Merry Christmas…The programmer’s way..

The guys @ Channel 9 (Developer Community site managed by MSDN) had found an ultra cool way to wish people a great Christmas season. Chris Anderson, Don Box and Amanda Silver presenting a special song for you to enjoy the Christmas with a spirit of Programmer.

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Listen to the Song here

Song Lyrics are as follows…

‘VS-indenting
Module VB
Dim myvar As Integer?() = {3 * 3}
Sub Main()
For Each i In myvar
      Console.Write("Hello VB")
With i
       Console.Write(.Value)
End With REM a language so true
If i IsNot Nothing Then
               Console.WriteLine()
End If REM
            Console.Write(<some>xml</some>)
Next
End Sub
End Module

You got to need more icons iPhone !

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Shameless Skype Software Horror (SSSH….)

16th August : Skype is down…and everyone are panic. The world of communication is not fallen or AT & T, Virgin did not lost their satellites..but skype has got crashed data servers and the world is panic.

16th August : As a usual routine, the major OS vendor, Microsoft has issued critical security patches to their operating systems Windows XP and Windows Vista worldwide. These patches are available as part of Windows Update (which can be configured not to download updates automatically by any user) worldwide. The criticality of these patches also demands a safe restart of the operating system to make sure it is secured from any malicious attacks. Every machine in this world which has been updated using windows update was restarted….

What happend to skype?

Now the funniest thing that could ever happened to a software which was made with no idea of disaster scenarios comes in to picture. The massive restart of windows machines all over the world has apparently brought down skype servers and caused a big disaster. To my understanding , Skype does closes the connections and commits the calls in shutdown process. Massive start of windows machines (skype is not sure how many ….), it has got massive log-in  requests which are enough to give their servers a sleeping pill.

Who is the culprit ?

My vote goes to Skype. Hats-off to their product engineering which has never taken such a scenario of disaster. I am wondering what the hell their testing team doing with load testing? Do they test skype servers with a 500 simultaneous login transactions? How could anyone blame someone with so much of irresponsibility at their own house? This is funnier than fun.

Windows update restarted many machines and all the other IM networks survived including AIM, MSN, Yahoo and Google and why not skype? Does skype is going to disable the auto sign-in feature in future? 🙂 are the questions now…

Read more on this..

Microsoft unveiled so called "The Flash Killer"

Today, Microsoft has unveiled the much awaited, so called “The Flash Killer”. It was named as “Microsoft Silverlight”. Sliverlight was famous for it’s old name “WPF/E” which means Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere. WPF is one of the key elements in Microsoft’s new initiatives around managed API for Windows. It is a part of .NET 3.0 (formerly WinFX) now. Silverlight is Cross platform, Cross browser compatible system. That means one can develop applications using Silverlight independent of any OS or browser.

 

 

Silverlight uses .NET 3.0 runtime and works with major browsers just like any flash based applications. The big deal with Silverlight would be the powerful environment support from various languages that are supporting .NET and WPF. Using WPF’s powerful graphics and video features, developers can now develop high end media rich internet applications like this…Album Browser

 

Read the The Top 10 features of Microsoft’s Silverlight (infact only 9 :-))

01. With a couple of lines of code,it supports wmv playback both on windows and mac seamlessly. Supports glitch-less transition between full-screen (720p) and window mode for any video.

02. Separation of mark-up (XAML) from code. This enables both web developers and designers work in a familiar web metaphor.

03. Silverlight mark-up (XAML) is HTML integrate seamlessly. Developers can treat XAML just like any HTML tag using JavaScript.

04. XAML can be used directly with in HTML with out having to add any opaque binary content.

05. Full runtime support for Silverlight XAML.

06. Just a 1 MB download for any PC.

07. It is fast. You can view multiple videos simultaneously with out having dropped frames from videos.

08. It is server or client agnostic. You don’t need any special microsoft software needs to be installed on server. This means one can deliver Silverlight experience right from a linux server.

09. Though Silverlight uses a light-weight WPF, it is almost 100% upward compatible with WPF. This means developers can use Silverlight code right away in WPF with out any modifications at all.

10. This was not revealed yet :-)…Watch it in Mix’07

 

Future : Microsoft is planning to introduce these technologies as part of IIS 7 media pack plug-in future upcoming server technologies according to PCWorld. There will be releases of lot of integration and developer support for Microsoft Silverlight for web application developers such as IDEs and 3rd party integration software.

Former Microsoftie is in the Space now !

Charles Simonyi, a former Architect and Pioneer of Microsoft Office Suite, lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 17:31 GMT, Saturday (7th April, 2007).

A human spaceflight misson named Soyuz TMA-10, a successor of Soyuz TMA-9 is carried the billionaire Charles Simonyi to Space. Charles will be back to earth after 11 days with Soyuz TMA-9 in it’s return journey to Earth.

You can track Simonyi on his website live…

Charles is also famous for his invention in coding practices called “Hungarian Notation“, a standard way to name the variables.

Screen Zoomer for Presentations

Many times, presenters encounter typical problems with audience sitting in the back seats. In many cases those audience cannot see what’s up there on the bottom of the slide or demo. They will have to literally stand up and read those portions of the presentation screen. This causes a disturbance to the flow of the presentation.

Presenters use many screen zooming tools in such cases. Windows XP comes with a Screen magnifier which was intended for Accessibility purposes. So it doesn’t serve the right purpose of a screen zoom tool for presenters at all.

Zoomit is a nifty utility written by Mark Russinovich (Winternals Software fame). It’s just 60 KB in size but has got fantastic user experience in terms of zooming the right portion with out causing confusion to presenter or audience.

As you can see in the above image, you can configure zoomit for hot keys, drawing pen and break mode as well.

Thanks to Mark for making our life easy 🙂

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Start ++ .. Enhanced Start Menu for Windows Vista

This is a cool extension for the famous Windows Vista start menu. Windows Vista has got an improved start menu in contrast with the classic start menu in Windows XP. It has got search in-built and user doesn’t have to go places to search for any thing.

Start++ is an enhancement over the enhanced Start menu in Windows Vista, which is bringing the power of macros and interactivity in to that tiny Start menu.

Start++ is trying to make your nearest search box, much more powerful and useful. You can customize Start++ for any kind of macro you want.

Download Start++ (for Vista)

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