Of Ram and Sriram



It is a fact of life that your firstname may not be unique in an organisation of a hundred plus people. Things get tricky when even your 'firstname lastname' combination is not unique (or unique enough). My friend and colleague Ram is actually Sriram Narayanan. It differs from my full name by just an extra 'an' the end. We generally receive each other's emails (and money sometimes) and have learnt to live with it. Then someone started talking to me about my writings on Solaris! This post is to clarify matters a bit. The picture on the right is me.

Ram joined ThoughtWorks a little later than I did and he was kind enough to refer to himself by a shorter version of his real firstname. Ram blogs at http://dynamicproxy.livejournal.com

Usability rant: I wish *enterprise* email clients could pop up mug-shots of individuals when helping with name completion. Enough said.

9 comments:

ROhan said...

Dude .. have you installed and checked out the latest version of Solaris ?

Har ... har

Sidu said...

Heh. You should register bagheera as an alias on Notes. After the first 100 times I pinged you by mistake on YIM, I added (bagheera) to your name.

Anonymous said...

So many Solaris posts... Where did you get the motivation...

Anonymous said...

;)

suresh said...

whose blog am i reading now? Ram's or Sriram's? :))

-from another guy who shares a similar problem

suresh said...

imagine the problem people in China might be facing. Apparently, there are about only 100 surnames that the entire nation shares.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/13/wnames113.xml

Josh Graham said...

I'll no longer complain about having another Josh ("Josh Price") in the same office as me!

Selva said...

man..what a way to get a famous...now the whole world knows about you, because of the other Sriram :D

Ram said...

adding to the confusion....I sometimes get (both??) your emails - Ram (1st TW Ram) Singaram

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