Tuesday Dec 24, 2013

Seasons Greetings & New Year 2014 wishes

I'm a bit early than usual. The intent of course is not to get it done with, but to express myself, before you all get busy with the holiday actions & New Year Celebrations. I've never been so fond of New Year hype, because like many of you, I'd think that the positive changes in life can be brought about anytime and not necessarily as a part of New Year resolution. Plus, to tag a Year as 'good' or 'bad' seems folly, as there never was a major shift in the regular pattern of life everytime I changed my calenders. Life may continue to throw surprises, some pleasant, some not so.

Perhaps a slab of one dozen month is a reasonable checkpoint at which one could engage in self reflection on the progress made thus far. In that sense, let's hope we use this occasion to celebrate the joy in life, leave behind all miserable moments, all the same carrying the learning from it into a fresh set of another twelve months. Personally, the year that's bidding farewell to us in a handful of days time did make me look a miserable man at times. That's just one view though. Through a different coloured glass, I realize how profound a learning experience all of them happened to be. My hope is to use all such learning to translate life's events into positive experiences.

All personal musings aside, I'm here to tell you how grateful I'm for your company. Being connected with you through a channel set up by someone unseen is to me one of my true assets. Thank you for being there and I want you to know that you stand the reason for my smile on situations innumerable. Along with my wishes to you for only happiness in the year to come, my prayers for wisdom to take life as it comes and look at its events with great equanimity. Wish you pleasant holidays and a promising Year 2014!

Sunday Dec 30, 2012

New Year Wishes 2013 - In Advance

In a couple of days, I'll make another attempt to be good, stay good. Sounds familiar? Also familiar maybe this space on the Web, where I scribble away my thoughts for you to read, roughly this time of the year, every year. Can't thank you enough to spare me some time at a juncture when in all likelihood you may be quite busy preparing to see off CY 2012 and merrily welcome New Year 2013. Whatever may be your mode of celebration, here's wishing you a joyous experience.

Personally, I don't expect to see drastic changes to any attributes of my lifestyle, just because a cycle of twelve months is coming to a conclusion in two days time and a new one arriving. And I don't believe in waiting to flip over one dozen page of a calendar before jotting down a list of life changing items to be performed, and then stare at it later with a sigh of disappointment for not having made a sustained effort to achieve it and to strike each one out as 'Job done'. Neither do I believe that the spacing of inevitable events in different phases of life, some of which we may like and some we dislike, has any business with the twelve month cycles. Agreed, some things in life will change for sure: like the daily dairy that I maintain. It'll carry a fresh smell and every single entry in there, I hope, shall carry a positive intent. It's foolish of me, though, to even imagine that I'll only have happy episodes to scribe in there. New year or not, pattern of events in life shall remain much the same, with possibly no escape from the dualities of existence. Pray, we develop enough inner strength to accept all events in life with great composure.

In retrospection, I'm thankful for all good things happened in the last twelve months, glad to have met many a wonderful people, fortunate to have learned a number of useful lessons, sorry to have made some mistakes, happy to have moved on, regret to have lost few connections and grateful for all opportunities. I wish the coming twelve months brings me in company of many new faces, while I'll make all efforts to make sure the familiar ones stay closer to my heart.

Lastly, the blah-blah above was not the real intention of writing this note, but to make sure I don't miss an occasion as this to show up and express my deep felt gratitude to YOU for being there for me and helping me stay positive, one way or the other. Thank you!

Here's wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous Year 2013!

Saturday Dec 31, 2011

New Year Wishes - Year 2012

Dear friend,

Ha, finally it's concluding. Pardon me for starting this one on a very personal note. I've been wanting to spend a day harking back on some big changes in my life, both professional and personal. And I think there isn't a better day than today to do so, when the whole world would bring down the curtain on a twelve month long period and welcome the arrival of another dozen months, filled with immense potential to fulfill all resolutions that'd open up today. I am not a big fan of New Year Celebrations, coz just like you, I know it's only a calendar on the wall that gets replaced. All other things in life, almost, seems to stay the same. But this time around I was in need of a checkpoint to reflect and digest on some wondrous events in life that unfolded in the last several months. And so I am happy that an eventful Year 2011 is finally giving way to its successor.

I have had the taste of joy and sorrow, successes and failures, gains and losses, and many other dualities of existence in the year that's passing by. Tell me if you know someone who had a different pattern in their life. It'd be foolish of me to expect the coming year to offer me only roses all the way, but I would certainly wish to have a life filled with many positive moments in the New Year that's marching in. I wish and hope the same for you as well.

In the Year 2011 that's to become history in a few hours from now, if I've hit the Losada Line most part of the year, that's solely because of some wonderful human relationships. I don't believe I've any better asset than the people who have connected with me through one channel or the other. And so the main reason to show up, just like every year on this day, is to express my deep felt gratitude to you for being there for me and for helping me stay positive, one way or the other. Thank you .

Also, I wish you good luck with the list of resolutions that you've prepared yourself for the coming year and pray you don't fall prey to the events that'd fall on January 16 2012, Monday.

Wishing you a good Year 2012 ahead...

Friday Jun 04, 2010

IDM4485

IDM 4485 course has stringent pre-requisites. That's one reason why the batch concluded last week had less number of participants attending it. Well, the course doesn't happen very often, but when it happens, I get to meet some friends with some really solid knowledge in Sun Java System Identity Manager. Some of 'em, you would see in the snap below:



Wednesday Dec 16, 2009

OpenSSO Express 9 and OpenDS 2.2

Sun launched OpenSSO Express 9 and OpenDS 2.2. Read the press release here.

Thursday Nov 19, 2009

'kolkata Marathon' - Concluding Phase

Like I mentioned in my earlier post, my ten day 'marathon', kick started on 9th of this month at a client location Kolkata on Identity Management solution from Sun concluded last evening and I'm back in Bangalore. I'd believe that the program met its objective and I hope my friends in the picture below derive benefit out of the same.



Tuesday Sep 01, 2009

Happy Onam

Wishing all a very happy Onam.

Monday Jun 08, 2009

Taming Sakila

Just under two months ago I decided to embark on a journey through the Certification roadmap of the Worlds most Popular Open Source Database. They say, Certification isn't a substitute for real world experience. Who says it is? But it certainly has the element to motivate someone to go after a new technology, just the way it occurred to me. This morning, the journey that I've mentioned above completed rather satisfactorily, leaving me in possession all possible titles from the MySQL Certification roadmap viz CMDEV, CMDBA and CMCDBA. I'm happy is an understatement.


My entry into the world of database has nothing to do with any recent announcement from Sun, but does have a connection with an announcement from our CEO, published well over a year ago. Since then, MySQL came up in all serious conversations at Sun and that perhaps is one main factor that encouraged me to go after a technology with such a massive installation base. I regret to have taken some time before finally going for it, but the learning curve was extremely smooth and exciting.

In general, I spend a lot of time reading books (not necessarily technical) and there are some books (read technical) that I value more than others which includes Practical Unix and Internet Security, Learning Perl, Mastering Regular Expressions, Perl Cookbook to name a few. The book MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide easily falls into the aforesaid category for its simplicity, clarity and richness in content. Thanks to Safari Books Online, I could thoroughly utilize an online copy of MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide to prepare for MySQL 5.0 DBA and Developer Exams. To make it curt, this one is strongly recommended.

A similar material is available for candidates preparing for the Certified MySQL 5.1 Cluster DBA exam and its details are available here.

So if any of you feel it's time for you to tame Sakila and then show up for a test to prove you have done so, please make use of the resources as mentioned above, or find a training program at a suitable time and location, read the faqs, create a VUE ID\* , register for an exam and GO FOR IT with no second thoughts. Oh yeah...don't forget to check out these sample Questions before the test. Good luck!

\*Beginning on July 31st, 2009 MySQL Exams will no longer be delivered by Pearson VUE. For more details click here.

Monday Jun 01, 2009

OpenSolaris 2009.06

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is being released today. Download it from here. If you are looking for an official press release about the same, that's here. Learn everything about the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release here.

Friday Apr 24, 2009

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

Ubuntu 9.04 (code named Jaunty Jackalope) released yesterday. Download location is here.

Friday Apr 17, 2009

Solaris Containers Training at Gurgaon

Meet my new friends from CSC, Noida. I met them for a training on Solaris Containers at Gurgaon.



Monday Apr 13, 2009

Happy Vishu

Wishing all a happy Vishu.

Friday Mar 06, 2009

Solaris Cluster 3.2 Training at Hyderabad

As I write this note, I am sitting at Hyderabad airport awaiting the boarding call for my flight to Bangalore. The flight is delayed by more than two hours. That leaves me with ample time to introduce my new friends, whom I met for Solaris Cluster 3.2 training (ES 345) here in Hyderabad They are all from Big Blue:



I'm tempted to remind all that there exist a certification exam for Solaris Cluster, the details of which can be found here. Good weekend to all.

Wednesday Dec 31, 2008

New Year Wishes!

Today being the last day of Year 2008, one would be pardoned to spend some portion of this day in recollections about the year that's passing by and for setting dreams and goal for the year that's coming by. It's not for the first time that we'd indulge in an exercise of this nature. Several New Years have come and gone, several resolutions made, several of them met, many ones broken. Life's giving us one more opportunity to correct our mistakes, celebrate yet another New Year, revise our goal to set it to a noble and the highest one, for which we shall always be thankful to the invisible power who has brought us all together in this third planet from Sun.

I'm certain, when we examine moments from our past (read Year 2008), we would have some that would bring smile on our face, some that would bring tears in our eyes, some that would disappoint us, some very frustrating moments and a few really promising ones. The very excitement in life lies perhaps in getting the taste of an equal measure of all dualities of existence. Naturally, it isn't wise to expect or hope for favourable events alone in the Year 2009 that we are about to welcome. We'd however wish that we get a fresh beginning for things that went awfully wrong in the past, gain a fresh momentum for our journey towards the desired destiny and a touch of freshness in our hope for a well balanced existence, devoid of terrible incidents as the ones that we witnessed in recent past. A New Year, without doubt, is one right occasion to produce such strong wishes and prayers.

Personally, I have had my share of success, failures, disappointments, excitements, joy and sorrow in the year that we are about to bid farewell to. But when I look back, the moments spent with my relatives, friends, colleagues,my training participants and all loved ones are the prominent memories that my mind generously throws up at me. To them, who have taken immense interest in me, I owe a lot and with a great sense of gratitude and affection, here is wishing them all a very happy, peaceful and prosperous Year 2009!

Wednesday Dec 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Wishing all a very merry Christmas!

Tuesday Dec 09, 2008

MySQL 5.1 Now Available

A new version of the worlds most popular opensource database is now available for download. Read about its features here or straightaway download it from here.

Thursday Dec 04, 2008

Sun Begins Shipping JavaFX 1.0

Sun Microsystems announced the launch of Java FX 1.0: 'an expressive rich client platform for creating and delivering rich Internet experiences across all screens of your life.' Here is the press release.


Friday Nov 28, 2008

Longing for Some Good News!

Pick up any daily, seek a good news and the search fails. If it was the global economic slowdown that showed up everywhere until last two days, its about the Mumbai shoot-out now. While very few understood the economic slowdown, no one would ever know a 'reason' for terror in Mumbai. it's sad, it's horrifying, it's shattering.

Even the men who did this wouldn't know why they did this; acts of this nature would ever have any reason?? Even to call it insane is an insult to the language, for anyone who possess some human element wouldn't even think of anything of this sort!!

My heartfelt prayers for all those who died, my sincerest condolences to all those who lost their loved ones and my wishes for every single soul toiling hard to bring Mumbai back to normality. Is there anything else I can do here? Unfortunately not.

Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

Barack Obama is the American President

By now the title of this post is relatively an old news. But Sun CEO's note on this victory in his blogs could be an interesting note to many!

Before I leave, I would wish to offer my sincerest congratulations to Mr. Barack Obama on his victory in the US Presidential election, 2008.

Thursday Oct 30, 2008

Ubuntu 8.10 Released

Those of who wish to try out the new version of Ubuntu, get it from here. Ubuntu 8.10 just got released today.

Saturday Oct 04, 2008

Ubuntu 8.10 - Coming Soon!


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If you are on the lookout for a weekend activity, you might probably want to download and try the beta version of Ubuntu 8.10, code named Intrepid Ibex. Download it from here. Or if you have other exciting plans for this weekend and would wish to wait for the stable release of Ubuntu 8.10 to be available, then the wait isn't too long; it's coming soon - Intrepid Ibex

Thursday Sep 11, 2008

Happy Onam!

Wishing all my readers a very happy Onam.

Thursday Aug 28, 2008

Without Java, You Can't Get to All Parts of Internet

It's the UK Watchdog who says what's on my title, resulting in an ad ban of the iPhone in UK. What has iPhone got to do with Java? Well, nothing. That's precisely why Apple's claim of "You never know which part of the internet you'll need ... which is why all the parts of the internet are on the iPhone," in an advertisement was found to be misleading, for Java, that powers quite a number of websites, is missing in iPhone! Want to hear more about it from press? Read this

Thursday Aug 14, 2008

Celebrate the Independence Day

On a telephonic conversation with my parents, a week back or so, when I conveyed to them about my journey to Delhi for a training on the week of India Independence Day, I could feel a pause and then a sigh of anxiety on the other end. They had every reason to be anxious, especially after a series of unfortunate events like serial bomb blasts, unfolding itself in some of the well-known places in India. Some one else advised, before I set out my journey to Delhi this week, to try and keep myself away from all crowded locations on the day, when India would celebrate its 62nd Independence Day. As an Indian, it isn't encouraging, having to celebrate the country's freedom with a mind that's not completely free from fear. And it's unfortunate that the situation is such as above and that many wouldn't know whom to point the finger at for such a sorry state of affairs.

Having said all these, it's no doubt a matter of pride, remembering India to be the motherland of some great visionaries, whose inspiring words are reasons for solace and hope for all of us. And with our country finding its way to the list of Gold Medal Winners in the worlds biggest stage for sports, one would only be hopeful to see such fabulous stories of human achievements repeating itself for our Nation and that all of us would continue to strive for such perfect accomplishments in our respective fields that includes but not limited to Arts, Agriculture, Science, Sports, Spirituality and Technology, placing India among the top contributors to the world in all aspects mentioned above. Wouldn't that be a reason to feel proud of our Nation and hold its flag flying high? Well and truly yes and so be it.



On a day as this, it isn't sufficient to look forward to a promising future, but would also be appropriate to sit in retrospection, remembering the heroic deeds of thousands of Freedom fighters, paying them tribute at least in thoughts. Honestly, I have never been able to feel with my heart any amount of pain while reading about the freedom struggle in India! Their pain, their struggles, only they knew. People like me who is living in an era much forward to the pre-independence period cannot even touch one dimension of the pain that the freedom fighters went through to gain Independence. The magnitude of sufferings of many Indians during the course of fight for freedom is indeed hard to imagine. All I can say is, I'd be gasping for breath if I walk a few kilometers at stretch, I'd be wanting for food if I starve for a day, leave alone marching 240 miles on foot, fasting for weeks and that too not for any selfish reasons, but for the sake of generations to follow, which is you and me. It's very clear, they weren't ordinary men, who fought for our freedom, but brave souls, who lived and died for a noble cause. It's their victory that we celebrate today, saluting them mentally for all the heart-throbbing chapters that they wrote in the Indian History

Lastly, before I leave this space, I would wish to mutter under my breath, the words of Gurudev, which I feel is no less significant in an era that we live in. In fact, it is more appropriate to utter this prayer in this present age:

"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake"

Let's all Celebrate the India Independence Day with a heart full of gratitude and respect towards all those who devoted their entire life for the freedom struggle and with a pledge as neatly expressed by one of my mentors in his reply to my Independence Day wishes, "Every citizen of this nation, I believe, should think and work on those lines to take this great nation to its cherished destination devoid of poverty, unemployment and other evils afflicting society." Jai Hind.

Friday Aug 08, 2008

8.8.08

The number "8" is considered lucky by people in China. No wonder then, that the world's largest event in sports, hosted in Beijing this time, begins on 8.8.08, today. Spanning just over a fortnight, with approximately Ten thousand five hundred athletes participating in about 302 events in 28 different sports, it would be absolute fun to spend some time watching this great event. But in an age of participation it isn't sufficient to spend time viewing the same, but would be great to be a part and parcel of it, for we all know these events only show up once in four years. After-all, the spirit of participation is one of the well-known motto of Olympics.

I feel proud to share with you the fact that Sun has enabled a way to help you participate in Beijing Olympics 2008, using MyPicks Beijing 2008, a new social networking game for Facebook, allowing fans of 2008 Beijing Summer Games to compete online. The press release about it is here. So start picking your winners in here.

Sun's association with Beijing Olympics 2008 does not end with a Facebook application. "NBC Universal selected Sun to provide the technology platform for its official website NBCOlympics.com. The site is supported by several Sun Servers, allowing delivery of digital content to viewers including live streaming of events, video archives of completed events, blogs and more." Enjoy 2,200 hours of live streaming broadband video coverage of 25 different sports. Read the press release about it here or get into the action, straightaway, by clicking here. Enjoy a rocking Olympics!

Monday Jul 28, 2008

1/2 a Day Out in Kolkata

It was 9:15 A.M., when my flight took off from Bangalore in the direction of Kolkata on 26th July 2008, Saturday. I was excited because I hadn't been to Kolkata before, and I was looking forward for this journey. Flight landed in Kolkata exactly at 11:45 A.M., on the same day of course

Before I forget: my company sent me there. I had two talks to deliver: one at St.Xavier's College at Park Street and the second one at The Park Hotel, not so far from Xavier's. Both of it went well, except for an unnecessary argument with one of the Professors from a college in Kolkata during the event number two. It all concluded at around 9:30 P.M. on the very same day.



I held with me a ticket for a 2:00 P.M. flight from Kolkata to Bangalore the next day. That meant, after a sleep, I had just about half a day to wander around a city, totally new to me. It was to happen that way.

Got up very early on 27th July, picked up my friend Kapil and headed towards Kalighat. The place was fully crowded. We observed, with great interest, the various offerings of devotees to Kaali, one of the principal deities of Bengal. Much time wasn't spent there. The next destination was the famous Victoria Memorial.

No doubt, British left a number of beautiful imprints behind in India. Victoria Memorial is just one of it. Being a Sunday, it didn't open its door for us. So we strolled around the park and took some snaps, occasionally praising all the marvelous pieces of Engineering that came in sight. Figuring out the fact that my friend had a formal training in Photography, I handed over my camera, quite conveniently to him, and requested him to capture everything interesting. Some of it are right below:



From Victoria Memorial, passing through the well known Howrah Bridge we travelled to the Belur Math. Talking about Belur Math, the monastery of Ramakrishna order, there is something in even its name that brings peace and tranquility to mind. Not sure if Shakespeare would agree to it! Probably, it is more appropriate to quote another personality here, who took all the pain, along with several other monastic disciples of Ramakrishna, to construct such an ashram in memory of their beloved Guru: "“The blazing light of universal harmony that will emanate from here will flood the whole world.” I don't need to tell you how it feels to be in such a place as described above by the great Swami Vivekananda. I enjoyed, immensely, the moments spent at Belur Math facing the river Ganges. Visit to Belur Math wouldn't go out of my mind soon.

Lastly, we went to Dakshineswar Kali Temple, which is a few minutes drive from Belur Math. The place was heavily crowded and for that reason, we moved out from there in no time.

After all this, I did manage to get to the Kolkata airport one hour before departure. It was a good half a day spent at Kolkata, which I wouldn't forget for long!

Friday Jul 18, 2008

Who Else's "[Ctrl+C] && [Ctrl+V]" ing Project Blackbox?

Looks like Project Blackbox has more imitations. Check this out.

Thursday Jul 17, 2008

Memories of a Short Trip to Pune

A day back, I was at Pune on business. On completing my job I had enough time to catch up with some of my friends. See 'em below. Again, this is our connecting link. Boy, I love my profession.

Thursday Jul 03, 2008

It's Official. Firefox is The World Record Holder

A few days back, when Firefox 3.0 was out, Mozilla aimed at a world record of maximum software downloaded on a download day. It's official now; Firefox is the World Record Holder. An astonishing 8,002,530 in just 24 hours! And if you haven't got your Download Day Certificate yet, click here.

Sunday Jun 29, 2008

For Windows XP, It's The Judgement Day

Micro$oft to kill Windows XP today. Read the article published in The Hindu, authored by Anand Parthasarathy.
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