A stage for inner voices, opinions, ideas and experiences

GLOSS Newsletter is Out!!!

Posted by Harish at Friday, May 30, 2008

Hi folks! Finally our exams are over and we Coronas went back to our homes for short trips and some of us are back to college for doing the certificate course. We couldn't make a very good online presence till now but that doesn't mean that we Coronas don't work. We worked on this newsletter with very strict deadlines and lots and lots of hard work from every Corona. Creating the newsletter showed me an example of how good our team is and how well we can work in together. All the members who were a part of creating this newsletter did their very best and that too in the given very short intervals of time. Sanjeev and Abhilash together wrote an article, Vikas and Abhishek complied the events list, plenty of members contributed to the finer details of the newsletter and I took care of the designing part. The newsletter is circulated to over 80 countries! Now that's something which every Corona can be proud of! The newsletter was appreciated personally by many of the big guns in Sun like Ganesh. Overall, with the guidance of Abhishek, the newsletter was created and released in the exact timing we wanted it to be.
You can get a copy of it here
Read it and send me your reviews about it. Also, if you want to make a contribution to the next edition of OpenView, feel free to drop me a mail about it.

GLOSS Networking Site is Here!!!

Posted by Harish at Saturday, May 17, 2008

Finally it's here!!! The GLOSS Networking site is finally open to public now!! It's super cool and is like adding one more scoop of ice-cream of cool features on top of orkut. Abhishek created this site from ning.com. He has been working on it for a couple of days and he has did an amazing job with it.

Here are some of the cool features of it:
Share pictures and videos with some visibility options
Have your own blog
Create your profile
Socialize by adding friends
Leave a comment to your friends which is like scrapping someone
Apply some cool themes to your profile
Have your own GLOSS badge like the one on the left :-)
Create and join groups
Participate in a discussion forum
and much more

The new site is really amazing and super cool. I will help us to socialize better and also help our "international" fans to get involved with the members of GLOSS easily. Abhishek has also told us that he will not be closing the GOOGLE GLOSS Group so that GLOSS members can flame war in two places :-)

Here is the link to the site


Do join the site and we'll have loads of fun there :-D

Btw, my exams aren't over yet. I ll have one more week of this ordeal :-(. Bye for now...

Open Solaris Birthday Celebrations

Posted by Harish at Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Yesterday OpenSolaris was released worldwide finally!!! We at GLOSS look at OpenSolaris as a member of our family. Since a new member was born yesterday, we decided to celebrate the release as its birthday. The function started at 12.30 in the Krishna Canteen after Abhishek finished his interviews for the members who wanted to be a part of the Development Wing of GLOSS.
Vikas, Sanjeev, VK, Prabu and I went there by 10.00 to start decorating the place for the birthday celebration. We had loads of fun there. Pasting balloons, decorative papers, hangings, 'I Love OpenSolaris' posters and a couple of more hand made posters all over the place. I ll post the pictures of the event soon after my exams are over.
It was 12.30 and the juice section of the canteen was full of GLOSS members and other OpenSolaris enthusiasts. The party started with a small speech by Abhishek as usual. He spoke about OpenSolaris for some time. Then he cut the 6kg cake we ordered for the party. And there were some fun events too with two people winnning OpenSolaris tee shirts. What's a party without food rite? So after the cake pieces were distributed to everyone in the canteen GLOSS sponsored a Rs.30 coupon for everyone who attended the party.
We had a good lunch and came back to our hostel with a determination to become the largest OpenSolaris community in the world before the next release of the OS which is a year later.
We have made a small video from the pictures taken during the party. It was sent to the important people in the OpenSolaris community around the world. We will be making a better video soon after our exams are over. I ll post that video too here with some pictures of the party.

Till my exams are over bye everyone!

Video Sharing Site for GLOSS

Posted by Harish at Friday, May 2, 2008

Thanks to startyourtube.com, GLOSS now has its own video sharing space! You may wonder why GLOSS needs a video sharing site while we already have a profile in you tube and also we are going to get a new website ready?(It's true folks, we will be having a site exclusively for GLOSS soon!) Here is the answer. In start your tube, you can make your webspace similar to blogspot powered by youtube. In simpler terms, you can invite people to join you and they create their blogs under your space and start posting.

Organize Stuff

The community is growing everyday and the members have a good amount of techy videos with them which they wish to share. Also, GLOSS releases some videos of its seminars from time to time. So, when all of these can be put under a common heading, it will be very organized and also easy to find resources related to GLOSS and open source technologies.

For the Film Makers Out There

There are some developing teams in SASTRA who want to make really good films for GLOSS. So, we give them a good platform with a very good visibility to screen their videos and make their way into the promotion wing of GLOSS (which will also have a blog here :-) ).

Where This is Headed
With this site started, many members who hate to type (maybe that's why they remain inactive in the group :-)) or like to say things through videos are expected to create their blogs here. The best videos, will be selected and they will be posted in the GLOSS website which will be created in the near future. So, this site will remain even after the creation of the GLOSS website as a medium of sharing videos for the members.

Some Important Links
GLOSS Video Sharing Website: http://www.gloss.startyourtube.com
Start Your Tube: http://www.startyourtube.com
My Blog in start your tube: http://www.harish.gloss.startyourtube.com