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Loss of a Visionary

posted Jul 12, 2012, 4:58 AM by Ashish Jain

Our today's tech byte is dedicated to Steve Jobs.

Steven Paul Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American computer entrepreneur and inventor. He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc.

Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address is one of the most viewed pieces of YouTube footage. And below are his famous quotes:

Jobs on death:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven dont want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Lifes change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Jobs on following your heart:

Your time is limited, so dont waste it living someone elses life. Dont be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other peoples thinking. Dont let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Below are reactions on his death

Bill Gates, The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. He used one of Steves favorite epithets, and said: For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, its been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg,Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesnt [sic] just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement. By Ashish Jain on 10:01 PM 10/6/2011

A glance at Windows 8

posted Jul 12, 2012, 4:57 AM by Ashish Jain

Last week Microsoft released Windows 8 at BUILD conference, below is the list of Windows 8 features:
Windows To Go :: You can now install Windows 8 on a USB device. An encrypted USB device will securely start their managed business desktop with access to corporate resources from any computer capable of running Windows 8, virtually anywhere. 
Enhanced support for multi monitor :: New options allow you to display the Start screen on one monitor and the desktop on the other. Display different desktop backgrounds on each monitor or stretch your image across both. Microsoft confirmed There are also options to have duplicate or unique task bars on each monitor.
Secure Boot :: Measured boot Windows can further validate the boot process beyond Secured Boot. The startup processes are now signed, protected, and measured. They are then stored in the TPM chip to prevent rootkit or malware infection. 
Integrated load balancing :: If you have multiple active network connections, Windows 8 will intelligently balance the network traffic between them for performance. Stereo 3D video and gaming. 
Start background :: There will be the ability to change the Start background not possible in developer preview. 
Create Live ID in Windows OOBE :: Users without Live IDs will be able to create one at the Windows setup. 
New Internet Browser :: Internet Explorer 10. 
New file system :: Microsoft is introducing a new file system, Protogon. 
Support for USB 3.0. 
Microsoft Blue Screen of Death BSOD now includes a not so smiley face. 
Boot Manager gets the Metro treatment. 
Connectivity, Wi-Fi and mobile broadband improvements :: Windows 8 now treats a mobile broadband network as a metered connection, allowing Windows to automatically block further network connections and avoid costly data charges. Microsoft improved Wi-Fi support makes it easier for users to switch to hotspots as an alternative to mobile broadband connections. Microsoft has also improved its radio support in Windows 8. 
Metro style apps secure environment :: Metro style apps run in a secure environment on Windows 8. The apps user data is isolated to the individual application and user SmartScreen Filter. 
Microsoft SmartScreen filter technology :: is now integrated for files downloaded from the web. The technology, typically found in Internet Explorer, will prevent end users from launching known malware programs. The technology provides warnings before high-risk apps are allowed to run. 
Windows Defender :: Windows Defender monitors and protects against viruses and known malware in real time. 
DirectAccess improvements :: Windows 8 includes some improvements to DirectAccess. Windows 8 better supports existing infrastructure by supporting non-IPv6 server resources and simplified deployment for smaller organizations by not requiring Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). AppLocker :: AppLocker can be used to manage both desktop and Metro style apps.
BitLocker :: BitLocker includes improved performance benefits for Windows 8 users. Microsoft has built in the ribbon interface to the Windows Explorer. 
Support for ISO and VHD file formats :: Now you can directly mount ISO and VHD from Windows explorer. Improved Active Directory-based activation :: Windows 8 enables Windows activation based on user identities in Active Directory. The new feature does not require any additional infrastructure and lets Windows 8 systems be activated in an enterprise environment using Active Directory. 
Task Manager :: Microsoft has enhanced the Task Manager to make it the number one place to monitor and control your PC. Microsoft has color-coded system resources to show users what tasks are taking up the bulk of the system. There is also an App History tab that shows how applications have performed on a system. 
Client Hyper-V :: Windows 8 includes a client Hyper-V version, making it easy for businesses to take advantage of virtualization from the desktop client. Multiple operating system instances can run simultaneously on a Windows 8 computer as a result. 
Deployment improvements :: Microsoft has made several improvements to Windows 8 deployment methods. IT pros can also deploy multiple languages in a single image of Windows 8. 
Push-Button Reset :: There is a basic reset option which will allow users to restart fresh while keeping all of their documents, accounts, personal settings and Windows Store Apps. Windows 8 also includes a complete reset option which will restore the PC to an original state with a fresh operating system image. These are the few enhancements which i came across. Over all this seems to be a rocking OS of all times.
 All the best Windows 8. 
4:52 PM 9/20/2011

Nokia and Microsoft finally together

posted Jul 12, 2012, 4:51 AM by Ashish Jain

Today, 11th of February, 2011, Nokia and Microsoft has announced a strategic partnership to create a new global mobile ecosystem. The two companies have joined hands to create a market leading mobile products. 
This deal will boost both Nokia and Microsoft in exchanging technology. Below is proposed partnership: 

Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. 
Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies. 
Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products. 
Bing would power Nokia search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia line of devices and services. 
Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience. 
Nokia extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low. Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem global reach. 
Nokia content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience. 
This will definitely be hitting Google Andriod and Apple iphone market share. An important factor remains when will Nokia ship Windows based mobile phones in market?
By Ashish Jain on 6:49 PM 2/11/2011 

War of tablets.

posted Jul 12, 2012, 4:50 AM by Ashish Jain

This year has witness a blast arrival of tablets in CES 2011. The world has never seriously think about it before the launch of Apple iPad. Although iPad was not the first touch screen device, much before that Microsoft have provided touch screen support in windows Xp tablet edition and continuously worked on it. The change was in technology from point-and-click-centric machines to touch-centric devices. 
The best part of tablets is that it is place holder between the traditionally PC and smartphones. A solution to all. The people are loving it and manufactures are earning from it. 
Future: Will it be replacing the PCs or PDAs? They can be a threat to Netbooks or Amazon Kindle but i believe they are the class in themselves and will create their own space. 
By Ashish Jain on 10:38 PM 1/20/2011

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