Thursday, May 31, 2012

Commitment to learning : Sad state

One thing that has been worrying me for sometime and which I closely observe as a growing trend is the run-away attitude towards learning. People seek success but there is no commitment shown towards learning.
I come across people from various kind of roles in the society who seem to believe that faster track is to learn less. But somehow I have never been comfortable with the thought.
For Example I am citing a few thoughts I have heard or experienced recently from people across various roles when I talk about learning to them -

  • Students : The frequent questions are - Can I read the least and score the most? Why does it require me to learn if it will not add to my scoring at exams? Why do you wish me to read and re-read time and again? Are my paper degrees not sufficient enough?  
  • Some of them who claim to undertake courses in various things do it just for the sake of formality rather than gaining any true knowledge about the same. 
  • My worst experience on this was meeting some research scholars who are in process of doing PhD and have been registered as full time students for more than a year and who proudly say that they have not visited libraries and only read off net. They also claim innocence regarding knowledge regarding some of the great writers and authors or their works especially on their chosen topic of research. 
  • New Joinee at work : Interest predominantly is on how quickly they can be deployed overseas or can have a direct customer / client facing role. They are just not ready to read / learn / practice more to gather more experiential facts and ability to manage any technical challenge or a difficult situation.
  • Employees with experience : When I am fine doing what I am doing and if my manager is happy, why should I learn new things? Why should I put in such time and effort? Being in good books of my manager will help me rather than my skills.
  • People in little more senior roles in organizations : Why should I bother? knowing just the terminology is sufficient enough. I have a team who should know such things with hands-on. They should be able to do work whenever needed. 
These are states that really worry me at times about our future which is consistently becoming more and more technologically dependent and complicated.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Confused with Google's approach - Need solution to the issue

Have been maintaining this blog from 2006-2007 on-wards. Recently received a mail saying I need to claim my blogs so that they are not frozen. When I tried to do it as per the process explained, kept on getting error message.
Posted a query in the forum and received following response.
Little funny that Google does not have a solution to reported issue, but want to implement new maintenance rules.

Sorry Google, hope you are hearing and understand that this is an extremely bad idea.

Attached below is communication chain.


I recieved a reminder mail saying I need to claim my blogs. Tried doing so but keep getting an error "user account not found".
Though when I directly log on, I can access account and make posts too.
Pls check and help.


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8:28 AM (1 hour ago)
to blogger
I just went through this very thing, several iterations in fact. Blogger maintains that my username is one of my GMail accounts, but trying to log in to the Legacy Migration page with this username returns the same error as above: "user account not found."

I assume this is because I started with Blogger long before Google bought them, and there is something in a data table somewhere that's not linked correctly.

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Meeta Prakash
9:33 AM (2 minutes ago)
to Blogger
But then how do you suggest to handle our blogs with your new rules ?
You definitely cant make mine unaccessible and I cant take my data anywhere. It is not so easily downloadable :(

Pls suggest a solution.


Monday, April 30, 2012

Testability of Thoughts, Thought Process and Actions : Musings

Testability of Thoughts, Thought Process and Actions : Musings

Was going through my old blog posts and realized that there are so many times I come back to say I am re-starting or starting something new. I do few things for a while on my blog and then I again vanish. I observe that this shows in kind of a pattern in my writing.

There are a few things that I further realized when I started analysing this self pattern in activity.

Did I ever loose focus ?
No. But there were things in life that took a greater priority than blogging at that instance of time. But yes, I have never deviated from personal goal sheet of learning.

Did I stop my learning ?
No. Actually I spent my time more in learning something that was needed to enhance my skill sets. I was open to take up most difficult and challenging situations and that left me little time for many things which further forced prioritization and re-prioritization of many tasks that I do on personal note.

Did I stop being consistent ?
No. Consistency was persistent in my thought process as well as personal actions. But the focus was self development rather than blogging. Time availability added to the challenge.

Did I stop my innovative mind to think about new things ?
No. The new things thought and learnt were used somewhere else and the results were successful.

Did I procrastinate publishing my writings ?
Yes. There are umpteen writings that exist in my draft folder and just need the final polish to be published.

Did I procrastinate writing itself ?
To an extent, Yes. Writing moved out of my priority goal sheet and was replaced with heavy weightage to learning more in every possible aspect and dimension.
Am I sharing enough of my learning's ?
Not at all. Most of my learning's are learning's with myself. They are being shared verbally only with people who comeback and insistently seek individually.

So here I am with more determined 2012 and pulling active writing back into my goal sheet :)
And this time it is with focus to bring up the learning's of last 15 years well spent with Testing as my eat, drink and sleep agenda.