Friday, February 24, 2006

Hell Yeah!

OMG! OMG! OMG! This is history in the making.. Rick Rubin is going to produce the next Metallica album.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


I've never written a technical paper during my college life.Most of the papers coming out of Chennai based engineering colleges were massaged technical articles of what students considered "interesting" stuff, basically stuff they thought would land them up in a comfortable job.Some were blatant copies of IEEE/ACM papers which were "explained" in plainspeak to the other general masses. What am I lamenting now about Technical papers ? I recently submitted a technical paper to an International Conference.I'm happy that it's something new and does not borrow from other's work.Let's wait and see how the response from the Conference folks is.If all goes well, this research work could turn out huge. And sorry, can't tell you what the research work is all about.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Mactel coming to india

How can I tell ? Apple Store is down Happens everytime a product is added/deleted from the Apple Store catalog. I'm not interested, Mac-lovers rejoice!

GNOME 2.14

GNOME 2.14 looks like the biggie in the GNOME releases.A lot of features are being added and performance improvements have also gone it. Davyd Madeley, well knows Ubuntu/GNOME hacker has come out with his sneak peek as he does for every GNOME release.Go Look and drool!

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

David Axmark

Met MySQL Co-Founder and VP , David Axmark today.Initially was fooled by the 'VP' tag and didn't have much ethu to meet him.I had pegged him down as a suit-and-boot guy who is coming over to Infosys on a business visit, and I have to say I was forced to eat humble-pie.Never ever am I going to underestimate managers belonging to FOSS companies.Why I'm saying this is because David turned out to be this old-school hacker who started programming on the Z80 microprocessor and later on moved to MySQL.
David's main concern is FOSS contribution from India.He is also not happy with FOSS contribution from Indian based MNC's to FOSS.He says the university-based and the freelancer hacker starts churning out FOSS code it's not FOSS contribution put it simply, if you are contributing code _because_ it is your job to contribute code then it's not hacking :P

Thanks David, my faith in technical managers is still strong.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Got some free time so was playing around with, a bookmarking service similar to but fully FOSS.I've ofcourse migrated fully to Shadows, so these old-age services don't interest me anymore.Why I did use was to experiment with how a bookmarking service can be used inside a corporate intranet. Set it up on the intranet for the geeks to play around.

Who would use this ? Perhaps a few bench-ers and a few people who really know what a social bookmarking service really is.Current installation is purely for academic purposes..

Some idea's do come to mind, perhaps creating something like StumbleUpon would be easy using considering it's based on Perl (Rubric).All that's required is when someone submits a URL using a firefox extension it goes into a global category pool.The firefox extension also communicates to the mother site and "get's" recently submitted URL's and displays them to the user.We could have categories like Technology,Fun,Books etc which are actually predefined tags and when a user selects a category of his liking the extension is actually pulling in an RSS feed of that tag.Some sort of P2P knowledge sharing possibility ? Commercial value? Too early to talk about this stuff..

And, this thought struck me today while discussing GAIM 2.0 with Mahendra.There's a lot of talk off-late about the "Google OS", guess what, it's never going to happen, guess what(again), it's already there, only not complete but is out in the hands of the public for beta-testing.It's the browser! GMail + Gtalk in one window(tab) is all that joe-net-goer needs.Add a VOIP extension to the browser and your internet suite is complete. *All in a single browser window*.That is the Google OS.

Consider this, does Google want to take up a Linux Distribution ?
Having a Linux Distro might be cool, but it's a ball-and-chain, look at Novell, they have SUSE ,NLD but what's the outcome? NLD is nowhere on the Desktop Distro radar and SUSE, apart from Europe is not creating any impressions.No, Google getting into the desktop/server OS business is a bad move, stick to the sidelines like IBM and reap the benefits, as the Distro vendors make sure the distro's are supported and run without any problems.

Google should stick to the Web, that's where the war is currently being fought,imagine a GBrowser with integrated Google Search,GMail + GTalk and an integrated VOIP extension.On top of all this you have the GServices,(basically anything starting with G) GMaps,GEarth,GFriend(Friendster).What more does a person need ? I'm expecting the launch of the GBrowser soon, either based on Firefox or Opera,not a native one developed inhouse at Google.Why ? there's no need! Mozilla/Opera will take good care of their browsers by themselves and the Google funding/dev-help will just be a bonus.

Why does Google need native applications running on Windows/Linux when it can reproduce the same on the web ?

Monday, February 13, 2006

Birth of a monster

I compile software almost everyday.Currently all this compilation takes place on a Pentium III and anybody who has ever compiled code will know that a PIII is a bad choice and esp. in my case which deals with a lot of kernel compiles. So to eliminate all these problems, I've hijacked a monster.A Dell Poweredge Dual CPU with HT, that's 4 virtual processors.The aim is to make a build-monster out of this beauty so that it can handle any compilation task thrown at it. Target 1: Compile the GNOME Desktop Environment People who use GNOME know how _huge_ gnome really is, well this box is going to compile GNOME + Mozilla + all at one go and all thanks to GARNOME.Let's see how well this one handles the load. One reason why we need this is because we will be starting development on and currently we don't have an build which actually compiles. Target 2: Create .deb/.rpm packages of the above builds so that Infy Linux users can benefit from this. Ofcourse if any of the packages will help the Debian/Fedora community we will surely comply. My initial aim was to use jhbuild as it's more up-to-date but since CVS access is not possible from within Infy garnome will have to step up and do the job.


Saturday, February 11, 2006

Apt-Get into it

Nice cartoon for all Debian fans.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Blizzard of FUD


Got to meet Chris Blizzard of RedHat on Tuesday. He dropped in with Greg DeKoenigsberg,Community Relations Manager for RedHat(PR guy).I've not touched RedHat for the last 3 years but I really adore the guys working at RedHat so it was nice to meet cool hackers.Chris gave an update on XGL and how it will change the future linux desktop.Great stuff! Hope the stuff makes it's way into FC6.Sad to know that Owen Taylor has stopped working on Project Luminosity but I'm sure that most of the stuff from Luminosity would have made it's way into Pango/Cairo.Blizzard recently blogged about his India visit.You can read it here. 

Oh, and speaking of XGL, have a look at some of the cool videos that have been put up at YouTube under 'xgl', most of the stuff is from the recent Developers conference where Novell announced it's work on XGL. 

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

[Meme] Yoda again! the force is strong within me, I sense it

You scored as Master Yoda. Yoda: The Master.

Master Yoda


Darth Sidious


Qui-Gon Jinn


Count Dooku


Mace Windu


Luke Skywalker


Obi-Wan Kenobi


Darth Maul


Anakin Skywalker


Darth Vader


Random Jedi


What Force User Are You?
created with

[Meme] Which Disney Character ?

You scored as Peter Pan. Your alter ego is Peter Pan. You are a child at heart. Anything you believe is possible, and you never want to grow up.

Peter Pan




Donald Duck




The Beast




Cruella De Ville




Snow White


Sleeping Beauty

Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego? created with

Monday, February 06, 2006

SE M600

This has everything for a phone and a potential upgrade from my SEk750i.It's basically the P910 sans the ugliness.More Info...

Palm TX

After ditching the Lifedrive, the Palm TX is the next best thing.It has the same features as the Lifedrive minus the Lifedrive's Achilles' heel, the Hard-disk.Has Wi-Fi.Bluetooth and SD/SDIO slots for enough expandability.I don't think a laptop will really help me as I don't want to carry around a big-bag, a PDA running PalmOS seems the best alternate.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

[Meme] What does your Birthdate mean ?

Your Birthdate: November 19
You are resilient, and no doubt your resilience has already been tested. You've had some difficult experiences in your life, but you are wise from them. Having had to grow up quickly, you tend to discount the advice of others. You tend to be a loner, having learned that the only person you can depend on is yourself. Your strength: Well developed stability and confidence Your weakness: Suspicion of others Your power color: Eggplant Your power symbol: Spade Your power month: October
Yet another useless meme. Though I have to say I agree on some of the stuff.

Friday, February 03, 2006

The Joy of Python

Python would be the first and the last language any developer will need.I'm currently playing around with PyGtk and this is my most enjoyable experience with GUI programming.The Official PyGtk tutorial rocks, both as a reference medium and as a tutorial.I had tried vanilla Gtk
sometime back but was put-off by it because it attempted to create an OO based framework using C, something which C does badly.I tried Zenity, which was just plain inflexible.PyGtk seems to be the right way to do it.I haven't tried Perl-Gtk , will give it a twril if I get the chance.

Update:One of the ILUGC members sent in this link

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Guido's Blog

I just discovered Guido's Blog thanks to NK.What surprises me is that Guido has his blog on Artima which seems to be written using JSP and he's not using python based blogging software like pyblosxom.

And.., PSP-Linux is re-launching!

Gone is the old paypal-centric website, a wiki takes it's place.The Sourceforge page for the project is here.The project needs developers who have worked with the linux kernel(esp. uclinux) on MIPS architecture.Having a PSP to play around will obviously help with the project as one needs to know how homebrew currently is being done.To arms, Hackers!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Congratulations ma-man!

Aejaz, my old college classmate got married.Congratulations to the happy couple.

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