Paul McKenna

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Recent posts by Paul McKenna

Thanks to everyone for their inputs. For now I am still contemplating the thought. As mentioned earlier, my reasons are more due to family (my parents) than anything else. For now, I am going to sit tight until the end of the year and then make my move. In the interim I am even considering having best of both worlds, i.e. work abroad, earn money, have a good quality of life and be close to home. Such a scenario can be satisfied only in a few places and one of them is Singapore (2 hrs from home, easy & cheap commute for parents, good earning potential, tamil is an official language and much more..)

Any one here from Singapore? How is it there? Any light one can shed on this will be useful.
17 years ago

Its been about 5 years since I first came to the US - am well settled, have a great job, a brand new car and a good life in general. But happiness (my family) is missing!

I have pondered over several options in the recent past -

1. Bring family here

- Impractical. Current visa procedures in India make it very difficult to bring my parents and siblings here even for a short term. Secondly, they really wouldnt be willing to stay for long in a place where they have no peer group, mobility and independence

2. Take a short stint in India

- Quite feasible but I prefer not to be a rolling stone. I would like to make a move once and for all and start settling down instead of oscillating between locations. I still have not ruled out this option but its not very appealling to me.

3. Move permanently back to India

- The option that I am considering the most. However, many apprehensions are abound. 5 years in the US have made me feel American to a large extent (No! I dont have an American accent! but it makes you look at life differently - makes you challenge ideas). From my experience, if one has to live in India they have to forget idealism and work with the system even if they want to effect a change.

I have several questions in my mind -

1. Money!!! I came here for money but found a lot of other things. Still, its the primary concern in life since society by and large measures your success with this one factor. How is the payscale in India? Will the current outsourcing boom last? If not, then what?

2. Comforts - In the US a car, gasoline, an independent apartment and travelling/touring are not luxuries but affordable necessities. 5 years ago, working in India and living in India presented many challenges. How is it now?

3. Society - How does Indian society view a US return? Would I go back there and find that I was the stupid one to come back? All my friends have gone searching their own dreams? I came back to an empty memory? Living and earning abroad brings about a unique aura of success (mainly due to way you can splash money around) - how is it when you live and earn in India?

Many more.. but I am interested in hearing from people who have made the transition from US to India (either successfully, or failed and returned). I would like to seriously evalute the pros and cons of such a life altering move.
17 years ago
Best Wishes! I used to work for GE as a contractor and I still have fond memories of that place. But beware, they are hard taskmasters and most people I knew there burnt the midnight oil often.

The best thing about working for GE is that right rewards are often for the right work. Best wishes once again.
18 years ago

Originally posted by Mapraputa Is:

Sorry, I am late. Just couldn't resist...

What about a spy, who stole a horribly important document, which will save thousands (or more) lives in his (hm... Ok, or her) country?

Ah.. but lets start from the beginning shall we. The document that the spy stole showed that the country he/she stole it from was planning an immoral act in the first place, correct? So, the spy stealing the document , though is an immoral act by itself, is more tolerable than the former.

Morality is absolute here, stealing is wrong. Perpetrating a harmful act on innocents is wrong. But which is more tolerable to you?
19 years ago
Morals are always absolute. For example, stealing is wrong. A thief who steals from a rich person will feel the same pinch if someone else steals from him.
19 years ago
Normally this time of the year a few shopping lists are leaked on the internet containing the holiday shopping list even before they are advertised. Does anyone have this list or tell me where I can find it?
19 years ago
Could very well be. IBM is getting to be as notorious as Microsoft with their patches but that could be your problem. I dont have any problems with WSAD so I dont think it is a bug with it.
19 years ago
Was WSAD working before you did the wipe out and reload? I hate it when people say this, but could you possibly try reloading WSAD on another "clean" machine and try?
19 years ago
Try some of the following links:


19 years ago
If you are someone like me trying to run JMS on WSAD 5.1 Standard edition with MQ simulator for Java Developers and if you have wasted endless nights trying to find out why you were receiving an error like:

The answer is, because you are trying to test the MDB from a different JVM. When testing an MDB using the MQ simulator, one must be invoking it from within the same JVM. The best way to do so is by creating a session bean to test.

A complete example with step by step explanation is available at:
Developing and Testing Message-driven Bean Applications with the MQ Simulator for Java Developers in WebSphere Studio V5.0

Another tip, when trying this on WSAD 5.1 create a 5.0 test environment server. It seems to be a lot more stable.
19 years ago
Did anyone find a solution to this one? I am having this issue with WSAD 5.1.1 on Windows XP.
19 years ago
Rockstar Games visits Los Angeles and comes up with the next greatest video game: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Two More days...
19 years ago
You're not alone. I've read that magazine too.. it was cute. I remember the childhood days spent at the USSR consulate in Madras.
19 years ago

Originally posted by Mike Gershman:
If you want to validate the impact of off-shoring, look at entry-level IT jobs. In the US, they no longer exist. In several Indian and Chinese cities, anyone with a good IT degree gets at least a serious interview.

Part of the problem with that is US management is reluctant to hire and train freshers. Sometimes, a fresher can write just as good code as a person with 4-5 years experience. Example; it doesnt take experience to write a function that adds numbers. This is one of the basics that any college graduate would learn.

Instead US management believes in this false notion that experience can deliver superior results. True to a certain extent.. but not always. I have worked with some brilliant freshers and some duffer veterans to realize that experience doesnt always count.
19 years ago