Whitepaper – InstallShield

Dear Readers,
Recently, I completed my maiden assignment on InstallShield. I was asked to use complicated stuff like Database Interaction, setup within a setup & file I/O in InstallShield. I had some painful days learning InstallShield and then implementing these requests. The worst part of all this was that there aren’t much resources available over the internet. Nor I knew of anyone who could lend an expert advice.

So just to save someone from undergoing the same/similar experience again, I have come up with a short white paper on the database interaction part using InstallShield 2010. Hope you appreciate this noble work.

Sankalp Team

Database Interaction within InstallShield Download


Shamshad Begum – a forgotten living legend of cinema !!

Shamshad Begum

Shamshan Begum (born 1919) is (yes she is still alive) one of the founding members of the Indian playback industry, until she made the way for Lata Mangeshkar. She lend her crystal clear sound to many film songs.

Mere piya gaye Rangoon…
Leke pehla pehla pyar …
Teri mehfil mein kismat aazma ke …
Mere neendon mein tum …
O gadi wale gadi dheere …

Her captivating voice remained the first choice for musicians like O P Nayyar, Naushad & C Ramachandran. O.P. Nayyar described her voice as “temple bell” – a sound which reminds you of ringing bells in temple.

I heard some of her timeless melodies & want to share them with you all… I am sure you all will agree with what Nayyar sahab said …. Every word of him is true !!

Teri Mehfil (Movie: Mughal-E-Azam) Opening voice of this song ….

Mere Piya (Movie: Patanga)

Leke pehla pehla pyar (Movie: CID)


A stint at demystifying GEEK

The early 90’s saw the birth of internet & computer-related things in general. Though, technically speaking, computers existed even before 90s., they became more sane with the advent of internet. Internet opened the doors to many new applications, lingo, fashion, styles, etc. Of course today’s wonderland would completely confuse all the Alices of 90s, for so much has changed during these 2 decades.

Internet also bought a host of new terms or lingo – download, upload, software, data, geek, floppy, disk, etc etc … I sometimes ponder at the etymology of these words. For instance, take DATA. Now, a close resemble of this would be an already prevalent word we know of – INFORMATION. Then WHO actually felt a need to have a NEW word for this ?? Its not that all the words were a result of some creative thinking belonging to the computer world. Many of the words were borrowed from mother English like instruction pipelining, paging, etc… even Internet for that matter had its roots in English.

Another term more slang in its nature is GEEK. Its often used to refer to any person having superior computer/technical skills. Just out of interest, I wanted to find the etymology of this term. And to my strange surprise here is what I discovered. GEEK actually refers to a circus character who is obsessed with one particular activity. Wikipedia more formally describes geek as –

” the term referred to a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken, bat, snake or bugs ”

After having learned this definition, I wonder what lead to the this strange usage of GEEK for computer professionals ?? The only part i can concur with is the “..obsessed with one particular activity” part of the definition. What does circus has to do with this ??? Here again the computer world could have settled for a more simple terminology like dedicated computer professional. But GEEK ?? completely OUT OF CONTEXT if i may say so…

GEEK has also undergone metamorphosis. It now also includes the ‘looks’ aspect. The GEEK is supposed to have a BLACK-rimmed glasses-thick enough to be distinctly visible. He/she SHOULD compulsorily wear a tee (with senseless sentences), torn jeans (with ballpoint pen art work), have Zakeer Hussain like hairstyle, fully grown beard (or may i call as unshaved)….

Also good pair of shoes is a strict NO NO… she/he should be seen ONLY in floaters / bamboo chappals …. whoaaa so much to be called as a GEEK.

This underlines my conclusion that we perceive a lot by appearance. A person with a given profession MUST have a given dressing style, looks. Many times uncalled for.