Saturday, December 23, 2006
My good ol bank sends me this notice "Dear Customer, We regret to inform you that the documents and proofs of identity and address given by you at the time of account opening have been fully damaged by flooding in the storage areas caused by heavy rains. The natural disaster was most unfortunate ". And more so they want me to submit the proofs of my identity and income documents all over again ! Wtf... ! As if I told them store my documents near a sea shore for kicks ;-) !
Here's another one . I just landed in Bangalore airport and waited near the baggage belt for my bag until the belt stopped and there was only one bag left on it. It was ditto similar to my bag, but I knew from the bottom of my heart, that it wasnt mine. And it wasnt. Some smart ass , took my bag thinking it was his, and might still be looking for his pyjamas in my bag, while I have his right here at the airport !
Cmon, how often such things happen to you on the same day ! Whew ! God Save me !
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Fortunately or not, I have been working for the IT industry in
Since these are a well educated lot, they do understand a lot of issues that our very own country is facing. And some times these are brought up, in some of the lounge bar outings, where the alcohol consumed per hour is billed to their foreign clients. There are passionate people, with whom you can engage in a great conversation even when drunk, whether it be corruption in real estate, or bad roads in
Some people say, they want to earn enough first, so that later they can leave the job and do some social work. But little do they realize, that with their monthly salaries, that day will never come. Some of my friends go to orphanages and help the kids , by paying their school fees , vaccination, books etc (I respect them , since I have not even attempted that) ,but is that enough. ? I think , we can do a lot more. When have we thought of writing software , for some of the needy institutions in
Many in our IT world, would just write blogs like me, but thankfully a few like Rohit, will take some great steps towards making a better country. Yes, we are part of the ‘Rang De Basanti’ generation and we need to wake up ! Happy Independence Day !
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
All articles are available at the site - > www.joelonsoftware.com
I say that you get the real money's worth if you can get everyone (Even the "M" types) in high spirits, with booze, cricket, football, dance whatever. An Away day should just mean fun,Fun,FUN and nothing else! It never solves any purpose otherwise !
"I've often heard it said that enterprise software is boring, just shuffling data around, that people of talent will do "real" software that requires fancy algorithms, hardware hacks, or plenty of math. I feel that this usually happens due to a lack of customer affinity. The real intellectual challenge of business software is figuring out what the real contribution of software can be to a business. You need both good technical and business knowledge to find that. Working closely with business people to develop this knowledge, and PleasingTheCustomer as you do it, is what makes enterprise software development fun - and motivation is the key to good and productive work. "
I am not saying you should take some "violin" classes, which if you do out of interest will be great. But what I mean is try and keep breaking out of your repetitive cycle in life. another example might be the kind of websites you read everyday morning. If you read rediff.com , regularly, read slashdot.org sometimes. If you are a programmer and read all about .net, try reading Zen and the Art of motorcycle management and for a change understanding it ;-) .
If you read timesofindia, read the washington post or , The Economist to get an idea of whats happening in world economy.
You can start doing this very very easily. The motivation behind this should be that, if you are stuck to something comfortably, you are missing out on a lot the world has to offer. And of course you have one life and you need to make most of it !
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Small things do make a difference indeed. Invite the sunlight to your workarea! Its powerful!
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Of course, unlike certain old AoE characters in the office who migrated to foreign lands and never showed up again, and some who vowed not to play the game again, blaming it to interfere their personal lives ;-), without knowing how to balance both. Also some have chosen to read about dragons at home , instead of using their onagers in the arena !
I am writing this sitting at the airport terminal at O’hare,
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Among the most exciting things were sitting on the DisneyLand California Screaming roller coaster that goes 360 degrees, and the Universal Studios LA experience. The RockBottom brewery in Chicago saw me coming there thrice in last 2 weeks, and the last visit ended up getting a pitcher of beer and a tequila shot. The glazed Dunkin Donut and the Starbucks vanilla latte with the blueberry coffe cake have become a routine snack. The Hooters Chicken wings and beer combo was pretty interesting as well.
This has been my 3rd short visit to US, and quite weirdly, I feel like I am almost at home, or maybe not quite that far from it.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Now I have breakfast at home itself. My kitchen is decently equipped with stuff to cook. I can watch TV for as many hours Ii want ! I got a broadband internet connection, which allows me to logon to the world as soon as I wake up !
Thanks to my close relatives,friends and colleagues , who helped me go through all the documentation, loan proceedings, registration etc.. Whew!