Stephanie’s Blog

June 24, 2011

7th Birthday

Filed under: every day life, my family, our girls, personal — steph @ 11:56 pm

Happy Birthday to my oldest daughter, Myriam Lucrettia Whiting. I will always love you no matter what, don’t forget that. You and your sister are always on my mind and in my heart. I love you!! Happy Birthday baby girl!! :-)

February 19, 2011

Less than a week…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — steph @ 12:41 pm

Yes that’s right! There is less than a week to register for online.

Registration is here!!

My slides are ready, I’m ready to go, and all that’s left is to pack, and arrive at the airport!! See ya’ll there!! :-)

KDE IN Badge

February 15, 2011

Less than 1 month and counting

Filed under: KDE — Tags: , — steph @ 9:07 pm

Less than 1 month until! There is still much to do! The posters have been sent out to contributors and will be posted at many Engineering colleges all over India! :-)

There is so much still to do! Buy new shoes, prepare my talk (oh, no!!) and just get prepared in general! :-)


Right now registration is ongoing! You can register, here. The cost is Rs 900 ($20USD) for Professionals,teachers Rs 700 ($15.50USD) and students Rs 500 ($11USD).

The discount codes are :

  • Student discount: KDEIN_DIS_STU
  • Teacher discount: KDEIN_DIS_TCR

Make sure if you take advantage of these offers to carry your student / teacher ID card with you to the conference, because without these you’ll have to pay the normal fee amount.

You can register and pay your fee online, or you can pay offline, at the location but that includes late fees (Rs 200 or $4USD for students and teachers, and Rs 300 ($6USD) for professionals).

There are discounts available for those who order more than 10 tickets (Rs 50) which will also be applicable with the student and teacher discounts.

Registration closes online on February 25th, after that you can still register but will have to register at the venue and pay applicable fees.


We have plenty of interesting talks happening. I will be speaking myself, as well as Anne-Marie Mahfouf, about KDE-edu and how to contribute.

I will be speaking about how to contribute more India specific content to the KDE-edu apps, mainly Parley, KWordquiz, and KGeography in the forms of vocab and maps. There is a major lack of Indic language vocab in KDE. So, if any of you are interested in helping do please let me know!

Anne-Marie (annma) is giving 2 talks, titled How To Start Contributing to KDE-Edu: Practical Hints and Users Do Read Manuals (Doc and Wikis Revealed). I am looking forward to hearing her speak.

Also, there will be talks on numerous other subjects, as you can see here.

I am planning on learning as much as I can while I am there!

Oh yeah, see this!

KDE IN Badge

January 29, 2011

Another update!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — steph @ 11:08 pm

Yes…I know…it seems all you hear from me these days is about!

Well, the newest development is the Letter of Invitation for students.

For students, please put this up on your registration boards.

We will have a poster coming up soon! :-)

In other news, I am looking to finish up the state maps for India, and working on putting more Bengali vocabulary files up.

I’m attending, *are* you?!?!

January 27, 2011 update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — steph @ 2:19 pm

Well…its time!!! You can register for HERE!!!!

Registration closes February 25, 2011

Costs :

  • Students – Rs. 500
  • Teachers/professors – Rs. 700
  • Normal registration – Rs. 900

Make sure to read the instructions carefully on the website! Come register to make this conference a success!

oh, and if you are a speaker, don’t register, there is no need!

See you there!!

**I am attending, are you?!?!**

January 26, 2011

Conf.KDE.IN is coming!

Filed under: India, KDE, KDE-edu, KGeography — Tags: , — steph @ 1:32 am

Well…exciting news! Come March 2011, India will host the country’s first KDE conference. It will be held in Bangalore at R V College Of Engineering. The 9th-11th is the conference, and then a coding sprint will be held on the 12-13th.

The list of talks came out yesterday. The speakers come from around the globe, including India, Sweden, Germany and many other countries. The topics range from KDE-edu, Plasma, the KDE e.V., python, Qt, PyQt, and many other interesting topics.

They are still looking for sponsors, the information can be found here.

All are invited to come, students, teachers, KDE contributors, FOSS enthusiasts, and anyone else who wants to come.

Next time, I promise, I’ll have a snazzy button ;-) I promise we’ll have tons of fun! So come join us!!

I am attending, are you?!?!

January 4, 2011

January 4, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — steph @ 8:53 pm


Happy 5th Birthday Jovie Beaner!! We miss you and wish we could be there for your birthday.


Mommy and Indra

October 5, 2010

Software Freedom Day 2010

Filed under: India, KDE, KDE-edu, KGeography, Kolkata, maps — Tags: , — steph @ 10:00 pm

I was recently invited to speak at Software Freedom Day in Kolkata. I was very surprised to be invited to speak, until I saw the topic, FOSS in Education. I was initially invited to speak about Kgeography, but when I informed the coordinator that it would be almost impossible to speak about that for a whole hour, so I offered to speak on KDE-edu and Kgeography.

The event was held on Saturday, September 18, at DPS India. It consisted of 4 speakers, who spoke about Alfresco, digitization of printed books with FOSS tools, setting up networking for school/small businesses, and my topic.

First I went through a brief introduction of KDE-edu, and the programs. I followed that up with demonstrations of each program. Also, a detailed demo of Kgeography, and how to add maps. There were many people interested in it.

All in all it was a good talk, and surprisingly enough I found this time around taking 1 hour was not a problem. =]

August 10, 2010

My going-on’s lately

Filed under: Friends, India, Kolkata, every day life, my family, personal — steph @ 9:54 pm

Well…lately I have been reading a few more expat blogs. Especially Diary of a White Indian Housewife, these interest me because I can see how others live, and their experiences of being an expat living in India. I must admit though, some of the stories there shock me! I suppose we’ve had it easy so far with the FRRO (Foreigners Regional Registration Office) here in Kolkata. But more about that in later posts, as I promise to post more about my experience with them.

This past week, the 3rd-5th, my brother, Julian, was in Kolkata. It was a blast! I enjoyed having him here although after dropping him at the airport on Thursday I was thoroughly exhausted!! (**NOTE** since my blog is not playing nice and letting me upload photos, the pictures of the visit here : )

Tuesday Indra and I picked him up from the Howrah Train station at 630am…yes thats right! After 2 1/2 hours of sleep we left in the hired car, and were on our way. We found him waiting on the platform near his coach looking around. He had been brave and took the 3-tier sleeper class compartment, which means 3 bunks on each side of the train, without air conditioning for 2 1/2 days!!! WOW talk about brave, I’ve only been on a train once, and that was in an air conditioned train, and it was one of the best trains around. =D Once we picked him up we delivered him to his guest house, Mona Lisa Guest House, on Sarat Bose Road by Deshapriya Park. It was a very nice place, and we will probably use them again in the future for any other family who comes to visit.

After giving him some time to get ready, Julian and I ventured out to Howrah to go to the Botanical Gardens to see the Great Banyan Tree. We paid our Rs 50 ($1.10) for our tickets and went in. It was beautiful, so quiet and green. We kept walking, and finally found it. It was amazing! We had both thought it would be just one big huge tree, we were very pleasantly surprised. It was very much worth the 50 rupees we paid to get in. While walking around a over-sized golf cart pulled up to us and asked us if we wanted to go for a ride. We asked how much, he said 250 rupees each, but i am already giving you a discount to 150 rupees. We said no and continued on our walk.

Then we went to the Victoria Memorial, where we paid 150 rupees each to get in. We walked around and looked at the photos, and the old artifacts. But, we were not very impressed.

Later that night we met up with Indra and had a vegetarian bengali meal, with rice, daal, and some other veggies. It was yummy.

Thursday Indra took the day off and we went around the city. First we went to the Kalighat Temple, where we were accosted by touts telling us for a fee they could get us into the temple, avoiding all lines and all hassle. We ignored them, and walked around without going in. Then we were on our way to the Indian Coffee House on College Street. We had noodles and cold coffee with cream, it was yummy. We then went to a book store where Indra found a recipe book full of Indian sweets that we purchased for Julian. Then we went to Mithai (indian sweet shop) where Julian had sandesh and my personal favorite, ladu. Then we went to New Market, near Esplanade to go shopping.

Since Nina loves elephants, we wandered around New Market until we found a suitable elephant bracelet. We then went to Mocambo’s with John Bose, his gf Tara, Choto (small) Indranil Dasgupta, Arjun Ghosh, and us. We enjoyed some good beef steak sizzlers. Also, we had tried Baked Alaska (which was not very good)…then went home.

Thursday I picked Julian up at 12pm, and took him to the airport.

I will blog about each adventure individually, if you give me some time :)

June 24, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday Myriam

Filed under: every day life, my family, our girls, personal — steph @ 12:01 am

Today marks the 6th birthday of our oldest daughter, Myriam Lucrettia Whiting. It’s hard to believe that 6 years have gone by so fast, since she was born. I miss her each and every single day. But, what I want to say most to her right now is.


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