The recent controversy about the AICTE offering about 7.5 million Office 365 accounts in Indian technical education institutions is based on the A2 plan, which Microsoft is offering free of cost. But then, what is the catch?
My friend Kiran from HasGeek has got coverage at the FirstPost.
The idea for HasGeek came to him after experiencing first hand the travails of sustaining community-driven events.
“Community events were just not sustainable. Proto, Barcamp, LUG (the Linux Users Group), MoMo (Mobile Monday) Bangalore and OCC (Open Coffee Club) were all community-driven events that died in one way or the other. Not because there was no need for them, because learning from your peers in a bottom-up, community-driven manner still has value. But because its tough for a few committed volunteers alone to keep organising those events year after year,” he says.
What if someone could take away the pain of actually organising the events, leaving the community free to learn from one another?
“I realised then that if you do these events as a full-time commercial activity, they can become sustainable. HasGeek came in not as a representative of the community, but as a “community service provider”,” he says.
HasGeek events are based on an unsubsidised user-pays model with prices ranging from Rs 1000-2000 per day of attending. Sponsors’ funds are used in non-core areas like T-shirts, swag or upgrading the quality of food served. “Doing this has freed us from being sponsor-driven, which is a radical achievement in the events space. For our last two major events, the majority of our revenue came in from participants, something unheard of,” says Jonnalagadda.
Black Duck and North Bridge announce the results of the seventh annual Future of Open Source Survey. The 2013 survey represents the insights of more than 800 respondents – the largest in the survey’s history – from both non-vendor and vendor communities.
Netflix, the popular video-streaming service that takes up a third of all internet traffic during peak traffic hours isn’t just the single largest internet traffic service. Netflix, without doubt, is also the largest pure cloud service.
At the Linux Foundation’s Linux Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, California, Adrian Cockcroft, director of architecture for Netflix’s cloud systems team, after first thanking everyone “for building the internet so we can fill it with movies”, said that Netflix’s Linux, FreeBSD, and open-source based services are “cloud native”.
By this, Cockcroft meant that even with more than a billion video instances delivered every month over the internet, “there is no datacenter behind Netflix”. Instead, Netflix, which has been using Amazon Web Services since 2009 for some of its services, moved its entire technology infrastructure to AWS in November 2012.
Despite everyone’s high hopes for Windows 8 reviving the slumping PC market, Microsoft’s operating system has exacerbated its losses instead. Windows 8 has been met with mixed reviews, and is often criticized for its steep learning curve and hybrid system of tiles optimized for touch-screen devices.
Bleak numbers from research firm IDC strongly suggest that the release of Windows 8 has contributed to the current free fall of the PC market. For the first quarter of 2013, IDC estimated that global PC shipments declined 13.9% year-on-year to 76.3 million units, worse than the 7.7% decline that it had previously forecast. U.S. PC shipments dropped 12.7% year-on-year. The Asia-Pacific region declined 10.3% year-on-year, with China and India posting the steepest drops.
Global PC shipments have declined for four consecutive quarters. This was also the PC market’s worst decline since IDC started tracking the PC market’s performance in 1994. Total quarterly shipments, at 14.2 million, also dropped to their lowest level since the first quarter of 2006.
While looking for a 3G dongle, I came across the Huawei E355 and found it a very useful device. With this device you can share one 3G plans with up to 5 devices including tablets, laptops and phones there by saving on multiple 3G plans.
Here is what I liked about it.
You can use any Unlocked 3G SIM inside and it just works. I tried with 2 different services providers and it configured on its own.
Up to 5 devices can share the device through WiFi, if you include USB you can have 6. One laptop/notebook can use the device as a USB dongle.
You can save money on your multiple 3G plans specifically if you are on international roaming.
You can add a MicroSD card and it becomes a USB drive.
The device size is a small enough, just a little wider than a USB dongle/pen drive.
It has simple 2 LEDS one for WiFi and one for Mobile connection. The connection LED changes colour to denote 2G or 3G.
Here is what I find is the limitation.
It doesn’t have any battery built in, however you can power it from any USB port on laptop or USB battery or a USB charger.
It supports only 5 devices. Which may be enough now, but if multiple users are sharing, then it is a limitation.
Note: The default WiFi password is given inside. You need to slide open the cover to see. Once you connect, you can type 192.168.1.1 as the IP and change the default settings.
Was happy to see the Rasberry Pi available in India.
Broadcom 700MHz processor
Boots from SD card, running a version of the Linux operating system (supplied separately)
10/100 BaseT Ethernet socket
HDMI video socket
2 x USB 2.0 sockets
RCA composite video socket
SD card socket
Powered from microUSB socket
3.5mm audio out jack
Header for GPIO and serial buses
Header footprint for JTAG connector
Connector for Raspberry Pi HD video camera
Size: 85.6 x 53.98 x 17mm
Although the $25 computer is available for $65 (Rs. 3003500) with a casing, It is not that much more considering it comes to US$59 ($46 for the board and $14 for the casing) on Amazon with the casing and doesn’t include shipping to India.
Google unveiled a “patent pledge” that it hopes will shield cloud software and big data developers from the type of litigation that has engulfed the mobile phone industry. The pledge, which is like a non-aggression pact, covers ten patents related to Google’s MapReduce technology.
The pledge, which Google announced on Thursday, says that developers are free to use or sell the technology described in the patents without fear of future lawsuits. The shield applies, however, only to projects based on open source software that is available to all
The ten patents included in Google’s pledge include a controversial one issued last year that covers a form of parallel processing known as MapReduce. The patent gave rise to fears that Google would be able to monopolize tools like Hadoop, which is an integral part of the so-called “big data” revolution that is fueling a wide range of new products and services. Google’s pledge appears intended to allay that fear.
Cloud computing represents a fundamental shift in the way technology services will be delivered to enterprises, forcing IT firms to re-look at how they operate now, according to Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer of VMware, which provides software that enable creation of cloud computing infrastructure within corporate premises.
Gelsinger is convinced that not all major IT firms (including Indian ones) will survive this wave of technology transition. Change may mean sacrificing revenue in the short term said, Gelsinger, an Intel veteran rumoured to replace the retiring incumbent Intel CEO Paul Otellini, a rumour he denied.
Do you want a better open source email client ?Do you like Shotwell ? Yorba, the organisation behind Shotwell is looking for raising funds using crowd sourcing to create their next generation email application called Geary . Yorba’s goal is to create world class open source desktop application. Go help them if you think they are doing the right thing. Even if you donate a few dollars that will help. They also have a PPA for an early version if you want to give it a try. Go for it!
Berlin filmmaker Sam Muirhead is attempting to live a completely open source life for one year. Here’s why.
The phrase ‘Open Source’, to many people, means ‘software you don’t have to pay for’—but really it’s so much more than that. It’s a way of thinking and working focused on transparency and collaborating with others. It’s about sharing ideas, plans, and developments for the benefit of the commons. And it’s definitely not just software.
I’ve been following open source closely over the last few years, but as a filmmaker, I never felt like I had skills to contribute to the movement’s development.
But then I realized that everyone, whether librarian, beekeeper, or mechanic, everyone can use the abilities they have in some way to make the world a little better, to help out a cause or an interest they feel is worthwhile. I felt sure that open source could use a filmmaker.
So I’ve started a somewhat insane plan to spread the word about open source, to get others thinking and talking about these ideas of collaboration, transparency, and modification—to show how far open source has come and how far it could go. This will be my Year of Open Source.
For one year I am trying to go as open source as possible, in all aspects of my life—the shoes I wear, the phone I use, even how I get around. I’m not buying any proprietary or traditionally copyrighted products unless all other options are exhausted. I’m looking for and switching to more open, transparent products which are replicable by others, trying to highlight the benefits of treating others as collaborators rather than competitors. I’ll be investigating how the open source philosophy might apply to different areas of life, where it fits well, and where it might not work. Is anybody working on an open source microwave? What would open insurance be like?
Free online courseware is the best thing to have happened to learning. Many leading universities have started offering their courses online, mind you these are high quality content from leading institutions around the world.
If you are motivated enough and have the time, there is no limit to your learning.
onlinecourses.com makes it easy for you to search for you favourite courses across Yale, MIT, Stanford, Harvard and others. It also allows you to track your progress.
With Windows 8 pushing a “touch-first” desktop interface—Microsoft’s words, not ours—and with Valve’s Steam on Linux beginning to bring much-needed games and popular attention to the oft-overlooked operating system, there’s never been a better time to take Linux out for a test drive.
Dipping your toes into the penguin-filled waters of the most popular open-source ecosystem is easy, and you don’t have to commit to switching outright to Linux. You can install it alongside your current Windows system, or even try it without installing anything at all.
Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution for desktop and laptop Linux users, so we’ll focus on Ubuntu throughout this guide. For the most part, Ubuntu just plain works. It sports a subtle interface that stays out of your way. It enjoys strong support from software developers (including Valve, since Steam on Linux only officially supports Ubuntu). And you can find tons of information online if you run into problems.