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April 27, 2010

Error 500 messages on the Site

Filed under: My Life,Website Updates — Suramya @ 1:33 AM

I seem to be getting a lot of “Error 500 – Internal server error” messages on the site, especially the blog. No idea right now whats causing it, but its late and I am tried so I will take a look at it tomorrow. (rather today… but later when I am not feeling so brain-dead)

Plus to make things even more fun, my net connection seems to be acting up. I guess its because of the underwater cable maintainence that Airtel is doing. Hopefully it will be sorted by morning.

- Suramya

April 26, 2010

Launching new Section: books.suramya.com

Filed under: Books Related,Website Updates — Suramya @ 11:27 PM

As you probably know I read a lot and I have a rather eclectic selection of books I read. Over the past few years a lot of people have asked me for recommendations and reviews of books I have read. I got tired of giving individual recommendations and decided to create this section to solve that problem.

Basically the way it will work is the following: When I read a book I write down a couple a paragraphs about the book and whether I liked it or not and that gets posted to this site. BTW keep in mind that this site contains my personal views about the book. Your views might differ so its possible that you don’t like a book that I recommend.

Check out the new Section at: Books.suramya.com

Currently there are 37 reviews on the site with more being added everyday. By the way, If like reading and are interested in writing reviews for the books you read do contact me and we will work something out.

- Suramya

April 22, 2010

Iranian cleric blames women’s immodest dressing for earthquakes

Filed under: Humor,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 6:20 PM

Some people will believe anything. *shake head* The acting Friday prayer leader Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi blames women who wear immodest clothes and are promiscuous for the earthquakes.

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

Earthquakes? Seriously? If that was the case then Europe, US should be the most earthquake prone area’s in the world thanks to all the beaches and clubs and all the cleavage and nudity that goes along with them.

Jen McCreight, a student from Indiana has decided to test this claim scientifically:

On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. Yes, the one usually reserved for a night on the town. I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts. Or short shorts, if that’s your preferred form of immodesty. With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I’m sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn’t rumble. And if we really get through to him, maybe it’ll be one involving plate tectonics.

The facebook event for this is located here and already has over 33,000 confirmed guests. You can also follow it on Twitter using the tag #boobquake!

Now this is why I like science and the internet. If some idiot makes a stupid claim then there are those who decide to test its validity. Somewhat like mythbusters. Now if only all these people also post pics ;)

Source: Chicagotribune.com.
Testing the validity of the statement: In the name of science, I offer my boobs

- Suramya

April 5, 2010

One hell of a long day

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 11:08 PM

It was quite a long day today. Actually, it wasn’t so much as long as it was tiring. All my stuff from the US has finally arrived in India and I had to go finish all the paperwork so that I can collect the shipment from the container depo.

To get the release documents I had to make the final payments by DD (Demand Drafts) so the first job of the day was to go to the bank and get the DD’s made and I also needed to have some documents attested because the shipping company needed copies. The DD’s were no problem as the staff at the Oriental bank is quite helpful and fast.

Normally unless its specified that a document has to be attested by a gazetted officer a bank manager has the authority to attest a document. So I went to the manager of the local branch and asked him to attest the document copies for me. BTW, I know the manager because a couple of weeks ago I had a long talk with him and he had attested other documents for me. He told me that he is not a gazetted officer so can’t attest the docs, so I told him that it wasn’t an issue because the shipping company hadn’t specified that a gazetted officer had to attest the document.

He flat out refused to attest the document, telling me that unless I showed him written proof that a manager’s attestation was valid he wouldn’t attest it. So I told him not to worry about it because convincing the shipping company was my hassle and if he went ahead and attested the document his part was done and I would deal with the company if there were any further issues. Still he refused. In fact he was actually quite rude and told me to stop wasting his time and leave. I then asked if I called the shipping company and have them confirm over the phone that it was ok for him to attest the document would he do it. He still refused and told me it had to be a written email/letter/document.

It would make sense to follow this rule if he had to log this proof somewhere or maintain a log. He just wanted to see the email/letter before attesting the documents and the email/letter would then be returned to me (I have done this before but that time I had a brochure that said that it was ok. He had looked at it and then given it back).

This is what I call petty bureaucracy because he has this ‘power’ to attest and is following some rule that has no bases in reality and you can’t question him because if he doesn’t do that then how can he show others how important his position (he) is. He has done this in plenty of other items but that’s a story for another day. For now I just have to deal with him but seriously… I can’t wait for him to transfer out.

Once the bank stuff was done (I spoke to the shipper and they told me I could self attest the document as long as I showed them the originals) I took the metro to Dwarka which is on the other side of Delhi. If I had driven there I would have had to deal with all the traffic so it was easier and less stressful to take the metro, especially since the shipper’s office was near the station.

Once I got to Dwarka which took I called them up and asked for directions to their office. I was told to take a rickshaw and go to Ramphal Chowk and their office was located there. I took the rickshaw and got all the way to Ramphal chowk (In Sector 7, and I had started from Sec 11) but when I got there no one knew the building they were supposed to be in so I called them again and asked for directions to the building from Ramphal Chowk, that’s when they told me that they were not located at Ramphal Chowk but were at another Chowk (I forget its name now) which was back in Sector 11 about 10 mins from where I had started. So I had to go all the way back.

In all because of this screwup it took about 1 hour 45 mins to get to the office instead of the 10-15 mins it should have. Plus I got to enjoy Delhi’s 40 Dec C heat at noon.

Once I got there the paperwork didn’t take much time and I got out quite fast. Now I had to take the documents these guy’s gave me to another office in Nehru place. So I went back to the metro station and took the metro to Rajeev Chowk (Connaught Place) because the metro doesn’t service Nehru place yet. Once I got there I took an auto to Nehru place which took almost an hour to get there thanks to the traffic and the fact that the top speed of the auto was probably about 40 kmph.

That office took processed my paperwork and gave me another set of docs that I need to take to the shipping depo tomorrow to get the actual stuff released. Once all this was done I took a bus back to Noida. Thankfully I got a seat in the bus ’cause it was jam packed. Think all sardines from two cans stuffed in one can.

I literally didn’t have space to even move one step forward to get out of the bus. But it was a quick journey. Thankfully.

So, now I am back at home after having spent almost 9 hours bouncing around Delhi/Dwarka/Noida and tomorrow I get to do another marathon session to pick up the stuff and get it back home.

I need sleep. (I was up till 5 am working on a project and slept for about 4 hours before leaving home in the morning).

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

- Suramya

April 4, 2010

What to do if your printer suddenly stops working on Linux

Filed under: Knowledgebase,Linux/Unix Related — Suramya @ 10:22 PM

Its happened to me twice so far that when I try to print to my HP Deskjet F380 the job just sits in the print queue and is apparently on hold. Canceling the job and printing again doesn’t fix the problem and when I hook up the printer to another system it works fine.

The problem is that the printer has been ‘disabled’ for some reason on the system. I think that this happens when you are printing something and you switch off the printer in the middle but haven’t confirmed that yet.

To fix it you need to ‘Enable’ the printer. There are two ways you can do this:

Using the Printer Configuration GUI

1. Run the ‘system-config-printer’ GUI via Start -> system -> Printing or from the command prompt.
2. Right click on the printer
3. Click on ‘Enable’ in the drop down menu.

That’s it. Now the queued print jobs should start processing again.

The other method is using the CUPS Web interface

1. Login to the CUPS interface at: http://localhost:631/
2. Click on the ‘Printers’ tab
3. Click on the Printer that is having issues from the list on the page
4. Click on the ‘Maintainence’ Drop box
5. Select ‘Resume Printer’

You should get a message like: “Printer Deskjet_F300_series has been resumed. and you are done.

Hope this helps someone.

- Suramya

April 3, 2010

Made some of the new/updated sections of the site live

Filed under: Website Updates — Suramya @ 1:58 AM

After thinking about it for a couple of days I have decided to make the part of the new/updated site live (Using http Temp redirection).

At this time the following sections are live with the new content and layout:

* me.suramya.com (The Friends list needs to be updated.)
* india.suramya.com
* hotlinks.suramya.com
* mirror.suramya.com
* misc.suramya.com

linux.suramya.com is updated partway so I haven’t made that section live yet.
The Site news sidebar on the new site still has to be coded, once done it will pull the latest site news from this blog.

Well this is all for now. Let me know what you think of the new layout/content.

- Suramya

April 2, 2010

Watched “The Clash of the Titans” today

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 11:17 PM

Went to watch “The Clash of the Titans” today in 3d. It was an ok movie. The glasses I had were pretty blurry and I was sitting all the way in the back which made the movie quite difficult to watch through the glasses so I ended up watching most of the movie without the glasses. I don’t think I missed that much. Compared to Avatar the 3d effects weren’t that great. The story was ok, nothing to write home about.

Now I am waiting for the new Dr Who series to start, I just have to wait for another day.

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

- Suramya

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