VT's Blog

The Blog of Viral Tarpara A Smart 27 year old's thoughts on Windows, Cloud Computing, Collaboration, and Productivity

October, 2007

  • Microsoft = Facebook for the Enterprise

    A good friend of mine always used to mock me because I worked for Microsoft. Actually most of my friends did because for the last few years, Microsoft hasn't been on the bleeding-edge of "cool." Of course I never took them seriously because they were...
  • The New Face of Maps.Live.com

    Finally!  Today is the day I officially switch from Google Maps to Live Maps.  The new Live Maps has a host of new features, but more importantly it finally brings a better user interface to the world of online mapping *i.e. kicks Google's ass...
  • Saving Loads of Money With Groove

    During the London roadshow, a gentleman came up to me and asked about a solution to allow CAD designers to synchronize jobs across two branch offices. Basically his problem was that the ADSL connection between the offices was too slow to easily transfer...
  • Near Realtime Video and Image Sharing with Jing

    I was downloading Camtasia so that I could begin recording some screencasts when I discovered one of Techsmith's *makers of Camtasia* pet project called Jing . With a name like Jing , who could resist clicking on it. Even as I contemplated on what it...
  • Using Microsoft HealthVault in the World of Scrubs

    Scrubs is quite possibly the greatest TV show, NAY, entertainment program, in the history of the world! But any critical fan of this serious medical drama can appreciate the lengths that doctors and nurses go through to manipulate the system for the greater...
  • Accessibility Kit for SharePoint

    Microsoft has partnered with world-renowned accessibility partner, HiSoftware , to give SharePoint developers the tools they need to comply with various accessibility and disability laws. The Internet is exploding and with the growing socioeconomic importance...
  • Running PHP on IIS

    Just about one year ago, Bill Hilf announced Zend and Microsoft's partnership to enhance PHP performance on Windows Server's IIS web server. This technical collaboration has focused on enhancing the reliability and performance of PHP on Windows Server...
  • Exchange Hosted Services for Dummies

    I was doing some research for the organization I volunteer at. I was trying to make a case for a cost-effective email system based around Exchange. With all the talk around Software + Services I thought that this might be a perfect opportunity to propose...
  • Win a Vista Media Center RF remote

    Do you have something nice to say about Windows Media Center?  Then click on over to James Senior's blog and click on the email link.  It is that easy.  The remote is RF so it works through walls and stuff.  James will tell you why...
  • HOW TO: Removing Hidden Data From Office Documents

    Metadata is information within a document that provides indexing intelligence to other applications and subsystems. Metadata is what makes search engines and filters effective and almost every modern media file from a photo to an excel sheet has some...
  • Ina Fried of ZDNet Interviews Ballmer on Windows Mobile Strategy

    My favorite excerpt from this fun interview was the following: "What about full Web browsing? I mean, that seems to be the one feature of the iPhone that would also benefit business users. Ballmer: It sure would." Simple and blunt answering is...
  • Play Halo 3, Win $1,000,000

    The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) is throwing a Halo 3 showdown with the grand prize of one million dollars muaha muahahaha .  This sacred event is taking place in none other than my home town of Dallas, TX at  the Hyatt Regency hotel...