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Saturday, 12 April 2008

Nepalese Constituent Assembly polls, April 10, 2008

Honestly speaking, I have never been a current affairs person and matters of the state, politics in particular, has run parallel to my existence, never ever crossing paths.

I turned 26 the same day the constituent assembly polls were due. I had half a mind to sleep the day off since D-day was a public holiday with nonexistent traffic, closed shops and a load shedding in place (for four full hours during the day). But, the thought of the deadline at work the following day kept taunting me and never gave me a peace of mind.

I still remember yearning to cast my vote a few days earlier, when I found myself ineligible to vote, simply because the election commission website didn't have my name on the voter's list. However, on D-day itself when I realised that I was an eligible voter after all, the voting urge had waned (I found my registration number issued by the election commission).

I consider myself the least informed person regarding any party's mandates and the likes. I almost bailed on my first ever opportunity to cast a vote, which incidentally is my constitutional right as I recalled Civics lessons from back in high school. So, towards the closing of the voting hours, I dragged myself to the polling station and cast my vote. The better part of the story, the woman who had my vote, has developed quite a lead in the polls. I am still clueless if my vote was of crucial importance, or if ever she will be a representative in the constitution assembly.

I guess we will have to wait and see.

I only hope that the constituent assembly will provide us Nepalese with a much needed reprieve from the regular bands, price hikes and insecurity in place.

Reconsidering the Ubuntu distro again!!

I just learned that I had it all wrong in my earlier post about Ubuntu not supporting PPPoE. While trying to help out another newbie in the local FOSS-Nepal google group, I stood corrected. It seems the guy who answered my query in the Ubuntu forums had it all wrong or may have prejudged my condition/problem.

An aficionado on the Ubuntu system and existing conditions of the Nepalese internet network pointed out my errornous judgement on the Ubuntu system and was keen to solve my problem.

But again, my interest into a whole new system still handicapped without audio or video codec had already waned. Besides, I am a bit preoccupied with learning other things that are of immediate importance.

Nevertheless, I know now for certain that Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon is not an easy bite to chew off. The uber-nerds at the FOSS-Nepal forum are considering a local repository for the Ubuntu distribution, so that Nepalese connected to the internet with relatively low bandwidth need not wait hours to download dependent modules for a single progam. That will definitely be a breather and perhaps an incentive towards reinstalling the Ubuntu system.

Till then, adios muchacha to the Ubuntu distro.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

how true!!

Wanda: a blog?
Hank: Yeah a blog. It’s short for web log. Web because it’s on the internet and log because umm…
Brent: They were originally printed on wood.
Hank: Right.
Wanda: Well why waste this on us, when you can put it on the internet and have the whole world ignore it.

(Sue quote: When I sit here and watch you typing I hear the Doogie Howser music in my head.)
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