Famous Quotes

There are no "knowns." There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don't know.

-Donald Rumsfeld

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I am legend and so are you!

Excerpts from my Ice-Breaker Talk,

Pleasant Good Afternoon to everyone! 

I know its a cliche to start with a quote. But I can't find a better one liner to describe my life and also its a good one! Newton said once, 
"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."

Many of you would have watched the movie 'Prestige' right? I don't want to be the magician! I want to be the man behind the magician. I want to be that guy 'Nikola Tesla' who went on to give life to all his imaginations and gave it away to humanity for free. As such, I don't like the second part though.  We all have watched 'The Dark Knight Trilogy'. I don't want to be Dark Knight. I can never be one. I have wonderful living parents and a great city, per se. So, there goes. But, I want to be the man who gives away all those toys for the Bat Man to play with. I want to be 'Lucius Fox'. We all have watched 'The Iron Man Trilogy'. Nah, I don't want to be Iron Man either. How many of you have noticed the man who Tony Stark meets in Iron Man 2 in the restaurant just before the race.  He is the real life 'Tony Stark'. That guy is 'Elon Musk'. The man behind Paypal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX. A true Engineer in all its mighty sense. One common underlying fact behind all these great individuals is this, 'They are great Engineers and they followed their passion no matter what stood in their way. And they also made great Heroes/leaders happen'. People say, 'Don't build Castles out of thin air', But I dare say them, 'I have built Cities full of sky-scrappers out of thin air'. One day, it might become reality. I hope that day shall come. This is my world. And I welcome you all to this World full of possibilities. Well, there goes my fantasy introduction. Lets get back to some trivia or facts if you want to name it that way.

I am Sugavanesh B. I am a college fresher with an Undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering. My alma mater is National Institute of Technology, Trichy. Technically, its 20 kms from Trichy. But, hey who cares?! I am passionate about everything scitech, Movies, Computers, Tamil (my mother tongue), Music, Cricket. Yeah, all the trivial new-age college kiddie stuff. I love traveling. But, I have never been on one. Would love to join one if any of you guys are planning one. I am open-minded (or so they say) I believe in the good will of humans. I believe in the quote, 'The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap!' How true! 

I have been and continue to be a victim of Murphy's law, 
''Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."
My tagline goes like this, 'I am a guy with internet'. Why?! I spend most of time reading, upvoting and answering questions on Quora, Reading  subreddits on Reddit, reading fellow user-written articles in Cracked, Oatmeal, Enjoying comics in xkcd, phdcomics, zenpencils and what not! I blog at amastersidea. My online signature is 'sugavaneshb'. B for 'Bold'. I sometimes write code and hack stuff. My code is hosted in github. I talk a lot, at the same time, a way better listener, one real thing I am proud of myself. 

I am a small town guy from Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu where the famous Kaveri enters Tamil Nadu and Hogenakkal falls enrich everything on its way. I was a state topper in my board exams. By virtue of which, I got to meet the then CM and some great people. Enough with my boring details. I like to be a ghost at the same time love to enjoy the privilege of a celebrity. (Who doesn't? ) I do a lot of self reflection and am a strong self-critic. I always yearn to learn new stuff and undergo new experiences. I have made a lot of mistakes but I make sure I don't repeat them. I am fun to hang around. (Or so my friends say!). I am bad at emotions though! I watch a lot of movies. I stand by the quote, 
"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win" .
I just want you to take home this one single mantra which defines my life, 
"When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than your ability. Your tastes only narrow & exclude people. So create."

Live long & Prosper. I am Sugavanesh, I am legend and so are you! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

[Arch Linux] A self-help list of commands for wifi and network related issues

Right when I started using arch-linux, I know my state will be something like this meme,

Well, yeah, arch-linux has frustrated me on many occasions. Nevertheless, it has given me the greatest compatibility and working experience with all its bleeding edge updates. 

Recently I performed an upgrade and ever since I have been facing problems with wireless connections.. And I figured out every time, I am trying to fix the same problem by reinventing the wheel. So thought of maintaining a self-help list so that I can fix it myself without referring through all wiki and going through all those answers..

So few commands that I am supposed to remember for all network issues:

#if system network services are not compatible error comes up,

sudo systemctl enable NetworkManager

#to check what is the current status of wifi and bluetooth (well actually, list of processes affected by rfkill),

watch -n1 rfkill list all

#to set an interface up (In this case wlp4s0),

sudo ip link set wlp4s0 up

If wpa_supplicant does not come to the rescue, Use the graphical network manager and try to use 'connect to some hidden network'!

That worked for me though the command line wifi-menu tool showed authentication errors repeatedly.

P.S I know this is so basic, yet I forget these every time. So, this is just a self-help list.