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September, 2007

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Amazon mp3 store...

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    Amazon has finally launched it's much anticipated Mp3 store. Here's my first take...

    The store is no way better than iTunes, they just don't get the concept of user friendly design. The prices are on par, if not a wee bit cheaper. Not a very big collection but pretty good for a beta. The best part is all of this music is DRM free and will play on any device. This is really good...and it always baffles me how these companies are getting away by having DRM, esp tying my songs to devices. It's simple logic, when I buy my CD's or when I bought my tapes, they don't have any restrictions like how I can play them. I don't buy a different copy for my car and a different copy to play at home etc. So why should I be restricted when I buy a mp3 from iTunes?

    My all time favorite music site is/was allofmp3.com! If I had to describe it one word, it'd be - Phenomenal! They had a thick client which was just a joy to use. Their prices - phew! So cheap! Anyway, all good things has to come to an end. However, there is this new site, www.mp3sparks.com which is equally good...I've never purchased anything off of this site but it looks really good and the prices are COMPETATIVE! I have  feeling mp3sparks will be as addictive as crack and when they shut it down, I'd have to go thru the withdrawal symptoms all over again.

    Anyway, do your comparisons between www.mp3sparks.com and the Amazon mp3 Store - Amazon needs to work on their design and usability!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    The future of cell phones, mmm, mmm, good!

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    A very good compilation of the cell phones of tomorrow...it's amazing to see an industry evolve so fast! I still remember the mono-color, fluorescent green Nokia cell phone with a huge antenna - we've sure come a long way!

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    geekSpeak recording with Anton Delsink, VSTS - now online!

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    The recent geekSpeak show that Lynn & I hosted is online on Channel 9 - Check it out!

    This geekSpeak, recorded on Wednesday, August 8 (with host Lynn Langit and guest host Mithun Dhar), features Anton Delsink sharing a great overview of Visual Studio Team System. Anton, who is new to Microsoft, is based in Dubai. Prior to working for Microsoft he implemented VSTS solutions for customers.

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    Anton introduces us to VSTS and helps clear up any confusion over names and what tools are included in each edition. Anton enlightens us on the openness of VSTS for third party add-in tools....Continued HERE

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    FareCast.com

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    I have been evangelizing this website to every man and his dog! I can't believe websites like Twitter are getting more attention than useful, smart websites like www.FareCast.com ! Weird!

    Anyway, what's the one thing you worry about when you are planning on buying tickets for your upcoming vacation? Ticket Prices and/or When to buy them to get the best deal. Right?! This problem for most part has been solved by this awesome company called Farecast!

    It's very simple and elegant. You punch in the dates that you want to depart and return, select if you'd like to compare with other websites and voila you have your results with a recommendation and a graph showing you some price history. Simply elegant!

    My only problem - When it's time to buy, it actually takes me to another site, usually the airline site. I wish they integrated the buying aspect as well. None the less, it's a great site.

    And, oh! You can also use their farecast prediction service for hotels! (Still in Beta) Aweeeeeesomeeeeeeeeee!!!

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    Happy traveling!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    The last lecture...

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    What would you do if you knew you just had a few months to live? Would you continue doing what you are already doing or you would do something that you really enjoy doing?

    Randy Pausch, a Computer Science professor at CMU delivered this amazing lecture, unfortunately it's aptly titled for him. Randy is suffering from Pancreatic cancer. But the key take away from this lecture is his positive outlook on life. My dad always said, It's not just the length but also the breadth of your life that is important!

     

    My prayers are with Randy!

     

     

    If you want to watch the full lecture, Click HERE

    Randy's web site is HERE

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Eau de Google...

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    Not only does google provide a nice gym service to it's employees but they also provide some cologne (perfume yet to come, ladies) for those stinky men! Anyway, this is some awesome swag to give out...lol!

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    And since this is made in China, I want to make sure that this doesn't contain 'excess' amounts of lead in it....lol! Read the whole article HERE

    I better wait for Microsoft's Body Odor Remover 3.2 Oz sprayer. :) (Rest assured, it'll be top notch, but the packing wont be sexy!)

    Gotta love valleywag! 

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Caution: Contents under pleasure...

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    OK! I am covered in drool right now! O M F G! The iPhone touch is soooo damn hot! I love it, I mean the only thing missing on it is a vagina! Sorry folks, spare me from the crass analogy but Apple has really out done themselves in making the iPod look so hot and sexy! And, now they add a browser on it…phew! It’s awesome! I am already on their waiting list and will be in queue to get this one on the first day. The last time I was so excited about a product was the Sony PSP! And, it did turn out to be as expected – sleek and sexy! But the only problem was it was completely proprietary and I just didn’t feel like throwing $45 for every game I bought for the PSP! (I get employee pricing for my xBox games J $5 or $10 baby! Can’t beat that…)

    Anyway, I was refreshing my page on this website yesterday which was giving minute by minute updates from Moscone center and as soon as I heard about the iPod touch (well the rumor mills were already grinding hard!) I was grinning ear to ear. Because, I think the concept of ‘touch’ is great for a device like the iPod but it makes the iPhone totally unusable and I still stand by my stance that it is a POS! On the other hand, I wasn’t too sure about the new Nano aka Fatty! The whole idea behind the Nano was to keep it slick and this sort of defeats the purpose! I really dig the metal look and the 160 GB inclusion. Although, I’d be wary about it as its not a solid state Hard Drive device. Moving parts on a ultra portable device tend to give me sleepless nights. All said and done, I can’t wait till I actually get my own iPod touch! It’s sooo hot! Did I tell you, it’s so damn hot! God give me patience and give it to me now!!!

    Kudos to apple on creating such a wonderful product! And, yet once again they prove that when it comes to design and products that you actually FALL in Love with, Apple’s second to none!

    Although, I think this company should be re-christened to ‘Steve Jobs’!

     

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    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Aicha - Outlandish...

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    I am just unable to get this song out of my head! It's so melodious! It's sung by Isam Bachiri Azouaoui who is the lead singer for the danish band, Outlandish! This song is dedicated to his sister...

    So far, I've heard this song like about 50 times since last night and it's still stuck in my head...aargh!

     

     

     

    If you haven't already heard the original version, it's by Cheb Khaled (a very famous Algerian singer) watch it HERE!

    Enjoy!

     

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    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    The Ultimate Steal deal...

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    Tomorrow, September 12 is the launch of the Ultimate Steal for Office 2007.  This is only for College students (any student w/university email address) will be able to obtain a copy of Office 2007 Ultimate for a steep discount! $59.95!!!

    For more information you can go to:  http://theultimatesteal.com

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Meebo rooms -I'm lovin it!

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    Gotta love Web2.0 - It just makes your life so darn simple! I created this chat widget in less than 10 secs. That's producvity, that's innovation, that's fun, that's Web 2.0

    Get your own room HERE

    http://www.meebo.com/rooms

    I'm Loving it!

    -Mithun Dhar

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