So finally I am getting down to writing the blog post about Exhibtion of Computer and Allied Products (ECAP) at Hotel Mandovi, Panjim and Software Freedom Day (SFD) at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) that i attended the previous saturday but being in vasco for saturday till sunday afternoon, I hadn't taken out time enough to finish the writing part of the post, while the design with the key points were definitely in place. Thankfully with my freemind, I don't have to worry missing out on important points and making my blog posts drag on and on aimlessly. :p
Since the SFD programme was scheduled in the evening after 1700 IST, there was lot of time in the morning to check out ECAP alongwith getting some work done at the bank within the half-day schedule that I missed. Had this weird fancy of travelling all over on bus and walking a lot. ECAP was at the top floor of hotel Mandovi just like last few years. This is the 16th year, but I can't tell how long its been held in the hotel. Some interesting products on display. Quite a few linux faces (nowadays read as Ubuntu hardy -> currently) and pretty aloof people. Y'know IT exhibitions? Your tour's not complete if every store hasn't stuffed your hands with oversized pamphlets. Here i got (n)one, like almost.
First up, I checked that the main area in the main hall, i dunno what's it called, but its the stage like area, where one of the vendors, was having the biggest display area for the tiniest of gadgets, acer aspireOne. I say tiny, since there were large projection screens there last time, which looked perfect fit for that huge area. Anyways, the vendor's the chairman of Computer Society of India - Goa Chapter (CSI - Goa). Although there were other acer laptops and desktops and acer ain't a company that I like so much and feel sad for those who 'paid' to get one, Aspire One had got me interested for one unique but obvious reason, linux, and the latest ultramobile/netbook pc form factor, powered by Intel Atom.
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