Category Archives: Productivity

Windows Task Manager – Enhanced

Have you felt at any point that Windows “Task Manager” is limiting in functionality? If so, this blog will try to give a solution by which you will have much better details on various programs running on your Windows machine with lots of data at your finger tips.

By the way I haven’t done anything in this blog by myself, rather I would just point to a simple utility which will help you get these details… :).

The tool we will be using is Windows Sysinternals Process Explorer. It is provided as a free download from Microsoft.

Process Explorer:

You will need to download and unzip the Process Explorer package. The application does not have an installer, so unzip it somewhere convenient so that you can launch it when needed.

Complete details on the features of this simple program is detailed in the URL above.

Some screenshots which will make you use this enhanced Task Manager in Windows.

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Regular Expression

Its really awesome to see people sharing their knowledge to everyone out there. If you need regular expression while doing a piece of code or while doing a validation in your application, you don’t have to break your head designing this cryptic code yourself. There are awesome people out there who are good at it and they are willing to share this with the world. Recently i had a requirement to look for a particular country’s telephone number scanning through various web pages. I found a tool which does this but it had a generic regular expression for phone numbers. I am not at all good at regular expression and to be honest, i haven’t break my head trying to learn this… :).

Because i am lazy, i thought i will give in a try in Google before doing it myself from scratch. When i did, i found some very useful regular expression, all being shared and kept well in a site below:-

There is another blog which lists commonly used regular expression, not exhaustive, but worth scanning through for your requirement.

I thought before i am too lazy to share it as a blog post, i wrote a quick blog for other readers.

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How to keep yourself updated with latest technology trends

Its a quick read blog post and will not take more than 10 minutes to read the post completely.

Its very hard to cope with the every changing technology trends and keep yourself updated all the time. The technology also changes in such a fast pace that the things that you learn today cease to exists or gets replaced in a real fast pace manner.

But, we cannot run away from reality and we will have to keep our self update till you are in industry, otherwise, in no time the door will be opened for you to move out of the organization that you are working… 🙂

What i do?

I am not claiming that this is something you should do. Its one of the way what i try to do to make myself updated to some extend with the pace of technology change.

I go and subscribe myself to various RSS feeds, go frequently to some great sites (dzone, javalobby etc.) and look for blogs/articles which deserves a read. Once i decide on a blog post or an article, i first skim through it and see if it is very written. If so i start reading the first paragraph. If the blog really entices me, i try to put a time or save it in my pocket (bookmark application). When i get time, i start reading the blog with a notepad opened side by side. I try putting some notes in the notepad as i read. At one stage if the blog is so interesting, i try to put adequate things in my mind which i can use later on to churn my own blog in this topic. When i decide that the topic is good for me to write a blog myself, i start preparing a draft blog as i read. Things which i don’t know in this case deserves more read and i start googling stuff to get more details. My blog post slowly grows in size but without a structure. Slowly and steadily i try to put a structure to the blog post and start putting more sentences and figures. At the end of my read my blog will have my own content with some good attributions to the content from which i extract my blog. In the meantime if the blog deserves a practical session, i go on trying various tools and put these into practice.

If at the end i feel that my blog is a good candidate to be published and it does give reader a good though explanation on the topic, i put the reference section and go ahead and publish it.

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Quick Scheduling

Are your partners/friends etc. in different places and doesn’t have a common platform to let each other know of their Yes/No for a meeting? You can use this awesome web application to do it in a very easy fashion. How secure it is, i cannot comment, but if these details are fine to be seen by others, this seems very good option for doing just this.

Disclaimer:- There might be other sites which aids you do just this but this is my suggestion. I am not saying that this is the best solution though.

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