Solitary circumstances

Solitary circumstances,

Gushing into a stream.

Sedate fading chances,

Mutations of the dream.

Sanguine once, ripe cherry red

Turning rusty and brittle..

Thickened by emotion my zestful blood

Stays still, strained into a trickle.

Countless questions ringing again

A pandemonium of sorts..

Rage, doubt, jolts and the rain

A rhapsody in parts.

Starry eyed, crystal clear,

Once inviting and enticing

Starry eyed, crystal clear,

Departing and deserting.

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A daily dose of ecstasy

Life’s strange
People come and people go
some stay.
Making their place in every corner
Unforgettable
Blending in your life,
They become your defining color
Absorbed in your veins
Dictating a flow
Slowly seeping
A subtle feeling
Bit by bit
Changing you.
Like a dose of nicotine
making a place in that stream
Like the smell of fresh coffee
for a good day’s beginning
Like the breeze against your face
reviving a lost smile
Like the tune of your best song
to put your day to an end
When the mask strains
and the world drains
All you need is
that daily dose of ecstasy.

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Google Directory – Redefining search

Internet has changed the course of things drastically in the 21st century. With all the information explosion that has occurred due the booming of the internet, there is just so much out there to know and learn. In a way libraries of yesterday have lost importance in today’s world. The internet has successfully replaced all prior sources of information to human beings and established a monopoly of sorts. While there are many aspects in which the internet has affected our lives, we will concentrate on the “information” part for now. There is so much information and data out there, but how does one find it?

Enter Google.

It’s alright to say that internet without Google wouldn’t be that big a deal after all. We have this powerful search engine at our disposal and “searching” about anything just is a matter of seconds. Again when it comes to Google, there are numerous ways in which it has become an unavoidable part of our lives with maps, youtube etc. But again, lets not deviate and stick to “Search”. There are two parts to searching. The first part is played by Google and they are doing a good job by indexing all this wealth of information so that we search it quickly. The second part is where the ball is in our court. Its a fact that not all people know how to use Google to its best. They just don’t know how to search for information in the right way. Knowing that Google is capable of indexing only 3-4% of the information lying out there in spite of being so good, it just makes the scene petty if we can’t find the best links about what we are looking for.

Enter Google. Again.

This time its “Google Directory”. http://directory.google.com/ is the best thing on the web that I recently came across. This was what we needed. A yellow pages for the web. Now a  novice doesn’t need to know all the flashy google tricks find data. Google Directory categorizes data in a very clean manner with subcategories and finally the page that displays results – sorted by pagerank. Now that’s something eh! Since I am into computer science, this link blew me off. Then I played around with it and browsed through other categories and it was perfect. Google is just not finding, but finding the right things.

Technology is advancing, though I’m not sure if it is inversely affecting our grey matter!

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Eye-Candy for your Ubuntu installation

With a little bit of time and effort, you can make your Ubuntu installation look jazzier than any operating system installation. The new look is a refreshing change over the boring brown wallapapers that Ubuntu ships by default.

So lets start with a default Ubuntu installation… Lets call him Insipid Ibex

Insipid Ibex

Insipid Ibex

Step 1… Open a terminal and run

sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-look

Once done, click on System->Preferences->Appearance and select the UbuntuStudio theme. Also change the wallpaper to the UbuntuStudio wallpaper… and here you go… Haikarrramba!

Interesting Ibex!

Interesting Ibex!

Much better eh?

Step 2… Now lets get a MAC like dock for it. Open a terminal and run

sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator

Step 3… As if this is not overwhelming enough for such little effort lets add more to the show…
Pick out an icon set for yourself by visiting this link. My personal favorite is “Black White 2 Gloss”

Black White 2 Gloss Iconset

Black White 2 Gloss Iconset

Here’s how Ubuntu will look once you install them.. Killer aye?

Interesting Ibex - New icons

Interesting Ibex - New icons

Step 4… Time to spice up the terminal. Open a terminal and goto Edit->Profiles. Edit the Default profile or create a new profile. Change the text and background colors. I prefer the text to be blue to match the Studio look and the background to be black. Now make the background transparent and set the level of transparency to what you wish and watch the terminal turn into a rockstar!

Rockstar terminal

Rockstar terminal

Step 5… Improve usability by installing the Google Gnome Menu File Browser Applet . With this applet you can browser the home folder right from your menubar. This saves a lotta time!

Menu File Browser Applet

Menu File Browser Applet

If this is not enough go ahead and install compiz fusion and you can do a lot more fun stuff. If you’re a geek, it’ll irritate you in 48 hours… If you’re not you’ll hang on to it for a while. But it doesn’t hurt to try it out!

So here a few simple things we did to give Ubuntu a fresh look! Wow.

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Alternate forms of happiness

Alternate forms of happiness
In the winter chill
In nature’s ultimate skill
In a free fall thrill
And a dollar bill

Alternate forms of happiness
In the mad house in town
In the pretty new black gown
When you’re up and down
With a shiny broken crown

Alternate forms of happiness
In the chirpy talk talk talk
And the fluttery dancy walk
Behold the slender stalk
Right now, Cease the squawk

Alternate forms of happiness
In dreams and the nightly tale
Under the soft silk veil
And the tunnel on the trail
And a pink glass of ale

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The new macbook

Owning a Macbook is just a lot of fun. Its this amazing thing that you can flaunt away! But today I am jealous because Apple just went ahead and released the new Macbook which I must say is the best piece of engineering I have ever seen. So lets go over the features…

First, this time the entire body, which Apple calls “Unibody” has been made from a single block of Aluminium. Much lighter and classy.

Second, the screen this time is LCD and it looks exactly like the iphone display. Totally rocks!

Now the best part is that they got rid of the mousepad buttons and the mousepad itself is a button…Also, the macbook now has NVidia integrated graphics to for graphic rendering.

Watch the video here and be amazed. And I want to buy one of those soon!

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Slip

One, two, three
The clock ticks, the mind flicks
Splendid tales of then
Pieces of paper today..
Crumble.
The sand drains out,
Slowly, swiftly…
Slipping out of hands
The hourglass demands…
Time up.
Trying to catch up,
Stagnant, sluggish clan
Laborious attempts to
Complain and fight back
Fade out.

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