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Hi! I’m Justin Raj, a stock broker by profession, is also a freelance Journalist, an amateur Filmmaker and an enthusiastic Marathoner who possesses the ‘bad habit’ of writing too much. And as long as that ‘bad habit’ stays with me, I keep on posting to my blog.

A blogger is basically a tech-savvy writer. He is a keen observer with a sharing mind, not a silent spectator to all events which happen around him. If a reader is a person who loves to gain knowledge, a blogger or writer is one who loves to share his knowledge and dare to speak out his opinions and ideas. Like a singer expresses by singing, dancer by dancing, actor through acting, a blogger blogs his feelings and ideas out. Literally, Freedom of Expression is his shield and the blog is his Sword.

Here in my blog, write-ups are archived in 9 labels. In ‘Sweet and Bitter’ you can read about my diverse life experiences and valuable lessons I learnt from it. ‘Published Articles’ offers you my articles which have been published in Daily Newspapers. In ‘Random Brain Waves’ you can meet up with my random (or at times, weird) ideas. Poetry writing has eventually become a new hobby as well as a part of my blog. You can read my poems in ‘Verses’. In ‘Marathon’ label, you can read about my marathon experiences, challenges and how running a marathon can shape a man’s life.

‘Vlog’ is a recent addition to my blog as I realize the potential future of visual media. Sometimes, a 3-minute video can do the magic of expression than a 3000 word article. In this label you can watch the short films, documentaries, advertisements et al I have made. ‘Favorite Articles’ consists of articles which have influenced my outlook and attitude on life. Being a tireless traveler, ‘Travel’ label takes you to various travel experiences of mine. Conducting researches is a part of Journalism. In ‘Research Articles’ label you can get articles which throw light on various researches I have conducted.

Every life meets with various challenges, diverse experiences and at the end, all those teach us valuable lessons for our future. Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own said H. G. Bohn. I learn more by my own mistakes than others. It doesn’t mean that I’m a fool! I learn from other’s lives too. My blog is a platform for sharing not only my life experiences but also the valuable lessons, ideas and poetry triggered by them.

To my mind, blog is a thinking man's tool. Blogging is more a passion than a hobby for me. It is as if talking something to someone somewhere in world. My words keep on talking to the visitors of my blog. I can feel the magic of words! And that’s the power of blogging!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Linux Love!

I was introduced to the world of Open Source Softwares by the Chip Magazine’s -www.chip.in- June 2009 edition. It provided along with other complimentary DVDs, a Live DVD of Linux Ubuntu Operating System (OS). I was amazed and thrilled to use the new OS on my laptop. Installation of Ubuntu was effortless and I made my laptop a dual boot one with both Ubuntu and Windows Vista. 


Not only I converted my laptop but also informed all my close geeky friends about Ubuntu. They all knew about it but never tried or used it. After seeing my enthusiasm, most of my neighborhood friends and also hostel mates set up their computers as dual boot. Surprisingly, some of them even dared to uninstall Windows from their computer! Now, I’m the brand ambassador of Linux here in my class, home and hostel.
After reading a lot about Linux Ubuntu, I really fell in love with their philosophy. The philosophy of sharing, helping and modifying. To know more about their philosophy log on to www.ubuntu.com. A person who knows the source code (which is open to all) can modify the software according to his/her preferences and transfer to others.

When it comes to Ubuntu the most astonishing features are: it’s free, easily available and highly secure from viruses and hackers. When you use Ubuntu or other Linux variants, an internet connection is a pre-requisite. You can install softwares only with the help of an internet connection. You can do any work which can be done with Windows in Linux with almost same quality. You can find the Open Source alternatives of Windows at www.sourceforge.net.
If Bill Gate’s Windows have made personal computing an affordable experience to most of us, Open Source tools make computers more accessible to laymen and students especially from third world countries who don’t have the financial capability to pay for the licensing fees which is attached with most of the softwares available today.
Realizing its potential Sun Microsystems forayed into the Open Source market with their OpenSolaris OS and tools. (Thanks to Chip. I got a Live DVD of OpenSolaris with July 2009 edition but haven’t tried yet.) Internet giant, Google is also gearing up to launch their Chrome OS later this year. Open Source community is becoming larger day by day with the support of sponsors and tech savvy contributors.  


There is no free lunch. But in the Open Source world, nearly everything is free and open to customizing. With minor tweaking, most of the windows softwares can be run in Linux too. A real Open Source lover never recommends this, which is what I learnt from a Linux workshop I attended a fortnight ago in Chennai.    
Think of a world in which everyone is part of the technology and software development. And that world is going to be a reality in no time. If internet has created a virtual world, if computers are the future gadgets, then undoubtedly Open Source technology is the future!

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