brand new day?

Microsoft seems to be flaunting a new attitude, one that says "Yes we're evil. Now let us try to become good". Rob Scoble is almost 100% of the time using this as his basic evangelistic premise; new language technologies ASP and .Net support unix-friendly PerlScript; and the open-source-like pre-pre-pre-alpha release of Longhorn is full of this apparently positive approach.

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devnagari script kiddies

This news at Linux Delhi's site made me chuckle:

Two school students, Avneesh Chhabra (15) and Shivaas Gulati (15) designed a Hindi Devanagri font for an inter-school contest. They won the event, received assurances from Microsoft that the Seattle-based company may be interested in licensing the fonts from them, and then, on 25 November 2002, decided nevertheless to publish the fonts under the freedom-based Lesser Gnu Public License (LGPL).

The Inter-School contest was MODEM 2002 - I was there to conduct a quiz. The Font Design event was being held for the first time. The objective was to make an ITRANS mapped Unicode Hindi Font and it was quite exciting to see the entries, and the approaches used. Some guys had actually scanned and vectorized Hindi characters written with pencil on paper. Some entries looked like hacks of presently available stuff.

hungarian rhapsody

Finally had the Windows Programming Test today. Some blokes in our class kept postponing it for days, and it's really irritating because your schedule is all messed up because of that. Didn't do as well as I expected, but it was decent. It was good that we had the test - not because I wanted marks, but because atleast I sat and studied what the Windows API was all about. Having attempted at making my own Windowing library, getting to know what the real Windows is like is pretty cool.

My Windowing library - ah, it brings back old memories when I was in school. Sameer, my project partner used to sit around going, "naah - I think the class implementation was better if we did that". And I wrote the whole damn thing out. Helped me a lot - I must say. It helped me in get my 4GB hard disk - I have reason to believe the old one crashed because of the 100 reboots I used to subject my computer through under the name of "Video Memory Research". But the one thing I've learnt most from WinGUI is not the graphics, but about the sheer power of Open Source.

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