June 2007

Writing Better

June 10, 2007

Written communication is becoming more important every day because of global integration. Nowadays, it is rare to see all the members of a project team in one geographic location or working the same hours. There is outsourcing within the United States as well as outsourcing to various parts of the world, like India, China and […]

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Learning From Refactoring

June 9, 2007

The longer one works in software development, the more one is exposed to both elegantly crafted applications as well as egregiously designed and coded projects. The learning process involves learning from both good and bad code. Good code can teach architectural concepts, design patterns, code organization and logical ways of solving practical problems. Such code […]

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Yahoo! Mail Problem

June 6, 2007

The reason for posting this blog is that there was nothing on Google Search or Blogsearch for a particular painful and frustrating problem. So if someone is facing this same issue, I hope this can help them. The last couple of days, I have been having problems accessing my Yahoo! email. The symptoms were as […]

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Microsoft Office 2007

June 4, 2007

I have been using Microsoft Office 2007 for a few weeks now, having shifted to it at the same time as Windows Vista. Although I had read the upbeat Office 2007 review by Paul Thurrott of SuperSite for Windows, I was very skeptical about the Ribbon interface and felt that there was no way it […]

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Meetings

June 3, 2007

A few people from a customer of mine were having a webinar session with a vendor and they invited me along to provide my appraisal of the product. It was a rather tiresome 2 hours and the consensus at the end was that we would not be proceeding to select this particular product. As we […]

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Analogies

June 3, 2007

Long back, when I was learning optics in my Physics class, I had a conceptual problem understanding refraction, the phenomenon where light changes directly when it passes from one medium to another, say while passing through a glass prism. It was not the equations, real-life examples or problems that baffled me. But I really didn’t […]

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Windows Vista — The Good and Bad Parts

June 2, 2007

My Google Analytics data shows that my article on “Windows Vista Problems” was, by far, the most visited page on this blog, ever. I was looking at the keywords that people used to reach the page and it is a list of Vista horrors. Here are some search keywords: “unexpected shutdown”, “vista problems”, “multiple reboot”, […]

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Flash Forward

June 2, 2007

There was an incredible story in the news today about a Polish man, Jan Grzebski, who woke up 19 years after having fallen in a coma. He attributed his survival to his caring wife, Gertuda, who stayed by her husband’s side and helped prevent any infections by moving his position every hour. It is a remarkable […]

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Happenings on the Technology Front

June 1, 2007

I am typing this on the new version of Windows Live Writer, which comes with long-due features. It is a significant upgrade from the previous version with useful improvements as follows: Inline spell-check: Previously, there was no indication of spelling errors as you typed. There was a separate option to spell-check the entire post. Now […]

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