Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

The minute that you understand that you can poke life and actually something will, you know if you push in, something will pop out the other side, that you can change it, you can mold it. That’s maybe the most important thing. It’s to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.

I think that’s very important and however you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better, cause it’s kind of messed up, in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again

Most people never pick up the phone, most people never ask. And that’s what separates, sometimes, the people that do things from the people that just dream about them. You gotta act. And you gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.

Source:Steve Jobs’ interview!

Welcome degree 36!

This has been first time that the classes of new degree did not start with other degrees so there has been a lot of fuss about dealing with you guys ; more than before because we got 3 weeks to think about how to deal with the upcoming degree this time.As a result,many new thoughts have come to our minds and some of them are going to be implemented.Mine personal favorite idea oozed out from the newly formed society Electrical Student Council who have introduced a ragging complaint cell in order to minimize ragging and at the same time maintaining the evergreen traditions of EME.More ever, these guys are arranging a big event on upcoming Wednesday to welcome them along with the introductory session as well.I strongly encourage this sort of innovative by them and will standby them as a representative of council.Hope they remain successful!

Use Conky In GUI in Ubuntu 13.04 With Conky Manager

Use Conky In GUI in Ubuntu 13.04 With Conky Manager.

Ubuntu: How to fix slow wifi internet connection speed…???


Thanks to hitXP for sharing this valuable knowledge.

Recently Ubuntu came out with its newest version 11.04 code named Natty Narwhal, and after upgrading my earlier 10.10 version Maverick to this new Version of Ubuntu, I faced my first real issue with Ubuntu in so many years – My USB Wireless Internet Connection speed had almost come to a standstill like a slow dial up connection after upgrading Ubuntu to 11.04! The connection was n times weaker than Windows based systems running on same wireless connection. Many a times it even simply dropped Internet connections.

And I was quite sure that the Upgrade to 11.04 was causing this issue, and that too only with my wireless connection. That was because, the upgrade which I downloaded which was more than a GB I guess was relatively very quick over my wireless connection and happened within a couple of hours. And when the wireless became dead slow after the upgrade, I did a check on the same connection using a normal Ethernet connection (a wirefull connection) and the speed with Ethernet was good as usual, only the wireless sucked.

I searched the entire Ubuntu documentation and forums, only to see that most people had the same problem after their upgrades, but none of the solutions posted there worked – not at least for me. I was going mad with my slow wireless Internet connection when I finally found this thread which said that it was the new Power Management settings in Ubuntu that were causing less power to be supplied to the wireless Interent device there by considerably slowing down the Internet speed in many wireless devices!

And the solution? Well, that is the reason I posted this off-topic post. The solution is to run the following command to turn off Power Management by Ubuntu to your wireless device, and instantly after running this command my wireless Internet gained Rocket speed!

Just open a Terminal window in Ubuntu and type

sudo iwconfig

This will list the available wireless interfaces in your system. Now check out your wireless device name here, usually it will be wlan0

Now type the command

sudo iwconfig wlan0 power off

What this essentially does is switch off the power management by Ubuntu for your wireless device. That’s it, and now trying to download a file or watching a youtube video, and you will see that your wireless Internet connection is now back to top speed.

But this is only a temporary solution, because the next time your operating system starts, you will have to run this command again. So we actually need a permanent solution to forever prevent Ubuntu from handling the power management of our wireless device. How to get that done?

All we need to do is edit the file at the path /etc/pm/power.d/wireless – if this file or path does not exist, then you need to create it.

So cd to the directory /etc/pm/power.d and if this directory structure is not there then you need to create it using mkdir.

The create or edit the file called wireless in this folder using the following command in a terminal window

sudo gedit /etc/pm/power.d/wireless

The above command opens the wireless file for editing as a root user.

In this file add the following lines and save the file and exit. That’s it.


/sbin/iwconfig wlan0 power off

The above lines tell Ubuntu not to manage the power supply to the wlan0 wireless device. So even after you restart your system, Ubuntu will not control the power supply of your USB wireless device, and there you are your wireless internet speed back to normal forever or at least till you face another issue.

Even though my wireless Internet connection gained back a significant amount of its original speed after applying the above fix, it still was not running at its peak speed and I continued to search for other solutions to bring back my wireless internet connection to full speed. And finally the below additional fix brought back my wireless connection to its top speed on par with my windows system. So here goes the solution.

There is a bug in the Debian Avahi daemon in Ubuntu. And to resolve this you need to edit the following file /etc/nsswitch.conf as follows.

Type the following in the command line

 sudo gedit  /etc/nsswitch.conf

This will open the nsswitch.conf file in the text editor. Then simply change the following line

hosts:          files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4

to the below line and save the file.

hosts:          files dns

That is it. Just reset your Internet connection or probably restart your system and your wireless connection should be back on top speed. This worked for me like a charm.

Lahore: No gas to turn on the heat, so if I froze to death, would I be a martyr?

The stove fluttered to life for merely a second before going out and I understood that turning on the heater would be a waste of time. The equation was simple – no gas, no heat.

I woke up this morning and found out that, for the fourth consecutive day, there was no gas at home – none whatsoever. The stove fluttered to life for merely a second before going out and I understood that turning on the heater would be a waste of time. The equation was simple – no gas, no heat.

I would have to resign myself to a cup of tea.

I knew that as long as we have our electric kettle and chai (tea) – the answer to all Pakistani problems – we would survive.

The key word here is electric, of course.

There was no electricity either.

And this wasn’t your average run-of-the-mill single hour load shedding, oh no; there had not been the merest flicker of power for hours.

My parents had already left the house, breakfast-less, choosing rather to cast themselves onto the mercy of the break rooms at their respective work-places than on the government. My grandmother was rapidly approaching the stage of ‘chai-withdrawal’; the stage which heralds death if not addressed quickly.

We have a camping stove, the kind that works on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders and is so heavily featured in the news for its tendency to explode. A relative had lent it to us after hearing of our gasless plight and the kind of health and safety instructions they gave us was as if we were about to operate a grenade.

We stared at the squat blue thing, the maid and I.

Baji…” she said, tentatively, “Maybe we can just get lunch from the corner sh…”

“No, no.” I replied.

It was only a metal container of flammable gas at high pressure after all. And my own chai-withdrawal was slowly setting in.

After several false starts and a burnt oven mitt, the camping stove was emitting a beautiful, blue flame and humming in an ominous way – but at least there was tea. We feasted over it and the crumbs at the bottom to an almost empty packet of rusk. A week of ‘gasless-ness’ meant that our supplies of ready-to-eat edibles had run low.

This is the first time for me, in living memory, that we have had no gas at all. For four days we had battled some of the most extreme winter weather on record, aided by nothing but increasing layers of clothing. And it is not just where we live. People everywhere in Lahore, from Defence to Mughalpura, were complaining of this shortage. And the most frightening thing was that no one – absolutely no one – seemed to care.

The news and all of our blessed talk shows were full of nothing but a litany of incomprehensible rubbish; the treason trial of a former dictator, the remarks of a dual national and a drivel about the kind of death it takes to become a martyr.

All of this was utterly useless to the common man.

If I froze to death, would I be a martyr?

Or if I starved, would I care if a dictator died of the hangman’s noose or of a heart failure?

I am not freezing (well, not to death anyway) and I am not starving, and I still find that I care about neither. I care more about the fact that salaries are not keeping up with the prices of food and utilities – and even if I did have the money, there would be no utilities to pay for.

The public could not possibly be so obsessed with upholding the constitution in its present state?

Who watches all these talk shows anyway?

What does all this ‘exposing of the truth’, ‘putting things on record’ and ‘interviewing the public’ accomplish?

A free judiciary has not resulted in any justice for anyone. And the free media is more shackled by the race for ratings than any censorship laws a government could come up with.

Surely all of this was meant to make lives better for the masses – was it not?

Maybe I’m not doing it right.

Maybe the shouting anchorpersons need to be endured at a specific volume and for several hours a day for them to have the desired effect. Maybe somewhere, all this democracy is slowly rebuilding something and in five, or ten, or maybe a hundred years, we will see the result of all our liberty.

Or maybe I’m the wrong demographic.

I am only middle class. What would I know about prosperity or moving forward when I waste so much time over the price of potatoes?

Talk shows are best enjoyed in a well heated room after all, with snacks of course.

How silly of me to question such intellectuals discussions with my petty issues of food and utilities.

Sometimes it makes me wonder if democracy was ever made for the people at all.

This post was originally published here.


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