krish – 起死回生 [Wake up from death & return to life.]

July 8, 2014

My dear Laptop, looking for new Owner :/

Filed under: Uncategorized — krish @ 5:44 pm
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Update: SOLD
With heavy heart, I have decided to part with my 3 year old ultra portable, fun to have and absolute bliss to use laptop for travels (1.6 kgs only!).
We’re talking about ‘Shenron’ (Shenron, is the name of my laptop derived wish granting dragon of Dragon Ball Series;  Yes, I name my gadgets, problem? :D).

shenron

 

The Cheezy Stuff:

Shenron is an HP DM1-Z, which I bought jumping with joy when the AMD APU Fusion Zacate platform blasted performance without eating battery life was released, 3 years ago.

It was and is still the best 11.6 inch laptop available, other than well MacBook Air… or it probably beats air in few areas easily (unless if you’re an apple fanboy).

This is a special model of dm1-z, which is equipped with a 7200 rpm speed hard drive (no other models of dm1-z or even other 11.6 laptops came with 7200 rpm to reduce cost.) Even my new 14” laptop has only a 5400 rpm harddrive, imagine that! 🙂

shenron3

 

What’s EXTRA for you!

I have a NEW original battery on this(the battery cover is still on), which I purchased for INR 6500 after the stock one died.

I have only discharged the battery to 10% less than 25-30 times and just for keeping it maintained or calibrated. So basically you have ton of life left on it. (Unless you don’t know how to maintain a laptop battery that is 😉 )

DM1 has been known for its long battery life. The 6 cell battery, 65 W adapter .. this has got juice to give you 9+ hr of idle backup time and usage time of about 5.5 hrs (I’ve tested this with both the stock and this new battery).

It also has a RAM upgrade by another 4GB stick, so that makes it a 6GB RAM fucking awesome machine! 🙂  [ Extra chargeable for the 4GB stick, read at bottom of the post ]

Also I am meticulous about stuff, so I maintained the laptop pretty well, including I’ve got it cleaned twice inside out for dust, cleaned heat sinks, the bridges, the keyboard, replaced thermal paste with new improved ones so that it contributes to cooler running and better throughput.

 

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The Tech Specs:

With AMD APU E-350 Zacate, integrated ATI Radeon 6310M, 2GB 1333Mhz memory (one slot free to expand.. and can upto 8GB), 320GB HDD (7200 rpm), Altec Lansing speakers – Dolby Advanced Audio, HD LED HP BrightView display, this laptop was making waves when it came in.

And I haven’t still seen a 11.6” that comes close to this. 🙂

For buying my laptop, you get the new battery (so you’re not buying old battery which doesn’t have life left), and can opt to buy the extra 4GB of RAM at lower than market price from me. (Else I can totally use the extra ram on my new laptop)

 

shenron1

Oh look, I love the almost 180 deg tilt!

 

Why I’m being cruel :

The laptop certainly didn’t deserve to go away from me so soon. I love it, it’s beautiful, thin, super portable and I’ve used it for my game design, made video games on it for almost 1.5 yrs now, running VMWare, Virtualbox, playing HD videos, playing games, editing videos.

I could still happily keep using it. It’s got the power I need, it feels very happy to carry around while travelling, and its got long battery life.

However, I have a new 14” laptop which I bought for one of my programmers and unfortunately we decided he should leave.

Now that leaves me with 2 laptops, and the new one has been lying in shelf. It has way less battery life (3 cell) when compared to the one I’m selling away. And keeping it in shelf means unused battery, means screwing it up.

The only +ve of it above this laptop is that it has 14” screen and I thought, for someone who writes games for a living I do need a bigger screen.

 

 

Shut Up and Take my money!

I am currently living in Hyderabad, India and I’m here still for the next 20 days.
So if you live here, or even if you live in another state but have the means to get this laptop to you (I’m not delivering/posting) and want this baby to be yours, then do email me at
das (dot) srikrishna (at) gmail (dot) com
You’ll have to give me 2 days time to back up my data to the other machine. I’m still using this, and infact writing this blog post from it.

It came preloaded with Win 7 home, but I’ve used Linux on it for 2.5 yrs and using Windows 8.1 since 0.5 yrs.
I can either install ubuntu linux for you or give you without OS (since the windows 8.1 is licensed to my company), however if you have a windows 7, you can happily use the product key which is written underneath the battery compartment… so you have a genuine windows license. 🙂

I spent INR 26,000 on laptop, and INR 6500 on new battery, INR 500 for matt finish screen protector.
Monetarily that brings the price of this beautiful machine to INR 33,000
Not to forget tons of time for careful handling and love!

I’d like to let go of this lovely hardware for just INR 15,000 only. (that’s less price than your 10.1 inch slow netbooks of these days)

The extra stick of 4GB RAM, 1333 Mhz costed me INR 3100 which you can opt to buy for INR 2,200, if not I can give it away to someone else or just use it in my other laptop.

So there 🙂

December 10, 2013

How to uninstall Intel XDK from Linux!

Filed under: Free / Open Source,GNU/Linux — krish @ 12:54 pm
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This differs depending on the distro you use.

I was on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and had installed Intel XDK earlier for a game development; decided to do away with it.

So here it goes

STEP1: Launch javaws viewer and remove the xdk

Use javaws to remove the XDK

Use javaws to remove the XDK

STEP2: Find the cache location and Remove Cached xdk files

Find the cache location and delete cached xdk jnlp

Find the cache location and delete cached xdk jnlp

STEP3: Happily do away with the shorcut

Bye bye shortcut. Neaten up your desktop a bit :)

Bye bye shortcut.
Neaten up your desktop a bit 🙂

February 26, 2013

Ubuntu 12.04 with AMD HD6810 Radeon

Filed under: GNU/Linux — krish @ 7:16 pm
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I had been using the fglrx drivers with my AMD HD-6810 radeon card since I changed the OS (from default shipping Windows 7 to Ubuntu 12.04) on my HP dm1z 3014AU (now that’s about 2 yrs next month)

AMD command control center (amdcccle?) was controlling the settings and I had done some changes, it was all okay but when I ran my 1080 videos from ‘GoPro Hero2 Motorsports Edition’ .. they’d tear and lag (so did my 720p vlogs sometimes)

My laptop’s color temperature was quite different from my LED monitors (which I use for my game artwork), or even my tablet.
So the game would look a bit different in color saturation’s on my laptop.
Strangely, Ubuntu’s sysinfo for the driver showed VESA, but xorg.conf showed AMD and amdcccle was also able to make on the fly changes.
It was evident that I had both the drivers, and some apps were not looking at the right place (especially while reporting).

Anyway, out of hunch I decided to drop the fglrx drivers and use the radeon only (which wasnt so stable for the card/ubuntu version back then)..

Did this:

$ sudo apt-get remove –purge fglrx fglRx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev* xorg-driver-fglrx
$ sudo apt-get install –reinstall xserver-xorg-video-ati xserver-xorg-video-radeon
$ sudo reboot

 

My Laptop Screen right now :)

My Laptop Screen right now 🙂

And after reboot, the color temp is quite cooler (although my laptop fan runs a bit more now),  my vlog 720p videos play without tear,  Audio of my ‘Altec Lansing’ speakers doesnt ‘tear’ on high volume (surprise!)  and  Ubuntu sysinfo shows “Gallium 0.4 on AMD PALM”  which according to this (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RadeonDriver) is the correct modesetting for HD6810 card 🙂

Let’s hope it works across VMs now 🙂

Have fun trying if you have the same/similar card (Disclaimer: I’m not responsible though :P)

 

December 24, 2010

Poking DELL

Filed under: Free / Open Source — krish @ 1:24 am
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Just trying to poke Dell here, and see if this works 🙂

 

Need m101z minus Windows!

Update 24 Dec: Got a wake up call from DELL today, probably to understand this and take the suggestion to higher management.
Fingers crossed! ……… ok now uncrossed I gotta work. 🙂

Update 21 Jan:

Still waiting for News on this:

I am not paying for the OS I don't want!

 

Reminds me of http://toonheart.com/?p=11

November 11, 2010

BSNL deserves a Standing Ovation

Filed under: GNU/Linux — krish @ 11:35 am
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Talk of the latest thing, BSNL’s 3G USB Modems come with deb package for Linux installation and it was just a one-click install and I was on 3G network.
We have all seen other providers of usb modems stumble, frown and sweat to even say that they could support it for Linux.

Looks like BSNL is really aware of the rapidly growing Linux users and has taken steps to ensure they aren’t missed out.

I was expecting to do at least an hour of hacking to get this to work …. thanks to BSNL and Teracom, it took just under a minute.

BSNL's 3G USB modem - deb package

They also had a section on their user manual for Ubuntu; with a small error 🙂

Section for Linux Users - Bsnl 3G USB modem Manual

You no longer need to run in circles around your Network Manager for setting up the BSNL’s Internet.. Welcome the Dock 🙂

Bsnl 3G Dock on Ubuntu Linux - Look ma! no Network Manager or Editing Conf Files 🙂

And finally the Reliability that counts!

Bsnl delivers promised Bandwidth!

While most of us know that interacting with BSNL’s Customer Service Center / Accounts is almost like interacting a with a redtaped Govt department, but how many of us have acknowledged the technological heights that BSNL has achieved?

Skipping any marketing terms here, for most end users – BSNL’s Broadband Internet service availability has been awesome ( yes, they take lot of time to give a new connection / shift a connection ) , but once you’re wired in… there is hardly a downtime due to technology.

They are also very reliable ( 2Mbps means atleast 1.9Mbps ), unlike other providers who fail to comply with 80% of promised bandwidth.

BSNL and Teracom, both deserve a Standing ovation from the Linux users 🙂

P.S: I happened to buy this card from probably the most well-mannered and customer pleasing employee of BSNL service desks at Customer Service Center – Lakdi-ka-Pool. I do not know the name, but will definitely update this blog the next time I visit the bsnl-csc.

Update: A.K Sinha, SDE-Mobile, Nagpur deserves a super claps here. My Data Card was not working after coming to Nagpur since 3 days. He solved it within 30 minutes. Super Awesome!

February 9, 2010

Zabbix 1.8 Linux agent installers scripts

Filed under: Programming — krish @ 5:46 pm
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Scripts for Linux agent installers (Zabbix 1.8) have been updated.

Check-out available at http://code.google.com/p/toonheart/source/browse/#svn/trunk/bash/zabbix/agent/linux/1.8

Note: Previous installations of 1.6 or 1.8 agents will be un-installed before installation.

February 16, 2009

Early morning Sabayon test.

Filed under: GNU/Linux — krish @ 12:44 pm
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After probably 2 years, I woke up at 4 am.  I found the LFY magazine lying in front of me and picked up the Sabayon DVD to test on VirtualBox.

The last time I tried sabayon, I felt it was slow compared to other distros on my PC configuration. Things haven’t changed much yet. 😦

Here are some screenshots…

Sabayon 4 - Bootable DVD options

Sabayon 4 - Bootable DVD options

KDE 3.5.10 on Sabayon 4

KDE 3.5.10 on Sabayon 4

It features special options for eeePC!

There are many famous games (Battle for Wesnoth, Sauerbraten, Nexuiz, SecondLife) shipped, that may take long time to download.
It is not only a gamers delight but also a multimedia rich distro. Check out the multimedia apps if you get hold of Sabayon.

As for me, I am still happy with openSUSE 11.0 on my PC and Mandriva 2008.1 on my lappie. 🙂

January 28, 2009

HP printers on SUSE

Filed under: GNU/Linux — krish @ 2:39 pm
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Trying to configure your HP products like printer and/or scanner on opensuse (or for that matter any linux distro)?

Make sure that you have hplib package installed.

My HP Deskjet 3745 used to work on Mandriva lappie but not on openSUSE PC. After beating around the bush with CUPS, I figured out that there should be some driver in repos. A quick search and tada .. hplib.
Just installed it, reconfigured the printer and wolah its printing. 🙂

January 14, 2009

LTSP Artwork

Filed under: Art,Free / Open Source — krish @ 12:24 am
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I have literally given up on Pencil due to its bugs, especially on the export output.

Currently working on Synfig, and trust me drawing is quite tough than any other program I’ve used in the past. Hopefully, the animation part could be better.
People at #synfig were too kind to pull me out of totally lost situations. 🙂
Trying to self learn it was already a brain heater and to make it worse was the frequent power cuts.
( 10 minutes on 20 minute intervals!!! ).

Thankfully, cyberorg pinged me for some artwork design, saving me from the risk of frustation. Here’s how my little artwork looks for LTSP ( Linux Terminal Server Project ):

The LTSP Lobster!

The LTSP Lobster!

This needs more tuning to shape as a logo; but hey doesn’t it make a good poster print? 🙂

December 1, 2008

Slash vs Backslash

Filed under: Proprietary (non-FOSS) — krish @ 11:10 pm
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[wikipedia]

In DOS and Microsoft Windows, either the backslash or slash can be used as the delimiter between directories and filenames in path expressions. This is in contrast to Unix paths and Internet URLs (web addresses), which only use the forward slash.

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If you are an IETE student, you would probably visit the Detailed Syllabus page around this time of a year. Yep, it’s exam time.

If the IIS 404 page alarms you, play it calm.

404 errors on links of iete.info

404 errors on links of iete.info

backslashes replaced with slashes

backslashes replaced with slashes

Just replace the backslashes in url with forward slashes, press enter and wait for your nice syllabus page to load. 🙂

IETE web admin must watch out for these while writing any links 😛

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