Powerpoint 2007

Word 2007 with inline text tool bar

Word with picture toolbar

Outlook 2007 - New Calendar

Outlook 2007 - Contacts view

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Well, for starter – I am posting this from inside Word 2007!

Will update this posting soon.

I was looking for few articles to prepare for my training session on coding discipline @ Proteans which I have to take for a bunch of exciting minds who are about to start their career here. I need not say that in software industry (I mean those who write software), this discipline though should be as "ubiquitous" as common sense, it's as scarce as common sense*. Well, that could be part of another post on its own, so later.

Coming back to context - I came across this interesting article by Pete Brown - interesting part comes later in the article where he talks about "Why Hungarian Has Fallen Out of Favor with .NET" (in the first part he has provided a snapshot of prevalent conventions which is also very good) . Do read through this when you get a chance.

Pete has also recommended using Andale Mono (from Micrsft) as font in Visual Studio, which can be found here.
And later found this new font Consolas from Micrsft again.
Christoph Wille has posted screenshots using this here.

Have fun :)

* Disclaimer - I am not referring to any individual/company - this is just my observation and I could be wrong ;). Any rememblance with any one is purely coincidental. Blah, blah, blah - I hope this would save me from being sued.
Came across this interesting thing called "webtop". This is like a hosted desktop - lets you IM, manage & share files, manage email, contacts, calendar, and even play games! And all for free. They have a nice flash based UI.
Its too early to say anything about the success of this concept, but I personally feel this is just one of many revolutions in making we would witness in our lives.
Here is what they have to say in their welcome email -

Hello Guest,
Thanks for taking the time to check out the goowy personal webtop. Our vision is to offer you a fresh desktop-like experience on the web for communicating and sharing.

Goowy delivers an integrated webtop experience for managing your personal communications (integrated instant messaging, email, contacts, and calendar), organizing and sharing your files (online file storage), and centrally aggregating your web data (minis for weather, stocks, news, rss feeds, pictures, to do lists, music and more).

Below is a brief summary of all of the great services you get with goowy:

goowy desktop
The desktop page is a quick start dashboard for all of the things that you can do with the goowy (re) application. Either click on one of the actions or navigate goowy using the bottom navigation toolbar. If you want to change your default start page you can do so in Options General Settings.

goowy IM
Instant message with all of your buddies (AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo and more) all in one place, anytime and anywhere. Just add your username and password for your IM accounts and goowy will bring them all together in a cool web based interface.

goowy drive
Upload, organize and share your personal files with goowy drive. You can upload files and access them from anywhere using goowy. We even have a cool mini music player built in so you can listen to your music on any computer right through goowy.

goowy mail
A powerful webmail application that delivers desktop-like email functionality including drag and drop, auto-refresh, right clicks, keyboard shortcuts and more, in an elegant, easy to use interface.

goowy calendar
Now its easy to organize your life. Pull up the calendar and add your important events, invite friends and be reminded of your upcoming schedule.

goowy contacts
Manage all of your contacts in goowy. You can import contacts from your existing mail application or add them manually. When you add contacts they will appear in your mail, calendar and through out goowy.

goowy minis
Minis are mini applications that you can configure and personalize that give you access to information and functionality from across the web all in one place. Check out our minis for web search, flickr photo search, quote of the day, weather, news, rss feeds, itunes top songs, bookmarks and more.

goowy games
We have fun games to help you relax :)

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ (http://www.goowy.com/faq.html) as it contains additional information and answers to the most common questions.

Take a look around and let us know what you think. If you like what we have to offer, make sure to tell your friends and family about us!

- your goowy team

Have fun with Goovy :)
We all knew that plagiarism exists. Everywhere. Right from "Mere rang mein..." being "inspired" by "Final countdown...", to this recent case where one of fellow bloggers Shilpa's blog was the source of inspiration.
Kudos to Shilpa for not keeping silent and making all of us aware of this crime - which some think can be committed and still get away scot free.

So how do we protect ourselves?

Here is one instrument/tool I found out sometime back. This is called ESBN. To put is simply ESBN is like digital ISBN (ISBN uniquely identifies a book if you are not aware already).
To quote from them -
Numly.com assigns Numly Numbers (Electronic Serial Numbers / ESNs) for all things digital. These unique identifiers provide digital rights management capabilities as well as third-party, non-repudiation measures for proof of copyright via real-time verifications. Numly Numbers are simple and quick to generate. They act as an electronic timestamp for copyright purposes. They can also be used to digitally certify email. They also allow you to track content viewership, monitor ratings, and can be used as permalinks.
Detailed info can also be found here.

I would encourage you to start using ESBN to protect thy intellectual work (though it could just be random ramblings like mine, but heck - my rambling is my rambling and I will protect it ;))
Nearest to heart, closest to me you will always be,
This intimacy is heartfelt, eyes never can see.
We always were friends, we will be, for all coming times,
I can hear the songs, my heart with you rhymes.
On voyage to success together we will cruise,
And will face as one soul, all pains and blues.
Together invincible heights we will scale,
Through odds and evens, smoothly we will sail.
Friend in my heart, only you dwell so deep,
This is the friendship promise I love to keep-
That with my heart, it is always you I embrace,
And that nobody, just nobody, can take your place...
Useful info - customer care numbers for banks, mobile providers, etc.

From Arun A.S: Tired searching for customercare numbers?
From the people who did it -

We want to begin a conversation with you about the next generation of photo search.
We started this company after realizing that we had 1000's of digital photos on our computer all labeled DSC0009.jpg, that our friends just never remembered to send us the photos we wanted from them, and that searching for images on the web just doesn't work very well.

We are a group of determined face recognition and text recognition researchersengineers who believe it is time for a new type of photo search that uses technology to look inside and automatically tag photos. We hope this will revolutionize how people "see" the world.
I am really looking forward to this. I guess we all would.
P.S - (They also have a dev center @ Bangalore and are looking for
experts in computer vision, data mining, machine learning, image processing or in a similar areas)
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Came across this.
I wish that the old classic TV shows like Karamchand, Daane Anaar Ke, Mr. Yogi, Indradhanush, etc, etc were also "viewable" somewhere...

This is my Destiny...

Deep from the sea I started
The voyage to eternity
And high n' high I went up
Drawn to sky by affinity
Up on the top I realized
Its not in having reached,
But in reaching the joy lies
And I started back,
Back to home, down to earth,
Its being in use lies worth,
I thought,
And as a tiny drop, dipped on a tree.
But being dew, the joy of sight,
Was not I aspired,
So jumped to this leaf
And then on that leaf
And here on this one,
Branch to branch, drop by drop
The journey continued
And then I reached home,
My home, the cosy home,
The little home,
The vast home,
The Earth.
And as i served the tree,
On whom i travelled,
I thought,
Yes, now I am worthy,
Now I am big,
Because I have grown up,
Now I am no drop,
I am water,
Water that heals,
Water that serves.
Yes I am worthy,
Yes this is my destiny.

Should I? Should I not?

I dont remember how long I have asked that question myself about beginning to write. And I am sure that's a question lot of us ask. In different contexts and almost indefinitely each time. Everyone learned out there asks not to contemplate - but to plunge and try and actually see what happens. The fear of unknown is what holds us. Everytime.

And though everyone of use decides to try it next time, we almost without exception fail to translate thought into action. I have come to be believe that most often the reason why people fail is they have never tried!

Its easy to tell someone that they should try, I know its not easy. The way life has been explained to us from our childhood makes us believe that its a race. Race where everyone is running and we have to come first. And by instinct we know this is not true. But we seldom dare to question. After all, we see sparks of success around and not a galaxy. So we land up with lots of fears. Fear of failure. Fear of being proved foolish. Fear of being laughed at. Fear of fear! So we don't dare. Because we think noone cares. But that's the catch. Since no-one actually cares, we should be happy doing what we want to do. Interesting paradox.

But life by its nature is meant to be simple, without paradoxes. Which means one of our assumptions is wrong.

I guess its best to leave the judgement to time and just take the plunge. After all, its always good to try & fail and say I did, rather than sigh and say I could.

I have a quotation-calendar at my table. It fell down accidentally. And the first quotation that I saw when I put it back was "All glory comes from daring to begin."

Was it really by chance?

The Prologue from the book, The Alchemist...

The Alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus. The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, youth who daily knelt beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned. At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the narcissus. But this was not how the author of the book ended the story.

He said that when Narcissus died, the Goddesses of the Forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.

"Why do you weep?" the Goddesses asked.
"I weep for Narcissus," the lake replied.
"Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus," they said, "for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand."
"But..... was Narcissus beautiful?" the lake asked. "Who better than you to know that?" the Goddesses said in wonder, "After all, it was by your banks that he knelt each
day to contemplate himself!!"

The lake was silent for some time. Finally it said:
"I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected."

"What a lovely story," the alchemist thought.