Oct 13, 2011

Steve Jobs Vs Richard Stallman

I am sure this is not the first time you are reading about Richard Stallman’s remarks on Steve Jobs – “I’m not glad he’s dead, but I’m glad he’s gone.” But that's not why I am posting this. I have seen and heard a lot of buzz comparing Jobs with Edison and even with Einstein! I'd say Stallman is a philosopher, who often talk about his beliefs, as he did before and most of the societal, euphemistic people -- who are more to myths than facts, may call this remark rubbish. It may be, or may be not. But I am glad he spoke out.

Steve Jobs was great and remain great for centuries to come. As far as the computing, technology and it’s adaptability are concerned (from within my circle of concern), I do not think Steve Jobs has done much. I do not use any of the apple products, they're beyond the dream of an average third world country fellow. On the other hand, Richard Stallman helped poor nations adopt to technology and enhanced them and improved their education, science, technology, health care, etc which in turn contribute to development of the nation with GNU project. I am a great dreamer of equality, and not much in to business and money-making.

Oct 7, 2011

How Annie Sullivan taught Helen Keller as Ayn Rand sees it

Try to remember the incommunicable horror of that child[Helen Keller]'s state, communicated by Patty Duke[Actress]: a creature who is neither human nor animal, with all the power of a human potential, but reduced to a sub-animal helplessness; a savage, violent, hostile creature fighting desperately, for self-preservation in an unknowable world, fighting to live somehow with a chronic state of terror and hopeless bewilderment; a human mind (proved later to be an unusually intelligent mind) struggling frantically, in total darkness and silence, to perceive, to grasp, to understand, but unable to understand its own need, goal, or struggle.

Oct 4, 2011

How I was fooled by TCS as a job candidate

One fine day in March 2011, I got a call from TCS - Bangalore. Caller introduced herself as Purva Bhalerao, asked me if I'd be interested in TCS. Being the No.1 Indian IT services company, I didn't have specific reasons to say 'No'. After a few calls and mails, I was asked to appear at white-field office on 16th April at 9AM.

With all documents I was asked to carry, I reached there by 9AM and realized that there are more like me. They gave me a form to fill up all previous employment details. Then I had to call a '1-800' number for my 'ep' number. I queued up in front of the Subhash building at EP-IP. There were about 50 people for all the skills. Once we hit the hall, we had to write our name in a paper based on the skill sets. The process began. I waited for my turn along with one of my colleagues - the only familiar face I found there.
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