2015: What’s in the box

“If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution.”                   ~Albert Einstein

 

2014: The Year that was

  • Made me a proud father (on Nov 3). Thanks to Prangya, my wife.

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  • Gave me a promotion to a WL2 (Sept)
  • I Completed 72 Hrs of IT training
  • Took a online webinar
  • Spoke in the User Group (Community)
  • My Brother Got married.
  • Our website is live (Thoughts2share.in)
    • Thanks to Lalit Sir and Pranay
  • Attended a Google Summit on mobile
  • Attended a Microsoft Azure Summit
  • Completed a number of Pluralsight videos
  • 5000 tweets completed and the lesson learned is “Quality matters not the quantity”

2015: This year I have set some goals

  • Learning  CLEAN CODE
  • Learning, implementing and sharing with the community
  • Do things right and doing right thing also
  • Imparting Training again …
  • Be pragmatic as much as possible
  • Refactoring as much as possible
  • JAVA script frame works to be explored
  • Deep dive to NOSQL
  • Write blogs
  • working the agile way
  • and a lot more….
All of us every single year, we are a different person. I do not think we are the same person all our lives. ~ Steven Speilberg

Till next Keep Smiling ….

Keep smiling and make it contagious. Happy New Year 2014

 

May this new year brings lots of inspiration inside you to make you self efficient in the area you are growing.

 

Keep smiling and make it contagious.

 

Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…
―
Alfred Tennyson

 

A new year report http://manasdash.wordpress.com/2013/annual-report/

#3 MS-Office Gyan for the day: OCR in OneNote

 

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Optical Character Recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is the mechanical or electronic conversion of scanned or photoed images of typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded/computer-readable text.

 

I tried exploring the OCR and other features of Microsoft One Note and its really cool. I might present in a layman style but believe me its awesome tool for your day to day notes. Just take a look how I explored One Note.

 

If you are using One Note get the One Note  apps for free from http://www.onenote.com/

 

Just open your OneNote and create your Tab and your page… yes all set. This is a simple note taking application but the capabilities what One Note has is mind-blowing.

Select the Insert menu and take a look at the Ribbon. Lets try couple of feature. We will start with the OCR.

We will read text from an image!!! Cool …Right. Lets do it.

 

Copy Text From Picture

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Here I have inserted one of my picture where some quotes are there. I will try extracting the text from the picture. Its just two step.

 

 

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Right click on the picture & select  “copy Text From Picture”  and when you are ready “paste your text any where”.

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Now you try with various picture and explore the power of One Note.

Screen Clipping

How about taking screen shot in a  quick and effective way with time stamp. Now I am not talking about that old “Print Screen” method of taking screen print and paste it and then write timestamp by your own. Lets see how One Note helps.

 

imageSelect the Insert menu and select “Screen Clipping” and then suddenly you see One Note will disappear and will go to the background. Its giving a chance to you to capture a portion of the screen you are interested for. (next time Try the keys (Shift+ Windows + s) for a twist.)

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Now once you select one area OneNote will take that portion and will paste in the text area of OneNote with a time stamp which reads like “Screen clipping taken <Date>”. I took a screen capture from my blog.

 

 

 

 

Now a task for you , If you have a scanner attached try the other option “Scanned Images”

 

Where next

http://office.microsoft.com/en-in/onenote/

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.onenote&hl=en

https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/microsoft-onenote-for-iphone/id410395246?mt=8

 

Till next “Keep Smiling”.

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”

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 caste and status. Till class four he was teaching us from 6 to 8 PM every day (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 advise 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 advice of Lalit sir.

During my MCA days we were guided by our teacher Manas Lenka, Dillip Mishra, Mahendra Senapati, Manas Swain and others. They helped us like a friend , guided us like a guru and left us getting curious to start a great career.

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 teacher’s 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)