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15th-Oct-2008 12:05 am - Open office 3.0
Open office 3.0 released. For more read.
14th-Oct-2008 11:57 pm - FOSS.in CfP
Foss.in/2008 CfP is announced here
5th-Oct-2008 11:21 pm - National Meeting on Software Patents
Saturday I reached the United Theological College, little late. Hence I missed 2 talks. But as I entered the hall, Dr.Nagarjuna was giving his talk. It was quite interesting.


Next talk was given by Prashant Iyengar


Venky, also had a talk.


There was an excellent talk by Pranesh, who had shown some of the ideas which got patented.



There was a combined session by Arun, Abhas and Joseph.





I was able to give a small demo to Nagarjuna sir about CHDK and he had shown me some of the cool features of OpenMoko. It was a good experience for me to meet Nagarjuna and share our ideas :)

For more pictures have a look at my photo gallery.

29th-Sep-2008 10:40 pm - Nanda's Birthday
Yesterday I took part in my friend Nanda's birthday party.








I started my journey from home to Forum and met Ani(Anivar). From there we both went to the college. I think we took 90 minutes to get there. The college was really big. When we reached there the stage was ready for us. Renukaprasad announced the sessions that were going to be held on the stage. There were only two talks: one from the gsoc students and the other was by me.

The gsoc students were Madhusudan and Santhosh from BMSCE. They made students understand why they participated in GSOC. They didn't foreget to mention about the people who motivated them to do. A small interest to get the Google Summer of Code T-shirt made them to contribute!!! It was nice if most of the students had these interests.

              

Anivar was listening to the talk and was trying to convice me, not to get nervous for my talk. I wasn't prepared as such. I knew only the things I did and the basic testing I had done on CHDK.

Next Renukaprasad called me to have talk on the stage. Well I moved with my laptop bag and my hacking tool-kits (a canon camera, a usb card reader and a battery charger) on to the stage. I could hear some students laughing. Well that might be because of my dressing(which I don't bother to look at. I had worn the T-Shirt, where at the back it was printed,"Say no to software patents" ), or for my thick beard,mustache and long hair. After taking a long breath I told them how I came to knew about this project. I didn't forget to mention Pramode sir,slashdot and Pravi. Since the crowd was large(around 70-80), I passed my camera to the students to see how the scripts were running in the camera. I had noticed that a few students were excited, seeing the output of the script in my cam. It was a big time relief for me. I gave them the basic idea of compilation and installation. I didn't forget to mention the link of my linux gazette article.




Since we were there to celebrate GNU project's 25th Aniversary, I had stressed on the word freedom. Yah I have the freedom to hack my camera using this firmware. At times I felt I will fall down(I slept on saturday morning 5 A.M and woke up at 9 A.M) during my talk. I had mentioned the capabalities of taking raw pictures in my camera and controlling the shutterspeed using scripts. I had told them that I could take snaps at regular intervals using my script. There are two scripting languages supported in CHDK: lua and UBasic. I made more emphasis on lua, as it is the hot topic in the IRC and the discussion forum. I had shown them that you could play games in your camera. The motivation from my side, which I felt was good enough for the students to participate in the project.

After the talk I was surrounded by some 10 students. They started asking more and more about CHDK. I always like to see the enthusiasm(the thirst for the knowledge) in students eyes. I spent around 20 minutes with them. And showed the relevance of CHDK project. Some of them asked me if there were any projects related to Nikon, sony etc. Since I knew only about this project, I kept mum.

After my talk big cake was brought on the stage. And it was distributed to all among the audience.
  







RV college of Engineering became India's first college (I believe) to see CHDK and I am happy that I gave a good introduction  about this project.
 
After the college visit I returned back to Anivar's home. It was time for me to complete my work on CHDK. I had added a feature addition( which was there in the TODO list of CHDK) to lua in CHDK. The tmpname function in the os library was not yet developed. So I completed the task and uploaded my patch. I had told Reyal about this. He told me that he will review it, once he get time to.


25th-Sep-2008 08:28 pm - Freedom not fear
11th October 2008 is the International Action Day "Freedom not fear - Stop the surveillance mania!".

"
A broad movement of campaigners and organizations is calling on everybody to join action against excessive surveillance by governments and businesses. On 11 October 2008, concerned people in many countries will take to the streets, the motto being "Freedom not fear 2008". Peaceful and creative action, from protest marches to parties, will take place in many capital cities."

Read more.

"The gender inequality among developers and supporters of free software is stunning. Less than 2% of us are women, according to studies conducted for the European Commission. Why? The evidence says we’re driving them away. There are even some pretty good published guidelines on how not to drive them away. What’s missing is a practical implementation strategy: here I present ten relatively simple changes in how you run your project, to make it more attractive to would-be contributors—especially women."

Hi I find this article to be really interesting. If we can make this, then the number of FOSS contributors of women could be increased from less than 2% to many more!!!!



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"IBM is threatening to leave organizations that set standards for software interoperability because of concerns that their processes are not always fair. IBM published a new set of guidelines it plans to follow, which include encouraging standards bodies to have rules to protect their decisions from "undue influence," a clear reference to competitor Microsoft. IBM was one of the most vocal opponents of a file format created by Microsoft and approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as an international standard earlier this year.Part of the specification, called Office Open XML, is used in Microsoft's latest Office 2007 productivity suite but has yet to be fully implemented by either Microsoft or other software vendors. OOXML is a rival to OpenDocument Format (ODF), also an international standard used in office suites such as OpenOffice.org and StarOffice."

Read here.

24th-Sep-2008 12:00 pm - World Day Against Software Patents
Today is the world day against Software Patents(24th September). And Hindu had covered an article based on that.
1)The Lead story is In the context of International Day against software patents.
2)Other stories are one, two.




21st-Sep-2008 05:43 pm - CHDK mailing list
I had started a CHDK mailing list for users and a mailing list for developers. To join the groups here is the link:

1)User list.
2)Developer list.

I would like newbies to join this group and make this group active!!!

I am busy with building the latest CHDK. There are some issues I had been facing while compilation. Will be back in the
list within few days with some good news(I believe so!!!).

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