Introducing the “Batchography: The Art of Batch Files Programming” book

buy-from-amazonLong gone are the days when you had to use search engines to jump from one website to another in order to figure out the syntax or how to solve a problem using a Batch file script. The Batchography book is a boon for system administrators, build engineers, programmers and home users alike. It takes you on a journey of re-discovery of the lost art of Batch files programming. Whether you are an experienced user or new to the language, you will be surprised by the clarity and the abundance of the material presented in this book. With more than 140 scripting recipes, you will learn about things that you never thought were possible to achieve using the Batch files scripting language.

In the Batchography book, you will learn about:

  • The Basic concepts of Batch file scripting
  • Data structures: Arrays, Stacks, Sets, Maps
  • Multiline, compound and conditional statements
  • Function calls and repetition control structures
  • Files and strings manipulation techniques
  • Debugging and troubleshooting tips
  • Coding conventions and testing methodologies

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Announcing the new Apple TV – 2015

Today Apple announced to all new Apple TV. These are the important new features.

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Apple TV

  • Revolutionary remote with Voice support (Siri button) and a glass touch surface (to move around)
  • Full resolution animated videos that act like wallpapers and backgrounds
  • A4 chip 64-bits
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • HDMI and Ethernet Ports
  • Use Siri to chose what to watch by interacting with Siri via voice and natural language
    • Skip ahead
    • If you missed something, you can say: “What did she/he say?”. Siri will rewind 15 seconds and temporarily enable captions
    • Ask suggestions from Siri about movies to watch
    • Ask for in the moment info
  • Future of the TV is apps
  • tvOS – for developers to write apps for the Apple TV
  • Apps: Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Zillow, …
  • Games: Disney Infinity game, Shadow Matic, Crossy Road, Hipster Whale, etc…
  • The Apple Remote allows you to swing it to play games (that require swing to hit)
  • Cooperative play with anyone that has an iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Online shopping from your couch
  • Watch multiple sports games at the same time, take screenshots, etc…
  • Universal apps: apps for iPhone, Apple TV, iPad, etc…
  • Continue playing games where you left of
  • App Store
  • Pricing:
    • 149$ for 32GB
    • 199$ for 64GB

The Apple TV will be available in late October. Continue reading

Announcing the new iPad Pro – 2015

Today Apple announced to all new iPad Pro. These are the important new features.

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iPad Pro

  • Partnering with IBM and Cisco for Enterprise iPad features
  • 12.9 inch Retina Display
  • 5.6 Million pixels
  • Retina display
  • Use it like a PC to do professional and productivity tasks
  • Uses the 3rd-gen A9X chip. 1.8X faster than common desktop processors
  • Faster than 90% of portable PCs
  • 10 hour battery life
  • 4 speaker audio system
  • 6.9mm thin / 1.57lb
  • Software keyboard used to type on the iPad Pro
  • Smart keyboard is a new cover with a keyboard. Butterfly
  • Smart connector: a new connector to connect power or data devices (for example the smart keyboard)
  • Apple Pencil: A new stylus for iPad Pro. Lightening connector to recharge directly from the iPad Pro
  • New Notes app with drawings support
  • New Microsoft Office for iPad Pro: excellent productivity features
  • New Adobe creative tools shipping in October
  • Pricing
    • 799$ for 32GB
    • 949$ for 128GB
    • 1079$ for 128GB and Cellular support

The iPad Pro will be available in November. Continue reading

Good bye 2014, Hello 2015

Image Source: www.alltechbuzz.netHello Readers,

This year was riddled by lots of ups and downs. Year after year I am learning to accept what life has to offer and how to be more patient and optimistic.

It seems that everything, no matter how bad it looks, is there to teach me a lesson. Life seems to always remind of this nice story.

These are the worthwhile things I accomplished this year: Continue reading