Posts filed under “Personal”

Upcoming Changes

When I stood on the stage during the closing of FOSS.IN/2009, I announced that I was stepping down as Project Lead of FOSS.IN, and would not be involved in the organisation of future FOSS.IN events I promised a journal entry about this, clarifying things, but a number of things got in the way, and I [...]

FOSS.IN/2009 Delegate Registration is ongoing!

If you have been living under a rock, here’s a helpful news update about FOSS.IN/2009: Almost 800 registrations at the time of writing, almost all sponsor slots filled, and much more. Read the update: FOSS.IN/2009 – registrations, sponsors, expo, excitement & more

FOSS.IN/2009 Speaker registration closes Mon 26/Oct 23:59 IST

If you plan to be anything more than a delegate at FOSS.IN/2009, you better hurry – registrations close on Monday, October 26th, at 23:59 GMT+0530. So if you want to be part of the largest and most important Free & Open Source Software event in this part of the world, and stand shoulder to shoulder [...]

FOSS.IN/2009 Speaker Registration

Please note that the FOSS.IN/2009 Speaker registration is open, and a number of submissions have already been received. Read the CfP at and then head to And submit your talk/workout/workshop/bof/hacker-session/project-of-the-day proposal. It’s best NOT to do what most people do every year – procrastinate till the last moment, especially since talk evaluation is [...]

FOSS.IN/2009 Call for Participation

And here we go – FOSS.IN/2009′s Call for Participation. Apologies for the delays, things are very different for us this year, with a new venue, new team members, and all sorts of aches and pains we don’t want to talk about The registration system for speakers is open NOW – head there as soon [...]

FOSS.IN: The Calm before the Storm

You should read this first: FOSS.IN: The Wind of Change With that post, I made it clear where FOSS.IN is going – it will no longer be a conference that navel-gazes, and focuses only on itself, but will reach out to the technology world, and become the inclusive hacker event that I have wanted it [...]

My talk at Google

I recently gave a talk at Google, for launch of the Bangalore Google Technology User Group. The Google folks were kind enough to put up the video (warning this is 1.5 hours long!), so here it is: (Here is a direct link)

Seagate, please help!

See update at the end Dear Seagate, I am one of the unfortunate users of an ST31000340AS (Barracuda 7200.11) who has been hit with the firmware (SD81) bug that has locked up the drive (the infamous BSY error, where the drive is not even recognised by the BIOS). The 1 TB drive contains precious data [...]

How companies shoot themselves in the foot while recruiting

This SOOOOO reminds me of the 1980s In 1985, after I graduated, I looked for a job in Mumbai and Bangalore. I had, for the past 4 years, learnt a number of “computer languages”, but I was most productive in dBASE II and III. I had already written full applications, and I could see that [...]

FOSS.IN/2009 Dates and Venue announced

For those of you sleeping under a rock (which means that you are not on Twitter or following Planet FOSS.IN) – we announced the dates and venue for FOSS.IN/2009 yesterday. FOSS.IN/2009 will happen on December 1-5, 2009 at the NIMHANS Convention Centre in Bangalore, and it will be bigger and better than ever. I recommend [...]