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Let us hope for change, No YSR again please

The state political situation looks to be at a decisive phase now. Congress is trying to regain power back again. While chiranjeevi is making inroads into all the districts but making the opposition votes split up ( In case if he goes alone for the polls). The Congress has done enough of what they wanted to do. Lot of irrigation projects in progress (lot of corruption is reported), and as the works are in progress, we do not need really congress again into power to complete irrigation projects. That was the positive side. On the other side, they sold all government lands to private people at throw away prices (or occupied themselves). They have done what ever is possible to sell what ever is available (or first grab and then sell). Borrowed money from all possible means just to make a fat budget without proper discipline. They have introduced so many welfare schemes, but essentially all of them are like pittance when compared to the profits out of corruption/power plays. It is like b

Virus removal instructions

Some of the steps, that I apply when I find that my system got infected with a virus, Usually this becomes more visible when you find task manager, or regedit is disabled, or you find system resources are in full use even though you do not run too many applications. 1. download process explorer from microsoft website. This is a nice tool, to begin with. it provides you details of present running processes in your system. It provides you additional information like path, executable name, whether it is a microsoft application etc. 2. If you suspect an application that is running, take the name of it and search on internet, see if you get any virus alert. If yes, your system is infected with virus. 3. Follow the internet for removal of virus. 4. One simple cure, that I always apply is to remove the file entries from system and remove references to the file from registry (especially from the start up applications list). Ope

Ubuntu zindabad

Recently I moved to full fledged non MS environment by installing KUBUNTU in my laptop. I nhave been using open office in windows box as well for some time. I had few problems with Kubuntu. 1. sound - was getting sound only while shutting down, installing VLC also didnt help. 2. wireless network - whole idea of buying a laptop was to be mobile, not to sit at a fix place in the house. With the help of Mohan and Shiva, got mplayer installed, it was working but not the other softwares like VLC. After doing some fixes (exact fix is unknown :-), sound is working fine. Today, I have installed gnome in my kubuntu, now it says "Ubuntu". Apart from the name change, the real benifit I got is the wireless connectivity. I got my INSPIRON 1525 connected to the Dlink router. This is wonderful. GNOME is not as flashy as KDE but then it is more comfortable because the options look similar (familiar as windows :-). The concept of free software is great. IT is no more a luxury. You do not need

Symfony PHP framework

Symfony is one the good PHP frameworks available. It is not for simple projects (considering the overheads and learning curves). If your project little big have decent number of screens and some logic and authentication, role based access etc and if you are seriously looking at PHP, mysql based solution, then symfony is a good solution. we have using symfony to build OCMS . I am attaching couple of screen shots from the symfony generated code. They look good right? who doesn't like some tool to generate the UI for us based on database tables? we can customize and use the stuff.

Get paid to play games

Get paid to play games. interesting isn't it. That is what i am doing right now. This wont be the case for you. If you want to loose some money, then go ahead and play the games I am playing now at . Yes it is fully developed and managed by my company. Well, in order to build a new jackpot solution, I need to learn and play most of these games. Altogether new domain, but intersting.

Drupal and zoomla - the CMS

I was doing basic study of zoomla and drupal. As both of them being open source content management systems, it was very easy to get the latest downloads and setup them up in my apache server. unzipped them into d:/apps folder. renamed the root folders to plain names (removed version info etc). and configured apache with additional virtual hosts. we need to have mysql installed already. Apache configuration entries... Listen 100 Listen 200 ServerName localhost DocumentRoot "D:/apps/Joomla" DirectoryIndex index.php Alias /zoomla D:/apps/Joomla AllowOverride All Allow from All ServerName localhost DocumentRoot "D:/apps/drupal" DirectoryIndex index.php Alias /drupal D:/apps/drupal AllowOverride All Allow from All Zoomla, installation is straight forward. after installation it asks us to delete "installation" folder. Where as drupal asks you to copy "/sites/default/default.settings.php" to "/sites/default/

My first week outside Infosys

Just thought of sharing my experience with new company. While it was not too difficult for me to leave previous company and start with another one without any gap, I found lot of difference within the few days. I got what ever I missed at Infosys. Infosys is a factory, People, Printers, Stationary all are called "Resources". You cannot browse internet properly, you cannot download, you need to big someone to do the downloads for you and wait for their mercy (1 or 2 days). Last few months were very very difficult, the more I tried to contribute the more work I had in my plate. And always there were only few questions "What is the status and when will it get completed?". While there is nothing wrong with these questions, think of a scenario where in you are deep into troubles,fixing issue by issue and some one asking you update for every 10 or 15 minutes. Doesn't it irritate you? There are many bosses then the people who really execute it. All those typical soft

Roads, Footpaths and Speadbreakers in GHMC

You can find below, the response framed by GHMC to one of my RTI request with them. I have scanned all the documents (including appeals) and uploaded them to blogger. I was asked to visit SE-II at GHMC to get the information after the final hearing at AP State Information Commission. Today noon, I visited GHMC office, and when insisted they provided me a xerox copy of the information. Ironically, you can find the GHMC formal response to the hearing (signed by Sudharshan, SE-II) containing just one line response stating the number of spead breakers in GHMC. But they gathered information and kept it with themselves. Formal response they sent to me by reg. post is

AP Information Commission is a farse

I have really bad experiences with AP State Information Commission. These guys at APIC are care free birds.  For the information commissiors their designation is important. They enjoy the luxuries of the designation and do very little to do justice to RTI spirit. In one hearing that i attended there, they asked me to come to their office and pickup the information on last saturday . I went to their office today (2 work days delay) assuming that information will be available there and I just need to pickup from them. they gave me one sheet which is response from GHMC Superintending Engineer-II (Lt No SE-II/ GHMC /PA/2008-2009/1669.  With just one line response "Total no of speed breakers in GHMC are  4261" My request contained what is the total footpath and usable foot path as well as how many speed breakers and for how many of them indicators are available. When insisted for information in complete, they said go and meet Mr. Sudarshan SE-II at GHMC office at 3PM tomo

ఫొటో వోటర్ల ప్రత్యేక సంక్షిప్త సవరణ

విషయము: ఫొటో వోటర్ల ప్రత్యేక సంక్షిప్త సవరణ చివరి తేది: డిశంబరు పద్దెనిమిది 2008మీరు ఇప్పటి దాకా వోటరు కాకపోతే ఫారం సిక్ష్సు భర్తీ చెయాలి...వోటు కోసం దరఖాస్తు ని ఇంటరునెట్ లో కూడా భర్తీ చేయవచ్చు Please use Internet explorer only for accessing some of the functionalities are not compatible with other browsers.

What went wrong in Mumbai?

It is really unfortunate to see the Mumbai incidents.  I am thinking about what went wrong. Why is that we were not able to sense anything about this attack?  Mumbai blasts are not everything, it just means that we have very difficult neibhourhood.   Let us curse the leaders who didnt close Kashmir issue, they wanted name, fame and stopped the war, leaving kashmir an unifinshed business. Then the bangladesh seperation saw them yelling at us. We are really stupids that we are not that proactive. We have been reactive.  Let someone do something for us and then we fight. Perils of too much of freedom and corrupted political conditions. We should always remember that, blaming pakistan is not always the only option we have. Let us grow from there.  Look, even pakistan is bleeding now. Pakistan political system is not really strong enough to curtail all this.  We must have sabotage plans, let us have our people into the so called terrorist groups. let us have decent networking into their wor

Let us fight back

Days look gloom. Various reasons. M umbai blasts claiming around 200 lives in M umbai , the economical capital of India and also the industry conditions. It is time, individuals need to be more careful. It is certainly not party time. We are yet to see the worst. Let us keep our jobs safe, reduce expenses and have enough savings to pay our EMIs at least for 6 months even without job. We need to be more careful about what we do. Let us make ourselves as inevitable so that our jobs are safe, and then our employers will become inevitable for their customers and that makes we surpass the difficult times with less pain.  It means, we work seriously, take the learning's well and work hard and smart. Going forward, it is going to be no more 9 to 5, 5 days a week work life. We might need to work more and more. On my personal account, I have decided to move on.  Everyone asked me, are you doing the right thing, but I have no other choice. Banks have increased EMIs , and expenses for li

Chiranjeevi, Hero or Villain

AP politics are getting spicier, with so many movie actors trying to test their luck into politics . Chiru started his own party after long long long long thought process and is still seem to be a fresher into politics.  There is Balakrishna , making his thanksgiving to chandrababu naidu who helped him out of Bellam konda suresh shoot out case.(Still people say that Bellamkonda suresh is having a bullet in his body even now). There is krishna and company, who are having some benefits related with their padmalaya studios, and hence will provide support to congress. And we have other opposition parties like CPM ,CPI who are not able to make up their minds that well. Though CPM looks decided,CPI (or should we say it is Narayana ) still looking out for alternate options. And as usual, you can never ever trust Mr. KCR , one of the shameless guys on earth. Add Devender goud , who felt he will never make it to No 1 in TDP so has his own party now. He want to try out his luck as

Career move

IT Industry looks dull day by day, and I strongly believe worst is yet to come. We are going to see lot more news about bulk firing at work places.  Present finance domain crisis is going to hurt most of the Indian companies who do business with headcount. More people, more work hours, more revenue model is not really scalable and is going to have problems time to time. Indian companies need to start next level evolution into software industry. We got hell lot of IT people in India who are competent . we need to break the walls of packaged software where we need to pay huge amount to get licenses.  Open source is there to help us, we need to leverage on open source concept and charge on the services. It is about committing to Open source, creating more open source projects and gaining expertise into the code base of existing open source projects. This will help us various myths like the software giants like MS are doing great job in writing software.  It is high time we change the


Abhi will  be  6 months old by September 11 th . He already started operating computer. He is very serious about it. When ever you hold him near the computer, his fingers love to dance on the keyboard and you know what?. He looks so professional :-). The computer stuff looks normal, though it is not thing of a infant of his age.  And now he loves news papers and he doesn't discriminate by language or title. For him Times of India, Eenadu or sakshi doesn't matter. He treats all of them with the same affection. But he differs from us the way we use them. He strongly disagrees with the basic purpose of new papers and he believes that it is another food item :-).

RTI Report Release - Press Reports

RTI here is a mail chain about RTI recent press release. Even I was part of this initiative in analysis of the RTI requests of previous years that went till CIC level. Rakesh Yes Harinath, well said. There is a lot that needs to be done. This report is specifically to highlight the govt apathy towards popularizing this. We need a larger debate. We are planning a panel discussion on this report towards the month end. I will keep you all informed. Till then , kudos to all of you who made this report possible and put in those hours. Lets create awareness. Cheers Rakesh --Harinath Hi Rakesh, I read the news morning itself. I was held up in something else and missed attending this session. Yes, there is lot of work still pending in improving the awareness on RTI. I found RTI as a singlepoint solution for many things. one example: our colony people have been struggling to get few basic things done by GHMC for the last few years. they even met Sabita indrareddy (minister and MLA for our area)

PVN Expressway to be ready only by May ’09

TIMES NEWS NETWORK 24th July 2008, Hyderabad edition Hyderabad: It will be a longer wait for air passengers waiting for the completion of P V Narsimha Rao Expressway to ease their travel woes. The complete commissioning of P V Narasimha Rao Expressway has been postponed once again, this time till May 2009. The construction of the 11.5 km P V Narasimha Rao Expressway from Sarojini Devi Hospital at Mehdipatnam to Aramgarh crossroads started in August 2006. The Rs 438 crore express highway project was expected to be completed in 26 months and be ready by October 2008. With the delay in the commissioning, the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (Huda) has come up with an alternate proposal, of opening a part of the flyover for use. Huda vice-chairman K S Jawahar Reddy told ‘TOI’ that Huda had sent a proposal to the government about opening the partially completed flyover. So far, only 4 km stretch of the expressway from SD Eye Hospital to Hyderguda has been completed. Officials sai

The making of PVNR Express Highway

Here is an update of the PV Narasimha Rao Express highway that is under construction in hyderabad. This connects Sarojini Devi Hospital with Aramgarh Cross road with a total of 11.6 KM. Once completed this could be the longest elevated highway in india. There seems to be around 320(approx, I found pillar number 290 before Aramgarh cross raod and a rough estimate of around 20 to 30 pillars further) Pillars that will be erected in total. At present pillars are erected till Upparpally X road. There are few left overs around musi river and hyderguda area (in total around 10 pillars). In total There are around 175 pillars constructed till now (approx). Pre-fabricated units are arranged between the pillars instead of layout the slab for the elevated highway. In some places(Especially when there are curves), it is done manually which takes lot of time. A quick observation about the work gives you undestanding of the present status of th work. Other than the starting ramp construction, every t

Pollution check

Look at this snap depicting intersting scenario. Not sure of the other cities but in hyderabad, some people are experts in rocket science. I guess Kalam might have got the motivation from hyderabad. See this scooter rocket, mistakenly travelling on the roads, rather than onto space. May be that is the reason, these rocket scooters do not display any vehicle number. We can call this technology as SSTV, scooter satellite travelling vehicle. If you are a hyderabadi and are used to inner ring road, you will find aero express planes(GMR aero express buses), plying on the roads. Those junk outdated old volvo buses with new look and feel, create hell lot of pollution, You feel like hell if you are lucky enough to go behind of a GMR bus on your bike. Well, I checked with RTA, these people not bothered about GMR organized proliferation of pollution as a free gift to the new metro city of india.

Abhinav in July 2008

Here is a snap of Abhinav, my son. He looks really cute.

Sign Board and bullock cart

See the interesting snaps near Aramgarh X road (cross of Inner ring road and NH7). First there is a sign board and bullock cart. Ayyayyoo...few steps bt bullock cart and the sign board gone. :-)

State matters -police

Police, supposed to be protectors of the state and people. Most of us have seen how bad the police could be, in most of the indian movies. That is true mostly, but there are some good people as well. I met police few months back, when some miscreants stopped the bus I am travelling and started breaking the window glasses. They damaged the front glass (infront of the driver) and also few of the window glasses. It happened somewhere near Kandukur(on the way to kalwakurthy\Srisailam from hyd). Some how some of us(passengers) were managed to catch hold of one guy in the team and took him to the kandukur police station. S.I in that station is ditto copy of the corrupted police we see in the movies. He almost took the stand of the miscreants and started doing settlment like penalty of 1000 or 1500/ from the miscreants, while the actual damage was more than 3000/-. I was really shouting at the SI, asking him whether this is what he is supposed to do. Then we came out of the police station an

State matters - media

I almost stopped blogging, partly because of the new policies at workplace.I cannot blog from workplace, i cannot see most of the sites, including flickr, picasa etc. Another reason was that I got into some project which didnt leave any scope for free time and the new manager who wanted to get something up so that he gets some visibility, so the team was busy all the time. At last, architecture, HLD,DLD etc are completed and hence I am out of the project. Well, the point that I wanted to discuss in this post is about the serious and funny aspects of the society. Media: I remember the college days, myself, TVB,Ramu(works for eenadu now) were really amused at the print media capacity. We used to write to 'Letters to the editor' columns of all the dialies (Telugu and english)and some times same item used to come in almost all the dailies(though it is not a daily occurance). The number of pen friends we got (most of them of opposite gender). It was great to have pen friends. I was

అబద్దపు సాక్షి

వాసి ఎక్కువగా ఉన్న సాక్షి పెపరును కెవలం 2 రుపాయలకే అంధజెయడం సంతొషించే విషయం. కాని ప్రతిరొజు ఎదో ఒక రకంగా ఈనాడు గ్రూపుని ఎత్తిచూపడం, ఎక్కడ అవకాశం వచ్చినా తెలుగుదెశాన్ని దొబ్బడం ఎమాత్రం బాగలెదు. తండ్రి సాయంతో కొడుకు పరిశ్రమలు పెట్టి ప్రబుత్వసాయంతో కోట్లకు పడగలెత్తిన వై ఎస్ ఆర్ కొడుకు జగన్, సాక్షి ని ప్రబుత్వానికి తొత్తులాగా తీర్చి దిద్దడంలో చాలా బిజి గా ఉన్నట్టు ఉన్నాడు. వక్రమార్గాలలో అదికారం చేజిక్కించుకొవడంలో రాజశెకరుడు మాంచి నిపుణుడు. అదికారంలో లెనప్పుడు నక్షలైట్లతో చెతులు కలిపి తెలుగు దెశం నాయకులని అడ్డదిడ్డంగా హత్యచెయించిన ఘనత ఈ అదినాయకుడిది. అదికారంలోకి వచ్చిన తరువాత టార్గెట్ ఇచ్చి మరీ ఫాక్షనిజం నిర్మూలణ పెరుతో గడువులోగా తెలుగు దెశం నాయకులని హత్య చెయించిన క్రెడిట్ కూడా వీరిదే మరి. చచ్చిన పామును కూడా ముక్కలుగా చెసి అనందిచే నైజం వీరిది. సినిమాలో విలను ఏరకంగా అయితె ప్రణాలికాబద్దంగా హిరోను నాశనం చెయాలని చూస్తాడో అదే మాదిరిగా ఈ నాయకుడు చెస్తున్నాడు(ఇక్కడ నా ద్రుష్టిలో తెలుగుదెశం కాని, ఈనాడు గ్రూపు కాని హిరో అని నా అర్థం కాదు). ఇక అసలు విశయానికి వస్తే సాక్షి వచ్చినపట్టినుంచ

New Entry

Yesterday we are gifted with our new family member. Tiny boy with just 1.8 kg, but with full of energy has entered into our life. few weeks back when my wife first observed his moments in her,we felt happy. Now the boy has come little early (atleast 3 weeks before then the planned). Its nice to feel his little body, small arms