Saturday, August 20, 2016

Why America is politically correct?

This was just a thought in my head and I was like.. "Let's see what the internet thinks about this?" and I came across a very promising results .

Google Search Results

When you see that you are no alone thinking this manner, it does give some relief that it is a common thought and that to question it is important instead of following it blindly.

I have some examples (Dunkin Donut Lady etc) which I would like to talk about in detail here but keeping it as placeholder for now due to my other priorities. I am leaving you with this thought so that we can have a far deeper conversation when we both come back with little bit more time and clear thoughts.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Quality of Life in Software Engineering World

What does it mean to have a Quality of Life (QoL) for a Software Developer?

Until now, I say I would say.. be able to balance work and personal life.. be able to have a free weekend with family and friends is what would constitute QoL. Well, I have learnt some lessons today.

I am working on 4 node cluster which I need to work through deployment process for all of them. Means.. run the same bunch of scripts through all 4 nodes. In my old world, I would have done it like grandfather style by going to each terminal one by one and then executing them. I can say.. a ten step would effectively be 40 steps. You will be spending N *  # of Steps times the amount of time doing the same thing.

Today I discovered CSSH : Cluster Administration Tool. As usual when I first came across it, I tried and it didn't work. My first thought was, "Will get back to you later". Then, I realized that I need to finish this task before I move on to others and that made me go look back the installation steps again. I found few Perl packages where missing. I was again feeling annoyed but chugged along to get them all install one by one. When I finally got it all done, I wasn't feeling superbly great. Then I played with it for a while and suddenly realized that the tool is a great comfort and big time saver when it comes to doing the kind of task I am doing right now. My whole processing took less than 30 mins and I already feel very comfortable using it. I don't think I can go back the old model unless I am forced to.

I also learnt that even though I have to spent some time to get the QoL tool setup, this is a big saving in future. Maybe looking at it more small cost for big saving is the way to look at it. This saving of time can be employed to other task and make myself more efficient.

Enough about it now.

Bye now.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

How can I say something silly?

Yesterday at dinner time, myself and my parents where having dinner and that's when a thought came to me that I knew would make my mom smile. My mind said.. No you cannot talk silly stuff. My other mind said.. Well, if its going to bring a smile to my mom's face.. why not. I looked at her having dinner in quietude and said to myself that I am not going to lose this moment of happiness and blurted out. Both my mom and dad laughed out loud. I enjoyed it too and the dinner became much more delicious and lively.

Pay attention to mind.. it plays with you even when you have no idea. It is not you.. its someone else who is there making you do stuff your other self may not wish to do. Don't follow your thoughts blindly because it could be the other mind speaking to you at the moment :).

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wrote on 23rd Nov 2013

Repeated attempts to Forget you But I have not succeeded For I keep coming back to you It is in you where I feel comfort Often I make a resolution I chain my mind not to think of you I sometimes punish it by clinching my fist But It is in freedom, It is in your thoughts That I feel joy, That I desire to live

Sunday, November 17, 2013

What is Success?


To laugh often and much to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child a garden patch or redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you." Facebook feed.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

How to be successful in US?

I have asked this question to two of my close friends/mentor and this is what they have to say:-

"Make yourself useful" - Tom Linehan
"The only security in this world is your skill sets. Sharpen that" - Prasad Chivukula

Monday, June 17, 2013

Coding > Teaching > Writing > Knowing

You think you know when you can learn, are more sure when you can write, even more when you can teach, but certain when you can program. 

Alan J Perlis
More here quotes : http://www.cs.yale.edu/quotes.html

Monday, June 3, 2013

Second Child

If you have a child, you got to nourish them and gradually make them strong and self sustainable. It is true even for pet project which people start because each new project needs nourishment and commitment. In 2007 beginning, I started with this blog with no idea where this will go but today I have total 261 article (some in unpublished mode, don't ask why :)) and a 13K+ visitor count till now with average of 400 visitors per month.

I could have never imagined that I will come so far with this experiment of mine but today I don't feel its anything outside of me. It seems like one of my identity. It come very natural to me when I have something to write, I just write. I don't cajole myself to open up the browser and don't bribe myself with  brownie treats if I finish what I start. It just happens naturally.

So, now I have got another child to raise. Since my first child is 6 year old, I don't have spend too much time on it and it is self sustainable. The second child of mine is my github profile  (If you are not sure what I am talking, read the PS.. if you are sure.. keep reading). Yes, its been a while I started it but not really paying attention to it. But due to my recent job hunt scenario, I realized that having my work for view to potential employers might help me gain some credit points where resume fails. Personally I would any day prefer a working code example over set of big claims on paper. Hence this project. Also, I think its a wonderful thing to do because now I am able to share my work with public and if there's anything of use to them, they can use it. It means, this is my own open source project and I am fine with people using it. Going ahead I plan to do some more independent projects and trace it over github so that others can participate with me if they wish to.

Well, its interesting to see that my first child is helping me grow as writer or nourish my writing skills which I completely enjoy, my second child is helping me to nourish the computer geek in me and yes I enjoy programming too. I had my first computer when I was in sixth grade. It was Intel 686 with 2 GB Hard Disk and 4 MB ram and 1.5" floppy disk. I have always enjoyed programming and the second child will help me grow in this dimension.

I guess I am handful now and before I decide to take up a third child (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been really good with this and I really respect them), I will wait for both of them to be good and self sustainable. Till then, wish me Happy Parenting :).

github is sort of public archives for programmers. Programmers like me can post their work here for public view. They can also work with others and collaborate in project. It's a great way to build a portfolio to showcase your skills and instill a sense of confidence to your prospective employer of your coding abilities and that you have some good experience. I see that specially in US, a lot hiring managers these days ask for github profile if one has any. My roommate got his summer internship solely based on this projects he posted on github. Its like you are going for a chef job interview and during the interview you make a nice wanton soup for your interviewer. Guess what, he wouldn't have as much question as he had before to screen you. :) Good luck.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Happy 35th Anniversary Mom & Dad.

This picture speaks all.

How to find "The Book" in the jungle of "Books"?

If you ever faced the challenge of finding a book on a particular subject which you wished to educate yourself on but couldn't decide on which one, then we both share the same problem.

The idea to find the right book amongst the lot confuses me always and not just sometimes. Being unknown to the topic I find it hard to narrow down to the one book which I might truly enjoy and be justified on the parting of hard earned money.  My recent trip to this journey was when I was looking for books to learn JAVA programming language. The JAVA language is a pretty popular one in industry and as you would expect there have been tons of books written by many accomplished authors. But the question still looms large, "How do I know which one is best for me and what if I am getting biased by selecting something which may not be right book to learn from?" 

Well, I think the answer is very subjective in nature but can be reached upon careful flow with these steps of ideas.

Step 1. Figure out what are the popular books in the domain. The reason is, that's when you know that you are not getting biased by your option and there have been many people who have read it before. Make sure you at least have two choices.

Step 2. Go and read the reviews (both good and bad) of the book and if sample chapters are available, read them too to get an idea about authors style of writing. This factor helps me a lot because for me I have specific criterion on style of writing that suits me otherwise I find it hard to read. Books which are verbose, with poor English grammar or with eclectic styles are not the ones I like when I am talking about something serious like programming language. I want them to be well structured and to the point.

Step 3. Ask yourself, what is it that you want to accomplish from this reading. This is because, based on what your goal is, some books do a better job in focusing on that particular need of yours rather than on side dishes. For eg. I don't need to know about EJB when I am focusing on Core Java. That way when I buy a book and read it, I will be content at the end by fulfilling my goal. 

The way I started was to list the names of popular books dealing with JAVA and see if I can get a sample chapter to read from each of these books and also get reviews (I made sure I read the ones where it got single star apart from 4/5 stars) from other readers. I went to my school library and peeped through the pages and read a bit to get a feel of each of them. I finally ended up selecting Core Java Volume-I by Horstmann and Cornell. The reason I chose this book over 100's of other selection is because this book makes a smooth transition from C++ to Java. I am a C++ Programmer and a bridge to Java will be any day helpful than a jump over a gap. Next, this book is a no-nonsense style and comes to the point in few lines. That's my style in general as to come straight to the point and get it done. Know that the other books are not bad but just not my style. Simple.

Good luck in your next trip to book store.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Let's talk

If the idea of going on road trip on a avg decent car across America from Boston to Los Angeles excites you on a min budget, let's talk.

Here's how the trip looks like.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Boston Terror Attack : I am safe and pray for others safety.

Just a quick update for some friends of mine who might worry about my well being on account of the ongoing terror attack this week in Boston. I am doing fine and secure. I plan to be more careful before making any travel plans and I hope well for others in Boston region too. It is surely a grave concern. I never thought I will hear some news like this in this part of the country.

Stay Safe.

Half Staff American and my University Flag on account of Boston Marathon Attack.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

How to Meditate?

Here's one video which demystify the complexities of meditation in the most effective and easy way. I think its pretty neat and hope you like it too.

Yes, its that simple.

Some articles on benefits of Meditation:-
MIT/Harvard  Article Link
Yale University  Article Link 
Mayo Clinic Article Link
Art of Living Article Link
Ted Article Link
Boston Globe Article Link

Good Luck.