Thursday, November 18, 2010


Vidit Bhargava
Time For DECRYPT 2010 - Answers:
1. WELL DONE! (I used the CAESARS BOX over here!)
2. (I used ROT -1 to generate a hinting, random name)
3. Not Even an Encryption Standard
(The answer refers to ROT 13, used to encrypt the text).
4. Number for is correct/right (Again, the Caesar's box)
5. Pass Key to Round Two (Encryption used, ROT 12, but it is of no relevance now, due to the lukewarm response)

Ok so you know What Rotation Text is, we just shift the alphabet a certain number of spaces to get the encrypted text. (Like Using ROT -1, we shift B to A, C to B, D to C, and so on...)

There is another more powerful method used and that is CAESARS BOX. Ok what is Caesars box? You'll observe that the letters (All added up) make a perfect square i.e. the 1st Question has 9 letters. So if you arrange each group of (3 letters) one below the other, it creates a box and gives a message. This is the way Julius Caesar used to communicate and it is believed to be one of the first encryption standard.

The answers are in reference to the following post : [LINK]


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Puffin 2010 was conducted in Delhi, on 15th November 2010. Here is an archive of the prelims:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hotpot For Hotspots

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Google Hotpot was unveiled today. Here's a video that Explains the Google Hotpot:

P.S. All content shown in the video was for demonstration purposes. I may not have necessarily visited the place.

The Fatal Error

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Mark Zuckerberg -24% , ______-6%, Eduardo Saverin 5%, Microsoft 1.3%
Ans.Dustin Moskovitz...

It was a unique experience going into Exun 2010, without anyone else from my school. I had to participate alone in a junior quiz. (you see if they don't want to go, its their problem, I won't sacrifice an awesome upcoming event for that.)
"Woah! You're Brave" - That's what Yash Singh, one of my gyaan[dot]in friends, said to me after the quiz.
So what was experience like? You see, going alone doesn't affect much, as you'd probably have friends from other schools. "Which I had, Prempal, Apratim, Aman (and other NEPS participants) and Yash were the one's with whom i had a nice time!". Bien Then How was the event like? Hmm... i gotta say something about that too, Na!

There you go! The ever so awesome After Effects edited video of Exun 2010. The event began with a nice bang. From there on there was a nice group discussion with not so nice topics. "Do You think Social Networking sites should be banned for kids?", "Are these new Indian Mobile companies going to survive in the future?", "Should technology come first or should Health be the priority?". The discussion was nicely conducted by a guy in grey T-Shirt (and two others, the ferrari t-shirt guy who looked a little rude, and the curly haired one who was almost very silent.)

Next up was recess, and their came the much awaited, delicious Pizzas! I got a chance to stretch my legs and click some pics:

Just after the delightful pizza, came the surprise. I was certainly a surprise to see what the event was. So they had given us a sheet of paper, which had all those pictures and stuff. You had to find 5 keywords to win the the event. Fine There were a few obvious clues like "Android", and "Blade Runner" and there was a Nexus One also. So i got two right first. and then I tried, making four continuous errors. With 5 continuous errors, I was gone. "Ok, but the deal doesn't include making 5 consecutive errors in different attempts!" So, I went for the next four. And came the invigilator's voice..."You're disqualified!" That was the Shock quotient. "The deal doesn't included making 5 consecutive errors in different attempts!".

Some time back in the day I had even given a certain Junior Quiz, The questions were rather tough, I thought, for a junior quiz but I knew some. One of them was a question about Facebook's founders having shares, I wrote Dustin Moskovitz, I was certain it was correct. But in the last moments of the quiz, something happened:

Mark Zuckerberg -24% , ______-6%, Eduardo Saverin 5%, Microsoft 1.3%
Ans. Dustin Moskovitz Chris Hughes

ta-da! The Fatal Error!

The error cost me my position in finals (I had 5 and the cut-off was 6) and I still regret my decision to cancel out Moskovitz for Hughes, and yearn for a time-machine that could correct it.

Congratulations to my friends, Prempal, Aman and Apratim for winning that Junior Quiz.

Times NIE Fundamental 2010

Vidit Bhargava
Derek's Quizzing may not be like the one's you experience when attending a Cradle Sports or School Quiz. They are different, certainly very different from what Derek does. Here you have nicely organized and humor filled quiz, which keeps the audience seated and not just the quizzers.

Here are the prelims of the NIE Fundamental Quiz, where I came third!

Project Titan - Explained in one Video

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Yesterday, Facebook launched a new service which they had been developing for as long as one year. Internally codenamed as Project Titan, the new messaging feature of Facebook is very complex. This post should make it simpler for you!

The Upgrade now page explains a little about what this new thing is about.

But there is still more explanation to be given, so here's a video from Facebook's side to give more information:

Monday, November 15, 2010

DECRYPT Season 2

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Remember Season 1? It was long-long back. It was then called "Decode This" (Being in 6th I didn't know what is Decryption and Encryption). That, decryption test of sorts was just a set of character toggled text. Not much manual work. You just needed a word processor and keyboard and Voila! Here is the answer!

But, DECRYPT is back and it's not going to have such silly decrypting tools that i quoted above!

Get ready, with a pen, paper and your brains

Thees is Round 1.
2. Most random in the CC world:
4. N R I R R - U F S E I - M O C C G - B U O T H - E R R / T
The round is very simple, so you'll need to give all the answers correctly, to go to the next round.

The last date of submission of answers is: 18th November 2010 at "", please don't submit the answers in the comment box.

The Quizzing Season at Delhi

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November this year, is the month of quizzing. There are just so many of them that it is tough to keep a track, when they are coming! With half the month, already gone. Some have actually finished. So if you are a quizzer and looking for information on the greatest quizzes happening in Delhi. This is a post for you!

Already Conducted:
Times NIE Fundamental 2010
Date: 10th November 2010
Venue: Siri Fort Auditorium
Eligibility: Open
Quizmaster : Derek O'Brien

1. DPS RK Puram
2. Bal Bharti School
3. Manav Sthali School R-Block

Archive: [Prelims], [Finals]

Exun 2010 [Computer Symposium]
Venue: DPS RK Puram
Date: 13th and 14th November 2010

Junior Quiz (Upto Class X)
Senior Quiz (Open)

Junior Quiz:
1. New Era Public School, Mayapuri
2. New Era Public School, Mayapuri [Team 2]
3. The Air Force School

Senior Quiz:
1. DPS Vasant Kunj
2. New Era Public School, Mayapuri
3. DPS Dwarka

Puffin Quiz
Date: 15th November 2010
Venue: Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Lodhi Estate
Eligibility: Open
Quizmaster: Derek O'Brien

1. Gyan Bharati School
2. Sardar Patel Vidyalaya

Upcoming Quizzes
Limca Book of Records Quiz, Delhi 2010
Date: 19th November 2010
Venue: St. Thomas Girls School, Mandir Marg
Eligibility: Open
Quizmaster: Derek O'Brien

Keshav Maha Vidyalaya Quizzes
General Quiz and Business Quiz:
Date: 22nd November 2010
Venue: Keshav Maha Vidyalaya
Eligibility: Preferably 11th and 12th
Quizmaster: Parnab Mukherjee

More Details Here.

Texas Instruments, Jack Kilby Science Quiz, Delhi
Date: 24th November 2010
Venue: Chinmaya Mission Delhi Chinmaya Centre of World Understanding 89
Eligibility: 8th to 10th Class

More Details Here.

Dynamix 2010 [Computer Symposium]
Date: 26th November 2010
Venue: Ramjas School RK Puram

Brainwave [Science Quiz]
Date: 26th November 2010
Venue: Manav Sthali School, R-Block

TCS IT Wiz 2010
Date: 27th November 2010
Venue: IIT Delhi Dogra Hall