ActiveWords SE

 This is another must have utility for keyboard freaks like me. Now you can download
it for free until January 10 2004.

In Lockergnome Windows Fanatic and IT Professional Newsletters, we notified readers
of a free license for ActiveWords
. It’s for the regular version not ActiveWords Plus. Gnomies, of course, are
welcome to try the 60 day trial of ActiveWords
and get a 20% discount. (Meryl)
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Tech Rich Guy Give It Back

Shel Israel talks about
the rich guys who are giving their fortunes back to improve the world. Notable is
the Bill and Melinda Gates who have donated half their wealth in this year alone.

I too really want to do this although I might not be rich enough to give away money
but am certainly looking forward to volunteering my time to help out in good causes.
The only problem is that I can’t seem to find enough free time on my hands.

Tech Rich Guy Give It Back


I’ve not been able to post regularly lately due to a couple of reasons.

Office Work

We have been getting a steady trickle of work and
the tempo has started rising and I really love it. This means that we are steadily
starting to move forward and have been signing up new clients to our platform as well
as doing a lot of mini projects. Plus on the development side we have been refactoring and
working on improving our 3+ year old codebase. [Refactoring is something that every
developer needs to take seriously. The next version of Visual Studio.NET (Whideby)
will have have refactoring options built into the IDE.] The bulk of our code is on
ASP and VC++ and my goal is to eventually migrate all of them over to C#. I’ll be
starting to post on the approaches and decisions that we take so that it will be useful
to anyone working on migrating.


About two weeks ago I was finally able to buy my car. It’s a lovely Honda Civic ’98
model which has done about 56,000km. I was lucky enough to get such a low mileage
one and it’s been maintained well since the previous owner was a Dr., plus the pricing
was very good considering that it cost me Rs. 1 million.

Along with the buying the car there are a number of other hassles such as insuring
(Rs. 34k), registering it RMV (Rs. 8k), driving license (~8k)  and then I need
to get started on servicing and all that. Guess having a car is really a luxury!


I will be in Thailand Dec 4-9 to participate in the APICTA software competition as
a part of the Gateway group. The School Online product developed by them (me being
a consultant on the project) won first place in the Education category at the local
BCS awards and will be one of the 12 companies representing Sri Lanka in the APICTA
competition. The guys from my earlier company Atlantisone
too will be coming to Thailand (they got Silver awards at the
BCS competition).

The actual judging of the competition will be only be on two days so hopefully we’ll
get to see the cool stuff at the exhibition. I’ll keep you all posted.


Session State

Steve talks about
how we can make more efficient use of the Session state in ASP.NET.

It’s something that we as developers should try to follow as a guideline. The
idea is to use a private SessionState object (struct)
which has fields for each property you need to store in the session. This way you
don’t need to use ugly strings when setting/accessing session variables and
you get the advantage of the compiler doing early-bound checks for you.

Session State

Shake it off!

This got passed on to me by a colleague – good enough to pass on….

The best motivational message of the day!!!

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours
as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old
and the well needed to be covered anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the
donkey. He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed
a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realised what was happening and cried horribly.

Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer
finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel
of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake
it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on
top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone
was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of
the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping
stone.  We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving
up! Shake it off and take a step up!

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

Someone sent this to me to think about…  so here I am posting it for you.   

Shake it off!

Hey, SQL Server DOES scale!


For the first time, Microsoft products made their way onto some of Winter’s
“All Environments” TopTen lists, which include Unix and mainframe systems. A massive
SQL Server 2000 production database run by Verizon Communications placed sixth for
overall OLTP database size and third for largest number of rows in an OLTP database.
The Verizon database is 5.3 terabytes and has more than 33 billion rows of data.


Biggest Production Databases Now Include Windows

[WebLogs @ ASP.NET]

Hey, SQL Server DOES scale!