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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…

In the olden days, life was simpler – browsing online meant using the inbuilt Internet Explorer on Windows and Safari on Mac OS X. Then came Google Chrome, moving the entire web browser space to high gear it changed everything. Microsoft IE and Firefox became casualties of Chrome’s success. Till a few weeks ago, I was “happy” with Microsoft Edge as my default browser, and in the few cases where a site (mostly Government & Google’s own) had issues with Edge I used Google Chrome. But now, with Edge moving to Chromium rendering engine I was curious about how browsers…

Today, Microsoft’s Windows team tweeted about giving away a goodie, a Sweater sporting Windows 95 days logo of Windows – calling it #WindowsUglySweater. Windows Ugly Sweater  | Photo Courtesy: Microsoft Corporation To get one you had to reply to the tweet, which I did with a picture attached of me holding various copies of Windows (Windows for Workgroup 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7) that I had bought. Venkatarangan holding copies of WFW 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7) I am looking for my Windows NT…