Friday, August 26, 2011

Steve Jobs and Pirates of Silicon vally

Steve Jobs resigned today from Apple Inc. When he did it so last time in 1984 it did not turn out to be good for Apple Computers.He rescued Apple again when he was back in 1996 with fascinating products like iPod and IPhone in later years.

This particular movie was released 1999 which is mostly about Steve Jobs and his personal life. It also includes his contributions to Computer industry along with Steve Wozniak and controversies with Microsoft.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates appeared together in this interview. Part 1, Part 2

Another remarkable documentary about  him and computer history is Triumph of the Nerds

Sunday, August 21, 2011

CSI Student branch Talk on Introduction to JavaScript and AJAX at

Yesterday I had an opportunity to speak on JavaScript and AJAX at Narsimha Reddy Engineering college (NREC) at Hyderabad on behalf of Computer Society of India's Hyderabad chapter . Thanks to Mr. Narasimha Rao, Vice Chairman, CSI Hyderabad Chapter who had contacted me for speaking and choosing the topic also. Since my colleague Ashish Singh  was ready to talk about the jQuery I wanted to set the stage for him by talking about basics of javaScript and AJAX which is in turn used in jQuery. very large number of audience turned up (roughly 180).

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Installing Windows XP from USB Drive

I just bought bought a Samsung netbook (NP-NC108-A04IN). Like many of the netbooks of this price range it came with FreeDOS. Few price comparison revealed that the same model with Windows 7 basic license  costs  on an average 2500/- INR more that that of the once with FreeDOS.

While buying I was assuming that it must have boot from USB feature, otherwise it is very difficult to install operating systems like Windows or Linux without any optical drive. I could install Windows XP with the following steps.

  1. Downloaded WInToFlash

  2. Create the Windows XP ISO image file from the CD

  3. Use this guide to make a USB drive bootable with windows XP image.

  4. Now change the boot sequence of the notebook such that the USB drive takes preference over the internal hard disk (Where freeDOS is installed)

  5. Boot from the USB drive.

  6. Select the 1st Option in the following screen

  7. Continue with a fresh installation. Make sure you select a different location than the default one (which is the USB drive itself ). Typically you should select the Drive C: The first steps will be as usual text based installation.

  8. Windows setup will copy the files. For me this process was extremely slow. The reason is still unknown. It took whole evening to do so. SO have patience.

  9. After it reboots automatically , Now it should be booted again from the pen drive but this time select the 2nd option as follows

  10. Continue the graphical installation till it reboots again.

  11. Now windows  will start for the 1st time and as per documentation this time also it should be booted with the 2nd option like the previous step.

  12. After completing the start up Remove the USB drive and you are done.

  13. Optionally you can revert your boot sequence back.

I am also planning to have dual boot in the netbook with Ubuntu . This can be done using pendrivelinux.



Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bloomberg Game Changers: Larry Ellison

Few years back I watched him in The Triumph of Nerds and Larry's interview seemed to be very futuristic as it was shot on 1995 , soon after windows 95 was launched. This one of the amazing story and covers major facts will date. It all started with the relational database's research paper and took off like a flight. There were some bad moments in early 1990s. It was incredible to know that government sued the company but the private company ended up wining it. Oracle's product might not be known to common people like Google's but definitely most of our day to day life relies on Oracle products  at some point , be it a mobile phone company's business or Pharmacy's consignments.


Note The views expressed on this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Talk at ATRI college on Introduction to Webservice

Today as part of IEEE computing colloquium , I got an opportunity to talk about introduction to webservices at ATRI college. The response was very good. Students were very eager to know about the trending topics. Also got chance to spend time with Dr. Atul Negi of University of Hyderabad and Rahul Dronam Raju who talked about wireless mesh networks and Project management respectively (Please see the poster for the schedule) . It was a learning experience as well from the experienced speakers like them. I am very grateful to the students who kept me informing about the event and escorted me right from my house all the way to their college and special treatment by student volunteers, the director Dr. Prabhu and the anchor for pronouncing my name right way :) which is very rare event in this part of India :D .