Its funny how differrent things converge on the same centerpiece and fit beautifully. What you call Good fortune , according to me sometimes is a "culminitation of internal and external energies in a focussed way on a single aim ".
Just 4-5 hours ago I posted some images taken by my professional photographer buddy Mohit Manchanda ( currently based in Townsville QueensLand Australia ) and I started thinking about our days together in the LINUX Certification program batch in NIIT ( a renowned computer science training institute in India . NIIT is one of the TOP IT Training and Software Companies in India ) .
The story goes like this , in the year 1999 - my student days . I was the geeky guy crazy over LINUX , Open source and wanted to learn in badly.Those days Red Hat came in ver5.0 or 5.1 . Now I guess they come in ver 8.0 , 9.0 or something. The jump from 5.0 to 5.2 version was big jump in those days if I remember correctly.
Me and Mohit Manchanda used to study in NIIT in different batches - he was doing GNIIT a 3years course and I was doing a 6 month VB 6.0 programming course.
We bonded well and took up this newly introduced Red HAT linux 5.2 course.
We had a batch of 3 people , the 3rd one being a sexy dusky looking girl ( I cant beleive , i have forgotten her name now ).She was I guess doing the course just to hang out with 2 cool good looking guys ( THIS IS NICE FOR MY EGO ....u know..its my blog..and hence I am allowed to exercies my EGO. !! ) .
Anyways moving , both of us Mohits ( Maheshwari and Manchanda) we were getting more and more interested into linux and tux. We even had internal competitions on who knew more.
I must admit in the theory and practical official exams at NIIT , i got better grades then him . But actually he was better then me.
I was surfing around 15 minutes ago and saw this email below , from the email archives of this LINUX Delhi group. It took me back to my times as a struggling computer student.
The times Mohit and me , we used to sit at his house ( sipping the most perfect lemonade and tea which his mom used to make ) in front of his PC for hours experimenting with LINUX 5.2.
We used to feel excited at the release of a new version of StarOffice or any goodie associated with Linux.
Mohit Manchanda was a hardcore ethical person , he would work on licensed software or OPEN source but NEVER pirated ones.The man would prefer to waste 4 hours installing and re installing LINUX on his PC which was slow or use STAR OFFICE for word proccesing.
But he would never ever use a PIRATED copy of MS office.
He would say , when I can afford one I will use it.
For now Star does my job.
From: mohit maheshwari
Subject: Re: [linux-delhi] More goodies...
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 11:56:14 -0700
hi great intelligent people
i'm a new linux user and new to this mad mad world (if i can say so)
i have become a member of this list and already read 40 mails in the last 3
days regarding linux demo day and still not understood completely whether
this demo is for dummies and novices like me or for gurus like u all. if its
for me please let me know the final venue and schedule ....
i would like to offer any sort of help i can
mohit maheshwari (from my win 98 environment!poor me!)
>From: Raj Mathur <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>Reply-To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
>To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
>Subject: [linux-delhi] More goodies...
>Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 18:57:06 +0530 (IST)
>Received some more goodies for LDD today from Linux Central. Slightly
>dated, but here's the list:
>One copy each of:
>- Faximum Messaging Server 1.0
>- Proceedings of the Linux World conference and expo, Aug 9-12 1999.
>- S.u.S.E 6.0
>- RH 5.2 source
>- Mandrake 5.3
>- RH 5.2 Binaries
>- Caldera Open Linux 1.3
>And some 5 small brochures. Bit disappointing, actually, huh?
Today I mostly prefer to sell projects to my clients on ASP.net /ASP/ MS SQL or any other Microsoft technology.
Clients keep asking me " you dont do OPEN SOURCE ?? You dont do JAVA ?? You dont know LINUX ?? " , its very hard for even a marketing person like me to explain to them .
I ACTUALLY WAS IN LOVE WITH LINUX AT ONE POINT OF TIME !!!!
In conclusion , my focus on selling Microsoft technologies for my project is my JOB responsibility and a part of marketing strategy of the company I consult with.
On the other hand at one point of time my passion was the opposite , Open Source.
Money changes a lot of thing in most of us.
But not in ALL of us.
Mohit Manchanda still uses Star office or Adobe Photoshop 5.0 version ( which he must have got with some scanner or something) but would still never use Photoshop 7.0 ( pirated or unlicensed).
Some humans can change their versions....other live with them..!!!!!!!