A good disk in a long time

I got this disk from the shop nearby. The guy there told me he also uses these DVD's to back up his data. I don't trust those guys normally so I checked it out after I put some movies in it. Looks like he was right. I dont know whether the guy did a quality check to tell me that. But my check tells me this is somewhat a good DVD.

But It isn't the best I've seen. If I remember correct Anusha once got 100% for a DVD.

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Redefining the cats

After I installed and used the MAC OS-X for some time, I realized that there is no way i'm going to figure out a way to get the audio working. So another Friday night, another installation attempt. This time, I have a tool. I got the laptop from office since nobody was taking it home this weekend. So I can debug any thing that I come across rather than assume and pick out of the options.

So here goes. I'm trying the second attempt for the day. Its no big deal, I saw a guy did it more than 400 times to get the right combination. Anyway, for all those who are wondering 'what the heck!', this is a real stable OS. And trying to do something different with the PC is darn fun. Specially when you get it right after a gazillion times

The rumor that flies that Vista copied OS-X, well, lets just say its more than your average day-to-day lie. There are feature in Vista that is 100% OS-X like. But I don't know who invented them first. I can say one thing though. In most of those features, Apple outdo the Microsoft guys ten to one.

Fingers crossed!

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From one cat to another

After my bootup problem with the Tiger OS X distribution, I got a copy of the Leopard distribution.
Spent all my time on friday night trying to install Leopard. To my annoyance, a cable belonging to my ISP, SLT was broken. So I gave it up after installing it 3 times. The system got booted unlike the Tiger version. But the OS did not work.

After I got some more info today, I tried the installation without selecting any of the driver packages. And viola, the system booted up and started working. All I have to do now is to make a grub like bootloader that will enable me to select the bootup into Vista or OS-X.

To all the OS-X troubled people reading this, this is the config I have;
Running OS: Apple OS-X 10.5.1 (Leopard)
Processor: Intel Pentium Dualcore E2140 1.6GHz clocked to 1.71GHz
Motherboard: Foxconn 45cm-s
RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 1GB x 2 (667MHz) [But apple says 333MHz, so what!)
HDD: Maxtor 40GB
N/W interface: Realtek 10/100 onboard LAN controller.

I ran the Kalyway's installation (Thanks to him/her whoever they are)
Make sure you go to customize and deselect all the drivers. Just select the bootloader as MBR. Thats all. That was my turning point.!

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Os x fun stuff

Here's some os-x fun gadgets i found using the os. Could not upload the movie coz the pc got stuck when i plugged the phone. :P

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Installed MAC OS-X at last

Despite my failed attempts to install OS-X on the PC, I did not give up the challenge. With a bit of reading and experiments, I was able to install the OS on the smaller HDD. And, yes! I AM posting this with safari on the OS-X.

This OS feels very smooth. But there are some compatibility issues involved. At first I thought my keyboard did not work when I started typing the username and password stuff at the OS installation final step. Got all that worked out.

The only hiccup I get now is that the need to have the DVD in the drive when I use this thing. I'm sure that the DVD does nothing, but since I need it to boot up the OS on the HDD, I need it in the drive. When I take it out by unmounting, the whole OS stops. It must be that a program in the DVD has started the kernel process on the disk. If I remove the DVD, the kernel no longer has a parent process. Well, that is my guess..... Lets see....

Anyway, I'll try to get the next version, the Leopard when I go to the office tomorrow. Then I will try the no DVD version of apple :D

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Me at uni. Again

We went to the university to see the Expose 2008 exhibition. This is a photo Devinda took from his phone. After thinking about where to go to take the lunch we decided to take it at the goda canteen, to remind the old times we ate there. Felt great to be back on the familiar turf again.
Pity Damitha and Anusha missed it.

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Blog hits

I got this out of the stat counter website, that I use to count the users that see my blog.

I just saw the localization of the IP's that came into the site and looks good. :D

In the US area it must be Nadeera's uncle logging in, and the spread must be because of the IP's that he's allocated from time to time may be of different subnets.

But I dont know who came in from Aussie and UK.

Here in SL, its Chamitha, Devinda, may be Anusha ;) and of course me logging in!

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Migrating voice servers to new MPLS

We are now readying to migrate our main voice server to the new MPLS network. The new network has a very high capacity and is equipped with the next gen MPLS nodes.

But this is nowhere near me migrating to vista 3bit. ;-)
If we screw this up, there will be thousands of people affected.
So we've got our fingers crossed!

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Vista 32 bit installed

I did the install just now. Its running well. I have to analyze the performance hit caused by AVG before installing it. If I can survive without an Anti-Virus software, life will be great :D

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Migration to x86 Vista

I've been using Vista x64 all this time and i plan to migrate to the 32 bit version due to some reasons. The main reason is that I feel it is better to be using the typical version to be on the safe side of games and softwares.

I also have serious doubts about the AVG virus scanner and there are two processes running in the name rundll.exe in the processes. I don't know whether they are needed or not. But they just dont seem like viruses and Nothing detected any hiccup. The internal V-Scanner inside me is giving warnings ever since I saw it. :D (Oh yes, I trust that! i've cleaned dozens of viruses manually when I was using XP) So by installing the 32 bit version, I hope I can run the reliable NOD 32 scanner.

The next thing is I hope that the system may (Big maybe there) function faster under the 32 bit version. But I don;t know that till I install the new version and it becomes optimized as it is now.

There are some drawbacks..

I installed almost all of the Windows updates to this date. I will have to re-install them. Considering my ADSL bandwidth budget, that will be a pain in the back.

The next thing I'll have to worry about is the indexing. The system will have to index the whole HDD (All 500GB of it) again from scratch.!!!! Thats a pain upto about 2,3 weeks since it will be running in the background.

I still dont have an idea when to do it. i will have to do some survey soon. If I'm able to do it today, I might be able to install the new OS Saturday night. (Looks like office habits are coming onto me, downtime in the night ;) )

Lets see how it goes.....

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Indians Gets their asses kicked

After pushing our government to start talks with the LTTE Terrorists, India finally had the chance of experiencing first hand, what real terrorism is. They seriously should get their heads straight on this thing; Terrorists are terrorists and they are not needed in this world.

I think at least now, they will keep their mouths shut and keep to their internal matters. And seriously, if they needed Commando support, they should've asked us, we have the best Commandos in the region, and the situation might have been averted if our boys went in to the rescue mission.

Yo, Indians, we can however hold some tuition classes once this LTTE pests have been irradiated. For the time being, we're a bit busy.. ;). But if you insists that you need some lessons on search and rescue, just ask our Army, I think they'll show some sympathy :P.

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