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Thought Processes of an Engineer

  • I am an engineer.
  • I code for a living.
  • The word “pride” is associated with LGBT Pride.
  • Facebook had created an application to celebrate and show your support for the LGBT community, by adding a rainbow filter to your profile picture.
  • It’s recommended to reuse the code.
  • I will reuse the code of a good application which was developed recently to build a similar application, provided the license of the code allows that.
  • Engineers improve by experience.
  • It’s difficult to name properly to all variables, classes, methods, IDs etc. in a code.
  • If I am developing an application for cats, I don’t think I will use the name ‘tiger’ in a class or id.
  • Engineers can be wrong.
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Hidden text in a spam email

I often find few spam emails in my inbox. It’s kind of normal, when I get a promotional email or newsletter, which I have not subscribed to. But I even get famous spams like easy money opportunity, great job offer etc. Ideally, these emails should go to spam, but since last few years Gmails spam filter is not working well. It’s even not learning well when I mark emails as spam. But recently I got an email with a lot of white area below the text of the email. When checked properly, I found that there are some text in white colour so that it will not be visible. And I guess this text is used to defeat spam filters. Here is the copy of that text:

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Coming out of Blogging Block

When was the last time I blogged? Long time ago. Long long time ago. Now it’s time to coming out of my blogging block. I am thinking about to write many thing. But I have one excuse that I don’t find enough time to write. I took little inspiration from my friend Debasish, who blogs small and regularly, though he deletes/changes his blogs in every few days. So, this is a short post to come out of blogging block.

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The Bankster

I received the book The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian as a part of the book review program at I was very excited about the book and as soon as I received the book, I started reading it. But then after reading first few chapters, I stopped reading the book, due to a lot of work pressure. But I had to complete this book and write a review. So, I resumed the pause and read the rest.

I love to read books which excites you when you read it. Books with a lot of suspense makes it interesting. I think many people will not be interested to read a story, which is based on life at the banking sector or a story related to nuclear power plant. Though I was not related to banking domain now, I love the finance stuff. If would have not be a software engineer, I would have been a banker. So, I was sure, I will enjoy reading the book.

There are three sentences and two paragraphs as a teaser on the back cover of the book. After reading those, it increased my excitement. And when I read prologue, I enjoyed it lot. I was visualising what I was reading and getting excited as I am watching those in a movie. Then as the story progressed, I found a slowness in the story, which I was not expecting. There are a lot of chats in between characters to narrate the story. I think it’s good for many people, to read those. But I don’t understood why I did not find it much interesting to read those talks between the characters. But there are some, which made it interesting.

A suspense story should have a lot of questions in the beginning. And when you proceed through the story, it should answer few of your questions and create few more questions. But I find this missing while reading this book. After reading on chapter, you can take a long break before reading the next chapter. I did not have the excitement “what happens next” while reading the book. Instead I had different questions on my mind, when I was reading initial chapters. It was, “how these three different stories will meet together?”. While reading this book, sometimes, when I was coming across the names of the character, I was getting confused about the person. I feel there are a lot of characters in this story and it’s really difficult to remember their names without getting confused. Anyways, this is banking sector, and there are be a lot of people associated with even a simple transaction. And when the story tells about such a huge multinational bank, there will be so many people.

The best thing about the book is it’s written with a simple and easy to read language. Another good thing is that, the story is very contemporary. So many current events, for example, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster etc. are taken into account while writing the story.

Anyways, this is a good book to read, though not the best. One of my friend looked at the book and thought, it’s a very interesting hollywood movie DVD. Don’t judge the book from its cover. Read the book and you will love it. After reading this book, now I am more interested to read other books written by the author.

This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program at Participate now to get free books!

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Why should we still celebrate Diwali?

In Odisha, there are two reasons why people celebrate Diwali, except the entertainment purpose. One is for the tradition and another is an environmental reason. As per the Diwali traditions, I had seen in my childhood, we used to burn jute sticks after doing a Puja for the ancestors of the family, cooking different types of traditional cakes and sweets, using these cakes and sweets in Puja along with pieces of sugarcane and other fruits and after doing the puja, everyone eating those together. I don’t remember whether we used to draw rangolies in our home during Diwali. But we used to draw jhotis (a simpler Odia version of rangolies) on a small circular region prepared with some special red coloured soil on the street in front of the house, where we burn those jute sticks. We also used to draw jhotis in one room, where we do puja with those food; we put those food items over it. We used to light earthen lamps with oil and cotton burner. Even we used light candles, though lighting candles were not in the tradition. I don’t know when these candles took the place of earthen lamps, but it must be more than 25 years. And we used to play with some fireworks.