Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tutorial for dpkt

dpkt is a very useful python package for constructing/parsing packets with different protocols. However, it is very poor in documentation and a lot of magic is hidden inside the code. Jon Oberheide presents the first tutorial on dpkt.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Cincinnati Field Hockey Tournament

I went to play the Midwest field hockey championship in Cincinnati last weekend. There were 8 teams in total. Most of them like Chicago, Notredame, Indiana, our team (Michigan) were from mid-west except a team from Florida. It was fun to play some competitive field hockey after a while. Being an indoor tournament, the game was restricted to 7 players a side with at most 3 substitutes.

Every team had a few good players and the team with best talent in the tournament was the Flying Pigs team from Cincinnati. All their players were quite talented and that made playing against that team difficult. Otherwise I felt most other teams were quite competitive.

We played 6 games on the first day. We won 2 games, drew 2 and lost 2. A fairly balanced day. We won against Notredame and Indiana. We lost to Flying Pigs and Chicago. We drew with Columbus and Miami team. On the second we played our last league match against the Purple people from Cincinnati. We won that game and were placed 3rd in the league with 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses.

Then we went to the title games and lost the game to Columbus. Our bid to the cup was over and we drove back to Ann Arbor. After every tournament, there is a desire into what went wrong and if we can correct that in future tourneys. I myself felt good and got some goals in the tournament. I regret missing a few close shots on goals and a bit more patience would have been useful. Otherwise winning and losing a tournament is after all a team responsibility and it is hard to pin point the mistakes. Beside the tournament was for fun and it is not worth splitting hair on how we could have won a few more games.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Guest post on E-Legal: The Government efforts, shortcomings and suggestions

My post on government efforts in digitizing primary legal resources. I highlight some problems in the efforts and some suggestions for future improvements.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Ayodhya: Ram birth place or that of Unified India

BJP was quite successful in raising Ayodhya issue to become a dominant national party in India. However Ayodhya issue has not given it any significant benefit in any subsequent elections. Time has come for BJP to turn to a more development oriented party.

The crack between hindu and muslim community need to be healed too. A large symbol of secularism can be constructed in Ayodhya to show the renewed birth of a unified India. This will benefit BJP as it can focus on the development agenda and beat Congress and other regional parties in the upcoming election.