Saturday, January 26, 2008

Social Networking – My Step Back

I was one of the members in popular online social networking web place from past one year. I found many profiles expressing interest in “Business networking”. Whenever I initiated communication, most responses were very unprofessional. I reached many people from diverse profession. Our interaction started with lot of enthusiasm. Later people just didn’t like to have serious talk.

As far as keeping in touch with my buddies, I would prefer to drop a personal email. Along with the message I typed, it also carry the emotion of 'you are special to me my buddy, how are you?'

So, I am in a wrong place. May be, I am either not so social person or not understanding the online social networking etiquette. Anyways :)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Expectations and Life

When I was doing my graduation, I never imagined that I could get a best in industry job and career growth opportunities. How can a below average student can dare to expect such things? Everybody (my college mates and their parents) used to press more on getting high marks to become a successful engineer. I never took those opinions seriously, may be I was ready to take life as it comes. Though I had dreams, I was little dubious.

Now feeling amazed sitting in a luxurious suite of high class hotel in Minneapolis, USA and typing this post for my blog. As I talked about in my previous post (In This World - 8), my life did not gave me what I wished but it pushed me to the journey which I never guessed. Though I found and lost many great things, I am still living with joy and surprises. Sometimes I feel life is easy, but it is not as straight as it seems.

With little pleasure and slight startle, I am going to bed. Good night Minneapolis.

In This World - 8

Never run behind 'something' to get hold, it will always keeps a good distance from you.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

An Update

As you might have noticed I started working on plunking allied images to all my posts, one of the proven best practices of making piece of writing little more attractive. I take a crack at my best; If not my words at least colors should make you feel glad.

Friday, January 04, 2008

In This World - 7

One or the other day we have to pay or get paid for our past actions. Life keeps the count and there are no excuses.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Windows XP SP3 – The Next Big Thing?

If you are expecting big things from windows XP SP3 and curiously waiting for it then its better you do a reality check. Hope my study in that direction would help you.

As we all know, Microsoft windows service packs are the one shot installation set which includes previously released all security updates, hot fixes, stability and performance updates and SP3 is such a package with a small number of enhancements which do not change the user experience but it fills the gap in the updates we might have missed by declining individual updates when using windows updates or during custom update installation.

One thing is pretty much clear that SP3 will not bring any outstanding changes or enhancements except adding one new feature that is Network Access Protection, borrowed from Windows Server 2008 Technology and the rest will be the updates/hot fixes/patches covering from the era of Windows XP SP1 and SP2.

The Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate is available for download. Microsoft cautioned this is only for testers and not for primary or mission critical systems. Here is the URL

There were rumors floating around that SP3 may come up with many new functionalities borrowing from Vista and 2008 Server technologies, but the question is why would Microsoft is going to do that when it already released its newest versions of operating systems (Vista and Windows Server 2008)? How fair it could be, we expecting new features to be included in SP3 rather migrating to latest operating system (Vista) which Microsoft will sure push with more pressure in near future. But the other side of the coin is, Windows XP proved as a most stable and reliable operating system and industries are still showing interest on continuing with it rather migrating to Vista which strongly recommends few hardware upgrades.

The SP3 documentation clearly states that “Microsoft is not adding new features or functionality from newer versions of Windows to Windows XP through SP3”. If you have downloaded/applied windows updates till date then SP3 may not bring you any big difference.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

In The Edge of 2007 and 2008

31 December, 2007 midnight 12 is a closing edge of 2007 and instigation of 2008. As I remember, in the 2006-2007 edge, I was scratching my head to find out new name for my personal web site, (“WindsonSquare”) and was trying hard to register the domain with my dial-up internet connection at home in my native (Davangere). After many attempts, I wasn’t able to register it successfully due to very slow internet speed and frequent disconnection. At last when I looked at the wall clock it was scoring night 1 AM. I slip to bed. That’s it!

This time (2007-2008), during the edge, many were celebrating New Year (as they do it every year I feel) with their friends, at night clubs, at hotels, parting, dancing, screaming, boozing, taking fast bike ride of calm night streets, my neighbor was doing pooja…

...what the hell I was doing? I caught cold so most of the time was busy cleaning my nose and sneezing, turning pages of my new washing machine user guide (delivered on that day evening). After that I started evaluating Windows XP SP3 release candidate and I was in bed by 1 AM!

Next day morning (1 January, 2008) when I woke up at 6:42 AM and sight out side through the window, the new year morning was just as usual. The people were busy in their daily round, paper boy, milkman, morning tea shoppers, joggers, street dogs (Indeed, how does the New Year matter to street dogs?)… I walked to the kitchen and prepared my morning tea. After few minutes I entered my bedroom holding a cup of hot tea, opened the lid of laptop and started typing this post. It is 7:50 AM now.

For “the edge” moment, I never had a special feeling (But this time it was exception because of my new washing machine :). I had no distinctive reason for not feeling anything about the so called ‘amazing new year’ event. It was just another night 12 AM for me. Though I don’t celebrate it in the way most of us do, but I do make resolutions. I take whole January month to think, do a feasiblity study and finalize my resolutions. Whether I celebrate New Year or not I always consider this edge as a mark of incremental new age. This is the one scheduled moment/event where I (we?) think of (our?) my past days in that one year at least for few seconds.

Wish you happy and prosperous New Year.