Sunday, June 20, 2010

New term begins

Alas, its the end of my two week mid-semester break and the new term begins tomorrow. It brings with it fresh challenges - new projects, assignments, events organizing and more. The holidays were a nice break from the stress of the semester and also helped me recover from a major flu and a cough that had been tormenting me for almost a month. I have recovered now. Slept well and ate well.

The best part of the next month and half is going to be taken by submission and meeting various other deadlines, which is another indicator of more late nights study sessions, or even all-nighters, to come. I can't exactly say that I'm looking forward to it though. But I have to admit that its a great learning experience and I hope to make the best use of it.

I had promised some friends that I shall upload my program code for the MCT project. The PIC18f4520 microprocessor from Microchip is what we are again going to use even for this semester's project but the topics covered are a little advanced. I am working on it and you shall see it online sometime soon. The main idea behind this was that I wanted to share the knowledge that I had gained while doing the project myself. I benefited from reading several research materials on various blogs, forums etc. while working on the project and I hope to return the favour so others may benefit. It will be up soon - I promise.

More than the term, I am looking forward to the holidays after that. I will be visiting my parents in Mumbai this September.

Thats all for now. Got to get back to work now - more assignments to be submitted, more projects to work on, more sleepless nights to come and lastly, more Coca-Cola to drink while doing all these things.

Till Next Time,

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Connecting to TP-Secure on Linux (using Ubuntu 10.04)

My previous post on this topic involved connecting to TP-Secure using Fedora 11.0. That was when Ubuntu 8.10 refused to cooperate and crashed repeatedly. The good news now is the latest version of Ubuntu (Version- 10.04 Lucid Lynx) connects perfectly to TP-Secure without any hassle. The procedure is the same as Fedora 11.0.

The previous distro - 9.10 was known to have problems connecting to the Internet due to a software bug involving drivers. Its a known issue and I was faced with a similar problem. Even connecting to an ordinary WEP connection proved to be a challenge. This problem was addressed widely across many forums by people who faced similar problems. All these problems are solved in the new version.

As for me, I'm currently enjoying Lucid Lynx. The purple interface is really nice and it comes with a lot of handy programs like Gwibber and Empathy IM. The IM in particular is nice because it helps to chat with friends from Facebook, Gtalk, MSN, Yahoo etc. simultaneously. The boot time is noticeably fast too. A program called Wubi Installer makes installation alongside Windows really simple.

Its like you feel encouraged to try it. For me, this upgrade felt like a real image makeover for the Ubuntu experience. I'm enjoying it and hope you do too.

Till next time,