Dad loves Surface

I have given a surface to my daughter. A lot of my friends/family ask me how I like using Surface and whether my daughter likes it as well. I can tell you that the killer feature from dad’s point of view is Family Safety. I am not an iPad/Android user, so I do not know…

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Delay Sending an Email

Like many engineer I am partially fueled by the engineers angst. I am not always able to vent it in code and sometimes resort to sending really dumb emails :). I figured out that I can tolerate delaying sending my emails over having to smack my face every other day. Basically all emails I send…

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Windows Phone 7, my story

Now that Windows Phone 7 is released all the gadget/tech blogs like TechCrunch, Engadget , Gixmodo are humming with reviews. Given that it’s a Version 1 product (ignore that 7 in the phone name) the reviews are great. Seeing all the buzz around gets me thinking about how I got involved in the project and…

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Date format

Let me start by saying that using mm-dd-yyyy is just plain wrong. No really it just doesn’t make any sense to me. Neither does it make any sense to most people world-over if you go my the date-format map up at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Date_upd1.PNG If one uses dd-mm-yyyy it makes sense because it’s in decreasing order of…

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Working in the United States

I am sure everyone has read about the “you cannot possibly pronounce or spell” volcano in Iceland throwing up in the air and screwing up the entire flight system of this planet. While most people were reading about it from the comfort of their home I was doing the same while waiting in airports with…

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.NETCF: The mini Y2K

I am sure most people haven’t yet forgotten the Y2K problem. This year our team faced a mini Y2K, but don’t worry we anticipated it and all is well. If you head over to NETCF Wikipedia page you’d notice the NETCF versions look as follows <MajorVersion>.<MinorVersion>.<Year><DayofYear>.<Rev> A sample version number is 3.5.7283.0 This represents .NETCF…

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I am the Empire

5 years back exactly on this very day I walked into Cyber Towers office of Microsoft India for the first time. If someone asked me at that time how long I plan to work for Microsoft, my answer would’ve been couple of years max. I was still a bit suspicious of the evil empire and…

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Technical Presentation Tip

I’m no Scot Hanselman, but even then I guess I can share at least one tip for delivering technical presentation that has worked very well for me. At the very beginning of your presentation always have a slide clearly calling out what the attendees will “Take Away” and what is the “Pre-requisites’” of attending your…

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Small Basic

Today my father in law started teaching my 4 year old daughter how to write in Bengali which is her native language. Below is the screen shot of her attempt to write অ আ ই, the first character is written by her teacher and the rest by her. This got me thinking around when the…

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Scott Guthrie’s visit to Microsoft India

I rarely blog about a photo but this is an exception. Scott Guthrie our Corporate Vice President for .NET Developer Platform was here in Hyderabad on a visit to Microsoft India. I had a chance to attend a bunch of product reviews and  meetings with him. Every person in our division and outside is in…

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