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    Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge

    Today I had the opportunity to go to the Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge kick-off event held at Le Royal Meridian, Chennai. Intel is organizing this challenge for aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs, product designers, startups, students, etc. It is open to Indian National Residents who are 18 years or more as on 1st June ’15. There are two broad areas where new designs/ideas can be submitted: Citizen Device Platform (Hardware Access Device) that helps digitally non-literate person to interact with systems in order to drive mass adoption of technology. For example: Multilingual Voice input/output, Biometric sensing, gesture recognition, etc. Create Apps that accelerate delivery of e-governance through eKranti/MyGov…

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    Are you Going to HP World Tour 2015 in Mumbai?

    If you are an IT professional, living in/around Mumbai — India, you’ll not want to miss the Hp World Tour 2015 event scheduled on May 15, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. “Don’t ask a search engine, meet the engineer. Don’t read the white paper, meet the author. Don’t watch the flash demo, touch the technology.” By attending this one-day event, you’ll not only get to learn about the latest happenings in Cloud, Mobility, Big Data, and Security, but you’ll also get the chance to meet and network with experts from Hp and their partners, directly. Keynote speakers for this event include – Jim Merritt – Senior Vice President, Enterprise…

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    Google Apps for Work Promo Code (India)

    Google Apps for Work (Video Introduction): Google Apps for Work is a Cloud-based collaboration platform that enables all your employees from anywhere in the world, communicate, collaborate & work together in real-time, easily. Requiring no hardware/software investments, Google Apps is a pay-as-you-go solution for your company email, documents, storage, and communication needs. More here: Google Apps for Work. If you are based in India, you can sign up for a free 30-day Trial from here. [Disclaimer: This is a referral link. If you click on it, sign-up, and purchase a subscription, you may get a better price than usual and I may get a small commission for promotion. If you don’t like…

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    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Book Review)

    Steve Jobs is the biography of the iconic Apple Executive & CEO, written by Walter Isaacson. I finished reading this book recently and thought why not write a review. So here I am 🙂 Steve Jobs’ Apple Computers redefined many technological products over the last few decades. Steve Wozniack, the co-founder of Apple (along with Steve Jobs) is the inventor of the computer as we know it now. Apple – I & Apple – II computers were popular. Macintosh introduced the GUI interface on computers. (Idea inspired from Xerox, but the latter did not intend to use it in a commercial product.) Pixar, a company founded by Steve Jobs just…

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    Boosting SIP Trunk Security: 5 Tips

    Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking remains a popular alternative to time division multiplexing (TDM) trunks as a cost-effective way to leverage VoIP services and pave the way for more sophisticated universal communications (UC) services such as real-time video conferencing or instant messaging. It’s not all good news, however — in addition to the security vulnerabilities of TDMs, SIP alternatives also come with unique challenges. Here are five critical tips to boost SIP trunk security. Identify Encryption Options Any data — voice, video or text message — that’s coming in over a SIP trunk or leaving your local network should be encrypted. Ideally, your SIP provider relies on transport layer security…

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    ERP on Wearable Devices

    I went to an event hosted by Ramco Systems at Chennai, India (my hometown) where they demonstrated their ERP App for wearable devices like Google Glass and Pebble Smart Watch. But first, see this introductory video on Google Glass: And here’s the Google Glass that I saw (and saw through) in the event: They’ve also created an ERP app for Pebble smart watch. Here it is:   Ramco Systems is a company based in India that offers ERP on Cloud, HCM on Cloud & Aviation on Cloud solutions (among others). The company currently has 20 offices spread across India, USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and APAC. According to their Vice…

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    Asus Zenfone 5: Advantages & Limitations

    Disclaimer: This post is about a new phone we bought, and are excited about. It is not about Computer Networking/IT Technologies. Video Introduction: So we bought this new Asus Zenfone 5 Smart Phone recently. Here is our observation on the main advantages and limitations of this phone. Of course it’s a great device at an attractive price – don’t hesitate to buy it! 🙂 Important Specifications: 5″ HD Screen; 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Dual Core processor with Hyper-Threading; Dual Micro SIM card slots; 8 MP Rear Camera, 2 MP Front Cam, Flash; 2110 mAh non-removable battery; 8 GB Internal storage, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB Expandable memory (Micro SD card slot);…

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    Event: HP World Tour 2014 (Mumbai, India, July 04)

    HP World Tour 2014 event will be held on July 04 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Santacruz, Mumbai, India. This is a one-day business conference featuring (among others) spotlight sessions on hot topics like Big Data, Cloud, Mobility & Security. HP Executives, industry luminaries and customers will discuss about the latest IT Technologies and how companies can benefit from them. In addition to the spotlight sessions, there will be “Defining the New Style of IT” sessions on topics including – Next Generation Network Security, Convergence, Big Data Discovery Experience, Automation & Analytics, Next Era of Storage, Increasing the Strategic Value of Imaging & Printing, Software Defined Networking, BYOD & Personal…

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    My First Novel has been Published as an eBook!

    Disclaimer: This is a general post, not related to Computer Networking/IT Technologies. If you were wondering why I’ve not been active on this blog for sometime, it’s because I was busy writing a novel! This story is titled – ‘The Archers Revenge’ and has been published as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. Here’s the link for the product page: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KO95UQ6/ (Click this link to get more details about the book). If any of you have a Kindle, that’s the best way to read it. (It’s an excellent device for reading – I read white papers on Kindle). Even otherwise, you can read it on your Tablet, Computer/Laptop or Smart phone (if the…

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    What is a SIP Threat Management Device (STM)?

    You may be familiar with UTM – Unified Threat Management device, but have you come across an STM – SIP Threat Mangement device, that is used to protect the IP PBX and IP Phones/Telephony infrastructure from threats/attacks? Here is a guest post by Martin Andre Strul of Allo.com, manufacturer of STM device, Analog/Digital Telephony cards, Analog telephone adapters, VOIP gateways, PBX systems, IP Phones and more. Special message from Allo.com to readers of excITingIP.com: If you are a system integrator, an IT person in your office, someone involved with VOIP security and want to learn more about this unit or just interested in reviewing the STM, contact us for a sample today!…

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    Libre Office Impress Remote Control using Android & iOS mobile

    Video Tutorial on how to set-up and use Libre Office Remote Control using Android: As you might know, Libre Office is a free/open source office productivity suite. Libre Office Impress enables you to create and present slide-shows. A new feature developed for Libre Office (which can be installed in Windows, Mac & Linux systems) lets presenters to control their presentation from their Android phone/tablet (or) iOS phone/tablet, upon downloading a free app. A small introduction on how a user can set-up and use the remote presentation feature in Libre Office through an Android phone, has been embedded above. There are two main modes in which you can use this app…

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    I am Compiling a List of Free/Open Source Tools for IT/Network Admin – You can Help!

    Hello People, I am compiling a list of Free & Open Source (preferably) tools available for IT/Network administrators and it will possibly be released as an eBook. There are free & open source tools available for almost every area of IT/Network administration, but I don’t find a comprehensive listing of quality tools that can help a network administrator to test, cut costs or increase productivity (yes they very well can). I intend to categorize all the software applications into various categories and list them along with a short description of what they can/cannot do. I am also planning to include some kind of popularity rating for each (number of downloads,…

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    July 26 is the Annual SysAdmin Day!!

    This website has decided that today, July 26 will be the annual Sysadmin Day/System Administrator Appreciation Day. When you click on that link, a HORROR slide-show will appear and I strongly recommend you to view all the pictures, and determine how close they are to your company set-up 😛 Today is the day YOU can afford to feel Special. Today is the day of YOUR Liberation. Today is the day of YOUR Revolution. So, if a colleague complains to you – “Hey dude, the Internet is not working and I think the office LAN is down” You could coolly reply, “You know what, a rare celestial event has resulted in light…

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    An Example set by French Govt: Use Open-source Productivity Suits for Public Deptartments

    How long are Governments around the world going to keep telling their people that open-source tools cannot be used for large public organizations/Govt. departments? Today, let us look at an excellent example set by the French Govt. as they transition 500,000 desktops to the free open-source office productivity suite – LibreOffice. And, do you know what they are migrating from? Open Office! Yes, the French Govt. has long been using free & open-source based office productivity suits for their large, critical public departments. In fact, with the help of private contractors (who provide support), the French Govt. is using more than 350 free & open-source applications across 15 ministries. What do you…

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