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Ah finally…….

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My research has finally been approved and is ready to be published. The last few weeks have been pretty hectic juggling work and research at the same time. Any budding-researchers/desi-grad-students-in search-of-funding reading this blog remember, It’s not easy riding two horses at the same time unless you are Zorro!

I have now made a so-called significant contribution to the world of science and our proposed algorithm can now protect mobile agents from attacks by malicious hosts. I know it sounds convoluted, but then I myself share the same feeling. After being officially kicked out of grad school I can now dedicate all my time to work(ya rite!). Blogging and my playstation will now fill the void created by the completion of my research and that means more vetti hours.


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December 19, 2007 at 1:53 pm

OOPSLA 2006 Day 2

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It’s the time of the year when the big names come together to discuss what’s new in the world of object oriented programming, it’s that time of the year when we get to learn bout cool stuff, it’s time for OOPSLA. The beautiful city of Portland plays host to this years edition, and me put up with my friend who goes to at PDX.

8:00AM – 12:00 PM – Ajax: Introduction and Architecture
12:00-15:00 – I am currently floating as a student volunteer
13:30PM – 17:30PM – Making the Most of Eclipse

Stuart Halloway gave a kickass presentation on AJAX, with code examples, architectural desicions and why we should be using rails and prototype or using dojo and going the JAVA way.

neat stuff!

I’m of to the Eclipse tutorial now……

Update: Olaf Zimmerman gave a super cool presentation on using webservices in J2EE using Eclipse 3.1 and the Web Tools Platform. I forsee a huge market surge in the Java side of web services with IBM pumping money into it. There is a commercial product RAD but then you can use Apache Tomcat and Axis, along with Eclipse and WTP. The future is Web services, the future is SOA…….

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October 22, 2006 at 9:40 pm

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Is it a bar of chocolate? Is it a musicbox? Is it a phone?

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If you’ve seen the latest TV commercial of music playing near some molten chocolate then stop guessing. It’s not a new chocolate bar from Hershey’s(that is what I was thinking when I saw a bar emerge) but a phone! Yes sir, the molten chocolate drips off the bar to reveal the brand new phone by Verizon and produced by LG.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you ‘Chocolate

I’m not sure if the phone will come wrapped in a silver foil but it surely has generated a lot of buzz. Techblogs are screaming with reviews and comments are flowing in hundreds. I don’t wanna go into the phone as you can easily read it elsewhere, but instead lets talk of the ad.

You hear ‘Goldfrapp‘ in the background as you see ripples in molten chocolate. The music generates an earthquake effect and out comes a bar with chocolate dripping from it!(It’s super sexy too see so much chocolate!) Just when you are waiting for the Hershey’s logo you see something black on the bar. When all the chocolate drips away you see not a new chocolate bar but a phone in black with red lights.

It slides to show you the keypad and then you see the Verizon logo on your screen! Great advertising but can’t say the same for the product.


  • mp3 player
  • great looks
  • $150 after rebate
  • camera function


  • no click-wheel
  • end button (very small)
  • no on-board memory card and 64mb internal memory
  • doesnt recognise all unprotected mp3s
  • doesn’t recognise all common pic formats
  • kinda forcin users towards VCast

closing comments: Anything that looks good isn’t necessarily good

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Written by maxdavinci

August 4, 2006 at 7:06 pm

Posted in Review, tucknalajee

windows partitions in Ubuntu

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Here are a few thingy’s to get your windows partitions on Ubuntu

mount Windows partition NTFS

sudo mkdir /media/windows
sudo mount /dev/hda1 /media/windows/ -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=000

To mount Windows partition

sudo mkdir /media/windows
sudo mount /dev/hda1 /media/windows/ -t vfat -o iocharset=utf8,umask=000

To unmount Windows partition

sudo umount /media/windows/

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February 18, 2006 at 12:41 am

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wIreless on linux….

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I got Ubuntu runnin on my lappie in early december and had configured wireless using NdisWrapper to load the. Owing to a lot of curiosity and requests I am postin this here.

  • Identify the wireless chipset on your laptop, mine is BCM4318 from Broadcom Corporation.
  • Try to locate your wireless card here and download the driver if found on the list
  • Now go ahead and download NdisWrapper from here and then install it.(It has a readme file and installing shouldn’t be a problem)
  • Now run the command ndiswrapper -i filename.inf from the terminal. Since I was using Ubuntu I had to use sudo to get administrative priveleges. The .inf file is the windows driver that you downloaded from the wiki page. Eg sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
  • This copies all necessary files to /etc/ndiswrapper and creates the config files for your card.
  • After installing you can run ndiswrapper -l to see the status of your installed drivers
  • If you have installed the correct driver you should see something like this:
    Installed ndis drivers:
    bcmwl5 driver present, hardware present
  • Then we load the ndiswrapper module with:modprobe ndiswrapper and sudo modprobe ndiswrapper if Ubuntu.
  • you can have a look if the kernel sees the wlan nic:dmesg | tail -n 6

    which gives you a description of your wireless lan interface:

    [20457.536492] ndiswrapper version 1.1 loaded (preempt=no,smp=no)
    [20457.541643] ndiswrapper: driver bcmwl5 (Broadcom,02/11/2005, loaded
    [20457.541803] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:06:05.0[A] -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21
    [20457.546419] ndiswrapper: using irq 21
    [20457.800500] wlan0: ndiswrapper ethernet device 00:0e:9b:c0:d3:cb using driver bcmwl5, configuration file 14E4:4318.5.conf
    [20457.800522] wlan0: encryption modes supported: WEP, WPA with TKIP, WPA with AES/CCMP

  • Now we configure the interface with:iwconfig

    which shows wether that the interface is available

  • Now we can scan the wlan access point:iwlist wlan0 scan

    and use the following command to get network access:

    ifconfig wlan0 up and sudo ifconfig wlan0 up if Ubuntu
    dhclient wlan0 and sudo dhclient wlan0 if Ubuntu

  • Acer users running FC4 can find help here
  • This should probably help to get wi-fi access on most lappies and wireless cards. Just make sure that your kernel supports NdisWrapper

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February 17, 2006 at 11:03 pm

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Vint Cerf is a Googler!

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The father of the internet will asume the title “chief Internet evangelist” . Kai-Fu Lee and now the great Turing award recipient (see previous posts), Google is growin like wow! Cerf was earlier in MCI for 15 years. Well this means only one thing, bad news for Yahoo and Microsoft.. more here

It’s 21:30 here n i gotta head home 2 grab some grub.

Written by maxdavinci

September 9, 2005 at 2:15 am

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ACM 2005 Turing Award

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The ACM turing award ceremony was held on Monday, August 22, 2005 and the webcast can be found here. Below is my report.

Assessing the Internet
Lessons Learned, Strategies for Evolution, and Future Possibilities

The lecture started out with Vinton Cerf talking about open architecture where the network has to find interfaces, protocols and objects thus enabling plug and play. He added “The internet is a logical architecture, and the effort to link systems produces something that is not itself”. A few points I noted that can sum up the talk.

  • Layering is a very effective implementation strategy but is often misconstrued as a requirement. Also each layer is a stair step for people to interface with it.
  • The concept of TCP/IP enables creativity and gives rise to further developments as the packets only need to know the start and destination points.
  • There is a need to link nets together as well as the need to have systems self configured. Not to forget Cerf’s idea of “the Edge” of the Net, this was supported by SIGCOMM Chair Lyman Chapin.
  • One cannot foresee an architectural change in the Internet but people are no longer interested in the architecture of the internet. It’s the functioning that matters to most and not how it functions.
  • Cerf and Kahn both stressed on “Creeping incrementalism” where the Internet is incrementally evolvable and improvable.
  • Kahn used analogies from physics where like in Computer Science, the Physics timeline had key points where major upheavals had occurred.
  • There were mentions of “uniqueness & commonality” and how can I forget “interplanetary internet”!
  • Challenges in security were talked upon and this gave a way for the word ‘terrorism’ to find its way into an ACM lecture.
  • Lastly, the speakers cited the “everything is connected” nature of the internet that has two faces. This being the driving reason for VPNs.
  • This was followed by audience questions; the best being “Is there a way to shut down the Internet?”

In my opinion one of main the reasons for the adoption of TCP/IP protocols was the lack of intellectual property claims (patent) by Cerf and Kahn. ‘It was an open standard that we would allow anyone to have access to without any constraints’ was what once Kahn said. The internet is certainly a marvel and all the best things in the world are those that are just left there for others to benefit from.

PS: It’s 5:30 AM here, am i mad?

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September 5, 2005 at 10:16 am

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