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Bloggers Dinner @ TechEd

6 08 2008

I got my invite yesterday for the Bloggers Dinner @ TechEd. Bloggers @ Tech Ed is designed to help the New Zealand blogging community with both practical advice and an exclusive opportunity to network with other key bloggers in New Zealand.

The dinner will be held on September 1st at Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland.

The best part of the event is that its being hosted and keynoted by Scott Hanselman πŸ™‚

See you there 8)

Windows Server 2008 is my Desktop Workstation

27 07 2008

After hearing lots of good stuffs about this new SERVER product from Microsoft called Windows Server 2008, I took the decision to move from Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition πŸ™‚

The good thing is, Windows Server 2008 can be configured as a fully featured desktop workstation. Your one stop guide for completing this ‘awesome’ task is here

Below is my laptop configuration:

1) Apple Macbook 2.4 GHz

2) 4 GB RAM

I have Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x86 Edition installed

Below is the list of software installed:

1) Apple Bootcamp

2) Microsoft Office 2007

3) Microsoft Visio 2007

4) Mozilla Firefox

5) Skype

6) Apple Quicktime

7) Apple iTunes

8 ) Windows Live

  • Live Writer
  • Live Messenger
  • Live Photo Gallery

9) Foxit PDF Reader

10) Flashget Download Manager

11) Virtual PC

12) Kaspersky Internet Security

13) tWhirl

14) Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1

This server is Fast, Sleek, and Customizable (in Features and Roles). That’s a huge benefit over Vista where many services get started no matter you use them.

I have also moved my development stuffs to a virtual environment now and virtual machines run quite fast than in Vista here. Yes, I am quite happy with Virtual PC 2007 and I don’t think I would install x64 version just for Hyper-V. The application support for x64 sucks!

Everything works good in my setup including sleep,shutdown and hibernate πŸ™‚

So far, my experience of having Windows Server 2008 as my main desktop workstation is good and I think I will continue to stay on this for a long, long time until Windows 7 comes out 8)

How I Got Started in Software Development

13 07 2008


I have been memed! Thanks James πŸ™‚

How old were you when you started programming?


How did you get started in programming?

I got introduced to programming and computer languages in my high school. It got into me from then and when I joined my University, I was fully ready to rock myself in programming πŸ™‚

What was your first language?


What was the first real program you wrote?

A DirectX game in Visual Basic 6.0

What languages have you used since you started programming?

C/C++, Visual C++ 6.0, Visual Basic 6.0, HTML, Javascript, ASP 2.0, Python, PyGTK, PyQt, Qt (C++), ASP 3.0, C#

What was your first professional programming gig?

A tool for Telecommunication and Telemedicine for one of the projects at ISRO

If you knew then what you know now, would you have started programming?


If there is one thing you learned along the way that you would tell new developers, what would it be?

1) Blog, Communicate

1) Analyse whatever you are doing

2) Dont hurry – Relax, Think and Code

3) Test whatever you code (Unit Testing)

What’s the most fun you’ve ever had… programming?

Testing what I write. Its always a challenge to break up your mind to test what you write and find mistakes/problems πŸ˜‰

I Choose

1) Daniel Moth

2) Nigel Parker

3) Kirupa

4) Jeremy Boyd

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 πŸ˜‰

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… 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!

Intel Core 2 Duo == 64 bit

13 02 2008

Well, I knew this only today 😦

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

SystemΒ Β 
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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

Survey for my blog readers

27 01 2008


Hi Friends,

Its been a long time since I started blogging but I haven’t yet asked for any feedback about my blog to my friends and readers. So, I thought let me have a small survey conducted on my blog. I would be really happy if you can complete this small survey here and give your valuable inputs 8)



Chakkaradeep (a.k.a Chaks)

This is really awesome – The Best movie for now – CloverField

21 01 2008

Here is a four minute preview


My first set of Toys collection

7 12 2007

Here comes my first set of Toys collection

Pirates of Carribean – Jack Sparrow crew



Tune UAC

1 12 2007


I am happy to share my first application (along with the source) with you all πŸ™‚

Tune UAC – A small, easy application to configure the User Account Control settings in Windows Vista

Let me explain the application features one by one,

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