Sunday, September 13, 2009

Avinash plays the guitar!!!

Today I was pleasantly surprised when Avinash pinged me on gtalk and asked me to see a video of him playing "Papa Kehte hain".

The boxer is strumming & whistling people!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Jobs at STEricsson

Linux Developers are required at ST Ericsson.

Linux Developers (2 to 6yrs of experience): 6 positions Device driver & other low layer software development and unit test

Domain Experience required:

Real time, Multi-processor, Multi-threaded systems knowledge
ARM based platform work experience & good debug skills with Lauterbach
Emebdded Linux (and/or other OS like OSE) experience is required
Agile & multi-site development experience

Please forward this among your friends who are interested and ask them to email me at dexkid at gmail dot com

Friday, September 04, 2009

Swine flu v/s YSR related deaths

This is interesting.

Swine flu till date has caused 111 deaths in India starting from Aug 4 i.e in 24 x 30 = 720 hours. (Source)
Rate of death = 111/720 = 0.154 deaths/hour

60 YSR fans have died out of shock / committed suicide just within 48 hours of his death.(Source)
Rate of death = 60/48 = 1.2 deaths/hour

No of people affected by swine flu = 4,364. (Source)
No of people affected by YSR's death should definitely be greater.

YSR's death is indeed a deadly calamity. Who is going to curb it?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Jobs at STMicroelectronics

Lots of job openings at STMicroelectronics. If interested please send across your resume to me at vishal dot sagar at st dot com or pass this message onto friends who are looking for one.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Why oh Why!!!

I used to love this song before the video killed my enthusiasm of 4 years in under 2 mins. Teri Meri by Shonali Vajpayee feat Cheshire Cat. The Cheshire Cat looks so Riddikulus! :) Check it out here.

P.S. I always thought Shreya Ghoshal had sung this song! Shonali sounds so much like her in this one.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

100 yen = 54 INR

Well the week was going kinda good. My MSP was running good in loopback mode (although MSP1 has an issue), was enjoying the "baniya" jokes from the "brahmin" from HP, didn't have to use Palladium, etc.

To begin with, Natasha came back from Chandigarh this weekend. I had picked her up from the Delhi Station. For this I had woken up early after seeing Little Miss Sunshine late Friday night. On my way to the station, I decided to refuel and lo behold, I saw the price of petrol was around Rs 44. I was happy. So I just got Rs 500 worth petrol in the car from Greater Noida and filled up the rest on my way back from the railway station. Btw till date I have been receiving extra care and attention from my wife as I hadn't been to office on Saturday and Sunday. Plus I did some household chores and bought a nice Nilkamal plastic table for us. She is happy and I got to eat pav bhaji and bread pakodas. Yummmy!!!

On Monday morning, I had decided to test the MSP. So I was to use only the DE3 board. And what a relief that is. God Palladium is soooo slow!!! Dunno how does Cadence even make money out of such a product! It was announced in office that Carlo Bozotti, CEO ST, would be giving his annual speech on Wednesday via a satellite link. The "scientist" was excited looking at the freq and the satellite being used. It reminded him of his days at "Indian Space Research Organization, Ahemadabad".

For once I was excited that I would be hearing the CEO. I had expected him to be enthusiastic and full of energy like Jensen Huang (CEO, Nvidia) where I used to work earlier. Jensen used to walk around the stage, make a story and use funny phrases to inspire us to give more to the company. But here the story was different. All I got to see were 2 gentlemen seated and answering questions from a sheet of paper. It seemed Carlo's and Alan's answers were rehearsed. None of the answers talked specifically about something. It was so booring!!! All I could do was take a tiny nap. :)

I was hoping to take Natasha for a vacation in Japan. I fervently checked for the air fares. Thai Air was the cheapest on for Rs 66000/- for both of us, RETURN. I was so excited. So I began to check for the currency exchange rate so that we could have some money to spend around in Japan. I saw this on 100 JPY = 54 INR. I was shell shocked! God damn it. The rate is too high. I am cancelling the trip.

I am reserving the brahmin and baniya jokes for another post. Till then I astalavista and I hope tomorrow my MSP works well in external loopback mode too and the Palladium issue is resolved.

Dreaming to have a kid like Simba... Good night!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Starting afresh...

Lot has changed since the last time I blogged. I have been married for an year, lost a job, lost money in the stock market (the losses are unaccounted), gave interviews like crazy, fell in love with baby Simba and Ruhi, have been to Hyderabad and moved from Pune to Greater Noida after joining STMicroelectronics.
Well 2008 has indeed been a rocking year and a year of self discovery to an extent. I have learnt to an extent what I my stable characteristics are. "Humans are the most fickle creations of God!" says Papa. I know that now. Well for starters I have decided on some things to be done with in my life.
Especially about my physique. Currently I weigh over 95 kgs and my waist measures 39 inches. I am able to run at full speed for less than 200 m at a stretch.
I have decided to change that. I will be blogging my changes every weekend. I intend to lose at least 10 kgs in the next 3 months and 2 inches from my waist.
Current plans are
1> Aerobics (30 minutes a day)
2> Usage of Isabgol
3> Lemon and honey in warm water everyday (even if it causes heat)
Secondly I intend to save money. Monthly target currently is Rs10,000 and reduction in eating out expenses. I will be regularly using Buxfer.
Thirdly stocks. I have decided to teach Natasha how to invest in stocks and keep a track of the portfolio every other week. My passive behavior towards the markets has led to my position being weakened.
Lastly I intend to work with Suman and keep in touch with all my friends for the same.
I will use tools like Buxfer, Remember the Milk, etc to do such things. Fridays will be days for movies and relaxation. Sunday 1 hour in the morning for car wash and house work.
Let me see how this works out!

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