29 02 2008


1) Want to tour the Universe?

2) Want to pick some Astronomer as your Guide?

3) Do you know your own way in the Universe and want to create a new Tour?

Then, don’t look further than the Microsoft Worldwide Telescope! This is truly amazing! 8)

You can watch a video tour of WWTelescope at Long’s blog.

When will these Linux users change?

26 02 2008

My last post was an interview with Paul Lo of Microsoft New Zealand regarding the DreamSpark initiative

And one Linux user in Geekzone came up even bashing that (so sad for these users, as that seems to be their primary job!)

I wouldn’t mind speaking back, but I am not a Linux user ๐Ÿ˜‰

One of my friend came up with an excellent reply,

hmm… i don’t understand why these linux users make such statements…”if they give something for free it is a good sign and is for the benefit of people and technology and if microsoft gives something for free it is business…..” i suggest them to stop making these crazy comments. they are advised to change their strategies else some day they will have to face the music…look at things positively and come out of the notion that ..only they are correct and others are fools…you can understand the magic that dream spark is going to do …better stop speaking ill about the products and strategies of others to show that you are better. this will not help you long and if you really wish to sustain have the true spirit…..do remember microsoft rocks….!

Enough said 8)


More comments,

…about the person who “rewrote” the interview, isn’t he/she aware that microsoft is actually opening its door for FOSS developers so that the programs they make are compatible to each other? he/she must be ignorant enough for him/her to blurt out things like that without doing his/her research.

…they are degrading the very principles of Linux and then the their motto is gone….well people may be passionate about things but should be able to accept any good proposals. they should keep their nerve while making such comments because there are many people across the globe watching them…they should learn to respect the sentiments and efforts of them….!

..Exactly, most people thing F in FOSS is the free price tag and not the freedom. Consequently we have these uneducated badmouthing about other companies like MS. The real supporters of FOSS will never badmouth another company.


I am not telling all Linux users are like this, but these *group of users* bring shame to Linux Community according to me!

Microsoft DreamSpark Explained

26 02 2008

I thought it would be best to ask Paul Lo from the Developer & Platform Strategy Group, Microsoft New Zealand, about the DreamSpark initiative.

You can read the full interview here


More goodies from Microsoft to Students! :)

19 02 2008

Bill Gates just announced something really very important for Students ๐Ÿ™‚

Microsoft DreamSpark enables students to download Microsoft developer and design tools at no charge.

Now, for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge! This site enables students like you to download professional-level Microsoft developer and design tools to unlock your creative potential and set you on the path to academic and career success, by supporting and advancing your learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.

This is an excellent move though already we do have the MSDN Academic Alliance ๐Ÿ˜€

This is implemented in two phases, and, NZ and Australia is going to be in Second Phase.

So if you are a student, then be ready to rock 8)

Get to know more about DreamSpark here and interview with Bill Gates here

Summer Road Trip – @Dunedin

18 02 2008


Today, Microsoft Summer Road Trip, which is the Community Launch Wave for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 was here at Dunedin ๐Ÿ™‚

The session was great and Chris, Jeremy & Beric gave a good worthful presentation on how you could do awesome stuff from Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 ๐Ÿ˜€

You can see what they built here

For snaps, go here ๐Ÿ™‚

For those who want to know more about these products, you could still attend Launch Wave 2008 and grab some really cool goodies like,

The Launch Wave 2008 promotional pack includes:

  • 1 x Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition with 1 virtualisation license RTM
  • 1 x Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite 90 day trial
  • 1 x SQL CTP 6 (Community Technology Preview) plus a SQL RTM (final version) voucher for SQL Standard 1 user

Attendees will also recieve:

  • A 40% discount voucher on a TechNET Plus Single User subscription
  • 1 x Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista DVD

Intel Core 2 Duo == 64 bit

13 02 2008

Well, I knew this only today ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

When I fired up Windows Experience Index details page, I saw something which made me to do a research on this. Here it is,

Systemย ย 
Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model MM061
Total amount of system memory 2.00 GB RAM
System type 32-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 2
64-bit capable Yes

My processor is Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T5300 @ 1.73GHz

And I started a discussion at Geekzone forums and it seems that all Intel Core 2 Duo technology are 64 bit enabled!

Here is a chart from Intel showing the features of Intel Core 2 Duo processors ๐Ÿ™‚

I am happy that my laptop is 64 bit enabled and can support upto 4 GB of RAM! ( but at the same time I am sad that it doesn’t support Intel Virtualization Technology for Hyper-V)

Dell never advertised that it is 64 bit enabled and in fact the Vista Business I got with my Dell is 32 bit. Thank God, I have a Vista 64 bit Ultimate RTM with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Microsoft NZ Student Newsletters

12 02 2008

Wow, I found this at our Microsoft NZ Students’ Blog

From March 2008, Microsoft New Zealand will be including a Studentโ€™s section into both of our bi-weekly technical newsletters; TechNet Flash newsletter for IT Pros, and MSDN Flash newsletters for Developers. This section, dedicated to our Student community, will provide you will relevant information about new software and technologies, free downloads, and information about other students from around the world to give our New Zealand studentโ€™s a truly global perspective on the IT industry.ย  So register for these newsletters today!

This is really great! To subscribe, follow the above link 8)