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  • Blog Post: Changing Gears

    After a memorable ~5 years on the Commerce Server team, I recently changed gears and have joined the world of SQL Data Programmability . There are a ton of cool things happening on this front and the area my immediate team will be working on currently is the XML Editor and XSLT Debugger (yes - there...
  • Blog Post: The BEST Silverlight sample of them all...

    Oh well...I am biased since I worked on this...but I really think this is a COOL demo of silverlight and AJAX and what eCommerce scenarios can look like. I especially like the use of videos which I was initially skeptical about but I think can actually influence the impulsive buyers a lot while...
  • Blog Post: What's NXT?

    Finally managed to make at least the first basic robot using the Lego Mindstorm NXT kit which I ordered recently. Still haven't tried the Microsoft Robotics Studio (which recently announced the October 2006 CTP release) but that will be the next (or should I say 'nxt') thing I shall be doing. Among other...
  • Blog Post: IE7 Beta 2

    Delicious! I finally decided to jump in and give IE7 Beta 2 a shot and I am just loving it. Just got done uninstalling my loyal Avant Browser (sn iff!sniff!). In the past 2.5 years I have gone from CrazyBrowser and MyIE2 to MSN toolbar to Avant and can finally be satisfied with IE itself. Gotta give...
  • Blog Post: Aadi Ashok Kaul

    Don't know if I've ever been this proud of anything so much - feel like screaming at the top of a mountain and letting the world know - I AM A DAD ! Wow! Feels great and feels like life will never be the same again (and am sure it won't as many have told me)! Here are the official stats for...
  • Blog Post: What should an error dialog not look like?

    How about this: But it sure made me laugh - wonder if that was the intent?
  • Blog Post: Blogger on Auction

    Going, going, gone ! Sold for $3350! Jeremy Wright from Ensight recently sold his blogging services for 3 months, on eBay . Who says blogging is of no use?
  • Blog Post: Blogs for the Masses

    Just in case, you haven't heard the news - MSN has come out with the Beta of a new and fabulously cool general blogging tool called MSN Spaces . I tried and loved it for a lot of reasons, among them: Photos - This makes it so much more personal and effective as a communication medium. Drafts - This one...
  • Blog Post: Quote of the Day

    Loved this quote I got in my Quote of the Day RSS Feed by H. L. Mencken (no idea who he is though): " It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man. " Love it when people humorously and subtly put man in his proper place. Plus this quote highlights a fact which...
  • Blog Post: Hinglish - Thanks to Baraha!

    Discovered a really cool software some time back to help me type in Hindi . Problem was that I had lost touch with writing in the actual Hindi script (Devanagari) and plus there are all the issues related to typing a different language using the English keyboard. All of these were solved by using...
  • Blog Post: RSS Bandit Rocks

    I knew about RSS Bandit but hadn't really tried it so far. Finally tired of SharpReader taking up tons of memory on my box, I decided to try RSS Bandit and am loving it. Especially the light memory consumption (compared to SharpReader). Next stop will probably be Newsgator (though currently I don't like...
  • Blog Post: Off to a good start...

    Well, looks like India got off to a fabulous start by winning a nail-bitting one-day cricket match by 5 runs (I wish I had seen this game - probably ranks as one of the best one day cricket matches in the history of the game). This was the first match in a much hyped up tour of the Indian cricket team...
  • Blog Post: Nihilism and subtextual deconstructivism

    Hold on! Before you think I have lost it and write me off, check out this Postmodernism Generator (which creates a new essay for you every time you visit it). Completely fabulous stuff. Hats off to Alan Sokal (author of Fashionable Nonsense ) for pulling off an amazing feat which serves as an eye...
  • Blog Post: New Home

    After a bit of consideration about the kindof blog that I will enjoy writing, seems like msdn might not be the best fit for me (I don't think I have enough techincal nuggets to offer or share). So I am in the process of looking at alternatives. The most appealing to me currently is to have a personal...
  • Blog Post: Tabbed windows and more

    I never thought I would find a feature so useful, but I am addicted to it. I just cleaned up my system and I found I missed the tabbed windows of CrazyBrowzer the most. Now why doesn’t IE add that to its list of features? (Mental note – Add that as a suggestion to Scoble’s blog entry...
  • Blog Post: Just another frantic Friday!

    That title is just a lame attempt inspired by the song “Just another Manic Monday” (don't even remember by whom - anyone?). Well - it sure feels good to have a weekend ahead. And just for the record, I would like everyone to know that in my 2.5 years of working at Microsoft, there have...
  • Blog Post: Koshur

    Here is a bit of news about myself - I am a Kashmiri (hailing from the northern most state of India - Jammu & Kashmir ). Well, personally I consider myself more of a pseudo-Kashmiri, cause I can barely speak and converse freely in Kashmiri. What is amazing is that, in one of our learn-a-language...
  • Blog Post: Bricks anywhere?

    My dad mentioned that he used to really like this old game called “Bricks” and I thought I'd show him how google could find anything - literally. Well, alas, I couldn't quite find it! At least not the exact same good 'ol arcade format I wanted it in. Just as a quick intro - it was (is?) a...
  • Blog Post: the ant (the action northeast trust)

    Working with the strengths of the weakest! Just wanted to spread the word about a great non-profit organization that is doing some kick-ass work in the northeast region of India (namely Bongaigaon, Assam ). In case you are wondering about that name, here is how they explain it: As a salute to the...
  • Blog Post: Back in business

    Just got back from a long vacation in India. Still haven't quite fully recovered from my jet lag. I have heard (and kinda experienced) that the jet lag seems to be worse when coming back from India to the US, than vice-versa. Would be interesting to know what (if any) is the explanation for this phenomenon...
  • Blog Post: Welcome!

    Howdi! Welcome to my web log. This is my first experience with blogging so am expecting the usual teething issues - but am excited about it as well. Just to give a quick run down about myself - I am currently working at Microsoft as a Software Design Engineer in Test (long name for a tester) in the...
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