June 21st, 2005 § § permalink
Yesterday I had posted a Feature request for enabling encryption/password protection of local files/folders in evolution. There are pros and cons to this. The immediate benefit is that a few local folders can be password protected and thus some measure of security put in place. The flip side is the additional amount of metadata that goes into putting this implementation into practice. Is there any MUA that provides this feature ? I would love to ake a look at the user benefits in the way this feature is offered.
Have read through a staggering amount of documentation in the past 2 days and the head is reeling under the strain. The more one stares at the screen, the stabs of an imminent headache are obvious. However, a few friends have recommended that Maximum City would be a good read. This is for July as well as Zorro by Isabel Allende. I have till date not read much of Isabel, only these two and liked the way the prose flowed through the pages. Nothing more to be read in June – I have exhausted my quota and the books were on the near side of being not good.
On the other hand, I read and reviewed Linux Cookbook which is a very nicely compiled collection of tips for sysadmins and the like.
My other reviews are here.
Could not resist posting this:
(Parenthetically, I’d like to formally offer the CDDL to Professor Deepak Phatak of the Indian Institute of Technology, whose comments suggest we share a licensing philosopy. We designed the CDDL, leveraging the wonderful work done by the Mozilla Foundation, as a resuable license, to promote participation – along with community, opportunity and independence.)
June 14th, 2005 § § permalink
A chosen few of the presentations (by track) are available for download from this link.
Additionally, do check this out – a legal guide for Bloggers.
June 13th, 2005 § § permalink
1. Total books I own:-around 700
2. Last book I bought:-Wild Swans (Jung Chang)
3. Last book I read:-Last Days of the Reich (James Lucas) Five Point Someone (Chetan Bhagat) The BookSeller of Kabul (Asne Seierstad) Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) Black Friday
4. Books that mean a lot to me: Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll), The Prophet (Gibran), Roots (Alex Haley) To Kill a Mocking Bird (Harper Lee)
5. A book that’s on its way out of your house as you write this: Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
6. The book I found most disappointing:Black Friday
7. Funniest book I ever read:Alice in Wonderland
8. Books I want to read but have never been able to: Catch 22
9. 5 people I’ve now tagged:ummm…only Runa and Soumyadip
CHANGELOG: Soumyadip is added as a result of this
The boss gave me this to read.
Execution is “the missing link between aspirations and results,” and as such, making it happen is the business leader’s most important job. While failure in today’s business environment is often attributed to other causes, Bossidy and Charan argue that the biggest obstacle to success is the absence of execution. They point out that without execution, breakthrough thinking on managing change breaks down, and they emphasize the fact that execution is a discipline to learn, not merely the tactical side of business.
June 9th, 2005 § § permalink
Would love to know if anyone has managed dual head display on X40 with Fedora Core 3. sankarshan at randomink dot org is the mailing address.
I have received some inputs on this, but based on them I believe some clarifications need to be put into this post.
 Dual head is always possible with ATI cards on the laptop. Most IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads don’t ship with ATI (I am one of those lucky few who have ATI on the R51) but with Intel ones.
 I am looking for dual head or even the configuration where the same screen is available on the laptop and projector. I know this is not the classical definition of dual head.
June 9th, 2005 § § permalink
I subscribed to Newsburst, somedays back and find it a nice service to have in addition to newsfeed readers like Liferea. Haven’t find time to blog about stuff for a long time now. In the meanwhile Google has gone ahead and done a wonderful thing by declaring the Summer of Code open. Please find it here. Another new magazine on Open Source has been released. On the IndLinux mailing lists and some of it off-line, the discussion has been more on the deployment scenario for the localised GNU/Linux distributions. However, nothing concrete has been arrived at in terms of Action Points and milestones. Additionally, perhaps it is time that we did a scorecard on what the various Indic Languages have to offer in terms of a government desktop. The Government of India is by far the largest consumer of desktop PCs and mobile computing platforms. If localised distributions have to make any significant impact on the desktop niche, the application stack have to be identified.
Planet FLOSS India has a few new bloggers, while Planet Gnome has a new look that I rather fancy. It is perhaps time that we did something about the look of Planet FLOSS India.
On a side note, tested out gtkpod some hours back. The utility works fine and seamlessly but /me has some feature enhancements to be put into it. My friend Sanjeev Chauhan proposed a nice idea – how about having the “electronic mosquito repellants” come with a timer and scheduler firmwire built into it ? Would make a nice USP if you think of it…
June 3rd, 2005 § § permalink
Truth Happens… in Real Media format.
I have been asked about this video a number of times. Enjoy.
June 1st, 2005 § § permalink