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Buffalo – be my companion forever May 30, 2006

Posted by bluedevil in Geek talks.
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I got my Buffalo LinkStation Network Attached Storage (NAS) yesterday. It is a 250GB HDD with a gigabit network card. The System supports Windows, Linux and Mac off the box. It as a very nice little web admin from where you can configure the LinkStation to behave the way you want it to. It is very useful when you have multiple systems and you need a single point of stage for all your files like mine. Yes I know few of you will argue that you can setup one of the old system to be the file server, but would it work on just 17 watts of power and give the following advantage:+ Toaster like size+ Low power consumption – 17 watts+ boot time of less than 20 secs+ Web, FTP and Samba servers working out of the box+ Print server+ Expandable thru USB 2.0 ports+ No drivers required+ Backup software to backup your system to this device/appliance or should I say appliancewhite 

 As though this was not enough for my needs, I went and re-flashed the factory firmware to a full blown Debian system which I found @ http://www.linkstationwiki.org. Know I have my White Buffalo running:+ Apache web server with PHP, Perl and SSL support+ MySQL database with PHP and Perl support+ FTP server+ SSH server+ DynDNS client+ Samba+ HDD monitoring tools like SMARTMON, HDPARM and NoFlushI am planning to use the SSH on Buffalo thru web so that I can tunnel it thru office network. This will allow me to browse sites which are blocked by the big bad wolf (my company). This way I can still get to sites to do my research on stuff like this. If this aint cool then what is?


In which direction is the bus pictured below traveling? May 23, 2006

Posted by bluedevil in Fun.


The only possible answers are "left" or "right". If you know the answer, reason it out why its traveling the direction you think it is travelling.


Better late than never May 23, 2006

Posted by bluedevil in Personal.

At last I have enrolled myself for Marroitt, Hertz and Sky Miles rewards points. The idea behind it is to collect enough  points which will help me get my dad and my sister a free flight to USA, so that they can also see this country next time when I am in
USA. The only sad point is that I started it recently, if I had done this beofre I would have collected much more points. As the saying goes – Better late than never.


I am still alive May 18, 2006

Posted by bluedevil in Cant decide which category.
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I have been busy with my work, hence no blogs from long time. Well I think I will be relatively free coming weeks, this will give me sometime to write my blogs again.

Till then some facts on picture file formats

Good for:
+ Photographs
+ Game screenshots
+ Movie stills
+ Desktop backgrounds
Bad for:
– Windows application screenshots
– Line art and text
– Anywhere where fine lines or sharp color contrast is needed

Good for:
+ Text, line art, comic-style drawings, general web graphics
+ Windows application screenshots
+ When absolutely 100% quality is required (24 bit)
+ When alpha channel support is required
+ As a general replacement for anything that is a non-animated GIF
Bad for:
– Photos, in-game screenshots (only when quality is not important and you’re looking for small files)
– Disappointing browser support from Microsoft and others

Good for:
+ Where animations are absolutely required
+ Widespread browser support
Bad for:
– Patented, legal technicalities
– Large file sizes compared to PNG for the same quality
– Obsolete