President Obama's CTO is Aneesh Chopra .
Aneesh graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s
John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997. He graduated with a B.A. from
The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.
"Chopra demonstrates a deep understanding of the idea that the government is
an enabler, not the ultimate solution provider. From the list of (his)
initiatives , you can see that Chopra grasps the power of open source
software, Web 2.0, user-participation, and why it's better to harness the
ingenuity of a developer community than to specify complete top-down
"The private sector needs to lead within a culture of open standards,"
Today a friend of mine showed me a security feature in Windows XP, which to
my knowledge is not available under Linux.(Please tell me I am wrong).
So here goes, he showed me a security feature in Windows XP wherein the user
can setup a custom access to their own files and restrict access to others,
Is there a way to do so in GNU/Linux systems (for root)? As I am not aware
of any means, I was not able to give him any answers. This feature came to
light when we were discussing our Company's adoption of IS)-27001. He has
also claimed that this is also the reason why Linux adoption in Enterprises
is very low.
Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Make sure they are on you.
An acquaintance of mine works for a Mumbai based NGO. They are looking to
replace (and add additional features to) an existing application that they use
to record and manage their data (I don't know the exact details about this yet).
The current application they use was built by a couple of guys using ASP+MS SQL.
They do not have the source code for the current application. So, they are
a. Replicate all the functionality of the current application.
b. Migrate the current data to the new application.
c. Add a new module which provides a workflow similar to the existing one.
d. Design the application in such a manner that allows addition of further
e. Provide support and feature enhancement (for something like 5+ years)
They also would like to share this application with their offices worldwide if
they find it useful enough for their purposes.
I strongly recommended that they go the Open source way by asking whichever
vendor they choose to provide them with the source code under a FOSS license.
I further recommended that they insist on building the application using FOSS
(for instance, a LAMP stack). Now, since they are non-technical per se and it
seems like their original software provider is no longer 'available', they need
guidance/advice for the specifications itself.
So, here's my request, can somebody in Mumbai ...
a. Be willing to visit this organization, take a look at their existing
application and advise them on the best (FOSS oriented) approach to take ?
(It'll be nice if someone can do this without slapping a consulting fee on them).
b. Build this application and provide the required support (This, of course,
would be a regular business contract).
Obviously, (a) and (b) can be the same person/company.
If you are interested, please contact me offline and I'll provide further details.
random non tech spiel: http://lonetwin.blogspot.com/
tech randomness: http://lonetwin.blogspot.com/
what i'm stumbling into: http://lonetwin.blogspot.com/
The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has released a draft 'National Policy on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) In School Education' (see http://education.nic.in/secedu/ict.pdf , I have also attached the policy).
While the earlier policy draft did not have even a single mention of FOSS, the current draft states in para 5.3.2 "Free ware, free and open
source software applications will be preferred".
Certain other sections which are appreciable are -
"4.1.2 The ICT literacy programme will endeavour to provide a broad set of generic skills and conceptual knowledge and not focus on mastering
the use of specific software applications."
It will be great if you can send in your feedback to MHRD, appreciating/welcoming the preference accorded to FOSS and also
requesting if FOSS can be made mandatory instead of just preferred.
(The FOSSCOMM letter is present here - http://fosscomm.in/LetterForEducationPolicy . If required you can use the text from there in the feedback you send to the ministry. )
The feedback needs to be mailed to : ictpolicy.edu(a)nic.in The last date for receiving comments is 29 July (today) hence request you to please send in your comments at the earliest.
Please mail me /call me for any queries : vinay(a)itforchange.net ; 91-98805 95032
IT for Change
To Apply send a mail with your resume to : harish *AT* guruji *DOT* com
You will be responsible for developing new features for the core search
platform. The job includes writing PHP and Perl scripts to develop auxiliary
applications for the search engine. You will have added advantage if you
have working knowledge in MySQL database. You will be working in a fast
paced environment in which you will be expected to have a quick grasp of new
You should have 1 to 5 years of experience developing web applications using
PHP and Perl. You should have Bachelors degree in Engineering (Computer
Science graduates are preferred) with good programming skills. You have to
take initiatives to identify bottlenecks and come up with solutions. You
should have the passion to learn and apply the new technologies on the job.
You should also be able to work independently with little or no supervision.
Expertise in PHP and/or Perl. Working knowledge of HTML, Linux, MySQL and
C/C++, Python, XSLT, Flash, GIMP, Hadoop
* About 2 to 3 years in a systems, search or networking company.
* Experience with distributed systems.
* Research experience in advanced computing especially networking, data
mining, and information retrieval.
* Experience of working in GNU/Linux OS.
With your resume, we strongly encourage you to send (if any).
1) Source codes of projects you have developed.
2) Links to technical posts in your blogs/ conversations in a LUG and/or
other mailing lists.
To Apply send a mail with your resume to : harish *AT* guruji *DOT* com
Computers are like air conditioners - They can't do their job properly if
you open windows
Ayttm-0.5.0-111 has been released! There have been a number of
improvements under the hood. Changes
* Users can specify a different character encoding for each of their chat
rooms/windows. There is also a new preference added called "encodings", which
can be used to specify the list of encodings to be used to decode incoming data
in case it is not in UTF-8.
* Pong for the IRC ping. This enables ayttm to be used with servers that require
a pong to keep a connection alive
* Conform to Debians Lintian standards
* Multiple fixes to irc
* Multiple fixes to jabber
* Fixed multiple UI related issues
* Lots of bug fixes
* A new contributor in the form of Piotr Stefaniak :)
* Conform to Fedora packaging standards by providing a workaround for libtool to
enable use of *.so for dynamically loading modules. We should have a Fedora
For a full ChangeLog:
Report bugs at:
Coming up in the next release:
* Support for the new yahoo messenger protocol. Our messenger has not
been disabled yet since we use a very old protocol. The transition to
the new protocol will happen before August 15th
* Support for the new MSN protocol
* Better connectivity support under the hood
* Hunspell support
* Prettier smileys and icons
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ankit Sangwan" <ankit_1992s(a)yahoo.co.in>
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2009 2:01:37 PM GMT +05:30 Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi
Subject: [ILUG-BOM] VOB file merge and conversion
I am new to linux. I am using Fedora 10. Recently i bought an iPod. I can't get to load my DVDs on my iPod because there are mutiple .vob files and .vob is not supported format of iPod. So please let me know if there is vob merge and convert software out there for fedora 10.
P.S.: It would be better if the software is free.
Hi Ankit ,
There are several ways to do it. Handbrake or Avidemux would be your best bet. Here are a couple of links you can use to get started. They might be for other distributions but should work well for fedora.
I cud get orca to start up and have configured it. But it is not able to
read any page which is open in the evince document reader. The key binding
for "reading entire document" is KP_add. I wonder what that means. Can
anybody help?. Orca is only able to read menus or echo typed characters,
words etc and that too is hardly heard (voice is cut).