BarCamp Mauritus

BarCamp Mauritius

This is the first barcamp in Mauritius. It has been organized by Mauritius Network, and will take place from the 20th to the 21st of June 2008.

For information on what is a barcamp πŸ™‚

BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences β€” open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants β€” often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats.

Read more here.

On the menu of this rendez-vous:

  • Blog Creation
  • Web 2.0 Application Demos
  • Multimedia Workshops
  • Historicals of information technology
  • and much more…

You can register for this event here.

Virtualization using VirtualBox

Microsoft Virtual PC, which is a quiet efficient tool but needs licences to work with. Today while browsing the web i came to get accross a free open source alternative: VirtualBox

I installed it, had a copy of Linux Ubuntu and created it new virtual guest OS, it took me about 1 hour to set everything up.
From VirtualBox website:

VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). See “About VirtualBox” for an introduction.

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.

VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases and has an ever growing list of features, supported guest operating systems and platforms it runs on. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Sun ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.

That said, I seriously encourage any developer, who needs Virtual OS to run, to either to make a development platform or doing test.

Here are some screen shots of running Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.

Is Google home page illegal ?

Several articles are going along the web saying that Google home page has baffles the “California Online Privacy Protection Act.”, which states that:

Any commercial net operation that collects personal info about its users “shall conspicuously post its privacy policy on its Web site.” This means a link to the policy must be “located on the homepage or first significant page after entering the Web site.”

Thus an army of privacy-minded people have came out to reason to make Google add a link to their privacy policy on their home page.

Here are some articles related to this:
World realizes Google home page is ‘illegal’
Google Fights for the Right to Hide Its Privacy Policy
Is Google Violating a California Privacy Law?

The 30 skills every IT person should have

I found this article on infoworld.com it was written by Richard Casselberry. Here are some of them you can read the rest of the article here.

1. Be able to fix basic PC issues. These can be how to map a printer, back up files, or add a network card. You don’t need to be an expert and understand how to overclock a CPU or hack the registry, but if you work in IT, people expect you to be able to do some things.

[ If you have IT staffers who aren’t up to snuff, fire them. Learn how to do it right. ]

2. Work the help desk. Everyone, from the CIO to the senior architect, should be able to sit down at the help desk and answer the phones. Not only will you gain a new appreciation for the folks on the phones, but you will also teach them more about your process and avoid escalations in the future.

3. Do public speaking. At least once, you should present a topic to your peers. It can be as simple as a five-minute tutorial on how IM works, but being able to explain something and being comfortable enough to talk in front of a crowd is a skill you need to have. If you are nervous, partner with someone who is good at it, or do a roundtable. This way, if you get flustered, someone is there to cover for you.

4. Train someone. The best way to learn is to teach.

5. Listen more than you speak. I very rarely say something I didn’t already know, but I often hear other people say things and think, “Darn, I wish I knew that last week.”

Read more…

Firefox Download Day 2008

Download Day 2008

Set a Guinness World Record, Enjoy a Better Web

Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do is get Firefox 3 during Download Day to help set the record for most software downloads in 24 hours – it’s that easy. We’re not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.

By the way, the official date for the launch of Firefox 3 will be posted here soon – so check back! Join our community and this effort by pledging today.

Download Day 2008

Freelancing, Online jobs for professionals

Nowadays many professionals in different activity sector offers their services and expertise through freelance portals. These portals are websites were you can post job offerings and register as a freelance to take job offerings. In terms of business, you can bargain and get the work done at an affordable price with expert professionals.

So where is the catch ? Why doesn’t everyone go online and work as a freelancer ?

It’s quiet simple, before getting a Job online it can take quiet a while you must register to several websites either paid or non paid, then apply for job positions that fits your expertise, wait for an answer and if you are accepted start working. When working as a freelancer you are not bound by any long term contract many a time, you get to work on a module for 1 month and when the job is done, you simply have to get to the entire process again, which can sometimes take several weeks before you get another job. So being a freelance is a tedious and long process, but it is quiet a remunerative process, since you get to work on different project and gain much more experience.

Since I have expertise in Web Technology and Programming here are some websites that i am registered to.

Guru.com

Guru.com Logo Guru.com was launched August 2000 (as A2Zmoonlighter.com)
It’s Mission: To provide the most efficient platform to connect and perform transactions with freelance professionals locally, nationally, and globally.

Guru.com Baseline

Odesk.com

odesk logo Odesk.com was created in 2003
It’s Mission: Build the world’s best network of technology service providers through screening, testing, and feedback
Offer the platform that lets buyers successfully hire, manage, and pay service providers from around the world

odesk platform

thecodingmachine.com

The Coding Machine Logo thecodingmachine.com was launched in late 2006
It’s Mission: offers you IT services. Thanks to a new approach, your projects can be delivered quicker and at lower cost.
Has created a web platform and linked together coders from all over the world.

There are many for website offering job posting and freelance work but, there are a the one i experienced with and i find them pretty good tools to deal with when you are searching for a job online to share your expertise.

Leave your comment on other sites that might be good, I’ll review them and update this post.

Creating your South Park Avatar

South Park AvatarSo, you are a fan of South Park and you want a fancy avatar like mine. It’s quiet easy and free. Just to to the South Park Studios website. Where by the way you can view all the 174+ episodes of south park.

Now to go the Avatar Creation section. You will find below the procedure to create a fully fancy south park character. You can try it yourself afterwards.
Step 1: New Character

Click on the New Character button on the bottom of page and then choose your character charcteristics:

Female, Male, Canadian, 4th Grader, Kindergartner

Then click Select to go to the next step


Create a new Character

Step 2: Choose your skin type

Step 3: Choose your accessories and be creative

Here are some random creation that i came up with πŸ™‚ you can download and use them as you wish.

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If you want to post your creation here, don’t hesitate send them to me, I’ll gladly put them on this post.

mypictr – we make your profile picture

While adding my blog on some blog directory yesterday, I “bumped” on a nice web tool that helps you to create profile picture for web social networks. It is many a times a harassing task to get pictures in an acceptable format for each of the social networks website you are registered too. Some need avatars size, some portrait size and others custom size. With the help of this small web tool, you can in a flash create the picture either save it on your PC or send it to an email address. Here are some screen shots of the site: http://mypictr.com/

mypictr interface