Saturday, June 14, 2008

Engineers Decoded

While reading "The Dilbert Principle" by Scott Adams I came across a very genuine, sincere and fascinating effort to decode the entity called Engineer. I have compiled these fascinating facts/statements below. Realize the appropriateness upon reading them.

"Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems available they will create their own problems"

"No engineer can walk away from an unsolvable problem untill it's solved"

"Engineers are notoriously frugal. For engineers every spending situation is simply a problem in optimization."

"For engineers its not "who you know" that matters, its "who knows less than you do" that counts"

"Engineers have amazing trait to cocentrate on one subject to the complete exclusion of everything else in the environment"

"Engineers are always honest in matters of technology and human relationship."

"Engineers are always delighted to share wisdom, even in areas in which they have no experience whatsoever"

Courtesy - "The Dilbert Principle" by Scott Adams

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


A newspaper is incomplete without a crossword and I feel so are the news portals. Ever since I started reading news online I had wondered why don't they put daily crossword on their website. It would be much fun and much learning if we had crosswords online. Advantage being you don't have to wait the whole day to know the answer.

In my quest for good crosswords I came across a site called bestcrosswords. It is a neat site that provides some wonderful interactive crossword puzzles. Here you can choose from a variety of crosswords like casual, competitive and of course puzzles created by other users. Also you can set difficulty level and keep time and score for yourself.

Its not that crosswords were not at all available on news portals. Hindu, Deccan Herald and other newspaper sites do provide a printable version of the crossword. But that is as good as good as solving it on daily newsprint. Some others like indiatimes do link the crosswords to their gaming portals.

Recently IBN live has started publishing daily crossword on its website. I found this one interesting as it provides daily crossword is classified as per topic like sports, entertainment, business, cricket and general. The clues are moderate in difficulty and related to recent events and happenings. Also it is well interactive and neat.

With so much progress in world of mobile, I think the next logical thing for the newspaper people to make the daily crossword available on mobile.