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Je Suis Charlie

It’s been a week and the dust has started to settle after the horrific acts of terror by the islamists again, this time against France. Acts of terror are no longer rare, they keep happening all over all the time most people are at a state where there reaction is like -‘Oh no, not again! How many innocent people lost their lives this time?’

By those standards the attacks at Charlie Hebdo wouldn’t be too appalling and yet these shook the world, these most certainly did shake me up. The difference in this case is that  whereas most terrorist attacks target a place and the goal of the terrorists is to kill as many people as they can, this one was an assassination with surgical precision.

But just that, is not the reason the world was shaken up. We were all shaken up because this was an attack at the conscience of freedom, freedom of thought and expression. It was an attempt to kill the mocking bird and that is what shakes me.

The other thing that saddens me now that all of this is over is that this will happen again and again and again, we still haven’t learned our lessons from all these attacks. Isn’t it funny how humans are supposed to be the smart creatures whereas the machines are supposed to be one dimensional, unable to think and to learn. If you were to run these incidents through the simplest of classification algorithms, you would stare at the common denominator and know what to fix to make sure that this didn’t repeat. Political correctness however wouldn’t allow society to contemplate on the real solution for it would be too radical and too obvious.

With all that being said, let us come back to Charlie Hebdo; I must admit that I didn’t know too much about this obscure French satirical comic. I did check their work out after this and I must admit it was pretty funny and surprisingly accurate factually which is why cartoons can do what bombs can do, shake the foundation of a fickle faith. The artists who illustrated those cartoons may not live anymore but others will come and you will be an inspiration, your memory and your art will live on and a time will come when we finally win this war, it may not be in my lifetime but I will remember and thank you for your invaluable contribution in this fight and in our shared victory.

#JeSuisCharlie

New Year Ramblings 2015

I had neglected by blog for sometime now, lots has happened since my last post about setting up raspberry pi. I had a great vacation in Laddakh. After which I transferred to Audible Inc in Newark, New Jersey and the first few months have been great.  I saw my first snow here, spent some time withe Kids at the Ann St. School for the hour of code. Went around ‘New York’ or ‘The City’ as people call it here.

I got engaged last year and this is the year when I’m getting married, some of my friends tell me that it’s too early whereas the parents think this is the right time, I’m with my parents on this one.

New years resolutions this time are getting fit, seeing a remote part of the world and moving forward in my career and maybe penning down my thoughts more often. Last year was tremendous, this one has the promise of all that and so much more. Hope you guys had a great year last time around, even if not have a great one this time around.

Another partition looms

By the indications that we are getting from the media the state of Andhra Pradesh will be bifurcated, partitioned into two and this saddens me immensely. The parallel with India’s partition at the time of independence is all to evident a state is being carved up in two by the power hungry who will do all that is necessary to remain in power.

India’s partition was engineered by foreign forces as is Andhra Pradeshs’ the former british and the latter italian. It is very easy for a foreigner to divide another persons homeland for they can never understand what it means to those who call that place home, but it isn’t the foreigners who are responsible for both these self inflicted wounds it is us indians who are responsible in both occasions. In 1947 it was Nehru and Jinnah both of whom were power hungry and this time with history repeating itself only the actors are different.

Any partition is a painful ordeal for both parties, be it siblings dividing ancestral property or best friends not being friends anymore. It is never a solution and even after decades the scars of the grave wounds remain, reminders of the futility and foolishness of division.

I’m not from Andhra Pradesh so I can’t claim to be an expert on Telangana but I’ve stayed in Hyderabad and Secunderabad for some time, I have a few friends from the state none of them are radicals so it is possible that my analysis is wrong all together. But I can’t see a single reason for dividing the state except for those motivated by political considerations, the people of the state are mainly from the same linguistic community with no regional community dominating other communities.

The solution to the problem that people are protesting about does not lie in dividing the state into pieces but does so in better governance and empowerment of the people. I wonder how much longer will politics of appeasement drive the future of our country. It hardly matters now though, tonight is probably the last when Andhra Pradesh will be one state come tomorrow another partiton looms large.

Microsoft Interview Experience

A few days back Microsoft visited our campus, this had generated quite the buzz for it is not everyday that you have a giant like MS visiting the campus. They had a team of two people who had come for the presentation one of them was Keith Auer and the other one was an HR from MS-IT. The ppt was same as usual with them telling us why MS is such a great place to work and about the products that they have etc etc, you know the drill. There were two profiles that Microsoft opened for MS-IDC and MS-IT, the packages were 16Lacs p.a. and 10Lacs p.a. respectively. Continue reading Microsoft Interview Experience

Accessing github in NITT

In my opinion github is the best way to share code on the internet but it was not possible to use it in NITT because of the geniuses that are our network administrators and their love for the beast that is sonicwall. This is bizarre when you think that most of the students of this prestigious engineering college would work with code on a regular basis, the only thing more bizarre would the count of students who don’t know about source code management at all.

This is now no more of an issue as github has come up with smart HTTP support. Now not only can all of us who are behind sonicwall can use it but anyone behind any firewall can, the other good part is that the transportation algorithm has been optimized so it uses lesser bandwidth. Do drop in a line if your institute also has a crazy firewall that blocks legitimate things.

Back to NITT

As I stare blankly into the computer screen, I know that my time at home is coming to an end, now that the holidays are finally over its time to head back to college. The feelings and emotions that i felt upon my first visit to that place come storming back to me. I first went to Trichy an year back excited at being admitted into one of the finest institutions of the country and life has been an adventure there, there have been both ups and downs and overall it has been a great year.

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Meeting Mr. Tux

One of my friends asked me as to how one should get started with linux. That made me think, “How did it all start for me?”. I didn’t know too much about linux when I started, so let me recollect those memories that adventure and share with you the difficulties that i faced and the mistakes I made. Probably it’ll help someone who is just starting out, in not making the same mistakes that I made. A wise man learns from another mans mistake whereas a fool makes them all himself and then learns, morons just keep repeating them over and over. I fall in the category in the middle and if you’re reading this then you fall in the first category. Continue reading Meeting Mr. Tux