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Roopkund Trek - Departing from Hyderabad

This post is part of Roopkund Trek - An unforgettable adventure!. The previous article in the series is Getting Ready.

My journey for the trek started with my departure from Hyderabad airport on Sep 16 afternoon. Ensuring that I make the most of my free lounge access :), I had a quick lunch at the airport Plaza Premium Lounge before boarding the flight destined to Delhi.

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Roopkund Trek - An unforgettable adventure!

Two years back, my wife and I did the "Valley Of Flowers" trek in Uttarakhand. While the "Valley Of Flowers" trek covered considerable distance (65 km in 4-5 days), it was pretty convenient as we always got to sleep in tents and never had to face the wrath of nature. The Roopkund trek, however, was a totally different story. From living in tents to hiking in rain with the cold winds lashing against my face, the Roopkund trek has taken my trekking experience to a completely different level. So, how did I prepare myself for the trek? Who was part of the batch? And how did we end up trekking in such harsh weather? Read on to find out all about it.

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Guy Kawasaki Hindsights Speech

An interesting speech by Guy Kawasaki which he has given at many high schools / colleges. The key points he stresses are on (copied verbatim from his blog entry):

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It's a girl!

I am pleased to announce that we have been blessed with a baby girl on Sep 26, 2014 5:57 P.M weighing 2.76 kg. I had strongly desired for a girl and this is like a dream come true. We decided to name her "Tanvi". Words can't describe my joy :).

Tanvi

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A decade since I started my career!

Today marks the tenth anniversary of starting my career. Exactly ten years back, on June 14 2004, I, along with few of my schoolmates joined Infosys Bangalore for undergoing training. Ten years later, I am again working in Bangalore!

It has been a long time since my initial days in Bangalore. A very eventful journey of ten years, though not necessarily the most smoothest. But definitely with a lot of learnings. The three most important advices that I can give to people starting off with their careers are:

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Lesser Know Useful SSH Features

I had given a small presentation in my organization on five of the lesser known useful SSH features. I am uploading the presentation here.

Her is an interesting link I came across talking about the same topic - http://blog.tjll.net/ssh-kung-fu/

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Configuring Thunderbird As KNotes Mail Action

The steps are really simple.

  1. Save the below script to /usr/local/bin/knotes-mail-wrapper.sh

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Setting up SSH and OpenVPN on Netgear WNDR4300

Introduction
Unknown to many, the official Netgear WNDR4300 firmware is based on OpenWrt. The procedure described here involves making use of the OpenWrt repos to have openvpn up and running. It also involves recompiling the official firmware. So, this is certainly not for the faint hearted and expects you to have a good knowledge of Linux.

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