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ByJayanthi

Wireshark

For those who would like to look deep into their networks and not just on the outside, “Wireshark – the network protocol analyzer,” is the way to go!  We will understand what is meant by “sniffing”, why it is used and how the Wireshark network protocol analyzer works in this post.

What are sniffers?

While social media rages on one side giving rise to new professions, there is another equally quiet but stealthy profession too – monitoring other people’s networks and activities by means of “sniffing”. Since a firewall cannot detect all malicious traffic we use “sniffers” to monitor the traffic across the network.  As with everything else in security, “sniffers” can be used in a positive and negative way either by employers monitoring their employees or by scrupulous individuals trying to hack systems.

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Review of ‘Diary of a baby’

About ‘Diary of a baby’: “Diary of a Baby” is a candid, witty take on life from a baby’s perspective written as diary entries, followed by interpretation phases of baby’s life from the author’s own parenting experience

Review: ‘Diary of a baby’ by Mahak Wadhwani is a wonderful read for all parents, to-be parents, veteran parents and parents-to-be someday! 🙂 I picked this book to read as I was sure I could relate perfectly to every word written in this book, as I am a mother of two kids. My kids crossed the baby stage long ago(my kids are 17 and 12! :)) but still I cherish every one of those memories. 

I was reliving every chapter with my own experiences. The author has presented colic and separation anxiety very nicely. Yes – they are difficult times for the parents as well as the babies. Some chapters had me rolling in laughter(you have to read the book to know what they were! :)) Sleep regression, teething, falling, wailing, bawling, rolling , anxieties  and more are there in ‘Diary of a baby’. And presenting it from a baby’s perspective is the best!!

I cannot imagine that such a beautiful story could be created for the 26 letters of the alphabet around the ‘baby theme’!! Kudos to the author for this!! 🙂

Excellently written and the chapters move along flawlessly… must read for all parents!

It is available for free only for a short time from this link.

ByJayanthi

What is ‘Ripple’?

‘Ripple’ may be a totally unknown term to you or you know exactly what I am talking about – either way ‘Ripple’ is creating ripples!

What is it?

‘Ripple’ is one of the implementations of ‘Blockchain’. As you may recollect, ‘Blockchain’ is the decentralized network where different nodes agree on transactions. Each node has a copy of the transaction and none of the transactions can be deleted or modified in any way. You can read more about Blockchain here. 

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TOP SECRET MISSION

Ebook 1: I take on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival from Rashi whose ebook ‘Mansa‘ is also part of the mix. 
About Rashi’s ebook: “मनसा” अर्थात मन से उत्पन्न कुछ कविताओं का संग्रह है ये पुस्तक। इसमें कवित्रि ने रिश्ते, देशप्रेम और अपने मन की भावनाओं को व्यक्त किया है।  
 

My ebook experience/learnings:

The BlogchatterEbook carnival launched e-books that converted us bloggers into authors.The whole experience has been exhilarating one and I have received more recognition in the field of writing!

I had written a series of posts around my life in US and my e-book contains all of my posts regarding that. I thank Blogchatter and the entire team for supporting me in creating an e-book around those posts!

You can download my e-book ‘India or US? The constant struggle for educated India for free here.  

About my book:A number of individuals in their 20s, want to go abroad and once they are abroad they start missing India. These individual posts grasp the see-saw of most Indian families trying to balance Indian values and American life.

E-book 2:  I would next pass on the Baton of Blogchatter EBook Carnival to fellow blogger Rohan whose ebook ‘Annoyed Thieves Amid Darkling Armies‘ is also part of the mix. 

About Rohan’s ebook: Stir something
Be it any emotion
Joy, Fear, AngerChannel it
Towards a path
That leads a changeIn yourself
In the surrounding you live
In the society These are the words
Fearless, bold, outspoken
To stir something in you  

 

 

 

 

ByJayanthi

Review of ‘Murder in the palace and other short stories’

It is quite ironic that I am a writer but I rarely read fiction. But that may be because I do not write fiction. Having said that, I read ‘Murder in the palace and other short stories’ and this post just summarizes some of my feelings as I read it. It is written by Priya Bajpai for the ‘Blogchatter E-book Carnival’ season three. 

About the author:

Priya U Bajpai is a short story author and poet who has been published in mainstream newspapers. A versatile story-teller, she is adept at writing fast-paced and layered tales across genres. A voracious reader, Priya is a mother of a nine-year-old.

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Are you a ‘helicopter’ parent? :)

I am sure most of us are guilty of this in today’s world. And rightly so…I know, I  definitely am!! 🙂 Even as there different parenting styles and unique children, there are some parenting feelings that come by intuition. One of that may be “helicopter parenting”!! 🙂 

What is ‘helicopter parenting’?

We see so many atrocities committed all around us and more heinous crimes against children. This automatically makes us more protective of our children. We shield them more and more and we “hover” over every move of theirs which leads us to the term “helicopter parenting”. So, “helicopter” parenting is hovering over the kids too much and monitoring their activities and lives most of the time. This over protection is so much that sometimes they are not able to take many decisions on their own.

The problem partly arises, because they may grow but in our eyes, they are still the same “small child”! 🙂 and we worry wherever they go.  We may never have been brought up that way but in today’s world, “worry” comes with parenting. We cannot allow them to freely walk outside, cannot allow them to cross the road on their own(even if they are 15 years old!! :)), cannot allow them to travel by city buses, cannot allow them to do any house work and on and on. We smother them and shield and it sometimes continues all through their lives!! Parents remain as parents – “the all knowing ones!! :))” and children remain “children” – the “all unknowing ones”!! 🙂 (This continues even if you are 30 year old child and 60 year old parent!! ;))

Is it wrong?

I am sure there is no perfect right or prefect wrong in parenting. What might work for one might not work for another. However, I don’t think there is anything wrong with “helicopter parenting” at a young age when the child does not know right from wrong. But after they grow, too much of hovering might impede a child’s ability to be independent(all said and done, after a while they will be independent – just the path will be harder)

How do we solve this?

As I ponder “unhelicoptering” I have started to let them take decisions on their own and encouraging them to be free outside(at least one of my kids is eligible for that) It is a fine line to teach them to be independent as well not neglect them entirely either. I am still learning the ropes of dealing with “unhelicoptering”… Wish me luck!!  🙂

 

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Blockchain lingo!

 Blockchain, AI and machine learning are the latest buzzwords in the IT industry. Building a blockchain is also becoming a need for various businesses. Recall, that a “Blockchain” is the distributed shared ledger for recording and storing transactions. Each of the participant in the business network has a copy of the ledger which is updated regularly.

Before building a blockchain, there are a few keywords that have to be mastered and we will discuss them today.

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What is the appropriate age for kids to get a social media account?

Remember the age you got into social media? With Facebook being launched in 2004, Youtube in 2005 and Twitter in 2006, it is quite a possibility that you might have been in your 20s or 30s or older(or definitely younger! :)) Social media was a new phenomenon at the start of the new millinieum and kids born in the 90s might have established their digital footprint much before their parents could even understand this new concept.

As the first decade of the new millennium gave way to subsequent years, new social media sites emerged. What was this new concept – was the parents only question? Kids had learnt it faster and parents of young adults were lagging behind.  Was it good or was it bad?

Finally, as parents learnt the ropes of social media – they got hooked onto it(well, not all – but many did like it! :)) Social media was looked as a new way to get in touch with old peers and the very concept grew by leaps and bounds as more people endorsed it. Soon enough,  social media changed its avatars and it became evident that, it was not what it looked like on the top(which was – as a medium for sharing jokes and pictures! :)) It became a data collection tool, it became a tool for making money, it became a tool for snooping and more!

With so much going into social media, what really is the correct age for kids to get into it?

Kids observe as we parents spends a few minutes(or is it a few hours?! :)) on it everyday. They see the joy on our faces and think it must be some ultimate destination to be attained. With so much riding on it, I would think the perfect age to handle social media pressures would be around 17 years and up. At 17 years of age, kids will have some amount of Internet maturity. Further, they might need a social media account for their school and college work as well. 

Once on it, they need to be educated about ‘hygienic and safe Internet practices’ (if you are thinking what is that? 🙂 – I will write a separate post on that as well :)) This will ensure that they have a safe, good and productive social media experience. On the contrary, if they do not want to get onto social media even as a young adult, that is probably the best!! 🙂

What do you think – what is the correct age for your kids to be on social media?

ByJayanthi

My new e-book on Amazon Kindle!! :)

My e-book on my personal experiences travelling from India to US and back has been published!! 🙂 Buy it from Amazon today to read about our reasons for returning back, school education in India and US, the best place to return after a long US stint and so on…

Click the link below to buy the book:

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Myths about the US

As I start my writing again, I gravitate towards my pet topic of India and US again! 🙂

As I see the numbers swell outside the US Consulate to obtain a US visa, I recollect some of the myths that we dealt with when we were stepping into the US(many,many years ago!)

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  1. Rosy dream starts right away? Nope, the rosy dreamy takes time and patience… 🙂 I hear so much about people getting paid much better in US than in India – but that might not be true immediately. If you are in high demand states like California or New York in high demand professions like IT, it may be a possibility. But everybody goes through a settling phase of a new employer, new country, new prices , new car and so on. So, the magical six figure salary in US dollars might not arrive instantly for all.
  2. Cost of living in US is much higher than in India. Period. 🙂
  3. Even though we feel that “everybody” from India is in the US, the fact is that we cannot see “everybody” or “anybody” since everybody is in a different state and going from state to state to meet anybody/everybody is not feasible. So, in all possibilities you will see “everybody” in India, only! 🙂
  4. Will you earn better if you have a US degree? Nope, there too. It has always been the economics concept of ‘supply vs demand’ that has brought Indian professionals to the US. If you have the right skills that are in demand currently in the US, you don’t need a US degree to validate your experience(although pursuing higher education in the US is a delight 🙂 and a higher degree might prove beneficial later on in the career)
  5. Are jobs stable in the US? Nope, again! 🙂 Just as software professionals get paid astronomically they get laid off easily too. After all what is a company to do – when they themselves are sinking? And with immigration policies constantly changing, jobs are never a certainty. In addition, professionals ‘on the bench’ waiting for the next project is also a reality.
  6. “Can I start studying immediately?” might be another thought for those on dependent visas. Pursuing higher education in US is a wonderful experience but it does pinch the pockets. In order to pay for your graduate education, you may have to work as a research assistant or teaching assistant or do other eligible jobs(within visa conditions) Bottom line, US education is good but not cheap.
  7. Professionals get paid according to their location – it might not be so evident in India – but it is in the US. If you make $50K in Georgia, you need $81K in San Diego, California!!  For more information on cost of living calculators in the US, visit this link (Source: http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/cost-of-living/index.html)
  8. Health insurance is  an absolute necessity for all members of the family and for all visiting family members too. It can be quite tricky too. When living abroad, pray that you never fall seriously sick. Not only will you not have enough moral support, the physical support will be missing as well.
  9. Is driving hard in the US? Nope – on the other hand, it is quite a pleasure 🙂 One will definitely enjoy the perfectly regulated traffic and lane discipline. I know, I did! 🙂
  10. And lastly the spouses of those on H1 visas and F1 visas cannot work. This can be a real bummer particularly for women who were actively working in India.

Once you are done with all the ups and downs of finding the perfect employer and perfect place to live along with a good community, living in the US will be a dream come true! 🙂 (at least for a couple of years!)