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I have a production WordPress blog site that is hosted on IIS & Windows Server 2016. To do regular backups of the web folder and the MySQL database, I use the super-useful WordPress Plugin – UpdraftPlus. It creates backup files and uploads them automatically to Google Drive/One Drive/AWS/DropBox & more. Once in a year or so, I do a manual backup, which involves me (manually) selecting the folders, then running 7-Zip to create the backup files. Every time I do this, I have to remember to exclude the UpdraftPlus temporary folder, otherwise, the resulting backup file will be ginormous as…

For almost the last 15 years, I have been using only the Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse accessories made by Microsoft, I love them. I am a 3 finger touch typist, it is all muscle memory for me, so I am not comfortable with any other keyboard or mouse – whether in a laptop or as a separate accessory. Amongst the models from Microsoft I have used, my favourite was the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 that I got in 2007 and used for the next many years. A few years ago (2016), I got the newer model – Sculpt Ergonomic…

My son (aged 16), wanted a new laptop. His existing laptop, an HP Notebook 15 – ac1010TU laptop, had become too slow. He has been behind me for the last six months and I had delayed by saying finish your tenth standard exams. Now that the exams were over and results have been announced, I had to get him a new one. In my mind, the specifications were clear, he doesn’t need the fattest or the fastest one – Core i7 processor will be overkill – and with the experience of his last laptop, Core i3 would become slow after…

I am an unashamed enthusiast of products and services from Microsoft. I follow closely the developments from Redmond and I am their partner with the honorary title of “Microsoft Regional Director”. As a result, there are two annual conferences that I don’t miss – Microsoft Ignite (meant for developers, IT implementers and purchase decision makers) and Microsoft Build (primarily targeting developers) – either I travel in person to the USA or watch the on-demand videos later. Nowadays, due to the cost involved I keep the travel to once every few years, this was my last trip. This year I watched…

Today during the monthly meet of “Professional Speakers Association of India”, my friend Navanee Viswa gave a good talk on the importance of video recordings for professional speakers. He was sharing his experiences of the actual recording for a typical video taking just a quarter of the effort, but the majority (3/4th) going towards editing the video and polishing it. When it comes to the software for video editing, there are plenty of apps for iOS and Android – but they are aimed for limited editing and small work like captioning, and it is cumbersome to work on the small screen…