Seinfeld

Today I saw the episodes of first season of Seinfeld, and, could not stop watching the show. Love the characters : Jerry, George, Elena and Kremer, All the four actors totally support and compliment each other and play their part to perfection,

The thing I liked most was the stand up acts that comes in between, and, whenever Kremer enters, it feels like, a loud laugh is just around the corner πŸ˜€

Loved the season 1 and can’t wait to see it further. Awesome!!!!

Have a lot of posts lined up, but, couldn’t wait to write about this πŸ™‚

P.S. : I am thinking of moving this blog from being totally technical to a blog which has other posts too. Posts pertaining to other facets of life. So, the introductions that I am thinking of doing this is that, I will blog about movies that i see, books that i read and interesting stuff that I can come across, because, these things will truly justify walking down the memory lane πŸ™‚

General Elections ’09

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Good Morning ! πŸ™‚

It’s 0745 hrs in the morning and I have a very important work to do today; I have to cast my vote and play my part in choosing the next Government of India πŸ™‚

This is the first time I will cast my vote in General Elections and overall second time beacause 5-6 months back I had cast my vote for the first time in Delhi Legislative Assembly polls.

I felt very nice after casting my first vote and even nicer when the party I had voted for i.e. Indian National Congress formed the government in Delhi for the third successive time.

You too, go out and Vote and take pride in being an INDIAN.

Skid Software launch and my Presentation at India International Centre(IIC),New Delhi

On 10 October 2008, Skid software was officially launched at the India International Centre, New Delhi, India. In this launch Dr.Arun Mehta told people about the problems with which an Autistic child suffers from and also about the inaction on the government’s part.

All the people who had gathered there were shown the video of Arpit (whose blog is in my blogroll),an Autistic child, using the Skid software with the help of a gaming wheel. You can see the video below

You can see Arpit using the gaming wheel in the above video.

Arpit was also there at the function.

I was also given a chance to demo my cropping and picedit modules at IIC, main hall . First, I gave demo of my crop module and showed them by cropping a picture . Next I demonstrated the picedit module and as soon as people saw the border being added to the picture i realisedΒ  they understood the whole working as there were reactions from the audience.

One autistic girl from the audience came up the stage and tried her hand at the Skid software. The girl did some typing with the help of the gaming wheel and looked very excited and happy with the software.

All in all it was a great learning experience as it was the largest gathering in front of whom I have given a presentation and also an honour to speak at the India International Centre, Main Hall .

Anmol Anand : Web Designer

In my last post I had written code for cropping an image using Ruby and Rmagick and I had mentioned that I was working upon a simple picture editor for Skid software, which is a software(web site) designed for people with Autism,cerebral palsy, dyslexia or anyone who has a problem with keyboard or mouse. .

I have not written any post on my blog for quite some time now, as I was waiting for something significant to happen so that I can talk about it. So, I have completed my share of work for Skid software and developed two modules, instead of one, which was planned earlier.

My first module is “Crop module” which was developed in the Expert Guidance of Prof. Arun Mehta. The crop module allows you to have some fun with pictures, It allows you to crop a picture from all sides i.e. ‘left’,’right’,’top’ and ‘bottom’. The crop module works in conjunction with picbrowser module. First, you have to select a picture from the picbrowser module and then move to the crop module. On moving to the crop module, first select the side from where you want to crop the picture i.e. ‘left’,’right’,’top’ and ‘bottom’ and by the help of up and down arrow buttons increase or decrease the amount of cropping. After doing the desired cropping, save the picture by clicking the smiley and your picture will be saved in the relevant directory.

There is a special way in which we save the names of the files that are cropped and finalised by the users.For example:

If you select a picture of ‘Football.jpg’ and then you go to the crop module and perform 40% cropping from right and save it, the name of the new cropped file will be ‘Footballcr40‘.jpg, meaning Football.jpg croped 40% from right. Each time you perform a new operation on a picture, it’s abbreviation is appended to the name of the orignal file and saved.

left crop – cl

right crop – cr

top crop – ct

bottom crop – cb

A picture of crop moule on www.skid.org.in

A picture of crop moule on http://www.skid.org.in

Above picture cropped 60% from left with help of crop module

Above picture cropped 60% from left with help of crop module

Now, let me talk about the second module which was made independently by me, after Prof Arun Mehta taught me how to go about the process, during making of crop module. This module is the ‘picedit’ module. This module lets you to have even more fun with pictures by allowing you to add effects such as border, wave, blur, radialblur, rotate and charcoal effect to the picture you have selected. The methodology is the same, first go to picbrowser, select the picture on which you want to add picture effects. Once you have selected the picture, move on to the picedit module and select the effect which you want to add to the picture. Once you have selected the effect, increase or decrease the amount of effect with the help of up and down buttons on the left side of the page. When you are done with your work, save the picture by pressing the select button.

Again, there is a special way in which we save the name of the files that are cropped and finalised by the users. For example: If you select the picture of ‘Football.jpg’ and then you go to picedit module and add a border of 40 pixels to the image and save it, the name of the new file will be ‘Footballb40.jpg’ meaning Football.jpg has been added with 40 pixel border. Each time you perform a new operation on a picture, it’s abbreviation is appended to the name of the orignal file and saved.

border – b

wave – w

rotate – rot

blur – bl

radialblur – rdb

charcoal – co

picedit module showing wave effect in the flower image

picedit module showing wave effect in the flower image

You can go and try the software on http://www.skid.org.in and apart from this module there are wikipedia module, email module etc.

I would like to thank God and my Parents who have helped me and supported me throughout the period of making of these modules and also given me strength when my spirits were down.

Once again I would like to thank Prof Arun Mehta for giving me a chance and making me part of this noble mission to help Autistic Children and also giving me guidance and support throughout the period of making these modules and also when I was struck with errors in the program .

Thank you all !!!!

Web Programming Lecture in Second Life

On 10 August 2008 , I ,Anmolanand Inshan*, got an oppertunity to attend a Live lecture on Web Programming through Ruby and Ruby on Rails in my Second Life . The lecture was delivered by Professor Arun Nighfire* (Arun Mehta) at the Kaosome hub . Apart from me other people who attended the lecture were Al Supercharge* , Freemason Magic* and Pechkin Lavochkin*. Both Al and Freemason were familiar with web programming , Al knows PHP and Freemason knows LSL i.e Linden Scripting Language . Pechkin Lavochkin is a SOMA Intern and Site Manager.

Basically , Professor Mehta told us about the beauty and simplicity of Ruby and Ruby on Rails . He also showed us his framework Skid (Special Kid) which has been designed for Special children(example : those with Cerebral Palasy , Autism etc ) to help them to communicate easily and help them to come into the mainframe of the life .

One of the things which I noticed when I was hearing to the lecture was that there was an amplification in the voice when I went towards Professor Mehta .

So , this lecture was aimed to give an Insight into Ruby , RoR and Skid , so that people can learn Ruby and RoR and also help in making new modules for Skid , if they want .

I am making a module which will help children with simple Picture editing . πŸ™‚

The next lecture is scheduled for 17 August 2008 , 2230 hrs by IST and round about 10 am by Second life time . You can check the Second Life Events for correct timings and Venue as there can be a change .

To know more about Second Life , click here

* Names in Second Life

Presentation on Software Engineering

Today there was a workshop on “Software Engineering and it’s Principles ” in my college i.e. Acharya Narendra Dev of Delhi University . I was one of the resource persons along with my friends . I gave a presentation on “Introduction to Software Engineering and Software Engineering Models” .

The workshop was aimed to give PGDCA (Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications ) students basic knowledge about Software Engineering and it’s underlying Principles . It was a huge opertunity for me because I am an Undergradute and teaching students of Post Graduation something is big honour.

I started my presentation by giving them a simple definition that software engineering means applying engineering concepts to develop a software .

Next I told them the reasons that ” why we study software engineering?? ” and ” why software engineering was introduced ?? ”

The next thing on which I talked about was Software Process Models ; in this section I tried to throw light on Waterfall Model , Prototyping Model and Spial Model . Basically I told them about the methodology that is adopted in each model , Pros and Cons of respective model and lastly the areas where these can applied and best performance can be achieved out of the software engineering process .

I enjoyed teaching and it helped me too as my concepts of software engineering became more clear !!! πŸ™‚