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Friday, November 30, 2007

Cricket Blogging

Those of you who have spent some time with me will surely know my passion for cricket and my penchant for numbers. Given my habit of popping out some cricket numbers in discussions, I have decided to bring it to blogosphere. Presenting to you my new cricket blog at http://cricketnumbers.blogspot.com. Turns out that recalling a fact from memory is far more easier than researching a new statistics and putting it out. But I am there with two posts in two days...

Feel free to comment, criticize, suggest, contribute....

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Campus trip to IITK/Delhi

Yahoo is going to be visiting IIT Kanpur campus for interviews next week. I am also one of the members on the entourage. I will also be spending time over the weekend and Monday at New Delhi. Let me know if you wanna catch up over a cup of tea either when I am in Delhi or at Kanpur. I should be available on 9342447762. :-)

I am very very excited to be going back to IITK campus after a long gap of 3.5 years. I miss so many things at IITK - the hostel, the canteen, the bulla-katna, the walks in the campus, the beautiful department building CSE had, the peacocks..... Hopefully I get enjoy some of it.

I am of course glad to be touching the capital en route. I will probably meet up with my Dad (who supposes himself as a "freelance journalist" and shuttles between Delhi and Bangalore), catch up with old college mates (discuss up some devious idea to "change" the world), meet up my inlaws, travel in metro, eat up good paranthas, soak up the winter and the list is unending.... I dunno what all am I gonna manage in three days...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Kolkata Ho.... Yahoo Recruitment drive on 30 Nov - 1st Dec

Update: Its past the date, so now use sending anything now...

Yahoo is conducting Tech Lead recruitment drive at Kolkata on 30 Dec - 1st Nov 2007. If you wish to work in a challenging environment in the Internet Domain on cutting edge problems and high end technologies, Yahoo is the place for you. Yahoo has good compensation along with great perks. If you match the following criteria, walk in:

You should have 5-8 years of experience in programming vertical internet or data rich applications particularly with most of the following technology set

* BS/MS in Computer Science
* Strong in DB designs and DB performance tuning
* Good knowledge of SQL, especially writing & tuning queries for large, rapidly growing data
* Oracle RAC, and client-side OCI/JDBC over Unix preferred
* Good knowledge of system programming constructs (FreeBSD/Linux), HTTP, Java or C++
* Should have built/designed scalable high transaction-rate systems
* Aware of testing, release and deployment methodologies
* Aware of performance testing and benchmarking web based applications

9AM – 5PM on 30th November 07
9AM – 2PM on 1st December 07

Update: Its past the date, so now use sending anything now...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ubuntu problems

I was down with cold and throat infection all weekend and yesterday. And while I was in bed on saturday, I thought I should fix up the ubuntu installation on my machine. I have two other OS installations, RHEL 4.4 for work, Windows XP for all the PC only software (iTunes, Picassa uploader, Flickr uploader etc). I did install Ubuntu 7.04 on a 8GB partition on my HP 6400 laptop. I did install well, but the wifi just wouldn't work. I tried a bunch of things including ndiswrapper and followed numerous howtos on the net and still couldn't get it to work.

For me, Ubuntu was going to be primarily a home use OS and since I have wifi installed at home, and running wires is a strict no-no from my wife, using a OS where wifi doesn't work is useless for me. For that matter, even RHEL 4.4 doesn't support wifi, but thats where my teams develops and hence couldn't avoid. Instead, I avoid using RHEL at home!!

So, on Saturday, I got a install DVD of Ubuntu 7.10 and tried installing it. Shockingly, I could not even get it to install. The problem seems to be with the kernel module - linux-generic. After try a couple of times, (and screwing up my GRUB bootloader), I switched to trying and installing the kernel module - linux-server instead. Somehow that install did get done, but I still could not get XServer working, forget wifi. I eventually did lose hope. Decided to leave the installation is as is, reconfigured GRUB loader and made RHEL 4.4 as the default boot OS.

For those who have heard me harp about Ubuntu being the first "Linux for human beings" blah blah comments, this should come as a surprise, but alas, Ubuntu has again made me work with all these dirty hacks to get it going. I loved the idea of Ubuntu working off the box, but if it doesn't, then I am not the one to try hacks after hacks, recompilation after recompilation to make it work. This week, I am gonna try Fedora 7 or 8 and see if that works. If anybody had similar or contrasting experience, drop a comment or email.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Traffic for this blog

I had installed StatCounter on this blog sometime back. The prime reason was that I wanted to feel good about the high traffic that I was hopefully receiving. Turns out, I don't have bad traffic coming in. Thanks to you all for that. Whats interesting is that StatCounter allows you to check out where the traffic came from. Here is a quick summary:
  • 25% came directly. I do put the link in my email signature. Didn't know it makes that much impact. :-)
  • 21% from Web Searches on:
    • Arijasoft, my senior Kapil's startup
    • Jindal Aluminium, on whose job ad, I had put up a humurous post
    • IITK MTech CSE Thesis, I did present a thesis at IITK-CSE
    • Ugenie Bangalore, I worked there!
    • Ritesh Gulabani, a very close friend of mine
    • Malaika Nach Baliye, on which I did a post sometime back
    • Shreeniwas Iyer, which is my name
  • 12% from my LinkedIn private or public profiles.
  • 10% from my Orkut page.
BTW, I did make $2.15 from Google Adsense on this blog. I guess none of you guys find any interesting ads to click on... But anyway, thanks for all the traffic. Keep reading the blog and putting in comments.

Sangakkara Supreme and Unfortunate Umpiring

Ok, I got lucky. Because my mom arrived from chennai at 5.30 in the morning, I woke up that early and since there was nothing much I could think of doing, I switched on the TV and sat down to watch the final day of the second Test between The Lankans and Aussies. SL was 8 down at about 280 odd chasing 500+ and one would think there is nothing left to see.

But what a brilliant innings from Sangakkara. He was 140 odd and he moved to 192 in no time. Superb shots in all directions off all the bowlers. He was playing supremely. Moving around the pitch and timing at will, if he played a shot, the only way it would be a dot is if a fielder pounced on it. Two shots, both off Brett Lee, particulary impressed me. One was a flick of a chest high fast-short ball into fine leg boundary. Another was similar fast, even shorter ball, guided intentionally off the middle of the bat across the 3-5 slips area into the boundary.

I would have sat up watching him all day, but alas, he was given out. Mind you, I didn't say he was out, only he was given out. Rudy Koertzen gives him caught behind when he attempted a hook and his bat was nowhere near the ball, touching the shoulder and helmet on the way to Slips. He was given out at 192. What a pity. Considering that Lasith Malinga was giving him solid support and the Lankans ended up only 96 behind, it seems, it could have been a lot closer.

I fail to understand when Cricket will move closer to use technology for controversial decisions. Considering the recent Ind-Eng test series, where there were a host of bad decisions, and this one, it suddenly seems that Umpiring errors have increased. As my colleague Narayan suggests, we should let the captain have three chances to appeal for a TV driven decision if he feels that the umpire on the ground has faulted. Really good idea. Let me think about it. Maybe I will post more on it.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I recently wrote about my acquisition of Canon A 550. Let me tell how I got about it. Last year, I was testing out a bunch of sites, one of which was 43things. I had put in a "thing-to-do" buy a camera and it used to send out reminders to "dear future-self". And that was how I was constantly reminded to buy it (I know it sounds like a job one's wife would be doing!!!). And I eventually got down to buying it one such mail. How about going a adding one for yourself?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Canon A550

I announced in one of the lunches while at Ugenie about my new acquisition in Electronics - Canon PowerShot A550. My dear friend Ajit started quizzing me all about how I could make sure it was the best camera and all. I tried a bit but couldn't do it convincingly. To be frank there is only a certain level of caution and research you can do before buying stuff - eventually you got to do it. And more so, the PowerShot brand is well established, the camera's specs looked good and it was well priced (At 9600 for camera + 1GB + pouch).

What I decided after that discussion was to take it out for a stress test. So, on a recent trip to Tirupathi, I took random clicks out of the moving car of scenery around. What came out is some good scenery photos. Any of you photography experts can comment, but that seems good to me.

Moving On..... to Y!

Its been ages since I blogged. I have been busy with a key transition - changing my employer. I moved on from Ugenie to Yahoo! last week. Ugenie continues to be a fantastic place to work and I deeply enjoyed my 15 month stay there. I did some good work and was appreciated/recognized for the same. I also made some great friendships out of my stay there. But there were reasons for me to move on. To discuss more, lets meet up over a cup of hot adrak-wali-chai.

Why did I chose Yahoo? Firstly - I only considered large organizations, publicly listed and having good work to do in the Internet space. Mindshare among developers and presence of smart people were almost mandatory. Along with that, opportunity to continue in Bangalore, extend my experience in Java, and good money would have been a bonus. As it happens, Yahoo and me were the only combination that worked out to my preferences.

So here I am. I have joined the PacMan team in LMC group at Yahoo's EGL office in Bangalore. If you are a Yahoo, look me up at backyard by the name of "Shreeniwas Iyer" and stop by for a chat.

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