Month: July 2008

Open-source is affected due to Piracy?

Do you think open-source community is immune to piracy?

Honestly speaking, I never even thought about this. I mean this cause-effect relationship between open source & pircay never came in my thoughts. Today, I was reading an article on computerworld which highlighted a fact that piracy indeed hurts open-source too. Open-source community develops when people in society are willing to contribute in vairous possible ways – coding, testing, using apps. But when the same set of people have an easy access to proprietary software, the open-source community looses its user base. Louis Suarez-Potts, the community manager for OpenOffice.org highlighted this fact during a discussion at 10th annual O’Reilly open source convention. Potts commented that “Piracy hurts open source because open source asks people to help give back and contribute code, but they say, ‘Why should I help? I have Microsoft Office for free”.

He pointed that governments across the world are realising the fact that they are at a loss due to piracy in different ways. Nations realise that despite being active participants in open-source communities which can help technological and intellectual growth, its citizens are becoming consumers of stolen technology. This obvoiusly hits the nation’s economy in more than one way. First, the nation gets a bad publicity in outer world when piracy is high, highlighting the fact that government is not protecting intellectual rights. Second, since pirated softwares/movies/music/books are finding a way into the market the actual owners are hit and adversely affects the economy and market and the content creators.

Open-source when encouraged helps encourage innovation, creativity alongwith intellectual and technological growth for the people involved in the projects. The Nations want to develop an intellectual bank in their backyards so that they can compete better with other countries, who have already taken a lead in this field.

Washington based Business Software Alliance (BSA) reported last week that six U.S. states – California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Texas — make up $3.93 billion in pirated software losses in the U.S., or almost half of the $8.04 billion in national losses to software vendors from pirated software last year.

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And you give yourself away

These days I have been watching Friends all over again starting from Season 1. You know, one thing is for sure, you can watch Friends all over again and again and you will still love it. It really encompasses you in itself. You feel being a part of Ross, Chandler, Joey, Monica, Rachel n Phoebe’s life.

Season 3 left me with my memories of the past esp two episodes. In The one with all jealousy where Ross is feeling that he is loosing Rachel to the guy Mark who works with her. Ross confronts to Rachel that he is insecure and jealous of Mark as he does not wants to loose her. Rachel comes back and says that nothing like that is going to happen, but then Ross has a point! He says that he had a relationship of 8 years with Carol and that ended up! Ross had a constant fear of Rachel’s new friends in her office and he felt that Rachel is taking her job pretty too much in her life. Ross was never saying that Rachel should not work hard, but all he wanted was that Rachel divides time between her work and personal life. You know this episode has a lot for me. I had came across this situation where I was skeptic of her new friends, I was seeing it coming my way where she will start drifting away from em for some office colleague of hers. I used to ask for marking a lone between work and personal life, kept telling that the ones she thinks of as friends are not simply friends but has some other motives. You know what, most of all I was damn paranoid of loosing her, and indeed I lost her in the last. My worst fears came true!

The scenes in The one where Ross and Rachel take a break and The one the morning after where Ross feels humiliated after being asked out of Rachel’s office and then the whole fight thing. I have seen all this and ending it this way. The conversations over phone, where you can hear someone in the background, the one you would never want there to be with her, yet when you ask her, there will come an affirmative response in breaks. Yo loose control and you freak out, ending in the phone being out off. You become restless after that call and you try to call again and again, obviously in vain as the phone is not being answered. Your fear goes stronger inside you. You ask yourself, are you loosing her? Is she falling for that guy? You know the answers, yet you wish you never knew. You see that guy smiling and winning all the way by his neat tricks but you are helpless for sure. And then, one fine day which turns out to be not so fine, the apocalypse. The big fight where you will end up pleading, crying, literally begging and she being heartless executioner in saying that it’s all over. God that kills.

It’s really tough for people like me to get over things. People who are there in a relationship with all their heart but the other perosn does not gives it a damn. For him/her it doesn’t matters how much you can care about or love. I don;t know what actually matters for them. I seriously have not been able to figure that out.

People do give themeselves away to emotions, to their fears, to their sentiments. And all this makes me think of those times more and more and makes me feel no good at all! But then this is Life!

Those Days!

Weekends used to be fun when I was in States last year. I can only think of 2 weekends on which I stayed at home. There was so much to see and explore that we used to hit the road on almost every Sat/Sun. Friday night was many a times a party night which used to end late at 12 or 1 AM. Someone has to remind that we have to leave early morning for somewhere, was when we hurried up for taking a nap. Oh, those winter nights, those glasses of Red Wine, Vodka, Tequila and at two occassions beer. I entered this world of drinks at that time only in October of 2007, my first visit to USA.

For obvious reasons, I was not ready to even “try” anything or something for that matter! In my college days, my friends were not such Drinkers, and so I had stayed away from these things at a time when you are supposed to fall most easily in your life. ANyways, so I drank my first drink in my manager’s house over dinner occasion being my third day in States 🙂 I was insited that Margarita (most common tequila-based cocktails) was almost as good as Sprite 😛 I fell for the bait and thought of giving it a try (due to something which was urging me to and I can’t tell what it was). I must say that, I love the drink and after a glass, I had no sign of even a bit of dizziness, which means I passed the so-called test and I am fit for drinking 😀

Some weeks later, Manish (my manager at that time) introduced one of the best things I have tasted so far, Red Wine. Man, I loved this thing so much. I felt a kind of style in having a glass of Red Wine. And then, I became on of those who favored Red Wine in parties over Beer. Beer is something, I never kind of liked. I have kept myself away from it! And then there was Vodka and Tequila which were on my list of favs!

I really adore those 3 months, not for drinks but for the people around me, the fun we had, the travel we did and the memories I have!