I was recently asked to write memoirs of my college life for a guest editorial for my alma mater's alumni newsletter, and I jotted down a few thoughts while reminiscing the past.
Cal Newport, one of my favorite bloggers ever, wrote about the upside of deep procrastination last week. I had a few thoughts on the subject. So what is deep procrastination? You know you're in it when "No matter how dire the stakes, starting work becomes an insurmountable prospect." I remember this starkly happen to me when … Continue reading About Deep Procrastination
39 people have asked me "The case for master degrees. Should or Shouldn't ?" This article is for those 39 people. Well, the correct answer almost always is "It depends." But let me give a few points to think about. Obviously, I'm answering from the perspective of CompSci students. Students of all disciplines can draw … Continue reading To Masters or not?
A while ago, I was asking myself Where are the killer applications on the web for India? Today, when I read ReadWriteWeb's article on The State of Innovation in India, a thought struck me about the relationship between innovation and universities. Everyone knows the story of about how many companies like Yahoo!, Google, Sun Microsystems … Continue reading Innovation in Indian universities?
Last Thursday (24th November, 2005), there was a FOSS Day at PESIT, my alma mater. Typically, I managed to leave office and reach PESIT at 4.10 when I was supposed to be there at 4. The venue had shifted from the hall in the "new" building to the MCA seminar hall, because of confusion on … Continue reading PESIT FOSS Day
When Atul commented about open source being "seen as some kind of 'hobbyist' thing" in India, I was reminded of another incident in college. In 6th semester of VTU B.E., we had a DBMS (Database Management Systems) lab. We were supposed to write some software that demonstrates database design, 'understanding' of SQL and using databases … Continue reading It’s a small utility
The VTU letter exhorting principals to motivate students to attend foss.in is a far cry from my college days, and perhaps even farther from Kalyan's days. I remember asking our department's Assistant HOD (I don't remember his exact designation) whether our semester laboratory internals tests could be postponed so that we can attend the 2003 … Continue reading Memories of Linux Bangalore 2003
I have completed nearly one year and one month as a Yahoo i.e. including my internship. I even have a blog post on that on the day I joined. It's hard to remember that just one year ago I was just a college kid. Just one year ago, I used to be run to class … Continue reading Do you want to Yahoo! ?
Travel I travelled to Trichur (also called Thrissur) in Kerala on Friday to attend Renaissance 2005, a FOSS festival at GEC, Trichur, Kerala, India. The festival was conducted by the MCA students of GECT. It was a 3-day event but I attended only the 2nd day - I was there to give a talk on … Continue reading Renaissance 2005
I just wrote the only paper in our last semester of B.E. - Cryptography and Network Security (CNS for short). It was a tough paper! The questions focused on small things such as Hill Cipher for 20 marks! And the others were questions where we were clueless. It's not fair. We chose a tough subject … Continue reading VTU == V Torture U