0 comments Friday, August 17, 2007

0930: Good morning!, Here we are with yet another BarCamp. This one is specialized into training & video casting of tutorials.

0945: People are still coming. Not a very big crowd though. Now this is the actual crowd who comes for Camp & not for the free t-shirt. This time we have not kept any free t-shirts :)

1000: Freeman has put up the story board & speakers posted there timings. I'll be speaking @ 1200. Freeman is about to start the intro session .

1010: Freeman gave a brief intro & guidelines on how to start the session & get it recorded.
Hey whats this, general discussion taking turn towards ease of use Linux & people are emphasizing on teaching people how to use it. Not bad!

1040: After a healthy discussion on coding practices, IDE vs text editors to write code etc. we are now ready to go with first session on Google gears by freeman

1045: Session Starts - Google gears in bigger room.

1110: That was a short & sweet session by Freeman on Google gears, a brief intro to the subject

1115: Rakesh Raju is giving session on 3D game development. An interesting tutorial for those who want to make their own games.

1140: Amit karpe started his session on Drupal. He is giving a brief intro on how can someone start a website with point & click installation and get a powerful CMS. In the other room, Narayan is letting people know how they can do testing using a tools called SAHI.

1210: Ok, my session on safe netizen is about to start in another 5 minutes and lunch will be served after that. In the smaller room we had 2 sessions on KDE dev tools by Ashish & software routing in FOSS by Vaibhav. I wish I could have attended these, but I was busy scaring people with password thefts


1400: It feels good to blog once your stomach is full & people have appreciated your talk.
My talk was on how to to do safe browsing & what to do when you see a certificate error.

1410: Post lunch session in smaller room is on Ketchlab is by Parth Bakshi & in the bigger room Priyank is taking a session on DOJO & JSON. Oh God! there is so much to learn in this internet world :).

1440: The next session in my room is on accessibility by Krishnakant, can you believe this guy is visually impaired and a master of Linux. He gave an eye opening session on software accessibility using ORCA. While we were busy listening to Krishnakant, in the other room Rohas gave a demo on Facebook API. I wanted to attend that but ORCA kind of held the attention & i forgot about facebook.

1530: Accessibility session pulled long & people enjoyed it a lot. We had a small tea break & gathered again for the remaining sessions

1600: Aah! after getting caffeinated Amit started his tutorial on Joomla & A Jain on fundamentals of AJAX. Unfortunately I didn't attended any one of these. Kinda tired man!

1630: Nearly done with all the sessions. Last 2 are still going but I'm out it.

1700: Finally all done, pack up boys!

Yet another successful camp
Thanks to all the Freeman , co-organizers , volunteers & all the campers.

0 comments Friday, August 03, 2007

When I saw few images of fancy laser keyboards online & the flexible keyboard in "Die Hard 4.0" and Yahoo! store online, I made up my mind to get my hands on the same.

My friend Rohas Nagpal brought me the same on his recent trip to Singapore & I had a nice time playing around with them.


The flexible keyboard as seen in "Die Hard 4.0"
# Its a nice rubber keyboard which can be rolled up and stored in very less space

# Space between keys is little more which makes it little difficult to type fast

# The keyboard comes with a USB connector & a complimentary PS/2 converter for desktop users
# To get the feel of typing people need essential push back feel from the keys. This keyboard gives you that feeling.

# Good to use for fun & in emergency (as in the movie)
# Not a good thing for a general use, not comfortable at all.

The virtual keyboard
# Wow it looks cool!

# for me it didn't worked with b stack of XP SP2. Didn't paired at all
# Tried orchid bluetooth with Bluesoleil, it paired but didn't worked as expected. I pressed ALT+TAB & my system went for a toss, it got into infinite loop of TAB & control kept moving away from buttons, windows, forms, start button etc. Even after plugging out bluetooth dongle & turning off the VKB. Had a very hard time trying rebooting my PC. Finally after a reboot things got settled.
# The laser glow is not at all ergonomic, the glow & reflection hurts your eyes very soon
# You have to have a plain non-reflective surface for this to work
# Its fun to beam the keyboard on weird surfaces & see patterns
# The essential push back feel is not there
# You end up hitting the surface by your fingertips, not ergonomic again.


Both the keyboards
Good to see, good to showoff,. But not for use for more than 15 minutes