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Prakash

OPEN SOURCE is key for humanity to preserve its history in the digital age, Vatican Library CIO Luciano Ammenti has argued.

“The Vatican Library is a conservation library. We try to preserve our history. We tried to expand the number of reading rooms available for people that want to use our library,” he said.

“But we realised that reading rooms will never be enough. We have 82,000 manuscripts in total, and at any one time only 20 percent of them can be read in the library.

Read More: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2407221/open-source-is-only-reliable-way-to-preserve-human-history-argues-vatican

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Prakash

One of the drives to Cloud is that it is suppose to be green, but is Amazon Web Services green itself ?

Amazon Web Services has been under fire in recent weeks from a group of activist customers who are calling for the company to be more transparent in its usage of renewable energy.

In response, rather than divulge additional details about the source of power for its massive cloud infrastructure, the company has argued that using the cloud is much more energy efficient than customers powering their own data center operations.

But the whole discussion has raised the question: How green is the cloud?

Lets find out: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2936654/iaas/how-green-is-amazon-s-cloud.html

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Prakash

The latest Kilo release of the OpenStack software, made available Thursday, sports new identity (ID) federation capability that, in theory, will let a customer in California use her local OpenStack cloud for everyday work, but if the load spikes, allocate jobs to other OpenStack clouds either locally or far, far away.

“With Kilo, for the first time, you can log in on one dashboard and deploy across multiple clouds from many vendors worldwide,” Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation, said in an interview.

Read More: http://fortune.com/2015/04/30/openstack-federation-cloud/

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Prakash

Dell commissioned Greyhound Research to understand PC usage in India.

The ‘The PC Users Trends of Emerging India’ survey polled 6000 citizens from 40 cities from Tier 1 to Tier 4, across five user groups broadly defined by age and sociological factors like life aspirations and purchasing capacity.

According to a recent study by MAIT and KPMG, India’s PC penetration is estimated to be just 9 percent, lower than neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, which stands at 12 percent, while China has 50 percent. The traditional desktop PC market is expected to grow at 2 percent, while the market for notebooks is expected to grow at 9 percent, according a Gartner report published in April.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2015/06/12/what-indian-pc-users-want_n_7551024.html

 

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Prakash

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is upping its investment in cloud computing in the United States, making it more of a competitor to Amazon, Google, and Microsoft than ever before.
Alibaba’s cloud division, Aliyun, has signed a series of new partnerships with the likes of Intel and data center company Equinix to localize its cloud offerings without having to build its own new data centers, CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal reports.

The slew of partnerships, which Alibaba is calling its Marketplace Alliance Program, focuses on expanding its cloud services globally, not just the US. Besides Equinix and Intel, it also signed a deal with Singtel in Singapore.

Read More: http://www.businessinsider.in/Alibaba-boosts-its-investment-in-the-cloud-wars-against-Amazon-Google-and-Microsoft/articleshow/47590813.cms

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Prakash

For the first time Amazon has revealed its numbers for AWS.

In its latest financial earnings report, Amazon said AWS grew 49 percent in 2014, pulling in $4.6 billion in revenue. After reaching $1.57 billion in the first quarter of this year, AWS is on track for $6.23 billion in sales by year’s end, the company said. Though its cloud business still accounted for only 7 percent of the company’s overall quarterly revenue of $22.72 billion, AWS is growing at a much faster rate than the rest of Amazon (AWS grew 49 percent, while the company’s core North American business grew 22 percent). And contrary to what the company has indicated in the past, its margins are significantly higher with AWS.

Read More: http://www.wired.com/2015/04/amazons-cloud-is-the-best-part-of-its-business-aws/

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Prakash

Code Name: MT8173

Features: 

  • Quad Core
  • 4K Video Support
  • 64 Bit
  • Support for upto 20 Megapixel cameras

Read More: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2890656/mediatek-claims-new-64bit-chip-will-power-the-fastest-android-tablets-on-the-market.html

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Prakash

Indian food, with its hodgepodge of ingredients and intoxicating aromas, is coveted around the world. The labor-intensive cuisine and its mix of spices is more often than not a revelation for those who sit down to eat it for the first time. Heavy doses of cardamom, cayenne, tamarind and other flavors can overwhelm an unfamiliar palate. Together, they help form the pillars of what tastes so good to so many people.

Read More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/03/a-scientific-explanation-of-what-makes-indian-food-so-delicious/

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Prakash

Facebook said today that it’s giving away a tool it built to spot errors in Android application code.

Facebook has gradually improved its main app for Android, as well as other apps for the mobile operating system, including Messenger, Facebook Groups, Facebook Pages Manager, and most recently Facebook at Work.

Read More: http://venturebeat.com/2015/02/18/facebook-unleashes-stetho-its-android-debugging-tool-under-open-source-license

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Prakash

In 2015, many Linux and open-source vets still distrust Microsoft’s conversion to open-source. In 2006, no one believed that when Sam Ramji, who oversaw BEA Systems move to open-source software, became Director of Platform Technology Strategy for Microsoft’s Open Source Software Labs, that Microsoft was doing more than paying lip-service to open source. They were wrong. Now, years after leaving Microsoft, Ramji is returning to play a major open-source leadership role as the new CEO for the Cloud Foundry Foundation.

Read More: http://www.zdnet.com/article/sam-ramiji-takes-lead-at-the-open-source-cloud-foundry-foundation/

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Prakash

Who says you can’t have fast, good and cheap? The Document Foundation’s latest release of the most popular open-source office suite, LibreOffice 4.4 is quite fast on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows; it works well on all three desktop operating systems, and it won’t cost you a penny.

Read More: http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-best-open-source-office-suite-libreoffice-4-4-gets-new-release/

Download Here: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/?version=4.4.0

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Prakash

Amazon EC2 was the most reliable compute and Google Cloud Storage was the most reliable storage.

The Laguna Beach, California company tracks status of more than 30 clouds from AWS to Zettagrid:

Service provider Outrages Downtime
Amazon EC2  20  2.41 Hours
Amazon S3  23  2.69 Hours
Google Compute Engine  72  4.41 Hours
Google Cloud Storage 8  14.23 Minutes
Microsoft Azure Virtual machines  92  40 Hours
Microsoft Azure Object Storage  141  10.97 Hours

Read More: https://gigaom.com/2015/01/07/amazon-web-services-tops-list-of-most-reliable-public-clouds/

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Prakash

.NET goes open source

With other languages such as Java and Python getting large user base, this is a good move to gain some users.

Microsoft is open sourcing .NET, this should reduce the compatibility challenges with cross-platform applications developed using Microsoft Tools.

http://news.microsoft.com/2014/11/12/microsoft-takes-net-open-source-and-cross-platform-adds-new-development-capabilities-with-visual-studio-2015-net-2015-and-visual-studio-online/

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Prakash

The main thing the Tox team is trying to do, besides provide encryption, is create a tool that requires no central servers whatsoever—not even ones that you would host yourself. It relies on the same technology that BitTorrent uses to provide direct connections between users, so there’s no central hub to snoop on or take down.

There are other developers trying to build a secure, peer-to-peer messaging systems, including Briar and Invisible.im, a project co-created by HD Moore, the creator of the popular security testing framework Metasploit. And there are other secure-centric voice calling apps, including those from Whisper Systems and Silent Circle, which encrypt calls made through the traditional telco infrastructure. But Tox is trying to roll both peer-to-peer and voice calling into one.

Actually, it’s going a bit further than that. Tox is actually just a protocol for encrypted peer-to-peer data transmission. “Tox is just a tunnel to another node that’s encrypted and secure,” says David Lohle, a spokesperson for the project. “What you want to send over that pipe is up to your imagination.” For example, one developer is building an e-mail replacement with the protocol, and Lohle says someone else is building an open source alternative to BitTorrent Sync.

 

Read More: http://www.wired.com/2014/09/tox/

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Prakash

An independent survey of 200 UK-based CIOs has revealed that they are only using about half of the cloud capacity they’ve bought and paid for, and that 90 percent of them see over-provisioning as a necessary evil.

Cloud provider ElasticHosts, which commissioned the survey, says: “Essentially, bad habits like over-provisioning and sacrificing peak performance are being carried from the on-premise world into the cloud, partly because people are willing to accept these limitations.”

Read More: http://www.zdnet.com/cloud-customers-are-still-paying-for-twice-as-much-as-they-need-7000033369/

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Prakash

I was watching the iPhone 6 launch last night and was wonder what the fuss is all about? Well it’s from Apple and people may be drooling.

Lets find out how the iPhone 6 compares with the Leading Android phones. I am only comparing the specifications and features and not the actually quality which is very subjective.

Here is Apple iPhone vs Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Xiaomi MI3. Galaxy S5 and One M8 are the premium Android phones while the MI3 is the poor man’s option or the rich mans budget phone which ever way you look at it.

Features iPhone 6 Galaxy S5 One M8 MI3
 FingerPrint Sensor  Yes  Yes No No
 Dust Resistant  No  Yes  No  No
 Water Resistant   No  Yes  No  No
 Screen Size  4.7″  5.1″  5.0″  5.0″
 Resolution  750 x 1334  1080 x 1920  1080 x 1920  1080 x 1920
 Full HD  No  Yes  Yes  Yes
 RAM  1 GB  2 GB  2 GB  2 GB
 Memory Card Slot No  Yes Yes No
Primary Camera 8 MP  16 MP  Dual 4MP  13 MP
Selfie Camera 1.2 MP  2 MP   5MP  2MP
CPU Dual-core
1.4 GHz
Quad-core
2.5 GHz
 Quad-core
2.3/2.5 GHz
 Quad-core
2.3 GHz
 FM Radio No No Yes Yes
4G LTE Yes Yes Yes No

As you can see the Android variants are leading in almost all the specifications which does matter. This includes the inexpensive Xiaomi Rather than innovating, Apple seems to only playing catch-up. Apply skillfully hides the finer specifications. Its your choice to stand in the queue for iPhone 6 or go with an Android at a cheaper price.

 

 







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Prakash Advani

At CloudOpen, a Linux Foundation tradeshow held in conjunction with LinuxCon, the Foundation announced that an online survey of open-source cloud professionals found OpenStack to be the most popular overall project.

That wasn’t surprising. Although OpenStack is only four years old, the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud project is very popular with support from such industry giants HP, Red Hat, and VMware. What was somewhat surprising was that number two was Docker, the just-over-a-year old container technology.

Read More: http://www.zdnet.com/most-popular-open-source-cloud-projects-of-2014-7000032856/

 

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Prakash Advani

Zen story on religion

This also explains why meditation (truth) got converted to religion. Why conflict arises from religion, was religion created for vested interests ?

One day, Mara, the Evil One, was going through a village with his attendant when he saw a man doing walking meditation whose face was lit up in wonder. The man had just discovered something lying in front of him. Mara’s attendant asked what that was and Mara replied, “A piece of truth.” His attendant thought a while and asked, “Does it not bother you when someone finds a piece of truth, O Evil One?” Unfazed, Mara replied, “No, because right after that, they usually make a religion out of it.”

Read More: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-08-19/news/52983337_1_mara-attendant-evil

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Prakash Advani

If your usage is not much, use LibreOffice and save on your licensing costs.

If new data are true, Microsofthas a big problem.

According to a study done by SoftWatch, seven out of 10 employees don’t use Microsoft Office to any extent.

The three-month study involved 148,500 employees at 51 global firms. SoftWatch found that  most employees were using the applications, largely for viewing documents or very light editing.

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Prakash Advani

11 years of blogging!

Thanks you, to all my blog readers.

Today 3rd May 2014, I am celebrating 11 years of blogging! Wow, I too can’t believe it! I still remember, Rajesh Jain with whom I used to work then, encouraged me start a blog. And that’s when it all started. Before that I used to write articles, and found a direct benefit of writing was reading.  I ended up reading a lot. When you need to write, you need to read!

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them”. - Mark Twain

It has been a good blogging 11 years, been regularly irregular :) but still motivated to keep it going.

I first started with LiveJournal which was a good way to start, but soon moved to my own site on 22nd April 2004. I am happy to see that live journal is still live! Thank you LiveJournal for providing me a home :)

I was initially suggested Movable Type (MT), as that was the blogging standard then. But it wasn’t open source at that time but eventually did. But I decided to go with WordPress, which at that time was very limited as compared to Movable Type. But on hindsight was a good decision.

My first post, for those who are interested. While there are other older dated links, those were back dated entry added later to cover media coverages.

If you still aren’t blogging, I would suggest you do!

A few suggestions to first time bloggers:

  1. Decide where you want to host, there are many blogging sites. I would recommend WordPress.
  2. Decided if you want to have your own blog like www.yourdogsname.com or do you like yourdogsname.wordpress.com
  3. WordPress.com offers both the options to host your blog.
  4. I have chosen Dream Host as my blogging site because I can also host other content and sites on the same account, which is what I prefer. But if you only need a blog, then WordPress.com is a good choice.
  5. Be regular in your blogging, that’s how you would build your fan following.
  6. Focus on one topic, if its more than one, then they should be related. If you blog about cats and elephants, very few people would be interested in both. if you have more than one idea, would suggest have two different blogs.
  7. Social media is your friend, use your social network to publicise your blog posts. there are enough plugins for WordPress which can automatically post to your social network.

Thank you once again to all my readers, special thanks to those who take the time to comment. Happy blogging and happy reading!

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