Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bing and OO

Hi All,

This is utter shit!!!!


Read above link to know more...


Ananth Gouri

Sunday, March 28, 2010


I started to make some money from my blog - that goes towards charity!!!


Donate for a cause,
Ananth Gouri

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Hi ,

mkpasswd is a software that can be used to generate random passwords.

Check it out and do 'man' it :)

Take care,
Ananth Gouri

Revolution OS

Hi All,

What revolutionized Operating Systems???

Check out my Amazon Links for Revolution OS from the Amazon Associates Gadget...

Or just Google on it...

Ananth Gouri

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Hi All,

If you want to create a digital library - try using this GreenStone project.

I will post more on this asap.

Ananth Gouri

Monday, March 15, 2010

1st year Bday :)

So its been an year today for my blog... :)

I dont seem to be excited - dont know why... :(

But I will make sure that I keep this blog going on and on.... :D

Keep reading - spread your knowledge and of course good thoughts .... :)

Ananth Gouri

Sunday, March 14, 2010



If you folks ever felt a fast way of ripping a Video DVD... Here you go.. Follow below steps:

1. Update - your synaptic to handle the Sid / Debian Multimedia repos [Christian Marillat's multimedia repository]

2. Check if you have got k3b installed and if yes next see step 3

3. Install transcode

The installation part is done and from here its pretty simple..

Open k3b and in the Menu - you can find - a link - "Further Actions" - Click on it and you can find "Rip Video DVD"

You may also be asked to install libdvdcss - 1 or 2 and you may want to install it too...

Note: Use of libdvdcss - tells that you are going to decrypt an encrypted Video DVD - and this process - is not allowed in many countries including US.. 

You are doing this at your own stake and my blog is not responsible for the same..... !!!

Take care,
Ananth Gouri

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Hi All,

I have already written about NTFS mount articles in my earlier posts and also about NTFS 3g.

Try to search my blog and you will find the content.


Many a times - though you may be able to mount a NTFS partition - just not by using NTFS 3g or libntfs libraries - you may find one feature missing....

You cannot write into your partitions .... and it is all time in ro mode [read only]

I faced the same problem and I could finally fix it using - a package called - "ntfs-config"

This is a package to "Enable/disable write support for any NTFS devices"  - as is from synaptic help menu...

Hope this post helps people who face the same problem.... :)

Take care,
Ananth Gouri

Google Ad...

Hi All,

Many in the Internet community have their blogs, websites and create multiple replica of them [at least the blogs] - have shit content in them and many more...

One of the biggest reasons for this kind of - I can say "spam blogs" or what ever hi-fi tech term - you may want to call it..  is .. for Google Ads..

For those who don't know what is a Google Ad - which internal includes AdWords and AdSense.. Try to Google this - "Google Ad"

I can say it in a line brief - "Your blog or your website gets some % of income
when a user hits an Ad relevant to your website's page content / context"

For my blog - I never thought of having the Ad feature - cos I was not behind money but behind spreading the little knowledge and thought I had or still have...

But now after seeing this Blog's success rate - I see somewhere the urge of having the Ad feature enabled...

If I can write this way - I can make some money - which I will in turn donate it to charity.... :)

Let me know your thoughts / opinion / suggestion / feedback / criticism on these - to my email id - ananth.gouri@gmail.com

Take care all,
Ananth Gouri


Hi All,

I am extremely happy to see my blog cross 7k hits in less than an year's time... :)

3 cheers to all of my readers and I hope to continue blogging and to write a lot on my Linux / Java tweaks...

Tc All,
Ananth Gouri

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Non-Ethical hacking

Hey All,

This is something that happened to me... Any how - I don't want to reveal all the personal details here..

But I can of course say - the hack I used to hack the hacker.... !!!!!

Right let me just get in.....

A user login password - in Linux - is stored in /etc/shadow file..

I have never tried to open that file myself till now - and lets see if I can achieve it in future and I will write it here then.....

Text or technically plain text - as in a .properties file, a .log file - are the simplest to hack - and any kinds of command can be issued on them - for a view ....

I said - to view - cos in distributed UNIX and Linux environments - you can never dream of a hack - if you !know the password....

But simple cat, grep, ls, more, less commands do work on individual files.....

So beware of storing a password on a text file or a properties file...

If you really have to - as in my case's application settings -

This below simple command has to get that hacker the shit out of him...

chmod 700 a.txt

Thats it and nothing great...

I was ashamed - when I struggled over an year - when I was daily hacked - and me working on Linux for the past so many years - could not remember this command.....

But now - I am on Cloud 9... The hacker will have to have tougher hacks to hack me....

I know who all read my blog - one simple PS - root cant hack this... :)

I am tracking...!!!

Cheers :)
Ananth Gouri 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Youtube Hack

Hi All,

If you all loved watching videos on youtube... In future - you can download them as well in a pretty copy paste manner..

I and many others know that there are many websites and softwares - for this work of downloading videos from youtube....

But Linux simplifies all of them and here you go...

Play any video of your liking on youtube... Once its downloaded - just - ..

1. cd to /tmp/
2. Copy the file - you can see a flv file - icon to your fav destination folder...

Thats it.... !!!!

Ananth Gouri

AMR to MP3 Script

Hi All,

This is in continuation to the last post..

Linux is always a joy to work on and its not so easy and its not like the "next next next ..." of MS...



Please visit that above link - cos I can write at least 20k posts just on this crazy software....

So using ffmpeg software converting a .amr file to .mp3 is straight forward - but for many pre configurations for the codec.. [I will write about the configuration some time later...]

Issue this command -

ffmpeg -i a.amr a.mp3

Thats it... There are many options that you may like to include...

'man' the package or see documentation online... :)

Cheers and Take care,
Ananth Gouri

AMR Player for Windows

Hi All,

If you folks are crazy to record voices in your Mobiles [any of your hi-fi Sony, Nokia etc].. then you may want to listen to it as well - many a times...

Ok let me start...

Any recorded voice in those mobiles are saved in .amr format - which has the expansion - adaptive multi rate - audio codec

If you are a Windows fan - listening to an .amr file is pretty much simple....

Go to www.amrplayer.com and download the free version software and open the file in it and listen to it...

I think it has many other features as well which I don't remember... 

Ananth Gouri 

Monday, March 8, 2010

7000 and March 15th

Hi All,

I am happy to write this post...

Last year i.e March 15th, 2009 I started this blog.

I wanted to document what all I do / did with my Linux distros - and my experiments that kept running and working one after another.. and slowly my projects as well...

[Well I have plans to have a Linux Distribution under my wife's name.... But I don't even have a GF as of now...!!!!  Have been working on this already... (on my Linux Distro :P)

But ya that will be one of my dreams come true [+ve attitude]  cos I know of course I will have one distro before I die.....]

I now think of the story behind 'Debian' name and of course now Knopper's project Adriane... [Google out please..]

My blog may cross 7k hits sooner... Its as of now above 6950+ :) I had never expected in my life about crossing 7k in a year... I did reach 3k in the first 4 months or so... But I had little time and I did not manage time well... Even now I want to boss over time.. which I know I cant... :(

Ok so this year 15th I will write say 2 posts whatever my blog readers and like-r-s want me to...

So do mail me at ananth.gouri@gmail.com and I will be writing 2 articles that I will think as the best among the list....

Cheers :)
Ananth Gouri


Hi All,

I have been using Linux from the year 2003... Oh yeah when I was in my 2nd year degree... But I actually did realize the importance of learning Linux after my degree days and when I had enough time to before my Masters.... 2005 mid year I think...when I started liking working on it as well...

But why I did state the history of my Linux career is - due to this reason....

I started my Linux stuff with FC - 1 a.k.a Fedora Core 1...

That time most Linux distros had no proper multimedia support and I had hard times learning to get any codec working...

 But thats how I learnt.. You learn something the harder way and you will not forget it for life.... :)

Gstreamer  project was started in 1999 by  Erik Walthinsen [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GStreamer]

I did not see its prominence when I started my Linux stuff - but now I cant really stay without it...

The project has grown beyond expectations... :)

Learn more here - at - http://www.gstreamer.net/

I will explain the plugin sets - and its configurations for specific codecs - sometime later... :)

GM :)
Ananth Gouri

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Hi All,

If you have a lot of Audio CDs - a Audio CD is one - with one single track or max around 15 songs...

and in .wma format.. wma is the Windows Media Audio Format - created by MS for encrypting an audio file and to stop piracy... but .wma format was hacked faster than the crap MS folks took time for creating it.....

Its not like a MP3 CD which consists of 150+ songs minimum....

Ok here I go.. What is ripperx software??


It can rip an audio cd to mp3 format or to which ever format you want to... :)

Use synaptic and install it ...

To rip an audio cd to mp3 - you need to have mp3 libraries installed...

I would suggest to go with libmp3lame or lame..

Use of MP3 may be restricted in your country. My blog is not responsible for you breaking the rules and laws...!!!  

Thats it.. Scan the CD, edit your configurations and then Click Go - which converts the audio cd to mp3 format in your specified folder...


Cheers :)
Ananth Gouri

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Folder size through command line

Hi All,

Today I and my manager Venkat - learnt this together.

Thanks Venkat..

This is the command you need to issue to find out the - size of a Linux folder recursively.

du -hs folder_path

Here 'du' stands for 'disk usage' and replace your folder path with the folder size you may want to check.

Take care,
Ananth Gouri

Positive Futurist


You may track this site more often..


Thanks linux-mag for letting us know this beautiful site.

And here is more to read about the GNU / Linux Distro timeline - thro linux-mag.com's website.

See below link

Take care,
Ananth Gouri

GNU/Linux Distro timeline

Hi All,

You guys are going to like this picture like heaven.. !!!

At least I did...


Source: linux-mag.com

Take care,
Ananth Gouri

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Hi All,

Warning: I or my blog or Linux or Debian is not responsible for anything that may occur when U use this blog post

For folks who dont know about fdisk - http://linux.about.com/od/commands/l/blcmdl8_fdisk.htm

So - this post is to explain how to use fdisk while installing FreeBSD.

Installing FreeBSD is not so easy as Linux.

Cos the commands are completely different, the mount options are different, you wont get the sound driver working by default and many many things like that. [Referring to my experience when I installed FreeBSD 6.1]

Before we can get into these complications -

We have a bigger complication.. when we install the OS, before that - in the partition creation stage.. FreeBSD uses fdisk as its default partition editing / manipulating tool.

If you have a MS OS and installing on this the UNIX complicates even more...

Be very careful when you come to the stage of partition.. If you folks observe - the fdisk of FreeBSD is highly tricky....

It shows your file partitions in the size - of type - "bytes"

The risk is - choosing a partition for FreeBSD installation - in this mode.. Not many of us understand a file partition of 20Gb - when it is expressed in bytes..

Solution to this - Press Z - which toggles the mode - and you may understand the file partitions better - it has options to show in kb, Mb as well as in Gb.

Take care,
Ananth Gouri

8 O Clock Comedy :D :) !!!!!!! Lol

Hi All,

Here you go... Check this below link...


U never know in future - MS will say don't use keyboard, next don't use mouse, next don't use..what not!!!

Holy Shit!!!!

But I like it!!! :)

Take care,
Ananth Gouri

LFS 6.6 Out

Hi All,

If you all really want to learn how Linux works.. I mean to say to the core... Like device drivers, installing a sound driver, installing X11, configuring each one of them... and all things...

This is the book - http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/downloads/6.6/LFS-BOOK-6.6.pdf

What this book does is - it tells you step by step - like

1. What all packages (source) are required to - say install a particular - say application.
2. The path to all these source files for download.
3. Procedure of installing these source files
4. Pre, the stage and post configurations in the end..

An ultimate way of learning Linux...

But I would suggest - for people who have no practical experience on Linux at all...

There is one more Pre LFS called BLFS (Before Linux From Scratch). Read this first and then proceed to LFS..

PS1: This is extreme geeky way - cos anything you do - that you are not supposed to do - you are going to mess up like hell. And if you are a novice - you are never gonna come back to the original state.
PS2: This book and the projects[LFS and BLFS] are all free - so feel free to download and distribute. :) FOSS / OSS and Linux Rocks!!!

Good morning all,
Ananth Gouri

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Recursive Copying...

Hi All,

I assume that many of us know how to do recursive copying using cp command in Linux..

This post is for people who may not know it... :)

Please use this command -

cp -r Bigfolder/ placeToCopy/

Replace the names above according to situations.. :)

-r is the option - that does recursive copying :)

Take care,
Ananth Gouri

Monday, March 1, 2010

X11 Screwed???

Hi All,

Warning: You may attempt this - at your own risk. I and my blog nor Debian and Linux are responsible for anything that may go wrong. 

Ok fine.. You mess up with your X and it shows you the end of UI...!!!

And this is Debian 5 - where you plan to restore it back.. [in the end issue startx or just X (uppercase)]

Here are some of the steps:

1. You got to have a proper broadband connection. And hopefully unlimited download :)
2. You need to have at least the first CD / first DVD / Some experience of working on Debian

Lets begin...from 2

You got a proper clean CD - 1 of the 32 CD collection of Debian 5 !!! - then put that CD into your ROM and then restart your machine - by changing the Boot options to - Run Bootable disks.. [Boot from CDROM option]

You will see the UI - and then see the GRUB well - You would find - Advanced - Go to it and then any of the Safe Mode options.

Next is the complication.. You need to know your kernel installation along with your '/' partition...

If you know it - mount it to a shell or to the root shell..

Enter your http_proxy variable value if you are under proxy .. if not - issue this command

[See some of the Fb (framebuffer load options - I wrote in Feb month posts)]

The command is

apt-get install xserver-xorg

If this fails.. You have complications growing..

I would simply for a layman - would provide a solution this way -

apt-get upgrade or apt-get dist upgrade

But never forget to issue apt-get update before issuing either of the 2 trial and error commands mentioned above...

I pretty well know - when apt-get install xserver-xorg would not restore X - the first command after that - apt-get upgrade - will of course !work...

Also hope you have the repos - updated for apt-get dist upgrade and I would sincerely suggest you folks to be with Lenny stable

But I appreciate if you folks have the courage to go with Squeeze - but still remain with 6.0 stable and not Sid... !! Your system will die or else... [If you only don't know how to restore it back...!!!]

Hope you all know to fix the dependencies you would face..

For the repo command -

Enter this line in the /etc/apt/sources.list file [before an apt-get update] as root....

If you face any apt issues - like unknown host.. You may have to issue proxy options to this file - /etc/apt/apt.conf [I will write this next time]

deb http://us.debian.org/debian lenny main contrib non-free

[without underline :P]

Single syntax error with this above line including a space - would give Synaptic Parse errors..

So be careful !!!

Follow these same steps for DVD.

I will cont. from here next time - and do remind me if I forget the same!!!

Take care,
Ananth Gouri