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Friday, July 29, 2011

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Malayalam TV News Channels Live FREE on Internet

Earlier i had blogged about indiavision going online and links to the live tv video stream.Now more tv channels can be viewed online free of cost.

1. Asianet News Live

 Visit http://www.asianetnews.tv/live-tv for watching Asianet news malayalam channel.The Star TV Player is good and streaming video is good to watch.

2. Indiavision Channel Live
Visit http://www.indiavisiontvlive.com/  to watch indiavision channel live. Comparing to Asianet Live the indiavision feed is of lesser quality and is on jwplayer. Yet they have done a good job.


3. manorama news Live

It says they will support only IE & Firfox in windows and Safari & Firefox in Mac.You got to install free TVUPlayer to watch.It would be difficult to convince people to install thirdparty applications to watch their live feed.We don't suggest downloading such plugins.


Click here to Watch manorama news online

4. Reporter Live

reporter live channel
Reporter Channel is the initiative of journalist M.V. Nikeshkumar. It is an HD channel.Live feed is in better quality. You need to have a fast connection to view it without interruption.A plus is that there are no advertisement,No plugins were asked just the adobe flash player which everyone would be having to view this channel.

Watch Reporter malayalam news at http://www.reporteronlive.com/live/ .

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Smart Key System in Indian Cars

Now almost all Indian Cars have Wireless Central Locking System as a built in feature. If a customer is buying a version that does not come with the security cum central locking system, he will be buying it and installing it. The idea is to not using a key to enter the vehicle and you can lock the vehicle via wireless at some feets away from the vehicle. Smart Key is a different thing altogether. A Smart Key can control the central locking system as well as it can start and shut down the engine of the car. So it will be replacing the conventional key. It will be a device that can be put in to your pocket . The driver need only to possess this device with him. It is Key Fob.  When he walks near to the car, the car automatically disarm and switch off the central locking system. When doors are open and you enter, it reads that and makes the engine immobilizer on.  Now you can start the vehicle using a push button switch labeled START / STOP . Same switch will be pressed again to stop the car.

When you get down from the car and walks some distance away from it, automatically central locking system acts, door gets locked and sensors are armed for security. Note that you don’t put the key inside a slot and rotate it there in this system.

Smart Key Co-ordinates the activities of security features of the car mainly Engine Immobilizer & Central Locking Sensor security system. There is a control unit device in the vehicle which will be communicating with the Key Fob in your pocket through the air using radio waves. It will be transmitting a secret code and it works if that matches only. This system also has the ability to know whether you are inside or outside the car. Engine can only be started when you are inside the car. They use code hopping for secure communication but still hacking it is possible. A Back up Key is provided and space to insert it would be there at door and near steering incase key fob fails. Programming  a Smart Key system is heard to be expensive than buying a new key fob.

In the Keyless Entry System, transmission of secret happens between Remote and Control Unit only when remote is pressed. However in Smart Key it happens often.  Factory fitted smart key system is present in Nissan Micra. Mercedes is the first company to have introduced in passenger cars. Different manufacturers call it by different names. You can install it in your car from a car accessory shop. Ask around whether such kits are available or not.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Maruti Astar Automatic Review

Driving in Kerala is a different experience. Here the drivers of bigger vehicles believe that public road is their family property and will occupy the most of it and they don’t give a shit about those driving small car or two wheelers. Even in villages the traffic is getting big thanks to administrator’s disinterest in making good roads for the increasing  number of vehicles. Those guys just focus on collecting road tax and tolls.

Automatic Gear boxes are a boon to people since it makes driving much easier by taking clutch and the activity of changing gears out of question. But the problem was that cars fitted with those costs 10 lakhs and above. It was sure that the middle class guy will miss out.


Maruti and Hyundai made some experiments with automatic gearboxes earlier. There were automatic versions of Zen, Esteem, WagonR , Santro etc. Now i10 is the other small car apart from Astar to have an automatic  version. The common man is not much educated about automatics and the fact that they comes with reduced mileage.

Maruti Astar automatic has an ARAI approved mileage of 19 kmpl. Astar is a hatchback made in India and exported mainly to European markets. It is called ‘Alto’ in Europe. A stripped down version is sold in India. I am using a manual version of Astar and it is a good car. It has got a different look, strange headlamps, bigger grills, beautiful glass window on the rear and a funny rear view.

It looks like a big car from outside and inside it is a small car. The driver and his companion in the front is given luxury space while those in the rear seats have to content with the little leg space offered. And Bootspace offered is good for a small suitcase only. Practically it is a small car with LESS SPACE. The dashboard design is good but since no way to increase driver seat height, short people will find it a problem. Because you cannot see a thing just in front bottom portions of the car if you don’t have much height. The dashboard obstructs view if you are a short person.

There are space to hold cup near the gear and bottle holder on the doors. Glove box is very small. Integrated Audio is ok but I am using a Sony xplod cd player.  

One litre three cylinder K series engine of Maruti powers Astar . Powerful engine provides 67 bhp @ 90 Nm torque. To overtake another  vehicle in an automatic versions you got to press the accelerator down to the floor. The gear box is automatic 4 speed transmission gear box. There is no clutch but there are park and neutral modes. You can drive the car with just the brake and accelerator like you do in a Honda Activa. Travel Comfort and handling of Astar are what other cars in the category cannot deliver.

Cost: It will costs more than 5.15 lakh rupees on road along with the cost of necessary accessories.

If you want a care free car to drive in city & heavy traffic, go for Astar. But the car is not for a big family. It is for couples with one kid or no kid. Some call it DINK car (Double Income No Kids).

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Airtel Broadband Live 2Mbps Unlimited Plan

Airtel Broadband is offering unlimited broadband internet connections with a speed of 2 Mbps for Rs 650 onwards.They are calling it - the Impatience Plan.





Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Water Purifier for Safe Drinking Water

I am using Pureit Water Purifier for drinking water.The well in my place is notorious of having red color water which contains unwanted minerals.I think some ferrous substance is present in the water.One person refuted my belief and he tried to inject his idea that the red substance is some fungal or algae like substance. I found that the water from a particular spring deep down the well is bringing in the red color.Except couple of wells in my area all wells are like this only.One old well near my home has some thing called "NELLIPALAKA" - a trap made by an old carpenter that traps this unwanted material in the water.A contractor in my village made similiar thing recently employing a modern carpenter.It was a flop.

I tried an advice of a wise man who told me to put kummayam (not some food it is powder of limestone looks white).I tried that too and failed.At last i bought a pure it and it is still worked no issues except that i got to replace first level filtration - the microfibre mesh frequently.



Eureka Forbes has also got a product called Aquaguard.My sister had one which is now sitting idle after it went wrong.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Honda CB Twister 110 cc Entry level Motorcycle

Honda CB Twister is an entry level 110 cc bike from the stable of Honda.The name honda is familiar with us as they sell power equipment, engines for boats, luxury cars, motorcycles and scooters in India.One thing you can say about this Japanese player is that even though they are expensive quality is world class for all their product.The company is assuring a milage of 70 kilometers per litre of petrol.However people have experienced milages around 60.



CB Twister is available in six colors, namely Pearl Sunbeam white, Heavy grey metallic,Candy Palm Green, Electric Yellow metallic, Pearl Sienna Red and Pearl Nightstar Black.Twister is made as a stylish bike unlike the counter parts from bajaj and hero honda.A screenless front cowl looks different and good above the headlight.A floating side cowl on the side of the petrol tank is another aesthetic element.The petrol tank however is curvy with couple of honda logos on both sides.A maintenance free battery starts up the machine and they have a special viscous air filter for better ignition.Twister is powered by a decent 110cc , 9bhp engine with a manufacturer offered milage of 70kmpl.The mufler is very short and is black in colour with an aluminium cover over it.The rear is very sharp and half chain case is another trendy addition.It costs between Rs 50000 and 60000 onroad.


Honda CB Twister Specification