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December 3rd, 2013 at 11:40 pm

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When you wore out the welcome

Is when you refused to get uninstalled. I am talking about Windows Media Player 11.0

I had to uninstall five seven eleven … 13 (not reiterating my favourite primes) times, to get good riddance.

1) Windows Media Player 11
2) Windows Media Format Runtime 11
3) Hotfix for Windows Media Format 11 SDK (KB 929399)
4) Software update for Windows Media Player 11 (KB 936782)
5) Software update for Windows Media Player 11 (KB 911564)
6) Software update for Windows Media Player 10 (KB 936782)
7) Software update for Windows Media Player 10 (KB 917734)
8) Software update for Windows Media Player 6.4 (KB 925398)

And then each time, with every uninstall, I was threatened. Firefox, VLC, Media Coder, et all may not work after this uninstall. VLC? Media Coder? All awesome open source applications who are light years away from any dependencies on a Microsoft .dll. And Firefox? It will not work if it does not find Media Player! Wow.

Ok, so it was not thirteen times. It was eight. But sure felt like a bad infinity.

[Edit:: 9th November 2008, 20:44]
I was not playing the Shine On You Crazy Diamond when I was writing this. Only later it dawned on me the lines, “Well you wore out your welcome with random precision, rode on the steel breeze.” Two completely different interpretations of wearing out the welcome. One the banal of the worst kind, the other sublime and surreal of the saddest order.

August 26th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

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My Signature

I got rid of Outlook at office, and was able to insert the tao in the Thunderbird signature. I wanted the same at my home laptop too. When I opened ari-signature.html in wordpad {yes, the OS is still Windows :( }, I somehow did not like the look of the font face tag. So I went checking.

I found font face was all right, but then saw the possibility of @font-face. As told by this website:

A potentially useful feature of CSS3 is the @font-face rule, which allows the developer to specify a font for the page that may not already be on the client’s system. Until now, most web sites have been developed with a small list of ‘web safe’ fonts – tahoma, verdana, etc, which are native to most operating systems.

@font-face will allow the browser to download a font for rendering the page; a link is given to either a remote site or a folder on the local site which the browser will access, download, install and render, so the site can be viewed in the way the designer desired.

For example:
@font-face { font-family: 'The New Font'; src: url(''); }
Will access an external site to download the required font.

Wow! So it means that our (Ani and I) nightmare with Hindi fonts could have been done without? Hmmmm. So I had to read more. But then, as almost always, I digressed. But as almost always, the digression was worth it. I came across another great article in a list apart. And it lead me to Prince.


And there I found another reason to trash Microsoft . On 11th April 2008, or there about, I was fumbling with my justifications for Firefox. I don’t need to mumble now. IE does not pass the acid2 test. And it fails by a nautical mile. I am talking about IE version 6.0.2900.2180.xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158 (just to be technical, and not taking chances).

While at Prince I came to know about SIL. It was earlier known as Summer Institute of Linguistics. And the fact that they produce beautiful fonts like Gentium, a typeface for the nations. I also managed to browse through the SVG flags at Commons, and all this time being mesmerized by Prince.

Well I don’t really recall how I went tap tap tapping, it must have been some reference for the site’s usage of @font-face. Won’t be tapping soon, unless I get the iPhone.

An awesome pdf generator, funda about @font-face, the possibility of fontier-less web, another reason to trash Microsoft , and the knowledge about another great NGO. That’s what I get for digressing. I will take it.

August 25th, 2008 at 5:12 am

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Trusted Computing. Yeah Right.

It will be not so late when you will be prompted “a new version of Firefox is available”. Firefox 3.1. And then the mysterious, queer sounding audio format Ogg Vorbis can be played on FF. Until that happens, you have to download this and play it in VLC.

post scriptum, 1st July 2009

I was listening to “Wednesday Morning, 3 AM” on Wednesday morning 4 AM, another fortuitous musical coincidence; as I was updating to Firefox 3.5 And there it was :: Firefox 3.5 is the first browser to support open video formats! Support for the HTML5 <video> and <audio> elements including native support for Ogg Theora encoded video and Vorbis encoded audio. Cool! So it took 10 months and 7 days to fulfill my prophecy! :-) But I was having no Prophet’s Fear! Below is the Treacherous Computing video, in all its Ogg glory!

This film talks about trusted computing, a.k.a treacherous computing.

Also thought it may be appropriate to quote the filksong composed by Richard Stallman:

Join us now and share the software;
You’ll be free, hackers, you’ll be free.

Hoarders may get piles of money,
That is true, hackers, that is true.
But they cannot help their neighbors;
That’s not good, hackers, that’s not good.

When we have enough free software
At our call, hackers, at our call,
We’ll throw out those dirty licenses
Ever more, hackers, ever more.

Join us now and share the software;
You’ll be free, hackers, you’ll be free.

I also had no idea that Guantanamo is a city in southeastern Cuba; a site of a United States naval base. I always loved the Joan Baez rendition of Guantanamera (“girl from Guantánamo”). Richard Stallman recorded Guantanamero {“of Guantanamo (male)”}. The English translation of the Spanish lyric goes like this:

My cousin hated me;
He was jealous of my career.
They arrested him and he said
I was a terrorist.

Guantanaman, I’m a Guantanaman prisoner.
Guantanaman, I’m a Guantanaman prisoner.

The empire has decided
To keep me in prison forever.
The question is whether to do it
With or without a fake trial.

Guantanaman, I’m a Guantanaman prisoner.
Guantanaman, I’m a Guantanaman prisoner.

When they injure my body
They say they are not torturing me.
They cause me grave wounds
Such as never heal.

Guantanaman, I’m a Guantanaman prisoner.
Guantanaman, I’m a Guantanaman prisoner.

They don’t let me sleep:
My end is no mystery.
I will get out when I die
Or the great empire falls.

Guantanaman, I’m a Guantanaman prisoner.
Guantanaman, I’m a Guantanaman prisoner.

The Free Software Song
Guantanamero, a protest song written in Spanish.

August 23rd, 2008 at 6:11 am

Posted in fsf,it


I decided to use copyleft.

The Copy Left Commonist Party

The copyleft image is from Niccu. I used it as an included .svg file! Wooooohoooooo!

The copy-left-commonist-party was taken from dA.

A brief history of copyright can be found here.

August 17th, 2008 at 6:18 am

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