NAYF (Not Another Yahoo Forward)

September 30, 2007

Puh-leeeez people.. stop bugging me with shit like this. Ive highlighted all shit looking stuff :

Please read this message carefully…….which was been sent by Yahoo President Neeraj Sheth……This is Yahoo President Neeraj Sheth Jay Russell, I am sorry to announce that Yahoo has reached its maximum number of accounts two million. If you would like to keep your account for free send this to everyone on your list.This way we can know which accounts are being used and which accounts we can delete. Send this within 8 days and your account will remain free. Once again I am sincerely sorry that I have to do this.Please start sending.Jay Russell,Yahoo Management Renee:WHOEVER DOESN`T SEND THIS MESSAGE YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DEACTIVATED AND IT WILL COST $10.00 A MONTH TO USE IT! TO SEND TO EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST

I’m tired of all this..

Avalanche 2007

September 30, 2007

Avalanche 2007, the Annual Symposium was conducted by the CSE dept of my college 0n 28th September.

It was quite well organised, and I believe all events went on like a charm. Debugging prelims was nearly perfect. There was only a minor mistake in one question in Level 3 (Debugging was computer-adaptive).

Finals turned out to be just too ambitious. It was a programming round. Out of 4 questions, 3 were programming contest style involving Brute force and Complete search.  The last one was simple.

I had built a simple Online-Judge, and required contestants to copy-paste their code into it. The OJ ran on GCC/G++. However, it seems none of the participants were used to GCC and were reporting compile errors for <conio.h>, clrscr() and a host of non-standard functions such is islower() or whatever.

At this point, I decided to strip the contest down – Get it running on your machine. I still didn’t work. I stripped it down to the rock bottom, telling them to get the output of the sample input given :p.

Ultimately, we had a winner (fortunately) and a runner-up (phew)..

Finally, I had to deliver the vote of thanks, and I believe I did a reasonable job by not messing up.

Overall, I’m sure Avalanche was one of the better symposiums around.

Wat says guys ?

New ways of phishing

September 21, 2007

I read somewhere that phishers nowadays include a blank space at the end of the malicious URL, like “”… the blank space is not visible to the user, and appears like the original URL.

Friends of mine have got duped by this. It might be a good idea to just work your way to the end of the URL and backspace to check if the URL is alright. I have started doing this for all money/password transactions.