Looks like the guys at iphonesimfree  finally delivered (they have been promising this for sometime now) and the iPhone unlock is now selling online! I think I am ready now to go out an get one! 99 bucks for an unlock is steep – but it’s still better than 175 termination with t-mobile. Here is where you can buy it.

Which super hero are you?

January 5, 2007

Here are my results:
You are Iron Man

Iron Man
The Flash
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
Inventor. Businessman. Genius.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

I have recently installed Windows Vista Beta 2 and started playing around with it. First impressions are good….although as a developer the security features like UAC are pretty in your face (probably good for end users). I immediately disabled that by editing the local system policy by running:

 secpol.msc ->  Local Policies -> Security Options -> Disable the policy “User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode”

That definitely made those annoying messages go away! I had to install Visual Studio 2005 and I was thinking of playing with Atlas. Once I got that installed and tried to create a sample website Visual Studio was barking back at me saying: 

Error HRESULT E_FAIL has been returned from a call to a COM component

Now what? Well supposedly vista will not start application in admin mode even if you are logged in as an administrator.  The fix: Right click on the shortcut to studio and click Run as Administrator and it works like a charm.

Here is a link to Microsoft KB which shows how to configure specific applications to always run as admin.


So as promised here are some pictures we took at the Poster Session, this is where the judges and attendees were allowed to come take a deeper look at the solution we built and the product itself. I personally had a great time at the conference and enjoyed meeting all the people that came to the summit.

From Left to Right: Pamela Szabo, Anjaneyullu Tamma and Me standing by the poster we had setup

From Left to Right: Me, Gretchen Weis and Anjaneyullu Tamma

I have a few more pictures up on my Flikr page, click here.

Disclaimer: I am a little emotional right now. Bottom Line: we did win an award [not 1st place] and I will post details/pictures about it soon.  For years I have believed that the best technology should always win. When I was in college i worked with the JDK 1.1 (Java Development Kit) and I loved it. I had worked with VB 3 and 4 before that and I thought that Java was going to rule. I couldnt have been more wrong. I wrote my “real”
business application in Java and realized the performace as a fat client was a far from real world! It simply didnt respond. I talked to some engineers at sun that I knew during college and told them give me a native interface to windows (something like ngen.exe)….they didnt listen. I knew the write once run anywhere …was worth nothing to me….95% of the world runs windows..so the run anywhere was meaningless, all i wanted
was run on windows! That was 7 years ago….today I realized that as good as the .net platform is and robust our technology all that didnt matter…all that the judges cared about were if we were JAVA!! I was handed a paper today with the recommendations from the judges at the Global Integration Summit and it said the following:

Too much dependency on Microsoft and no support for open source.

The last time I checked web services and SOA were platform independent! (this was an SOA
challenge) in which we smoked out competitors! But hold on a second aren’t the other vendors too dependent on Java/Sun!! I am not anti-java or sun, I admire the innovations that come from that side, but I dont understand why the other side is not able to do the same! Well enough of that….I guess people will be people and their bias will always get in the way! We did win an award at the Global Integration Summit….I am happy about that and I will post
some pictures when Gretchen gets them to me. The real question is how many of the vendors (of the showcase participants) have the kahunas to make their software available to the public to download and evaluate for themselves? The answer….

Stone Bond , AboveAll and BEA!
[see previous post on participants]

– Nikhil Roy

Update: It was ponted out correctly that AboveAll also offers downloads on theier website, I added them to the list.

 By the time we got done yestarday it was pretty late so did not get a chance to blog. But here's the update on yestardays events:

The presentations

I think my presentation went pretty well and it was well received. I did have a lot of attendees come up to me after the presentation and that was a good sign. Well I sure apreciate the positive feedback I have been getting. Now onto what the other presentations looked like…..Not one…not even one of the other vendors was willing to give any specific details on the actual implementation! I did expect that from the bigger vendors like webMethods, Software AG and BEA. I did think that the smaller vendors would talk more details as opposed to marketing mumbo-jumbo. Let's look at what the integration constrotium had said what the presentations should include:

On Tuesday May 23, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM, the Integration Solution Showcase participants will have the opportunity to present an introduction to their solution.

Thats right – "solution", but all I saw was more and more marketing. I think that helped us and people saw that we were to the point and being direct. At onepoint in my presentation I did call out the Accenture/GIS folks for making the problem overly simple and some of the attendees apreciated that.

Bottom Line – the presentation went great and I was able to the crowd laughing a little at the end.

More on the poster session later…

– Nikhil Roy

We are about 45 mins away from going on stage to give the presentation for the Global Integration Summit (see earlier posts for more info). I am told I will be given about 8 mins only to get all the key points out…now thats tough considering all the key features Enterprise Enabler has! I did do a dry run and I should be ok for the 8 min cut-off.

Later this evening we are going to setup a kiosk with posters and additional info where all the attendees and judges will come visit with the individual vendors (expo hall style). I will try to take some pictures and post them here tomorrow.

That's all for now…will blog later on how the sessions went today.

-Nikhil Roy