• Memoir about Running a Weed Clearing Service in Kerala...

    Vaisakh Weed Clearing Service was a micro enterprises founded by me in 2011 to remove weeds and grass in plantations and agricultural lands on contract basis using a worker equipped with a Brushcutter machine by investing 75000 indian rupees.

  • How to run a roadside dosa business (and make it big).

    Interesting video explaining the math behind a roadside dosa business...

  • Munnar Holidays 2017

    Munnar hills you get the blessed presence of Maneesh Jayachandran , a visitor from plain lands. It is me At Rivulet resort, Pallivasal in last week of May. Photo taken on my mobile phone.Apologise for the terrible quality.The background shows river flowing near Rivulet resort.....

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Multimode Multiband Modem from Olive Telecom

Olive Telecom has launched a wonderful telecom product which they claimed as the world's first multi signal, multi technology modem.The modem which supports 3G in both GSM and CDMA networks would be a thrust for those engaged in technology development using similiar systems.The multimodem is based on Qualcomm MDM6600 chipset.It was launched in Russia with Sky Link which is a part of Rostelecom, the largest state owned telecom company in Russia.

Gulwara Khasyanova, the CEO of Sky Link has opined that they have started testing a new class of subscribed devices that support multiple standards and frequencies.They rate this device as that fill the void completely for complete use of their dual band 3G network for subscribers.

Qualcomm MDM6600 uses all the core technologies of the 3rd generation prevailing in the world. MDM6600 supports frequency ranges from 450MHz to 2100MGts, supports GSM / GPRS / EDGE, CDMA,HSDPA,HSPA (up to 14.4 Mbps) and EV-DO (to 14.7 Mbps) along with the technology of satellite positioning GPS and GLONASS which is important in the perspective of the Russian Federation.

Mr Arun Khanna, the chairman of Olive Telecom tells that they are planning to sell the product in India, South East Asia, Africa and Latin America.Artem Orange the president of Olive Telecom claims that Sky Link as the first CDMA450 operator to offer a modem that works around the globe.Olive Telecom has been a partner to Sky Link which is expected to convert 1800 Mhz band for LTE1800 in the near future.Olive Telecom has been invited to research and offer devices for the new project also.

The new Modem is expected to be using less power than conventional usb modems and wireless access points.WIFi and USB devices based on the new chip are expected to be rolled out soon.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

3G Mobile Services Demystified

Spectrum Raja has made the words 2G popular with the common man.2G means the second generation mobile services that are offered by the Telecom Companies in India to mobile phone users.The word 2G is just another marketing word used in Telecom industry.2G services helps you to make a voice call over your mobile phone through a GSM  mobile network.You could do messaging also through this service.Your data needs were taken care by HSCSD, GPRS and later EDGE.Now you could browse internet through your mobile phone thanks to the data network.Obviously GPRS and EDGE are enhancements of 2G.So they could be rightly called as 2.5G and 2.75G respectively.GSM is the popular mobile network technology in india than CdmaOne (Simply called as CDMA by the marketing guys).Enchancement of CdmaOne that helps you browse internet on your mobile phone are CDMA2000 1xRTT.

Companies Offering CdmaOne Service in India are Reliance Communication and Tata Indicom.CDMA2000 1xRTT is the technology standard that the USB internet browsing devices used by Reliance NetConnect and Tata Photon.The NIC Card of the BSNL also in this service.

3G services are third generation mobile telephony services that works on latest technology evolved and would replace the exisiting telephone network so that people will gradually be upgraded to the latest mobile network.So the newer service would be backwardly compatable with the exisiting 2G networks.

Right now only BSNL and MTNL were the only 3G services provider since they got licences before the others.Now Reliance and Tata Docomo have rolled out 3G services.Idea, Airtel and others will follow suit.3G is going to revolutionised your life.Mobile phone itself is a wonder.Imagine a common man being able to carry out face to face video conferencing (or just a video call) using his mobile phone.Ofcourse for a video call to be carried out both phones must be 3G ready and with front side camera on top of the display where you would see the face of the fellow caller.

Indian Telecom companies are using WCDMA technology standards to upgrade a GSM user to 3G.The technology HSDPA will be employed so that you can get minimum 2 Mbps speed on your mobile phone.There is no standard speed yet one can assume that you would get a minimum speed of 384 kbps when you are travelling in a fast train.So 3G has made possible for people to go wire free and get hooked to a mobile broadband connection using a 3G mobile broadband HSDPA USB Stick.For the 2G Cdmaone phone network people the upgrade for them to 3G is CDMA2000 1xEVDO.BSNL has rolled out EVDO high speed mobile broadband usb modems delivering 2mbps speed even two years back.Reliance and Tata also provide same services under the names of Reliance NEtconnect+ and Tata Photon Plus (i am not sure of the names).

Features of 3G Mobile Network

  • You can do video call.You can see the other person while talking.Now your boss / girlfriend  can see your grin.
  • LiveTV on your mobile phone.Our mobile phone companies will soon get tie up with content providers and will make sure that you get to see popular tv channels live streamed in your mobile phone at hefty charges.
  • Download Videos and movies for a free within lesser time.
  • More security promised and boasted by 3G network.
  • Mobile Broadband using a USB Stick on your laptops, PCs etc.
  • Expensive Waste devices like iPad and similiar tablets would support 3G.You can buy them if you damn care about how to spend your money.If you are a millionaire they are a must buy.
3G Mobile Broadband HSDPA USB Stick
What you need

Of course a new phone.You need to buy a 3G compatable phone and they are expensive.Starts from Rs 4000+.

World has seen 3G much before India.Thanks to our bad telecom policy, delays and spectrum Raja.Japan got it in 2001.South Korea in 2002.Europe got in 2001.Australia got in 2002.US got CDMA2000 1X EVDO on 2003.But unfortunately Indians got it only in 2010.Never mind we shall make it popular soon.There might be negatives but we want the technologies the world is using like DTH - a new industry created out of nowhere because indians embraced it.We Indians are slow in everything.

How many high definition channels are there in India?

I might get another question as reply from you.

"How many high definition tv sets are there in india?"

My reply for that is:

 "U introduce ppl will embrace".

Some Really Bad Words

  1. GSM - Global System for Mobile Communication 
  2. HSCSD - High-speed circuit-switched data
  3. GPRS - General Packet Radio Service
  4. EDGE - Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution
  5. W-CDMA - Wideband Code Division Multiple Access
  6. EVDO - Evolution-Data Optimized or Evolution-Data only (whichever you find comfortable.You are free to contribute for more options too)
  7. HSDPA - High-Speed Downlink Packet Access
  8. DTH - Direct to Home (wat - for tv broadcast via satellite to your home so that your local cable guy will starve to death)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tata ’s Luxury Crossover Aria Review

Tata Aria Crossover
Tata Motors has always been in the business of providing more facilities in its vehicles at affordable prices. From Tata Sierra, Estate in the 90s, Indica in the 2000s and the latest Nano were all reflections of this philosophy of Tata Motors. Tata Indica was an affordable diesel car introduced to replace the Ambassador every Indian drove and at prices less than the big elephant. Tata Motors got global attention when they introduced the world’s cheapest car –the nano.

The latest car introduced by Tata is Tata Aria.Everyone refer to it as a crossover. I  don’t know what exactly a crossover is. But looking from it’s shape I feel that crossover is a car containing features of an SUV and a normal sedan. The front would be looking like a sedan while the rear will look like an SUV.In India people call Tata Sumo, Mahindra Xylo, Toyota Innova, Chevrolet Tavera etc as SUVs but they are really MUVs or people movers.
Design

Front view of Aria looks like a sedan. The slanted bonnet and grills are similar to that of an Indigo Manza.The front headlight design is novel and it has sensors to recognize the intensity of light outdoors and glow on it’s own. You can light it up even with a button on the remote key. This would be helpful if you park the car in a dark area and you got to walk to there. The windscreen wipers are automatic, designed to sense rain and work on it’s own.The bulging wheel archs and 17 inches alloy wheels of Aria can be attributed to it’s SUV character.The back side really look like an SUV.Twin chrome  exchaust pipes  add macho character to Aria.
Tata Aria Rear View
Interior

Interiors are good quality. Dashboard plastic is better than that of Japanese cars. The driver information console in the instrument cluster shows fuel efficiency, odo/ trip readings and temperature.The system gives occasional notifications to the driver.When the wind screen wiper fluid is empty, a message pops out for the driver.
Tata Aria Dashboard
The seats , gear knob and steering wheel are finished in leather.A GPS navigation display is kept in the middle portion of the dashboard. Route information of 400 indian cities is present in the navigation system. There are two cd drives on the bottom of the 6.5 inch TFT LCD Screen. Top drive is for the cd of gps navigation system and bottom is for the in car entertainment system where you put your music cds. Steering has got switches like audio control, cruise control and call control. Using Bluetooth connectivity  you can connect about five mobile phones to the car. You can attend call by pressing a switch on the steering ,then the volume goes down and you caller sound will be heard on the speakers of your in car entertainment system. In Car Entertainment system has usb connectivity for playing USB flash drive and six speakers for providing 3D surround sound inside.The GPS display functions as a reverse parking camera when Aria is in reverse gear. The only disadvantage is that the audio system does not come with a remote control.

There is enough storage space in the roof of Aria. About 6 compartments in the glove box is enough to keep documents of car, Cds, maps , sunglasses etc is a good part. The glove box on top is  divided in to two parts and one part can cool your soft drinks and food stuffs.
Tata Aria Interior Seats
Tata Aria is a 7 pax car with seats arranged in three rows. When you fold the seats of rear two rows, you get a flat storage space to carry your bike or other luggage. The third row seat are designed for children. Adults would find legroom small sitting in that seats. Second layer can be easily folder and access for the two children to the third row is not a problem.

The driving seat’s height,  steering  position, rear view mirrors, power windows etc can be manually adjusted.  The dual zone automatic a/c is great in area and the vents in B pillar make sure that people in backseats also feel comfortable. The sheet metal body is very hard and the car has secured 4 stars in European crash ratings. Six airbags, Disc brakes on four wheels with ABS and Electronic Stability Program are the security features of ARIA. ARIA has 20cm ground clearance making it ok for offroading.

Engine

2.2 Litre Diesel engine used in Tata Safari and Tata Sumo Grande is the heart of Tata Aria with minor refinements. The engine offers 138 bhp power  and maximum torque of 320 Nm. All wheel driving system makes it very stable when offroading. You can switch off All wheel drive from the dashboard when you are back at a highway . When switched off the engine power is fed to the rear wheels only and the car then moves on rear wheel drive resulting in good mileage.

The heavy car is powerful to drive and gearshift quality is ok. Turning radius of 5.6 m is ok for a car of this length. You can walk in and enter ARIA so no difficulty for your grandmother to get in to ARIA due to the vehicle height.

There is no one in the market you can compare ARIA with. You can get features not in Toyota Fortuner and Hyundai Captiva at a price very much less than that of Ford Envdeavor.

Variants & Approximate Onroad Price

Pleasure – Rs 12.95 Lakhs.

Pride – 15.5 Lakhs

Dual Tone Interiors available in Black – Biege, Black – Plum and Black – Black combinations. ARIA is available in sardinia red, nightshade black, quartz black, walnut gold, pearl white, artic silver, castle grey and surf blue colors.

TATA ARIA Specification
Engine 2179 cc, 4 cylinder, Common Rail Diesel, BS IV
Maximum Power 320 Nm@1700-2700 rpm
Gear Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Suspension Front – Independent double wishbone with coil spring
Rear – 5 Link Suspension with coil spring
Brakes Front – Ventilated Discs
Rear – Discs
Tyre 235/65 R17
Length x Width x Height (mm) 4780 x 1895 x 1780
Wheel Base 2850 mm
Ground Clearance 200 mm
Turning Radius 5.6 m
Fuel tank Capacity 60 Litres
ARAI Mileage under standard test conditions 13.5 Km
Price Between 13 and 16 lakhs Indian rupees.

Suggested Reading
  1. Tata ARIA Website
  2. Tata ARIA Brochure
Motorbeam Review

Written by guest blogger R. Sreenivas

Friday, November 5, 2010

OlivePad Upgraded to Android 2.2

OlivePad VT-100 which is claimed to be India’s first 3.5 G tablet has upgraded to Android 2.2.

Features
  • Faster and improved Javascript rendering
  • Installation of applications on SD card
  • Faster switching between multiple keyboard languages
  • Can use phone as a mobile hotspot
  • Automatic  update of all applications on one click
  • Supports 3G, Wifi & Bluetooth wireless technologies
  • Inbuilt 3 megapixel camera and an additional front camera
  • Can be used as a mini touch notebook
  • Smart phone with voice and video calling
  • Gaming console, television and an ebook reader
  • Inbuilt GPS Sensor
Accessories along with OlivePad Tablet
  • 16GB memory card and leather carry wallet FREE with the tablet
  • Six months subscription to Wenga TV application.
  • Lifetime navigation by Mapmyindia.


Applications
  • Can create word documents, ppt, excel etc
  • Browse internet, instant messaging, youtube, GPS enabled maps with turn by turn directions
  • Multimedia Support - Can play video and music
  • Surf your favorite tv channel on Zenga TV application. Channels in four categories such as Live, Reality, Movies & Uncensored. General entertainment, News & Youth entertainment can also be viewed in this tablet.
  • MapmyIndia software used the inbuilt gps sensor and helps in navigation, route calculation, voice based direction features and detailed Indian maps.
Connectivity
  • Android 2.2 Froyo boasts of "USB Tethering" and "Portable Wi-Fi hotspot"
  • Use tablet as a modem when you connect it with your PC / Laptop
  • Can convert the tablet to a WiFi router so that OlivePad’s 3G connection can be shared with multiple WiFi devices
Payment & Buying Information
  • Available at all Croma Stores
  • Olive telecom is using an EBS for fast and security payments.
  • Customers can pay using bank transfers, cheque , demand draft etc.
  • Product delivered within 5 days if you live in a state capital of India.
Cost: Rs 25990 /-

Monday, October 25, 2010

The elusive idea called MBA

Master of Business Administration degree is something I was looking forward to learn ever since I got the bachelors degree in engineering. I am pretty sure that I wont become a master of business administration even if I complete the course. But people say that the learning process that happens in B-Schools groom you to face successfully the onslaught of events in your business career. Without an mba you are less equipped to take on the world.But I believe MBA is never a replacement for years of real experience.

LSBU MBA Class

The learning process (academic time) teaches you the fundamentals of managing a business. A company can be run in an informal way or in a professional way.MBA helps you choose the later.Professional course teaches you how to plan, use efforts of talents and allocate resources towards realization of set targets.

You can learn about the relationship between different functions  and departments of a business such as sales, marketing, finance, hr, administration, operation, public relations, R&D etc. It helps you face problems occur in the business and translate them to figures, graphs, formulas and find practical solutions. There are lot of jargons related to business, finance, tax laws and certain industries.An MBA Student is expected to play around with these terms during his course.

Running a small business means you are doing a one man show. This makes it impossible to do a full time course. Hopefully I shall take up d course at the earliest.

Here are my dream list (TO DO LIST)
  1. Possess an MBA degree to learn things.
  2. Learn Flying and get a Commercial Pilot License (Herculean task considering the money and difficulties involved )
  3. Learn Swimming (Relatively easier than the other)
  4. Start a small computer institute / technical training institute for the lesser privileged youths that would bridge Digital Divide and provide education for FREE. Payment of Tution Fee would be Banned in that learning centre.The instition wont be for sale of education. (Very difficult to make it happen as again lot of money required)

Edelweiss - Now You Can Ad



The Financial Services company has rolled out an ad campaign based on optimism and Obama's tagline "Now You Can".

Friday, October 15, 2010

ANOTHER OCTOBER TO REMIND ME OF SAD DAYS

Yesterday morning I went to bed at 1.30 am and woke at 3.45 am. It is unusual for me to wake at early hours. My body clock woke me up because I needed to go to Thiruvallam Temple at Thiruvananthapuram. Yesterday was the 2nd death anniversary of my father. One year back,his soul was laid to rest at the feets of Lord Parasurama , an incarnation of Bhagavan Vishnu after immersing the ash of his remains. I needed to visit the temple and do the Shradha karma. Months back, I did a vavubali at the pournami in karkadaka masam at a nearby temple.

My sister couldn’t join my mother and me to the temple visit since her child got vaccinated against Heppatitis B and they were wary of temperature rise. We started on car to the temple since we needed to reach the temple before 9:30 am. As soon as I reached the temple, I went  to the payment counter. I was asked to pay Rs 42 for kshetra pinda karmam, Thilahomam in the name of the deceased and an ashtothara archana in the name of me.

Then I did the Shradha by calling upon the soul of my father by sankalpa and begging him to take the food (a ball of rice containing sesame, ghee and a piece of banana) and clothes (a thread from the cloth I wear)  I offer and asking forgiveness for any irregularities in me doing the shradham.  All other souls up  in the genetic trees  of my father and mother were also called upon and fed yesterday.

After that I have to put the rice in nine stones in front of the Parasurama temple. The spirits of our forefathers accept the rice in the form of crows. Later I got to immerse the remaining rice in a water body nearby. A water canal was there near the temple but it was stagnant water though.

After immersing I was washing my hands and legs, I saw a lady standing in front of the canal. She had something in her hand and was watching the people immersing the rice on banana leaf. She was standing there as if in doubt of something. While I was walking away, her husband came out of the car and he called me and asked me how to immerse the banana leaf he was in his hand. When I checked his leaf, I found sandal paste in it .The couple  seems not to belong in Kerala since they didn’t knew malayalam. I explained to him that he needed not put the sandalwood to the water and the couple went back to their car.



I took the breakfast after the shradham and then drove back to home.I stopped at Karunagapally to take lunch at a hotel called ‘PUTTUKADA’ and learned that at noon they don’t serve PUTTU. After lunch, I drove back to home. After driving 246 kilometers on Astar,I was tired.I went to bed to compensate the loss of sleeping hours of the previous day.But the unusual sleep during the morning hours drained my energy when I woke up.

I was greeted by Common Wealth Games closing ceremony by the television. The inauguration was better than the closing ceremony. The best part of the closing ceremony were the dance of the children, performers from Scotland, laser show, fireworks. Music show was ok. I thought I need to use them to forget about my bad days. My father was neither a perfect father nor I was a perfect son.

His death was an important event in my life. After his death, life was completely different. It is very sad that old times won’t come back.

I feel very sad on myself. I was a bad example of a son. Unlike other people, I didn’t give my father any material benefits of life like money, clothes. In mid 2007,I was really broke financially ,emotionally and in my career. After 16th July 2006 I think I was having bad days for more than two years. My work was all affected by father’s illness. My earnings were never sufficient for his treatments. During those days, all of my money were poured in for his treatment, yet nothing was possible with that amount.After his death I feel myself guilty of not being able to provide more assistance in terms of money for his medical needs. My work was also hampered due to the frequent hospital visits and directly affecting my earnings. 

Despair, gloominess and negativity was my companion during 2007 – 2008.Positivite thinking and self confidence was keeping me alive during that period. The society as a whole did nothing to keep me alive. Out of the 200 people I met during those days, about 95 of them insulted me in face looking to my eyes for being and living different from rest of the beings (normal and practical men as they are called in this world).I still thank the remaining five persons out of the 200 for whom I owe my life. They didn’t gave me penny but they gave me reassuring words that could help me get back to my tracks, do actions are bring results.

After my sorrowful days, I am learning to enjoy the bad days as a gift of god for me to emerge out of it stronger. But you know like all other human beings I am an imperfect creation of god. I am praying to god to keep me stronger to face the challenges in life and to learn from my mistakes.

Now I don’t care about what others say about me. I do not exist in this world to collect good certificates, medal of honors from the people around me. I just want the medal and certificates that are printed at my Lord's printing press and want them to delivered directly from GOD!

Monday, October 11, 2010

BSNL Dataone Broadbank Unlimited Rural 500 Combo Plan

After shifting to the rural unlimited combo 500 plan, my phone bills have halfed and internet speed doubled.The internet speed of the old plan i discontinued also doubled though.An advantage of this combo plan is that there are 150 free calls to be made from this landphone and this comes within the monthly commitment of Rs 500.Now internet speed assured is 512kbps till 4GB usage and 256kbps for rest of the month.


You got to pay about Rs 530 every month for unlimited internet.This plan is only available in rural areas.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA’S VOTERS ID CARD DUPLICATE APPLICATION PROCESS

I lost my voter id card issued by the election commission of india. I lost it along with the driving license in 2007. I took Duplicate Driving Licence from the same RTO in 2008.Now I have been postponing the efforts to take duplication voters id card due to various reasons. One election came in between and election people were giving duplicates but I didn’t went.

Now local body election happens in Kerala. So I got an information that the election department at the Tehsil (Taluk) office is starting to issue duplicate voter id cards from 08.10.2010.So I drove to mavelikkara  yesterterday  in my Astar and it was raining heavily. I reached there and find a long queue of people.Since I have completed the form before hand, I just need to find my card id number and put the data and place in it.A person employed there took my application form and he checked the number of my family member in the kiosk in the same room. The kiosk terminal didn’t showed my number. So he forwarded my application form to the person on desk receiving the application. So I step aside from the queue and came to the desk and he searched for my house name in his computer and didn’t get any results.I suggested him to search “Vysakh” instead of “Vaisakh” and then he got me. I have a faint memory of the error in the old voters id card.

Then I was asked to wait on the verandah of the room for about 45 minutes and my turn came and I went in to the “studio” room where  a guy with digital camera will take your photo.In between taking photos, he prints the voter id on low quality paper and does elamination {coating a thin film of plastic for protection of the document} on it.My photo was not taken however since my series number was different from others and said they already have my old photo in their database. They gave  a slip (low quality paper) on which is written it is written “29.10.2010” and “fees”. So I need to go back again for the card. I could have shared the application format here but I thought about writing this post after coming back only so I don’t have the application forms with me.


Here is what you need to applu for a duplicate card during election time (Special window for applying)
  1. An Application Form in English where you write your name, father’s name and address.Format can be bought for Rs 2 at Photostat shop / pan shop/ tea shop near the taluk (Tehsil) office.
  2. An application form in Malayalam where you write name, father’s/ spouse’s name, age, address,old id card number etc.
  3. A copy of a voters card of your family member.This is for them to search and locate you in their computer database.
  4. Person to be present physically in the office so that they can take your photo.You cannot  send an ADC for this purpose.
  5. It is not a must for you to lodge FIR in police station when applying during election time.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Book Tickets Online for India – Australia Cricket Matches at Kochi and Goa

They always position the test matches before one day internationals. A general rule of thumb says that one day internationals are more interesting than test matches spanning over five days. Partly this is true, but I enjoy tests particularly when I was in my college days. The crowd would be much excited for the ODIs after India’s unbelievable win in the first test match. Federal Bank in association to the Kerala Cricket Association is providing online booking facility for the ODI matches at Kochi and Goa.



TICKET SALE THROUGH BRANCHES OF FEDERAL BANK

The ODI series starts with the one day match at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kaloor, Kochi on 17.10.2010.Film actor mammooty has inaugurated the ticket sale that started from 7th October 2010.Tickets are available of denomination Rs 200 to Rs 5000 at branches of Federal Bank. Tickets of certain denomination are available only at select branches.

Cost of Ticket x Number of Tickets = Total Revenue

Rs 5000  x 400 = Rs 20,00,000
Rs 3000 x 2000 = Rs 60,00,000
Rs 2000 x 2500 = Rs 50,00,000
Rs 1000 x 12000 = Rs 1,20,00,000
Rs 300 x 22500 = Rs 67,50,000
Rs 200 x 7500 = Rs 15,00,000 

Total Earnings =  3,32,00,000

Big MONEY! ...HUH….

Sale of Ticket through branches closes on 14th October 2010.Tickets can be bought from the stadium on 15th and 16th October and from palarivattom / ernakulam branch.On seventeenth ticket sale closes at 11 am.

ONLINE SALE OF TICKETS

Tickets can be bought online between 7th October 2010 and 13th October 2010.ID Proof is a must and ticket should be printed online when generated.

INDIA AUSTRALIA CRICKET MATCH KOCHI & GOA ONLINE BOOKING

INDIA AUSTRALIA CRICKET MATCH KOCHI & GOA ODI ONLINE BOOKING GUIDE

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

EFFECTS OF HIGH RISES ON MOTHER EARTH

Disclaimer: The following hypothesis is based on random thoughts and is void of scientific reason.The author vows of him being ignorant about the ABCDEFGH of Geology. This blogpost might be foolish and might waste your time. You have a choice to navigate away.

There is a dialogue in the movie Matrix where Agent Smith a program in a virtual world tells Neo the hero about human beings. The movie is about man getting lost in the virtual world and get them slaved to machines in the real world.

Agent Smith:  "I'd like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species, and I realized that humans are not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment; but you humans do not. Instead you multiply, and multiply, until every resource is consumed. The only way for you to survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern... a virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer on this planet, you are a plague, and we... are the cure." 
Some of the worlds are rightly places. Because we really are. Where are we going from now? I used to believe than what distinguish between a man and an animal was men’s thinking capability. But later I realized that human race are fools who are too greedy to live and enjoy today’s life endangering the tomorrow. If they have been lesser greed, they could have let humans survive more in earth.

Where is man going to live after bombing / damaging/ destroying earth? Maybe some one has booked spaces in Moon by 2010 like people buying spaces in Chinese ARK in the movie “2012”.I am not going to be another person predicting a doomsday.

EFFECTS OF BUILDING HIGHRISES

All I am saying is that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. So when you collect rocks from different parts and make a 50 floor building, lot of pressure is on the spot on earth than when there is no building there. Weight of all the objects, humans are pressing towards mother earth. Mother earth looks good outside. Beware it is her makeup. Earth’s crust is of width between about 5 to 50 kms. Beneath it from mantle to the core, it is very hot and humans will evaporate if we happen t o fall deep in to it. When you concentrate materials dispersed over a town to make a skyline, lot of pressure is acting to the bottom. As a result, such pressure adds up to the uncontrollable activities already happen underneath and will result in earthquakes, volcanic eruptions somewhere where crust is weak.





SO FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS  LEAVE YOUR BIG BUILDINGS, HIGH RISES AND STOP RAPID INDUSTRIALIZATION IF YOU WANT YOUR RACE TO SURVIVE ON EARTH.

What happens when you make a concrete building?

Riversand, Quarry Rock Dust, Concrete, Cements etc are bad for earth.

Any alternative?

Unfortunately NOPE.

SO GO BACK TO THE CAVES!

But since no body is ever going back to the caves……….LETS WAIT FOR THE DOOMSDAY :)

TO BE CONTINUED……

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Anish is Out of the Bachelors League

Our guest blogger Dr. Anish Kumar tied knot with Dr. Roshni last Sunday.Digital Tyke wish him all the best.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bajaj CT100 Motorcycle Ownership Experience

FOUR YEARS OWNERSHIP REVIEW

I am not ashamed to say that I was not among fast machines and hot girls during my teenage years. My father was very caring. He was afraid that I will mess up with a fast bike if he bought me one during my college days. I didn’t care to learn about the models of bikes and cars and it’s features. At the time of buying this Bajaj CT100 motor cycle , I had no opinion about what bike i should ride. So we just bought some entry level bike.But now i am much interested in motorbiking and have a heart to adore a real fast machine on road.

I bought it in 2006.It was billed about Rs 35000 then. It was a low cost option comparing similar models of hero Honda and the rest.  I did proper maintenance that year but in 2007 I didn’t care the bike well. As a result of it, the mileage decreased from about 70 kmpl to about 50 kmpl. The silencer of the bike showed signs of rusting in 2009.In 2009 I got it welded at nearest bajaj service center.So again the milage went up to about 65 kmpl.But the aesthetics were very poor.The silencer made it look 10 years more.

From mid 2009 to may 2010, it was used daily for commuting to my gym. During the period of may 2010 to aug 2010, I skipped on visiting gym and so the bike was waiting for a rider.I usually service the bike every six months.Last couple of services were at the nearest bajaj service center and was below expectation.
So this time I get it serviced by an experienced mechanic  who ran a small bike clinic named “SPEED” in Padanilam. This guy has experience working in company/ dealer service centre. Silencer was again a problem. Rust is all over in it.So I am choosing to replace it after realizing that BAJAJ BIKES are having poor resale value and are made up of poor quality materials that cannot even last TWO YEARS.

2009 Photo of CT100 with rusted silencer
The culprit is the poor consumer who are not educated through the user guide about how to maintain the vehicle well. The mechanic  is advising me to put engine oil or used waste engine oil through the rear end of the silencer. Soon it will drip to the floor from somewhere beneath the foot brakes.When you start the engine and provide throttle, the oil gets sprayed in the interior part of the silencer.Again when you are getting your motorcycle washed in a service center, water gets in to the silencer, stays there and causes rusting and disintegration. A rusted silencer = disastrous FE [mileage].So do not forget to oil it after a professional bike wash.

Prospective bajaj bike owners should note that today morning I bought a new silencer from bajaj service centre kayamkulam [KAIRALI BAJAJ] for Rs 2413.Bajaj is in the business of selling bikes that has a silencer that will self-destruct  even within  their warranty period.  Other than that, the bike is good and does not cost you much for maintenance. It’s silencer is costlier comparing to that of hero Honda bikes. My CT100 has it meters at 16600 km after 4 years of usage.

I STRONGLY FEEL THAT CAR MANUFACTURERS ARE ALSO TAKING CUSTOMERS FOR GRANTED BY NOT DOING UNDERBODY COATING BEFORE SELLING THE CAR.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Panasonic Vierra LCD TV Buying Experience

I was planning for an entry level 32 inch LCD TV to replace the 29 inch LG CRT TV in my living room. I was not a brand conscious person. I was comfortable with all reputed brand’s except moserbaer, Videocon, godrej, sansui etc.

LG and Samsung were best ideas. I asked my cousin to bring a 32 inch Samsung LCD TV from Dubai. It costs 1450 dirhams there. Works out to less than Rs 20000 .He agreed to bring one in November 2010.

I wanted to exchange my old semiautomatic Videocon washing machine with a fully automatic one during the onam promotions in august 2010.So I visited a discount shop ten kilometers near to my village. The name of the shop was ATTINKARA ELECTRONICS, Pandalam. I selected an LG Fully Automatic Washing machine but the piece there was sold out. They promised to deliver as soon as stock arrives the next day.

I just enquired about LCD TVs and the salesman introduced me to Panasonic Viera LCD TV. It was not loaded with lot of features. I saw a demo. I liked the TV and bought it and canceled the Samsung.Honestly I am new to LCD TV. So I may not be able to rate it with respect to other tvs in the market. But watching DVDs on Panasonic Viera is Fun.

POSITIVES
  • Video Looks good.
  • HD Ready TV.
  • I am guessing i can view HD video by connecting my sony vaio which plays out bluray discs to the tv as a projector.I am having Standard Definition DTH only and i don't have a Bluray disc player.
  • I can connect the TV to my PC like I connect an external projector to it.
  • My philips dvd player and the tv team up and delivers near theatre experience.
  • Two A/V Ports, RGB connection, Mic out etc and other standard things.
  • Look is stylish.
  • Wall mountable.

NEGATIVES
NO HDMI. How will you view HD Video without HDMI?
SOUND NORMAL ONLY.
TV is HD Ready ..IT Is not FullHD.
Speakers are normal quality only.
When mounted on wall,it becomes difficult to plug the PC Cable. So you should have a dedicated PC Video Cable.

MRP 29900………
Got some cash discount and a stylish during the onam FEstical Season Offer…….. :)

I use a SUNDIRECT DTH Service to power the Panasonic Viera.


My old LG 29 inch LCD TV was bought in 2007 for Rs 14500.It was a good TV having subwoofers in it. The Panasonic Viera will be replacing the LG TV. After couple of days a technician from Panasonic came and disassembled the mounting stand and mounted it on the Wall. He missed to tweak and adjust the brightness, sharpness and other calibration settings.

LCD TV Alternative – I Call IT Viewsonic  Vision

Since I was using Pinnacle PCTV on my Athlon XP PC during my college days.I had something in my mind positive about TV Tuner Cards. It was an internal TV Tuner Card.I could watch TV on my PC clearly and even record video in MPEG !, MPEG2 formats.So when I was thinking of a small LCD TV in my office room, I think I could do it by integrating an LCD Monitor and an External TV Tuner Card.Back in 2008, LCD TVs were costly.A 19 inch LCD TV was selling at Rs 15000.So I bought a Viewsonic  17 inch TFT LCD monitor and a LUMAX External TV Tuner Box for LCD. I don’t remember the exact cost.



HERE IS THE COST

VIEWSONIC  TFT  LCD MONITOR – 17” = Rs 8000

LUMAX VISION TV BOX = Rs 1500

SO TOTAL COST = Rs 9500

I had a LABTECH USA 2003 model 2.1 speaker system for the lively sound. It was lying there vacant after my Athlon XP PC went bad.

So Total Cost of the LCD Monitor TV was Rs 9500.Now I feel it was a bad idea. Because a TV is a TV and such emulations will always lack some perfection. Lot of wires make it a mess. I use a Reliance Big TV DTH connection to power the TV.It is still working fine in the third year but looks definitely bad in my room .I am watching news using this TV while working online.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Switching to BSNL DataOne BroadBand Unlimited 500 Rural Plan

Internet has always attracted me.When i was 17 years, i first tasted it at an internet cafe at Trivandrum.I still remember me registering a hotmail email id.I was attending a coaching class that could help me fight competition to an engineering seat.My parents wanted to give me the best education.So they provided me the best entrance coaching centre in the nearest city.Rs 4000 was a big amount in the year 2000.You can buy one soveriegn of gold with that amount.If my mother had that gold with her, it would have been worth Rs 17000.Anyway i was staying at YMCA Hostel after i was kicked out with my friends from a house where we stayed as paying guest.

Once i went to internet cafe along with a fourteen year old boy staying next door in the hostel where i stayed.This boy had an email id then.He was a smart chap.He was attending some kind of summer camp.His name is PRaneeth.He was the son of a Doctor.If my memory is right his place was Kottarakkara (or Pathanapuram).There was another person named Baby in the hostel.The room where i stayed costed Rs 70 per day and i shared with Couple of other friends.Praneeth's room was single room and costs only Rs 50.He didn't had attatched bathroom.Bathroom was common for a number of single rooms.In my room, we had attatched bathroom and more furniture and three beds.

Those days only dialup connections were available.So i was using a dialup connection at the cafe.Still i didn't feel it was slow.Later my father bought me an assembled computer.When i was 18 years [adult..huh..], i thought may be i could buy an internal modem card 56.6 kbps.I bought a DLink Card from a shop called Imperial Systems in Adoor.It was the time when i just joined College of Engineering, Adoor.I remember the day when i travelled to College of Engineering, Karunagappally to get my internal marks of the tests i have done there.I got to produce it at the new College.

Now i used BSNL Sancharnet for internet.The connection was slow, bills were heavy.I used an excel sheet to monitor my usage as my father was paying the bills.I was that kind of a guy who feels a pain in the heart when some cash of my parents were used for needs of me.I was a real miser also then :).

I learned many things through this connection.It was fun connecting to the PC of my friend saneesh's PC connected to the phone through a phone call.We used to chat in the hyperterminal terminal screen.Small file transfers happened through the modem.I never really used the modem for fax.I used to remove the telephone cable each time i disconnect the modem and so lightning was not a problem for me all these years.

My Father has questioned a couple of times about me using internet.I was using net during night time and early morning when it was offpeak hours.From 10:30 pm, when you browse balance in your account will not be reduced till 7:30 am in the morning.We were buying internet cards for 100 hours / 50 hours / 25 hours etc from nearby telephone exchanges.I was buying from Adoor Exchange.It was prepaid dialup connection.Later Netone or Postpaid dialup connections also come.

Total BIll = Internet Access Charges + Connection Charges (this means call charges to the ISP Server through user modem over telephone network (PSTN))

From 11am, the pulse rate was half rate till 8 am, i think..I knew the times well those days.Now in ADSL Broadband also some free usage are there during offpeak hours.Since i am using an unlimited plan, i dont know those times.After using net at home, i used ISDN at my college during 2004.In 2005 i experienced a better bandwidth internet at my work place (Amrita Research Labs, Amrita University).

Internet was instrumental in my learning and growing up.At my workplace also, i learned PCB designing with the help of internet.I had a support from my teamleads but that was not enough.My colleague Ranjith R and me were busy learning things from the internet.Ranjith found out a virtual university Connexions at http://cnx.org/ .We downloaded a tutorial and learned PCB designing.I was reading more electronic PDF documents than printed books those days.

An year later, i started a small office in trivandrum for a startup company named "Orangiz Technologies".It was a software development company.We bought a Reliance Broadband connection that promises 256 kbps and offering 64 kbps (maximum 100).Later in mid 2007, i signed up for a BSNL Broadband connection at my home. I gave 50 Rs to the telephone technician Gopi Pillai on installation then.In our village,people use to give bribes to telephone technicians on new connections.My parents told me to follow suit and i gave to this technician.A JTO was installing the modem.Nothing was given to him.

It costed me Rs 2500 for the first bill including installation charge, fixed deposit etc.My modem was on rent.Rent was 60 Rs.I paid the price of two modems as rent amount.Every one was purchasing modem those days.I was farsighted about BSNL Customer Service.So i got the damaged modems replace more than one time since it was on rental.The monthly rental was Rs 900.I used to pay Rs 1100 minimum including phone rentals.

Later they reduce the charge to 750 and removed the modem rent for plans above 750.Then i heard about 20 percent discount to government employees.I was so lazy to try and avail it.After my fathers death, i changed the connection to mother's name.She was a government employee and she is entitled to 20 percent discount in broadband charges.:( This is the thing i hate about.Government employees get discount every where.When buying a car, the sales executive tells me that i can get a Rs 2000 discount if i can provide a certificate that i am getting monthly salaries from government treasury.So i took the car in the name of my mother.

BSNL guys are a bunch of lazy people.I didn't mean Saneesh, my friend working in BSNL.Saneesh is a hardworking person.I am getting bills in the name of my mother.But change is only in the billing.connection is still in the name of my father.So i didnt get the discount just due to laziness / mismanagement/ work hating attitude of some bsnl employee processing our application.


Then i heard about a rural plan.So i changed by BB Home UL 750 to Rural BBHome UL500.

My earlier plan was

Total Bill = Landline Phone Bill [includes 90 minimum rent + metered calls charges] + Broad band charges [750] + taxes = minimum 900 plus

I was getting 75 free calls per month for the 90 rs rent.

According to new plan, there is no minimum rental ,i.e no 90 rs per month.

Total Bill = Rs 500 [broadband charges] + metered calls + taxes

Now that i can call 150 free calls per month..This plan is applicable only in rural exchanges..

Also internet speed is 512kbps assured and 200 achieved for first 4gb.Now that 750 unlimited has also 512kbps.

But NO USE bcos a furious sound in in my landphone.So i seldom use it.Now a days answering calls is also a mess.Plan to buy a new phone on my own.BSNL is not going to give me a better phone or service it despite calls to 198.The visiting technician, Mr Gopi Pillai of Palamel telephone exhange is saying,
"We cannot dig and repair the underground cables.Your phone is noisy but we are not ready to repair it.Use your other phone and do not complain again.We will not come.We will repair only if there is no sound (the phone is dead).In yours dial tone is there,but noises are there.BEar it".

I DONT KNOW WHAT TO COMMENT ABOUT IT.

So what i want to say is that, those desperate BSNL customers in rural areas have no other providers to service them [airtel, reliance etc are not in rural areas].So if you are using a UL750 unlimited plan, go to nearest bsnl customer care centre and check for rural plans.Only certain number of connections are allowable at an exchange.So act fast and save money by comparing plans.Buy only if you like after comparing.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Send Money to India using remit2india

Times of Money is a money transfer company belonging to the Times of India group.Remit2India is a secure way to transfer money to India from abroad.They have roped in citigroup for providing this service.NRIs around the world can benefit from this service.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fight Hairfall and Maintain your Hair

Losing hair is dreadful if you are a beauty conscious person.Dr Batras has got a holistic hair loss treatment.Dr Batra's has been a symbol of quality homeopathetic treatment.The company has been founded by Dr. Mukesh Batra.They now have about fifty five clinics in 25 cities all over india, Dubai and UK.In 2002 a survey was conducted by Americal Quality Assessors which is an american market research organization.Dr. Batras received a Customer Satisfaction Rate of 98% accordining to march 2003 audit.



I am using the Ayurvedic Hair Oil Neelibhringadi Coconut Oil to fight hairfall.The oil is kerala's secret and it's making is in the public domain.It helps hair to be black, remain dandruff free and strong.Many ayurveda pharma companies are selling the product.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Blogger - A Free Platform for Blogging

I am suggesting Blogger, a free blogging platform owned by Google.Let us learn about blogger.Have you decided upon a domain name or killer brand name for your blog?

Features & Things you should know about Blogger

  • You can find it at www.blogger.com .
  • Your blog is stored at the Storage Servers of Google free of cost.
  • Your blog is given a web address of http://yourblog.blogspot.com free of cost.
  • If you can buy a domain name from a domain registrar, you can use your own domain and your blog will be http://www.yourblogname.com/ .
  • Blogger is a key to the google adsense account you will be making shortly after creating and running your blog.
  • You can write unlimited number of blog posts and make unlimited number of blogs.
  • Your google username and password is used to signin in the Blogger.
  • Not much technical knowledge is needed to create your new blog post.
  • Blogger Blog network itself brings you referral visits.
  • You don't have to worry much on Search Engine Optimization.Google will do it to some extent in blogger.

Limitations

  • It might be blocked in China, Fiji, Iran, Pakisthan, Syrian Arabic Republic, Myanmar and Kazakhistan.
  • An individual page should be less than 1mb of size.
  • Maximum 5000 unique labels and 20 unique labels per post.You may label your posts like "Life, Work, Movies, Music etc".
  • A maximum of 100 team members can colloborate on a blog.
  • Photos uploaded will be limited by the related Picassa web album (1 GB).




Here are some pages you can read for now.

  1. Read what Ilane DeBare's take on blogging as a way to make money.
  2. Create your first blog on blogger by signing up to blogger.Here is a get started guide that could help you in your endeavour.
  3. How to Add your custom domain name bought from Dynadot domains to Blogger?
  4. How to Submit the sitemap of your blogger blog to Google Webmaster Tools?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Do you want to make money by blogging?

Maybe i should have published the topic of this blog couple of years back.Now that people are more interested in microblogging.I am writing this post for the people who have no idea of blogging or have never heard of Adsense.If you want to make money online, you have to work really hard.I have made assumptions that you have a PC/imac/Notebook/Macbook with internet connectivity.You are expecting your earnings from blogging to be a supplementary revenue stream and you are ready to sacrifice three to four hours a day for making this to work.

1. Making Money From Blogging is not very easy

You should be serious with your new endeavour.Set aside minimum 3 hours.Like all other things in life, blogging also is not for the lazy ones.

What is a Blog?

It is a webpage on the internet through which you communicate to your users.Ideally a blog is a platform used by users with no or little technical knowledge.They write articles called posts.These posts are displayed one after another.The crux is you write blogpost like you write a diary.You can communicate to any number of people through this blog.It is a powerful medium to communicate your propoganda to the world.

If you have a smart idea, which you want to share to the world.Ofcourse blogging is the platform on which you can do that.

2. You should write original (authentic) articles or blogposts

This is a must.You have to write killer articles that grabs the eyeballs and mind of the visitor.You should know that you are writing to a website visitor.A website visitor will always have less time to surf.So write to the post.Do not make him bored because he is a hopping creature.He would prefer to leave your site rather than read your boring article.

Plagiarism or content copying is the bad practice in blogging.Temptation can arise to make inexpensive content by copying.You got to know that it wont help you in your path to a popular blog with lots of visitors.

Why you should write original blog posts?

Google and other search engines are the entitites that brings web visitors to your website.They do not like plagiarism.Since search engine bots will be visiting the original content site also, they know that you copied.Ultimately they will send less visitors only.

3. Two tips are enough for now.............

Take actions...............


Look for name for your site and topics, issues you are going to write in the blog.If you are a telephone technician,you are a wanted man since you know some things about telephone and repairing them.You can write blogposts that contain useful information about repairing telephones.Similiarly if you are a paramedic, you can write about social issues in healthcare and community health.You can communicate to people about first aids and all....

Things to do....

Ok guys ......Once you decide on the topic........research for a domain name.Because a domain name is a must for your new blog.This is because if your domain name is a toplevel domain,your visitors can remember the domain.

You can always start with site.blogspot.com or site.wordpress.com but ultimately you should be shifting to site.com .If you got some way to pay online or through paypal, you can register your domain at Register.com.It costs about 10 dollars there.

Register.com Email Packages

For those in india,i do not prefer sify.com .Because i am using them and have user experience.Once i send them DD for registering a domain.It was back in 2007.They didn't do it.When i enquired, i was told that they have recieved the DD and they want some changes in the DD.Despite my repeated calls, they preferred to trash the DD and i lost my 350 rs then.I was not having a credit card then.So i was finding difficult to purchase online.My brother-in-law had a credit card.I requested him for the credit card so that i could buy online.He shared me the credit card number and i bought the domain.I sent him the cash by money order from a post office at trivandrum.Later this person (brother in law) was furious about sharing the credit card.I didn't knew that he was sharing the cc number unwillingly.He insulted me very much in this issue.The only purchase i made with his cc was Rs 350 worth sify domain.I repaid him the money on the same day itself.Still he was very furious and viewed me like a person trying to do something fraud.

So my advice is if you want to take a help from a person, you study him well.People are complex things.You wont learn much about them from the first impression.Never associate with crooked people.

Use Sify domains only you find it difficult to pay other domain registrars.I had some money in the paypal account when i started out.I didn't had a credit card that time.So what i did was i found a domain registrar who accepts paypal.It's name is dynadot hosting.They offer excellent service.Cost would be little higher than the others.You got to know that changing registrars is possible but have some headaches associated with it.Think well before choosing your domain.

This series will continue...............
$9.99 Domain name plus email only at Register.com!

An update from Digital Tyke: Our Guest blogger Dr. Anish Kumar is getting married in September 2010.Hope he will share something about his marriage.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Lenovo got envy on my new Sony Vaio


I have been using this Lenovo G series 3000 laptop for two years.It was solid and worked fine for me.No complaints so far.But as an entrepreneur doing business from home, i got to be careful.I should be ready for any adversity.So i planned to buy a new laptop.Like all other young businessmen, i wanted the best features and device for the money i am willing to pay.

I opted for a dell machine and planned to buy it from US and get it shipped by my cousin brother.My cousin brother is a Software Architect in US.He is a very busy man and yet he was very generous to shop one laptop for me from a BESTBUY Store.I told him that i don't like HP,Compaq,Acer etc.He gave me some choices and  i selected five models out of which one was a sony vaio and the rest were DELL.



Now my brother found Sony Vaio best among the lot having physically seen and used one.He was told by the salesman that Sony Vaio has got international warranty which obviously was found to be false when my brother read the cover after reaching home with the box.He bought it for 780 US$.It comes to around 35000 indian rupees..It was a bargain comparing the price in india.Ofcourse there is a risk that incase of any repairs, i may not get warranty services......but as a person who is not afraid to take risks....i am ok with that..

The machine looks awesome.Unlike the Lenovo i am using , this machine came with simple packing.It didn't have any software cds with it.The machine was windows 7 home preinstalled and with trial versions of microsoft office home and student version,trial antivirus software and  all.The display is excellent,build is good.Camera quality is good and having good card readers, a bluray drive, three usb ports etc.I am satisfied with this machine..

Toshiba - Toshibadirect.com

SONY VAIO
Model Name: VGN-NW350F
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz
RAM: 4GB
Bluray Disc Drive (writes DVDs tool)
15.5" widescreen display......HD ready display
320 GB SATA 5400 rpm hard disk
Intel Graphics MEdia Accelerator HD
Built in Motion EYE Webcam
Media CArd reader supports MEmory stick PRO and Memory stick pro duo with magic gate functionality..also has a secure digital media slot
IEEE 1394 port and 3 USB ports
Built in WirelessLAN (802.11b/g/n) - WiFi
2.7 kilograms of weight
Pathetic battery life of promised 4 hours (2 in real life)...lenovo beats vaio here
not much software with the computer......cannot even have a software to write a dvd video...
6 cell Lithium ion battery
Power Cable AC Adapter
One key web access without booting...........



Now my lenovo laptop got down due to a virus attack that damaged it's BIOS and the windows xp operating systems.Now i got the bios back by restoring defaults.But reinstalling the os hasn't helped me..I got a genuine windows xp license key (my brother has purchased it) which the os is not recognised.The msdn account is of my brother,so i am depending on other people for install cd.I am not getting the correct cd.Hope someone could provide me the correct install CD.
Windows XP Professional SP3 N (CD English)
is what i need..........what we get from internet is pirated and has bad programs in it..If someone has original cd image,pls share me...

Youth Congress Membership

I have been enrolled to primary membership of youth congress.Some months back the party workers have enrolled me to membership to congress party too.Being a neutral guy, i find this kind of membership on paper amusing.

I still do not subscribe to party politics and support no party .................Local leaders add members so that they will vote in organisational elections on behalf of us.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Laughter in Government Office: i'm having it

After having the bad experience at the Parakode Block Development Officer's office, i went there again after getting an application letter from my legal advisor.This time i am loaded with all what i am needed to get the certificate.Mr. Thankappan was having a mammoth conference that was going on with him presiding.I waited outside the door.In between he came outside smoking a cigrette and talking on the cell phone.I approached him and apologise for me asking him to be answerable to the public the last day.

He replied,"you weren't talking like this before...where is your sense of questioning now.........for getting things done at a govt office there is a procedure...........you got to know that".

Me: i know that sir.i shall keep that in mind dealing govt. offices the next time..

Thankappan: "lemme check after the meeting."

The meeting ended at 1 pm.I entered his office room asking permission.He asked me again the purpose.This time i showed the advocate's request letter along with the court certificate.Now he started the blah blah again.........

Thankappan: "I cannot give some one a certificate if you bring some paper...........If i give you the certificate of my subordinate , he will sue me for i gave certificate to some person without his consent."

I called my advocate and gave the phone to the BDO.He declined to the advocate also.Then by the instructions of the BDO,

i asked him to either accept the application and give me reciept (acknowledgement).This was declined.Then i asked him to give me in writing that he is rejecting my application for salary certificate on certain ground.He got up from his chair and walked around like a mad man.

He went outside and called his driver and instructed him to xerox the court order and advoc's application.Thankappan told me that he need to think and call his brother who is also an advocate.I went to the nearest shop and bought a banana to deal with hunger as it was 2:30 pm then.

Thankappan came back and then again i entered his office and i told him something as i was told by my advoc.Here is it......

"Since you are not giving me either the certificate which the court ordered and my advoc applied formally or giving me in writing that you are accepting (acknowledgement receipt) or rejecting the application, my advoc has filed a contempt of court petition.You might get papers from court and will have to answer the respected court for your act of disobeying the court."

That did it..............

Thankappan told "You want the certificate right..........i shall give it..........do not threaten me with contempt of court petition and all......nobody is going to get me in to their nose (malayalam phrase translated)......i will answer then........I shall give you the certificate.........wait for it to get typed..i shall come back and sign it after a finance committee i got to go at 3 pm....do not get tensed about that......".

And i got it ...........................

Can't Stop Laughing at the Office...............

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Babus: Are they Public Servant or our Masters?

Like all other blogpost, this post also starts with my apology about me neglecting this blog and not posting anything here lately.Time Management is a difficult thing to do.Here is an update about my fitness plan.I am now irregular in going to gym.My weight is hovering around 78 and 79 kgs.This post is mainly to note a bad experience i had at a government office.


The Background

Mr. Padmakaran who is a Joint Block Development Officer, working at Parakode owes my father Rs 35000 he has borrowed for personal use.He didn't gave back the money and atlast gave a check to cash.The check got bounced and my dad filed a civil suit in the nearby court hoping this person will give the money back as cases will affect his job and all.But it didn't happen and my father died in a heart arrest in 2008.Then my family was the plaintiff.So we pursued the case so that my father's efforts should not be lost in vain.We won the case in 2009.Now we got to make arrangements to recover the money from the salary of the Joint BDO.

Our advocate's assistant gave me a court certificate and told me that i should produce the certificate to the Block Development Officer, Parakode and he will be giving me the salary certificate of Mr Padmakaran, a subordinate under him.In the court certificate, the respected munsiff majistrate has directed that our advocate
should be given salary certificate of the accused.

Now that i am 26 year old youngster have no idea of courts (seen this proceedings now only).I am an engineer writing software codes in PHP.I have never visited a Block Office (block is an organisational office that rules above panchayat.that is wat my knowledge is.).My first visit to a block office was disastrous.I entered the premise and asked for the office of the BDO (Block Development Officer).I had the knowledge that a BDO is a guezetted officer (person who signs with green ink and who can certify any documents of the public).

THE VISIT: DATE: 14 May 2010, Time: 2:30 pm


I told respectfully to the BDO about my purpose of the visit and produced the certificate.There was something wrong with the certificate.A covering letter of the advocate needed to be provided with the court certificate.The assistant of our advocate didn;t told me that, he just gave me this certificate.Now this BDO whose name is Thankappan shouted at me without any provocation from my end.I asked him about why he was not giving the salary certificate.That was the provocation for his shouting.I told him calmly that i just wanted to know the reason so that i can tell my advocate.I really don't know about government rules and laws, procedures.I am ok if he declines, but i want to know the reason, so that i can tell my advocate and  make corrections.

But this man was hopeless.He shouted at me like i was a pakisthani.I was very depressed.I was thinking that if a law abiding indian citizen with some basic knowledge about our country, it's democracy and setup is being treated this way, then wat about our illiterate villagers who know nothing much about what our constitution guarantees us.How this man will be behaving if poor villagers visit him for any purpose?If i am a political person of a ruling party or in a government position above him, will he behave in the same way?

The problem is our babus, who should be serving us for which they are given hefty salary, are acting as they are our masters.People like Thankappan should know that East India Company is not ruling India.I couldn't say that to him because i got to get the certificate once i get the covering letter.

WHAT'S NEXT
I called my lawyer and asked him.He asked me to come over there and show me the certificate again,I got to visit my advocate he told me that the court certificate needs to be given along with the request from the advocate and his assistant forgot to give the covering letter along with the certificate.So i got to get a covering letter and visit this ******* BDO Mr. Thankappan again.I do not expect better behaviour the next time also.When i am writing this, i got the covering letter from my advocate.Again, i will be going afor the certificate next week probably Monday.

I understand that the BDO's subordinate who owes us money might be his friend also.This man would have enemity against me since i am running a civil case against his subordinate.That might be the reason why he shouted and insulted me.

NO CINEMA HERO IN REAL LIFE

My inner heart says i should be a real hero and tell all the things written here to this Thankappan.But in real life, i fail to do it.Because i need to come the next day and face this ******* Officer and humbly request the certificate again.All i told before getting out of the room, was that

" Why couldn't you tell me the reason in short rather than shout and insult me?"

THINGS THE HERO INSIDE ME WOULD HAVE SAID

You got to grow up.Is this the impression you are creating in a youngster you meet the first time in your life.You know nothing about him.Do you think that the throne you are on is everlasting and is the best one in the world?Even Saddam Hussain thought like that.

THE JOKE

He is the public information officer of the office under the RTI act.I doubt his ability to provide information.As far as the information i gathered in that hour,he is only good at shouting.

TO MR. THANKAPPAN IF HE IS READING THIS POST  (Very Unlikely)

You do not become big by shouting and insulting.You become small only.I have seen officers in bigger posts than you.Most of them behaved very well.

WILL UPDATE MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE PUBLIC SERVANT ONCE I SUBMIT THE CERTIFICATE AGAIN BUT THIS TIME WITH A COVERING LETTER APPLICATION.


Here is the Court Certificate I have submitted without a covering letter from the advocate

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

How to Check Mileage of your Car

Checking mileage of your car is very simple.Before that lemme inform you the mileage information of Maruti Astar.

17 kilometers per litre of petrol... On Full AC
Mileage Checking Methodology
  1. Fill the tank full completely till the brim.
  2. Note down the odometer reading (in km).
  3. Now sit back and relax and ride your car for some distance.
  4. Go back to the pump when you feel to fill the tank.
  5. Fill the tank full completely till the brim.
  6. Note the quantity (volume) of fuel from the petrol pumps meter to fill up the tank.
  7. Note the odometer reading (in Km).
Dist-O-Map Mileage Calculator
Mileage = ( (Second odometer reading) minus (First Odometer Reading) ) divided by the fuel volume.