Open source in India

[As usual, you can also read this on BBC News online]

The five of us bounced out of the restaurant at around ten, after a great meal, some beers and the usual arguments about preferred programming languages, the future of free and open source software and the merits of Terry Pratchett’s later works.

It was a warm night so we crossed the street to get something to cool us down – not ice cream, but the best kulfi in the Defence Colony, one of the hippest areas in downtown New Delhi.

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Nehru Place, Delhi

Delhi, May 2006

Originally uploaded by BillT.

If you need some hardware, this is the place to go…

bread machine
breadman bread machine
toastmaster bread machine
panasonic bread machine
cuisinart bread machine
sunbeam bread machine
oster bread machine
west bend bread machine
westinghouse bread machine
regal ware bread machine
indoor grill
george foreman indoor grill
hamilton beach indoor grill
cuisinart indoor grill
star manufacturing indoor grill
anvil indoor grill
presto indoor grill
delonghi indoor grill
cadco indoor grill
eurodib indoor grill
krups indoor grill
sanyo indoor grill
farberware indoor grill
oster indoor grill
breville indoor grill
chefmaster indoor grill
electric indoor grill
sunbeam indoor grill
sandwich maker
george foreman sandwich maker
cuisinart sandwich maker
anvil sandwich maker
toastmaster sandwich maker
breville sandwich maker
presto sandwich maker
hamilton beach sandwich maker
krups sandwich maker
tefal sandwich maker
delonghi sandwich maker
durabrand sandwich maker
diablo sandwich maker
eletric sandwich maker
oster sandwich maker
waffle maker
villaware waffle maker
nemco waffle maker
chefs choice waffle maker
cuisinart waffle maker
star manufacturing waffle maker
gold medal waffle maker
hamilton beach waffle maker
toastmaster waffle maker
oster waffle maker
krups waffle maker
belgian waffle maker
kitchenaid waffle maker
delonghi waffle maker
george foreman waffle maker
westinghouse waffle maker
sunbeam waffle maker
waffle iron
villaware waffle iron
nemco waffle iron
chefs choice waffle iron
cuisinart waffle iron
star manufacturing waffle iron
waring waffle iron
gold medal waffle iron
hamilton beach waffle iron
toastmaster waffle iron
oster waffle iron
krups waffle iron
belgian waffle iron
black and decker waffle iron
kitchenaid waffle iron
delonghi waffle iron
george foreman waffle iron
sunbeam waffle iron
pancaker maker
perfect pancake maker
toastmaster pancake maker
george foreman pancake maker
deep fryer
frymaster deep fryer
presto deep fryer
rival deep fryer
cecilware deep fryer
gold medal deep fryer
delonghi deep fryer
wells deep fryer
star manufacturing deep fryer
tefal deep fryer
anvil deep fryer
anetsberger deep fryer
dean deep fryer
garland deep fryer
imperial deep fryer
keating deep fryer
pitco deep fryer
waring deep fryer
electric deep fryer
bravetti deep fryer
oster deep fryer
nesco deep fryer
ge deep fryer
black and decker deep fryer
cuisinart deep fryer
euro pro deep fryer
hamilton beach deep fryer
durabrand deep fryer
sunbeam deep fryer

Don’t bank on secret security

If you have a MasterCard-issued credit card then you may be hearing from your bank in the next few days.

The credit card company has revealed that that a potential security breach at a UK retailer means that cardholder details may have been leaked. MasterCard has told banks that issue their cards to take what they call ‘necessary steps to protect cardholders’, which may include reissuing cards with new numbers.

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Moving life online

[As ever, you can read this on the BBC News website too]

The range of new web-based services on offer is vast and growing.

Inspired by the early success of innovators like the Flickr photo-sharing site and Google Maps, and funded by venture capitalists who seem to have recovered from the trauma of the dotcom crash, we’re seeing site launches daily, many of them documented on the delightfully upbeat Techcrunch blog.

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[As ever, you can also read this on the BBC News website]

Convergence is in the air again, but this time the focus is not on multi-media phones or bizarre combinations of functions like pacemakers with integrated MP3 players and DAB radios.
The real interest at the moment is convergence at the service delivery end, following ntl’s purchase of Virgin Mobile last week and Sky’s earlier acquisition of internet service provider Easynet.
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If it’s good enough for Google..

Earlier this week the director of the BBC’s new media division spent a happy few days in Las Vegas.

As far as we know Ashley Highfield wasn’t trying to increase his budget for the soon to be launched myBBCplayer with some judicious bets at the roulette tables.He was there with representatives from Amazon, eBay and Myspace for Mix06, Microsoft’s massive new media conference.

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No DRM, no cry?

Earlier this week the Westminster eForum held a discussion on digital rights management at which Derek Wyatt MP made some interesting proposals about getting the British Library to lead the debate on how copy protection and rights management should be regulated and managed.

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What’s up with the billblog

A word of explanation: the old machine that I called ‘bill’ and which lived with my friends at Verity Networks died a couple of weeks ago, so I’ve taken the opportunity to move my virtual home to a Linux installation hosted by Bytemark. You’re here now.

I’ve got a backup of the WordPress database from ‘bill’ but haven’t had time to get it transferred and uploaded – that will happen this coming wekend. And I’ll try to make sure that old URLs work and all comments are in place.

‘’ will point here and remain accessible, but it will more correctly be ‘’.

That’s about it..