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01st April 2007 News , Application Development
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on 01st April 2007 / by webmaster
The project aims to open up the freelancing market for the Student Community and thereby give tremendous exposure and technologically empower the students. Ultimately this aims to create a vibrant technical forum or even a company owned by students among the students that can nurture innovation and entrepreneurship among the students and promote open ideas, technologies and products. Background and Motivation Outsourcing as a model has diverged into several different categories based on project domain, technologies involved, size and nature of project etc. One of the less explored categories is the freelancing model. This category is differentiated by the size of the projects involved - usually in the lower end of the price spectrum anywhere from 10$ to several hundreds of dollars. Freelancers differ from the regular IT players in that they work on their own, taking up projects in domains and technologies that they are comfortable working on. As a community, freelancers thrive on such projects with skills and capabilities that are comparable to those owned by engineering students. However students normally have a few limitations in accessing the freelancing market. Primarily they wouldn’t have a dollar account where they can receive the payments. Getting freelancing projects also pose a difficulty for the students in that they would only have knowledge of very limited technologies. So they would have to sieve through large number of projects before they can get to something they can chew. Another not-so-evident problem is that it is usually tough for newbies to get somebody to give them projects. It gets easier as one builds ones’ profile. Zyxware Technologies is committed to its vision of playing a role in community and social development. We see the above situation as an opportunity for us to help the student community. This would also give us a chance to bring up a technical community among the students of engineering colleges. Objectives 1. Open up the freelancing market for the student community. 2. Give an opportunity for students to earn reasonably good amounts of money. 3. Provide an opportunity for the students to gain exposure in working with international clients and on bleeding edge technologies. 4. Promote entrepreneurship among the students. 5. Give exposure to students in programming, project management, communication and collaboration. 6. Give and edge to students in getting their first job. 7. Create a technical forum of students from different colleges to interact with each other on a technical level. 8. Create a technical community for the promotion of Free and Open Source Software(FOSS). 9. Create a framework for promotion of similar ideas and communities. Target Community Engineering Students of all branches and all semsters from S1S2 to S7. Modus operandi This project is planned in two modes. In the first one, the pilot mode, we are targeting Engineering Colleges in and around Trivandrum City. Currently the following colleges have been tentatively selected subject to the condition of generating enough interest for the project among the students. The colleges are a) CET, b) SCT, c) Barton Hill, d) Mar Basaleus Engineering College, e) University College Kariyavattom, f) Marian Engineering College. Once the project reaches a stable stage where the processes are set in place this can be scaled up to the next mode where it would be made open for any student in any college. One of the crucial aspects of the project is to ensure a steady stream of projects for the community. What we propose to do is to hire a team of people (starting with one person or two in the pilot mode) to manage the procurement of freelancing projects and be made available to the students. This would increase the efficiency in procuring the projects as they would have a large group of students with a collective suite of capabilities and technologies ready to take up projects from a wide spectrum. There is a well established framework of freelancing sites on the internet. However most of them require monthly payments to be able to access the site. We will be registering at these sites to get the projects. Ultimately we will be looking at creating our own framework where students can login and get their project or submit their finished project. The second aspect in the project is the technical know-how and capabilities of the students. Ultimately students will have to put in effort to learn different technologies and get up-to-date regarding technology trends. However we propose to take 2-4 sessions of free seminars to give an overview of the technologies involved and how they apply to different projects. The students will have to take it up from there in the actual learning part. Freelancing projects are mostly web oriented or small desktop applications. The technologies involved are pretty straight forward and can be easily learned in a couple of weeks of time. Moreover the students would gain expertise through the projects they do and over a period of time they should be able to take up any kind of project in any domain or technology. Another question that might come up is regarding the QOS for the end customer. Freelancing projects are normally given by individuals and SMEs and they would be interacting directly with the developer or the team to check on progress and quality. We could also think of setting up a QOS framework within the community itself. Fringe Benefits for Students 1. Free web-space and hosting . 2. T-Shirts, Caps and other branding memorabilia. 3. Discounts on purchase of PCs and Peripherals. Sample freelancing projects. 1. Create a personal website comprising of some html pages and some photos. 2. Add a feedback form to a site. 3. Integrate a standard ready-to-install forum software on an existing website. 4. Create a banner for a site. 5. Design a site template. 6. Create icons and buttons for a website or a desktop application. 7. Create small desktop utility applications. 8. Create scripts for automating tasks either in windows or in *nix. 9. Install and customize a standard ready-to-install portal. 10. Integrate a standard module(for ex: photo gallery) in the portal. News Application Development Freelancing Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Anonymous (not verified) access_time 23 Oct 2020 - 04:42 How can i join this project? what will be rewards and benefits? I am an MBA + BE webmaster access_time 23 Oct 2020 - 04:42 In reply to To know more by Anonymous (not verified) One of the main objectives of the project was to bring to the engineering students an opportunity to earn while they learn at school. In what capacity are you looking forward to joining the project? Cheers Anoop John Team Zyxware Add new comment
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30th March 2007 Hardware , Linux
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on 30th March 2007 / by webmaster
Ever since we started our pc sales and services division we have been trying to get a system with 100% linux supported hardware. One of the pieces which had been the stumbling block till now had been the internal modem. We had tried all the internal modems available in the Trivandrum local market and we had failed, ... well not all. We have found the missing link! We recently tried out the WeP (Wipro e-Peripherals) Spider 56K V.92 PCI Modem with the Conexant HSFi CX11252-412 0610y1DB chipset (PCI ID 14F1:2F30 - from running lspci from Linux). This modem is supported in Linux and it costs only around Rs. 375. Up till now we were hesitant in offering to install linux on PCs with internal modems because of the dreaded unsupported winmodem issue. No longer so. New PCs are seldom bought with an internal modem but there are quite a lot of people with PCs who still depend on dialup as their primary means of accessing the internet. So this has opened up a whole new market for us and Linux. The Conexant HSFi CX11252 driver installation is pretty straigtforward and is given below Setting up Conexant HSFi CX11252 on Linux Linuxant.com provides drivers for modems with conexant chipsets. They provide two versions of the driver one is a fully free version and another is the paid version. The fully free version works perfectly fine but the modem speed will be limited to 14.4kbps. The paid version costs only around 19$ and those of you who can afford it should just go ahead and buy it. Linuxant is following a model that should be a good example for other driver development companies and hardware manufacturers. The driver installation has been simplified through an easy to use installation program. The installation is available at http://www.linuxant.com/drivers/hsf/downloads-installer.php. Just download the application and follow the instructions. If you are already connected to the internet through a DSL or a Cable modem connection or through your LAN then the installer will automatically detect your chipset and settings and download the required driver and install it for you. Otherwise you will have to download the driver from http://www.linuxant.com/drivers/hsf/full/downloads.php and set it up manually using instructions in the following page http://www.linuxant.com/drivers/hsf/install.php. Hardware Linux Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Cherry (not verified) access_time 23 Oct 2020 - 04:42 Is that true ? Are there many people who still use modems to dialup internet ? I was thinking of helping out with some limited internal modem support for NetBSD, but wasn’t sure what the user base is like. Anoop John (not verified) access_time 23 Oct 2020 - 04:42 Yes I have come across quite a few customers who still use dialup as the only means of accessing net. For people who just use internet to check mail, dialup is the cheapest way to go. shankar (not verified) access_time 23 Oct 2020 - 04:42 I have read your above article. I have the same problem. I want to use the new Bharatiya Operating System Solution (BOSS) which is linux based. My dial up modem of D-Link is not detected in linux/BOSS neither I can get a driver for linux. D-Link company have informed that they do not have any modem supporting linux. Please inform whether you can send it by post, cost and methods available for payment. regards, shankar Add new comment
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27th March 2007 HR
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on 27th March 2007 / by webmaster
Freelancing is not just sitting home and earning some extra income, it is in fact a proven career option. Anybody who is capable of working in an IT company should be able to earn as much or even more through freelancing. Besides being a viable employment option for the unemployed, it gives students and non-IT employees an addional revenue source. As the adage goes - there is no free lunch - you have to put in some effort to get into this field. However it is not very difficult and if one spends some dedicated effort he/she can start off in this field in a matter of 2-4 weeks. The following gives a mashup of some of the points you have to consider... Who can be a successful freelancer Literally anybody can become a successful freelancer There are no preconditions and no essential qualifications There will be a field that matches your interest and capability You dont have to have any technology know-how to start with Essential Attributes for a Freelancer Willingness to work :) Confidence in one's own abilities Desire to grow Skills you will learn along the way Ability to work independently Ability to self-learn Targeted browsing skills and Good internet-search skills Good communication skills (Obviously) Good technical skills Areas where freelancing opportunities are avaialable Web Application Development Desktop application Development Graphics Designing - logos, themes, icons Website Designing - layout, templates CAD conversions Slideshow Presentations Technical writing Professional Blogging Data Entry Software Documentation Content editing, manuscript reviewing Before you start off Identify two or three areas where you would like to try a hand Learn essential technologies and tools required to work in the selected areas Identify people whom you could fall back for technological assistance Starting off Bite only what you can chew. Try out a few small projects initially Communicate with the community your problems and get help when needed Build expertise in the technologies and tools in the selected area Contribute to the community to build your profile within the community Succeeding as a freelancer Anybody putting in some effort should be able to manage a decent career as a freelancer To succeed exceptionally well you will have to work exceptionally well You will have to gain top-class-expertise in the area you select You should have a very good profile within the community and should be contributing well for the community. Good luck with freelancing HR Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Ranjith Antony (not verified) access_time 23 Oct 2020 - 04:42 Anoop, Have been following your blog for a while. This is a proven concept in US. There is a whole bunch of them here and they call themselves as Indie Developers. Nice name eh? And there has been some successful players in the market as well. Nick Bradbudy is one of them. He is maintaining a blog at nick.typepad.com where he recently blogged some generous tips for wannabe indie developers. I think, his blog is an inspirational tool, which probably you might want to add it to your initial list in this blog. Yet another one is Jan Goyvaerts the creator of EditPad Pro. He maintains a blog at http://www.shareware-beach.com/. I myself is a loyal customer of both Nick’s and Jan’s products and I can attest myself that they do what they preach. Yet another concept, which is somewhat relevant to Freelancing is MicroISV a word first coined by Eric Sink (Founder of SourceGear) and later being used and misused by wannabe entrepreneurs. ~ranjith Add new comment
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on 26th March 2007 / by webmaster
Web-Development projects are one of the most widely available freelancing projects. The entry barrier for this segment of the market is also pretty low. The income generation possibilities are moderate to pretty decent. Remuneration would range anywhere from 1$ per hour to 15$ per hour depending on the type of job, complexity of the job and the nature of commitment. A vast majority of these projects use a small set of widely popular technologies. The following list gives some of the more popular technologies you need to learn to start with freelance web-development work Primary Technologies HTML/XHTML HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. Knowledge of HTML is a prerequisite for any kind of web application development. HTML is a markup language that uses text tags to convey layout and presentation information about the content. It is very easy to learn and once learned, one can use a plain text editor to create web pages on the fly. XHTML is an extension to HTML in that it specifies that the document must be valid XML. Useful Links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Html http://www.tizag.com/htmlT/ http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_intro.asp http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/ http://validator.w3.org/ CSS CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. It is used to describe the presentation of a document written in a markup languageges like HTML or XHTML. All visual aspects of the content in an HTML/XHTML page should be described using CSS. This would lead to a clean separation of the content from its presentation. This gives the power to the developer to design highly flexible and reusable web designs. Useful Links http://www.w3schools/css/css_intro.asp http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Css http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/ http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ Javascript A scripting language based on the concept of prototype-based programming. Best known for its use in websites Useful Links http://www.w3schools.com/js/js_intro.asp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaScript http://www.quirksmode.org/ http://www.breakingpar.com http://www.w3.org/DOM/ http://devedge-temp.mozilla.org/central/javascript/index_en.html PHP PHP (PHP:Hypertext Preprocessor) is a reflective programming language designed for producing dynamic Web pages. Is perfectly suited for Web development and can be embedded directly into the HTML code. It is very similar to Perl and C. It is one of the most widely-used, free, and efficient alternative to competitors such as Microsoft's ASP. Useful Links http://www.w3schools.com/php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Php http://www.php.net/manual/en/ http://www.tizag.com/phpT/index.php MySQL Is a multi threaded, multi-user database management system. The server runs on both windows and linux. MySQL is one of the most popular database system available in the market. MySQL is embraced by most of the FLOSS community and is the preferred database for most of the FLOSS solutions out there. Useful links http://www.mysql.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MySQL. http://www.tizag.com/mysqlTutorial/ http://www.w3schools.com/sql/sql_intro.asp http://www.w3schools.com/php/php_mysql_intro.asp Secondary Technologies POSTGRESQL PostgreSQL is a free software object-relational database management system (ORDBMS). It is a commercial grade open source database system that can match head on head with any other leading commercial database systems in the market. Along with MySQL it is one of the most used database system in FLOSS applications. Useful Links http://www.postgresql.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PostgreSQL Ruby On Rails Ruby on Rails is a web application framework used for Rapid Application Development (RAD). The primary objective is to increase the speed and ease of web development. Is an open source project written in the Ruby language. Useful Links http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby http://www.rubyonrails.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_on_rails JSP JSP is a Java technology that allows software developers to dynamically create web pages. The JSP syntax adds additional XML-like tags, called JSP actions. The technology allows for the creation of JSP tag libraries. They are compiled into Java Servlets by a JSP compiler. JSP compiler may generate a servlet in Java code that is then compiled by the Java compiler. Useful Links http://java.sun.com/products/jsp/ http://java.sun.com/j2ee/1.4/docs/tutorial/doc/index.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaServer_Pages AJAX AJAX - Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. It uses javascript to communicate with a webserver. One of the key aspects is that this would result in updating information on a webpage without refreshing the browser. This would result in a desktop application feel for the web application. Although been in existence for quite some time this was popularized by Google through its web applications Useful Links http://www.w3schools.com/ajax/ajax_intro.asp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax ASP/ASP.Net ASP is Microsoft's Server-side scripting engine for dynamically-generated web pages. It is an object based programming language. Most ASP pages are written in VBScript. ASP.Net uses the .Net framework for creating web applications. Any of the languages VB.Net, C#.Net or J++.Net can be used within the .Net framework. Very few FLOSS solutions use .Net technologies. Useful Links http://www.w3schools.com/asp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Server_Page http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa286483.aspx http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms644563.aspx VBScript VBScript(Visual Basic Scripting Edition) is an Active Scripting language. It is widely used in ASP as the scripting language. It is also used in creating automation scripts in windows. Useful Links http://www.w3schools.com/vbscript http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VBScript http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms950396.aspx Technical Solution Application Development Technologies Freelancing Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
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18th March 2007 Public Services
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on 18th March 2007 / by webmaster
Even though Kerala can proudly claim that it has almost 100% literacy rates, the e-literacy rates are dismally low. The younger generation is being initiated into the world of computers through their schools very early in their lives. However the not-so-young generation has missed the bus and of these only those with strong initiative have successfully gotten into the bandwagon. Kerala Government is extensively trying to spread e-literacy but there is still a big chunk of the population who have not participated in the Akshaya campaign. Some reasons are i) no time after regular employment, ii) uneasiness in going to a literacy class iii) sensitivity in proclaiming the e-illiterate status. To tackle some of this problems we have launched a test program where we send our staff to train the e-literate in the comfort of their homes. We are just taking on the enquiries one at a time currently to see the general response. If this program is a success we hope that it would generate employment opportunities for the e-educated unemployed youth in the state. Additionally this program would increase prospects for students to get some part-time employment and earn some extra income. Let us wait and see Public Services Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
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07th March 2007 Hardware
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on 07th March 2007 / by webmaster
The much awaited World Cup 07 has started. It is unfortunate that you have a world cup competition smack in the middle of exam season. Ever wished you could record the whole matches and view it later. Dont worry here is the simple solution. In 4 easy steps you can convert your computer into a TV and use it to watch and/or record all the world cup matches. Buy an internal TV Tuner card or an external TV Tuner Box. Be careful when you buy external tuners - not all of them support recording. Install the card in your PC/Set up the tuner box. Split your cable connection and connect one branch to your Tuner. Make sure you use balanced splitters and not just cut and splice. Schedule to record the match and turn of monitor & speakers if you dont plan to watch it live. Ensure that you dont have any of the power-saving modes on. Voila - you have your own personal recording station. If you need assistance in buying/installing/setting up the tuner/setting up connections, give us a call at 0471-4063818 or send us an email at info at zyxware dot com. We would be more than happy to help you with this. Hardware Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
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22nd February 2007 Community Projects , Free Software
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on 22nd February 2007 / by webmaster
We started zyxware with a vision to play an active role in changing the world around us positively. We are happy to announce the pilot mode launch of our first community initiative - Freelance@Zyxware. Through this project we hope to empower the student community technologically and financially. We hope that this would also give them a wonderful opportunity to learn and try new technologies, interact with other students with similar likes and the best part - get paid for doing this. Additionally we hope to nurture and build a forum of students through this project to promote FOSS, entrepreneurship, other open ideas, and similar initiatives. You can read more at Freelance@Zyxware Community Projects Free Software Drupal Contributions Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
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01st February 2007 Job Openings
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on 01st February 2007 / by webmaster
We are on the lookout for people for the following positions for our Software Services division. A basic degree will be expected as the minimum educational qualification. We have immediate openings for these postions. PHP Programmer (2+ yrs exp) - Requires a minimum of 2 years programming experience in PHP and MySQL. Knowledge in SMARTY and JQUERY would be a plus. ASP.Net Programmer (2+ yrs exp) - Requires 2 years of programming experience in ASP.Net using either C# or VB.Net and Oracle or SQL Server We also have the following position open. See our Job Openings page to view detailed requirements. Freshers are welcome to apply for all the positions except where specified. Java/J2EE Programmer (2+ yrs exp) Linux Administrator (0-2 yrs exp) Content Developer/Technical Writer Website/Graphics Designer Accountant Part-time Marketing Executives Full-time Marketing Executives PC Hardware Support If you think you or anybody you know matches the requirements do send resumes to careers at zyxware dot com and post your profile at www.zyxware.com/candidates/public/survey.php?name=Profile Job Openings Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
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