Microsoft looks ahead – ‘Windows 7’ in 2009

Microsoft, the undisputed giants in software and operating systems, are all set to come out with the next generation OS, Windows 7. So far, we only had a chance to look at the pre-release beta version of the same, it will be available to the users sometime next year. I, personally, have not checked it out, but the preliminary looks and features do suggest that Microsoft has strictly considered the feedback and preferences of the users above everything else, while designing it, especially after the ‘Vista’ experience.

We all have to admit that ‘Windows Vista’ has not been that popular amongst the users, as ‘XP was. Or for that matter, Windows 98 or 2000. If my opinion counts, personally, I feel that Vista is amazingly cool and visually fantastic, and I have been using it for sometime now. I do agree that it is extremely ‘security conscious‘ and outwardly rejects pirated stuff. And admirably so. I have always believed that using original software would always enhance your PC experience to a different level altogether. I still remember those days when users took some time to get acquainted to ‘Windows XP‘, when 2000 and up to some extent, Windows 98 were ruling the roost. But of course, ‘XP‘ became incredibly popular in the user fraternity. Nevertheless, we should refrain from such comparisons, as it would easily provoke me to start comparing ‘Vista’ or ‘7’ with Apple’s Mac, which again would not be fair at all. ‘Macintosh’ initiated a revolution in the world of Technology with their ‘Macs’ and ‘i-pods’, whereas Microsoft have been giants in their own domain. So I guess, it all depends on the users worldwide and what they want, something that is easy to find and much more easier to execute, in terms of their professional and personal lives.

And I am grateful to both of them(Apple & Microsoft) for providing us with such superlative technology, at our doorsteps.

It has been a treat to work in ‘Vista’ so far, I am looking forward to ‘Windows 7’ for greater durability and being more user friendly.

Welcoming ‘Windows 7’..

Global Economic Recession. How serious is it?

We all are aware of the current ‘Global Economic Recession’ that the entire world is going through. But I am really curious as to know how far would all this be affecting our lives, personally and professionally, and the entire world as a whole.

Top notch organisations like AT&T, Nokia, Sony and TCS to name a few, have adopted strict cost cutting measures to counter this current scenario, be it reduction of work force or alterations in payroll or cutting down on production costs and variable costs. Market shares of the companies have been largely inconsistent, to say the least. Not to mention, the dollar rate has been the cynosure of all eyes for the past 2 months. All this does raise a few eyebrows here and there, but I am extremely positive and hopeful about the rejuvenation of the current situation of recession. I do believe that this is probably just a passing phase and it is a matter of time before things fall into place, bringing the entire nation and the world into a state of normalcy.

After all, there is always light at the end of every tunnel.

India vs England, 1st Test in Chennai, 11-15th Dec, 2008 – Review..

Finally the test series got underway, after much deliberations between BCCI and ECB. Whether the decision taken was correct or not is debatable. Nevertheless, I leave it to my readers to answer that.

As of now, we will talk about the match, which is, heading towards a scintillating finish on the final day of the test match, at the Chepauk.

After 4 days of tense and exciting cricket, India has come close to winning the test match and obviously, on its way to a World Record. Lets see..

I am following the match closely through web and to say that I am thrilled at how the whole match has gone far, would be an understatement.

So far so good..

Wow, we just need 39 runs to achieve the impossible..!!
Dhoni must be a smiling man now.

We have won..!! That’s indeed an incredible achievement! We have done something which no other Indian team has done before in Indian soil, and chasing such a big total in fourth innings, after being in deficit in the 1st innings is no mean task.

Kudos to Sehwag who started the chase in a prolific manner and thanks to the genius of my Boss, who sealed the victory with his ton. Yuvraj’s contribution was crucial as well.

Dhoni indeed has cast a magical spell on Indian cricket, and I sincerely hope that this successful run continues.

Congratulations Indian Team..!!

That says it all. Sehwag & Sachin. Chief architects in this record breaking feat.

Mumbai Terror Attacks. The Post Mortem goes on and on..

Before & After..

The Burning Taj..

Mumbai and India are still reeling under the aftermath of the terror strikes that invaded the financial capital of India, couple of weeks back.
We seem to be recovering from this massacre, but as an Indian, I do feel that the statements ‘We have come out of it’ or ‘We will eradicate terrorism’ would be an understatement. But over the past 20 years or so, we have been saying this, haven’t we? Every time, a ruthless exhibition of terrorist activities are executed by people, who are extremely self centered and rely on baseless prejudices to justify their actions. More significantly, the people we are talking about have scant respect for human creed. And we, as Indians, are made to believe that these kind of unscruplous people are indispensable.
Shame on us..!!
I would like to share my thoughts about a movie I saw recently, closely related to this particular context. I happened to watch a film, ‘A Wednesday’, couple of months back. Most of us would have missed this, considering our preferences for watching some insane commercial potboilers. Not that ‘A Wednesday’ was unique in its genre, many movies have been made in the past with such a subject. But what enthralled me was the treatment of the subject and the manner in which the protagonist of the film was potrayed was sheer brilliance. And when I was following the terror trail in Mumbai through television, the few scenes of the movie flashed through my mind, as if these terror activities were reciprocating the virtual images of the movie. And it made us all feel so damn helpless.
And what made matters even worse, was the instant comments and reactions of our leaders (Read corrupt and worthless politicians), during and after the terror attacks. It made us feel that for this moment, probably, India has gone back to its pre-independence days, when we were in the clutches of a dominant force (Britishers then, Insiders now). Some of the comments made were extremely painful, and reflected the sorry state of our country. It again brings forth, the importance and need of Reliable, Bold and Dynamic Leaders in our country, who, unfortunately, have been fading out in this present system, which is being gradually engulfed by the nasty game of politics and equally encouraged by some of the most influential individuals in our country.
Saying that ‘we need to come out of it’ is an understatement…
We have to.
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