Archive for July, 2007

How to download youtube and google videos?

July 28, 2007

Here are some ways to download YouTube videos.

Personally, I like the ‘The All-In-One Video Bookmarklet’ which is hassle free and works well. This way, the files are saved in flv format which can be played on VLC player

 Video DownloadHelper is also a great Firefox add on which accomplishes the same thing. It shows up neatly across the addressbar and when a video site it can help with shows up, it notifies without being intrusive at all.


Snimmer is a virus

July 19, 2007

The *my web IM space* Snimmer is a virus. For logging in, you need to enter a Jabber/Google Talk account user ID and password. On logging in, it starts sending out invites to *everyone* on your mailing list without asking for permission! So, if you get an invite to this menace, IGNORE IT!

I am wondering if it stored my google account password too.

Configuring Hangzhou Silan on Ubuntu Linux

July 7, 2007

After a lot of searches on the net, I found 2 ways of using the fake RealTek (Hangzhou Silan) ethernet card on Ubuntu

1. Using NDISWrapper –

This is a wrapper which allows the Win XP drivers provided for the above card to work on Linux

Read more here and here.

2. Someone has written a driver for Linux and you can download it from here. The tar has a readMe file which has detailed instructions on how to configure it.

I tried both options and the network card is detected now but I when I try to set the IP, my system hangs. More updates later..


I tried  a lot to configure the ethernet card using the above options but failed to get it all done. Maybe my fake card is a third rate thing. Anyways, there is a hope that the next release of linux will have support for this card. But until then its back to Windows for me 😦

Trouble with fake LAN card!

July 3, 2007

After installing Ubuntu (fiesty fawn), I learnt the hard truth that my LAN Card (supposedly a realtek 8139) is not compatible.

I tried doing $>lspci (which lists all PCI devices), I got this

01:08.0 Ethernet controller: Hangzhou Silan Microelectronics Co., Ltd. Unknown device 2031 (rev 01)

Shit! I was fooled into buying a fake of Realtek card. My LAN card came packed in a box with the name Zebronics technologies. On googling, I learnt that all Zebronics and Intex LAN cards are fakes using the cheap chinese products.

These cards work on Windows XP (after installing some drivers. It is not plug and play.) but not on Linux. , so all I can do now is buy a VIA Rhino or D-Link lan card which should just work with Ubuntu.

Future buyers, beware. I repeat, do not buy Zebronics and Intex lan cards just because they are cheap.

Here are other links from which I got to know about this

UPDATE : see this on 2 ways to configure the Silan card on Ubuntu linux

iRead iWoz

July 1, 2007

I just finished reading iWoz, the book by Stephen Wozniak co founder of Apple.


I picked the book after reading this review by Guy Kawazaki.

” Every engineer—and certainly every engineering student—should read this book….It is, in a nutshell, the engineer’s manifesto. ”

I think the book is true to that review. It is a conversational style prose and Wozniak starts from his early days and how he got into the world of electronics. He captures the enthusiasm of every inventor-engineer, the “eureka moment” when you know you solved a problem by yourself. That is the most important driver for any engineer and Woz has had helluva lot of those moments.

One thing I learnt from this book is that you need to have lot of patience and drive if you are going to build something. I mean, these days programming a computer is easy. The kind of languages we have and the IDE’s, the debuggers etc make things very easy compared to those days and still its kind of easy to get frustrated when things don’t work out after a few tries. Woz demonstrated that trait when he had to go through tiring multiple iterations to get the Apple I working.

His other advice is to work alone. That you are most creative when you are alone and its only then you can think loud enough to break the rules. So, its not a coincidence that most artists were loners.