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How to connect to Gnome IRC using Empathy?

Once you do this, it seems very trivial, but it might not be the most intuitive thing for the inexperienced. This basically works for any IRC not in the default list.

Go Edit->Accounts and click to add a new IRC account (Choose IRC from the drop-down menu next to ‘What kind of chat account do you have?’). Now click on the button below the label ‘Which IRC network?’ (usually it would say ‘freenode’).

Here you will have a list of available networks. Gnome will usually not be a part of it. Click on Add

Add/Edit Network

Add Network Dialog

Make sure that the server address is irc.gnome.org. Try pressing Edit to check again

Now you’re set. Your account will look like the following

Add IRC Account

Add IRC Account

To join any room, click on Room->Join

Change the Windows Button Layout to get the Close button in Gnome-Shell 3.4 to the left

[note: Users of Gnome-Shell 3.2 and 3.0 can still use the earlier method detailed here]
You might have installed Adwance GTK3 theme and looking forward to adding this last Ubuntu touch. Or maybe you simply like the buttons on the left. This post is for you. The methods mentioned here are very simple and harmless. You can change back to the default when you feel like it.
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Code for RMI Calculator in Java

This is my assignment for Distributed Operating Systems. You’re free to download and use the source code for reference, but I would discourage using the code directly. Also, do not claim to have done this program yourself and you’re fine. :)

This code does Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. Use ‘rmic’ to compile the code and create server and client stubs before you run it.

Click on http://www.box.com/embed/aobymq77zkgisza.swf to download the file directly.

If the above link does not work for you then click [here]

Code for Lamport Timestamps Algorithm in Java

This is my assignment for Distributed Operating Systems (If you’re in UoP then you know what I mean). For the sake of computer science students like me I’ll try to upload my assignments here from now on. You’re free to download and use the source code for reference, but I would discourage using the code directly. Basically do not claim to have done the program yourself and you’re fine. :)

To download the file directly, click on the following link http://www.box.com/embed/o14drja521f234t.swf

Click [here] if that doesn’t work for you.

GATE 2012 Solution Set/Answer Key for CS (from Gateforum)

Since the Gateforum servers are down, I’m uploading this pdf file here for those desperately searching. Click Here to Download -> CS-GATE-2012

(All credit goes to Gateforum.com. I assume no responsibility or credit for the solutions. Here is a link to the file on their servers [Gateforum.com])

Accessing Wikipedia during SOPA Blackout?

Wikipedia along with some other major websites have decided to openly protest SOPA and PIPA on 16th January 2012, and I’m every bit in favour. The English version of the website will load a black page instead of your article. However, the world doesn’t stop.. the assignments do not stop.. the world definitely needs Wikipedia for that one last minute reference. So what to do?

Turn off that Javascript! That’s right. Wikipedia is using Javascript for the blackout. So if you simply turn it off, you can access Wikipedia like any normal day. Your browser specific instructions for turning off Javascript are given at last.

An alternative would be to use Wikipedia in some other language. But given the quality of articles in other languages, this is not always practical.

Some sites have suggested pressing the Esc key right at the moment you want the loading to stop. If done correctly, you can stop the black page of protest from loading, but you need to be Ninja-quick for this to work flawlessly every time (easier if you are using a dial-up connection). Also think means you cannot start any tab in the background since you’d always have to press Esc to stop it from loading fully.

Lifehacker has a nice article on using Wikipedia offline if you want to ration against any further outages (Oh yea! That’s what I think this is).

So! Happy researching!

Google Chrome/Chromium:

Instructions: [corenetworkz.com]

Mozilla Firefox:

Instructions: [mozilla.org]

Internet Explorer (9):

Instructions: [about.com]

How to add a border to a selection in GIMP

If you wanted to add a border only to a selection and not the complete image, then you should read this other post BorderToImage

Choose the part of the image to which you want to add the border. For a comprehensive guide on selection in GIMP, read http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-tools-selection.html

Geekum Selection

Selected Image

I’ve chosen the large text in the middle for bordering.

Border Selection Dialog

Border Selection

Now click on Select->Border

Specify the width of the border and choose the units.

Choosing feather border will cause the selection intensity to decrease slowly, thus giving a smooth border.

If lock selection to image edges is not selected, then the selection might change upon contact with the image borders.

Now click OK. You’ll notice that the border of the selection has been automatically selected. You may now fill it with any colour/gradient as you’d like.

Image after bordering selection

Selection Bordered

This is the final outcome that I got after filling the selection. Note that it is possible to fill the selection at once by pressing shift while using the fill tool.

How to add a border to an image in GIMP

If you wanted to add a border only to a selection and not the complete image, then you should read this other post BorderToSelection

To add a border to an image in GIMP, open the image first (make it the active window).

Wordpress Icon

Before Adding a Border

I chose the above figure because.. well.. I don’t know.. I just did

Add Border dialog box

Add Border

Now click on Filters->Decor->Add Border…

Choose the width of the border horizontally and vertically. The Delta value of the colour determines how “3-D” the border appears. Experiment with it till you’re satisfied and then press OK

Image after adding a border

WordPress Icon - Bordered

Voilà! There you have it. The image has a border now.

How to Move the Close Button in Gnome-Shell to the Left Like Ubuntu?

[note: Users of Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome 3.4 installed please check the updated post for the method that will work for you]


You might have installed Adwance GTK3 theme and looking forward to adding this last Ubuntu touch. Or maybe you simply like the buttons on the left. This post is for you. The methods mentioned here are very simple and harmless. You can change back to the default when you feel like it.
Read more…

An Honest Review of the Unity Interface in Ubuntu 11.04

Unity from the Eyes of a Gnome-Shell User

I was playing with aptitude… trying to install… or upgrade? Or was I downgrading something? Does it even matter? So.. well, I messed up my libc6.. Yes, people.. I messed up the C library. It’s like the worst thing you can do to your OS. And I did it.

So what then? The only command that worked on my system was cd. (Not quite what I needed, eh?) I even had to shutdown my PC by turning off the power switch. Yea.. so there I was… messed up system, lots of time at hand. What did I do? I installed Ubuntu.

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