Saturday, March 6, 2010

Why people can't think simple ...

I have found that people tend to solve real problems with very complex routines in software industry. My first thought always is that a problem can be solved with a very simple approach. This approach has various benefits like it is easier for other people to understand the solution of the problem, less amount of code is required, code is less buggy, maintaining code over the lifetime of the project is easier and etc. etc.

I thought that this problem exists only in software industry and not in real world (I should rather have said rest of the world, people who are not in software industry :)). But I was completely wrong and to get me wrong I found the example in my own house :)

Last week I purchased a dishwasher and thought it will help reducing the time in cleaning dishes as well as it would be good on environment considering that it will save precious water. With the current design of my kitchen it was difficult for me to decide a right place for it. My choice was not best but it was as simple I can think of :)

With my approach the inlet and outlet of the dishwasher were supposed to fixed permanently (not permanently but kinda permanent until I redesign my kitchen) such that I just have to install the dishes for cleaning and take out them once the cleaning is over. No hassles.

But my uncle has something different in mind. I respect him very much as well his ideas but as always his ideas tends to be too difficult to adapt for a simple human being, of course like me :)

I was deeply disappointed that he spend over 3 hours in doing the plumbing work on his own and still his efforts are not worth IMO. The outlet is not fixed and every time I will use the dishwasher I need to extend the pipe to the drainage.

The solution by my uncle might have make sense if I have to use this, say once in a month.

Now I have an extra burden to do this exercise every time I will clean the dishes and moreover nearly twice a day :)

Do not know but why people can't think simple .....

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sloppy town planing adding its part to global warming

Summer is just started in India but I think it really started couple of months earlier in central part of India, Madhya Pradesh. Day by day its getting warmer. The ground water are remarkably low. 

Indore (sometimes also called mini Bombay) is the one of the worst hit area where people are leaving under the danger of depleting ground water levels. The only reason I think is less trees and no rain water harvesting (other then people do at home and that is again not with a good method) in the city.

Usually there has been many campaigns at different levels to spread awareness to people to plant tree but where is the space dude, this is town planning by our so called town planners. I have seen people leaving in very small houses, small streets, market space are not planned as well and its bizarre people tends to use street space too. I do not see if their is any space left to plant even a single tree.

Its a very chronic issue and cannot be solved overnight. Considering the damage that has been already done, it would be too difficult to even make this city greener ever.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

OFBiz second release is out this month!

OFBiz (Open For Business) second release is out this month. This time it employs a time based version system based on the date of release, similar to the Ubuntu Linux version numbers. The second release is called release9.04.

This release has brought many other things, one of them is the new revived looks of the OFBiz site ( In this new site project resources are easily accessible so to help people to get started and more involved with OFBiz.

The new release has many features over the last release and includes support for themes, configurable screen portal support, new functionality in eCommerce (like one page checkout, new profile to manage multiple addresses in a easier and better way ), new sales force automation, web-based POS and much more.

In addition to improvements in these areas there have been significant improvements in production stability, quality, and security (including protection from XSS, XSRF, and other vulnerabilities common to web-based software).

Monday, December 15, 2008

Getting a breather ...

My cousin will be in India this week. I will also be going home for just over a week. This would be a chance to meet all of my family members together after a period of over 3 years.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

After New Orleans and trip to Washington, DC

Finally I am at my cousin house in Virginia at the end of my US trip after a long week at ApacheCon in New Orleans. ApacheCon was a very successful event from the perspective of all Apache Software Foundation projects especially for OFBiz that I work for. I participated in giving OFBiz training that last for initial two days along with Jacopo, David and Ashish. I am proud to say that my company HotWax Media was the platinum sponsor of this event. It was fun and nice experience to meet all of my company partners and other colleagues in person. I am very thankful to John for helping me to find out a good veggie food where its too hard for me to pick and eat any thing.

Today I went to Washington, DC along with my cousin family to visit few historical monuments. These will be everlasting moments of my life to spend valuable time with all the people of my company at New Orleans and my cousin's family in Virginia.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

I missed my best friend's wedding

Today is one of my best friend's (Jagmeet Luthra) wedding and I wish I could be at home with him at the wedding ceremony.

I can not explain what I am feeling to not to be part of the ceremony but I am very happy for him.

My best wishes to him and his wife.

My First visit to USA, Salt Lake City

This is my first visit to United States of America and I am at my company headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. My main purpose of visit is to attend ApacheCon in New Orleans along with my colleagues from SLC, New York, Italy, India. I will be staying for one week in UTAH followed by another week at New Orleans. After the conference I will also be visiting my brother in Virginia for three days.

And here is a little summary of my travel and stay so far .......

I took a flight from Indore, India in evening on 25th Oct. to Mumbai to catch an international flight to JFK, New York. Flight to JFK was about 16 hrs and I reached JFK at 7:40 AM. I had another connecting flight to Salt Lake City, Utah at 9 AM and I hardly made it to board the flight.

It was fun to catch the flights at last minute at Mumbai and JFK.

Many thanks to Tim Ruppert to come and pick me up from the Airport in Salt Lake City.

So far I am enjoying my stay here very much. I am staying at an apartment at Belvedere 7, opposite to Key Bank building with one of my company partner - Jacopo Cappellato.

It is nice to have a company of nice gentlemen.

Many thanks to Mike Bates and his wife Phoenix to invite me and Jacopo on dinner. We tried a good hand on pumkins for Halloween.

I am also very thankful to Tim Ruppert and his wife Marcy for a wonderful dinner at their home on the eve of Holloween along with Tim's friend Brian, Jenniffer, Jody ....

more later ....