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About Radius of Rainbow

 
The postings on this blog are provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confer no rights. These are my individual personal points-of-view and the posts and comments by the participants in no way represent the official point-of-view of Microsoft or any other organization.
Ok. So now that we've got this standard disclaimer out of the way, let's talk. I'm a curious geek who loves music, software and outdoors. So obviously I enjoy Seattle and working at Microsoft. Over the last few years I have worked on WinFS and Sql Server. Currently I own some cool new features in Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server.
 
Though this blog is hosted on MSDN and I'm a techie to the core, I don't intend to write a whole lot about my day job here. Rather this would be a place for me to get away from the zeros and ones and look at them from some distance.

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    The iPad Shovel

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    Just read that the WSJ is going to cost $4.15 per week on iPad . That is ridiculous given that the same content is available on the web and on Apple’s own iPhone for just $1.99 (and for free within many corporations including Microsoft :)). I think all...
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    Kudos IE!

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    Kudos to the Internet Explorer team, but not just because they delivered an early preview of the latest and greatest browser . Sure the HTML5 support, the new parallel processing script engine and improved standards support are all great. But what I think...
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    The real smart car

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    Over the holidays, I wrote a small windows mobile app that would let me listen to one of the Bollywood radio stations on my phone. It’s very handy to use voice command to start the app and have it play desi melodies as I set out for a long drive over...
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    To get them reading

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    Read a short essay by Adrian Hon about decline in reading . It talks about how people are reading less these days and what would get them to read more. I don’t know if people are reading less overall but I tend to agree that in this age of microblogs...
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    The most influential book on Influence

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    Just finished reading Influence: Science and Practice by Robert Cialdini. This has got to be one of the most convincing books I have read in a long time. I read it as part of an internal study group on Managerial Psychology and I’m glad I did. Though...
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    Microsoft Labs: Something between R & D

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    Just noticed Soma’s post on DevLabs . He introduces DevLabs as a place to share innovations happening in the developer division within Microsoft. This looks like a sibling to already existing Office Labs and  Live Labs . Pretty exciting. Microsoft...
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    Lala: Yet another business model around selling Music

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    Selling music online is an interesting business. So many people have tried their hands at it with so many different approaches… iTunes and Zune were revolutionary. They freed good music tracks from the otherwise mediocre albums. iTunes pioneered this...
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    beep…

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    Saw the latest Mac ad. In it Hodgman tries to buzz the Mac guy every time he tries to say Vista. These are getting more and more boring, negative and pointless. Come Mac folks, Think different! Also on the topic of buzzing, while its competitors are busy...
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    No Joost for me.

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    Read over at TechCrunch today that Joost has undergone a UI makeover to become an all-flash site. Don’t know how that is going to give the ailing site a boost, but good to see that Joost is still alive. They have a great idea; using P2P to deliver streaming...
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    Pirates to Profits – Deregulating the copy

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    Lawrence Lessig had an interesting essay yesterday at the WSJ. Based on his upcoming book remix, the essay is subtitled “ Digital technology has made it easy to create new works from existing art, but copyright law has yet to catch up ”. Among the solutions...
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    The famous last lecture

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    A truly moving lecture by Prof. Randy Pausch of CMU. This guy has incredible story telling skills. He kept reminding me of of Richard Feynman particularly during the first part of the lecture. Coincidentally Feynman lost his life to cancer too… ...
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    Now it's PC's turn to take a shot at Mac.

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    I'm a new soul I can do this strange world hoping I could learn a bit about how to give and take But since I came here felt the joy and the fear finding myself making every possible mistake :)
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    Naive Joel on Mesh

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    Joel's blog is one of the best resources on the net for software development. I find myself agreeing with him most of the times but his latest post on Live Mesh didn't come out to be as insightful as some of his others. If you take out his histrionics...
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    My search engine is better than your search engine

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    Hey you, yes, I am talking to you. I know you use that non-evil search engine. Yes the one with multicolor logo. You think that's the best search engine out there don't you? You are so addicted to it, you even made it your your homepage. Like a lost wanderer...
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    How to beat Guy Kawasaki to a startup

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    I admire Guy Kawasaki and love The art of start . I'd recommend his book to anybody who has ever dreamt of starting anything. So when he announced his latest venture today, I was all ears. It's called alltop . A concept so simple that it'd make you think...
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    WWT @ TED

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    The much blogged about WorldWideTelescope was talked about at TED. Here's a quick glimpse of it. I can't wait to see it live at the TechFest in a few days. Folks at MS research do a lot of cool things that only we had a privilege to look at. I am glad...
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    And I'm reading again...

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    For last couple of years my reading reading appetite has been sated by the junk news served by digg and reddit . I read it not because it was sensational but just because it was so easily accessible from my live.com page. Thanks to DailyLit , I won't...
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    VS debugger can do the trick with $user

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    It's a general perception that windbg and cdb are tools for a power debugger. Quite true! With the extensions and powerful commands, they provide the toolset you need to literally rip apart any process. Looks like VS debugger is getting there too. ...
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    Office Live Test Drive

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    The "live" wave has brought some pretty cool products to the web. I was more intrigued by Office live. I thought it was going to be a web based version of Office products but they came out with something totally different. Free domain sounded...
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    Administrators? Whats that?

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    It might not be as glorious as the "root" but Administrators command similar rights and privileges. But not every locale uses that string to identify the all powerful group of users. That might introduce interesting bugs. Even in some microsoft tools...
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    An Ode to the Spell Checker

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    Eye have a grate come pewter, the lay test gnu pea sea; it will a cyst me two low Kate Miss steaks eye can knot sea. This peace eye rote is rite, eye no; my trustee check err tolled me sew! Author: Lenny Pitt (?) http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/directory/directory...
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    Pirates to profits

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    There's unrest in the music industry since last couple of years. Napster and its cousins have created agitation in their camp. The industry has fought back with measures ranging from suing creators and users of p2p services to educating users about the...
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    Good virus/Bad Virus

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    Microsoft has always been blamed for being a monopoly. But Dan Geer went further ahead to term it the cause of a monoculture. Here's the famous paper where he comapred the Internet to Microsoft Monoculture! According to him the network could be sharing...
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