Thursday, March 15, 2012

How to Buy a laptop without OS

Buy a laptop without OS

I currently own an Acer eMachines EM350 netbook and I need something more powerful now. I need a good laptop. I have been using Ubuntu, and consequently not been using Windows, in my personal Computer for over 5 years now. And to say the least I would be using Ubuntu in the new laptop as well. But as I soon realized its not an easy job to get a laptop without Windows preinstalled. So I started looking hard for one.

While price wasn't a concern, I knew that I wouldn't be needing more than an i5. I had narrowed down to 3 Brands - DellAsusSamsung.

I went and searched for Laptops without OS/with Linux at various places, and that means I wanted to buy it online. If you are living in the US/Europe probably things will be easier but I live in India.

There are 3 Sites that are trustworthy and sell Laptops. - Dell,Asus and Samsung all have laptops on flipkart that come with Free DOS. And Dell has a few with Linux. - Since Asus and Samsung do not sell on their website. Dell inspite of having laptops with linux and free dos for some reason doesn't show them in their site. I would have loved to directly buy from dell's wesite otherwise. - Here the laptops with free dos outnumber that of windws.

Now it came to a simple fact. where do i get the best price for the same configuration.
I found an Inspiron N4050 for 30k but turns out the seller doesn't ship to Bangalore. What the hell. Where does he ship to!!

I found an Inspiron N5050 for 31.5k and I found the same being priced in Flipkart and dell's site(with windows) for above 40k . This seemed like a pretty good deal to me So i went for it.

The Seller in Ebay had an impressive satisfaction rating of 100%. The laptop was shipped in 3 days and reached my home in another 4 days by bluedart.

So Finally Here's my laptop with Kubuntu Installed .

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Secret of the Nagas

The Secret of the Nagas by Amish is the Sequel of The Immortals of Meluha. This is a very anticipated book since The Immortals of Meluha ends at the heights of climax. Sati is pregnant and right in front of the temple Shiva and Sati notice a Naga, Shiva Screams and that's when the first book ends. Its an evil ending in my opinion , but well it does make the second book worth waiting for. The Second Book mainly deals with the Nagas.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The DaVinci Code

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown is an amazing book. The premise is that the belief that Jesus had no descendants may not be true and there is a closed group that guards the secrets surrounding this. This also involves the much sought after Holy Grail. The members of this closed groups are now under attack. The book has been denounced heavily by the Church but Its certainly worth reading as a piece of fiction.

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Angels And Demons

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown is a story that revolves around the question of who will be the next pope. Since it involves the Vatican there are several very interesting debates on the most common topics where the church has strong views. But the best part of the story is in the climax. It seems to so befitting to name the book Angels & Demons when you realize that the angels are the demons.

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Digital Fortress

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown is a mind boggling thriller involving the best encryption cracking computer in the world. What happens when the best machine is pitted against the best minds. Can the Best machine crack the latest development in encryption. Or will it become useless as newer forms of encryption are encountered. The story has all the elements of suspense, lies , treachery, murder and best of all a very lucid writing style.

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The Exile

The Exile by Allan Folsom is a thriller that is captivating and certainly deserves to be a best seller. The whole story has so many twists and turns that it gets hard to believe what the truth is. The characters are all very strong and extremely significant. The story goes into different countries and goes through a lot of rather interesting climax's .

This is a book that should not be missed.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Immortals of Meluha

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The Immortals of Meluha is a alternate fictional story of who Lord Shiva was. The Book takes ancient India from the History books and creates a fictional story. There are several occasions when creative situations have been made based on mythological events and actual historical places. The most striking thing in about the book is the way an alternate story has been made from mythology. This book is

Mockingjay By Suzanne Collins - End Of The Bloody Games

Mockingjay Book Review Report


Mockingjay - Book Report And Review
End Of The Bloody Games
Rating: 3
Reviewed by Sougata Khan on .

Book Report

This is the last book in this series and is a direct conflict between Katniss and Snow, rather than indirect ones via hunger games. This time its a war. What the capitol does to peeta is beyond any imagination. The actual fighting in the capitol is filled with twists and surprises at every moment. This book is quite an ending to an amazing series.

This is the last book in The Hunger Games Series. The first book was The Hunger Games and the second book was Catching Fire.

Book Review - Spoiler Alert!!!

The destruction of District 12 is rather quick. Capitol certainly is scared now. The story of district 13 is pretty awesome too. To have survived for so long, living underground and organised a rebellion is some achievement.

The state of mind of Katniss is in tatters now, she is obviously too young to be going through this kind of trauma. Peeta’s appearance and call for cease fire is obviously forced out by the capitol. Finally Katniss decides that she has to be the Mockingjay, the one hope of the people.

I KILL SNOW has a rather menacing yet captivating effect on the reader.

The behaviour of the top brass of district 13 seems rather suspicious. I would have expected a rather more friendly attitude from them towards their allies. It is surprising to see the reaction Katniss evokes in the injured people of District 8. The power of a mere symbol is clear from this . symbols can mobilize the masses.The bombing of the hospital in district 8 is rather cruel but its quite interesting to note that katniss has got arrows that can take down planes.

Peeta and Katniss are in a rather puzzling situation now. While snow wouldn’t kill him because he is her weakness. Katniss knows how Snow is using Peeta and has to do something about it nevertheless. Peeta’s rescue and then the attack on katniss was rather surprising turn of events. It of course seems like the perfect plan from the capital. One of the best trojan horse tactics. President Coin’s intentions are rather confusing. It seems like Coin wouldn’t be much different from snow.

The attack on the capital seems to be a close shave. It was indeed sad to see Finnick die. His love story was heartwrenching. The idea that Coin has betrayed everyone to this extent is rather a huge shock. Coin getting killed by katniss is rather a just turn of events.

So finally its Peeta and Katniss, I somehow felt it would be Gale.

International Women's Day [Guest Post]

Never did I imagine that I would have to weblog, but a buffon compelled me to do the impossible.
On the foremost, all errata should be ignored and due apologies for hurting any sentiments.
During Requirements Gathering (software engineering parley), I was informed that I would have to write on - Women's Day. The deadline was March 7, 23:59 HRS.
So I had

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

State of Fear

State of Fear Book Review

State of Fear is a novel by Michael Crichton is actually an environmental thriller. The world is in danger this time from Radical Environmentalists. The book keeps swaying between interesting and boring. It gets even worse as its considerably bigger than the usual Michael Crichton books. There isn't really much of an adventure that is really worth it. Does a few incidents of

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