B. J. RAM RAO
Hi, I am Baji Jagannatha Ram Rao.
I was born and educated in Bombay (which, since 1996 is called Mumbai).
I have lived and worked over eight years in the USA, Canada, Holland, Germany and Singapore.
After earning a first class BE in electronics & communications engineering, I enjoy a fulfilling thirty-two year tech. career to date.
By way of skills, I am a computer professional, consultant, electronics engineer and software engineer, systems analyst, software designer and developer, tech support specialist, coach and teacher, public speaker and presenter.
Between 1981 and the present, I have worked in some of India's large global IT companies and engineering giants.
I was COO of a couple of software companies and founded and ran a medical software startup in Mumbai.
I have served companies, such as IBM New York; Hewlett-Packard Washington;
Personal CAD Systems, California; Bell-Northern Research Canada;
Europe Container Terminus, Netherlands; Vattenfall Group, Sweden;
Matsushita Systems Engg, Japan; Medtronic Physio-Controls, USA;
Novellus, USA; FIC Taiwan/Canon Camera and EEC Taiwan.
For hobbies, I love to write and blog about and sketch motor-vehicles,
shoot photos and videos and build 3D software models.
I am an aircraft aficionado and
an automobile enthusiast.
Passionate about travel and
Love to sing Bollywood songs of the 1960s and jam along on a Yamaha keyboard.
Currently, I pursue my passion of music.
I live in Chembur, Mumbai.
Intel 8080, the
first real microprocessor that ushered in the microcomputer revolution
was announced in
I was an Inter Sc. Student at SIES, Sion. The
following summer in 1975, I joined engineering college.
was at Manipal
Institute of Technology from 1975 to 1980.
Back then the institute was under the University of Mysore.
My father’s friend at BARC, Mr. B. R. Bairi hailed from Udipi. When he
visited his parents, he stopped by
at my engineering college to meet me. It was Diwali 1975. We talked
computers. I didn’t know much but was brimming with curiosity. I had a
hand-held 4-function calculator-- a Casio Pocket-Mini.
Its CPU and display driver were in a single integrated chip(μPD974C).
It had an eight-digit vaccuum fluorescent display. I had been trying to
fathom programming, reading a Fortran-IV programming textbook. The
Casio calculator and Fortran stimulated interesting conversation.
Mr. Bairi suggested that I apply to the Bhabha
Atomic Research Center (BARC) for hands-on training in computer programming
during the summer vacations.
Back then, BARC had a Soviet BESM-6 (БЭСМ-6) mainframe.
БЭСМ stands for
“Быстродействующая Электронно-Счетная Машина”
Mashina”, meaning, “High-speed Electronic
The BESM-6 was a 9-MHz, 1 MIPS, 48-bit machine with 60,000 transistors and 170,000 diodes.
That year, in 1975, Paul Allen and Bill Gates wrote their BASIC interpreter for
the MITS Altair, the first hobby microcomputer and founded what would
college, we were studying numerical methods.
In the summer of 1976, I wrote my first computer
program to implement the Newton-Raphson root-finding algorithm to
find the roots of a polynomial. At BARC, I used the
powder-blue IBM Type 029
and Type 129 key punches to produce decks
of Hollerith cards with Fortran-IV source code. A deck was
submitted for batch-processing overnight and in the morning a 132-column
drum-printed output would await in my pigeon-hole in the varnished plywood rack at BARC North site.
in the late
seventies, computer architecture was implemented
with TTL chips
logic. As an engineering student at BARC during
the Diwali-1976 holidays, I learned to program in
assembly language on an ECIL 16-bit TDC-316 mini. The
TDC-316 was inspired by the PDP-11 from Digital Equipment
Corp. (DEC),Maynard, Massachusetts.
announced their first 32-bit supermini: the VAX series.
Suddenly the current 16-bit machines were outdated.
Data-General immediately launched their own 32-bit effort
to beat DEC to market. They called it the “Fountainhead
Project”. However, two years later in 1978, the VAX 11/780
was released. Fountainhead proj. mgmt. had failed
to beat DEC to market. DG then killed Fountainhead and
launched their “Eagle Project” a crash 32-bit
based on the Eclipse.
Tracy Kidder's 1981 book, “The
Soul Of A
New Machine” described
these travails. The book won the Pulitzer. The DG Eclipse MV/8000 was
finally delivered in 1980, the year I graduated.
September 1977 issue of the Scientific American, was an eye-opener.
I convinced my college librarian to let me borrow the library reference
copy long enough to photocopy it.
In 1977, photocopying was a laborious
The plain-paper xerographic electrophotocopier
was the size of an autorickshaw.
And I had to travel to the next town: Udipi to access it.
Each page to be photocopied was mounted on an easel.
Then the photographer would charge a selenium-coated photo-receptor
plate with static electricity.
He would then place the plate into his bellows-type view camera and
photograph (shoot) the page.
The plate with an electrostatic image would then be placed in an
aluminum box and dusted with fine black toner powder.
The toner would stick forming an image on the plate, which would then
be placed in a “fixer” along with the paper.
A heat-fixing process would cause the toner to adhere to the paper.
Using this wonderful machine, I copied the current Sept.’77
issue of the Scientific American. That photocopy marked a watershed in
my engineering ambitions. It inspired me to build a career on the
made great strides since the Intel 8080. An
ever-increasing amount of functionality is integrated in-silicon.
CPU-design battles are now fought with large gate count, IP-based,
bus-intensive system-on-chips (SoC), designed using SystemVerilog.
The essential spirit of the high-tech industry,
the feverish pace, the mystique, the go-for-broke
approach to business continues, as the industry pursues mind-bending
technological innovations with new generations pouring out of the engineering
is hardly anything in the world that somebody cannot worsen a little,
little cheaper and rightfully prey on people who consider price only.
"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's self-defeating to pay too little.
When you pay too much you lose a little money, That is all.
When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because
the product or service you bought was incapable of the exact function
of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It
cannot be done.
lowest bidder, it is sensible to put something away for the risk you
run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something
Ruskin (1819..1900) Philosopher, Author
Quality costs money
Is your business worth the investment?
We humans are
social beings, born unwittingly as the result of others' actions.
Our daily survival depends on other human beings. Our every living
moment benefits from others' activities.
The only way to be
anxiety, doubt and disappointment
for us to have a genuine
concern for others and
strive for happy relationships.
Keys to genuine human
happiness: Love, Compassion,
Patience, Tolerance and Forgiveness
ले, आँखों में आँखें डाल,
||Look (at life),
straight in the eye
ले, हर पल में जीना यार,
||Learn, to live in
ले, जीवन के पल हैं चार,
||Think: Life is
barely four moments long
रख, मरना है एक बार
||Remember: we must
die only once
से पहले जीना, सीख ले
||Before you die,
learn to live