Jobless with a couple of jobs

This post is for everyone who has been wondering where I’ve been all this time. I’ve started with my last semester in college and it is turning out to be synonymous to joblessness. For those who don’t know yet, last September I got a job offer from Nagarro Software, Gurgaon. It was followed in December by another job offer from Applied Materials, Bangalore 🙂 . In other news, I took my GRE last September and got a pretty decent score of 323/340. I’m not applying to any university this year at least; not interested in doing a post graduation as of now. I would be joining Applied Materials this July most probably. So, in short, no more campus placements for me and studies have never been an issue in college. With a little over 3 months left, I think I’ll take some time off and relax this semester.

Just when the jobless me was typing this post, I realized that I do have a lot of work to do in the near future like the college magazine design work and a website design. So I’ve decided to post some random updates once in a while till May after which I’ll have two months that can be called the epitome of joblessness. My blog would get a completely new look around that time. Until then, stay tune to the random jibber-jabber.

The eight pointer tale

/*Note:My 7th semester in college is busier than I thought it would be. Exam time seems to be the time I get the most free time ironically 😀 . I was going through the unpublished drafts and found this entry dated 16th June 2011. I have no clue what I wanted to write about back then though */

My twitter followers would already know, my 6th semester result came out earlier this month and I managed an all time personal best SGPA of 8.37. This is the first time I managed to cross 8. So, though it was a very forgettable semester for me, I decided to look back at my 6th semester and compare it with the rest of my college life to find out the secret behind the unusually high GPA. I’ll restrict myself to discussing academic stuff for the sake of this post.

This is the point where I stopped typing on 16th June. Now the only part I remember about the 6th semester was that it was the semester in which I studied the least. I had to submit a minor project which weighed a good number of credits and helped me boost up my GPA. The only other difference from the previous semesters was that I studied with a friend of mine who is a day scholar. That helped a lot as for the first time in my college life, I was able to complete my course well before the exams. Have a minor tomorrow, signing off with a couple of notes for myself-

1. I should study with a friend if I want better grades
2. I should make a rough draft of a post else I might end up forgetting what I wanted to write in some time.

Fun with the hosts file

The hosts file is a file in an operating system that is used to map hostnames to IP addresses. It is a plain text file and can be found in the Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ directory in a windows system and in /etc in Linux. Windows users can simply use notepad to edit it and Linux users can run sudo gedit /etc/hosts to edit it.

When you open the file you might see something like this-

#This is an example of the hosts file localhost
::1 localhost

You can add lines to the file by writing an IP address followed by a hostname. The first line associates the IP address to the hostname localhost. If you enter localhost or into your browser’s address bar, you’ll see an error page unless you have a LAMP(or WAMP in case of windows) server installed. The most common application of the hosts file is that it is used to block websites on a computer.

Now, how do you block a website on your computer? It’s no big deal. All you need to do is add a line to the hosts file. Lets suppose you want to block Facebook. Add the following line to the hosts file-

This will associate the hostname with the IP address and you won’t be able to access the site now. You may also add lines for subdomains like if you wish to block certain subdomains only. Note that you can’t block a certain directory of a website like Blocking a website can be handy at times and very effective if you have only noobs accessing the computer.

Almost every Indian student who has attended computer lab classes in school or at college would have felt bored and jobless at some instance. We all would admit we’ve considered messing with the school/college computers a bit as a cure for our boredom 😛 . I’ve used the hosts file to have my share of fun in my college’s computer lab. We were told that the only website we were allowed to access was Google(read as search engines). I used my jobless mind to experiment around with the hosts file and redirected to a lets say, NSFW website 😀 . Not that I’m suggesting anything (innocently blinking eyes), but if you ever feel like redirecting a domain to some other site, here’s what you need to do:

1. First of all decide the the site to which you want to redirect the site. Now you need to find the IP address for that domain. Note that if the site is hosted on a shared host, it won’t have a dedicated IP address associated with it. So its always a good idea to pick a famous website that is more likely to be on a dedicated server. Lets take the example of facebook for instance. Suppose I want to redirect to facebook. Use any online service to get the IP address for You’ll get This is the IP address you want to redirect the hostname to.

2. Add a line for the IP and the hostname you want to redirect to the hosts file. In this case, it would be Mischief managed, you’re done.

Needless to say, try stuff at your own risk and stay out of trouble at school/college. There was one more occasion when I used the hosts file in college. We were supposed to launch the website for Technosearch 2011 on the stage and we had no internet access there. I used the hosts file to point to to make the launch look better. Hope this post helped you understand the purpose of the hosts file better and helps you use it for your work.


First things first. Apologies to my regular readers for not being able to update my blog too often. I owe you guys an explanation and hence this post. I also regret not being able to help my entrance-exam traffic this year as much as I’ve done in the past years. I’ll try to be more regular with my blog updates from now. ( Yes I know this is not the first time I’ve said this 😛 )

My last post dates back to January which was a very ordinary month. Just the usual college life, early morning lectures, which for a change, I did manage to attend. Then came the very busy month of February. I spent most of my time working either for Technosearch and Maffick 2011 or Excelsior 2011, the college magazine. The magazine was a big success. You can download an e-copy if you haven’t checked it out yet. March was the month when life started getting easier. After Techo-Maffick ’11 was over, the focus shifted completely to Excelsior ’11. Being involved in designing it was a great experience. It was fun working with my buddy Anupum Pant who also happened to be the Chief Designer. Learnt quite a lot of new stuff in Corel Draw. March was also the month when I actually had to study a bit too 😛 . Moving on to the release of Excelsior ’11 that was early in the month of April. Along with it came the realisation that the magazines are heavier than they look, specially when they are in bundles of 25. The month of April also meant that it was exam time. I completed my minor project on Building a home security surveillance system using the Lego Mindstorms NXT successfully but making the project report and getting it printed turned out to be a big PITA. The project coordinator literally made us work (for her) for extra credits; result to be out soon, hope it pays off. My exams and practicals were over in the first week of May and I’ve been in Delhi for last 12 days or so. I’ll be here till the end of June before the commencement of my final year in college.

That’s all about what I’ve been up to for the past few months. Now, I’ll get to what I’m into right now. This weekend seems to have a lot of sporting events lined up. I’ve been following the 4th edition of the Indian Premier League and am supporting the Mumbai Indians as always. They have a big match tomorrow against RCB. Hope they manage to pull off a victory. I’ve also been following the French Open. Hope to see another Federer-Nadal final resulting in favour of Federer. I’ve been following Formula 1 a lot more ever since Michael Schumacher has come back from retirement. Sadly he doesn’t have a car good enough to support his potential and he hasn’t been in performing that well. Hope to see a better performance in the Monaco Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend. Needless to say the Indian in me supports Narain Karthikeyan too but again wish he had a better car to drive. Just to add to the list of sporting events this weekend, the UEFA Champions League final is also a big event to look forward too. I’m not much of a fan but I’ll be supporting Barcelona for the final.

It feels good to rediscover the joy of blogging after a long break. It can be tough to get your mind working at times but once you get past that stage, its pure joy. I could go on and on about anything and everything and make this post look like it would never end but its getting really late so I should get some sleep now.

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