Monthly Archives: June 2006

Future Cities India 2020 Competition – JOIN hands …

Engaging Young Minds to Secure our National Future

“India has earned a reputation for developing a highly skilled workforce to support its technical outsourcing industry. It is now time for us to direct our many talents inward, and address projects at home that will help secure India’s future. The Future Cities India 2020 program will engage some of India’s finest young minds in designing world-class infrastructure for economic growth and improved quality of life in our cities.”

Shri. Kapil Sibal
Minister for Science & Technology and Ocean Development

Vision of Future Cities India 2020

Future Cities India 2020… built on the ‘Vision2020’ of President of India

Create an geospatial literate community focusing on Science and Technology that contributes to the betterment of the urban/rural infrastructure of India while integrating Science & Technology with the development process

  • Using real world data to develop conceptual solutions to real world problems
  • Focus on high school and technical college students
  • Exposure to professional tools and techniques

Future Cities India 2020 – what is it

  • National competition – To start with a pilot in Delhi
  • High School and Technical College Student project – team based
  • Focused on real world challenges, using real world data
  • Using globally recognized professional software
  • Teachers serving as Program Counselors
  • Practicing professionals serving as team mentors
  • Outcomes are realistic/innovative proposals/answers
  • Students learning a marketable skill
  • Capacity building in geospatial technologies
  • Should plan on 100 hours to complete
  • Inspired by and working in cooperation with National Engineers Week Future City Competition in the United States

Team Composition

The Future Cities India 2020 Competition employs a team-based approach with distinct roles necessary for the successful completion of the project.
Each team has ….

  • Four students
  • Teacher/Program Coordinator
  • Engineer/mentors

What The Team Does

  • Develop/design a solution
  • Operates under a timeline
  • Builds a model representing their solution
  • Presents their design
    • in writing
    • presentation before judges
  • Team & School get visibility and recognition possibly as a Winner

Student Deliverables

  • The competition has two divisions
    • High School
    • Technical College
  • All students must complete the deliverables
  • Technical college participants must complete additional engineering justification
  • Deliverables include
    • Written document that includes a solution overview, cost analysis and proposal implications
    • Computer simulation
    • Physical model
    • Formal/verbal presentation
    • Expenditure statement
Please get more details from
and watch the winners of 2006 competitions online at

Virtualization is here …..

Unfortunately for a price .

Parallels Desktop for Mac is the first solution that gives Apple users the ability to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as Mac OS X on any Intel-powered iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook or MacBook Pro.
Unlike past software that allowed Windows programs to run on a Mac, Parallels Desktop does not need to emulate the hardware that’s inside a PC. That’s because Macs and PCs now use the same Intel-based chips. As a result, the speed of Parallels is far better than past efforts at bringing together the two operating systems, the software start-up said.

Unlike dual-boot solutions, in which users must completely shut down Mac OS X and endure a full OS start-up cycle to access a important application, Parallels Desktop for Mac empowers users with the ability to run important Windows programs like Outlook, Access, Internet Explorer and all other applications without having to give up the usability and functionality of their Mac OS X machine even for a few minutes.
You can use any version of Windows (3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me, 2000, NT, XP, 2003), any Linux distribution, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2, eComStation, or MS-DOS in secure virtual machines running alongside – not instead of – Mac OS X.
Using the Parallels Shared Folders you can even easily share documents and folders, or cut and paste data, between any Windows XP, 2003 or 2000 virtual machine and your Mac OS X machine.”

The apple site now actually mentions parallels instead of bootcamp. I believe there is a 15 day free trail ( yes , this has to be paid for ) , so everyone out there with an intel mac please do try this out and tell us.
According to parallels , their software runs as smoothly as bootcamp , but i doubt it .

This is actually the same technology ( or something like this ) that apple promises to incorporate into OS X 10.5 leopard (the next version ) .

Apple’s site
Parallels site

Book your PS3 now!

“Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3) has gone on sale on the web despite not being launched until November this year.

The next generation consoles are on offer as “pre-orders” to Europeans for £550 ($1,020) at online shop,

The website says that because of an expected European shortage, it cannot guarantee delivery before Christmas.

The PS3 is the successor to the best-selling PlayStation 2 and will compete with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii.

The Xbox 360 is already available, while the Wii is due out later this year.

All three consoles promise cutting edge processing and graphical power.

Higher price

Sony currently dominates the console market with more than 100 million PlayStation 2s in homes around the world.

The electronics giant had originally planned to launch the new console in the spring, but was forced to delay because of technical problems with its high-definition Blu-ray DVD drive.

The PS3 comes in two different models. The basic model has a 20GB hard drive, while the more expensive model comes with a 60GB one.

The lower end model also lacks wi-fi, a slot for memory cards and a HDMI port for high-definition programmes.

The model for sale on is the 60Gb model.

When Sony announced prices earlier this year it said that gamers would pay about £425 ($785) in the UK for the top end version of the machine. is also offering three games in its package. Driving simulator Formula One 06, flying game Warhawk and the karaoke-themed Singstar.

The website says the games shipped with the console may change due to availability.

Gamers will have to wait until later in the year to buy a console in the shops.

Japanese gamers will be the first to get their hands on the PS3 on 11 November while the console will arrive in the US and Europe on 17 November. “


So who’s the next Big Brother??

Washington, June 16: Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates will give up his day-to-day role in running the software giant that he co-founded in 1975 and devote more time to his philanthropic foundation, the firm announced.

The company announced that Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will immediately assume the title of chief software architect and begin working side by side with Gates on all technical architecture and product oversight responsibilities, to ensure a smooth transition. Similarly, Chief Technical Officer Craig Mundie will immediately take the new title of chief research and strategy officer and will work closely with Gates to assume his responsibility for the company’s research and incubation efforts; Mundie also will partner with general counsel Brad Smith to guide Microsoft’s intellectual property and technology policy efforts.

“Our business and technical leadership has never been stronger, and Microsoft is well-positioned for success in the years ahead. I feel very fortunate to have such great technical leaders like Ray and Craig at the company,” Gates said. “I remain fully committed and full time at Microsoft through June 2008 and will be working side by side with Ray and Craig to ensure that a smooth transition occurs.”
“This was a hard decision for me,” Gates added. “I’m very lucky to have two passions that I feel are so important and so challenging. As I prepare for this change, I firmly believe the road ahead for Microsoft is as bright as ever.”

“Bill and I are confident we’ve got a great team that can step up to fill his shoes and drive Microsoft innovation forward without missing a beat,” Ballmer said. “We will continue to hire the world’s best technical talent and give them the tools to do their best work, and we will continue to tackle the biggest challenges and opportunities for our customers by investing for the long term.”

Ozzie and Mundie will continue to report to Gates. At an appropriate time during the two-year transition period, they will shift to reporting to Ballmer.

—Aditya Jain—

PS: wonder if the guy at 1,Infinite Loop is feeling happy?




1. Computer Society of India is conducting a National level School Students Software competition. The winners will represent the country in the International software competitions as per details given below.

2.Objective :

To bring out problem solving and programming talents, in school students, with speed, accuracy and team co-ordination, in a competitive environment, at the regional, national and international levels and motivate them with due recognition besides attractive prizes and certificates.

3. Eligibility :

3.1 It is a team based competition. Each team will consist of 3 students. All team members of school teams must be full-time students under 17 years of age, i.e. born on or after 1st January 1989.

3.2 A school can register one team only.

4. Format:

4.1 The competition will be of two (2) hours in duration, consisting of 4 problems using ONE of the Programming languages. Viz., C or C++. It is to test the problem solving ability using a computer programming language. The teams will be selected on the basis of correct outputs, speed of submission of solutions to problems.

4.2 A first level Regional Competition is scheduled for 9th July 2006. List of cities where Regional Competition was held last year is given below. Depending on response of more teams, centres can be increased as appropriate. Please indicate your choice of the city. However, if the number of teams is less to organize the competition in that city, we shall allocate the next nearest centre with sufficient notice to you.

1. New Delhi 2. Mumbai 3. Chennai 4. Kolkatta 5. Bangalore 6. Hyderabad 7. Cochin 8. Vadodara 9. Pune 10 Chandigarh 11. Lucknow 12. Guwahati 13. Bhubaneswar 14. Bhopal 15. Jaipur 16. Nagpur

4.3 National level Final Competition will be held in Chennai on 6th August 2006.

4.4 Prizes: First Prize : Rs.15,000/- Second Prize : Rs.10,000/-

4.5 Travel etc assistance: The teams selected for participation in the National Level Final Competition, with one accompanying teacher per team will be paid the actual cost of travel II Class railway fare by the Sleeper class by shortest route from the origin to destination (Chennai) and back.

Local Hospitality : suitable boarding and lodging facility will be provided at Chennai.

5. Participation in SEARCC International Competitions : The two winning teams at the National level will represent India at the International competition to be held in COLOMBO, SRI LANKA between 13th & 16th September 2006.

You are requested to fill in the attached registration form and send to me to reach on or before 21-06-2006. You may send your nomination by email also in word format.

The Director
Computer Society of India
C.I.T. Campus, Taramani Chennai – 600 113.
Tel./Fax : 044 – 22542874

E-mail :

5th CSIR Diamond Jubilee Invention Award


Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) is the premier Industrial R&D Organisation in India. It has been a path setter in the Intellectual Property Movement in the country and a thought leader internationally. CSIR’s own IPR record is enviable. It is by far the largest patent holder in India and ranked amongst one of the top PCT patent filers from all developing countries. On the occasion of its Diamond Jubilee in 2002, CSIR initiated Invention Awards for school children to create awareness, interest and motivation for Intellectual Property amongst children.

This year CSIR announces the ‘Fifth CSIR Diamond Jubilee invention Award for School Children’. The first prize winner would also become eligible for WIPO’s Young Inventor’s Award carrying a medal and a certificate.

The Applicant

Any Indian student enrolled in an Indian school below the age of 18 years as on 31st July 2006 can apply.

The Application

Applicant must provide the details of the invention submitted for the award in not more than 5000 words in English including an abstract (in not more than 100 words), authenticated (by giving seal and date) and sent through the Principal/ Head of the School where the student is enrolled and personal details on a separate page as follows:
Name, date of birth, school and residential address, class, telephone no. (residence/school), e-mail address.

In case of proposals already selected for state, national, international or equivalent awards, only the subject matter covering the improvements need to be submitted for consideration of CDJIA-2006. Published inventions would be considered as per the provisions of the Patent Act.

The applications for the award not exceeding 5000 words only in English with requisite drawings will be considered. The write-up must describe the subject matter in a problem-solution mode and highlighting the novel and non-obviousness feature of the invention.

The Invention

The invention submitted should be one that is globally novel, non-obvious and utilitarian. It could be a new concept or idea or a solution to an existing problem or completely a new method/ process/ device/ utility. It is not essential/ necessary that the invention should have been worked, only the concept of the invention should have been proved through a model, a prototype or experimental data. Details of any assistance/ guidance provided by teachers/parents/friends or others must be appropriately mentioned and acknowledged.

The Submission

Typed applications to be sent by Registered Post/Courier to: Head, Intellectual Property Management Division, CSIR, NISCAIR Building, 14 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110 067 with the envelope marked on top left hand corner ‘CDJIA-2006’. You may send application also by email :

The Deadline

Applications received on or before 15th August 2006 will be considered for the Award.


There are in all 60 prizes besides a certificate, as follows:
First Prize (1 No.)Rs. 50,000/-
Second Prize (2 Nos.) Rs. 25,000/- each
Third Prize (3 Nos.) Rs. 15,000/-each
Fourth Prize (4 Nos.) Rs. 10,000/-each
Fifth Prize (50 nos.) Rs. 5,000/- each


The awardees will be selected by a high level Awards Selection Committee. If required the short listed candidates may be called for Interview at Delhi or at any other appropriate place. The decision of the Awards Selection Committee/CSIR will be final and binding on the applicants and no enquiries/ correspondence in this regard will be entertained.

The Results

The Awards will be announced on CSIR Foundation Day, the 26th September 2006 at New Delhi and would be communicated to the Awardees only.

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We’ve got “Gmail for your domain” up and running for after we got the invite from Google. Now, all of us can have email addresses
Shortest length allowed is 1 character. We have 48 more accounts left, so it’s first come first serve if you want to get the id you want.
Email with the id and password that you want (you can obviously change the password later.), as there is no option for sign-up, only an admin account can create accounts.
So, go get yours!
And you can check your mail here
P.S. I know the logo looks weird, but we’re working on a resized version of it to fit the top block in “gmail for your domain”. It will soon be fixed.

Apple pulls out of India

Apple has pulled out its software development and support operations in India. The company had commenced operations in April and hired about 30 people for its subsidiary, Apple Services India Pvt Ltd. At a meeting on May 29, Apple announced its decision to lay off all its employees. Apple officials told them that “the company is revaluating its operations and has thought of pulling back its Indian operations”.

Apple is giving these employees a severance package of two months salary. It will settle all claims on June 9. When contacted, Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesperson, said, “We have re-evaluated our plans and have decided to put our planned support centre growth in other countries.”

Apple continues to operate its sales and marketing arm in Bangalore which employs 25 people. For most employees it was a bolt from the blue. “It started off with building dreams. We were not given any warning. They just told us the operations would now head back to the US,” said a sacked employee. “On May 15, Apple officials addressed us and were highly appreciative of the workforce and the task it would execute in India. I wonder why they never said anything even then,” said another fired employee.

Considering the low-cost, high-quality talent pool that Bangalore offers, it is unclear why Apple decided to shut shop just over a month after it commenced operations. LoopRumors also reported that Steve Jobs was planning a trip to India in April, which he never did. Apple had set itself a hiring target of 600 by the year-end. After a gala induction ceremony on April 17, the operations team went to Transworks for training. Some of the managers were about to leave for the US for further training when they were asked to stay put.

source: Slashdot, Times of India.