Wednesday, 21 December 2005

Asking the right question in an interview

Here's an interesting discussion on slashdot on what questions to ask a prospective employer in an interview.

Netkraft had interviewed me in my sixth sem of Engineering; there was a full year to go before I could join the company. In that interview, I remember asking "Assuming that you do select me in this interview, what technologies should I study over the next year to prepare myself?" Seemed a little overambitous to me at first, but I got the impresseion that the interviewer might appreciate a little brashness ;-)

Monday, 5 December 2005


I used to have a website (actually I still do) at But to maintain this thing was really not worth the effort. I tried out this tool called htp over the weekend, and I really seem to like it. Perhaps it might make the web publishing job a whole lot simpler.

I don't have much against html, but writing html for more than one page is quite boring. And if one needs to update it over time, it's really quite irritating.

Anyway, let's see how inclined I am to put something up again.

Thursday, 1 December 2005

Mah Jong

I've been hooked on to a game called Mah Jong for the last week or so. Have been playing it on the Excite website. Site needs javascript and flash.

Here's how one plays it. You've got a bunch of tiles that are arranged in semi-pyramidal structure. The idea is to remove two tiles at a time, as long as they have the same face (they should represent the same figure, or should have the same theme, e.g. seasons or flowers). The catch is that you're allowed to remove only the tiles located edges -- it doesn't matter if the two tiles that you remove are in different layers. The objective is to be able to remove all tiles from the board.

And it took me a week to win my first game, and here's the screenshot before the last move. I think my score was around 900, too bad Excite refreshed the window a bit too fast when I'd finished.

The Full Monty

Naveen, my classmate from Engineering, has this interesting discussion on probability. Something about a 1970's show called Let's Make a Deal