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Moved to a new webhost

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┬ápull 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.

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What am I thinking?

Now that I am free from all the MBA entrance tests I was preparing for, I am thinking a lot. Thinking of watching more movies per week, playing more games & reading more novels per day, and wasting more time per hour. Apart from that, I am working on a plan (read strategy) to get Granular back on track.

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Notion Ink Adam
Around 2 weeks ago, the first tablet based in India was about to be released, and I was very excited about it. Talk about specs, and Notion Ink’s Adam beats the over-hyped iPad by miles; talk about its price (US Dollars), and it blows the iPad away. Even before the release, I was busy making plans on saving some hard-earned money to buy the sweet device. But when it was finally made available for pre-ordering, I was left a little disappointed, mainly due to its price. Being an Indian company, I was expecting prices to be much lower than what iPad costs in India. Well, to be honest, the prices were genuine, but what did the damage was the stupendous cost of shipping (a whopping $50!). I think I will wait for the official release, hoping the prices to come down then.

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A glorified City 17?
In the morning, as part of my routine, I was “exploring” things when I found this (side picture), which reminded me of City 17, of the Half-Life video game series, as it would have been before destruction.

(Images courtesy: [1], [2])

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Recent Granular Activity

At times, friends keep asking me about updates from the Granular Project. As it’s been going since a few months, I am being kept very busy due to the office work schedule and some other stuff (CAT prep). But as soon as the exams are over (a matter of 2 more months), I would be getting some time to resume the activities back at the Granular Project.

Let me also inform you that there were a couple of important activities that went on in Granular recently. A relatively older one being the progress on the new Granular logo (to be put in use starting from Granular 2). And the most recent one being Granular joining the OIN initiative.

Btw, here’s a sample from the lot of final logos:
Granular 2 logo

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Updates

It’s been a week now since my Accenture training got over. Now, my real office work has started.

Missing my friends (back in Bangalore) that I made during my Accenture training there.

Waiting desperately to get my hands on an Internet connection at home. I’ll go with either of Airtel broadband or BSNL EVDO.

My CAT exam is on 29th November. Will be going virtually without preparation. Let’s see what happens.

Will resume my Granular development as soon as I get an Internet connection. Meanwhile, the Unity Project has been going good, as it would seem.

After losing their bilateral Cricket series to Australia, I hope India will perform a lot better in their next series (India vs Sri Lanka), scheduled to start on 16th November.

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Association with Unity

Granular LinuxAs was hinted in a post at Team Granular blog, Granular will now be a part of the Unity Project. Unity is in it’s beginning stages, but development is already on full swing. The enthusiasm of developers and members can be seen clearly on Unity’s devel mailing list and its public forum. At this point of time, I’ll refrain myself from giving full details about the association of Granular with Unity, but detailed announcements will come out at a later stage. What all I can tell you right now is I am pretty happy with the progress that’s been going on at Unity and Granular.

One more thing. You see only the Granular logo at the left and no logo of Unity as it’s still being finalized. But I am sure the creative artwork guys there will come up with something interesting pretty soon.