DST Starts in Bangladesh


Bangladeshis experienced 23-hour long day yesterday. At 11 o’clock at night country’s clocks were turned to 12, introducing daylight saving time (DST) for the first time. I congratulate the government for taking this initiative, something they should have done long ago just the way they should move the weekend to Sunday from Friday, but that’s another issue. ;)

Microsoft has released a DST patch that I heard works, but if you’re a Linux users then use your package manager or update manager to update your tzdata version so that your computer is DST “compliant” too. Bloggers and social networking site fanatics should change their timezone to GMT/UTC +7 from the respective settings page/control panel, so that the correct time is displayed.

I’m really happy that I’ll now get an extra hour to shoot pictures outside. Earlier I had to packup by 5:30, but not anymore! Yay. :)

BOINC on Linux Howto


After signing up as a BOINC volunteer I received a good number of e-mails from people who ran into problems while trying to install or run the BOINC client on Linux. Sure it isn’t a difficult task, but still it isn’t as straight forward as using it on Windows where you run the installation program and then you’re ready to goto.

I haven’t found much websites that can be helpful for novice Linux users, so here’s my attempt to describe the installation process… the easy way of coarse.

Ubuntu and Debian:

Install the program using the apt-get tool. On the shell, type:

sudo apt-get install boinc-client boinc-manager

This will install both the client and the manager. Now type boincmgr to run the graphical user interface, and follow the instructions to attach new projects to the BOINC core client.

A non-graphical alternative to boincmgr is the boinc_cmd program, which is included in the boinc-client package.

Note that this method is applicable for all Ubuntu derivatives such as Linux Mint, Fluxbuntu, Elbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and more.

Fedora and Redhat Linux:

Download the latest version from here (check the date).

Once downloaded, type the following on shell:

sudo rpm -Uhv boinc_client-*

Done, now you’re ready to go! Run the BOINC manager attach your projects.

Other Distributions:

Follow these steps:

1) Downlod the the latest version of BOINC from here (.sh file)
2) In order to make the file executable, goto shell, become root, and type:

chmod +x boinc_*

3) Now let’s run it. Type:

sh boinc_*

You’ll now see a new directory on same location named BOINC. Get in and run the binstall.sh file. This script will finish the installation and will provide you information on how to start BOINC manually.

If you’ve any questions, then please post it as a comment. Make sure you submit your e-mail address as well, so that I can get back to you. Thanks!

Bloglebrity


According to a Technorati tool named “Bloglebrity“, I’m classified as a “D” listed blogger. According to this tool, this blog is categorised under the “Low Authority Group”, which means:

“The average blog age (the number of days that the blog has been in existence) is about 228 days, which shows a real commitment to blogging. However, bloggers of this type average only 12 posts per month, meaning that their posting habits are generally dedicated but infrequent.”

Update on December 17:

I got promoted to the “Middle Authority Group”, which means:

“This contrasts somewhat with the second group, which enjoys an average age not much older than the first at 260 days and which posts 50% more frequently than the first. There is a clear correlation between posting volume and Technorati authority ranking.”

Blogger Code


I just got a Blogger Code for myself, and it is:

B2 D++ T++ K- S U- F- I O++ X- E+ L C-

In layman’s terms, this means:

“I’ve been blogging for 3-6 months. I own 2 or more domains that are updated regularly. I maintain and manage my blog with my own home-grown content management system. I don’t have many links on my site and/or my links are primarily non-blog related. I check my stats occasionally, mostly to discover new blogs that are linking to mine. I don’t link to any of the A-list blogs (Megnut, Kottke, Robot Wisdom, etc.)… if I ever want to visit their site, I’ll just follow a link from someone else’s blog. I don’t post that frequently. In fact, I’m lucky if I manage to post 2 or 3 new entries a week. I blog from either home or work, but only after my work is done and when I get some free time. Nearly all the topics I blog are personal experiences or original writing that can’t be found elsewhere on the web. I might flirt a little with other bloggers, but anything beyond that is out of the question. I have posted quite a few photos of myself, but I was fully clothed in them all, thankyouverymuch. I’ve taken a few surveys or participated in a few memes, but there seem to be so many of them I have to pick and choose. There are a few select people I’ve specifically kept in the dark about my blogging but, for the most part, most people know about it or could easily find it via a web search.”

You can get your own Blogger Code from here.

Updated on October 24, 2007:
B6 D+++ T+ K- S+ F- I O++ X- E+ L C– Y1 R+ W+ P+ M2 N- N+