02.04.07

Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan to be the chief guest for FOSS Meet @ NITC 2007

Posted in Free Software, NITC at 4:38 pm by Pirate Praveen

National Institute of Technology, Calicut will be hosting a two day, technical event pertaining to Free and Open Source Software, namely FOSS Meet@NITC 2007, on 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March 2007. The event will consist of talks, bofs, workshops and competions based on free and open source softwares. This is the third edition of the event conducted by GNU/Linux Users Group Calicut.

The Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala Shri V S Achuthanandan will be the chief guest for the event.

Participants and Volunteers are required to register online at the foss meet website.

Looking forward to your support and participation.
More details of the event at:
* website
* wiki
* Mailing List

01.12.07

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Posted in Debian, Free Software, NITC at 2:47 pm by Pirate Praveen

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12.24.05

My 3rd NSS Camp

Posted in NITC, NSS, Society at 1:33 pm by Pirate Praveen


The beautiful Vythiri

Kiren SK wrote in his blog about our Vythiri Camp experience ….

It was really a great chance to attend the National Service Scheme Camp organised at Vuthri by the juniors. Making the arena for another get together with the juniors who were always the embodiment of grt friendship.

The team
The team

We spent two days in the NSS special camp on Dec 3 and 4. The second day we climbed the Chembara peak (2nd highest peak in Kerala). The last day of foss.in I ran to catch bus to Vythiri just after the closing key note and Rock show began. We had not booked tickets so we decided to try our luck with seats. (Even on Friday morning we were not sure to go, but after a phone call from Prashob and MP in the morning I decided we are going). Luckily we got seats thanks to a confusion (Two guys booked a seat for the third guy in the back and the third guy booked two seats in the front !! So three of us, me, Kiren SK and Rakesh sat comfortably).


Rakesh, Kiren, Thomson, Sajeev and Dhanraj sir

We reached the camp site early morning on Saturday. This was my third NSS camp. I still remember the beautiful memories of my frist NSS camp which Pattambi’s team conducted. ( I would love to see someone writing about all days of the camp like this for this camp too)


Haridas entertaining the camp members — from Anakkampoyil camp

Last time we had the responsibilty to make the camp happen. So this time and the first time I enjoyed without any tension. We had taken up reconstruction of a road. It was beneficial to about 25 families. The road was about 2 km long. We joined the team and started for the worksite.


‘Special Group’

They showed us the results of many days hard work with enthusiasm and satisfaction. It gives you a lot of satiafaction when you know that you have made a difference to somebody’s life. Even to go to a hospital they had no transport available as the road was not motorable. Now they can avail transport.


/me having a look at the progress, Jayakumar sir is seen explaining

The people there prepared tapioca snacks for us.


Having a break

The finishing touch- Geo

After the work we had bath in the river near by. Then we had delicious lunch. After the hardowork the luch always is very tasty. We missed Kunchiramettan – he used to cook for all the camps, he could not come this time because he was not feeling well. He used to tell us the experiences of the previous camps. He was there at the time of Rajan [He was a student of REC Calicut and was (believed to be ) murdered by Police during the days of Emergency ]. Even now people know REC (now NIT) as Rajan’s college. We have our cultural festival Ragam named after him. Last time he told us about his experience with Rajan. Rajan was good actor and he was coming back from a perfomance with Kunchiramettan when poilice caught him. To juniors you missed Kunchiramettan this time.


Kunchiramettan at Anakkampoyil camp

We were preparing for the Camp Fire after lunch. The campfire is for my third time and it was wonderful each time. It was filled with Folk songs (original – by the camp members and other popular numbers) and film songs.


The camp fire — Prashob is seen in full swing

Camp fire

Folk song moment.

The Fire

After the campfire there was camp evaluation. Hey folks you did a wonderful job. Congratulations. There has to be suggestions for better camp next time. It is very necessary, otherwise you would feel complacent. Every time you should think how to make the next one better. We also gone through this phase. Take the suggestions to make the next camp even a better one.


Me at the worksite

We were in a confusion whether we should stay for the trekking too. But we decided to go for trekking. We climbed the Chembara peak, the second highest peak after Anamudi. It was a wonderful experience [Still the wound I got from a leech bite not cured 🙁 ]. We left the campsite by 9 and reached the top by 11.30.

For more photos see the nss website
I’ll update the trekking photos after I’m back from X mass holidays.

Merry Christmass and Happy New Year to all.

11.17.05

Harnessed the planet

Posted in Free Software, NITC, TricalZone at 1:52 pm by Administrator

Hi I have installed and configured planet ! Now I have created two planets TricalZone and NITC. It was inspired by FOSS.IN Planet. For those who don’t know what a planet is: A planet is an agregation of feeds (rss,atom..) where you get to read blogs of related people. For Example www.planet.debian.org will have blogs of all debian developers ans www.planet.maemo.org will have all Maemo developers blogs. NITC Planet contains the blogs of all related to NIT Calicut. I have set up the planets manually, now I’ve to think how to automate the process by using ‘at’ or ‘cron’ daemons.

10.06.05

KEA annual get together

Posted in Bangalore, NITC at 3:28 pm by Pirate Praveen

Last Sunday we attended KEA (Kerala Engineers Association) annual get together at Shikshak Sadan opposit to Kaveri Bhavan in KG Road. I went there with my classmates at NITC – Harry Thomas and Anoop Bhagyanath. Vijaya Krishanan was also there. The inauguration was done by TG Ravi – who is a movie actor and alumnas of GEC Trichur.

The Orchestra and Ona Sadhya was superb. The day was filled with those beautiful songs by G Venugopal like Thamasamenthe varuvan… Onnam Ragam paadi… Unarumee gaanam…. The Orchestra was compered by Jayaraj Varrier. He also kept us laughing with his comedy show.

The Sadhya had 14 dishes and two Payasam. The Ada payasam was superb and it was unlimited 🙂 The crowd turn up was more than 500 and we got first prize for Pookalam (Rangoli).

Our seniors Barathan (BG) and Narayanan was also there. After the meet we walked till Brigade roadand I brought a new mobile Nokia 6030. It has got a FM radio with it and now I need not be bored in Hosur Road traffic everyday.

So folks don’t miss next chance.

07.06.05

Project Killing (time) — and lots of Partition hacks

Posted in Free Software, Home, Movies, NITC, Reading, Society at 6:14 pm by Pirate Praveen

Noted on 19 May 2005

I’ve been able to engage myself in ‘something or other’ for the last 3 weeks since I left NITC, like
Changathikkoottam,
IT@School training,
Movies (Akkareyakkare Akkare, Ninathen vanthai),
Sleeping
Reading [K.L. Mohanavarma’s ‘Settlement’, News papers — almost complete!! ]
or ‘Bakar’ (Kathi) with sabeel (he left for exams on 14th).
Update: He is placed in HCL Infosystems through Campus Recruitment
I went to rauf’s home to demeonstrate GNU/Lnux as Sabeel got really exited as I kept on telling him about my hacks. Well, it seems his interest has gone as he saw it as a simple thing !!! [It was Suse 9.3 Professional and I could not go into much of the commands and configuration files and options ]. To some it is interesting when it is not common or not challenging. Read the rest of this entry »

04.27.05

The last hours as an NITCian

Posted in NITC, TricalZone at 8:09 pm by Pirate Praveen

These are my last moments in NITC. These three days I have been running from here to there in and near the campus. We had to clear all the dues and get no liability certificate from each hostel and other facilities provided by the college. And also I had to run to get my diary filled by my friends and CDs to be burned.

My lab was over by 21 [I was first day first bacth and first student. They started the lab from roll number 39!!!]. I relaxed till 25 which I spent on movies [Eurotrip], bakar… I started the long run on 25 morning [That’s noon:-)]. First thing I did was to get NLC [No liabilities certificate] from our Main Computer Center. I have an imotional attachment to it, since it have become an integral part of my life in the last 4 years I spent here. Hardly a spent without coming to CC and the last year I enjoyed my privilege as the administrator. I enjoyed every bit of it thoroughly. I got a chance to download lot of distros and install and try it. I could learn lotta new things and got familiarised with networking and unix stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

04.21.05

That’s it!

Posted in NITC at 7:13 am by Pirate Praveen

Today was the last exam (I earnestly hope it to be;-) ), lab was cool, the result of a sleepless night was really comforting and now just the Viva left before we pack and leave.
Note: Dilpu wrote about the Project presentaion

Our Project group

I cannot believe 4 years passed just like that. I’ll be missing lotta things — my friends, my dear CC, the freedom …… Well you cannot be like this always, responsibilities comes and you got to grow.

It seems like yesterday we came here and the memories of A hostel (we called it jail and we were ‘inmates’). A mess (G mess really brings back those meories!!) and our 202/B and 127/C …. I’ll be missing the Tricalzone, nss…. and lots.

04.11.05

Gnome 2.10, KDE 3.4, Ubuntu hoary, Open Office 2.0, Suse 9.3, Mepis 3.3 ……

Posted in Free Software, NITC, NSS, TricalZone at 6:09 pm by Pirate Praveen

Gnome Two, Ten

I’m back to blogsphere after a long break. There has been lotta things going on here in NITC. There was a class trip to Kodaikanal (it is in my draft and hope’ll be able to see it once I get the photos), NSS farewell, treat, Trical treats, lotta new distros …….. Read the rest of this entry »

03.21.05

Kodai Moments

Posted in NITC, TricalZone at 6:55 pm by Pirate Praveen

This weekend the tricalzone enjoyed their time at Kodaikkanal. It was a beautiful trip with lot of fun. We had boating, cycling, trekking, dancing … The 54 hour trip was a wonderful experience and it will remain in the memory for ever. We left the college on Friday evening (9pm) and we travelled the entire night and reached Kodai by Saturady morning 6am. After refreshment and breakfast we went to see the pillar rock. Since it was fully covered with fog, we couldn’t see the rock (We saw it when we came back to the same place for our trekking in the pine forest).
(terribly incomplete…)

See Dilpu’s Blog entry for the Kodai Trip

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