W00tness is coming

So I’ve been running across the country a little these last couple of weeks. Went to IIT Bombay to attend a test and interview for an MTech through RA at the Kanwal Rekhi School of IT (which, BTW, is a very rocking place). Did reasonably well on the test. The interview was so-so. Results awaited. Met some of the old schoolmates. ‘Twas fun. The Turner Road area has changed and not changed.

A week subsequently, I went to IIT Kanpur for another test and interview. IIT Kanpur is overrun with peacocks and insanely cool bird-life. Weather is extreme, but the CSE department appears to be incredibly cool (some thanks to the central air-conditioning). The test went okay. The interview could have gone significantly better. Something about that place is intimidating. After that, went to IIT Delhi for another interview. This too did not go as well as I’d have liked. Wish I weren’t so rusty. Somehow, though, I made it into both these places, for an MTech in CS.

In the mean time, my I-20 for an MS from Pennsylvania State University (the only University in the US that accepted me — 2 results still pending (wake up Boston and Rutgers!)). Not the smallest hint of financial assistance.

What remains — counselling (thank $deity there isn’t another interview) at IIT Kharagpur. Then interviews for MSc admissions at IIT Madras and IISc.

Alrighty then. Where do I stand? Barring significant changes, it seems that I will soon head to IIT Kanpur, simply because they seem to have the best Operating Systems related work happening in India (am trying to find out about Kgp and IISc but information is hard to come by). I’m not sure how it compares with PSU, but PSU seems to lose in terms of affordability. Maybe if (when?) I choose to do a PhD.

So that’s that. Well, my dear reader, if you have any information about good OS-related work in any of these places, or other information you think might be useful, do let me know.

And again …

So I’m off to Delhi, then Kanpur, then Delhi, then back to Bangalore over the next 6 days. Solpa hectic schedule. Test, interviews at IITK and IITD. Let’s see how things go. I’ve never, to my recollection, been nervous before a test. Even a little. So this is a first little. :-)

All this public shouting, bitching is starting to be irritating.

As I mentioned elsewhere — bt.etree.org is teh rock. Listening to a live version of DMB‘s Ants Marching. Did anyone else catch the Dave+the_Phish_guy thing in Africa that they screened on VH1 several times? ‘Twas quite awesome.

You’re Ulysses!
by James Joyce
Most people are convinced that you don’t make any sense, but compared to what else you could say, what you’re saying now makes tons of sense. What people do understand about you is your vulgarity, which has convinced people that you are at once brilliant and repugnant. Meanwhile you are content to wander around aimlessly, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. What you see is vast, almost limitless, and brings you additional fame. When no one is looking, you dream of being a Greek folk hero.
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

Oh well …

Didn’t make it through the SERC test. Oh well. Thanks much to all for the wishes!

Oh right. Forgot to update. Ranked 129 on GATE. Was (and is) a total shock.


Thanks to everbody for the pre-GATE wishes!

It went quite terribly, actually. Oh well, once again.

Now to grab a little R&R.


Portage 2.1_pre1 is in portage and marked ~x86. Improvements include a revamped cache (why am I not seeing the difference), elog to help track einfo/ewarn/eerror messages better. Wheee!

And if you haven’t already, emerge ferringb‘s awesome confcache for caching the autoconf stuff.

Does anybody know a good place to get high-quality CS GATE practise papers?