Showing posts from August, 2005

My Airtel Broadband is down!

My Airtel Broadband connection has been down for past 2-3 days. The ADSL Link light is not working and though a technician paid a visit he went away saying that the fault is somewhere at the back.. Now, all this means that i am not going to have any boradband till the time "backend" is fixed :(. However, the bill never seems to discount non-availability of the service that Airtel so conviniently seems to forget! I had earlier requested these guys to change my plan but they didn't bother to inform me about the procedural hiccup that came up! now broadband doesn't make you omniscient (did i spell it right?).. so i am still continuing on the older plan as nobody informed me on the issue.. though i religiously have been getting calls like - "is your internet working fine" before all this happened... And yes, if you want to measure your broadband speed check out: ---------------------------------------------------------------------

ASP.NET and Active Directory

ASP.NET ships with Active Directory Membership provider. Simply superb! Most of the applications written for Intranets rely on Active Directory (or some other sort of LDAP) to authenticate a user. Now it is extremely simple to integrate AD with ASP.NET 2.0. Read here how to. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

Blogs most widely read from Microsoft

There are so many blogs out there that it is difficult to find the ones that are of value. Microsoft bloggers are blogging at: and at Here are some of the most widely read blogs on MSDN: And on technet: If you are feeling like catching the buzz in Microsoft these are the blogs you can check out. And if you just want a search

Site QuickStarts in SharePoint Sites

I am an extensive user of Sharepoint - India MVP Extranet Portal, Community Star Extranet Portal etc. There are various activities that we do from time to time that requires creation of more libraries (document, list, calendars etc. Microsoft has released around 30 "Applications for Windows SharePoint Services" that cover custom scenarios and provide site templates for instantenously creating frameworks for each of these scenarios. I think i am going to find them extremely useful.. i already have downloaded the: Room and Equipment Reservation template Event Coordination template Both of them are working great on the portal! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

Speech Application Development

Was trying to integrate Speech into an application i wrote... i realiased there are 3 options for the same: MS Agent, Microsoft Speech Application Software Development Kit (SASDK) Version 1.0, and Speech SDK 5.1 for Windows® applications This confused me. Which one to use for what? A little research lead me to this site that explains it well: SASDK is primarily meant to speech enable the ASP.NET applications and SAPI is meant for Win Forms applications. MS Agent might already be a dead technology :) Both SASDK and SAPI support TTS and voice recognition! So make your choice and get coding.. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

Get to know the Code Camps!

Got to hear about Code Camps being conducted in US at: The tenets of "Code Camp" as per the site: An original Code Camp organizer, Thom Robbins, wrote a six-point manifesto: Code Camps are (1) by and for the developer community; (2) always free; (3) community developed material; (4) no fluff – only code; (5) community ownership; and (6) never occur during working hours. We have similar events in India called DevCons and subject related Days like - Architecture Day! What stands out in this event is the large participation of industry as speakers and attendees. An unofficial estimate puts the percentage of student attendees at these events at below 25%. In India, the profile of attendees has largely been students (except HYD) and very less participation from industry. IMHO, we should start to invite more people from industry to participate as speakers in these events. The attendees ergo will follow for sure! ------------------------------------

Event Management using Mobile Device Community Project Functional Spec

Preliminary Vision Document User completes registration at the registration counter using the mobile device Attendee could register for the entire event Also, attendee should be able to select the sessions that he/she is going to attend during the event Provide feedback to the sessions that he/ she attends. The feedback is an objective multiple choice type. Space for comments must also be maintained. Also, feedback to entire event rather than just a session should be possible. Ad Hoc meetings and requests Reports: reports should be available on how many people have attended the event / session. Also, a view into how many prospective participants are registered for a future session should be possible. Users of the system: Event Administrators Event Managers Event Volunteers Attendees (Pre-registered/ Ad-Hoc/ Speaker/ Material) Proposed tools and technology for development: VS 2005 Beta 2 (.NET 2.0) SQL Mobile Pocket PC Enabled clients (Himalaya specification) ASP.NET 2.0 Interfaces Func

Some TechEd US 2005 presentations available

Some TechEd US 2005 presentations have been made available at: Enjoy the content with recorded webcasts even when you were not there physically attending it! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.