Monday, February 27, 2006

Comic #103: Mandrake - Spell of the Enchantress

Monday, February 27, 2006 15 comments Share: Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Facebook

Aleena on a Monday morning :-)

And Ciro Balzano from Italy is looking for: "Phantom Semic Wolf scans" or "Phantom from Z-Cult comics". I am not familiar with these but I hope there is someone who knows about it and can help Ciro.


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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Comic #102: The Girl Phantom

Saturday, February 25, 2006 10 comments Share: Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Facebook

Tiny misunderstanding behind my intent of posting the "Bachelors make suitable boys" story :-)

The "What crap" was directed towards that absolutely pathetic statement
"These youngsters are surprisingly capable and trainable for many job functions". Keyword being "surprisingly capable". Question: How many such people did top software companies really try out before recognizing the "virtues" of "these youngsters"? Note that these companies have consciously avoided recruiting anything less than an engineer. Not that there is anything wrong with that. The market has certain demands and these companies fulfill it.

Engineers are getting too expensive and margins are being squeezed. Therefore the cost of raw material needs to be brought down. But seriously, don't turn on the publicity machines in proclaiming the suddenly discovered talents of these youngsters. Thankfully, this is a win-win. For IT companies and for non engineering grads who make the cut.

That said, Indian IT companies do not only do support and maintenance work as someone pointed out. There is a lot of real good work out there, but it's more a case of being at the right place at the right time. At the same time, I don't know how much cutting edge stuff is being done here. I'd hazard a guess and say its a very tiny percentage (not counting M$, Goo$le, Intel etc). And skills required in a service-based organization need a little more breadth than a product-based organization which requires a little more depth. Both have their virtues depending on where the developer wants to go.

P.S: A guy I know was selected by one of these top companies after a rigorous selection process. 2 days later, a email regretting that he cannot be offered a job, landed in his mailbox. Reason for rejection: he was not an engineer. Surprisingly capable? Heck, this guy is good enough to knock the living daylights out of most in this profession. But ouch!!!

And after a ooh, aah, ouch!!! There is iodex :-)

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