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  1. Summer holidays: projects, Kolkata visit and shopping

    July 27, 2014 by Sunit Nandi

    So friends, I’m back again with a new post. It has been quite a while since I wrote on my blog. In this post I’ll be describing how I spent my summer vacation. So here it goes.

    My 4th semester exams got over and what followed was a summer break. I was finally free to do whatever I liked to and wanted to. The first thing me and my parents did was offer a special puja for my dad at the Navagraha temple. It was a really long process that lasted for two hours. On another day, we went out for shopping to the city and had our lunch at Chinatown. The most surprising part about this is that, I met Loya ma’am (Mrs. Loya Agarwala, a student counselor serving various institutions) there. I had a long chat with her. My friends from Faculty H S School would be very happy to know about this.

    In the meanwhile, I joined two projects at IIT Guwahati. The first one is related to speech processing while the second is a student tracking system based on RFID tags and ZigBee PAN backend. Both are still underway, even though my holidays are over now. The speech processing project required me to get my BeagleBone Black ready with Archlinux ARM, ALSA, XFCE desktop and Linphone to act as a IP-phone. I’m using an audio cape extension on the BBB get audio-in and audio-out to it. Hopefully, things should be getting into shape soon. Here are a few photos I shot while setting it up:

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    I’ll be writing several articles on the BeagleBone Black on Techno FAQ as soon as I get some free time.

    The other project is still on paper and will take much longer to get a physical implementation.

    I spent the first two weeks with parents in Kolkata. We were there for some family errands. But during this time, I had the opportunity to visit the Birla Planetarium and also do some shopping.


    Also, behold the other random photos.

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    Some pictures of our new flat at New Town, Rajarhat:

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    I spent 3 days at Digha, my hometown, and so was able to see the ulta (reverse) – Rathyatra. Here are some pics.

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    After returning back to Guwahati, I finally had my new workstation ready (a custom-built HP Z420), which I’ll be using for video editing, graphics, app and OS development and gaming.

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    The specs are:

    • 8-core Intel Xeon E5 @ 3.6 Ghz
    • 4×8 GB DDR3 ECC 1600 MHz RAM
    • AMD FirePro W7000 GPU (4x DisplayPort interfaces)
    • Intel C602 chipset
    • 1 TB 7200 RPM Toshiba HDD
    • 4x USB 3.0 ports, 4x USB 2.0 ports
    • FireWire port
    • 1 Gbps gigabit ethernet port
    • DVD-RAM / DVD+-RW drive
    • HP EliteDisplay E221
    • HP USB keyboard and mouse

    I got my workstation ready with Windows 8.1 Pro and Manjaro Linux. Right now, I’m looking for a good secondary HDD on which I can try out Hackintosh.

    With all this, the holidays came to an end. The 5th semester has started and classes have begun with full steam.

    Right now I’m playing around with PC-BSD. It is kind of hipster approach to learning Unix.


    I’ll be writing again soon with more stuff on my blog and interesting articles on Techno FAQ. Please stay tuned.

    Take care.

  2. Summer holidays are back, but for the last time

    July 7, 2011 by Sunit Nandi

    So finally July, and the summer/rainy season holidays are back again. This is gonna be my last one, because I will be leaving school next year. Makes me nostalgic to think of it. :O 🙂

    Not much of an activity is taking place, only studies for the upcoming board exams are going on.

    Btw, the fun part is that we had Aikyataan before the holidays. In case you don’t know what it is, it is the inter-house competitions held at our school. It has pretty good number of events like dances, songs, debates, extempore speeches, etc etc.

    I wish to share some pics of it. Here is the link to that album.

    Also here are some video of it, I have made a playlist out of it.

    Also, as I have earlied mentioned that I would post, here are videos of KK’s concert in Alcheringa 2011 at IIT Guwahati.

    So this much for today. Hope you have fun watching the pics and videos.

    Have a wonderful day!

  3. My school's starting up tomorrow

    August 8, 2010 by Sunit Nandi

    So finally, my school is going to re-open tomorrow, as our month-long summer holiday is over. Just a matter of few hours, and we all will be able to see our friends again after a long pause. But I am quite worried, because I will be again busy in studies and may not get enough time to spend online. But again I think it doesn’t matter as most of the websites have been properly designed and served.

    Right now I have done quite a lot of Mathematics and Physics lessons during these holidays, thanks to the gruelling competition in Brilliant Tutorials. I might drop dead soon when school starts, hehe!

    And a good news. BSNL 3G has been launched in our area. Before this launch, we were unable to access 3G even if we had a 3G plan. We only got access in the city area. Now that 3G is in the home as well, I decided to test it. The results were quite unexpected and shocking. Despite good speed and bandwidth, the latency is horrible and the packet rate is very bursty and lossy. gave it a poor rating, i.e, D. Also it passes through a lot of firewalls and accelerators, slowing the system even further. BSNL must realise that the days of GPRS are over and 3G guys do not need accelerators at all. Well, for now I can only say that it is good only for uploading and downloading data, but totally inefficient for real-time applications like TV and video-calling. I just hope that they improve this service and drop prices when private operators join the bandwagon. I am now still sticking to the IIT’s home network.

    Well, so something good happened at the end of the day. All’s well, that ends well. And holiday homeworks? I completed that on Monday. So don’t bug me….!

    Anyway, see you guys soon.

    Have a nice day and enjoy the rest half of the year. Hope you had a nice holiday. 😉

  4. Happy Diwali

    October 16, 2009 by Sunit Nandi

    Hey friends and readers, I wish you all a happy Diwali. Hope you all have a nice time enjoying with your loved ones.

    Well, my Diwali holidays have come up but I have been taken down by viral fever. I hope to get well soon so that I can enjoy myself.

    Also, the Nandi Family site has been recreated with razorCMS to ease content creation and for better looks. Hope you all will like to have a sneak-peek at the site on

  5. Lots to do, lots to say!

    July 23, 2009 by Sunit Nandi

    Hello everyone! I am back after a long time to write something. So my post today will be quite long, you see.

    Relatives visit our place!

    In the middle of June, my relatives came to visit us. We had quite a nice time with them and went on an outing to nearby destinations. I went with them to Hajo and had fun visiting the same places again! However, my digital camera started malfunctioning and I could not take any photos on the return journey. Other than that it was great fun.

    1st Practice Test comes up

    After my relatives left, the practice tests came up and had to study a lot. I gave my exams very well and hope to make a good score. The results shall be given in August.

    Yay! Summer Holidays!

    Now summer holidays are going on. This summer I have lesser homework because I am in class 10 and the teachers want us to put our holidays to study. So be it! I am feeling happier.

    Also, we went to our hometown on 13th July. I enjoyed a lot there. It was raining almost every day there and I was having fun getting wet. I also went to stay for a few days in my mom’s cousin’s place. She is pretty good cook and I sat on the chair licking my fingers after wonderful meals :P. My dad did not wish to stay disconnected with his workplace, so he bought a Photon+ wireless broadband service to stay connected. It wasn’t that fast in my hometown, because its a tourist location. But when I was back home, it seemed to be faster than my DSL line.

    Now I am back home, writing this stuff and trying to complete all my homework. I have updated the main web site and I am trying to put a new blog theme. I plan to finish all my homework and make a little discussion forum for my school friends.

    Important Info:

    By the way, how are you all, readers? I wish to notify that our site URLs have changed. The Nandi Family site is now available at and Sunit’s Life at

    I think its enough for today. Have to go back to work.

    Take care. Will write again soon!

  6. Nandi Family site is undergoing rebuilding

    April 17, 2009 by Sunit Nandi

    Hello everybody,

    Now my second Bihu holidays are going on, so I am taking the task of rebuilding the sites. I have changed my blog theme am now using DokuWiki as a script to maintain the main site. So much work is underway.

    Please wish me good luck so that I can finish my work by Sunday.

    Hope you all are best of your conditions.

    Seeya soon!

  7. Exams are over

    March 22, 2009 by Sunit Nandi

    Hello everyone,

    I am back after the exams are over. Holidays are going on. However, I still have to submit my Social Science Lab Manual and this is causing a great deal of trouble.

    Other than that, it is a wonderful holiday. Day before yesterday, my friend in Singapore, Manuel’s Dad, came to IIT my dad’s workshop. This was pretty good because my lost contacts we restored … almost!

    Yesterday, we went to visit Shillong. However, there was nothing good to see as the city was in a bad shape due to water scarcity. We wasted our energy in trips only.

    Also, the Nandi Family site fixing is underway and I hope to complete it soon..

    Will post again when it is done.


  8. My holidays are getting over

    January 18, 2009 by Sunit Nandi

    Hello everyone,

    My holidays have finally come to an end. Tomorrow my school will start and the whole busy routine will be over me again. The holidays were nice, as I spent it with other people as well. Anyway, time’s up.

    See ya all next week as I am busy fixing my things today.