Arivina Alegalu 2012 released

Arivina Alegalu sees its second release on August 15th as expected. You can now download the book from project page (http://arivu.sanchaya.net/ebook).   10 articles from enthusiasts have participated in our program to spread the waves of Knowledge for Common Man.

2012 release saw a change in the subjects that were covered. We have articles talking about nature, science, society, community, hacking, technology and our favorite subject FOSS.

“Arivina Alegalu” is now available on Android phones and Tablets. Don’t forget to download them via Google Play!

Cover Images were contributed by Pavithra and Mansore (http://belakindi.com) gives it a pleasant look.

Senior Journalist and writer Shri Chamaraj Savadi writes forward for the issue and encourages new writers to continue writing.

E-Book is released under Creative Commons. So go ahead, read, share and distribute….

You’re also welcome to write articles to Arivina Alegalu to spread your knowledge to other Kannadiga’s.

 

Read Arivina Alegalu on Android

 Arivina Alegalu (http://arivu.sanchaya.net) – Project to spread knowledge to common man in Kannada started in 2011 had released its first e-Book last year on  15th August. Thousands of people read through articles on our website and also downloaded PDF to share among friends.

Spreading the real meaning of freedom of knowledge sharing, free content was released through this initiative by our team at http://www.sanchaya.net

Many people had requested for ebook in various version including mobile solutions. It took us a while to realize that we could do it and here is an app on Android!

Go ahead, download and start reading Arivina Alegalu on your android phone. Yes, read this Kannada Ebook on your android mobile or tablet.

The project has come back to life again this year and expecting its second ebook release in few hours to come. Until then, start getting used to android app with 2011 eBook contents. Share it with your friends and We encourage Free and Open Source activities around Kannada. Get in touch with us to explore more opportunities to get involved in community activities.

 

We thank all writers for their contribution for this project!

 

Realtek RTS5229 Card Reader on Thinkpad E430

MMC card reader on my new Thinkpad Edge Series E430 laptop didn’t work by default on Ubuntu. Thinkpad site didn’t list the Linux drivers and even on Realtek site, it was not found earlier as its one of the latest hardware device in market.

After spending 3 long months, my wait has ended and now I see linux drive being listed on Realtek website.

Installing the module is quite simple. Download the driver for linux and run few commands as you see in Readme. Once you’re done with depmod and reboot the machine , card reader works like a charm. Enjoy!

OpenXenManager

  I have been searching for the right alternative for managing my Xen VM’s and hosts. Its a pain to boot a Windows VM just for  accessing XenCenter. You can download OpenXenManager from http://sourceforge.net/projects/openxenmanager/ or Install it on your Ubuntu machine using the following command:

#sudo apt-get install openxenmanager

PS: Running it from the source from SF.net link didn’t work for me on Ubuntu 12.04 but found it working after installing via apt-get.

Once installed, its very similar to working with the windows version of Citrix Xen Center.

 

Hope you too find it useful.

 

Canon Pixma MP 480 works out of box on Ubuntu 11.10

Canon Pixma MP 480 works out of box on 11.10 at last. I used to try Turbo print until now to take few prints. But it was always costly to purchase turbo print software. Does it really make sense for you to spend almost the similar amount on printer drive. Lucky me now as I can take printouts on through my printer without any of these headaches. Here is the test page printout for you.

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Nagios plugin to check DELL OpenManage (OMSA)

Those who doesn’t like configuring a long list of alert mechanism of on servers, here comes a savior – check_openmanage Nagios plugin. Making life easier.

More info on this plugin:
check_ checks the hardware health of Dell servers running Server Administrator (OMSA). The plugin can be used remotely with SNMP or locally with NRPE, check_by_ssh or similar, whichever suits your needs and particular taste. The plugin checks the health of the storage subsystem, power supplies, memory modules, temperature probes etc., and gives an alert if any of the components are faulty or operate outside normal parameters.

Here are some of its results:

dell-server01 ~$
OK – System: ‘PowerEdge R710′, SN: ‘XXXXXXX’, 72 GB ram (18 dimms), 1 logical drives, 2 physical drives

nagios-server ~$ check_openmanage -H dell-server02
Physical Disk 1:3 [Seagate ST3300007LC, 300GB] on ctrl 0 needs attention: Failure Predicted

It’s neat output and nagios ability to keep us alerted about server issues via email, sound alert through nagios plugins etc makes it feel good to keep a healthier RAID array running on servers.

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Kannada on Android

Many seems to be still searching how to read on your phones. Lack of support for Indic language still troubles many of us who like to read and write in Indian languages.

Here is a quick how-to for your reference.

  • Search and Install Opera Mini on Android market
  • Or use this QR code

 

 

 

 

 

  • Open opera browser on your phone and type about:config in url bar and then press go
  • Scroll down until you see the setting Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts
  • Change its value to yes and save
  • Now you should be able to read Kannada on Android

This setting will make the Opera Mini to render the page on server side and then deliver it. Hence even though your phone doesn’t have Unicode fonts or rendering capability, you can still read it.

Writing in Kannada is still not possible as of today. But its not impossible. If you dare to root your Android phone and hack into the code available out there for input methods can make it work.

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Flickr Uploader

Be simple and no more hard steps uploading photos to flickr. I found this tool very handy from burtonini.com. Add caption, set, send to groups, set privacy settings for each photo that you upload. Ofcourse write a description and title in any language using input method tool. You can find my flickr account filled with photo. […]