FOSS.in 2012

This year FOSS.in 2012 was held from 29th Nov to 1st December.

As always, FOSS.in had awesome talk contents. Besides talks, there is special discussion area where people sit, talk, discuss and many time come with distruptive initiative. In 2010’s FOSS.in, similarly Computer Club of India took birth.

Related to Open Source Hardware, One talk was on “Open Source Robotics – Hacking a robot to be more social” by Priya from Arduino India and another on “Building robots using open source hardware” by Suder.

This time, VideoLAN Project also participated gave nice talk on how easy it is to build modules for VLC.

Many of talks were live streamed and recorded by HasGeek.tv and avaiable on their site.

FOSS.in was getting restarted after not being around in 2011, so it was good to see it back into action. Undoubtedly it is best FOSS and technology event in India.

Short trip to Hyderabad

Sunday, 25th November, I made short one day trip to Hyderabad. It was more than one year since I visited this city. Last time, I travelled via flight but this time, I travelled using train and found plently of train station in one city. I mean, Hyderabad Deccan, Secundrabad Jn, Kachiguda and many more. Also first time travelled via MMTC, which has less frequency but good connectivity to good part of city.

In one day, I met 3 friends and attended one wedding, where again I met many of my old friends. Missed to met few friends too but time was limited.

My friends in Hyderabad told me that number of “Bandh”s and it’s effect both have reduced. That’s really good sign.

Visit to VGECG

After long time, I had proper visit to VGECG, college where I did my B. E. (Instrumentation and Control).

The college campus is quite happening and big. I completed my B.E. from this college in June, 2004 and since than college campus and it’s infrastructure is changed drastically. In Instrumentation and control department, I found latest Allen Bradly PLC, AC and DC drives with R L C load etc. Also in electronics labs has really nice work bench which I rarely find even in properly set up R & D lab. Each work bench has DSO, Function generator, soldering station and variable DC power supply. Such a nice infrastructure can definitely help enhancing student’s practical skills. Good to see progress of college …

Post after long time …

This post after really long time … But anyway better late than never

So in February lot of interesting things happened, some of them worth mentions are:

– Barcamp Bangalore 12 was held on 25th August, 2012. This time also it was good and full of interesting contents.

– During September, Open hardware summit was organized in New York, which shown more interest on open source hardware. Being long term fan of Open Src HW, from my company, Cycloid System I decided to become fan sponsor.

– Last month, Ian from Dangerous Prototype was in Bangalore and he gave really nice presentation about business of open hardware. Besides meeting him and spending few hours with were great learning experience.

– My firm, Cycloid introduced 3D printing service, specially targeted for Indian customers and serve local market. [Update July 2016: I moved out of Cycloid ]

FOSS.in is back and 2012’s edition end of this month. I’m looking forward to it eagerly.

FOSS.in [X] 2010

FOSS.in was held from 15 to 17th December, 2010 in Bangalore.

I was partially present in last two FOSS.in, but this time I actively participated on all three days. It had plenty of interesting sessions and workouts (as always 🙂 ). But I feel follow are worth noting:

On First Day, Danese Cooper‘s key note on running Wikipedia was quite impressive stuff. Also, Anil’s session on “Hardware Hacking for Software Hackers” was quite detailed and inspired many software developers to take interest in Hardware, which was quite visible in workout.

Tobias Mueller in his session, security in mobile devices showed various security issues in various mobile operating system on second day.

Saleem Ansari provided detailed understanding Fedora ARM and it’s built system in his session: Getting started with Fedora Embedded and QEMU/ARM hands-on. I think, it is very useful to have stable unstreamed Fedora’s ARM version to use on Beagle, Pandaboard and PLUG computers.

Besides this, FOSS.in had awesome hospitality, great Wi-Fi, yummy food and rocking music of Fahrenheit & Raghu Dixit band.

Navratri 2010

This year Navratri was from 8th to 16th October.

Compare to previous two navratri (2009 & 2008), this year I played more Garba & Dandiya. I played for 7 out of all 9 nights. This year also I went to Jayanagar Syunkt mandal organized function along with my friends. Once we went to Palace Ground too and played garba at venue orgainzed by Gujarti Vasihanav Samaj.

We ate (good amount of) fafda with sambharo and marchi and (hot) Jalebi on Dasara.

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All and all, to enjoy garba in Bangalore, Jayanagar and Palace ground are best palace. Obviously this year too, during navrati, I met more new gujarati people in Bangalore and had nice time with them.

Barcamp Bangalore 9

After long interval of more than one and half year, Barcamp Bangalore‘s 9th Edition was held on 18th September at Intuit‘s Bangalore campus. There was good line up of sessions in various technical domain. I was most interested in Shree kumer‘s session on using GPU for computing, which turned out to be quite interesting. Finally, I seen some working demo of CUDA application and developer setup. Session related to HTML5 & mobile were also quite good. Thej‘s session on visualizing government data was quite interesting, specially data related to election, rain and bribe was also visualized :). Prakaz was also present with bulkr, which is quite good tool for flickr users. Saurabh’s session on android programming gave me more understanding of android application programming.

All and all, it was good camp. Wish that next BCB happens soon ! ! !

Link: Photos of BCB9

Mozilla Developer Day – 2010

Mozilla had organized developer day at Bangalore today, 27th February, 2010. The contents for day where quite interesting, specially Arun Ranganthan’s session on Web Standard was very impressive & useful. He showed usability of latest web standard which allows, direct play back of video, drag & drop, CSS & graphics capabilities. Besides Firefox, these capabilities should work well in Chrome & Safari (I hope, in-directly all WebKit based browser) well.

Using web standard based code instant of Adobe Flash has certain definite benefits, Such as,
– Code of sites are open & can be understand (Read: Debug/Optimization/Re-utilization)
– Works with out external plug-in.
– No need of paid & heavy weight editor tools.

At EOD, I would sum up Mozilla Developer Day as Highly technical & useful event with clear focus. With all this goodies, it will remain more memorable.

[Update: Arun has uploaded detailed report along with his presentation , which is worth checking out.]