Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fibonacci 'யும் நானும்... (Part 2.0)

It was 23-07-2009. cont...

It is 7.45 AM when i usually leave my place. I was running a bit late that day. Thanks to my TVS Star City, I reached college at exactly 8.30 AM. The session which was scheduled at 10.00 AM started a bit late. The Pre-Placement talk by the HR Manager, Mr.Jiju George was wonderful. The subex video was just awesome. The test started soon after the talk.

The test duration was 1 hour. It consisted of two sections. 1. C Objective Questions(as it was in round 1). 2. C Programming. Each was for half an hour. The Objective Questions were simple, because many were repetitions from the round 1. Thank god i had a glance of 'LET US C' and Programming with C by Byron S Gottfried. This time i really had a glance at many new sides of C. I heard there were negative marks for wrong answers. Of the 20 questions i answered 19. (Who knows... this made the difference... may be). I completed the test. After half an hour the first question paper was taken back and the second one was distributed. Thanks to my ECE friend Aakarshan Saabu. He was one of the volunteers for the test. He was supervising the block in which i wrote the test. He handed me the second question paper. (Who knows... this made the difference... may be :) )

Here comes the reason for the title tag :)

I had 2 programs of which i had to answer any one. I read the questions very slowly. The first one was to sort a set of strings, and to arrange them in the descending order of their repetition. I, for one second, thought of a possible solution. Then came to my mind the usual thinking. 'Try the next question man'. I read the question as my heart was beating fast. It was a program to print the first n Fibonacci numbers. I got my breath back. Thank God i was saved. :)

I once again read both the questions. And tried to visualize them in my mind. As all those who got the question paper that i had, even i chose Fibonacci Series. I was brainy enough to choose it :p ;). hehe. I first wrote the algorithm for the problem. Then i wrote the code in C Language. I added few validations for the input like an error will be displayed if we enter a 0 or -ve numbers. I thought for all possible cases for the program and coded the same. I did not use a recursive call method, neither did i use arrays. I had written a straight forward looping structure for the Fibonacci program. By the time i finished this, many had finished their progs too. I then wrote the test cases (this made my paper a little different from others). I finished my work, checked it all once and then i returned my paper and came out.

We always discuss little after the exams. My friends Deepak and Karthikeyan had got a different program set. Their first program was same as mine. But their second program was to do a 'word wrap' as in notepad in an efficient manner. I thought for a second. It was no equal to Fibonacci. The question papers were not of the same grade. I did not know how they will evaluate this paper. So we were not sure of who will be selected and who will not be. Then we had a talk with our IT mates. 2 of them had got Fibonacci and 3 others had got the other paper. They are 5 in IT as we are 3 in CSE (vetti fellows :) hehe). Johnson too had got Fibonacci.
These things happened so in the way we all sat in the hall. The 2 question papers were shuffled like 1,2,1,2 etc. I mean alternative.

I felt a bit bad. I could have coded it in recursive method. It would have been more small than that i wrote. But worries, i forget them soon. :). As always this thought faded from me in a few hours.

The next day, I got a statistical report from Deepak as who all had got Fibonacci. He was a warehouse, i mean. His brain, My god. Should calculate his capacity in GB one day. ;)

The results were to come out by the last week of july and the next coming rounds were scheduled for august first week. But it got delayed a little. We did not get the result in the next week. We used to go once in a while to the placement cell and enquire on the result.

The delay was not so long. We got the result in the first week of august. I did not expect any result. Neither positive nor negative. It came positive :). I got short listed for the next round for 'subex'. I was feeling happy.

9 had cleared the round from the crowd. It was a really huge crowd. Like from our college we had 82, several other colleges too had almost an equal number of students coming in to our college for the round 2 on 23/07. Nearly a thousand people attended the written test. 9 from KCT(my college) had cleared. I did not know the exact count of students from the other colleges like GCT, CIT, SKCET, Mahalingam, Park etc... Heard an abstract on all.

9 from 82 and me in the 9 was a joyful moment for me. Johnson, Gayatri, Brindha from my class, Gopal, Gokul from IT, one guy(i dont know his name) and Priya from MCA, and Arun Nagappan from EEE had cleared the round with me. We congratulated one another on this feat. Of 82 half the people or more should have got Fibonacci. But why this 9 was always a question in my mind. Gayathri, was the odd one out. She had attended the 'string sort' program for which she had the choice of 'word wrap'. She was the only one in the 9 without Fibonacci.

Did the Objective question make the difference? None knew a solid answer.

One quote which i recalled then was,

Life is a puzzle/riddle...
Dont try to solve it...
Just enjoy it...

Sridar sithapa had once told me this. He reads a lot than me ;) and I always admire the quotes he shares with me.
Still i had four face to face rounds. What awaited me next was a real puzzle.

With this i would like to end this post of mine... 3.0 is sure to hit the web soon... Since i have my study holidays coming next. :) Fun time in the whole semester :).

I have always admired writer sujatha rangarajan. though i have read only few of his works. The way he finishes his 'கற்றதும் பெற்றதும் '... An Awesome man... he definitely is !...



Friday, September 4, 2009

Fibonacci 'யும் நானும்... Mission Subex Accomplished... (Part 1.0)

Firstly, I named this post as 'My First Interview Experience !!'. Then i even thought of naming it as 'One step to Success'. Then 'How to Name It'. But there is an album titled the same. hehe. And Finally i arrived at this one. 'A day with Fibonacci' or 'Fibonacci and Me' :) .

After a long time, My blog is 'BACK IN ACTION' again ;). This sentence sounds similar to a famous joke.


Anyways, I am back in Action(Sort of least).
I feel a little relieved. I mean, i was not worried any time. But a complete satisfaction.

The title of the post may sound weird. But it really has a purpose.
Before i start my story, A quote from vaali', for the movie boys, song secret of success...

Luck Kaal Kilo, Loss Kaal Kilo, Labour Kaal Kilo,
Bakthi Kaal Kilo, Hope Kaal Kilo, Talent Kaal Kilo
Idellaam Saerthu Kattinaal, Periya Pottalam, 'Secret Of Success'.

True lines. I know the meaning of the lyrics as and when i heard it for the first time. But i can feel it now.

It was 13-07-2009, the third week of July.

We had a screening test for a company which came to our campus for its recruitment. We were not informed anything on the company, except that it is a product based company and it is one of the leading Indian based software companies. The test was to be in C language. Learning C from my +2, i was confident that it will be simple. I revised a little for fifteen minutes on the basic concepts of C. The test was scheduled at 4.30 PM in the college. We had our regular classes going on. My friends had got a book with C Interview questions. We discussed very little on C and were as usual chatting on all the lecture hours. It was 4.30 PM and the test started. 276 students from my college wrote this test.
The 276 was allowed for this test on the basis of the aggregate %, i suppose. Thank god !!! i had a decent percentage.
I got the question paper. The company's name was printed on it. It was 'Subex Limited'. I dint know anything about the company. The test was really hard than what i had imagined. Questions were damn confusing. Few questions were with concepts which i have not even seen anywhere. I lost hope. Anyways i wrote the test. Completed and came out. Every one was discussing on the paper being hard. I was a little relieved.

I came to know that Subex is one of the leading companies through deepak's dad, who had called him after the test. We were in the least hope of clearing it. My classmate Johnson, my class representative, had known many concepts which were given in the test. He was confident on clearing the test. I heard that the concepts were in the very book ' LET US C' from deepak. Karthikeyan and I never bothered to look into those after the test. Deepak does this usually and leaves us free from work. :)

It was 18-07-2009.

I received a mail from the placement cell subjected as 'Subex Shortlisted students list and company details'. I heard that my name was in the list from deepak, who in turn had heard it from my class girls. They got the information from the placement cell prior to this e-mail reaching us. But i was searching for my name in the list. I was in the 13 th position in my class. My lucky number as its my birth date :). The screening test date, the postion i obtained were all 13. :). They say, Coincidence. :)
82 were shortlisted from the 276. The cut-off mark was 8. When i enquired Pradeep anna, the placement incharge, the next day on the score he said mine to be 9. Just a miss. I thought.
Thank god !!!.

Details of the company were attached with the mail. I went through quickly on the website and came to know that it was a good company. A leading telecom software support company having 32 telecom service providers from the top 50 as its customers.
Visit the website of Subex to know more.

The details of the interview schedule were as follows.

1. Pre-Placement Talk

2. Written Test
Objective – C - 30 minutes
Programming – C – 30 minutes

3. Personal Interview - August 7th
Technical Round 1 – Project Leader/Project Manager
Technical Round 2 – Senior Project Manager / Product unit Head
Technical Round 3 – Senior Vice-President Engineering
HR round.

My god. Six more rounds at large. I thought i should prepare at least 2 days for the written test. As usual, i am just the common engineering student. So it was the eleventh hour again. I had a glance of the book Programming with C by Byron S Gottfried. The book was too good with examples everywhere. It was too good than the thought i had on it. Many concepts that i dint know in C were present. I read it in a fast pace. It was a good time preparing. Something new in my engineering life. lol... hehe...

It was 23-07-2009.

I had prepared my resume two days prior and took 3 copies from my dad's office.
22-07-2009 was another important day in my College Life. The Inaugural Function of the Association of Emergent Computing Professionals(AECP) was held on that day. 3.00 PM to 4.30 PM. I am the proud president of the association. :). The inaugural function went well as planned, as scheduled. Thanks to all my teachers, friends and juniors who were all involved in the preparatory work with me. My work was literally nothing but to deliver an action plan for the academic year 2009-2010.
The day went well. The next day came soon than i thought.

It is 7.45 AM when i usually leave my place. I was running a bit late that day. Thanks to my TVS Star City, I reached college at exactly 8.30 AM. The session which was scheduled at 10.00 AM started a bit late. The Pre-Placement talk by the HR Manager, Mr.Jiju George was wonderful. The subex video was just awesome. The test started soon after the talk.

Everything needs a small pause. So is this post i suppose. I will leave a pause once in a while. I hope to complete the 'so called mission's story' in four to five posts.

I do not know if i make a good writer. hehe. But i bet it will definitely be an experience sharing post. Please pour out your comments in here.

More to come up shortly,

Friday, May 29, 2009

Recession... At its Best !!!

A Recession is a general slowdown in economic activity over a sustained period of time, or a business cycle contraction. Of course, the is from wikipedia. :) Lol...

Few cost minimization techniques followed, and their results.

The following is just an imaginary interpretation...

This is a funny incident happened in a certain Company...
A memo was put up DUE TO RECESSION :

"May all members of staff please note that there will be only one drink per person at this year's Christmas Party.
And please bring your own cup !!! "


And the result was...

To the Managers:
Don't ever think you can fool your employees. They may be smarter.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Indian Brain !!

An Indian walks into a New York City bank and asks to see the loan officer. He says he is going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000. The bank officer says the bank will need some kind of security for such a loan, so the man hands over the keys of a new Rolls Royce parked on the street in front of the bank.

Everything is checked out, and the bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan. An employee drives the Rolls into the bank's underground garage and parks it there. Two weeks later, the man returns, repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.

The loan officer says, "We are very happy to have had your Business, and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are little puzzled.

While you were away, we checked you out and found that u are a multimillionaire. What puzzles us is why would you bother to borrow $5,000?"

The Indian replied," Where else in New York can I park my car for two weeks for 15 bucks?"

Proud to be an Indian !!!

A fwd mail which caught my notice...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Bush to Obama... The Transformation !!

Morphing is a special effect in motion pictures and animations that changes (or morphs) one image into another through a seamless transition.

Yeah... of course... the definition was from 'wiki'... ;)

This one is really cool. 'Bush to Obama'. Have a look...

Here is another example of the same... Bush to Arnold...

1474 Megapixel Image !!

Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated as President on January 20, 2009. He is the 44th and current President of the United States of America.

Here is an interesting photo taken using a panorama image capturing device called 'gigapan' created by the Carnegie Mellon University. This phote is taken using a 'canon g10' camera.

The photographer had to click 220 snaps from that camera to get this complete view of the Obama's inaugural address. It took a macbook pro around 7 hrs to process the complete image. The final size of the image is over 2GB.

Click Here to have a look at the image.

Zoom in and see, you can easily kill several hours checking out all the faces there.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Another Haikoo...

An SMS message which caught me this week...

This is also My first post with my own HTML code to switch between english and tamil version of the poem...(Works best in Internet Explorer)

Monday, November 3, 2008

A childish habbit

We, generally, have the habit of keeping hands over our friends' head with funny gestures when a group photo is taken.
But this cartoon is really funny.

நம்ம பசங்களுக்கு போட்டோ எடுக்கும் போது கொம்பு வைப்பது ஒரு சின்னபுள்ளதனமான பழக்கம்...
அதுக்காக உயிர் போற நேரத்திலுமா...
என்ன கொடுமை சார் இது...

Ariel... A cool advertisement...

A cool ad which i saw when i was browsing.

I hope you liked it...
Conceptual ad explained in 'the best' way...(I suppose)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Computer VS Human !!!

When i was searching in google for some funny picture of computer and human i got this one...

I hope the pic is self explainatory...