Blogpost

Crazy title, well im writing this for the sake of it,cant think of a better title.Im just thinking why i havent blogged for 2 months now.That too when i got internet connection a month back.Yes cable net provided by youtelecom,speeds are Okay,unlimited 192 kbps so just downloading movies.For a week i can excuse myself for being having a hectic schedule. i had “graduated” sometime back and am an ‘ingineer‘.Met few of my friends after a long time, dont know if i will be able to meet them next time.The next week after that went for travel as i travelled from Bangalore-Kalpakkam-Chennai-Kolkatta-Bangalore in 4 days. And Cleartrip had a great offer, 10 movie tickets free @ INOX!!(I never knew the offer existed when i booked, i just booked the cheapest ticket in cleartrip).

Due to worst mistake done by dear pal sanjeev (he read reviews of all movies for 2 hours and booked the worst rated,he says its the problem with the site) during online booking,first movie was worst one “Thotta” on Mar 2.Then back to work and had the “hectic” 10 days release period.Since i had to exhaust remaining 8 tickets, went to 10000 BC and “Black and White” with colleagues in bangalore.Yes the second one being a hindi movie,but now able to understand normal conversions,so movie wasnt so hard to understand.Last week back to chennai for cousin’s marriage and went to movie called Vantage point.It was interesting in first half,then it was more like Gaptain’s movie with all sort of unimaginable stunts.Met few friends on sunday and went to a good movie atlast in the 10 tickets.Vellithirai was a good flick.

Travelling to and fro to chennai by bus on weekends is pathetic.I wonder why trains are always full.There will be 10 buses lined up and you never know which one you booked for.For 11 clock bus, i came to know that my bus is cancelled and i had to board another bus(1045) only at 1050 and the bus left at 1055 though i was in bus stand at 930 itself and whenever asked about my bus,got a casual reply,it will come and even the conductor doesnt know properly what is the timing.When asked my friend that is it the case only with SETC,he said its with every bus service(even the private fellows).

Meantime i started my hands at cooking also,starting from milk,noodles to ready to eat are now common things.Once a week ‘trying’ to cook rice also 🙂 But washing vessels is a major pain.

Meanwhile me using windoz, as im unable to(not finding time to) configure my cable internet in ubuntu.Initial googling gave very little results.So if any of you know to connect cable modem in ubuntu,please ping.Expecting some change in Ubuntu 8.04 due next month.Its nice to internet at home.Am almost back to college days, catching up online with friends,(now started blogging also :P),orkutting,watching lollu sabha by downloading,browsing freely.

I have started liking this game tribalwars and playing it for 2 weeks like mad. I dont know when my next post will be, Untill then keep visiting 😉

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September 15 — Paradigm

Lots in mind to write about it, but sans time. Exactly a year back, we toiled a lot for making it big. We started OPC in Paradigm2k6. We spent sleepness nights for accomplishing whatever we did. Though its not a great thing which one can be proud of, college memories are great and will stay forever.

This year guys have come up big with Paradigm’07, and let me wish them a huge success.

Paradigm — Revolutions begin here.

Ullam Ketkume More!! — College Life Part 2

For the sequel readers/puzzled buddies, thats the answer.I will mention about it at the end,It happened during 5th sem.

Disclaimer :: Long post on college life..

My circle was expanding, 5th sem was the most enjoyable sem.The AJP class comedy,Classroom games starting with Dias Tennis,then squash in the new block.We even had a seperate room for squash.Symposium which gave me first sense of team work,movement with seniors.The “Debugging” which we organised bought premkumar and me closer.The 5th sem tour to bangalore and get-together did gave us a break from routine.Online activity increased among everyone.I would be starting the “mokka conf” as and when i find more people and things will be total fun.The most memorable conf was building story based on boogaji’s creative works.There were also few flame wars in yahoogroups and yours truly had always been part of every war 😀 .Late night chats with fellow nocturnals like Achu, HOD niggy, Ragesh brought us even close.The exam hall tension was even more great fun.More than 10 of us sitting near the class,those 2 hours we study and still have fun.Yogi’s tension,LIC narasimhan’s gethu, Dicha Library’s (sure!) questions which made me pass most of the times.One the whole 5th sem was the evergreen sem of our class.The postponement effect of CSE ‘B’ reached annauniv and sem was also postponed due to rains.Klueless 1 solving was at peek during those days when me and ooba worked together online after long time after a OPC in 3rd sem.

Sixth sem was even better.Classes seldom happened.Me and “machi” premanand shared great rapport during this period.The “mini” project and maxi experiences from it are sweet memoirs when looked back now.Fellow geek and a caring buddy,my first linux guru.His words “machi ..” will be fresh in my ears.Few staffs got some cool insults from cool dudes deepu, hostel prasanna.Then the C# comedy project which me and vikki did.The compiler lab comedy which me and VK did.Had nice time going to guys houses.The Sun Tech days experience,tragic death of vasanth all seem to have happened within seconds.
Orkut had given us an extra space to hang out and fake profile episodes by pandiya and deepu provided us awesome fun.Instincts was another awesome time,had nice moments for 2 days on informalz stage.SSNLUG was formed after a LDD by ilugc people.Elections which never happened,What an awesome week.We the mod squad(Merchants of death..lol, we moderators, achu,aswath,sanjay,me) were trying to help organize things.As individuals we learnt what is what in politics better.We had great time.The treat at anjappar followed by cricket @ vinod’s place just before 6 sem exams was one of the best get-together apart from joe’s treat,dicha’s sis marriage i had attended.

Those one night stands before the exam and phone study(story listening/telling) all through night with CRK.

Seventh sem started with a pain of missing few seniors,then the work for symposium Paradigm2k6 started.and i was also trying my best to make things happen @ SSNLUG. Jakku became close during this time.Classroom football, 5 cards which i taught to guys became hot favorite and a day isnt complete without it from then on.The OPC experiences,the night before paradigm(deserves one post,will write later),had many experiences to share which will make this post endless.Met some really cool juniors during this time.The comprehension comedy which me and prem did in 5 mins over phone,solving klueless2 again as a team,the status message war between me and mokkapair- rb hotted up before each UT on the preparation(Though only vikki,sanjay,only a few more know how i write my UTs 😀 ),the night at hostel with raj before the arrear which made me all clear. The tour was awesome to say in a word on which sanjeev has written all the posts.Me and sanjay shared almost everything in those 10 days.Last few days inside classrooms were pleasent initially.Blogging became hot among mates and new bloggers thala whose part timejob is to kalaai me & sanjay have been making few great stories .College Day and Farewell was enjoyed well.The last few days when i was undergoing trauma,my friends stood for me as pillars to make me what i am today.

Will miss all the OA !sure!,weight ra nee,maar thaar,guhuhu, juniors and all you people who somehow or other made an impact on me.May the future show us all the doors and let us be together forever. BackseatBoys will always be there.

Well many moments might have not been covered.Cricket was one thing i had never been(probably once) along with backseat boys

4 kilometers of a journey which passed through bumpy rides,super highways,how many ever kilometer im destined to ride,this 4 will have the best lap timing 🙂

The most cherishable day:

When you ask any college student,the most obvious thing would be cutting classes and going to a movie.But this movie we watched comes in the most cherishable moment for an all together different reason.Since our college is in remote place,watching movies in theater cutting classes is too difficult with no means of transport to go outside.So it was a typical ordinary day in 4th or 5th sem.(My mind says 4th sem, but release date of the movie is June 2005[but tat movie came after a long delay and possibilities that we might have seen before release on theater on PC,ok leave that.]) We all went to vinod ram’s room @ Gents hostel-I.Since nothing was happening in class, almost everyone(even 100% attendance ‘fruity’ was there) came to his room.Though few of us already watched the movie,we decided to watch the movie ULLAM KETKUME.20 guys on a room,we dint had proper space to sit back but we enjoyed to the core.Whats special about the movie was, the story was tailor made for our class.We had each character of the movie in our class.Each scene was “localized” and it was one ‘heaven’ of a time.Shyam — Sam, Arya — Ramprasad, Parthasarathy ,Venkatadhiri(Palam) — Fruity library so on.. Im not going on further, guys i guess you can recollect the other chars and the stories.

College Life — Ullam Ketkume More!!

And the prize goes to Kadhal Doctor for guessing it right.He gets a moser baer DVD of ullam ketkume. Lets not indulge in piracy.(ahem ahem).Sorry if you are angry with too many outgoing links,was just visiting each page of the college life through those pages 🙂

Last but not least.Apart from commenting on the post, If you like Feel scribbling anything on my slambook,please do it here 🙂

College Life — Part 1

As college life is towards its last days, let me travel sometime back to relish some best moments.First Sem was totally fun, meeting knowing strange people like me.E-Mech terror,workshop which makes us feel sick, getting ragged @ sports complex,nirmal’s classes(total fun),thalaivar selvaraj’s classes,shared lunch with alan, varun , hari, rada et al A sec buddies,playing with aju’s cellphone(those days cellphone was rare in college campus).’A’ section had personalities of all sorts.Studying was the last priority,though it was the only sem in which most of people got highest % and we considered writing unit tests close to writing exams.4 months was too short to know all and some acquitances turned into lost contacts, but still met quite a few buddies who will remain forever.Overall it was a wonderful time.

Second sem was again meeting new people,but this time we know we are going to stay with the group for next 3.5 years.Being a short sem,just had time to make acquintances with people around and had laughing/sleeping sessions in classes where one lecturer says only 7/35 of them passed in this subject last year while another blessed half of us to gracefully fail in exams.Had a rocking subject called Engg Drawing.(School friends know once i even failed in ART in 8th standard, such was my acquitance with pencils and charts).Intellectual discussions with Ragesh was side dish for every lunch.I was still an introvert owing to my not so bright acad-life.

Most part of 2nd year went like this(pic above).sitting in the free space outside the class and chit-chatting.Occasional visits to hostel to write CDs.It was during this time “logic” was born.I still dont remember the exact reason for the name,though many things come close and people often say thats the reason.My bond with Anna strengthened.Hope he remains my anna forever.I was also seeing the outside world quite a bit.Went to symps,then the year long Java @ NIIT where me and nitin learnt lot of things other than java.We had a great time together and there was no hotel/fast food in adyar locality which we dint taste.Hope we cherish atleast a few more moments like those in future. I was also slowly becoming online junta(in dialup days).Yahoo Chat helped me in creating strong bonds like Joe, CRK, RK and my circle was slowly growing.Symposium,College Day,Bus day were fun filled unlike ever.

One of the most cherishable moments in 4 years happened in this period.(4th or 5th sem, im confused,dont remember exactly, mind says 4th ,but facts say it must be in 5th,anyway try guessing.)’Backseat boys’ guess and comment.I will keep it suspense for now,let it be climax,i will reveal in part 2.

Clue : It was just an ordinary day, all of us(more than 20 of us for sure,few unlucky ones might have missed) enjoyed the moment to the core. The answer will be title of the next post and winner gets a ‘memorable’ gift from me. You can comment any number of times with any amount of guesses

And please make guesses because even if its wrong(not matching with my choice) at the end of it we will have a collection of best moments we had together.

Still to come:: Weight ra nee,Oh Soltaar da, Guhuhu, Surree… Letter, Naalaikku,Maar Thaar — Story of 3rd, 4 th year.Keep watching this space.

September 10th 2006

One of most memorable days in my life. The day when we managed to successfully organise the first ever OPC for our symposium Paradigm2k6.

Disclaimer : A loooong post….

Buildup to the event :

Having participated in several OPCs(though i had never won), those 4-5 hours on a sunday would be mindboggling and while i try to code atleast 1 or 2, the race of programming prodigies will be hot in whichever OPC it may.The thrill of leading the scoreboard can be relished only by participating in one.I was desperate to have OPC as part of Paradigm2k6 when the first meeting(somewhere in July 20th) for the symposium was held i insisted, explained everyone about OPC and took incharge of conducting the OPC event along with Siddharth(Ooba). None in my set had web programming experience,so was very tensed about developing the system untill i met junior coolgoodfriend – JeyaGeethan(g10). He sounded pretty confident of getting the site ready.We decided to have it on Sep 10th, sunday before the symposium scheduled on Sep 15th.

August 20th, registrations started.I started publicising a bit on orkut and we got good response.Towards the end we even feared how we could manage such a crowd using our system(Manual Testing of all submissions).Around Sep 8th,we had almost 250 teams registered.The system was ready and we tested it in lab.Since stubs and questions weren’t ready we just tested the web interface and thought it would be easy task on sunday.The system was good,we just asked g10 to make additional facility of a leaderboard and he said will make it soon.The question hunt was done by junior vettiarvind & his team.They indeed rocked. I took care of all administrative hassles of lab permissions,transport arrangement on sunday,uninterruptable power,high speed net(this is the highlight comedy).Since saturday and sunday were holidays i took extra care to make things ready on friday itself.I reminded SA of our college about the high speed net and asked him to block all connections to hostel for the next 2 days(Yes our college has 4Mbps shared connection and hostel guys download movies when connection is up and its highly impossible even to log into messenger leave alone browsing).Having trusted him, i went home and was planning to come saturday morning to install the test stubs,compilers and conduct a mock simulating the real one in every sense.

9th September :

I reach college by 11 am and walk all the way to dept and open the lab.Upon opening firefox, i was shocked.It took 300 seconds to load the default firefox google page.OMG college connection sucked.I thought we are screwed.Arjun(aju) always warned me about it and asked to hire an iway so that we can conduct the event smoothly.Curse me i dint take those words seriously.Adopted the wait-n-watch plan.Enquired one assistant in SA room and he said network is using 3.5 Mbps. How the hell when none in hostel nor anyone in depts except us have net.He asked to wait till SoMCA labs were closed at 8pm. 830 pm No respite. Connection still sucks big time. My planB was to have it in 4-5 people home(Sridharan was leading that and was prepared to help us) and coordinate using yahoo conference.I went for dinner at kelambakkam,all the way talking to one person or the other on the phone.Krishnan.C.R(CRK) came up with this idea of having it in Joshua(reanimator)‘s residence/office.Joe agreed,thank god we have a place with 10 computers and 1 Mbps connection(Yeah his office has hi-fi gadgets and cool connectivity).It was 10pm when we finally decide to have on joe’s place.I asked ooba to stay on joe place and install the test scripts/compiler on all systems.He must have had a sleepless night doing it.G10 is making final changes to the leader-board script and its not tested(!). Now i had to run to inform the staff coordinator who said he will come to college on Sunday to monitor the event.I get his number at 1130 pm after troubling few staffs late night.He couldnt be reached.I came to hostel by 12 and speak to g10/ooba about the number of people required(decided to have 10 mods) to conduct and finally go-to bed by 1.

September 10 :

I woke up by 5 am,goggled my mouth and left to josh’s place.Walk all the way to OMR to find any mode of transport to go.Finally at 6am i found 119 and boarded it and woke up aju who like few of us was having sleepless nights for quite sometime working for the symposium. He agreed to pick me at CMBT and we went to his place where i brushed and had a face wash.Then we left to CRK’s place where i had bath and aju bought us tiffin from a nearby hotel.I was calling ooba and asking about preparations, he said everything was perfect and people are on their way to joe’s place to help us out.We had breakfast and me & aju left to joe’s place while CRK joined us later.While travelling Vigneshwar(VP – President) called me and was trying to say (“Srini accident la manda udunjuduchu, heavy bleeding we are taking him to hospital, coordinate with ooba,manage the event”) and i heard it as (“CD cut,blood taking to hospital,coordinate with ooba”) [both of us were travelling fast].I understood something happened to someone and they are rushing to hospital

9am : We reached joe’s place and got the exact news from Ooba where he was alone.we were shocked,we dint know to continue or not.everyone left to hospital.It was rather a serious accident.a cut on the forehead.VP called us and asked to go ahead with the event and said he will take care of srini. It was 930 just 30 mins to go.Ooba,myself,arjun,crk,vinodram were the only ones at joe’s place.ooba was instructing us what to do.(None other than me and ooba had an idea even about the concept of OPC).We decided the testers and planned to start with 5 mods.We opened bang on 10 am sharp.I was also getting calls,sms from particpants with range of queries.g10 must have had tough time acting as 2 mods and also keeping an eye on the admin panel.Right from 1015 am submissions started coming in.Later Sanjeev,achu,madhu,yogi joined around 1030. Now we heard srini is being transferred to vijaya hospital for surgery.All of us were praying god..11 am,it was hotting up,many more submissions.We couldnt turn our head,we had to test the code with script and update status,as soon as we did, another submission will pop up.It went on mechanically till 1pm. Guys present there enjoying the thrill of OPC now.at 1 pm VP arrives and updates with status of Srini.He is undergoing surgery and his parents were informed and they had come to hospital.Raghul got some snacks to all of us and everyone was hungry without anything on stomach(some skipped even the breakfast).Finally it all ended at 230 pm and it was history that the site was perfect up and running without even a single hassle(Ofcourse we exceeded disk space & bandwidth[unexpectedly] for which we paid solidly to our host). Time to congratulate each other for the roaring success of our maiden venture.All though we were happy at the end of event,we couldnt digest the tragic accident to srini.We dispersed and srini was still recovering. While some met him same evening, i met him the next day,boy it was a major accident and he was forced to undergo plastic surgery to hide the scar.

The day was still not over for me.I had my lunch at 4pm and started to home on a overcrowded PRTC bus.Around 530pm the bus had a lucky escape when the driver managed to bring the bus to halt when both the back tyre on the left bursted and the bus came to grinding halt from 80kmph to 0 luckily without capsizing. Then i called my dad to come and pick me up.He came driving 8 km and on the way back our silencer bursted.I had to walk 2 km to home pushing the vehicle.

The day ended with seeing this mail from sanjeev to groups and it was really refreshing and the feel was heavenly.

What a fantastic start to P2K6!
The Online Programming Contest was a rip-roaring success.Inspite of the many obstacles that we faced during the build up to the event,once we got going,there was no looking back.

First and Foremost,we must be extremely grateful to Joshua(4 yr) who bailed us out of trouble by making arrangements to conduct O.P.C at his residence.The original plan was to conduct O.P.C at our college but due to unforeseen circumstances we had to abandon the plan and when was time was fast running out,Joshua helped us out.

The Stars of the event were…

L.SRIKANTH(4 yr)
M.SIDDHARTH(4 yr)
Kudos to the above mentioned duo who burnt the midnight oil to make this event possible..

Special thanks to JEYAGEETHAN,3yr CSE ( SuperStar of the event) for designing and developing the site & the system, single handedly which stood such a busy traffic, without even a single problem.

Special thanks to ARAVIND,MANI,C.KARTHIK-3yr CSE ( top coders) who chose the best of the questions which were really hard even for the toppers to crack ( 2 questions werent solved by any team throughout the contest).

It was really unfortunate that our Joint Treasurer. SRINIVASARAGHAVAN met with a freak bike accident just before the start of the event.After a minor surgery,his condition is stable now.. and LET US ALL PRAY FOR HIS SPEEDY RECOVERY.

The event was launched at 10 : 00 a.m and we downed the shutters at 2:30 p.m It was rapid progress all the way with many teams proving to be extremely competitive.We had teams from every nook & corner..IIT,CEG,PSG,MIT,CRESCENT,VENKATESHWARA,RMK,RMD,VELLAMAL to name a few..The results will be out very soon.. and as of now teams from IIT-KANPUR and CEG are vying for the top honours.

The following were the MODERATORS for the event

ACHUTHANANTHAN ARAVINDH(3 yr) M.S.ARJUN JAYAGEETHAN(3 yr) JEETHUKARTHIK(3 yr) JOSHUA KARTHIK(3 yr) C.R.KRISHNAN MANI(3 yr)
MADHUSUDAN RAGHUL RAJEEV ANAND V.R.SANJEEV SARANYAN SIDDHARTH SRIDHARAN L.SRIKANTH VIGNESHWAR PRATAP VINOD RAM YOGESH
and our heartfelt thanks to all those who helped us out

10 moderators,more than 100 teams,365 submissions in 4.5 hours,1000 HITS to the main site..september 10th 2006.. P2K6’s

O.P.C- INDHU VERUM TRAILER THAAN.. MAIN PICTURE NEENGA
INNUM PAARKALA.. BE THERE ON SEPT 15..P2K6..!

What a day it was .. 10th September 2006.. We did it!!!!!
15th September 2006 coming up soon!!

PS: Im kinda lazy(busy ?) to update here.. I will soon get out of the rough patch and write more soon..

Tour de NorthIndia…

Going for a holiday..

Im leaving this evening for a 10 day tour to Delhi,Chandigarh,Agra,Kulu,Manali,Shimla.Will be back on 6th Jan.Will be a great 10 days to cherish the last few days of college life.Will write about tour(lots will be there) after coming.Wishing you a very happy Xmas & New year.Till Jan 6, logiconline will be offline 😀

Local Authors

Every Anna Univ student will die without these. Technical Publications,Charulatha Publications,Success Series,and a lot more are Bhagawadgitas,Bibles,Kurans to most of them.One thing is it gives immense self confidence to a student to study(at-least at last moment).These people shamelessly copy-paste stuff from foreign authors and have a put a copyright logos on these books.They don’t provide inner understanding of the subject.Fine a guy who wants to study at last moment doesn’t need that.He just needs a pass on mark-sheet.Agreed I too use these books for crappy subjects.All is well in case of theory based subjects because things don’t change a lot.I mean people who write these have studied it while they were students and only editions of the foreign author change and contents don’t change much as most subjects in engineering teach about basics of technology.

Let me come to point, Fortunately or unfortunately people at university feel computer science/IT students have to learn certain technologies/current trends, programming languages. Now again these local authors try to capture the market, as they wouldnt like to lose money from these subjects too. The problem starts here.The people who write are themselves not well versed in that technology(exceptions are very few) because at first place most of them havent learnt those subjects while they are studying. People might know of a ‘self proclaimed thalaivar’ of all programming languages starting with “a character”.People read it. Now for my web-technology paper,i took a local author.Firstly damn the syllabus, people there are talking hell a lot of things(ASP,JSP,Servlets,JDBC,java network programming) which can neither be thought by a teacher, nor understood by a student within the course of study.Then the syllabus contains whole lot of outdated stuff, man they are speaking about java 1.1 and 1.2(FYI sun itself has announced the End of Lifecycle for 1.3 few months back i guess). Coming back to book, it has hell lot of errors, pieces of code samples which people might not understand because 4 lines of code without any explanation/understanding language doesn’t help. The height of comedy was this.Those guys framed a new expansion for the acronym PHP.Guess what it called “PersonalHomePages”.

The frustration i have is that, these people are misguiding masses who already dont have much exposure to technology.My word is read from “good” books/ browse the net even for your exam preparations for these kind of subjects.God save students from these kind of books.

Let me continue reading.

04/12/2006
Another update, today while reading more, the authors at one place mentioned, ColdFusion as a server side scripting trechnology as opposed to the addon CFML part which comes along with application server named ColdFusion. The book from first to last was entire comedy. By the by did the exam well, could have written it  a year back itself, all general questions in java & that too were program.. Cake with icing..