Source, not Sauce + A Piece of Magic Mix

I just realized that I had completely forgotten to mention CRUX. Any hardcore BSD user ought to love CRUX. I used it occasionally back then and may be I should give it another shot. It was the legendary kmandla who persuaded me to give CRUX a shot. Due to my growing collection of older hardware back then, CRUX was a perfect choice. Anyhoo, time is ripe to install CRUX again.

Now, getting back to Gentoo, I am sure some of you might be aware of the famous Gentoo dance, courtesy of InstallmanGentoo on the tube. If not, here are a few clips. They capture the essence of every late night coder who is completely overawed with himself after compiling or installing some shit successfully. I have performed this ritual quite often with pants, without pants, you name it. These clips are for the ages. Sort of lets you know what’s on the other side that can only be accessed after a successful installation (its not just cookies!).

Without further ado, here they are. Marvel at these gems.

1. How to install Gentoo in less than a minute – LOL!

The song is called A Piece of Magic Mix by Lizardking. Remember the golden age of Amiga music? A huge collection of such songs are also available on YouTube. Great listening material for a night long hacking experience.

2. Install Gentoo for the first time – Oh that feeling!

3. My favorite – Getting some ass after installing Gentoo

4. Unrelated, but totally worth it – Fighting off filthy Mac fags

I ThinkPad therefore I am

As usual, how about a screenshot of one of my work machines? It’s a Thinkpad T420 with pimped up specs – i7 processor, 16 gigs RAM and coreboot (I should probably document my experience with implementing this in a separate post). Nothing beats the badassery of ThinkPads in my opinion, especially the older ones. I was given a brand new thin laptop with all the bells and whistles at work. I couldn’t survive a week with it. Hustling is a major aspect of my job these days and my boss was of the opinion that a thin laptop will help me with traveling light. Sure, but it ain’t no fucking Thinkpad. I was using this machine as my primary development box as well and not just for presenting shit. The backlit keyboard with the MacBook like flat keys was downright criminal and I could never get used to the fucking clear screen.

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Thinkpad T420

So after a week trying, I returned this abomination back and told the boss I will find my own machine. She just had to pay. Long story short, found a fantastic dealer dealing exclusively with refurbished ThinkPads and got my current machine. It had been used very lightly and it looked and felt like it was brand new. Pimped it up as I had mentioned earlier and it has been my greatest companion ever since. Wife comes a close second.

I am running Debian Bullseye on it. It definitely wasn’t my first choice. But other devs are insistent on using it, so I had no other choice. Also, in spite of a being a coding heavy job, I am senior management and naturally some devs look at me as a code monkey. I don’t really care about it as long as the job’s done. Anyway, as I was saying, Debian was not my choice. Actually, I didn’t even want to use Linux. I put FreeBSD on it. Linux is better in this case, said top management. Wanting to get around systemd, I went back to Gentoo, after so so many years. Emerged out pretty quickly as time was becoming a constraint. Then I found Void. It was what I believed to be exactly what I wanted. But there were some strange issues with it after a few updates. WiFi used to drop quite consistently and a few other minor annoyances got me worked up after a while. Never really figured out a proper reason for this behavior. So, I finally relented and knocked on Debian’s doors again, after ages. It is my base OS now. I still run OpenBSD, FreeBSD on a couple of other machines, OpenIndiana Hipster and Illumos on my other laptops. I will post shots from those machines soon. For the moment, here’s Debian Bullseye on a ThinkPad T420.¬† KDE for a change. I alternate between xmonad and KDE.

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KDE on Debian Bullseye -ThinkPad T420

KDE theme is Carl from jomada and also includes the wallpaper. Urxvt colors are just ported from Carl konsole color scheme. Icon theme is Candy icons. UI font is Roboto Condensed. Window Font is Fjalla One. Urxvt font is Pragmata Pro Mono.

If you guys need any other information, please comment.

Countdown to The Dark Knight Rises

This is an exciting week. The Dark Knight Rises comes out on Friday and from what I have read online, is supposed to kick some serious butt. The movie is getting released here in Germany only on 24th of this month, but still, I have begun my prep already. Apart from re-reading many comic books (Vengeance, Knightfall, Cataclysm, No Man’s Land etc.), I am also revamping my desktops and laptops to celebrate the release.

This post is related to such a revamp. The following screenshot is from my EEE box powered by OpenBSD 5.1 and running  ScrotWM. I just thought this minimal Bane wallpaper fit perfectly and the terminal colors are one of my ancient creations from years back, called, Colorado. Since, there were a few requests for the colors, let me post them right here. The media player is vitunes, which is an MPlayer frontend that has vi-like key bindings. I have spoken about it in one of my previous posts.

Without further ado, here is the screenshot. Click on the image for full view.

Preparation for The Dark Knight Rises

You can get the terminal colors from the following link.

Colorado Colors

If there’s any other information needed, please drop a note.

By the way, The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack is mega awesome. Gotham’s Reckoning and Imagine the Fire are spine-tingling.

Starting with this post, I will add more Batman related posts for the next couple of days. Keep watching this space.

Bell Labs Wallpaper – Part Deux

This is brilliant. Anybody had a look at the latest NY Times Sunday Review? There is a fantastic piece about the culture of innovation at Bell Labs. One of the pictures from the piece is the famous Erwitt photo of Bell Labs NJ, that I spoke in length about a few posts earlier. This picture is in color. It is a must read for anyone interested in anything tech/science related. Click on the image to go to NY Times to read the article. I love it and am currently reading it.

Innovation and the Bell Labs Miracle - NY Times

Many thanks to Don Monroe for leading me to the piece.

On a related note, just couldn’t stop mentioning the Prima Donna of Boneheadedness, that is McKinsey & Company. Can you imagine the cream of consulting business advised Bell that they don’t foresee any future for the mobile phone market?