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This guy is definitely from CEG

October 25, 2007 2 comments

I’ve been following this blog quite a while now. As much as it looks like a spin off from XKCD, his stuff is still good!

I also suspect that he a CEGian. There’s evidence littered over in his articles. especially the last one about practicals.

  • I had to write the algorithm first and get it checked from the prof. My theory on algorithms …. be as ambiguous as possible , use proper and misleading English , and go to a prof who doesn’t know the language.
    Making use of misguided ME lab attendants. check
  • I was going to get a 90+ , and some people who studied all night and put a lot of effort were only going to get 70 or an 80 because of some kutti problem like “segmentation fault”
    Surrounded by studious nerds. check
  • Surrounded by faulty equipment. Check

CEGian for sure!

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Hackzor debriefing session

September 12, 2007 8 comments

I’m planning to have a little tutorial session on how Hackzor works and how it should be working on Saturday. My juniors Alagappan and Vijay have already guaranteed their presence.

If you’re interested in developing Hackzor, just drop me line so that I know your coming. I’m primarily looking at my college juniors (CEGians) to take this further(since CEG is our only customer for now 😀 )but others are welcome too!

Place: Cafe Coffee Day at Ascendas
Time: 3:00 PM on September 15th (Saturday)

P.S: For the uninitiated, Hackzor is the little mess that Prashanth and me wrote for the online programming contests at Kurukshetra and Abacus

Categories: College

Blah Blah Blog Update Blah

May 25, 2007 5 comments

Abstract:

  • Updating blog[1] after finishing college formalities
  • Finished Final year Project[2] Report
  • Joined Amazon on 21st

Bleh:
Blah Blah Blah Blah Final Year Project Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah crap about your project Blah Blah Blah Blah fill 50 pages Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah finish college Blah Blah Blah Must blog Blah Blah Blah Join Amazon Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Meet smart, cool, great} people Blah Blah Blah must blog Blah Blah Blah

Conclusion
Preparing a final year report, at the end of the day showed me that preparing documentation and explaining things clearly to others is as hard/important as working on the code itself. <hindsight> I should have paid better attention and devoted more time to it </hindsight>. More on my first week at Amazon in a few days. Stay tuned!

References :
[1] Blah blah blah Leopard delay
[2] Storage and Print solutions about SOHOs

Categories: College

Passwords are like underwear

March 27, 2007 1 comment

As hilarious as this is, I came across this while studying(!) for my “Componentware Architecture” course assessment. It was in a pdf(presentation) titled “Introduction to Computer Security” under the topic “Password Security”

Passwords are like Underwear!

  • Don’t leave yours lying around
  • Don’t Share them with friends
  • The longer the better (cold weather)
  • Change yours often

P.S : I didn’t _actually_ read this until Pradeep, my classmate pointed this out me. But Now, I’m all interested 😀

Categories: College, humour

Questions from My Amazon interview

February 14, 2007 5 comments

Vijay kumar has put up the questions we’ve had during our Amazon interview.

Check it out

Categories: College

Amazing Amazon!

February 6, 2007 Leave a comment

I frankly did not know much about what Amazon does until i attended their pre-placement talk. I should honestly say that I’m now very excited by the great work they’re doing which, by the way ranges from online Stores to Custom Online Computing and Storage solutions. And in case you missed it, that was my not-subtle-hint that i was given an offer at Amazon 😀

We were called in for an off-campus interview at their swanky office here in Ascendos, Chennai.We had one written and three face-to-face interviews. All of really did great(a fact that even Amazon could testify). At the end of it though, only me and my good friend Rajiv Mathews got offers.Although only two of us were hired, Amazon’ assertion that the standard of our class was very high was something i was very happy about.

The interview itself was really an enjoyable process, with some of our “All star” Alumni like Dharma and Prasanna(who were just legends uptil then) interviewing us. My inteview by itself wasn’t too hard as the questions were mostly on OO Design.
One question, from Dharma that swept all of us, off our feet:
Given a doubly linked list where

  1. one link points to it’s next neighbour
  2. Other link points to some random node in the list(could also point to NULL)

Write an algorithm to make a copy of this list.

Amazon simply had almost anything and everything a good programmer could wish for

  1. Great People to work with
  2. ALL their products are innovative *and* have business value
  3. Free Lunch, Laptop and Ride home!
  4. They have an office in Chennai(Okay, that only ONE programmer wants 😉 )

P.S : Thanks to Vijay Nagaraj, the man behind the title!

Categories: College, Personal

All’s well that ends well

January 15, 2007 1 comment

I’m going to swear again for the n’th time that i will start blogging regularly and that i will do put in some content here. But before that, an update on the Kurukshetra Online Programming Contest. Fate struck us on new year’s eve with our server we hosted the site on crashing for reasons that were beyond our control. we couldn’t get it up on time and had to eventually cancel the contest and hold it again. we rescheduled it again to the 14th of January and this time making sure that we had a kick-ass server running underneath. The acutal contest went well and i could well say that hackzor behaved as well as expected.

Hackzor has grown into a nice little web app now, albeit without the code being in the trunk. The current trunk is HUGELY out of version and my immediate goal is to fix the trunk right now. With me fixing the trunk, we will roll out a version which we will Christen version 0.1. The contest has also shown me a thousand places where i could change my design to improve ease and performance even adopting more simpler ways to do it. I do see good things coming up for hackor at the moment and would also continue to offer it for other Online Programming Contest that want hackzor underneath.

Prashanth has compiled a list of statistics that he has picked up from the server. Do read his article if you’re inclined.

Categories: College, Technology