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Archive for May, 2010

Last working day at IBM

Posted by karthikjcecs on May 18, 2010

Its been one and half year since I joined IBM. It is a really great time there, enjoyed a lot in all the 4 projects that I involved. I got a good opportunity to work as a lead and I performed up to my satisfaction. Let me talk about our team, the team was bit different than you normally hear about. It is in between research and product development, all projects were small and proof of concept kind. We use to work on a proposal and coceptualizing it so that it sells in the market. The team was really great. I was working under a brilliant, focused lead, Kiran –  who became my inspiration to work on each and every stuff.

Short overview of the achievements:


I worked as a guide to one of the internship project where 2 from SJCE were interning with us. It went for some 4  months and we were able to achieve what we planned. Guys were smart engough to understand the project and pretty good in speed.

A project I liked a lot:

As it is highly confidentail I cannot even name the project, though I can share some of the expiriences. It was again a proof of concept project where I had 3 junior developers, I had the responsibility to make sure the development runs smothly and my lead was architecturing the project. It went around 6 months. During the course of time I took intiative and implemented the agile practices in team. It was quite successful and we were able to really visualize the increase in development speed. That is the time where I became Agile fan. The process is damn good and I would recommend any one of adopt agile practices. Also the junior team was very enthusiastic and dedicated because of which we were able to do it.

A product development:

Again, a highly confidential product development, It was a project that was been developing from scratch and I involved for a short duration of POC of the project and also for a short duration in the product development. Here is where I learnt the product development process with a bigger team, how agile can be impletmented in teams more than 100 members. Great expirience.

TEO ( Technical education outreach )

This is a program where IBM sponsors to visit any of schools in rural area and provide them a hands on expirience on techonology. I voluteered to such a program that happened in Jan 2010 in HD kote.

We had a plan to build a robot using the lego robot kit and give students a challenge to program. It was a tremondous expirience, we never expected that students of standard 10th will have such a graspping power and program a robot with just one day learning. Along with that there were some other science expiriments like simple DC motor, proving some geometrical theorms using paper cutting. Students and teachers very happy and the event was a great success.

Farewell to me

Many did not know that it was my last working day. I had only informed to few key people in advance. A short and sweet farewell went where my product team involved and spoke good words. Liked it a lot. Also got couple of nice presents 😛

Why did I leave all these comforts?

This is the question everyone asks me, I Joined cisco to make my dream true – I had a dream in my college days to work in cisco and that is it. But obviously that is not the only reason, there are some other reasons also which helped me to take a decission. There days passed in Cisco, just the orientation program went off along with introdution to the team. Team seems to be cool team as expected, have not got a chance to look that the kind of work that I will be doing. At a high level will be in Java based tool development project. Hope I get a lot to code here too.

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Samsung jet frustration cond….

Posted by karthikjcecs on May 13, 2010

Firstly I appoligise for making this blog as “Samsung blaming blog”. This one is very interesting and I cannot get hold of it.

Adding to the frustration of being a proud owner of Samsung Jet, the processor and the memory unit of my 6 month old samsung jet BRUNT OUT. It was a very crucial time when this happened. My dad was admitted at the hospital and the next day an operation was scheduled, unfortunately the smarter than smart phone stopped booting ( may be it was so down that my dad was admitted  😛 ). No contacts, cannot even receive important calls. I was not known that CPU was brunt and I was in a feeling that some minor stuff and once firmware is flashed it would become okay.

I went to service center only after 4 – 5 days and got shocked when the guy told CPU and memory unit is brunt and even more shocked when they told it cannot be covered under warranty. The whole story below ( This is the email I sent to customer care center after all these )


I purchased Samsung S8003 mobile phone with emei number 357381030801040 by paying a hefty INR 19000 inclusive of tax from Maya Mobiles #541 CHM Road, Indira nagar, Bangalore 560038 wide invoice number SI/CMH/776 on 10 Dec 2009. All of a sudden on 1 May 2010 the phone stopped booting. I went to below mentioned service center on 7 May 2010 at about 12 noon

Muilti Tech services
V Seetharamiaha Complex,3rd Main Mathikere  BANGALORE, KARNATAKA
Ph: +91 80 40996080

The service executive opened the phone in front of me and told that CPU is brunt out. He told replacement of CPU is not possible at that site and asked me to visit the company’s service head office at

No 9, 27th Main
1st Stage, 1st Phase,
BTM Layout ring road,
Bangalore, Karnataka
Ph: +91 80 66595195
+91 80 66595193
+91 9036066690

I visited the above mentioned head office which is 20 Km from my residence ( Hebbal, Bangalore ) and spoke to Mr. XYZ, Manager and informed the situation. Mr. XYZ immediately spoke to Muilti Tech services at Mattikere, Bangalore and informed the service executive to accept the Handset. Mr. XYZ told me to go back and deposit the handset at  Muilti Tech services at Mattikere, Bangalore. On 8 May 2010 I went to  Muilti Tech services at Mattikere, Bangalore and asked the service executive to accept the handset as per Mr. XYZ‘s instructions. But the service executive rejected to accept claiming that there is no claim for CPU brunt case. Service executive also claimed that the cell phone was opened before but I have never opened ( Why will I go to other service center in the warranty period? ).  I really got upset by the deficiency in the service. I had made to move here and there and till now no resolution seen.

I have already went thrice to the service center with no use, I cannot go to any service center again. I am approaching the consumer’s forum unless you make some arrangement to collect the handset at my residence before 7 days from now and do the needful service.


Karthik Ananth

The service center people were really talking non – sense. They told these following sentence. Cannot imaging that the number 1 consumer electronics company talking silly like this –

1. “Sir, we cannot really say wheather you get warranty or not sir. It is like LUCK ( WTF,  what do you mean by luck? ) 50% chance of you getting warranty. That too we cannot do anything you have to visit our head service center. ”


Service executive: Sir, it is opened somewhere else. I could see a scratch inside.

Me: It is not openened man, why will I open in the warranty period.

Service executive: I do not know anything sir, whatever I see will be reported to you. There was a scratch inside that means you have opened before.

Me: Man, Scratch could have been before also, that cannot become proof for me opened before. You should have a seal if you claim that warranty will be void if seal is removed. You cannot simply claim that we opened by seeing a scratch inside.


( Uhhhaaaa, what the hell is he talking man, why the hell Nokia came here, I laughed left and right internally )

Let us wait and see what these guys do. I am not leaving as is, I am so frustrated and I am going to fight in the court if it is not resolved.

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