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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 [...]

In Pune this weekend

I will be in Pune this weekend to give two talks: “The Business of Open Source” at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC) on Saturday, the 28th of March. This talk addresses how Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) influences and drives businesses today, and how people can get involved in the process. [...]

Input needed: FOSS.IN/2009 Dates

If you are interested in participating in FOSS.IN this year, you may have a chance to decide when the event takes place. Check out out this post, where Team FOSS.IN is trying to get a fair fix on a set of dates for this year’s event.

Talks this weekend

On Friday, the 23rd of Jan, I will be giving a talk at, *the* event for Indian startup companies. I have been closely associated with since the first event (this is the fifth one), and over time, this event has become as important to the Indian startup world as my other baby (FOSS.IN) [...]

Goodbye, Father-in-law

Mahadev Y. Deshpande You have left behind A sun and three shining stars Who will miss you forever As we all will Goodbye, Father-in-Law Thank you for the precious gift you gave me

The need to learn (Why Hackers rule my world)

Hello from Berlin, Germany, where I will attend the world’s largest congregation of hackers and technology enthusiasts – the 25th Chaos Communication Congress (25C3), which runs from the 27th to the 30th of December. Shortly before I left, someone asked me a very curious question, which could be paraphrased like this: “Why do you attend [...]

New Theme Song :)

Every now and then, I pick a song that defines my state of mind, or whatever I am doing. Over the years, this has been The Scorpions’ “Wind of Change”, but right now, I am getting more aggressive about things. So, to totally annoy at least one person who hates all things 80s and 90s, [...]

FOSS.IN/2008 starts tomorrow

This is it, folks, your last heads-up: FOSS.IN/2008, India’s best known, much awaited, Free and Open Source Software event, begins tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 25th November), at the National Science Symposium Center (JN Tata Auditorium), Indian Institute of Science (aka Tata Institute), in Bangalore, and goes on till Saturday, the 29th of November. Tomorrow morning’s opening [...]