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Buck

"Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" is a neat pack of humor, adventure with be on the mind characters. The fun begins when alone, One-eyed, dino-hunting weasel called 'Buck', who is sophisticated yet not so complicated, agrees to find 'floppy green thing' with his set of rules and killing his life time enemy Rudy (T Rex Dino). After that there are many eye catching events and nice animation work.

In the end Buck kill Rudy and says "He is gone! What am I suppose to do now?". In that very moment, I see him losing excitement in life. Not so fascinatingly, he agrees to come to the world of Ice age. All of a sudden when  Rudy roars!! Buck finds reason to go back to his world and fight with Rudy all alone. 


Its been many weeks, Buck is still in my thoughts and there is no sign of him stopping his blabbering. His existence has no meaning if there is no Rudy. He only knows living for finding opportunity to defeat Rudy. That's his purpose and he is always o…

Opera Unite - Browser with New Possibilities

When Microsoft, Mozilla and Google are competing hard to increase browser share by tweaking their products, opera silently concentrated on innovation and sprung with neat free stuffs.
Opera’s new suite ‘Unite’ lead the way in defining how we can maximize our internet experience through its impressive capabilities.

This amazing software is not just a ‘browser’ loading web pages lightning fast with Turbo technology; it’s a web server in the browser, messenger, media/file/photo sharing host, a fridge (people can leave a message for you) and can be more in future!!!
If you are using FireFox, Chrome or Safari and you have set of strong technical reasons for why you are using it over Internet Explorer, then it’s time for you to checkout Opera Unite 10. From the technology point of view, your satisfaction is guaranteed.

2 'Why's

1. Why Microsoft is still using Flash when its own baby- Silverlight light is out there?


2. As shown above, having popup menu open on IE8, why Windows Start menu does not appear when windows key (on keyboard) is pressed? (Windows Vista with SP2 Operating system)

Grr...

DotNet: Generic Sorting Class

Recently, I was searching for a generic sorting approach on dotnet List. Many articles (Like one, two..etc) were suggesting standard way of creating IComparer implementer class and using that with generic list (List <T>) in our application. Writing IComparer class for every business object not only take huge time also create challenges in code management when it grow considerably. So, here is simple and effective generic sorting class which can be used with any custom business object and can be sorted on any one of its properties.

All you have to do is, copy paste the complete code in to a new .cs file.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Reflection;

namespace Srushti.Business
{
public class GenericComparer<T> : IComparer<T>
{
string _propName = string.Empty;
bool _sortDirection = true;
public GenericComparer(string propertyName, bool SortAscending)
{
_propName = propertyName;
_sortDirection = SortAscending;
}

Quick Quest - A Step Ahead

With a history of serving Kuvempu University for question paper generation, Quick Quest is now serving Scholar’s private college in Nigeria and receiving good feedback. The teacher using this software sent his experiences and I am very happy to publish his 'as is' words on main page of Quick Quest section.
This is a great encouragement to the development effort of Quick Quest.

Thanks to “The Scholar’s Private Collage, Akure, Nigeria” for choosing Quick Quest.

LINQ Quick Start

If you are a new bee to LINQ (Language Integrated Query), stunned by looking at big books and longer web pages on it, here is the relaxing news. Read “LINQ: The Future of Data Access in C# 3.0” by Joe Hummel. He presented LINQ in a simple and effective manner.

This book with 60 pages quickly give you pragmatic understanding of LINQ and push you to start using it in next hour. This is a good quick starter book in spades.

I personally prefer reading such quick start books to get glimpse of technology and later pick thicker book or detailed tech web links to dig deeper.

Present

The saxophone playing in lavish and lazy mood on my home theater audio system. Half filled crystal clear mocktail glass is standing still on the table. It served me 12 times. Ice cubes in the container melting slowly. Few small pieces of pizza left out in the take-away box. Ceiling fan is blowing cool air. With aesthetic gratification, I am sleeping in my bed. Not fully slipped in dream world. My senses are still enjoying the atmosphere. My right leg big and second toe shaking unnoticeably. Laptop silently downloading recent updates and also scanning for Conficker warm which recently attracted much of attention all over the world. Television is in mute, “DOA: Dead or Alive” action was on. Washing machine is busy cleaning dirty cloths. My salary credit message is sitting unread in my mobile message inbox. The alarm is down counting to wake me up in next 2 minutes…
I felt I needed this lazy day after my busy project work schedule at office. I spent restless week. I am lying in my bed lik…

Why I Am Not Ready for IE8?

Microsoft’s free web browser Internet Explorer 8 is out for public use and it started appearing on windows update programs list as well. This time IE8 is offering a tight competition to its rivalry browsers by putting up noticeable features like accelerators, web slices, common color tab groups, security filters and better performance in comparison with its previous flavors.

It was impressive in the beginning when I started using IE8 with all its new features; on my aggressive usage below points came to notice.
Still few web sites are breaking Tabs are not responsive if one of the tabs is struggling Page rendering sometimes takes more processing time and Browser speed is not always fasterLet me admit, I got addicted to Firefox though it’s a memory hogging browser. But it just doesn’t toddle when I am doing too many things on it. IE8 is an obtrusive update for IE7/IE6 users. Users like me have slim to none chances to migrate to IE8 yet.

MS Works for Windows 7.0!!

Windows Vista never ‘wow’ed me. Office 2003 installation did, when I was fiddling around MS office 2003 advanced installation options. I got to see 'Works for Windows 7.0'!!!


Did Microsoft have intuition about Windows 7 operating system in the year 2003? Before I think too wild, the description helped me to understand that 7.0 is the version of ‘Microsoft Works’ ;)

One Evening Rain

I was too far from my home by the time I realize that its gonna rain nicely now. Its 7 eve and it’s my routine walk time. Weather turned darker. When I turn around, I saw slight panic in people’s eyes. It started raining. Those who were walking started running, two wheelers stopped near shops or big trees for shelter. People in car were closing windows. Many were kind of worried about getting drenched.

It's getting everything wet including me. I am standing looking up at the sky. The rain drops are falling on my face and I shut my eyes. I am feeling cold. My heart is more lively and warm. I am flying free. Thunder and lightning didn’t change what I'm feeling. I kept my walk as usual and as simple as it can. Many were looking at me strangely, some with a question mark on their face and few with confusion. They all had one common question-“Are you mad? It’s raining!!”
I just laughed at it! I couldn’t stop walking in the rain and so my thinking. We became so much ‘civilized’ that…

'The Godfather' - Worth Remembering Quotes

Carefully and painstakingly crafted movie -The Godfather. Incredibly strong script, cut throat decisions, lasting moments, nerve breaking sequences, chilling twists and extremely sharp dialogues makes me to watch this movie often.

I have captured some of the very thoughtful and deep impacting dialogues from the characters of 'The Godfather'.

"I am going to make him an offer he can't refuse"

"Why did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first?"

"Never hate your enemies, it affects your judgment."

"Fredo you are my older brother and I love you so much, but never take side with anyone against the family ever"

"Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But uh, until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day"

"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
"Never let anyone know what you are thinking."

"So, Barzini will mo…

DotNet Windows Service: One of Good Practices

DotNet Windows service is a long running executable, registered with windows operating system and do its work behind the scene. It gets activated when system boots, acquire its own windows session and start working without giving any clue to the user. Since windows start and manage these services, we have to register windows services in operating system.

I noticed it many times, the windows services which does simple operations, some of us having habit of writing code in the service onStart() event or write a private method in the same file/project and call it in the onStart() event. The problem with this approach is whenever we modify logic or functionality of existing windows service, we have to re-register executable with updated one. Doing this kind of geeky stuff on production server does not seem reliable. The best thing to avoid this situation is, write all code in a separate class library project. Generate a DLL out of it, refer it in windows service and call the DLL public me…

What I Read...

Behind vehicles...
Intel Inside, Idiot Outside. (Written on a car)Who said I ride faster? I am just flying...See we met again!Don't drink and drive, drive after drinkingDon't Honk, Earn your way!Don't follow me, follow GODI am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happensIf your wife wants to learn to drive, don't stand in her way!It is not desirable to travel faster than the speed of light, cos my hat keeps blowing offIf everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough
On T-Shirts...
Girlfriend always comes with an expiry dateEducation ruined meHe Who Laughs Last Thinks SlowestBeauty is in the eye of the beer holderIf you want to look young and thin, hang around oldlife is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it Whatever it is -- I didn't do it! Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wifeI believe in dragons, fairies, good women and other mythical creatures!Coffee isn't my cup of tea …