NRN himself

3 min read · Posted on: Aug 25, 2004 · Print this page

Please do not post here to ask for NRN’s email ID. It was not the objective of this post

Hi All,

Yesterday, one of the most unexpected things happened. I got a mail from Mr. Narayana Murthy himself! It was a reply to a birthday greeting I’d sent. I have reproduced it below

From: Narayana N. R. Murthy Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2004 9:29 AM To: Arun V. Ravindran Subject: RE: Birthday Greetings from Arun Ravindran Dear Arun, Thanks a lot for the best wishes. I am touched by your kind gesture.

With regards, Narayana Murthy E-mail : Tel :91 80 2852 03XX Fax :91 80 2852 03XX —–Original Message—– From: Arun V.Ravindran Sent: Friday, August 20, 2004 3:04 PM To: Narayana N. R. Murthy Subject: Birthday Greetings from Arun Ravindran A very warm greeting from a well wisher Warm Regards, Arun Ravindran Enterprise Solutions - Enterprise Applications Integration (EAI) Infosys Technologies Ltd, Mangalore To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.

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(His email id is altered for obvious reasons). Cool, isnt it? For those who have been following my blog, here comes a shocker. I'm on a transfer to Pune DC from Monday for 3 months. Yep, I'm still in the same project and the reasons are purely technical, but bothersome nonetheless. There are hundreds of things to do and I have started to jot down the first few atleast.

The Onam celebrations are going on in full glory in Mangalore and Trivandrum DCs of Infosys. Considering the main day (thiru onam) is on 28th, it would have been exciting to be there at this time. Well, all I can go is flip through those colourful snaps.

Karthik seems to be continuing the work we had started with the TAPMI intranet portal. In many ways the vision (of Punit, Prof Sankran and me) of having a collaborative learning environment in TAPMI is still a long way to go. But as this shows, it is still alive.

Ok, time for some technical stuff. As I had promised I would give a brief intro to Sodipodi and Gimp. Sodipodi is a widely used vector drawing program. To see how widely used, take some time to visit’s gallery. You would find most of the familiar open source logos here. Some of the uses of Sodipodi would be designing icons, logos and banner. I’m planning to use it in big way in designing my site. However Sodipodi’s export module is not yet stable in Windows. Hence I have to resort to GIMP, which seems to be not fully compatible.

The future of icon designing is vector based than pixel based, hence tools like Sodipodi have already gained currency among icon designers. Unfortunately, the promise of “scalable to any resolution” is misleading. Like truetype fonts, there should be various vector paths that are turned off at lower resolutions and vice versa. This problem which has been largely solved by font designer should be taken up by icon designers as well.

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Arun is the author of "Django Design Patterns and Best Practices". Works as a Product Manager at Google. Avid open source enthusiast. Keen on Python. Loves to help people learn technology. Find out more about Arun on the about page.

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