Its been over 4 months since I last updated this blog. Past few months have been very eventful. I did some things and did not do some, like updating this blog, which had its own consequences.

Anyway, I had my sixth semester exams till 20th June after which, had a month-long holiday at home :) during which I completed a 4-week course on PHP and started working on a desktop app. based on the Spelling Bee. The code is hosted here. A recent screenshot of the app.A lot of work is still left to be done. Hoping to do a release very soon.

A Fedora Activity Day was held at the Red Hat office at Pune, India on the 29th and 30th of May, 2010. The event page can be found here and the reports by the attendees is here. I had the opportunity to be a part of the event which turned out to be a great learning experience for me.

meejan , yevlempy and /me reached Pune just past midnight on the 28th. We reached the Red Hat office the next day at 9 a.m. The day started with a session on GNU Autotools by debiansid after which everyone present there spoke of the work they intended to do over the weekend. After struggling with many typos for sometime, I finally managed to get things working.

Meejan and /me worked on gFotoStat over the two days. Since the release of v 0.2, we had got a list of around 8 bugs/features to be worked upon and I worked on shortening the list as much as possible. Meanwhile, I also submitted the gfotostat spec for  review.  Meejan and myself managed to kill some of the bugs and added a Preferences menu to the app. (it is not fully functional as of now). Unmanindu suggested to add an option to select the bar or pie charts to be set as default view from the Preferences menu. Also, on the 30th was his talk on OLPC as a Fedora downstream which was recorded by kushal. View the talk here (111 mb)

Towards the end of the event, there was a feedback session and discussion whether organizing such FADs did serve its purpose and  FUDCon among other things.

Some work still left to do after which I will be finishing as soon as my semester exams wrap up (on the 18th) Expecting  the v0.3 release of gFotoStat very soon after that.

It’s been quite a while since the initial release of gFotoStat. Meejan and myself have been working on adding new features to the app. and killing bugs and are extremely happy to release gFotoStat v 0.2  :D

The latest version can be downloaded here.

New features added :-

  • All generated images have proper descriptions.
  • Bar chart functionality added. Now, user has option to view either pie chart or bar charts.
  • User can save the generated image(s) from the File menu (it saves in the png format as of now

This is the intial screen that greets you when gFotoStat is first run.

Click on ‘Browse’ and select a folder containing some pictures. Click on ‘Generate’ to generate the charts.

A snapshot of the generated bar chart.

Few more snaps :-

Shutter Speed Bar Plot

Focal Length Pie Chart

We did manage to kill some bugs, but there still a few (read: many) are left.

Looking forward to add more features too… any comments/feedback would be of much  help!

For the past few weeks, Meejan and myself have been working on a photograph statistics application, gFotoStat.

In the form of pie-charts, gFotoStat provides info such as the Aperture, ISO, Focal Length and Shutter Speed of a number of images of a  folder. The first release v 0.1 :D can be found here for download.

All this began on 4th March’ 10, when Kushal Das was in Durgapur to take a workshop on Python and PyGtk in Dr. B. C. Roy Engineering College. Staying up till 4 a.m., Harsh(yevlempy), Meejan, Kushal, Rtnpro and myself, had a lot of fun and that night, gFotoStat was born :D. Since then, Meejan and myself have been working on it closely with Kushal and now, a basic, usable version is ready.

It’s the first time that we’re working on something like this and this has been a very good learning experience. Over the coming few weeks, we intend to add more features such as an option to view bar charts instead of pie-charts, etc. and kill more and more bugs (got sooo many already! :D ). The app’s still an infant! ;)

Would be pleased to receive feedback or suggestions that might help…

Mukti is the annual FOSS festival organised by the GNU/Linux Users Group of NIT Durgapur. Mukti 2010 was held on 5-7th Feb. Students from various institutions in and around Durgapur and many FOSS enthusiasts were present through the three days and AFAIK, for the first time, the registrations crossed the 1000 mark! :D

The first day began with the lighting of the lamp after which Prof. S. Bhattacharya, Director, NIT Durgapur, Mr. Indranil Das Gupta and Mrs. Stephanie Das Gupta addressed the audience.  There were many events and workshops and after hanging around a bit at the IOTA stall, I went to attend the workshop on “Developing applications using Android“; although, I missed the workshop on Qt. :(

The second day,  Indradg, Stepdg, Rtnpro and myself went to Bijra High School and thus, missed most of the events. The final day, I attended Debayan Banerjee’s session entitled “FOSS + Me” in which he talked about his own experiences with FOSS. It was inspiring to know the kind of the commitment he put into his work. This was the last talk of Mukti’10.

Although this time I did not attend many sessions ( just two in fact), it was nice to meet FOSSy people especially Indradg, Stephdg and Debayan. Debayan is one of the guys whom I know from the days when I had just begun using Linux and meeting him was a very nice experience. :)

Congratulations to all those who put their labour to make the event a huge success and hoping that the next year would be even bigger.

A workshop was organised at IMPS College of Engineering & Technology, Malda from the 12th to 14th of October, ’09 with the objective of introducing the FOSS world to the students. See this.
Kushal Das, Rtnpro, Yevlempy, Meejan and /me reached Malda on 12th morning. That journey to Malda has found a permanent place in my memory. Kushal da and Harsh(yevlempy) boarded the train from Sealdah, while rtnpro, meejan and myself were to board from Burdwan at 00:38.
It was around 00:20 that we decided to check out the reservation charts put up at the station. Surprisingly, we found our name missing from the list. Taking a good look at the print-out of the ticket, it dawned onto us that the booking was made for 11th Oct. (Thanks a lot, rtnpro!) and since it was past midnight, the date had changed to 12th! :-/ It was 00:30 by now and we dashed off to get tickets again.
Anyways, we did reach Malda and also got something to laugh at in the future. :) Thereafter, for the next three days, there were two sessions everyday, each being of around 2 hours’ duration.  2nd, 3rd and 4th year students from the IT dept. were told about FOSS, the 4F, Fedora, etc. Getting involved, where and how to begin, various ongoing projects, ideas, S0C, documentation, translation, etc. were discussed. Python found a liking among all of them, especially the 2nd years ones, who said that now, they would loath writing C codes for stacks and queues. :D  Pdfs, links, etc. were given to all and had there been an active internet connection, IRC would have been shown in a better way.
At the end of the day, the whole experience was very good and I’m looking forward to attend many more such events in future. Besides, also got a chance to meet with Kushal da after a long time. :)

A workshop was organised at IMPS College of Engineering & Technology, Malda from the 12th to 14th of October, ’09 with the objective of introducing the FOSS world to the students. The event page is here.

Kushal Das, Rtnpro, Yevlempy, Meejan and /me reached Malda on 12th morning. That journey to Malda has found a permanent place in my memory. Kushal da and Harsh(yevlempy) boarded the train from Sealdah, while rtnpro, meejan and myself were to board from Burdwan at 00:38.

It was around 00:20 that we decided to check out the reservation charts put up at the station. Surprisingly, we found our name missing from the list. Taking a good look at the print-out of the ticket, it dawned onto us that the booking was made for 11th Oct. (Thanks a lot, rtnpro!) and since it was past midnight, the date had changed to 12th! :-/ It was 00:30 by now and we dashed off to get tickets again.

Anyways, we did reach Malda and also got something to laugh at in the future. :) Thereafter, for the next three days, there were two sessions everyday, each being of around 2 hours’ duration.  2nd, 3rd and 4th year students from the IT dept. were told about FOSS, the 4F, Fedora, etc. Getting involved, where and how to begin, various ongoing projects, ideas, S0C, documentation, translation, etc. were discussed. Python found a liking among all of them, especially the 2nd years ones, who said that now, they would loath writing C codes for stacks and queues. :D  Pdfs, links, etc. were given to all and had there been an active internet connection, IRC would have been shown in a better way.

At the end of the day, the whole experience was very good and I’m looking forward to attend many more such events in future. Besides, also got a chance to meet with Kushal da after a long time. :) Pics are here.

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