Joined Amazon.com

I joined Amazon.com, Chennai on 27th June 2011 which also the day that marks my start of 7th year career. Thanks to my friend Vinoth Kumar who referred me in Amazon. I will be working as a Quality Assurance Engineer. And moving to Amazon made me to vacate Bangalore where I stayed for the past 6 years. I always loved Bangalore for its climate and from now I have adjust with an exact opposite climate in Chennai.

Last day in Nokia

After 4 years and 1 month in Nokia India Pvt. Limited, I quitted the company on 24th June 2011. Nokia was always more than a company to me. I always felt it as my second home. I cannot forgot the days I spent there. Few things which I always remember about: Friends gang in Nokia, coffee and lunch time mokkais, sharing Muthu's lunch box, Treats, movies, catching the friday evening train to Dharmapuri, Coming back on Monday mornings from Dharmapuri and much more. I will surely miss you Nokia!!!

Talk on Drupal at OSMEET11

Last Friday (4th Feb 2011), Freecode club of KLN College of Engineering, Madurai organized an Free/Open Source softwares conference in the name of OSMEET11. There were about 150+ participants from various colleges in and around Madurai. I had a good time in the conference and enjoyed it. I got chance to meet some new people like Santhosh, Sibi, Sukumar who were handling other talks in the confernece. Also, I met my other friends Joe, Stylesen and Azhaguselvan who got their schedules for the other sessions.I was scheduled to talk about Drupal for 1 hour. There were about 70+ participants for the talk. I talked about Basics of Drupal, Installation of Drupal and using it. Though I couldn't talk insights about Drupal. I was able to show some basic stuff about it. There were few good questions from audience during the talk and after the talk. I have attached the presentation with this post.Thanks to Praveen Raj of KLNCE for inviting me to the talk and providing a opportunity to talk.

New Look and feel for my site

Initially I started my blogging with Blogspot and then moved to Wordpress. Then I have started my own site based on Drupal, 40 weeks before with Pixture Reloaded theme, and now I got changed to Kanji theme yesterday. After modifying few things in the theme now I am happy with the theme and freezed it from my side.
  
Please comment on my new look and feel and suggest me the improvements :)

Christmas Holidays 2010 @ Chennai

As planned with my sister and my uncle, we spent our Christmas holidays at Chennai along with my brother and sister-in-law. We reached Chennai by 24th December night. On 25th, we went to Nanganallur Anjaneyar temple, Snow Land @ Abirami Mall, Semmozhi poonga, Mylapore Kapaleeswarar temple and ended the day in Chennai Gandhi Beach. On 26th December, we went to Maangadu temple, Thiruverkadu temple and Periyapalayam temple. Some shopping ended the day. The trip was well planned and we enjoyed the trip.
 
I have uploaded the pics in Picasa

Session on Python Programming in Vivekanandha College of Engineering for Women

Last Friday (7th January 2011) I handled Python session to the 3rd year students of Vivekanandha College of Engineering for Women, Thiruchengodu. The session was planned for one full day. The morning session was very interactive and there were many questions from the students. Afternoon session the interaction went little bit down but still they were able to understand the concepts well. The entire day was good and students are voluntarily helped in correcting my pronunciations .  I am happy about that. Thanks to Malathi, a teaching staff in the CSE department who invited me for the session. Thanks to all the students who attended the session and made the session interactive.
PS: I have attached the presentation which I used in the session.

Session on Python Programming in Velalar College of Engineering

Last week Thursday and Friday (9th December 2010 and 10th December 2010) I went to Vellalar college of Engineering, Thindal, Erode for conducting a Faculty Development Programme sponsored by Centre for Faculty Development Anna University of Technology,Coimbatore. This is same as the session I took in Thiagarajar college of Engineering last year for a FDP. This time I asked the organizers for 1.5 days so that we can concentrate more on core python programming. Joe Steeve joined with me for the two days for sharing few sessions of Python programming and also to take NS2 session for half a day. The faculties are from various colleges in and around Erode. The session
was interactive and I enjoyed a lot with the questions from the
audience.There was a hands on session at the end of first day and it was very happy to see the faculties are trying out each and everything that was shared in the session. Joe's NS2 session was good and managed to learn few things out of it, atleast I managed to learn some basics of TCL :)Thanks to Dr.Shalinie mam HODCSE of TCE for recommending my name for the session. Thanks to Prof. L.M. Palanivelu who invited me for the session.  Thanks to all the Faculty members who attended the session and made the session very interactive.  

Session on Web programming with Apache and Python

Last Saturday (14th August 2010) I conducted a session on Web programming with Apache and Python in GO-OS 2010 Event conducted by Open Source Community, Madurai along with Blue Genie Technologies, Madurai. My session was planned from 4 PM to 6 PM but due to some delay in the afternoon sessions, my session started around 05:10 PM :( Since the planned closure time was 06:00 PM for the event, I just discussed only few of the planned things. I had planned to discuss about Basics of Python, Web programming with Python and Apache using CGI & mod_python. But due to lack of time, I discussed only about Python basics and CGI programming with Python and Apache.  Thanks to Stylesen for informing me about the event and thanks to Vijay of Blue Genie Technologies to provide me the opportunity for the presentation. 
For the presentation slides, see the attachments with the blog. 

Fix for Minimize/Maximize/close button order in Ubuntu 10.04

In Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, the Maximize, Minimize and close buttons are kept left side of the windows. Few users may not like it (including myself), to fix this we can use one of the following two methods,

  1. Press Alt+F2 to launch Run application window
  2. Run gconf-editor to launch the application
  3. In gconf-editor, navigate to apps -> metacity -> general
  4. Change the value of button_layout from "close,minimize,maximize:" to ":minimize,maximize,close"
  5. This will change the buttons to right side

The second easiest method is to use Ubuntu Tweak.

  1. Download the .deb file of Ubuntu Tweak from its website http://ubuntu-tweak.com/
  2. Install the package
  3. Launch the application from Applications -> System Tools -> Ubuntu Tweak
  4. Under Desktop, Select Window Manager Settings and change the value to "Right" in "Window Titlebar Button Layout"
  5. This will change the buttons to right side

ரமண சரிதம்

”நான் யார்? ” என்ற கேள்வியை கேட்டால் பலரிடமிருந்து பெயரோ அல்லது இன்னாரது பிள்ளை என்றோ பதில் வரும். ஆனால் ”நான் யார்? ” என்ற கேள்வியின் மூலம் கடவுளின் பாதையை அடையலாம் என்று ரமண மகரிஷி வாழ்ந்து காட்டியுள்ளார். அந்த கேள்வியின் சக்தியை உணர வேண்டுமென்றால் ரமணரின் வாழ்க்கையை அறிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும்.

மதுரபாரதி எழுதிய “ரமண சரிதம்” புத்தகம் ஆன்மீகத்தில் ஈடுபாடு கொண்ட என்னை பல தேடலுக்கு ஊக்குவிக்க தூண்டுகோலாக அமைந்தது.

என்னுடைய 16-வது வயதில் எனது ஆசிரியிர் மூலம் ஆன்மீக விடயங்களில் ஒரு வகையான ஈர்ப்பு ஏற்பட்டது. பின்பு கல்லூரி காலங்களில் படிப்பில் கவனம் செலுத்த வேண்டியாதால் மற்ற விடயங்களில் ஆர்வம் செல்லவில்லை.

ஏதோ ஒரு தூண்டுதலின் பேரில் “ரமண சரிதம்” படிக்க ஆரம்பித்தேன். முதலில் எனக்குள் பல ஆச்சரியங்களை ஏற்படுத்திய ரமணர் பின்பு கொஞ்சம் கொஞ்சமாக என்னை சிந்திக்க வைத்தார்.

“வெங்கடராமன்”-ஆக திருச்சூழியில் பிறந்து “நான் யார்?” என்ற விசாரணையின் மூலம் ஆத்மானுபவம் பெற்று, பின்பு திருவண்ணாமலையை (அருணாச்சலத்தை) அடைந்து பல இடங்களில் தங்கி தியான்ம் செய்துள்ளார் ரமணர். சில சிறுவர்கள் இவர் மீது கல் எறிந்து துன்புறுத்தியுள்ளனர். இதை கண்ட சேஷாத்ரி சுவாமிகள், ரமணரை பாதாள லிங்க அறையில் அமர வைத்து, பின்பு உலகுக்கு அடையாளம் காட்டியுள்ளார். தம்மை நாடி வந்தவர்களுக்கு அவர்கள் விரும்பிய வண்ணம் காட்சி அளித்து உள்ளார். உலகின் ஆன்மீக ரேகையில் திருவண்ணாமலை உள்ளது என்பத்தை அறிந்து அதை பற்றிய விடங்களையும் உலகுக்கு அடையாளம் காட்டியுள்ளார்.

மேலும் ரமணர் இருந்த இடங்களை பற்றியும் அவர் சந்தித்த மனிதர்கள், ரமண ஆசிரமம் உருவான விதம், ரமணர் செய்த அருட்பெறும் காரியங்கள், ரமணரின் மரண தருவாயில் நடந்த விடயங்கள் போன்ற பற்பல சரித்திர விடயங்களை அழகே தொகுத்துள்ளார் மதுரபாரதி.

இப்புத்தகத்தில் சேஷாத்ரி சுவாமிகள், வள்ளிமலை சுவாமிகள் போன்றவார்களை பற்றியும் விவரித்துள்ளார்.

வாழ்க்கையை முழுமையாக புரிந்து கொள்ள விருப்பமுடையவர்கள் ரமணர் போன்றவர்களின் வரலாற்றை படிக்க வேண்டும். அதற்கு இப்புத்தகம் மிகவும் நல்ல தொடக்கமாக இருக்கும்.

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