After years of training and secret planning, We are gaining a lot of clues but the death of a fellow warrior can be a little hiccup in our future plans. I am Avanthika. And I am part of the Kunthala’s warrior group fighting against the Mahishmathi king Ballaladeva. Our primary aim is to free our captured queen, Devasena. Devasena, once our beloved queen was always my inspiration. The stories our chief shared about her valor and archery skills. Her witty and smart deductions from observations. And her mainly her outspoken nature. This made me take the tough decision to…

The Open Design movement has been gathering pace internationally. It is pretty much important for designers to understand the basic standards and principles of open design. Open Design Manifesto forked from Open Design Foundation written by Garth Braithwaite I will: find opportunities to design in the open share my design experiences; both the good and the bad find time for meaningful projects openly participate in design discussions work with other designers by choice improve my toolbox Conjugatively, the above point adds to the spirit of Open Design. The manifesto is more about guidelines than rules. The created designs are better…

Before you move further please think of this question... To create an event, what lengths did you go and what lengths did your peers or co-volunteers go? (Obviously, you've done more than your peers can imagine and you have a lot of complaints about their work. But did you think how much they struggled to get half of your idea/suggestion done ?? ) The urge to do a work or get a work done perfectly is common among a lot of people in free and open source communities. They even go frenzy if it is not up to their quoted or…

The fourth session in the month of webVR was held on the August 26th. It kicked off with a crowd of about 80 participants. The morning session began with Madhukar, a Mozilla representative, who spoke about the importance of privacy which is one of the most important thing in today's world. He enlightened the audience about various acts and privacy in the context of data and information, how it is maintained and handled, which is the current need of the hour. This was followed by a break for lunch after which the session continued in the labs with people working…

The third session in the month of webVR was held on August 19th. It kicked off on time with a crowd of around 80 participants. The session began with the presentation and training on the basics of GIT by Bobby and Sairam. Vihar took over the session in the labs where all of them applied what they had learnt, it was a very interactive session with all the participants asking questions and working enthusiastically. This was followed by a break for lunch after which the session continued in the labs with people working on various scenarios in A-frame. It was…

August ,13th- The second weekend session kicked off on time with a crowd of around 100 people. The session began with the presentation and training of the basics of JSDOM including HTML,CSS by Vihar. Nitin took over the session, taking the discussion in the direction of the fundamentals of A-frame and how they can be applied through one's creativity. This was followed by a small break for lunch, which was succeeded with the Hands-on session on how to create Virtual Reality scenes through A-Frame. Overall, the day was an absolute learning experience from scratch to specializing in webVR.…

Telugu l10n meetup - తెలుగు స్తానికీకరణ సమావేశం How does it feel by just reading the Title? That feeling of being connected to my native roots and I was lost in an acute swirl of all the feelings of oneness, proud and rejoice. The event was happening at Swecha, Gachibowli in the City of Pearls I would rather prefer calling it City of Chicken Biryani as I proudly termed myself a chickiterian (though I have started eating other meat products very recently, still I love chicken to all other products). As you near…

Lets us write a few lines of code get a view of 360 image view code : Step 1 : Define script tag for Javascript external file in the head tag <script src="https://aframe.io/releases/0.6.0/aframe.min.js"> Step 2 : Define a scene in body tag <body> <a-scene> </a-scene> </body> Step 3 : Define sky entity with 360 image <a-sky src="https://thenextweb.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2015/06/Prague_Getty.jpg" color="#ECECEC" material="" geometry=""></a-sky> src is the attribute of…

The first session of the month long programming workshop organized by CBIT-OSC, Open Minds of MGIT named 'Month of WebVR-Hyderabad leg' curated by Swecha, on WebVR with A-frame was a great success. It was conducted on the 5th of August at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology from 11am to 3pm. The event commenced with Himanshu giving an introduction to the concept of virtual reality and it's history. The event saw an overwhelming participation of more than one hundred enthusiasts, more than 75% of whom were young inquisitive women. After the introductory talk, Kalyan delivered a very interactive and informative…

The workshop was conducted on 22 nd and 23 rd of July, 2017 at Stanley College of Engineering and Technology for Women. The workshop commenced with our Principal, Dr. Satya Prasad Lanka giving an introduction on virtual reality. The resource persons were Bhavabhuthi and Nithin, who are volunteers and speakers at Swecha. The morning session was taken by the speaker Bhavabhuthi, who said about HTML, CSS, JS. The participants were given 3-4 exercises such as building a basic HTML page, styling it and making it respond to the user. The post-lunch session was taken by Ranjith, who is volunteer and…

“Localization” this is a word unknown to me until recently. When I first heard of it I thought it means using local made goods or manufacturing some local goods. I became that merchant who is always in search of local markets to sell the goods. But, obviously when you don’t know what it is we ask. After recalling all my analysis of the word in my local memory the real meaning came with a little surprise. I was happy thinking “At least my analysis reached considerably ok results”. OH! the big question is still not revealed “What is localization?…

Advent of Internet According to Quincy Larson, the story of internet is the same as any other information technology like the telegram, cinema or television etc., which roughly is Inventors discovered the technology. Hobbyists pioneered the applications of that technology, and popularized it. Corporations took notice. They commercialized the technology, refined it, and scaled it. Once the corporations were powerful enough, they tricked the government into helping them lock the technology down. They installed themselves as “natural monopolies.” After a long period of stagnation, a new technology emerged to disrupt the old one. Sometimes this would dislodge the old monopoly.…

Bow..bow..bowwww..bow..bow… booowwwoowwoowoowoow. bow..boww… What are you seeing? Answer me. And you are still thinking? Don’t you know how your health and all is going? This is bad, very bad. I am still waiting for your answer and look at your puzzled face. What now? I get it. You didn’t understand what I first said. It’s ok! Calm down you can learn in a few decades of years to come wink. Now just imagine the plight of people who go to new place for some reason and land up with people talking everything…

When I was in 10th standard I used to run windows on my machine and continued to use till my 1st year of undergraduate. I always search for different aspects of everything, like wise I got attracted towards Ubuntu! which i saw from a senior M.tech student (Srinivasan Raja Shekar- under advisor named Dr.Pratap). Thus, from that moment I started using Ubuntu and trying to explore why we don't want to use windows. I hardly used it for an year and completely shifted to Debian GNU/Linux OS, then the actual works started. Meanwhile I started volunteering for…

విశాలమైన ఈ విశ్వంలో, తలెత్తుకు బ్రతికే మూర్కునికి, తలవంచుకొని బ్రతికే పేద వానికి, పగలతో బ్రతికే కఠినుడికి, ప్రేమతో బ్రతికే ప్రేమికునికి, వర్షాలను నమ్ముకొని బ్రతికే రైతుకి, దయ మీద బ్రతికే ముష్టివానికి, సేవలని నమ్ముకొని బ్రతికే పిల్లలకి, లంచం కోసం చూసే లంచగొండికి…

“Long, long ago… Once upon a time …. In the dark jungle long ago…. Once there lived a King… In a distant place their lived a wicked witch… In the land of the great Kingdom once lived a prince…. In the early days when the earth, sun and the moon were formed... “ Wait, Are you wondering what are all these? How many of you remembered the stories they have heard back in the school? How many tried figuring out which line was the opening line for which story they have read in the distant past? I am not a great writer…

I was able to speak at the swecha office via Riot screen sharing about Debian GNU/Linux during the Stretch Release party [1] . Summary About Debian and its importance by me Showcasing Debian desktops by Sai Krishna Volunteers of swecha told their Debian experience. Debian Stretch Install Fest Cake cutting Details We started around 2 PM by checking the Riot call with the volunteers to see if it works. After some introductions I started the presentation introducing myself and how I am connected to the Debian community. My co-speaker Sai Krishna also did the same. Debian is a GNU/Linux…

About 4Dcamp Visit bit.ly/4dcamp for details. Complete your registration atvthe Registrations desk as soon as you reach the venue. Accommodation Sleep : Get Blankets, Bed Sheets Bath : Get Soaps and Towels Clothes : Get enough clothes, no laundry available. Food: We provide breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Water: Always carry a water bottle with you. Belongings: Owners are responsible for their property. Recommended not to carry any valuables. Laptops : Recommended to get your laptops, will be helpful in workshops. Mobile Phones: Get chargers/power banks. 4Dcamp - Etiquette Carry your ID cards all the time with you, and show them…

To, Every Swecha Volunteer. The Free Software Movement challenged a Goliath that is the non-free proprietary software and largely, it won that battle. Increasingly, "Open Source" is the paradigm being adopted by makers of software all around the world. Not only that, wherever there are proprietary alternatives, more often than not, there are free (as in freedom of course) ones. But, is the fight over ?. No, it has moved to another level. This reminds me of how encryption works : AES, RSA, DES are all publicly available algorithms. Everybody knows the code; What is the missing puzzle piece ? : The keys. In…

The digital age brought with it new avenues for democracy and also new ways for rapid rise of monopoly. Within a decade we saw rapid standardization of ideas globally, emergence of new industries and new bosses in economy and also democratic springs against decades old dictatorships. Digital age is no different when it comes to wealth monopolization – earlier the 1% used to get richer every quarter, today every day. This ever increasing power of wealth is not comfortable with new space for democracy that digital age has provided. While the 1% tries to meddle and squeeze this space for its…

The Motivations The following post is about trying to give a general idea of the Large Hadron Collider experiments being carried out by CERN (and as such, the post is LARGE), better known as the Big Bang experiment. The main motivation behind this is my sister. I don't profess complete knowledge about the subject matter nor do I aim at explaining the technical intricacies involved. I aim at the general non-technical reader. And I hope to enthuse and introduce them to the wonderful world that is physics without the equations that scare most people away. I don't take any responsibility…

I am re-posting my old blogs. This was originally posted on April 27, 2010. Microsoft pays me 13lac p.a. Can Free Software do that? Second part in my series on Intellectual Property. I am going to try to debunk a few popular myths. This essay is aimed at the young graduate and the student who has all sorts of doubts if Free Software can provide him with the money that the Proprietary world offers him. Most of the times, students do get convinced that free software is 'the' way to go forward. They also agree that it is morally,…

I am re-posting my old blogs. This was originally published on May 16, 2013 Note: 1. A purely non-authoritative piece. 2. This is an old draft that I am publishing after an year or so. Information presented here might have changed in the meanwhile. Ages have passed since humans started questioning. We have always been a species with a constant endeavour to explore. We have always tried to fathom the mysteries around us. And yes, we have been quite successful in our adventures. Tremendous progress has been achieved in the fields of science and technology. Many questions have been answered.…

[I am re-posting my old blogs. This was originally published on April 7, 2010] Prologue I have been advocating the adoption of free software for over 4 years now. The most often raised question is this: "I have been using M$ Windows and here in India, we get anything for free. I never paid to get my copy of windows. So what difference does it make to me whether I use Windows or Free Software?" Genuine question, in spite of my stressing that the Free in Free software means "Freedom" as in Free Speech. I still need to address that…

[I am re-posting my old blogs. This was originally posted on March 28, 2010] Just one day after posting this, on March 29, 2010, a coalition led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) successfully challenged the basis of Myriad’s patents in New York District Court. The patent has been invalidated. Note: The following post is pretty lengthy. I tried to cut down on the length, but the subject matter demanded that I don't. All that has been stated in this post is pure non-fiction. Everything is real. I've tried to provide links wherever required, for others, googling should…

While doing some aimless surfing on internet, I stopped at a weblink which read "101 ideas to make your slave feel owned". As in, it shows the ways about how to make slaves feel good and part of the master's life. I read through it. Following are few ideas in the list that I would like to bring to your notice - Have them wear bells. The constant soft jingling of the bells is soothing and a certain reminder of their submission. A beautiful, special collar will make any slave joyous. Take the time to select the right one and…

ఏమిటి? Telugu Localisation = తెలుగు స్థానికీకరణ వివిధ ఉపకరణాల తెలుగీకరణకు తోడ్పడడం. కొత్త తెలుగు పదాల సృష్టి మరియు క్రోడీకరణ విషయమై జరిగే కృషికి ప్రచారం కల్పించడం. Free(dom) Software = స్వేచ్ఛ సాఫ్టువేరు ఏ సాఫ్టువేరుని అయినా స్వేచ్ఛ సాఫ్టువేరు అనాలంటే అది నాలుగు సూత్రాలకు కట్టుబడి ఉండా…

I was always curious about the leds on the laptop and wonder "how are they controlled?" Can they be controlled at all? I was sure they can be controlled because they behave based on state of the laptop for instance when the lid is close the led blinks indicating that system is in suspend mode. I started searching for controlling this tiny led and found a very easy way to do it, its as easy as writing '0 on' or '0 off' to a file thats it. Now I had this crazy idea of why can't we transmit morse code…

While developing a CMS we don't have phpmyadmin, plesk or cpanel rather a simple cli. So to create a quick DB with a user who has all privileges to the DB and a password to the user just give these commands. I think this method works for mysql too. $ mysql -u adminusername -p Enter password: mysql> CREATE DATABASE databasename; Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec) mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON databasename.* TO "username"@"hostname" IDENTIFIED BY "password"; Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec) mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.01…

Some handy code which is useful when its really needed. pretify json via commandline cat myfile.json | python -m json.tool Start Unetbootin in debian. change sudo to su accordingly. sudo export QTX11NO_MITSHM=1 unetbootin archlinux forum Reset git HEAD git reset HEAD~1 Include full path in the output of find command for current directory find -name "filename" -exec readlink -f {} \; Check progress of dd command while writing to a drive. Very useful while creating bootable pen drives Create bootable drive dd if=[iso path] of=[device] bs=4 While the above command is running open another terminal…