An updated system

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opensuse 13.2 Plasma 5.5
My current desktop: opensuse 13.2 Plasma 5.5

I have been away from developments in the larger Linux world since quite some time. I’m not a distrohopper any more. I’ve kinda settled down on my (childhood) favorite openSUSE. I’d installed version 13.1 about two years ago on my brand new laptop. A few days ago I decided to update my KDE 4 to Plasma 5. To be honest, the KDE Frameworks 5 fad hadn’t really caught my attention until only a week ago when I stumbled across KDE’s latest release announcement. I was bowled over by the screenshots! The looks, the elegance, the finesse… everything was perfect. So I instantly took the decision.

Sadly, there’s no officially supported way to install Plasma 5 in openSUSE 13.1. I tried, but ended up screwing my installation. So I did a full distro upgrade zypper dup. 2GB of package updates and a few hours later, I was on a 100% working openSUSE 13.2. Nothing broke during the upgrade and all my settings were preserved. Plasma 5 turned out to be as good as it had seemed in the screenshots.

I’ve been living happily ever after. True story.

P.S.: A bit off-topic: After months of inactivity, my Raspberry Pi is back on its legs after I finally fixed its SD card issue (caution: please seriously consider safely switching off your Pi every time). Now I’m working on a top secret IoT project using my Pi. Shhh…

Moved to a new webhost

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Here I am. With Arvixe. After 8 years with DreamHost, I made the move to save money. Shit loads of money. Hosting with DreamHost was a smooth and wonderful but expensive journey. Their support and technical expertise are unmatched, things that came in pretty handy while hosting a Linux distro (Granular, remember?).

In its heydays, Granular was a darling of experimental distro hoppers. I hope it was a worthwhile, pleasant experience for all its users. Coming January it will be 7 years since Granular’s last release. Plans for Granular 2 could not materialize for various reasons, chief among those being the decline of PC. People are going mobile. It’s not unusual for someone’s first device being a tablet or a smartphone. That translates to a huge decline in Linux userbase in an already highly saturated distro market. So I took the hard decision I to finally pull the plug on Granular, my dearest creation.

Anyway, coming back to topic. Arvixe has the most competitive prices of all quality US-based hosts. They even offer 1 domain free-for-life with all their plans. Sweet. It’s been only 5 days since the switch, but so far so good.

Something that DreamHost offers for $120/yr is available at Arvixe for just $48/yr (and they accept discount coupons :)). So paying that sort of money to DreamHost for hosting just one website (this one) didn’t make sense anymore.

Do not go gentle into that good night

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Hence, I submit to my uncontrolled urge to share this beautiful poem I heard in Interstellar.

Dylan Thomas, 1951

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Those Who Try Never Fail

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Amitabh Bachchan recited this beautiful, inspiring poem in the closing moments of the historic KBC episode that saw, for the first time ever, a prize money of Rs. 7 crore (approx. USD 1.2 million) being won.

The poem was written by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Amitabh’s father, and it goes like this:

लहरों से डर कर नौका पार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

नन्हीं चींटी जब दाना लेकर चलती है,
चढ़ती दीवारों पर, सौ बार फिसलती है।
मन का विश्वास रगों में साहस भरता है,
चढ़कर गिरना, गिरकर चढ़ना न अखरता है।
आख़िर उसकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

डुबकियां सिंधु में गोताखोर लगाता है,
जा जा कर खाली हाथ लौटकर आता है।
मिलते नहीं सहज ही मोती गहरे पानी में,
बढ़ता दुगना उत्साह इसी हैरानी में।
मुट्ठी उसकी खाली हर बार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

असफलता एक चुनौती है, इसे स्वीकार करो,
क्या कमी रह गई, देखो और सुधार करो।
जब तक न सफल हो, नींद चैन को त्यागो तुम,
संघर्ष का मैदान छोड़ कर मत भागो तुम।
कुछ किये बिना ही जय जय कार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

My dear ol’ Google Nexus

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I’m pretty happy with my Nexus 7. So far, no major complaints. Typing is a breeze. Gaming is fun. Reading books is very convenient. Watching movies is a pleasurable experience. Plus it’s running the latest Android–Kit Kat. For its accessories, I bought an OTG cable and a music case cum carry pouch.

I’m enjoying every bit of this cute little, cheap and quality device. ☺

Posted from my Nexus 7