Jai Mata Di

Hey I’m back to my blogging ways after a l-o-n-g pause. So, here I start ranting again. Eh.

And, no better way to start by this: I am leaving for a trip to the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Jammu tonight. Will be back by Monday. Train’s a bit delayed, so will probably catch some sleep at home. News is that I’ll be hitting sub-zero temperatures there. So, planning to pack-up myself well. Last time I went there was about 7 years ago in summers of 2001 alongwith my school mates. That was an awesome trip. This one should be even more fun since its c-hh-old.

More experiences from Linux Asia 07

Linux Asia was kinda cool place to be. You get a good feeling when you see hardcore geeks who know their stuff. Not many such types were there, but still.

Some interesting experiences / observations:

Microsoft and Google both hire bimbos to grace their stalls. Microsoft’s bimbos were better than Google’s. Arnab actually went and spoke to one at Microsoft’s booth and found out that she was from some event management company. Tough life.

Chorus: Internet situation sucks at IHC.

Met Philip Tellis from Yahoo! Interesting geek. Asked me if I was working with Uzanto on seeing my SlideShare tee! Cool! Figured out that he knew Rashmi and met her in Mountain View some time back.

Google guy Ashutosh Kulshreshtha distributed Google tees at the end of his talk on Google Maps API. Ask question, get a tee. This is somewhat vis-a-vis of what I did at Barcamp Hyderabad.

I wonder why noone from Ubuntu was here?

Thats it!

Blogging from Linux Asia 07

Linux Asia Conf 2007 is happening right now at India Habitat Center, New Delhi. And I am here, by hook or the crook! I’ll be writing about stuff as it happens here.

Aptly enough, Microsoft is the Interoperability Partner.

Just attended Google India’s Ashutosh’s Google Map API talk. Definitely Google is doing a lot of things right here. Best part is that now India specific data is getting added to google maps. A local search engine seems to be in order here.

Breaking for lunch. Time to ponder about things at IHC. Internet situation sucks. Big time. I paid 500 rupees for internet access. 500 rupees! I must be nuts to do it. It’ll work for 5 hours. So riding on it now.

Ol’ pal Arnab flew from US just about yesterday on a personal visit. He came over here, and I’m having good time. Planning for evening and stuff. Had some sandwiches for lunch (Lunch was free for delegates and special invitees, which I am not).

Harish from Novell talked about GNOME project and future of Linux Desktops. They have come a long way in like last 2 years really. He basically talked about areas where desktops have improved. Eye candy and stuff. My ‘grandma’ being able to use the desktop looks like a huge motivation for these Linux guys. And yea, take Harish’s word for it – Novell-Microsoft deal is not going to make Novell do something stupid and screw up.

Attending CollabNet CTO Brian Behlendorf’s keynote – ‘Collaboration is key to making OSS work for your company’.

Probably I’ll wrap up soon now. Not more interesting stuff going on here. Had fun!