Thursday, June 11, 2009

A little bit of something!

Hi all,
I hope that you are all doing great! I have been very busy over the last weeks and now i wanted to write a little bit!

I was busy with stuff, and some Python Stuff! Has some fun with client server applications and object serialisation in python! There was also a training held at AUF on the creation of dynamic web-pages using PHP and MySQL. Four colleagues and I went there and I have personally learnt quite a lot.

There is another workshop coming up and this time its going to be on Enterprise Security, I am already drooling just at the thought of it!

Here in our little paradise surrounded by devils, life is fun, we still have the daily half-hour comedy shows at 1930. I read an article on a weekly newspaper saying that our PM is having issues with the CEO of MBC over a parliament member's comment about cameras in a region where a (much-talked about) Macarena Party was supposedly held. What will happen when or if the whole of the parliamentary proceedings will be aired? I think we will either see just the images because all the speeches will be censored, or we will witness a weekly change of persons at the head of the MBC..... A quand la premiere television privE?

We have also big (sweet) talks about Maurice Ile Durable, why not encourage our minister to take smaller and less polluting cars? Why not use better buses? Why not have windows in all building instead of massive glass panes and than use Air-conditioning? Have a 'bonus malus' on old cars. There was an apparatus bought by the National Transport Authority some years back called an Opacimeter (Device which checks toxicity or exhaust gases of vehicles), should they use it on buses, I am sure that over 30% of buses would be considered as not road-worthy. All the ideas above are simple, as a result of this they do not lie within the reach of Advisers or Ministers.

Just a few words about the customer service at the local fruit-named ISP, it takes them 3 days and 3 mails (with the last one being very sarcastic and harsh) to reply to a customer request sent in their contacts and complaints mailboxes. And two days to write a 2 line letter? Talk of a fast customer service!

I would also like to make a polite request to all people with suicidary tendencies who are contemplating the Pont-Colleville option. To avoid any disruption to traffic, please use the Southbound side in the morning and the northbound side in the afternoon because it disrupts the traffic flow. If you want to end your life, please do not worsen the remaining days of others.

A bas l'incinerateur!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Python Rocks!!!

Hi all,
You might be aware that we are currently using Python as the programming language to teach students Programming Methodology, and its is going on very well. I am personally having fun, and i believe that i am not the only one.

I am also teaching Communication Skills this semester, and i am being given a golden opportunity listen to the students speak. Last week, I had requested them to speak about their Dreams and Aspirations, and if they had only a couple of months left what lesson would they like to pass on about their life. This was inspired from the Last Lecture from Randy Pausch Though most of them did the first part correctly, none of them has really learnt any lesson which they deemed useful mentioning. Well I have been accused too many times of being philosophical, many students dream of owning a brand new car, a big house and a 'nice hot chick', Is that all there is to life? Je crois qu'ils sont dephasés par rapport a la realité.

We tend to describe ourselves as being bilingual, but can we really speak and write French and English properly. I am very much disappointed when i hear reporters both on public and private media stations commit mistakes when they speak on air. Aren't their reports checked before they are read on air? No comments about their accents, it sounds as if they have lived in France or the US. But their grammar really sucks at times!! I was at the opening ceremony of the UniTech last Wednesday. The Director of Orange Business Services, Mr Patrice Despax outlined the motivation of his company to come to Mauritius inspite of our small population was the fact that that we are billingual and he also stressed on the face that we need too improve written French as well.

Since last week the Public Health Act came into force and it is not permissible to smoke in public place and im my opinion this Act has some loop-holes.

No person shall smoke a tobacco product while driving or travelling in a vehicle carrying passengers. What if someone parks his van next to a bus stop and has 10 persons smoking in the van. Technically the persons are not travelling, as the car is stationary. So what can be done??? Furthermore, the vehicle refers to a private location inside a public