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Sat 14 April 2012

Fedora 17 beta

Posted by ankur in Tech (300 words, approximately a 2 minute read)

To maintain tradition, I installed beta on my system yesterday. Fedora 17 beta is pretty good. It gave me both some pleasant and unpleasant surprises. I'm just going to note some of them down here to give them some visibility.

Broadcomm wireless working out of the box

I'm really not …

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Wed 04 April 2012

yumdownloader: downloading x86_64 packages on i686 systems

Posted by ankur in Tech (177 words, approximately a 1 minute read)

Note: This is at best, a hack.

Currently yumdownloader does not download x86_64 packages on an i686 host. The --archlist argument is not sufficient, and setarch x86_64 does not work. The --archlist argument doesn't work because yum picks up repository information from the configuration files where $basearch is expanded to …

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Wed 21 March 2012

A small parcellite tip

Posted by ankur in Tech (185 words, approximately a 1 minute read)

Parcellite is a stripped down, basic-features-only clipboard manager with a small memory footprint for those who like simplicity.

Of late it's been annoying me: It would copy any text that I selected to the clipboard! I'll explain: Let us assume that I have a url on the clipboard to be …

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Wed 21 March 2012

How I got my first (semi) black eye

Posted by ankur in Life (41 words, approximately a 1 minute read)

Dear life,

I got hit in the eye with a squash ball earlier today. I was trying to coach a tyro. I'm grateful for the positive reinforcement you give me when I make an effort to help people.

Thanks,

Yours,

Ankur

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Tue 13 March 2012

LaTeX, vim and Fedora

Posted by ankur in Tech (531 words, approximately a 3 minute read)

I'm a vim junkie (In spite of Sindre's numerous events to convert me into an Emacs person!). I'm also a LaTeX junkie. There are quite a few reasons behind my love for LaTeX:

  • Easy to use (Yes! Once you get the hang of it, it's very easy!)
  • Takes care of …

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Sun 11 March 2012

What I've been up to recently

Posted by ankur in Tech (417 words, approximately a 2 minute read)

Most recently, I did my laundry ;). The transition from a college student to a corporate employee is taking me longer than it does most people. Since I'm due to start my post graduate courses in a few months, I guess I'm subconsciously resisting the transition. I can't wait to get …

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Sat 25 February 2012

FUDCon APAC Recommendations

Posted by ankur in Tech (289 words, approximately a 2 minute read)

Hello Fedorians!

We need you to make a recommendation for the APAC FUDCon ASAP:

ATTENTION AMBASSADORS

If you haven't already, please read Robyn's mail to the fudcon-planning list[1] stressing that the APAC FUDCon will need to be deferred to next year if a decision is not made quickly. It …

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