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December, 2007

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    A geeky Last Supper...


    Stumble upon is awesome when you just want to kill some time and multitask! :) Here's what I stumbled upon...


    Feliz Navidad!

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Only in Dubai...


    I was recently in Dubai for three days...until now, I thought Vegas was the 'Most made up' city in the world - Not any more! Dubai is like Vegas on crack! Real fine crack! Of course, you can see Corpratocracy everywhere! Here are a few examples -

    IMG_0305 TGI Thursday's....OK!!

    IMG_0322 Valet Parking at Starbucks - Only in Dubai!

    IMG_0338 Safest Way - Of course! See the logo? See the Fonts? Ring a bell?

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    PDC is back!!


    Save the Date!

    Announcing PDC08

    October 27–30, 2008
    Pre-conference October 26, 2008
    Los Angeles, California

    OK, OK. We are delighted to announce the date and location of the next Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC): October 27–30, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. PDC is the definitive Microsoft event for software developers and architects focused on the future of the Microsoft platform. Mark your calendars and save the date. More information coming soon.


    This is going to be an awesome holiday season!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    This is where I'll be in 2 days...this is Home!


    A friend of mine sent me this documentary...and it's astonishing to see and hear what my friends back home tell me is the truth! There was a time when every college graduate's dream was to come to the US for further studies and start working here! Today, almost all of my friends want to stay back in India. They hate it even when they are sent on extended projects to the US (>4 months). It's crazy to see the changes in the past 6 or 7 years.

    I guess the climate is a lot different when nearly 70% of the country is under the age of 35! WOW!

    Watch this...it's scary! The next American dream might be in India!


    Mera Bharat Mahan!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Office Developer Conference 2008 - Feb 10th thru 13th in San Jose, CA


    ODC is the definitive OBA developer event for 2008.

    Previously the event has been invitation only but it is now open to the public and will be at the San Jose Convention Center in February.


    Watch out San Jose, the 2008 Microsoft® Office System Developer Conference is coming to town!

    ODC at a Glance


    February 10-13, 2008


    San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California


    Developers, Developers, Developers

    (Architects and Executives, too)


    The Office Platform. Clients, servers, services and tools.

    Registration Site

    Event Overview

    ODC 2008 is the premier event for Microsoft Office developers, bringing together architects, developers, industry technical experts, Microsoft insiders, and key partners in a public forum to redefine what it means to be focused on 2007 Microsoft® Office system development.

    We have an incredible six keynotes by senior Microsoft executives. Of course, live code and demos will be the order of the day, and we will be presenting hot new sessions that bring together diverse topics, from composition to S+S, SharePoint to VOIP, OOXML to Silverlight, and everything in between!

    We have 5 technical tracks, and 70+ breakout sessions and hands-on labs.  And for the first time ever, we will have an Executive Track where analysts, Microsoft and industry executives will get together to learn the how and why of Office applications and the competitive advantage offered by them.

    This event is destined to be the hottest event of the winter. But we need your help to get the word out and get our community of Office developers to feed their geek in San Jose!

    Check out our ODC 2008 Blog for what’s happening on a daily basis!


    ODC Tracks and Blogs

    ODC tracks are all owned by Office product managers; check out all the latest information on their breakout sessions, code & demos.

    · ODC Team Blog Join the blog

    · Karthik’s Track - Architecture - Join the blog

    · Steve’s Track - Client – Join the blog

    · Jerome’s Track - Server Join the blog

    · Rob’s Track - Services – Join the blog

    · John’s Track - Real World Join the blog

    · Office Development Executive Track - Join the blog


    We have 70+ innovative sessions and labs planned. Here’s just a sampling:

    • Building Mashups With Office Live Small Business
    • Software+Services Blueprints
    • Integrating VBA Macro and .NET Managed Code
    • Integrating WPF & WCF into Your Office Applications
    • Develop Business Insight with SharePoint 2007
    • Building Composite Business Solutions on the Office Platform
    • BPM Solution Patterns
    • Generating Enterprise Content using InfoPath 2007, SharePoint and Open XML Formats
    • Building Manageable Data Applications on SharePoint with Access 2007
    • Connecting back end iSeries, AS/400 and IBM mainframes to Office
    • Enabling a Better SharePoint Solution SDLC
    • Best Practices in SharePoint Component  Deployment
    • Building IM- and Speech-Based Applications

    And many more! Visit www.odc2008.com track owner blogs for details. 

    Awards, Contests, and More!

    From novices to experts, and developers to partners, ODC 2008 will keep everyone engaged and challenged!

    Developer “Sleepless” Contest

    Sleepless Office Developer Competitions will spice up the New Year and ODC 2008. Over $50,000 in prizes will be given away!

    Top developers will be invited to apply for a hard core “Sleepless” event near them in January 2008 to compete all night to create the best and most exciting solution for the Office platform.  Winning teams will compete at ODC 2008 in San Jose, CA for fabulous prize packages and the Sleepless National Championship Title!



    Be there or be square!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    The way I are...


    I am not into Hip hop - I just don't understand the beat! I am more of a trance kinda guy! I can move to trance but not to Hip hop! A friend of mine recently sent me this song and for once, I think her taste in music is really commendable. I am sooooooo hooked to this song - it's awesome!

    It's by Timbaland from the Album - Shock value! The beats to this song are so catch that it's almost impossible to resist shaking a leg or two! Keri Hilson's voice is mesmerizing - so sweet!

    Lyrics for this song can be found HERE

    And, looks like I am not the only one who loves this song - 23 M i l l i o n hits on youtube for this song!! DAMN!!

    And here's how the charts speak:

    Chart (2007) 


    Australia ARIA Singles Chart[5]


    Austria Singles Top 75[6]


    Aruba Galactica`s Top 30 [6]


    Belgian National Top 40[7]


    Bulgarian National Top 40[6]


    Canadian Hot 100[6]


    Cyprus Airplay Chart[8]


    Danish Top 20 (Download Chart)[9]


    Dutch Top 40[6]


    Estonian Airplay Chart[10]


    Euro 200[11]


    Finnish Singles Chart[6]


    French Singles Chart[6]


    German Top 100[6]


    Hungarian Singles Chart[12]


    Lithuanian Airplay Chart[13]


    European Hot 100[14]


    Irish Singles Chart[6]


    Israeli Singles Chart[6]


    Malta Airplay Chart[15]


    Norway Singles Top 20[6]


    New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[6]


    Polish National Top 50[16]


    Slovakia Singles Chart[17]


    Sweden Singles Top 60[6]


    Swiss Singles Top 100[6]


    Turkish Radio Chart[18]


    UK Singles Chart[6]


    UK Download Chart


    United World Chart[6]


    World Top 100 Singles[19]


    U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6]


    U.S. Billboard Pop 100[20]


    And, of course, there is also a Wikipedia page dedicated to it! :)

    Aight, let's go thug it out!

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Seattle VS 2008 Install fest and other PacWest Installfest details...


    I've got the dates for the Seattle VS 2008 Installfest squared out - It'll be on the 17th of December at the Microsoft Conference Center - Kodiak, Cascade and Baker! Yes, we have three rooms to revel and make merry! If you haven't already heard, we are working with the local User Groups to promote these events. Santa will be giving away a free copy of Visual Studio 2008 Professional edition for every attendee.

    Here are the other Pac West Installfest events:

    Click on a link above and register soon! Did I tell you, it's free!


    -Mithun Dhar


    I won't be here to join you in celebrations but my colleague Jason should be able to help you out! Let me know how it goes...

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