Calicut, here am Coming

My wish to go to somewhere in Kerala is going to come true in another 5 days. After at Bangalore and Linux Asia at Delhi, am going to FOSS.NITC at Calicut. This is another anual FOSS event happening in India, the host being National Institute of Technology at Kozhikkode.

But, the main difference on my side in attending this coference is am not a delegate or a sponsor this time, rather am a __speaker__. Although giving a talk there was at the back of my mind since the day I heard about this event from my buddies, I did not take it seriously because I had no clue of what to talk about.

But a few days back, while I was checking my second round of mails after coming home from office, I was surprised to get a couple of mails asking me to make a talk at the event. Though I had already booked my tickets and was planning about the trip, I never expected me to be a speaker. But, I do not want to miss this opprtunity. The days when I was not ready to stand before an audience and make a speach are gone.

I had a tough time selecting a topic. Everythign from Python, PHP, Networking stuff and many more went through my mind. I also sought the help of a couple of my #l-i buddies to help me select the topic. At last, I got settled with ‘Virtualization with OpenVZ, with ‘Remote X terminals using XDMCP’ as a fall back topic. But, trying to get acquainted with OpenVZ drove me nuts. it was added by a mail from the organizer asking me to choose a topic which am __most__ comfortable with. Thus I had to again do an introspection based on my own capabilities and interests. Therefore, I made a change in topic and propsed the following two,

  • A Dozen Tricks with Unix Tools
  • Python – Decorators, Generaotrs, Lambdas and Iterators, an Introduction

The first one came out at the end of a discussion I had with floyd_n_milan and the second one was actually suggested to me by G0SUB earlier.

With less than a week left to deliver the talk, I am now into full fledged preparation. I started with Decorators yesterday, the original PEP 318 at was a bit confusing at the beginning. So, I was searching for a tutorial or introductory article with simple exaples. Came to the rescue was an article by Siddhartha in his blog, whom I had met during the last ChennaiPy meet. His article is really a good starter for decorators with a pretty good real time example. Digging through the bookmarks of some fellow geeks got me some more articles and tutorials on decorators.

Though I have not fully covered decorators yet, I have done a basic preparation on decorators, generators and lambdas till now. Hope I will complete it within available time.

Catch you all back with the Kozhikkode experience 😉

c0nnecti0n speed

I was going through one of my friend Bhuvan’s LJ and he had posted about checking connection speed of the BSNL DSL connection we have. So, I decided to check mine as well. Though I knew mine would be pretty well low but still wanted to see the numbers. I did a speed check in Speakeasy Speed Test and here is the result..

Download Speed: 310 kbps (38.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 54 kbps (6.8 KB/sec transfer rate)


Laughter with Lappy

Here are a couple of laughable things that happened a while ago in IRC. In both of them, my dearest dude ‘lappy’ is involved 😉 . Check out the two successive conversations, while others have been blurred 🙂

/me runs and hides from lappy 😀

laughter with lappy

V Day – V as in V(W)aste of Money!!

Here is a small convorsation happened between me and one of my IRC buddy some minutes ago, about spending for V’Day.

<Lap_64> techno_freak, so how was your meeting with the girl
<techno_freak> Lap_64, eh ?
<techno_freak> Lap_64, i never met any girl
<Lap_64> techno_freak, ok so sad
<techno_freak> Lap_64, rather am happy, i need waste my money 😛
<techno_freak> s/need/need not
<Lap_64> techno_freak, yeah
<Lap_64> techno_freak, i spent 5 k today
<techno_freak> Lap_64, :0
<Lap_64> techno_freak, sent some flowers and chocolate
<techno_freak> Lap_64, i did not get anything ? 😛
<Lap_64> techno_freak, sigh 😦
<Lap_64> techno_freak, not to you
<Lap_64> 😛
<Lap_64> techno_freak, norway
<Lap_64> 😀
<techno_freak> Lap_64, *sigh* waste of money 😛
<Lap_64> techno_freak, she sent me things also
<Lap_64> techno_freak, so its ok
<techno_freak> Lap_64, oh.. mutual waste of money.. 😛
<Lap_64> techno_freak, rofl

Linux Asia 2007 – A Field Report

Just arrived back from Delhi, after a week out from my home town. I have been to a conference, which as branded as India’s Premier Open Source Conference by its organizers. As I checked my in-box, there was one long thread in ilugd mailing list discussing about this conference called Linux Asia. Though I have been hearing all the sides of the dice about this conference, I could never come to a conclusion. This post, rather than portraying the comments made by people, will just serve as a field report of what I saw there at LA 2007 and what I could conclude.

India Habitat Center was simply a fantastic place to have a conference. We landed there on a cold morning, on the 31st of January 2007, for the Opening Ceremony of the event. Our only participation was having a stall there for NRCFOSS. To our surprise, our stall was very opposite to that of Microsoft’s.

Some other notable stalls were from Google, Novell, Collabnet (Subversion), Infoaxon Technologies (Spike Source), Turbolinux (WizPy) and Tetra Information Services.

Google this time concentrated on recruitment and their stall wasn’t as good as the on that was at Turbo Linux had displayed a ipod like product called WizPy, a mobile device which was a multimedia player as a stand alone device, while it carried Turbo Linux OS within it and could be connected to a desktop, booting from the mobile device. collabnet had Subversion as their product at display. And the stall of suspicious interest had Vista and Office 2007 displayed along with a presentation displaying some terms like “interoperability”, but as many would have been interested to find, there was nothing related to the term put up at display.

Our own NRCF stall had three groups, one from CDAC-Noida, AU-KBC group and CDAC Chennai group displaying BOSS.

Common observation on all the 3 days was, only 10% of the visitors would have mind to get into the MS stall, especially the students did not. Most of the times I could see the two chicks posted in the M$’s stall to be yawning and chatting within themselves. Also their eyes was always on our stall because we were having good number of students attending us and the rest of the times, our eyes were on their stall 😉

I attended totally 4 talks including the key note speeches. Knopper’s talk were really nice, both the keynote one and the “mobile and Linux” talk where he demonstrated using a  mobile phone for connection  to Internet and also spoke on lot of issues.

We also had an IOSN meeting, organized by CDAC Chennai, where representatives from various South Asian Countries (Pakistan, India, Nepal, Srilanka)spoke about FOSS initiatives in their repsective countries.

Klaus Knopper came over to NRCFOSS stall and talked with all the three groups. His advice to us was “People like IBM, Seimens and others will try to buy you people; never fall prey to their baits; be individual developers and contribute”. And, IMHO he was the right person to give that advice. I also got my fist ever Linux CD, a Knoppix one, to be signed by him.

A lot of students from various colleges in Delhi thronged our stall, especially enquiring about student internship program and FOSS activities in their colleges. I have of got a lot of mails from them as follow ups 🙂 .

The food was good, the tea/coffee was free while the lunch was restricted to people who had the coupon.

As a whole, though there were not much from the known circles in the community, I met a lot of people who are working in FOSS domain, mainly in service based industry based on OSS.

I came to know about an Incubator Facility being operative and available for young entrepreneurs to make use of, at Pune University, from one Prof Jitendra Shah of VJTI Mumbai.

On a whole picture, Linux Asia could not even match on any grounds as *the community* was missing, but had the presence of a company which considers FOSS and GNU/Linux as its biggest threat on world. A highly commercial conference, sponsored by enemies of software freedom, but all with a tag Linux on them. Weird!!