The Last Lap

Finally the 3 months pf SoK has come to a not so perfect ending for me. My site is complete but it is yet to go live.

The final site is at http://test2.kubuntu.co.uk/wordpress/ . Over the last month I had to put together all the news feed and images together. Checking the compatibility with several browsers repositioning several other images. I know it may sound trifle but as Michelangelo once said “Trifle’s make perfection but perfection is no trifle” .

I would like to thank Jonathan for all his help and support. And I would also like to thank Valorie for her reviews which proved to be very beneficial for me.

So finally Season of KDE has come to an end but I am sure my relation with KDE especially Kubuntu is far from over. I hope to contribute more in future.

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Round 2

Well the first two laps of my first SoK is over and now I finally enter into the final lap. In the first month I had finished with the design of the site but it was just plain and simple HTML/CSS and as we all know that is not enough. So the next question that arises is – what do we need ? And the answer to that will be a framework.

As my aim is to make a site that will be used for a long time and to enable that editing and updating information should me made easy and hence I have used wordpress to enable the same.

This months main challenge was to convert my HTML/CSS webpage into a wordpress theme. As I am a newbie to wordpress hence it was quite a humongous task for me but I as successful at the end. I converted my theme and imported all the old news on to my wordpress instance.

Click here to get a look at the site now.

As you might correctly notice that there are some images missing in the latest article section. That is the area I am currently working on. Once that is done then 99% of my task will be completed.

My only regret is the lack of communication between me and my mentors this month. When I am stuck at certain issue I remain stuck for a long time till I somehow complete it.

Season of KDE

SoK 101

There are two rules that I should abide by while doing my Season of KDE:
1. Write a monthly blog.
2. 2nd rule is not to talk about the second rule 🙂

This is my first SoK and hence I am equally excited and motivated to make a niche for myself with my work. The task allotted to me was to finish test.kubuntu.co.uk . My task was to use a WordPress theme and finish the site but I am not a big fan of WordPress themes. So I decided to make my own theme and thankfully my mentor , Jonathan Riddell was on the same page with me. Thus began the first lap , thinking and coming up with a new design.

This was really a challenging task for me. So I came up with a design but it was too dynamic and flashy and hence that idea was nipped in the bud. So I had to come with something that was flashy but in a controlled elite manner. This is what test.kubuntu.co.uk looks like :

old site

 

The images below is how the theme that I designed looks like:

newpage

newpage

np

np

This is just a snippet of the index page for getting a better feel please click here

The featured tour is something I had to give a lot of time to design. Rather than reading an entire page about it , users can just slide through all the main features thus making it easy to access and a cool way to show off :).

I have almost finished the design of all the tabs that are present in the kubuntu.org except the news. I have eliminated the javascript problem that was there in the downloads page. Now the site works fine even with the javascript disabled.

The main problem I am facing is designing attractive and non clumsy widgets for social media sites. It was a cake walk creating the twitter widget, but facebook and googleplus is making me cry out loud. I would really appreciate if I get some help/suggestions to resolve this issue.

The main part of the site like, the framework, all the tab contents are completed . But the news/blogs page creation , converting  the entire design into a WordPress theme is left, which I plan to by December and then finally would search engine optimize the site.

This was the end of the first lap. This being my first SoK I am enjoying every moment.

Island of Doomed Women

Object of pleasure, an article meant to give us aesthetic joy, a sponge to soak in the animal instinct of men, a political weapon when IT is used in the improper way, a doll in our hands whom we dress up as we want it to be dressed, a trophy that we like to keep and show off in our kitchen and drawing room but not to the outside world is the modern definition of an Indian women.

We forgot that they could be our mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, our wife, our friend most importantly a living organism. Now they are merely reduced to a definition. An Indian woman is a symbol of helplessness crying out loud for freedom. Freedom from the jail called kitchen, freedom from a society that treat them like inanimate object. When a beautiful parrot escapes from the cage and tries to soar high up in the sky it is attacked by uncountable ugly and insecure crows and killed. The parrot is every Indian who dares to think of a life beyond kitchen, the cage is the culture and the so called social norms and I don’t think I need to illustrate on the crows.

A girl returning from school is raped; student molested by teachers, a girl returning home is raped and killed, countless housewives getting beaten up by their husband. That is not the saddest part, the saddest is that when they cry for help we try and commercialize their pain, agony, and suffering to our benefit. Girl is raped, ruling party tries to find a way to blame it on the opposition or make the issue disappear to consolidate their position, and opposition party uses it as an weapon to come back to power, the intellectual people of our society tries to come into the limelight and buy some name at the expense of someone’s lost dignity. No one cares about the person who was raped, the best we do is throw some money at her face as state grant an expect her to buy her dignity back. But the monetary part comes only if the case gets some media attention, else the girl is either raped again this time with the aid of the police, who either act as a silent observer or join the grotesque party, or killed.

I spent my Saturday nights with my friend at some club getting drunk; I am a boy hence our Indian society will call me a cool dude. A girl going to a club gets stamped as a tainted woman and if she drinks with her friends, especially if the friend is of the opposite sex then she is a prostitute according to the RULE BOOK OF INDIAN CULTURE. According to a female minister of the state of West Bengal, raping a prostitute is not a crime.

Our society says that girls must wear clothes that cover their body from head to toe. But does it mention anywhere that the girl should be raped if she is not dressed according to the rule book? We love to ogle at girls in a mini skirt or in a little black dress but if that girl becomes our girlfriend or wife we order them to dress up according to the rule book. We don’t allow women to work because we are insecure of losing our trophy or maybe end up suffering from inferiority complex.

Justice, the word has very little meaning in our country. In India there is only one golden rule, if you have gold you rule. There are several hundred cases where innocent victims are rotting in the prison as the hearing of their case did not bare any fruit, while those with power and position consider committing crime as their birth right. The rape victims get out of the prison only to hunt down their next prey. A girl was raped and justice is not served now, they say justice will be done. My question to them is when? Tomorrow? Within a week? A month? Never?