Creating a Windows Service in Visual Studio

In earlier versions of Visual Studio there was a template to create Windows Service in C++ by going to File menu -> New and clicking on Project. In the New Project dialog, if we click the Visual C++ Projects node in the Project Types pane, there was a Window Service template. This is not available …

Welcome 2011

I have had quite a few resolutions for 2010. Now I hold my head high and tell you all – I didn’t do even one of them 🙂 While that speaks volumes about my nature, I wouldn’t want you to think I am quitter. I have more resolutions for this year. I will reduce my …

A Learning Project

Binil and I have decided to study Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective together. We are going to use the first edition because we both already own that and the 2nd edition is damn costly. Binil is in California and I am in Washington, so it is going to be a long distance combined study. We …

Slow down or pay up

As I was driving to office today I noticed a message on the freeway warning board – “Slow down or pay up”. I find these warnings tasteless. The tone is offensive, just like the more frequently seen “Click It or Ticket”. That tone might works for kids but with adults I can imagine the response …

Starbucks Economics

I am not a big Starbucks fan but today afternoon I was a little bored and I thought I would go for a walk and have a coffee at Starbucks on the way. I had a Chai Tea Latte and including the tip the total came around to $4. I found it a little bit …

ClickOnce Installation for Multiple Users

An interesting question came up in one of the internal mailing lists at work about ClickOnce. The person who asked the question had the following scenario for his ClickOnce application. The application runs in a call center. Assume there are 100 users and 100 computers. Any user can use any machine on a given day. …

Raymond Smullyan Books

As I mentioned in my previous post, I made an impulse purchase of 7 books by Raymond Smullyan from Amazon. Six of them arrived today, the remaining one book is not published yet. Here is the list of books that came today: Some Interesting Memories: A Paradoxical Life The Magic Garden of George B. And …

The battle to lose Stuff

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am trying to minimize the “stuff” in my life. It was something that I have been wanting to do for a little while now, but the decision to go ahead with it came after reading The Power of Less , by Leo Babauta, the second time. The …

The Checklist Manifesto – Book Review

This is a review for The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right (Hardcover) by Atul Gawande. Dr.Atul Gawande is one amazing dude. Let us deviate for a moment to see what his biography on the book sleeve says: Atul Gawande is the author of The Checklist Manifesto, Better and Complications. He is also a …