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Archive for August, 2008.

Designing for Usability

(Manas Garg, who had organized the recent POCC meeting on Usability, was inspired to write this article after attending that session.) Ultimately, we build all the systems so that they are used at one point of time, and the system that we build will be used only if they are usable. If a system is […]

Overview of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing

I am liveblogging the CSI Pune lecture on Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. These are quick-n-dirty notes, so please forgive the uneven flow and typos. This page is being updated every few minutes. There’s a large turnout – over 100 people here. Business Intelligence is an area that covers a number of different technologies for […]

Technology overview – Druvaa Continuous Data Protection

Druvaa, a Pune-based product startup that makes data protection (i.e. backup and replication) software targeted towards the enterprise market, has been all over the Indian startup scene recently. It was one of the few Pune startups to be funded in recent times (Rs. 1 crore by Indian Angel Network). It was one of the three […]

Interview with Mayank Jain – Co-founder of ApnaBill.com

ApnaBill is a Pune-based startup that provides online re-charging of prepaid mobile phone accounts. PuneTech interviewed co-founder and lead developer Mayank Jain where he talks about various things, from technical challenges (does your hosting provider have an upper limit on number of emails you can send out per day?), to unexpected problems that will slow down your startup (PAN card!), and advice for other budding entrepreneurs (start the paperwork for registration/bank accounts as soon as possible).

Microsoft technologies conference in Pune this weekend

What: Pune User Group (PUG)‘s DevCon conference on Microsoft technologies When: Weekend, 30 and 31 August, 9am to 6pm Where: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent Systems, S.B. Road (Map) Registration and Fees: This event is free for everyone. Register here. Details: DevCon is a Developer Conference from the developers, by the developers and for the developers. […]

Liveblogging the POCC meeting on Usability

I’m liveblogging the Pune OpenCoffee Club meeting on usability. About 30 people in the room now. These are quick-n-dirty notes, not really well structured. Hopefully in a couple of days, more coherent reports will emerge from me or other bloggers. For background on some of the speakers, see the meeting announcement page on punetech. Jhumkee: […]

What Pune does, country follows: After award, kiosks head beyond city

The Indian Express reports that Pune is leading the nation in the use of IT for governance. Recently, it had set up kiosks where citizens can pay property taxes, and get copies of birth and death certificates. This initiative has received an award from the state government, and Vansh Infotech, the company implementing the kiosks […]

Pune OpenCoffee Club meeting on Usability/UI – Aug 23

What: Pune OpenCoffee Club get-together. Informal meeting to discuss UI, usability etc. When: Saturday, 23 August, 5pm Where: SICSR, Model Colony. Here is the map. Registration and Fees: This event is free for everyone, but you must register by sending an e-mail to manasgarg at NOSPAM gmail dot com Details: The general agenda is to […]

Pune-GTUG seminar on Google Web Toolkit (GWT) – 23 Aug

What: Pune Google Technology Users Group (Pune GTUG) presents a seminar on GWT (the Google Web Toolkit). When: Saturday, 23rd August. 1:30pm to 5pm Where: Synerzip.¬†Dnyanvatsal Commercial Complex, Survey No. 23, Plot No. 189, Near Mirch Masala Restaurant , Opp Vandevi Temple, Karve Nagar (Map). Registration and Fees: The event is free for all, but […]

A common tech events calendar for Pune

There is no single comprehensive source of information for all the events in Pune that are of interest to the Technology community. The PuneTech events page only carries information about events coming up soon. IT Vidya has an Events page but that is for events all over the country, and is also not comprehensive enough. […]