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The Day the Computer starts to Misbehave

Posted on 30 July 2012 by Khushboo Motihar

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‘There are three kinds of deaths in this world.  There’s heart death, there’s brain death, and there’s being off the network’ said Guy Almes, and I must say he is right. I just can’t imagine what would happen to me if my computer stopped working for a nano-second. We, BMM students, are completely dependent on machines for each and everything and they are nothing less than a demi-God to us.

Computers are fickle machines. Sometimes they work like a dream and sometimes they are really a pain err… you wouldn’t want to know where! When the computer doesn’t work, we scream and shout, throw a fit, give the computer a kick, bang it a couple of times and when this too doesn’t work our last resort is to pray to the “Computer Deva” who in all his mechanical glory has chosen to show his ire today. We sit and ponder as to what it is that we have done to invoke his wrath. Is it the fact that we yet again forgot to switch off the computer all night or dropped the monitor’s sibling, speakers, too many times today? Has the computer come down with a bad case of “viral” fever which cannot be controlled by the best medication i.e. my antivirus program? You can try and cajole, plead, beg and even threaten (not necessarily in that order) your computer but the point is that it won’t work. So what can you do?

The first and foremost thing that would come to your mind would be to call in all the favours and goodwill that you have accumulated throughout your semester and crash at someone’s place. If you are the angry young man type or the one who believes that silence is golden (basically you don’t interact much) then you may not have anyone to depend on. In that case your second best option would be going to a cyber cafe. Now a cyber cafe has its own set of limitations. So here are some tips.

The first thing you must do is fallback on books for research. Yes, books. No, they are not archaic. Every college has a well stocked library with excellent set of books which you need to make the most use of. So if you cannot use your computer, then invest some time in research. Read the matter thoroughly. What you speak is of greater importance than what you put up on show.

Now when you are armed with a lot of information walk into a cyber café and spend those 60 bucks. The first hour will go in typing out all the information that you have collected from the books. Another thing to remember; don’t carry an armful of books around. Edit and write down all the important points and then start working on your PPT. Once done, you can go back home and read through all the information you have used. Exercise your oratory skills and practise for a wonderful presentation.

Remember this when you are working on a project, “Beauty lies in simplicity”. Make this your mantra and dole out excellent presentations even when your computer has decided to misbehave. ;-)

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Why Are Projects So Important?

Posted on 09 June 2012 by Natasha Tulyani

Projects are an integral part of the BMM course. As per university rules, 50% of the marks are assigned to projects and the remaining are assigned to written exams. Therefore, it would be right to say that projects are extremely important if you want to score well. But then again, projects serve a more vital purpose than that. They help in the overall development of your cognitive skills and the umpteen presentations help in improving your public speaking skills. I can vouch for the latter. An introvert and a shy speaker, I am now able to speak eloquently and with confidence thanks to the many project presentations I have given. I am sure that these skills will help greatly during interviews and networking exercises with colleagues.

The fact that you are supposed to make all or most of your projects with the help of technology will also help you get acquainted with the same. One is required to constantly use softwares like Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop (photo-editing), Corel Draw (design), Pinnacle (video-editing) etc. The thorough knowledge of these is definitely going to prove beneficial should you choose to study further. Also, using multiple softwares results in many students discovering a talent they didn’t know they had! Maybe, something similar could happen to you.

Another major advantage of working on projects is that you learn how to work in a team. You will deal with all kinds of people, with various talents and temperaments when you are working on a group project. You won’t always work with friends, and sometimes you will end up working with people you don’t particularly like. Therefore, a group project will not only test your patience but will also help bring out the leader in you. Managing people, delegating work, meeting deadlines and keeping the group vibe cordial is essential to producing good, quality work.

The development of inter-personal skills is going to come in handy when you start work. Think of working in groups as a step towards working in bigger (and more complicated) teams at work. If you learn the basics of good team behaviour now, you will never falter when in working in any team, with any number or ‘type’ of people in your workplace.

It is for the reasons mentioned above that working sincerely on projects is thoroughly important. Do not outsource your projects and certainly don’t follow the cut-copy-paste method. The hard work will definitely pay off, be rest assured.

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