Coming: Mobile Number Portability

Read more about this here:

The moment this is implemented, I am most surely going to change from AirTel to BSNL. The only reason I am not moving away from AirTel right now is because it is a pain to inform everybody about the new number. Mobile-Numbers are right now used as vendor-lock-in mechanisms by service providers. Once they become portable, I will have a choice!

VTK Designer 2.7.1 is out

VTK Designer 2.7.1 is now out. The last release was on 14th of October 2008. Some changes we have since then are

1. Support for Bezier Surfaces. Custom classes from VCL: vtkBezierSurfaceSource and vtkBezierSurfaceWidget are now supported.
2. Thumbnail preview of the canvas is now shown.
3. Support for color presents in vtkLookupTable. You can right click on any vtkLookupTable node to select a color preset. The code behind this was contributed by Prof. Vijay Natarajan of IISc Bangalore.
4. The terrain data-file loader now inserts a vtkLookupTable into the pipeline to let users take advantage of the color presents.
5. New tools are now included in this release
– ComponentGen : This tool generates a code template for a new component that you can use with VTK Designer 2
– VNFComponentGen : This tool generates a code template for new “visualization node factory” components. This tool is priceless if you want to add components that provide visualization nodes that can be dragged from the node class explorer and dropped on the canvas.
– VisNodeGen : This tool generates a code template for a new node (or wrapper). You can include the generated code in existing components.
(Documentation for these tools are underway and they will be released soon. However, the tool itself provides some simple documentation when you execute it with no parameters)
6. Added a vtkWedgeSource algorithm and supported it in VTK Designer 2
7. Fixed scriptable methods for vtkProp3D nodes that dealt with transformations.
8. Added support for project templates in VTK Designer. You can now save a any pipeline as a template that you can open later on and fill in details. Double click on the “Project” menu strip group label to see a drawer widget from where you can load and save templates

You can download the new versions of VTK Designer 2 in a couple of hours time.

VTK Designer 2.6.1 has had a decent adoption. Shown below is a graph of installer downloads. We dont have a count of people who have compiled from the source and/or SVN checkout. Besides we have added about 100 or so users through workshops on visualization, haptics and OpenGL conducted by us.

Looking forward to see how 2.7.1 shapes up.

Interesting to read !

Somebody forward this story to me.. I thought it was amusing..

Once upon a time the government with Ruling Party XYZ.. had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert.

Ruling Party XYZ Said..
– “Someone may steal from it at night.”
So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

Then Ruling Party XYZ Said..
– “How does the watchman do his job without instruction? ”
So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.

Then Ruling Party XYZ Said..,
– “How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?”
So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports.

Then Ruling Party XYZ Said.. ,
– “How are these people going to get paid?”
So they created the following positions, a time keeper, and a payroll officer, then hired two people.

Then Ruling Party XYZ Said..,
– “Who will be accountable for all of these people?”
So they created an administrative section and hired three people, an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary.

Then Ruling Party XYZ Said..,
– “We have had this command in operation for one year and we are $18,000 over budget, we must cutback overall cost.”

So they lay off the night watchman.

Quite similar to the Current Situation In IT industries.