Saturday, May 30, 2009

TCS Joining Date 2009 Batch

Latest updates on 2009 Batch Q1 Results ILP Materials
2010 Batch Joining Dates

All that freshers who got placed last year are concerned about now is their joining date. Offer letter has been already provided early this year. It has been just a few days since our semester exams ended. Results are soon to be declared within a few days. Me and my friends who got in TCS are all waiting when we will be contacted for our medical tests, a routine followed by TCS every year. Things are looking pretty good ist2_8810466-laptop-and-grass-newwith respect to financial condition of TCS as they recently recruited about 250 freshers from the 2010 batch for their Cincinnati branch. It’s a matter of time now till we get our medical tests done and get our joining letters.

From various communities and discussions by TCSers it seems joining won’t be before September or October 2009. Till then it’s time to do something like revising old stuffs and learning new stuffs with renewed vigor and energy, as it’s entirely up to us how we utilize our time now. Many of us are enjoying merrily playing cricket and football matches and having the time of their life, a fresh beginning, a transition period, a never-before-experienced phase between our academic and professional careers. Really looking forward to utilize this time in really creative useful positive way for personal growth!

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Update : List of Colleges which got Joining Dates

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Google Reinvents Email, Docs with 'Google Wave' !!

What would e-mail look like if it were invented today, rather than several years ago? Here comes Google Wave, a preview application shown off at the Google I/O conference. Below is the video which would give the users a cool idea of what this is about.



The Google Wave site is now up and running, although access to the application will be restricted. Google Wave was developed by the Google Maps team.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Knight Riders Fake IPL Player reveals his identity ... partially keeps his promise

The hype caused around the Knight Riders was no doubt bigger than anything else in the IPL. And for all the wrong reasons, the biggest being the fake IPL player. After much speculation of whether this player could be a player, an insider journalist or a training staff, the doubt still remains. To stay updated instantly when his identity is revealed click here! However, as promised by the fake IPL player, he did come to the forefront this week, but only as a shadow. In a video post titled 'FIP RIP', a shadow declares himself to be the fake IPL player.
"This is me the fake IPL player or FIP as you sometimes call me. It's been four weeks, 43 posts and about 70,000 comments till now. Behind all the grease paint, I am just another faceless guy. I grew up in Delhi, where I learnt my art. I have travelled and worked almost all over India," he says. Here’s what he had to say.


The blog became wildly popular during the IPL for its hilarious posts on the IPL teams and players. The blogger claimed that he was a fringe player in the Kolkata Knight Riders team who would never get a chance to be in the playing XI.
His posts ridiculing the Knight Riders and the rest of the IPL teams made him immensely popular among citizens and drew sharp reactions from the KKR management with the team's official website calling the blog an example of "poison-pen writing" !
"Actually I grew up on cricket. One of the earlier memories being that of grinning Kapil Dev running back to the pavilion after beating England in the 1983 World Cup semi-final. But somewhere along the faceless journey of life, I happened to get intimately exposed to cricket. From the Kings of Bollywood to the pimps of cricket and vice-versa," FIP says.
Claiming himself to be an insider, the blogger, who had opened an online poll asking citizens whether he should reveal his identity, ultimately stopped short of doing it.
"Yes I am an insider. I am the fly on the wall, the ghost in the darkness.”, he goes on with his eloquence.
"Being intimately involved, I think I saw a lot more happening that most people saw on TV. I saw so much. It will probably take me a book or two to spill it all in. But if I actually write a book, I will be history even if my book is not. Still, it is a story that has to be told," says the FIP.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Infosys freezes recruitment

Because of low revenue this year, Infosys officials have claimed that there would be slary cuts this year and very little salary increment. The main cause pointed out being the global meltdown. Though it has been said that utmost care would be taken for the freshers already recruited. More information can be got here .

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wolframalpha search ... threat to Google?

Firstly I would like to share the Fan Community of Wolframalpha !! The problem with the web today is, it has no idea what the hell you’re talking about! It doesn’t understand what you are asking of it. Search for an artist you like and you’re OK but ask it “what was the highest temperature in Kolkata week”, and it fails embarrassingly.
A new technology Wolfram|Alpha, a system which is capable of computing answers to questions is likely to be launched this year.So the web is expected to be smarter by the end of this year. However it isn’t limited to any field or type of question. It actually understands what you are asking of it, and computes the answer! It is like as calculator which can give you answers to questions like “What was the length of the longest whale discovered in the pacific ocean between the years 1900 and 1990”. It doesn’t come with preprogrammed questions; considering the scope of the questions it aims to answer, that would be almost impossible. Instead, the developers have actually generated models of the kind of factual questions that it may be asked, and broken them down into units that can be computed.
The potential of this system is limitless, but it itself is not. It doesn’t not plan to give answers that may have multiple opinions, just for facts so don’t expect it to answer question on anything like “Should I marry my boyfriend who has been with me for the last three years, but we broke up for like 3 months in the middle, and he didn’t even call once! Well actually he did, but I wasn’t there, but he didn’t call again! So should I? ”. This means the system has less chance of being biased, i.e. having answered based on the opinions of the people who are entering the data. This also means that it can only supplement Google, not replace it. It may never be able to rule the world, but I’m pretty sure it will rule the web!

Infosys freshers news for 2009 batch

This information I got through one of my friends. Here’s an account of what he had to say. “We had a seminar for Infosys joinees 2009 in our college . One of the Infy HR personal told us that the benchmark for performance will be higher this time. That means we have to work harder inist2_3244391-the-agony-of-defeat this time of recession . Also he said that the training period will be between 4-6 months . The first phase will cover the basics(the length of first phase will vary for CS and non-CS students). After the first phase both the CS and non-CS students will be considered same. 2nd and 3rd phase will focus on specific technology like .NET , Java , Mainframe etc. He also said that Campus connect students(CCP) find it easy during the first phase. And the performance in the CCP online test wouldn't affect the joining dates etc.

Its going to be extremely tough for Infy joinees this time. Not only infy but all the companies are going to make it very difficult for us in this time of recession. So things not looking too bright for us.” Sad Hope the situation turns around soon!

Vodafone ZooZoo ... star attraction of IPL 2009 ... some cool Zoo Zoo ads

Not a single person can deny of having not yet seen these cute creatures during the IPL 2009 .. they grabbed as much attention as the tournament itself !! Extremely nice concept and timing to start off with the ads, this idea has extremely impressed me, though the concept might seem to be childish apparently. Some behind the scenes cool pics I got while surfing are here Open-mouthed


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Here are some of the ads that impressed us so much.:)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Value of Rs.500 …

It’s a queer feeling to hear so many answers from the different sections of the society to the same question - “What will you do if I give you 500 rupees now?” Something evident crops out in the most amazing essence in this video. Where its a great gift to livelihood for a day for some, for some it’s another aid to party harder … If you like this, forward this to your friends :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

One of the finest illusions!

If your brain works normally this is neat. This is another example of an amazing illusion!!! The last sentence is so true. If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, the dots will remain only one color, pink.

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However if you stare at the black " +" in the centre, the moving dot turns to green.
Now, concentrate on the black "+ " in the centre of the picture. After a short period, all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see only a single green dot rotating.
It's amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot , and the pink ones really don't disappear. This should be proof enough, we don't always see what we think we see.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Memories Forever ... College Days ...

It has been an amazing journey..Right after school when I stepped in to my college, I had not the least idea what it would be like. It was just a queer feeling. Finally it all happened, studied, made a lot of cool friends, prepared and sat for campussing and got a job...and today, on our farewell day, it was just simply so much heart-breaking...so many days we had spent together, it was extremely hard to part our ways.. Maybe we would meet later, have parties, arrange trips on vacations, meet in our professional lives, but the days spent together in classes, the addas in the tea-shops are all priceless memories are never to be forgetten .. I made a small video for all my friends which was shown on our farewell. Some moments of the millions we cherished together... (don't forget to turn on your speakers :)


Sunday, May 10, 2009

TCS looks to layoff 1300 staffs in 2009 -2010

(from InvestInIndia , IndiaSummary and LiveMint)


India’s biggest software exporter by sales, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), will lay off less than a percent of its global workforce over the next few months, as these employees failed to meet performance standards, a company spokesperson said. This roughly works out to 1,300. The company has a total employee count of around 1.3 lakh.

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Experience during GATE 2009 Examination

I wanted to share this awesome article written by my friend Somdas on his experience during the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2009. He ranked a stunning 87 and is invariably a role model for all examinees. Right now though he’s busy with IIT-Delhi.

“GATE is an All India Competitive exam conducted by IISC and the IITs for admission in various post graduation courses in the field of engineering and science. So if u are interested in doing Mtech from these institutions then GATE is a must for u.

I decided to take this examination the moment i took admission in Under graduate college for Btech!! It may sound strange that before even i began studying for Btech , i started thinking for Mtech. But it was planned by me to try to go for Mtech from IITs. The reason was simple - I always dreamt to be an IITian. After i started studying for Btech , i developed the love to study subjects related to computer science. This further increased my hunger to go for Mtech... the intersest to study computer science.

I deceided to appear in GATE 2008 as the GATE score was valid for 2 years. I didnt have much preperation going into the examination . I gave the exam just to know how much tough it really is. The conclusion i got was that if i study a little harder and in a planned way then cracking GATE 2009 might not be difficult. That year my rank was 1904.

The preparation for GATE 2009 began after i got placed in Infosys. That gave me a huge amount of Energy and boost to study for GATE. I took admission in Gateforum , a coaching institution for GATE. Two of my friends also joined with me. I started regualrly attending the classes. I also started preparing slowly and steadly . What it did was it moved me away from the semester exam study and made me concentarte on GATE related study. More than what they taught there , the practice and staying in touch was more important for me.

The person who lifted my study for my GATE exam was our TOC and compiler teacher. I was weakest in these two subjects , but the way he taught us these subjects was simply superb. Eventually TOC became my strongest point! But more importantly he gave us huge amount of confidence and self-belief.

Also the most important point that i personally picked up from his lecture was to go for a plan study. He discussed with us how he planned his study. I would like to discuss this issue here. He showed us a notebook which was divided into 8 parts each for one module in GATE. In each part he noted down some problems and important points that were most important thing in that module. And he believed that if he practices those problems and remembers those important point and tricks then he can solve any problem from that module. He believed that 20-25 problems from a single mdoule was more than enough to cover the total module. Also when we asked me to give us that notebook he warned us that these notes will vary from person to person!!!!!I found this concept and idea an interesting one. I decided to follow his plan ... and i must say it really worked for me also. This planned study saved a hell lot of time. Also another thing that he did was prepare a one page note on some of the subjects. The objective of this plan was to study the important facts and tricks the day before the exams quickly , and doing so will save a hell lot of time.

After all the study it was time to sit for a series of Mock All india Tests. The tests were conducted by Gateforum. These tests were extremely useful for all of us. I must say that it played the single most important role in getting a decent rank in GATE 2009. In fact one of my friends didnt ever study for GATE. He appeared only the test series and guess what he was able to get rank 57! The reason for this is that the test series constantly showed where we stant in the competitition . We were told that if we are able to secure a rank of within 20 in these exams then we will surely rank with 100 in GATE 2009. Also these exams helped us in stay with constant practice . Even if u didnt study previously , here we solved problems of all kinds that covered all the areas. Also the discussion among my friends after the exams was very very important. We were able to discuss various tricks and ways to solve the problems. These helped a hell lot.

The final one month before the exam was all about constant practice and nothing else. Totally dedicated towards GATE study and nothing else.

Finally the examination day came. I was surprised to see such easy questions to begin with. I became too relaxed and started solving problems slowly and steadily. And that was the mistake i made. In the end there were some tough problems and i struggled to finish off the paper. I made a total mess of the whole exam. To make it worse when i discussed the answers with my friends i found out that i made about 8 marks of silly mistakes. All my hopes of studying in IIT was completely gone.

On march 15th the results came out. I was surprised to see the rank(87) that i eventually got.Two of my friends got 37 and 57 rank. I was extremely delighted to get this rank. At the moment i am hoping to study in IIT and fulfiling my dreams.

Some points that are essential for preparing for GATE(might be useful for 3rd years preparing for GATE) -

  1. To succeed in GATE u must be truly interested in pursuing Mtech. U must have high interest in computer science. I have seen people who dont have some much love for the subject but want to pursue Mtech. U are bound to fail in such case.
  2. Participating in some all India test series . I gives u constant practice in the last 5 months. Extremely useful. Also shows u where u stand and how much u need to work harder.
  3. There is a myth that u need to study the books that toppers study. This is compeletely rubbish. One should study the books that he or she is most comfortable in. I didnt have any book for many subjects.
  4. Forget ur semester exams and all. Just concentrate on the GATE related study. The CGPA matters liitle(it only plays a significant role in IIT Delhi).
  5. A planned study is essenstial as i described above.

All The Best to everyone preparing for GATE!”

Friday, May 08, 2009

Thursday, May 07, 2009

TCS ILP Study Materials

Infosys, Wipro, Accenture, Cognizant and more click here
One of the first phases for candidates joining this reputed organization is undergoing a training program called ILP. There are lots of materials found in numerous blogs and orkut communities with thousands of members sharing these. Here is a small collection of those which could be useful. Kindly refrain from posting your email ids below.
 
Simply click here to download the materials. This process would simply help me to continue hosting these files. All these files are available publicly in various communities also.

You can get some of the latest IT news under the IT tab. To see some more features see this. There are lots of other materials available everywhere as well but these few ones should suffice for quite sometime. There are a lot of technologies around so prepare yourself as much as you can. There is no doubt a rush to download these files. If you find by chance some error while downloading, just relax and try again after a few (8-10) days.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Vista Theme and Screensaver !!

I am myself not a very great fan of wallpapers and screensavers, but this Vista craze brought me down. I really had a difficult time searching across various Vista themes and finally came across these two. Thought like sharing with you. As shown beside, the Vista theme on installation and makes your desktop look like this. There are a few more Vista screensavers also, like the Aurora, Ribbons, Mystify and my favorite one, the Bubbles. Here is a snapshot of what the desktop becomes with the bubble screensaver. Click the links above to get them if you want. Or try this link. Gotta go now..Bye!