Archive for September, 2008

Microsoft today revealed details of Visual Studio 2010 (code-named “Rosario”) and .NET framework 4.0. This next generation ‘Integrated Development Environment’ focuses on the following five points as given in the Visual Studio 2010 webpage.

  • Democratizing Application Lifecycle Management
  • Enabling emerging trends
  • Inspiring developer delight
  • Riding the next generation platform wave
  • Breakthrough Departmental Applications

In related news, Scott Guthrie yesterday announced on his blog that from now on  jQuery will be distributed with Visual Studio (including jQuery intellisense, snippets, examples, and documentation). This is a real exciting news since jQuery is a great lightweight library for Javascript, widely used by developers.

Lyrics Of The Week – Is It Any Wonder

This one is Is It Any Wonder by Keane, an East Sussex UK, Alternative Rock playing band. I am embedding the video of Keane performing this song at Live Earth Concert. That event was ‘rocking’ by the way.

Get the song from iTunes here.

I always thought that I knew
I’d always have the right to
Be living in the kingdom of the good and true
and so on

but now I think how I was wrong
And you were laughing along
And now I look a fool for thinking you were on, my side

Is it any wonder I’m tired
Is it any wonder that I feel uptight
Is it any wonder I don’t know what’s right (more…)

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  • 64-bit Computing – Explained By Ars Technica

    I consider Ars Technica to be among the best technology related blog (and matter of fact, according to Technorati, it is). These guys do an excellent job covering a lot of news and topics mixing their own brand of hilarious humor in it. I first stumbled on this web site while searching for a review of iPod Nano. These guys had the best review available and not only that, they took the reviewing business so seriously that they actually ran the Nano over with a VW car to stress test it! That was some review. Ever since then, it’s been exactly three years now that Ars is my most regular source for all things technology.

    Here is an excellent article explaining the basics of 64 bit computing by Ars: An Introduction to 64-bit Computing and x86-64.

    I heard I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You by Colin Hay, first in the soundtrack of the movie Garden State, which I consider to be one of the best soundtrack albums ever compiled. All the songs from this soundtrack simply stir your soul. Get the song from iTunes here.

    I drink good coffee every morning
    Comes from a place that’s far away
    And when I’m done I feel like talking
    Without you here there is less to say
    I don’t want you thinking I’m unhappy
    What is closer to the truth
    That if I lived till I was 102
    I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you (more…)

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  • Rails Apple

    Apple Developer Connection has this must read article, which is for everyone who is beginning to work with Ruby on Rails on Mac OS X Leopard.

    I Am Buying A Macbook Pro

    For all my software development days ahead, I want them to be well spent on a Macbook Pro. The main reason for me deciding to take the plunge to the Mac world is because of the following reasons:

    • Having the ability to use Windows and Linux on the Mac itself without booting (virtual machines) using VMware Fusion (The joy of getting the best of both worlds).
    • Rock solid UNIX platform.
    • Recently I have developed a love for Ruby programming and there is no better platform to work on it than a Good-ol-Mac. (more…)

    How HTML 5 Is Already Changing the Web

    HTML5-logo An Excellent Article from Webmonkey: How HTML 5 Is Already Changing the Web.

    Web has come a long way; from sites being just a collection of pages connected through hyperlinks, to supporting interactive applications and being powered by Flash, Silverlight and Ajax technology. Recently launched Google Chrome is an indication to where the web is headed. Browsers are going to be an operating system in their own right, handling complex web applications.

    HTML 5 will further allow the developers to create pages taking advantage of the latest technologies in web development as well as support any browser on any platform. Have a look at the draft specification of HTML 5.

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  • I Survived The Large Hadron Collider


    Every time scientists come up with some brilliant and pioneering concept, some stupid ignorants (read TRP seeking News Channels) come up with their own version of the story on how this is going to affect the world in all the wrong ways.

    This time it is the LHC and the myths regarding the doomsday scenarios like black holes, killer strangelets, magnetic monopoles, and vacuum bubbles and how this is going to destroy Earth. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator complex, intended to collide opposing beams of protons with very high kinetic energy. Its is built to explore the validity and limitations of the Standard Model, the current theoretical picture for particle physics. It is theorized (more…)

    Sung by John Mayer, Waiting On The World To Change, is a satire that fills you up with despair, yet is so true; singing about the indifference that only we can correct!

    Get it here from iTunes.

    Me and all my friends
    We’re all misunderstood
    They say we stand for nothing and
    There’s no way we ever could
    Now we see everything is going wrong
    With the world and those who lead it
    We just feel like we don’t have the means
    To rise above and beat it


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  • It’s been almost two months now that I am using Bluehost‘s hosting and I am really satisfied by the services they offer. One of these is the SSL service for the mail accounts they give along with the hosting services. For those of you who don’t know what SSL is, you can read about it here.

    After I created a mail account using my domain name, the first thing I did was to configure it using Outlook 2007. I properly configured my mail account to use SSL using the following settings.

    • Account Type: IMAP
    • Incoming Mail Server: box*** (*** is the server number given by bluehost)
    • Outgoing Mail Server: box***
    • Check for the outgoing (SMTP) server to require authentication using the same settings as incoming server. (more…)