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Saturday, November 5, 2016

How to play "Kazhutha" (Donkey/ass) card game - കഴുത ചീട്ട് കളി എങ്ങനെ?

 Take all cards and distribute equally.

A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 is the decreasing order of values.

Each round consists of each player putting one card each in anti-clockwise order. The purpose of the game is to get rid of all the cards in your hand and become empty handed. The last person remaining with cards in their hand is declared "kazhutha".

The player who plays first is usually the player with Ace of Spade.

If a player plays spade, that round is for spades and every player must play only a spade card. Whoever plays the largest valued card in the round, "loses" (or wins) the round and has to start the next round.

Now, if everyone had every suit equally distributed, the game would be very boring because after all the rounds, everyone would have finished all their cards. This is where it gets interesting.

If a player plays diamond Q let's say. And player 2 plays diamond K, and player 3 plays diamond 10, and when it comes to player 4 imagine they don't have any card of diamond in their hand. Then, they can play any card of any other suit and the player who put the largest card till then will have to take all the cards on the floor in that round and add to their hand. That is, in this case, player 4 could play a card like say Ace of Clubs, and player 2 (because they played K of diamond) will have to take the diamond Q, K, 10 and the Clubs A into their hand. Player 2 will also have to start the next round.

At the end of one game, whoever becomes the ass will have to start the next game. As it goes "കഴുത കശക്കി, കഴുതക്കിട്ട്, കഴുത കളിച്ച് തുടങ്ങേണം"

Ask me in the comments if you have any questions on playing this wonderful card game.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Aeroway Mysore - Tips and Tricks

Aeroway is a great cheap fast broadband Internet provider in Mysore.

Here are some useful tips for Aeroway subscribers.

Check your plan balance and other details

Go to http://172.16.0.1/myaccount.html
Login with your username and password

Here you can change your password, view package details, expiry date, your assigned IP address, bandwidth usage per session, bandwidth left, etc.

Opening the captive portal directly

You can load the captive portal by going to http://10.10.0.1 or http://172.16.0.1
Pin this tab in firefox or chrome to have it load whenever you open the browser

Use alternate DNS services

Aeroway recommends you to use their own DNS which is at 172.16.0.1, but this is required only for you to get automatically redirected to the captive portal when you're logged out. If you are smart enough to load the captive portal by yourself, using the trick I just described above, you can set your DNS to other great DNSes like
Google: 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4
OpenDNS: 208.67.222.222 or 208.67.220.220
OpenNIC: 89.18.27.34, or 193.183.98.154, or 5.9.49.12, or 31.3.135.232

Recharge or pay bills online

You can use the spotsoon app on iOS or Android to pay Aeroway. But you can also pay directly online by going to aeroway.spotsoon.com

Troubleshoot your internet connection

If all of a sudden you are unable to access the Internet, take some time to figure out where the problem is.
First, check that your router is on and there is power supply. If not, call electricity board.

Then, find the cable that comes from the roof and go into your router. Take a note of all the LEDs that are on. Disconnect this cable, and see if any LED turns off. Connect the cable back and see if any LED comes on. If there is an LED that goes off and comes on, that is the "link indicator". It being on means that you're connected to Aeroway's infrastructure and no monkeys have severed the cable connection.

If the link is up (on), then load the captive page manually and try logging in. If it doesn't log in, either your password is wrong, or your package has expired. If it does log in, but you still can't access the Internet, it's mostly a problem with the upstream and there's nothing you can/need to do.

If there's no link, inspect the cable coming from the roof. If you can find any cuts or if you find banana peels lying around, call aeroway and tell them that the monkeys have cut your cable.

If the link is up, but the captive page doesn't load, there're a hundred reasons why you can't connect properly to your router and teaching you that is beyond the scope of this article.

Aeroway Internet - Cheap and Fast Broadband Internet in Mysore

I am a long time user and fan of Aeroway Internet in Mysore. They have been providing me cheap and fast broadband internet in "namma uru Mysuru" for more than 2 years now.

Tariff
The most attractive thing about the tariff plans of Aeroway is that they have truly unlimited plans (no FUP) at affordable prices. For example, the 1Mbps unlimited for ₹750 (and 15% tax) which gives unlimited unlimited Internet at 1Mbps is really useful if you're someone who likes to download a lot of stuff over torrents. The upload speed would be 1/3rd of the download speed.
And higher speeds are also available, upto 50Mbps. The best thing about the tariff plans is that it is extremely easy to change your tariff plan every month, you just have to choose a different plan and pay accordingly.
Checkout tariff details here

Customer service
My place is full of monkeys and they keep cutting the cables on the roof. But, Aeroway engineers come within hours of calling their office and fix it (for free!) every time without fail.

Drawbacks
One tiny drawback is that there is a captive portal which you need to be logged in to with your username and password for the Internet to start working. This is a very minor annoyance.

Another problem is that you have a shared IP and therefore it is not possible to initiate a connection to your computer from outside. But having said that, it's possible to obtain a static, private IP for just 200 a month!

Visit Aeroway website

Friday, July 31, 2015

Kerala Schools Revised School Time Schedule Class 1 to 10 New Time Table

SCERT has published the Revised School Time schedule for classes 1 to 10. That is, Kerala schools classes I to X.

This new time table is for the year 2015-16.

This has been done to keep up with the pace and changing trends of the changing educational needs. The 44th state school curriculum sitting committee had agreed to the proposals by SCERT to bring these changes.

The last time time tables were revised was 25 years ago in 1989

From 2015-16 Kerala schools must follow the new time table.

It is divided into
  • high school section - Class 8, Class 9, Class 10
  • UP section - Class 5, Class 6, Class 7
  • LP section - Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, Class 4
Click here to download the SCERT notification of the official time table for class 1 to 10

Kerala VHSE Revised Curriculum Syllabus Module 1 and 2 Draft

The Vocational Higher Secondary Education Revised Curriculum Syllabus Module 1 and 2 draft can be downloaded from the SCERT website.

Click here to download the revised curriculum syllabus of VHSE module 1 & 2 draft

Monday, June 1, 2015

Autistici Inventati Email Configuration for Mozilla Thunderbird Client

Here's the smtp, pop, and imap configuration for thunderbird for using Autistici/inventati email which will give you emails that ends in autistici.org onenetbeyond.org etc

incoming mail

servermail.autistici.org
protocolPOP or IMAP
portfor POP: 110 (TLS) or 995 (SSL)
for IMAP: 143 (TLS) or 993 (SSL)
usernameuser@inventati.org

outgoing mail

serversmtp.autistici.org
port465 (SSL), 587 (TLS)
usernameuser@inventati.org

Replace inventati.org with autistici.org, onenetbeyond.org privacyrequired, etc to connect for respective email addresses.

Collected from http://www.autistici.org/en/stuff/man_mail/connectionparms.html

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Corel Draw X6 Malayalam Font Problems

Recently for my college magazine I had to troubleshoot the Malayalam section.

A friend collected the Malayalam articles from various students of the college and sent to someone in Kerala to type them out.
The stupid typist in Kerala typed that using some software in an ascii font.

You have heard of arial, times new roman, etc. These are fonts that make English letters come beautifully. Now, imagine we replace the symbol 'A' in Times New Roman and keep malayalam letter അ there. Then, whenever you type 'A' in that modified font, you'll get the Malayalam character. But if you change the font you'll get 'A' itself. This is how an ascii font works.

So this typist had typed the entire thing such that it works only with Ambili font.

It would have been fine if that worked properly in corel draw. But the letter ണ്ട  (nda) does not work in such a case because corel draw thinks that the ascii font does not need complex processing. ( http://community.coreldraw.com/forums/p/33588/172022.aspx )

Since there was no time to convert all that to unicode, I converted it using this software called payyans. http://wiki.smc.org.in/Payyans
Remember, the pip repository has a very old version of payyans. You're better of downloading the latest version from savannah.

After I converted all the text to unicode, there was another problem.
The letters ണ്‍ ന്‍ ര്‍ ല്‍ ള്‍ are given its own position in unicode. But in the past they used to be a sum of different letters and zero width joiners. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-width_joiner
Corel Draw X6 could recognize only those letters with zero width joiners.

So I had to manually replace in a word document the following:
ല്‍ to ൽ
ണ്‍ to ണ്‍ (they were the same)
ന്‍ to ൻ
ള്‍ to ൾ
ര്‍ to ർ

Now the corel draw x6 would show these fonts properly using a unicode font like Rachana or Meera. http://malayalam.kerala.gov.in/index.php/Fonts
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