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My first LUG meet

I have been using Linux since last one year in a start stop manner as part of few courses that i have taken as it was mandatory. Even though i was fascinated by Linux I don’t know why i never gave it a thought of becoming a power user may be it has to do with the effort required to perform basic operations and more importantly our LAN games which we used to play.

Now a days after entering the corporate world i have been thinking to become a Linux professional and as part of it yesterday ( 24-02-2007) i have attended my first Linux Users Group (LUG) meet here in hyderabad.

There was 1.5 hrs session about shell scripting and a BOF (Birds of Feather) session about philosophy of Open Source, India contributing to the Open Source community and many more topics.

There was a right blend in the crowd that attended the meet. It had students from HCU, NIT warangal and experienced users from Virtusa, CA, Satyam and newbies like me. Above all the moderator for this group is a google system administrator.

The yahoo groups page is here.

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I stumbled upon this great site while browsing. It has guides about almost everything you need to run a business starting from choosing a name for your business and  writing a business plan to handling  the legal issues of a running a business.

Moreover all the  guides are free to use which is the best thing.

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Google Speaker Series

As part of the Google Speaker Series’s inaugural talk, Vinton cerf visited Hyderabad today(on Feb 23 2007). Along with him came the Google India head who said there would more talks, one in each quarter of the year.

Coming to the Vinton’s talk it was pretty good, considering the opinion with which i went to hear it(with no offence to Vinton). I have read a blog regarding his talk in Bangalore and it said it was highly technical, so i went to the talk expecting Greek and Latin and was pleasantly  surprised to hear plain English.

He talked about the requirements which he and his colleagues had to meet while  designing the IP  which are design independent of both the application as well as the infrastructure.  He also talked about the VPN, QoS, future of the Internet.

One of the on going project he talked about is the interplanetary networks which are being in use by the Nasa to communicate with the rover on the Mars.

Overall it was a great talk by the father of the Internet and i eagerly look forward for rest of the google speaker series

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Yahoo! IM Inside E-mail

(Extracted from Reuters, February 12, 2007) Yahoo! Inc., the world’s largest consumer e-mail provider, on Monday said it has embedded instant messaging features inside its e-mail program, bridging a generational divide that has confused many users. Heavy Internet users, especially younger, Web-savvy users of social networking sites or office workers, have long toggled between e-mail and instant messaging services. But for more occasional users of consumer e-mail services, the allure of instant messaging has remained far from obvious. Consumers can now run the two programs in one Web browser. There is no need to download Yahoo! Messenger software, a complication for users who are not technically inclined. Each instant messaging dialogue will take place in a new conversation window within Yahoo Mail, allowing people to chat with multiple friends simultaneously, without leaving e-mail. John Kremer, vice president of Yahoo! Mail, said in a phone interview embedding instant messaging makes e-mail “an even more social experience” — by transforming how one communicates from a letter-writing experience into a back-and-forth chat.

This was the feature I was waiting for a long time.

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Vinton Cerf in Hyderabad

Vinton Cerf who is one of the founding fathers of the Internet would give a talk as part of the Google Speaker Series on 23rd Feb. Vinton is the Vice President and chief Internet Evangelist at Google and leads the development of next generation of Internet Applications.

I have got an invitation from Google to attend the talk. Try your luck as Google says there are limited seats.

To meet Vinton in Bangalore on 21st Feb 2007 send your request to vcbangalore@google.com

To meet Vinton in hyderabad on 23st Feb 2007 send your request to vchyderabad@google.com

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Sun Tech Days 2007

As a part of worldwide developer conference sun is organising Tech days in India at Hyderabad from February 21-23, 2007.

Sun says it’s Tech Days are loaded with practical information, examples of real-world solutions, and hands-on training. It helps developers learn new open and free technologies, develop better applications and improve their mission-critical infrastructure.

The Tech Days boasts about a lot of eminent speakers from the Sun’s core development team including the Vice President of Sun. The Tech days promises a lot of excitement with cutting-edge technical education. You can find more information here.

I am pretty cramped up in my schedule  so lets see if i can make it.

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Its time to Fly

Barely few weeks after the ‘India poised’ campaign by the Times of India our entrepreneurs proved that the campaign was not all hype. With the Tatas and Birlas aggressively acquiring companies and Vodafone’s desparate bid for Hutchison to enter the worlds fastest growing telecommunications market the economy of India has only way to go, that is up.

With Google investing in Seedfund the venture capitalist firm and other venture capitalist firms like Motorola Venture, Silicon Valley Bank and Mayfield Fund setting up shops in India the young entrepreneur of India will have a lot of backing and exposure to compete in the global marketplace.

I personally feel all the right elements are falling into place and that could back true innovation in India.

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