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Google Celebrates Pohela Boishakh, the first day of the Bengali Calendar

Google Celebrating Pohela Boishakh

First Day of Bengali Calendar Pohela Boishakh

April 14, 2017

Today’s doodle marks Pohela Boishakh, the first day of the Bengali Calendar. While Pohela Boishakh is a lively festival today, its origins are less fanciful. The Bengali calendar year was developed over 400 years ago by the Emperor Akbar as a way to collect taxes on a specific date every year. When the new year begins, accountants can close their books on the previous year and start fresh.

On this day in Bangladesh, the country comes alive with colorful celebrations and parades. Cities and towns gather together to sing traditional songs like “Esho, he Boishakh”. They eat Bengali food such as Panta bhaat (a dish of rice soaked in water), and Illish Maas (fried hilsa fish). The main attraction in the capital city of Dhaka is the large Mangal Shobhajatra procession. The streets fill up with a parade of huge masks and creatures, each with its own symbolism, but many meant to drive away evil spirits or inspire courage and peace. The masks are often vibrant and imaginative representations of animals native to Bangladesh, like the owl and tiger you see in today’s doodle.

Shubho Noboborsho!

(Happy New Year!)

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Google celebrates Bangladesh’s 46th Independence Day

Bangladesh Independence Day 2017

Mar 26, 2017

Google is celebrating the 46th Independence Day of Bangladesh with a special doodle, where a girl is seen carrying national flag of the country.

The Doodle logo is drawn in combination of red and green colours, which are the colours of the national flag of Bangladesh.

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

In 2013, Google, for the first time in its history, posted a special Doodle for Bangladesh on its 43th Independence Day.

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 is now available

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 is now available for download!  The service pack was released to MSDN subscribers on March 8 and became generally available on March 10.  SP1 includes fixes that improve reliability and address the most commonly-reported customer bugs.  It also adds some of the most requested feature improvements, including a new local help viewer, IntelliTrace support in more scenarios, and built-in Silverlight 4 tooling.

Overview


This download installs Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This service pack release addresses issues that were found through a combination of customer and partner feedback, as well as internal testing. These service packs offer Visual Studio users improvements in responsiveness and stability, as well as completes some high-impact scenarios requested by customers. The full list of updates included in this service pack can be found here.

Important:

  • Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will upgrade all editions and languages of Visual Studio 2010 you have already installed. If you install any other editions or languages of Visual Studio 2010 after SP1, you must reapply SP1.
  • If you installed Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 Beta, you should not uninstall it before installing this release of SP1.
  • Prior to installation, you should carefully review the readme to be aware of any known issues with this release.

Please Note: This installer is for all editions of Visual Studio 2010 (Express, Professional, Premium, Ultimate, Test Professional).

Note: Do not install this service pack if you have downloaded and installed the stand-alone ‘Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 (Windows SDK v7.1)’ and you are using the x64 or IA64 compilers that were included in that download. Please see the related article for more information.

System Requirements


  • Supported Operating Systems:Windows 7;Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86);Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions;Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2;Windows Server 2008 R2;Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2;Windows Vista Service Pack 2;Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Windows XP (x86) with Service Pack 3 – all editions except Starter Edition
    • Windows Vista (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2 – all editions except Starter Edition
    • Windows 7 (x86 and x64)
    • Windows Server 2003 (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2 – all editions
      • Users will need to install MSXML6 if not already present
    • Windows Server 2003 R2 (x86 and x64) – all editions
    • Windows Server 2008 (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2 – all editions
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64) – all editions
  • Supported Architectures:
    • 32-Bit (x86)
    • 64-Bit (x64) (WOW)
  • Hardware Requirements:
    • 1.6GHz or faster processor
    • 1024 MB RAM (1.5 GB if running in a virtual machine)
    • 5.5 GB of available hard-disk space
    • 5400 RPM hard drive
    • DirectX 9 capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution display
    • DVD-ROM drive
  • Compatible releases with Visual Studio 2010 SP1 RTM:
  • Download Link:

For users who wish to distribute physical media of the service pack or who may not have consistent Internet connectivity, an ISO image of Visual Studio 2010 SP1 can be found here.

Please Note: This installer is for all editions of Visual Studio 2010 (Express, Professional, Premium, Ultimate, Test Professional).

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Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta is now Available

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta includes previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms.

Overview

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback, and is easy for organizations to deploy a single set of updates.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta will help you:

  • Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
  • Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform
  • Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time
  • Meet your users’ demands for greater business mobility
  • Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations
  • Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency
  • In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed.

    To learn more about piloting, deploying and managing Windows 7, visit the Springboard Series on TechNet.

    To learn more about SP1 Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2, visit the SP1 Details Page.

    *Windows 7 Minimum System Requirements:

    • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • 1 GB of RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
    • 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
    • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
    • DVD-compatible drive
    • Internet access (fees may apply)

    Note: Some product features of Windows 7, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, BitLocker, or navigation through the use of “touch,” may require advanced or additional hardware. Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM and 15 GB of available disk space.


    Each version is available in these languages:
    English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

    For More Details

    The Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Betas are concurrent releases that are in a single download for a more streamlined and cost effective deployment.  Businesses can begin realizing the advancements of the Windows Server platform for virtualization through two key features:  Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.

    Download SP1 Beta Software

    The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta is a joint release for both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.  SP1 Beta for Windows Server 2008 R2 includes previously released updates and delivers a number of powerful new features for virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.

    By registering for the Service Pack 1 Beta, you will receive updates on new builds and beta expiration dates. You are encouraged to register but if you wish, you can opt out of registration and proceed directly to the download. If you choose to opt-out of registration, you will not be contacted further. To opt-out, please proceed to the download.

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    ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 is now available for download

    ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1 is just launched and available for download.

    Overview


    ASP.NET MVC 3
    is a framework for developing highly testable and maintainable Web applications by leveraging the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern. The framework encourages developers to maintain a clear separation of concerns among the responsibilities of the application – the UI logic using the view, user-input handling using the controller, and the domain logic using the model. ASP.NET MVC applications are easily testable using techniques such as test-driven development (TDD).

    The installation package includes templates and tools for Visual Studio 2010 to increase productivity when writing ASP.NET MVC applications. For example, the Add View dialog box takes advantage of customizable code generation (T4) templates to generate a view based on a model object. The default project template allows the developer to automatically hook up a unit-test project that is associated with the ASP.NET MVC application.

    Because the ASP.NET MVC framework is built on ASP.NET 4, developers can take advantage of existing ASP.NET features like authentication and authorization, profile settings, localization, and so on.


    More Info

    You can read more about new features from ScottGu’s Blog posting Introducing ASP.NET MVC 3 (Preview 1).


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    ASP.NET MVC 3 Preview 1

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