Campus Drive @CUSAT

CUSAT is having an excellent Placement season right now. Of students having an academic record of 60% and no standing supplementary(Max 2 backlogs) are having a whopping 88% students placed ! Here are the statistics
Number of companies visited          : 17
Total number of Job Offers made    : 536
Students placed in core companies  : 58

  • Fire and Safety Engineering                            -100%
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering             -94%
  • Computer Science and Engineering                -88%
  • Information Technology                                 -88%
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering   -87%
  • Mechanical Engineering                                 -80%
  • Civil Engineering                                           - 65%
*Percentage is based on eligible candidates
More to come !


The details provided are to the best knowledge of Placement Executive Members, details might change and I am not personally responsible for any details provided. The details provided below are only applicable for students in CUSAT.

 Companies visited Cusat campus in December.
  • TCS                          : 10th and 11th December 2010
    Selected 250 students, highest in the history of the campus
  • WIPRO                    :  13th December 2010
    Selected 56 students, was a rough event to have. We expected more
  • HCL                         : 15th December 2010
    Selected 51 students, was a treat to have HCL on campus
  • National Instruments  : 16th and 17th December 2010
    Selected 1 student for further interview at Bangalore
  • Accenture                  : 17th December 2010
    Selected 65 students, the first Dream Company on Cusat.
  • Patni Computers        : Test would be on 20th December, 1:30pm @NLB. 100 Selected from the Tests. PPT on 9am at Seminar Hall NLB on 21st December 2010
    Selected 37 students
  • UST Global               : Test to commence by 8 30am at NLB on 22nd December 2010. Selected 16 students
  • Mahindra Satyam       : Postponed to January Second week
Accenture and National Instruments are the only Dream Jobs.

Companies coming in January
  • Simplex Infra              :04-01-11 (General) Selected 18 students
  • Google India              :07-01-11 (Dream) Test conducted, 50 got through the test. Read more here.
  • Delphi                        :18-01-11 (Dream/Core) Selected 8 students.
  • HCL Infosystems       :27-01-11(General) Selected 2 students
Companies visiting in February
  • Mphasis(General)      :01-02-11
  • CSC(Dream)             :07-02-11

James Bond 007 - Blood Stone


       I haven't played any James Bond games before, but I thought I'l try it and I have only one thing to say -- AWESOME! Infact, I'm rating it above Black Ops! Might be stupid, but I loved this game. It has every element in it, be it shooting, suspense, story line, driving(Car+Boat), stealth you name it!

Fifa 11 -- PC

         If you are a Football fan, there is nothing better than Fifa11. I should say this is the best game of the series. The control you have over the ball, collision, off the ball movement everything is awesome! It can get tricky when you begin to play, but once you master the game, I bet you'd spent hours playing it. It took me about a month to get stabilized on the game play, and there is no doubt I'm totally enjoying it.
          The first thing you'd check out after installing Fifa 11 is about the controls. The game is developed for a console, and the keys are totally messed up. You might need to reconfigure the controls by opening fifaconfig.exe in the folder fifa11/Game/fifasetup and then selecting Game Settings. This is the most confusing part, you can configure your keyboard corresponding to the buttons on a joystick, but you never know what those buttons do! This is how I configured it, hope it will help you.

TCS Recruitment -- Sample Questions [5/12 -- 9pm]


Read my whole experience at TCS here - My life with TCS - a Walkthrough

The date and time of updation is given within the brackets. I have updated a few solutions. The best way to find the result is copy the question and Google it. Click the results you get from testfunda.com.
        Here are the sample questions you get from https://openseesame.tcs.com TCS is coming to CUSAT on 10th and 11th of December. They are likely to recruit 300+ students from both campuses. TCS has relaxed the criteria as 60% and 3 backpapers. Students having an aggregate of 75% and above are eligible for direct Interview. Prepare well, and good luck.
Thanks to Shammi for collecting the questions, for upto date news regarding Cusat Placement join the Orkut Community -- Placement News
The answers to a few questions are provided. If you have solutions for the rest, please feel free to comment, I will be updating the questionnaire constantly.
New questions would be updated at the end.

QUESTION NO 1::

Rearrange the following letters to make a word and choose the category in which it fits.
RAPETEKA
a. city
b. fruit
c. bird
d. vegetable

Correct answer: bird (parakeet)

The story behind Revolving Images -- Facebook SPAM!

        I'm pretty sure that majority of Facebook user might have noticed people posting "Really amazing revolving 360 facebook images. Check out >>http://FBROTATEIMAGES.TK/" . So what is this? Is it something cool? Definitely NOT! Its a wide-spreading spam on Facebook. So unless you want to be infected, please do NOT click on those links, there is nothing cool in there. If you are still anxious, here is what happens in there.
        I've been noticing these messages for about a week now, it looks something like below.
        So I clicked on one of those links(apparently both redirects to the same page). You will have the following page on the screen now.

Call of Duty : Black Ops

        Black Ops : Has been the mantra of every Gamer since its announcement on April 30,2010. Call of Duty series had been a huge hit! With Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 gripping every gamer to the peak of excitement(which did not last for long). Black Ops has to an extent covered up the main drawback of these games, i.e. a very short Campaign. Black Ops has a rather lengthier gameplay than its predecessors.

Tablet -- Or NextGen Laptop?

                  The above picture speaks for itself. Acer introduced the next gen dual screen tablet -- Iconia. The design looks revolutionary. There would be no keyboard, rather a virtual one would pop up when necessary. Iconia uses a Windows 7 based operating system. Experts analyse that it can be used to share movies,games,photos and of course for Internet. The exact technical specs are not available yet. Let's wait and see how well it goes.

Biochip -- NextGen OR Mark of the Beast?

    Biochips -- every kid knows what that is. You don't? Well you do, ever watched the James Bond Movie -- Casino Royale? M injects a Biochip into James Bond's arm to keep track of him. Yes! And that keeps him alive later in the movie. That's what exactly a Biochip is. But is it a reality or a fantasy? Its a distant reality. It has not been implemented yet, but will be soon. Once it has, people wont be using Credit cards, Identity cards or any sort of physical cards. Just get a chip injected on your arm, and instead of swiping Credit cards, you can just show your arm! And no more ID cards -- these Chips can be used as Radio Frequency Identification(RFID) so you arm itself is your Credit Card, ID card and tons of other features! It can even report to your Doctor when you Pressure goes high! :D All these are possible in the future. So its definitely NextGen, but then what does it have to do with 'Mark of the Beast'?

Diablo II


               One of the most addictive game of the decade, Diablo II have been a huge success from Blizzard Entertainment. It is also followed with an update namely 'Lord of Destruction', with a whole new Act, 2 new Character classes, and lot more items to fill into your inventory(I mean it!). I should say no one would get into this game on their first shot. Either your friend should force you to play the game, or you should be really into RPG games, to give a shot on Diablo. But once you get into it, it will be difficult to go away.
              Now what makes Diablo II so addictive? Is it the Graphics? No! Reality? No! Its all about the Gameplay! Filled with Magic, monsters, dungeons, and a never ending Weapon and Item list, you'd keep playing the same act just to collect the items, and Gems specifically!(Love the sound of it!) You have 5 Character Classes to chose with, each with their own awesome abilities. I've completed the game with 3 of the classes, and yet havent stopped playing it(I guess it has been 5 years since I began playing it!). The five character classes are Amazon- you would love her if you like attacking from a distance using Archery, Sorceress – as the name suggests, filled with Magic, Paladin – concentrates on swords and aura's, Necromancer – with the power to rise the undead and finally Barbarian – with brute force to thrash up monsters.
              Let me introduce you to the game; if you are an Amateur, I’d suggest to begin with Sorceress. You begin with literally nothing in your hands, and fight your way through monsters. As the game progress, you collect items, sell them, buy new ones and also increase your Experience levels in Combat. On every Experience Level updation, you get to update one of your unique skills as well. You can browse through these in the menu found on the bottom of the screen. Now to survive, you need to keep track on the Red and Blue meters which indicate you Life, and Mana(to use Magic). As the game progresses, you get to collect Gems, which when combined with weapons and armors give special power to them. For example Ruby adds fire power when combined to weapons, adds fire resistance when combined to armors, Topaz is for lightning, Sapphire for Ice, Emerald for poison and certain other Gems as well. I’m not adding any spoilers to this article, the story itself is a charm. Play the game to find it out.
If you have tried out this game (based on this review), as a beginner, the first thing you would think is that Im crazy. But try on the game for a few days, its guaranteed that you would be addicted to it. You would crave for more powerful and more unique items, and unlock powerful Magical moves. The world is out there, for you to explore. And keep in mind, the world is expanding with Diablo III to be released by 2011.

Finally I would like to put a note on how it worked on my laptop the HP Pavilion dv6000 with specs
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 @2.00 GHz
  • 3.00 GB Ram
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard(64 bit) edition
  • NVIDIA Gefore 8400M GS - 1518 MB(256 Dedicated)
  • 150 GB Hard Disk
        Being an old game, it works fine with the settings maxed out. No issues here :) except some graphic issue you might face some issue because of the Operating System.

Mafia Series


            One of the best classics available in market, Mafia has been a great competent to GTA series. But how far have they succeeded? My answer would be Mafia has completely overthrown GTA. Mafia: City of Heavens was released in 2002, the same time period when GTA came up with GTA 3 and Vice City. When GTA deals with cars and weapons of modern world, Mafia lets you play in an awesome atmosphere of the 1930's. You have cars which are slow, low powered and old tech which are infact a joy to play with the Music tracks. Now if you have played Mafia, its music tracks will be in your brains forever. So old weapons, old cars, old people, old cities and an old world, but Mafia still keeps you as thrilling as a game can make you.
             Mafia : City of Lost Heaven is the first of its series, which was a huge hit. Playing as a Taxi driver in the beginning, Tommy Angelo gets dragged into the world of Mafia. The story sequences are simply brilliant. You get to meet various Mafia lords, do work with them and turn against them. It touches your heart at times when relation mean nothing in that world. The game is fun to play considering that there are several minute details such as your vehicle may run out of fuel, you have to pick locks of cars before stealing, you cant run off red lights neither can you drive fast(for which cops will fine you) which are not found in common games. All these details give a feeling of reality to the game. So, if you ask me what comes to my mind when I think of the game, I would point out two things. One would be the sound track, the second would be the 'smoking' graphics.
            After the huge success of Mafia : City of Lost Heaven, a couple of weeks back, Mafia 2 has been released. Its a huge leap the previous version. The graphics has gone up really high, so has the environmental details. Character development has been done really well. The game revolves around different seasons, where you have winter, spring and monsoon. All these seasons have been depicted brilliantly. The story has been tailored beautifully but the game tends to be of short length. Nevertheless it doesn’t effect the joy of playing the game. Again this is a story which depicts that Mafia and Relations do not go together. The hand to hand combat has improved well, so has cover attacking. Tommy guns would still be favorite for any game enthusiast.
             This is a must pick game for any gamer, you will enjoy the music, enjoy the bloodshed, and enjoy the emotions. 
Finally I would like to put a note on how it worked on my laptop the HP Pavilion dv6000 with specs

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 @2.00 GHz
  • 3.00 GB Ram
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard(64 bit) edition
  • NVIDIA Gefore 8400M GS - 1518 MB(256 Dedicated)
  • 150 GB Hard Disk
        It worked pretty fine on low Graphic setting and a resolution of 800x600. The Fps can get quite crappy at times, but the game is still playable ! :)

Burnout Paradise

        Now coming to racing, the only title that has ruled this world is Need For Speed. But there are many titles emerging, which prove to be better than NFS(Ofcourse I have not tried out the latest installation of NFS : Hot Pursuit). Burnout Paradise is one such game which has a slight edge over NFS in terms of gameplay. Eventhough Burnout does not have an appealing story line, the gameplay is simply awesome. The graphics is good as well, and it works well on a mid range computer.
Now on to the 'Vehicles' you get to drive. I mentioned it as 'vehicles' rather than 'cars' because you have a wide variety of selection. You have quick cars, monster trucks, strong vans, F1 cars and even bikes. Bikes were not available at launch, it was added up later, so has a couple of new cities and hell lot of vehicles. There are 4 types of racing available : Survival, Race, Stunt and Target man. All these game modes are very enjoyable, especially the ramming you can do in Survival and Target man. You unlock cars and bikes as you progress in the game, obtaining new licenses and capturing new cars.
         The crash physics of the game is admirable. Its a joy to watch a car crashing and spinning out of control. A huge city is available to explore, with many sub challenges. A few of the sub challenges are really interesting as you have to explore the whole city to accomplish it, and the rewards are worth it. Paradise City is very dense, especially the eastern, downtown section, offering you a myriad of ways to get through a race. When a race starts, you simply must race from point A to point B as fast as you can, along whatever route you want. While this means that you're given the freedom to create your own course, it also means that you'll be stopping the action and referring to the map fairly often to make sure that you don't take any wrong turns. Since there are so many different tunnels, highways and such to take, it can be easy to make a wrong turn and wind up going off course for a bit. Until you've memorized the bulk of the map, which given its complexity, will take quite a long time, you'll likely have to pause and check the map two or three times during a race to make sure that you're on the right path.
          Burnout Paradise, have multiplayer challenges which are extremely fun to play. A wide variety of challenges are available. Overall the game is fun, but still no match to NFS. So if you love smashing up a car in all possible ways, do it the Burnout style.

Finally I would like to put a note on how it worked on my laptop the HP Pavilion dv6000 with specs
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 @2.00 GHz
  • 3.00 GB Ram
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard(64 bit) edition
  • NVIDIA Gefore 8400M GS - 1518 MB(256 Dedicated)
  • 150 GB Hard Disk
       Surprisingly, this game works out with setting almost maxed out! This is the very first game I installed in this laptop, it has been about 2 years, and Ive never uninstalled it!

Rockmelt -- The next Gen Social Web Browser

       Did you think Chrome, Firefox, Safari were the ultimate web browsers which provide you the best of Internet? The answer is NO! Social networking has caught up faster than any plague right now, and here is a Browser that provides you best for Social Networking. Rockmelt is a Chromium based browser focusing on Social Networking(Mainly Facebook). It has lots of features which makes your life on Facebook easier.
       It has lots of features enabling you to share and care in a better way, I will point out a few over here. Let's see what we have on the pics below. That's how Rockmelt looks -- Exactly like chrome with a couple of bars on both sides of the browser. And there is a separate Rockmelt search too. Lets take a look into the features.

Ferrari Elegance



   Ferrari has always been the passion of Millions. Whatever product it is, it has a royal finishing. And here, Acer has released their special addition of Liquid E Smartphones in India -- The Ferrari Liquid E. The Ferrari Logo, and the elegance of red, has never been more utilized. The view of the masterpiece speaks for itself.
Design
Acer liquid E Ferrari weighs only 135 Gms.  The Glossy Ferrari F1  Red colour contrasts with dark chrome keys and mirror black effect touch screen display. Dimensions are 115 X 64 X 12.75 (Length X Width X Thickness) Acer Liquid E Ferrari special edition  A feature packed stylish smart phone
Operating System
This smart phone is powered by Android 2.1 Éclair operating system. This version features a refurbished browser with HTML 5 support, attractive user interface and multi tasking.
Interface
The display is 3.5 high resolution capacitive touch screen. Four touch sensitive special buttons are facilitated for Home, Search, Back and Menu access. The five page home screen can be customized with instant access to the applications as per the user choice. The special unique LED indicators notify incoming or missed calls, messages and battery level.
Processor
Heart of this featured phone is Qualcomm snapdragon 8250 processor with 768 MHz  speed, enables powerful multi tasking .  The special embedded graphic accelerator is specially incorporated for 3D games and other powerful applications. The high speed 512 MB memory can cater advanced multi tasking and task switching features without affecting the performance of the handset.
Multi Media
An inbuilt nemo Player supports a wide range of video formats such as
Audio: MP3, WMA, OGG, AMR
Ringtone: MP3, WMA, OGG, AMR, MID
Video recording: H.263, MPEG4
Video playback: H.263, H.264, MPEG4
5 Megapixel camera is featured with auto focus, ISO settings and geo tagging. The high quality video recorder can record stunning videos in MPEG-4 and H 26 format. The special eye catching gallery application makes easy browsing of snaps and videos through a cool 3D interface. Acer Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition is optimized for watching movies in high-definition 720p quality and streaming YouTube videos.

Storage
Inbuilt memory of Liquid Ferrari Special Edition is 8 GB, which can be doubled with micro SD card.
Document readers and editors.
Liquid Ferrari special Edition is comes with a pre installed DataViz Roadsync application , which supports Microsoft Exchange server 2003 , 2007 and all Documents such as MS word, Excel , PowerPoint and PDF files.
Connectivity
The connectivity options are GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, 3.5G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps) and Bluetooth.
Social Media
This smart phone is a perfect companion for social media fans on move. Faster typing is facilitated with three types of Keyboard layouts and predictive text input. You can share your high resolution pictures / videos to the popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Picasa and YouTube very easily.
Special Applications
The Acer Liquid E Ferrari Special Edition is preloaded with some featured applications like Spinlets and urFooz. Spinlets is a free streaming service enables browsing and listening of music and can instantly share them to your social networks.
urFooz is an application to create a virtual look alike of you and can be added to the profile pages of your social networks. This profile pictures on all the sites will be updated automatically when you make any changes in the phone.
Bluetooth Headset
A specially designed Bluetooth earpiece is also bundled with Acer Liquid Ferrari Special Edition.  Acer Liquid E Ferrari special edition  A feature packed stylish smart phoneThe main attractions of this earpiece is ambient noise reduction, echo cancellation and automatic volume control. This will help you to get high speech quality even in a noisy environment.
Price
Acer Liquid E Ferrari Special edition handset will be available for Rs 29,999/- in India. Information about Acer shops  available here

Unbelievable Sculptures





 For more check -- http://www.marknewmansculpture.com/




What is Internet? -- Google Explains.

   Internet is on every nook and corner of the world right now. It has become one of the basic necessities of human beings. Internet has brought the power of millions of processors right there for you to use. No one is going to search for a particular word, or detail of some place in a heavy encyclopedia anymore the motto is -- Google it! In fact Britannica has announced that their next version is going to be an e- version. No more bulky heavy books, all you need is a reader, even if its as light as a Kindle!
   But let me ask a Basic Question -- Define Internet. hmm... 'where people socialise?''Where we get anything we want?''where everything is virtual?' NOPE! Then what is it? Who can best define it other than -- Google? And yes here comes an ebook which has been presented spectacularly. Completely constructed in HTML5, an elegant looking "Story Book" (Yes!) lets you know all about Internet. What to get your book? -- Get it HERE. Thanks to HTML5, load the book once, and you can read it offline! Enjoy Guys, -- And Share the Knowledge ;)

Question Papers

CUSAT 2006 Scheme
S-7 - Here
S-3 and S-4 Here --> Thanks to Arun Ramesh

Facebook Email: A challenge to Google?

    Facebook Vs. Google war is the talk of tech world right now. Whether its official? No one knows! Google Me, the Google version of Social Networking was supposed to hit the world soon. But Google has denied this, read more about it here. So what's still burning this war? Its the fact that Facebook has introduced its version of Email, name Facebook "Messages" recently. Its not exactly the concept of an email, rather messages, where Chat, History and Messages and text are brought to a common window. In other words, it provides a social inbox, which store the history of whatever you have done of Facebook. Here is the wrap up of what Facebook has to offer.
   For the moment, you have to request to be invited to this service. Get invited here. Facebook said that users would have to wait to be invited. So please wait patiently. Facebook will automatically set your email address using your previous username ie facebook.com/username. Here is how Facebook Introduced this to the world.

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Downloading a Game!

    I'm continuing my previous post which I believe helped you to Download Movies. All the points I said in that holds here too, especially Follow the Comments!
    The hype around is of course, Call of Duty: Black Ops. I'm following on how to download latest games. Games include PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 2, Nintendo Wii or PSP! The game 'CloneDVD's'(Only for PC) would be available even two days before the official launch of the game. So, if your connection is slow, get rigged up and start downloading the Clonedvd. The issue with the CloneDvd is that, it is not playable. Its just the replica of the original DVD, which is not cracked. You will have to wait patiently for a crack to release, which would release once the game is officially launched. And keep in mind that crack may not work on these CloneDvd's. Unless you are too impatient, I wouldn recommend downloading CloneDvd's. Wait for standard cracked games which would be available once the game launches.
    I have given a detailed procedure of selecting and downloading the torrents here. The trustworthy groups in gaming world are RELOADED, Razor1911 and SKIDROW. The Skullptura Rips are my favourite, they really compress the game setup and put to share(Not found much lately). There are other Rip providers such as GLOBE, who remove certain components such as Sounds, Multiplayer etc. BTARENA, provides upto date releases on anything you need to download. You can trust them and verify before you download.
    The files you download might be either .iso files or .rar files. If it is rar, then use 7-zip to extract the files and install. If it is an iso file, then use Daemon Tools to mount the image and install! If you have any issues, leave a comment below.

So enjoy Gaming! Whether it is Fifa 11, Star Wars Force Unleashed 2 or even Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. But if you Love the Game, BUY IT!
Make sure you read Download Movies before you wonder what this is about.