Posted in Interesting, Poetics

Please hold on, It’s a kind request😷

And the bubble has burst
Again
Fool! You fool! thought
The battle of coronavirus, COVID-19 was over, with those  
Vaccines in your hat?
But, let me remind
It's not over yet
Second wave or Tsunami
Whatever you may call it

Held in a big mess
The world 
You and me 
And
Everybody else
Broke rules, some of our own
Few of theirs
So unwillingly but needily
Introduced to 
Unusual isolated bitter shifts
Of routine
To be available
Only online
All the time

Not an easy escape
Working in frontline
Indeed proved to be Lifeline
Serving over time
Loads and loads
Men and women

Many congratulations
You have witnessed  
And survived
Epidemic turned pandemic
Through prolonging
Tough times

A little impatience,
Casualness
Among the masses
Rises the spread
Beyond control
Lockdown, curfew 
Temporary buyback 
For time

However bored,
Burned out
The desires unrest
Along boundless zest
With your each breathe
Sanitize
Mask Up
Socially maintain distance

Hold on,
For yourself
For the sake of
 Near and dear ones
Please hold on
It's a kind request
Let's give it a tough fight


*** Composed by Vinit Desai ***
Posted in Memoirs, Poetics

Waiting

The song I came to sing
remains unsung to this day
I have spent my days in stringing
and in unstringing my instrument

The time has not come true,
the words have not been rightly set
only there is the agony
of wishing in my heart

I have not seen his face,
nor have I listened to his voice
only I have heard his gentle footsteps
from the road before my house

But the lamp has not been lit
and I cannot ask him into my house
I live in the hope of meeting with him
but this meeting is not yet

*** Composed by Rabindranath Tagore***
Posted in Interesting, Open Source, Programming, Softwares, Web Tech

Types of web cookies

This post in continuation to my earlier post which explains about Web cookie

There are types of web cookies namely

  • Session cookie: They are created during a session of user, stored in a temporary memory. They do not have any expiration date and are deleted immediately as soon as the browser is closed. The other popular names of session cookie are non-persistent cookie, transient cookie, in-memory cookie.
  • Persistent cookie: For this cookie, an expiration time is set. So, the cookie is deleted only at the expiration time and not deleted as soon as the browser is closed. They are used for maintaining session of the user. That is, once the user is logged into the website and if the user closes and reopens browser the cookie identifies if its a authorized user or not.
  • First party cookie: This cookie is set by the website and the cookie information can be used for analytics of page views, number of logged in users etc.
  • Third party cookie: Unlike first party cookie, this cookie is set by another website domain (not directly visited by user) whose plugins are used by the primary website.
  • Secure cookie: This is a cookie with encrypted data which can be used over an encrypted HTTPS connection. They are useful in e-commerce and banking websites where the safety and security of transactions in the topmost priority.
Posted in Interesting, Programming, Web Tech

Web cookie

You have been browsing the internet and chances are when you visit a website for the first time then for some of websites you may have come across a pop-up or a notification banner: “This website uses cookies” with buttons for accept and change settings. Sometimes you just say, Oh whatever that is! Let me just get into the website and press the Accept button to go about your way. So let us understand what is happening behind the scenes.

What is a web cookie?

Web cookie or browser cookie is a small piece of information which is send from website server to be stored in a user’s browser. The user may store it in its computer which is basically used to identify the computer. That is, maintain stateful information so the next time, user visits the website or on the next request it can send back, the cookie that can have some kind of information about the user that the server can make use of to make certain decisions. Other purposes could be for instance, track user’s browser activity or remember login details, track site’s user count etc.

Who invented it?

The term was coined by web browser programmer who invented cookie Lou Montulli in the year 1994 while building an e-commerce website.

Why do we see the cookie banner pop up?

The reason why we see the cookie banner popping up recently across most websites is because of legal concerns in Europe and some other countries, the GDPR(General Data Privacy Regulation) requires that the cookie banners be displayed on website to let the users know that cookies are being used by the website.

Where is a cookie useful?

Its used in session management to manage session of the user in ecommerce website. Its used for personalization like the settings that were set and saved by the user and as said earlier, also used for tracking to improve the user experience as they say it 😉

Posted in Interesting, Open Source, Softwares, Web Tech

Digital footprint

What is digital footprint?

So, you are an active internet user. You have atleast one social media account and in some point of time have uploaded a photo, shared a video, have liked/commented on friend’s post. Also, the likes on a post,  private chat messages, the online shopping search of your favourite brand etc. Aren’t these the activities we, as individual’s tend to do to be connected and engaged or in search of something online? In simple terms, all this content builds up what is called as digital footprint.

That means, digital footprint also referred as digital shadow is a content (text or audio or video) with a set of traceable digital activities of an individual on the digital devices or any internet platform. That is, the stuff  what you leave behind when you use online services for online shopping, social networking etc.

Why should you be concerned about digital footprint?

Once you are logged into any website be it for online shopping or listening to a trending song, remember that web is secretly tracking all your actions allowing the targeted marketers to advertise exactly what products you have been browsing in you recent past. Also social media platforms often introduce new policies of usage that we may tend to accept just by clicking Accept/Ok button without actually reading the policies. User privacy is a concern.

All this data can be leaked to make a profit out of it for research in terms of marketing products and building it better for human convenience where a set of customers habits and user experience can be traced.

Can we avoid not being eavesdropped?

As suggested by one of my friend you may say as well, if privacy is a concern browse without login into websites, use browser’s incognito mode, clear browser history. That doesn’t solve the problem at base level as there is this loophole: every device has a unique IP address and uniquely the browsed content can be easily traced.

Posted in Interesting, Memoirs, Poetics

Over a cup of Coffee ☕

Hey Coffee,

It is so innate
That how bitter your taste
But the roasted beans, for sure 
Blend well with the sweetness of sugar

Frothed bubbles
Hot and chilled, brewed and cold
Aha! the aroma, nutty and chocolaty
Cappuccino, latte, mocha, espresso and many

It's lazy Sunday or Monday blues 
You are the reason to happily loose the snooze
You have been just an excuse
For the escape called "coffee-break"

A witness of musings, witty, 
Head-to-head, 
Heart-to-heart coffee date chit-chats
Apparently to be kept with a lid on

Found in some pantries
Are accidentally spilled coffee stories
Unlike, others some Hello's end with
See you over a cup of coffee, again!

*** Composed by Vinit Desai ***
Posted in Interesting, Memoirs

Ho Ho Ho ! 🎅 Memoirs of Merry Christmas 💫

Growing up in a neighborhood that was with a mix of people with different religions and their respective culture brings back the vivid memories of today from the past, Christmas and the festivities that follow, the celebrations and preparations by young as well as old.

The kids were always excited about collecting items for Christmas tree, the crib, hut decoration, the list goes on with small statues of baby Jesus Christ, mother Mary, villagers, houses, dried grass, lighting, stars, shining balls, jingle bells and so on. Back then though, things were available readymade in the stores/market, unlike today, people believed in investing time in little things, call it a self-help or being self-reliant and satisfaction of doing their own decorations, however small or big. The afternoons a week before Christmas were spent mostly in the kitchen by women in preparing the sweet specialties with delicacies of mouth melting Dodol, Bebinca, the crispy Rose cookies, Kormolas etc.

Every locality had a group of zealous youngsters who hosted the celebrations which lasted till the new year and was open for public. The main attractions were the big hut with a unique scenery depicting Jesus’ birth and happiness all around, a big Star(bamboo stick make wrapped nicely with clean white cloth) with embossed “Wish you all a Merry Christmas” Christmas tree, big fat white Snow man, and an old man.

Most awaited daily evening game was the Housie(the game of numbers and luck), it could be bought as one ticket for two Rupees and three tickets for five Rupees. This game had two rounds, the first one was called “Jaldi Five”, which was over after calling out five random numbers from a glass jar and the next round went on till they got the winner. The last night that is the 31st December had special visitor Santa Claus, karol singing, games like treasure hunt and musical chair.

Here’s is to wishing all the readers a Merry Christmas! with these memoirs.

Posted in Interesting, Open Source, Programming, Softwares

Virtual Machine(VM)

What is a Virtual Machine?

A Virtual Machine or a VM is a separate instance of operating system(OS) on a host physical computer in addition to host machine’s own OS, as if it were on a different computer or a guest. A host can emulate several guests, each of which can emulate different operating systems.

Host, guest and hypervisor

The computer that is running the virtual machine is called the host whereas the program that controls virtual machines is called a hypervisor. Virtual machines can be created through software known as virtualization software. Some of the popularly used virtualization softwares are Virtualbox and VMware.

What VMs offer its users?

A VM can be easily created, modified and destroyed. We can also create and delete snapshot on a VM. A snapshot preserves the state and data of a virtual machine at a specific point in time. VM provides the flexibility to create and delete snapshots which takes a few minutes of time.

With the popularity of cloud services, cloud-based VMs use is in demand which can be accessed over an internet using a web browser. These VMs are created on a physical machine which is located at a different geographical location, which can be accessed remotely and shared by multiple users(not in parallel though) in a larger organization to make the process more agile.

Posted in Interesting

Which generation are you?

Generation is a group of individuals experiencing the same significant events for a certain time period. When we talk about ancestors, there a hierarchy. The individual, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and so on, perhaps till the cave man, pre-historic man 😉 It is interesting to see that these generations actually are categorized and named accordingly. Let us find out, which generation do you, your ancestors and descendants belong ?

  • Lost Generation also known as the Generation of 1914  are the people born from 1883 to 1900, who fought World War I.
  • Greatest Generation are the people are the people born from 1901 to 1927, who fought World War II and experienced Great Depression
  • Silent Generation also known as the Traditionalists are the people born from 1928 to 1945, who came of age in the post-World War II era. They are also known as Lucky few.
  • Baby Boomers also known as the Me Generation are the people born from 1946 to 1964, following World War II. The world saw baby boom, that is increased birth rates
  • Generation X / Gen X are the people born from 1965 to 1980. In the U.S., some refer Xers the “baby bust” generation because of a drop in birth rates following the baby boom.
  • Generation Y / Gen Y / Echo Boomers / Millennials are the people born from 1981 to 1996. They are termed as Millennials because the oldest became adults around the turn of the third millennium A.D. Echo boomers as they are offspring’s of baby boomers. This generation is generally increased usage and familiarity with the Internet, mobile devices, and social media. So they are sometimes called as digital natives.
  • Generation Z / Gen Z / iGen / Zoomers / Centennials are the people born from 1997 and 2012. They are termed as Centennials because they were born around the turn of the century. This generation is seen to make prefers buying and chatting online with elevated use and accessibility of the Internet.
  • Generation Alpha / Gen Alpha are the people born in early 2010s as starting birth years and the mid-2020s as ending birth years. It  is the first to be born entirely in the 21st century.  It is named after the first letter in the Greek alphabet, Alpha.
Posted in Interesting, Poetics

Worst Day Ever

This poem is composed by Chanie Gorkin, is no ordinary poem. Read it, to know it 😉 🙂

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
Because
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
Creates
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day
🙂