Tuesday Mar 10, 2009

Tech Demo on OpenSolaris 2008.11

I had conducted my OpenSolaris 2008.11 tech demo on 6th March. Only 21 people turned up. Reason: It was evening of the singing auditions for the cultural fest of our college. Some 170 people had signed up for that and another 500 turned up to support those 170. So that meant I did not have a large enough audience. But then, the people who turned up were the most interested one. We discussed about OpenSolaris, why it was important and also allowed them to use it on my laptop. Taught them how to install it on VirtualBox (this was not part of my initial agenda but since a smaller number of people turned up, I could afford it).


And this is exam week. So no activities whatsoever now.

Saturday Feb 28, 2009

OSUM events and Sun Tech Demos for this week

The following OSUM events and Sun Tech demos are lined up this week

1. Quiz on FOSS and Sun technologies:
Date:Monday, 2nd March
Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Room CO-4,Computer Engineering Department

The top three winners will be given cash prizes of Rs.200,150 and 100 each. Also they will receive Sun goodies (key rings, pens, DVDs, wrist bands). Plus a pizza treat at Smokin' Joes.


2. OpenSolaris Tech Demo
Date:Wednesday, 4nd March
Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Seminar Hall,Computer Engineering Department

Trivia(and common sense) questions will be asked. Correct answers will receive Sun goodies


3. Netbeans 6.5 Demo
Date:Friday, 2nd March
Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Seminar Hall,Computer Engineering Department

Trivia(and common sense) questions will be asked. Correct answers will receive Sun goodies


Many more will follow. I want to do a OpenSolaris install fest soon.

Thursday Feb 26, 2009

Updates

Lots of updates:

1. Visited Sun Tech Days 09 at hyderabad. Learnt a lot (Sun SPOT and JavaFX were the most interesting). Had a lot of fun. Met other Campus Ambassadors. Also Rajesh Umashankar, Ganesh Hiregoudar and many other Sun execs (sorry I cant remember names. I have a very bad memory). Pics and a detailed account coming up.

2. Installed OpenSolaris on multi boot along with WindowsXP and Ubuntu. Took quite a lot of time as my DVD drive is not functioning, so I had to use USB disk to install all of these. Plus Internet not working properly.Also OpenSolaris Grub and Ubuntu GRUB did not recognize each other. That required a bit of tweaking. I did not enjoy OpenSolaris on VirtualBox because my laptop had just 1 GB memory and OpenSolaris requires at least 512 MB to itself. And I wanted the real feel of the OS. So I have it now. Took a lot of time but its done. Now experimenting with OpenSolaris. Will soon write and how to on how to install opensolaris using USB and do triple boot.

3. My first CA event, a quiz on FOSS and Sun Technologies will be conducted on Monday, 2nd March. I chose quiz because it would make people read about Sun and its technologies and thereby make my work easier.

4. Have formed a 4 people Sun Club. We are working on a Sun SPOT based robot. Since I am not much of an electronics guy, my friend Nirzaree will handle the electronics and I will just do what I do best, code. We are also planning other innovative use of the technology. Everyone is excited about SPOT. Everyone wants it. I will probably order another kit through our college ACM Chapter. Will be giving a demo of our robot at our college annual tech fest,Mindbend. Also will do another Sun Tech demo there. Plus I am hoping if someone from Sun could come and deliver a talk or conduct a workshop. Anyone interested??

Thats all for now...Gotta sleep....

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Hi. I am Sandip Dev. I am a student of Computer Engineering at SVNIT (NIT-Surat). My passions are coding, listening to music, reading and learning new things. I am also the Chairperson of the ACM Chapter of my college and Sun Campus Ambassador here.

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