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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Firefox, me and my certificate!

Firefox 3 created record for becoming the most downloaded software on the release day. Even though confirmation from Guinness Records is yet to come, I got my certificate from Mozilla. If you were also part of the Spread FireFox campaign, you can also get your certificate here.

Read this document on Scribd: Download Day 2008

Solstice and Google!


20th June is the first day of summer (Solstice). And Google celebrates with its own special logo.



Its quite a nice one. I like it.

Friday, June 20, 2008

"I love tin and therefore I resign!"


"So, please accept my resignation, effective July 12. And I don't need any fancy parties or gold watches (I still have the one from '61 and '76). I will be spending more time with my family, tending to my small but growing alpaca herd and, of course, getting back to work with tin, my first love."

The celebrated founder and Director of Product Management of Flickr, Stewart Butterfield wrote this "bizarre" resignation letter. There were talks about this exit from last October itself, but the way he did it sounds funny. Anyway, check out the full letter at LA Times.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Firefox Download Day!!

The count down has begun. In 24 hours, the world will witness the release of the greatest and the powerful browser, Firefox 3.


Download Firefox from Mozilla using this link and be a part of Guinness Book. I have already done, what about you?

Lets rock!!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Indian IT - The Phoenix?

I have been writing about what has gone (went?) wrong with Indian IT industry and have been predicting the fall soon. Well, Soham Das has covered the recent developments in Infosys.

Infy, the poster boy* of Indian IT, is paving the road to innovation and success. It's time for others to wake up and, well, just follow!!

*BTW, for countries and cars, we use the feminine. What is it for Companies? He or She??
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Hail Idli!

Chennai's politicians today celebrates the birthday of Chief Minister Karunanidhi. I have also got a reason to celebrate. Idli is cheaper by One Rupee from today!!


For those who don't know, Idli is a dish which looks like a small saucer made of rice. It is steam-cooked and eaten heartily with chutney and sambhar by South Indians. I can hear the cheers for the price cut!

When I first came to Chennai in June 07, one idli used to cost Rs 3. Slowly, it rose to Rs 4 and finally, in the peak of inflation in the last two months, it became Rs 5. By today's price cut it comes down to Rs 4.

Also, the brother of idli, dosa, and wife vada is also seeing a price cut from today.

Hail the legend of Idli.

"Is Twitter Down?" - Yes or No!!


A lot have been talked about Twitter. People are addicted to it, I am too!!

Well, I think that it's about Twitter down time that more people are talking about that Twitter itself. To prove the point, Twitter recently started a blog so that it can inform the world when the Tweets will be down.

Today, I came across this interesting site. It's called "Is Twitter Down?" It has the nice url, http://istwitterdown.com. It's a one page site which says either "Yes" or "No"

The site is run by Ryan King. His about page says,

"I work on websites, especially on web crawling and indexing. I listen to music."

Other than the Twitter one pager, he has also got two more. I Blame Kevin and I Blame Tankek. Check them out.

And btw, follow me on Twitter.

Monday, June 2, 2008

The Three Knights of Open Source



Sometime back, I has talked about the OOXML standardization and the voting in ISO. ISO approved it in April 2008. But now, three of the member nations, South Africa, Brazil and India have filed an appeal.

The national standards organizations of these nations are challenging the flawed procedures in the ballot voting.

South Africa was the first to appeal. You can find of it here. Brazil announced its appeal soon after. It can be found here. Just before the deadline, India also filed its appeal. (I couldn’t find a copy anywhere. If anyone got a link, sent it to bonchibuji at gmail dot com).

Will they become the Three Knights of Open Source? Let’s wait and see what happens next.

Here's an update. Professor Deepak Phathak from IIT Bombay writes an open letter on OOXML happenings in India.



Sunday, June 1, 2008

The 3 Fs

Fun.
Fitness.
Freedom.

The 3 Fs of success.

Today, I went for the cycling in ECR organized by Chennai Runners group in association with TI cycles.(The manufacturers of BSA and Hercules)

A sunday morning sleep was disrupted. I woke up by 3:30 AM an got ready. By the time we reached (my friend Saju was also with me) the Toll Gate in Uthandi, it was 5 AM and you it was just the last few minutes of fake dawn. The yellow streaks were spreading its fingers.

It was the first time I was attending a program organized by Chennai Runners group (Even though I have been a member for sometime). Soon the trucks with cycles arrived. And also T-shirts.

Toll Booth - The starting point

We started by around 6 AM. It was a 15 km stretch till Croc Bank. The ride was smooth with small gradients in between. We reached Croc Bank by 6:50 AM. After having some chocolates (thanks to TI), we started back by 6:55.

Me at Croc Bank

The ride back was smooth. Except for the incident where I slipped off the road and went to sides!! We were back at Toll Gate by 7:35. There chappathis were waiting for us.(again thanks to TI) After catching up with some guys, we were back home by 8:30.

It was a great day. And I must add one more F. "Fantabulous!!"

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