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How Much Computerised We Are?

There were couples of incidents provoked me to ignite thoughts on computerized systems and their involvement in our professional life. In past several years, many organizations racing hard to transform their business into automated system(s) but the question is "How much we succeeded?"
Recently I visited a popular bank, requesting to issue my account duplicate statement hard copy with authorized signatory. The lady told me that it will take 2 hours to get it!! I was surprisingly looking at her and politely tried to mention that it’s a computerized process should not take more than 5 minutes. She sharply looked at me and said “Though it’s a computerized process, it will take time; it’s not that easy as you are assuming”I emailed a letter to the popular newspaper editor pointing out the mistake done in the news coverage. I got no response from him. If his answer would be “I get too many such mails daily and can not respond to everyone…” my immediate response will be “Resign and…

Google More Specific...

...Noticed it when I was looking at advanced search options in google.com. A separate URL to search on only Microsoft technologies www.google.com/microsoftAs everyone knows these two companies are competing profoundly for their world wide software domination; but when it comes to providing service to the mass, we see their world class professionalism.Google has also provided such facility for: Apple Mac, Unix, Linux, U.S Government and universities. I liked it and found useful too.

Windows XP - A Custom Setup Build

I am a freaking web surfer and I strongly recommend myself to have windows updates applied to my operating system. One of the ways to keep my computer/laptop healthy and protected. I use to depend on Autopatcher - an offline windows updates/patches collection/applying tool to keep my operating system up to date. Few months back Autopatcher discontinued its service because Microsoft was unhappy with it. From that day onwards my search was ON to get new alternative for it. All I wanted is to have an offline copy of windows updates so that I can install those whenever I make a fresh installation of windows operating system on my boxes. My search got over with “Windows Update Downloader”, a free utility which has a good list of windows updates, clever enough to connect Microsoft Windows update website and download patches/updates to local machine.(Recently I came to know that Microsoft has launched a web site for bulk patch/update downloads, named "Microsoft Update Catelog"). I …

Festival of Lights

Diwaali - one of the richest celebrations in India. A festival of lights, wealth, victory and wisdom. This very day, Hindu mythology has many remarkable events. Goddess Lakshmi’s Birthday. Vishnu rescued Goddess Lakshmi from the prison of king Bali. On this day Rama, Seeta and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after defeating Raavana and conquering Lankaa. The return of the Pandavaas from their 12 years of “Agnaat Vaas”. On the day preceding Diwali, Krishna killed the demon king Narakaasura and rescued 16,000 women from his detention.On this glorious day, we crack fireworks and symbolically we worship human positive instincts. We pray for the best and light up new dimension towards our life. No matter how far we succeed; as long as we have vigor and undying dreams, covering the way of light will never be a challenge in itself.Wishing you happy festival of enlightenments.

Dot Net Reflector

If you navigate to http://www.aisto.com/roeder/dotnet/ you will find quite good development resources for free and few with source code. Out of all, for me, the Dotnet Reflector tool was pretty impressive (Great work by Lutz Roeder). This will help dot net programmers to analyze and decompile dot net assemblies in to different programming languages (C#, VB, IL, Delhpi, MC++ and chrome!)

Web and Revolution

This is a dawn of Web OS. Next generation internet world will neither be a navigation of dynamic pages, information exchange, business/social networking nor creating your presence in virtual world. It’s more on starting-closing computing and accelerating work only through internet and nothing else. It’s an attempt to think and act beyond normal desktop computing and days of spending gigantic time to install/maintain operating system and required software updates/utilities on your box may become extinct.

There are many small-big initiatives on Web OS. Most of them are free to use. Few of them are still with “Beta” tag and few claim they are complete.

In parallel to this, web office suites are also playing major role in trying to replace desktop office software. Many of the web office suites come in front with free service offer.

Combination of Web OS and Web Office is certainly giving a strong sense of eliminating workplaces with stand alone environment in future. The dream of accessing a…

64 Bit Environment

From past several months I am using Windows XP 64 Bit version operating system on my laptop having AMD Turion 64 X2 TL50 (in Intel words- “1.6 GHz 64 bit dual core mobile processor”) master mind underneath. Luckily I got 64 bit driver support for all my hardware (I think, 64 bit days has silently begun) components. The operating system is stable enough and quite fast too (when compared to Windows XP Professional 32 bit Edition). It is true that there are very few 64 bit version software available for use, but as a dot net programmer what ever I need, I have those 64 bit enabled. The operating system even allows running 32 bit applications under protected memory environment but few are pretty much incompatible with this pact like Norton Antivirus, Comodo Personal Firewall…etc. specially, system software/utilities which are very much dependent on operating system API calls and if these software/utilities are of 32 bit, then there is a clear disagreement with 64 bit operating system. We …

SrushtiSoft - An Official Blog Hosted

Recently a marketing person voluntarily approached me and showed interest to promote Srushti’s products to his existing customers. I happily showcased all products and showed SrushitSoft website. After some time he sat to browse SrushtiSoft, he sharply looked at ‘Blog’ link and clicked it. It promptly brought him to this blog page. He scrolled the web page up and down and asked me
‘I am sorry; I am not able to make out any connection between these posts and SrushtiSoft products…’
I had no good answer for his question. I had to struggle little to convey him that this blog touches other areas along with SrushtiSoft technology and that was the instance I realized the need of separate blog for SrushtiSoft.

After few hours of stretched work on blogspot web site, I am pleased to announce new SrushtiSoft blog, where you will find only Srushti’s technology, products, plans and progress posts. I request you to subscribe to this blog too and feel free to comment on it.

As you see, the current blog …

In This World - 6

When your initiative or work or act is questioned and opposed by many, then you should understand that you have done something unusual and out of the box which is in point of fact drawing people’s attention.

SkyDrive

Online storage is not a new idea, what’s new is Microsoft’s SkyDrive online product (www.skydrive.live.com) initiated under the Windows Live umbrella. Being an admirer of Microsoft products I register here too. We can use our existing hotmail/live ID for login and start using 500 MB free space which comes by default. If you are looking for getting more space, currently I didn’t see any such upgrade option but you might expect ‘purchase’ link in coming days. We can share folders and files with everyone on internet or only with our friends or secure it for private use.
You can browse my public folders here
https://cid-29f7a129fc6ad7aa.skydrive.live.com/home.aspx
Yes! The URL is hard (in fact impossible) to remember. It would have been more impressive if we could replace the puzzled alphanumeric characters with our hotmail/live ID like this pavan.gayakwad.skydrive.live.com isn’t it? I don’t think that Microsoft hasn’t thought about it, I am just wondering what stopped them doing this. Anywa…

Welcome, Dear Visitor

Now, if you visit www.SrushtiSoft.com, you will see a new “green button” on the products main page with the caption “Visiting for the first time?” which gets you to the newly built web page.
After posting few (in fact 2) articles on CodeProject, my web site hit rate has increased a lot. That pushed me to create a new page which briefly and effectively talks on our goals. I just thought of having a corroborative conversation and make an attempt to induce “Srushti” worm in him/her thoughts, hoping that one day they may ping us and expect some sort of soft solution(s). Its not a strategy to attract my site visitors, In fact I am trying to provoke their thoughts and match that with our passion.

String.Empty Internals

Please find my second tech article on Code Project - String.Empty Internals, it's about one of the most debatable subject of using String.Empty over "" (empty string) in dot net world. I tried documenting my investigation on internal working of String.Empty under the hood of CLR.

When I checked number of views just after 2 minutes of gap, it was 140! I was amazed looking at the number of users hitting CodeProject portal. That was cool!

Best Can Still Be Improved

In my project, I am also one of the guys working on re-architecting one component. In fact we saw this component performaning very well when we put it in use, but still we wanted this to be more powerful, faster and robust. You can say, we are religiously following the saying “Best can still be improved”. Our component is now able to process 34 records in 1 second, but our expectation is to boost this up to 60-70 records per second. We have few challenges to operate on now, optimal performance, scalability, loosely coupled for easy integration with other components/applications.It is like, tie your hands behind your back and fight! If I am thinking of loose coupling, I have to compromise with performance, if I ignore scalability, I will have simple design which will have less layers (tightly coupled) and execute faster. I term this as a circular problem, if you do one thing other will get screwed and if I take care of other, main thing may not work as expected. But, what’s the fun if …

Microsoft Idea

Microsoft is releasing bunch of new and refined products almost every three months. When I analyzed Microsoft’s way of taking technological progress parallel to commercial trends and future (5 to 10 years down the line) requirements, it clearly shows Microsoft’s idea of “Windows Live Connected World”. The story starts from deep integration of Internet Explorer and Media Player with windows to recent Windows Home Server and SkyDrive online service releases. Hotmail is getting complete new shape as “Windows Live Hotmail” and many impressive, free (to some extent :) web 2.0 services under “Windows Live” branding like Office live, free web hosting, online system scanning (one live care), live search, live space, MS Write, 3D maps (virtual earth), popfly …list is growing. Whatever is possible in virtual world to create our presence or avail service from it is constantly identified by Microsoft and suitable projects are kicked off. Microsoft making revolutionary movements in its dot net fra…

In This World - 3

“Everybody has secrets (no matter how big or small it is) in life which should obscured deep inside their heart. If it get unleashed, they would confront major disparity in their life.”

One Evening with Linux

Two days back I wanted to install Linux and write a C or C++ program which could call some Linux APIs. I acted fast, I installed Microsoft Virtual Machine 2007 on Windows XP box and did a RedHat Linux 9.0 setup in that. The setup process guided me with very good GUI screens. After spending one and half hours of long setup course, virtual machine got restarted. It welcomed me with a black background and blur (almost impossible to read) fonts!!?? I was damn surprised and upset. I wasn’t able to understand the difficulty of an operating system to identify my VGA card because setup was able to recognize it and showed me nice setup screens. After several attempts I was able to boot machine in console mode but wasn’t lucky enough to configure my VGA card in Linux root. I don’t know how I proceed next. I know its an improper hands-on activity. I should refer some documents and online materials to understand core Linux/Unix properly and then start on it. I feel, for an ordinary dot net progra…

Ruby – A Cool Cartoon Ride

Though I am not looking for language switch nor trying to get into Ruby (programming language) stuff. But I enjoyed the way this (http://www.poignantguide.net/ruby/chapter-3.html) tutorial presents its content.
Don’t miss to say ‘Odelay’ for 5 times after you finish your reading :)

Vista Performance Tune Up Package

If you remember my blog on vista (My hmm…with Windows Vista), you could recollect my comment on copy-paste window which calculates time required to paste copied contents which consequently introduce some more delay in copy-paste process. Microsoft also felt this along with many other such problems and released an update patch for it. I am glad that at least I could able to think (1%) like other good geeks :)

In This World - 2

“Sometimes with complete knowledge, we commit mistake because we didn’t had choice at that time. Rest of our life, whenever we remember that, we feel same intense pain and unsatisfaction as we felt it for the first time.”

Milestone Numbered 3

Till now in my professional life, there were ups, downs and 2 software companies. Itreya Technologies Pvt. Ltd (now it is known as Starmark Services) is the one pulled me from the college and invited me to the software industry world. I was young, enthusiastic with lot of dreams. I was unaware of many. The city (Bangalore) was new, people were new, me myself was new to this industry. I started spending days, met so many people, had unforgettable experiences, had celebrations, parties, learning, victory, depression, pressure, words, money, thoughts, decisions, sentiments… One fine noon, sitting in my cubicle (Target Corporation) I was trying to book a meeting room and I observed it is August 2, 2007 and suddenly realized I finished 3 years in this (software) world! (How this world is still baring junk like me!!?? ) we always measure our past with unit of gains and losses and always these will have their own share in that. Nothing will change drastically, but checking on how far we reac…

The ‘Free’ Linux

We all know Linux is free. I experienced ubuntu (http://www.ubuntu.com) is following it more religiously which really made me to appreciate, put a note in my blog and point at them straight. You can give your valid mailing address and specify the flavor of Linux you want to try; the CD or DVD ROMs will fly all the way to your door step with zero charge!!! One month back I opted for 3 different flavors of ubuntu Linux and requested in the site https://shipit.ubuntu.com. Ubuntu sent those to me without charging a single penny. Rather spending millions-billions on ad campaigns, this is a nice-smart thought which really creates product awareness and reaches people more effectively. The initiative automatically encourages hoi-polloi to spread this news like a black wine.

What’s wrong?

I was deeply engrossed in writing my next tech-blog. One familiar tone bewitched my attention. It was my mobile.

“Yep…”- me.
“Tell me bad things about Bangalore...” – voice of a man who never ask and think positive aspects.
Bangalore – Asia’s one of the fastest growing city. A Land of opportunities. India’s Silicon-Valley. Garden City. People with different culture, from different countries/regions. Indian’s Don for software industry...and this guy is looking for negative aspects?
I asked - “May I have a pleasure of knowing why this question is for?”
“Well, curious to check the positive aspects” – mind blowing reply.
“and what you are going to do with this public knowledge of positive aspects?” – I am worried now.
“hmm…soon after asking about ‘bad things’, you started collecting positive points, am I right?” – damn confident voice.
“That’s affirmative. How you are so sure?” – me anxious.
“Nothing special, it’s inherited. That’s why East India Company still exists. Its not vanished af…

My Hmm… with Windows Vista

After successful installation, vista invited me with a fresh new UI. The start menu with inbuilt search, windows sidebar, re-designed windows explorer, high-resolution icons, Aero 3D screen flips, 3D games, Neat new interface for all sort of network related setups, parental control, Bit locker to protect our data, secure, stable, new sleep mode for better power management, index based search…cool bunch of features. I was happy, but my hmm… Started when few things are missing from their native place and few new things are not good at improving user experience.
- Disk defragmenter is less informative this time. No more color bars to check defragmentation status.
- I connected to internet and wanted to check the network speed. It was not easy, I have to first go to “Network and Sharing” screen and then interrogate for required information. Earlier this information used to come in a pop-up when you hover mouse pointer on network icon sitting in system tray.
- Windows media player 11 always s…

In This World - 1

“If someone is always busy in pointing out mistakes, there is only one way to stop him. Make him a part of mistake.”(“In this world” - a lesson which I honestly learnt on posted date/day. words or meaning of statement may match with some one’s view in this world, that’s why these statements are not copy protected and kindly note I am not a philosopher. These are just my true experience note.)

Srushti.Framework

As soon as I started feeling comfortable with dot net technology my next move was to coming up with range of small utilities that should help and accelerate our daily activities. I just started working towards coming up with generic framework which should be an abstraction to the technical challenges like connecting to multiple database, logging and caching. I built one code generator tool too, which will generate all basic workable classes adhering to the standards laid out in my framework. Soon after finishing the ground work, I put these into production and Flexo came out of it. Though I was aware of Microsoft Enterprise Library (EL), I dared to workout on my own framework. Reasons were, I wanted to put theory learnt into code and evaluate myself that how good I am in creating generic, scalable and reliable components. After finishing part of Framework, I downloaded Enterprise Library and did a comparision. There were many differences (naturally) and mine required little more matur…

Skin Design

Flexo is a personal accounting package. Since it is in very initial stage, it tracks only your expenses and generates variety of reports on it. (Recently I included income tracking module which is in alpha stage) In coming years Flexo will extend and mechanize most of money management activities under few button clicks. In parallel to cool features, creating a good and ease of user interface is also a head scratching work. It’s an art too. I don’t want to set more expectation saying that Flexo has very good interface but I feel it has got what it was expected to have.When you download and check all screens in Flexo, one thing you will sure notice, Consistency. Just open any UI guidelines book, this will be a first statement and there is no way to skip this rule in my software too.If we think traditionally, the design approach for consistent UI for all forms could be like these, Create header-footer ActiveX/Custom/User control and place it on all forms or create a static class which ha…

It all starts from here

I own a website www.srushtisoft.com, which is an ad-board for my offline works. Right now the site talks over my 3 products (Quick Quest, Flexo and CD Indexer). It tries to give you an impression of big team behind it and commercial availability which may not be completely real but can not be neglected.

SrushtiSoft showcases all my works, gives a shape of ‘product’ by identifying its respective domain. These may not be full fledged solutions but surely addresses basic needs.

It all starts from here. The basic intention of restarting my blog is to share, collate wonderful experiences, worth full-worthless thoughts and many useful-useless actions during my offline work. Most of the time you will find tech talks here and no wonder if you start looking at me as a tech-alien.