Bar Charts on the console

I work on the UI action recorder and it has a strict performance requirement. The tool dumps the time it takes to record each action in it’s log and that is compared against the maximum allowed value (otherwise the system will seem sluggish). To do this obviously we need fancy charts, as everyone likes them,…

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Support for range in programming languages

The .NET platform and the languages on top of it have limited or no support for range of values. Data ranges are one of the most common data-types and somehow it’s not there. Funnily most programmers do not even seem to miss it (unless of course if you have used Ruby). How would you specify…

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Fun Windows Home Server site

Windows Home Server team has a nice light-hearted site up at http://www.stayathomeserver.com/. All of it was funny, until I reached the page http://www.stayathomeserver.com/book.aspx. It says “daddy wants to give mommy a special gift…. So he buys a stay-at-home server”.  That’s not funny, “Wife Acceptance Factor” would be reflecting nitrogen freezing point for a home server….

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Choose your company name well

Sometime back Hutch phone in India got bought over by the international phone giant vodafone. They re-branded Hutch in India to Vodafone. Now when I call up home and the phone is busy I get a recorded message in Bengali which means “The Vodafone number you’re trying to call is busy”. All that is good but the…

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