Thursday, March 31, 2005
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Meanwhile Yahoo! 360 is up and I just got an invite :)
Got to check it out, heard that 360 too ofers a blog and some other so called "cool" features that these social networking sites provide(?)
Monday, March 28, 2005
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Who knows, this may be useful some day. Someday I say, because till date I haven't found anything really useful protected under a CC License, except perhaps some people's daily raves and rants.
Update: Did I write that?
One of the biggest questions facing the software industry in 2005 is whether or not Open Source will “jump the species barrier” and start to become a major factor in the enterprise applications space. A quick look at Sourceforge confirms that to date most Open Source efforts in the applications space have been confined to niche applications in the academic space, but there are now numerous efforts underway, such as SugarCRM, to try and create enterprise-ready Open Source applications. Whether these applications efforts are successful or not is one of the key issues keeping software company executives up at night.
For software executives, Open Source presents three major choices: beat it, join-it, or co-opt it. The conventional wisdom suggests that the way to beat Open Source is to “out-engineer” Open Source by providing a more stable, secure and feature rich product while at the same time “out-servicing” Open Source by providing robust 24/7 support.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Thursday, March 24, 2005
The end was the most tortuous, imagine the top guys at the NSA (supposedly the accumulation of the brightest minds on the planet, according to the novel), not knowing their seventh standard chemistry. I'd expect them to figure out the difference between the isotopes of Uranium, an element we hear and read more than we do about others, O2 for example.
If you're reading this book, be ready to be told the "very basic" facts of cryptography, in a way so as to demo the "superlative" cryptography knowledge of the lead characters.
The Da Vinci Code was good. Digital Fortress isn't.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
From the Paint.net website,
Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows XP or 2000. Paint.NET is jointly developed at Washington State University with additional help from Microsoft, and is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with GDI+ extensions. Paint.NET has many of the powerful features that expensive commercial applications have, including the ability to use layers.This is a screenshot from their website:
Paint.net - Screenshot
Thursday, March 17, 2005
An open source effort from Google.
From Code.Google.com FAQ
- What is code.google.com?
- Code.google.com is our site for external developers interested in Google-related development. It’s where we’ll publish free source code and lists of our API services.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
By the way, this reminds me that Sania Mirza got to talk to Shekhar Gupta on NDTV's Walk the Talk. Now that is some achievement, joining a list that includes Sonia Gandhi, Narayan Murthy, Ratan Tata, Jagadish Bhagwati and many more distinguished personalities. (Interviews of these four have been my favourite on WtT till date.) But frankly speaking, the Sania Mirza interview was a huge disappointment. It'll have to go down as the dullest ever on WtT.
Friday, March 11, 2005
We have all been experiencing that "Blog not found" error with the Blogger Commenting system for a while now. But what would you say about finding the Blogger news on your dashboard going back to 2003? Check this out. And there's also a screenshot included!
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Monday, March 07, 2005
Getting a test site running was a breeze. The download and install part is real easy. The only prerequisite is jdk and after downloading the binaries it took only a while to get my test site running. But then as it comes to customizing it, it becomes real complicated. There is hardly any documentation available about Lenya, and whatever exists is very very hard to comprehend. So it is in customizing the CMS part where currently I am having to spend a considerable time butI hope it should get done in not so long from now.
I am just waiting to see how far we go with this Lenya thing. It definitely is exciting. Only a bit raw as I feel, which should improve in the coming versions and with the influx of more community participation.
However, just in case the authorities say they would not prefer to go in for something as uncommom as Lenya, I have also started working on another XML Based CMS with PHP. But I'd prefer Lenya still for its not so ubiquitous, atleast as of now!
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Being aware of the plight of Germany's Jewish scientists, Raman invited them to settle in Bangalore and pursue their research at the Tata Institute.
It is reported that scientists like Schrodinger, Rudolph E. Peierls and Kuhn were seriously interested in coming to India. Max Born was selected as the emissary of the German scientists to come to India to study the suitability of the prevailing conditions. He arrived as the guest of Raman, and he found the climate of Bangalore and the facilities at the Tata Institute satisfactory.When Raman proposed to the academic council that Max Born be admitted in the Institute, Aston, a British scholar, objected, arguing that "these scientists were rejected by their own country and that is an indication of their worthlessness". Raman was vexed and was helpless; Max Born and others emigrated to the United States, where they created revolution after revolution in physics.
I wonder where research in India would have been today if CV Raman had had his own way!
Friday, March 04, 2005
But this time around things are seemingly different. While in the past we had media, especially print, covering any Indo Pak encounter (or for that matter, any touring Cricket team) ever so extensively, this series has failed to attract a coverage anywhere close to it. In fact, I'd say this has to be one of the least hyped cricketing event for a very very long time. Nobody's discussing the outcome of the series, no one is discussing tendulkar's tennis-elbow, nobody's doling out advice as to how should Ganguly adapt to playing short stuff from The Pakis. The Cricket pundits too seem to be in hibernate mode as of now!
But what we have is the nation saluting two unexpected heroes, heroes not on the cricket field. Yes, my Inbox just received three mail forwards all in three days, all filled with Sania Mirza pics!!! ( He received six.) And Karthikeyan isn't doing too bad either by winning praises from Schumacher!
Have we finally found alternate heroes?
Thursday, March 03, 2005
According to Dana Blankenhorn,
... As with open source itself, leadership in the open source movement is distributed and diffuse. Open source has many leaders. Richard Stallman is a leader. Sam Palmisano of IBM is a leader. Linus and Alan are both leaders. There are others. Not to put too fine a point on it, but a bus could run over any of these great leaders tomorrow and the open source tide would keep rising.