Category: Misc

.Net framework hotfix wreaks havoc

Last week all of us were baffled when suddenly one part of our application that uploads files to a FTP server stopped working. The strange thing was that the same build has been working without any issues for the past one week. We looked at everything that could have gone wrong, server, configuration, code but […]

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In defence on hacking

I read a very interesting essay today – Hacknot – To Those About to Hackthat talks about why planning upfront always pays in the long run. There is a very nice story that illustrates the value of planning upfront. I think that when people write essays like this they tend to provide an analogy that […]

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Wireless power

MIT students have conducted an experiment in which they were able to transmit power wirelessly and without significant loss. This is so totally awesome, I hope this technology goes mainstream in the next 5-10 years, we’ll finally be able to get rid of all these wires. Powered by ScribeFire.

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What they don’t teach you in CS class

Software Engineering!!! A scientist builds in order to learn; an engineer learns in order to build. – Fred Brooks in the Mythical Man-Month. Following up on my post about the need for a CS degree for programmers, I had started writing this post on how software engineering requires a different set of skills than what […]

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A new kind of adsense scam?

I was reading this article today A Few Secrets You Need to Know about Client-Side Scripting which I picked up from joel.reddit.com The odd thing is that the site is not a blog, its just one page that someone has setup on tripod, I then remembered reading similarly formatted sites yesterday and for sure they […]

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Is a CS degree required to make a good programmer?

I’ve been thinking about this for some time now and wanted to jot down my thoughts, but this post Hackers and Fighters by Mark Traver captures beautifully my feelings on this subject. There are a few things which are different in Indian universities which I’ll talk about in another post. Powered by ScribeFire.

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Moving back to XP SP2 aka Vista is not yet ready

After having eagerly downloaded Vista from MSDN and installed it on my home machine last month, I am formatting my disk today and going back to XP SP2, the biggest problem for me is the extremely slow internet experience, while everything was working smoothly on XP, Vista for some reason is not allowing me to […]

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Fonts for programming

I read a programming font review today and saw that Bitstream Vera Sans Mono was the most preferred one by most users. After giving it a try for a while I reverted back to Consolas from Microsoft, I’ve yet to find a better font than Consolas for programming.

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Vista First Experience

So I finally downloaded Vista from MSDN, at 2.5 GB for all editions it’s surprisingly small. So I burned the DVD, backed up everything I needed and did a clean install of Vista as upgrading would have left hardly any space left. Visually Vista is just stunning, not as much as OS X, but it’s […]

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Interesting reading for August-05-2006

A Spec-tacular Failure – A rant by Jeff Atwood on why the ID3 spec totally suxx. Google Code Project Hosting – A replacement for Sourceforge? – A good overview of google code base. An Idiot’s Guide to Neural Networks – Something a programmer can use. What’s new in JavaScript 1.7 – Looks like they took […]

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