Kudos !!

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.

Empty feeling in my head all weekend

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
Bayes Filter.
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.

ITS SNOWING

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 !

Halloween

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
community.
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.

More Links:
Spam filtering Resources at MIT

Distributed Systems Project 2 complete

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
algorithm.

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.

Genesis of Reasoning itself

Today I had a good class. “Foundations of Computer Theory” is taken by Radzizowski. The theory here really pushes one to think. Problems that computers find unsolvable while creative thinking applies are interesting and challenging. Suddenly we begin to map the limits of reasoning in the 8 th week of classes and as Phaedrus in “Zen and the art of Motorcycle Mainteanance” described the air is starting to get a little thin here. I feel like I am in Third year again, exploring reasoning and the process itself, coming up with small discoveries and serendipity. Only this time I have a faculty and other students who share what I can see. Tougher challenges lie ahead. 10 weeks of classes is just too short.

Distributed Systems and valid research

It’s getting cold here in Rochester, 2 degrees centigrade to be precise and verbose. Its been another fruitful day. I just managed to get my Programming Langauge Theory assignments in time, oh brother will have to plan much more than what I am doing. Also got started on a research paper which could be published in some time soon. Now, this is real motivation. There is also now an opportunity for me to ensure my dad does not have to pay any more fees than is necessary. Now, this is definitely the big fish for me. Apart from that life is getting busier. I am now working on a Distributed Document Processing system which is currently suffering from deadlocks (ouch). Anyway, once that’s over with I am sure everything will only get worse. I still have to submit a paper on Peer to Peer networks 🙂

Well, at least I blog every day right?

My First Blog

It has been an extra ordinary day.
Then I did attend a lecture by Jeff Sonstein, “Java for Programming”. It so happend that I had
to take notes for that class. Thats how I ended it up there in the first place. I checked out his webpage and found Movable Type !! Voila an hour later my website is up and running. This is way better than having to type in the text within HTML, makes my job a lot easier. Thank you Jeff 🙂

Now all I gotta do is keep blogging and I won’t have any excuses not to. Man laziness IS the mother of innovation.

13th January, 2001 @ 11:00 PM.

Things have not really been easy this week. Considering how tough it is to decode MSN’s SPA, phew, I should cry for help, does anyone know anything about the details of this protocol ! The Table Tennis Tournament at Persistent is moving along well, heres a neat picture of the Cricket team with me in the lower right hand corner in Jeans and a Maroon T-Shirt :). Also with me from right to left last row, is Hemant, Amit and sitting in the row directly above me is Jaidev. I will be moving to Vijays house for atleast a week, man I am going to miss my home quite a bit. 26 days of driving lessons works out to 4 weeks. I hope and pray Pradeep gets well!

Recovered from the Internet Archive http://cravelinux.cjb.net.