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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Face of the IAC supporters

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This is how the fundamentalists are behind such movement ......

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Educated class: Selfish expectations

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We, specifically the educated ones, have become a society where we need all the fruits of free market economy and global open market. But we want government to enforce heavy regulations on the lower economic classes in this nation like farmers and other labor class population. We want the salary hikes every time the petrol prices go up and we still want the food prices to stay down. Agreed, the growing food prices doesn't always benefit the farmers directly, but it isn't that plain reason to not accept the price rise.
I have observed some of economic dailies in this nation criticizing government and making jokes of policies when some package or subsidiaries are announced for the agriculture. These are the same dailies which appreciates the government reducing taxes on corporations and help the dying corporations (for their own mistakes). It's the worst form of the capitalism. Or in known words it's the old sucking Jamindari capitalism where media, power and policies are always in favor of the rich. I strongly support the free market economies and yes strong regulations by government too, but both things have to practiced in fair way. Let farmers decide their own prices and let global food giants come to this nation. People will buy from who sells it cheaper.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Capitalims and Communism for India

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Yesterday a very good phrase occurred to my mind "Fairy Tales of Capitalism and Horror Storied from Communism". In relation to that....

Post 91 changes have transformed the vision of policy makers and executors. We as a nation are looking at prosperity and growth from another perspective and I, some times doubt about  that being an imported vision. I am not content with the 'kind' of growth that is happening and kind of people those leading it. But I was even not content with pre 91 days and the growth then.

So I have been asking myself  what do I want and what is that I think is the best for this nation. Obviously it is not the communism (-as it is) as (personally I think) the fundamental notion of individuals  being more productive and forward looking than the collectives (as opposed to individual) is correct and realistic. So is it Capitalism? Surely another 'no' here too. Individuals are important and should be awarded differently but can not be treated and favored for too long, which I think capitalism does a lot.

We being a nation divided into different social structures; wealth and power being centered to very few, can't afford to adopt capitalism. Yes mixed economy is answer, but then the ratio of capitalists and communist approaches is a factor to debate on.

Many say we are a mixed economy but I still think we have been moving to capitalism slowly. The poors being not able to visualize the move and not able to raise their voice are quite. The only hope is new world capitalists being not the believers of 'suck it all greed is good capitalism' and that they believe in enterprises for the mankind. That can happen only when those lower strata of this society understand this new world and the new capitalism for mankind as in fairy tales and some what similar to what communism expects from the societies.

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You might love to read :  
The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a Disruptively Better Business

to watch: http://www.jijau.com/drupal/?q=node/39 


These will give both the perspectives.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

RIP Denis Ritchie..

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                                                             RIP Denis Ritchie
His invention C and Unix have taught us code....
thank you!
more info regarding this at this link 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

आयुष्यातले चढ -उतार आणि त्याच्याशी झुंज हाच प्रवासाचा खरा आनंद

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स्टीव जॉब्स (१९५५ - २०११)
स्टीव जॉब्स मागे फक्त चांगली उत्पादनेच नव्हे तर अवघ आयुष्य येणाऱ्या पिढ्यांना खूप काही शिकण्यासाठी ठेवून गेलेत. नाविन्याचा आणि सौंदर्याचा ध्यास आणि हा शोध कसा घ्यावा हे ही ते आपल्याला दाखवून गेलेत. आयुष्यातले चढ -उतार आणि त्याच्याशी झुंज हाच प्रवासाचा खरा आनंद अस एकदा त्यांनीच मुलाखतीत सांगितल होत. आणि त्यांच्या आयुष्या बद्दल ते अगदी खर ही. देव त्यांच्या आत्म्याला शांती देवो. ते सदैव आमच्या स्मृतीत राहतील एक iकॉन म्हणून!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sharing on linux machines with public_html

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Here are some very nice steps described to do that :
http://kimbriggs.com/computers/computer-notes/linux-notes/apache2-public_html-virtual-directories.file

To summarize:
 1. create folder "public_html" in your home
 2. Run these commands


me@myhost$ cd /etc/apache2/mods-enabled
me@myhost$ sudo ln -s ../mods-available/userdir.conf userdir.conf
me@myhost$ sudo ln -s ../mods-available/userdir.load userdir.load
me@myhost$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart




You may face problems while restarting the apache and the one I faced "No apache MPM package installed" . So install that using synaptic or apt-get. And again try restarting that apache2. It will work.




Tuesday, September 20, 2011

जागुनी रात्री साऱ्या तू अन मी काढल्या होत्या......

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जागुनी रात्री साऱ्या तू अन मी काढल्या होत्या,
तोडून चांदण्या ही रात्रीत माळल्या होत्या.

अन चांदण्यांचा मग ढिगारा शाय्येत लागला होता
लाजुनी चंद्र नभीचा तेंव्हा गालात हासला होता.

बहरून रात्र राणी घरभर पसरली होती 
तोडून अंधाराला वीज चमकली होती.

मी बाहूत घायाळ झालो
तू अजुनी तहानलेली 

मी बेधुंद होवून बरसलो 
तू तृप्त पुन्हा जननी. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

जिंदगी थी जहाँ, है वही आज भी .......

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जिंदगी थी जहाँ, है वही आज भी.    
ढूंड ले हम कहाँ, फिर आपकी सादगी? 
हर घडी आप हो, याद है हर कही. 

जिंदगी अब नहीं मिल रही आजसे, 
कल ही में खो गयी उस रात के बाद से.
हम अभी है वहां आप छोड़ निकल गए.
सांस भी है वही आप जो दे गए. 

है अभी इंतजार, फिर उसी शाम का,
आपके प्यार का, और नयी बहार का.


आप आ-ओ लौट के, हम अभी है वही,
आप आ-ओ लौट के, हम अभी है वही.
                                        - प्र. बा.

Friday, September 16, 2011

SGGS, Nanded Avertising on web

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Was looking for a video on text mining and noticed SGGS, NANDED is advertising on vimeo.
Was surprised to see!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on Democracy and Constitution

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Just wanted to raise a concern do we need to revisit something? Our democratic process? Governance? Ways in which our system works ? If we think the current system has no way to involve people in the best possible way. Why not try to have a system/ways Where People are heard, Even those who don't have a voice! 
And if the ways already exist (and are efficient still in fast changing Indian society and world), what are those? 
These are just concerns, which I have in mind looking at the chaos (or really a revolution? I am not able to figure out.) outside. 

I have utter respect for constitution and parliamentary democracy, and personally I think if something 'important', important in the sense that that will decide future of the nation has to be, has to be appreciated by the parliament and obviously by the people of nation also! 

Do we have system to practice/track that?  If yes, is it efficient? If not, why not invest our some time in making that and making that efficient. 
I might be wrong, absolutely wrong, unaware of the existence of such system and in that case I would like to know about it, please help me. 
The below speech and thoughts by Babasaheb and happenings in nation now made me think this way. 
You will realize his vision for democracy and importance of system and constitution,  his vision for social freedom (which is yet to be realized completely ). He has predicted about what can happen to nation if we sideline/neglect/make lesser important/disrespect  the parliament and what can happen if the people in power happen to be bad/incompetent/corrupt. If I am not wrong, both the things are happening now. Will his prediction be true? just worried. My concerns are not about changing the constitution, it's quite strong and matured and powerful if used by right hands to empower people and nation, but are about making yet another round of a system which protects constitution and constitutional system from going to the bad hands - protecting self interests, protecting communal interest using the power in hands to get more power and exploit those with lesser or no voice and stopping nation from being socially free in true sense.      


Nation awakened to the rights is very good, but it should not go directly on roads just after waking up,  an accident may happen. It must, first, get refreshed with duties by recalling them and then the march will surely lead to growth and light.
       
Carefully read the below speech and read it twice. 
                                             
              Dr. B. R. Ambedkar  an Uncommon man who happened in this uncommon nation  
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As much defence as could be offered to the Constitution has been offered by my friends Sir Alladi Krishnaswami Ayyar and Mr T T Krishnamachari, I shall not therefore enter into the merits of the Constitution. Because I feel, however good a Constitution may be, it is sure to turn out bad because those who are called to work it, happen to be a bad lot. However bad a Constitution may be, it may turn out to be good if those who are called to work it, happen to be a good lot. The working of a Constitution does not depend wholly upon the nature of the Constitution. The Constitution can provide only the organs of State such as the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. The factors on which the working of those organs of the State depend are the people and the political parties they will set up as their instruments to carry out their wishes and their politics. Who can say how the people of India and their parties will behave? Will they uphold constitutional methods of achieving their purposes or will they prefer revolutionary methods of achieving them? If they adopt the revolutionary methods, however good the Constitution may be, it requires no prophet to say that it will fail. It is, therefore, futile to pass any judgement upon the Constitution without reference to the part which the people and their parties are likely to play.
The condemnation of the Constitution largely comes from two quarters, the Communist Party and the Socialist Party. Why do they condemn the Constitution? Is it because it is really a bad Constitution? I venture to say ‘no’. The Communist Party want a Constitution based upon the principle of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. They condemn the Constitution because it is based upon parliamentary democracy. The Socialists want two things. The first thing they want is that if they come in power, the Constitution must give them the freedom to nationalise or socialise all private property without payment of compensation. The second thing that the Socialists want is that the Fundamental Rights mentioned in the Constitution must be absolute and without any limitations so that if their Party fails to come into power, they would have the unfettered freedom not merely to criticise, but also to overthrow the State.
No right to bind succeeding generations
These are the main grounds on which the Constitution is being condemned. I do not say that the principle of parliamentary democracy is the only ideal form of political democracy. I do not say that the principle of no acquisition of private property without compensation is so sacrosanct that there can be no departure from it. I do not say that Fundamental Rights can never be absolute and the limitations set upon them can never be lifted. What I do say is that the principles embodied in the Constitution are the views of the present generation or if you think this to be an over-statement, I say they are the views of the members of the Constituent Assembly. Why blame the Drafting Committee for embodying them in the Constitution? I say why blame even the Members of the Constituent Assembly? Jefferson, the great American statesman who played so great a part in the making of the American constitution, has expressed some very weighty views which makers of Constitution, can never afford to ignore. In one place he has said:
“We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of the majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.”
In another place, he has said:
“The idea that institutions established for the use of the nation cannot be touched or modified, even to make them answer their end, because of rights gratuitously supposed in those employed to manage them in the trust for the public, may perhaps be a salutary provision against the abuses of a monarch, but is most absurd against the nation itself. Yet our lawyers and priests generally inculcate this doctrine, and suppose that preceding generations held the earth more freely than we do; had a right to impose laws on us, unalterable by ourselves, and that we, in the like manner, can make laws and impose burdens on future generations, which they will have no right to alter; in fine, that the earth belongs to the dead and not the living;”
I admit that what Jefferson has said is not merely true, but is absolutely true. There can be no question about it. Had the Constituent Assembly departed from this principle laid down by Jefferson it would certainly be liable to blame, even to condemnation. But I ask, has it? Quite the contrary. One has only to examine the provision relating to the amendment of the Constitution…I challenge any of the critics of the Constitution to prove that any Constituent Assembly anywhere in the world has, in the circumstances in which this country finds itself, provided such a facile procedure for the amendment of the Constitution. If those who are dissatisfied with the Constitution have only to obtain a 2/3 majority and if they cannot obtain even a two-thirds majority in the parliament elected on adult franchise in their favour, their dissatisfaction with the Constitution cannot be deemed to be shared by the general public.
The danger of divisive politics
[But] my mind is so full of the future of our country that I feel I ought to take this occasion to give expression to some of my reflections thereon. On 26th January 1950, India will be an independent country. What would happen to her independence? Will she maintain her independence or will she lose it again? This is the first thought that comes to my mind. It is not that India was never an independent country. The point is that she once lost the independence she had. Will she lose it a second time? It is this thought which makes me most anxious for the future. What perturbs me greatly is the fact that not only India has once before lost her independence, but she lost it by the infidelity and treachery of some of her own people. In the invasion of Sind by Mahommed-Bin-Kasim, the military commanders of King Dahar accepted bribes from the agents of Mahommed-Bin-Kasim and refused to fight on the side of their king. It was Jaichand who invited Mahommed Ghori to invade India and fight against Prithvi Raj and promised him the help of himself and the Solanki kings. When Shivaji was fighting for the liberation of Hindus, the other Maratha noblemen and the Rajput kings were fighting the battle on the side of Mughul Emperors. When the British were trying to destroy the Sikh Rulers, Gulab Singh, their principal commander sat silent and did not help to save the Sikh Kingdom. In 1857, when a large part of India had declared a war of independence against the British, the Sikhs stood and watched the event as silent spectators.
Will history repeat itself? It is this thought which fills me with anxiety. This anxiety is deepened by the realisation of the fact that in addition to our old enemies in the form of castes and creeds we are going to have many political parties with diverse and opposing political creeds. Will Indians place the country above their creed or will they place creed above country? I do not know. But this much is certain that if the parties place creed above country, our independence will be put in jeopardy a second time and probably be lost for ever. This eventuality we must all resolutely guard against. We must be determined to defend our independence with the last drop of our blood.
The importance of constitutional methods
On the 26th of January 1950, India would be a democratic country in the sense that India from that day would have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. The same thought comes to my mind. What would happen to her democratic Constitution? Will she be able to maintain it or will she lose it again. This is the second thought that comes to my mind and makes me as anxious as the first.
It is not that India did not know what is democracy. There was a time when India was studded with republics, and even where there were monarchies, they were either elected or limited. They were never absolute. It is not that India did not know Parliaments or parliamentary procedure. A study of the Buddhist Bhikshu Sanghas discloses that not only there were Parliaments—for the Sanghas were nothing but Parliaments—but the Sanghas knew and observed all the rules of parliamentary procedure known to modern times…Although these rules of parliamentary procedure were applied by the Buddha to the meetings of the Sanghas, he must have borrowed them from the rules of the political assemblies functioning in the country in his time.
This democratic system India lost. Will she lose it a second time? I do not know. But it is quite possible in a country like India—where democracy from its long disuse must be regarded as something quite new—there is danger of democracy giving place to dictatorship. It is quite possible for this new born democracy to retain its form but give place to dictatorship in fact. If there is a landslide, the danger of the second possibility becoming actuality is much greater.
If we wish to maintain democracy not merely in form, but also in fact, what must we do? The first thing in my judgement we must do is to hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives. It means we must abandon the bloody methods of revolution. It means that we must abandon the method of civil disobedience, non-cooperation and satyagraha. When there was no way left for constitutional methods for achieving economic and social objectives, there was a great deal of justification for unconstitutional methods. But where constitutional methods are open, there can be no justification for these unconstitutional methods. These methods are nothing but the Grammar of Anarchy and the sooner they are abandoned, the better for us.
The politics of pedestals
The second thing we must do is to observe the caution which John Stuart Mill has given to all who are interested in the maintenance of democracy, namely, not “to lay their liberties at the feet of even a great man, or to trust him with power which enable him to subvert their institutions.” There is nothing wrong in being grateful to great men who have rendered life-long services to the country. But there are limits to gratefulness. As has been well said by the Irish Patriot Daniel O’Connel, no man can be grateful at the cost of his honour, no woman can be grateful at the cost of her chastity and no nation can be grateful at the cost of its liberty. This caution is far more necessary in the case of India than in the case of any other country. For in India, Bhakti or what may be called the path of devotion or hero-worship, plays a part in its politics unequalled in magnitude by the part it plays in the politics of any other country in the world. Bhakti in religion may be a road to the salvation of the soul. But in politics, Bhakti or hero-worship is a sure road to degradation and to eventual dictatorship.
Social democracy
The third thing we must do is not to be content with mere political democracy. We must make our political democracy a social democracy as well. Political democracy cannot last unless there lies at the base of it social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life which recognises liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life. These principles of liberty, equality and fraternity are not to be treated as separate items in a trinity. They form a union of trinity in the sense that to divorce one from the other is to defeat the very purpose of democracy. Liberty cannot be divorced from equality, equality cannot be divorced from liberty. Nor can liberty and equality be divorced from fraternity. Without equality, liberty would produce the supremacy of the few over the many. Equality without liberty would kill individual initiative. Without fraternity, liberty would produce the supremacy of the few over the many. Equality without liberty would kill individual initiative. Without fraternity, liberty and equality could not become a natural course of things. It would require a constable to enforce them.
We must begin by acknowledging the fact that there is complete absence of two things in Indian society. One of these is equality. On the social plane, we have in India a society based on the principle of graded inequality which we have a society in which there are some who have immense wealth as against many who live in abject poverty. On the 26th of January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics we will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality. In politics we will be recognising the principle of one man one vote and one vote one value. In our social and economic life, we shall, by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value. How long shall we continue to live this life of contradictions? How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life? If we continue to deny it for long, we will do so only by putting our political democracy in peril. We must remove this contradiction at the earliest possible moment or else those who suffer from inequality will blow up the structure of political democracy which this Assembly has to laboriously built up.
The second thing we are wanting in is recognition of the principle of fraternity. What does fraternity mean? Fraternity means a sense of common brotherhood of all Indians-if Indians being one people. It is the principle which gives unity and solidarity to social life. It is a difficult thing to achieve…
To build a nation
I remember the days when politically-minded Indians, resented the expression “the people of India”. They preferred the expression “the Indian nation.” I am of opinion that in believing that we are a nation, we are cherishing a great delusion. How can people divided into several thousands of castes be a nation? The sooner we realise that we are not as yet a nation in the social and psychological sense of the world, the better for us. For then only we shall realise the necessity of becoming a nation and seriously think of ways and means of realising the goal. The realisation of this goal is going to be very difficult…The castes are anti-national. In the first place because they bring about separation in social life. They are anti-national also because they generate jealousy and antipathy between caste and caste. But we must overcome all these difficulties if we wish to become a nation in reality. For fraternity can be a fact only when there is a nation. Without fraternity, equality and liberty will be no deeper than coats of paint.
These are my reflections about the tasks that lie ahead of us. They may not be very pleasant to some. But there can be no gainsaying that political power in this country has too long been the monopoly of a few and the many are only beasts of burden, but also beasts of prey. This monopoly has not merely deprived them of their chance of betterment, it has sapped them of what may be called the significance of life. These down-trodden classes are tired of being governed. They are impatient to govern themselves. This urge for self-realisation in the down-trodden classes must not be allowed to devolve into a class struggle or class war. It would lead to a division of the House. That would indeed be a day of disaster. For, as has been well said by Abraham Lincoln, a House divided against itself cannot stand very long. Therefore the sooner room is made for the realisation of their aspiration, the better for the few, the better for the country, the better for the maintenance for its independence and the better for the continuance of its democratic structure. This can only be done by the establishment of equality and fraternity in all spheres of life. That is why I have laid so much stresses on them.
I do not wish to weary the House any further. Independence is no doubt a matter of joy. But let us not forget that this independence has thrown on us great responsibilities. By independence, we have lost the excuse of blaming the British for anything going wrong. If hereafter things go wrong, we will have nobody to blame except ourselves. There is great danger of things going wrong. Times are fast changing. People including our own are being moved by new ideologies. They are getting tired of Government by the people. They are prepared to have Governments for the people and are indifferent whether it is Government of the people and by the people. If we wish to preserve the Constitution in which we have sought to enshrine the principle of Government of the people, for the people and by the people, let us resolve not to be tardy in the recognition of the evils that lie across our path and which induce people to prefer Government for the people to Government by the people, nor to be weak in our initiative to remove them. That is the only way to serve the country. I know of no better.?
                                                                                                            - Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
A man who gave people of this nation voice, equal voice irrespective religion, caste, gender and region. A Messiah in true sense who gave freedom to societies and individuals and led path to the  absolute social freedom which one or other day this nation will surely achieve.
Jai Hind.   



Speech Courtesy: http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/

Friday, August 19, 2011

Using Whiteboard in Open Meeting

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Just wanted to share this white board functions. A really nice free and open source  open meeting tool : openmeetings.de

  

Monday, August 15, 2011

They can't go on looting my nation

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I was some days before not so positive about Jan Lokpal movement. Because personally I didn't like the way things were happening and democracy was made to act. I didn't like the candle lightening just for craze (and not vote at all!) and someone asking govt. to do what he says. Also I didn't like media and people looking at this issue as the only issue of national interest and everything else is good and okay. I didn't like the media staying calm on other issues like farmers suicides, poverty and many others and just en-cashing this TRP-full drama. But I now have understood why they needed to do it this way. I still don't like some of the above stated issues, but yes I would love to see A STRONG lokpal/Janlokpal bill coming into existence to eradicate the corruption and also to show every political party that they can't go on looting my nation and we still exist.
Also I would like to request my friends who are concerned about change in Constitution. Nor this or any other government has followed what Dr. Ambedkar had said. So let's not worry about that. Our democratic and secular values are still strong and we shall strive to keep them strong. We should also take care that no communal organizations and political parties make a use of this issue for political benefits. But let's think twice and be on right side NOW.
Otherwise, our situation will be like :


"First they (Nazi) came for the communists,  and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists,  and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me  and there was no one left to speak out for me."
  - Martin Niemöller.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Amazon Kindle App on Desktop/Computer (Ubuntu, Windows, Apple)

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Update: A good news at the Bottom

There are many free of cost version of  books on Amazon provided as Kindle Edition like this one. But those who don't have Amazon kindle device were not able to read those free books or sample chapters. But now it's possible with  an application called Kindle App that Amazon provides for installation on the personal computers and mobile devices.

But the OS that are supported by this app are not open source. To install it on Ubuntu you need WINE. Steps to install wine and Kindle app on Ubuntu are well described here:
http://www.redshirtlinux.com/?p=163

Download Kindle App for your personal computer from here .


Just got to know about this: Kindle Cloudreader with which you can read those books online by using Chrome and Safari browse. So now the OS won't matter any more and you are free to enjoy amazon anywhere you go!


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Gmail Storage and Happy friendship day

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Gmail provides us 7+ GB space for the messages. When I first found out that my Gmail free space quota was being exceeded, I went for some Gsearch and found that the Google storage for a user gets shared across Gmail, Picasa and Docs and I thought this Gstorage is nothing but the same 7+ GB space and deleted some pics from my Picasa which were part of my blog on blogspot (pics uploded to blog gets stored in picasa). But I was wrong. Google provides 7 GB only for the messages and attachments. And then the additional space for other services.

In Google's words:

Free storage space is specific to each product. Free storage from one product cannot be used by or transferred to another product.
  • Gmail provides 7+ GB (and counting) for Gmail messages.
  • Docs provides 1 GB for your uploaded files (documents created in Google Docs and converted files don't count towards your storage, but do have some size limitations).
  • Picasa Web provides 1 GB for photos and videos. Files under certain sizes don't count towards this limit.
  • Google+ provides unlimited storage for photos, which are automatically resized to 2048 pixels. Videos up to 15 minutes in length are also free.

More details can be found here: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=39567

Efficiently managing your free Gmail storage is very simple and is very well described here:

http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=6558

Some most useful ways to delete the messages which consume the extra space: but be sure to recheck  before deleting such messages -

To find messages that are larger in size due to attachments, try using advanced search operators such as has:attachment or filename:mov or you always know who are the culprit best friends sending 'those' pictures and clips, find "from:them" and delete. Hope you don't cry when you loose that much of the entertaining and emotional content from such good friends, and if it's that important download it and be sure to forward it to me if it's 'very' interesting ;).

Happy friendship day to all such friends who never think of my free Gmail storage quota and forward 'those' interesting emails to me just to make me smile. My Inbox and Life is full because of friends like you. Thanks for making feel important.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

They said let's increment your salaries 10 fold

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They told us it's gonna change the India. We believed in them. They said let's urbanize everything. We thought they are talking about infrastructure. They said let's increment your salaries 10 fold. We thought it's gonna make us very rich. Later they said you will need to leave your homes and come to cities as we can't urbanize so fast being busy with current cities. We believed them and moved in here. Seeing us move our neighbors moved. Seeing everyone moving, our laborers moved. And a lot of people moved in here to cities. What they found out - heavy-cost-of-living not affordable with the increased 10 fold salaries. Nothing more than tiny little spaces to hide. Overloaded transport systems. Rising costs caused because of our own salaries and the derived reasons. No infrastructure which they promised and were busy with. We found ourselves fighting for daily living and poorer than before. We thought of going back but found we have disturbed the equilibrium. And now we are told to prepare PPTs, audit someone's calculations. Some do better job of automating their process which anyway in turn are consumed by us only and many of which we never needed! We came, believed in them and participated with enthusiasm, but now we are forced to be here, do what they tell. They live lavish life and we serve them pizza wearing a fancy red hat.

Friday, July 8, 2011

NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON FOSS ADOPTION IN EDUCATION

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NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON FOSS ADOPTION IN EDUCATION

Saturday, August 27, 2011
C-DAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai
 
About Workshop
Many softwares have been developed for adopting technology in education for resource availability, sharing, and access to them even after school/college hours. There have also been developments aimed to ease other educational activities like course enrollment, conduct of examination from setting question papers to correcting answers and displaying results. Such softwares are available in the market in both forms proprietary and open source.
Unlike the proprietary softwares, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) alternatives are free of cost, source code is available with the software, and the institution has freedom to modify the source code to customize the software as per requirement. For modification and maintenance the institution has full freedom to develop the required skills in-house with the help of faculties and system admin staff or they can choose to hire external help.
However, one of the problems is there are many FOSS tools available and a novice institution/teacher/software development organization has to take lot of efforts to short-list/choose a software for adoption. They will have to spend days looking for different softwares, their reviews, comparisons, etc. If such problems are reduced for the ease of FOSS adoption then the institutions/teachers can reap the above benefits of FOSS much more seamlessly.
The workshop intents to promote technology and FOSS adoption in educational institutions. Various FOSS tools in education will be demonstrated in the workshop. The participants will also get to experience the work of C-DAC Mumbai in promoting technology/FOSS in education. The workshop will provide an opportunity to interact with participants from different organizations and industry practitioners. The workshop will involve keynote and invited lectures by distinguished researchers and/or professionals.
Objectives of Workshop:
  • Understand the benefits and role of technology in education.
  • Understand role of repositories (content, softwares) in technology adoption in education.
  • Get exposure to various softwares, repostories for education.
  • Understand applications of AI techniques like Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval in educational softwares.
Target Audience:
  • Educational institution management
  • Teachers
  • Software developers
  • Students
Accomodation Availability
Details will be available soon.
Registration Details
Registration will be on first come first serve basis. Fees details are as below,
Category
Fees (in Rs.)
Teachers, Full-time students
600/-
Others
750/-
All payments should be made by a Demand Draft drawn in favour of “C-DAC Mumbai” payable at Mumbai.
Note: The accommodation charges are separate from registration fees.
Supported by
National Resource Centre for Free & Open Source Software (NRCFOSS): http://nrcfoss.org.in
For More details, please contact:
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Formerly NCST)
Near Bharati Vidyapeeth, Raintree Marg, Sector 7, CBD Belapur,
Navi Mumbai – 400614
Maharashtra, INDIA
Telephone: + 91-22-27565303/304/305
Fax: +91-22-27565004

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Success is simple

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It's not just by chance that most of the successful people in this world were successful at nearly everything they did in their life after being successful for first time.
It's because they had adopted the habit of volunteering and making things happen, taking initiative and working on them to meet it's targets. So in future though they failed they got some experience and that helped in being successful in their next missions.
 
So waiting for success to come and then showing your metal is task of the lazies. It's not many times the domain that matters for success, it's the habit and way of doing things. It's in one way a general architecture which you can apply to any domain and be successful. But the sad news is that the architecture is not known to everybody, it's not written anywhere and people can't express it, they only can show it through their actions and deeds. And also it can't be learned by just watching people do it, it can be learned only by doing it as in learning swimming and bicycle.       
So waiting for some miracle to happen and make you capable enough to impart this skill/habit of becoming successful is easiest stupid thing to do. So better go and do it.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

ती अशीच त्याला भेटली, अगदी अचानक आलेल्या पावसासारखी

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खूप पावसाळे गेले. पण अगदी अलीकडे पर्यंत त्याला पाऊस कधीच आवडलेला नव्हता. पाऊस म्हंटल की त्याला भीती वाटायची, नसती कट कट वाटायची. भिजणे तर त्याला कधीच नको वाटायचे, उगाच सर्दी ला आमंत्रण. पण मागच्या पवसाळ्यात ढग असे आले आणि पाऊस इतका पडला की तो पावसाच्या प्रेमातच पडला. पाऊस आधीही पडायचा, कदाचित असाच, इतकाच किंवा जास्त ही. पण या वेळेस मात्र पाऊस एकटा आला नाही, त्याच्या आयुष्यात सोबत घेऊन आला तिच्या केसांचा ओला सुगंध. ती अशीच त्याला भेटली, अगदी अचानक आलेल्या मुंबईतल्या पावसासारखी, चिंब भिजलेली. त्याला ती आवडली आणि म्हणून पाऊस ही. ती त्याला पुन्हा भेटली, न ठरवून, अशीच पुन्हा एकदा अचानक पावसाराखीच. ते बोलले, थांबले, विसावले. ती समोर आली तेंव्हा पाऊस नव्हताच, ती अजून थोडी जवळ आली तेंव्हा ही पाऊस नव्हता. तो तिच्याकडे सारखा पहातच होता, पण नजर चोरून. आयुष्यात पहिल्यांदा त्याने पावसाकडे येण्याची विनवणी केली. आशेच्या नजरेने त्याने ढगांकडे पाहिले. ढग होते, पण अजून पाऊस मात्र नव्हता. तरी ही आजूबाजूंच्या झाडात, डोंगरात, फुलात आणि पाखरात ओलावा होताच. त्याच्या विनवनीने अखेर तो आला. रिम-झिम, रिम-झिम. दोघेही एका छोट्या झुडपाखाली उभी. एकचजण मावेल इतकच छोट झुडूप. ती अजून थोडी आडोश्याला सरकली, भिजू नये म्हणून. हा मात्र भिजत तसाच उभा, तिच्या ओल्या सौंदर्याकडे पाहत. तो ओला होत होता, भिजत होता. तिला काळजी वाटली. धाडस करूनच म्हणाली, अलीकडे ये भिजतोयेस तू. पावसाने भिजलेला तो, तीच्या शब्दांनी खऱ्या अर्थाने ओला चिंब झाला. आज पहिल्यांदा चिंब भिजण्यात इतका आनंद असतो हे त्याला उमजलं. तिच ऐकून हा थोडा पुढे झाला. आता मात्र त्याला पाहून ती खूप लाजली, मनातल्या मनात पुटपुटली 'भित्रा कुठला'. तिच्या जवळ गेलेला तो थरथरत होता, तिच्या अंगाला स्पर्श होऊ नये म्हणून अंग चोरून उभा. तो तसा अंगाचोरून उभा राहिलेला पाहून तिनेच पुन्हा खूप खूप धाडस केलं, त्याच्या हाताला घट्ट पकडल आणि काही तरी पुटपुटली. त्याने ते ऐकल. तो ही काही तरी पुटपुटला. आता मात्र पाऊस धो धो बरसत होता. तो तसाच बरसत राहिला.

आज सकाळी तसेच  ढग आले, तसाच पाऊस आला. तो थोडा भिजला. छत्री उघडावी अस खूप वाटल त्याला. पण तोवर आठवणींचे ढग कोसळेले होते आणि दाटलेला कंठ बांध सोडून वाहत होता. तो पुन्हा चिंब भिजला होता, पावसात आणि पुरात.                   ......... 
प्र. बा.



Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Recruiting freshers

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Below is a nice article from HBR for the recruiters. Students i.e. another side of the table can also get some tips from this.
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It's that time of year again, and many a manager's inbox has become flooded with the résumés of (very) soon-to-becollege graduates. And while we most hiring managers are well-versed in best practices for recruiting Millennials, it's amazing to us — as somewhat recent graduates ourselves — how many firms still make the same mistakes when hiring "the best" of Gen Y.
Take this example from our experience of one old-schoolhiring process, in which an IT firm disheartened several qualified candidates with an overly formal and invasive first-round interview. After a three-hour initial meeting, the firm had mentally drained the young candidates with surprise skill assessment tests and a last-minute decision to have them re-screened by multiple executives. To make matters worse, the candidates were confined to just a couple of rooms — and the company failed to give any insight, spoken or demonstrated, into the office environment. The group left exhausted, without any idea of the company's culture or values. One candidate, believing two hours worth of quarters would suffice for parking, returned from the interview to find a parking ticket on her windshield.
As proprietors of a college-focused recruiting firm since 2003, we've seen examples like this again and again. Outdated interview practices turn off would-be Millennial employees too early in the recruitment process. More than anything, recent college grads are looking to see how they will fit into your company's culture. Communicating culture informally — giving office tours as part of the interview, engaging and forming relationships with prospects while they are underclassmen, and showcasing flexibility — are important techniques to implement. Ultimately, your recruitment approach must evolve from "expect a follow-up if you're qualified," to "let us show you what we are all about."
This means that to reach top-performing Gen Ys, don't behave like the hiring managers we've seen who make these common mistakes:


They evaluate for past experience rather than potential and trainability. College students don't have a wealth of resume experience, so it is crucial to look at where they are headed as opposed to where they have been. When talking with students, keep your eyes open for those that are passionate, fit culturally with your company, and have a deep knowledge of their field. 

They only offer a highly-structured internship program. Shadowing experiences, informational interviews, and informal professional development classes are highly effective entry-level recruitment methods. Contact professors and student organizations directly in order to set up speaking and presentation opportunities in the classroom and on campus. By avoiding the cumbersome interview and evaluation processes associated with structured internships, these tools are far cheaper, less resource intensive, and more conducive to building relationships. 

They don't highlight, or even offer, flexible work arrangements. Millennials tend to care more about social and flexible work environments than high salaries. Entice them with perks that matter to them, like extra vacation time, telework options, and flexible scheduling.

The interview process is rigid, even when the company is informal. Before you offer the job, keep in mind that a good interview should communicate company culture and benefits to the interviewee just as much as it qualifies the candidate. This can be as simple as showing the candidate around the office or introducing her to some potential coworkers. If your company has a youthful, tech-minded, or innovative vibe, try to convey that (but don't fake it).
To remain competitive in this growing job market, you must tailor your selection process to the next generation as they graduate. By avoiding these mistakes, managers will not only hire the highest potentials from the Millennial crop, but also start to understand how to effectively manage them once they enter the workplace.

Tom Moore and Brandon Labman are co-founders of ROCS (Responsible Outgoing College Students), a Washington, DC-area staffing firm focused on Gen Y.
courtesy: HBR