Praveen Chandrahas

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…