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Name: Mukund Sivaraman
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Simple open source WinZix extractor program

Today I wanted to extract a WinZix file. The WinZix software is known to be adware infested and is only available for Windows. Someone fortunately documented the WinZix file format, but only released another adware-free extractor written in Visual Basic which I couldn’t run on Linux or under Wine, even after struggling with Visual Basic’s runtime dependencies. And I really wanted to extract my WinZix file.

Here is unzix, a simple program to extract the contents of those .zix files. Compile and link against zlib.

Syndicated 2009-08-17 04:54:35 from Mukund's Blog

My bookshelf

The other day, I got a bookshelf and today I filled it with books that were in boxes. This is what’s on my bookshelf. I’m late to the bookshelf meme, but though I had books, I didn’t have a proper bookshelf and a digital camera before.

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Syndicated 2009-07-25 11:24:15 from Mukund's Blog

Photos from recent days

Bookshelf which was delivered yesterday. Now I have to fill it with books :)

Bookshelf which was delivered yesterday. Now I have to fill it with books :)

AC power surge caused the power strip to burn out. Thankfully, nothing on it was affected.

AC power surge caused the power strip to burn out. Thankfully, nothing on it was affected.

Syndicated 2009-07-23 17:04:42 from Mukund's Blog

Where the mind is without fear

The world seems to be a very clouded place today. One day, when India was facing its struggles, Tagore wrote this:

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action…
Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.

It’s easy to take freedom for granted, when a person has had it all his life. Some sit by and watch it fade away. Others manipulate it and make it fade away. Some struggle to hold on to it, or to get it back for everyone.

History shows that when you lose freedom, it is very difficult to get it back.

Syndicated 2009-06-21 13:19:55 from Mukund's Blog

Tiramisu and omelette

Was bragging to someone recently about cooking skills. So here’s proof from a couple of days ago :)

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Tiramisu

Onion omelette made for Kiran

Onion omelette made for Kiran

Syndicated 2008-12-08 19:16:00 from Mukund's Blog

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