Posts Tagged ‘OS’

Reliving #TechEdIn at Blr UG April 3rd, 2012

Vinod Kumar

Reliving TechEd 2012 with Vinod Kumar 1TechEd India 2012 has been an event to remember and we take great pride in bringing this event every year from Microsoft. As I posted before on my other blog post around recap it takes a lot of preparation and execution to do sessions at the TechEd. This time I was tweeting almost live at the event using the #TechEdIn tag and everyone following me will vouch for the same. Having said that, there are many out there who really want to relive the experience of TechEd again. So here we go again – I will be doing a session on April 1st (Saturday). and Brings you

The Bangalore Usergroups are a bunch of bubbling individuals who bring so much joy to the members by conducting regular Usergroup meets. If you are in Bangalore then I strongly urge you to join these groups to get an update on an constant basis.

  1. – Bangalore .NET Usergroup
  2. – Bangalore ITPro Usergroup
  3. SQLBangalore – Bangalore SQL User Group

Not strange, being in this city for close to 12 years, I have had the opportunity to talk and be part of both the UG’s since they started. Still nostalgic !!!

Reliving TechEd Sessions

TechEd2012Switching gears, yes – if you want to hear to my sessions delivered at #TechEdIn now in a much more relaxed manner. This is the chance again. For folks who are wondering when it will happen in their UG – don’t worry. If I travel to your town, I promise to do them for sure. This UG meeting we plan to have 2 sessions (back-to-back) on Internals.

1. Understanding Windows with SysInternals Tools
2. Peeling the Onion: SQL Server Internals Demystified

I can assure you one thing for sure – it will be a learning and sharing experience for me in a free flow format :).

Feel free to comment if you want any specific area to be covered as part of the UG event. I will be more than happy to expand the scope to include them :). For it is reliving the experience and get great content – right?

Venue: Microsoft Corporation, Krishna Hall, Embassy Building, 3rd Floor, Domlur.

Register at our FB page :!/events/139444029517882/

PS: Feel free to walk in too – it is your group and the session is completely FREE. Entry on a first-come-first-serve basis only.

Community talk: Manas Blogged on this event. Wonderful Community Networking opportunity. Track us via #ReLiveTechEdIn over twitter.

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Tools / Utilities – I love using December 29th, 2011

Vinod Kumar

With the New Year 2012 not far off, let me take a moment to tell you some of the tools that I have used for almost ages without even thinking twice. These get installed almost every time I do a refresh / rebuild on my Laptop. Couldn’t resist and hence thought of sharing. (Order of the tools are just random)

1. Sysinternals – ZoomIt and Process Explorer

I have been using the SysInternal tools for such a long time. As a presenter, the ZoomIT tool is a must have for any session. It gets used almost in every session I am involved. The second tool that I use with passion is the Process Explorer. When used correctly, there is so much learning that you can get from this tool. I have also used Process Explorer sometimes to understand how SQL Server works – that powerful this tool is.

2. TreeSize – Free Version

Finding the space utilization of your HDD is something I grapple with almost when my HDD runs out of space. HDD space is so cheap and we have so much to learn.

I still remember the days when I had to use floppy disks to boot and work on BASIC, FORTAN etc. Those were the days :). Now even with 500GB HDD I seem to be looking out for where to get that extra ounce of space free – what an irony !!!

How many of you use a Paging file in your machines? Ever since I got 6+GB of RAM I stopped using them.

There is a Professional version of the Tool giving you great color formatting and other extra features, but if you are a home power user, the Free version just fits the bill in my opinion.

3. WordWeb – Free Version

This was a wonderful utility that one of my friend pointed long time back. Ever since I started getting into a typing routine, this tool has come handy. With a flip of CTRL + ALT+ W, I have a dictionary for quick reference. Loved the shortcut when highlighting and selecting the shortcut I get to the meaning directly. Atleast, this is one step easier when compared to Copy and Paste this over a website for the meaning. The Free version here again has worked wonders for me.

4. SpaceMonger v1.4.0

I don’t know how many space visualizing tools I will use, but apart from TreeSize I also use this nifty tool. Check the free software of v1.4.0 and it is quite handy. This is similar to the SQL Internals Viewer available on CodePlex now for your HDD space.

5. Slickrun

This is another tool which once my good old friend Sanjay Shetty from INETA introduced to me. This tool reminded me of the old days TSR programs that I wrote in my college days :). The sleek blue mini-bar can be placed at any location over the screen and it so prominent. I have used this to watch my timing when doing sessions. The super cool part of this tool is the concept of MagicWords which can be used as shortcut to commonly used programs. Powerful and interesting tool.


This is not an exhaustive list of tools I use, but this was a start that I thought was worth sharing. Also, tell me if you have used these tools or you have better tools to suggest that you use almost daily at work.

Do pass me your comments to if you want to see something similar list for working with SQL Server? Your comments are most welcome !!!

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IIS Media Services 3.0 is RTW October 20th, 2009

Vinod Kumar

IIS Media Services is a set of extensions for Internet Information Services 7 (IIS) that provide an integrated HTTP-based media delivery platform.  This includes the new IIS Live Smooth Streaming and the separate IIS Advanced Logging package.

Also with it is the release of Smooth Streaming Player Development Kit, which allows developers to easily create Smooth Streaming experiences using Silverlight.   Supported features include PlayReady, DVR controls, instant replay, slow motion, multiple camera angles, alternate audio tracks, content protection, ad integration, in-stream data feeds, and more … .  26 trial deployments are currently highlighted on the Smooth Streaming Showcase.

With this release, the key elements of the IIS media server platform now include:

You can download all of the IIS media server platform components, and the Smooth Streaming PDK, using the Web Platform Installer button on the IIS Media page.

See these blog posts to learn more about the key new features that are part of this release:

· IIS Live Smooth Streaming:

· IIS Advanced Logging:

· IIS Smooth Streaming Player Development Kit – Beta 1:

Happy streaming !!!

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IE8 hits the RC1 stage January 27th, 2009

Vinod Kumar

Yup. If you are on a non-Win7 build then do and download the new RC1 build of IE8 … This is supposed to be faster, easier, safer and reliable.

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Win7 Download time-out January 26th, 2009

Vinod Kumar

I have been on Win7 for over a month and half now and I have had no complaints with this new OS. There are some rough edges but if you ask me the satisfaction level has been well above the expectation of a Beta Software. If you are anxious in using the new Win7 build, I will highly recommend to go and download the Beta1 before time runs out. More information on this is here

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