Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Nettech Experience – Tough, yet Fulfilling

Enrolling myself for the Network Management Summer Training, I knew that it won’t be an easy one after going through the students feedback and the blog maintained by the Nettech team. Expectations were high as always as the wait finally ended and classes began.

One of the most challenging times of my life and also the most fulfilling one as I realised how tough professionalism is. I realised that it was easy to learn the subject but tough to implement the subject unless proper discipline was maintained. Learning the concepts is somewhat easier. Doing it on time and performing in groups rather than working alone is the mantra here.

The results showed that people who individually underperformed in individualistic tests came out in the top 10 because they maintained a good team effort and put on a harder labour and discipline while working in teams.

Daily T10 tests that required completing a 10 marks paper (theory and lab both) were rather challenging and tested an individual’s awareness, discipline, accuracy and time consciousness. The timer that constantly ticked off towards the zeroth second increased the palpitation of the heart and raced the mind towards the most possible solution, only later to realise that there was a slight mistake in what we did;most of the time this was the case. On realising that most of us had failed was fun but later afterwards when I thought about the same, it was real pain.

I must confess that one particular day when I had failed and secured zero in all the 4 tests I almost broke down. It was very painful to realise that I was not getting where I wanted to be.

The Project Day was an enriching experience with the whole team of 5 with a name (in my case it was Mars 2 and team members consisted of me, Sourajyoti, Bappi, Anushka and Sandeep) and working simultaneously on 4 servers to host a website for a company and providing it necessary management permissions.

The Re-test Day was a day of high tension. It was like the last chance since only those failing to secure 50% were being given the last chance, it comprised of about 80% of the students. In the first round most of us failed as unexpected. Every time we thought that we were correct, there was Swapan Sir and Bagheswar Sir, ready to prove us as wrong and label us as ‘failed and zero’. The bamboos rocked us off all the confidence we had earlier. The last round we had easy questions and almost all got themselves correct but I feel that like me almost everybody were thinking hard about the probability that they would get their soultions wrong. THANK GOD I WAS CORRECT. Seemed that all the lost ground was mine. I heaved a sigh of relief, stretched my arms and thanked God as I left the Lab with a hurried sense of ‘enough of disasters,no more staying here’.

The Summer Training signed off with a DJ-cum-Food party at the I-Lounge at Hiland Park.

The last day, 31st July when I finally got my Successful Certificate in my hand I realized something. I dont know how much of the subject I have learnt but more than the subject what I learnt was how to manage myself and my resources, how to maintain deadlines, what I lack and what I need to inculcate in myself for the future. What Perfection is all about I had heard before, till I joined Nettech where I was taught what it meant and its importance. I should also add that the Successful Completion Certificate has further inspired me to further study about Netowrking Mangament.

These 15 days will be clearly etched in my mind and heart forever for these were the days where I learnt life’s most important protocols. Thanks to the Swapan Sir, Bagheswar Sir, Neha Ma’m, Sunayana Ma’m and my my mates Sourajyoti, Bappi, Anushka, Sandeep, Abhishek, Sourav, Kunal, Arnabi for making it memorable.

The purpose of Nettech is served. It’s the Nettech team that deserve all the accolades, for it has achieved what it had set out to do.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Indian Rupee - An Era Begins

India today got a symbol for the Rupee, denoting the strength of its economy, and joined a select club of countries whose currencies have a unique identity which includes US dollar, British pound, European euro and Japanese yen.

The symbol was designed by D Udaya Kumar, who is with the Department of Design at IIT Guwahati. Explaining the significance of the design, he said it is based on the Indian Tricolour.

"My design is based on the Tricolour with two lines at the top and white space in between. I wanted the symbol for the Rupee to represent the Indian flag," said Kumar.

The cabinet approved the symbol - an amalgam of the Devnagiri 'Ra' and the Roman capital 'R' without the stem and two parallel lines running at the top. The parallel lines symbolise the equal to sign. "It denotes the robustness of the Indian Economy",said Ambika Soni,Minister of Information and Brodcasting.

The need for the symbol had become necessary because of the Indian economy's rapid growth, which has propelled it to become one of the largest economies of the world.

The symbol will distinguish the Indian currency from currencies of other countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia which also use the word "rupee" or "rupiah" to identify their respective currencies.

Other than giving Indian Currency a new look and an International recognition, it won't help Indian economy any further. It may result in wastage of less paper and it may save time but other than that it won't do wonders.

Monday, July 12, 2010

FIFA World Cup Football 2010 –Immortalised

1. South Africa

The host nation had many experts criticising the country for its past and many apprehended that the World Cup won’t see its days but the Africans proved everybody wrong and made it the most memorable World Cup ever

2. Zakumi

Aged 16 and the Official Mascot of the FIFA World Cup 2010. He is a cheerful and sporty leopard with green hair and introduced for the first time in Africa to raise the excitement of the Tournament.

3. Waving Flag and Waka Waka

Waving Flag by K’naan and Waka Waka by Shakira were the top chart busters throughout the World Cup and highlighted the cause and celebration in the World.

4. Vuvuzela

Irritating and buzzing like a swarm of bees these plastic blowing horns were the craze as well as the criticised lot. Love it or hate it, the vuvuzelas are here to stay and anybody following the World Cup would miss them.

5. Jabulani

The Adidas made Ball used during the World Cup was the centre of controversy with goalkeepers and players finding it difficult to understand its movement and messing it up on several occasions.

6. Octopus Oracle Paul

The psychic Octopus kept in the Aquarium in Germany almost stole the spotlight from the World Cup with its predictions. It made 8 predictions including the 7 games of Germany and also the final. Surprisingly all its predictions came true which included Germany – Serbia game where it predicted Germany’s loss. Not to forget Germany – Netherlands match where Germany was the favourites and Paul predicted Netherlands to win. In a nutshell, Paul is the hero this World Cup.

7. Ghana

This African nation was the head turners. With no expectation from any quarters this nation almost made the Semis unless Suarez made the deliberated handball when the ball was travelling to the nets. The immediate penalty from the handball was missed as it hit the crossbar.

8. Luis Suarez

The VILLAIN. The Uruguayan footballer was subject to worldwide criticism and overnight became the ‘pet hate’ of Africa when he deliberately prevented the ball from going to the nets after he stuck out his hand deliberately from a corner kick of Ghana.

9. Diego Forlan

With five goals in the tournament this Uruguayan striker won the Golden Ball award beating out Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Spain striker David Villa each with five goals in their kitty.

10. Spain

The World Cup Champions!!! 76 years and 19 World Cup Tournaments is what it took the Spanish Armada to win its FIRST EVER SOCCER WORLD CUP. Iniesta scored the first and winning goal of the Final in the 116th minute after both the teams, i.e., Spain and Netherlands failed to score in the stipulated 90 minutes.