RVCE Log 2013.02.07 – The Global-Elective-Selection Saga Terminates

Posted: February 7, 2013 by Jinkchak in RVCE, RVCE CSE, Short Stories
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[10:00 AM, February 7th, 2013 AD] – Two weeks have elapsed since my 8th semester at RVCE was declared open, and I haven’t caught sight of the Global Elective Online-Selection Modules yet. The Jinkchak Survival Guide to Selecting Global Electives in RVCE served me well until now, but it is of no use to me any longer. I heard that today’s D-day. My prospects of survival seem pretty bleak. Well, here goes nothing…

matrix-001

[10:10] – Just passed through the gates of RVCE, after displaying my ID Card. I’m currently heading towards my department.

[10:20] – After chatting with my fellow travelers whom I met during my journey, I’ve finally entered my department.

[10:21] – Took me a minute to scan my notice board to find my designated headquarters for selecting my global elective (and my HQ happens to be a computer lab). I’m heading there right away.

[10:24] – I’ve reached HQ. I’m scanning it for unoccupied general purpose devices that can be programmed to carry out a finite set of arithmetic or logical operations – in short, computers.

[10:25] – Target located. I’m running towards it as if my life depends on it.

[10:26] – Phew! That was close! Reached my target just before an opponent occupied it.

[10:27] – A web browser is already open on my machine. Let me rest awhile to catch my breath.

Chief[10:28] – The HQ chief is scrawling something on the white board near the entrance. Wait…it’s a link…Let me enter this link in my browser.

[10:29:30] – Hmmm…The Page is still loading…Damn! Session Timed out..wait…HQ Chief is saying something…Ok. He’s telling us to keep refreshing the page until it loads correctly at 10:30 AM. Just to be on the safe side, let me start my “refreshing” activity right away.

[10:29:45] – I can hear voices all around me, asking questions similar to “Did it load yet?” All answers seem to be in the negative.

[10:30:00] – It is time! My page is still loading…

[10:30:05] – Session Timed out…Refreshing….

[10:30:10] – Loading….session timed out…refreshing……………………..Have the RVCE servers crashed again….No…They cannot…Not again….I must not give up.

[10:31:00] – Loading….wait….now, I see a new error message – a 404 error. A glimmer of hope! Others seem to be getting the same message….Let me refresh again.

[10:31:05] – Session timed out…This ain’t my lucky day…Refresh.

[10:31:10] – 404 Error….Refresh

[10:31:15] – No error message yet…Is it….YES! Yippee!! The page actually loaded. I’m going to enter my name and USN at once.

[10:31:20] – After typing at a break-neck speed, I’m clicking the submit button.

[10:31:21] – Great! I am now facing a page with a list of radio buttons corresponding to the global electives. I’m scanning the list for my target. It’s only a matter of seconds…I can hear a few of my peers celebrating…They must have accomplished their missions….I need to find it before it’s too late…

[10:31:22] – Tension is building up…The voices around me seem to be saying, “It’s not loading…what’s wrong?” and “It’s loading…YESSSS!!!” all at once….I’m panicking…wait…Target Located…Locking ON! Bingo! Clicking the submit button.

[10:31:23] – I am greeted with a confirmation message…Seems legit…Clicking the submit button.

[10:31:24] – Just been greeted by a message, informing me that I am the nth candidate that captured this target. Hurray! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! The guy next to me also locked on the same target…OMG! He’s the (n + 100)th candidate to capture that target…

[10:31:25] – As I look around the battlefield, I can distinguish various personages congratulating and hugging each other; laughing and crying with joy, and at the same time, sharing their war stories…A very touching scene indeed! WE SURVIVED!

[10:32] – I am extremely glad that my mission was accomplished successfully and quickly.

accomplished

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[10:45] – I have just discovered another person’s log….Let me explore its contents:

Hmmm…Everything sounds like my log until [10:31]:

  • [10:31:05] – Session timed out…This ain’t my lucky day…Refresh.
  • [10:31:10] – 404 Error….Refresh
  • [10:32] – MAYDAY! MAYDAY! I don’t know how many times I’ve hit the refresh button, but the page isn’t loading yet. Loading…
  • [10:33] – Session Timed out…Refreshing…
  • [10:33:30] – Session Timed out…Refreshing…
  • [10:34:00] – No error message yet…Is it….YES! Yippee!! The page actually loaded. I’m going to enter my name and USN at once.
  • [10:34:20] – After typing, I’m clicking the submit button.
  • [10:34:21] – Great! I am now facing a page with a list of radio buttons corresponding to the global electives. I’m scanning the list for my target. It’s only a matter of seconds…I can hear a few of my peers celebrating…They must have accomplished their missions….I need to find it before it’s too late…
  • late[10:34:45] – Target Located…What’s this? OH NO!!! Target cannot be captured….Searching for my next target….
  • [10:35:00] – Searching…searching…Ahhh!! Found it…Noooooooo!!! This target cannot be captured too….What’s my backup plan? Hell, I don’t have any backup plan…Let me choose some random target.
  • [10:35:15] – Locking random target….I’m clicking the submit button…
  • [10:35:16] – Confirmation message seems legit…Saving…
  • [10:35:18] – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. At least, I’ve made a choice.

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[11:00] – I’ve just stumbled upon another poor victim’s log…Let me listen…

Hmmm…As bizarre as it may seem, everything seems to be identical to my log until [10:31:15].

  • [10:31:15] – No error message yet…Is it….YES! Yippee!! The page actually loaded. I’m going to enter my name and USN at once.
  • [10:31:20] – After typing at a break-neck speed, I’m clicking the submit button.
  • [10:31:21] – This stupid computer is telling me that I’ve entered invalid entries. My bad! Let me enter it again.
  • [10:31:23] – Typing slowly and carefully…Clicked the submit button.
  • [10:31:30] – What is this craziness?!! Invalid again?? Let me try one more time…
  • [10:31:32] – Typing extra-carefully and slowly…clicked the submit button.
  • [10:32:00] – WHAT??? This can’t be happening to me….Invalid again….Let me keep trying until I succeed…
  • panic[10:45:00] – Everyone seems to have accomplished their missions…I’m still stuck…There’s something terribly wrong…Let me ask my HQ Chief…
  • [10:50:00] – Just discovered that my name was entered wrongly in the database…Some generous soul had appended extra letters to my name…What a shame!
  • [11:00:00] – I need justice! I’m writing a letter to the HOD…
  • #ERROR 560059 – Log seems to be damaged or corrupted. Cannot read further.

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[12:00] – I’ve stumbled upon yet another poor victim’s log…Let me listen…

Hmmm…this is a replica of my log until [10:32].

  • [10:32] – I am extremely glad that my mission was accomplished successfully and quickly.
  • [11:45] – Why on earth did I choose this elective?? Why? Why? Why? Let me find someone who is willing to swap places with me…

wrong

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Well, as you can deduce from these logs, for the most part, the global elective on-campus selection process at RVCE went quite smoothly for most of us (including me…yeah ME!). What a relief! However, Jinkchak extends its condolences to those who couldn’t manage to accomplish this mission. May justice be served!

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