Working on my own

I have worked for variety of companies and organization during my carrier. The last one was Site Saz; a leading company in CMS development and web design in Iran. Yes it’s true! I decided to leave Site Saz last week and work on my own from now on.

The main reason I left Site Saz is the time! As a matter of fact, the time is a very big problem when working for a company (especially in Iran). As a case in point, you should spend about 10-12 hours a day, when working for a company/organization. If you don’t agree, calculate it! When I was working at Site Saz, I couldn’t get my tasks done because I didn’t have time for them!

I had spent some of my best moments in my life at Site Saz; and, the company helped me a lot during that time; in addition, I’ve done the best I could to help the grow. Besides, my colleagues were awesome and most of them are my friends now. I have always been proud of having such great colleagues; and it’s always a pleasure for me to work with them. I wish them success.

But, everybody has a vision; and, my vision is to work on my own. I have a lot of plans to do and lots of goals to achieve, and now, I have more time to work on my own stuff.

“I can’t guarantee I’m making the right choices, but nonetheless, I am choosing my own adventure.” – @codinghorror

I’ll keep blogging about stuff I’m going to do in future 🙂

Wish me luck.

The most important thing in my life

My ring

People have different goals. One wants to have a lot of money, another wants to have a good position in his job, one need to have a comfortable/quiet life, etc. I myself like the last one. I believe you must have a comfortable life in order to have money, good job’s position and so on; otherwise, you can’t achieve any of them!

Obviously, everybody tries to achieve their goals; and I like to achieve my goals just like others; and do all my best to achieve them.

Now I’ve achieved the most important goal in my life!!!

More than a year ago, I met someone who has changed my entire life. I never thought someone can affect me like that. Since then, I never felt any difficulty and my life is going much easier than before. But there was a problem: What if I lose her!? (Because I think I can’t live without her!)

When I realized she has the same feelings, we’ve decided to do something that nothing can separate us from each other!

We’ve engaged and plan to get married as so as possible!

Yeah that’s true! Nothing can make me happier but living with a person I love.

From now on, I can focus with all of my power on my job because I’ve achieve that I’ve been looking for; so I have to do my best to make my wife happier 🙂

I like to take a moment and thank my wife for being with me and tell her I love you <3

Things you should keep in mind when want to update your computer’s bios

BIOSIt’s about 15 years, give or take, I’m working with computers and believe me yesterday was the first time I attempted to update my computer bios!

During this process, I’ve experienced some amazing stuff and I’m going to share them with you too.

My laptop is a HP G62-a22SE and I like it a lot. I do lots of things with it such as programming, listening to music, surfing the web and gaming sometimes. Yesterday, a friend of mine, suggest me to update my laptop’s bios because it will increase the computer’s performance. So I decided to update it!

I searched for “drivers and support downloads” for my laptop in HP website and found the latest bios update for it which was released in December, 2011. I downloaded and executed the bios update and after it finished, my laptop’s LCD just died!!! It took about 5-6 hours of hard working to get back to normal!!! So because it was a pain in the neck, I highly recommend keeping these tips in your mind before attempting to update your PC’s bios.

Backup your files

It’s necessary to backup your computer before start updating your bios. Also, it’s important to backup in an external drive because your hard drive won’t be accessible if anything wrong happened during update process.

Don’t execute the update app without knowledge

Bios update is not like other applications. When you run the updater, there’s no way to reinstall or uninstall it. Also, most of software updates DON’T get the confirmation for starting the update task and they start immediately after your execute the updater!

Update your PC’s bios only if it’s necessary

All in all, it’s so important to keep in mind that updating your bios is not necessary at all! If your computer is working OK, so you don’t need bios update!

Hope it helps

Now I’m feeling safer

It’s very important for everyone to get protected against viruses, spywares, etc. especially for those who’re using the internet as a frequently and those who’re using Microsoft Windows™.

These days Microsoft is working a lot on security. It released Windows Defender in windows update and since Windows Vista released, Windows Defender is a part of Windows. It’s releasing monthly security updated to keep its users protected. But as a matter of fact, you’re never protected without a reliable antivirus software. For this, Microsoft released Windows Live OneCare; but as I checked out Top 10 antivirus software ranking, you cannot see it! You cannot see Norton Antivirus, MacAfee Antivirus and Panda Antivirus either!

My BitDefender Internet Security - Photo taken by myself If you check the ranking out, you’ll realize that BitDefender Antivirus is in the first place, Kaspersky Antivirus is in second, Webroot Antivirus is in third! After I checked this out, I said to myself “OK Mohammad, Lets be honest, I need an antivirus software. I have to choose because my AVG is going to expire this week. So what I have to do? I NEED A BITDEFENDER!!!

I’ve bought it!!! and now I’m feeling safer and because I’m using the internet a lot, preferred to buy BitDefender Internet Security 2009 as you can see!

If you’re really want to choose an antivirus or internet security software you need to choose BitDefender because:

  • It’s not expensive: only $39.95 for 3 PCs and 1 year of subscription!
  • It won’t slow down your computer.
  • It will scan your PC, emails, encrypts your IM conversations
  • It has a new File Vault that securely stores your personal information (Outstanding feature)
  • It scans your computer very face (It scans my 320Gb hard drive in less than 40 minutes)
  • It has a new family network protection.
  • It has a very useful game mode protection that enables you to play games like when you haven’t an antivirus.
  • And it has 24/7 free support.

For the last part, please check out one of its user’s reviews:

For those seeking the best antivirus software for the money AND an “install and forget” proposition, BitDefender is the right choice earning the “TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.” Not only does it protect your computer and files, but BitDefender is easy to use, light on your computer and, maybe most importantly, light on your pocketbook.

No matter how technically capable any piece of software may be, the productivity enhancement it offers is only effective if people use it. This is especially true in antivirus software. The primary reasons people fail to protect their computers from a variety of malware are the cost and the ‘burden’ of installing and maintaining antivirus software. The best protection in the world is worthless if people find it cumbersome and distracting to use.

The same holds true for price. This is the beauty of BitDefender: It provides comprehensive protection, takes up little space on your computer, costs less and requires little maintenance. If you’re a gamer you should consider the special GameSafe edition of BitDefender Antivirus.

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My Facebook friends at a glance

These days Facebook become more popular with its sweet applications, games, etc. that everyone is talking about. Me and my friends are also a part of Facebook. We play online games such as Mafia Wars (Which I’ve addicted to) and enjoy of our digital life. There is an application named “Nexus” which shows how you and your friends are connected in Facebook. Here’s mine:

My nexus

These days I spend most of my time in Facebook. Join me right now by click here: http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohammad_Mahdi_Ramezanpour/1373312940 

You can also connect me via other communities by using contact section on the left side of screen.

I am getting thin!

Photo taken from: http://www2.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/486752/2/istockphoto_486752-lost-a-lot-of-weight.jpg It’s about 1 month and half that I’m working out in order to lose fat and now I’m feeling more conformable because of the following reasons:

  • I’m fresh.
  • I can choose better clothes.
  • It improved my self-confidence.
  • It’s easier to exercise.
  • Workout became a habit.
  • I’m eating healthy foods instead of fatty foods.
  • It improved my performance.

All of these are just because of one thing: Weight Loss!

If you’re fat already, it’s my advice to lose fat as much as you can because it will affect your life.

Now I have a very very useful Microsoft VX-1000 webcam!

Microsoft VX-1000 LifeCam - Photo taken from http://images.amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/detail-page/LCVX1.jpg After ages, finally I’ve bought a new Microsoft VX-1000 webcam and as I’m checking it out, think it’s out of this world!
As a matter of fact, it’s not the latest release of Microsoft webcams but I think this is what I was looking for!

Here’s some of its features I can see in its user-manual:

Photo Swap

Share and swap photos in real time with your friends and family using Windows Live Messenger—right in the video call window!

Windows Live™ Call Button

It’s simple to start video calls. One touch of the Windows Live Call Button lets you see who’s online, and you’re on your way to making a video call.

LifeCam Dashboard

Add special effects and control your webcam—all from the Windows Live Messenger window.

One-Touch Blogging

Upload photos to your blog on Windows Live™ Spaces with any of your photos at the simple click of your mouse.

Superior Video and Photo Quality

See the smiles clearly with 640 × 480 pixels video and photo resolution.

Optimized for Windows Live Messenger

Seamlessly integrated with Windows Live Messenger for easy setup and use.

Universal Attachment Base

It’s a snap to attach the LifeCam to any monitor.

Built-In Microphone

The built-in microphone automatically picks up your voice with remarkable clarity.

Video Effects

Discover a fun way to express yourself with these entertaining video effects built into the LifeCam dashboard.

The first hard-working experience in 2009

Photo taken from: http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/3886489/2/istockphoto_3886489_hard_working_man.jpg It’s about 2-3 weeks that I’m very busy and I have no time to do anything! As a matter of fact, I’m handling 3 applications in one time and it’s very difficult to manage these works together. In this post I’m going to describe a little about my projects.

Pocket PC application

As I mentioned before, I’ve developed an application based on Windows Mobile which enables waiters to take customer’s orders much easier and without any paper. Most of this application’s sections are as same as other applications except that, they have lots of specific accounting calculations and some of them are extremely difficult to implement.

System.Web.Portal

This self-project needs a lot of codes! I’ve finished a starting point of its engine and one of its modules and currently I’m currently working on the second module of this portal. For more information about System.Web.Portal, you can check out my previous post about it.

Travel Agency Application

My main work is a reservation application for a travel agency. In fact, it has a lot to do and the application is so big! It’s about 4-5 months that I’m working on it and it doesn’t finished yet!

My usual work

It’s a natural thing that I’m working for a company; so I have to go to work every morning and come back every afternoon. This part waist my time a lot but it’s necessary and company doesn’t care about my other applications so I have to do my best at work.

Overweight is hurting me

It’s about a year that I really upset about my weight and I did anything to solve this issue but nothing happened. I went to a doctor whose profession was nutrition and asked him to do something. He told me to take a blood test for my thyroid gland but after I took the result of that test, found out that my thyroid gland has no problem.

I started to exercise in order to lose fat by registering in a bodybuilding club but some stuff like my job, family problems, etc. prevented me to continue. I also used to go to a park near my house and ran for an hour every night but it had no effect.

There are a lot of websites which give you lots of information about losing fat and I think the best one is MSN Health. I read a lot of articles there and tried to control my eating but as a matter of fact, I am a developer who’re spending a lot time behind a table and developing applications. For instance, I spend about 4 hours on my new project (System.Web.Portal) today because I’m going to release the first beta version in few weeks and as I know, there is no way!

A few days ago, I decided to go outdoors more and walk on 10 PM every night because I’m busy every day until that time. If you have any idea about how can I lose fat, please comment it.