Getting blog feeds through email

I like to subscribe to the blogs of my friends and also keep up with various tech blogs across the blogosphere. I was using Google reader or subscribing to blogs individually. Unfortunately, Google reader doesn’t have a send-to-email feature where I can get real time updates sent to my mail and not all blogs have an email subscription feature. So i posted the question on Quora and found this useful website that sends me real time updates from my subscriptions.

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SecurIT : A grand conference on security at my alma mater

I was pleased to see that things in my alma mater, Amrita University(Amritapuri) are progressing so rapidly. The SecurIT conference is being conducted from August 17th – 19th. The conference is broadly based on the topic of “The internet of things”. Several eminent researchers will be making their presence there including Andrew S Tanenbaum  of MINIX / Computer Networking fame, Robert Kahn – co-inventor of TCP/IP , Marvin Minsky (AI) – Turing award winner and several other dignitaries. I wish I could be there for this event. If you’re in India, you would be missing something big if you did not make it to the event. This certainly marks a bright future for our university. 

http://www.securit.ws/speakers.html

This conference has been designated by the European Economic Commission as one where you can apply directly to fully funded opportunities to study abroad in European Universities in France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

Sebastian Thrun on the changing landscape of education

Here is an interview with Sebastian Thrun, where he discusses his ideas and thoughts on the changing landscape of education from the traditional classroom type education in a college to interactive online learning. 

http://youtu.be/75TP3hoPA8U

http://thisweekinstartups.com/blog/sebastian-thrun-of-google-and-udacity-271.html

I am really inspired by his talk. He speaks with the confidence of a true visionary and is clearly out with a mission to change the world where one does not have to shell out huge lumps of money to get a good education. I have registered for a few courses on Udacity, including Peter Norvig’s course and recently registered for the Physics and AI courses. Because I am doing a Masters course in Computer Science in parallel, I am able to contrast the standard classroom education and online education at the same time. The major reason I enrolled in a university in the United States, traveling thousands of miles was not to get a better job or just to certify myself as a Masters student, but to learn from the best teachers out there so that I can improve my knowledge. But even while in a university, one need not get the best a field has to offer. e.g. A university may have great profs in Systems, but not so much for HCI or AI. Now, with Udacity , Coursera , Khan academy and other players in the field providing online classes from the established professors in each field (case in point Sebastian Thrun for AI), one can go to these materials to fill in blank spots. I personally think university education is overrated. In my 4 years of undergraduate education in India, I did not learn much from my coursework. Rather, I learnt most of what I know from online sources. Without these, I would be writing crappy code at some mass recruiting software firm in India. 

My thoughts on some of the major advantages that such a model offers is

  • You can go back and view the same video over and over again till you get the concept. You can also go back and revise concepts you might have forgotten.
  • You can focus on one course at a time, which I feel is one of the best advantages. Most universities try to push a lot of knowledge at once into the brain by making you register for many courses in parallel. In my opinion, different people have different rates of concentration/absorption. For one, I perform much better when focusing on one topic over a long time rather than multitasking with 4 different topics at the same time.
  • Take it at your own pace. This is more useful for people who want to learn something new as a hobby, and may not be able to devote their entire time to it
  • Its fun and engaging, and you can watch it at home , at airport stop overs , on a bus journey sipping soda and lying on a bean bag instead of sitting in silence in a classroom listening to the monotone of the prof.

Thank you, Sebastian Thrun. Thank you, Salman Khan. A big thank you to all those educators out there who have made it their mission to ensure everyone gets a good education irrespective of their social status, background or geography. 

Indenting lines in vim

Vim has always been my primary editor for programming. There was always one part I hated doing the most, indenting lines. I did not know how to indent lines without manually doing it, as my laziness got the better of me. This time, I had to indent a huge block of text and I couldn’t let it be as it was. Here are some ways of indenting in vim.

1. <number of lines> <direction> <indent direction>
e.g. 5jj> indents 5 lines below to the right. jj represents the down direction. kk can be used for the opposite direction. < can be used for indenting to the left. Increasing the number of > or < , repeats the indentation that many times. E.g. >> indents it twice.

2. Indenting using Visual mode
You can use the visual mode to select the text you want to indent and then type ‘>‘ or ‘<‘ to indent the block.

3. Indenting a block between curly braces
If you want to indent an entire text block between curly braces, place the cursor on one of the curly braces and type %>
This is particularly useful for indenting loops and if/switch statements.

Happy indenting!

InCTF 2011: National Capture the flag Ethical Hacking Contest


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InCTF ’11: National Level “Capture the Flag” Ethical Hacking contest


InCTF’11 is from February to March 2011 and is focused exclusively on the student community. You can participate from your own university and no travel is required. No prior exposure or experience in cyber security needed to participate.

What you need to do?
1. Form a team (max five members from your college)
2. Approach a faculty/mentor and request him/her to mentor your team

3. Register online at http://inctf.in

Whats more? There is no registration fee this year!

Great Rewards

25K The winning team receives a cash prize of Rs. 25000/-
20K The first runner-up team receives a cash prize of Rs. 20000/-
15K The second runners-up team receives a cash prize of Rs. 15000/-

Special Prizes*

  • Teams are awarded cash prizes of up to 10K based on their performance
  • Deserving teams are well awarded. Exciting prizes to be won.

So, what are you waiting for? – It’s simple Register, Learn, Hack!

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*Cash prizes are subject to their performance and participation in the CTF round. Only teams who connect to the VPN server and successfully gain points in the CTF round are eligible for prizes

Ranking of US univs for Computer Science

For all the computer science undergraduates aspiring to do an M.S / Ph.D. in the U.S, i found some info i thought i should share.

Rankings US News 2009 (Computer Engineering):

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stanford University
University of California–Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
California Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Cornell University
University of Texas–Austin (Cockrell)
Princeton University
Purdue University–West Lafayette
University of Southern California (Viterbi)
University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of California–Los Angeles (Samueli)
University of Washington
University of Maryland–College Park (Clark)
University of California–San Diego (Jacobs)
Pennsylvania State University–University Park
Columbia University (Fu Foundation)
Harvard University
Ohio State University
Rice University (Brown)
Texas A&M University–College Station (Look)
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Rankings U.S. News 2009 (Computer Science):

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stanford University
University of California–Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
Cornell University
Princeton University
University of Washington
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Texas–Austin
California Institute of Technology
University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of California–Los Angeles
University of Maryland–College Park (Clark)
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Columbia University
Harvard University
University of California–San Diego (Jacobs)
Purdue University–West Lafayette
Brown University
Duke University
Rice University (Brown)
University of Massachusetts–Amherst
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California (Viterbi)
Yale University
Johns Hopkins University
Pennsylvania State University–University Park
University of Virginia

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