Soft Launch of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Satellite Launch Vehicle Mission 2023
Today, the 19th of December 2022, was a historic day for Indian students interested in space science. It was the soft launch of “Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Satellite Launch Vehicle Mission 2023” by Her Excellency, Honourable Governor of Telangana and the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Dr (Smt) Tamilisai Soundararajan at the Kamarajar Manimandapam, Puducherry. She was joined by Hon’ble Speaker of Puducherry Assembly Sri Embalam R Selvam, Dr Mylswamy Annadurai (Padma Shri Awardee) of ISRO and other dignitaries. I was happy to be part of the planning for the mission and to have delivered the vote of thanks during the event. Apart from countless others working on the mission,…
A talk on why do I write my blog?
I started this blog 18-years ago, have written 3300+ posts which have been viewed over a million times. In the initial years, it was a public diary (like most other blogs of those days), kind of my notes out in the open. Soon, I realised as I penned each post, I was forced to research on the subject (I take care to be as accurate as possible) which meant my understanding of the subject became better and in turn, it decluttered my thoughts. Personally, for me, the hour or so each day I spend on writing the blog had a destressing effect on me – that’s was the biggest motivation…
The future for Software Engineers by 2040
How latest trends will impact software engineering by 2040 and how developers can thrive. For the next three days, Azure Community Conference is happening online. With over 200+ talks across ten tracks, speakers from around the world, this is one of the largest technology conferences organized by Microsoft community enthusiasts. I was invited to deliver a talk on the future trends that are under way in the software industry. Titled “The future for Software Developers by 2040” I presented on four topics: First, the current job market, immediate changes expected post pandemic and long-term trends. Second, the changes that have in the last eighteen months around the practice “Work from…
New Skills for the 21st Century Students
Celebrating the 90th Birth anniversary of former President of India, Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the international foundation in his name had organized a virtual event. The topic was “New Skills for the 21st Century Students”, a relevant one for the times. The organizers invited me to deliver a brief address on the topic to the students from around the country who will be participating live and watching the recording in YouTube. It was a honour for me to share the virtual stage with Dr Y S Rajan, Padma Shri awardee, former Distinguished Professor at ISRO and a friend of Dr Kalam. Before the live started, Dr Rajan shared…
Democratize development with Power Apps for Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon
In recent months I have delivered a few talks on low-code platforms and Microsoft Power Apps. Today it was at the Microsoft 365 Virtual Marathon 2021 event, which is a free, online, 60-hour event happening April 26-28, 2021. The event had content going the whole time with speakers from around the globe – In English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. I really enjoyed delivering a session on “Democratize development with Power Apps & AI Builder” for the #m365virtualmarathon conference on the Boston Marathon Track. I get so excited talking about the endless possibilities of #LowCode #NoCode Platforms like the Microsoft #PowerApps to empower businesses around the world.
Career Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence during the pandemic
Last year in March 2020, I had presented on campus of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Ramapuram, Chennai for their computer science students on Career Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence. This year around, they invited me again for the same topic (!) but for their MCA (Master of Computer Applications) students. Since a year has passed where the job market, the technology industry and the entire world has changed irreversibly due to the ongoing pandemic, I decided to rework the talk in entirety. Today in the online talk I was expecting about 40-50 students, instead I was pleasantly surprised to see over 150 students attending the Zoom call. The topic…
Launch of 100 Femto Satellites in Rameswaram, India
I feel privileged to be part of the program today organized by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation to launch 100 Femto satellites in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. These tiny satellites weigh around 14 to 50 grams and were launched using balloons to study various elements in the atmosphere and its impact on seeds and other materials sent. The satellites were assembled by students of government and private schools around the country. The technology for the program was made possible by Space Zone India. About four records were made in the day and are due to be recognized by Asia Book of Records and World Book of Records, London including for…
Mesh Wireless network in my house
Prelude I have been writing here about my home networking experiments for more than a decade. In 2010 I shared the daisy-chaining wireless access points, in 2014 about installing a load-balancer to get failover between the two TELCOs (Airtel & BSNL), and, in 2019 on the two wi-fi routers (TPLINK Archer C50 & Mi Router 3C) I had bought. On the last one, it seems I had erred in my choice, as the routers didn’t have a Gigabit LAN port which I needed. In the recent weeks of 2020, I have been facing issues with frequent call disconnections during video calls and spotty connections in many places in the house – these…