Archive forJanuary, 2010

Playing WMV file in Linux (Ubuntu Jaunty)

There are instances when VLC nor MPlayer will not play .wmv (WMV3) files even if the codecs are available. This is due to the propitiatory format that it uses while encoding the video. While trying to play the video you are thrown with the error,

[wmv3 @ 0x8972330]Reserved RES_SM=2 is forbidden

So, you are left with nothing but using Windows and the Windows Media Player to play the video (easiest option). Else install Windows Media Player via wine for Linux (which did not work for me). The last option is to convert the video from that format to some other formats (.avi, .mpg) using mencoder.

MEncoder is a free command line video decoding, encoding and filtering tool released under the GNU General Public License. It is a close sibling to MPlayer and can convert all the formats that MPlayer understands into a variety of compressed and uncompressed formats using different codecs.

root@ophiophagus:~# mencoder file.wmv -ofps 23.976 -ovc lavc -oac copy -o file.avi


Trip to Big Banyan Tree and Manchanabele Dam


1. Abul Hasim
2. Myself

Date: 24th Janurary, 2010

Mode of Transport: Bajaj Platina 125 cc

The Big Banyan tree located in the village of Ramohalli, around 28 kilometers from the city. It was a single plant covering around 3 acres, but the main root cease to exist now. Locals say that it is at least 400 years old.

The Manchanabele Dam is further down another 9 kms from the place. The dam is built in the catchment area where the rivers Arkavathy and Kumudvathy meet. The place is all surrounded by rocky hills. You can have a leisurely walk on the cris-cross country road. You can have a dip in the waters also, which seems tempting.

Route Information:

Take the Bangalore Mysore highway. After Kengeri take the right after Rajarajeshwari Dental College and Hospital. You will come across the railway crossing. Follow the raod which will lead to the place. There is a direct bus also from K R Market, 227.

Big Banyan Tree

Further down from that place, you will find a circle. Take the left towards ISRO centre. You could find the huge antennas on the left. Move further down on the same road you will have a full view of the lake from the hill top (road) itself. It is almost 9 kilometers from the Big Banyan tree.

ISRO antenna on the way to the dam

Beautiful road beside the dam

Manchanabele dam


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Trip to Devanahalli Fort-Jain-Sai Temple


1. Ashok Rao
2. Prem Chandra Gautam
3. H. S. Venkatramana
4. Abul Hasim
5. Myself

Date: 16th Janurary, 2010

Mode of Transport: Bajaj Platina 125 cc

Devanahalli Fort is located 35 kilometers north of Bangalore city, at Devanahalli in the State of Karnataka, India. It was originally built in 1501 by Mallabairegowda and later on passed on to Nanjarajaiah, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan. The birth place of Tipu Sultan is also located near the fort.

Route Information:

The fort is spread over an area of 20 acres. The roughly oval east oriented fortification veneered with dressed masonry has as many as 12 semi-circular bastions at regular intervals. A spacious battlement is provided towards the inner side of the fortification. The fort has entrances decorated with cut plasterwork at the east and west. The entrance is quite small. The bastions are provided with gun points built with lime and brick. The best part of the fort was that it consisted of 3 layers making in invincible for it to break, and hence I assume that the fort walls are still intact.

Devanahalli Tipu birth place

Devanahalli Fort

Jain Temple:

The Jain Temple is around 3 kms from the fort. You can take the left road from the Devanahalli bus stand. While traveling, you will find the temple on your right.

Jain Temple at Devanahalli

Sai Temple:

Further towards Chikbalapur, some where around 5 kms from the Jain Temple is the Sai temple towards your right. You will find the meditation centre also there.

Sai Temple at Devanahalli



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GodMode in Windows Vista/7

You have a GodMode in Windows Vista/7. Microsoft has created God to save itself from the Open Source community. God Mode creates a folder which gives one categorized access to each and every setting in Windows.

How to enable it?

Create a folder named with the name, `GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}`, without the quotes. Double click on it and this is what you get as below,

GodMode in Windows Vista

GodMode in Windows Vista