Friday, March 19, 2004

The final

It is now or never. It is the final project presentation. The external was from Kongu engineering college. With a lot of hard work, we completed the project on the previous day only. I even designed a single setup file that will help to deploy the project in any sytem easily. One thing I didn't finish is the Project presentaion slides. I was too tired to work on it and wanted my projct mates to make it. They somehow managed to make some slides but still it is incomplete.
The worst part started when I found that I have to setup another server to show the redirection module. I wanted a system with two com ports which is only in Cisco. We went there immediately and with great luck, found one and started setting it up. I wanted to make sure that our main server is running properly. But to my worst fear came to life when I found that my project is not working. Someone have changed the date and the component we are using is expired. I thought I am lost. I felt some bad feeling in my head. i was in the height of tension. To add fuel to the fire, the external was firing questions to the students and all are standing unanswerable. He was complaining every project and he was not satisfied with most of our friends project.
I started checking the codes again and again, still couldn't find the error. Frustrated, I checked it in other system. The biggest problem I found was that my project will work only on Windows XP. We dont have any system with two com ports and Windows XP installed. I then turned to the current problem. I was working on the code tensed. our HOD came to me and asked whats the problem. When I told him what has happened, he was shocked. He was so kind to give us the permission to show our presentation at the last. After a lot of confusions and tensions, I made the code back to working in an hour. Phew! Atlast, I did it.
Our slot came only in the afternoon. When we started the presentation, Tirupur was talking first. He first started blabbering and then slowly he picked up his words properly. Even our HOD was helping us in the presentation by explaining the significance of our project. He then asked what tool did u use for text to speech. When we answered Microsoft speech, he was not convinced and compained that the speech will be of American ascent and we have to use Indian english. Again tensed about his questions, we somehow managed the situation. When we took him to show the project demo, he told us that he wanted to hear the voice. When we told him that he have to move to the next lab to hear the voice, he again complained, but this time for fun. Then he went to the next lab and heard the message. He found it interesting. He said that the first message was very clear than that of the second message. My friend replied, "sir, the first message was my voice and only the second was computer voice". We all laughed and he went out to see the next project satisfied with us.

Thanks to our HOD for helping us in finishing our project successfully.And of course, Thanks to our junior friend Gangadran for giving his modem to work on our project.

Project completed successfully. Deployment ready. Hurray!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 15, 2004

Farewell party

This time its our immediate juniors giving us the farewell party. Though the party was not of a much organized one, they called us all individually in the project centre to come to the mini auditorium. We were all busy with the project work as the final project presentation is nearing soon. Anyhow, we couldn't turn our juiors down. So we all went there and was really surprised to find all the staff and even our HOD waiting for the final years. This is the only one occasion we have made the satff waiting for the students. We happily took our seats in the front row.
The function started off with speech from our Principal and placement officer. And then the session was handed out to us. The juniors asked some of us to share a few unforgettable moments with them. I feared this will be another session that will make me feel embarrassed. Luckily, it was not so. Anoop stopped with a few words followed by many of my friends who talked only for a small time.
But we found something missing. Someone is missing. Me and Anoop were wondering about it a lot. And then we found out who it is. It is none other than Arun, so called mullu the Secretary. We want him to say a few words to our staff. So we pushed him to the stage. He was speechless for a while and then talked about the college. He was talking exactly like our college secretary. Atlast, he made his punch dialogue. Instead of wishing the students for success in their career he wished the staff for success in their future. The whole crowd started laughing.
And then came the big event. The next game was "know your campus" and Me and Rahini are called to represent the CSE department. When the game started, they were asking ridiculous questions like how many wells are there in the college or how many racks are in the library. Whatever the competition is, CSE will always be the best and this is of no exception. The question to us is "what is the total number of computers in Lab2?" for which I answered 33 correctly. Also, we answered 5 to the question, "how many water tanks are there in our campus?". I really dont know where these 5 water tanks are placed in our guess.
But with the help of my friends, we got the first place. CSE rose to the heights once again...... Our juniors wanted to do something different about the dinner. So instead of the traditional dosai or chapathi, they have ordered only puffs, cake , cool drinks and ice cream. That was really great. I helped myself with 2 puffs, 2 cakes, 1 icecream and some 3 cool drinks. It was fantastic.

But one thing, I found different was no one was emotional on that day. Maybe, everyone got matured atlast......

Thank you my junior friends for giving us such a wonderful party. Where ever we go, you will always be in our heart.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Infosys fever

This blog will be short and sweet. It wont be long boring you. It defines everything I am happy about.


Dont loose heart when a silver leaves your hand, may be gold is waiting for you next.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

A pleasant dinner with my friend

I was in a very busy schedult today with the project still incomplete, documentation still not verified, Infosys coupons not printed, Video for slam cd not taken and of course breakfast not eaten as usual, I had a pleasant surprise tonight. Also at the right time to take me off from this hectic schedule, my sweet friend messaged me that she is coming back to Pollachi with her friend. She have already mailed me about her friend. I was reading her long mail yesterday for more than half an hour. That was touching. I realised how deep she believe in our friendship. Now today, she has brought her friend too. After a brain storming discussion with our placement officer for about 3 hours, I was exhausted. Luckily at the exact moment, there was my friend calling from her cell phone. They are coming to college in few minutes and there they came very soon. We had a chat for a while and decided to have dinner at the hotel. We had a small but delicious dinner. I was relaxed. I was happy to be put off from that heavy work. Thanks to both of my friends for helping this poor chap relax for a while.

Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Neo is trapped

"Neo is trapped between the real world and the machine world". Its the effect of some mistake made by neo showing his power to the higher officials. As you may have already read the part 1 which is "My Name is Neo", I realised I am the one. But the one is in trouble and dont know what to do. I have told you that I passed through the login page in our college website with out any autentication. Neo should have kept silent about this. But Neo is always a trouble some. He did a stupid job which is the worst thing to think of. After successfully entering the page, I mailed (worst) to our head of department explaining completely about the work. I even told him where they have taken the code from. The greatest stupidity is mentioning my name in the mail.
On the next day, the HOD did a excellent job of taking a laser printout of my mail and sent it to the faculties who did that page. When I went near the computer lab, the Agents (faculties) got hold of me and started the enquiry. Neo is trapped. I was trying my best to cool them. But Smith (Paval Raj) was not ready to hear me completely. He made his statement that I should have told him personally and left without any other word. I then talked to the other agents for a while and somehow escaped.
Neo, you must be careful here afterwords.

"Where there is a beginning, there is an end!"

Saturday, March 6, 2004

I cried because I couldn't cry

Now its time for some of our friends to share their unforgettable moments in the college life, and the first person to get to the stage was my friend Soundarya. She is the bravest girl in our class. She used to be easy taking in most of the problems she comes across. And the most important fact is that she was informed to be over-qualified in two of the campus interviews we had in our college.
She came to the stage and all our eyes are fixed on her. She started with a louddddddddd greetings to the dignitaries. Me and Kannan thought she will swallow the moc kept ifornt of her mouth. She was speaking as usual. She was talking in English like a typical English lady. She was explaining why she joined this college. With every word she spoke, her voice was getting lower and lower. We could feel her going emotional every second. Me and Kannan were sitting at the edge of our chairs. We were embarrassed seeing her emotions. See is about to cry on the stage.
We dont know how to react. We felt some pain in our heart. We were holding each other arms so tight. I wondered whether I would cry. She was saying, "I will miss you all my friends. I dont know how I am going to live without you all". I am on the verge of heart attack. This is too much. I was begging for someone to make her come down. Me and Kannan were completely speechless. I could not explain what I felt. I was hoping somebody will pull her out of the stage and make me breath. She started crying. Oh my! I couldn't stand it anymore. I looked at Kannan and shouted, "Please get her off the stage. Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee." Atlast, she made her way down. Phew!!!!! But it was not over.
The next one was Huzefa. He was totally blabbering in English. Everyone on the stage was laughing. He was a clown. Then after sometime came Sangeetha from IT department. Oh my! She started talking in Tamil and it was normal at first. But within a few minutes, she started talking high about our chairman, and was addressing him as 'Ayyiah", thats how he was called every few seconds. My ears were paining. My head started spinning. When I saw Kannan, he was worse than me. His face looked pale. He was about to cry. I couldn't take any more, I ran out of the auditorium as fast as I could. I want to save myself. I went out and drew a breath of fresh air. What a relief!
I stood wondering why all these people are talking like these. Have they gone mad? They are out of their mind. I dont know why people go such emotional on pity things. We are not leaving for ever. Just a small gap. Just a change in life. Why cant they accept even these small changes????? I kept on wondering about this. May be I am not right. May be I am not reacting properly. I felt like I would cry. I am going to cry because I cant cry when my friends cried.

Bidding Adieu

I was in my Blazers. Looking smart as usual. With the best fragrance surronding me, I entered the project centre. I was stunned to see lightning flashing continuously inside the project centre. It looked like the sky has come inside with thunders blasting in the room. It is the day the college is giving formal good bye to us, the final year students. We were all in formal blazers with girls in sarees. Everyone were clicking photos calling each other. As soon as I entered the room, I am also pulled in and was posing for photograph with all my friends. The photo session was going on and on and no one was ready to go to the auditorium where the farewall party was arranged. Anyhow, our HOD found the only way to make us out of the project centre was to lock it. So he sent the assistant to lock the door. Without any choice, we all went to the auditorium waiting for the function to begin.

It was not much of a farewell function at the first. It had the usual essence of the chiefguest, Chairman, Vice-chairman, Secretary and the Principal giving speeches for a long time which made many of us to snooze. Then came the part I do not want to forget in my lifetime. Our placement officer was reading the placement report and all persons who got placed will receive the offer letter from our chairman. The persons were called in the Alphabetical order of the companies which made Hexaware to be read first, followed by GES and then Integra micro systems. 9 persons were infront of me receiving their offer letters one by one. My heart was beating fast. I was tensed how to get the offer letter. And then my turn came. I saw our placement officer in the podium letting out a naughty smile. Oh! Oh!!!! He is going to comment something. And then he said, "Here is the one to be placed first in this year. Here is the one who started the race". And I felt lighter than ever. I felt flying in the clouds. He is blowing me up and up in the air. I can see everyone watching me now. I am smiling like I have never smiled before. I felt great at that moment. You have achieved something that your friends and relatives can be proud of. You have done something that your dad will be happy when he hears about it. Your mom will be in tears of joy hearing you. I went to the stage and I am in the best of my life. I felt happy I have joined this college. I felt happy I have a loving placement officer who is always with me. I thank everyone who have made it possible for me to reach the stage. Thanks to you all.

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

My name is Neo

Living in the world of computers, sleeping under wires, dreaming about computer viruses, waking infornt of a computer screen........ I have become more of a computer hacker. I am Neo. And I realised I am the ONE.
It was a busy evening as usual with loads of work to complete with still my mind wavering what to do. My friend was using my system, and was browsing through our college website As he went into it he met a section C++ tutorials which was accessible only within the college and not outside. Anyhow he got frustrated when a Login page blocked his entry. He turned to me and asked for any guess for the password. I tried a few times and was not successful. But something clicked my mind, the way the login page was working told me that it is not the usual. Something is wrong with that page. The error was coming in a alert box rather than in the HTML page. I found that the authentication is on the client side which means it is javascript. Which means I can see the source code directly from the page.
The wavering mind got a job to pass some time. I took a look into the source code and computer part of me saw algorithms and keys rather than alphabets and numbers. I spent some quarter of an hour starring at the code and my mind grabbed the authentication algorithm behind the page. I am not Anderson, I am neo.
The stone blocking my path is the encrypted value of the password in the page. The password we type is encrypted to produce a number which is compared with the value of the correct encrypted password. All I have to do is guess a password that will produce the correct encrypted password. my fingers kept on pressing the keyboard with my brain passing the combinations to it. After half an hour of mind work, the page ultimately cracked. I realised that I can do something. But still I was not fast enough to dodge all the bullets. I found the login page accepting the password, but I have not reached the page I want. It showed an error 404. I got frustrated. Something has gone wrong. Though I could break the authentication, I am not in. What happened. I wanted to know the reason. And then the truth showed itself. The filename where the login page will lead to must be of 8 characters and there is a strong probability that the default page name might be used in it. What can it be??????? My mind traced it and found what it should be. My fingers went to press the keys, M A I N P A G E .html........


And there I am watching the C++ tutorials without logging in through the login page. I realised who I am. I am the ONE....................Free your mind, Neo