I was browsing through the 'Microsoft daily' and came across this interesting trivia - Can you guess the kid in the picture? :))
In the world:
December 1, 1990 — Workers tunnel through a wall of rock, connecting the two ends of the underwater tunnel linking Calais, France with Folkestone, England known as the Chunnel.
November 27, 1940 — Lee Yuen Kam is born. Later known as martial arts film star Bruce Lee, he died at the age of 32 of a brain edema.
November 29, 1979 — Microsoft announces it is expanding its service to the European market with the addition of Vector Microsoft, Haasrode, Belgium. James Porzak will head the new operation, which is a division of Vector International.
James Porzak is shown here with Bill Gates in the 10800 Northeast 8th office in Bellevue, WA on November 29, 1979. Porzak was one of four partners who founded Vector in 1977.
I was in Munich right after the Soccer World Cup and every restaurant and bar and public toilet had this awesome pee stalls with a ball and a goal post. Again, not to sound like a sexist but I think this is totally a Guy's thing - We love to have some humor while we pee. Sometimes we like to draw stuff, sometimes we like to aim far, some times we like to pee off from the summit after a long hike! And, this time in Munich, I liked to play ball while I pee'd! The point of this post is to just reminiscence the good times I had in Munich...and I was so excited as soon as I saw this picture! The red ball is suspended from a thread above and you count the number of times the ball is inside the goal post! :) Makes pee'ing a lot more fun and entertaining...at least it did to me!
Juvenile, I know!
Boys will be boys!
I will be doing a web cast covering the MS Unified Communications platform SDK's and talking about how you can include communications into your LOB's. Michael Dunn who is a UC MVP will also be co-hosting. Should be a fun session! Come hear us out...
When: Thursday, Nov 29th between 11:00 and Noon.
Unified Communications for Developers: Building Communications into Your Applications
Microsoft Unified Communications (UC) is turning the traditionally hardware-oriented communications world into software. Building the Unified Communications platform, with rich APIs and solid tool support, is a cornerstone of that strategy. In this session, we give an overview of what scenarios the UC platform enables and the APIs and software development kits (SDKs) that Microsoft Unified Communications offers. We demonstrate how to integrate presence, voice over IP (VoIP), video, and messaging into your applications, and also how to build powerful communications applications like IM-based query/response bots, outbound notifications, and speech technology-enabled telephony applications. Communications now can be a first class feature in Windows and Web applications; this is the introductory presentation of how you can leverage that capability as a developer.
Register Here: http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032357751&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US
Google closed today @ $666.00 :) Is this a sign from up above? ;)
The Seattle VSTS User Group is meeting on Campus for its second UG meeting. I am pretty stoked as they have a very good speaker – Jeff Levinson, talking at this UG meeting. Here’s a quick agenda for this Wednesday’s meeting:
Date and Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm on Wednesday Nov 28, 2007
Topic: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Overview
Location: MS Redmond Campus - Building 118- Room Mt. Si
Click here for a map of the location.
Speaker: Jeff Levinson (from NW Cadence)
Click here to register for the event
Database Professionals allows you to write repeatable unit tests for your database with help from the data generator. In this meeting I will show you how to write unit tests and use data generation to ensure a consistent database experience free from bugs! We will also look at how you can use data generation independently of unit testing to help generate generic data instead of using sensitive production data! This will include a look at some of the new features of the DB Pro Power Tools. We’ll finish off the night with a look at customizing the unit testing conditions and building your own data generator!
If you haven’t already registered, do so by clicking HERE! And while you are there, please do fill up the brief survey that will help fine tune the User Group to serve the community better! Survey! (It shouldn’t take you more than 1½ minutes)
See you all on Wednesday!
Different people have different vices and my 'current' vice is the new Tag Heuer Link Calibre S wrist watch! It all started about a month ago when I landed at the McCarran International airport in Las Vegas. Amongst other gorgeous 'stuff' the new Tag Heuer Calibre S caught my eye! I was mesmerized from the get go! Since my 5th grade, I have a weakness for watches! There's something about having a nice watch rest on your wrist. It's this nice feeling of umm...content? Perhaps! I usually prefer automatic watches but do make exceptions once in a while. Anyway, I've been doing some serious research to find a good price on this watch. So far, the best price I can get is at Dubai - @ the WafiCity mall - @ Ahmed Siddiqi & Sons and the second best is at a store in Sydney, Australia.
I have to cure my sleepless nights - and the cure my friend, is to feed the frenzy! I really hope have to win the lotto this Christmas!
It's sad that the things I love the most are just that - 'things'! I can swear I wasn't like this before :|
If you love coffee and adore your cuppa joe like me, you'd know that a real cup of latte is not real unless it's served in a REAL cup (Porcelain) and has some latte art on it. Needless to say, Microfoam coffee is quintessential!
If you are in Seattle, WA hit me up and we can sure talk more about this awesome drink! Here are my favorite coffee houses in Seattle:
Well, you can't throw a stick in Seattle without hitting a coffee shop or a man wearing crocs. :) If you are in the neck of my woods don't forget to enjoy a good cup of coffee! I have made up my mind that next year, I am spending quality money and getting a nice espresso machine :) (The one that I want right now costs me $900!!! Ouch!!!) In the meantime, I'll practice on improving my Latte Art talent...
A very emotional,
If you are a math lover nerd like me, you'll go out and drink to this announcement from Microsoft!
The Microsoft Math Add-in for Word 2007 has shipped and is live and available for download. Congratulations to the team for shipping this early and fine example of Office integration!
The add-in enhances Word 2007 with computational and graphing capabilities. With the add-in, you can:
You can download the add-in from the Microsoft.com download center:
To use the add-in, open Word 2007, type Alt-= to create a RichEdit math object, type an equation or expression, and right-click on the equation to see options for solving and graphing within Word.
Amidst other news today, Microsoft announced the Release to Manufacture (RTM) of its Developer tools suite - Visual Studio 2008! People everywhere rejoiced and celebrated this announcement! :)
OK, I'll stop being high with joy...but, as most of you already know, we announced earlier this morning, Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 have been released!
Visual Studio 2008 provides over 200 new features, including…
The .NET Framework 3.5, based on proven technology, adds new features in several major technology areas including:
· Deep integration of Language Integrated Query (LINQ) and data awareness throughout the runtime, compiler, and class libraries. This new feature will let code written in LINQ-enabled languages to filter, enumerate, and create projections of several types of collections using the same syntax.
· Integrated support for Web 2.0 AJAX style applications and services in ASP.NET and Windows Communication Foundation. Providing customers with direct support of REST/POX and JSON support within in their ASP.NET applications.
· New workflow-enabled services technology provides customers with improved and long-running services by adding new Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation tools to simplify building workflow-enabled services.
· Additions to the base class library (BCL) to address some of the most common customer needs, including integration with Event Tracking for Windows and new add in hosting model for extensibility.
Here's more to help you get started:
Visual Studio 2008 Trial Downloads:
Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit – Now Available!
I am pleased to announce that the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit has been updated for the RTM and has been released on the Microsoft.com Download Center for anyone to download and use.
The Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit contains a full 5-days of technical content including 20 hands-on labs, 28 presentations, and 20 scripted demos. The technologies covered in the kit include: LINQ, C# 3.0, VB 9, WCF, WF, WPF, Windows CardSpace, Silverlight, ASP.NET Ajax, .NET Compact Framework 3.5, VSTO 3.0, Visual Studio Team System, and Team Foundation Server.
You can download the entire training kit from the download center here: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7602397. The kit is just over 120MB compressed. After downloading the kit, simply run the installation program to extract the contents to your local machine. Once the installation process is complete, you will see an HTML page that allows you to navigate through the contents of the kit.
One of the hands-on labs from the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit is now online and available as an MSDN Virtual Lab. The “Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2008” lab is available on MSDN Virtual Labs here. Developers can now get started with VS 2008 in a minute and explore the new CSS and web designer support without having to install Visual Studio 2008 or the complete training kit.
Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop Recordings
In September, we recorded the sessions from a full 5-day Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop. These sessions were delivered by several of the Technical Evangelists on the Visual Studio Rhythm team and Program Managers from the product group. Today, we have released the recordings from Day #1 of the workshop on Channel9. Day #1 includes the following topics:
We will be releasing the remaining recordings from the training workshop over the next four weeks.
Let's get down and dirty with code!!!
I am so stoked! I couldn't have woken up to a better phone call...I got a call from a friend and she told me about the movie 21 and sure enough, there was a trailer and tons of good stuff on the Internet! :)
21, is a bio pic about a bunch of MIT students who took Las Vegas for a ride! They formed a team and were primarily card counting! They played high stakes and lived the high life! It's based on one of the best books I've ever read - 'Bringing down the house' by Ben Mezrich! I absolutely love his other book too, 'Ugly Americans' - This book is about the crash and collapse of the Barons bank, the Japanese Markets and how a few young Ivy league students raided the Nikkei, Tokyo Stock Exchange. Super thrilling and entertaining! A sure page turner.
And, I am real happy because I JUST learnt that he has another new book- Rigged! A similar story about a kid who changed the world of Oil! I think I have finalized the books for my long flight to India in 15 days... :)
Here's the trailer of the movie, 21...