Giovanni Mazzurelli … in Goa


Italian hacker Giovanni Maruzzelli of celliax.org was in Goa, and gave a couple of fascinating talks here. One at BITS Pilani Goa campus, and the other at D-Link in Verna. In case you were wondering, Celliax.Org is about: developing GPL chan_celliax and chan_skypiax Asterisk channel drivers, to manage cellular phone and Skype calls via Asterisk. Asterisk (with celliax and skypiax) runs on Linux and Windows. Open source interface between Asterisk and Skype client, and between Asterisk and cellphones. Here’s a news item on his visit. F.decorate(_ge(‘photo_notes’), F._photo_notes).notes_go_go_go(2968247090, ‘http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3237/2968247090_b8d90c8044_t.jpg’, ‘3.1444’); Blogged with the Flock Browser Tags: hacker, skype, celliax, giovanni maruzzelli, … Continue reading Giovanni Mazzurelli … in Goa

Voice communications, smartly used, can bring the benefits of info to many


Techie-guru and ex-editor friend Vickram Crishna announced in cyberspace that Giovanni Maruzzelli would be visiting India. After a few emails were exchanged, he added Goa to his route. This Italian techie believes that the right solutions can turn telephones into a powerful tool. He speaks at the BITS Pilani Goa campus (Zuarinagar) on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 6 pm. Giovanni explains how techies could make a difference. An interview with Frederick Noronha (FN). FN: What is the focus of your trip to India? Giovanni Maruzzelli: I’m focusing mainly on two things: to enjoy incredible India, and to enjoy its … Continue reading Voice communications, smartly used, can bring the benefits of info to many

Mixing fixed lines and Internet telephony … Asterisk to the rescue


After a flurry of emails across the continents (and within Goa), it’s finally getting done. Giovanni Maruzzelli of Celliax.org is due to talk in Goa (BITS-Pilani Goa campus, Oct 22, 2008 at 6 pm, at the lecture theatre). Giovanni, from Italy, is touring India to make some presentations over 20 days on Asterisk, chan_celliax, chan_skypiax and directoriax at various venues. He explains it thus: Asterisk is a software PBX that connects fixed lines and Internet telephony, celliax and skypiax interface Asterisk with cellphones and Skype. Celliax use second-hand, recycled or cheap cellular phones as physical interface with the GSM network. … Continue reading Mixing fixed lines and Internet telephony … Asterisk to the rescue

Learning, teaching, learning… Free Software


At the August 2008 GNU/LUG (GNU/Linux Users’ Group) meet in Miramar, Goa, participants share knowledge and ideas about Stellarium, the astronomical free software product. An example of how teaching and learning, and the sharing of useful knowledge, happens at a Free/Libre and Open Source Software network. Check it out. Blogged with the Flock Browser Tags: software, GNU/Linux, ilug-goa, miramar, goa, india, software skills, learning models Continue reading Learning, teaching, learning… Free Software

Taking sharing to the classroom


The case for Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FOSS) in schools … this is a paper I put together for IOSN (International Open Source Network, South Asia) in Chennai. It was a learning experience working on it. You can read or download the whole paper from here: http://www.divshare.com/download/3321637-94c A quote: In the text above, one is presented with more than just hints of thevaried and many possibilities that FOSS opens up for schools in South Asia.There is clearly a profusion of tools available, which needs to beadequately exploited. As of now, however, the lack of easy-to-access FOSS skills could cause … Continue reading Taking sharing to the classroom

Computer education for rural kids riddled with obstacles


By Frederick Noronha There are plans afoot to computerise thousands of rural schools across India, attended mainly by poor children. But where is the software that is suitable for use in these schools? —————————————————————- WHY IS it easier for Indian school students to use the computer to study the geography of the United States, rather than know the states of their own country better? What is the fate of students in non-English schools who want to learn how to use computers optimally? In a word, are we producing suitable software to cope with the needs of our own schools? These … Continue reading Computer education for rural kids riddled with obstacles