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Family trip to Vaitheeswaran and Thirumanancheri

Posted by Bala on December 31, 2009

After a long time, last weekend we (my family) had been to Vaitheeswaran temple and Thirumanancheri , 25th dec to be precise. This is the first long trip ever since my mom recovered from her health problems. We started the trip in our sumo from Dharmapuri, decided to take the route suggested by Google Maps (Dharmapuri – Salem – Attur – Viruthachalam – Chidambaram – Seerkazhi – Vaitheeswaran). Till Salem, the journey was smooth, once past Salem, from Attur to Chidambaram, it was a nightmare. To be honest, I never seen such a worst road in my entire life, it took about 4 hours to cross 130 KMs. My Mom was not comfortable at all during the journey. We reached Vaitheeswaran Kovil around 6:30 am. After we refreshed, visited the temple. Vaitheeswaran temple is one of the Navagraha temples and this temple is devoted to Angaraka (Mars / Sevvai). We had good dharshan and left to Thirumanancheri temple afterwards. The travel to Thirumanancheri was nice, temple was surrounded by agriculture lands. After finishing the parihara pooja at Thirumanancheri, we started back to Dharmapuri. This time we enquired and decided to take up a different route (Vaitheeswaran Kovil – Seerkazhi Chidambaram Vadalur Panruti Tirukkoyilur Thiruvannamalai ChengamDharmapuri). The road was far better than the other road and we had a nice return journey. It’s worth mentioning about Kollidam River which I have seen during this trip, it is very vast and nice to see.

I have uploaded the snaps in Picasa

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Wireless Driver issue in Ubuntu 9.10 for Compaq CQ40

Posted by Bala on December 10, 2009

On Tuesday night I installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my friend’s Compaq CQ40 Laptop. The installation went fine and there was no issues. Most of drivers got detected automatically and everything was fine except the Wireless LAN card. With “lspci” command I found the name of the Wireless manufacturer as BroadCom BCM4312 802.11b/g. Then with help of my junior Senthil Kumaran S, we found that we need to install bcmwl-kernel-source which is available in Ubuntu Repository and a restart of the system made the Wireless card to work properly. Thanks to Ubuntu Forums for pointing out this in the below mentioned thread.
References: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1327054

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Python Presentation at TCE – FDP

Posted by Bala on December 7, 2009

Almost after 2.5 years, I took a presentation for a group of people in Thiagarajar college of Engineering on 04-Dec-09. It was a training program on FOSS to Faculty in southern region colleges.

FOSEEE in association with ILUGC and Thiagarajar College of Engineering conducted this workshop. It was a 5 day training program in which I handled Python Programming session on Day 5. The session went on well, I guess the participants were able to understand the concepts.

Thanks to Dr.Shalinie mam (HODCSE) and Padmavathi mam who invited me for this talk.

Thanks to Senthil Kumaran (stylesen) who shared his Python presentation which he used in a different occasion. It was a nice presentation so most of the thing was copied from his slides 🙂

Attached the presentation.
Python-TCE-FDP

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