Thursday, April 20, 2006

Award winning story!!!!!

There was a contest in to write a fictional story for 500 words max which wud start with the line "On a dark and foggy night, a small figure lay huddled on the railway tracks leading to the Bangalore station".....

Here it is.....

On a dark and foggy night, a small figure lay huddled on the railway tracks leading to the Bangalore station. At once I was held back to see someone in that position during midnight with no one around. With curiosity taking the front seat, I went near the body and tried to investigate it. There was blood all over the body which was lying face down. It seemed that a ruthless blow by the last train could have caused the end of this body which seemed to be that of a guy of around my age. Amidst the gory blood flow, I could see a folded white envelope which was fluttering in the midnight wind. Carefully I took the blood stained envelope and was surprised to see the phrase "appraisal letter" on it. With curiosity rising every moment, I wasted no time in opening the envelope to see if I can find some details about the dead guy. The tag around the body's neck and the jazzy appraisal cover gave me the hint that he might be a software engineer. I opened the envelope to find a shining paper on which the appraisal details where typed in flying coolers. Thunders broke into my ears and lightening struck my heart when I saw the appraisal amount of the dead guy!!!!! My God, it was not even, as much as the cost of the letter on which the appraisal details were printed.... My heart poured out for the guy and huge calls were heard inside my mind saying "no wonder, this guy died such a miserable death"... As a fellow worker in the same industry, I thought I should mourn for him for the sake of respect and stood there with a heavy heart thinking of the shock that he would have experienced when his manager had placed the appraisal letter in his hand. I am sure his heart would have stopped and eyes would have gone blank for few seconds looking at the near to nothing increment in his salary.

While I mourned for him, for a second my hands froze to see the employee's name in the appraisal letter... hey, what a strange co-incidence, this guy's name is same as mine, including the initials. This was interesting. With some mental strength, I turned the body upside down and found myself fainted for a second. The guy not only had my name, but also looked exactly like me. Same looks, same built, same name.... it was me who was dead there!!!!!!!! While I was lost in that shock, I felt someone patting on my shoulders. My heart stopped completely, I could not breathe and sprung in fear to see who was behind......... splash!!! Went the glass of water on my laptop screen as I came out of my wild dream to see my manager standing behind my chair patting on my shoulder saying, "wake up man? Come to meeting room number two. I have your appraisal letter ready"

Curtsey... "Darshan"

Monday, April 17, 2006

What if a debugger could allow you to simply step BACKWARDS......?

Debugging Backwards in Time ..........WoW

Instead of all that hassle with guessing where to put breakpoints and the fear of typing "continue" one too many times......
What if you could simply go backwards to see what went wrong?
This is the essence of the "Omniscient Debugger"
-- it remembers everything that happened during the run of a program, and allows the programmer to "step backwards in time" to see what happened at any point of the program.
All variable values, all objects, all method calls, all exceptions are recorded and the programmer can now look at anything that happened at any time.

Kudos to "Bil Lewis"

Check out the presentation video here:

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

After Google Earth & Moon Its Time For Google Mars.........

My endless fascination with anything involving the exploration of mars, has been fed recently by the advent of Google Mars.

GOOGLE + NASA OOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooops....there is no limit.....
Generally we say there is no limit to THINK,
But with above combination I say there is no limit to IMPLEMENT.

You may remember when Google Moon was launched last July to commemorate the first lunar landing. Now, the same team which brought you Google Moon, Google Earth, and Google Local have launched Google Mars to commemorate the birth of Percival Lowell, an astronomer who was known for his interest in Mars and its canals.

The ability to "zoom in" on a piece of Mars, tantalizingly close, and sure to get closer as we get closer to the day an actual human lands there, appeals to a very basic part of who I am.

I still hope to see a human walking there during my lifetime.

This is what the developer of Google earth has to say abt Google mars:

And this is not the End from Google.......It is Just "Google Galaxy Starts with Mars "

Google is one step closer to announcing a Google Galaxy (Universe/Solar System) product.

GoogleMercury .com .net .org .info
GoogleVenus .com .net .org .info
GoogleJupiter .com .net. org .
GoogleSaturn .com .net .org .info
GoogleUranus .com .net .org .info
GoogleNeptune .com .net .org .info
GooglePluto .com .net .org .info

Google why donnt you just stop doing such things... It make me so excited to join you.......And you know how tough you are......