Archive forFebruary, 2010

Technology for the masses …

Well, today I had a good experience to see that India is really progressing. I went to my nearby shop to get to have a puff, when a distributor came, took out a hand held electronic gadget and ask the shopkeeper what things he would like to stock for consumers like us. The shopkeep gave a list of items to which, the vendor inputed in the device. Since I wanted to know, what was he exactly doing, I en quired about the device, to which he gave a small smile saying that, he is noting down the items that the shopkeeper was requesting and sending it to their main head office via GPS.

Woh!. When I checked the device, I could see the codes of the various items being instantaneously downloaded from their server. The user would just have to select the product code with the quantity. Cool hah! I was very happy to note that not only does it save paper, but also reduces delivery time bringing better efficiency. Moreover the best part of it was to see that technology is now being getting spread to the masses. It is just a matter of time, when electronic gadgets will fill up the masses and people will be using those technologies.

Technology for the masses (Contd) …
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Trek to Iruppu Falls and Brahmagiri

Participants:

1. K.Parthasarathy
2. Sudhir P.
3. Puskar Paranjpe
4. Myself

Date: 12th – 14th February, 2010

Mode of Transport: Bus

Iruppu or Irpu Falls lies on the Karnataka side of Brahmagiri. According to legend, when Rama and Lakshmana were searching for Sita, they became thirsty. Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri from which the river sprang. The falls is also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, derived from the name of the tributary of Cauvery which starts from these falls, the Lakshmana Tirtha River. The Rameshwara Temple is situated on the banks of the Lakshmana Tirtha River, en route to the Falls. This temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during the festival of Shivaratri.

Brahmagiri is a mountain range in the Western Ghats of South India, situated on the border between Wayanad district of Kerala state on the south and Kodagu district in Karnataka on the north. Brahmagiri Hill, at 1608 m height, is a scenic place with lot’s of Shola’s and lot of wildlife.

Route Information:

Irupu is situated at 48km from Virajpet and around 260km from Bangalore. One needs to take a bus to Gonikopal from Bangalore and from there catch a bus to the falls. Once after reaching there, you would find the Rameshwara Temple at the base of it. You need to take a walk for about 3 kms from the temple base to the falls. The best time would be during the monsoon season when the falls would be filled with water, but however during our visit on the 2nd week of February , water was still in abundant.

Irupu Falls

A forest trail leads from the Irupu falls leads to the Brahmagiri Peak in Southern Kodagu. You need to take permission from the Forest Officials for enduring the trek. Moreover the important thing is that you need to carry your own food in case you are planning to stay at the forest guest house at night. You need to feed yourselves as well as your guide. Water is in abundance and you can have pure mineral water from the streams. It is around 10 kms from the falls to Brahmagiri. It is quiet a pleasant walk through the valley except near the peak where the steep is somewhat more. You will find lots of elephant dungs and in case you are lucky could spot one also. We were able to spot one Sambhar and tiger footmarks, which was 2 days old.

Brahmagiri Peak

Birds Eye View from the top

Brahmagiri Trekkers Group

RFO Srimangala Contact Details/Phone number:

a. Srinivas Naik (RFO) – 09481989970
b. Pramod (RFO Office Assistant) – 09448813835
c. Pavan (Forest Guide) – 09900328596

Travel Itinerary (3 days)

1.   23:32 hrs – Take a bus to Gonikoppalu from Mysore Satellite Bus stand
2.   04:45 hrs – Reach Gonikoppalu
3.   05:35 hrs – Catch First Bus to Srimangala
4.   06:15 hrs – Reach Srimangala
The RFO office opens at 08:30 hrs, so you need to kill time which means you can have breakfast etc.
5.   08:30 hrs – The RFO office opens
6.   08:50 hrs – Get all the necessary approvals
Entrance Fee to the Forest – Rs. 40/- per person, Trekking Fee – Rs 600/-
Night Halt – Rs 500/- for 1 person, Rs 100/- per extra, Guide Charge – Rs 300/-
7.   09:20 hrs – Catch bus to Irupu Falls
8.   09:45 hrs – Reached Irupu Falls Base, get hold of the forest guide
9.   10:00 hrs – Start of the trek to reach the Forest Rest House
10. 12:15 hrs – Reach the Forest Rest house
11. 13:05 hrs – Start towards Brahmagiri
12. 14:30 hrs – Reach the base of Brahmagiri
13. 14:50 hrs – Reach the summit
14. 15:15 hrs – Start descending from the peak
15. 16:48 hrs – Reach the rest house
You need to wash utensils, collect dry woods to prepare your food.
16. 18:30 hrs – Start cooking
17. 19:30 hrs – Dinner over
18. 20:45 hrs – Bed time
19. 06:30 hrs – Get up and shoot some morning photographs
20. 08:00 hrs – Start descending from the rest house
21. 09:05 hrs – Reach Irupu Falls
You can spend 40 mins in the falls
22. 10:05 hrs – Catch bus from Irupu to Gonikoppalu
23. 11:30 hrs – Reach Gonikoppalu/ Eat and Drink
24. 13.57 hrs – Catch KSRTC Airavat to Bangalore
25. 19:45 hrs – At Kempegowda Bus Stand (Majestic)

One liner:

1. Partha – Bhison Prokandu Hati !!
2. Puskar – Misti Khabe?

Courtesy:

a. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmagiri_(hill)
b. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irupu_Falls

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Youtube video download via command line

Well, there are many instances of how to download video’s via youtube. I have tried most of it, some worked well while some did not. Most of the scripts that are written use the old 1.0 version of youtube API which does not seem to work. There is some `t` factor added in the 2.0 version which makes it somewhat difficult to download (at least for me). I went through the API and was able to figure that out.

http://code.google.com/apis/youtube/2.0/developers_guide_protocol.html

But, at last I was able to locate a cool script by the name youtube-dl from one bitbucket.org. youtube-dl is a small command-line program to download videos from youtube. It requires the Python interpreter, version 2.x (x being at least 4), and is not platform specific. This works in Linux, Windows or in Mac OS X also. The latest version is 2010.01.19. It is freely available and one can go an modify it also.

You can download it from here.

Source: http://bitbucket.org/rg3/youtube-dl/wiki/Home

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