wireless usage – february and march 2009

The day I read a blog post about setting up vnstat to monitor network usage, I had one setup for my wireless network which I normally use at home. It’s been running for the past two months and been providing some interesting stats on my internet usage at home. Here are some snapshots as of today,

Monthly

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Hourly

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Daily

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Looks like my typical use of wireless at home happens between 4 PM to 10 PM on weekdays, maximum being 6PM to 8PM. During weekends am using extra internet as I usually leave my mail client and messenger/IRC on most times. Well, this is just my usage at home which obviously happens in the evenings. Will also have a watch over wired interface which might give day time usage at work.

PyCon India 2009 Discussion #1

DateTime: 03 Mar 2009 9.00 PM (+5.30 UTC)

Location: #bangpypers at irc.freenode.net

The first IRC discussion for the PyCon India proposal happened in BangPyper’s IRC Channel. A large number of Pythonistas participated in the discussion and contributed invaluable ideas, suggestions and concerns during the course of the meeting. To our own surprise, the channel recorded it’s highest ever head count even before the officially announced timings. A quick summary of the topics and points raised during the meeting is as follows,

What?

The important topic of discussion was the theme for the PyCon India. People shared their views on what they wanted PyCon India to be.

  • A few people also raised concerns about using the name PyCon, as the name carries a huge value among the international community and any attempts to even make a localized version of it should stand up to the same quality.
  • The target audience for the conference was also discussed. Most people felt that the need for catering to newbies can not be neglected, but at the same time it’s should not just be a beginner level event as well. The conclusion was more on the lines of addressing the interests of already existing python programmers, let them be beginners, novices or seasoned hackers.
  • There was also a stress on giving importance to Indian speakers as this being an Indian version of the PyCon
  • The rationale behind the conference is to encourage Python and to display how PUGs help to spread Python within India (quoting Ramakrishna Reddy).
  • Baiju suggested having each day of the 3 day conference for one type of audience, the first day catering to beginners with tutorials, workshops and beginner talks; the second day filled with developer talks for audience who are already working full time with Python, and the third day being a code sprint.
  • The next main topic getting discussed was whether to have one talk after another or to have parallel talks running at same time.
  • There was also suggestions to have separate tracks for Python for web, system programming and for developing desktop applications.

When?

While it was unanimously decided to have the PyCon India during the first half of September, a majority vote went to 3rd, 4th and 5th of September leaving out the Sunday for people to get back to their real life. This now becomes the tentative dates for PyCon India, to start with looking up for venues on these days. Depending upon further developments happening on other related fronts, the date will get finalized.

Where?

Again it was unanimously decided to have it this time in Bangalore. Future PyCon(s) might happen in other cities, but the first one is surely to happen in Bangalore considering the fact that BangPypers is leading the effort, as well as concentration of organizing Pythonistas seem to be maximum in Bangalore comparatively (agreed, this is debatable on other fronts).

How?

The later half of the discussion was taken up by what are the things to be done to move forward. It was decided to have a formal CFP being made soon, as well as having an Open Review process for the submitted proposals using the software used for PyCon. Ghose B has been put responsible for getting the software in place, while Svaksha and Ramdas share the responsibility of Media and Publicity.

Other points which popped out during the discussion are,

  • Whether to have stalls? If so who all can be given a stall?
  • Whether to have delegate fees? If so, what would be the ideal fee?
  • Corporate presence during the conference

As this was the first ever discussion on the idea of having PyCon India, no conclusive decisions were taken other than few stances. Each of the above discussed topic will be subjected to further iterative discussions as things mature and progress further.

The next meet of IRC discussion is currently to happen at #bangpypers in irc.freenode.net on 10th March 2009, 8.230 PM IST. If you want to participate in the discussions, please be there. We are open to all kinds of ideas, suggestions, concerns and criticisms. Please feel free to poke us at #bangpypers anytime or drop a mail to BangPypers mailing list.

Even if you are not a Pythonista, please help us by spreading the word among your friends, colleagues, your HR and your company. Some of them might be really interested at some aspect of this conference.

PyCon in India

PyCon is the annual conglomerate of Python community at various places around the globe. It is an occasion which brings together the developers, users and business community around Python, serving as a platform to interact and share each others’ views and experiences.

There was always an idea to have once such conference in India, but the need for it has become stronger of late in the BangPypers mailing list that has given to numerous threads of discussions going on in the mailing list. Also a formal proposal is getting drafted as well as open discussions happening in the wiki were people can pen down their opinions and ideas.

The month of September has been proposed for the tentative time for PyCon India to happen, but it is still under discussion. The few hot topics among the on-going discussions are whether to have tee-shirts available or should we have more useful stuffs like Python cheat-sheet given as a part of delegate kit. Also, what’s the level and mode the conference should take up being the first such event in India is also a point to decide upon.

Baiju also raised the idea of inviting Guido to open up the conference, as they would be having an opportunity to meet him during the PyCon in Chicago to happen soon.

Another point to remember is that PSF doesn’t want numerous PUGs in the country to have their own PyCons, which means all PUGs within India should put their heads together and organize a PyCon in the country together. This means we can have the PyCon each year at a new location, and the decision can be made during the current year’s PyCon about the next year’s venue. As the initial discussion has started in BangPypers, the beginning will most probably happen in Bangalore.

I know only three active PUGs in India, the BangPypers, the ChennaiPy and MumPy (which is pretty infant comparing the other two). If you know of any more PUGs, please enlighten me up so I can keep them on the loop as well.

Please feel free to add your thoughts in the wiki. We will soon select an organizing committee, and despite it we will need lots of volunteers and lots of sponsors. If you are in a company using Python and would like to participate and/or sponsor in this wonderful event, then please join the BangPypers mailing list or poke us in #bangpypers in irc.freenode.net. We will soon try to have a dedicated mailing list running up for all discussion relating to the PyCon.

If you have any more points to add to this post, please drop a comment to this post and I will consider adding  it :) Let’s all make the PyCon happen in India. Python, FTW!! :)

happenings update for Feb09

There are too many things happening so I thought of summing them together..

  1. freed.in 2009 at Delhi
  2. FOSS Meet at NIT Calicut
  3. fossconf 2009 at Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai

But I wouldn’t be attending any of them. I always plan to attend freed.in but keep missing it. It’s been 2 years since I went to NIT Calicut as well. And this time am missing fossconf as well, being the first time I miss an event by my home LUG.

Besides the conferences, there seems to be lot of User Group activity in Bangalore. Today, both ILUG Bengaluru and BangPypers (Bangalore Python Users Group) met separately at Thought Works in the afternoon. GNU(s) grazing is also pending for sometime now. CIS is also organizing a talk on “The Internet and Illusions of Space and Liberty” by Kiran Sahi during the beginning of March.