Carl the programmer rockstar video

25 10 2007

He just doesn’t just do talkshows (DNR) and keep us well informed in .NET. He can also entertain us with his talent in music. I’m sure most .NET Developers would know Carl Franklin of dotNetRocks.

Here is a sort of MTV he recorded. It is his own rendition of Steely Dan’s Home At Last. See how talented he is. This is one cool video. Enjoy! 😀

Here is the link:

PS: You need silverlight to play this.

Source: Scott Hanselman – Carl Franklin does Steely Dan’s “Home At Last” via Silverlight HD 720p

Tech jobs in US Salary Survey 2007

18 10 2007

Well, although most of these numbers are for US statistics, we can still get an idea and see the dream of what we may earn if we worked there. Here is an article I got from Informationweek on their 2007 Salary Survey. Along with it is is the gallery What IT Pros earn: 20 charts from our salary survey.

Another interesting article is [What countries pays IT Managers the most?].  Check it out. They also have some information on experienced IT professionals and not just IT managers.

These numbers hopefully would encourage future software engineers or IT pros (our current students) to still take the IT path as a lot has already changed now on the perception that a career in IT industry now is risky and job stability is degraded by outsourcing. Cheers! 🙂

Beta News: Windows Server 2008 RC0 and Windows Vista SP1 Beta

25 09 2007

Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate with Windows Server virtualization – Viridian was released yesterday. Windows Vista SP1 Beta is also being released to testers now. I hope they release the Vista SP1 now on time. I have long been waiting for it.

Download Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate here.


Windows Server Division Weblog – Windows Server 2008 Rc0 Released!

MS Press: Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 Ready for Customer Review

Smiley Anniversary; Mother’s smile

19 09 2007

Digital ‘smiley face’ turns 25

Smiley just got 25 or should it be 24? Whatever it is. The symbol : – ) that gave made us smile and put emotions into text speak celebrates its anniversary.

Thinking about smiles and smileys. I can always remember the smile in my moms face. She’s got the smile that launched a thousand ships hehehe. She always wears her smile and just being with her, you will forget all your problems for a moment. (Of course, you won’t forget all of it as you need to solve it first. Hehehe)

It’s her birthday yesterday! Too bad I cannot celebrate it with you and the family. As I am far. I’ll just make it up when I get home this December.

Happy Birthday to you mama. Love you. 🙂

Credit Suisse on top employer list of fresh graduates in Singapore

19 09 2007

Proud to be working for the 2nd most popular private sector employer here in Singapore. Though I’m not a regular employee and is a consultant here. I am still happy for the company and all guys here. Here’s a post of a happy employee. 🙂

Link: Channelnewsasia – Most university graduates prefer to work in banking, finance sector: survey

Clarke Quay @ Lunar Lantern Festival season mood

17 09 2007

 Just taking advantage of the simplicity of uploading pictures with Windows Live Writer. Too lazy to upload it to photobucket these days. I just want to share some pictures. Hope you’ll enjoy it!!! 🙂


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Happy Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival!!! Good fortune to you and your family in the years to come. 😀

Silverlight 1.0 RTW

5 09 2007

“Microsoft Corp. today released to the Web (RTW) Silverlight™ 1.0, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering richer user experiences on the Web. In addition, Microsoft will work with Novell Inc. to deliver Silverlight support for Linux, called Moonlight, and based on the project started on”

Silverlight version 1.0 is finally out! Some sneak peak using the RTW media capabilities can be found on the latest HD preview of Halo 3. Check out the link!

Source: MS PressPass – Microsoft Delivers Silverlight 1.0, Extends Support to Linux

Halo 3D Preview

Microsoft® Silverlight™ 1.0 SDK Download 

ScottGu – Silverlight 1.0 Released and Silverlight for Linux Announced

Late Onam Greeting

2 09 2007

 Namaskaram, a greeting in Malayalam, one of the many I think 57 Indian languages. I would like to share these few pics we took on that day in this Onam greeting post of mine. If you fancy eating lots, really lots of different food in one seating. We have celebrated Onam eating 25 different dishes. Eat all you can hehehe.

Thinking about this I missed our gluttonous buffets in the Philippines. Anyways, here is the Kerala (Southern India) version. Enjoy!!! Belated Happy Onam Day!!! 🙂


Lunch served in whole banana leaf with all 25 different types of dishes provided only on this feast.


Traditional Onam decoration. Flowers floating in special vase.

Pinoy IT folks migrating to Singapore

23 08 2007

Filipino IT engineers flocking to Singapore

This news is really sad. Well knowing that a lot of people is leaving my country for better salaries. Lots of talent is going elsewhere. We can then ask ourselves. Where then will the companies both local and MNCs in Philippines find their required headcounts? We wouldn’t want those MNC moving away from us due to so limited resources right? I hope the government or a responsible organization will do something about this.

But what really saddens me is the impression this news is giving to the public. This is published on Today Singapore newspaper. It tells here that a number of Filipinos leave their jobs unfinished. This clearly is just encountered by some and not necessarily majority of the people. I hope those local companies or responsible persons that told this thought that this won’t give a bad name to our fellow Filipinos as
we are not like that. If it is a necessity and a must for some, then we can understand them right? It is pretty normal to the industry wherever we are. It’s not only about those engineers that moves to Singapore or any other country that does this. And lastly, we should make it a personal rule for us employees and employers to respect the fact that we have a notice period to serve. We won’t like our own people moving out without serving it right?

Marking Kids born in the new age by naming them weird things

17 08 2007

Do you think your newborn should be “in” on this generation. A couple in china already did by naming their baby “@”. Yeah its the “at” sign on email address. I’m sure if that kid gets that name. Even if he/she is born as somewhat a tech baby. He/She will surely have problems registering in sites that validates inputs and limits names to using alphabets characters only. It can be “No gmail”. “No friendster”. “No facebook”. I can’t imagine a life without those. Hehehe 🙂

I really find this really weird. Guys do not do this. Please pity your children they would be bringing that name till death. Hehehe 🙂

source: CNN – Couple tries to name child @