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Month: March 2012

Beware of using the F word

Beware of using the F word

It has been a long time when I have written something useful to the people 🙂 . I don’t think I have done much anyway. Today when I was rushing to office at morning, the incident happened. I was waiting at Thiruvanmiyur traffic signal, Chennai. There was a two wheeler besides me, a girl aged around 20-25, was driving it. She was supposed to be a girl working in any IT company as per the appearance. She was in much hurry than me it seems. When the signal was changed to green, she moved very fast and hit a car from the back. Anyway nothing happened to anybody. The car driver scolded her to drive carefully. He doesn’t know english it seems. When he was scolding her, she was keep on using the F word.

Girls always thinks as they are right. Because stupid guys pretend to them to look so often 🙂 . Atleast it happens with majority of girls. They will not even go for the second opinion. Then she started talking like, it was the mistake of the driver since he didn’t move faster when the signal changed. And in between she was using the word ‘f***’ often. Then our hero interrupted them 🙂 . He told the driver to move and came nearer to the girl. He told her that the driver was not feeling well and not ready to do it in public. I was confused for sometime as the girl. But realized before her. 🙂 🙂 🙂 She won’t use the word here after for sure. I thought of getting down from bike and congratulate him. But the signal change made me to move. Those who didn’t understand please read it again 🙂 .

Moral: Use words appropriately. Before that know the meaning of the word 🙂

Crazy reply for a bug report

Crazy reply for a bug report

Today I was searching for a story writing software. And I found Storybook (http://www.novelist.ch/joomla/) seems to be very much useful for my purpose. It is really nice application for story writers. It is available for both Windows and Linux. Code is completely written in Java. There was free version of it and as well as a pro version has additional features as we can see in all the software. And the cool part is, it is an open source software. I was just exploring it and I found a simple bug in it to crack the free version to pro version. The reply from the developer seems to be crazy 🙂 . I thought of helping them before many people find it. It turned out differently. He wants me to buy it compulsorily. I raised the bug as a critical one. He changed it to normal. I am adding the link and also the contents here. But he become angry on me for some reason and made the bug status to fixed without mentioning any reason 🙂

Link: http://www.novelist.ch/flyspray/index.php?do=details&task_id=65

Content:
Reported bug:
Storybook is cool software to use. It solves my purpose to have a story writer. I am not sure whether you have fixed this critical bug in the build 3.2.0. I am using the free software in my windows 7 system. There is no option to export the contents since it is available only to the pro version. But i am able to crack it very easily. In the export option dialog, just the mouse listener is disabled but still keyboard inputs are working. You can go to the save button using the ‘tab’ key in keyboard and press ‘enter’. You can get the export option window 🙂

Comments:
1. Comment by Martin (Martin) – Sunday, 18 March 2012, 14:21 GMT+1
Thanks, but you do realize that supporting a software means buying it, because else no more development will be done, right?

2. Comment by Karthikeyan NG (intrepidkarthi) – Sunday, 18 March 2012, 14:41 GMT+1
Martin,

I just downloaded the software and was working on it. Just found the bug in the 5 minutes of use and reported it. Still I need to explore it more to buy it. I would like to have some more features in it. I will raise feature requests later. I don’t understand your reply. Will you still pay 30$ for a software, if you can crack it without a hassle? I am reporting you the bug to fix it to make it error free atleast before many user finds it. Because this bug just makes all your efforts to null. I can write a patch when I have time to do it 🙂

3. Comment by Martin (Martin) – Sunday, 18 March 2012, 14:46 GMT+1
Yes, I would, because Software development is work, and work should be paid, don’t you think? I actually do not understand why people think software has to be free these days (not talking about open source but about no costs). What else in the world is free then? We have to eat, we have to pay rent, we have to pay bills – like you. Think about it!

4. Comment by Karthikeyan NG (intrepidkarthi) – Sunday, 18 March 2012, 14:58 GMT+1
Martin,

Your reply sounds crazy. I love open source and I have contributed to it. I understand your concern. But you understand one thing. People will buy it only if they find it useful and they like it. First fix it before everybody finds it out.

Latest update to it: They have deleted my bug report itself. Anyway I have a screenshot! 🙂

Coaching class to school students

Coaching class to school students

Today I took a discrete mathematics class for 12th standard students at a school in the outskirts of Chennai. The students were not able to score well in their school exams and they have annual public examination in another 15 days, which decides their fate. Today I felt very much happy. Because they were very much happy after the session because they understood very well it seems. They asked me to take some more classes also. I will do it if time permits before their exams.

After the session, I was talking to them about their ambitions. Most of them doesn’t have anything to do because they have already started working in part time in medical shops and super markets. So if the marks doesn’t come well they plan to continue the same job as such. They don’t have nothing other than that in mind. But they want to do something better.

Interested people can contact me if you wish to take sessions on 12th subject. We can bring them up.
Place: Corporation school @ Kannagi nagar, Sholinganallur, Chennai