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Mepco FOSS WorkshopYesterday ie., 30 September 2010, I conducted a workshop at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi which was organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering exclusively for Faculty from various engineering colleges in and around Sivakasi. In the morning I gave a talk and hands on in Subversion Version Control System and in the afternoon I handled Python Programming which was also a hands on workshop. 

We had a total of 35 faculty members from various colleges. The session was interactive and also I was amazed to see everyone eagerly trying out  stuff which I taught.

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Last weekend ie., 25 September 2010, myself along with Mr. Joe Steeve conducted a one day workshop on Free Software Technologies at Kalasalingam University, Srivilliputhur which was organized by TIFAC-CORE in network engineering and Computer Science and Engineering Department of the University.

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OSI Days 2010 talkI was one of the speakers at OSI Days 2010. It was a 3 days event from 19th to 21st September, 2010 organized in Chennai Trade Centre and is one of the biggest open source event conducted every year in India. Though I have given many talks in many conferences, this is subtly different from whatever I ve done so far.

The audience for the event was extremely extraordinary. They know what to ask!

I participated as a panel member on 19th September, 2010 in a panel discussion on the topic "The Rapidly growing market for FOSS in India". This panel had elite people from the IT industry with whom I had a chance to network and discuss lot of things about FOSS. The panel included the following people:

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Velalar Python workshopLast weekend ie., 18 July 2010 from 09:45 to 12:45 HRS IST, I conducted "Basics of Python Programming" workshop in Velalar College of Engineering and Technology, Thindal, Erode which was organized by Free Software Foundation, TamilNadu chapter. I explained basics of python programming language and the advantages of using python over other languages, with some code demo.

We had audience from various colleges in and around Erode. The session was interactive and I enjoyed a lot with the questions from the audience.

Thanks to Ravi Jaya and others who gave me an opportunity to conduct this workshop. It was great to meet LinuXpert Systems CEO Mr. Baskar, with whom I discussed a lot about Free Software usage in education. My special thanks to the Head of IT department at Velalar College who was present throughout all the sessions and interacting with the speakers with his great questions.

Official report about the workshop in FSF-TN mailing list is here. Article in "The Hindu" is here.

For presentation slides, see attachment below.

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Tamil blog home pageI ve started writing tamil (my native language) blog posts few months back. Of late the tamil posts I write has increased in stylesen.org, I thought of segregating things and thus came the idea of having a separate tamil blog. My new tamil blog is available in http://www.sasenthilkumaran.com/ You can see a screenshot of my tamil blog in the left, which is exactly similar in design and layout to stylesen.org but the content language is different.

In future you can read all my tamil blogs and articles in www.sasenthilkumaran.com, I ve already moved my tamil poem collection to the new place. There is a link under "what's in this site" section of stylesen.org to reach my tamil blog.

Hope all of you will like my tamil blog :) Updates on new tamil blog posts will still be available via my twitter account "@stylesen".

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microblogging clients cover pageAn article titled "A Roundup on Microblogging clients", which I wrote for Linux For You magazine and got published in March 2010 issue.

A gist from the article is follows, you can download the entire article from the attachment to this post,

The latest buzz in social networking is microblogging - the next generation of blogging where people share their status, images, audio and video files with their friends without being verbose. When you microblog, you answer one simple question: “What’s happening?” Some of us are already into microblogging,
without quite realising that there is a term for the small text we enter in our IM clients and elsewhere to publish our status. And some of us are microblog addicts, already!

Many full-fledged social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut, Linkedin, etc, provide ways to microblog, though they’re all referred to by different names, such as ‘Updates’, ‘Status Update’, etc. There are also dedicated sites just for microblogging, like identi.ca, twitter.com, tumblr.com, present.ly, yammer.com and many more.

See attachment below to download the complete article in pdf.

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ரத்தன் டாடா

Ratan tata book coverஎன்றோ ஒரு நாள் ஆங்கிலேயர்கள் இந்திய மண்ணில் இருந்து வெளியேறும் நிலைவரும்போது, அவர்கள் தொடங்கிய தொழில்களுக்கு "டாடா" காட்டி அனுப்ப வேண்டும் என்பதற்காகவே, டாடா குடும்பத்தின் முன்னோர்கள், இப்படி ஒரு பெயரை தங்கள் குடும்பப் பெயராக சேர்த்துக் கொண்டனர் போலும். ஆம், ஆங்கிலேயர்கள் துரத்தி அடிக்கப்பட்ட போது இந்திய தொழில்களின் நிலையை வலுவடைய செய்ததில் பெரும் பங்கு டாடா நிறுவனத்தையே சாரும். இது வெறும் ஒருவரால் தொடங்கி முடிவடைந்த சிறு தொழில் அல்ல. பரம்பரை பரம்பரையாக டாடா குழுமம்இயங்கி வருகின்றது, இதில் தற்போதைய தலைவரான ரத்தன் டாடாவை பற்றி விளக்குகிறது என். சொக்கன் எழுதிய இந்த நூல். ஒரு மனிதரை மட்டும் நமக்கு அறிமுகம் படுத்துவது இந்த புத்தகத்தின் நோக்கம் அல்ல, அது டாடா போன்ற சரித்திரத்தை விளக்குவதற்கு சிறந்த முறையும் அல்ல என்பதை நன்கு உணர்ந்த என். சொக்கன் இந்நிறுவனத்தின் ஒன்றரை நூற்றாண்டு வரலாற்றில் உள்ள சில முக்கியமான நிகழ்வுகளை எளிமையாக விளக்கியுள்ளார்.