• Coding,  Microsoft

    Visual Studio 2015 installs Google Chrome

    As a Microsoft technology enthusiasts for over two decades, I thought I had seen them all. But with the “new” Microsoft under the stewardship of Satya Nadella, they seem to be defying tradition. From Microsoft’s former CEO Steve Ballmer calling “Linux is a cancer” to today Satya’s Microsoft open sourcing .NET Framework and making it available for Linux, it has been a remarkable ride. Recently when I was installed Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 from Windows Insider Program, this change hit me in the face, what blew me away was, wait for it, seeing the option in Visual Studio 2015 to install Google Chrome! To be technically correct, Visual Studio…

  • Apps

    Password Manager

    I have written 8 years back on the Password Manager I use was KeePass. I continue to use till day and love it. KeePass is a popular open source password management software, it allows you to securely store your username, password, URL, attachments in one single encrypted database file (KDBX). The database file is protected by one master password, so from remembering hundreds of passwords, you need to remember one password. You can keep that one password long (hence secure). I sync that one database file across my devices using cloud storage apps like Microsoft OneDrive, you can use that or Google Drive or DropBox or other equivalent apps. There are…

  • Apps,  Gadgets

    Virtual Box error

    After getting a new PC, installing all apps I needed, I finally came to installing Oracle’s Virtual Box and restored my backup containing all virtual images (VMDK). When I tried to run a Windows 7 image, I was greeted by an error from VirtualBox saying “81954AF5-4D2F-31EB-A142-B7AF187A1C41”. Also checking the properties for the Guest OS, the processor settings were grayed. After good amount of trials & searching I did the following which fixed the error and I was able to run the images. Enabled virtualization support in BIOS, this was the reason for the processor settings to be not available in Virtual Box, as can be expected Uninstalled the latest version…

  • Apps,  Coding,  Kids,  Microsoft

    Teaching my son to write software

    The other day my 11-year-old son asked me to teach him on how to write apps. I was thinking on what programming language I can start him with. I didn’t want to start him with Mobile Apps as I feel that will curtail his possibilities. This meant Android Java, Objective C & Apple Swift won’t cut it. Being an ardent Microsoft language engineer I never liked Java, but that discussion is for the other day. My friends know well about my “affair” with Visual Basic. Going with VB6 (there is a charm to this acronym’s sound) will mean he will be learning more about GUI/Drag ‘N’ Drop rather than programming…

  • Apps,  Coding

    Learning Python

    I have been reading about Python (programming language) for last few years and wanted to learn it. But over the years in my work I have become more of the Dilbert’s Pointy Haired Manager and haven’t done any actual coding for many years. So the idea to learn a language and start typing, doing real work looked daunting. As experts say, we humans are animals of habit and getting out of your comfort zone is difficult. I said to myself let me make the first step on this, even though I was not sure whether I will pursue it further. Python.org website has all the necessary learning materials, guides, manuals…