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Contributing to Tsunami Relief in Asia

In India, you can donate to Prime Minister's Relief Fund by clicking here. You can know more about the Prime Minister's Relief Fund here.
You can see a big graphic on http://www.microsoft.com/ encouraging people to help the victims of the Tsunami tragedy.


Donation Tsunami Asia India Chennai Help Volunteer
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The Bangalore One Project: FACT FROM FICTION

Reading the blog of a very interesting independent consultant whose livelihood depends on FUD (now we have heard this term enough no of times, haven't we?) .. I am sure that the ONLY good Indian citizen he is, there is enough information that exists with him to make sure that our country is in safe hands and not in the hands of some evil empire.. Interesting read for anyone who wants to learn about the devil in mind and really wants to see FUD at work..

Let's look into the wisdom of the wise man:"built on lack of information by the people executing it. ": there is enough information on all technologies out there and people undertaking such an effort want to make sure that the project finished in time (instead of a research project that never completes). Unfortunately, people assume that they are the only ones who know or think they are vigilant."proprietary platform": well arguments on what is proprietary has never ceased. and if you are talking about sourc…

Dual Monitor on my Machine!

Today I enabled support for dual monitor on my machine!

So on one monitor, I see all of my desktop.. and on the other, I see my taskbar! the advantage is, if you are working on multiple applications, you can "throw" the application that you are not using to the secondary monitor and get an uncluttered view of your own desktop.. it will increase your productivity (atleast that's what MS Research Labs say)..

Has it increased my productivity? Remains to be seen...

If you want to enable this support, you can do so by following instructions here.
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The Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2005

Dates are out for the PDC 2005.. PDCs are held to aligh with key product development milestones and are held every couple of years.  There isn’t a periodic schedule set for PDC.Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, PDC 2005Dates: September 13 – 16, 2005.  (Pre-conferences September 11 and 12)Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA.More information about PDC 2005 and sign up for receiving updates, including news on registration can be done at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pdcWe can expect to hear about Longhorn, Avalon, WinFX, and Indigo and  lots of innovations that will cover many aspects of the Microsoft platform at the PDC 2005.

MDC India 2004.. Camera Phone Pictures and impressions

The MSN Spaces does resize the pictures very well..

http://spaces.msn.com/members/abhishekkant/Blog/cns!1pi7XripDUI-ycNchEZbs0zA!115.entry

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Desi ClickOnline

I like the BBC's ClickOnline that gives a good round up of the "tech scape" in the world. Friends and family feel that i have gone too techie to be listening to tech programs on TV as well :)

Recently i saw a program on SS Music television, that made me happy!! well yes, our own desi computer games reveiw program :) Airing daily, it is called "GameStation"..

the best part of the show was the detail with which they get into each program and show snippets of the quirk they are talking about. Something like, if they talk about separate teams in a game, they will show a snippet illustrating that point from the game.. somebody is definitely spending a lot of time playing them..

at the end they ask if we would like any game reviewed on the show.. yes, i would.. how about Microsoft Flight Simulator?
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Drive Time - TechTalk on the Move

Do you enjoy listening to Technical shows (like game reviews, technology how tos etc)? I DO.
And to service this urge of mine there is something very interesting that i discovered recently - Drive Time CDs and Tapes. these CDs are produced by MS to be consumed internally (that means that they are not available to non-MS people) and are in two flavours:
1. Sales Edition
2. Technical Edition

The CDs ( i am subscribed to CDs instead of the tapes) that have been lying unutilized on my desk for long now.

Took up the drive time CD of technical edition of Speech Server and realised that my car (do i have one??) still doesn't have a CD player :)
The latest MP3 Player (courtesy MVP Program) came to the rescue... have ripped the audio tracks from the drivetime and copied them to my MP3/WMA player (i.e. Creative Muvo) using Windows Media Player 10.
And i am all set to listen to the drive times while on the go!!
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B.NET Design Day - First Peek

My visit to the B.NET Design Day event and the photos from there...
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Travelling to Mumbai and Pune

Will be travelling to Mumbai and Pune on 8th and 9th Dec 2004.

On Dec 8 2004, will try to meet the MVPs and the CSs in Mumbai to discuss the initiatives at the Mumbai User Group.
On Dec 9 2004, will meet the MVPs and CSs in Pune.

Later in the same day, have a presentation to make at TCS and introduce the MVP Program to them. TCS being the largest company only has a single MVP there.. with more light on the MVP and CS program, hopefully there will be more community leaders in the largest IT company of the country..

On 10th, will be talking at the MDC in bangalore.. and that is a very different story..
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My Hotmail Account is 250 MB

The Hotmail upgrades have reached Indian shores.. my account is now 250 MB..

It's like brownie with vanilla ice-cream - MSN spaces and the Hotmail upgrade :)
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MSN Spaces Live - Blog Tool from MSN

Finally, the Blog Tool from MSN is out.. (they had launched launched a version in Japanese some time ago).. the blogging tool is called MSN Spaces..
MSN Spaces gives people a place to create and update a blog, and share their photos (10 MB of space available), music playlists and more, all while better connecting them with friends, family or the online world and support RSS 2.0.

So what are cool features?
1. Consumers can upload photos or blog postings to their Spaces from virtually any e-mail service or e-mail-enabled mobile device.
2. Contact Cards. When a person clicks on a Contact Card in a MSN Messenger or Hotmail® Contact list, the card pops up and gives a sneak peek at that contact’s Space – from its look and feel to the person’s most recent postings. The Contact Card includes links to the Space and those entries for easy access.
4. Gleaming. When a Spaces site is updated or content is added, the MSN Messenger Contact icon of the Space’s owner will light up, making it easy for …