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 -
Valet Parking at Starbucks - Only in Dubai!
Safest Way - Of course! See the logo? See the Fonts? Ring a bell?
Stumble upon is awesome when you just want to kill some time and multitask! :) Here's what I stumbled upon...
Save the Date!
October 27–30, 2008Pre-conference October 26, 2008Los 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!
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!
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...
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.
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 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:
And many more! Visit www.odc2008.com track owner blogs for details.
From novices to experts, and developers to partners, ODC 2008 will keep everyone engaged and challenged!
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!
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:
Australia ARIA Singles Chart
Austria Singles Top 75
Aruba Galactica`s Top 30 
Belgian National Top 40
Bulgarian National Top 40
Canadian Hot 100
Cyprus Airplay Chart
Danish Top 20 (Download Chart)
Dutch Top 40
Estonian Airplay Chart
Finnish Singles Chart
French Singles Chart
German Top 100
Hungarian Singles Chart
Lithuanian Airplay Chart
European Hot 100
Irish Singles Chart
Israeli Singles Chart
Malta Airplay Chart
Norway Singles Top 20
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart
Polish National Top 50
Slovakia Singles Chart
Sweden Singles Top 60
Swiss Singles Top 100
Turkish Radio Chart
UK Singles Chart
UK Download Chart
United World Chart
World Top 100 Singles
U.S. Billboard Hot 100
U.S. Billboard Pop 100
And, of course, there is also a Wikipedia page dedicated to it! :)
Aight, let's go thug it out!
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!