Went to the IIT campus today. The third time in my life. Yes, I’m one of those people who worship temples of technology. To visit our guide, we have to walk past their Machines lab. Each time I see it (well, I’ve seen it just twice by now), I mentally shake my head and say, “Wonder how Mumbai University allowed SPCE to run a course in Electrical Engineering”. Guess it has something to do with the Rs. 1.5 lakh backlog that students have to pay, according to a recommendation by some arbitration committee for fixing the fees. Thats in murky waters that I’m not venturing into.
Each of the times that I’ve been to IIT, I went by a different route.
- 396 – Andheri, Sakinaka, Powai
- 460 – Malad, Aarey, Powai
- 496 – Andheri, Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Lin Road, Marol, Powai
- 398 – Powai, Sakinaka, Marol, Aarey, Kandivali
Seen a lot of corporate offices and factories (factories? inside a megalopolis like Mumbai?). Different arms of L&T, SEEPZ (not exactly a company), Reliance Energy Management Institute and a host of other companies. For all intents and purposes, I became a tourist in a city I lived in since birth.
The same is repeated inside the IIT campus. Here, it is sort of deserved though. We wander around wide-eyed till its time to meet the guide.
All this commuting is getting me down, no thanks becuase of our roads. Why can’t we tele-conference? Its IIT, for Budhha’s sake!
Our BE project is finally crystallizing. Though I haven’t grasped enough of it as is necessary, we are going to develop a library of numerical techniques to analyse the stability of power systems, sort of stuff to analyse the major blackout that occured yesterday.
The professor was using Red Hat with Opera. Cool. Also saw a Mandrake Linux install. The lab was networked; with a networked printer. They had an entire lab for CAPS! We use the common lab. Of course, the scale of operations is different, so I’m not really complaining. But our computer networks could learn a lot from the IIT systems.
GMail is quite finicky about attachments. It rejected a zip file containing GIF images, flashing a warning about an execuatable in the zip file! Easily accepted the plain GIF files. The recipients would be mighty inconvenienced. I’ve yet to figure out GMail’s attachments filtering rule. So if you send me a mail with some attachments and it bounces, remail it to rvbhute[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]in.