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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Recently I was told by a client that one of the web projects I have been managing doesn't render well on Safari browser on Macintosh computers.

A common problem, except that the developers on this project, in India didn't have access to a Macintosh to reproduce and debug the problem. We tried to avail one for a short duration, but could not.

Then I challenged the programmers to dwell into their engineering skills to fix the problem by using commonsense, best practices, and web standards. A couple of days later they fixed the entire application to work on a Mac. It was amazing because they did it without even knowing what the problem was, and relied on what Mac. users had told us. It made me proud of the resourcefulness of Indian programmers.

Then I remembered even more fascinating incident.

No Monitor is No Problem

It was 1989 (the PCs were not that common), I was working in India, and there was this girl who would take work home. She had a computer at home, a rare luxury at the time.

But she had no monitor!

Everyday, she would take work home, write all these computer programs at home (and debug them the next day at work). "There is a large computer monitor in my mind" she would say.

I find this resourcefulness of Indians quite fascinating.


(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, July 01, 2007
Last Modified: 7/2/2007 9:21:59 PM

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