Farewell to Nasir and Lela

It’s my ex-colleague Mohammad Nasirullah and Lela Lantz’s last month at Relief International. They are both going to America, so the office organized a farewell party for them at Topkapi restaurant in Gulshan. I was invited by Jennifer and didn’t want to miss the opportunity to meet them for the last time. I’ve worked with them for such a long time and have so many pleasant and not-so-pleasant memories!

Nasir bhai is going to America with his wife and daughter as a DV lottery winner. Lela is going back home after spending more than five years in Bangladesh. I wish both of them best of luck!

I Saw Zidane!

Along with Nobel laureate Dr. Yunus at Dhaka national stadium.

Sumon Ahmed Sabir

I met BDCOM’s Managing Director Sumon Ahmed Sabir today, who happens to be one the most respected and talented person in Bangladeshi ISP industry.

I first met him at BCS office, and then went over to his place in the evening to discuss about BLUA’s plans and initiatives. He is a great guy, and I really enjoyed talking to him. Sumon bhai agreed to sponsor our Mirror Server Project, which will come up after BCS Computer Show is over. He also agreed to be present on the seminar that we organised on 18th. Sumon bhai rocks!

Linux Workshop at North South University

A day-long workshop titled “Migrating to Linux: Introduction to Open Source Tools” was held at North South University today. It was jointly organized by Bangkadesh Linux Users Alliance and North South University Computer Club. The speakers were BLUA members Toby Phillipe, Mir Mahbub Alamgir, Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam, Mohammad Salman, and me.

Clock-wise: Russell John, Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam, Toby Phillippe, Mir Mahbub Alamgir, and Mohammad Salman. At Boomers, Banani.

Speakers: (clock-wise) Russell John, Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam, Toby Phillippe, Mir Mahbub Alamgir, and Mohammad Salman. At Boomers, Banani.

The workshop was divided into two sessions. The first session started at 11:30, when I started off by giving introductory lectures on Linux and Open Source software. I did a lot of Microsoft-bashing as well, which was my favourite part. The next presentation was Mr. Mahbub Alamgir’s, who talked about Ubuntu and Kubuntu. He demonstrated a Kubuntu Live CD and guided through the installation process. The lunch break was announced 13:30, and all of us had our lunch at Boomers. The second session started at 14:15. Mr. Alamgir continued his presentation and showed the basic desktop usage. Toby Phillippe, our “bideshi” member was the next presenter. Toby used an OOo Impress presentation and gave a lot of helpful tips to the participants on migrating to Linux from Windows. He talked about the Open Source alternatives of Windows programs, which was appreciated by the participants. His presentation was very professional, and I’m sure that he has a lot of public speaking experience. Ahmed Rafiq-ul-Islam’s presentation was next, who talked about the command line interface and it’s necessities. He taught the basic shell commands that are needed for everyday system administration. Since the participant were new to Linux, they had a little difficulty understanding, but I’m sure all of them enjoyed his presentation. Mohammad Salman was supposed to talk about server setup and administration, but we had to cancel his presentation due to lack of time. We took a quick decision on organising another workshop sometime soon where he’ll show Apache, BIND, mySQL, and sendmail installation and workaround. Overall, the workshop was a success. It had strengthened our ties with NSUCC, who’s support was invaluable. My personal thanks goes to Saumen, who coordinated the event from their side. Thanks to NSUCC president Zia bhai and all the the volunteers who helped enormously. Check out http://gallery.linux.org.bd/thumbnails.php?album=24 for photos of the event.

Sucky Dhaka Zoo

I went to Dhaka zoo today, and I absolutely hated it! It’s a nasty place with lots of nasty animals! It looked to me that the elephants didn’t take shower for months! The lions, tigers and the hippopotamus were stinking! A cheetah was bleeding as her tail was badly bitten off by another cheetah! Most of the poor animals looked ill-fed and seemed like there’s isn’t any vets in Bangladesh!

The stupid government can’t take care of the poor animals just like they can’t take care of us! Fuck the goverment!

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