Is it end of recession in IT sector ?

(So-called) Recession is going on since last year or longer. But there are clear sign of end of recession in atleast in Information Technology sector in India.

Recent results of Tech giant Infosys ,which even pushed stock price of TCS alot.

IPO of Infinite over subscriced 43x times & 11x times in Retail category, surely suggests investors confidences back in IT bussiness.

Ascent, job advertisement supplement of ToI is full again with IT jobs.

At-least picture looks bright in media, god knows what is holding inside.

Seagate FreeAgent Go Portable drive Partition table issue in Linux

Recently, I purchased Seagate FreeAgent Go Portable Drive. I have Fedora 12 Linux on my system & it turned out to be mess with partition table.

[user@localhost media]$ sudo sdparm -a /dev/sdb
/dev/sdb: Seagate   FreeAgent Go      0142
Power condition mode page:
>>> warning: mode page seems malformed
The page number field should be 0x1a, but is 0x00; try '--flexible'
SAT ATA Power condition mode page:
>>> warning: mode page seems malformed
The page number field should be 0x1a, but is 0x00; try '--flexible'

[user@localhost media]$ sudo fdisk /dev/sdb -l

Disk /dev/sdb: 500.1 GB, 500107860992 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xa4b57300

Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1       60801   488384001    7  HPFS/NTFS
[viral@sachde media]$ sudo fdisk /dev/sdb1 -l

Disk /dev/sdb1: 500.1 GB, 500105217024 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60800 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x69205244

This doesn't look like a partition table
Probably you selected the wrong device.

Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1p1   ?       13578      119522   850995205   72  Unknown
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sdb1p2   ?       45382       79243   271987362   74  Unknown
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sdb1p3   ?       10499       10499           0   65  Novell Netware 386
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sdb1p4          167628      167631       25817+   0  Empty
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary.

Partition table entries are not in disk order

I went ahead & formatted & found it working well atleast with Ext4 file system :).

Navratri 2009

This year Navratri was from 19th to 27th September. For typically Gujarati person, navratri means

– To participate in arti (and obviously dont miss prasad)
– Do garba (in all possible stype, steps, as long as he can do)
– Play rass (with as many people as possible)

On top it, if he can do
– Play Sanedo
– Eat good fafda with sambharo and marchi and Hot Jalebi on Dasara

Similar to Last year, This year also I went to Jayanagar Syunkt mandal organized function, my friends and me did all above stuff :). Everyyear, it is held at BES college in Jayanagar.

This time, I did better garba, rass than last year and obviously enjoyed more. To add more, as always, last night, we had unlimited Fafda Jalebi 🙂 All and all, to enjoy garba in Bangalore, Jayanagar and Palace ground are best palace. Obviously, during navrati, I did meet more new gujarati people in Bangalore and had nice time with them.

Free and Open Source Software on Proprietary Operating System

I use Linux on my laptop, so was feeling bit different when I recently used Windows and Mac on few friends laptop. I want to do some browsing and media playback. On both machines, Mac as well as on Windows, I end up using Firefox for browsing and VLC for media playback. On windows, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player was existing while on Mac Safari and QuickTime. But on both machine, default was Firefox and VLC. That made me to think about this topic of Free and Open Source software on Proprietary Operating System. I asked my friends about usage and experience with Firefox and VLC, which was positive. In one line, Both of them rocks ! ! !

So those who likes to use Firefox and VLC, take one step forward and try some linux operating system (any distribution ubuntu, fedora, centos etc.) And make a change in your life.
Those who still wants to stick with Windows and Mac, Please ask your operating system providers to offer better software. Obviously FOSS developer does not mind you providing support if asked in proper way, although many times people ask and expect different level of support and make developer frustrated.  Otherwise as I mentioned, Best use of Internet Explorer is to visit mozilla.com and download Firefox.

Barcamp Bangalore 8

Last weekend, We had Barcamp Bangalore 8 at Yahoo! Campus. I met lot of people during the event and most them were from different background. Students, working professionals from start-ups as well as big companies, freelancers and few entrepreneurs too.
One of the session was Open Source Licencing model which discussed few of various licence. We had good discussion on few framework for web-site and on Twitter and Facebook. I had good discussion with Prakaz over life as freelancer. Parkaz had left his day job and started working as freelancer, he is good photographer too. To conclude, I had nice discussions at BCB8 and I felt, I did take back somethings with me. Dhempe had taken few video clips during BCB8 and have uploaded here.

Navratri ’08

This year Navratri dated during September 30 to October 8, 2008. We also had couple of leaves owing to Eid (October 1) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). Thus, we end-up having lot of garba and dandiya.

I had gone with my room-mate and few friends. We went to Jayanagar Sayunkt Mandal’s Garba for 3 nights. The venue was BES Law College ground. Typical, it starts at 10 pm with first aarti followed by slow garba. Garba picks speed over a half an hour. Besides Garba, we had Raas and Sanedo. Raas is traditions dandiya-raas, mostly as shown in plenty of hindi films. Sanedo is centuries old traditional Gujarati folk song type. During sanedo, basically we sing couples of song, covering topics like general critics, current social issues and players follow his tune.

On the last night of Navratri and next morning (on Dasara day), Gujaratis eat Fafda, Gathiya and Jalbi. We were lucky, as organizers at Jayanagar Sayunkt Mandal had decided to provide free and unlimited fafda and jalbi. We had four rounds of it. Last night, we played and enjoyed till 5 am in morning. You can see few snaps here:

Navratri 2008

Barcamp Bangalore 7

BCB7 Logo

We recently had 7th Edition of Barcamp Bangalore on September 13 and 14, 2008 at IIM-Bangalore. General Information about Barcamp Bangalore

This was my second barcamp and I enjoyed following sessions:

BeagleBoard : Beagleboard is Open Source project (both in-terms of hardware and software.) Beagle is low power OMAP3530 based platform and provideis high performance at low-cost. At barcamp, Khasim demonstrated Angstrom Linux running on Beagleboard and played Big Buck Bunny movie. One can execute GIMP and Firefox 3 on Angstrom running on Beagle.

Firefox Indic Localization : Firefox has various Indian Language variations. There are quite a few volunteers in India contributing to Indian Language port of Firefox. One of them had came to Barcamp and explained how one can involved in Indic Localization.

CallGraph : Skype call recorder. CallGraph.in demonstrated plug-in for Skype, using which you can record call. Some of the feature of Callgraph is one can directly upload recored call conversions to mail account or web-account. One can also share stored call using widget.

Muziboo Online Recorer : Muziboo demonstrated new feature of their web-site, Online recording. Muziboo now provides facility to online record, thus Singer does not have to recored on his computer and manually upload song to their account.

Session on Python 3 and Wikipedia gave a good inside on both of them. An interactive session on E-Learning had lot of discussion and interesting ideas.

Other non-techi interesting sessions were on Cycling and Paragliding, both sessions excited me. I seen verity of cycles together (as many as 12+ different models). I got opportunity to take a round of IIM on one of available cycle too. I also had good amount of chat with Yusuf Motiwala of Tring Me, ranging from linux, multimedia, Gujarat and many more things.

Bangalore Mirror had covered BCB7, snap is available here

I had taken few snaps during Barcamp and uploaded it at following picasa album :

Barcamp Bangalore 7 aka #BCB7

Visit to Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore

Along with my office-mates, I visited Bannerghatta National Park on June 7th, ’08. It is located in out-skirts of Bangalore (around 20 km from centre towards South). My company had hired a big cab and we reached with-in one hour at BNP. BNP has good amount of tigers and lions, including white tigers.

I was able to take small video of White tiger:

A Zoo and Butterfly Park is also located at site. Zoo contains few verity of snacks, monkeys, zebra, deer, fox, crocodile and other animals. We had good lunch at near-by restaurant. I had taken few photos and upload here :

Bannerghatta National Park,