Showing posts from November, 2013

Some Popular Songs of Y2K

Came across some very popular songs during Y2K. Decided to make a public playlist with the songs those were very frequently requested to the MTV request show presented by Nikhil Chinappa then. Feel free to remind me some more.

My response to a job applicant

Lately I have been looking for some mid/senior level Java programmers for my team in Hyderabad studio. I got resumes from a lot of sources and decided to respond to some of them with feedback before forwarding them to the talent acquisition department. I took some time two write a lot of details in the feedback because I have been observing a trend in resume writing which do not seem to be correct to me. Here is one of the personal feedback I write to a applicant of my acquaintance  .

Thanks for sending the resume. Sorry for the delay in reply . I was too busy with office work. At this moment I am not able to forward your resume as it looked to me that the openings I have in my company did not match your profile. However I will keep your resume and  let you know if I find any junior level opening in future. Meanwhile you can consider following points to increase your chances of resume being shortlisted.
These are my general and personal opinion.

Communication, when you email someone for …

Monopoly Bingo

Electronic Arts recently launched a new mobile game called Monopoly Bingo in Android and iOS. Fortunately I got a chance to work on it. In my own opinion it has excellent graphics and game play experience is a lot of fun. The game can be downloaded from Google Play and Apple Appstore. Try it out and feel free to give feedback/rating . Also you can like the Facebook page and follow the twitter  (@MonopolyBingo)account to get updates about new stuff related to the game.

Disclaimer - Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

Moved my blog to VPS

Few months back I had moved my blog to Heroku, now I wanted to try out VPS. Heroku was all good but updating every thing via Git commands was kind of a pain when there is a image upload or wordpress version upgrade. VPS is like renting virtual hardware and OS and getting full access to the same. I choose DigitalOcean as they were very cheap and some of my friends gave good feedback about it. I choose the lowest plan that was 5 USD per month for a 512 MB ram. I got root access to the virtual machine and installed LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) to host my PHP blog.Blog ran all fine initially but soon I started getting the errors as MySQL kept shutting down automatically. So i had to login and start it manually. From error log and customer support I came to know that for tech stack I am running 512Mb may not be sufficient, so I decided to give it some swap space. Anyway DigitalOcean claims all its storage is SSD and those are supposed to be faster than HDD. Following are the command…

Cultural shocks ? Not really !

At one of the work parties, someone asked me "What were the cultural shocks did you get after you came to USA ?" Its really a valid question and while I was trying to think of an answer I concluded that there were so many things different but not all of them are really "shock".Most of them were not actually shock because we do follow a lot of American movies and sitcoms. But few things I really discovered after landing here which was not very common in India, neither they show it in movies. (May be because it is very trivial here.)American roads gives priority to the pedestrians. So if you are in the side of the road the card generally do not cross until you cross the road. DO NOT TRY in India. No vehicle stops for pedestrian to cross.Be it hotel or office, if you run into someone whom you don't even know and make eye contact , you gave to smile and at least say "hello" or "Good Morning". Sometimes even known people are ignored when in such …