The Thinking Box

On many of the projects that I have recently worked on, people have
told me to, “Think outside of the box.” First of all, I’d like to know
what box they are referring to. Second, why do they assume I’m inside
of a box? Third, if I am inside a box how did I get there? I don’t
remember climbing into it nor do I remember being put into one. If I
was, it was against my will and without my knowledge.

It hasn’t restricted my breathing. The air doesn’t even appear
to be stale. If I am inside a box it doesn’t seem to limit my mobility.
As I move around, I’m not kicking the sides so it would seem that it is
a rather large box. As a matter of fact, I have no recollection of ever
having run into the sides. It would seem to me that the box is large
enough for me to do all the thinking I need to do.

Assuming that I am in a box, I have no experience thinking
outside of it and since I have done pretty well so far, I’m not sure
that I want to do any thinking outside of the box. How do I know if I’m
qualified to think outside of the box and if I am, who determines my
qualifications? What qualifies a person to tell me that I should think
outside of the box? Do these people think outside of the box? Do these
people even see the box? Do these people know what they are talking

If the new thing is to think outside of the box, shouldn’t
someone stay in the box to do some thinking? I mean, if everybody is
doing their thinking outside of the box, who is minding the box? When I
have an empty box lying around, it generally gets thrown away. Do we
really want to risk losing the box where most of us have done our
thinking for most of our lives?

If I go outside the box, can I get back in? Can someone
guarantee that if I don’t like thinking outside of the box that I can
get back in? Before we tackle this question perhaps we should discuss
how to get out of the box to begin with. Is there a door? I’d prefer an
escalator if possible.

I guess when people tell me to “Think outside of the box,”
I’ll just keep thinking inside the box. How will they tell the
difference. Pretty soon everybody will be thinking outside the box and
the new thing will be to think inside the box. When it is, I’ll be
ready. I’ll already be there.

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FOSS.IN/2007 First list of talks.

The first list of talks is out.

One of my talks have gotten accepted in it. Yay !. I would be giving a talk on “Component Software Design/Development”. While the topic string looks loaded ;), I would mostly be talking about GCF. This would be my first presentation on GCF.

I noticed quite a few Qt devs in there. It is interesting to note that we have some core Qt developers from Trolltech coming over this year.

– There is Simon Hausmann of QtWebKit fame, giving a talk on it.
– There is Girish Ramakrishnan of Qt Stylesheets fame, giving a talk on it.

And a few KDE devs in there.

Kevin Ottens
Piyush Verma

The OpenOffice project days looks great. Particularly Juergen’s talks are interesting. I hope they dont clash with the KDE project days.

Looking forward to FOSS.IN/2007 🙂

VTK Designer 2 Release Candidate

The release candidate (build 660) of VTK Designer 2 is out. With this we have incorporated the suggestions received during the betas. Plus, standard things like undo/redo, recent files, panels etc work. Plus, with this RC we have included a draft copy of the user manual, so users must be now able to get started with VTK Designer 2 easily. Grab your copy now.

Next week by this time, both binaries and source editions of VTK Designer for Linux and Windows will be available from our website [].

I am pleasently surprised by the feedback I have been getting on the second beta of VTK Designer 2. The feedback is pushing the product to better usability and adoption.

Meanwhile we are gearing up our efforts for a new website for VTK Designer 2. Hope everything will converge by the end of this month for the release.

Not speaking @ FOSS.IN

Both my talk proposals were rejected this year :(. The reasons given for both of them were valid though. The talk on “VTK Designer” was rejected because it was already done last year. Valid point.The talk on GCF was rejected because it was too specific. Valid point again.

The FOSS.IN team is really doing a great job at sifting through hundreds of talk entries. My talk ID was 222 or something!. It takes a lot of effort sifting through several talk/workshop/project days proposal; understanding them, figuring out whether they serve the purpose of FOSS.IN, accepting/rejecting them and then sending reasons for rejecting talk proposals. I really appreciate the effort these guys put into the event.

For those of you who have something good to talk about but still have not done so, do sumbit your talks today. For the ones waking up now, there is some good news here.

Am planning to attend some “project days” talk on OpenOffice this year. I have always wanted to learn about OpenOffice and this year’s project days would surely be a good time to start.
* OpenDocument Format (ODF)
* architecture
* UNO: The Universal Network Objects
* Creating extensions
Wow 🙂

Being a Qt developer, the KDE project days are surely must-attends for me.