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July 8, 2014

My dear Laptop, looking for new Owner :/

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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).



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! 🙂



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.



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)



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 🙂

March 15, 2013

Windows is still crazy right?

My replacement harddisk is back and I forgot to check whether I got dumped a 5400rpm instead of 7200rpm.. and now I feel too lazy to open up that box again.
Oh well, I’ll find out from the OS interface, I thought… and installed Windows on it (don’t hate; I need it for game development) AND……. I still find the OS doing drugs after all this years! 😉

5.26 Ghz??? !!! Shhh... don't tell AMD :P

5.26 Ghz??? !!!
Shhh… don’t tell AMD 😛

November 21, 2009

windows 2003 goes down

Filed under: Proprietary (non-FOSS) — krish @ 9:51 am
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Just imagine how good it would have felt, to do this as first task today morning… 😉

muhahahaha 🙂

December 26, 2008

Dell’s annoying ad!

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Dell considers Windows an upgrade over GNU/Linux?

Dell considers Windows an upgrade over GNU/Linux?

Do you agree that Windows is an “upgrade” over GNU/Linux?

December 1, 2008

Slash vs Backslash

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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.


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

404 errors on links of

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 😛

April 28, 2008

Weekend windows work

Filed under: Proprietary (non-FOSS) — krish @ 11:26 am
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Its been ages (well, months may be) since I installed Windows. My last weekend project needed me to install about 48 copies of WindowsXP-Home edition for a new testing & training center – Primora.

Call me lucky, there were 4 people from the machine vendors and my gf also volunteered to lend a hand. All in all, the machine build with peripherals and windows installation on all 48, took 6 of us the whole day.

Since my days at Satyam, I’ve not been involved in such a scale of installation. Another similarity – Primora purchased all original licensed Microsoft products for its students. We rarely get to see any testing & training center do that.
The class rooms are real good, think of anything from new powerful machines, to sleek TFT monitors, full length board, projector and Air Cooled rooms. That’s huge investment for a start-up. It is backed up by the world class experience (~15 years on average) of partners of the company. And it is not their first start-up.
One of a kind training center, that the students should be on look out for.

It’s inaugural batch starts today; I’m sure Primora will rock.

February 13, 2008

Higher Caste != Better Programmer

Filed under: Society — krish @ 2:55 pm
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I spent my last week in Guntur, as a .Net and C# tutor for one of the top engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh.
It was a blast time with my room-mates or co-tutors, but things got to my nerves whenever I entered that college.

The trainees were students of 4th year, and most of them lacked basics of computer engineering. Keeps me wondering whether the faculty failed to deliver or is it the students fault.
Some lacked common sense.
Some of them didn’t understand simplest of the errors being shown by visual studio IDE, while some do not know to close the xml tags that they began with.

To my horror, this college is famous for its caste discrimination.
We grouped the students into 3 per project basis and left the decision of team leader to them. Call it a cult; all the team leaders were of the caste that is believed to be higher in that region.
Well, this was not the end of it. They believe that they are superior to anyone, and one such hilarious case:
A super-intellect higher caste team leader was not able to figure out how to write the abstract of his project.
I explained him all modules of the project and asked him to pen them down. After 4 days, he asks me “Where on google can I find an abstract?”
There is a serious side to this. One of his team members was a non-higher caste guy and he was not allowed to write the abstract, even if he could have done it flat in a day.
The so-called higher caste members of the team do not discuss or share ideas with the other guys/girls of the team.

I’ve even heard that one of the members did bring this issue to the Head of Department, for which she was scolded. Guess what? The HoD belongs to higher caste.

Another important thing to note, these people ‘earned’ placements in giants like Infy, TCS, etc.,

People do not realise that castes’ are created by people, not GOD, not nature. The very sense of humanity is dying. Some people enjoy this power of being able to discriminate and probably there is no one to stop it!

Lets look at the technical trauma I’ve been through:
1. I was amid hundreds of windowsXP machines.
2. IRC, Orkut is blocked.
3. Anything with words chat, games,.. is blocked. This includes google search with words like Internet Relay Chat or XMPP chat server.
4. Debian/ubuntu repo downloads are blocked.
5. Poor students have never heard of ‘bug’ in software.
6. I was not allowed to use my cellphone or laptop in the college bus.
7. I was not successful in using the college projector. i810switch package had problems on my laptop.

Things that made me happy there:
1. The proxy server is redhat enterprise linux.
2. One student uses linux (out of the whole 4th year computer science and IT group)
3. A batch of 3 students have completed their project on COIN (Collaborative Open Innovation Network) using php and MySQL.
4. That I didn’t join formal education for my engineering in any such college.

Lucky me; my assignment there was only for a week, which is done and I am back to my base.

January 5, 2008

Linux Not Windows? (with weird look)

Filed under: GNU/Linux — krish @ 2:04 am
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I spent my day(Jan4) trying to make linux and open source reach colleges here in twin-cities (hyderabad & secunderabad) , by means of training and distributing linux distros.
Few things on my mind before I started out:
1. Free is not valued.
2. This will not be easy.

I chose junior, degree and engineering colleges for my venture, of which I covered three junior and one engineering college today.

I was under the impression that indian education system would have matured and institutions would think of more than syllabus books. Irony, I was wrong; some attitude that proves it:

1. (At one of the reputed junior colleges in twin-cities)
Front Office: Linux training! Linux is not windows? Ah, I don’t think that’s useful at all.
Me: Is it possible to meet the principal?
Front Office: He’s gone for lunch. I mean he is gone out.
Me: I just saw him walk into his office.
Front Office: (No Response)

2. (Another reputed junior college)
Vice President: Here, we teach only syllabus and repeatedly make the students read the same
thing. That is how students get good ranks in EAMCET.
(Ah, at least a frank response. I like this.)

3. (Last junior college for the day)
Principal: We are making our students revise the intermediate syllabus.
Me: Not a problem ma’am. We can have this next month if you permit.
Principal: We will do the revision till June. So come after June.

At this point, I was totally broken hearted and headed towards an engineering college here in secunderabad. I had been in contact with the Training & Placement officer of that college and also mailed her the details of training. After lot of follow-up calls from my side, and no return calls, I decided to meet her in person to discuss the training.

4. I walked in to the office and ..
ME: Hi, could I meet the T&P Officer?
STAFF: She has already left for the day.
ME: !

That’s four cases of disappointment for me in a day.
Shouldn’t I be getting a heart attack?

One of my friends has volunteered to help me find more colleges (degree & engineering) and I am yet to go on another ride on the path of open source knowledge sharing.

Will it be bumpy or smooth? Can I convince people to embrace linux and open source?
Only time can tell….

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