Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Blogspot Blocked

Blogspot is not accessible from most ISPs in India now. The government passed on a list of sites it wanted blocked and the ISPs went ahead and blocked the whole of blogspot. Surely, this will pass since there are too many workarounds to block. I'm using tor to get around this ban.

For the technically inclined, there's an article on Onion Routing at Wikipedia if you want to know how tor works.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Ubuntu Linux

I received my free Ubuntu Linux CDs from shipit.ubuntu.com today, exactly a month after I ordered. I have been using this release (6.06 aka Dapper Drake) at work for a couple of weeks now, thanks to a colleague who downloaded the DVD images while I was waiting for the CDs. The new release boots up faster than the previous version and feels snappier to use. Like the previous version, it detected all hardware on the laptop including the WiFi card without any tweaking from my side. The CDs are live CDs that boot up Ubuntu Linux and let you get a feel of the system before you install it on the hard disk. This also means that you don't have to sit twiddling your thumbs when the installation is in progress. I could browse while the installation went on.

Order your free CDs from shipit.ubuntu.com or drop me a mail (binu5ue yahoo.com). I might be able to send you a copy sooner.