• 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).

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  • 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.....

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Xbox One a gaming plus entertainment device from microsoft

xbox one
Microsoft has launched their new gaming console Xbox One. Since the launch of Xbox 360 in 2005, microsoft has been the leader in video gaming console market followed by Sony Playstation and Nintendo Wii.Sony had recently announced their new platform , the Playstation 4.

an all in one entertainment system

To counter Sony PS4, Microsoft followed a different path. Xbox One is a complete package of an entertainment gaming device with Skype, internet, live TV, streaming movies (netflix player) and video on demand tv programs. Xbox one supports all windows 8 apps on it. While playing a video game, without a glitch you can change to watch a television program. You can play the game and video chat with your friend at one portion of the TV simultaneously.

Specification of Xbox One

  • 8 Core x86 architecture CPU 
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 500 GB Hard Disk Drive
  • Blu-Ray Drive
  • 802.11 Wireless Connectivity with WiFi Direct
  • HDMI Connectivity for1080p hd video
  • USB 3.0

Kinnect accessory need to be connected with Xbox one all the time for it to function properly. This is annoying.You can watch Blu-Ray movies on Xbox One which is a good feature.In Xbox360 that was missing.Xbox One does not support older version games.This is because they have used a different CPU this time around.It is similiar to the situation of Sony Playstation 3 and PS4. PS4 does not support PS3 games since it uses an x86 processor avoiding PowerPC architecture used in PS3.

Generally game developers love xbox platform and make this platform attractive for gamers. New titles from EA sports will come up for Xbox One based on their new EA ignite engine.Microsoft will launch 15 xbox one titles within one year of xbox one launch.Microsoft Halo is definitely there.Call of Duty Ghosts is also expected.Sony focussed on a gaming only device when making PS4 while microsoft school of thought was for an all in one device in the form of xbox one.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Making money online using Amazon Mechanical Turk

I have been asked by lot of people about ways of making money online. Most of those ask me are working people who want to make an extra income with their typing and english language skills.Some of them are housewives and retired workers pondering over what to do with their extra leisure hours.But all them want to make money from internet.I used to outsource content writing, proof reading, lead generation works of Orangis Online to freelancers in the past. I am happy that i could help some people through my company.Through this post, i want to introduce a crowdsourcing service of Amazon, Amazon Mechanical Turk. First of all i am putting a disclaimer in this post.I am just introducing a service only. I cannot guarantee you any returns.This however is one of the best way to earn money online.

amazon mechanical turks
It is pretty easy to apply as a worker at amazon mechanical turk

 Crowdsourcing is the way in which a specific task is divided in to small bits and pieces.Such small bit of a task is despatched to a crowd through the internet. When the crowd does their bit,the whole job gets finished. Each member of the crowd does not even get the idea of the whole project. A small bit of a job won' t be tedious either.It will generate less money to the worker.However worker will do lot of such bits of a job and so eventually he makes a good amount of money.This is the concept.

amazon mechanical turk dashboard
A representation of amazon mechanical turk dashboard
The international shopping service, Amazon has a crowdsourcing service called Amazon Mechanical Turk.Their philosophy is that some works require human intelligence. It is actually a marketplace where requester (employer) divides work required to HIT (Human Intelligence Task).Worker is a person among the crowd of people who are ready to work for the requester. A worker can see number of HIT with description. He can work on an HIT, submit the result and you get the money. Generally the task would be data entry, spell check, transcribe an audio recording etc.

Here is an example of an HIT.You are given a keyword.You have to search that keyword on google.And return the URLs of relevant result.You would be paid $0.08 for each result.The requesters pay money to amazon, Amazon takes a ten percent cut and pays the workers the promised money in cash or as gift certificates.

How do you get paid?

If you are a US resident, you get the money to your US bank account. You can also opt for redeemable amazon gift certificate.Indians also have the choice of receiving money in indian bank account. Rest of the world workers will only get money as amazon gift certificate with which you can purchase from amazon website.

Will you be cheated by Requesters?

It is a marketplace so crooks can also get there.They can cheat you before they are identified by Amazon and thrown out from the service.

Recent Ban on New Accounts

For new amazon workers, there is bad news.Recently because of oversupply of workers, amazon is not approving new workers from India , Canada and UK.When you are applying , you will get this standard response if you are from this regions.

We have completed our review of your Amazon Mechanical Turk Worker Account. Unfortunately, you will not be permitted to work on Mechanical Turk. Thank you for your interest in Mechanical Turk.

I am hopeful that this situation will change and workers from these regions will be readmitted soon.Though you cannot make lot of money through Amazon Mechanical Turk initially, it is possible to do it by delivering large number of HITs quickly as you get experience.

Visit www.mturk.com to start working there or to know more.

Friday, May 3, 2013

South Indian Jugalbandhi Classical Instrumental Music

Nagaswaram Kacheri is a must in south indian marriages of hindus in Kerala. I was attending the marriage of my first cousin (maternal uncle's son). A jugalbandhi concert was organised to replace conventional nagaswaram kacheri. So Odakuzhal, Violin, Ghatam, Mrudangam, Chenda along with the Nagaswaram made the music beautiful.I am sharing the music i captured in my camera. Forgive me for the bad video quality since i am not a pro.

Jugalbandhi Instrumental Music of a recent malayalam movie song

Jugalbandhi Instrumental Music of an old krishna devotional Song

Jugalbandhi Instrumental Music of an old malayalam film song