Archive for August, 2006

RMS in Kolkata

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Richard finally landed up in Kolkata today for the seminar tomorrow. I managed to pull off a shot just as he was stepping out of the airport gates.

Richard at the gates

Later at the guest-house, lacking an air pump to inflate his air mattress, Richard pointed out the substitute being lung-power and that it took only about 172 large breaths to get it up and going. So, Debangshu and I took turns at blowing it up while he was unpacking. Must say I haven’t heard so much of “heavy breathing” in recent times ;-)

Debangshu at work!

And oh! by the way! must remember the next time he’s in Kolkata - RMS loves to eat “ghontos”

Google and the Indian Flag

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Google often has the habit of decorating their home page with specific themes…. on this independance day, Google’s Indian site ( has the following graphics

Google Indian Flag.

I’m sure that it was done with the best of intents and in celebration of the Indian Independance day (15th August). However, what I’m not so sure is whether such usage violated the Flag Code of India, 2002, which tells us the following:

Part I - Clause 1.3 & 1.4 (which deals with size, shape and aspect ratio of the flag)

Part II - Clause 2.1 (vi) lettering of any kind shall not be put upon the Flag;

Part II - Clause 2.2 (ix) the Flag should not be used as a festoon, rosette or bunting or in any other manner for decoration;

Frappr’s PNG surprise!

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Hmmm… just now I was trying to upload a mugshot for the Zimbra’s Frappr Map without any success. Apparently, .png files are NOT ACCEPTABLE, its JPG all the way… I hope I’m wrong though! :(

Stallman Lecture on 16th Aug

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

On Aug 16th, a seminar - “Free Software - A Necessity for Sustainable Development?” has been organized at G.D. Birla Sabhaghar from 2 PM

The principal speaker is Richard Stallman, other speakers include Mr. Sitaram Yechuri, MP, and Dr. Puspa Bhargava, Vice Chairperson, National Knowledge Commission.

The program would be inaugerated by Dr. Debesh Das, Hon’ble MIC, Dept of IT, Govt of WB and will be presided over by Prof. Sankar K. Sen.

I’ve a few invitation cards for distribution on a first-come-first-served basis. Anyone who is interested to listen to RMS’s lecture, please contact me immediately for your invitation cards
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Phone : 98300-20971