• Book Review

    Vikram Sarabhai – by Amrita Shah

    Few years back when I read a book about Tatas I realized that we know little about Indian Achievers, I got interested in reading more such books. Recently I bought from Landmark a book titled Vikram Sarabhai “A Life” by Amrita Shah. Before reading it, I knew little about Dr.Vikram Sarabhai other than he was a popular scientist and father of Indian Space Program that too by reading about him in Dr.A.B.J.Abdul Kalams’ Wings of Fire book. As the book says I too had vague remembrance of him and confused his achievements with Dr.Homi Bhabha – the father of Indian Nuclear program. Please don’t ask what happened to reading about these people in my School…

  • Events,  Microsoft

    Day 3 – Mix ’07

    The first session I was in a Silverlight with .NET framework session that was interesting. The ability to use Scriptable attribute in .net to expose a function from .NET and have it called in JavaScript or respond to a JavaScript event in browser was cool and opens great possibilities in client side coding. They have also exposed HTML DOM inside the .NET code. Next I went to a  Session by Don Box – pretty much everything went over my head, partly due to the reason I went in after 15 minutes of the talk starting. For the last session of Mix ’07 I decided to go MS Dynamic CRM Live Platform, since this was…

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    Marketing in Connected Enterprises

    In end of Day 2 of Mix ’07 there was this keynote by Robbie Bach – President, Entertainment & Mobile Division Microsoft. He highlighted on the following: Connected Entertainment is all about Personal, Interactive & Social He talked about how to Attract, Engage and Excite to do a sale with your customer XBox has over 10 Million Boxes sold, XBox Live has over 6 million users – primarily because they want to socialize. Windows Media PCs are over 30 Million out there He showed some cool demos like On how Burger King decided to build 3 specific branded games on XBox and sold it for $3.99 over 3 Million copies. This helped…

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    More on Day 2 in Mix ’07

    I have seen ASP.NET Ajax Control Toolkit in its beta builds. After its release, I haven’t checked it recently. Today in Mix ’07 I got a chance to sit in a demo session on that. They have added pretty impressive list of reusable controls like the SlideShow, Animation, etc. They all work using JavaScript and on a wide range of browsers. Microsoft have also open-sourced it for community development in CodePlex. In the Web Services Buy or build Panel – discussions where on how Smugmug.com uses Amazon’s S3 Storage instead of building their data center for redundant storage. How Redfin.com uses Live Virtual Earth instead of their own map implementation. There…

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    Windows Live API to be opened

    In Day 2 of Mix ’07 Brian Arbogast announced new Windows Live API which are now easy to use, simpler licensing and ready to go. Microsoft is certainly late to the game, but can they pull it off from behind this time, let us wait and see. Videos Support – SilverLight Streaming Spaces Photos – Currently Read-only, soon to be Write-Read Windows Live Contacts – Access to Hotmail Virtual Earth Maps Add Live Search to your site They are introducing a new concept – User Controlled Privacy Model. By this Users can limit access of their data to a particular domain. I think this is good from a business and…