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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Born to code ? Or its just me ?



I don't remember how many of my friends and colleagues who are qualified engineers and doing the top technology jobs told me that they are bored of their "IT Job" and probably want to join a bank or may be do a cloth business. I always wanted to ask them why didn't you think about this when you joined Engineering school ? or at  least deciding the major in engineering school ? Like computer science or mechanical engineering ? When I was deciding the same back in 2002 people almost forced me to take Mechanical or Electrical Engineering just because there was a dot com boom in the technology industry. Even at that time I believed that new possibilities are in computer science are way more than what there is in all other fields of engineering combined. By the time I graduated things really changed and I observed that graduated of all other departments of engineering taking up technology jobs and starting to write code for the first time in their lives. Thanks to the companies who only give you puzzles instead of programming question. Had I known that , I could have just practiced puzzles instead of learning to code all 4 years of my undergrad !

I love the above video. It says there aren't many qualified programmer to fulfill upcoming requirements. Then why is there so much of unemployment despite of thousands of engineering colleges around all offering Computer Science and Information Technology related degree ? I don't even see any private engineering college investing in heavy machinery for Electrical or Mechanical engineering departments. I found my answer when I toured various engineering colleges for guest lectures. Actually its just the degree. Even a final year student does not raise hand when I ask "Have you written any program in any language ?" I doubt its because they are sky or lack in communication skills. Anyway I highly recommend this video.

Anyway I always felt that I am born to code and this is what I think about few others :)


However all above are just my opinion. Not trying to belittle any branch of Engineering. I still love electronics, machines and electrical circuits, they are the basis of all computers and its real life applications. Just that I am happy that I studied what I wanted to do and doing what I wanted to study. I am just fortunate to realize this early , most people realize late and hard work in the past remains useless.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Astroid 2012 DA14 tonight !

As you may have come across news articles that asteroid 2012 DA14 will be fly by earth very closely. It will in fact come closer than the Moon and some Geo stationary satellites.

You can see the live event in SLOOH SpaceCamera if you think you are in a wrong timezone.

Following is the heaven's above chart.



Ajay Talwar did a fantastic job by calculating the  speed of the asteroid relative to the sky which is very helpful to spot it using a telescope. Note that you need at least a small telescope or good binocular to spot it even when it is closest because the apparent magnitude would be little beyond what unaided human can see at the darkest location.

Here is the approximate schedule created by Ajay Talwar considering the viewer from New Delhi

15th February
23:53 IST - 2012DA14 rises in the constellation of Centaurus, apparent speed 0.44 degrees per minute, Mag 8.8
16th February
00:27 IST - crosses into Hydra, apparent speed 0.71 degrees per minute, Mag 0.78
00:29 IST - close to beta Hya, apparent speed 0.72 degrees per minute, Mag 7.8
00:41 IST - crosses into Crater, apparent speed 0.82 degrees per minute, Mag 7.4
01:02 IST - crosses into Virgo, apparent speed 0.92 degrees per minute, Mag 7.0
01:05 IST - closest approach (approximately for India), apparent speed 0.92 degrees per minute, Mag 6.9
01:10 IST - close to beta Vir, apparent speed 0.91 degrees per minute, Mag 6.9
01:21 IST - crosses into Leo, apparent speed 0.87 degrees per minute, Mag 6.8
01:25 IST - close to beta Leo, apparent speed 0.84 degrees per minute, Mag 6.9
01:44 IST - crosses into Ursa Major, apparent speed 0.69 degrees per minute, Mag 7.2
02:33 IST - close to M109 galaxy, apparent speed 0.34 degrees per minute, Mag 8.4
03:24 IST - crosses into Draco, apparent speed 0.07 degrees per minute, Mag 9.3
04:57 IST crosses into Camelopardalis (headed directly towards Polaris), apparent speed 0.07 degrees per minute, Mag 10.5
Dawn break in Delhi

Astronomer Phill Plait will be doing live hangout during this event , you can catch him at Google Plus.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ISS Flyby 4th Feb 2013 Hyderabad

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1600"] ISS Flyby 4th feb 2013 , Hyderabad Photo by Joy[/caption]



Click the images to enlarge | Photo Credits :- Joy

ISS Flyby over Hyderabad on 04 Feb 2013 1930 hrs crossing Alpha Ceti and Aries . It was the brightest object in the sky with magnitude - 2.8 (Moon less night and Jupiter was magnitude -2.48 )

Chart from heavens-above.com