Saturday, January 28, 2006

Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Now heres one more article that points how mobile phones, once termed as luxury, became basic need nowadays:
People were blaming their mobile phones for adding stress to their lives... both in bringing work home and in bringing family annoyances to work. Well, perhaps it's a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation, because a new study points out that people are getting stressed out if they don't have their mobile phone. One article even goes down the predictable path of calling people addicted to mobile phones. Again, that seems a bit extreme. What it signifies is that, for many people, mobile phones have become very important -- so it's no wonder that losing one can be stressful. Either that, or maybe we're all just addicted to stress.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Torvalds: no GPL 3 for Linux kernel

Linus Torvalds made it clear that the Linux operating system is going to stay under GPL (General Public License) 2 and not migrate to GPL 3. Read more on LinuxDevices.com
GPL has been a bit confusing for me. Now whats new with GPL 3. Why should anyone migrate from v2 to v3? Can anyone make things clear? Please comment.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

India Celebrates 57th Republic Day


Today India celebrated its 57th Republic Day. 26th January 1950 is one of the most important days in Indian history as it was on this day the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. In this day India became a totally republican unit.

This day is even more important than 15th August when some outsiders left the nation and other politicians took the charge. The real Independence, our own system and our own law was implemented on this day. This is the day we promised ourselves by means of constitution to build a republic, liberate, socialist, secular and democratic Nation. We gave ourselves the right to Vote. We made ourselves free from not only a Foriegn government but also from our own rivals, the social bounds, the caste slavery, the communal diversities and much more. One Man One Vote! One law for billions of people. Can there be a better example of equality than this! The worlds biggest, greatest and most stable democracy was founded on this very special day. This is a day to thank our constitution.

All great! But does the dream comes true? I know most of the voices would say no. Why? Why our religious identities still more prominent than national. Why the caste poison still alive? Why some castes still assumed superior than others? Why someone is blessed by birth and someone cursed? Why do we stilll fight in name of god? Why is the justice still out of reach? Can't we ever keep our own promise?
Will constitution replace our Geeta, Kuraan and Bibles? Shall we ever establish the true Democracy?

Lets not get too negative. After all we celebrate this day to remind ourselves our duties. Let's build the Nation! Happy Republic Day!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Samyak Multilingual font project

At TIFR, we have undertaken an internationalization project , with major concern towards Indic Comtuting Solutions. Till now we have successfully developed Multilingual Fonts, "Samyak", for 7 Indic scripts, which is a milestone in its own. This is now considered to be one of the most successful project of its kind. Soon this will be available as a debian package for linux systems. It works on both linux and windows platform.
You can visit the project site at :
http://www.gnowledge.org/Gnoware/localization/index.htm

Also visit my page at IndLinux.org:
http://www.indlinux.org/wiki/index.php/User:Rahulpb

Sunday, January 15, 2006

My first web blog






This may be the common first post for every blogger. And even I want to say,

Hello everybody,

I have seen that blogging has been a crucial subject for many professionals and internet savvy people. Thanks to all of those whose concern encouraged me to create my first blog.
Now lets see how it works for me.

Cheers!