Peripherals Behind The Iron Curtain

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Originally posted on Hackaday:

The article Home Computers Behind the Iron Curtain sparked a lot of interest, which made me very happy. Therefore, I decided to introduce more computer curiosities from the Iron Curtain period, especially from the former Czechoslovakia (CSSR).

As I mentioned in the previous article, the lack of spare parts, literature and technology in Czechoslovakia forced geeks to solve it themselves: by improvisation and what we would today call “hacking.”  Hobbyist projects of one person or a small party was eventually taken over by a state-owned enterprise, which then began to manufacture and deliver to stores with some minor modifications. These projects most often involved a variety of peripherals that could only be found in the Czechoslovakia with great difficulty.

Much like the production of components, the production of peripherals was also distributed throughout the eastern block so that each country was specializing in certain types of peripherals. For example, East Germany produced matrix printers…

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Smoky Sithalapakkam

I would like to go for walks in the morning, but when I step out of my home, its smoke that I smell. Too much particulate matter in the air of Sithalapakkam. Discouraged, I return to home. There is a dump yard about a qyater kilometer away and they burn garbage, and they burn it raw. They have no incinerators or what so ever to make the burning complete and less pollution free, neither they have employed simple technology where the burned out matter is delivered to upper atmosphere, say 300 feet above ground using chimneys.

This is one of the perils of living in India. Politicians are so corrupt that even simplest of things won’t happen. Sithalapakkam that was once hailed for clean air and water is now water less and air is becoming unbreathable. This would naturally increase the cost of living. To be healthy, one must put air conditioners so that outside polluted air does not mix with the inside one, and one must install air purifiers to clean what ever particulate mater that enters into his or her home.

There could be trees around Sithalapakkam, but once again looks like lack of planning, there is very less tree density here. There is a talk around that one of the politicians built a flat on a land that should have been  a public park and sold it off. Who knows? Looks like its  going to be hell of a life here.


மயக்கும் விழி பொய்யோ

மலரும் நகை பொய்யோ

கொஞ்சும் மொழி பொய்யோ

மழலை மனம் பொய்யோ

திருடினாய் என் மனதை

மணந்தாய் ………..

Installing Gnome Shell on Ubuntu 14.10

Hmm…….. In terminal type these

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install bijiben polari gnome-clocks gnome-weather gnome-maps gnome-music gnome-photos gnome-documents gnome-contacts epiphany-browser gnome-sushi gnome-boxes gnome-shell-extensions

then just restart it, login into Gnome Shell, thats it.