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This post is to genuinely appreciate and there by help to publish my brothers work and his website http://www.thejavageek.com/, to whom some of you already know by his blog : http://prasadkharkar.wordpress.com/.

Request you all kind readers to visit and let us know your feedback about how do you find the website. All your comments and suggestions are appreciated and looked forward to.

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we go hands on – #Windows8


So here it is – long cherished post, A technical review for the first time.

Though its pretty late to put down a review for Windows 8 as its successor Windows blue is already on its way out, I am still giving it an attempt. Here I go.

Behavioral complexity is the first and foremost noticeable thing that may(rather for sure does) struck a normal windows user hard. Microsoft makes us move out of our comfort zone as we go about hands for this new version of Windows. Under the hood it is the same our very own windows operating system. You may feel lost for the first time as machine boots up with  this new baby of Microsoft,but hold on, to give up are not we, right?Stay tuned till you reach right there where you were with the previous versions of windows.

UI is basically divided into two modes and this the prominent feature that makes #Wind8 different form its preceding versions.

I) Metro UI

II)Desktop mode

Metro UI from my perspective is more of attempt by Microsoft to simulate a single operating system for PCs and tablets or convertibles that is what it is called with changing concepts(a laptop which can be used as tablet with the display taken out from laptop).

Metro UI is UI with tiles that constitutes some per installed windows applications plus the tiles for softwares installed on your machine. It is the first screen that flashes up as your m/c boots.  Tile that takes you to the desktop comes pre – configured and other way round we have old shortcut(Windows+ D) still there to switch to the desktop. And why the shut down short cut/tile isn’t there pre – installed is something we really need to ask Microsoft about.Recently I learned that we can create tiles on our own just like we create the shortcuts, so though something that you frequently need is not configured – no worries, you can very well customize what should go in the tiles of your metro UI.

Once you land to the desktop mode comes a sigh of relief as your eyes feel right at home to see the same old windows desktop, but hold one you are yet not there – where is the start key? Yes it is not at all there. And it is what is something very difficult to live without feature for Windows. I have had spent some time with Linux version #Ubuntu, and to my surprise learning the UI for this linux based operating system was easier than what Windows 8 is.

So the Library explorer takes the place of the start button. To search any and every program,you have to search in the URI of the library explorer or switch to Metro UI  and hunt for the tile of the application you want to use.

There comes a bunch of new shortcuts with this new UI. You need to go around browsing every possible corner of the screen to explore them.

Top right takes to the short cut of power button, settings, a direct sharing option,list of connected devices and a start button that takes to the Metro UI.

Top left is alternative to famous Alt-Tab key. It shows all the open windows that you can switch back and forth between.

As you point to the position of the start button i.e. bottom left takes you the start i.e. again the metro UI.

Right bottom is quiet similar the old windows that shows the various notifications, nothing about it has changed much.

Once you and if you really can live without the Start button of the desktop then you will fell right at home with this new baby. But no it is not at all that easy. We never realized that Start button was one of the most used keys of the our desktops until it was taken out from the desktop. It is heck difficult to take upon windows desktop without start key.

Rumors so far about the new version of the Windows OS, Windows 8.1 aka Windows Blue are that it may come with the start button right back at its place as it the most complained factor of the windows 8 UI and people out there have a hope that Microsoft will listen to what they are screaming loud about. And if not we already have a got the way around in the form some S/w that we can install on the top of the windows 8 installation and get the beloved Start button back right at its place.

Personally,Start button and few annoying and unnecessary short cuts were the hurdle for me as I started with this OS. Rest everything remains quiet same as the previous versions of windows.

Putting an end this really short review for Windows 8, will get back to it as I explore it more.Not sure if even this post can be called as a technical review.Request you all kind readers to put down honest comments so that I can get myself evaluated as to if I really can write a technical review of something or not.

i am back…..!


Okay so I am back here don’t know after how long. The real reason for staying away quiet long from this place was the Pathetic Internet connection. Finally got rid of it and its the new one, and its actually working as expected at least for now.

My mind is full of lot many things to put down, the best part is I am almost ready to pen down the first ever technical review for #Windows 8, not sure how it will go, but yes I am going to give it a try. Now you people must be thinking why Windows 8? and that too this late. Its already been long that it is in the market. The reason is I am having my hands on it for the first time.Yes its a new baby in my laps now- HP Envy -4 with Windows8… 🙂 .

It is not all that good this time with this gadget as this Win8 has got a steep learning curve. I am yet to explore it completely,but beginning was not simple.

And I am crazy behind this new baby for few days now. btw read a beautiful article about this craze, and I must say I have to give rather we all gadget freak people give it a really serious thought.Not that I agree with what all is said in it.Anyways posting it here what all I read. And see you all on the other side if this post….!

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Not necessary, everyone will agree. But good write up !!!!!

Excellent Article written by someone.

Yesterday, I was driving, and the FM radio went off for few seconds. I thought, I should have an iPod. Then suddenly I realized that I have not used my iPod in last 6 months. And then, more things, Handy cam in last 2 years, Digital Camera in last 2 months, DVD player in last 1 month and many more.

Now I can say that I bought that Handy cam just out of impulse, I have used it twice only in last 4 years.So, what’s wrong and where?

When I look at myself or my friends I can see it everywhere. We are not happy with what we have but all are stressed and not happy for the things we don’t have. You have a Santro, but you want City; You have a City, but you want Skoda. Just after buying a new phone, we need another one. Better laptop, bigger TV, faster car, bigger house, more money, and I means, these examples are endless.

The point is, does it actually worth?

Do we ever think if we actually need those things before we want them?

After this, I was forced to think what I need and what I don’t. May be I didn’t need this Handy cam or the iPod or that DVD player.

When I see my father back at home. He has a simple BPL colour TV, he doesn’t need 32″ Sony LCD wall mount. He has a cell phone worth Rs 2,500. Whenever I ask him to change the phone, he always says, “It’s a phone; I need this just for calls.”And believe me; he is much happier in life than me with those limited resources and simple gadgets.

The very basic reason why he is happy with so little is that he doesn’t want things in life to make it luxurious, but he wants only those things which are making his life easier.
It’s a very fine line between these two, but after looking my father’s life style closely, I got the point. He needs a cell phone but not the iPhone. He needs a TV but not the 32” plasma. He needs a car but not an expensive one.

Initially I had lot of questions.I am earning good; still I am not happy…why? I have all luxuries; still I am stressed…. ……why? I had a great weekend, still I am feeling tired…… why?

I met lot of people, I thought over it again and again, I still don’t know if I got the answers, but certainly figured out few things. I realize that one thing which is keeping me stressed is the “stay connected” syndrome. I realized that, at home also I am logged in on messengers, checking mails, using social networks, and on the top of that, the windows mobile is not letting me disconnected. On the weekend itself, trying to avoid unwanted calls and that is keeping my mind always full of stress.

I realized that I am spending far lesser money than what I earn; even then I am always worried about money and more money.

I realized that I am saving enough money I would ever need, whenever needed. Still I am stressed about job and salary and spend.

May be, many people will call this approach “not progressive attitude”, but I want my life back.

Ultimately it’s a single life, a day gone is a day gone. I believe if I am not happy tonight, I’ll never be happy tomorrowmorning.

I finally realized that meeting friends, spending quality time with your loved one’s; spending time with yourself is the most important thing.

If on Sunday you are alone and you don’t have anybody to talk with, then all that luxuries life, all that money is wasted.

May be cutting down your requirements, re-calculating your future goal in the light of today’s happiness is a worthwhile thing to do.

May be selling off your Santro and buying Honda City on EMIs is not a good idea. I believe putting your happiness ahead of money is the choice we need to make.

I think, a lot can be said and done but what we need the most is re-evaluation of the value of happiness and time we are giving to our life and people associated with it.

Think about it……

how do they manage to be so incorrect…??.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dont-give-mobile-phones-to-girls-BSP-MP-Rajpal-Singh-Saini-says/articleshow/16912438.cms

I wonder how these people manage to be so incorrect? What we should say on it? Is it again gonna be no schooling/no jobs thingy for girls???? even the thought is giving me a hard kick. sigh……! I know to talk on politics/politicians is not my cup of tea but the for this one i couldn’t help but write.Thank god that  the person is MP and not the communication minister,I can’t even image of the day that it would have been today with this bullsh*t rule in place.Where are we heading with this? Do we need to remind them mobile phones these days are more of need than the matter of status?

TOI(Times Of India) had the news with the heading “girl gang raped” for odd three days in a row almost in a single week and they say girls are moving out of control. Well what it means to be “under control”? and are we girls the wild animals to be kept under control? Don’t we need to keep the wild guys with this devilish mentality under control? The other thing that was questioned was the maturity of girls.For this one we would love to know about the device that measures the maturity and the measuring units of the maturity those led him to these results , wouldn’t we? Adding to it Mr MP says their mothers/sisters didn’t die of not having mobile phones. Our ancestors survived without electricity and every basic amenity that we have today. Should we go back to stone age as we are not gonna die if these things are not there?And why the hell we are striving for the development in everything as we are not dyeing of good things which are gonna be there as after effects of these efforts?

Does this means of communication has really any thing to do with the gender that is using it? Isn’t it the matter of the attitude of the individual using it? Every coin has got two sides,so is the usage of cellphones,then out of what it is counted on girls for its down side. Dream of to be counted as a developed country is gonna be the night mere if our so-called leaders have this 18th century’s mind-set. India Incredible India……!

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