Very informative. I use this calendar in my google calendar. It works perfectly. A BIG thanks to Laura Arjona

The bright side

I decided to maintain a calendar about events related with Free, Libre, Open Source Software.

I think it’s interesting even if you cannot attend any conference or meeting, since there are a lot of resources that you can get: slides of the talks, videos, in some cases you can follow the video streaming live, and you can get the identi.ca/twitter hashtags to follow the event and get useful information. You can also contribute sending an article or talk proposal, I think it can be a nice experience, even if it’s not accepted!

I took many references from Jeff’s Open Source Resource Blog, and some others from Ada Initiative. Others simply I knew them, or I searched about them. I try to check all the information with the corresponding website, not just copy the event from elsewhere.

You can find events all around the world, but I live in…

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Ubuntu problem rectified.

Last Sunday evening, I was checking some photographs in my SD card in my Ubuntu 11.10 Dell laptop. After 20 minutes the battery backup indicated too low and I got the red signal warning. So that I was about to shutdown the system using the tty commandline “shutdown -h now”. But the “u” key did not work. Q,R,T keys also were not functioning correctly. In stead of giving the assigned characters, those keys were printing some numeric values on monitor. Initially I thought this may be something related with keyboard assembly, so that keyboard assembly should be replaced soon. Then I reboot the system using cntrl+alt+del. The same problem repeated after I logged in to the graphical terminal. Then I reboot the system, and logged in the tty. To my surprise, all the keys were working properly. But whenever I log into the graphical terminal the same problem repeats.
What should be the problem, anyone guess?
It was silly. It was not the problem of keyboard assembly, nor keyboard layout. And what? It was nothing but the user profile was corrupt. I renamed the home folder of the current user and logged in again, all the keys started working fine. It took more than 2-3 hours to find the real issue. In my experience silly issues like profile-related problems may consume more time to identify than complicated problems.

Opening note

The word “Hacking” is not at all negative. If you check the word with wikipedia, following result will you get

Hacking may refer to:

Computer hacking, including the following types of activity:
Hacker (programmer subculture), activity within the computer programmer subculture
Hacker (computer security), to access computer networks, legally or otherwise
Computer crime
Illegal taxicab operation
Pleasure riding, horseback riding for purely recreational purposes
The act of stealing jokes
Hacking, an area within Hietzing, a municipal district of Vienna, Austria
Ian Hacking, Canadian philosopher of science

What I mean with hacking is based on computer security.

Hacking means finding out weaknesses in a computer or computer network and exploiting them, though the term can also refer to someone with an advanced understanding of computers and computer networks

As of what wikipedia says, I am not a hacker at all. But I try to learn about the weakness and powers of system security. Thats all. I am running a blog with same name in blogger also. Its address is: http://hackingtom.blogspot.com

This blog is a continuation of that blog. Kindly read on. Happy hacking.