Saturday, August 7, 2010

vz training days

I completed 4 years in my IT career couple of months back. The most memorable period in these 4 years was my training days in verizon. This blog is dedicated to my rocking training gang @ vz :)

I joined Verizon on June 19th 2006. We had a few days of orientation @ GRT grande -chennai. After that we were given a training schedule of 1.5 months. There were a bunch of guys from PSG tech. I quickly skimmed through the training sheet to see if any of my friends were there. Luckily i was in the same training track as Bragadeesh(braga),Rajagopal(kozhi),Arun(Andi) and Phalgun(pointer phalgun).

The training was held at Ascentra building in kottivakam. I was imagining that it would be a hi-fi training centre but it turned out be a apartment like building :(. On day one, typical of any PSG tech guy we occupied the last row in the training room. We were joined by two other guys Balamurugan(Bala) from NIT-Calicut and Arun kalyanasundaram(thala kotta) from BITS-Pilani.All of us started getting along quite well from the first day itself.

Our training mainly revolved around c/c++. Mr.Phalgun found the going tough as he dint know a shit about pointers.Hence the name "pointer" phalgun. This guy spent the entire training playing a bike game on his mobile.Now and then he used to gaze at a c++ book by kanetkar. Looking at Rajagopal's physique, the guys named him Kozhi.Usually in colleges we used call some guys pazham(guys who knew only about studies and sounded naive about N other things). Arun told us that pazham guys from Pilani were called kotta pasanga. This guy looked like pazham of all pazhams. So we named him thala kotta.

Most of us loved playing games while the instructor was taking class.I used to play K-sokoban in linux. Rest of the guys were in search of a good game. Here came our chief game supplier to the rescue - Madhan(.NET madhan) from the adjacent training track. We also gave nick names to a few north indians girls like Minnal(lightning), Ponam(dead body), OG(not going to expand this!!), kindi. Most of these girls pronounced adayar like adyaaaaaaaaaaaar. Kozhi came up with the root cause. "Adayara adi vaiyathula irudhu solraanga". Every one burst out laughing.Andi was a laughing machine. One will start laughing just by seeing this guy laughing. Still cant forget watching Pulikesi with Andi and our training gang.

We used have a awesome lunch menu.It turned out be far better than verizon office food.During lunch hours Madhan,Balasubramaniam and Thames used to join us. After lunch we used to have a juice at a near by place.

c++ training got over in 3 weeks. Phalgun was still breaking his head over pointers. After that java training started.We had the ultimate trainer -Salaivan Muthu. Paathalae evaru oru comedy piece nu thaerinchu paochu. Once he asked Kozhi to take a seminar.
Salai: Rajagopal will take a seminar for us tomo.
Kozhi : Sir. naan avadi la iruthu varanum. Long journey.So wont find time to prepare for the seminar.
Salai: Thambi na ambatur pa.Avadi thoorama ambatur thoorama?
Kozhi :Avadi thaan thooram(remember the vivek comedy :) )

Kozhi itha oru saaka solli escape aiytaan.

As training period ended we came to know the project and technology that we will be working on. Phalgun was praying that he shouldnt get a c++ project. Avanoda thuradishtam he got c++ project. Everyone else started teasing him right away.

To sum up it was a very memorable experience and still most of the guys from our gang have a very good bonding."Those were the best days of my life..(guitar sound) "

Current status of my training gang members.

Braga - Quit verizon after 3 yrs. Worked for ebay. currently he is a team lead in Lister technologies.Cycle gap la completed his MS from Pilani.
Andi and Madhan - Complete their MS together. Both are working in US. Andi got married recently.
Kozhi - Ericsson R&D.First from our gang to get married :)
Bala - Did his MBA from SP Jain. Business Analyst in Lister
Thala Kotta - Last status.He was working in Novell.Currently not sure where he is.That is typical of thala kotta.
Phalgun - Will be completing his MBA from Thunderbird. Sabha c++ tholla inimae illa :)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

ubuntu 10.04 tweaking Nautilus control

Ubuntu 10.04 got released recently.They changed the placement of the minimize,maximize and close button on the Nautilus explorer. This was quite annoying since i use both Windows and ubuntu. Here is a way to tweak it and bring the placement to the traditional fashion.
1)Press alt+F2
2)Type gconf-editor
3)Go to apps->metacity-->general
4) Edit the key "button_layout" to "menu:minimize,maximize,close"

And you are done!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My top ten cricketing moments

I have been watching cricket since i was 7 years old.Here is my top ten list not in any particular order.

* Titan cup -1996. India was playing against Australia @ banglore.Chasing a moderate score of 216 Indians were staring defeat at 8/164. Local boys Kumble and Srinath sealed off the match for India with a partnership of 52 for the ninth wicket.Both their moms cheering from the stands was a wonderful moment.
* Kumble's 10 wicket haul vs Pakistan in kotla test-1999. Pakistanis were clueless about Jumbo's leg breaks and googlies.This record is unlikely to be broken by an Indian bowler in the near future.
* Coca Cola cup 1998. Indian were struggling to reach the finals of the tri-series held at Sharjah.The master blaster came up with a back to back century helping India take home the cup. This is amongst the best innings in Sachin's career.
* 1996 world cup quarter finals vs arch rivals Pakistan.Jadeja' made a blitzkrieg 45 of just 25 balls. India won the match by 39 runs and Jadeja's knock was a crucial one.
* 1998 test series in India vs aussies. Prior to this tour, aussies had a test series win over Newzealand and SouthAfrica at home. Warnie was a force to reckon with. Indian top order esp. azhar and sachin tormented the leg spinner.It was a wonderful sight to see the indian batsmen play against the spin even when Warne pitched on the rough. We won the series 2-1.
* 2001 home series vs Aus. With 0-1 down in the 3 match series, Indians were following on in the 2nd test. Mr Very Very Special Laxman turned the match and the series on its head with his innings of 281. India went on to win the series 2-1.
* Natwest Series final 2002. Chasing a mammoth target of 325 in a final, Indians were tottering at
156/5 with Sachin back in the pavilion. Yuvi and Kaif put on a 100 plus partnership. We won a cliff-hanger and Dada took off his shirt from the Lords stand to give Freddie a taste of his own medicine :-)
* Commonwealth bank tri series 2008 in Australia. Saviour Sachin hit match winning knocks in the first two finals. Very well deserved cup for Dhoni's young team.
* Border Gavaskar Trophy in Aus-2008 .After the monkey gate incident and controversial decisions in the first test, Indians went into Perth test as underdogs and low in confidence. We gave a fitting reply to the Aussie bas***** with this win. Sachin, dravid, laxman knocks and Ishant Sharmas intriguing spell to Ponting were the highlights. Though we lost the series 1-2, it was a memorable series down under.
* Sachins double century vs SA 2010. If cricket is religion,then Sachin is the God. No other words are needed to describe this innings.

Monday, February 1, 2010

TEDx was worth the 1000 bucks

Long time i was thinking of starting a blog. I went to this event TEDx @ Hyd last weekend. It would be worthwhile to get kick started, blogging about this event.

Most of you must have come across this term TED.To those who havent it stands for Technology,Entertainment and Design.Chris Anderson is the curator and it was co-founded by Richard Saul Wurman. Its an open event where anybody could come and give a talk on an area of expertise. It has been gaining much attention of late with so many TEDx events being organised across the globe.

This event held in Hyd on Jan-31 was called TEDxHiTechCity.The venue was ISB. I started from my place at 8 in the morning. I was accompanied by my collegemate Allwyn and his colleague from TCS.

No surprise, the auditorium was almost packed to capacity. The event started off around 9.30 with a bharatanatiyam performance by Smitha Madhav. First talk of the morning was "Honey,I shrunk Everything" by a program manager @ microsoft. He explained about how he networked various electronic gadgets in his home.It was followed by a doc from an eye hospital explaining about curing eye damages using stem cells.

There were handful of social activists speakers at the event. Kanthi kannan spoke about her org. 'Right to walk foundation".She emphasised on the importance of pedestrian footpaths in a city.She quoted "40% of hyd population walk to work. But they have to take an auto to cross the road!!". There was a slide "Bravery Awards" showing people struggling to cross the road.Another lady Karuna Gopal is working on urban development.She is president of Foundation of futuristic cities. She lost her parents due to ailments, survived a heart attack @ 14,auto immune disease @ 19 and to add insult to injury her son suffers from neural disorder.Phew,was else a person can take! Kudos to her for what she is doing now.

Nagesh kukunoor, maker of "Hyderabad Blues",narrated how directing was a not so easy profession. Iqbal in which he put in minimum efforts became a hit. On the contrary, Bombay to Bangkok a film in which he put in maximum efforts, flopped.Prosenjit Ganguly an animation designer spoke on how to made a animation clips using the ideas of 8-12 yr school children.The directors of the animation movie were the children themselves.

Vijay Anand from 5th pillar,an organisation to fight corruption urged everyone to give up bribing. He distributed zero rupee note. If you are asked for bribe from any govt. employee you can use this zero rupee note :-). guys in chennai can try this out. The org. operates predominantly in chennai and is trying to expand to other parts of the country.

Sharat Chandra, an IIT-IIM graduate and founder of butterfly fields is education children with the concept of "learning by doing". His speech was on the lines of the theme of 3 idiots.A trumph card game on vegetables,snake and ladder game to teach integer addition and subtraction.

Other speakers at the event were Nadendla Manohar-deputy speaker of AP, S.M.Ahmed-Scientist who worked on Chandrayaan,Vasudeva varma- Faculty @ IIIT-Hyd,Dr.Neeraj-he spoke on transforming healthcare education,Mujeeb-President of BHUMI,jyotirmayi sharma - "Do we really need democracy" and Iqbal Patni- a poet.

Pick of the evening was a 18 yr old guy,chaitanya,recipient of United Nations Youth Excellence Award for Community service and Social Entrepreneurship. He is the founder Secretary of Passionate. At the end of his speech he was given a standing ovation.

Audience at the event were mostly software professionals and a small group of school children.Atleast 10-15 PSGians were present.At the end of the day TEDx was very inspiring and was worth the 1000 bucks.You can find interesting videos at www.ted.com