Saturday, April 30, 2005
I picked up this interest in F1 during my schooling days. At the time I was in Bangalore, one of the very few cities in India where F1 was a passion. Of course, access to the Internet was a luxury then and Star Sports' splendid television coverage was the only gateway to the world of F1. In fact all newspaper coverage F1 managed those days was a single column at maximum in the then 8-column The Times of India (Things are quite different now that Karthikeyan is on the circuit.)At the time I was quite surprised how these rivalries also found their place in the corporate world. I had quite a few friends who had just left college and joined the rising software mansions. The tales they told me of Schumi and Villenuve Fan Clubs and later Ferrari and McLaren cults in their offices often amused me. Imagine seeing a whole bunch of your staff in scarlet shirts!
The one memory I have from those days is of the infamous Schumi-Villenuve collission at 1997 at Jerez and I, simply being a Schumi supporter, never understood why so much of noise was made about it! Hakkinen came and upset Schumi on more than one occasion and I had all the reasons in the world to loath him. Not that I disliked his down-to-earth attitude and the accent, but he left me with no options.
Okay, enough of this nostalgia. I may go on and on and on. Then I would have to talk about the numerous heated discussions with my friends here in college, the so called Alonso Fans who till a couple of months ago swore by Coulthard and Montoya. Loyalty, huh!
Friday, April 29, 2005
It is true we have achieved a lot in the past 7-8 years. And not just in IT but infrastructure, healthcare, even R&D to an extent. Something we have all to feel proud of. But then a mild comparison with our big neighbour and it all seems so trivial. They outnumber us in everything. What are the buzzwords today? FDI. They are way too ahead. Teledensity. Nothing that we can boast of compare to them. They even got on the F1 circuit. And if we are organizing the Commonwealth Games, then the Olympics are there! Manufacturing, Infrastructure, go on and I bet we wont come across anything but IT that we hold an advantage.
It is not that things aren't done here. The problem I feel lies in implementing. The Golden Quadrilateral managed quite well, but the NS and EW Corridors are in shambles. The Broadband which seems to be the primary concern of the Government for so many years is nowhere near ubiquitous. Two fundamental things that comprise connectivity and we see that we lag far far behind. And as the author points out, we may just get carried away in all this cooperation thingy continuing our reckless approach- the one which we adopted for the first 50 years since 1947. Perhaps the fear of the more powerful neighbour will force us into action. Afterall healthy rivalry can bring out the best sometimes.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
However the Prof has admitted that all he was trying to do was to scare the thief into returning the laptop. From The Inquirer:
In fact a University spokesman told ABC that Rine had indeed made the whole thing up to scare the student into handing over the laptop.Seems like the thief knew more about technology than the Prof did!
Sunday, April 24, 2005
And after that I'll try to break this spell of real small postings. Going through my archives I've observed this trend of short and shorter posts, and feel that some things here will have to change. Perhaps my Internship Blog that I'll be stating soon will be the first step.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Suddenly I realize that college life is not just about attending classes, writing examinations, and night-outs. Why should life confront you with crisis everytime you think you have things under control?
Thursday, April 21, 2005
With nothing else to do, I am aimlessly strolling the web. Some screwed up registration system says I can't appear for my end-sem examinations on Monday. Those responsible say they have to play by the book. WTF! Its a course in my undergrad curriculum and... :(
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
...it’s possible that in today’s scientific world, Einstein would have trouble getting his ideas heard.
Science today is an institutionalized pursuit, regimented by a hierarchy of credentials. What are your degrees? What university or research institute are you affiliated with? How much peer-reviewed research have you published? How much grant money can you command?
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Three things you ought to do to survive in the world of Software development: Manage your Time Sheets no matter how hard pressed for time you may be, generate Log Files that clearly assigns the blame for errors and Archive emails.
Anybody who told you about engineering a software must have said that these are an absolute necessity when it comes to shipping a quality software, but there's more to it. These three points in particular help you to come out unscathed in the blame game. How? Let's see.
Q: What on Earth did force you to take so long for this?
A: Simple. Because to deliver this, I had to first do this, then that and then what 'A' didn't do. They are all mentioned here in my Time sheets.
Q: Why did you do this?
A: Because your email dated so and so instructed me to.
Q: Your module is generating lots of errors.
A: Yes, it is. But I just checked out the logs and it clearly reflects that there is nothing wrong with this module. It is simply because the modules coded by 'P' and 'Q' haven't adhered to the design specifications, and they better do it fast.
Remember software are meant to fail, not us. And thus, act smart. Never ever forget to update your time-sheet. Manipulations are not necessarily undesirable. The logs should be smart enough to clearly assign the blame with the errors and about storing emails, you have Gmail and so I dont think there'll be any problems on that count.
Friday, April 15, 2005
At a time when Ramiz Raja was on air, he commented that this was a show of elegance, a display of exquisite and extraordinary batting. Tell you what, to say that there was an element of elegance in Afridi's batting would be the most ridiculous thing one could say for it was nothing but carnage. It wasn't fluke, it wasn't slogging and yet it wasn't anything close to elegance except for the fact that it shook the whole of stadium. The crowd seemed simply stunned. But as realization sunk in, perhaps they all enjoyed the show, a display of batting not many can claim witness to - a show of power and annihilation leading to a 45 ball century.
...One reason is that India has a multiyear experience advantage over other nations.
Now Indian IT companies are hitting the sweet spot of the enterprise application package market, offloading many of the high-volume, routine tasks that chief information officers struggle to maintain with high-cost U.S. resources. Countries like China and Russia simply don't have the experience to handle these tasks, and it will take years for them to come anywhere close.
- They've found a way to store email in a black hole.
- They've tapped into that infinite space behind the fridge and under the rug.
- Duh, it's just two iPod shuffles per account.
- They googled for it.
- They've got all the Gmail accounts hooked up to their Infinite Possibility Drive.
- Mmmmm, imagine a Beowulf cluster of planet drives!
Thursday, April 14, 2005
But when I read this about coding at Google, it just doesn't seem to be a bad idea. With the availability of well documented, "readable" and reusable code, the projects would take lesser time, there would be some standard conventions that would be followed, and interchange of idea will come into place, not to mention that codes will becomes more efficient.
Monday, April 11, 2005
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Life becomes way too difficult when one has to sit through badly written codes without a neat layout and no comments and variables like lfu, agh, first_third trying to understand the code.
People. Please follow coding standards. A good code is one that not merely works, but is easy to "understand", "debug" and "change".
(You now know why there weren't any posts for the past couple of days)
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
In only a few matches that he has played, his glove work hasn't been bad at all, and with this innings, who knows he may be knocking on the doors of Indian Test Squad. That said, they would say he is only fit for limited overs international, Test cricket is more than just aggression. They said the same for one Virender Sehwag too.
Sunday, April 03, 2005
In big companies, there may be a set of specific tasks with specialist to do those tasks and that serves the purpose, but in small companies, you got to be versatile.
Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information.Learn moreNo phishing around here in my Gmail account!
Saturday, April 02, 2005
It remains to be seen how long will it take for Coca Cola to launch a new Sprite campaign as a counter measure. It will come, that is for sure! And yes, the Sprite one's are often more interesting than what Pepsi's agency guys come up with.
Friday, April 01, 2005
Google not just announced an infinity+1 Inbox (not a hoax, hopefully!), but also came out with its Google Gulp
At Google our mission is to organize the world's information and make it useful and accessible to our users. But any piece of information's usefulness derives, to a depressing degree, from the cognitive ability of the user who's using it. That's why we're pleased to announce Google Gulp (BETA)™ with Auto-Drink™ (LIMITED RELEASE), a line of "smart drinks" designed to maximize your surfing efficiency by making you more intelligent, and less thirsty.
Yahoo today announced Y! Slacker
Yahoo! Slacker will be the culmination of several efforts to provide a set of integrated services for... well, slackers. Yahoo! Slacker will include the following:
- Book Slacker is a full-text searchable index composed of the popular Cliffs Notes and Dummies Books
- IM Slacker is a "parental response" IMVironment that auto-responds to your IMs from your parents with "Sorry, I'm studying..." while you chat with friends.
- Local Slacker will find the nearest pizza and provide one-click ordering.
- Music Slacker automatically scans Yahoo! Music and queues up any song that played on the previous night's episode of The O.C.
Linux Online: News reports- Torvalds: It's Time to Dump the Penguin
Britannica meanwhile announced its immediate semi-hostile takeover of the Wikimedia Foundation (to be known henceforth as Wikimædia) and all of its projects, including Wikipedia (now Wikipædia), Wikisource, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, and Wikinews.
[Wikipedia:April 1, 2005/-2005 Britannica takeover of Wikimedia]
At BoringBoring (not BoingBoing), read about the cool alternative to Firefox
Chris James sez, "I got so tired of all the updates, lame plug-ins and the W3C evangelism of the Mozilla crowd that I've been looking around for an alternative to Firefox for quite some time. Finally, I've settled on a great free app called Internet Explorer -- and it looks like I'm not alone. According to my site stats, Explorer is running neck and neck with Firefox for marketshare. It's about time somebody gave those thugs at the Mozilla Foundation some competition.
And if you all forgot about Google's Lunar Hosting and Research Centre, Slashdot had this:
"Google's recent purchase of Keyhole and its jaw-dropping 3D earth-browsing software has apparently netted them ownership of an imaging satellite as well, now named 'gSat.' This Friday, April 1st, gSat will be capturing a new dataset (neighborhood of 1meter/pixel), passing over each time zone between 10 and 11AM. If you stand outside and wave you will supposedly show up as a blurry fleck.