Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Webcast : Comparing Embedded Linux and Windows Embedded

There is a Microsoft webcast on May 3 on Choosing the Right Operating System for Your Embedded Device: Comparing Embedded Linux and Windows Embedded.

Start Time: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 10:00 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
End Time: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 11:00 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Indian Free Software Projects

Free Software Users' Group - Bangalore (FSUG) is hosting a directory of Indian free software projects. Please contribute with more project listings and help create an exhaustive list.

Friday, April 22, 2005


Ethical resume writing (via)
Infineon India has announced Annual awards for Phd and Maters research Thesis. Awards definitely look attractive. (via)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

One idea

There should be a way by which i can click on an email link on any webpage, the browser opens the Gmail/Hotmail/Yahoo "Compose mail" page, and not the MS Outlook client that i have on my PC. If a method doesn't already exist, whats the feasibility of implementing it?

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Israel's ynetnews reports on a research report which talks on how Israel is in a better position for technical innovation than either India or China. The article also quotes a number of interesting statistics. Iam quickly quoting the paragraphs that i find interesting.

Given the number of engineers that graduate out every year and the cost per engineer per year, Israel will simply not be able to compete against India and China in terms of scale or cost.
Israelis have been much more successful in developing breakthrough technologies than either the Chinese or the Indians. In the case of China, OECD figures indicate that Chinese nationals filed a mere 200 patent applications in 1995 and 299 in 1997. In 2001, only 5.43 percent of the patents filed in China by Chinese inventors were for invention. This was remarkably fewer than the 72.8 percent of innovation patents, as a percentage of total patents, filed by foreign firms in China. While development centers of international companies in India filed for over 750 patents by mid-2003, Indian IT service companies filed for less than 90.
While China and India may have hordes of good but less than phenomenal scientists and engineers, their numbers alone will not mute Israel’s advantage in producing transformative breakthroughs. It is interesting to note that India is having difficulty finding even small numbers of exceptional software programmers.


A look inside the iPod Shuffle

File Managers for Linux


Click Fraud: How to Detect and Stop a Growing Problem

Why Linux can't kill Windows - Very valid points.

Optimizing FFTW and Split Radix

SpaceMonger - A very nice and intuitive application which gives a very detailed view of what's occupying all the space on your hard disk (Windows only). I never knew my GDS was taking up more than 780 MB of space!

Monday, April 18, 2005

Nokia 6600

Finally i bought myself a light grey Nokia 6600. What swayed me was the excellent support for Python on Nokia Series 60 phones

Microsoft BhashaIndia.com. The website hopes to empower Indic Language Computing. They have also announced an Indic Developer Challenge for college students.

BhashaIndia invites all college students to participate in the Indic Developer Challenge and create applications and solutions in Indian Languages. The best application adjudged by our panel will win a cool Toshiba Tablet PC. 1 Smartphone each will be given away for the best applications in the following categories:

- Most innovative Indic Enabled Web application
- Best Application Documentation or Tutorial for the Submitted Application
- Best Indic Enabled Software Application
- Most Innovative Office application (using VSTO, Smart Doc, InfoPath application)
- The Wildcard – An application that displays excellence in any other aspect other than those mentioned above.
Good to see Microsoft putting a good amount of effort into Indian language computing!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Chandramukhi - A quick review

** I hope there are no potential spoilers ahead. Anyway proceed at your own discretion **

Watched it at the Innovative Multiplex yesterday. If you have seen "Manichitrathazhu" in Malayalam, you already know the plot completely, but you can still watch the movie for Rajini. Fight scenes mostly defy logic, but what's the point in trying to see logic here? Its mostly enjoyable, and thats what we are looking for. Nayantara looks good, and thats about it for her role in the movie. Jyothika does justice to her role, but don't bother comparing her performance to Shobana in Manichitrathazhu. Prabhu? Yaa, he's also there in the movie. Vadivel's exploits with Rajini is fabulous at times, but there are instances when its gross. Songs are good, especially "Raa Raa". Overall, a highly watchable movie.
PS: Liked the way the film titles were shown. Found that its done by Rajini's second daughter Soundarya. Cool job.

Friday, April 15, 2005

More Links!

More on the Google 20% time

Bruce Perens asks Linus "to cool it"

Bruce Eckel on Python (Old, but good articles)
   Part 1 - Python and the Programmer
   Part 2 - The Zen of Python
   Part 3 - Type Checking and Techie Control
   Part 4 - Python and the Tipping Point

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Hacking the Papal Election

Schneier on how hacking the Papal election process will be tough. After Reading Angels and Demons, the entire election process looked hugely familiar.

Blogbridge - Another RSS reader

This particular feature makes it interesting!

It also includes a server-based service (free!) that enables you to synchronize your subscriptions between different computers.
Need to try this out soon! Link

Currently Reading

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Performance Paradox

If you deliver, you only qualify to deliver more.

Motorola opens Bangalore research centre

Motorola Labs has opened an applied-research facility in the Indian city of Bangalore.

The lab - the 11th such centre opened by telecommunications giant Motorola and its first in India - will work on diverse applied areas such as converged networks, autonomic networking, enterprise applications, embedded systems and physical sciences.

Schaumberg, Illinois-based Motorola already has an India-based R&D infrastructure, which employs 1,700 engineers but it works mostly on software. Read more
That marks one more research facility to be opened by an MNC in Bangalore in recent months.

Saturday, April 09, 2005


GPE is a Free Software GUI environment for palmtop/handheld computers running the GNU/Linux operating system

A First Look at OpenOffice.org 2.0

A Symbian Programming Tutorial Blog

Real World XML Web Services. A draft online book. If you are not into .NET, atleast the first few chapters are interesting

Interesting Google Satellite Maps

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Delphi sells 5 millionth Satellite Radio Reciever

Delphi announced today it has sold 5 million satellite radio receivers to retail and automotive customers. The company is the first satellite hardware manufacturer to achieve this milestone, and remains the world's leading provider of satellite radio receivers. Read More

Amazon Zuggest

Amazon Suggest. It lets you search Amazon as you type. You don't have to press Submit or Enter, just type. So a small improvement over Google Suggest.

Google Bangalore

How Google Searches -- For Talent A look at why Google is finding it tougher to staff up their Bangalore Office.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005


Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications

RFIDs: Technology Friend or Foe?

A city of islands shaped like the World. Each island is shaped similar to a country. You can buy your own private island here. Amazing idea. Wonder how much these will cost though!

Monday, April 04, 2005

From the Times of India

Swaminomics - My family and other globalisers. Very interesting read (Thanks, Rahul for the link)

Sunday, April 03, 2005

More Google

Newsweek on Living by Google Rules. The most interesting quote:

When we started Google News, we forgot to put ads in it. It's not deliberate. We actually forgot.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Loved this quote

"Sure, our software interoperates. It interoperates the same way the U.S. does in Iraq." (via Scott)

Most Interesting April Fool's day story!

Here is the most interesting story i have read on April 1st.Google and Yahoo talk merger?
If it really happens, that would be a sensational story!

Update: Somebody has come up with a YaGoohoogle website as well.

Friday, April 01, 2005

How Nerdy are you?

That's my score. I doubt whether iam that nerdy.