Athens Digital Week 2009

OK. Today’s post will also have some Greek as it concerns a big technology festival in Athens, Athens Digital Week, at which I participated last year with Fedora. Actually I think it was the first time I participated somewhere as a Fedora Ambassador. It also has an open source section thus  last year we had Max Spevack‘s talk!

Ζηλεύω πάρα πολύ τα παιδιά που θα συμμετάσχουν καθώς είναι μια πολύ ωραία εμπειρία. Δεν μπορώ να ξεχάσω πόσο ωραία ήταν πέρσυ, με την συμμέτοχή του Fedora στο φεστιβάλ. Μιλάγαμε συνεχώς στον κόσμο, πχ η φωνή του Πιέρρου έκλεισε (μάλλον είμαι φτιαγμένος για να μιλάω πολύ) αλλά η κούραση που νιώθαμε στο τέλος ήταν γλυκιά, ήταν από κάτι που θέλαμε  να κάνουμε και όσο το κάναμε νιώθαμε την ανταμοιβή.

Πλέον ως πιο εμπειρος Ambassador θα μπορούσα να βοηθήσω ακόμη πιο πολύ αλλα δυστυχώς είναι λίγο δύσκολο από την Barcelona. Ψάχνω απεγνοσμένα για κάποιο event εδώ, ώστε να βοηθήσω. Είναι δύσκολο να οργανώσω κάτι ο ίδιος διότι δεν γνωρίζω Καταλανικά αλλά και τα Ισπανικά μου δεν θα βοηθούσαν σε κάτι που απαιτεί συνεχή ομιλία.

At the previous paragraph I mention that I would be interested to help as much as I can (I have brought some Fedora and Fedora Electronic lab leaflets with me) in organizing an event here in Barcelona. I don’t speak catalan and my castellano are not the best, but I would love to participate (and also speak in English, not all people in Barcelona are locals).

And something out of topic, here are some pictures from the peaceful-interesting-beautiful Valencia :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/constanton/sets/72157622449169847/

Use your Nokia cellphone for presentations

Today I didn’t have many things to do (“You have to do the laundry” sais the little angel on my right shoulder, “Yeah…Whatever” says the little devil on my left) so I checked out what Google has to offer me (as a Fedora user) now that I am at the mercy of the internet. I checked out Picasa, Google Reader, Google Desktop and amora (not a google app). I am sure you are familiar with the 3 first ones. But the last one may not ring you any bell…If you own a Nokia cellphone actually, you should know it (and yes, I allow you to check the link before you finish reading this post 🙂 ). I own a Nokia N82, and amora offers me the means to controll my computer via my mobile’s keyboard (mostly for presentations though).

To install amora I also had to install Python for S60 first (for N82 I found this one and works fine). It’s so cool! I tried it with OOo Impress and works great! 🙂  I can’t wait to use it!

To install any google application on fedora you have to follow this guide : first configure the rpm key and then configure yum .

By the way I couldn’t launch picasa because I have to intsall the 32-bit openssl package! damn…Not in the mood to fix it 😛

Google Reader works fine (also Google Reader notifier) . ActualIy, I was using the RSS plugin for Evolution, which is not bad, but now I don’t have to wait for all the feeds to get updated to read my mail properly.

Google Desktop? I don’t think I will ever use it as Firefox is open as long as my notebook is switched on.

edit : amora is simply hosted inside google-code (I didn’t make that clear enough). It was implemented by Adenilson Cavalcanti a developer from “Instituto Nokia de Tecnologia” (Nokia Institute of Technology – Brazil).(thanks to Ademar)

I’m flying with Firefox

Well, first of all, my find-something-bad-to-make-you-downgrade period for Fedora 11 is over and the results are as expected…using my computer on daily bases is a procedure that leveled up. But the beauty of it is that you know you are using free software. Software that is shared to you and belongs to you thanks to other people that believe in freedom. And then you say “hey! maybe I should contribute” because that’s your way to say thank you and learn stuff. That’s how I feel to be honest. So, just because I use Firefox every day for many hours, I decided to say thanks this time by contributing as a Test Pilot 🙂 . OK, I admit that I am also curious to see how this whole thing is going to work. I also can’t hide that I want to be a package maintainer for Fedora, but I have lots in my mind right now.

Furthermore, the last 3 days I try to focus on wireless sensor networks which of course means my familiarization with TinyOS and other technologies which are extremely cool. There is the need of great effort from my part though. Anyway, networks ,electronics and applications that can be used for HCI …no need to ask for more 🙂

I almost forgot CHECK THIS OUT: academicearth.org when I first saw it I tried not to behave like the men at the recent Heineken commercial (cheering like crazy). Thanks Christos!

Fedora 11 released and me being busy.

OK. Now that I have the chance to take a break from studying, I can finally make a post. I’m in the middle of my exams period.

First of all, I’m writing from my clean-installed Fedora 11 x86_64 system :). You have to see it boot. Everything seems to work just fine. I just forgot to save my bookmarks :P. But! After the installation I didn’t forgot to yum groupinstallElectronic Lab‘ .

I am looking forward to start a project suggested from my professor at the TEI.  It will concern low power microcontrollers for wireless sensor networks. And guess what…it will be open source !!! (I just found out about uClinux and this) After my exams period I will try to find out how this can be combined with Fedora. Furthermore, maybe there is a chance I will do a little research (or something like that, I don’t know for sure yet) on HCI systems in collaboration with the University of Athens on February. I hope this will come true :). We’ll see.

I’m also getting ready for my studies at Barcelona, at the Facultad de Informática de Barcelona of the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya  (UPC), I was accepted as an Erasmus student for the next semester. I’m in search of a place to stay. Single rooms with wifi and my own WC are hard to find though. I hope I’ll make it. I will also look forward to meet guys of the local Fedora community there. It’ll be fun.

To be honest I wanted this post to be for my presentation at NTUA which went well, not as many people as I expected. But hey! We never give up, and we always try to become even better. The presentation lasted for 1 hour and I tried to be as much prepared as possible. It’s not easy when you are a pre-graduate student of electronics to talk about VLSI systems etc. I am still waiting for photographic material to post.

FossComm 2009 : recap :)

Friday 8/5 was  quite a busy day. After I finished my courses  etc. and once again I headed for home through the hell that has been renamed to “national road” at mid-day (all thanks to my fellow Greeks who crash their cars every now and then).  Anyhow, when I finally arrived home I picked up my Fedora and FEL (Fedora Electronic Lab)  leaflets, my laptop and everything else I needed to go to FossComm 2009 along with Pierros and friends.

Well, the trip was fine and we had a stop at Volos for a bit greek meze and a little bit of tsipouro. Afterwards we went to Larissa , got to the Hotel and relaxed in our rooms. I also met there my friend Alexandros. Anyways, Friday was not as interesting as Saturday.

Next morning we were at the TEI of Larissa to prepare our booth for Fedora for the whole event (along with Christos Bacharakis, Thalia Papoutsaki and Pierros) ! We unpacked everything, from fliers to OLPC, plus I had my laptop to show some programs on FEL. All guys there did a great job organizing the event. The atmosphere was relaxing and also exciting.

I can’t describe how the night went. Α word that could describe most of the people that attended the feast at the tsipouradiko (tavern with lots of tsipouro and greek meze dishes) would be “kurumpelo” which means drunk, but I believe we were more or less drunk but very joyful and in a great mood for company. (But seriously, I have no idea how the guy with the bicycle ended up safe at his house…)

FossComm attendies, presenters, organizers etc all together :)
FossComm attendies, presenters, organizers etc all together 🙂

Now, let’s talk about Sunday 🙂 .  Pierros Papadeas ‘s presentation on the Fedora project went really well! He really made clear of the goals, the people that support it, explained the four foundations etc…It was cool. Dimitris Glezos presented Transifex. For those who don’t already know, it’s an open source project, a localization web platform already used by the Fedora Project (Dimitris is a member of th Fedora Board!) and Red Hat, developed by Dimitris and the rest of  Indifex ‘s (yeap, his company) engineers team.

My presentation on FEL went quite good. It happened during our Fedora 11 Hackfest. I had to point out the goals of FEL, some interesting features that has and that will have (thanks Chitlesh!). I also presented some very interesting tools for design and simulation of circuits. I also mentioned the advantages of FEL, live every other Spin of Fedora has. It was my first presentation and the audience was not very into electronics (except to 2 out of 20-25 people). I had to try not to become boring, so I had to make changes instantly to what I previously prepared to say. Not the best feeling but at the end it was fun and I gained a great experience.

On Monday the Fedora 11 Hackfest continued but I was absent due to a lab at my school I had to attend.

For even more interesting photos and videos —-> FTP Server of Linux Team

I’m glad this post is over because there’s a lot more that I have to post. Busy week, busy month, busy year…

My self at FossComm 2009 - FEL presentation
My self at FossComm 2009 - FEL presentation