Posted by: h4ck@lyst | July 15, 2008

Ten more months! And some memories.

Thats the number of months more I have to survive in this college. Survive! Why do I use that word instead of say, stay or bear this college? Is this place so bad?! Not really! But this is the first time that the placement blues have hit me! Now that I look back at the last 3 years, I wasted a lil bit of the opportunity I had got despite not making it good after my X. And I didn’t really waste it all though. The good part about this college was, starting from first year, my NCC experience. The practice at the firing range! the one thing I always wanted to do πŸ™‚

Then, I didn’t get through cry club but rather made it to the elite group of RMI. Robotics and Machines Intelligence. The only robotics students group on campus. And being an IEEE affiliate was another added adventure. All those new learnt lessons, the workshops, the classes were all fun.Β  Adi, Anchit, Ashwin, Dhru, Naresh ( in no particular order but alphabetical) were all fun to be with. Learnt a lot from them. Then Verma and Delta. I remember Verma first of all coz I went to him first and foremost for some help with pointers (still my shaky ground). Then came Delta and then came Alagu (Alagappan), Pari, Vishal, Sahil, Taggy, Hari, GC, and then some later Vivek, Prasanna, Doniv (again no particular order but just as they came to mind). I remember I was wishing that Pari would take my interview but then Verma and Kaushal took it. And now am I glad it was them and not Pari? Else maybe I would not have made it to Delta πŸ˜‰ And in b/w somewhere of all these was Shah. When did he came first on the scene? Well he used to be omnipresent whenver it came to any work, so cant really say ;). I still remember my first work in delta. It was to get our music streaming server up and running. It used php for file management along with MySQL and Shoutcast streaming server. Me and Naveen were supposed to get the thing up and running within a night as lots of people were complaining about the missing service. That was my first delve into PHP and MySQL! And thankfully with Naveen’s help, we managed to pull that off well. All that we had to do was to accomodate one more hdd and change some code to accomodate the file listing and database management for that. And calling the files from apt place when called for!

Then later I switched the entire system completely over to gnump3d! Though we never really got to convert the entire mp3 collection off to ogg-vorbis format. Maybe will ask the juniors to do that now πŸ™‚

What was my next project? Did some work in between, dont really remember what all. Then came Pragyan work and I joined Dalal Street Team. A lot of the GUI was my work in SWT using eclipse along with sahil and jainy! Later on the entire code was rewritten and I again did what I do the best! Crash it all! I opened mysql connections and never thought of closing any of them! So, I crashed servers that were more than enough to handle the heavy internet traffic loads. Though still learnt a lot form the experiences. And yeah, this was the first time Dalal Street went online! And it was platform independent, coded in SWT and backend running on Tomcat Servlet. Along with ofcourse the pretty reliable MySQL servers along with alagus replications and paris gateways. Ofcourse Vishal (VP) was always there backing pari up with his support! And Alagu did a nice job with the guest lectures team as well. πŸ™‚

Then after Pragyan, I implemented search for our LAN including searchable pdf s and docs and all. Then implementing the CMS on Then the third year. Starting off with a new CMS v2. Taking care of the mail servers first and foremost. Getting it off the various DSBL and other lists. Making it more secure. Switching over to postfix and dovecot and squirrelmail. Using LDAP and virtual mailboxes.

Then a lil bit of into some domain name issues. And then sometime in between NFS. And then into CMS full time πŸ™‚ Working with Sahil was fun. And there were Suren and Ankit joined by Abhilash !

Well, along was my RMI πŸ™‚ Workshops and all. Me being the .. πŸ™‚ Then I took care of Micromouse event at Pragyan as the manager πŸ™‚

And then after that the efforts to compile wikipedia, failed again and again and then rather put a transparent proxy to let people access it along with the epaper of times of india πŸ™‚ TOI still makes me feel at home πŸ™‚

And in b/w was festember in september. Where I met Kameswarie Nunna. And then the nice times and the not so nice times πŸ˜‰

And Purni in b/w with her woes of a pragyan girl friend. πŸ™‚

Of course there were a couple of more seniors in my first year! I remember Jaadu sir, Phodu Sir, Piran, and then Bhandari sir, Prakhar sir, Manas sir, Abhiuday sir, and many others! Sorry Cant really name all of them! These are but just a few that come to my mind. Never got to interact much with Manas though. Wish had some more time to be with him!

And then my good and bad times with friends back from school. Aneesha, Amrita, Siddharth, Vinayak, Eashan, Kalsi, DJ, Sunaina, Rubina, and many more!! And but yes ofcourse Sakshi! πŸ˜› And Amrita too would be going off to Dubai in a couple of weeks. SO that will mean my STD calls will turn to ISD calls. Hmmm.

And now what?!

Here I am. Finally being a final year. Feels gloomy not to have that ever present LRSL gang in here. Miss the towering Taggy ( T4P anyone?) and shah, the almost ever smiling hari. Then there were others. Hari s time with Google SoC that (maybe) inspired Suren who in turn inspired me πŸ™‚ Thank you Taggy for that lead upon OpenID πŸ™‚ And thanks to James Walker (Walkah) my mentor for redirecting me towards OpenID Attribute Exchange instead. Well a whole note of thanks to my drupal team and group and community for SoC is a matter of another post!

But the always constant is the change. Ten months since I met this girl. And ten more months before we part our ways! And I ll be out there to face this exciting world, ready to embrace with all new hopes and opportunities and a whole new set of people to come πŸ™‚



  1. Nice post. Loved it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. hmm.. a lot of smileys! πŸ™‚ ha ha..
    u have made me think now. till now, i never thought about all this(as in everything combined and its effect as a whole).. i thought about smaller issues.. and its impact on my life.. i dont noe.. anyway i am a lot confused.. especially in the past few days.. a bit scared because of placements also.. life is so different from what we think it is to be, its so not the way we want it to be. i so much wished it was a bit less complicated and easy to understand about what we have to do.. and what we dont have to do… plus.. i wished it was a bit more easy to understand others.. especially those who had been around you for years now.. u think u noe them well.. but its just a misconception. you really cant noe anyone well.. even if its a person really close to u.. ah.. chuck..
    nice post.. and it made me think.. have i done anything in delta?? and the answer is no!! i have always done very small small things.. i hope the final year is not like that.. !!
    chal, i have a presentation to do tomorrow. and before that i have to fix my code.. so better get back to work!

  3. @hari: Thanks da!
    @ankit: hmmm.. see you soon buddy! Then we ll talk in person πŸ™‚

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