About Me

!nversed Poignancy!

...I am an eclectic amalgamation of many seemingly paradoxical things. This can be exemplified in both my seemingly endless persistance on many topics and arguments, as well as my careful cautiousness on other topics and arguments. This is largely due to how astute I am of the topic: more knowledge, more persistant; less knowledge, obviously more cautious. I also have times of obsessive compulsions regarding certain things (mostly just my thoughts, however)...

Life and Death

!nversed Poignancy!

Life

An assembly

Possibly impossible

Perfectly interchangeable..

Death

That lives most upright

Beyond the unspoken

Neither a squiggle nor a quibble..

She and Me

!nversed Poignancy!

She

A daffodil

Tyrannizer of me

Breaking the colors of dusk!..

Me

The rising sun

Infringed with violations

The impurity in the salt..

Love and Poetry!

!nversed Poignancy!

Love

A puerile desire

Buried in the heart

Never leaves..

Poetry

Sentimentally melodramatic

Cursively recursive

My thoughts idiotic!

How do you contribute to FreeBSD?

Scribbled by Bharath C On January 25, 2009

Apparently this post is perhaps way off the usual stuff that I post. But, as usual I still felt that this one has the weight-age and the tenacity to be get-in here. Well, the key reason for me posting this one here is to just help my fellow juniors('the FBSD enthusuaists') get to know about FOSS and suff. [And yeah, I have blocked comments for this post, so any comments or doubts please do revert back to me via mail).

Ok, lets get started..with a step back and a peek forward.

As part of the FreeBSD team, I often get asked the same question: “How can I get started as a FreeBSD contributor?”.

There are usually two reasons why a new contributor feels overwhelmed by the idea of getting started. One of them is that he or she feels that it is difficult to find out exactly how to start contributing to a free software project. The second reason is usually a feeling of impotency, the notion that “I am such a newbie, how could I ever make a difference in such a large project?”

Both of these concerns can be addressed quite easily. This post is my attempt at recording what I have learned by being a part of the FreeBSD team for almost a decade now, so let me start by the most serious one of these two obstacles to becoming a FreeBSD contributor: the feeling of being too small to make a difference.

You Can Make a Difference!

The best response I can think to the idea that a new contributor is too small to do something important for FreeBSD is a short story by one of the Argentinian authors I love. A story by Jorge Bucay:

The Story of the Chained Elephant

When I was a small boy, I loved going to the circus. Animal acts were my favorite. I was quite impressed by the elephant, who is — as I found out later — the favorite animal of all children. The elephant’s part of the show was a display of his huge weight, his immense size and power… Then, as the show was approaching its end, slightly before the elephant had to return to his tent, he was standing tied to a tiny wooden stake driven partially into the ground. A chain was wrapped around his feet.

The size of the stake was very small, and the part of it that was driven into the ground was even smaller. The chain that was wrapped around the legs of the elephant was quite large, but it seemed quite obvious, even to my childish mind, that an animal whose power was so large, so immense that it could rip trees off the ground and hurl them to others, was more than enough to let the elephant just rise and walk away.

That was the mystery of the elephant.

What sort of immense force could keep the elephant tied to that tiny stake?

Why didn’t he rise and walk away?

When I was five or six years old, I put great trust in the wisdom of the elder people. So I asked my teacher, my father, and my uncle about the mystery of the elephant. I don’t remember anymore who gave me the particular answer, but one of the replies was that the elephant doesn’t run away because he is “tame”.

Then I asked the obvious question: “If he’s tame, why do they have to chain him?” I don’t think I ever got a satisfactory answer to this question.

As time went by, I forgot all about the mystery of the huge elephant and the tiny stake. The mystery would only resurface when I was at the company of others who had wondered about the same thing.

Then, a few years ago, I discovered that someone knew why the elephant doesn’t run away.

The elephant doesn’t run away because they have been tying him to a similar stake ever since he was very very small too.

I closed my eyes, and I tried to imagine the small, newborn elephant, chained to the ground. The small elephant would push, pull and struggle with all his strength, trying to free himself, but he would fail. Despite all his efforts, he would fail again and again, because that stake and chain was too big for his strength.

The elephant would sleep exhausted from all his efforts to free himself, and would wake up the next day. All his struggles would fail the next day too, and a third day, and a fourth, and many tiresome, exhausting days after those. Then one day would come — a horrible day for the history of our elephant — a day that he would just give up, and accept his fate, deciding that he was too weak to escape, that his strength was not enough and would never be enough.

The huge and immensely powerful elephant that we see in the circus does not run away because the poor animal believes that he cannot do that.

The memory of the lack of strength he felt a little after his birth is now deeply engraved to his very soul and spirit.

The worst of it all is that he has never tried to free himself since.

He never ever tried to test his powers again.

The story of the circus elephant is often why new people do not try to contribute to FreeBSD. They have this strange idea that they are, for some odd reason, “not good enough”; that they cannot really stand side to side with the giants who have built this enormous, immensely huge system; that their feeble attempts to improve their favorite OS will be met with scorn, or contemptuous laughter by the super smart alien beings that are behind such a complex beast of a system.

This is, fortunately, not true. FreeBSD has been developed by humans, by people like me and, most importantly, you, the new contributor who is passionate about his favorite OS. We are not superhuman entities from outer space, but we like what we are doing, and we try to develop, improve and extend the operating environment that we all love.

We have all tried to do many things about FreeBSD and with FreeBSD. Some of them have worked, and a small percentage of what has worked later became a part of the official FreeBSD system. But there have also been thousands of times that we failed. Utterly and unrecoverably failed. We went down the wrong path for a long time. We tried things that were risky, amusing but also very very easy to break; to do funny, or silly things, or even to just explode in our face.

If you are a new FreeBSD contributor then try to avoid getting stuck in that tiny stake and chain that keeps the circus elephant from being free. We have all failed in out attempts to do something that improves FreeBSD. We have failed not once, not twice, but many times over and over again.

But we keep trying our strength, and in the end we do find our place in the team that makes FreeBSD the wonderful system that it is today and the amazing system that it will be tomorrow :)

Finding Out How to Get Started

So you decided that you do want to help, but there’s a tiny obstacle that has to be overcome first. You don’t know where to get started and learn more about FreeBSD, how it works, how it is developed, and how you can contribute to make it a better system.

First of all, congratulations for wanting to contribute to FreeBSD! We always need more hands to work on the open bugs, to answer questions of new users, to write documentation, to test new drivers, to debug and fix old drivers, and so on.

There are many things you can do to help FreeBSD. You can start with easy tasks, and move to more difficult ones as you pick up the details of how everything works.

My suggestion would be to start by reading the latest version of the “Contributing to FreeBSD” article. You can find it online at:

If you are interested in helping us with the FreeBSD Ports Collection, one of the major selling points of FreeBSD, there is a separate article that may give you some ideas to get started: “Contributing to the
FreeBSD Collection
“. This one is available at:

The “FreeBSD Development Projects” page is a third option you have. This is a a list of interesting, active and/or useful things we could do to extend, improve and adapt FreeBSD to do new or just more cool things. The list of projects is visible online at:

Some of the most interesting projects are listed separately in that page, under the “Project Ideas” section:

All these pages are public information, accessible to anyone who wants to know about ways to help FreeBSD. So you are most welcome to have a look at these pages, and look for something that seems interesting for you.

When you do find something interesting, you will probably have a few questions about how to work on the idea, where to grab the sources of FreeBSD, where to submit patches, how to do that, and so on. Our large collection of mailing lists is going to be helpful at this point. Visit the mailing list information page at:

Look for a mailing list that matches the work you are doing, and then either post directly to the list, or subscribe to it. One of the lists that is probably going to be useful for general questions about FreeBSD (questions like “where do I get the source of the ls(1) utility?”) is the freebsd-questions mailing list:

If you can’t locate the correct list for something you are working on, if you have questions that don’t seem to fit neatly into the topics of another list, or even if you just want to ask something quick about FreeBSD but you don’t have the time to seek the right mailing list to do that, the freebsd-questions list should be your fallback choice.

The Rain..

Scribbled by Bharath C On January 22, 2009 2 Thoughts have been Sprinkled!, Your Take?

The plop, the pain.
Drizzle, thunder and the storm.

The plops gather,live and re-live.
Pain plops,lives,wilts and dies.
Drizzle- as she whispers in my ears.
The thunder,as I hold her to my heart.
"The storm"- Is something that happened after...

Quibble...

Scribbled by Bharath C On January 22, 2009 3 Thoughts have been Sprinkled!, Your Take?

Love and Life!,
What are these ?
Pang?, Pain? or are they something above all these?

The contemplation is tough,
Do you know why a boat is wrecked by a storm?
Or do you know why storms are actually born?
Well, thats more of a
life for you...

Why is it that a bleeding quill offers no resilience,
Until the entirety of the parchment is completely acquired..
Or why is it that the parchment bears the pain,
When it has nothing to gain..
Well, thats
love for you..



Time, constraints, life and the move ahead. They are perhaps the mostly generalized process that applies to almost all phenomena( Moreso, with the metamorphosis). The reason I’m writing this is pretty much along the lines of being mind boggling( if I were less informed, It could well be classified as a time-pass post ).

I have been almost out of the blogging world for quite sometime now.Oflate, I have actually got all those poetic dew's go to droughts. But, today was something different; It’s been a very grotosque evening. Maybe it’s the first time in a long time that I’ve felt the need to post something on my blog without a definite plan. My afternoon was patterned to the most accurate tile, I met tones of angst,love,nostalgia,then angst again and more sorrow. I really dint have much to say.(I really dont!).

So, Later this evening I just put my head underneath the pillow and let the thoughts flow. I could actually see all my accumulators, reg AX,BX,CX, the PC, etc ; All arranged so beautifully. It looked as thought my CPU ( with a very fast REM-Rapid Eye Movement) could actually prepare a powerpoint presentation ( Disclaimer: I really dont know whether it used a licensed version of MS Office!).

But at the end of it all, It was great. It was so very indescribable. It was different! and this difference in the zero sum has led me to merit it with a post on my blog. For those who really thought this to be a serious post, well, I am sorry folks!. This one is as doodelic as it could get; Call it crap, call it shit!. I accept it all, but I cant but get words to describe this posts merit..:P

Bare foot management is pretty idealistic, and the basic assumption is that a fat pocket root would imply a brainy head goof!. On the other hand, the basic assumption behind tech'ed butter fingers is that everyone is inherently an idiot stuffed and sandwitched between a direct propotion of a fat pocket squared and the root of the tag's fame.

Can we ever have something for the moderates?. Its high time that a tech-geek and a management-freek shake hands!.To put it in other words, left stuff is pretty much too ideal and more inclined along the lines of being hypothetical. It assumes an Omega, when the nail has been struck over a big-Oh or perhaps marginally below the bets of Oh. Similarly, in assuming that every one is a righist essentially over the halo of the IIMs is perhaps a misconception, I am sure that they are not packed as a right, but moulded as one!.

A simple epitome of a fact, learnt this from my first rounds of mock GDs for IIM-A. Darn!, I just got to know how life is on the other side of the Moon!.

Talk about 99.81?!. For a second i turned dyslexic and assumed mine to be the strrev(99.81).

Ever seen a mirage?!- I did!

Last year when the Monarchs migrated by my house one day in late September.  I had over four bakers dozen of them on my clumps of New asters.  The next day they were gone.  It was a beautiful sight.  I have seen one or two butterflies lately, but my asters aren’t blooming yet this year.  I hope they remember to stop by again.
Nasturtiums are another great never fail annual.  Plant the seeds directly outside in spring and you’ll have great color all summer.  This snap shot of the "Garden" ill-logically shows 2 varieties, you can see one is darker red, the other variety is the orange and yellow.  The first year it was an accident that I planted the orange nasturtiums near the purple salvia.  I’m not sure exactly what that plant is, the previous owner of my property had planted it.  And it bloomed in the spring, I assumed that was it, but if you cut back the dead flower stalks, you get more… and more…. and more….all summer.  So the orange and purple were blooming at the same time, and I liked the combination.  Now I plant the nasturtiums there every year.  And you can see a couple brussel sprouts plants.  They didn’t do very well in this location, I don’t think it gets enough sun.
I love the hot, bright colors in all in August and the aura that they emanate with August!. I think pastels are pretty in spring, but when the weather gets hot you need some vibrant color in the garden. The pathwayof this idiotic bulimia of mine,now,has some orange profusion zinnias, which I grew from seed, very easy to do, and some purple wave petunias, also grown from seed. Even though the color is magenta, you have to buy the purple wave. To get purple petunias, you have to buy the blue wave. Then in the background I did buy some yellow celosia plants to fill in a hole, and I bought a “Proven Winner” blue lobelia because I saw on a gardening show that they have perfected the lobelia so it doesn’t die out in the summer. And they were right, this one is still going strong in mid-August. It did stop blooming, so I sheared it off, and about a week and a half later it was blue again. The little black eyed susan flowers are called creeping zinnia, they self seed every year, although you need to transplant about 3 of them together to get a bushy effect.
There's something that I’ve been realizing recently,just recently. I have actually started paying attention to my very own life-garden's leaf size. I had realized something else the last summer-that I had too many plants with fussy leaves.  So I tried to add some large leaved plants this spring. I bought a little lily, a taci-taciturn and a wavy-witchrose. All of which are growing and growing big!.

Then, for some reason,when i did inspect the garden a few weeks ago,I found that I hadn’t got a flower and the leaves wern’t as big as I thought they’d be.
It was then that i realized that "Connection of the dots from behind is a logic, and correction of them from ahead is illogic".

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