Archive for October, 2005

Birth Of Linux

| October 26th, 2005

Here are some of the mails sent by Linus Trovalds to the Minix newsgroups during the early stages of formation of Linux.

The text was written by Linus on July 31 1992. It is a collection of various artifacts from the period in which Linux first began to take shape.

Tragedy struck when I couldn’t listen to some of my favourite songs on linux just because they were encoded in WMA. I tried finding a convertor for linux but all efforts went in vain.

After much googling I came upon Mplayer a media player for linux which has support for a wide variety of meda formats including WMA. Its one of the coolest media tools i’ve come across. Although it has a GUI as well I opted for the command line version.

Installation Steps: [Compiling from source]

1. Get the codecs package for all codecs – here
2. bzip2 -d allcodecs.tar.gz2
3. tar -xvf allcodecs.tar
4. Copy all the codecs in the ‘allcodecs’ directory to /usr/local/lib/codecs. Some versions look for codecs in /usr/lib/codecs. Older versions needed the Win32 codecs to be in /usr/lib/win32 or /usr/local/lib/win32. [Although /usr/local/lib/codecs should work fine you may try out the rest in case of error]
5. Get hold of the latest Mplayer source package – here.
6. Repeat steps 2 & 3 for this package as well.
7. cd into the mplayer_pkg/ directory created after untarring.
8. ./configure
9. make
10. make install

You’re all done installing Mplayer. Run $ mplayer filename. Enjoy your music fellas.

Google in 2084

| October 21st, 2005

Heres a preview into what Google will be like in the year 2084. (-; [via]

Google 2084

Sergey Brin’s Resume

| October 17th, 2005

Get hold of Sergey Brin’s resume here.