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January 31, 2009 9:36 am

$10 laptop computer in schools and colleges in india…

Filed under: Computers,Tech — ramsblog @ 9:36 am

FastCompany posts about $10/- educational laptop computer to be made available in schools and colleges across India. OLPC has come up with a One-Laptop-Per-Child-Program – see more about it here http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/chris-dannen/techwatch/indias-10-laptop

January 19, 2009 10:09 pm

Presidential Inauguration – Technology cycle

Filed under: Events,Tech — ramsblog @ 10:09 pm

Wired magazine has a great article about how the Presidential inaugurations were celebrated in terms of technology back then and now. Recently when I heard several people mention about the inauguration webcast and watching the celebration at the community gatherings etc, I was thinking about how such events were communicated/conveyed to the people when there was no web or Television. Here I notice this article gives an overview timeline from technology aspect.

Also take a look at this slideshow here

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2009/01/dayintech_0120

November 23, 2008 11:31 pm

Visual Studio: Tips and Tricks

Filed under: Tech,vstudio — ramsblog @ 11:31 pm

Sara Ford on MSDN blogs, provides lots and lots of tips and tricks of using Visual Studio Development Environment. I liked and learned many key board short cuts from her blog. You may notice some of them being undocumented feature in development studio. take a look…

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August 12, 2008 6:15 pm

SOA webinar on Thursday, Aug 14…

Filed under: community,Events,Tech — ramsblog @ 6:15 pm

I received an email from SeaSPIN about the upcoming webinar scheduled on Thursday, Aug 14th, 2008. excerpt here:

According to a 2007 Gartner Group report, 50% of new mission-critical operational applications and business processes were designed in 2007 around SOA, and that number will be more than 80% by 2010. This presentation will provide an overview of SOA (a development paradigm) and explain the implications that SOA adoption has on the processes used to develop service-oriented systems.

Title:
SEI Webinar Series: Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Date:
Thursday, August 14, 2008

Time:
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

For Registration information, go here https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/408408598

May 21, 2008 7:14 pm

Software Quality…

280Group writes an article about “why Software still stinks here“. In this article the author says the product management is the key reason for why software fails. I like the way this article starts and pointing one of the key impediments as “being open for critical feedback and ideas“. I liked the way it was put across in one phrase as “this industry still so amused by its own opportunities” as an improvement factor.

I believe there are other factors to be accounted as well.

a. Strategy: Good strategy to drive the project management

b. being able to coach the teams and being transparent of what product management thinks of the end product and the teams knowing the exact same thing.

c. being open for feedback from the team – this has already been addressed in this article. additionally, most times the managements are firm on what they want and not really listen to the team though the management change the course (shift) when market changes. Why not the management listen to the internal team for what they have to say.

d. when it comes to “about buggy, inflexible and incomplete applications” –> irrespective of how the product management is, only the team can certify the quality gates and the entire team has to come up with the measures to comply with that. It is the team work and not just one product manager, I think.

I have been in the application development projects where the customers did not really know what they really really wanted, and I agree, it is our responsibility to help customers to define the features they really really want and omit the obsolete requirements. Agreed, product management plays a key role here, at the same time, I think, the entire engineering team should put themselves in customer shoes while designing the solution early on and not really blame the customers for not providing the requirements.

note: I am probably sounding a bit biased or defending here, but I am trying to see from a cursory look and from my own experience being in the industry.

 

May 2, 2008 5:19 pm

Software demos – naming convention…

Filed under: Fun,Tech — ramsblog @ 5:19 pm

question: Why do people giving the product demos use the negative wordings about themselves or for the variables being presented in demo ?

some of the examples a developer provides…

“string sCrap123″

“comment: I am a stupid developer”

“comment: I am sick”

“crappyTester”

etc etc…

Does it really mean they are downplaying themselves or introducing some humor as part of the presentation or else, they really feel they are stupid. If the latter, how could a presenter expect the audience to listen to him/her? Audience go to such presentations to learn new cool things from a person presenting the topic, in my understanding.

Is it not interesting?

March 8, 2008 12:05 am

PNWSQL: SQL Server User group

Filed under: Events,Software,Tech — ramsblog @ 12:05 am

Occasionally, I attend the SQL Server presentations held at Microsoft campus in Redmond. I think it is open for PNWSQL user group [http://groups.msn.com/pnwsql/aboutpnwsql.msnw] or go to http://www.pnwsql.org website for more information.

They also have the presentation slide decks of past meetings on this page and past meeting information here

The next event is on March 12, 2008 titled  “SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services – Performance, Scalability and Manageability Improvements” . You can always find the next event information on the above sites or this page. You need to print out the invitation from this website and register your vehicle when you get there. Oh! try to be on time else you may not be able to get in.

 

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March 7, 2008 12:02 am

Day long training on Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008

Filed under: Events,Tech — ramsblog @ 12:02 am

I received an email MSDN India mentioning about the offers providing free training on these products in the month of March. There are 3 dates identified March 15th, 23rd and 29th. Here is the link to know more on heroes happen here web site.  Also, follow the Register Events link to the date and location information.

 

(image source: http://microsoft1.timeus.net/heroeshappenhere/firstlookclinic/images/studia.jpg)

 

Do take advantage of these hands on preview training if you are in those respective locations where these are being offered.

March 4, 2008 12:02 am

Internet Security: IE seems to stay ahead

Filed under: Internet,Software Security,Tech — ramsblog @ 12:02 am

Just came across an article on Wired magazine that says Internet Explorer browser is most trustworthy for secured transactions compared to Safari and other browsers. Although, it says Firefox is closer and the rest are vulnerable to online security according to PayPal’s study. 2 main reasons cited are (a) URL Phishing check (b) support for Extended Validation Certificates

source: for more information go to Wired magazine article [link]

 

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February 27, 2008 6:00 am

Laparoscopic Surgery

Filed under: Medical,Personal,Tech — ramsblog @ 6:00 am

I had to undergo a surgery last week. I have been postponing the process for quite sometime and finally had decided to go for it this year. I was sent back 2 weeks ago since I had cough and high fever. We had it rescheduled for last week. Doctor had explained to me about the difference between the Open Surgery and the Laparoscopic. I didn’t quite understand much at that time. He had also given me some material to read. I read more on wikipedia [link]. Reading more, I understood about the risks, advantages, disadvantages of these procedures.

However, I had to undergo the procedure last week. As we have heard, Ignorance is Bliss, since I didn’t know all the details, I didn’t think much about it, probably because I wanted to get this done ASAP. I have been on rest for almost a week now.

Now, that I wanted to know more about the procedure, I searched for any possible resources on youTube. Found a video clip on yahoo of the same procedure I went through. It now makes me scary that I went through it. Thanks to the Surgeon and Crew that performed on me. Thanks to whoever shared these online, (note: these video clips are not mine) it has been a good insight for me to understand what went through in a similar situation I was – and of course I was put into sleep for couple of hours.

Caution: If you can’t see a surgical process, blood, etc, PLEASE do not watch these clips. Clip1, same clip in smaller resolution

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