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IIT TechFest Day 1

By: Nikhil Malankar

2012 has started on a very good note for me since I just got cured from chickenpox and then all things are going perfect till now. Because of my illness I had to cancel some of my plans the previous year but luckily enough I got cured before the TechFest 2012. Now I won’t be whining further about my illness which would of course bore you but I’ll continue with what the post is actually about. So, yeah the TechFest! I’ve been using this word TechFest all the time. What exactly is this ‘TechFest’? Ofcourse, you guessed it right that it has to do something with Technology and Festival. Well, the TechFest 2012 is an annual College Festival of Indian Institute Of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B). First of all before proceeding with the info on the TechFest I’d like to give a short description to IIT-B.

IIT-B Main Building

IIT-B is located in Powai, Mumbai. It would not be wrong if I were to say that IIT-B is the ‘Indian Harvard’. Right from the awfully big campus to the scattered genius talent, everything reflected a bright atmosphere. An atmosphere that is way beyond a conventional education center. And I was like, ‘Whoa! What would it be like to be in such a great institute?’. But then even the most beautiful thing in this world has some flaws in it. And that would soon be realised by us in the coming hours. So, let’s get to the TechFest now! The day was 6th of January, 2012 when this magnificent campus had invited us to witness this Fest. The day started off with us reaching Powai and actually getting trapped in the ‘Entrance Test’. No! There was no official test to get an entry (Who would go to such a place then?) but we were confused about the entry to the campus. And then after asking here and there we finally found it in a matter of a mere 15 minutes. Anyways, we got in to find out that we had forgotten to take the Visitor’s card that was required for certain activities in the fest. After walking for almost an hour we had to go all the way back to the main gate to get the visitor’s card. How boring was that, buf!

Well, now we were in utter confusion! Such a big campus, so many things to do and ample amount of time. What to do? Sit four lectures? Eat? Keep walking and discover more of IIT? Or just sit at one place and wonder? Well, to be on safe side, we tried it all! 😀 First we were just randomly wandering here and there. Then we almost had entered a lecture hall and we also sat there but then they told us to wait outside and stand in that awfully long line! Duh, who would like to stand in a line after sitting on those comfy sofas? So, we went ahead. Kept walking in the almost seemingly infinite path to discover this ‘CricBot’. Cricket is a famous sport, for my American, Chinese and Japanese Bros and sis’. And ‘Bot’, well as we all know, Robot. So, basically it was a Robot which can play cricket. Participants assembled their robots and one by one came to display their seemingly overflowing knowledge. Extensive C++ codes and wires here and there plus a laptop in every student’s hand-made it seem like a perfect geek spot! So, we went inside and there the first participating group came. Unfortunately because of some technical difficulties the robot was working in a bizarre manner. Just think! Almost a year’s effort getting destroyed in front of your eyes in 10 minutes. Despite of the efforts the team only managed to make the robot twirl around and get itself tangled. Felt bad for those guys. Then came the second group. By this time our enthusiasm was almost finished so we waited for 15 minutes and left the hall to enter again the vast world of IIT.

CricBot poster

After this we went to the Japanese exhibition wherein they had kept all the JapTech on display ranging from artistic vases to hybrid cars and PlayStation 2. Well, a time pass item.

Now we had already wasted a lot of time so we really wanted to do something. One of the friend in our group was really frustrated and wanted to go home. But then you can never actually leave your friends when you are in a group. You just can’t resist to be with the group. So, convinced that he would be convinced somehow we headed for the lecture. And yeah! Our conviction held true. Now we were heading to the lecture that would completely change the way we looked at life. It was about a 10 minute wait for the lecture and then we headed into this classroom that we had seen only in films and newspapers. Truly magnificent and sliding classrooms with ample space for walking and ample space for sleeping on the back benches. 😀

So, the lecturer was Mr. Sugata Mitra, an Education Technology guy from MIT Media Labs. He explained us about his work that primarily focused on spreading education through computers and his research states that if a person can read then he can learn anything, and by anything I seriously mean anything ranging from basic arithmetic calculations to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Much of this concept depends on belief and creating curiosity within a child. He presented some awesome statistics that represented his research in the field from 1999-2002, 2002- 2006 and 2007 to present. Mr Sugata believes that if a child is provided with a computer and a broadband connection he/she can learn anything and everything as swiftly as the child who is attending that expensive school in the neighborhood. Not only this but you can even pretend to be a Doctor by just renting an apartment and putting up a signboard as ‘Dr. So&So’ and buy a nice desk plus a computer with a broadband
connection. This experiment carried out by Mr. Mitra, known as ‘The Hole In The Wall’ project, was a worldwide success. How cool would it be to never learn from a teacher, isn’t it? In simple words: You can teach yourself. I’ll give you a simple example for this. Now that you have read about Mr. Sugata Mitra, if you are interested in knowing more about him, you will directly contact your best friend ‘Google’ for more info on him. This means that you are teaching yourself about this person and adding to your knowledge. As simple as that. Truly mind-blowing speaker. I also got the opportunity to talk with him in person and appreciated his efforts in the field of Education Technology. Sugata Sir’s research has helped many students from rural India to England, America, Indonesia and many more.

The 2nd one from right in Black T-Shirt is Sugata Mitra Sir

After attending the lecture we were all charged up to sit for yet another lecture since, by now, we had realised that the lectures at IIT are truly magnificent. But then our stomachs had a different story to tell. So, we went to the cafeteria near the Hospital/Parking lot and ate. The next lecture that we wanted to attend was at 4.30 and it was 2.30 as of now. So, we did a lot of time pass strolling around here and there and then time went by swiftly.

Next was Simon Singh’s lecture. Simon Singh is the author of many best seller books and notably known for ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’. 4.30 to 5.30 and that was his lecture. Truly magnificent. Manas has posted his experience about Simon’s Lecture. Here I’ll provide some snaps of him.

The one in the Mohawk is Simon Singh

Oh and after the lecture got over it was almost 6 PM. And we had to rush now or else we would reach home late since the college was far away from our residences. And well, would not like to share the travelling experience back home. We were CRUSHED in that jam packed bus! Anyways, signing off.

Well, that’s the way we roll! 😀

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Comments welcome! 🙂

IOBIT GAME BOOSTER- For all your Gaming Needs

By: Nikhil Malankar

 

We all gamers sometimes experience performance lag in some games because of those shitty background processes which cease to stop. Well, for such frustrated lot here I present a solution-> TADA! ‘ioBit Game Booster’. This software works efficiently. Further more I’ll explain you how this actually works.

Take for example you are playing Skyrim and you are experiencing performance lag. You are really frustrated taking all those arrows in the knee. What to do? What to do? Worry not my bro! Close Skyrim and start Game Booster and then hit the Performance Boosting button on the Game Booster. This will close all your unnecessary background processes and give you the performance that you craved for. Well, this does work each time since this directly works on your GPU and hardware thereby boosting the overall system performance too. And now you are ready to play at smooth FPS. And for those old skeptics- Well, if you are having a system with 256MB RAM and an integrated graphic card and you wanna play any game on high graphics without performance lag then please don’t read this post!

You can download Game Booster from here.

Thanks for reading. Have a nice play!

L.A. Noire Game Review

By: Nikhil Malankar
This is the review of the superfantabulouslyawesomelyaddictive game by Rockstar Games named ‘L.A. Noire’. Yeah! I know that was a very offbeat introduction but I just couldn’t help it!! 😀
Initially I didn’t feel that the game would be so awesome but then it slowly and steadily made a way into my life. I feel like the game actually made its way instead of me just going and getting it. This feeling itself was very special. So, this is a review, right? Let me not waste more of your time and give you a short review of what I feel about the game.

Alrighty, so in this game you play as Detective Cole Phelps. Now this guy is a perfect combination of a war hero and a crime fighter. The gameplay is such that you are compelled to travel in the past in those golden olden times of 1940s. Old roads with less traffic, those precious old Chevys, the typical dressing style of the people and rich environment, motion capture graphics (Oh this is my favorite feature). You actually get to live the 1940s as a crime fighter.

And now for the spec-savvy guys here are some tech specs for the game:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 / Windows Vista Service Pack 1 / Windows XP Service Pack 3 / OnLive for PC or Mac
  • Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.2GHz to Quad Core 3.2GHz / AMD Dual Core 2.4Ghz to Quad Core 3.2Ghz
  • RAM: 2GB to 8GB
  • Hard drive space: 16GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536MB / Radeon HD 3000 512MB to Radeon HD 6850 1024MB
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9 Compatible
  • DVD Drive

Some other requirements include:

  • Initial game and DLC activation requires an internet connection.
  • L.A. Noire PC requires the installation of software and components including including GameShield IronWrap & Patcher;
  • DirectX, and Microsoft’s Windows .NET Framework, and Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86).

And beware of these unsupported hardwares for the game:

  • Nvidia 8600 GT 512 MB AGP Pro
  • ATI Radeon HD3870 512 MB AGP Pro
  • GPU setups with less than 256MB per GPU

If the above tech specs made you feel dizzy then I apologize but it was necessary for the sake of the review. Okay well, now I’ll give you a little background of the game which will compel you to buy(or at least download 😉 ) and play this beautiful masterpiece by Rockstar Games.

The game starts to impress you from the very beginning. And by saying that I mean from the very beginning. The menu style is great and innovative. You will be really impressed by that. And then you can play in the story mode(I won’t reveal the story or else why would you play the game?? 😀 ) Just to give you an overview, you have to solve cases by finding evidence on crime locations and, believe me, this really makes you feel like a detective. And if you have watched The Godfather movie then you will be surprised to notice the resemblance between Cole Phelps and Tom Hagen.

The interrogation feature brings more life-like gameplay with motion graphics. You actually get to know if a character is lying by watching their facial expressions. (As mentioned before, my favorite part!!)

Rockstar Games has gone a step further and added a touch of its true ‘Rockstar sense’ which is the ‘Black and White’ gameplay mode. In times where Game developers are striving hard to churn out cutting edge graphics and merging 3d technology this surely was a bold step and it does add a plus point to the gameplay.

Warning for GTA fans:
Well, GTA fans might think that this is one more game from Rockstar wherein we are destined to kill every random person we see. But its quite the reverse. We have to find such maniacs and put them for interrogation and punish them. So, re-incarnations of Niko Bellic and his likes might not enjoy this game.

My verdict: Well, the ending was really disappointing but if you leave that all-in-all this is a near perfect attempt by Rockstar Games and Team Bondi.

Cheers!

Cool websites and softwares

By: Nikhil Malankar

 

Its been a horribly long time since anything was published on this blog. We sincerely apologize to keep you waiting for such a long time and to compensate for this time we are going to introduce some really interesting softwares and websites to you which are very useful in the computer world. Lets start with some cool websites.

Whoa! That’s a cool website!!
1. Giveawayoftheday.com
This cool website gives you access to random PAID softwares and you can download them for free. It keeps updating everyday and you get a lot of useful softwares here on this site. Now, you can save that buck to buy yourself other accessories for daily use instead of wasting them on softwares. 100% legit and no spywares or adwares guaranteed!!

2. CgTantra.com
This is your one stop shop for all animation data and information. You can take a look at some professional works over here and it would help you a lot if you are, in any way, related to the animation industry.

3. Hackforums.net
Your enemy causing a lot of trouble in your life? Go hack his facebook account and troll people! This site will help you in doing that and also a lot more other stuff. And not only hacking but you can also learn a lot of other geek stuff. After all geek is the new cool!

4. Khanacademy.org
Started by Salman Khan(HEy! Not the actor! 😛 ), this site gives you online videos for all your academic needs right from basic addition and subtraction to higher level complex physics mechanics, chemistry and a whole lot of other stuff. Now dont spend your money on those tuition classes! Be smart, use KhanAcademy.

5. dl4all.com
Okay now you have to agree that putting that game of over 5 GB on torrents takes loads of time to get downloaded if the seeders are less and sometimes all you want is a direct downlaod. So, this is it! dl4all gives you access to directly download ANY computer game for FREE!!

Welcome to the software world!
1. KGB Archiver
Ever seen your de-compression tool do crazy amounts of decompression like de-compressing a 14MB file to a 1 GB file and wondered how do they compress it? The answer is KGB Archiver. This software has the capacity to compress a 1 GB file to a 14 MB file.

2. VMware workstation
This is an OS emulator which lets you use any operating system on your computer. But then what is its need? Ever felt the urge to play Road Rash on your Windows 7 OS? You downloaded the game and to your surprise it didn’t work quite well in Windows 7 since its a classic game. So, all you do is download an XP iso file and open it from this software. In short play anything and everything on your computer. Windows all editions, Linux and Mac supported.

3. IOBIT Game Booster
Is that copy of GTA IV running extremely slow on your computer? The reason is that the internal computer RAM is not in your control and in background your computer simultaneously uses it to do other tasks which slows down your game. This software stops all the unnecessary background processes which add richness to your gaming experience!!

4. A-One FLV to AVI MPEG WMV 3GP MP4 iPod Converter
Searching for a software to convert ‘.flv’ extension to ‘.mp4’ or some other format which supports your phone? Try this cool software which lets you do so. Best format converting software!!

5. Free hide folder
Works as the name describes. If you wanna hide some important documents, files, photos (or something else 😉 ) then this software is for you. It lets you hide a folder and you can only open this software using a user-set password.

We hope you liked the websites and softwares. Add your valuable comments to let us know.