Archive for April, 2006

My close encounter with Windows Vista Beta 2

29-April-2006 Leave a comment

Finally I got chance to get hold of Windows Vista Beta 2 Build 5308 (64-bit). I installed it on my AMD Computer without any problem. Most of the hardware were automatically detected. The only problem I faced is related to my Compro TV Gold TV Tuner adapter. So no FM and Cable TV on my Vista, untill I get hold of the Vista 64-bit drivers. I need to try the 32-Bit Drivers with 32-Bit Vista. For this purpose, I plan to make use of Virtual PC.

Coming back to the New User Interface Elements, here’s below some screenshots that I captured.

1) Notepad – trying to close notepad without saving. Notice the button captions (Save, Don’t Save and Cancel). I wonder what will happen to VB program’s MsgBox command which does not provide any such captions. A good thought which needs to be experimented.

2) Regular “Save As…” dialog box user interface:

3) Control Panel Icons

4) Windows Explorer – check out the funky disk drive icons.

5) Taskbar tooltip – move your mouse to the application in the taskbar to get this:

6) And finally the Vista Desktop view

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Visual Studio 2005 Express is Free Permanently

28-April-2006 Leave a comment

Extract from Dan Fernandez’s (Lead Product Manager – Visual Studio Express) Blog.

Dear Visual Studio Express community,

We are incredibly excited to announce that effective April 19th, 2006, all Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions including Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual J#, Visual C++, and Visual Web Developer Express will be free permanently!

Prior to this pricing announcement, Visual Studio Express Editions were promotionally discounted to be free for one year, starting on November 7th, 2005. With this announcement, the promotional discount for Visual Studio Express is now permanent and Express will continue to be free.

The key reason for the pricing change was you. You’ve helped make Visual Studio Express a runaway hit, and we’re proud to announce that in the five months since its launch, Express has been downloaded over 5 million times!

In addition to announcing that Express is free, we also have some very cool new content with something for everyone including:………………….

Please visit Dan Fernandez’s blog for for complete details….

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World’s First Map of Internet Country Codes

28-April-2006 Leave a comment

The world’s first map of internet country codes. Phone codes too, alphabetic and numeric lists.

Visit this link for downloading the READABLE closeup image (2.8MB).

Created by : VisiBone. Please visit the VisiBone home page to get more such stuff which includes JavaScript Regular Expressions, HTML Tags, Color Chart etc.

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Test your eyes – ALZHEIMERS’ EYE TEST

28-April-2006 Leave a comment

Count every “F” in the following text:



…………………. 3?


Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F’s before you scroll down.

The reasoning behind is further down.

The brain cannot process “OF”. Incredible or what? Go back and look again!!

Anyone who counts all 6 “F’s” on the first go is a genius.
Three is normal, four is quite rare.

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Windows PowerShell (Monad) Has Arrived

26-April-2006 Leave a comment

Finally a relief for Unix Shell (SH, KSH, CSH, BASH….) Programmers. Those working with Windows, didn’t had a powerfull shell other than the CMD.EXE.

Microsoft introduced the Monad Shell(MSH), which is now named as Windows PowerShell. I guess its nick should be PSH 🙂 Windows PowerShell will RTW (Web download) in Q4 2006 .

Visit the complete PowerShell MSDN Blog website for more details.

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Building a Search Engine for your Website (Microsoft Platform Only)

26-April-2006 Leave a comment

Many of us come across the requirement of building a search engine for a website. Have you ever known that this is very simple if you are using Microsoft Platform. Below are some links that I have come across. Thanks to Google!

Yes, the answer is Microsoft Indexing Services. Here’s a good article link from website which gives complete details of the same. The article includes the installation of MS Indexing Services as well as sample code in .NET

Another link on Index Server Tutorial can be found at website.

One more good link at on this Free Microsoft Search Engine

Will update this post once I find a solution for Non-Microsoft platforms 🙂

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Hindi Language

26-April-2006 Leave a comment

You can install Hindi Languages in latest version of Windows and check out the Hindi Keyboard Layout at:

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