I know the answer (it's 42)

A blog on coding, .NET, .NET Compact Framework and life in general....

March, 2007

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  • I know the answer (it's 42)

    Build 24 - The 24 hour non-stop coding competition

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    Last week at Microsoft India we had a 24 hour non-stop coding competition named Build 24. It was one of the most amazing things I had seen in a long time. Initially we got luke-warm response and a very few teams signed-up. However, in the morning when the competition started we soon had 36 teams and 150 people signed up.

    All of the folks gathered in a room and started working non-stop for 24 hours on their ideas and pet projects. The next day at noon each team presented their ideas, half-finished work and for some folks fully working stuff to a set of MS India execs. They were exalted with what they saw and anounced the prizes. Guess what, we won too!!!! Unfortunately I can't disclose what we developed but I can give a hint. Its on the wishlist of every coder under the "I'd one day create a ...
    " heading. I sincerely hope that we are able to give better shape to this one day...

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    Which font do you use

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    I was reading Sriram's posts about his fling with fonts which reminded me that I have a peculiar attachment with courier new. I use it liberally. My emails are in Courier new teal and my website is also in the same font but uses a different color scheme (white over black). Since most of the time I'm coding and editors typically use fixed width font like courier new, I kind of got used to it.

    Each time I boot up a new box, I set the console font to courier and some insanely small size. Again I have an obsession with seeing as much as I can in a single screen.

    However, working in Adobe had got me in touch with some people for whom fonts are the very basis of existance. I saw one of them cringe when one mentioned "font format". He went into a lengthy lecture on how modern fonts are actually languages that specify curves and not a format like the older Bitmapped fonts.

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    Microsoft ships the most secure OS

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    Symantec reports that MSFT fared better than apple and other copetitors (including Red Hat) in providing the most secure OS. Read a nice summary here. Since this comes from a MSFT competitor (in another market) and a leading security software vendor, it makes it all the more credible.

    I was pleasantly surprised.

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