Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The bungle has been resolved.

I would like to dedicate this blog entry to all those who wished me luck in resolving the problem I had got myself into last time. (See previous post for details.)

The issue has been resolved. The web-site is up and running fine. The new feature that was the source of the problem is also up and working as planned and anticipated on the drawing board. In fact, now I am in a position where I would say that the error was a blessing in disguise. But for the problem, I would not have explored and research ASP.NET, the development platform used, to the extent I did, at least not in the near foreseeable future.

Once again thanks to all my well-wishers.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Today, has been a bad day at work.


I spent more than 4 hours at a stretch sitting in front of my computer trying to update an existing feature on a web-site developed by my company. The targeted exercise was supposed to be a minor tweak that was to be completed in 10-20 minutes. It was actually a programming short-cut aimed at optimizing the code to reducing system overheads and that in-turn would improve performance.

Now, after spending so much time I am back to square -1. Yes -1. The feature that was working fine is not working any more. I think I have bungled up in a big way. The bungle is very big because it has effected the working of the entire site. Many features are not working now. To top it, I don't have backup.

I think, I have tweaked some common system setting of the site and I don't remember which. Out of the 4 hours I have spent the last 2 trying figure out what went wrong.

I am going to quit for the day and go home to my wife and kid. Hope the change will rejuvenate me and refuel me for the debugging session tomorrow.

I really hope I don't have to start from scratch. Wish me luck. I am going to need lots of it.

Friday, January 12, 2007

How to make money online?

It has been some time since I have written on this blog. Almost two weeks!

Well! I have been busy. I have been exploring ways for making money on the internet. There is certainly a lot of material in free float that discusses on this topic. Some of the content on this topic is so loud that it certainly has made me skeptic and suspicious.

From the very beginning I have been taught the value of money and how one must offer some product or service of equivalent value in exchange for money. There are some folks promising that you will make money, and that too lots of it, online without having anything of equivalent value to deliver in exchange. I agree that valuation is a relative concept. Different people may have different parameters of measurement and arrive at different values for the same product or service. These ideas certainly did not measure up to the desired mark in terms of value. Some of the ideas that I came across sounded and felt like a scam; even if they may be well within the legal framework they sure as hell will not be sustainable over a period of time.

I must hasten to add that not all the discussion on this topic was suspicious or dubious in appearance. There were some ideas that sounded fair and square. But, they did not appeal to my line and style of work so I have filed them away for future reference.

Meanwhile, I think, I must keep exploring until I come up with something of sustainable value, plausible and easy to delivery in exchange of the money that will be earned.