Monthly Archives: September 2010

TechMarathi Seminar: How to make Marathi websites – Sept 25

What: TechMarathi meeting, featuring “How to build Marathi Websites” with Prasad Shirgaonkar
When: Saturday, 25 Sept, 4pm-7pm
Where: Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, Atur Centre, Model Colony. Map.
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all. No registration required.


TechMarathi is a special interest group of PuneTech and focuses on bringing the latest tech information to students and professionals in Marathi. Click on the logo to see all PuneTech articles about TechMarathi
TechMarathi is a special interest group of PuneTech and focuses on bringing the latest tech information to students and professionals in Marathi. Click on the logo to see all PuneTech articles about TechMarathi

This will be the second get-together of TechMarathi and this time, Prasad Shirgaonkar of will talk about how to go about building Marathi websites.

About TechMarathi is a forum that aims to bring all information about software technology in Marathi to technology professionals who are still more comfortable with Marathi than English. The website contains articles that are translations into Marathi from sources all over the world, and also original Marathi content. TechMarathi also holds technology events where the primary language is Marathi.

TechMarathi was started by Nikhil Kadadi and Pallavi Kelkar and is a Special Interest Group of PuneTech.

Pune’s KQInfoTech announces beta availability of ZFS file-system for Linux

About an year ago, we had reported that Pune based KQInfoTech is working on porting Sun’s ZFS file system to linux. They have now announced that a “Technology Preview” of the port is now complete, and the ported ZFS for Linux is now available in beta. They are looking for interested folks to try out the beta and help them with finding bugs and other issues.

But first some background, taken from previous PuneTech articles about KQInfoTech.

What is KQInfotech?

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KQInfoTech is a Pune company that's trying to combine mentorship programmes for technology students, along with technology services to the industry and open source projects. Click on the logo to see other PuneTech articles on KQInfoTech's various initiatives.

Pune-based KQInfoTech is an organization started by Anurag Agarwal and Anand Mitra, both of whom chucked high-paying jobs in the industry because they felt that there was a desperate need to work on the quality of students that is being churned out by our colleges. For the 2 years or so, they have been trying various experiements in education, at the engineering college level. All their experiments are based on one basic premise: students’ ability to pay should not be a deterrent – in other words, the offerings should be free for the students; KQInfoTech focuses on finding alternative ways to pay for the costs of running the course. As a part of this initiative, they provide services to industry, and take on open source projects, and the students in their mentorship program actually do the work under their guidance.

What is ZFS?

ZFS – the Zettabyte File System – is an enormous advance in capability on existing file systems. It provides greater space for files, hugely improved administration and greatly improved data security. Wikipedia has this to say:

ZFS is a combined file system and logical volume manager designed by Sun Microsystems. The features of ZFS include support for high storage capacities, integration of the concepts of filesystem and volume management, snapshots and copy-on-write clones, continuous integrity checking and automatic repair, RAID-Z and native NFSv4 ACLs.

Why ZFS on Linux by KQInfotech?

ZFS is arguably one of the best file-systems available today, and Linux is one of the most widely used operating systems for servers by new startups. So, having ZFS available on Linux would be great. And, With many years of experience in Veritas building VxFS, another one of best file-systems in the world, the founders of KQInfoTech do have the technical background to be able to do a good job of this.

At this point, ZFS is not available on Linux. See the Linux section of ZFS entry on Wikipedia for more details.

So what does this port contain?

This port of ZFS is an extension to the port of DMU layer by Brian Behlendorf. We have added the missing ZPL layer to Brian’s port. With this addition it becomes possible to mount the zfs filesystem on linux and leverage ZFS’s features on linux.

What next?

If you’re interested in participating in the beta and helping out, or you’re one of the people whose business would really be helped by having ZFS available on Linux, apply for the beta, or get in touch with KQInfoTech:

Also, check out the FAQ.

PICT Technical Event Credenz’10: Sept 17-19

What: Credenz, Technical Event organized by PICT IEEE Student Branch
When: 17, 18, 19 September, all day.
Where: PICT Campus
Registration and Fees: See the Credenz Website for registration details

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Credenz'10 is a 3-day technical event organized by PICT IEEE Students Chapter. Click on the logo to see the website of Credenz 10.
What is Credenz?

It is a three day, student-oriented, technical+business event organized by the PICT IEEE Student Branch, and will have competitions, seminars and workshops.

Who should go?

Students from Engineering colleges, B-schools, and other students from technical graduate schools. Also, industry professionals who are interested in being in touch with students, finding the right kinds of students (motivated, passionate), and generally building a bridge between industry and academia in Pune.

What to expect?

  • Student Competitions on: Programming, Quiz, Paper Presentation, Robotics, Business Plans.
  • Workshop on Robotics
  • Seminars on Android, Cloud Computing, and Public Key Cryptography

Why should you go?

PICT is one of the best engineering colleges in the city, and this event is likely to attract the most enthusiastic students from across other colleges. If you’re an industry professional who usually complains about the lack of quality students turned out by our colleges, then you need to go hang out at such events and see the quality and energy. The students are there, you just need to know how to find them.

And if you’re a student, then you really need to be one of those passionate students, who shines inspite of our system. That means participating in events like these and finding interesting industry professionals to hook up with.

Shift in Venue: Startup Saturday Shifted to Yashada

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The Indian Angel Network (IAN) is the oldest angel network in India - and it has just recently started Pune operations. Click on the logo to see other PuneTech articles that reference IAN

A few days back, we reported that Startup Saturday this month features Ganesh Natarajan and the Indian Angels Network, and will be on Saturday, 11th, 3pm to 6pm. Note, however, that there has been a last minute shift in venue for this event from the usual Startup Saturday location to Yashada on Baner Road. The event will now be held in MDC Conference hall No V. This is on the 1st floor of the auditorium building (first building after you enter the gate, next to parking).

The event is free for all to attend. See the original announcement for all other details, including registration information.

2 Security Conferences Call for Papers: ClubHack (with Bruce Schneier!) & nullcon (Goa!)

The call for papers for two interesting security conferences has just been announced, and as usual, PuneTech is trying to encourage its readers to make submissions to the conferences. As indicated in an earlier post, PuneTech does not promote paid conferences, but we’re happy to promote the call for speakers for these conferences, because, for selected speakers, the conferences is free :-).

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World famous security researcher Bruce Schneier is expected in Pune for ClubHack2010 in December. Image via Wikipedia

The first of these conferences is ClubHack 2010, which will be in December 2010, and will feature world famous security expert Bruce Schneier, and the second one is the nullcon dwitiya which is actually in Goa (but is featured in PuneTech because null started in Pune, and is still a largely Pune-driven group).

ClubHack 2010

ClubHack2010 is expecting a deep knowledge technical presentations/demonstrations on topics from the world of Information Security. These presentations are expected to be of 40 minutes each. The schedule time for each presenter would be 50 minutes out of which 40 minutes are for the presentation & 10 for the question-answer sessions.

Indicative list of Topics for ClubHack2010

The following list of topics is made keeping in mind the most interesting topics in hacking & security. This is more of an indicative list, the papers submission can be on other topics also but have to be close to this & the theme of the event.

  • Protocol / Application based vulnerability in networks and computers
  • Firewall Evasion techniques
  • Cloud Application Security
  • Data Recovery and Incident Response
  • Mobile Security (cellular technologies)
  • WLAN and Bluetooth Security
  • Analysis of malicious code
  • Cryptography and Cryptanalysis
  • Computer forensics
  • Cyber warfare
  • Open source hacking toolkit
  • Cyber Crime & law
  • Hardware mods

Important dates for ClubHack2010

Click on logo for PuneTech wiki page on ClubHack
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  • Abstract Submission: 30th October 2010
  • Announcement of selected papers: 5th November 2010
  • Full Paper Submission: 15th November 2010

Speaker Benefits for ClubHack2010

  • Economic Return Ticket â from your nearest international airport to Pune
  • Accommodation (upto 4 days)
  • Local Tourism package (in Sahyadri Ranges, Western Ghat)
  • One extra ticket for the event
  • No other expenses as ClubHack is a not-for-profit group & finding sponsors in India is tough 🙂

More details for ClubHack2010

See the ClubHack2010 call for papers for more details

nullcon dwitiya

Click on the NULL logo to see all PuneTech articles about NULL
Click on the NULL logo to see all PuneTech articles about NULL

null is a security community that started in Pune, and is now very active in a number of cities in India, including Bangalore, Delhi, Bhopal, etc. They have monthly meets and regular security awareness camps in various Institutions and Organizations, and they also hold an security conference in Goa every year. null describes itself as

We are a bunch of security phreaks who like to share our technical expertise and hacking skills with each other and spread awareness among the common people about the good, the bad and the ugly side of computers and technology. We believe that sharing the right technical knowledge leads to expertise and innovation and that is what we strive to do in our meets and events.

nullcon dwitiya is the second annual null conference, and will be in Goa in Feb 2011. They are soliciting research done by the community as paper submissions for nullcon. Submissions are expected in 4 tracks:

  • Bakkar: 1 Hr Talks
  • Tez: 5-30 min Talks
  • Karyashala: 2-4 Hrs Workshop
  • Desi Jugaad (Local Hack): 1 Hr

Submission Topics for nullcon dwitiya

For “Desi Jugaad” (Local Hack) nullcon is looking for submissions of any kind of local hacks that you have worked on (hints: electronic/mechanical meters, automobile hacking, hardware, mobile phones, lock-picking, bypassing procedures and processes, etc, Be creative :-D)

For the more traditional papers, the indicative domains are:

  • Hardware (ex: RFID, Magnetic Strips, Card Readers, Mobile Devices, Electronic Devices)
  • Tools (non-commercial)
  • Programming/Software Development
  • Networks
  • Information Warfare
  • Botnets, Malware
  • Web
  • New attack vectors
  • Mobile, VOIP and Telecom
  • VM
  • Cloud
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Satellite
  • Wireless
  • Forensics

Important dates for nullcon dwitiya

  • CFP End Date: 30th November 2010
  • Speakers List Online: 10th December 2010
  • Conference Dates: 25th â 26th February 2011

Speaker Benefits for nullcon dwitiya

Speaker benefits are available for selected speakers in the “Bakkar”, “Desi Jugaad” and “Karyashala” tracks:

  • Free Accommodation for 3 nights
  • Travel (One way or Return depending on the Sponsorships 🙂 )
  • Free access to the conference.
  • Invitation to Mehfil-E-Mausiqi (null party)

More details for nullcon dwitiya

See the nullcon dwitiya call for papers for more details.

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Startup Saturday Event: Financing Your Venture – with Ganesh Natarajan / IAN – Sept 11

What: “Financing Your Startup” Startup Saturday Pune event with Indian Angels Network and Ganesh Natarajan
When: Saturday, Sept 11, 3pm-6pm
Where: MDC Hall V. 1st floor, Auditorium Building, YASHADA, Baner Road.
Registration & Fees: This event is free for all. Register here

Financing your venture – with Ganesh Natarajan / IAN

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The Indian Angel Network (IAN) is the oldest angel network in India - and it has just recently started Pune operations. Click on the logo to see other PuneTech articles that reference IAN

Financing your venture is the most challenging tasks for a start-up. Itâs easy to get customers, employees, technologies but finance is tricky. 10 years ago, you could have gone to a VC. Today that is not an option. So how do you finance your start-up?

Thankfully there are lots of other options. Funds are available from friends and family, angel investors, government bodies like MSME, SIBRI, NMITLI, incubators and angel Investorâs networks.

To throw light on this subject, we are getting veterans who have been there, done that for Startup Saturday Pune 10. Mr. Ganesh Natrajan, Chairman of NASSCOM and Global CEO, Zensar, will give the keynote address. He wears various hats. Here he will represent the Pune chapter of “Indian Angel Network”

Tentative Agenda

  • 3:00 – 3:15 Introduction
  • 3:15 to 3:45 Key Note address by Mr Ganesh Natrajan, Chairman of Nasscom and Global CEO of Zensar Technologies.
  • 3:45 to 4:00 Funding schemes from Government of India, by Kaushik Gala, NCL Venture Center 4:00 to 4:15 Crowd funding as an option by Satish Kataria, Grow VC
  • 4:15 – 4:30 Lightening pitches from three promising startups
  • 4:45 – 5:00 Closing Remarks
  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking and Snacks (On the House)

About IAN – Indian Angel Network

The Indian Angel Network(IAN) is India’s first angel investment network and looks to invest up to US$ 1 mn, though their sweet spot is between US$ 200K to 400K. Apart from funding, the Network also seeks to provide mentoring, strategic thought leadership and leverage the Network’s network for the investee companies. The Network has met with early successes and has already invested in 22 companies across multiple sectors.

Indian Angel Network(IAN) currently has over 125 members drawn from across the country and some from overseas, including leading lights from diverse sectors . Members include people such as Jerry Rao, Saurabh Srivastava, Pramod Bhasin, Raman Roy, Rajiv Luthra, Pradeep Gupta, Sunil Munjal, Arvind Singhal and institutions such as IBM, SIDBI, Spice Televentures, Intel, etc.

Startup Saturday Pune is a once a month meeting where startups pitch to a panel of experts and investors. Anybody can attend these meetings. Click on the logo to see info about previous Startup Saturday meets
Startup Saturday Pune is a once a month meeting where startups pitch to a panel of experts and investors. Anybody can attend these meetings. Click on the logo to see info about previous Startup Saturday meets

About Startup Saturday

Startup Saturday, Pune, is a forum aimed at deepening the skills of startup community in Pune to make more successful startups coming out of the city through creation of a vibrant innovation ecosystem. As with other cities, SS Pune will also be held on second Saturdays of the month.

A SS session is about rich-discussions on topics of interest to startups in the city. A typical session would have only about 25% of time devoted to talk/presentation and rest of the time time dedicated to freewheeling discussion as that is where, in our experience, the audience makes the best use of the available expert.

Free Web Development Training for Freshers from Ozran Academy Pune

(This information is mostly taken from the website of Ozran Academy. Although we at PuneTech don’t really know anybody at Ozran personally, but the courses look interesting enough, and it appears that they could be useful to many freshers, and best of all it’s free. We’re publishing this information in the hope that students find it useful.)

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Ozran Academy is a web development company that is offering five courses to freshers in IT/Arts/Maths for free. Click on the logo to see their website.

Ozran is a small Dutch company that has a development center in Pune. They are providing five free courses targeted towards freshers in IT, Arts or Maths, with the intention of developing skills that industry is interested in and identifying talented individuals. Each course consists of 6 evening classes (2-1/2 hours each) and one exam on a Saturday afternoon. The whole thing is free, and a certificate is given to each participant who attends all classes, and passes the exam. Talented participants who demonstrate the ability to quickly learn and apply the concepts taught in the Ozran Academy courses may be offered a paid traineeship or job.

The five courses being offered this year are:

  • For HTML coders – Advanced HTML/CSS techniques and concepts, includes a primer in HTML5
  • For Programmers – Adobe ColdFusion for rapid construction of dynamic web applications
  • For Artists and Graphic Designers – Web Design European style
  • For Number Crunchers and Marketing Geniuses – Optimizing website conversion with marketing and analytics
  • For Artistic Programmers and Programming Designers – Replacing Flash with the jQuery JavaScript library

There are different cut-off dates for applications, and for the start of the actual course, and unfortunately, we believe one of the courses is already over. But check the Ozran Academy Page for full details of the courses.

Modeling frameworks (EMF, JaXB), Testing with StrutsTestCase – Java Meetup: Sept 11

What: Pune Java Meetup
When: Saturday, Sept 11, 5:30pm
Where: ThoughtWorks Technologies, Tower C, Panchshil Tech Park, Yerwada
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all to attend. Register here.
Group Page: Pune Java Meetup Group


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The Pune Java Meetup Group hopes to bring together Java professions in Pune for a meeting every 2nd Saturday. Click on the duke to see all PuneTech articles related to Java. Image via Wikipedia

The Pune Java Meetup group hopes to meet on the second Saturday of every month. This group is a free/open group. Anybody interested in Java can join the group. Anybody can propose a meeting.

Join the group by going to the Pune Java Meetup Group on

This month’s meetup, on Saturday, will feature Kiran Narasareddy talking about his experiences with Modeling Frameworks – specifically their (bad) experiences with the EMF (Eclipse Modeling Framework), and good experience with JaXB. The talk will also cover the various different plugins available for JaXB, and what all you can achieve using them.

After that Atul will talk about using struts unit testing framework. It is a very effective way to decouple the Action Layer from the Business Layer – No need to wait for UI development to test your code. Very appealing – and addicting.

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Ajit Shelat, 1 Sept 2010

(Pune based serial entrepreneur, Ajit Shelat, passed away yesterday. This article and photo are by flickr user drona and are taken from this page. They’re reproduced here under the terms of the Creative Commons (BY-NC) license under which that page is published.)

Ajit Shelat

My friend Ajit Shelat passed away today. He was driving on the Mumbai-Pune Highway, and had an accident at about 530pm September 1, 2010.

He was a fellow alumnus and contemporary of IIT-Mumbai.

Trained entirely in India, he was perhaps the first Indian engineer who designed and developed a very complex LAN security chipset at Nevis Networks, entirely based out of Pune, India.

He was a co-founder of RIMO technologies, Switch-on Networks(with Moti Jiandani), and Nevis Networks. Switch-On Networks was sold to PMC-Sierra for $300M+.

He supported a wide variety of environmental causes and an avid hiker and naturalist. A prolific entrepreneur himself, he generously gave his time and money to his favorite causes: The environment, education and entrepreneurs.

Said Yatin Mundkur, a venture capitalist at Artiman Ventures, who used to work for Ajit at Godrej Industries, in the mid-eighties: “I am who I am today, because of Ajit. And a lot of us who reported to him at Godrej would gladly say that.”

I will fondly remember the many hikes I took with him, and particularly the many discussions I had with him during the early X Window System days.

He is survived by his wife Radha Shelat and daughter Arundhati, and mother and sister.


(Ajit Shelat was most recently the President and CEO of Nevis Networks, a company that he was trying to turn around after he and his partners had acquired the assets of the company from the previous investors. PuneTech had interviewed Ajit just before this. He is survived by his wife, Radha Shelat, (VP Engineering, and India MD of Librato, previously CTO of Symantec Pune & Veritas Pune), and daughter.)

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