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March 24, 2008

Side effect of using Vista

Filed under: Humor — Suramya @ 1:11 PM

Side effect of using Vista:

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Source:Herd Thinners Incorporated

– Suramya

March 23, 2008

Quantum Computing: Hype vs. Reality

Filed under: Computer Security,Interesting Sites — Suramya @ 1:23 PM

A lot of you must have heard about quantum computing(QC) and a lot of articles have been written by people on how Quantum Computers could break any crypto in a short time. (Even I have written about it)

So I found the following blog post a really good read. It discusses the possible future of QC in a very interesting fashion with emphasis on how it might affect the world of Cryptology. Check it out over here: Emergent Chaos: Quantum Progress

Thanks to: Schneier on Security for the link.

– Suramya

March 22, 2008

Laptop has decided to boycott the net

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 11:27 PM

My laptop has decided that it has had enough of the Internet and started to boycott it. Basically what that means is that my network connection has stopped working on the laptop. Initially I thought that it was a software issue so I reinstalled Windows on the system (which is something I wanted to do anyways). Unfortunately that didn’t fix the problem. :( So I booted into Linux using a Live Linux CD and had the same issue over there.

Now the wireless card probably works but I don’t have a wireless router at home. I am currently debating weather I should just get the laptop fixed or go buy a wireless router. In anycase I would like to have the LAN port working so I can use the net where there is no Wireless. So I am leaning towards getting the port fixed.

Currently I am using my desktop to access the web and its a pain. Oh it works fine and all that, its just that the stupid monitor has gone whacko since I last used it. Now half my screen has a purple tinge to it, so working on it for too long gives me a headache.

Ah well. Lets see when I can get the thing fixed. Then I will have to install all the software on it again. Re-installing windows is a pain. Applying all the patches etc takes so much time and you can’t just start the update and leave it unattended. In Linux you can perform an update and install all patches with a single command (In Debian its apt-get dist-upgrade).

I might just put linux on it. Dad probably won’t like it, as he is used to of windows but I think I can convince him that its not that hard to learn.

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya

March 7, 2008

Connectivity woes…

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 9:22 AM

A few of you might have been wondering where I have disappeared to these last few days.

Well I have been here struggling to identify why I couldn’t get to the net from my laptop. First I thought it was a network cable issue so I replaced all the cables with new ones (yeah I have a lot of them lying around). That didn’t solve the problem. The funny part was that my vonage was able to connect to the web and computers in the server room seemed to be able to connect to the web sometimes. I thought that it could be an issue with the Vonage router, as the rest of the house was going through it to get to the web. So I took out a linksys switch I had which was gathering dust and took the Vonage router out of the picture (The DSL modem was now acting as the router).

Unfortunately that didn’t fix the problem either. So I decided to move the entire system (router, modem and switch) to my room so that I could get net access there. Unfortunately over there even the vonage system lost net access. I couldn’t even ping the modem from my system. So I called Airtel and they sent a guy over to replace the modem. After they replaced the system it worked for a little while then something went wrong with its powesupply. It kept restarting randomly and ofcourse I couldn’t browse the web without frequent disconnects. So I called them again and they replaced both the router and the power adapter. So far it looks like its working.

In the mean time I found out that the network jack on my laptop is acting up… I could browse the web if I used the USB network jack I have but the net kept going down if I was using the built in network port. It might be a problem with Windows or it might be a hardware issue. I will probably be re-installing windows soon and if that doesn’t solve the issue I will get a wireless router.

Now I seem to be able to connect to the web. Lets hope it stays that way. *Crossed fingers*

– Suramya

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