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One year ago, today, Aaron Swartz died. He deserved to live more than any of us  and it’s shameful that I could sit in my room, comfortable and well rested, while Aaron was forced into a downward spiral and freed himself from the trouble. Lawrence Lessig put it better than everyone else.

Fifty years in jail, charges our government. Somehow, we need to get beyond the “I’m right so I’m right to nuke you” ethics that dominates our time. That begins with one word: Shame.

One word, and endless tears.

Stop wasting your time reading this pointless bullshit of a post and go read Lessig’s account of what had transpired.

Aaron, I’m sorry I’m alive and you’re not. May you rest in peace. Your legacy will live on.

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The visionary

I don’t exactly know how to start this post, I’ve been trying to write this since Morning. Steve Jobs is dead, and I’m lost in misery.  Steve has been an inspiration, a childhood hero and has been a huge influence in what I do today. I may very well say that my life and career have profoundly been affected by Steve and his works.  I looked up to Steve and believed that someone as insignificant as I am is capable of great things. People who know me know very well what my thoughts on Apple products are. I don’t think I will ever own an Apple product, but that doesn’t stop me from lamenting Steve’s death.It’s a choking feeling nonetheless and I feel devastated. The moment I heard Steve is resigning from his post as Apple CEO, I was lost and I wished that Steve should be fine. I never ever gave any thoughts about his resignation is in light of an imminent death. My brain actively refused to think so. Somehow I wished Steve would be there, a bit ill and unable to act as usual, but will be there. Universe loves screwing people’s wishes it turns out. I owe you much Steve, Thank You. Rest in peace, you will linger on in the memories of millions of us. Without you, Apple will, just like its logo, be incomplete forever.

😥

மென்பொருட் துறையில் பிரதானமாக இரண்டு வகையான உரிம ஒப்பந்தங்கள் உள்ளன.
1) சுதந்திர உரிம ஒப்பந்த மென்பொருட்கள்
2) தனியுரிம ஒப்பந்த மென்பொருட்கள்.

இக்கட்டுரையின் நோக்கம் வாசகர்க்ளிடையே சுதந்திர உரிம ஒப்பந்த மென்பொருட்கள் பற்றியதும், அவை ஏன் அவசியம் என்பது பற்றியதுமான ஒரு விழிப்புணர்வை ஏற்படுத்துதலாகும்.

கட்டற்ற மென்பொருட்கள் என்பன கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் அறக்கட்டளையின் வரைவிலக்கணப்படி ” எந்தவிதமான கட்டுப்பாடுகளும் தடைகளும் அற்று பயன்படுத்த, நகலெடுக்க, கற்க, மாற்றம் செய்ய, மீள விநியோகிக்கப்படக்கூடிய மென்பொருளாகும்”. பொதுவாக மென்பொருள் ஒன்று உங்களுக்கு விற்கப்படுவதில்லை, மாறாக உங்களுக்கு அதனை குறித்த உரிம ஒப்பந்தத்தின் அடிப்படையில் பாவனை செய்ய அனுமதி வழங்கப்படுகின்றது. பல உரிம ஒப்பந்தங்கள் பாவனையாளர் மீது கடும் நிபந்தனைகளை விதிக்கின்றன. உதாரணமாக பாவனையாளர் மென்பொருளை எவ்வாறு பயன்படுத்த வேண்டும், எவ்வாறான சந்தர்ப்பங்களில் பயன்படுத்த முடியாது, பாவனையாளர் சுதந்திரம் எவ்வாறு கட்டுப்படுத்தப்பட்டுள்ளது போன்ற விடயங்களே நிபந்தனைப்படுத்தப்படுகின்றன. இவை பாவனையாளர் சுதந்திரத்தை பறிப்பதுடன் பாவனையாளர்களை மென்பொருள் வழங்குனருக்கு கடப்பாடுடையவராக மாற்றுகின்றன. அத்துடன் பாவனையாளர் பணம் செலுத்தி பெறும் மென்பொருட்களின் உள் வேலைப்பாடுகள் பாவனையாளரிடமிருந்து மறைக்கப்படுகின்றன. ஆணை மூலம் என்பது குறித்த ஒரு மென்பொருள் ஒன்றை உருவாக்க தேவையான அடிப்படை கட்டளைத்தொகுதியாகும். இக்கட்டளைத்தொகுதியை படித்தறிய முடியுமாயின், குறித்த ஒரு மென்பொருள் எவ்வாறு இயங்குகின்றது என்பதை எவரும் அறிந்துகொள்ள முடியும். ஆனால் மென்பொருள் நிரற்படுத்தும் நிறுவனங்கள் வியாபார போட்டி கருதி இவ் ஆணைமூலங்களை பயனருக்கு அறியத்தருவதில்லை. இது ஏன் பயனரை பாதிக்கின்றதென்று நோக்கினால், ஒரு மென்பொருள் இருமம் எவ்வாறு தொழிற்படுகின்றது என்பது தெரியாதவிடத்து அதன் மீது நம்பிக்கை வைப்பது கடினமாகிறது. பயனரின் தனியார் தகவல்கள், இரகசிய விபரங்கள் என்பவற்றை ஒரு மென்பொருள் பயனர் விளக்கமோ அனுமதியோ இன்றி மென்பொருள் உருவாக்குனருக்கு கணினி வலையமைப்பு பின்வாசல்கள் வழியாக அனுப்பிவைக்க முடியும். இவ்வாறு திருடப்படும் தகவல்கள் பயனரை தனியராக அடையாளங்காட்டுவதற்கோ அல்லது மென்பொருள் நிரலாக்கல் நிறுவனத்தின் பிற வியாபாரத்தேவைகளுக்கோ பயன்படுத்தப்படலாம். இது முற்றிலுமாக தவிர்க்கப்பட வேண்டிய ஒரு விடயமாகும்.

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இவ்வாறான தனியுரிம மென்பொருட்களினால் பயனர்களுக்கு ஏற்படும் தீங்குகளை கண்டு அதற்கு எதிராக, பயனர் சுதந்திரத்தை முன்னிறுத்தி ஏற்படுத்தப்பட்டதே சுதந்திர உரிம மென்பொருள் ஒப்பந்தங்கள். இவ்வொப்பந்தங்களின் பிரதான நோக்கம் பயனருக்கு அவர் பயன்படுத்தும் மென்பொருட்கள் மீது முழுமையான சுதந்திரத்தை வழங்குதலாகும். சுதந்திர மென்பொருட்கள் எவ்வாறு பயனர் சுதந்திரத்தை உறுதிப்படுத்தவேண்டும் என்பதற்கு கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் அறக்கட்டளை சில வரையறைகளை வழங்குகின்றது. இவை தனியுரிம மென்பொருட்களால் நிர்ப்பந்திக்கப்படும் கட்டுக்களை/தளைகளை அகற்றுவதால் தளையறு மென்பொருட்கள் எனவும் அழைக்கப்படுகின்றன. பிரதானமாக நான்கு வகை தளையறு நிலைகள் உள்ளன

0) எப்பொருட்டும் நிரலினை இயக்கக் கூடிய சுதந்தரம். (முதலாவது சுதந்தரம்).
1)  நிரல் பணியாற்றும் விதத்தைக் கற்று தமது தேவைக்கேற்றாற் போல் ஆக்கிக் கொள்ளக் கூடியச் சுதந்தரம். (இரண்டாவது சுதந்தரம்). முதற்கண் நிரலின் மூலத்தினை அணுகக் கூடிய உரிமம் இதற்கு கொடுக்கப் பட்டிருத்தல் வேண்டும்.
2) பிறரும் பயனுற வேண்டி படி யெடுத்து விநியோகிப்பதற்கான சுதந்தரம். (மூன்றாவது சுதந்தரம் )
3) ஒட்டுமொத்த சமூகமும் பயனுற வேண்டி, நிரலினை மேம்படுத்தி, செய்த மாற்றங்களைப் பொது மக்களுக்கு வெளியிடுவதற்கான சுதந்தரம். முதற்கண் நிரலின் மூலத்தினை அணுகக் கூடிய உரிமம் இதற்கு கொடுக்கப் பட்டிருத்தல் வேண்டும். (நான்காவது   சுதந்தரம்)

இவ்வாறான நிபந்தனைகளின் அடிப்படையில் மென்பொருள் நிரற்படுத்துனர்கள் மென்பொருள்களை வெளியிடுமிடத்து தனியொரு பயனரின் சுதந்திரம் பாதுகாக்கப்படும் என்பதே கட்டற்ற மென்பொருள் அறக்கட்டளையின் எதிர்பார்ப்பாகும்.

பெரும்பாலான சந்தர்ப்பங்களில் பயனர்கள் தங்கள் சுதந்திரத்தை பற்றி சிந்திப்பதில்லை. ஏனெனில் பயனர்கள் மென்பொருட்களை ஒரு பண்டமாக நோக்குவதில் சிரமங்களை எதிர்நோக்குகின்றனர். கணினியில் தொழிற்படும், கையால் தொட்டுணரவோ, சடப்பொருளாக கருதவோ முடியாத ஒரு பொருளாக மென்பொருட்கள் இருப்பதே இதற்கான காரணமாகும். ஆனாலும் மென்பொருட்கள் நாம் நித்தியம் பயன்படுத்தும் நாற்காலியோ, மேசையோ போன்ற ஒரு விற்பனைப்பண்டமாகும். கதிரை செய்த தச்சனார் நாம் கதிரையை இப்படி மட்டுந்தான் பயன்படுத்த முடியும் என்று நிபந்தனை விதிப்பதில்லை. அவ்வாறே நிபந்தனை விதித்து, நாம் அதன்படி நடக்காவிட்டால் கதிரையை பிடிவிறாந்து அனுப்பி கைப்பற்றுவதும் இல்லை. கதிரை எம்மால் கொள்வனவு செய்யப்படுகின்றதென்றால் அது சம்பந்தமான அனைத்து உரிமங்களும் எமக்கு வழங்கப்படுகின்றன. கதிரைமீது எப்படிவேண்டுமென்றாலும் நாம் உட்காரமுடியும், தேவையெனில் வேறுவிதமாக நிறப்படுத்தி அதை பயன்படுத்தமுடியும். கதிரையை உடைத்து அதை வேறுதேவைகளுக்கு பயன்படுத்த முடியும்,  நண்பரொருவர் கேட்கிறாரெனில் அக்கதிரையை அவருக்கு உரிமை மாற்றம் செய்யவும் முடியும். இவ்வுரிமைகள் எமக்கு பண்டங்கள் கொள்வனவு செய்யப்படும்போது இயற்கையாக வழங்கப்படுகின்றன. ஆனால்
மென்பொருட்களினை பொறுத்தவரை இச்சுதந்திரங்கள் யாவும் பறிக்கப்படுகின்றன. நீங்கள் விரும்பியவாறு பயன்படுத்துவதோ, அதன் பகுதிகளை வேறு தேவைகளுக்கு பயன்படுத்துவதோ, உங்களுக்கு தேவையான வகையில் அதை மாற்றஞ்செய்வதோ அல்லது மென்பொருளை உரிமை மாற்றம் செய்வதோ தனியுரிம மென்பொருள் ஒப்பந்தங்கள் மூலம் சட்டவிரோதமாக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன. இவற்றில் ஒன்றையேனும் நீங்கள் செய்தால் அறிவுசார் சொத்துரிமையை நிந்தித்தார் என்ற குற்றச்சாட்டின்படி நீங்கள் தன்டனைக்கு உள்ளாக்கப்படுவீர்கள்.

இவ்வாறான கட்டுப்பாடுகளை நீங்கள் விரும்பாவிட்டால், உங்கள் சுதந்திரத்தை நீங்கள் விரும்புகிறீர்கள் என்றால், கட்டற்ற மற்றும் திறந்த ஆணைமூல மென்பொருட்களினை பயன்படுத்துங்கள், ஒருவரும் உங்கள் பாவனையை கட்டுப்படுத்தவோ, உங்கள்மீது தடைகளை விதிக்கவோ முடியாது. மேலும் தகவல்கள் அறிந்துகொள்ள பின்வரும் இணைய முகவரிகளை அணுகுங்கள்.
http://www.gnu.org/home.ta.shtml
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.ta.html
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Recently I had the pleasant opportunity of reading my friend chanux’s blog post titled 10 Reasons why You should migrate your system to Gnu/Linux. His reasons are true to the last word, and the post is an interesting read. So I thought I should write a post regarding that topic in a “Me Too” manner.Although his post is more like persuasive, mine is purely for the purpose of boasting how I fell in love with Linux.

I came across Linux around 2002 when visiting my father’s friend at Jaffna University computer Science Department. He had a huge book on Linux which had everything from downloading/compiling Linux kernel to systems administration on a RedHat distribution. Me and my friend who accompanied me were instantly attracted to it because for us ( for me at least) there was no world outside Windows 98, ME and XP which just arrived. I didn’t really understand the difference between Software and Hardware back then. For me it was just the computer, I switch it on, and things just pop up on the screen and that’s all I ever cared.

But seeing the screenshots on the Linux book, I was thrilled to know that I can actually change my computer to run entirely new stuff other than Windows which I often had to reinstall because of unknown and incomprehensible problems. It had drastically different appearance, different names for programs and altogether nothing like I ever used to imagine a computer to be. The thrill of knowing the unknown was the initial motivation behind my decision to try Linux on my machine. I didn’t think twice, it was decided then and there that I should give it a try. My friend bought a RedHat installation disc from Jaffna town and all was set.

My friend I mentioned earlier happened to be a Computer Engineering undergraduate from the University of Waterloo, Canada. So he had better understanding of things than I did, but Linux was completely new, even for him. We started off with the RedHat Graphical installer and had the Linux book ready at our side. The installation was a complete disaster. It wiped the entire hard drive and it never booted up. Linux kernel back then didn’t have much support for hardware devices. The problem was that kernel couldn’t automatically gauge the frequency range and resolution of my monitor. So every time we booted it up, it will load LILO and then right when the graphical login prompted, X will die and fall back to command line. So there I learned my first ever CLI command from the Linux book, startx to restart the X-Server. This command pretty much remained the only Linux command I knew for a long time.

Problem was that you had to manually specify resolution and refresh rate right at the end of the installation since kernel couldn’t recognise my VGA adapter. If we specified a wrong combination, the OS will not boot and all we knew to solve this was to reinstall from the start. My friend gave up on Linux on this point because he had some other stuff to finish up. The installation was a tedious task, it took about 3 hours to complete and I ended up installing it many times until I figured the correct resolution and refresh rate that didn’t kill the X.

RedHat 7.2 Enigma was the distro I had and it came in a 3 CD set. It had both GNOME and KDE but for some reason GNOME login almost always failed. So I was left with KDE to experience Linux. It was a different experience altogether, everything was Freakish back then, even the names. KDE had a strong naming convention, every program had a K in the wrong place which made pronouncing them difficult and funny.I particularly liked the idea of having 4 desktops at my disposal. I had no real use for it, there was not much I could do with the installation, but nonetheless it occurred to me that 4 desktops is a good idea.

KDE had an about page which opened in a browser (Netscape Navigator I guess) which explained how and why KDE is made. It explained that KDE is a Free(dom) software and that it is made by volunteers who work on it without getting paid a cent and do it just for the fun of doing it. It also explained that commercial software are like wearing shackles even though you pay to get them. I neither paid any money to Windows nor I understood the terms and conditions of Microsoft’s License, but I was convinced, without any doubt,  that licensed software was not just wrong, it was evil.

On one hand KDE convinced me software licensing is against my free will and on the other I fell in love with the idea of people all over the world getting together to build a software just for the fun of doing it and distributing it free of any restrictions. All of a sudden the Operating system I thought was freaky, had funny names and hideously unusable started to look respectful and proper.

But my usage with Linux was not meant to last because it could not detect my dial-up modem thus I couldn’t connect to Internet. It also could not play any music because the mp3 decoder did not ship with the installation CD. I could live without music, but I was just getting the hang of Internet and no Internet was a huge deal breaker for me. Also, Linux back then was not for the faint-hearted. You had to be a command line Ninja just to get by daily stuff with it. I was neither CLI guy nor did I have the guts to switch to Linux completely. Thus ended my adventures in the Linux land.

Even though I could not use Linux, it forever changed the way I looked at software. Thereafter, every time I bought a pirated software CD, I felt proud that I am raising my middle finger against the big time software companies. I felt that’s the least I could do for them who steal other people’s freedom and make a fool out of every customer who pays for them. I was glad I wasn’t one of them and I was glad that there really are alternatives out there.

I almost never heard about Linux for a while until I came across Ubuntu 6.10 in Colombo around 2007 September which brought back good old memories. I started using 7.04 in a virtual Machine and was so glad to know that Linux has grown so much. everything I ever wanted was there and I could easily find more. Nothing was there this time to make the big switch and I went for it happily. I dual-booted Linux and Windows XP, almost exclusively using Ubuntu and switching to Windows to do some University work. Then I got a laptop of my own and made the big jump, ditched Windows for good, switched to Kubuntu permanently and never been more happier with my computer. As of now, I use Kubuntu and Debian CrunchBang. CrunchBang is a really sweet distro, but my love for KDE is so strong that I’m unable to make the next switch from KDE to OpenBox/Xfce.

I’m forever thankful for the KDE about page that changed my world for good. KDE community, I owe you my freedom and career. If not for you, I wouldn’t have understood the bliss of Freedom software and I wouldn’t have come to respect the free (as in freedom) software community so much. I am trying my best to get into KDE development so that I can pay back the debt. Let’s hope and pray I get there soon.

Hiya folks it’s been ages since I last had something to boast about in this blog. Well, the reason has a lot to do with my new year’s resolution. Usually I never have any resolutions for the new year because I already know I’m never going to stick to them. My life so far has been an improvised one. Never had any plans, never sticked to existing plans. Only thing I did intentionally was the career I chose. I chose it with all my knowledge, thought it out  thoroughly and never regretted for a second so far and never will. Besides that, everything else was sheer dumb luck!

One of the fundamental flows that I have, which took me a degree in computer science to find out, is that I am a passionate procrastinator. I know I am not a unique one out there with this ‘disease’. I have been procrastinating on the idea of eliminating procrastination since 2005. The need to eliminate it came very recently when I put a lot of people’s plans in jeaopardy owing to my precious procrastination.

Procrastination

A good friend of mine has his own Software Development Company and builds softwares for his clients. He outsourced one of his projects to me due to some scheduling conflicts and wanted me to finish it in three weeks time. The part I had to do was a simple one and required only about 5 to 6 days of effort to complete. But being a natural procrastinator, I spent all three weeks knowing I could finish it in a few days. When the last days came, I was seriously down with a viral flu and could barely open my eyes.  It took me sometime to recover and I was already too late when I wrapped it up. At the end, the client was so mad, he almost pulled the plug on the project. The part I had to do was simple, the hardest part was done by my friend and he had been working on the project for over two months before he gave the rest for me to wrap up.  Not only all his efforts were lost to my procrastination,  it tarnished the image of his company as well. He was generous enough not to take it seriously, but it’s a serious thing nonetheless.

So this year’s resolution is to let go of my procrastination and seek redemption for all my sins caused by procrastination!  Let’s hope all things go well. I have a few projects that I started an year back  and put to rest. First thing would be to take out all those unfinished code and do justice to them. The next would be to start reading a few books I’ve been having on my to-do list for way too mcuh time. This year I plan to read at least 20 technical books and few other non fiction works in Thamil. I used to be an avid reader, but as I grew up, I lost interest in real books and switched to reading in Wikipedia and other online sources. But in my personal view, nothing beats reading a book from start to finish. Wish me luck guys.

Here in Jaffna I recently came across an elderly relative complaining that all those values that we Natives of Jaffna held high once are completely lost and are beyond any recovery. no one can deny the truth behind it, but what I see is an exaggeration. Yeah we lost a lot, yeah we forgot a lot, but still there is hope left in people. In any war they say that the Truth is the first casualty. It is also fitting to say that moral values of a society too are first to fall victim to any war. War is nasty in the sense it brings out the primitive instincts that our civilisation and culture have smoothed out. War is brutal where the survival of the fittest is the only rule. People have no choice but to give in to it to survive. Expecting people to remain unaffected by three long decades of war is pure stupidity

But what I see in Jaffna is not a society ravaged by war and lost most of its values. I see a society whose very foundations are shaken violently, but still remains faithful to its origins. In bio-diversity we used to learn that each and every species is connected and is important for the continuity of the balance of nature. When an entire species is extinct, the earth doesn’t crumble. Instead it finds a new balance without the species. Lost species is lost, none can replace its role in the eco-system, but somehow the Earth ‘finds a way’. It’s same with our society. What is lost is lost, but we will find a way to balance us out.

Three years back I was riding my father’s motor bike without a license, got caught in the military checkpoint and was held there for a while. a lot of people who passed by came to me and asked if they could be of any help. some were willing to go to my home, fetch my License and bring it back, others were willing to lent me their mobile phones so that I could inform anyone at home about my situation. Some were even willing to talk to the military personnel and get me out of there. All of them were strangers to me, none of them knew me and the situation back then was very tense whereas you could get your butt in trouble if you intervene in military’s affairs. But the so called people who ‘lost their values’ didn’t just pass by minding their own business. They were willing to help an unknown guy with a nutty attitude.

Everyday I go outside and see people smile warmly and give a friendly greeting. But in Wellawatte never ever been greeted even by the apartment neighbour whom I’ve been seeing everyday for two consecutive years. Their faces are blank, emotionless and arid. You could find better emotions in a corpse. These people have everything. Rich, well settled and are having their best period of life. But none could smile a tiny bit. What’s the whole point of earning that much if you still can’t smile?

These are reminders that the hearts of our people have not turned to stone yet. That is pretty something given what most of them had to undergo in the past decades. Most of them were displaced at least twice, lost everything, rebuilt everything from scratch, lost everything all over again. None gave up hope, none quit trying. Blaming these people for giving up all traditions is not fair. Our society is healing itself, recovering from invisible wounds. We will find our way, we will find our balance. It will not be same as the one it used to be three decades back, but our foundations are still there, carved from the same stone. We may have lost some values which is irreparable and most unfortunate. But we will not lose what makes us ‘us’. For me, they are hereditary, embedded in genetic material.

Disclaimer: I am a KDE user (4.5 RC2) and I love using it.

The KDE vs GNOME argument has been a long running one and both sides have an immense pool of advantages and disadvantages. Recently I’ve seen quiet a lot of people complaining that KDE 4 is a big disaster and calling it probably the biggest disaster that ever happened in FOSS community. Some even went as far as to describe it a complete trash. But all these people are forgetting the big question as to why KDE community would completely abandon their tried and tested KDE 3.5 series and make a huge leap to 4.x series. The main reason, among other things was that KDE 3, along with GNOME, had a lot of legacy code which was becoming a major pain in the butt. KDE decided to dump all that behind and start anew with KDE 4 whereas GNOME couldn’t make such a daring move. KDE looked to the future and GNOME is staying behind becoming stale by the day. KDE 4 initially was unstable, had frequent crashes and the user experience was a total screw up. But that all ended somewhere near 4.2. KDE is continuing to become stable by the day without the hindrances of all those legacy code but GNOME is lagging behind. KDE has always been the first to try out the cool and new stuff in the tech field and has managed to do it better than anyone else. GNOME on the other hand believes in iterative improvements to code. KDE probably is in a transitional stage where it’s working out the rough edges. It happens all the time in the software industry when you abandon everything behind and start anew. Microsoft had it with Vista, Apple had it with OS X. vista was a total disaster, but Windows 7, built on the foundations of Vista, was met with universal acclaim. That’s what KDE is also doing. It’s ironing out the new shirt. Looking at GNOME roadmap, I don’t see anything new coming anywhere near except for the GNOME 3 desktop modifications. It’s mostly cosmetic stuff, but under the hood it’s almost the same old GNOME. I dare blame GNOME for being less innovative. What is there in GNOME that makes it stand out from the rest? If you’re going to be one in a competition, you have to be competitive, you have to have the ‘edge’ in everything. GNOME, in my view, just doesn’t have it yet. GNOME is a good place to start Linux people say. I neither started with GNOME nor am a big fan of it. I believe when (if) finally GNOME has the guts to let go of the stale code base and decides to move forward, KDE will be years ahead of it, having passed the transitional period ages ago.

Welcome to “Just another crap-ass blog”. Why on earth would I start a blog? That is a question that I have been trying to answer for a while now. The possible answers include “coz it’s trendy”, “coz the world is in need of my precious intellect”, “creative (?) time pass”, “coz I’m the next big thing that happened to web after…well, since its inception”, “coz I have something worth sharing”..the list is long guys, belive me. But here I am, blogging, period. I wanted this blog to be my virtual self on net. So what that means to you is that you can expect stuff from my professional opinions on the world changing affairs like “How to tip better” to my rants on FOSS, Java, Linux and everything in between. So you better stay at a safe distance and be prepared if you are allergic to reading nonsense :D. I used to have another blog at vettypayal623.blogspot.com. But the procrastinator inside of me just couldn’t live with the fact that I started a blog and posted some stuff on it. I named this blog “Think Libre” because I am a strong believer and an ardent fan of Free Software Movement. I believe that the principles of Free Software are a good place to find how people take their freedom for granted. Let’s just say I happened to have a distaste for taking things for granted. I believe the change should happen in individuals’ thinking. Richard Stallman (you know, the Free Software guy) once told that “Free Software movement will win when people value their freedom too much to go for proprietary software”. Yup you heard the long sentence, just know it has something to do with the title of this blog. I am not an intellect or a philosopher or a tech guru, whatever I post here would be as half baked as I personally am. There goes my disclaimer. That said, well let’s see how I battle my in-built procrastinator and actually blog once in a while. Thanks Tharshy, Janahan and Chanux for snapping me out of too much laziness, without whose constant annoyances, I wouldn’t even have thought of starting my own blog. There I said the names, if any of you readers have any vengeance against me owing to this blog, go find these dudes and whack the hell out of them!

P.S: I just realised I have the same theme for blog as Chanux.  Co-incidence dude, co-incidence 😛