Friday, August 24, 2007

Yet another insignifcant post

Warning: This is yet another post that is insignificant and that has been written due to a strange state of mind that I frequently get into these days.

As I had mentioned in my earlier post, I am getting engaged on August 26th. Right now I am in Hyderabad and will be leaving for Mumbai tonight in bus. As the time comes closer, various feelings are starting to taking control of me.

I am excited, nervous, shy, scared all at the same time. I hope I get back to my senses soon :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A bunch of announcements

It’s been quite some time since my last post. So much so that people have started asking me why am I not posting anything? Well, there are two reasons for it

  • I am going through a lot of changes in my personal life
  • I wanted to separate personal blog entries from those related to Microsoft

Changes in my personal life

One BIG News

I know this is probably not a place to announce something like this! But hey… this is my personal blog. And I want to give it a further personal touch by posting things that are actually personal to me.

So… the news is – I am getting engaged on Sunday August 26th 2007 with Esha Singh. I have been personally instructed by Esha not to post her pictures. So I won’t do it (basically I don’t want to get into trouble at such an early stage!). As opposed to most of my friend’s expectations, it’s an arranged marriage!

I am very excited about it and am looking forward to a happy new life.

Some more changes

A few years back, when I was a kid, I started reading about Mahatma Gandhi. It took me so many years to understand the value and impact of Gandhian principles. In the recent times, I have been reading a lot about history, politics, and a lot of other social issues that affect an average Indians life. When I put both the learning in context, it surprises me to see that this nation of Gandhi has deviated so much from Gandhian principles. It has only been 60 years and the political system as almost collapsed.

It may sound little too big (and a bit stupid too) but I have decided to take an effort to change this. More on this front in the coming few posts.

Moving MS Related posts

I will no longer post Microsoft related stuff here

I have a blog on MSDN to which I have not posted anything so far. Primary reason for this was that I did not have too much of tech-stuff to contribute. Or, to be more specific, I didn’t have any experience of writing a tech-blog. And being a long time reader of various blogs on MSDN, I understand that a normal reader would expect technical content on MSDN blogs.

The new destination for MS Posts

All the forthcoming posts will be on my MSDN Blog.

I have started writing at least informative posts about Microsoft and its products, so, after contemplating the decision for the past few weeks, I have decided to move this piece to my MSDN Blog. However, I will keep posting a link to the posts on my MSDN blog for the first few posts.

What happens to this blog?

I will continue to blog here but only on things that are not related to Microsoft (my personal life beyond Microsoft). Additionally, as I said, I will be linking to my posts on my MSDN blog.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Introducing Windows Live SkyDrive

Windows Live SkyDrive team at Microsoft announced three major changes yesterday-

Change in Name:

As you can see, Windows Live Folders is now Windows Live SkyDrive. I like the new name because it sounds cool. Way better than something like "Folders" or something.

Bunch of cool new enhancements
  • An upgraded look and feel — new graphics to go along with your new features!
  • "Also on SkyDrive" — see most recently visited SkyDrives and easily navigate to them
  • Thumbnail images of the image files on your SkyDrive
  • Drag and drop your files right into your SkyDrive
  • Embed your stuff anywhere — with just a few clicks, post your files and folders anywhere you can post html
Expansion of user base

Windows Live SkyDrive is now available in three regions - US, UK, and India.

I tried playing around with it a little and found it to be super cool. Very easy to use and yet very powerful. Go, sign-up now!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Windows Vista Test-drive

Have you not had your hands on Windows Vista yet? Still thinking if it will actually help your business? Well, here is your chance to take a look at it online. Try your hands on Windows Vista running live right through your web browser.

Visit Windows Vista Test Drive Website today.

For the techies who are willing to know how this online hands-on thingy works, here is a bit of Gyan for you. It is powered by Microsoft Virtual Labs. Virtual Labs is a cool new way for Microsoft to demonstrate its new products running live in virtual environments. Its something like running a virtual machine on your Virtual PC. The only difference here is that the virtual machine runs on Microsoft's hardware and you seem to work in a live online environment.

I am confused about one thing. And the reason for my confusion is - why on earth are you still reading this post? Had I been in your position, I would already be taking a tour of Windows Vista or playing around with cool new technologies on Virtual Labs. Go ahead. Do it :-)