Diagnose And Repair

diagnose and repair1990- I bought my first motorbike. An AX 100R. I had always given it for service in the authorized service centers. My reasons had been simple. They are trained for that vehicle and equipped with materials to do repairs for that vehicle. They are not one-man show. There are specialized people to look at various parts of the services that the vehicle requires. They tend to be more responsible. For all these put together, their charges might be higher compared to a road-side mechanic who is all-in-all in his shop, who deals with all kinds of vehicles, has limited equipments, cannot replace spare-parts readily, over-worked as one-man show, equally responsible(let us say), charges a tad less. But I always had a feeling that one-man mechanic will do what is absolutely necessary, might not foresee problems and act on it, whereas the service-centre guys will go by the book and hence might do the necessary changes if it is in the change-this-threshold already.

Stop. Over the years I have been with my Doctor friends(yes I mean the health care practitioners) and have always been fascinated by their diagnosis, treatment methodologies. I mean the way in which they diagnose and the way in which they treat. Generally when a Junior doctor joins the senior, to start with, he will be asked to kind of sit with the senior, watch, learn, and at the end, the senior will dictate his Rxions for the junior to keep writing it. So, for outside world, it will look as if the junior is kept like a clerk to write down the senior’s dictation. But, they know what they are doing and representatives like us understood it well. When the junior grows, the senior will ask the junior, “What is your diagnosis? Why?” and then teach him why and/or why-not. This is hands-on training. After that knowing the senior’s Rxion habits he would write out on his own. Sometimes, the senior will cross-check. So, from this we can easily understand that diagnosis is the most important part. That made correct, treatment follows. By and large, the success of the treatment lies in right diagnosis.

I had seen senior paediatricians walking on the in-patient wards and stop by to tell a mother to feed, short-circuiting their original orderly rounds to go and check a baby. These, I understood, happened because they can differentiate between a cry-due-to-hunger and a cry-in-pain. They will also stop by and ask their juniors to identify “cries” in the wards. Later in clinics, I had seen doctors who would shout-out to their compounders or staff to let a crying baby in first(though the patient’s order could be well down the order of turns). And their instructing the staff to ask the respective mother to feed the crying baby. Again they can differentiate by listening-in the cries.

Stop. Today my 70cc XL didnt start and I had to depend on a road-side mechanic. He entrusted the job to a junior and the junior fiddled with the vehicle one at a time. First, he diagnosed that spark-plug was the problem and cleaned it. It didn’t work. Then he thought carburetor was the issue. He cleaned it. It didn’t work. By this time he had taken a full 45 minutes. The senior guy came around and asked him if he checked the motor for current. Then he checked it himself and then found that faulty. I had to go, get a new one and we replaced it. 5 minutes job. It was ready.

I explained to both the guys that they should not venture in to a treatment process and should diagnose first. I told the all-in-all senior owner mechanic that he should  follow the doctor methodology to train his junior. He didn’t agree. He said only if the junior worked this hard(doing unnecessary things) he would learn and also would respect him(the senior). Luckily, these guys did not become doctors. World puts up with these bike-doctors this way. I made a resolution once-again not to go to the roadside all-in-all mechanic next time.

Posting this story out helped me calm down after going through this experience. If you had come this far, a big thank you for reading this.

Rameshwaram Discussions X Social Media Gist

A friendly discussion at Rameshwaram about the place, where to stay, what to see and how social media is relevant for a hotel promotion. It was one of those days of north-east monsoon storms that we get usually. So it was windy and hence you might have to use an external speaker or use your headphones to listen with good volume. You can learn a great deal about Rameshwaram and can buzz Raghu who is in the video by using the above link of his hotel.

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A Test That I Failed Today And Social Media

Today I was going through my daughter’s English paper and she tested me with this

Eating/what/and/eat/experience/make/you/conscious/a/enjoy 

Rearrange the above words to make a meaningfull sentence. Now dont continue to read the rest before you try it. Did you get it? Good. I failed. But could not stand the curiosity and hence asked my long-time friend Amar Bantwal on Twitter.  Here you go with the rest of the conversation:

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The Vegetable Vendor And The eStore

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We buy our vegetables from our regular vendors. They come with their cart or some of them carry the goods on them. In this age of fashionable supermarkets and hypermarkets, we still buy from the vendor who comes to our gate and showcases what they have.

Advantages

  1. No use of plastic bags (they bring in their eco-friendly big basket and transfer to our small baskets)
  2. No travel in traffic, no parking issues, no pollution for us (they too mostly walk and push their carts around)
  3. No need to remember to buy vegetables. One reminder less on my gadget.
  4. No need to remember what was bought recently. They know and hence bring the vegetables in rotation.
  5. No need to stock-up for a week and hence more fresh (they come almost daily or on alternate days). The load and space on the fridge is available for other things.
  6. Most of them bring garden vegetables and hence better.
  7. For them it is just not a business. Their earning supports a family. Sometime you get to know their progress. Feel good factor.
  8. If there is a quality problem, no need to argue or show bills. They accept and even if we don’t return or deduct, they take more care next time.
  9. No bills, less paper, ecofriendly.

Drawbacks

  1. Some variety of veggies we might miss. We need to go in search of them and buy.
  2. Hygiene: sometimes we need to be wary of this. (Though applicable for supermarkets too).
  3. If all our neighbours buy from him/her, more or less the same dish will get cooked and might affect the exchange of cup-sized tasting measures between neighbours and hence might affect that culture.

Occassionally we buy from those superstores too. There are distinct advantages in buying from such stores too.

Where do you buy and why? Add them in the comments.

Extending thoughts for these vendors:

Instead of worrying about supermarkets destroying their sales, some of the vendors can capitalize their relationship with customers and cater to them with newer tools of technology like eStore. It costs as low as INR500+ for a store on the net (eg: NetMyStore). Some of these vendors are big enough to afford these low cost stores and can try to increase their volume, turnover and profits by catering to segments like office-going households.  Who knows may be they can even think of an APP in near future? Most of them are a well-knit group, which will allow some of them to join together and cater with demarcated geographical areas using a single store. Has anyone done that?

Technology can play a great leveler and improve these vendors’ lives to newer heights. What do you think? Feel free to comment.

Overcoming The Internet Quagmire

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How many times have you logged in to the web like email or other places to do some work, did other things, thanks to distraction, and logged out without completing what you intended to do? Have you cursed yourself and wondered how the distraction influences and derails you? If yes, take heart, you are not alone.

The period “Before Internet” and “After Internet” is how we discuss when it comes to time-management discussions. “Before Internet” there were very few things powerful enough to distract a disciplined person. The same thing cannot be said about “after interent” days. However disciplined we are, internet with its never ending distractions can throw us off balance, make us forget things and go awfully wrong with our deadlines. The same “after internet” days also provide us with powerful tools like reminders through various forms to overcome them and stay on course. But today we need a lot more discipline to keep up with priorities, to remember everything, be productive and not waste time in activities due to distractions.

One of the ways that I manage this (shutting off or down things is no option for many of us) is by exploring newer tools of alarms; reminders etc… When I use the same set of tools, familiarity makes me take it less seriously. So even a change of ringtone helps me in this regard. There are abundant choices today and so many new arrivals. Exploring new tools serves two purposes. One to learn new improved version of things and second the job of getting reminded and taking action happens.

My kids are one of those most affected when it comes to my promises and not keeping up the deadline of promises. So they find ways to attract attention and getting things done. One such small attempt by my son happens to help me greatly in my work too. He had set up announcing of the time in my Mac every 15 minutes. It is working wonders for me.

Every fifteen minutes I become aware of the passing time and pause a few seconds to think if I am on track for the jobs to be done. When it keeps announcing “it is 10.45”, “it is 11 o’clock” , I even am tempted to answer “ok,ok”, “I know, I know” or “shut up”.

You can love or hate Internet but you cannot ignore it.

How do you manage the quagmire of Internet?

Feel free to share your experiences and what you do.

Ethical Hacking

Though I had heard of Ethical Hacking in the past, I have never thought further on this subject. This post is a starting point to learn more.

A police officer(now retired) who had been with the cyber cell for the last few years gave a good analogy to understand what’s Ethical Hacking. Ethical Hacking is akin to a yesteryear wrestler who keeps people to hit him to check his own strength and know his own vulnerability against an attack.

An ethical hacker is a computer and network expert who attacks a security system on behalf of its owners, seeking vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could attempt. (defn from the net).

The term itself is an oxymoron with “ethical” and “hacking”. Hacking is illegal. Ethical hacking is not. As long as the hacking does not cause a victim, it is not considered an offence. The moment it causes someone to be a victim, it becomes a crime. To acknowledge the good-guy-role of an ethical hacker, they have been given the nickname “White Hat”.

One of the speakers in a recent conference on cyber security added that someone tried a lot of workshops with the title “Software Security Practices” and he was struggling to sell the course. The same workshop under the title “Ethical Hacking” seemed to have been a sell-out. So everyone is using this term freely now and I understand there is a mushroom growth of such courses now in India. Outsourcing companies ask vendors to do ethical hacking and check their systems for safety.

Now the debate is if this would help or create more trouble. The guy who learns it may use it anyway he wants? Some people strongly object to the practice of teaching ethical hacking as courses. Their question is, “how do you keep out the bad guys?”. As of now, there seem to be no restrictions on ethical hacking or teaching it.

Ethical Hacking is one of the high paying jobs too. Those who are in it seem to love what they do. They say, as in real world, security expertise is not for everyone. Some say that it is not a job but meant for passionate people.

What do you think? Is it good or bad? Feel free to share and educate.

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Putting Ideas To Work

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The above fb update of mine and the comment set me thinking why “putting ideas to work” is a challenge.  Also I have used the words “thoughts”.  When I hear Ideas, automatically my thoughts go to the implementation part.

Ideas, like Advise, are everywhere(a dime a dozen?). They are available in plenty and cheap. In simple terms, implementation is the key. 

There could be so many opinions on such a topic. I am sharing with you a few places where implementing ideas have become a challenge as I had observed.

I feel that most of the times borrowed ideas don’t work. From individuals to organisations, everyone borrow ideas and try to implement and that doesn’t work because ideas have to go with people. Ideas have to go with culture. Hence even if you borrow ideas, you have to customize them to suit you, your set of people and culture. 

Ideas have to be tested. Even before testing, people get too attached to those ideas and when it is not working refuse to let it go.

Home grown or borrowed, ideas have to be shared with others for hunches and validated. Where good Ideas come from by Steven Johnson is a good video in this context.

Ideas work only when people who have to implement start owning them. That will happen only when they have the opportunity to participate and express their view.

My favourite statement: It takes two people to make a great idea work. One who has the idea and the other who can make it work.

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Sharing Among Peers

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A few months back I said that I am going to make some healthy habits with my Linkedin (click and read this) network on a periodical basis for using it effectively.

Let me share what I have done from then till now.

  • I use an Avatar now (Avatar(computing) is the graphical representation of a user or a computer user’s representation of himself/herself).
  • I genuinely share
  • I network
  • Try to submit stories which I think is of high quality
  • I try to share news that my connections can use faster than their finding it themselves elsewhere
  • Try to get feedback of what my networking community likes or dislikes
  • Dedicate a lot of time to the tasks
  • Try to help friends out there in my connections
  • As I explore the features of LinkedIn, have shared some comments with LinkedIn on how they can make LinkedIn better.

I am understanding a lot and trying to listen more to my audience. I am forming real relationships out there with my profile and through my connections.

How do you use your LinkedIn account? 

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Doctors are going to have to realize that often patients are doing the absolutely best thing for themselves by going online before the office visit. Clinicians will need to learn for themselves which are the best sources of patient-oriented Internet-based information so that when the patient does go in confused by wrong or poorly organized online data, the efforts can be redirected as opposed to dismissed.

Of course, many patients are going to discover the best online health information way before their doctors do. They, too, have a responsibility: patients will need to signal to their doctor how they conducted their search in a way that was smart, directed and grounded in evidence. Only then will the Google stack be recognized and used in a helpful, not counterproductive, fashion.

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