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It started out as an overall win for the Code Warriors way back in 2003 at EXUN, the computer club and annual symposium of DPS RKP. Since then, the Code Warriors haven’t looked back. We went on to create a legacy, unmatched by any other club. A legacy which will be talked about for years to come. A legacy which the Code Warriors will make sure never comes to an end. The Code Warriors, on 14th November, emerged as the overall winners of EXUN 2010, yet again, for the 7th time. They have not only raised the bar for other clubs but have shown why Code Warriors are the best.

Exun clan's Exun 2010

OK, back to first person now. Exun 2010, DPS RK Puram’s tech symposium, was organised on 13th and 14th November 2010. It was their 15th symposium and yes, it had pizzas. Last time I was there, I ended up getting humiliated on stage by coming fourth in the Junior Quiz. This time the story was different altogether; I didn’t even qualify.

I was up for Senior Quiz and Crossword teamed up with Pulkit Jaiswal (yes, we share the first name) and GVK Vishal and Pulkit Jaiswal again respectively. The Code Warriors left DPS Vasant Kunj for DPS RKPee. I took out my iPod touch, gave my PSP to Mrinal Datt while Akash Vacher (programmer) laughed at my erstwhile Nokia N70. I played a song and 30 seconds into it VS Karthick (President, Code Warriors) shakes me and says

We have reached

Now this is a problem with symposiums held at school’s which are near to one’s own. You don’t get to enjoy the journey (i.e if there is any). We didn’t even shout 42/Kevin while getting down from the bus. That sucked. Let me not bore you with all the “enticing” details which followed after that. As we moved into the AV hall (seriously, if you cannot figure out what AV stands for, go stick your head in a pig) we took the “supposedly” lucky second row. Rumor is, it is lucky and after day 2 I can shout it on top of my voice while overlooking the Burj Al Arab, it is lucky for Code Warriors. We might as well have scratched CW on the chairs.

After the Principal finished his speech (when did he start giving it anyway?) the participants saw the best EXUN video ever. A question to the EXUN Clan: Who made the 3D model of the school?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KYy07rpwRs&feature=player_embedded]

One by one everyone started moving for their respective events and before I knew, I was sitting in a room full of people chattering, chattering some more and then chattering even more, all ready for giving the Senior Quiz while Pulkit Jaiswal and GVK Vishal were looking tensed (at least I was tensed). And came the paper. One look and I realised that the cut off was going to be low. Probably very low. Somewhere around 7-8. So to make sure we qualify, we had to get at least 9 right out of 20 by hook or by crook. But since there is no hook or crook in quizzing the chances looked slim. First question:

I don’t remember the question because my fellow Code Warriors lost the archive that I had got hold after coming down to the level of almost begging. That’s sad. Very sad. And no, this is not the question.

Oye chal agle pe chalte hain, ye to hone se raha.

Second question

X is open source CMS first released on May 27, 2003, by Matt Mullenweg as a fork of b2/cafelog. As of August 2010, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 12.5 million times.

Don’t blame me for getting this right. It’s Matt Mullunweg, founder CEO of the CMS (content Management System) on which you are reading this shitty blog. Had to get this right. Wrote WordPress with the capital P in press and moved on to the third one.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

X EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on X’s proven computing environment. X EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. X EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use. X EC2 provides developers the tools to build failure resilient applications and isolate themselves from common failure scenarios. What is X?

Pulkit Jaiswal: Amazon hoga..

Me: Kyon be?

Pulkit Jaiwal: Abe uski Cloud Service hai.

Me: Kya uska aam EC2 hai?

Pulkit Jaiswal: Pata  nahin.

Me: Phir shayad hoga..

We ended up writing Google (in reference to Google Docs). As fate had it, the answer that was told to us by Aditya Jain_Presideent Exun Clan_ turned out to be Amazon. I freaking almost signed for their Cloud Service a few weeks back!

This time (and for the first time) a new rule was imposed for the quiz and crossword. To put it in my words, the head-throb rule. This time, time played a major role in deciding who qualified. Time was the tie breaker this time. IMHO, it was preposterous. By the time (33 minutes) we submitted the paper, we had realized that the chances were slim. We had 7 right. The cut-off as was told later to us turned out to be 9. Hard Luck.

Since being in 11th stops me from participation in Junior quizzes, I always make sure that I attempt to solve the Junior Quizzes. Be it me telling my fellow Code Warriors to get hold of a copy or asking a friend from some other school to get one. Most of the time I end up LOL after going through the paper. At EXUN, it was again a different story altogether. The Junior quiz turned out to be more difficult than the Senior Quiz. I knew barely 2 or 3! Last year’s Junior Quiz was so goddamn easy!

Crossword on the other hand turned out be workable but we (actually I) did some very foolish and ingenious mistakes (No, you have not gone mad.) We took clues at random first. First clue that we went for

Hell, awaits thine shell of the guns (poorly rephrased)

Easy Peasy. DOOM.

Second

Your job is to meow.

I HAD to be LOLCat. LOLCat made sense (oxymoron, I know. Sounds weird, I know). But the actually answer was MACOSX. Job. meow. It made more sense.

Third and the last I will share you with

Counted to Infinity-Twice

You know how Rajnikanth has become an Internet meme. I read this joke on a Rajhnikath Facebook Fan Page a few days back (the joke was: Rajnikanth has counted to infinity-twice). It made sense and his fitted! The answer was Chuck Norris.

Got around 7-8 in the crossword. The cutoff was 8 (or so I presume). Vivek and Karthick got around 14 in both quiz and crossword and qualified while I stayed back to see my dreams of contributing to EXUN 2010 shatter before my eyes. All because of a mark. 1 mark. A single mark. Did I mention that VIvek Nair managed to come second in Group Discussion?

Since I didn’t go on day 2, I don’t have anything to write about it. You can read about Day 1 and Day 2 on Vivek Nair’s Blog. A brief report is something which I can write though. With one podium finish (of Vivek’s in GD) the Code Warriors had a tensionless day 2. And thanks to Vivek Nair’s awesome performance (got 4 podium finishes) we managed to get win the overall quite easily. In Aditya Kumar’s words I say this to thee (Vivek Nair)

Sir. You. Are. Legend.

And I shouldn’t forget VS Karthick as well for coming 1st in both Quiz and Crossword

Sir. You. Are. Also. Legend.

This is how we won EXUN 2010. And particualarly EXUN for the 7th time. Breaking every record that there is.

UPDATE: Download the Senior Quiz Prelims of EXUN 2010 from here.

Download the Junior Quiz Prelims of EXUN 2010 from here

Crossword Prelims of EXUN 2010 from here. [Uploaded by Exun Clan]

Crossword Finals of EXUN 2010 from here. [Uploaded by Exun Clan]

No, you cannot download all the archives, yet. I’ll try and digg them (again) and hope that the EXUN clan uploads them as well because they usually don’t. Had the people to whom I gave the archives not lost it, I would have surely uploaded it. Till then all you can do is wait.

12 thoughts on “EXUN 2010

  1. Dude, you forgot to mention the most important thing from GD.

    Some dude said: I will make a game for "windows XP" because
    "Windows is the father of all OSes, Windows is the world's biggest company, (and allegedly) Windows is open source"

  2. All Hail CW !
    BTW, Sibesh Kar is not only making a game, he's making something like a 3D model of each classroom, with correct dimensions and all.
    Amazing guy, that.

  3. The 3-D model of our school was made by a class 9 student called Sibesh Kar. He's actually doing far more than that(a game with our school map or something)

    "Code Warriors are the best."
    ^That's only when EXUN is non-competitive 😛

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