To pre-empt or not to pre-empt?

January 14, 2010

Life is a scheduling game.

How many things do we continue to do, just because we have started them?

Shouldn’t we try to be more productive, by learning to stop doing some things halfway, when required, and move on.

It does take some effort; after all, isn’t that exactly newton’s first law?

[The other case in Newton’s first law is a more observed problem, however. The effort it takes to start doing something new.]


January 10, 2010

Giving life to an old and abandoned blog is called reblogging.

I thought about independently and wished to coin this new term today, but alas, found that Raiedzall had already done it 6 months ago here.

Good! If not for the free and wide internet, wouldn’t many invention efforts be duplicated?

How many man years would have been spent on re-inventing the wheel?

and how much more power given to the centralized repositories of knowledge ?

The internet is the greatest accelerator of mankind’s progress.

I hope I am at least the first one to make this quote 😉


More thoughts –

Blog posts get written easily when you sit down to write them and start

Maybe i’ll try to write every wednesday and sunday.

where’s all your money?

October 17, 2009

it happened to me

jobs status update graduates 2009

June 24, 2009

Had this in mind for sometime now, but could not get the exhaustive list. nonetheless, let me start with what I know and request your assistance in completing it.

This data is of IT and related companies, hires of 2009 batch from NITK only.

Name of Company No of people hired Status
Accenture 40 Started on Sep 1st
Aditi Technologies 7 Called to join on August 1st
Adobe 2 Joined (end April)
Analog Devices 1 Called to join sometime in May
Aricent 14 Joining 19th June or 7th July
Bank of America 4 Joined (mid June)
BMC Software 5 Called to join on 7th July
C-Dot 6 Called to join on 3rd August
Cdot Alcatel 8
Cisco 6 Called to join in September
Computer Associates 5 3 candidates called to join on 16th July. rest awaiting joining in August.
Computer Sciences Corp. 12
DE Shaw 4 Joined on 22nd June
Dell 3 Called to join in early July
Exeter 4 Deferred to 1st Quarter 2010
Futures First Info Services 5
Geodesic 2 Joined in June
Global Logic 6 Joining btw Jan-Jun 2010. Updates in Dec 2009
Goldman Sachs 5 Joined (June)
HP – STSD 8 1 lac pay slashed. Joined on 24th June
HP – consulting 14 Called to join 15th July
HSBC 7 Joined (June)
IBM interns of 3rd year Called to Join on 1st July
Iflex Solutions 2
Igate Solutions 3
Intuit 1 Called to join on 3rd August
ITC Infotech 11
Ittiam 5
Lister Technologies 3 Joined July 15th
McAffee 3 Called to join on 1st July
MuSigma Business Solutions 6 3 ppl inducted in June. Plus 1 lac pay slashed. Rest asked to hold on until December for updates.
NI 3 Called to join 1st July
NetApp 3 Called to Join 1st July
Nokia Siemens 14 13 candidates were told in mid-June that their offer does not hold anymore. 1 candidate was asked to join.
Nortel 1
Novell 4 Job offers deferred to March 2010. Internships offered instead, starting July 6th. Communicated in June
Nvidia 1 Called to join on 15th June
OnMobile 1 Called to join in July
Oracle 37 Different units inducted ppl through July.
Patni Computers 7
Phillips 4
Qwest Telecom 3
RedPine Systems 3 Called to join on 1st July
Samsung 7 Called to join in July
Sankalp Semiconductor 2 Deferred to March 2010
Satyam Computers 15
Sony 1
Strand Life Sciences 2
Sungard 1 Called to join on 14th July
Symbian 5 Called to join on 2nd July
Tata Teleservices 6
TCS 45
Tejas Networks 4
Texas Instruments 3
Thorogood Associates 3
Verizon 2 Called to join on 12th Aug
Wipro 11
Yahoo 2 Called to join either on 15th June or 22nd July
ZS Associates – consulting 10 Joined in mid June
ZS Associates – Software dev 5 Called to join on 24th August as yet.

I request you provide the missing information (or updates) to fill up the table. Also forward this to as many friends and ask them to fill in what they know. It is the only way this can be completed.

The purpose of this document is to congregate from the distributed network and provide information in one place for the benefit of whomsoever interested. I promise it will come to use for many people, and also act as a feedback mechanism to assist our juniors.

You can reach to me or provide the details in the comments section below.

What might religion look like, if it were invented today?

June 17, 2009

“If Email were to be invented today, what could it look like?”, this was the vision that started Google Wave. I hope you have all watched the Google Wave demo (if not, you certainly should). remarkable vision, true innovation, deservingly acclaimed by many.

Now, isn’t this a question we must ask ourselves more often? Get a new perspectives that we fail to, many a time..

I was wondering just how would religion be if it were invented today. Now, religion is a large part of our lives, I say this because a majority of the world’s population follow some known religion. There is speak of diversity being essential, and many religions also contain in their preachings that it is the only true true religion.

I do not have answer to this. I must think about it myself, too. You too think about it, and maybe pen it down.

so here’s what I though of, my 3 commandments –

  1. do and let do
  2. everyone is equal
  3. have patience o wise one

wow! the requirements have consequences that are far reaching. this can perhaps be a very good test of the ultimate knowledge and learnings of a person.
while doing your list, remember – your system has to work even if _everyone_ follows it. Religion is devised for the masses, estimate their capacities. (precisely for this reason, religion has to change with the changing masses)

I do urge you this time, to take a minute off and answer the question seriously. looking forward to knowing your thoughts.

Why I quit using Kubuntu and where I found my refuge

June 17, 2009

I has recently spoken of my experiences with kubuntu 9.04

Today I removed it from my system, due to several reasons, most on the functionality side.

  1. KDE4 would not remember the settings. My desktop widgets would get reset on every boot. (this alone is a deal breaker)
  2. Sound wouldn’t work fine. multiple sources of sound/flash problem (I needed it! youtube and media player)
  3. Microphone wouldn’t work out-of-the-box (need Skype)
  4. Hard disk drives would not auto mount. had to be mounted by typing the password each time.
  5. The themes weren’t really appealing. The plasma desktop, however was.
  6. General appeal. To quote Srik, “I always have this weird feeling that everything in Ubuntu is oversized.” I share the feeling.

Anyway, I truly couldn’t make myself try anything that did not have wubi to set it up. (separate partitions just aren’t necessary) Ubuntu, Kubuntu – tried both this month. The next release is in August, I think.
So here was my saviour… (drumroll…) LinuxMint

  1. Cool looks (yeah, its important to me)
  2. Things work out of the box (yea, Sabayon style on debian platform :P)
  3. They have a good story behind it. I liked the story (the {clem} paragraph in the About page)
  4. Everything I expect to work works (yea- graphics, flash, wireless, apt-get, drivers, codecs – you name it!)
  5. Zero post-install customization necessary (installing apps, drivers, fixing things.. )

I have further more respect for Ubuntu now, seeing that things like Linux Mint can be built on it.
Linux Mint 7 will surely stand high in the rankings of my experiences with linux distributions, and will be my current recommended distro for new users.


June 16, 2009

QOTD (quote of the day)

It is hardly as if women leaders do not wield real power in India. 255 Lok Sabha seats have been won in the 2009 elections by parties where women are the absolute and unchallenged leaders. In spite of this, we have seen no change in the number of women Parliamentarians. The idea of reserving seats for a group is based on the pectation that when they come to power, they will use it to help other less fortunate members of the group. Clearly that expectation has been definitively belied.

– Santosh Desai writes in “Gender Reservations” under City City Bang Bang, Times of India, Bangalore, Page 8, June 15th 2009.

SOTD (software of the day :P)

VideoCacheView for windows
After watching a video in a Web site, you may want to save the video file into your local disk for playing it offline in the future. If the video file is stored in your browser’s cache, this utility can help you to extract the video file from the cache and save it for watching it in the future.
It automatically scans the entire cache of Internet Explorer and Mozilla-based Web browsers (Including Firefox) and finds all video files that are currently stored in it. It allows you to easily copy the cached video files into another folder for playing/watching them in the future.

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