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November 16, 2012 9:01 am

surface RT! …exploring

Filed under: Uncategorized — ramsblog @ 9:01 am

exploring Microsoft SurfaceRT! last couple of weeks. It has been a positive experience so far though there have been few glitches but the overall experience and the positive features outweigh the glitches, which makes it surfaceRT giving better UX.

September 15, 2012 7:27 am

Cars run on Alternate fuels

The other day , Vidya and I were driving to her art class while filled the gas on the way, she asked :

V: appa (dad) when I grow up to age to drive the car, what kind of cars will be around? are they Gasoline fueled or like hybrids

Me: These cars would still be around (given that it is about 10yrs away)

V: would most of the cars be Gasoline, hybrid or electric?

Me: with the trend, I would foresee mostly electric cars, tremendously improved with mileage, (and so on and so forth)

V: appa, I would probably prefer the cars run on Air fuel, are there those around? If not, how is this IDEA?

Me: made me think. hmmm… isn’t this fantastic idea? but why do you think so? Why air and not electric?

V: Now we stop and at times panic for running out of gas. We saw the electric fueling (charging) station at the city hall or would charge at home, we still need to stop and panic if we run out of battery, like you do when I play games on your phone.  So with air, the fuel can be generated on go, and not panic for gas stations.

Me: Fantastic idea.

V: Can you help me build this kind of car So we would be the FIRST Inventors ?

Me: Lets do some read up on this aspect.

By then we arrived at the arts class location and the conversation paused. I was curious and while waiting at her class, started looking up on similar concept. Looks like there are some similar concepts and research in progress, and some hit the streets .

Do you foresee any improvements in that area? Know of any pointers for further research?

 

August 11, 2012 1:56 pm

Windows phone and Zune connectivity : USB error

Filed under: Mobile technology — ramsblog @ 1:56 pm
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Windows phone enthusiasts: how do we fix this error Windows phone connecting to zune? I have OS Windows 7.5 on this phone.

"One of the USB devices has malfunctioned and windows does not recognize it"

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going further with next step from this dialog says "try reconnecting. if windows still does not recognize, replace the device"

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i have taken the following steps and none seemed to fix.

  1. Restart the computer and phone
  2. Step as navigated from the notification above
  3. Well, as it indicated, I did replace the device, as we have 2 windows phones on a shared plan Smile
  4. uninstalled and re-installed zune software and reconfigured
  5. uninstalled/repaired usb device drivers
  6. installed drivers from DELL website (‘m on dell inspiron laptop)
  7. finally, also tried connecting both the phones on another laptop and received the similar messages on USB device not being recognized.

anything else? any pointers?

thank you

June 20, 2012 11:28 pm

Sorry, Driver Saar!

Filed under: Attitude — ramsblog @ 11:28 pm

This evening, the Bus was about 3 minutes late to the bus stop. I checked right after I left from work biking my way to the bus stop and realized the bus was few minutes late. I had initially planned for the next bus, and knew was going to miss this current one. Still tried however, and I was on dot at the same second of the time that bus arriving towards the bus stop. Apparently, there was no one else at the bus stop, and he would obviously not stop. I waved approaching the bus stop. Bus being at a speedier side and being unable to stop, I missed this bus right before my eyes. However, the driver noticed and stopped a few yards farther. I ran to the spot, racked the bike and got in. Driver says : “It is not safe, I won’t stop this way next time. you need to be at the bus stop before the bus arrives“. I said, Sorry and sat in , catching my breathe in.

few stops later, as the bus approached the stop at and closer to another intersection, we saw an old lady being undecisive on whether or not to cross the street at that intersection. She finally came back and indicating driver to wait. He did and had that lady board the bus.

Driver saar, what is happening today?

2 stops later, bus was about to turn left and there is another stop right after turning left on that street, and it is a local highway too. There was another lady jay-walked ran through the lights before the bus turned. Obviously the bus made its way to the right most and stopped the bus to  have that lady board the bus. As she was walking in, Driver said “you shouldn’t be crossing the street likewise. It is dangerous, you put lives in jeopardy, and you may also be fined hundreds of  dollars too. Please plan on getting to bus stop sooner

moments later, I could see his frustration, but couldn’t really show out. Well, that’s the art most people often taught or learned here, that not to hurt others with words and be nice to people.

I liked the way he handled these situations, with calm but authoritative tone.

 

Well anyway, Driver saaaar, again, Sorry. Hope your rest of the drive on that route has been ok :)

 

April 16, 2012 9:11 pm

I can sort your linked list…

Filed under: Children,Software,Uncategorized — ramsblog @ 9:11 pm

V had her school project for word grouping to vowels , she cleared it.

To stretch further I asked to sort those words alphabetically.

She said yes.

I wanted to make sure she really understood my question. Asked her a few times and said the sorting should be really at each letter and not just the 1st letter of the word.

She confirmed she did.

Asked, between spoon and scale , which one comes first. Sure enough , she said scale, and that seemed she understood.

In few minutes, she confirmed that she completed. I said , are you sure you followed the instruction. It couldn’t be completed this fast .

I went over to check. And sure enough, she had sorted the words alphabetically.

I said, how did you complete this sorting, my linked list sorting is still isn’t working. For that she replied: “Give me your linked list and I can sort it in your computer program”. ..

Hmmm…

Looks like learning programming or new latest upcoming technology from her is not too far… :)

June 9, 2011 11:22 pm

Rollback Strategy…

Filed under: Software Quality,Software Security,Software Testing — ramsblog @ 11:22 pm
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Rollback testing is one of the hot topics in the software application deployment where you push the updates into production frequently or even if once in a while bug talking about number of applications and number of patches into production.

What is your Rollback Strategy?

How would you plan for one?

what is your understanding of application Rollback at deployment?

June 8, 2011 1:52 am

Nice story about Software quality – a Fable

Filed under: Software Quality,Software Testing — ramsblog @ 1:52 am

http://www.ayeconference.com/test-trimming-a-fable-about-testing/ 

Fable about knowingly taking shortcuts and not adhering to the quality of the outcome…

read the rest and enjoy the rhubarb cake…

February 11, 2011 12:55 am

NaN error on weather forecast in place of date?

Filed under: Software Quality,Tech — ramsblog @ 12:55 am
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Looking at the weather forecast for next 10 days, indicates the NaN (not a Number) error on page

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Interesting … is there some testing going on the production or is just that the data not available and the computing or rendering made it as NaN?

January 24, 2011 11:31 pm

Remotely Change password on Windows Server 2008

Filed under: Software Security,UX - User Experience — ramsblog @ 11:31 pm
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Interesting to see the lack of consistency between Windows desktop and windows server OS in terms of changing the account password. I remember I have done it before when Remote into a windows server 2008, it has been a long time and completely forgotten to get around and locate again.

i went around several options including Start—>Lock computer; Security wizard etc. Server being located at remote location obviously can’t take chances to shut it down and not being able to restart again. 

To change the user password on a windows 2008 server while logged in as a Remote Desktop:

> Remote desktop login to the windows server machine
> start –> Windows Security
> click Change password
> to change password of different accounts other than the one logged in with, click Other Credentials
> enter user name domain\user
> give Old Password
> Enter New password and repeat followed by Arrow to submit.
> changes the password and brings the control back to

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some Intuitiveness can be further improved as part of this progress. for instance the 4th bullet (other credentials) takes additional clicks to figure out or get to the other user password change window; it could have reduced few clicks apparently.

hope the above steps help some of you…

December 30, 2010 1:22 am

Fun watching Snowfall…

Filed under: nostalgic,Snow — ramsblog @ 1:22 am
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It snowed most of the Wednesday morning in this area. It was fun watching snow and sipping a hot cup of Jeera tea (cumin seeds) [a.k.a jeerige kashaya #kannada]

Watching from inside reminds me of my initial days of stay in the US, living in a company provided apartment, awaiting interview calls, and sipping hot cup of coffee, preparing all sorts of food; eat bread toast + crunchy peanut butter with a full glass of orange juice sitting by the window on 7th or 8th floor watching snow and moving cars.

There used to be mixed emotions:
a. new place and anxiety to find a living thousands of miles away from cozy home where i grew up.
b. great to be around the snow that i had never seen in my life before
c. it is cold to get out even to a grocery store, we had to walk a mile to get stuff

being nostalgic :)

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