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Happiness

This picture has an interesting story. Behind that bewitching smile there is a women who has nothing to call her own. She wanted to help this blind child and would sometime give him food and little joy. When she heard about the Braille Without Borders school in Tibet, she brought the kid to the school and her joy knew no bounds knowing that child will be taken care of. This great moment was captured by Paul and whenever I am feeling blue I would look at this picture of happiness personified.

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is now available! Written by award-winning author Keir Thomas, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a totally unique and concise guide for everyday Ubuntu use.Focuses on core competencies and background knowledge needed to be an expert Ubuntu user;Readable, accessible, and easy to understand—even if you've never used Linux before;100% new and original! Written from the ground-up to cover Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10. Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is available in print and PDF editions.http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/

GNOME Shutdown Menu Not Accessible

The accessibility problem of the GNOME shutdown menu is perhaps the most frequently raised question on accessibility (a11y) and the Orca mailing-lists and chat rooms. Orca screen reader doesn't speak up the contents of the shutdown dialog and its a pain to wait for next 60 seconds for the computer to start the shutdown process. Here is a work around I use in Braille Without Borders IISE campus, the idea is to avoid the shutdown dialog prompting altogether. Here is how you turn it off. Go to System Menu and choose Preferences sub menu and scroll down to Power Management and select it (System > Preferences > Power Management). In the GNOME Power Management tool, select General Preference tab, change the "When power button is pressed is pressed" option to 'shutdown' instead of 'ask me'.

GNOME Shutdown Menu Not Accessible

Updated on 30 Jan 2009: Checked the shutdown dialog on Ubuntu Interpid Ibex 8.10, it is accessible with orca screen reader.The accessibility problem of the GNOME shutdown menu is perhaps the most frequently raised question on accessibility (a11y) and the Orca mailing-lists and chat rooms. Orca screen reader doesn't speak up the contents of the shutdown dialog and its a pain to wait for next 60 seconds for the computer to start the shutdown process. Here is a work around I use in Braille Without Borders IISE campus, the idea is to avoid the shutdown dialog prompting altogether. Here is how you turn it off. Go to System Menu and choose Preferences sub menu and scroll down to Power Management and select it (System > Preferences > Power Management). In the GNOME Power Management tool, select General Preference tab, change the "When power button is pressed is pressed" option to 'shutdown' instead of 'ask me'.

Strange Error on Dell Vostro 220s

Strange problem on one of the Dell Vostro 220s desktops , I suspect it has got to do with a faulty DVD drive

Scenes from the IISE campus

Imagine reading the Harry Potter under the magical glare of a corona or having a wonderful conversation while the jet plane leaves a long trail in the clear blue sky over the lake or the beauty of the benches created from the broken tiles.

Job: Computer Trainer (Computer Catalyst)

Our project is in dire need of a computer trainer (computer catalyst). If you live in Trivandrum (Kerala) and think you are the right one then write to us ASAP.The International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (IISE), based in Trivandrum, is looking for a talented professional in the field of computer training to work with an international team.What is the International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs?The IISE is the only institution worldwide that offers practical training to mainly blind and partially sighted visionaries, empowering them to become future leaders of social change. In a one year´s course, 25 to 40 international participants (aged 18+) will learn all communication, management and fundraising skills necessary to start up and run their own social/environmental projects.The Institute is a new project of Braille Without Borders (BWB), a charitable trust now also registered in India. BWB was co-founded in 1998 by Sabriye Tenberken and Paul Kronenberg. Sabriye, blind …

Atheros AR242x Wireless on Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex

The new Dell Vostro A840 laptops that we ordered came with Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) pre-installed. However when I installed the latest release Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex), the Atheros AR242x wifi card didn't work right away. The solution to get this card working is available on WifiDocs > Driver > Atheros on Ubuntu Wiki. The ath5k module from the linux-backports-modules-intrepid package on Ubuntu backports will do the magic for you.

Hotel Keralafonia

Living in kerala has its own advantages, like discovering this crazy adaptation of the classic 'Hotel California '. Thanks Murali! If you like to sing along, then here are the lyrics. On the road to Trivandrum Coconut oil in my hair Warm smell of avial Rising up through the air Up ahead in the distance I saw a bright pink tube-light My tummy rumbled, I felt weak and thin I had to stop for a bite There he stood in the doorway Flicked his mundu in style And I was thinking to myself I don’t like the look of his sinister smile Then he lit up a petromax Muttering “No power today” More Mallus down the corridor I thought I heard them say Welcome to the Hotel Kerala-fonia Such a lousy place, Such a lousy place (background) Such a sad disgrace, Plenty of bugs at the Hotel Kerala-fonia Any time of year Any time of year (background) It’s infested here It’s infested here His finger’s stuck up his nostril He’s got a big, thick mustache He makes an ugly, ugly noise But that’s just his la…

Photo Shoot On Vallayani Lake

Thorsten, Jessica and me at the photo session on Vellayani lake near the campus.Shipwrecked! Pre-Shoot Misadventures First Dunk! Come back we have left Thorsten behind Second Dunk! There goes my glasses! Ah found them. Arr that looks too big for me.

5 year old Aren Teaches Tux Math

5 year old Aren explains what Tux Math is all about. Funny thing is, he manages to find his way around simple sums, though he's not yet learning arithmetic of that kind in school. Blame it on trial-and-error, and the fun spirit that games bring in. Of course, this is Free Software!

New Year's Post

What a year it was, a little high and little lows and whole bunch of controversies of course. And to top it all I decided to stay back in kerala after the International Film Festival of Kerala 2008 with Paul and Sabriye of Braille Without Borders at their International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs (IISE) campus.
Thorsten captures my exploits so far through his wonderful imagination.