Fedora 29 and nostalgia

Fedora 29 has released, It had been since the Fedora-Core 2 days that I had used Fedora (rather it was my first foray in linux). We used to wait for computer magazines to deliver free OS CDs. Back then it was a Windows + Fedora. Everytime I had an issue with Fedora I had to switch back to Windows, see what is right / wrong how to go about it and fix it. We didn’t have the comfort of using Smart phones and tablets back then around 2004. Setting up eth0 was still an effort for a newbie like me.

As years moved, Fedora improved and its ability to replace my desktop’s default OS. However still we had to tweak around to make it comfortable. Codecs, font rendering, etc. However it has been one of the most comfortable environments for developers, most of the things available as rpm packages.

Maxing out only till 60%

With Fedora 29, a whole lot has improved, first and foremost, which is on everyone’s mind is GNOME 3.30. This is by far one of the most important GNOME 3x releases. WHY? Install it and you’ll see the amount of RAM that it hogs is way lesser than the earlier versions. Now my 9 yrs old laptop can effectively run GNOME, the modern RAM eating browsers and still leave me room. The new GNOME is lovely and modern yet for the nostalgia the Bluecurve theme deserves a special mention. For years as long GTK2 / GNOME2 ran on my PC, it was the de-facto choice.

The font rendering too has improved off-the-box, Now there is no need to install the freetype-freeworld package, make changes to the ~/.fonts/fonts.conf or .Xresources. I’m not sure what has really changed, whether the patent expiry has come through and we get it as-is without the patent issues.

Hope this Fedora legacy carries on for long. And finally kudos to Redhat, Fedora Team,GNOME and endless other teams for putting in effort for us to consume this beautiful lovely OS which is free!

Fedora magazine has a lovely article that has triggered these memories.

Manjha – Kai Po Che – Guitar finger picking tabs, chords

This entry is part 34 of 36 in the series Guitar

After a really long time this song came back on my ears, stuck for a long time and I had to get something beautiful for my guitar.  So here it is, Manjha by Amit Trivedi from Kai Po Che. The song is in the key of D.

Guitar Intro riff (4x)


Sarangi / Violin Intro (on Guitar, 2x)



Song begins…

Roothe khwaabon ko mana lenge..


Kati patango ko thaamenge…
(same as above pattern)

Haa haa hai jazba


Ho ho hai jazba
(same as above pattern)

Suljha lenge uljhe Rishton ka Manjha


Ha manjha ha manjha ha manjha..


Soyi Taqdire… (all same pattern begining from roothe…)
Till … ha manjha

Violin part comes in again…

Rishte pankho ko hawa denge


Rishte dard ko dawa denge
(above pattern continued…)

Jeet kabhi Haar kabhi


Ghum to yaaro honge do pal ke mehmaan


Riste dehleeze … kardenge kurbaan
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Off Roading around Vaitarna, Manor

Jul 21, 2018

A wet Saturday in July and an itch to roam around the Vaitarna, picking small water bodies and navigating through slushy dirt roads on foot and car both. Me and my old riding partner Manas trudged.

Offroading near Lahope

First up was Lohape Talao / lake close to the Vajereshwari town, we had made a similar trip  exactly a year back. This time we thought we’ll check smaller lakes and dams around that area.

Next up was a lake / dam called “Shelte Water Lake” as labelled by Google maps, this one was right below Kohoj fort. We stopped our car next to the highway and continued our offroading on the foot, through muck, slush, water, you name it. The rain came in hard, our foot got stuck in the soil, T-shirts sprayed and splashed with dirt. Almost 15-20 mins into the trail, but we couldn’t find it. All that we could see was lush green earth and farmers toiling on the paddy fields below a towering mountain behind half hidden above the low rain clouds. We decided to head back without having a peek of the Lake.

Amidst discussions of post-retirement life, bikes and cars we head home. The whole trip without even a single song played on the stereo!

Directions / Route

Guitar Chords: Rafu (Tumhari Sulu)

This entry is part 33 of 36 in the series Guitar

This melody sung by Ronkini Gupta is an absolute gem. Entire song is just a single guitar and vocals. And Ronkini’s classical stance adds magic.

Its in the key of B major, Add a capo on 4th fret to sound close to the original.






Kaise kaise dhaagon se buni hai yeh duniya
G                      Em               C
kaise kaise dhaagon se buni hai yeh duniya
G                      Em               C
Kabhi dhoop kabhi baadalon ki yeh ladiyaan
G                      Em               C

Kuch tune si hai maine ki hain rafu
D                              Bm
Ye doriyaan
Kuch tune si hai maine ki hain rafu
D                              Bm
Ye doriyaan

[CHORUS] repeat

teri bani raahein meri thi deewaarein
G               C       Am             G
Teri bani raahein meri thi deewaarein
G               C       Am             G
Unn deewaaron pe hi maine likh li bahaarein
G               C       Am             G

Shaam hui tu jo aaya so gayi thi kaliyan
G                      Em              C
Phir shaam hui tu jo aaya so gayi thi kaliyaan
G                         Em                  C

Kuch tune si hai maine ki hain rafu
D                              Bm
Ye doriyaan (x2)
Kuch tune si hai maine ki hain rafu
D                              Bm
Ye doriyaan (x2)

G   Em   Bm   D
C      D       G

Yun seete seete meelon ki ban gayi kahaani
G               C            Am           G
Yun seete seete meelon ki ban gayi kahaani
G               C            Am           G
Kuch tere haathon se kuch meri zubaani
G               C            Am           G

Ab jo bhi hai ye aadha pauna
G                           Em
Hai toh rangraliyaan


Synergy on Fedora 28 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

I was waiting for a few years to upgrade my 16.04LTS and finally when time came I didn’t hesitate. However it created a huge problem! I wasn’t able to sync my mouse and keyboard with synergy (free).

I wondered debugged a lot, first thing I found the synergy version on Fedora was 2.x while that on Ubuntu was 1.8.8. So I downloaded same version of synergy 1.8.8 from my favorite switch mirror.

Yet the problem never got over, I tried to swap the server – client but to no avail. Almost a week got over and I was still haggling with multiple keyboards and mouse combinations. I also read posts about Scroll locks, etc… but that didn’t help either.

But today while browsing on Fedora 28, I found that Mouse movements over Firefox were very laggy (something like dropped frames while painting the mouse), I wondered why. It struck me, these days the default server is wayland server. Lemme try disabling it. Edited /etc/gdm/custom.conf, where I had to just comment-out the line WaylandEnable=false. Ensure the line stays WaylandEnable=false. Edited the Ubuntu config /etc/gdm3/custom.conf (Oh by the way I had installed the vanilla-gnome-desktop package.

Rebooted the systems… and 😎😎😎 Got it working!

Steps to get synergy running

  1. Ensure same version of synergy 1.8.8 on Fedora 28
  2. Disable Wayland on both the systems
  3. Reboot (for goodluck 😀 )

Sample synergy.conf file

section: screens

section: links
    right = ubuntu
    left = fedora

Synergy Command for Server (Fedora in my case)
synergys -n fedora --config /home/rutu/synergy.conf --debug WARNING

Synergy Command for Client (ubuntu in my case)
synergyc --client -d WARNING --name ubuntu

Update: I found this Wayland support for Linux client and server #4090

Nostalgia with Winamp

Today I came across a hacker news post – winamp2-js

It has taken me back to my early years of computers, music and start of programming. It was 1998, when Winamp came up and was instantly viral. I had endless songs churned through that software and was in first-sight love with it for its ease of use, features, simplicity and its light weight nature. Back then there used to be heavy-weight player called Windows Media Player which on 3rd world country desktops was too much to ask. Winamp had answered all the questions, ticked all the boxes.

A few years on … It was Winamp that had urged me to make my first contribution to the open web (github and opensource perhaps wasn’t as popular then). I had taken up a task to design a Winamp skin. I think I decided it had to be my then heart-throb Elizabeth Hurley. It turned out to be a big effort initially but post its approval on Winamp’s website and seeing the usage counters grow up by the day, I got that high that the new-age developers get looking at the green boxes glow up on github’s profile page.

This awesome find of nodejs based winamp player gave another time-travel. फुक्टे / फुकरे as we were, I had learnt HTML, some JS (which now is my bread-winner). I needed a site to display my skills, I took up to the best available then (free that is) – geocities. New age guys reading this post wouldn’t smile reading that name, however for some… “Aaah good ol’ days of geocities.com”. I had created a website on geocities with a page dedicated to all the winamp skins I manged to craft. The list had grown to 5. You’ll find them available for download at the bottom.

Sometime back I tried to find my geocities website in hope of some crawler had crawled it and hosted, and I hit oocities.org. Today I manged to find the page dedicated to Winamp, download the skins and even see them working here.

A big thanks to https://github.com/captbaritone for his project and hacker news!

Winamp Skins

Yasmin Bleeth Winamp Skin
Yasmin Bleeth Winamp Skin
Barbara Schett Winamp Skin
Barbara Schett Winamp Skin
Martina Hingis Winamp Skin
Martina Hingis Winamp Skin
Elizabeth Hurley Winamp Skin
Elizabeth Hurley Winamp Skin
Priyanka Chopra Winamp Skin
Priyanka Chopra Winamp Skin