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June, 2007

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    This is Sparta! *chuckle chuckle*


    A colleague of mine just sent me this funny pic! :))


    It'll make a lot of sense if you have seen the movie 300

    And, if you haven't seen the movie yet - You are missing a lot! I don't think there's any other movie with so many ab's on display! Yuck!



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    Ad wars are always entertaining...


    I don't usually post fishy news, especially forwards without verifying! And, I didn't find anything misleading or false with these ad's...

    Yeah, yeah, I snopes.com'd it before posting it here!


    Here's what you need to know first:

    These were published in South Africa...
    1. BMW started this Advertisement
    2. Audi answered
    3. Subaru needed to say something
    4. Bentley wanted and had the last word 











    Just genius!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Every apple employee get's an iPhone, Charity begins at home...


    Steve Job's is not the richest man in the world nor is his company the biggest/richest company in  the world! But still, it is one of the MOST Admired companies in the world! And this act of generosity tells you exactly what differentiates him from others. When the iPod Mini was launched, every employee got one...and now every Apple Employee get's an iPhone! How DARN COOL IS THAT!!! DANG!!

    According to Timesonline.com "In a company-wide address to Apple workers Mr Jobs said that each of the firm's 20,000 odd employees would receive a $599 (£299) iPhone for free — a gift with a total retail value of $12 million, according to reports."



    What is it that makes Apple a cult company? People are flocking in droves to buy this iPhone...sometimes, you really have to wonder if its really the Product or the maker of the product? Or if it's simply Steve Job's charisma... I adore this guy!




    Now, if only SteveB decided to give all of his employees a Zune! Wishful thinking? Yeah, I guess so :(


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Bill Gates goes back to School...


    “I've been waiting for more than 30 years to say this: Dad, I always told you I'd come back and get my degree,"

    "I'll be changing my job next year, and it will be nice to finally have a college degree on my resume,"

    Read on……………

    Commencement Speech at Harvard for the class of 2007



    Gates, then and now:


    Other related articles:




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    Microsoft's response to iPhone...


    And you thought, the buzz about iPhone died out!

    We at Microsoft aren't just sitting on our butts watching Apple take away the device market! We are working to create the next coolest thing since iPhone!

    Here's a sneak peak into bldg 117 - Microsoft's mobile mecca! Sneak Peak...


    And watch this space for more excitement about the iPhone! :) Guaranteed you'll love your iPhone even more starting next Wednesday... ;)

    Want to guess what it is??? :)


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Are you type ENTP?


    If you are familiar with C G Jung's personality types you already know what this is about! Just now, I was reading this awesome page on Wikipedia about ENTP! Read more HERE


    Basically, ENTP (Extroverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving) is one of the sixteen personality types[1] from personality type systems based on C.G. Jung, of which the best-known are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI),[2] Keirsey Temperament Sorter and Socionics.


    The Characteristics are:

    At their best, people with ENTP preferences[3] constantly scan the environment for opportunities and possibilities. They see patterns and connections not obvious to others and at times seem to be able to see into the future. They are adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analysing them strategically. ENTPs are good at understanding how systems work and are enterprising and resourceful in maneuvering within them to achieve their ends.

    ENTPs are enthusiastic innovators. Their world is full of possibilities, interesting concepts and exciting challenges. They are stimulated by difficulties, quickly devising creative responses and plunging into activity, trusting their ability to improvise. They use their Intuition primarily externally and enjoy exercising ingenuity in the world. ENTPs are likely to be:

    • Creative, imaginative and clever
    • Theoretical, conceptual and curious

    ENTPs use their Thinking function[4] primarily internally to analyse situations and their own ideas and to plan. They admire competence, intelligence, precision and efficiency. ENTPs are usually:

    • Analytical, logical, rational and objective
    • Assertive and questioning

    ENTPs are enterprising, resourceful, active and energetic. They respond to challenging problems by creating complex and global solutions. They are usually adept at "reading" other people, seeing how to motivate them and assuming leadership in times of chaos. They can do almost anything that captures their interest.

    Summary: quick, ingenious, good at many things. Stimulating company, alert and outspoken. May argue for fun on either side of a question. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems, but may neglect routine assignments. Apt to turn to one new interest after another. Skillful in finding logical reasons for what they want.



    Remember the Apple ad that I posted? Anyone fit the bill?


    Hate nothing more than conformity! Dare to be different!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    I (heart) thinkgeek.com


    Creativeness knows no bounds! And, no e-commerce site is more creative than thinkgeek! If you are a true geek like me you’d already have spent a fortune in that store buying stuff that is ‘cool’ :)



    Nothing beats waking up to the sounds and shrills of ‘The flying alarm clock’ Dang it!! I’m ordering one...now! Couple all that fun with a nice propeller-driven key which leaps off your bed-stand. Try sleeping through that racket! Here’s the best part – To turn the alarm off, you’d have to get out of the bed and plug it back into the alarm. There’s no way you’re going to bed after so much exercise.


    Watch it in operation HERE!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Microsoft Response point from our research labs!


    If there was a geek heaven on planet earth – It’d have to be Microsoft Research! I just love this place, it’s a Mensa congregation! The best brains in the industry converge at one place called building 114 in Microsoft (Redmond, WA).

    Earlier today, I was talking to a former team mate who is still with MSR as a developer and he’s working on this really cool device called as Microsoft Response point (I wish the name was cooler! Darn MS legal!) Finally, we are bringing VoIP into the Enterprise! And, it couldn’t have been easier…

    Essentially Response point is a very cool, simple state of the art PBX system designed for small businesses. Really, it’s that simple! Plug and play…

    MSRP           MSRP2


    Here are some of the sailient features of Response point:

    • Phone and service configuration wizards
    • Phone auto discovery
    • One-touch voice commands
    • Automated Receptionist
    • Built in voicemail
    • Voicemail to e-mail forwarding
    • Incoming call notifications on your PC
    • Microsoft Outlook contact integration
    • Two-click backup and restore

    Here’s a great article about Response point from eWeek. For more information read my colleague, Robert Brown’s blog! And, this group is spearheaded by Xuedong Huang (XD) – If you are familiar with the speech industry this name needs no introduction. XD and Kai Fu Lee were both in the Speech Division at Microsoft. Both of them great leaders and a lot of fun to work with.

    I miss working with that team, such a great bunch!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    CardSpace books written by my colleagues...


    Finally, here’s a great book about CardSpace written by the my colleagues Vittorio Bertocci, Garrett Serack and Caleb Baker. I was talking to Vittorio earlier this morning about CardSpace for Windows Mobile devices and he pointed me to his blog. It’s a great source of information if you want to learn anything about CardSpace (Including trivia, like if you are wondering why the raccoon on the cover page of this book – it’s HERE). Be sure to check his awesome blog at Vittorio Bertocci




    Also, check out Marc Mercuri's book on CardSpace...these should be more than enough to make you experts on CardSpace.




    CardSpace rocks!


    -Mithun Dhar

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    To love or to be loved?


    Epiphany’s often occur out of the purple! You just have this aha-ah! Moment and you realize that the whole cosmic world works in harmony – like clockwork! Although, when you watch and examine individual moments of the jewels in the clock they don’t make sense. Connect them and you can see the purpose of the greater goal! Whole vision! Yesterday, I had one such moment. Epiphany!

    Like my title says, to love or to be loved has been a question on my mind since a long time. It all started when a friend of mine asked me this naïve question – Whom would you want to be with? Someone who loves you or someone whom you loved. In an ideal world, the answer would be very simple because love always is and should be a two way street. But, the problem is twofold, 1 – The world isn’t ideal and 2 – Love is seldom a two way street.

    That simple question has been on the back of my mind forever! The answer seems to be situational and conflicting with my thoughts and emotions. Being a student of scientific thought, reason has always been my best friend in solving problems and this is one area where it’s failed miserably. When the heart and the mind think alike its perfect harmony – Symphony even; but the problem arises when the heart and mind don’t think alike – which then is pure cacophony. It’s stuff like this that often lead you into an epiphany.

    Simple, plain daily events lead you to that Eureka moment! It suddenly will all make sense – Some events yesterday led me to conclude that it’s always better to be with someone who loves you more than you love them. (I know it’s a chicken and egg problem and that’s a different blog post for a different day!) The simplest analogy I can think of is a football coach and his team. During practice the coach yells, screams and beats the players spirits down. His only motive in all of this criticism is the hope of making each of his team members a star player. But once they are on the field, the coach never condemns them but instead cheers and applauds them. Especially, when the opponent team is at fault, and wrong the coach regardless of anything/anyone will stand by his team, and his team members. Why? Because, it’s His team and He loves his team. It’s just the right thing to do! When there is no love, there is no respect and without respect there is no love and such a relation is often a recipe for disaster. Because no matter what, in life, there will be times when you are wrong and it’s at times like this that you are looking for some support and solidarity from people whom you love. Regardless of the outcome, you just look for some support and don’t expect to be let down. Nothing hurts one more than being let down by the ones whom you love. But it’s also times like this that shows you who cares for you and who doesn’t! It’s a great litmus test! And if it’s people who love you, they support you and help you get thru the situation but later tell you what could’ve been done better (Post game talk by the coach in the locker rooms)! If it’s someone who doesn’t love you, then of course, they don’t have to stick by you, nor respect you! They are sure rightful like every other person in the street to point a finger at you and leave you on your own to defend! This – my dear friend, is whom you don’t want in life! Because, in life it’s always a great feeling to be loved and wanted. Someone who’ll stick by you thru your thick and thin and someone who’ll stand by you and help you thru it. If you have someone like that – look no further!

    I am sure we are all blessed with someone like this – but, do we make them ours?

    To be loved!


    Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

    --Robert Frost

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