Introducing @pune_pulse and @pune_marathi

About Twitter –

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers.

There are two accounts on Twitter related to Pune.

1: pune_pulse – Information and news about Pune fetched from various sources. A short title and a link to original source.

2: pune_marathi – पुण्याबद्दल ताज़ी माहिती. Information and news about Pune in Marathi.


Online SBI and Usability

I had recently applied for Online SBI, and surprisingly I was handed the pre-printed internet banking user id and password instantly.

Quite happy, I tried to login after few days on, guess what…. it didn’t allowed me login showing “Invalid username or password.”

There is a link on login page “Trouble Logging In” which is nothing but a form mailer. The reason for this blog post is this “Trouble Logging In”

It asks for all the details in 6-7 fields like account number,email etc… after submitting the request, it threw me below error…

Where is all the data that I have entered….????


I do not understand, when will the people like those at Online SBI understand the user experience…


Ubuntu – Extract Archive on Open or Double Click

In Mac OS X, when you double-click a ZIP file its contents are extracted. I wanted similar functionality in Ubuntu. You can use file-roller utility to extract files to the destination folder name as zip file name.

You can set above as a default action, by viewing the property of any zip file in Nautilus and selecting file-roller with -h as command line option.

Zip Prop

Screenshot-Add Application Properties


Ubiquity – NSE Command

For those who don’t know what Ubiquity is please visit.

I have wrote a command “nse” which can be summoned to do tasks –

Following screenshots show it in action –

Using nse – Shows the current index positions.

Using nse relianc – Lists all companies those matches name “relianc”

If the name matches with single security then corresponding quote is displayed.

You can also get losers or gainers.

Here is a URL for above script. or visit Commands in the Wild.


My tryst with OSX86 on Dell Latitude D630


Tried to setup OS X on my Dell Latitude D630 and finally gave up. I don’t think its possible to have a working OS X on D630.

I had tried all three DVD’s which are available.

  1. iDeneb v1.5.1 OSX10.5.7 (UPDATED VERSION) (Intel PC AMD PC) – This seemed most promising, being latest … blah blah… Didn’t worked.
  2. Kalyway 10.5.2 DVD Intel_Amd (sse2/sse3) EFI V8 – All praised this one. Didn’t worked.
  3. IATKOS V7 10.5.7 – Didn’t worked.

I always ended up with

IOAPIC: Version 0x20 Vectors 0:23

I  tried to boot from external USB drives…same error. First restoring the iso’s on the external drive didn’t boot, partition type MBR tried using Disk Utility.

Had to use OSX86Tools_1.0.150 and Chameleon-1.0.11-installer to make those USB’s bootable.

Burned iDeneb and Kalyway on DVD… didn’t worked… booted without problem though unlike USB drive.

At the Darwin boot prompt entered options, -v -k -f cpus=2 etc etc still didn’t worked.

Disables multi-core in bios… change to AHCI from ATA…. didn’t worked.

Finally…. spending over two days…. my tryst with OSX86 on my Dell D630 is over.

Update: I was able to install Snow Leopard on my Dell D630.