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Security Wontfix

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:16:29 -0500

I'm going to loudly sing John Lennon's "Imagine" until Bug #818652 resolves itself.

7DRL 2016

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 22:48:05 -0600

It's time once again for the annual 7 Day Roguelike Challenge. I know I said I wasn't going to take part again until I properly finished one of my previous entries but I've thought of an interesting and novel game mechanic that I'm eager to try out so what the hell.

If you are interested in following my progress, I will blog about it here starting from Monday and (hopefully successfully) finishing on the following Sunday.

Of course the best part of it is coming up with names. Here are this years choices:

  • letsen[terthe]crypt
  • Make Narnia Great Again
  • Thane of Groans
  • I Am The Black Wizards

New Year Resolutions

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:02:01 -0600

Now this could just be the prodigious amounts of sugar and ghee I've been eating the past few days, but I'm bursting with energy for working on Debian so here is a list of things I want to do in the upcoming year.

  • Finish packaging the latest Dovecot (2.2.19).

This will happen soon. Sooner if you people will stop filing bugs all the time. The rest of the items are more long term.

  • Recruit more members for the Dovecot packaging team.
  • Undertake to respond to all bug reports and other Debian correspondence within three days.
  • Finally get the Minix port to a state where other people can use it and work on it too.
  • Relearn Debian development from scratch so that I can be familliar with and apply the latest techniques. Write down what I've learned.
  • Arrange (or more realistically get someone to arrange) a Debian event in Northern or Eastern India.
  • Watch all the Debconf 15 videos.

To keep all of this on track, I shall adopt the practice lately seen on Debian Planet of periodically posting a report of my Debian activities.

Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak 2072

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:42:24 -0600

Wishing you all a happy Diwali and Gujarati New Year (V.S. 2072 called Plavanga.)

Instead of being something sane like a flat disk supported by four elephants standing on a tortoise, the Earth is an oblate spheroid in heliocentric orbit. The Moon too offends by maintaining an unreasonably non-epicyclic orbit. Combined this means that the Americas (plus Iceland if there any Hindus there) observe Diwali today whereas in India and the rest of the world it is tomorrow. Technically in these longitudes the Ashvayuja amavasya tithi pervades both Tuesday and Wednesday but as Lakshmi Puja takes place at the pradosha kala it means it should be celebrated today though no doubt most of the non-astronomically minded people will just follow India any way. The New Year is on Thursday all over the world.

Regardless of when you celebrate, may your year be full of happiness, good fortune and prosperity.

No 7DRL for Me This Year

Sun, 08 Mar 2015 10:15:34 -0500

It's time once again for the Seven Day Roguelike Challenge but I've decided to try and force some discipline on myself and not participate until I actually complete one of my earlier entries into a properly playable game.

I did have some fun thinking of names though.

  • Fifty Shades of Grue
  • The Intothegroundening
  • Game of Spiky Chairs
You may use them in your own entry free of charge.

Mini-Debconf Mumbai 2015

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:47:37 -0600

Last weekend I went to Mumbai to attend the Mini-Debconf held at IIT-Bombay. These are my impressions of the trip. Arrival and Impressions of Mumbai Getting there was a quite an adventure in itself. Unlike during my ill-fated attempt to visit a Debian event in Kerala last year when a bureaucratic snafu left me unable to get a visa, the organizers started the process much earlier at their end this time and with proper permissions. Yet in India, the wheels only turn as fast as they want to turn so despite their efforts, it was only literally at the last minute that I actually managed to secure my visa. I should note however that Indian government has done a lot to improve the process compared to the hell I remember from, say, a decade ago. It's fairly straightforward for tourist visas now and I trust they will get around to doing the same for conference visas in the fullness of time. I didn't want to commit to buying a plane ticket until I had the visa so I became concerned that the only flights left would be either really expensive or on the type of airline that flies you over Syria or under the Indian Ocean. I lucked out and got a good price on a Swiss Air flight, not non-stop but you can't have everything. So Thursday afternoon I set off for JFK. With only one small suitcase getting there by subway was no problem and I arrived and checked in with plenty of time. Even TSA passed me through with only a minimal amount of indignity. The first leg of my journey took me to Zurich in about eight hours. We were only in Zurich for an hour and then (by now Friday) it was another 9 hours to Mumbai. Friday was Safala Ekadashi but owing to the necessity of staying hydrated on a long flight I drank a lot of water and ate some fruit which I don't normally do on a fasting day. It was tolerable but not too pleasant; I definitely want to try and make travel plans to avoid such situations in the future. Friday evening local time I got to Mumbai. Chhattrapati Shivaji airport has improved a lot since I saw t last and now has all the amenities an international traveller needs including unrestricted free wifi (Zurich airport are you taking notes?) But here my first ominous piece of bad luck began. No sign of my suitcase. Happily some asking around revealed that it had somehow gotten on some earlier Swiss Air flight instead of the one I was on and was actually waiting for me. I got outside and Debian Developer Praveen Arimbrathodiyil was waiting to pick me up. Normally I don't lke staying in Mumbai very much even though I have relatives there but that's because we usually went during July-August—the monsoon season—when Mumbai reverts back to the swampy archipelago it was originally built on. This time the weather was nice, cold by local standards, but lovely and spring-like to someone from snowy New Jersey. There have been a lot of improvements to the road infrastructure and people are actually obeying the traffic laws. (Within reason of course. Whether or not a family of six can arrange themselves on one Bajaj scooter is no business of the cops.) The Hotel Tuliip (yes, two i's. Manager didn't know why.) Residency where I was to stay while not quite a five star establishment was adequate for my needs with a bed, hot water shower, and air conditioning. And a TV which to the bellhops great confusion I did not want turned on. (He asked about five times.) There was no Internet access per se but the manager offered to hook up a wireless router to a cable. Which on closer inspection turned out to have been severed at the base. He assured me it would be fixed tomorrow so I didn't complain and decided to do something more productive thank checking my email like sleeping. The next day I woke up in total darkness. Apparently there had been some kind of power problem during the night which tripped a fuse or something. A call to the fr[...]

And The Papers Want To Know Whose Shirts You Wear

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:52:42 -0600


Today I was walking past the Courant Institute at NYU when I saw a man wearing a t-shirt with a picture of a cow diagramming all the various cuts of beef.

Now I've lost all interest in science. Thanks a lot jerks.

Sal Mubarak 2071

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:12:06 -0500

Wishing all of you a happy Gujarati New Year (Vikram Samvat 2071 called Parabhava.)

May Lakshmi Mata protect you and your loved ones from poverty, misfortune, and systemd in the upcoming year.

Scotland: Vote A DINNAE KEN

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:39:41 -0500

From the crack journalists at CNN.


Interesting fact: anyone who wore a kilt at debconf is allowed to vote in the referendum.

Scotland: Vote NO

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:21:01 -0500

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If you don't, the UK will have to rename itself the K. And that's just silly.

Also vote yes on whether Alex Trebek should keep his mustache.