Sunday, March 27, 2005

Saturday, March 26, 2005

My name in Flickr photos


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Friday, March 25, 2005

Great essays at developer.* and DevSource

Just read three insightful and wonderful essays at developer.*
'Personal Chemistry and the Healthy Body' is a great general article - must read for everyone. And by the way developer.* is Jolt Awards 2005 Productivity Winner in 'Websites and Developer Networks' category.

Later, browsing from Slashdot.org encountered a huge/long article 'The State of Scripting Universe'

In this artcle experts of Dynamic Languages - Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, Tcl - answer questions relating to state of scripting Languages, their future, advantages, disadvantages, and adoption by businesses.

It also has a very long section 'Five Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Python, PHP, Tcl, Perl, Ruby'

Update:

The above-mentioned wonderful and enlightening essay Personal Chemistry and the Healthy Body is by Gerald M. Weinberg. Coincidentally, I encountered another article about him on Devx.com Adjust or Go Extinct: 50 Years of Conventional Wisdom and Eye-raising anecdotes from Programming veterans

Here is link to his website www.geraldmweinberg.com

Friday, March 11, 2005

Insightful article about Wikipedia

Insightful article about Wikipedia on Wired magazine

Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia on the internet. It is free to use, and anyone can contribute to it - thus it is self-organizing, self-repairing encyclopedia.
Contributing on Wikipedia is so simple that even a 16 year old can contribute.

This article explains, in brief, the encyclopedia building models, how the Wikipedia system works, and what critics say about the functioning of Wikipedia.

Interesting facts from the article:
  • 5 yr old, nonprofit venture, Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia on the planet. It offers 500,000 articles in English - compared with Britannica's 80,000 and Encarta's 4,500.

  • In olden days encyclopedias relied on 'One Smart Guy' model e.g. Aristotle tried to record all the knowledge of his time. With Industrial Revolution, it was followed by 'One Best Way' model e.g. group of experts each performing a task working under direction of a manager. Now Wikipedia has provided 'One for All' model - every one can contribute to the knowledge repository - instead of clear lines of authority, it depends on decentralization and self-organization.

  • It is very easy to make changes to Wikipedia, and hence obviously to deface it as well. Still the system works - cases of mass deletions, a common form of vandalism, are corrected in a median time of 2.8 minutes. When an obscenity accompanies mass deletion, the median reduces to 1.7 minutes

Must read for every Internet user.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

अक्ष्र्माला

आज विकीपीडीया पर भ्‌रम्ण कर्ते हुऐ अक्ष्र्माला के बारे मे पता चला । यह बहूत ही सरल व मुफ़्त साफ़्टवेर है । मैं बहूत समय से एक अच्छे हिन्दी लेख्न साफ़्टवेर की खोज कर रहा था, अब मेरी खोज खतम हुई । मैने तुरन्त इसे डाउन्लोड किया और यह लेख लिखा ।

अब मैं दिल खोल कर कम्प्यूटर पर हिन्दी मे लिख सक्ता हूं ।

आप की जानकारी के लिये विकिपीडिया विकि पर आधारित एक आज़ाद content ज्ञानकोष है । आज़ाद का मतलब न सिर्फ उपयोग की आज़ादी बल्कि बदलने की भी आज़ादी । विकिपीडिया बहुभाषीय है और खुला है । विकिपीडिया लोगों के सहकार से बना है । यह विकिमीडिया फाउन्डेशन द्वारा संचालित है जो एक नॉन प्रॉफिट संस्था है । फरवरी २००४ में इसमें अंग्रेज़ी भाषा में २,१०,००० से ज़्यादा लेख है और अन्य भाषाओं में २,७०,००० से ज़्यादा लेख है ।

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Prince of Ayodhya and Original Ramayan

On 15th Feb, Swaroop mentioned book ‘Prince of Ayodhya’ on his blog. His blog entry got me excited to read the book. He describes the book as ‘awesome’.

I am proud that Ashok Banker came out with a still newer version of Ramayan – one which presents it in competition with epic books like ‘Lords of the Rings’ – and I am proud that it has been received well.

The younger generation of India will get connected to its roots by this work of Bankers.

However, I have decided to read the Original Ramayana (or the near original translation) first than any other version, because the retold version will be:
  1. Novelized,
  2. Interpolated,
  3. Cannot be better than the Original Ramayan
  4. Banker’s retold Ramayan was published first in UK and USA, then why should it be read first.


Rama surrounded by Sita, Laxman and Hanuman. Tanjore Painting
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