Trying out Chrome OS in VmWare

Today, I had downloaded the Vmware image of Chrome OS from http://chromeos.hexxeh.net and trying to boot up Chrome OS.  I was struck with logon screen for quite some time before googling for an offline user name / password for Build. Then based on some suggestions I looked again on the site where I had downloaded the Vmware image to get the valid user id / password. 
Only thing, I am seeing now is chrome browser tabs without any network connectivity. I am yet to figure out how chrome will use my ethernet or wireless connectivity on this machine. However all other guest OS I had tried on VmWare were able to get connectivity easily 🙂

Hello World

I am just going through the experience of recovering a crashed computer (which I uses for work).  It was cranky and crying for attention quite some time now.  Last week, I was trying to install virtual machine (Sun’s Virtual box) and playing around virtual network card configuration. And in the same time,  I got my Win XP service pack upgraded to SP3.  I don’t know if that was due to driver mismatch or something.  I was getting Blue Screen of death (BSOD) while starting Windows (both normal mode as well as Safe mode).

When tried to rescue with BartPE boot CD, I was not able to see C drive and in the same time, I could see other logical partitions.  So only option is to reinstall the operating system. 

Who is the product owner ?

In agile, specially I am taking about scrum method,  who is the product owner. As per the definition at Scrum Alliance – Scrum Roles page, the product owner is defined as

The Product Owner has the following responsibilities.

  • Define the features of the product;
  • Decide on release date and content;
  • Be responsible for the profitability of the product (ROI);
  • Prioritize features according to market value;
  • Adjust features and priority every 30 days, as needed; and
  • Accept or reject work results.

With my limited experience in using scrum in a globally distributed team, me and my team has to work mostly with IT Organization of the customer and we are assigning a person from customer side who is typically managing / involved in the application for more time (when compared to others in practical scenarios). 

And the following are my observation and thats based on my experience in implementing this practice

Product owner can define features for the product. It was more like a requirement / use case definition through story points or use cases or both. This works well when we are migrating a existing application into new platform. And while working on any new feature or use case story, role of the product owner is becoming more like a Single point of contact for gathering the requirements and if you have very short sprints (say 2 weeks) we are spending more time.

Any one have better experience in this aspect.  I am interested to listen from someone who had done this role

Got a new mobile phone

After a long time (closely five years), I had changed my mobile device from Nokia 6310i to Nokia E50. A metal black edition with built-in camera.

I loved my old phone very much. It never given any problem over these years until I had broke its  power switch. Till that time, I never bothered to find Nokia service centers in Bangalore. When I visited one of the nokia care center in Jayanagar, Bangalore, I was told that this phone model is extinct and I will not able to get original part replacement for the switch.

I tried to work around by not switching off the phone for a month and some times used pen tip (or) some nails to switch it one. But could not help further and now I had replaced it.  Nokia 6310i was a robust piece and it had withstood my crude usage patterns. I was using the power on switch for changing my profile settings several times in a day. I guess that caused its failure.

I was looking for a similar phone, with huge battery capacity and some decent infrastructure  and  I had a budget limit in my mind. With this criteria, I just zeroed on Nokia E50, a simple but elegant model which had all the basic features I was looking for.

Now I am trying to learn some basics about S60 platform and new applications for this phone. I guess it would take couple of weeks to understand and utilize the new phone to its capacity.

MSDN Library available free for download

Microsoft released MSDN Library May 2006 edition for free download.  Its available in three ISO disk images format (each 600 MB of size) on their website. (news : via – The PC Doctor ).

Its a great news for any Microsoft platform developer who had suffered with Microsoft’s licensing policies with MSDN Library till date.  I guess its a Microsoft’s attempt to get a decent developer community around their Express edition (Free Development tools from Microsoft).