10 comments Friday, December 26, 2008

I never thought I'll be posting something long and boring like this but feeling like putting few words on this subject.

I'm leaving Pune and shifting to Delhi for few years. For those who know I worked as Director Technology for the Commonwealth Youth Games held in october 2008 and same is the reason why I'm moving to Delhi. I'll be working for the Commonwealth Games to be held in October 2010.

Its been 6 years and 1 quater I lived in this classy city Pune. Have seen this city growing like anything and now its feeling bad to leave this city of geeks.

I love Pune because:

# City of Geeks: You always bump onto a few geeks everytime you are out. We organized many BarCamps and other Camps here and noticed that the talks/crowd of Pune were more inclined towards geeky stuff than general talk-talk stuff.

# City of Good Girls: no more comments ;)

# City of Wannapreneurs: I love the wave of Pune's special wannapreneurs. Everyone(nearly) is jumping up with a new concept and doing something very interesting. Saw rise and fall(very less though) of some very nice startups.

# City of Wannabe's: People in Pune are there to learn any damn (technical) thing they can. I found so many such people here who are ready to do anything to learn something new. And when it came to my hacking zone I found more number of such energetic people who are ready to bunk classes and offices just to learn something cool. Ya I'm not talking about roadsense and some other stuff :) That might take some time.

# City of Foodies: I loved this charateristics of Pune. Though you'll not find a lot of roadside fun eating joints, but I really like the kind of eatouts Pune has :P~ Someone who is foody like me will always find Pune as a fun place to be in. Starting from typical Puneri food to all the different cuisines. From Dots ice-cream to Naturals. From Gulabjamun to Basundi. From handi dahi at sinhagadh to goodnight at ajuba. STOP IT ROHIT!!!

# City of Communities: ClubHack, Barcamp, Blogcamp, Phpcamp, Ideacamp, Jugcamp, developergarage, null, firefox gang, twitter gang, I'm sure I'm mising a lot of names here.

# City of Non-Tech Communities: How can I forget my Royal Enfield gang "RoadShakers". Then we had Pune Eatouts, Wine Tasting Club, Pune Trekkers, Adventure Sports Clubs.

# City of Enthu Students: If you are in Pune and need a quick helping hand in any thing, just get in touch with a 1-2 students and see how the whole work is done. I loved the enthusiasm of students community here to DO something.

# City of Wonderful Night Life: I remember coming home at 2am or 4am from parties and still it used to be so safe. So many beautiful places for wonderful night life in Pune. So many people in the wee hours at the parties.

# City of Art and Culture: People here still have time to spend on art and culture. I know people leaving jobs just to do paintings & photography. Attended so many concerts so many many big artists. Even watched marathi plays here.

# City of my great friends: I made a great circle of of friends here in Pune. Every hangout I used to bump on to some new and some old friends. Would it be OK to name a few here??? Let's not hurt readers with a LOOOOONG list of names here. But all my friends know how much thankful I'm to them for being in my life.

I know I have listed things those were of my interest and there can be hundred such lists by different people and thats the thing I love about Pune. A city for everyone, always there to welcome one and all with open arms (ya I know this statement went little bollywood style). I can still write a lot about Pune but that will surely put you to sleep.

Its little hard to leave Pune and its forcing me to plan my comeback in this city. I'll be back Pune. I'll miss Pune and seems like Pune will miss me to.

GoodBye Pune, Stay Classy Pune

1 comments Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Following HDMoore's twit I stumbled on this case of Man-in-the-middle attack with a valid SSL certificate from a shady reseller.

Eddy Nigg was able to buy a certificate in the name of mozilla.com from a reseller of comodo named 'Certstar'.

In response of this issue, comodo says

That reseller's ability to sell Comodo certificates has been suspended while we
investigate why they are apparently not fulfilling their contractual obligations
to us. We revoked your certificate for mozilla.com.

If this is the situation, why do an attacker need to work hard to do arp poisoning and other tricks to do an MITM. Phishers will be happy to use this kind of shady resellers.

Or maybe they are already using these kind of stupid CAs to get a valid certificates.

Call me crazy/paranoid /fanatic or whatever you want to but I've deleted COMODO from both of my browsers (IE & FF). Chrome uses the same from IE so it became easy for me ;)

This is indeed scary, very scary...


Yesterday on 22nd of December 2008, Lok Sabha and today on 23rd December 2008, Rajya Sabha passed the Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2006"

It was passed by Rajya Sabha also within one minute. See extracts from Rajya Sabha Bulletin

2-04 p.m.
(3) The Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2008, as passed by Lok Sabha. Shri A. Raja, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, moved motion for the consideration of the Bill. The motion for consideration of the Bill was adopted.
Clauses 2 to 49, the First Schedule and the Second Schedule were adopted.
Clause 1, the Enacting Formula and the Title were adopted.
2-05 p.m.
The motion moved by Shri A. Raja that the Bill be passed was adopted and the Bill was passed.

The details of the these amendments which are in addition to the original 2006 copy can be downloaded from here

0 comments Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ooh not me, but thinking of doing it soon

But XKCD is so true again :)

I'm thinking of messing with both PERL & Python.
Don't be amused, I'm OK, healthy and fine. Just want to do some dirty scritping

0 comments Wednesday, December 17, 2008

NDTV took an interview and a few bytes on 6th December in ClubHack but somehow they telecasted it as wardriving report.

Few clarifications here.
1: its not a group of students-turned-hackers
2: not even teenagers, butno harm if someone is reducing my age by 10 years or so

0 comments Thursday, December 04, 2008

I found this tiny(absolute tiny) and wonderful utility for windows mobile.

It uses top 2 pixel row of your screen and shows you the battery as well as memory status. A quick look at the phone will give you an idea that how much battery is remaining and if you have enough memory free or not.

See the top 2 pixel of the screenshot

See the top 2 pixel of the screenshot

Name: powerstatus.exe
Size: 3584 bytes
License: Freeware
Download: http://freewareppc.com/utilities/powerstatus.shtml

Put this in your windows mobile startup and have fun. I'm loving it :)


One day to go for the India's second hackers' convention

Date: 6th & 7th December 2008
Place: Pune
Venue: International Convention Center, SB Road. Address
Schedule: Schedule
Registration: Registration