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Face of the IAC supporters

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

Educated class: Selfish expectations

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 ar…

Capitalims and Communism for India

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 …

RIP Denis Ritchie..

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

आयुष्यातले चढ -उतार आणि त्याच्याशी झुंज हाच प्रवासाचा खरा आनंद

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!

Sharing on linux machines with public_html

Here are some very nice steps described to do that :

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.

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

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. 

जिंदगी थी जहाँ, है वही आज भी .......

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.

SGGS, Nanded Avertising on web

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

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on Democracy and Constitution

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 mig…

Using Whiteboard in Open Meeting

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

They can't go on looting my nation

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…

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

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:

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!

Gmail Storage and Happy friendship day

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 size…

They said let's increment your salaries 10 fold

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 no…


NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON FOSS ADOPTION IN EDUCATIONSaturday, 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…

Success is simple

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 b…

ती अशीच त्याला भेटली, अगदी अचानक आलेल्या पावसासारखी

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. द…

Recruiting freshers

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. ---- 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 co…