got in a traffic jam

Posted in Bangalore at 4:02 pm by Pirate Praveen

Traffic seemed horrible during early days of coming to Bangalore. But now it is the saviour for me !! Everyday the HP bus comes by 8.25am and we (me and VR) mange to catch the bus for somedays. But we started missing bus by minutes and even seconds. Many times we saw the tail of the bus but we were helpless. One day we took an auto and it burned our pockets and we were forced to think of alternatives.

One day the I saw the bus moving ahead of me and I ran past it and hoped to catch it in Udupi gardens signal, but by split second the bus moved past the signal and the vehicles from the other direction poured in and I was helpless and watched others boarding the bus on the other side and when the traffic cleared for me the bus left 🙁 That was very disappointing.

The next day I was waiting in Udupi Gardens signal (near petrol pump) and this time I got the bus when it breaked while crossing the signal. Another occation when the bus didn’t stop fo us, evryone was clueless as to what to do but I knew it can go far and I ran behind it and caught it. Other also followed me.

The traffic is proving very much helpful for me. I don’t wait for the bus but the bus wait for me 🙂 One day after I shfted near to MICO layout Over Bridge I vitnessed the best traffic jam ever after coming here 🙂 The jam started from the Madivala over bridge to the BTM over bridge. Vehicles passed from one signal to another. I walked till Uduppi gardens to check out if any bus is waiting for me but I couldn’t find any so I walked back and on the second round I saw VR waiting (he is still at our old PG) and now we were scanning the long queue of vehicles for HP bus and to our dismay just when our bus came the jam cleared and the bus sped past us. OOPs

But we didn’t lose hope and we ran behind the bus and to our consolation the bus was waiting at Uduppi Garden signal. It would have been very disappointing if we had missed it as I refused the invitation of private buses to take me to EC (ie, Electronic City).

Today I ran from our home till Uduppi Gardens and got the bus. It has been a cat and mouse game and I’m looking forward to the next day 🙂
So I like the traffic jams in the morning, I enjoy it, and I can’t live without it now 🙂


BoF at Woody’s Jayanagar on 4th September

Posted in Bangalore, Environment, Free Software, Society at 6:06 pm by Pirate Praveen

I had called for a BoF last Sunday at Woody’s Restaurant Jayanagar. Thejesh picked me up near BTM water tank and we reached Woody’s by about 2.50pm. First one we met ther was Kanti from Nagpur and working with Oracle (he was the only one with a laptop). Surjo couldn’t come because he had some other engagemnet at home. So we waited outside for some more guys to join. Then Abhishek from Hyderabad and working with Novell came and the fifth one was Lakshmi Narayan Kamat. We moved in and started the session with a bried intro and agenda of the meet. Gopal V (dotGNU hacker working with Yahoo and he is from Ernakulam) and Yathiraj joined us to make the count to 7. Only Gopal and Abhishek were the regular BoF guys and the rest of us had the frst BoF (It was third FOSS meeting for me in Bangalore the first one being Debian Developers Conference and the second one Blug meet. Also I went to Belgaum for VTU Floss Campaign).
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Another day at Rauf’s home

Posted in Environment, Free Software, Home, Reading, Society at 2:24 pm by Administrator

5th of June
Read this and comeback here.

The day started when mom woke me up at 4 ‘O’ clock. I had to be ready by 5 so that I can go to Kadampuzha temple with my cousine. I prepared tea and had break fast with beaten rice (Avil) and banana chips. But there was a misunderstanding as I didn’t turn up the day before and he thought I was not going with him ! So he didn’t stop for me and it was disappointing to wake up at 4’O clock during vacation and for nothing 🙁 Anyway I had ‘Lord of the rings’ to read again at an unexpected time. (I always read books at these irregular hours like once I ventured to read Harry Poter 5 during my sessional exams during 5th semester, a night-out to read ‘Five point someone- what not to do in IITs’, ‘Dance Dance’ (Complete novel – highly recommended ! but you may find something not fiting into the scheme — because it is a sequel) of Haruki Murakami when everyone in the campus was deep in RS agarwal and Sakunthala Devi for campus placement preparations, ‘Sea Leopard’ during s8 exams and ‘Da Vinci code’ within a week before the s8 exams, to point out some 🙂 ) Read the rest of this entry »


Google embracess Open Protocol for its IM

Posted in Free Software at 2:23 pm by Administrator

Google proved its support to the Free and Open Source movement with embracing of Jabber (A open prtocol for Instant Messaging) for its IM and VOIP — Google Talk. Here is the announcement

They stress their support for Open Standards

Open Communications Model
Google believes that users should have a choice in what applications they use for communication. Built to support industry standards, Google Talk enables Google users to connect to the Google Talk service and exchange IMs using any client that does the same, including Trillian, Adium, iChat, GAIM, and Psi.

Another article here

It clearly proves again google’s ability to pioneer in any field they chose. We (me and Swaroop) had a heated debate before about Yahoo opening up its protocol or using Jabber for its IM.

Is Open Source the solution? And the original debate Yahoo Toolbar for Firefox

Now I think Swaroop will have something to say about it.

We had a long flame war last time and I have resumed it after Google talk’s release (See those links to have a look at the flame war we had — There was Sridhar with me for jabber and Sriram for MSN ).

You Too, Severus

Posted in Reading at 9:02 am by Pirate Praveen

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
Et tu, Severe

After reading
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I was discussing the possibilities now with VR after Dumbledore’s death. It seems really imposible to beat Voledmort now after losing Dumbledore and Snape going to the Dark side. The only one in the order after Dumbledore who could possibly stand up against You-know-who was Snape (Even Dumbledore counted on Snape when he was coming back from the Cave. Now who can we count on in the order to look face to face with Voldemort. Well now the only hope is R.A.B, but we are yet to know who this guy is or what are his credentials.

VR read the book before me and was very enthusiastic before he read the climax but after he climax he was abusing Rowling. The same case was with me also. I was reading it the whole weekend at home with high interrest but when I came back to Bangalore are read the climax I was very disappointed (but not as disappointed as VR because I was prepared to face something very bad after VR’s reaction to it)

So now let us wait for the last book of the series and see what Rowling has got.

Update: Wikipedia gives more about the possibility of R.A.B. It says Regulus Black, Sirus’s brother is a likely to be R.A.B.

Regulus was a Death Eater who tried to disassociate himself from Voldemort. He was killed by Voldemort or on Voldemort’s orders. The note left by R.A.B. addresses Voldemort as “The Dark Lord”, and Death Eaters are the only group who customarily refer to him thus. Regulus’ second initial is unknown. However, he had a rich uncle whose first name was Alphard.


Blug meet and education project

Posted in Free Software, Society at 1:03 pm by Administrator

I have been thinking about writing on BLUG meet for some days after seeing a mail and later a post from Atul. The meet was on 25th Aug as it was Linux’s Birthday (Why 25 ? Read an article from blug wiki). I went home after the meet and couldn’t upadate my blog during weekend.
Then there was another blog entry about another perspective of FLOSS in Education.
Me and Dilpu were again there together.
I got a chance to initiate a discussion on Software Freedom Day and there was a very interesting discussion. Some points are noted in SFD Bangalore wiki
. Then there was a video of Eben Moglen’s talk on Freedom of thought, culture etc.

The interesting thing was meeting those with whom I discuss things on mailing lists. Also the food was good though 150/- was a bit more I suppose (Though you won’t get that feeling with 150/- no where, so it was rather worth it)
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Seminar on GNU slash Hurd

Posted in Free Software at 11:29 am by Administrator

Last week (on Aug 24) we (me, VR and two other colleagues) presented a seminar on GNU slash Hurd as part of our training programme at my company (HP GDIC).

The presenation is available here (pdf)

The seminar was very interesting. We introduced the concept of micro kernel and how it differs from a monolithic kernel. Also we discussed single server and multi server OSes.

I tried to install gnu-debian-k8-hurd in lab but the partition naming was so confusing so that I could not boot it after first phase (copy to hard disk). I had installed it before while I was in NITC and here I wrote about it.

Now I have downloaded the live cd from Superunprivileged.org. Now you can easily try out GNU OS without any hassles.

Now I look forward to using and hacking the GNU OS.

PS: There is a Bangalore Free Software CD database where you will get details of the CDs available with Bangaloreans and how to contact them.