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Today I was reading this interesting link on How to resist being influenced by advertising.

Triple filter for Gossips

Posted: July 2, 2010 in Miscellaneous

Dear All,

In ancient Greece, One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

“Triple filter?”

“That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man said, “Actually I just heard about it and …”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“No, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really …”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”


Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you. ~Spanish Proverb

Finally, it’s raining cats and dogs in Mumbai, welcome back monsoons.

After more than a year (since Nov 2007) without a personal Internet connection, I decided to finally go ahead and get myself a Tata Indicom CDMA based Internet connection.

The connection speed promised is upto 153.6 kbps ( with a disclaimer that the speed mentioned is subject to network conditions.)

This is how my /etc/wvdial.conf looks like.

[Dialer Defaults]
Modem = /dev/ttyACM0
Baud = 230400
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2
Init3 = AT+CRM=1
Stupid Mode = 1
ISDN = 0
Modem Type = USB Modem
Phone = #777
Username = internet
Password = internet

The connection speeds is fairly slow with frequent packet drops all along. I am told that the network connection speeds do pick up during the night and non peek hours.

It serves the purpose of checking my emails, doing some research on the web and also for IRC though I find opening sites like YouTube extremely time consuming with this connection.

My Laptop is now a Dual boot between Ubuntu Hardy Heron and Pure Debian Etch. I am in the process of upgrading to  Debian Unstable (Sid).

I was playing around with the Debian packaging system and decided to give the application VRMS ( virtual Richard M. Stallman ) a try.

This is what the package description says:

‘ The vrms program will analyze the set of currently-installed packages
on a Debian-based system, and report all of the packages from the
non-free tree which are currently installed.

Note that vrms is not limited to Debian systems only (which means that
it also works with Debian-derived distributions such as Ubuntu). It is
also not limited to Linux-based systems.

Future versions of vrms will include an option to also display text
from the public writings of RMS and others that explain why use of each
of the installed non-free packages might cause moral issues for some in
the Free Software community. This functionality is not yet included. ‘

I tried running vrms on my console and I got this output

vivek@wisdom:~$ vrms
No non-free packages installed on wisdom.local! rms would be proud.

Cool, finally an operating system that is completely ‘Free as in Freedom’

Let the hacking games begin 🙂

Hello world!

Posted: April 30, 2006 in Miscellaneous

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