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* shall i tell you?

Posted on July 17th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

Subject: Submission in IED
Date: 03/27/2017 04:33 PM

By mistake we submitted last Sunday’s,26th March deadline in someone else’s account.
So can anything be done now .

Thanks for help.

Ok, mistakes happen. After several mails, it became interesting and I replied:

Subject: Re: Submission in IED
Date: 03/27/2017 04:44 PM

In whose account did you submit? And then what happens to their submission? And for which group are you submitting? So without that information I can’t help.

Reply to that from the student:

Subject: Re: Submission in IED
Date: 03/27/2017 04:47 PM

I know whose account we submitted on.
Should I tell you, sir ?

Thanks for help

This was the last mail. How will I answer that question and what shall I do now? 😀


* internship through coolness

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

Over the summer vacation we offered several internships to students to work in various areas. After the application phase in which interested students could submit their cover letters and CVs, we had to sort out suitable candidates. One application had no text at all. There was only one photo attached:

The candidate wore even the same sunglasses. Would have loved to invite him for an interview…


* your decision, your consequences

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

Date: 1 March 2017 08:14 PM

Good evening sir,
I and a few other students of your class are leaving for Indore tomorrow for a sports fest at IIM Indore. We’ll be returning on Monday.
Can we review our answer sheets after Monday, anytime convenient for you?

B. Tech. First Year
IIIT Delhi

You forgot to release the caps lock while shouting the subject line to me. And certainly I will adapt my schedule to your availability and any other of the 261 students who are in the same course. Because you are not that special that I do it only for you. Same right for everybody. Please let me know your most convenient time, so that I can deliver your answer sheet to your room.

Your decision, your consequences. Nobody is forcing you to go somewhere else and miss classes, exam reviews, quizzes, lunch in the mess or the train.


* misinterpretation of location

Posted on June 26th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

We had a meeting starting at 9:30am, however one party was missing.

Subject: Re: [Update] Embedded Optimization Meeting
Date: 23 January 2017 09:41 AM

Sorry sir, I misinterpret the the location. I am in Hostel. Can I join via skype?

On Jan 23, 2017 09:37, “Alexander Fell” wrote:

Just in case you missed that location

On Saturday 21 January 2017 04:24 PM, ████████ wrote:

Please accept the invitation for Monday’s meeting at Prof. Fell’s room.
Embedded Optimization Meeting
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:30am – 10:30am India Standard Time
████████ – organizer

I did not know that “misinterpreting” my location meant that my office is shifted to the hostel. In any case, walk (better run) for 300m to cover the distance to my office, please.


* plagiarism in code?

Posted on June 19th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

To different groups submitted the following files containing their project code. The task was to use the interrupt and a timer of the Atmega328P on the Arduino board.

Group 1: (filename: timer.c)

#include <avr/io.h>
#include <avr/interrupt.h>

void add_delay()
    cli(); 						// Disables interrupts
    TCCR1B |= 0b00001100; 		// Sets timer/counter control register B for 256 prescalar and WGMI2 high for begining CTC MODE   
    TIMSK1 |= 0b00000010;		// OCIE1A (switching on compare interrupt enable)
    OCR1A = 31249;				// Sets compare value
int main()
  add_delay();    	// Call the add_delay function to add the 0.5 sec delay
 return 0; 

     PORTB^=0x20;	// Toggling led

Group 2: (filename: timer.c)

int main()
    cli();	// disable interrupts
    OCR1A = 31250;	// ompare value
    TCCR1B |= 0b00001100; 	//setting timer control register B for prescalar=256 and WGMI2 high for begining CTC MODE   
    TIMSK1 |= 0b00000010;	// OCIE1A (switching on compare interrupt enable)
    sei(); //enable global interupt
     PORTB^=0x20;// toggling led

Although both did the same task and hence not much variations are expected in the submission, do you think that the groups “exchanged” their code and obscured it to throw off the plagiarism detector or are the submissions genuine? What would you say? Leave a comment!


* sir, please read my email (part 2)

Posted on June 12th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

In continuation of the post last week, here is the complete email:

Date: 07 September 2016 10:10 PM
Subject: ECE-270 LCD Assignment – Retract (Please Read The Mail Content)

I have some issue which i like to discuss with you.
Sir, i did my assignment using the tutorials which are available on YouTube, not the tutorial/guide which you shared in the assignment. So when i was watching the videos ,i was writing my code and therefore some the function name and variables are similar to that which he wrote in the video. Moreover, some of the students wee also facing the issue in interfacing with LCD and hence i suggested them the same video. Therefore, their function name may be similar to my code.
For example consider this : i have made a function named COMMAND in my code and in lab i observed the code of other one the other group they made the same Same function name with same name.
So, in this sense the code may be similar.
So, i want to ask that if i retract my assignment, is there any policy that you first check the code for plagiarism, if found you will award 0 to those who withdrawn their assignment otherwise the group will get the marks which the TAs gave them during the evaluation in lab.

However, i would like to retract my assignment and assure you that it won’t happen ever again.


████████ ████████████
B.Tech ECE 2015 | ████████

It seems that his shift key is rarely working when it comes to the message body and the capitalization of characters, but caps lock does work.
It is always interesting the excuses students use, when it comes to plagiarism and copying of code. The whole explanation that this student gives here, was not the reason, why his work was flagged as plagiarized. There might even be a chance that his code has not been detected as copied in the first place. But we will never know…


* sir, please read my email

Posted on June 5th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

Date: 07 September 2016 10:10 PM
Subject: ECE-270 LCD Assignment – Retract (Please Read The Mail Content)

I have some issue which i like to discuss with you.

Writing in the subject line “Please Read The Mail Content” makes me read the mail definitely. In addition does every word in the subject line have to start with a capital letter or was it converted from “PLEASE READ THE MAIL CONTENT”?
In the end I was happy that there was an issue to discuss and hence this was the reason to write an email in the first place. And I thought that usually emails do not have any valuable content at all and so far I ignored all of those useless and annoying messages. 🙂


* deadline is approaching

Posted on May 29th, 2017 by Alex. Filed under Funny Emails.

In the course “Introduction to Engineering Design” (IED), taught at IIIT-D, the students have to find a problem in society which they want to solve using technology. Two months into the course a deadline was set, till when the student groups had to select their idea and write a short proposal. This is the mail from a first year BTech student, received a few hours before the deadline:

Subject: Project Submission
Date: 28/02/2014

Respected Sir,

As you are well aware, tonight is the deadline for the project idea submission in IED. Please suggest an idea ASAP, but dont make it too difficult.


Well, of course I am aware of the deadline, since I put it there. But definitely, I will ignore your impolite email, sit down and do your work and that too ASAP. Your wish is my command and I do apologize for even demanding that you work for your own education. Any inconvenience is deeply regretted, sir!


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