Gift from SQL Server (Microsoft Corporation, Redmond)

 

Last year in December I participated in a unique contest by Microsoft SQL Server (FB page).

The contest page says…sqlserver_logo

Enter the New Year Cover Photo Challenge and help us ring in 2013 with a ‘Happy New Year’ themed message to the SQL Server community! Submit an image or photo of your own design that we can use as our SQL Server Facebook page cover photo in January, and if your entry is selected as one of our four winners, you will also receive a SQL Server Swag Set worth over $150!

 

On 29th of December 2012 I got  a mail from the Microsoft SQL Server team saying…

Hi there Manas,

Congratulations! You’ve been selected as a winner our New Year’s photo challenge!

 

They published the photo in their FB page and here is the link for the same SQL Server Cover Photo Challenge

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On 18th February I received a parcel from USA where I found the following gift.

 

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*** Sports Bottle, T shirt, SweatShirt, USB Flash Drive, USB Hub, Speaker

Thank you SQL Server and the team and special thanks to Katrina Munsell  Smile Smile Smile

 

Till next time “Keep Learning and Sharing”

#1 MS-Office Gyan for the day (PowerPoint 2013)

This is the first blog post on tips or tricks for MS-Office by me and am excited to start this series, but it may not be a series of post that you get everyday. When ever I come across a new features or some interesting things to share I will just summarize my learning here. I consider all my blog post as my personal database of my learning and for future use. It may or may not help you and all the blog post are just my learning , there may be better idea and process or option which you can go for. Feel free to read and think before you implement if its useful.

 

So here we go with one of the feature of Power Point 2013 …

Most of the time we get confused (am for sure) during color selection for a logo or a picture we saw somewhere say in a website and we need the same color for our logo.

So today we will take the help of Power Point and one of its new feature “eye dropper” which can be found form the format menu.

So Lets try to mimic the design (its a copy)  of the new logo of Microsoft here. Check the below screen shot taken from Microsoft Power Point 2013 Preview and I will take you through designing this logo from Microsoft.com website logo-lg-1x[1]

 

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So start Power point 2013 and then take those four square (from Insert menu and select shape). Now when you copy and paste the first square and create other three you can see those are not in proper order and alignment with each other as required).

Even when you organize them in order Power point will help you by providing exact line-up from all the possible ways (Line-up and space objects equally). You can see those horizontal and vertical lines while moving the object and placing them in line-up with other.

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Now you got the four square, its time to choose the color, look at the color at your target image. You have to decide the exact color, say for the first box whether its  Orange…no its a red.. I think its a  mix of orange and red. Oooopss!!!! Don’t worry lets ask Power point.

Select the First box, Go to Format – Shape Fill and select Eye Dropper. Now with out releasing the left mouse button go to the Internet explorer and click the first square in the Microsoft Logo(which you have opened already as www.microsoft.com).

 

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Immediately you will find that your box (part of the logo) in Power Point is filled with the color that you selected from the website.

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       Now continue the same for all the four boxes and and the design is ready. You can select the borders to none from Shape Out line. Once you are done with all the finishing touch your logo is ready. If you want save the same as a png or a jpeg format and you have one image ready. Now choice is yours whether you want to design something with all the colors in the world :) .

 

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Power point 2013 has more features and options like this and you can learn More From Here & Here.

Till next time “Happy Learning & Sharing” :)

2012 in review

Thank you  WordPress.com stats helper monkeys who have prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Happy Diwali

Happiness, brightness, joy and all those other flavours are there to add to our live on this special day Deepavali. People in India (most of them) celebrate 5 days of Diwali, they are as follows.

 

Day 1: Dhanteras

Day 2: Choti Diwali

Day 3: Lakshmi Puja

Day 4: Govardhan Puja

Day 5: Bhai Duj

 

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To know more about Diwali and the way its being celebrated in different parts of India visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

HTML5 Session with BDOTNET (Part I)

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BDOTNET the user group in Bangalore have just started a series of session on HTML5. Last Saturday (1st September 2012) it was kick started with two beginners or Level 100 session by two all time great speakers Amar Nityananda and Lohith G N.

 

Windows to Go by Vinod

As the first 5 minutes are dedicated to “Quick Learning Session”, Vinod kumar From Microsoft  took us through the “Windows to go”. Windows To Go is an enterprise feature of Windows® 8 that enables the creation of a Windows To Go workspace that can be booted from a USB-connected external drive on PCs that meet the Windows 7 or Windows 8 certification requirements, regardless of the operating system running on the PC.

 

HTML5 – What you need to know by amar

 

Amar Nityananda started with answering couple of questions to set the platform for HTML5.

What is HTML 5?

HTML5 is a markup language for structuring and presenting content for the World Wide Web. It is the fifth revision of the HTML standard (created in 1990 and standardized as HTML4 as of 1997) and, is still under development. Its core aims have been to improve the language with support for the latest multimedia while keeping it easily readable by humans and consistently understood by computers and devices

 

HTML 5 = new markup + CSS 3 + JavaScript

 

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HTML 5 and Windows 8?

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Thumb rules

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Frameworks Available

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Some websites which were built in HTML5 for example “The Story of Less and Russ”

 

"HTML5” – More than just HTML5 by Lohith Goudagere Nagaraj

 

The web standard authority WHATWG says “ HTML is the new HTML5

Map of HTML5

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Specification lifecycle

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Specification W3c

http://dev.w3.org/html5/html-author/

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New elements in HTML5

Doctype

The DOCTYPE or the DTD is much easier now its only

<!DOCTYPE html>

Now you don’t need a third party plugins for MULTIMEDIA

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<video id="myVideo" controls>
<source src="videos/video.mp4" type="video/mp4"/>
<!–- insert sorry message here or fall back to SL/Flash -->

</video> 

Audio

<audio src="audio.mp3" id="audioTag" autoplay controls>
<!-- Only shown when browser doesn’t support audio -->
<!-- You could embed Flash or Silverlight audio here --> 
</audio> 

 

SVG

Its just XML so it can be Scriptable, extensible, easily editable. An example of SVG http://slides.html5rocks.com/#svg-example-slide

Canvas

Using Javascript this is an easiest way to draw graphics. Most of the browsers are capbale of the 2D capabilities of the canvas.

example: http://www.williammalone.com/articles/html5-canvas-example/

GeoLocations

Check this how easily you can find the location http://html5demos.com/geo

CSS3

The best thing I like about the new CSS3 is the rounded border Smile. The other cool features are CSS3 colours, Shadows, Backgrounds, media queries , selectors etc.

Borders
div.top { 
border-radius: 152px 304px 228px 152px; 
border-style: double; 
border-width: 42px; 
padding: 12px; 
} 

 

WOFF Fonts and Font Face

Web Open Font Format allows you to package and deliver fonts as needed for more info http://www.w3.org/TR/WOFF/

 

Prize for Blogging about DEVCON2012 by BDOTNET

I got a INTEL EXO PC from INTEL as my blog was selected for the competition for blogging about DEVCON2012 organised by BDOTNET. I got the prize from Jadeja Dushyantsinh  (Software Business Manager at Intel Corporation) and Vinod Kumar M (MTC – Technology Architect at Microsoft). Many thanks to INTEL, BDOTNET and Microsoft for organising and encouraging us to explore these areas of life. I must be thankful to Pinal Dave, Vic Parmar, Lohith Goudagere Nagaraj , Sudeepta Ganguly, Kamlesh Rao, Sandip Pani and Praveen Prajapati the members to make the BDOTNET forum platform friendly.

   

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For some further links of HTML5 check this link http://manasdash.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/html5-where-to-start/

uwww.beautyoftheweb.in

uwww.ietestdrive.com

www.html5labs.com

uwww.w3c.org

 

Lets meet in the next part of the series on Saturday 8th of September 2012. Book your tickets https://www.facebook.com/events/349210711833078/

Happy Teacher’s Day: Remembering all my Teachers

 

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. – Aristotle

 

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Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

 

Born to a Brahmin family in Tiruttani in Tamil Nadu state, education from
Primary Board High School at Tirutani., Hermansburg Evangelical Lutheral Mission School in Tirupati, Voorhees’s College in Vellore , Madras Christian College , Professor of Philosophy in the University of Mysore, the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University , Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union,  also elected to the Constituent Assembly of India, the first Vice-President of India , the second President of India, Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford University, fellow of the British Academy, awarded the Bharat Ratna ,  the Order of Merit ,  received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade , the Templeton Prize , donated the entire amount of the Templeton Prize to Oxford University, the Oxford University instituted the Radhakrishnan Scholarships in his memory ( "Radhakrishna Chevening Scholarships"). Lets remember the great teacher on TEACHER’S DAY.   {Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarvepalli_Radhakrishnan}

 

My Teachers and few moments of my life with them

 

MY First Teacher: My Father Late Sudam Ch. Dash was my first teacher, he taught me the basic values of life and how to respect to talent irrespective of cast and status. Till class four he was teaching us from 6 to 8 PM everyday (after that we went to some tuition classes). He taught us some Sanskrit slokas which I still remember …it goes like "Paropkaraya phalanti brukhsya, paropkarya bahanti nadya, paropkaraya dudhanti gava, paropkaraya idam sariram". Also my mother Late Sureshwari Dash taught me to face the struggle of life by "Stay cool and keep walking". If I will not listen to her and skip my evening hours for studies then she used to say "Kahari kichi jiba nahi to bana budiba gosain"…….

During one of my friend’s wedding(Ramesh) in Bargarh last year in June, I met our UP school Head Master Sri TulasiRam Pradhan(Recipient of Rashtrapati Award). He is very old now but still came in his bi-cycle and attended the reception and blessed the couple. He was standing  in a corner with "Jyshobanti Guruma" and was discussing something. I saw them and went there and as usual I said "Angya Namaskar". Jyshobanti Guruma asked Tulasi Angya.."Do you remember him?" , Suddenly a humbled eyes said "Because of these people I got award from President and am recognised as a good Teacher everywhere"…"Emane mor chua aan"…"eeta aamar Manas aaye". "Kenta aachu bo babu…Bhagwan tate bhal bhabe rakhitaun..Tor Bapara na ke sarthak karbu..sabku sabubele khushi debu".. Jyshobanti guruma said "bhall chkari kalana".. Tulasi Aangya said "Karba nai, Hatpada School ra chua aaye, aamar aashirwad sabubele tar sange aache". I thank them and  got a great feeling because still my teachers remember me and all my activities, and not to forget that we are just like the old school kids for them. Now a days we are getting busy in professional life and occupied with family responsibilities and may be not remembering our teachers, who had placed us in a respectful position in the society. But still they have the same love and affection for us and are blessing us everyday to reach the future goals.

I still remember the Teacher’s Day celebration. We used to prepare for debate and songs and on that day we will stand in a line to take the blessings of our teacher….Can’t we go back to those days??????

During my High School days once Our teacher Sri Susil Dash said "Tume gadha jadi phel heba …khali tumar handwriting lagi phel heba". I was disappointed for a few days…then he called me once again and said "eehade bhi time aache ..practice kara…mor tumar upre pura biswas aache je tume bahut bhal karba". I tried a lot for so many days and still trying also for a better handwriting(now somewhat manageable). Now a days I am not writing that much (due to computerised work culture) but still I remember him whenever i write something.That one statement that they believe us & our talent , takes us to the next level.

Those who stood first in school events(Town High School) they can participate in block level OSTA competitions. I stood 2nd in QUIZ so was not selected. One of the boy’s name appeared twice in the list (in QUIZ and in Essay), but he can only participate in one. That day while I was roaming around the school field, one of our High School Teacher Sri Khageswar Meher(popularly know as Meher Aangya) called me and told come to the Head Master’s room. I went there and our Head Master Sri Narsingh Bishi asked me "why do you stood second in QUIZ?". I kept quite ..he scolded me for that and then they told  "don’t worry …we called you to inform that you will be representing our school in the OSTA quiz completions, go and practice hard and remember don’t come back with empty hand". I felt very happy and participated in that block level competition and stood First in the QUIZ competition and again represented our block in Sambalpur. Here I learned that you know less about your potential and your teacher knows that you can. They have already discovered you through your potential so obey their advice and work on them. We had a small "QUIZ Society", under the mentorship of Sri Sushil Dash and we used to practice during the last period of the day.

During  my college days I attained a NSS camp in a near by village(I was the team leader). After working very hard for some 10 days we decided to give away the best Volunteer Award. Our guide Shri Prahallad Dora (Professor, History Dept) came to me and asked "whom do you think is suitable for it". I promptly replied "Bharat". He was quite for some time and said "You know I have always kept a  little soft corner in my heart for you, and today I am proud of you for your decision". After a couple of years I met him near Main Road, Bargarh and he spent around 20 minutes and asked me about my job , life , health and everything and said "I remember those NSS days and hopefully now also you must be doing the good work for the society with same spirit and motive".

"Basics are important for a person to excel in every sphere of life. Concentrate on your basics and never ask for spoon feeding" said Lalit sir …Sri Lalit Kumar Barik (My Mentor, Guru, Guide of my life’s journey in all the way). Even today also if I face any kind of difficulties either relating to professional or personal life… I used to call him and he will solve that within minutes. He is the one who changed my attitude towards life and forced me to think about the broader aspect of life also advice me to do something that he always dreamed of. Even I remember the time when I have some issues in my career or studies and if I will ask my parents .."what to do?". They will advice me "Speak to your Lalit sir and check if he has something for you". Now my parents are no more but I can connect to them through the advices of Lalit sir.

After coming to Bangalore I started attending different session and joined so many User Groups.In this journey I met Vinod Kumar M a technical and leadership Guru and started following his advice and guidelines to be a better human being and helping the tech community. Vinod knows that we can do it , he just put us on the track and will tell us “its all yours, keep moving”.

I salute all my teachers including Santanu sir (a philospher with his own way of analysing life), Mishra sir of Patharla UP School, Sri Annada Bishi, Shatni Guruma, Snehalata guruma, Sujata Guruma, Tapaswini guruma, Basanti Guruma, Hota sir, Manas Sir, Dilip Sir, Mahendra Sir, Sri Arvind Mishra . Surendra sir, Late Shri Bipin Dash, Sri Chitta Ranjan Pradhan, Ranjan Sir, Ganesh Sir, Sushree Madam and last but not the least Jiten Sir(who gave a professional touch to my career). (All these teachers are  from Hatpada UP School, Town High School, Panchayat College, MCA ,NIIT and my professional days).

NB. I might have missed some of my teachers name but still if I close my eyes …I can see them.

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.  ~Lily Tomlin

 

(I blogged this in the year 2010, this time its a little modification)