Archive for June, 2008

Developing a FOSS based school ICT program outline

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Yesterday met with Subha-di (Das Mallick of Bal Vividha) and Malini (Intel) at the meeting at the Indumati Sabhagriha at Jadavpur Vidyapeet . The occassion was to review the Master Trainers Program from Pragati which is supported by Intel and to felicitate outstanding contributors to that effort.

FWIW, Dr. Sthanapati, Director, BITM (Birla Industrial & Technology Museum, Kolkata) has proposed a series of camps with funding from Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt of WB. Comet Media Foundation will be the ICT program partner in that endeavor and as such we are supposed to be developing the program outline. The backward district of Purulia will be the pilot site.

Based on the brief discussions yesterday, there are plans to involve Pragati, Intel and others in the initiative. The deadline to get everything in place is November 2008.

So this is basically a call for help and volunteers… any takers so far?

A meeting with Nick Negroponte

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Amit (Gogna) called me up today to say that Prof. Negroponte will be coming to India in the 1st week of August and that Reliance Communications (ADAG) will be setting up video conferencing around the country on matters of the little green laptop. He has asked me to send him a list of names of the people who can make a difference with the OLPC project in this part of the country.

I’m looking forward to the event to see where OLPC goes from here on.

On a related note, yesterday Kushal had punched in the panic buttons saying the Bijra School’s LTSP system was not working, so I had asked Subhodip and Arindam to do a site visit today and fix the problem. They reported back that it was a dusty and loosely seated RAM problem on the server, which they managed to fix.

Which reminds me that we need to hold a fresh re-orientation workshop at the school soon.

Elephant Rentals and why I *hate* bollywood!!!!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Dear Lazyweb,


Today, Ms. Robbin Wilber (potentially my future mom-in-law) demanded that I find out about the cost of renting a trained Indian Elephant for the purpose of wedding that is likely to be held in Kolkata sometime next year (2009), with everything else remaining equal.

The aforementioned elephant should be trained to carry both the groom and the bride to the wedding reception, should not smell too bad and the elephant agency should preferably accept American credit cards. Those were her stipulations. If any one has an idea about elephant rentals, please drop a line of comment.

Apparently its the Bollywood movies that has done this harm. Arghhhhh!!!! I’m wordering if I can get out of this one by saying that we have a Pre-nuptial Agreement which stipulates “NO ELEPHANTS” ;-)


PS. I do not know what it is about Americans and Indian elephants… if someone does please leave a comment to enlighten me.

thanks to all our friends

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

for standing by both of us… and being so much of support… dunno what we would have done without you guys!!!

thanks again guys… it means a lot to both of us! :D

The ultimate insult or visual oxymoron… ?

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

The photo of a FOSS geek wearing a GNOME t-shirt as a wallpaper on a MSFT Windows Vista Desktop…. such is life… :-P

burning up the bridges, or … ?

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

when someone you love more dearly than yourself asks you “Tell me… pls tell me… what do I do?“… and when every odd looks like it is stacked heavily against you and the person you love…. there is __only__ one thing to do… and that’s hope… i mean *really* hope… that you are doing the _right_ thing… that you are *NOT* destroying the life of the person who loves you and depends on you to *do* the right thing…

I wish there were simple answers… but life isn’t like that…