Ladies and Gentlemen, we are lucky to be in the age where we can experience the birth of the next generation of Internet services. I shall not be so crude by drawing a parallel to a supernova since we already have witnessed the birth of the Internet, but yes, this is significant.
A couple of months back I blogged about the 802.11b networks sprouting up in coffee shops and airports, allowing people to connect to the network in an ad-hoc manner. Wireless internet will mean that we will witness the proliferation of such networks nationwide. By nationwide I mean the USA, although I would be much happier if I meant India.
How far ahead am I? Well I do have a neat notebook pc, I am still looking for deals on a wireless card though. Once my scholarship increment comes through, It won’t be so difficult to get hold of a good deal on the card. Patience always pays off.
Things are going along really easy this week. But I still have to make a decision about which courses I am going to take this quarter. The dilemma was to pick between DCN-II and DAI. The decision just got harder to make when I attended the Intro to DAI lecture on Tuesday. Michael demonstrated the use of DAI in the making of Lord Of the Rings. The DCN-II Home Page is here!
Data Mining and Theory of Computer Algorithms cannot be dropped as I really feel they are really important and should be taken this quarter itself.
The weather in Rochester really really is downright extreme. Going to have to dress warm today.
Santosh Dawara has done it again, having taken time off from the other
mundane activities of the world and fished out recipes for Egg Biryani and
Masoor Dal, he successfully executed “Operation Fill Tummy”. The egg
biryani was wonderful and the masoor dal could do with a bit of improvement.
Now with a satisfied and smug smile he can head off and take an afternoon
Tomato rice is easy to make and goes well with Yoghurt. This is
how I managed to make it. Chop up an Onion, need not do
it fine. Also leep two tablespoons of Tomato Puree handy and
a cup of rice. Heat up 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan. When
the oils just about hot enough (this is the part that I find tough to
judge) add the Onions. Stir the onions around in the oil till you
get a consistent Golden Brown. Onions are fried mostly in high
Then add the Puree after reducing the heat to the pan. Once
again stir it around, let it cook for another 2 minutes. Then add
the rice, mix it up to get good consistency and cook for another
Now you can either boil the rice in 2.5 cups of water till its done
or pressure cook it with much less water.
Less than 2 cups of water and 3 – 4 whistles in a small cooker
works for me, I am considering adding in salt before I pressure
cook to simply experiment. Since I made this the first time, I
prepped just a little. If I could just get it right now 🙂
My work with STARE received an initial acknowledgement today 🙂 from
Prof. Ankur Teredesai ! Way to go.
I finally have a clear specifications for Project 3. The draft for the project will be revised and posted here.
My Distributed Systems Professor Prof. Alan Kaminsky is off to Seattle to attend OOPSLA and present a paper on Many2Many Invocation.
Today out of the blue, as I unwound in the library, I remembered myself at the age 14 (’92). On a fine summer afternoon. Mom was busy in the kitchen. I was hacking away on my first PC game on my XT. At that point I wanted to move a spaceship up/down/left/right so as to blast the incoming alien ships. Two problems dogged me, how do I use the cursor keys and how I might be able to ‘explode’ the alien spacecraft when they ‘contact’ with my lethal laser blasts. It took me some time to figure both out, I did it in both QBasic and in C. The point is not the solution to the problem, but the happiness that wrought my mind 🙂 at that time. I felt as if I had put not just 2 and 2
together, but 2 raised to 128 and 3 raised to 256 together. hehehe.
The spaceship would move and throw laser bolts at alien ships which would then explode. Jeez it was hilarious, I had to tell the first person I met, my mom.
In my opinion such happiness is true and is unfortunately now elusive. As an adult, satisfaction in my work is now masked and mired by deadlines and other peripheral matters, I don’t believe I can find the same thrill in my work that often. I desire to treasure that moment for the rest of my life. In the future I hope to find the same pleasure in my work.
Related Stories (2nd Feb. 2006): “Re-Igniting the Passion” – Creating Passionate Users. Kathy argues that the passion I find elusive is really inherent and that one cannot blame their job or their environment for letting that passion and enthusiasm slide. It is really yours to hold on to in the myriad of jobs that you will yourself indicate as part of your everyday routine.
Thats probably what happens when your working too hard :).
I have come up to the part where Frodo Baggins or Mr Underhill meets the
Ranger who goes by the name of ‘Strider’ at the Bree. There is still a long way
to go and things are only getting better. Had to shut myself up in the room
and block away all the other thoughts of work to read further.
Meanwhile, a post on Slashdot on Spam Filtering using Bayes work has
thrown up a lot more links. Google here can also tell you more about the
Mac OS X also has a Bayes Filter.
I also managed to get part of my Distributed Systems Project 3 proposal done.
Now I have to make a choice between using Kerberos or SSL to implement
Symmetric Authentication. I am not clear exactly how the two divide in terms
of pros and cons.
Here are the sources for the Distributed Document Processor. You will also need
the Distributed Systems Course library from Professor Alan Kaminsky’s page.
It still uses rudimentary Makefiles, I have not got it to work perfectly just yet.
All the source is in Java. The license is a Gnu GPL of course.
Ladies and Gentlemen, a soft windy morning has turned into a HAIL OF PURE
WHITE SNOW , VIVA ROCHESTER, and the Snow continues to fall accompanied
by heavy chilly freezing arctic winds :). Superlatives ain’t enough to describe the
experience ! Its November 1st, well the timing is amazing. All the locals said,
wait till November !! Anyway, I better get out and enjoy this cold afternoon !
Today is Halloween ! Everyones dressed up in neat costumes. I think I even
noticed Cleopatra on Capmus. Jasons there too, so are the Pirates. Yesterday,
I turned in my paper and I should say it is still in draft stages.
I think I aimed too high and the paper turned out to be quite a mess of ideas.
I am worried about the grade I might get on the paper. I hope it will be fine.
I have a lot to do this weekend (again !!!).
I will be investigating the use of Bayesian Networks to filter spam.
Paul Graham has an excellent article on the same topic.
Good to see that Microsoft research is being rivalled in the Open Source
Paul Grahams work has also been implemented.
The STARE web page needs a lot of work too.
On Monday I maybe initiated as a proper research assistant and STARE might
get a lot of exposure with the higher levels in RIT. I also have to build a specification for
Distributed Systems Project # 3 and on similar lines a client plugin for Outlook(TOP SECRET).
It was a tough week thus, I just about managed to submit the paper. Two days
of not having slept is now catching up with me, I do feel really washed out
and relieved that the weekend is near. I need to Plan more meticulously.
Things probably won’t fall apart so easily then. Maybe I get the feeling that
I am overcommitting myself.
Spam filtering Resources at MIT
My Distributed Systems Project 2 is now complete. There is a
rudimentary deadlock prevention solution that unfortunately
reduces concurrency in the system. For now this is enough. I am
working on adding a solution to increase the level of concurrency.
This I plan to do with the help of a Deadlock avoidance
When a lock is requested, the systems state determines if your
allowed to wait for the lock. If by waiting for the lock the system
will enter a possible deadlock state the system refuses the lock.
There is also a possibility of ‘Phantom Deadlocks’ in this case.
Later, I plan to continue work on my Distributed Systems Paper
and also my work on SPAM Retaliation.
Here is my distributed systems page.
The code is not available for download yet. But it will be once I have got it in some decent order.
I continue to work…