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 visiting places.
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.


The Intel 8080, the first real microprocessor that ushered in the microcomputer revolution was announced in April 1974.
I was an Inter Sc. Student at SIES, Sion. The following summer in 1975, I joined engineering college.

I 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” “Bystrodeystvuyushchaya Yelektronno-Schetnaya Mashina”, meaning, “High-speed Electronic Calculating Machine”.
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 become Microsoft.

At 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.

Back in the late seventies, computer architecture was implemented with TTL chips and MSI 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.

In 1976 DEC 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 effort 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.

Going back, the 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 expensive process.
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 microcomputer frontier.

Computer design has 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 colleges.

"There is hardly anything in the world that somebody cannot worsen a little, sell a 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 you intended.

The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It cannot be done.

If you deal with the 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 better."

John Ruskin (1819..1900) Philosopher, Author

Quality costs money
Is your business worth the investment?


Just think…

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 happy, alleviate anxiety, doubt and disappointment is:
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


देख ले, आँखों में आँखें डाल, Look (at life), straight in the eye
सीख ले, हर पल में जीना यार, Learn, to live in every moment
सोच ले, जीवन के पल हैं चार, Think: Life is barely four moments long
याद रख, मरना है एक बार Remember: we must die only once
मरने से पहले जीना, सीख ले Before you die, learn to live