the “great” travel….

A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it – John Steinbeck

…..you will never know what comes in front of you. But always enjoy the excitment that it brings along with it….

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Three down, One more to go

The new acadamic year starts again. After 4 years enjoying and not thinking about anything to KG school where some teachers becoming your worst nightmare. Then 12 years of schoolling where we met the most wonderful people you have ever come accross in your life, your friends. The great teachers who taught and guided you throughout two by third of your life. Then after a rat race “ENGINEERING ENTRANCE EXAMINATION” comming to NIT, Calicut. Now when I see my juniors comming here and taking admissions, those nostalgic thoughts come to my mind again. In the first year, not thinking about acadamics, trying to hide from seniors, going for a tour around the campus and what not….

My life here really has affected me – on a positive sense, and has gone beyond what I thought 3 years ago when I first came to this college. Now its just less than a year to graduation; The old anxiousness returns: “What is going to happen after this????”

The entropy change when a person shifts from a system a newer or different system is what this is all about. I am aware that these feeling are only relative. May be only a very few people will be or is going to think in this manner. May be many more people wanted to get out of this system ASAP. Some people may get trapped in this system and get stuck, some never escape.

When we joined here togather we thought that we all will leave togather, but we all know that it is not going to happen.
Some who were not even remotely connected became our best of friends. Some who were so close are are getting separated.

All people who has spent time here at NITC will never be forgetting any of those days….anything that this college life has taught them. I will anyway be there at the top of the list. There is everything that you find outside, in here. You name it we have it.

There is only limited time left now…. The clock is ticking very fast… Now will be a good time to look back at what I have done and gained and lost….

Hacking at InCTF-Part1

Usually I just skim through my NITC mail, and checks only those send by my Class Representative or teachers. One day I read a mail forwarded by one of my seniors Karthik. It was about a hacking competition conducted by Amrutha University called InCTF which had 2 preliminary rounds and a final round. It was a Capture The Flag kind of competition. At that time I wasn’t in the mood of doing anything as I had to complete my lab assignments (which I was in a bad situation) and also if by any chance I got selected, the second round will be at the time of our exams so I ignored it. Later when I was searching for some thing I again came across this competition. This was the first time that this kind of an event comes into my notice(It was pretty interesting one… One that I know I will surely enjoy.. 🙂 ). Then I called one of my friend to tell him about this. I couldn’t make any decision then as I wanted to put my leg on both the boats – do it and not do it. He was very much excited to do the event. So we decided to meet one of seniors Jerin Shaji for getting the details of the event.

Oh….I forgot to tell, last year(2012) for sCTF, a variant of InCTF, the first prize was bagged by our college team consisting of Karthik, Jerin and Nithin.

Jerin told us many things : How they prepared, how they participated in the event, about the event format. He also gave us tips on how to attack the questions and also told us the techniques they used in the final CTF round.  We collected their last year’s question paper also. He was very supportive in all ways.

Till date two round of InCTF is completed. First round was a “learning round”. They gave us something like 2-3 months to learn few concepts and complete a question paper. The second round was a hands-on hacking round. It had different varieties of questions and most of which were of very high quality. Thanks to the support of all my friends our team “dcoder” got selected into the final round. We finished at 24th position out of 158 teams registered and the end of second round.

It was really great experience in participating in the event. The main thing I have to mention is that I learned few methods and techniques during this event. We also had to stay overnight in our lab during the second round, those were great. Those are the points in your life were you start thinking philosophically and talk like a philosopher. The main reason is that at some point we may be half asleep and wanted to answer to all the questions asked to you. These will be few moments that I will forever keep in my memories.

The more interesting part was that the second round was overlapping our exam time. So we had to it in between the exams. For my last exam I couldn’t even prepare much because I was very much involved in this. After I came back to my room I had a mild fewer also. Everything happened was indicating that I shouldn’t write my exams well(Omen kind of, just saying – I don’t believe in those).

Just excited in participating in the final round… 🙂

New link can be found at abijith-kp.github.io