Some people are still plague by orthodox beliefs and this more daunting when it comes from the a techie, a technial programmer, engineer. A techie who works in the United States and have his girlfriend back in India, scolded her girlfriend because her friend innocently put up her favorite friend’s photograph. The guy told her that her photograph can be doctored, manipulated, et al. Wake-up Mr. Superstitious Digerati, you are a person who is supposed to be technical sound and well informed. If you have to stop your girl from publishing her photograph online because somebody might doctor that, then you can also stop doing the following things;
* don’t fly, the plane might get hijacked or worst crashed!
* don’t travel on a train, it might derail
* don’t eat outside, you might get food poison
* don’t surf the internet, you will get spam, virus
* and the list can go on and on …
Oh! by the way, your girl is pretty, beautiful but she is neither Pamela Anderson nor Paris Hilton that people would be interested to do something interesting. Comeon, start living in the world you are, and stop carving cro-magnon man’s cave wall with Java codes.
Tried once, twice and thrice, it failed to go beyond the third step. Trying to get an online eticket from Air Deccan but failed. Then a flash of kick-ass idea came in and tried Internet Explorer instead of Firefox; it worked. It worked only in Internet Explorer. Ah! their site claims “This site can be best viewed on Internet Explorer 5.5 and above.”
What the hell? It is not those days where you specify which browser a site works in. Develop the site to cater to web standards, validate it and it will work in most modern browsers (read 5x) which is a safe target for your audience.
Do they think the internet means Internet Explorer and there are no other browsers? What were their technical programmers doing while developing the website? Don’t they even know of the browser called Firefox? Do they just code because they are employed by some company and they do it just for their monthly paychecks. Those programmers must be those who code in the office and make gajar ka halwa at home or talk about cutting chai at the street-side tea-stall!
Talking to the Support Call Centre of a major ISP, Tata Indicom, about the erratic connection speed of their internet connection despite paying a hefty sum for a dedicated bandwidth of 512kbps.
Us: Will you please check that you are not sharing our bandwidth, we get just about 10kbps during office hour and returns to our normal promised bandwidth after office hour?
Call Centre: It must be your Temporary Internet Files, please delete your cache?
It was then decided that, it was better not to continue with those people, who act like they have been doing network debugging for the past 5 years and they know instantly what happens to our computers. One of their best solutions ever have been “Re-start Windows”.
The people who came in to do the initial installation, network setup talk more like grocery vendors and far fetched from being a digerati. The network people looked pretty much like they have just passed out from some institute which advertizes “placements” after a petty coupla bucks fee of trainiing. They even don’t have a proper sentence frame in their english, leave alone their pathetic grammer, they are those people who can mix verbs and adjectives like some scorn words that contaminated the streets of Mumbai. The sales guy talked a lot about dedicated bandwidth, other ISPs buying bandwidth from them and thus they being the best; all turn out to be some stupid marketing make-up. It is pretty obvious that the higher ups won’t fare well either and they must be dealing in this digital transaction like buying and selling groceries, or rather import and export of pan. Why the hell don’t they just deal in some scrape yard.
The problem and issues are not just local to Tata Indicom, MTNL is not far behind. They boast of some Tri Band service with the likes of 1mpbs, 2mpbs. Leave alone for their service, it took them almost a month to get a phone line inspite of all payments being made on the spot and following up with them again and gain. Their reason “monsoon in Mumbai”. What the hell? Are these people selling fish? Or are they the washerman, the “dhobis” whose business dries up during monsoon.
You people have a long way to go! Please come out of your Neanderthal thoughts and live up to your promise. We are in a digital world, not a grocery market where cattles and fish vendors sells their wares along with the vegetable vendors.