Sunday, 9 July 2017

How to install wine and run windows programs on your mac


Sometimes it becomes necessary to install windows program on your Linux or mac machine. Like I mentioned in a post sometime back there may be some sites that require IE only -
In this post I will show you how to install wine on your mac. Wine is a very handy software that allows you to install and run windows programs in a windows like simulated environment.

Installing Wine on Mac

You need to have homebrew installed on your mac. If not please refer -
 Next Homebrew uses an extension called Homebrew Cask to install other programs. You can install the Cask extension by running following command -
  • brew tap caskroom/cask

Wine needs -
  • Java and 
  • XQuartz 
as dependencies to be already installed. I am assuming you already have Java installed on your machine and set it up in classpath. You can install  XQuartz with following command -
  • brew cask install xquartz

NOTE :  You can similarly install Java if you already done have it -
  • brew cask install java
 Once dependencies are done you can directly install wine with following command -
  • brew install wine

Also install winetricks -
  • brew install winetricks

 Use winetricks to set environment as windows 7 -
  • winetricks win7

Installing and running Windows program from wine

Go to the directory where you have downloaded your exec file and run -
  • wine installer.exe
where installer.exec is your exe file.

 You can find installed files in dir -
  • /Users/athakur/.wine/drive_c
You can then navigate to program files, find your installed program and run it -

 Once in the program directory you can simply run it as -
  • wine ioexplorer.exe

And you are done :)

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How to check if a Singly Linked List is a Palindrome or not


This is another classic data structure interview question that fall into basic DS problems. You might have seen or known method to find if a String is palindrome or not. You can simply iterate on half of the String and check with reversed other half if it same.

Time Complexity : O(N)
Space Complexity : O(1)

It will be as simple as -

    public static boolean isPalindrome(String str) {
        if(str == null) {
            return false;
        for(int i = 0; i< str.length()/2; i++) {
            if(!(str.charAt(i) == str.charAt(str.length() - i - 1))) {
                return false;
        return true;

Test :

It can have a variant such that instead of a String you have a Linked List. Now if you have a double linked list it becomes very easy. You start from head and from the tails and keep comparing. Increment the header pointer and decrement the tail pointer in each iteration. Time complexity will be O(N) only.

However the question at hand is of Singly Linked List.

How to check if a Singly Linked List is a Palindrome or not


Method 1 : Using a String


Iterate over the Linked list and construct a String out of it and then check if that String is a Palindrome.Time complexity O(N) but space complexity is also O(N) since you are now creating a String.

Since interviewer asked you Linked List this is most definitely something he does not want. He could have asked a String palindrome itself if that was the case. But it never hurts to put it out what you are thinking and build upon your answer as you proceed.


Method 2 : Using a Stack


You can iterate over the Linked List put it's content in stack. Once iteration is over we can iterate over Linked List again and this time with each iteration compare Nodes content with Stacks popped out content. If it does not match it is not a palindrome.
This again has time complexity O(N) and space complexity O(N).

1) Traverse the given list from head to tail and push every visited node to stack.
2) Traverse the list again. For every visited node, pop a node from stack and compare data of popped node with currently visited node.
3) If all nodes matched, then return true, else false.

Code :

    public static boolean isPalindrome(ListNode<String> head) {
        boolean isPanindrome = true;

        Stack<String> stack = new Stack<>();
        ListNode<String> currentNode = head;

        while (currentNode != null) {
            currentNode = currentNode.getNext();

        currentNode = head;
        while (currentNode != null) {
            if (!currentNode.getValue().equals(stack.pop())) {
                isPanindrome = false;
            currentNode = currentNode.getNext();
        return isPanindrome;

I have also added it to my Data Structure github repo. Check isPalindrome() method in 


Method 3 : Reversing the 2nd half of the Linked List


This is a better version and always one you should aim for. It provides O(N) time complexity and O(1) space complexity -

1) Get the middle of the linked list.
2) Reverse the second half of the linked list.
3) Check if the first half and second half are identical.
4) Construct the original linked list by reversing the second half again and attaching it back to the first half

4th point is optional and depends if you need original List back.

I have added it to my Data Structure github repo. Check isPalindrome2() method in  


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How to display or hide line numbers in vi or vim text editor


Line number come in very handy when you are working with any Text Editor. However if you take vi or vim editor then line numbers are hidden by default. In this post we will see how we can turn it on.

How to display or hide line numbers in vi or vim text editor

This post assumes you are a vim user and are aware of basic usage. Like for example when you need to save and quit data in vim you-
  • press escape followed by :wq
or if you want to exit without saving
  • :q!
 vi support a lot of commands to use and  options to be set by using colon (:)

To show line numbers in vi simple type below are pressing escape -
  • :set number OR
  • :set nu
 To hide it you can type -
  • :set nu! OR
  • set nonumber

This you need to do every time you launch into vi editor. To make it default edit your file at location ~/.vimrc and append following line at the end -

  • set number
NOTE : You can create this file if it does not exist already.

Now you will always get line numbers when you launch vim editor.

 Now that we have seen how to hide and display line numbers in vim editor lets see how we can jump to a particular line in vim -

How to jump to a particular line in vim

This is also fairly simple. Once you have launched vim you can simply move to any line number using following command -
  • : linenumber
  • :6

 You can ever jump directly to your line number immediately as you open vim. To do that use following command while opening vim -
  • vi +linenumber filename
  •  vi +6 test.txt
This should open your file and move to the linenumber you have provided.

General Info

vim provides a lot of configurable options to set. To see them all type following command -
  • :set all

To see everything that you have set so far you can type following command -
  • :set
For me it is as follows -

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

How to access websites on your Mac that requires Internet Explorer


There are certain websites that can be accessed from Internet Explorer only. This happens because of the websites compatibility with IE. But this will not work on your Mac laptop or Linux machine since you cannot run IE on it. At least not in traditional way - You can always install a software like Wine and then run your windows application in that simulated environment. But there is a much simpler way.

How to access websites on your Mac that requires Internet Explorer

I will take Safari browser in our Mac as an example. 
  • Open Safari browser and open preferences from menu bar at the top.
  • Once opened go to "Advanced Tab"
  • In "Advanced Tab" select the "Show Develop menu in menu bar" check box.

  • Once done you should be able to see "Develop" menu in menubar on top. 
  • Under "Develop" menu you can select "User Agent" and then select the user agent you want. For eg - "Internet Explorer 7"

  • Once you select that your IE compatible page should load fine.

 On other operating systems and browser  - Linux/Chrome/Firefox

Above approach was specific to Safari but the solution remains same - You need to change the user agent. So you have plugins to do so -

Similar you can find a similar plugin in chrome store. 

Manual way

    FIREFOX 4.0 :  In Firefox type in the URL Address: about:config. A webpage will appear saying a warning about the use of the Config. Click on the button about you being careful. In the search bar in the Config type agent and look for the variable general.useragent.override. Double click on it and overwrite the value it has with one of the following (For the default leave the value EMPTY):

    IE6 - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
    IE7 - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)
    IE8 - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1)

    CHROME :  Chrome has an about page to CHECK if you have changed your User Agent about: and other options like about:labs, about:memory, about:hang, about:plugins and many others that depending on your version they could be available or not. But for the question at hand this option is not yet in any of the about pages i have found. To have it manually in chrome you need to start chrome with the option user-agent. For example google-chrome --user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)" which will open Chrome like it were IE6. The IE User Agents are from the Firefox option above.

    OPERA : In Opera type in the URL Address: about:config. A list will appear and a search address in the upper part of the list. Type in the search address user agent. The option for User Agen will appear below the search address. Click on it and depending on the Browser you want you have several options that change depending on version. For example:

    1 - Opera (this is the default user agent string used by Opera)
    2 - Mozilla (With the Opera String in it)
    3 - Internet Explorer (With the Opera String in it)
    4 - Mozilla (Without the Opera String in it. 100% Mozilla)
    5 - Internet Explorer (Without the Opera String in it. 100% IE)

    But this values could change so you would need to test each one to know what User Agent value it has.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Make a bootable flash drive from an ISO image on Ubuntu


There are many times you download an ISO file from internet and want to install it on your machine. For eg. Windows or Ubuntu image. What you really wish is flash it iso image into a bootable drive like USB drive or a CD drive and install it from there on your machine.

 Make a bootable flash drive from an ISO image on Ubuntu

You have following options -
  1. Etcher- is a free and open-source image burner with support for Windows, OS X and GNU/Linux.
  2. Easy2Boot- Flexible and configurable USB drive multiboot solution which also supports UEFI booting.
  3. LiveUSB Install- is a free software for GNU/Linux and Windows. With LiveUSB Install you can effortlessly install various Linux distros.
  4. Multisystem- is an awesome tool created by that works similar to our Windows based MultiBootISOs USB creator.
  5. WinUSB - is a simple tool that enable you to create your own usb stick windows installer from an iso image or a real DVD.
  6. Unetbootin - UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions without burning a CD.
 Let's see some of the options -


To install this run following command in your terminal -
  • sudo apt-get install unetbootin

Once installed you can  open the app. Now you can either select one of the given linux distros (those will get downloaded automatically) or  provide it an iso file from local machine.


To install winusb run following commands on your linux terminal -
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:colingille/freshlight
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install winusb
Once installed you can open up the app select iso file and target usb and start creating bootable usb drive for windows.

NOTE : If you are looking for rufus then it is for Windows only. You cannot use it on your Linux machine.

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