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My first steps into open source

Posted on 02 Apr 2014

I have been a huge fan of open source softwares for the last two and half years. I have been using Linux during this whole time and have been trying to explore more and more open source softwares available in the market. That means that now to do any task, however complex, I try to find an open source alternative to any existing easily available software like Adobe Photoshop. I know using Photoshop but GIMP is even better. Contributing to open source softwares is even more fun than using them. When you see your code pushed to master and being...

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Loop Devices in linux - Mount disk images

Posted on 28 Nov 2012

Well one have programs out there for windows to mount ISO images etc. to the virtual drive. You can then use those to perform task that might not be possible without mounting the image. Softwares like Daemon tools and PowerISO are very good examples of such softwares. Loop Devices Loop devices are pseudo devices available under linux commonly found under /dev/ with the name of loopN where N is a number like 0,1,2,3,4 etc. Mounting a disk image You can make use of some commands to attach an ISO image first with the loop device and then mount the loop...

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Introduction to GPG - GNU Privacy Guard

Posted on 28 Nov 2012

GPG is GNU privacy Guard and it is a software made over OpenPG standards. The terms GPG and OpenGP are the terms that are used too often interchangably but one must understand that these two terms are different. One is a standard and other is a software made over that standard. If you are new to public key cryptography, I would like to showcase the concept here. Public Key cryptography is a very secure way to share messages between two parties. The transmitter transmits the message after encrypting it with a special key called ‘public key’. This public key as...

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Saving Buffered Google Chrome Videos to Disk

Posted on 09 Nov 2012

First of all, I must tell you that I will be talking exclusively about Linux only. However with only small bit of headache you should be able to copy the same procedure and implement the same thing in other Operating Systems also like MacOS and Windows. Overview First of all you should have cache enabled in your google chrome browser for this trick to work. Just go to the browser settings and then enable the cache. If it is already enabled you can increase the cache limit to something appreciable if you watch big videos so that whole of it...

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Power saving and increasing battery backup in linux with nvidia GPU

Posted on 23 Sep 2012

If you are new to linux (any distro like ubuntu and fedora), you might have noticed that battery backup in linux is just beyond horrible. If you used other OS, the same machine that used to give you 4-5 hours of battery backup now suddenly starts giving you battery backup less than 1 hour. Moreover you notice that your laptop starts heating too much beyond the limit to the extend that you never experienced when using other OS. I use Dell XPS L502x. My system is a dual boot with windows and other linux flavours. I love to play with...

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