Category Archives: Out of Sight and Out of Mind

Enjoindre, the Parade

The story related before is not complete without an enjoindre.

I will be brief.

In addition to wearing shoes marching according to military discipline was another thing we hated.

The way we could avoid being selected was to come to school without shoes..

We leave home with shoes on to comply with home discipline but leave them in a safe place (hide).

Nobody would will steal the shoes with their “toejam smell”.

That is the word we use for smelly shoes.

In the parade of course we have many ways to disrupt the proceedings including putting the wrong foot in front or both foot and hand on the same side in front when we march (very difficult in real life but we could do it perfectly).

So one day the ones without shoes were asked to tie a handkerchief around one leg (for right) and march in a separate platoon.

This was fun for us.

Instead of right we say Lensu (handkerchiefed leg) Kakula and for left Nikam (leg without the handkerchief) Kakula and march.

We would RHYME Lensu Kakula and Nikam Kakula INSTEAD of RIGHT and LEFT.

That was fun.

Ultimately they had to made me the sergeant of the platoon to get things working.

We got uniforms shoes and the accessory and we played the game by rules of engagement and if I can remember right we were island 2nd in the overall championship.

We scored heavily on sports (me specially under 12 champion and under 14 champion runner) and inspections if not the march past.

I gave up cadet after one go since I hated the food and the cold weather at Diyathalawa and I left this regimented school too later.

That was my service to the nation as a cadet.

50 ways to leave your Lover (Microsoft)

When I first started using Linux I had only few ways to leave the love I had with Microsoft.
1. Surest way to press the off button instead of restart

2. Then Say “Linux Saranam Gachchamie” 3 times whenever I see a windows box.

This derives from my mothers teaching me how to recite Buddhist verses which I did not understand as a brat.  

I become a refuge of Linux is the nearest English translation.

3. Then say “Subba Papassa Microsoft Akaranum” when a Microsoft guy ask me to play a windows Game-Not Dos games.

I will refrain from all evil things. In other words I will not contribute to 7 Seven sins of Microsoft as some good Americans of North America vouch.

4. More reformed saying is

Sabba Papapssa Microsoft Akaranam
Kusallassa Linux Sammada
Sachitta Pario Linux Dhapanam
Etham Asokassa Dhassana

I will refrain from all Evil things (including using Microsoft)

I will only do meritorious things (like promoting Linux)

I will keep my mind focused on Linux

That is what the Vision and the saying of Asoka (not the ancient Indian King) not the Great (not the Nine or clock News (BBC) or Not the early morning SriLankan (heroic) Music.

5. Boot Grub with dual booting with default as Redhat 8 or 9.

Those were the few ways I left my first love Microsoft.

Now I am in a harem of Linux distributions (over 100) there are over 100 ways to leave my love.

6. When I say Suse there is the charming dame appearing slowly on my computer screen.

7. When I say Debian the God Father comes and sprinkle some chanted oil on my head like in the baptising ceremony in the Church.

8. When I say Pup Up Come Up all the Pups come with Beagle scaring the Microsoft bulldog.

9. When I say snap up, the gparted comes and takes over the hard disk wiping all Microsoft traces and FAT and NTFS Partitions.

10. When I say bulldoze the Blcktrack4 comes to my assistance.

When the latter 5 five are stated the Microsoft vendors soil their pants.
Being a doc, like an untrained dog I can smell the atmosphere and what is happening without pulling down the pants since my nose is trained like a police dog’s nose to smell evil Microsoft piss.

11. When I say Fire Firefox there comes the Chines Dragon ready to flame all the wars that are to be inflammed.

12. When I say Nero the Hero then K3B comes ready to do the cooking and barbecue.

13. When I say “Open Sesame”, Open Office comes and opens his mouth to eat all the words that came out of the politicians during the elections that includes the salary hikes promised and those words can never be traced to the source or their origins.

14. When I say boot all the bootstraps are released at rocket like speed especially when YOPER is let loose.

15. When I say root all the roosters come to the roof for roosting.

Those from 11 to 15 are like extramarital relationships and by now the divorce papers are being worked out, spelling out the compensation for Microsoft (legal hearing pending in France and European commission waiting to see the bindings).

16. Now comes the Live all Night Dance.

PCLinux leads the troops and the dancers with colourful array of dancers, which includes, LXDE, Xfce, E!7, ZenMini, Minime and Big Daddy.

From this point onwards any of my saying will inflamme flame wars day and night in Linux Community to determine which one is slightly better than the other.

I think I should not get involved, since I have dug deep into the caves of Linux and my hands are dirty as if I was coming out of a mine after a blast.

Let the readers do the filling up since my file cabinet is full of Linux live CDs, now ready for dishing out like Santa at Christmas eve.

17, As teaser I will put Skype (who will love it who will not)

18. Dropbox

19. Grub or Lilo

20. Gnome / KDE/ LXDE. xFCE

I think now that I have fired up, the flame wars will go on till the next Christmas and I will be a passive spectator.

50 ways to leave your Lover

My captions for future educationalists and for research avenues

50 ways to leave a lover (Microsoft)

50 ways to leave our schools from Market Forces

Copied from a web site of Mr.Robert Pogson
Please visit his site and read 50 reasons to love gnuinux for Schools

From Mr. Robert Pogson

Soup and a Sandwich.

To my surprise I found worthy comments by Bender and Richard Chapman that I will include in the list if they have no objection.


One might argue that some of these tasks could be accomplished with that other OS but for me the most important thing with GNU/Linux would be it’s license practically permitting everything while that other OS restricts us in so many ways (licenses for schools may be less restricting and cheaper but we all know that is, it’s drug dealers way of hooking everyone from young age to “their stuff”). Consider that if you would like to setup a “thin client – server” environment with that other OS you would have to shell out boat load of money for just the licenses while thanks to GNU/Linux you might have a lot more powerful hardware thanks to savings on licenses alone which ultimately leads to even more savings since that hardware would serve your needs longer without necessary hardware upgrades to serve that other OS slowing down with time. Avoid the lock in since any company could service your software having easy access to the source code that allows for in store improvements etc. GNU/Linux and FOSS = True Competition.“

Richard Chapman

“Fewer unexpected notifications too. Windows falls all over itself telling you how much it cares about you and showing you how important you are to Microsoft by constantly popping up messages in your face while you are trying to work. Microsoft’s GUIs are loaded with distractions. And, in my opinion, their graphics are ugly. Too many details that distract the eye.“

Peeping Toms

Text Colour

Copied from Distrowatch

Not edited any way but the pieces I like most was copied.

For full detail read the entire article at Distrowatch.

This is how Microsoft Operates;



Extinguish or Explode (Sri-Lankan way)

This trick by Microsoft and IBM Acer will explode in their hands by Christmas.

Feature Story (by Ladislav Bodnar)

Booting from USB drive 

At this point I came to a conclusion that Acer’s Android is far too limited and buggy an operating system to keep it on the computer. But before wiping the hard disk clean (and getting rid of Windows XP as well in one swoop), I thought I’d give it a test by booting into Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook edition from a USB key. This proved to be a much more pleasant experience – the system detected and set up all hardware correctly (including the wireless network and the webcam). Running Ubuntu also provided an opportunity to look at the content of the hard disk which was impossible with Android, since it includes no terminal or other command-line tool. So as a matter of interest, the 160 GB hard disk is divided into three partitions – an 11 GB /dev/sda1 (a boot partition, which also contains images that would restore the system to the original state), a miserly 4 GB /dev/sda2 containing the Android operating system (only 1.4 GB is used) and a whopping 135 GB /dev/sda3 partition containing Windows XP (14 GB is used). So that’s how much space (and respect) Android gets from Acer!

The Android implementation on Acer’s recently launched dual-boot netbooks feels more like a technology preview than a usable product. It is buggy and inextensible, with no possibility to install extra applications from the Android Market or any other repository. As such, it is limited to basic tasks, such as Internet browsing, web interaction, image viewing and media playback. It’s hard to say who the product is intended for – the Windows crowd will take one quick look and never boot into it again, while any Linux geek will surely prefer a proper Linux distribution or one of the netbook-oriented variants. Perhaps the only positive point is that by providing a Linux-based alternative on its netbooks, Acer was forced to build these computers from Linux-friendly hardware components, so there are no unwelcome surprises when it comes to hardware support.

Of course, this is Acer’s first attempt at delivering an Android-powered netbook, so one can understand the difficulties of creating a workable solution from something that is much more suited to running on smaller handheld devices with touchscreens. Still, the manufacturer is guilty for making very little effort at customising the product for a 10-inch screen or, indeed, for not choosing to dual-boot Windows with a proper Linux distribution that would be so much more suitable for running on the netbook. Perhaps Acer will realise its mistake and provide a better Android implementation for its next release or it might even deliver online updates that would address some of the bugs and inconveniences. Unfortunately, by that time my Acer netbook will be running a real, full-featured Linux operating system, instead of this bizarre Windows XP/Android combination.

Thank you exposing the tricks.

We call it Camel Peeping (Peeping Toms) through the window and soon the house falls down.