MVP Summit 2007 coming up

•March 8, 2007 • 1 Comment

MVP Summit 2007 coming up

The summit is here and I am excited . This will be my first time at the summit and I am excited to meet a lot of my netizens in person . It is a great opportunity to interact with a lot of great minds . I should be posting on my technical blog soon .

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Encryption Decryption using BizTalk

•March 6, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Many have asked me how to configure biztalk with certificates and I tell them it is really easy . But many seems to have a big challenge with it. Sometimes it is the lack of proper understanding of the secrurity infrastructure . sometimes it is things like not setting up the thumbprint. I was planning on writing an article on the same . But today i saw a good post from Richard and I dont think I need to do that now .

This is a well documented excellent post

The Future of Human Computer Interaction .. It is…

•March 2, 2007 • Leave a Comment

The Future of Human Computer Interaction ..

It is marvellous how future human computer interaction will be so immersive where the interface almost completely disappears . As Jeff Han puts it . There is no reason that in this era we should conform to a physical device that .. Check this video on multi touch displays out

BIZTALK R2 and RFID

•February 20, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Biztalk R2 is nearing release and with support of RFID being delivered it will open a new area for biztalk apps altogether. I am excited about RFID as a technology though the technology is under fire including boycott by many activist group . Some of the concerns regarding privacy are valid but the potential of the technology is amazing. RFID or Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a data collection system based on tiny microchips attached to a box, pallet or individual item that communicate with other devices using radio waves. The RFID readers obtain data from the tags ( even write ) in bulk. Your RFID client software then collects , ortganizes and distributes this data . The tags can be active or passive meaning ones that are activated by sedning a signal or active which continously screams out its existence .
The benefits of RFID over existing technologies like Barcoding are many including more data capacity , do not need line of sight , bulk read , automated reading ,counting and life history of the objects using read/write tags
The applications are tremendous end to end visibility from factory to consumer , medicines, international shipments , animal tracking . From the Biztallk perspective we have an RFID Services running on the client platform with an RFID client on WCF (possibly ) shipping out of the bax whihc biztalk can leverage. Since this would be on WCF you should be able to consume this with not biztalk applications also .
The Event processing layer which hosts the Biztalk rules engine in some format will support things like eliminating duplicate reads , aggregation events or some custom threshhold rules.
I will be posting soon about Biztalk RFID soon . Meanwhile you can visit the RFID resource centre

BizTalk Server 2006 Large Maps

•January 26, 2007 • Leave a Comment

There is a little gem in 2006 that lets you control how large messages are transformed .

Previouslt in 2004 if you had a fairly large transformation , there i s nothing much you could do than scale up the server with more memory. In 2006 you could let BizTalk us the disk after a particular threshold , By default that value us set to 1 MB . That means if your XSLT transformation (which you realize is a tree transformation in memory, Your XML is loaded as the source tree and your declartive Xpath in the xslt is used to match the source tree matches to get the result tree) is larger than 1 MB BizTalk will use the large message transformation engine which will page to disk . This is nice feature for large maps but will slow you down ,Hey it is better than getting an OutofMemoryException and that Administrator’s pager going off . You might want to tweak this value (disk is slower than memory ) , Of course you dont want it too high either to beat the whole purpose . You need to figure this value on your available capacity.

To do this you need to change the threshold in the registry
Goto ‘HKLM\\Software\\Microsoft\\BizTalk Server\\3.0\\Administration’
and set the DWORD ‘TransformThreshold’

India and 49-O NO VOTE

•January 4, 2007 • Leave a Comment

India and 49-O NO VOTE

One day morning I get an email forward in my group mailing list . It did take me by surprise . Read the email

Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section “49-O” that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn’t want to vote anyone! Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called “49-O”.

Why should you go and say “I VOTE NOBODY”… because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received “49-O” votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled. Not only that, but the Candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them.

This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way, of our whole political system… it is seemingly surprising why the election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public….

Please spread this news to as many as you know… Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India… show your power, expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is ven more powerful than voting… so don’t miss your chance.

So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and pass this information. ..

“Please forward this to as many as possible, so that we, the people of India , can really use this power to save our nation” use your voting right for a better INDIA .

Well that did shook me up , is that true is there such a provision truly available , knowing some of our politicians I wouldn’t put it past them but not all apples are rotten we have some gem of politicians . Also why is Indian press silent the hallmark of democracy free speech take 50 + years to find this . Of course pre – internet era would have taken days to figure out if this is true and a visit to library but thaks to Right to Information Act and Digitalisation of archives . I have some news .The story above is well half true .

First I found the electoral hand book online , I could not find any references here . I noticed that this was a 1998 edition .
I dug up somemore and found the 2006 edition of the Handbook

I found what I was looking for ..

I attach the following section from 47.1

47.1. If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the Register of Voters (Form 17A) and he has put his signature/thumb impression
on that register, decides not to record his vote, he shall not be forced or
compelled to record his vote. A remark to the effect that he has decided not to
record his vote – “Refused to Vote” – shall be made in the remarks column
against the entry relating to him in the Register of Voters by the Presiding
Officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained
against such remark under rule 49-O. It shall not be necessary to make any
change in the serial number of the elector or of any succeeding elector, in
column 1 of the Register of voters.

The relevant section 49-O is taken from THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS RULES, 1961

49-O. Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his
electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters
in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as
required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his
vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in
Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb
impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.

This part is indeed true . Now the rest of the piece where the election is declared invalid and The candidates rejected has no basis and I cant seem to find such a reference anywhere

This also seems a bit illogical consider a polling constituency with Votebase of 20,000

Let us say the results are like this

Candidate A- 7000
Candidate B – 6999
Candidate C – 2000
NO VOTE ( unders section 49-O) – 2
People who did not come to vote – 3999

Total = 20,000

In this case as per Rule above the election should be invalid ,By just 2 people deciding to excericse the said option.The whole election is declared invalid and candiates A , B , C are rejected is nonsense . On what basis is A , B and C rejected .
Now the idea might arouse some legitamacy in a situation where the polling percentage is high for NO VOTE situation say a scenario where

Candidate A- 100
Candidate B – 99
Candidate C – 51
NO VOTE ( unders section 49-O) – 15000
People who did not come to vote – 4750
Total = 20,000

Interestingly Also As per rule let us say A and B had 7000 votes each leading to a tie as per rule the inner is decided by a lot .There is still a winner and clearly a result

See 32

32. EQUALITY OF VOTES

If two or more candidates contesting for any seat happen to secure the
highest number of votes and their votes are equal in number, the result will
be decided by lot.

I now assume this was a well concieved hoax at best ,but albiet a thought provoking one . I hope this was informative . Comments are higly welcome

Winning the Fantasy Football

•December 29, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Winning the Fantasy Football

This was my first Fantasy football year . When I decided to play fantasy football I did not think much except to learn American football. I was a little clueless to the whole game. I started out reading about the whole rules in wikipedia. Love wiki for this kind of stuff.

We had two divisions in our league which was run by Dave savage. The Alpha and Omega division.
The first hurdle was draft . With not too much knowledge on players I put the picking up on Autodraft. Sometimes I trust the statistics too much and infinite computing power or AI . Ever read Kasparov vs Deep Blue . I knew I was not going to get the best pick knowing statistics are not always up to date but I would get a decent pick. I came away from the draft with a couple of decent player but some of them were prone to injuries as I later discovered.

My initial 2 weeks went without much ado and I won them . From week 2 I saw injuries to Trent Green . Thereon I started managing my roster a little replacing players on bye with players from the bench .

Week 3 had me playing with an eventual division winner from the Alpha division .I was on omega division. The guy had L Tomilson who I guess is going to be the Most valuable player in the NFL this year with career numbers . I lost week 3 .

I had a 4 week winning streak after that . By this time I have started actively managing my players due to loss of key players like Trent Green . Clinton Portis , Daunte Culpebber , Lamont Jordan. But I had Donavan Mcnabb and Ravens Defense earning me my bulk of my points . Then a low phase followed, In the following weeks I had lost 4 of my 6 games and I lost Mcnabb to add to my growing troubles . But this low phase really helped me research and pick out future stars. I won the division with an 8-5 which got me a first round bye.

Week 2 into playoff I played Thomas ( The Edge guy) and that was a tough match up .He had key players but most of my new picks were now peaking into form this included Ladell Betts and Jeff Garcia whom I picked from Free agency when they were starters. That week going into sunday night game I was up by 5 points with one kicker scores yet to come in for both of us . The game saw Thomas kicker score 12 points and lead me by 7 points. So I needed my kicker to get me 8 points to win the knock out game on Monday night . That was an exciting monday night game. In the game where Cincinati struggled against the colts my kicker came up with 10 points.
So won that that by the neck with 3 points.

I was in the final and interestingly the division leader from other division
. I had lost to Ray before in week 3 and I knew with him having LT and Frank Gore and a star studded line up it was going to be tough . I made some radical adjustments to my roster by playing lower ranked players but potentially peaking players . The move paid off I won the final 139-119 . LT did not have a great game that week which contributed to the margin.
So I got awarded the FFL champion of the league.. 🙂

All said and done you need to manage your roster go with some of your gut feel and above all need a little luck to go your way . Wishes to everyone who played