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Monday, 31 December 2007

Installed Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy on my desktop [finally]

I had been meaning to install Ubuntu on my system just to get a crack at it (its been ages since my last Red Hat 6 installation), but never mustered up the patience to actually sit through a full installation.

I registered and mail ordered a free copy of the Gutsy version from Canonical Ltd @ Doubting Nepal's delayed mail service, often resulting in mails arriving 6 months after the post marked date, I downloaded the Ubuntu 7.10 iso from, burnt it onto a DVD, but was still procrastinating on the Ubuntu installation.

I guess yesterday, was the day to be. I went through the full installation in two goes; two goes because the DVD I received all the way from Holland did not work, hence the expression - free does not mean served on a platter :-(). So, I resorted to the other DVD to reinstall Ubuntu. Save a few kinks, the installation went fine.

Logged into my Ubuntu system, I realized that I was very much handicapped, without most of the application I am accustomed to on my windows platform. And when it comes to linux after 6 years, my knowledge is very rusty and needs a lot of reacquainting to. I could not even connect to the internet from the Ubuntu system. I only found howto entries to wifi connections, not to the conventional LANs.

So inspite of having installed Ubuntu on my system, Ubuntu will have to wait I guess.

Monday, 24 December 2007

Bush acknowledges existence of Carbon dioxide!!![not in a million years]

Funny satirical news from,
The likelyness of the aforementioned ever taking place - not in a million years. Bush the nth wouldn't agree to it after being reelected for the nth term. :-).

His oil cartel (who piggybacked him into office) would kick him out of office, if he ever acknowledged such a fact :-(.

Global warming shunned by experts!!!

A post on aftermathnews (originally from | Dec 21, 2007) was concerning because it detailed of the rejection of the Climate change issue by prominent scientists.

A few qoutes off a scientist (research physicist John W. Brosnahan, who develops remote-sensing instruments for atmospheric science for clients including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.)

"I have not seen any sort of definitive, scientific link to man-made carbon dioxide as the root cause of the current global warming, only incomplete computer models that suggest that this might be the case."

“Even though these computer climate models do not properly handle a number of important factors, including the role of precipitation as a temperature regulator, they are being (mis-)used to force a political agenda upon the U.S.,” he continued. “While there are any number of reasons to reduce carbon dioxide generation, to base any major fiscal policy on the role of carbon dioxide in climate change would be inappropriate and imprudent at best and potentially disastrous economic folly at the worst.”
Nevertheless, my opinions on Climate Change (global warming) are strong. I guess it helps in being a informed person; knowing both takes from global warming advocates and agnostics alike only makes your opinions on climate change stronger (I for one would vote on cutting down on emissions and am pro global-warming-is-caused-by-SUVs bandwagon).

Over years we have bickered over the tragedy of the commons; this time around, Kyoto addresses it (or at least tries to). Even if the issue of Climate Change (global warming) does fizzle out (like Bush's WMDs), in the long term a lot of third world countries will benefit courtesy Kyoto and its Clean Development and Emission trading Mechanisms.

Albeit cutting down on your emissions hurts your pockets, it secures a common future for everybody.

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Sunday, 23 December 2007


Heap41a is a worm/virus which constantly annoys you with messageboxes like


"Orkut is banned you fool, The administrators didnt write this program guess who did?? MUHAHAHA!!"

on trying to opening firefox, accessing youtube or orkut.

I had to go through a particularly annoying half day. Used hijackthis but didn't show any promising results then opted for rootkitrevealer from sysinternals. A full scan later, I realised I had a problem.

After deleting the folder, looked it up on Google to find a number of interesting hits. Some smart aleck from Bangalore (my guess) wrote up this code and had very shitty reasons for doing it. The following links are helpful, if you go through a particularly annoying day with this heap41a worm.

The following forum post from was pretty helpful for me save the fact that I had to uncheck the system file checkbox on the properties dialog box <(you could always resort to attrib -r -s -h /s inside the heap41a directory if you are comfortable with dos) before I was allowed to delete the svchost.exe file.

Surprisingly AVG free edition 7.5.516 didn't find it complying with their warning that AVG free edition only protects against viruses and not against spam, trojans or malware. Guess free does not mean served on a platter :-(

A list of other links that were helpful...

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Mountain GIS e-conference around the corner

The Mountain GIS e-Conference jointly being organized by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Mountain Forum Secretariat (MFS) (Nepal), is around the corner coming new year (2008). It is slated for 14-25 of January, 2008.

Hopefully, this e-conference will help solve a lot of queries particular to the mountains and Geographic Information System(GIS) and also help sensitise the concept of Geographic Information as a science within the mountain community.

If your interests lie in discussing on issues related (but not limited) to GIS, Remote Sensing, the Moutains and related subjects, you should definitely drop in. Registration is free to all.

More details available at:

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

these dudes' got issues

Purely on whim, I googled "Nepal" and "blog" and came up with an interesting number of hits, the most conspicuous and interesting being blogdai - a blogger who seems to have been around for a number of years. Blogdai is an anonymous blogger who has an interesting take ( a rather conservative one) on current Nepalese politics and associated geopolitics. A few seem to have tried to find out the true identity of blogdai but efforts were futile.

Another blogger of note, pradhyapak (I wonder if s/he is undergoing a severe bout of constipation or has a cob stuck up you know where; thus the very anal nature of the blog).

I do respect freedom of speech but when your rants are derisive, blogging resorts to slander, and blogs are used as a tool for vendetta against an institution or person, its about time you give it a rest and resort to pillow bashing instead.

I guess some or most of the allegations (1, 2) against the Vice Chancellor and the Senior Management team of Kathmandu University may be true, but I guess even the devil needs a pee break... :-o

Monday, 17 December 2007


I had just started to assimilate a relatively new term for me - "neogeography" courtesy of Wikimapia, Google Earth, Wikipedia, Blinkgeo and Slashgeo. I have been in awe at the wonders what crowdsourcing could do to facilitate a more user generated supported and verified geospatial data that is free for all.

Recently, the spamming aspect of geospatial data or more appropriately "MapSpamming" has come of note.

Here are a few explainations on how "MapSpamming" works.

Yahoo Local Mapspam now appearing near you

Friday, 14 December 2007

Urban legend No. 2. Reusing PET jars causes you cancer!!!

At work, I have been consistently using a pet bottle (a bottle of Kinley product of Coca cola) that I smuggled in from India, for the past 6 months for ferry water from the water dispenser. Over time it has scrunched up and developed grooves all over it body, greatly reducing its capacity for water storage and is an eye sore on my desk (I have been known to douse a little hot water into the bottle now and then to ease my ailing throat).

Nevertheless, I have been using it for my everyday use just so that I may inadvertently contribute to minimize the ailing waste problem.

I have received repeated warnings from fellow workers on the leaching of toxics into my water intake every day, due to my constant abuse (of the bottle) and also because of the prolonged usage.

So, I go digging on Google and found that it has been posted as a urban legend or hoax on a number of websites.

Granted that in 2001, a student from University of Idaho concluded that repeated use of PET plastic bottles releases di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA) which evidently is a carcinogen. Even EPA seems to have taken a bout against the all damning DEHA but later conceded to a less political stand.

Following the student's master's thesis, the media seemed to have attacked the Bottling association for PET bottle usage. However, later studies seems to have nullified this qualm .

Here are few relevant links:

An interesting take on the plastic bottle use and its likely carcinogenic affect.

FAQs: The Safety of Plastic Beverage Bottles from

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Plastic Wraps

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

AGLOGO going bust!!!

I still remember my induction into the Web 2.0 craze and me going all bonkers about a web company supposedly going to share its profits with its user group (that would also include a very exuberant me).

Sadly, the group fizzled out before paying up.

Here's an excerpt of the email I received from AGLOCO:

We would like to update you on the status of AGLOCO's operations. We continue to believe in the AGLOCO concept, but our revenue is currently not sufficient to give Members a meaningful distribution. And though there are increases in membership, the resulting revenue is not enough to support operating costs. As a development team we are unable to continue to use our savings to fund the operations. If any Member would like to pursue continuing the operations of AGLOCO, you may contact us at .
Too bad, free dough would have been nice :O)

Hello fortune 500 companies, want to give AGLOCO a piggy back ride?

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Only in America

What's great about America? Everything (maybe).

Its the land of opportunity and the land of freedom. The state respects the citizen's freedom of speech and ideology. Fascists, leftists, chauvinists, environmentalists, animal activists; all seem to have made their niches in the United States of America. It is a good thing that the state respects people's ideology but at times I wonder if the state has been too lenient is this regard.

KKK has been here for a while. Frequent jokes over the media and courtesy Dave Chappelle and his KKK jokes, the word "KKK" has lost its clout. But here's one association that nearly popped my eyes off my sockets.

The NAMBLA is short for North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).

A quote off wikipedia from

The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) is a New York City and San Francisco-based unincorporated organization in the United States that advocates the legalization of sexual relations between adult males and under-aged boys. It has resolved to "end the oppression of men and boys who have freely chosen mutually consenting relationships," in spite of the fact that such relationships are seen as child sexual abuse where the minor is unable to give consent. It also calls for "the adoption of laws that both protect children from unwanted sexual experiences and at the same time leave them free to determine the content of their own sexual experiences." NAMBLA's webpage claims that: "NAMBLA does not provide encouragement, referrals or assistance for people seeking sexual contacts" and that it does not "engage in any activities that violate the law [or] advocate that anyone else should [violate the law]."
I wonder to what length will deviates go to justify their acts. What next? A bulletinboard to share their escapades or perhaps a NAMBLAwiki to create a knowledge base of partners in crime (other pedophiles). I think such things should be limited to the dark corners of their closets, better yet should be flushed down the toilet.

Monday, 10 December 2007

I pronounce you Chuck and Larry [Homophobic America??]

I pronounce you Chuck and Larry just made to my list of late night movies. I laughed and clapped throughout the movie. Now it does strike me as odd, because it was too late in the night for such antics.

I couldn't help but feel sorry for the homophobic Americans that the movie depicts. The usual Adam Sandler gang repeatedly punctuate the screen with brief appearances. There's Rob Schneider, David Spade among others. Kevin James and Adam Sandler were very funny but Kevin was definitely funnier in Hitch. And to top it off there's Ving Rhames in a very unusual role - a gay guy!!! The whole movie revolves around a very sensitive issue - homosexuality and is very well presented. There's a tad bit of drama and a hint of a love story. After the movie, I realised that I had been waiting for such an entertaining movie for quite some time now. Over all it was an entertaining flick and I would not mind having seconds.

Here's a punch line by Adam Sandler (Larry) that I found very sticky. -"The accepted vernacular is gay." [Said while punching a minister who is protesting against homosexuality]

P.S. :Maybe I was too hasty while drawing a title for the post, but who cares?

Sunday, 9 December 2007

wiki on gay celebrities

On a fresh note, here's a new wiki that seems to have started recently. It is a new wiki hosted by wikia on Gay Celebrities. The take is nice and funny and hopefully, down the lane we will see a lot of celebrity names popping up on this wiki.

A brief excerpt from the wiki's main page:

Who cares about who's gay and who's not?

Everybody does! At least, we do, and if you're reading this, then you do too.

Why make a wiki about it?

Everybody hears rumors and has theories, but we want to know what's true. The best way to figure it out is to make a wiki about it, and let everybody keep track of it together.

Here's the link to the wiki >>>

Friday, 7 December 2007

[scary stuff] Hacker sentenced to 110 years for extortion and hacking

Computer world reports of a hacker (Ivory D. Dickerson, 33, a civil engineer by profession) who got sentenced to 110 years in prison for hacking into underaged teenagers computer and extorting them to send compromising pictures.

This pervert (the FBI found later) had a 250 gb external harddrive among other peripherals used to store data (from his vicitims).

The post also reports of the hacker using a bifrost malware which is easily available over the internet to get into the girls' systems.

Read more on the post here.

Monday, 3 December 2007

random photoshop antics

I was browsing through stuff in my old hard drive and some how managed to fish out this e-card that I made some time during last year (or the year before last) for my sister in law's birthday and figured it would make a funny post.

It is made a composite of roughly 10 or more images taken over different times and places . The final pictures has family members holding a big plague wishing her a happy birthday.

Here's what is written on the plaque
Aging does seems like a wonderful phenomenon
suddenly you have wrinkles where you had dimples
Everyday is a bad hair day

Highlighting your hair is an everyday necessity
Lard is not just part of your diet but very much a part of you
And there is more, lifting your a$$ is no more the same
(Apparenlty, there is more of it)

Nevertheless, it is also indicative of you wising up
its a sign of you emerging stronger and intelligent
wiser by experience through the things you have seen
and the things you have been through
Nobody can give you that or take it away from you
You are now what your years have made you
for better than for worse
You are stronger and ready to kick a$$

Happy birthday

The picture of the baby rhino "Beauty" was taken during a field visit in Chitwan. She along with another rhino are now in an Austrian zoo courtesy our Crown prince.

Saturday, 1 December 2007

I am facebooking, aren't you?

Its been some time now, facebook seems to have developed into a completely addictive surfing habit. Its not just me, its almost everybody that I know. My friends from high school, friends from college, colleagues at the office, you name 'em and they're in it.

Everybody is all raves about this new social networking tool.

We are even talking of facebook apps in real life,like
how many more in your army before you're an ancient vampire?

I am sure those still free from the facebook bug get bewildered at our pseudo-nerdy talk, and go "these guys are nuts."

I kick you, Vampires, Slayers, Superpoke are few of the apps on facebook that I frequent besides ilike, and iread. Its about sharing your musical tastes, your bibliophilic inclinations. and is just not limited to sharing bookmarks on or stumbleupon or digg.

Its definitely revolutionary of some sorts and Mr. Zuckerberg seems to have acquired quite a lot of moolah at a relatively young age for having developed it.
A stellar effort dude.

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Things worth checking out on the web

Of late, I have been quite nerdy, i guess; gobbling everything there is on the internet.

To shortlist a few, a wonderful resource for e-books. If you are not tired of staring at the screen all day and want to stare more, try this link.

It hosts links to various libraries that maintain free e-books and how-to's. Its worth losing yourself into for some time.

When you're done elevating your mental acumen, feel free to degenerate yourself by enjoying these trashy but yet funny "yo mama" jokes


(Toot! toot! American culture; addictive and subversive)

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