Localized Gujarati Geek

Kartik Mistry’s meta thoughts on life, foss and beyond that..

Tag: Books

Book Meme

* From Kees and Jono,

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open it to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

My result:

“બાંયધરી (સ્ત્રી.) જામીનગીરી, ખોળાઘરી, હામી” — વ્યવહાર ઉપયોગી શબ્દકોષ (ભાષા નિયામક કચેરી, ગાંધીનગર).

(Book is Gujarati Dictionary:))

What a weekend!

* So, power came around 11 PM and the next day (Sunday) it was cut again around 9 AM! Kushal came back around 1.45 PM and we decided to not to fry ourself inside home, so went for movie. Unfortunately, we got tickets of 7 PM only, until then I tried to sleep, read 2 chapters of ‘Fermat’s last theorem‘ by Simon Singh. I am getting more and more interest in Physics and Mathematics nowadays 🙂

Movie was, The Chronicles Of Narnia : Prince Caspian. Good movie. I wish I could have watch with my son 🙂

The best thing was, when we went home, Power was there. Enjoyed it with beer!!

News: Not for me..

* I just removed all local and international news feed from Akregator feed list. They are not for me. Local news channels are full of IPL news only and international are useless for me. Also, deleted some useless feeds like my own blogs feeds etc.

* In other news, I went to my first visit of any BLR mall today. Met Harsh at lunch and had good time and talk in Gujarati in Real Life. Feeling very very good. We went to some foo places for his PG accommodation too. And, me and Kushal went to yet another nearby mall, Garuda. Pretty nice and good eye-stoppers there. And got a book, ‘The Emperor’s New Mind by Roger Penrose‘.

* Some time life worth to call it good.

The geeky dream

* What a dream it was: Apple OpenSourced the Mac OS X but the restriction were, it can only built and used on Apple hardware! I wake up and found that Kavin is slapping me with his little hand for this dirty geeky dream. I will read the book to interpret this dream now and probably this is effect of too much traveling by our dear Indian Railways.

Book Review: Beginning Fedora: From Novice to Professional

(Image: From Amazon.com)

What I am doing with Fedora? Nothing! But, when Shashank Sharma, my friend from New Delhi, sent me complementary copy of this book, I couldn’t resist myself to read it (yes, entire book). Excellent, well written book and must have for Feodra users/power users. It contains DVD of latest Fedora 7 too. And it also deals with general Linux stuffs (which I liked most in this book). I even recommended this book to my wife!

Great job Shashank and Keir Thomas (co-author).

Book’s homepage at Apress.com

Ahmedabad Office Visit

* Even it was short notice, I got ticket (last ticket in Bhavanagar Express) luckily! Thanks to our receptionist Rochelle! Reached early in the morning on Friday and again it was headache to get rickshaw with meter working properly! I have to pay 50 Rs (Standard rate for any place for stranger ;)). We have got nice guest home at Ahmedabad. With warm welcome, my all usual weakness from traveling went away in seconds. Took some pictures from 8th floor. Buildings, Houses, Peacocks!

* Day started with meeting, thank God, it was really good meeting than our imagination from previous experiences. Fixed some technical issues. And then we went to our new office. Awesome furniture, spacious area and yes, very good connectivity 😛 Again, went to GVP and came back late evening. Ah, before that, Ashok helped me to book tickets for Freed.in! Again thanks to Rochelle and of course Ashok. You rocks man! We then visited Reliance Fresh near Vijay Char Rasta. Damn good (and cheap) vegetables and food things.

* Nirav came early in the morning. Had nice tea and breakfast. Office and GVP visits. Nice trip so far, except my wifi in laptop, didn’t worked. Came back in Shatabdi Express yesterday night.

* How can I forgot to say thanks to Komalbhabhi for nice food 🙂

Wishlist: 2007

* Year 2006 was (still 5 days are left) wonderful! I got married to K and post-marriage life is going on at best pace! Good visit of foss.in together and focus on Debian works in last 3 months, D-I Gujarati can be call my achievements in last 6 months.
* I predict that coming year will be more exciting!

* The following is my wishlist!

– Conf: DebConf7, Foss.in, GNUnify (If it will happen!), NRCFOSS

– Travel to: Palanpur, Goa, Delhi, and where are above things..

– Get: Digicam (Feb – its coming!), Mobile for K, Lappy!

– Misc: Go to KBC and win!

– Books: Lots of Gujarati Books, No Self-help craps!

* I also wish to have Debian ‘etch’ stable as soon as possible. I also hope that I got my AM in 2007 and will do all require things for that. I also expect some very GOOD news.. 😉

Got my copy!

* Finally, After many hurdles, I got my copy of Debian System It is nice book: both in printing and binding. It costs me 650 INR but it is worth for who loves Debian by heart. Thanks to SPD people who take my request and replied me at positively. Thanks to Martin for writing this excellent book. I will post technical review soon.

Debian System in India

* The Debian System Concepts and Techniques by Martin F. Krafft is now available in Indian edition (after one year)!  Here is original homepage of book.


* I gave session on subversion aka svn at office for  MM (Monday Meeting). More practical plus depth will be covered for new trainees. We are going to implement it for all teams! People were amazed with ‘svn blame‘ and ‘svn log‘ command 😉

The book is also amazing

Waiting for this..

* I am waiting for some books..
1. Ubuntu Hacks
2. Debian System : Martin Krafft (Oh, Need to go Fort..)
3. Unicode Explained
Well, 2 is out in India. Rest will be here after some time.

* I was failed to get bluetooth working with Ubuntu Breezy and Nokia 6600. Even after following this good tutorial! So, I need multicard-reader!