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  • Blog Post: Dad loves Surface

    I have given a surface to my daughter. A lot of my friends/family ask me how I like using Surface and whether my daughter likes it as well. I can tell you that the killer feature from dad’s point of view is Family Safety . I am not an iPad/Android user, so I do not know how they do in this area, but...
  • Blog Post: Delay Sending an Email

    Like many engineer I am partially fueled by the engineers angst. I am not always able to vent it in code and sometimes resort to sending really dumb emails :). I figured out that I can tolerate delaying sending my emails over having to smack my face every other day. Basically all emails I send is delayed...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7, my story

    Now that Windows Phone 7 is released all the gadget/tech blogs like TechCrunch, Engadget , Gixmodo are humming with reviews. Given that it’s a Version 1 product (ignore that 7 in the phone name) the reviews are great. Seeing all the buzz around gets me thinking about how I got involved in the project...
  • Blog Post: Date format

    Let me start by saying that using mm-dd-yyyy is just plain wrong. No really it just doesn’t make any sense to me. Neither does it make any sense to most people world-over if you go my the date-format map up at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Date_upd1.PNG If one uses dd-mm-yyyy it makes sense because...
  • Blog Post: Working in the United States

    I am sure everyone has read about the “you cannot possibly pronounce or spell” volcano in Iceland throwing up in the air and screwing up the entire flight system of this planet. While most people were reading about it from the comfort of their home I was doing the same while waiting in airports with...
  • Blog Post: .NETCF: The mini Y2K

    I am sure most people haven’t yet forgotten the Y2K problem . This year our team faced a mini Y2K, but don’t worry we anticipated it and all is well. If you head over to NETCF Wikipedia page you’d notice the NETCF versions look as follows <MajorVersion>.<MinorVersion>.<Year><DayofYear>...
  • Blog Post: I am the Empire

    5 years back exactly on this very day I walked into Cyber Towers office of Microsoft India for the first time. If someone asked me at that time how long I plan to work for Microsoft, my answer would’ve been couple of years max. I was still a bit suspicious of the evil empire and it took some time for...
  • Blog Post: Technical Presentation Tip

    I’m no Scot Hanselman , but even then I guess I can share at least one tip for delivering technical presentation that has worked very well for me. At the very beginning of your presentation always have a slide clearly calling out what the attendees will “Take Away” and what is the “Pre-requisites'” of...
  • Blog Post: Small Basic

    Today my father in law started teaching my 4 year old daughter how to write in Bengali which is her native language. Below is the screen shot of her attempt to write অ আ ই , the first character is written by her teacher and the rest by her. This got me thinking around when the time comes how do I introduce...
  • Blog Post: Scott Guthrie’s visit to Microsoft India

    I rarely blog about a photo but this is an exception. Scott Guthrie our Corporate Vice President for .NET Developer Platform was here in Hyderabad on a visit to Microsoft India. I had a chance to attend a bunch of product reviews and  meetings with him. Every person in our division and outside is...
  • Blog Post: When the spell checkers attack

    Today Boing Boing had a post about the Cupertino effect in which spell-checkers erroneously change valid words. I had worked on Adobe Acrobat and Adobe FrameMaker 's spell checking feature and do happen to appreciate the headache with getting them right. I face Cupertino effect most often while typing...
  • Blog Post: Designer for my path finding boards

    I'm writing a small application (or rather a screen saver) that animates and demonstrates A* search algorithm . The idea is simple. On screen you see a start and end point and some random obstacles in between them. Then you see animation on how A* algorithm is used to navigate around the board to find...
  • Blog Post: Obsession with desktop continues

    This is my new office setup. I have been pushing around a lot of code lately and felt I needed more real-estate to effectively do what I'm doing. So I hooked up another monitor. All  3 are standard HP LP1965 19" monitors. However, since none of my video cards support 3 monitors and I have a...
  • Blog Post: Guy or a Girl

    One interesting aspect of working in Internationally distributed team is that sometime it gets difficult to make common judgements. E.g. when we see a name we inherently figure out whether it's a male or female name and refer to that person as such in email. The issue is that I cannot always make the...
  • Blog Post: My workstation layout

    Our team just moved to a new building in Microsoft India campus. A lot of people were going around checking out other people's office. I got asked couple of times about my workstation layout and thought I'll do a quick post on that. Like most people in our team I use a dual monitor setup. Last...
  • Blog Post: Which end of the egg do you crack. Putting it differently, what is your Endianess

    Few people seem to know that the word Endianess comes from Gullivers travels. In Gulliver's travel where there were two types of people, the Lilliputs who cracked the small side of their soft boiled eggs and the Blefuscu who used the big side (Big-Endian). Since I'm well networked these days (over Orkut...
  • Blog Post: Multi-threaded developer

    Once upon a time a kick-ass developer I knew told me that a good developer needs to be multi-threaded and run the following threads The main worker thread : This is the one used to code up 3-tier applications for your employer. This pays for the rent and for that fancy big car. The core thread : This...
  • Blog Post: Time for a change

    I've been working for some time in Visual Studio Team System (first on the TFS server and then on the testing infrastructure). I was looking for a change and then I happened to talk with the GPM of the .NET COMPACT FRAMEWORK team. The following explains in brief what followed... ... and so I landed a...
  • Blog Post: Linked on the msdn forum for all the wrong reasons

    Someone saw a message in their Team Foundation Server history which was " Edited by God " and asked how is this possible on the msdn forum . Someone actual read my blog (or some other's but I tend to believe mine 'cause I'm linked in that page) which shows exactly how to do that. So now I have a poor...
  • Blog Post: Fun Windows Home Server site

    Windows Home Server team has a nice light-hearted site up at http://www.stayathomeserver.com/ . All of it was funny, until I reached the page http://www.stayathomeserver.com/book.aspx . It says "daddy wants to give mommy a special gift.... So he buys a stay-at-home server". That's not funny, " Wife Acceptance...
  • Blog Post: Choose your company name well

    Sometime back Hutch phone in India got bought over by the international phone giant vodafone . They re-branded Hutch in India to Vodafone. Now when I call up home and the phone is busy I get a recorded message in Bengali which means "The Vodafone number you're trying to call is busy". All that is good...
  • Blog Post: Ravenous Bugblatter beast on Indian roads

    From the HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy . " The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is a creature that hails from the planet of Traal, and will eat anything. If you are to encounter one, the Guide tells you that it's impossible to slay, so you should wrap a towel around your head. This creature is so...
  • Blog Post: How do you name your computer

    Windows gives examples of "Kitchen Computer" or "Mary's Computer" for setting the name of a computer ( Computer Name tab in System Properties ). But I'm sure that most people don't name their computers that way and show off a bit of creativity in it. Previously I used to use names from Asterix like GetAFix...
  • Blog Post: Don't forget to lock your Computer

    So Amit pointed me to this post on Coding Horror (I didn't get time to read any of the feeds for the last 2 days!!). It's about colleagues playing pranks with folks who leave their computer un-locked. I myself have done couple of these stupid but amazingly successful ones like taking screen shot of the...
  • Blog Post: One of the most interesting machine which I've ever seen - II

    Last year I had posted about a a drum playing machine I had seen. This time I got a full video of it in action. Looks and sounds awesome
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