Things I did after installing Ubuntu 13.10

   Posted by: Vinod Chacko   in misc

Installed Java

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
 sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

Installed screen cloud

sudo sh -c “echo ‘deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/olav-st/xUbuntu_13.10/ /’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/screencloud.list”

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install screencloud

Restricted extras

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

TLP to control overheating 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
sudo tlp start

Archiving tools

sudo apt-get install p7zip-rar p7zip-full unace unrar zip unzip sharutils rar uudeview mpack arj cabextract file-roller

Clipboard Copier

sudo apt-get install diodon diodon-plugins

Then I installed Skype , Chrome, Filezilla Pidgin , torrent client , konsole ( I like Konsone and Ktorrent than others ) , VLC . For skype to show in system tray, you need to add sni-qt

sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386
sudo apt-get install sni-qt



new year thoughts

   Posted by: Vinod Chacko   in misc

Did I ever had a new year resolution ? I doubt that – I have never made a new year resolution… almost all the decisions in my life were spontaneous. It may be good or bad – time will prove. 

I had sometimes wondered why I have did that or why I have not did otherwise – there are times where we have to be predictable… some times that will not make you happy, but we have to do that, for the sake of others.

wow too much of philosophy…

One more December passed  and new year arrived.  This was a terrible newyear time with the news of the Delhi incident- it has taken away the charm of the newyear and christmas,

In my opinion, we must legalese prostitution , so that if some one have that much craving of sex, will end up in a brothel, than as a rape victim.

The law must protect the rape victims and the accused must be given severe punishments.

The major issue for these increased rape and assults of the ladies in the decreasing sex ratio, which is mainly caused by the female  feticide. See this episode of Satyamev Jaythe here

Unless we support the female children around us – and discourage female feticide, I do not think there will be an end to this issue.


Add ATI radeon support in Ubuntu 12.10

   Posted by: Vinod Chacko   in softwares, techie

it was yesterday that I  have upgraded my ubuntu box to 12.10 and it was snot a pleasant experience.

The ATI graphics card was not detected and it was showing a resolution of 1550×1400 instead of 1080p. The launchpad was not working properly and the top bar too.  I expected the wifi would have an issue but not this.. each version of ubuntu comes with a surprise.. 🙂

I browsed lots and lots and and ended up messing up my xserver too and I was left with the command prompt only 🙂 , then I started working on my wife’s PC , and kept mine aside to run the commands taht I find from the forums etc.

The basic step to fix the issue is to remove the existing fglrx drivers and iunstall the latest after downloading from the ATI website. Unfortunately, none was working fine for me and  it was then I found this web site http://www.ubuntuvibes.com/2012/10/how-to-install-amd-catalyst-legacy.html and those commands worked like a charm!  Of course I had to uninstall all other custom stuff that I was doing.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:makson96/fglrx

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get install fglrx-legacy





A trip to kozhikode

   Posted by: Vinod Chacko   in trips

It was on my last trip to bangalore that Achu told that he is going to get married – and it was a pleasant surprise. And it was on last weekend that his engagement happened at the Alakapuri Hotel, Kozhikode.

We left from Kochi in the morning. The drive up to Ponnanni was nice except the road up to Kodungaloor.  I almost touched 130 KMPH on my Ritz. Travelling in kerala is always faster when it is early morning. At Ponnani, I decided to go through the new Chamravattom bridge, which turned out to be a bad idea later.

If you are planning to save a few Kilometers by travelling through that bridge, I tell you, it a bad idea. Because ALL the roads are narrow and you wont be able to go beyond 50 kmph through those roads. Only the bridge is wide. The roads through Tirur, Thanoor, Prappanangadi are all decades old.  Reaching Kadalundi, I almost lost patience and deviated to the NH through the road via Panakkad.  Another disadvantage of this route is that there is no good hotels on the way. You need to reach Kozhikode to have some food.

I reached the city by 9 15 am and got a bit deviated in the confusing roads as it my first visit to the city after long gap.  I found out the Alakapuri and it looked a small one from outside. Located in one of the busiest area of calicut – Palayam , which is less than one kilometer from  Bus stand and from the railway station, I felt it will be a small one.   We needed to refresh before the function and need to have some food too – so, tried to step in to a few ‘famous ‘ restaurants in the area and they were all disappointing when it came to toilets and wash areas. Disappointed, we dropped the idea and got freshed up in the car and went to the venue. I realised I was mistaken from the looks that I had from the road. There was a vast area inside the hote l and they even have  a large lawn and lots of rooms. Gladly Achu had booked a few ( I wasnt informed that he have rooms there :-p) and we refreshed ourselves there.  The parking area was quite big and I was quite impressed with the facility. Later, I came to know that the 650 sq ft AC room that I stayed wont cost more than 1000 /- that too in the middle of the city.  And he got engaged to the girl he loved at ~11 AM. Tushar and Reshma, Along with Perm, Akhil is a good company to be with. I enjoyed the time there.

Around 1 PM, Tomy came in with Ragesh – has been a while that I have met them. It was the other day that Arun told that Ragesh and Tomy will be in Kozhikode in the same day of the engagement. Tomy is back home for a vacation from his overseas assignment and Ragesh arrived to do some shopping for his sister’s marriage. Glad that we were able to spend some time together and refresh the memories and share Tomy’s agony on the delay to get married 😉 and Ragesh’s excitement to be a dad soon!

I always think a get-together will be quite relaxing – but hardly gets time to get out of the busy schedule!

We had some food together and he took us round the city and thanks to him – I then got an idea about the city. Unless you travel round the city back and forth, you cant figure what is where is a new city.  By evening we stepped in to the focus mall, and there Kavitha got another surprise by meeting her old college friend in an apparel shop.

We came back to the hotel by night and slept there and started back home by 10 30 AM . The drive back was not too bad – the road from Edappal to Ponnani is a bottle neck  and so is from Kodungallore to Kochi! – Hope it will be widened soon ! The advantage of the trip is that I have found a good hotel in Kozhikode and Achu is getting married in November! 🙂