October 7th, 2005

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We are good at theory!

India does not produce enough computer engineers and those it does are good at theory but not very well equipped to handle the practical aspects, according to Microsoft Corporation's Chief Technical Officer Craig Mundie, who is on a visit to India.

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Why the hell does M$ then hire so many Indians?

Anyway, glad to see that he thinks we are good at `theory' ;-)

Craig's concern over the `shortage' of Computer Engineers is welcome; let there be more and more engineering colleges and let every home have atleast one computer plus one computer engineer!

The Tamil Nadu government has in fact adopted an educational policy whose motto is "One computer engineer for every Computer" - the governments of Kerala, AP etc are set to follow suit....

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Atmega8 Programming with Linux

One of the best low-end microcontrollers available in the market these days is the Atmega8 - I recommend it to most of my students and prefer using it myself. Wiring up a small programming board, getting the toolchain (GNU) compiled and installed properly and running an LED-blinker is an exciting exercise for a beginner. I have put up my Linux For You article on Atmega8 programming with Linux online; read it here.

Even though it's better to write your code in C, it's always good to know a bit of assembly level stuff; here is a short note about Atmega8 asm programming.