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twitter week – 3

Many of the tweets this month were celebrating/making fun of/raising questions about OBL‘s death. Anyway, lets continue with what little blue bird has to say..

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twitter week – 2

Twitter continues to impress me. I have been busy (!) lately, with my work, which hasn’t stopped me going through time-line.

  1. Radhika shooting: Delhi’s shame, still no eyewitnesshttp://goo.gl/fb/yyoDK (video) (not only Delhi’s)
  2. Money doesn’t grow on trees. It grows in cotton fields |http://ti.me/hVH1k9 (via @TIMENewsFeed) (I wish)
  3. Beyond Oblivion cloud-based music service: you play, they pay (video) http://engt.co/hWNGz3
  4. Nah, she Glympse‘d me for tea! 😀 RT @S1monJones: wait, did you just tweet your wife to make you tea? 😀 (heights !!)
  5. Pakistan wants to buy more F-16 fighter jets http://goo.gl/fb/QwOxE (I wish, they feed their people with that money)
  6. So Mark Zuckerberg’s dog has a Facebook account, but Chinese activists are banned if they don’t use legal names? |http://ti.me/eF0N6P
  7. Very nice article covering all aspects of the mass killing in Kashmir.http://bit.ly/g6iPUP (Egypt, Libiya now Kashmir..?? a tweet can certainly cause some damage)
  8. Apple patent application for ‘Dynamically Generated Ring Tones’ could make magical videos of your friends http://engt.co/ghQAnP (Apple is good at making small things big)
  9. Intel and Lenovo release the Classmate+ PC for the kidshttp://engt.co/eUJZrK (lappy for Kids)
  10. BMW’s i3 and i8 prototypes caught on camera in garish atirehttp://engt.co/hTS1WQ
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Career IT – The entry points

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

To start with, the title of this post sounds weird because google tells me that the meaning of the word career is  "the particular occupation for which you are trained" and when you are trained; you have made your choice !.

Apart from this weirdness, Often, I have heard people getting involved in discussions regarding the career they have to choose,  something which makes me feel sick because “my career, why discussion?“, and I am the best person on this whole earth to decide  a career for my self, and It’s cruel to force your opinion on someone else. Having said that, with a few sources, I am trying to give inputs, which just might help somebody to choose their career in IT.  And I know, that I have taken a serious and prone to discussion topic this time around.

I have listed out the following career entry points where people often start(or want to start) their IT Career. I called it entry points, because when your are climbing up in your career ladder there are lot of other choices open up for you and I am least bothered about them as of now.

1. Developer/Development

Now, who doesn’t know about development ? Everybody fancies developing something. And Everybody wants to get rid of it at the same time.  This is by far the most admired career choice among just-out-of-college-folks or freshmen ( Why..? ). And current education system (in India at least) seems to be complementing the fact.

I would not get in to discussions regarding it’s future or if it’s a good choice or not, but, someone should understand that developing something from the scratch incurs huge cost on the developer. And at the end nothing is guaranteed or at least with in the given time frame.  So for the same reasons companies do not appreciate a development project that much. And developing means you are creating something new, so how many new things you can think of as now to develop ?

On the other hand, don’t development/developer exist anymore ? The answer is – Yes, they exist and they are doing very well indeed.  There were no iPhones just 7 to 8 years back, and now its the biggest development plat form in the world. So, the question one should ask is about the areas of development. How many word processing softwares exist now.? not even 10..! It doesn’t mean that you have to develop one, or, people want one more WP for that matter. So what are the things to look for then ? Well I have listed out a few.

  1. Mobile Application development (iOS, Android, Symbian etc)
  2. Web Application Development (JS, HTML5, .Net etc )
  3. Open Source Projects  (Unix, Browsers APIs, Netbook OS etc)

2. Services/Consulting

Well, Who knows this industry better than we Indians ? (Apart from being cheap labor, We have something special to do so well. I wonder.!) The driving force of  “The IT boom” in India.

Services Industry is usually driven by standards (ITIL, ISO etc). A project usually has 3 phases, pre implementation – setting up customer’s expectations, implementation,  and post implementation – sign off and maintenance. In each of these phases negotiation skills take bigger role. And its the most challenging among all.

Each company has its own set of proprietary tools to offer to the client. When you enter into such industry, initially, you will get trained to one of those tools and, when you become an ‘expert’ of that domain/tool/process you will go on and start serving your customer. So what I ultimately want to say here is once you gain experience and you grow bigger, role often changes and you will be given other ‘managing tasks’ such as Solution Architects/Bid desk champion etc etc.

 

3. Testing/Quality Management

This industry is most rigid among all. More than a process, it’s success depends upon the analytical skills of the people involved. To put in simple words, It’s a job of breaking something which, according to people who have built it, is a solid system.

So the skill set required revolves around the knowledge, analytical skills and a lot of patience (because, people involved in testing a product are often different from people who developed it). At the end of the day even you are trying to build a better product by removing all sorts of bad things from it and this is important because people often tend avoid testing jobs (there could be other reasons too). So next time around if some one offers you a testing job, Just take it.

4.  Support/Maintenance

This one is least preferred among all, just like testing, its often criticized for not being challenging enough (!!!).  And people often mistake a support work to that of BPO. BPO is just a front end of the support. Support might run into 3 to 4 levels down and at the highest level, a skill set of person matches to that of a developer. And like testing people involved in supporting a product are often different from people who developed it. It’s not a bad place to be in for sure, but, work tend to get routinized in long projects, due to the fact that it involves  lot of customer interactions, work timings could be a reason for not liking the job.

 

So some quotes to end the post with.

“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career. “

Carlton Fisk
“The word career is a divisive word. It’s a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life.”
Grace Paley

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”

– Arnold Toynbee

– Harsha S Aithal

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Good ol’ days

JUST READ, REWIND THE OLD DAYS! FEEL HAPPY!!!
If there was Ctrl+Z in life
Nostalgic memories of those ‘good old days’
Are you missing those days?

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Malgudi Days



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Dekh Bhai Dekh



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Ramayan



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Mile Sur Mera Tumhara



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Bharath Ek Khoj



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Alif Laila



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Byomkesh Bakshi



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Tehkikaat



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He Man



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Salma Sultana DD News Reader



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Vicco turmeric ayurvedic cream



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Washin powder Nirma, Washing powder Nirma
Doodh si safedi, Nirma se aayi
Rangeen kapde bhi khil khil jaaye



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I’m a
Complan Boy(Shahid Kapoor) and
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Girl (Ayesha Takia)



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Surabhi
: Renuka Sahane and Siddharth

Then were ‘Mungerilal ke hasin sapane’ and ‘karamchand’ …’Vikram Betal’, etc.
How did one survive growing up in the  80’s and 90’s?
We had no seatbelts, no airbags.. 

Cycling was like a breath of fresh air…

No safety helmets, knee pads or elbow pads, with plenty of cardboards and baloons, between spokes to make it sound like a motorbike…

When thirsty we only drank tap water, bottled water was still a mystery…

We kept busy collecting bits & pieces so we could build all sort of things … and we were fearless on our bicycles even when the brakes failed going downhill…

We were showing off how tough we are, by how high we could climb trees & then jumping down….It was great fun….

We could stay out to play for hours, as long as we got back before dark, in time for dinner…

We walked to school, or sometimes we even rode our bicycle.

We had no mobile phones, but we always managed to find each other…. How?

We lost teeth, broke arms & legs, we got cuts and bruises and bloody noses…. nobody complained as we had so much fun, it wasn’t anybody’s fault, only ours

We ate everything in sight, cakes, bread, chocolate, ice-cream, sweet sugary drinks, fruits..yet, we stayed skinny by fooling around.

And if one of us was lucky to find a 1 litre coca cola bottle we all had a swig from it & guess what? Nobody picked up any germs…

We did not have Play Stations, MP3, Nintendo’s, I-Pods, Video games, 99 Cable TV channels, DVD’s, Home Cinema, Home Computers, Laptops, Chat-rooms, Internet, etc …

BUT, we had REAL FRIENDS!!!!

We called on friends to come out to play, never rang the doorbell, just went around the backdoor…

We played with sticks and stones, played cowboys and Indians, doctors and nurses, hide and seek, soccer games, over and over again… 

When we failed our exams we were given a second chance by simply repeating the same grade…without visiting psychiatrists, psychologists or counselors… 

Such were the days…

We had freedom, success, disappointments and responsibilities. .. 

Most of all, we learned to respect others…

Are YOU from that generation?? If that’s the case, email this to all your friends from the same era…

Maybe this message will help them forget the stress that surrounds us these days….and just for a few moments puts a smile to their faces as they remember what life was really like in the good old days……

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Success

July 27, 2010 2 comments
I was having this thought very lately. 
What is success..? I m not able find a ‘right definition’ for it. Here are some versions, which I think are generally accepted.
Your manager might say – ” Keep performing better, U will one day become successful your career”
Your parents may say – ” Study well, become a successful Engineer (or etc etc etc!!) “
Somebody else might say –  ” make money, be successful in life”, “Help others”, etc etc, which never ends
For me, everything seems to be right and wrong at the same time. Right because its not wrong!!! and Its wrong because u interpret that term in the sense which favors you..!! (He is successful because he made money, which I always wanted to do. If somebody else had ran 100 miles in 1 Hour, its not a success story for you)
I will stick to applying this term technically . -“I successfully finished that project”, where I will have benchmark in front of me to say whether I am successful or not.
Finally,
Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
Erma Bombeck 

What say folks..???
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Incredible India !

Amaze yourself..!!
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