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Sunday!

Sunday!

05:39 PM

Sunday the brightest, the happiest and the most incredible day… is it???
Well, I am trying to find out. What have I done today? Lets see…

  • Woke up late
  • Quick shower
  • Laundry
  • Work
  • computers
  • computers
  • computers

Damn my sunday is in ruins… Thinking of something unusual to do this Sunday, something I never did before! I have got 06 hours and 20 minutes left. Wait for the next post while I am thinking to make my sunday a real sunday!

07:22 pm

Had the first Ice cream of the season ( butter-scotch)

yummy!

www.mahendrakumar.com

www.mahendrakumar.com

Yesterday I was busy buying some domain names for my projects and some random thoughts struck my mind. Actually the last time I checked for availability of domain name “mahendrakumar.com” wasn’t available so I had to go for www.mahendrakumar.in but some random thought pushed me to check it again and yahoo……..

www.mahendrakumar.com was available, it was like buying a house on the internet. Domain provides you an identity, a postal address. However it’s not a big deal for everyone but for my work and my personal stuff it’s incredible. Currently I have redirected it to my blog, well…. my blog defines the real Mahendra!

I am sure I will doing justice to my name for it means the King of the kings!

 

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Good morning! ….wait a sec.. good night! I don’t know

Good morning! ….wait a sec.. good night! I don’t know

Hey folks!  very happy to see you here.  Today something happened to me which left me in confusion.  A few days back I started waking up early in the morning but it turned out to be a shocking event for my friends and family.  I mean, who get 23 comments and 11 facebook likes just for waking up in the morning?

So here I am going back to basics… I didn’t slept last night, not at all. And went for a morning walk straight away. Had my breakfast and went straight to bed…………. So I was confused whether to say good morning or good night to everyone??

I know it’s kind of weird but I am an engineer and I do like to experiment. And What I learned from this is…     Never try this in your life, never means NEVER.

Entire day I was like sleeping all the time. 5 minutes in the couch, 5 minutes in the chair, 5 minutes during lunch…  However it was worth experimenting and the experience was quite unique!

best wishes and sleep well!

Unfogettable, amazing, inspiring… and that’s not all

Unfogettable, amazing, inspiring… and that’s not all

No one remembers an eventful day forever but in case of an eventful month, I don’t think anyone can forget that. Last month has been so exciting and exhausting that I have forgotten myself,  I started out as an computer science engineer and turned out to be……………………..   no, not so quick!

I heard somewhere that a single picture can speak more than a million words, so let the pictures do the talking.

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First week, A group of foreign students arrive for yoga course in the institute. Most of the names I didn’t knew at that time and I don’t think anyone would have known my name…………. I hate formal introductions by the way. People should be known through their work not by their names.

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Everyone missed me so much that they took this picture just for me………………..  oops!    not exactly!                                  I usually spend my Sunday sleeping…………..  I know it’s a very bad habit  but hey, everyone is welcome to click a picture of mine while sleeping,I wont mind! but you got to say “cheese” before clicking.

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Now this is very bad!……….should have invited me. I am the best paratha (chapati with butter on it) eater in this planet. But never mind my stomach and the washroom had frequent meetings that day so I was very busy!  You see, I work a lot.

Around 15th of august I began to know them personally………and facebook did helped!  good job Mr zuckerberg

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Now, the first thing I knew about this particular living organism or you can say a form of carbon compounds…. damn my chemistry is very weak,   was her Ipod.  Later on she turned out to be a professor and a chef.

AMANDA, I would come all the way to America to eat that paasta again…would always remember my first paasta party! Would try to follow your advice on my diet.

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Well, as you can imagine… it wasn’t hard to memorize her name…… hey,wait a sec, her name is somewhat Indian therefore it was easy. Here we have, the ever smiling and very soft spoken…… ANITA.  Later turned out to be an excellent dancer.Knows five different languages, traveled to most of the continents and I never actually saw her in a bad mood except for once!

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I never got a chance to interact with her well until recently.

Amazingly talented and a globetrotter, she can speak in several accents. It was like watching several Hollywood movies in a few minutes. your comic sense is awesome BLYTHE!

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Unfortunately,I first thing I knew about her was her missing luggage!  Damn the airline company!

Here we have the music composer of the year, singer of the year, and the best dancer of the year.  And she is the one who asked me to try out some musical instruments. JESSIE, when everyone was out for patalpani , we (myself+ few students) had a rock concert in the ashram. Our music band sucked big time but we are learning………Smile

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As per my memory I had a chat with your laptop before yourself ( was about connecting the laptop to the wifi)… see, having good computing skills in place of communication skills helps sometime!

Practically, English words aren’t enough to explain the kind of person JIARANAI is, may be some thai will help.Winking smile        She is one of the most kind hearted women I have ever met. I never saw her sad about anything, always cheering up and highly attentive in class. Learned to take notes in small pieces of paper. Very effective for studies. And the best thing, she is one responsible for the smile which is now returning on my face.Winking smileWinking smile

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OOPS!  You need to turn your monitor upside down….  Because here we have LAUREL.  And before you speak anything let me warn you, she understands hindi  but “thoda thoda”. One of the bravest girl I have ever seen and let me tell you why? Even if some one points a gun on my head, I wouldn’t travel 800 kilometers on foot….. never! but she did. Very inspiring!

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Maaahendraaaa, yeah that’s what she called me the first time when we had a chat! and she still calls me with the same name. She is one of the most spontaneous and highly active lady I ever got a chance to meet. Knows four different  languages, will be getting her PhD very soon.  Here we have a german who can speak thank you in hindi “ dhanybaad”.

MARIA! for suggesting me to go for higher studies….

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If everything happens well….. you would probably see her in the London olympics. She has a very soothing voice and a very impressive personality. Every single time I open a book, I remember the amount of devotion and concentration she has while reading and taking notes. If I score well in exams credits goes to you too RADKA!

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Here is my buddy! SETH, very simple and soft spoken. You and your girlfriend make a very cute couple! And hey, you dance very well…. surprising but true. will send you the video in a few days!

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Internet! is it working? This used to be the most frequently asked question in the beginning but now it’s TRUE BLOOD. Genuine, and confident! SARAH you will surely find a nice facebook pic in near future. Smile   by the way, this one is good too.

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Not a yoga student rather an expert media personality. Highly talented but short- tempered and please don’t try to kill me after watching this. It’s always fun writing “bhoot “on facebook! Winking smile

So, now you know why I had an amazing month. I made a lot of friends and learned a lot of things which I am not going to forget in my entire life. It was a great experience! and I would cherish this forever. So, Here I am a transformed and highly ambitious…..  MAHENDRA

I love my country very much and this is the reason I did every possible thing to make your stay a comfortable and memorable one. I can’t let anyone to have problems in my nation not at least related to computers. And if I did something wrong I am sorry for that.  Best wishes and congratulations on successful completion of your course.

Happy journey!

P.S : Would love to meet everyone again.. you are always welcome in my country!

What I did last week?

What I did last week?

Well I am not Christopher Columbus or the Captain Jack Sparrow but I have discovered several things in life recently. particularly in the last week. But before getting into discoveries let me first tell you something about myself.

I am currently working around with a group of 10 foreign guests who are here for yoga courses and I am in the computer department of the institution. Technically I am responsible for every single piece of semiconductor running in the institution. Except the fridge, the micro-oven, the audio player etc. etc. you know the rest………

So now you know me better… lets get back to the discoveries.

1. Never in my life, I smiled as much as I do now. It’s true, I have rarely seen a picture of mine smiling….. very tragic!  but last week I was forced to smile for a picture. I won’t forget that moment. It’s in my head!  click!  Discovered a smiling Mahendra!    thank you Jiaranai !

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2. “Fearless are merely fearless. People who act in spite of their fear are truly brave” I am proud that I know a brave girl who dared to travel 800 km in Spain on FOOT, yeah!  you got it right, on foot. Discovered a fact that will power is more powerful than muscle power. All praises to you Laurel.

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3. Music was a part of my school curriculum but I never really enjoyed playing instruments, but a few days back I was  playing an instrument without having the fear of being laughed at. I don’t know anything I just played along. It wasn’t good enough but still…….. I discovered the music in myself .

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3.  I joined the institution to get some exposure in the field of search engine optimization. Guess I AM LEARNING LIFE ENGINE OPTIMIZATION here.  Discovered the fact that learning can take place in any part of the world and in any form whether  practical or theoretical. Thanks you  Amanda, Anita, Sarah,Seth, Radka, Jessie, Jiaranai, Laurel, Blythe,  Maria, and Ratna mam.

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my learning continues…………………………..  

Encryption that allows privacy and access to co-exist

Encryption that allows privacy and access to co-exist

This is an award winning research by a stanford scholar- Craig Gentry

If you’ve signed up for a Web-based e-mail service such as Google’s Gmail, or Yahoo! Mail, then you are a user of “cloud computing,” in which the storage and processing resources that data require are distributed among a vast network of servers. You almost certainly have no idea where those servers are, how many are involved, or who is managing them – they may as well be within a cloud – but the convenience of accessing the data on any connected computer or mobile device has won over you and millions of other customers.

The problem is that the cost of managing personal or corporate data this way may be privacy and security. For sensitive data to be protected from cloud operators and third parties, it must be encrypted, but if it is encrypted, then cloud servers can’t do anything with it, such as allow you to search and sort it. The tradeoff between security and utility has seemed intractable until last year when the solution was published in the dissertation of Stanford computer science graduate and IBM researcher Craig Gentry (PHD 2009 CS). Gentry’s working scheme for “fully homomorphic encryption (FHE)” still needs some serious efficiency tuning to be practical, but it has been hailed as a breakthrough, earning him the Best Dissertation Award from the Association for Computing Machinery in May.

“Homomorphic encryption gives you a way out of the dilemma,” Gentry says. “It gives you a way to process data without having access to it.”

“Homomorphic” is a mathematical term meaning that if you do two things to a bit of data – say, encrypt it and process it – the order in which you do them won’t matter. In other words, in FHE, data can be processed after it is encrypted, as well as before. This means that a Gmail user could someday send an encrypted search query to the servers in the cloud, and those severs could carry out that query even though the query and the e-mails are completely inscrutable to them. Only the user who holds secret key can ever decrypt the original data, the query, or the query results.

For another example, imagine how FHE could help the proprietor of an online movie streaming service – call it Hackbuster Video– protect the privacy of customers while still giving them all the features they want. A customer’s request for a new movie would be encrypted, as would the movie itself, meaning that Hackbuster would not know what movie the customer was watching. Despite the privacy, the Hackbuster’s servers could still charge the correct amount, offer playback features such as pause and rewind, and even still make recommendations of similar movies, all without ever being privy to the movies involved.

Gentry’s graduate advisor Dan Boneh, a professor of computer science and electrical engineering, said the work is groundbreaking.

“Craigs construction of the first fully homomorphic encryption solves a key 30-year old problem in cryptography,” Boneh said. “Like climbing Mt. Everest, many have tried to accomplish this feat before and failed. This work will drive research in cryptography for many years to come.”

facebook mail service coming soon…….

facebook mail service coming soon…….

The social network giant struck again…. this time with it’s email service, Facebook founder mark zuckerburg will soon announce this service soon.

“Techcrunch speculates that Facebook will announce its own Web mail client, dubbed Project Titan, or the “Gmail killer,” at a press event in San Francisco on Monday. Facebook is going ubiquitous on may fronts, notably its Facebook Connect service, so email makes sense in a conquer the whole universe sort of way.”

Recently google stopped it’s support for importing contacts from gmail… may be this time you will have [email protected]

 

 

 

The Social Network movie

The Social Network movie

“The Social Network” will be a hit, super-hit or a flop show it doesn’t matter, it was able able to convey the message it wanted to, this is what matters the most. It brings out the story behind FACEBOOK. What’s behind the most successful social networking website in the whole computing world.

when I saw the movie I personally didn’t tried to figure out whether mark zuckerberg is good or bad guy, I just wanted to know how a undergrad kid can do a thing which others weren’t able to do.

He hacked the entire harvard network in 4 hours, got 22000 hits (hacked to get picture of girls from different houses for facemash.com).

The whole hacking process as depicted in the movie was way too amazing and geeky. Ultimate………..

The way he worked on facebook site development and, the way he conducted himself in computer classes was way too inspiring.

Doesn’t matter where the idea came from, it was great… but the way zuckerberg implemented it with his computing knowledge, this  is commendable.

Being a computer science grad student I totally liked the movie and specially the hacking part.

” LET THE HACKING BEGIN”

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I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU

The trick still works……..
Hey guys, you also get caught….. on this very day, a virus named ILOVEYOU created havoc in the online world, here is the special report by BBC.

All around the world, security researchers were waking up to the scale of the problem confronting them.

It all started in the Philippines many hours earlier when 24-year-old Onel De Guzman released a virus that he had proposed creating as part of his undergraduate thesis.

Archive: ‘ILOVEYOU’ creator tracked to Philippines

The key part of the virus was not any technical trick but the wording of the subject line – ILOVEYOU – and its attachment LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.

Few could resist opening the attachment which kicked off the attack code that then plundered their e-mail address list and sent itself to every name it found.

In 2000, many people did not have any security software and even those that did only updated the signatures of known viruses once a month.

With defences so scant, pretty much everyone that opened up the attachment was infected. In all about 45 million Windows PCs were thought to have been hit on 4-5 May.

Despite being traced via an alias he left in the virus, Mr De Guzman was never charged with a crime. At the time he released the malware, the Philippines had no laws criminalising malicious use of computers.

Unfortunately, combating the LoveBug was hard.

Big companies were hit the hardest. The virus kicked off a tsunami of e-mail within and between companies so their mail servers crashed under the load.

The anti-virus companies released a fix around 1000GMT but few could get hold of it because so many people were trying to download it at the same time.

The LoveBug did more than just cause a problem in early May, ten years ago.

Prior to its release, viruses were written by teenagers for kicks. Similarly spam senders were few and far between because they had to pay for their bandwidth and hosting.

The LoveBug showed how to get spam to send itself and how, with a cleverly designed virus that preyed on human psychology and technical failings, malware could rack up enormous numbers of victims.

The end result is that now 90% of all e-mail sent is spam. Star Labs, which became MessageLabs soon after, now stops more than one million viruses every day. Cyber crime is big business and is done for financial gain rather than kicks of bragging rights.

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courtesy – BBC news