Saturday, October 31, 2009

The World is Flat

The World is Flat, a best selling book by Thomas L. Friedman. The speech given below by the author is worth watching.

You may buy the book from Amazon.

Friday, October 23, 2009

My facebook profile and Abiword

With the help of status-statistics application, I was able to retrieve all my facebook statuses mentioning abiword. It is really interesting to go through those statuses which were made during my GSoC2009 period. Moreover the comments those statuses received are really interesting!

You have written *20* statuses containing word '*abiword*'

with love AbiWord... 03 April 2009 at 12:39 - See comments

Use MSVC2008 ::
[Use DEFAULTLIB : yes] 06 April 2009 at 12:08 - See comments

Abiword cross-compiling successful, thanks to robsta! 16 April 2009 at 00:23 - See comments

Abiword cross-compiling successful, thanks to robsta! 16 April 2009 at 08:13 - See comments

Abiword cross-building successful, thanks to robsta! 16 April 2009 at 09:48 - See comments

~~If I say one word, that is Abiword!!! 20 April 2009 at 12:36 - See comments

Summer Love with Abiword!!! A word processor that is compatible with the OLPC System!!! 20 April 2009 at 14:00 - See comments

has just sent u an important email as an *.zabw attachment. Pls open that with Abiword, and send your reply as an Abiword document (*.zabw / *.abw). 29 April 2009 at 19:50 - See comments

ATTN: AbiWord 2.7.0 Released! 06 May 2009 at 08:56 - See comments

Abiword, the most effective word processor!!! 15 May 2009 at 13:09 - See comments

Nothing is better than #abiword... Happy to be in! 19 May 2009 at 07:42 - See comments

ATTN:AbiWord v2.7.5 Released 20 June 2009 at 13:24 - See comments

#abiword 2.8, will soon be available with excellent feature additions and bug fixes. Awaiting it! 21 June 2009 at 03:47 - See comments

ATTN: AbiWord v2.7.6 Released! 04 July 2009 at 21:28 - See comments

#AbiWord Turns 11! Happy Birthday to dear Abiword! Happy Birthday to you... 15 July 2009 at 23:53 - See comments

is in a relationship with Abiword 2.7.7. 18 July 2009 at 10:21 - See comments

Soon we'll get #Abiword with major enhancements and GSoC developments. MS Word users, be ready to switch to Abiword, it's lightweight & FOSS 28 July 2009 at 07:29 - See comments

Planned 2.8.0 tagging date: September 15th 2009 #abiword 18 August 2009 at 10:10 - See comments

realizes is not suitable for him. Seems he can find more friends from ;) 20 August 2009 at 10:47 - See comments

is getting lotsa lotsa T-Shirts [free] this month. Now waiting for the GSoC one.. Google <3 Abiword <3.. :P 04 September 2009 at 01:25 - See comments

Friday, October 2, 2009

On My Way Home

It's really amazing to see how could I have a technical blog, given the fact that I am not a 'professional' blogger. I usually just write the stuff which comes into my mind on my way home. Generally I make sure to write down the steps or procedures I followed to fix an issue or installing something which doesn't have a proper readme. In case of the posts regarding the issues or errors I faced, I make sure to write down the exact error message in the post, so that the post can easily be reached, when some one faces the identical problem. Why should some one else spend more time, when a solution or work around is found.

Being a FOSS enthusiast, I know the value of the knowledge sharing in the FOSS domain. FOSS is not a technology, but a culture or a lifestyle. We never practice FOSS, we live it. Linux is obviously the choice of the hard-core FOSS Enthusiasts. I am an Ubuntu user. Apart from the common stuff, I have regularly recorded the procedure of the projects I got involved in. The GSoC project "Porting Abiword for Windows to Unicode" and my final year project "Mooshabaya" are two hot topics in my blog. Obviously those will be relevant and useful only for the people involved in or interested in those projects.

'On my way home,' as on April 23, 2009:

As on October 2, 2009:

A later update: 'Llovizna,' as on February 6, 2011. Time is going so fast. Isn't it?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Learning and Fun

Even very serious stuff can sometimes be fun, if it is mentioned in the proper way. Recently got to know a nice blog post thanks to my pal Sach. It explains the encryption in a very nice manner, using stick figures. Seems a good learning resource on computer security.
Moserware: A Stick Figure Guide to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)