Mobility won

After doing a careful analysis of the agenda of both the events I decided to go for the Mobile Developer conf. Ofcourse the fact, that the venue was just 2 KMs away from my home compared to about 5 KMs for the World Usability Day event, did influence my decision. But at the end of the day I feel I made a good decision.

Being a rainy day here in Bangalore, I was expecting rains in the morning. But thankfully it didn’t rain today, although dark clouds covered the sky for the full day. I reached the venue just on time, expecting a huge crowd turnout. But there was not much of the crowd early in the morning. The crowd began to pore in through the day and by the lunch time the auditorium was almost full.

Morning sessions were more concentrated on business and some were pure marketing presentations (like the one from Forum Nokia).

The sessions after the lunch were nice and technical. I specially liked the session on LBS (Location Based Services) by Vishnu Sunderam, CTO of Interchain Solutions and one the about SMS based applications.

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Usability or Mobility is the question ?

The SmartTechie Mobile Development Conference and the Usability Professionals Association’s ‘world Usability Day 2008’ event are on the same day. Both are full day events.

Which event should I attend tomorrow is the question ?

Links :
World Usability Day :
http://upabangalore.org/?page_id=11
Mobile Developer Conference (Bangalore) :
http://www.thesmarttechie.com/mobiledev/agendablr.php

Happy Days :)

Today is India’s 61st Independence Day…and yesterday 14th August 2008 was a very special day for my family and it will be celebrated every year from now.

Happy Independence day and Happy special day family. Congratulations 🙂

Firefox crossed the 500 Million Download. w00t

Firefox crossed the 500 Million Download. w00t

Also Firefox 3 beta 3 is out, which as per the reviews is faster and takes lesser resources. I still can’t move to FF3 as many from the huge number of Addons I use are not yet supported on FF3. They will be supported in due course of time. Till then FF2 is doing a decent job.

Way to go FF!!!

Third job offer in last two months.

Yes, that’s right, yestered at the Devcamp somebody offered me to work for his company without any interview. Similar things has happened twice before in past two-three months.

This one was from a guy whome I met after a gap of over four and a half year. Not sure what impressed him. But, it really feels good to be in demand 🙂

The year that was…

The year that was…

Travel
1. Trip to Goa/Gokarna/KArwar
2. Trip to Mysore
3. Track to Kumarparvata
4. Trip to Humpi
5. Trip to Munnar and Allepy
6. A day at Wonder-la
7. Trips to back home

Movies
Watched tons of Movies in 2007.
Best movies : Chek De!, Manorama 6 feet under,
Worst Movies : Shoot them up

Books
Notable books/authors read: Anne Frank, Conan Doyle, Rowlings, Tolkiens, Feyman.

Career
Got the promotion, hike and bonus.

Shopping
The usual better Camera, higher end mobile, Clothes, shoes etc.

Goals Missed
1. Not yet brought a house
2. Not yet brought a vehicle

Vision for 2008
1. Buy a house
2. Move ahead in career more aggressively
3. Buy a vehicle
4. Visit Ladakh/Himalayas
5. Buy a gaming console
6. Restart running/exercising

Wishing you all a very happy new year….Have a wonderful life in year 2008.

Happy Birthday Perl

Perl is no more a teenager. Yuppieeeee !!
It turned 20 yesterday, and a new and improved version (5.10) is out to celebrate the occasion.
I hope I won’t have to wait forever to get Perl 6 and Parrot.

And yes, the other day Asok did manage to reincarnate successfully. Thanks to his study of shape shifting at IIT, he no more looks like a Snickers Bar. So, the whole episode of dying and reincarnating was much of an popularity stunt, pretty much on the lines of today’s Indie TV serials.