Microsoft to release VB6 as Open Source

After many years of complaints from the VB6 developers around the world, Microsoft has finally agreed to re release VB6, not as a full product, but as a full featured, not crippled free Open Source product with source code on CodePlex.
Developers around the world should rejoice at the prospect of writing again good old VB6 apps that use ADO to connect to Access databases.
Feeling the possible wrath of the C# community that will feel abandoned by this bold move, Microsoft will also create a VB6 like C language called C♭(pronounced C Flat). Using C♭, C# developers will be able to use VB6 like features like Variants, ActiveX controls, arrays that start with 1 or 0 (finally some choice!).

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Speak Asia Talks of Exit Option to Subscribers

Speak Asia, the survey-driven website, in the news for taking a hefty entry fee from people with the promise of it being a very good investment, appears to be retreating under the scrutiny.

It charges Rs 11,000 as an enrollment fee, with a promise that this money can be more than recouped by responding to their surveys, each response getting you money.People who have put in money under the impression that they are paying to participate in lucrative surveys may be allowed an exit option to redeem their investment, their legal adviser said here on Friday.

“The main product of the company is the internet magazine. People paying money are buying the subscription of the magazine. I agree some people have been misguided. I will recommend the company to give these people an exit option,” Ashok M Saraogi, the adviser, said at a press conference.

“Even I don’t want people to lose money. If they are a genuine company, they will go by my advice. I am sure they will agree to my recommendations.”

He expected the company to come up with these announcements within a week. According to him, the fee-based surveys, which the company has been marketing as a lucrative work-from-home opportunity, are only additional benefits offered to the subscribers of the magazine. “There is nothing illegal. There is no restriction on an internet business from operating out of a foreign country,” he said.

Speak Asia is not registered with any regulatory authority of India. Critics say the company has been smartly structured to exploit the gaps in various financial sector regulations in the country. There are at least seven financial sector regulators in the country at the last count, but none of these appears to have any jurisdiction over subscriptions received by an online media company, which offers survey as an additional benefit, say legal experts.

What could put Speak Asia in trouble is the apparent intention. Said Saurabh Agarwal, director, Kennis Group, a financial consultancy. “If you are running an online survey business, there is no problem with that. But when you link it with payment of a fee, which is not small, the intention does not seem good”.

“Typically, in these schemes, they will stop paying on one pretext or the other. Having paid the money upfront, the subscriber is left with little choice,” he added.

Neither the company website nor its advertisement campaigns projects Speak Asia’s interests in online publishing. All along, it has marketed itself as an “earn from home” online survey company.

The company’s financial transactions involve a series of transfers through a complex web of holding companies and subsidiaries, according to experts. While money has been collected in the name of Speak Asia Singapore Pte Ltd, payments received by the company’s customers are from other group companies like Haren Ventures, etc.

The company’s website does not give any detail about its associate companies or subsidiaries. Saraogi said disclosures to this effect will be made on the website soon. “We would have made fund transfers to some associate companies. These cannot be termed as siphoning. These are transactions which every company does for accounting reasons,” he said.

Saraogi said the company operated through accounts with ICICI Bank and ING Vysya Bank in India.

Investor forums have asked agencies like Reserve Bank of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India and other regulatory agencies to inquire into the remittances made by the company, including the role of banks.

Speak Asia Case in Supreme Court

Today on 28th May 2011 After Banks freeze Speak Asia accounts, members now unpaid.

Speak Asia AnnouncedWe are moving to the Supreme Court against the govt. Authorities and concerned Banks, for taking this SUO MOTO (without asking for clarification) action, without paying any attention to the interests of our Panellists, Vendors and Staff and their families.

We are prepared with all records, for submission to the authorities, if and when they communicate their requirements to us. Also we have written to them asking for an appointment to explain our case. “

Due to these banking account related actions we have been FORCED to temporarily delay our normally prompt payout cycle, pending set up of new banking operations and clearance from the authorities.

They have requested Panelist to sign online petition. Speak Asia Online are also saying that they will fight in Supreme Court. Speak Asia has also said that payment between 13 to 20 May 2011 has been held up or stopped.

Speak Asian Want to All Speak Asian to Join a Online Petition to Government of India

Speak Asia Online: Letter from Ms. Harendar Kaur

Dear Fellow Speakasians,

Together we have worked very hard, night and day, to build a Brand, which has positively transformed the lives, of Lakhs of families across India in less than ONE year. There are so many heart-warming stories of personal triumphs and financial successes amongst the 19 lakh panellist community all across India already and we are poised to take the Brand into its India based operations phase.

This was achieved by our investments in IT systems/Infrastructure along with the pride and passion of Panellists and our Sales and Support staffs in India and Singapore, who are inspired with the Big Vision of creating a Global online business model FROM India and very soon becoming Asia’s largest sovereign panellist community of empowered consumers.

The vicious media disinformation campaign, prompted by business rivalry, started at the closure of the successful and unique GenX Bazaar, on 11 May 2011.

We responded by proactively reaching out to the various Indian Govt. authorities, including the PMO on 15 May 2011 by email, requesting a thorough investigation into our business. This is to satisfy the authorities that the company was properly looking after the interests of all SpeakAsians, be it our Panellists or hardworking staff in the field. Our proactive action, is keeping in mind YOUR business interests, forever in the days ahead.

It has been brought to our notice, by our banking contacts, that despite the fact that authorities, have not replied to us formally or responded to our emails/letters of 15th till date, unfortunately, some Banks have temporarily frozen accounts of our India based agents.

Due to the media noise, on 25 May’11, UOB Bank at Singapore has also pressed us, for closure of our 2 Bank accounts within 2 days, without giving us the chance to present our case or even listen to us. Please note, in order to set up a seamless International Banking Gateway like the one at UOB Bank, takes at least 6 to 8 weeks of interbank and managed IT infrastructure coordination and implementation.


All the payments processed by Speakasiaonline between 13 to 20 May 2011, have been held up because the TT’s have not been sent from Singapore to India, by the UOB Bank. On enquiring urgently, they provided us with a closure letter dated 25 May 2011.

Please be assured, that the Account Balance at Speakasia’s UOB Bank accounts, is for and behalf of our Panellist, Vendors and Staff.

Whilst ALL the payments due to our Panellist community, is banked at UOB Singapore, nevertheless we have also urgently requested the UOB Bank and our law firm, to move the UOB Bank balance on the closure date, into a new Bank account or a Client Escrow account, to be held on behalf of the Panellists, Staff and Vendors of Speakasia ;

An Escrow account would ensure certainty along-with the law firm’s supervision that the panellist money is kept for your benefit and stand the scrutiny of any authorities.

(An Escrow account is an arrangement where an independent trusted third-party (bank) receives and disburses money and/or documents for two or more transacting parties, with the timing of such disbursement by the third-party dependent on the performance by the parties of agreed-upon contractual provisions)

Due to these banking account related actions we have been FORCED to temporarily delay our normally prompt payout cycle, pending set up of new banking operations and clearance from the authorities.


We are moving to the Supreme Court against the govt. Authorities and concerned Banks, for taking this SUO MOTO (without asking for clarification) action, without paying any attention to the interests of our Panellists, Vendors and Staff and their families;

We are prepared with all records, for submission to the authorities, if and when they communicate their requirements to us. Also we have written to them asking for an appointment to explain our case.

This has been a most disrupting experience for us ALL and we are MOST concerned about the disruption to your bank accounts and/or finances, that these actions prompted by the malicious media activity, thereby forcing the authorities have caused to us.

We will update you with progress daily, through our website, our staff and Helpline. Please DO NOT pay attention to any other sources of Dis – information, which are designed to mislead and upset you and your families.

We request all the panellists; to be with the company and have faith during these troubled times. We reiterate, that when the company had proactively gone ahead in order to submit the facts in front of the Govt. of India and authorities, then all the false allegations raised against us by various agencies, some of whom are competing unfairly with us, should not be allowed to prevail.

As already committed by the untiring management team in India, in the press conference of 15th May 2011, we have initiated the setting up our PE (Permanent Establishment) through a Branch office in India, so that the wrong allegations about our being suspect because of our Singapore origin, will be silenced once and for all time to come.

The entire company and its management is HERE TO STAY and are fighting, for our Panellists, Staff and Vendors and their families.

We are sure to win this battle together!!.

We understand that there is an online petition at the URL:

We request EVERYONE connected with Speakasia to sign the online petition and appeal for once and for all time clarity from the authorities.

Ms. Harendar Kaur
Chairperson & C.E.O

Singapore Bank Freezes All Accounts of Speak Asia Online

Raipur: All accounts of survey and research company, Speak Asia, have been closed by the Singapore-based United Overseas Bank in India and Singapore. The multi-level marketing company is facing serious allegations of fraud.

This development will lead thousands of members in Chhattisgarh and 19 lakh in India to bear huge losses.
The AGM of Reserve Bank of India, R Maheshwari, has made it clear that Speak Asia has not been granted permission to carry out its operations in India.

All the offices of the company in the city, including the main office in Katoratalab, have been closed. Several members of the company have filed written complaint with IG Mukesh Gupta and SSP Dipanshu Kabra against Speak Asia.

The investors have said that after the closure of company’s account the payment has been stopped and they are not receiving the SMS from Speak Asia which they used to get earlier.

Over 50 thousand people from Raipur, Bhilai, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur, Jagdalpur and several other districts had invested Rs 150 crore in Speak Asia.

Speak Asia is the company where consumers pay around Rs 11,000 for a membership which will allow them to conduct some surveys online for the firm.

The members also get paid for filling those surveys. It is believed that the Rs 11,000 investment could be recovered within three months.

Speak Asia's Bank accounts Frozen in India & Singapore

Market research company Speak Asia has stopped payouts to its vendors, clients and staff. In a letter to its members, Speak Asia says payments cannot be processed since its bank accounts in Singapore have been frozen.

CNN-IBN had first reported how the market research agency is under the scanner for allegedly misleading subscribers.

The Ministry of Company Affairs has ordered a probe into the company and its practices.
Speak Asia has said it will approach the Supreme Court against the action.

Government sources, however have said that Speak Asia is not registered in India and there is no question of taking any action against the company. Speak Asia is registered in Cayman Islands, sources said.

Prominent lawyer Ashok Saroagi took up the case soon after the controversy broke out.

Following is the video of Full Report by Star news on Speak Asia online:-

Full Report Here:-
All accounts of survey and research company Speak Asia have been frozen by UOB Bank of Singapore in India and Singapore. The company is facing serious allegations of fraud and running ponzi operations.

Subnet Mask Quick Reference Chart

Subnet Mask Quick Reference Chart
What Is Subnet Mask?
A mask used to determine what subnet an IP address belongs to. An IP address has two components, the network address and the host address. For example, consider the IP address Assuming this is part of a Class B network, the first two numbers (150.215) represent the Class B network address, and the second two numbers (017.009) identify a particular host on this network.

Subnetting enables the network administrator to further divide the host part of the address into two or more subnets. In this case, a part of the host address is reserved to identify the particular subnet. This is easier to see if we show the IP address in binary format. The full address is:


The Class B network part is:


and the host address is


If this network is divided into 14 subnets, however, then the first 4 bits of the host address (0001) are reserved for identifying the subnet.

The subnet mask is the network address plus the bits reserved for identifying the subnetwork. (By convention, the bits for the network address are all set to 1, though it would also work if the bits were set exactly as in the network address.) In this case, therefore, the subnet mask would be 11111111.11111111.11110000.00000000. It’s called a mask because it can be used to identify the subnet to which an IP address belongs by performing a bitwise AND operation on the mask and the IP address. The result is the subnetwork address:

Subnet Mask 11111111.11111111.11110000.00000000
IP Address 10010110.11010111.00010001.00001001
Subnet Address 10010110.11010111.00010000.00000000

The subnet address, therefore, is

All Types of Computers in the Market

Types of computers

There are a number of computer options to select from in today’s computer and technology market. Today, computers come in different sizes and styles. Current computers are made in a way that they fit people with different needs and requirements. Apart from the initial desktop and laptop computers there are other types of computers available on the market. Netbook and tablet PCs computers are now available, and a number of people are using them for different purposes.

Netbook PCs

Netbook PCs are similar to small laptops and are primarily meant for travel. They are smaller and lighter when compared to the standard laptops. Netbook computers do not have in-built DVD or CD drives, and their storage space is less. Netbook PCs requires less computing power and are relatively cheap. Netbook PCs perform basic computing activities e.g. word processing and Internet surfing.


Coming to the laptop computers, they are solely meant for placing on the lap of a person. What distinguish a laptop from a desktop is the size, structure and mobility. Although laptops are mobile devices, they are not meant for travel. However, laptops are more convenient than desktop PCs.

Tablet PC and convertible laptops

A tablet is a compact single-screen device. Instead of using the traditional keyboard in desktop and laptop PCs tablets use a stylus or finger touch. General uses of tablet PCs are media playing, sending email, reading among other uses. Tablets come in two design namely convertible tablets and slate tablets. On the other hand, a convertible laptop is similar to a tablet PC. The keyboard of the convertible laptop can be folded to form a touch screen tablet. It allows on to use a stylus or touchscreen.

Desktop PCs Vs laptops

A desktop computer primarily stays in one position. The size and components of a desktop computer do not allow for easy moving. However, the system of a desktop PC is stronger and more powerful than that of a laptop. Laptops are mobile and more convenient than desktop PCs but upgrading laptop hardware is nearly impossible.

Laptops Vs tablet PCs

The primary advantage of a tablet over a laptop is the weight. Tablets are light, and you can use them while walking unlike laptops which require you to sit down while working on them. Tablets are useful when one is in a conference since they can be laid down. In today’s computer market there are laptop tablet PCs which are basic tablets but have a keyboard and mouse attached to them. You can use them vertically as a traditional style laptop or use them as a tablet.

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The Microsoft Office 2010 Backstage View for File Management

The File Tab
In Microsoft Office 2010, the File tab, a blue tab located at the left of the tabs, opens up a display of file related menu commands, such as Open, Save and Print, and is known as the Backstage view.
If you already have a file open when you click the File tab, you will see the Info screen. This gives information about the file properties at the right of the screen, whilst the central section gives options for changing permissions, preparing the file for sharing and deleting older versions of the file.
File commands are found in the left pane.
Microsoft Office 2010 File formats
The Office 2010 file format is XML based. This format significantly reduces file size, allows for increased compatibility, provides enhanced damaged file recovery and stores macros separately to prevent malicious code from running. The default file type for Word is .docx, that for Excel is .xlsx, that for PowerPoint is .pptx. An Access database has file format .accdb. Files can also be saved in PDF format or in XPS Document Format which is a fixed-layout electronic file format that preserves document formatting developed by Microsoft.
Opening Files
From the File tab, if you have used the file recently, click Recent. A list of recent used files will be displayed. Click on the required file to open it. (If you want a file to stay on the list, click on the pin to the right of the file name.)
Otherwise, from the File tab, click Open (or press Ctrl + O). The Open dialog box will be displayed.
Locate the required file, then either double-click on the filename or click once on the filename and click Open.If the file was created in Office 2003 or earlier, it will automatically be opened in compatibility mode.
To open a specific file type, from the Open dialog box, click the Files of type list arrow, then click a file type.
Closing Files
To close the current file, click the Close button at the top right of the window – if this is the only open document the application will also be closed, otherwise it will remain open. If you have made changes and have not saved them, you will be asked whether or not you want any changes to be saved.
Files can also be closed by clicking File tab and then clicking Close, or by pressing Ctrl + W, or by right-clicking its taskbar icon and clicking Close.
If you exit the application (File tab, then Exit), all open files within the application will be closed – if you haven’t saved them, you will be given opportunity to do so. If you click Don’t Save, a version will still be saved, just in case!

Saving Files
Unfortunately Microsoft Office 2010 files are not backward-compatible to versions before Microsoft Office 2007, so if you are saving a file to be opened by someone using an older version, you will need to save in 97-2003 format, unless the recipient has a compatibility download.
To save a file for the first time, click the Save icon on the Quick Access Toolbar,(or press Ctrl + S). Alternatively, click the File tab, then in the Backstage view,click Save As or Save. The Save As dialog box will be displayed. Click the Save in list arrow to navigate to the drive or folder in which to store the file. Type a name for the file in the File name box. From the Save as type dropdown, select the type of file required. Click Save.
To resave a file using the same name, press Ctrl + S, or click the Save icon on the Quick Access Toolbar or click the File tab, then in the Backstage view, click Save.
To save a copy of an existing file to a different name, different version or different location, click the File tab, then in the Backstage view, click Save As. Specify the required filename, file location and file type, then click Save.
To save a file that is opened in compatibility mode, click the Save button on the Quick Access Toolbar or click the File tab then click Save, or press Ctrl + S. The file will be resaved in compatibility mode.
To save a file in a different format, click the File tab, then click Save As. The Save As dialog box will be displayed.
Click the Save in list arrow to navigate to the drive or folder in which to store the file. Type a name for the file in the File name box. If necessary, from the Save as type dropdown, select the file format required. Click Save.

Creating New Files
To start a new file, click the File tab, then in the Backstage View,click New. From the dialog box, select Blank to start a new blank file and then click Create. (Alternatively, press Ctrl + N, to create a new standard blank document.)
To create a new file based on a template, do one of the following:
* Click Recent templates, if it is a template you have used recently, then click the template to select it
* Click Sample templates, then click a template
* Click My templates to open a dialog box of templates saved on your computer
* Click New from Existing to base a file on one of your existing files, then browse to select the file on which the new file should be based
* In the Templates section, select from the available template categories, then click a template
On choosing your template, click Create or Download.
Preparing Files
The Compatibility Checker (File tab – Info section – Check for Issues, then from the dropdown, click Check Compatibility) generates a list of potential losses of formatting when saving a file to an older version.
The file Properties, such as Author, Title, Subject, etc., can be viewed by clicking the File tab, then in the Info section, click Properties and select Show All Properties. Properties can also be edited here.
The Mark as Final command makes a Microsoft Office 2010 document read-only, disabling or turning off typing, editing commands and proofing marks. To mark a document as final, click the File tab, then in the Info section, click Protect Document and select Mark as Final. However, please note that if someone goes to Protect Document and selects Mark as Final again, they can make the document editable.
Sending Files
The Save and Send options available from the File tab allow the open file to be sent as an e-mail attachment.
To send the open file by e-mail, click the File tab, select Save & Send, then click Send Using E-mail. You can then select whether to Attach a copy of this document to an e-mail, Create an e-mail that contains a link to this document, Attach a PDF copy of the document to an e-mail, Attach a XPS copy of this workbook to an e-mail or Send as Internet Fax. An e-mail message will open in Outlook. The filename will appear in the subject line. Enter the recipients and message in the usual way. Click Send.
Converting Files
Files created in a version earlier than Microsoft Office 2007 are opened in compatibility mode, with features that cannot be displayed or converted well by previous versions disabled. Such files will automatically be saved in 97-2003 format. To convert a file to the Microsoft Office 2010 file format, open it in compatibility mode, active the Backstage View by clicking the File tab, then in the Info window, click Convert. Click OK to complete the conversion to new Microsoft Office 2010 format.
Print Preview
In Microsoft Office 2010, you no longer have to request a print preview; it is shown automatically in the Print section of the Backstage view. Click the File tab, then in the Backstage view, click Print; alternatively, press Ctrl + P. The Print section will be displayed with a Print Preview pane at the right.
In any application, using the Zoom button indicator in the Print Preview pane gives opportunity to zoom in on your work to view it more comfortably.
The Print dialog box
Each application has a different set of options in the Print section, but all work in a similar way. Clicking Print from the File tab opens the Print section.
To select the required printer if its name isn’t visible, click the Printer dropdown to select the required printer.
Select how many copies to print in the Copies box.
From the first Settings dropdown, specify whether you want to print the whole document or what selection is to be printed.
From the second Settings section, decide whether or not to print one-sided, whether the document should be collated, whether it should be printed in portrait or landscape orientation, the paper size, etc.
As you change settings, the impact to the printed document will be reflected in the preview.
To make additional changes to the settings, click Page Setup.
When you have selected all required options, click Print to print.

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