The birthday that was…….

Thanks to lot of client work which came up over the last couple of days, I was away from my PC all the time and could not make a shameless plug on Friday the 13th. But then stepped in to make my day by announcing the same on LJ! 😉

And now for some Oscar speech…

“Thank you lord, thank you mum and dad. Thank you Exocore, this is my 3rd birthday over here. Thanks to all the people (you know who you are) who took the trouble to arrange the “surprise” party, and thanks to all the people who called up/SMS'ed/IM'ed/Mailed to wish me. Its nice to be felt special once a year! And those who completely forgot about my birthday, I am not annoyed coz I have a hard time remembering birthdays too.

Oh, and a special thanks to someone who called up to wish me bright and early in the morn!

Thank you and have a nice day!”

Shanker Balan

Shanker Balan is a devops and infrastructure freelancer with over 14 years of industry experience in large scale Internet systems. He is available for both short term and long term projects on contract. Please use the Contact Form for any enquiry.

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Pirelli Calendar Weekend on Fashion TV

In case anyone did not notice, it was the Pirelli Calendar weekend on Fashion TV. What was interesting to note was not the women who were featured, but the blokes behind the TV screen – and .

Zoneee: That's Heidi Klum!
Sidcarter: That's Kate Moss!
Sidcarter: Apparently she is the shortest model and holds a Guinness world record.
Zoneee: That's Linda Evangelista!
Sidcarter: Wasn't she featured in a George Michael video?
Sidcarter: That's Karolina Kurkova!
Shanu: …and that's Karolina Kurkova's grand father! 😉

Jokes apart, we a have walking talking model database in and .

And I am in office today when I should be at home sleeping thanks to Nagappa. Next time I shall read the papers first! Not too disappointed though, all the more bandwidth to browse www.pirelli.com/calendar/ 😀

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Talk at Linux Bangalore/2002

I am giving a talk on Implementing “Single Sign On” solution using Linux and OpenLDAP today at Linux Bangalore/2002 at 11AM. Its been a week since I last opened up my slides, hopefully it will all come back to me when I get on to the stage. 😀

Yesterday, I came across the lamest question ever asked – “Sir, people are installing software on their windows 98 machines. I am running a Linux firewall/proxy. Is there anyway I can use the Linux server to stop people from installing software”

A Wipro guy gave a talk on VPN solutions using Linux. According to him, security and encryption are not critical in a VPN session. This idiot even argued on stage with the audience in defence.

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Shanker Balan is a devops and infrastructure freelancer with over 14 years of industry experience in large scale Internet systems. He is available for both short term and long term projects on contract. Please use the Contact Form for any enquiry.

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