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About La Salle Debain

This is a weblog I'm keeping about my work on Debian and any other useful Debian related info I come across. It is not meant to compete with other news sources like Debian Weekly News or Debian Planet. Mostly it is just a way for me to classify and remember all the random bits of information that I have floating around me. I thought maybe by using a blog it could be of some use to others too. Btw. "I" refers to Jaldhar H. Vyas, Debian developer for over 8 years. If you want to know more about me, my home page is here.

The name? Debain is a very common misspelling of Debian and la salle de bains means bathroom in French.

If you have a comment to make on something you read here, feel free to write to me at jaldhar@debian.org.

You can get an rss 0.91 feed of the blog here.

Tuesday, November 17 2020

Sal Mubarak 2077!

[Celebrating Diwali wearing a mask]

Best wishes to the entire Debian world for a happy, prosperous and safe Gujarati new year, Vikram Samvat 2077 named Paridhawi.


posted at: 02:05:23 | #

Tuesday, November 5 2019

My Brexit Joke

As it is Bonfire Night (aka Guy Fawkes Night) and I might not get another chance to tell it given recent events, without further ado I present my Brexit joke.

Race relations in Britain have improved tremendously in recent years for Blacks and Asians but sadly bigots have a new target: the large number of people who have recently emigrated from Eastern Europe. Why Boris Johnson only made a pierogi in Parliament and one and half million people signed a petition to stop him.

There you have it, my Brexit joke. Thankyou very much and goodnight!


posted at: 17:36:32 | #

Monday, October 28 2019

Sal Mubarak 2076

Ganga Arati at Haradwar

It's the Gujarati new year and to the entire Debian community, best wishes for good health and great prosperity in Vikram Samvat 2076 (named Virodhakrt.)

The image above is not exactly related; it's actually the Ganga Arati at Haradwar which I recently visited and will write more about later.


posted at: 22:42:36 | #

Thursday, November 8 2018

Sal Mubarak 2075

Best wishes to one and all for a prosperous and auspicious Gujarati New Year (V.S. 2075 called sadharana.)

We have spent Diwali week this year in sunny Orlando Florida doing various touristy things. (None of which involve a certain copyright hoarding mouse I'm happy to say.) I didn't put up a [VAC] notice because I haven't really been doing anything much in Debian of late. That is something I hope to change in the coming year but I'll think about that later. Right now I'm excited about the day trip we're going to make to Cape Canaveral. So here is a picture of Apollo 12, one of the biggest fireworks Man has ever sent to the Gods on Diwali 2026. Well, the pedant in me is forced to point out the launch date was actually Labh Pancham but that's close enough.


posted at: 22:30:00 | #

Thursday, November 2 2017

New Hackergotchi

The sole purpose of this post is to check my new hackergotchi looks ok on Debian Planet. As I've lost a lot of weight and this is the second Diwali I've managed to survive without regaining, I thought I should update it to a more accurate depiction.


posted at: 23:49:21 | #

Saturday, October 21 2017

Sal Mubarak 2074

Wishing all Debian people a prosperous and auspicious Gujarati new year (V.S. 2074 called Saumya.)

This year fireworks became legal for the first time in New Jersey. Not that it ever stopped us before but it is nice to see the government stop meddling for no reason. (Eff you, Indian Supreme Court.)

Sparklers on Diwali.

Although you can only see sparklers in the picture above, we got enough armament to make ISIS jealous. There were also lots of diabetes-inducing sweets and (inexpensive, practical) presents for young and old. That's what I call a proper Diwali and new year.


posted at: 01:14:22 | #

Wednesday, May 24 2017

For Downtown Hoboken

Q: What should you do if you see a spaceman?

A: Park there before someone takes it, man.


posted at: 23:34:14 | #

Monday, March 6 2017

7DRL 2017

It's time once again for the 7-day Roguelike challenge. This years attempt is entitled "Casket of Deplorables".

Further updates will be posted here.


posted at: 23:52:09 | #

Saturday, March 4 2017

Harshad Numbers

Today while looking up something in my productivity nemesis Wikipedia, I was waylaid by an article on Harshad numbers. (Link goes to Wolfram Mathworld out of spite.) This was interesting to me because Harshad is my patronym. Harshad numbers are also known as Niven numbers but what kind of a crazy name is that? A Harshad number is a positive integer that is divisible by the sum of its' digits.

1-10 are obviously Harshad numbers in base 10. 11 is not because 1 + 1 = 2 and 11 is not divisible by 2. 12 is because 1 + 2 = 3 and 12 is divisible by 3. And so on...you get the picture. Things get even more interesting when you deal with other bases.

Here is a perl one-liner to get the base 10 Harshad numbers from 1 to 100.


$ perl -E '$i=0+shift;for$n(1..$i){$t=0;map{ $t+=$_+0}(split q{},$n);print $n%$t==0?"$n ":q{};}say' 100
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 18 20 21 24 27 30 36 40 42 45 48 50 54 60 63 70 72 80 81 84 90 100

posted at: 01:14:27 | #

Sunday, February 5 2017

Don't Believe Everything You Read on Debian Planet

Martin Pitt won the popular vote.


posted at: 23:41:12 | #