net that will tell you to try it once and give up if it doesn't work. The USB stick created with Ubuntu's live image creator did not work at all. It keeps giving message "BOOT ERROR" after the reFIT tries to load the disk.


But all hope is not lost. After a loooooonnnnnng search and countless number of permutations finally I found a solutions. The trick is to make the live USB stick with no partitions. By formatting your USB stick to VFAT directly without creating any partitions on it apple's firmware will be able to boot from it.

However if you format your disk directly with VFAT, the usb disk creator from Ubuntu refuses to use this disk as a target. Asking the utility to format it, will result in the /dev/sdb1 partition being created again. So you will have to create the live image manually. But it does work fine in the end. Read on for full howto.

Living on the edge.

 This is great. Sure shows how far we have come in the maturity race.


I am running Lucid Alpha3 on top of custom compile 2.6.33-rcX (x because i have my own v4l-dvb patches and few other btrfs stuff integrated in the tree).

And some 7-8 years back it would have meant the system no longer runs most of my apps.

But look its performing so well and it freaking boots under 20 sec on my laptop. The milestone achieved only after some ummm 8 years when i first did a linux from scratch build for my desktop.


Go ubuntu/debian/gnu/linux  :D



widgets - revisiting after 10 years

 Widgets on desktops (large or small) don't make sense. I have reached this conclusion after a long deliberation. But it just struck me i had already concluded this about ten years ago when i played with Windows Active desktop. What a tragedy.


Ever had a "but didn't i say no to you already?" moment?

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