March 17, 2011

Solving Blank Screen Of Death In Windows7

This is not a Linux-related problem and not my department in actual, but I happened to solve a problem on a Windows 7 machine of a college junior. She got the Blank Screen of Death after login, which was due to a wrong value in a registry key. So, here it goes.

1. I found a forum:

2. I tried many of the solutions listed there, but only one, two actually, came to aid.

i) Press Alt+Ctrl+Del and start the Task Manager. Create a new task and write explorer.exe. You get your desktop back.

ii) Obviously you do not want to do this every time you start your computer. For this, from the Start menu, click on Run or start the Task Manager, and type regedit. When prompted, give Administrative permission, to fiddle with the registry entries. Next, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon in the left pane. Click on the folder Winlogon, and you can see a list of Registries on the right pane. Double click on Shell. It's default value must be Explorer.exe. Set to this value if there's something else.

3. Logoff or restart after making the necessary changes, and on login, hope you get your desktop without having to do any extra efforts next time.

February 7, 2011

Mukti'11 Comes To An End

One more year and one more Mukti passes by. This was yet another wonderful fest, but unfortunately our last Mukti in college. Nevertheless, the zeal was no less. We had exciting events and awesome workshops by eminent FOSS personalities from Red Hat and KDE. Here is a briefing of our last FOSS Festival of NITDGP.

Day 1:

After not much ado, our fest kick-started, with a small inauguration ceremony at the Lords arena, graced by our new Director Prof. T.K. Sinha, Dean of Administration Prof. A.K.Mitra, Dean of Students' Welfare Prof. G.Sanyal, the GLUG faculty advisors Prof. A. Dutta and S. Nandi and many other professors. Soon later, we had an RPM Packaging Workshop by Rahul Sundaram from Red Hat. Followed the Python Workshop by Kushal Das, Red Hat, and then Hack The Code Prelims in the arena. End of Day 1.

Day 2:

Day 2 started off with Hack The Code Finals, with 10 finalists. Soon followed System Programming Using Python Workshop by Kushal Das. Later we had GUI Programming Using Python Workshop. An over night event FreePL followed up much later.

Day 3:

Day 3 was the most amusing and frivolous day of our three-day fest. During the on-going Creating Fluid User Interface Using QML Workshop by Shantanu Tushar Jha from KDE, we also had an unplanned Photography Workshop by Kushal Das, who is also a professional photographer for many magazines, in the arena. We had tremendous fun, clicking almost everything we could lay our eyes on in the arena.

The idea of having a small DJ Nite by Shreyank Gupta of Red Hat, by a few of our crew members, filled us all with thrill. Shreyank Gupta soon joined in. Being a pass-out of this college, and a GLUG member, he was forced into DJing. He installed the necessary software and started his practice session. Next was his workshop on Ruby On Rails. After it got over, a Valedictory Ceremony followed in the arena.

After the Valedictory Ceremony, Shreyank Gupta was forced onto the stage, where he tried in vain to talk us out of the DJ idea by singing a song, but none would give in. Finally, we had our very own DJ Shrink, although the DJ Nite didn't last for long. All the crew members went frenzy with the dancing and the GPLs and the photography.

Finally, our final Mukti in this college comes to an end.

January 17, 2011

Mukti'11- The FOSS Festival Of NIT Durgapur

The GNU/Linux Users' Group of NIT Durgapur brings to you once again a three-day FOSStertainment, Mukti'11, from 4th-6th February 2011, with numerous events, where you can participate and enjoy working on Open Source platform.

Mukti, last year was a huge success, and we hope, this year too, we'll be able to fulfill all the expectations you FOSS-lovers have.

Just register yourselves and prepare to bag as many prizes as possible.

A brief overview of the various events we have, is as follows:

1. CodeCracker- online coding competition

2. Freemex- online stock market simulation

3. ImaGIMP- online designing contest

4. Quizzing

5. Rush Hour- the gaming contest

6. Open Project- have wonderful FOSS ideas to showcase? Then this is the chance!

7. Brainmesh- website designing contest

8. Hack the Code- debug and rewrite the code

9. InCanity- develop knowledge in C

10. Konfigure- system administration contest

11. Online Treasure Hunt- go explore

12. N-Core- event for core branches

13. Free-PL- go play!

In addition to the already mentioned exciting events, we also bring to you wonderful and interesting workshops by well-known FOSS enthusiasts, Rahul Sundaram, Kushal Das, Shantanu Tushar Jha, Shreyank Gupta, Shilp Gupta.

Everyone, not just NITDGPers, is invited to take part.

We are available at:

IRC: Network FreeNode, channel #nitdgplug