The power of social network and online communities

It all started out with a normal tweeted link for Wikipedia donations. For the immense respect i have for Wikipedia, I immediately went over to the link and donated a very meagre amount. I also impulsively tweeted the link. A couple of minutes later I had a tweet poped on the timeline indicating that  a former colleague  had also donated.  Quite sure that my tweet had triggered his donation I decided to post it on facebook just so that word would spread. What followed was quite overwhelming. People where persuaded by the link I shared and it not only triggered a lot of donations followed by a comment “done”, but also a lot of shares of the link with a thank you comment. This got me thinking of how wonderful the internet has made the world and the amount of potential online communities have to make a real impact on humanity. I am not bragging here that my sharing of a link triggered so many donations. But it did get the word across and it gave us all a sense of belonging to one. A common cause for the betterment of all of us.



Fixing Wireless driver problem for Broadcom BCM4312

My Dell device had come with a pre installed version of Ubuntu 11.10, after a upgrade to long term support Ubuntu 12.04, my WIFI and blue tooth stopped working all together. After trying failing for many times I had almost given up on WIFI all together, until i stumbled up on a Ask Ubuntu answer by the awesome user izx, who has modified some drives to make the device work. So here are the steps to install the modified drivers, open a new terminal and fire away.

1. Remove the default Broadcom drivers.

sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source

2. Install the prerequisite packages.

sudo apt-get install linux-headers$(uname -r | grep -Po "\-[a-z].*")
sudo apt-get install build-essential dkms

3. Download one of the two drivers 32 bit or 64 bit

wget <package-link>

4. Install using dpkg.

sudo dpkg -i <name of the package>

5.After the install restart your machine. open a terminal and type

rfkill unblock all

You should be able to use your WIFI now cheers 🙂

On Scaling top 3 mountains in Karnataka

” Why do men climb mountains? May be for the simple reason that, they are there”

A little less then a year ago I had my first trekking experience in the first week of December. The experience changed my life forever and made me realize the joy of being close to nature. A few days back after reaching Tadiyandamol I completed the list of top three peaks in Karnataka. This deserved a blog post as a mark of milestone. So here goes.

Mullayanagiri. #1 in Karnataka. Although we didnt trek there i have promised myself, i will do it someday.

Tadiandamol. #2 in Karnataka. A short one hour treak to the peak.

Kumara Parvata. #3 in Karnataka and the one where i struggled the most. will conquer this one properly. some other time