From The Hindu:

In a bid to take computers to the rural communities in India, global chip major Intel unveiled on Wednesday a new Ruggedised Personal Computer platform designed to withstand adverse weather conditions including heat, dust and humidity and run on alternate power sources, including the car battery.

With the loss of a loved one, you realize how much time you want to spend with your family and how much time you actually do spend.


And though my flesh is gone, whoa
I’ll still be with you at all times
And although my body’s gone, oh
I’ll be there to comfort you at all times

But If I’m gone when you wake up
Please don’t cry
And if I’m gone when you wake up
Don’t ask why
Don’t look back at this time
As a time of heartbreak and distress
Remember me, remember me
‘Cause I’ll be with you
I’ll be with you in your dreams

“With You In Your Dreams” by Hanson

A message by Bram on vim-announce:

The past few years many people have sponsored my work on Vim. Now
version 7 is nearing completion, beta testing will start soon, very
soon. A big thanks to all who supported me! I would not have been able
to do this without your help.

But things are going to change. I have accepted a job offer and will go
back to a full time job in a few months. To avoid speculation and
rumours: I am going to work for Google in Zurich. Fortunately I can
spend part of my time on Vim. But it will obviously be less than the
past few years when I was working 150% of my time on Vim.

I will no longer need sponsorship to survive. Therefore, starting the
end of March, all money given for Vim sponsorship and registration will
go to the project in Kibaale, Uganda. And no, this is not an April
fools joke.

The voting will continue as before. And seeing people give money will
motivate me to keep working on Vim. The children need the help much
more than me anyway. Thus please keep sending money!

P.S. Yes, I have donated to Vim before.

Today, I talked at Mukthi 6.03 at M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology.

First of all, M S Ramaiah is a huge campus. So huge that the students actually tell the teachers that they were late for class because they couldn’t find the class, and that’s a fact. I made sure that Srichand, the student who took me inside to the auditorium led me back to the front gate as well, so that I wouldn’t get lost.

The auditorium where the talk was scheduled was in the new building, so it was plush, comfy, and it wasn’t a big auditorium which was perfect. The talk (introduction to Python) went well, the students were alert and interactive (even though the talk was between 5-6 pm) and I was especially happy with the range of questions that came at the end of the talk.

After the talk was over, one of the students announced that Mukthi was originally planned as a 1-day event, but later they made it a 2-day event because I had informed them that I would be available only on 17th to present a talk and not on the 18th. Whoa!

Why won’t I be here on 18th? That’s where my next post comes in.

Yesterday, I got this mail from Christoph Zwerschke:

Thanks a lot for “A Byte of Python”. Since I thought it would be great
if Python gets more popular in German, I participated in the German
translation project at BerliOS started by Lutz Horn. Unfortunately, the
translation progress stalled last year shortly before the work was
finished since all of us were very busy. However, this weekend I found
some time to finish the translation and cut a German release, which is
now available at http://abop-german.berlios.de.

Greetings from Germany,
Christoph Zwerschke

Hats off to Christoph, Lutz Horn and others who made the German version happen! Thank you guys :-)