Friday, March 24, 2006

Looking for Java Developers !!

We are looking for good Java Developers. If u think u are young (physical age is not important here) and dynamic, love challenges and likes working in a friendly and fun environment, able to take one or two jokes from me (or jokes about me) .... apply here!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Project All About Sudoku!

"Hi I am James, and I am addicted to Sudoku, it all started few weeks ago...".

I admit that I am very addicted to the game. I must play at least one Sudoku puzzle a day or else I feel that something is missing from me. And it's a very good brain exercise for everyone, is highly recommended for anyone who's older then 30+ and people will start calling u "uncle", like me :-(

I love the game so much that I was actually thinking of putting one Sudoku puzzle as part of the interview questions for a Java developer position which I'm hiring for my present Company. I think that if one can't even solve a simple Sudoku puzzle within a given time frame, their problem solving skill is pretty much limited. Somehow, my Manager rejected this idea.

My "Geek" friend Paul Ho and I had several interesting discussions about the game ... about algorithms on generating a unique Sudoku, what is the best program logic to solve a given puzzle ... so on. As a 120% "geek" than me and a very good Java developer, Paul was able to come out with a Java base Sudoku game under 4K and completed within 1 week time frame. Well done Paul! Bravo !

Paul 4K Sudoku game (download from here) actually triggered me to start my very first open source project called "Project all about Sudoku" hosted at The aim of this project is to provide a platform (A Java Swing Application) for developers around the world to participate by delivering various kind of plugins to make this addictive game more fun, entertaining and most importantly ... Free For All!.

Well, this project just went "live" yesterday and u can download a "SQLPlus" version of the game. Appreciate if u could check it out and do tell me what do u think. I could use all your support to boost the project ranking.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Coolboy at Bristol

My sister complained to me about why I didn’t write any thing about Bristol at my blog, a place where I have been staying for almost 3 weeks. Well, here are the reasons:


On this day, a huge blizzard of snow came down out of nowhere as I was walking to the Office. The snow melted away during lunchtime.

Eversince I touched down in Bristol, UK the weather here has been between 0 - 5 degrees celcius. At night, the temperature can go down to -8 degrees. It's so cold that I have not travelled anywhere, not even to the City. I prefer to stay in my warm heated room.

After our morning breakfast, me and my colleague walk to our Office from The Rookery 227 B&B Inn, work from 9 till 5:30pm, walk back and eat microwave foods, do some surfing, watch TV and go to sleep.

During weekends, we go to a nearby supermarket, get more microwave foods, juices and some fruits. Why buy microwave foods, you may ask? Well, because it’s too bloody cold to go outside for proper dining. So there isn’t much I can write about. Especially when u feel very moody and miserable … the only things to get me going is the yummy breakfast … which is the same old, same old (see above pic) each morning.

Whoopee ! The sun is out today and weather is actually warm enough for me to travel into the city. I took a bus from Bristol (Paid 3.50 pounds - so expensive for half hour bus ride !!!!) to the famous Bristol Suspension Bridge.

The picture is actually made up by two pictures. The bridge is too long to fit in one camera shoot.

Taken from other side of the bridge. (risked my life to take this picture) I had to stand near to a cliff in order to show my readers how far above ground the bridge is build upon.

View from the Bridge. And finally ...

This is a picture of me on the bridge ... just to prove that I was actually there !