Month: July 2007

“The Hindu”keep doing this&watch me leave

On July 13th morning when I saw the paper I was stunned. There was a bloody picture as main story. It was about a kidnapping and encounter that was followed after that. Seriously was that picture necessary to make the point or tell me news. I thought you guys had some journalistic values and that was the only reason for reading your newspaper. Many local newspaper here are filled with pictures like that and that is one of the reason for avoiding them. I know people should be informed about news but does it need to be accompanied by such gruesome pictures. In TV at least there is a warning of viewer discretion. How is that possible in newspaper then why did you put that picture. All I can say is keep doing this and you will lose one regular reader. I know those are not the kind of words you want to hear in these Internet times.

"The Hindu"keep doing this&watch me leave

On July 13th morning when I saw the paper I was stunned. There was a bloody picture as main story. It was about a kidnapping and encounter that was followed after that. Seriously was that picture necessary to make the point or tell me news. I thought you guys had some journalistic values and that was the only reason for reading your newspaper. Many local newspaper here are filled with pictures like that and that is one of the reason for avoiding them. I know people should be informed about news but does it need to be accompanied by such gruesome pictures. In TV at least there is a warning of viewer discretion. How is that possible in newspaper then why did you put that picture. All I can say is keep doing this and you will lose one regular reader. I know those are not the kind of words you want to hear in these Internet times.

What is pownce good for?

pownceThere are so many sites out there, so why do you need pownce. Here is why you need it and what you can use it for.I have friends who are not online all the time. So I cannot IM them. And I only have small things to say or some links or files to share with them so I can’t email them. So that’s where pownce comes in. Once you sign in you can send invites to your friends who are added automatically once they join with your invites or you can go to their page and add them as friends.But the best way to use it is not online but offline. Download the app they have on their website. which is around 8mb for the Adobe runtime called Air and 300 kb for their app. Once you install you can use it like im. just select links or post or file or event and select a friend in the list or public if you want everyone to see and just post. the file size limit is 10 Mb.So this way I and my friends can keep in touch without being too invasive. If you want invites add comments to this post and I will send you one. I have four left.Don’t use Internet explorer 6 some themes look bad and the you can’t change your photo.

The disconnection in advertising and Internet

I know you might say we have more advertising on the Internet than we need. What I am talking about is the disconnections between advertising in print and visual media and Internet.

Recently I saw a press release for Reliance Data cards on this site. Which they are now offering for free for with a 12 month service plan. So what will anyone interested in this do. Go to Reliance site and look for the offer. But when I went to reliance site there was no sign of this anywhere. Why this disconnect, why spend so much time and energy into advertising when you guys don’t even put little effort to implement it on your website.

Now a days consumers, as soon as they see an ad they go to that companies particular website. This happens with all the companies not just Reliance.  When I see an ad for Nokia mobiles on TV, I go to their website and I have to dig for that particular product. Its not in the homepage. Why don’t the PR in the companies work together.

So get your act together and If you want your advertising to be more effective. Start implementing the online advertising to coincide with your offline advertising.

Taj Mahal will be a wonder in my book always

taj mahal threatIts not worth the 7 wonders tag if we have to do so much publicity and hoopla to get it. Listen to my reason before getting angry.In the list of the nominations for the 7 new wonders of the world. None of the monuments come close to what the Taj Mahal stand for. Take a look at them, they were either built for Glory. Selfish reasons. Taj Mahal is the only monument built for someone else. This monument had no purpose other than to show the love one had for his partner. What other monument has such a great reason for its existence.  See the list below and think of what shows us as better humans. Its the expression of love and what better monument to show the love humans have than Taj Mahal.Acropolis – was to radiate power and protectionAlhambra – private royal residenceAngkor – world’s largest sacred templeChichen Itza – served as the political and economic centerChrist Redeemer – statue of JesusColosseum – amphitheater in the centre of RomeEaster Island Statues – sculptures still puzzles historiansEiffel Tower – magnificent steel tower a symbol of ParisGreat Wall – fortification from invading Mongol tribes out of ChinaHagia Sophia – museum serving both Christians and MuslimsKiyomizu Temple – the temple of “clear waters”Kremlin / St. Basil – official residence of the CzarsMachu Picchu – the Incan Emperor Pachacútec built a cityNeuschwanstein Castle –  CastlePetra – glittering capital of the Nabataean empirePyramids of Giza – Burial groundsStatue of Liberty – huge statue a symbol of hope and freedomStonehenge – it is not clear who built, nor for what purposeSydney Opera House –  Opera HouseTaj Mahal – honor the memory of his beloved late wifeTimbuktu – Timbuktu was at the crossroads of caravan pathsAll the descriptions taken from the new 7 wonders site.

Not just some stupid statements, its science

Men like blond bombshells (and women want to look like them)

Humans are naturally polygamous

Most suicide bombers are Muslim

Beautiful people have more daughters

What Bill Gates and Paul McCartney have in common with criminals

They have scientific explanations to prove these statements. Very interesting.

I sleep under the sky watching stars, so can you

star magic1

I am a make magazine kind of guy. I always wanted to make the night sky in my room so I can watch the stars while I sleep. So in order to do this I tried it first in my bathroom which is small, if something goes wrong I don’t have to worry because I am not going to look up in my bathroom that much. So I painted the roof black and stuck a few radium stars. It was really nice. But ended up costing like 500 Rs or so and was very hard work painting my bathroom roof black.

star magic2

But recently I bought a packet of star magic that said it would do the same thing for just 50 Rs. So I thought why not give it a try. So I stuck the stickers all over my room and put the light for one or two hours and when I switched the lights off. There it was the space with stars and everything. I event stuck few stars  that looked like the really constellation. Like the row of three bright stars and a constellation that looks like a spoon. All in all for 50 Rs and around half hour work now I sleep under beautiful bright stars every night. So go ahead and give it a try. I couldn’t take the photo of my room because when i put the lights on the stars disappear. So put yourself and be prepared to be stunned.

A tip to stick the stars to the room’s ceiling  just open the sticker and place them in a way that the gum face the roof . Put them on a stick and just put them on to the ceiling that way you can do it faster and you don’t have to get up to the roof. good luck

Iphone really costs only $220 to make

I promise this is my last iphone post for now at least. The really cost for making an iphone is only $220 adding $80 more for assembly and shipping and advertising included will only make it $300. So apple is making $300 on every 8gb and $280on every 4Gb phone they are selling. That’s huge margin, this also gives apples a good margin to drop the price later if the demand comes down.  Read more here about iphone costs.

Everyone is talking about how fast iphone is selling etc. To put this into perspective the best phone ever sold was Motorola Razr.

Motorola Razr

750,000 in first month and in 5 years 50 million units worldwide

Iphone

700000 in first week so can it beat the Razr, I personally think it will not because Razr was subsidized by the provider and iphone will not be so not many people will be buying $600 phones. At least not 50 million of them.

This is how I get online in India and prices are

I will share the way I get on to the Internet. May be you will find a good deal and have an idea of how much it will cost or just to see how cheaper you are getting your Internet compared to mine.Mobile Internet: Bsnl Gprs Unlimited package It allows me to use Internet on my dopod 818pro windows mobile. It cost 200 Rs every month, I can use Internet as much as I want on my mobile.  The only thing I don’t like about this plan is that once you start roaming you have to pay 10 Rs per 1 Mb use that’s when I need unlimited connection most but the they charge me then.Price : To get this offer you have to be a post paid customer of Bsnl cellone service , if you have a prepaid connection you will have to make it post paid and then go for this offer. Which is what I did, there is a 2500 Rs one time deposit but that’s the cost for getting a postpaid connection. Grand Total is 2500 Rs + a voice package there are three different packages to choose from if you choose the package I choose it will cost 2500 Rs + 500 Rs 1 month bill (its without any call that’s just the minimum). Total comes to 3000 RsSpeed : 2 kb in the speed test, it could go few bits more when the network is not busy. Getting online takes like 5 seconds. its okay to read rss feeds and check email. But not fast enough for video or radio. To download 1 Mb takes like 20 minutes.Should you get it: If you are news junkie like me yes its worth it. I can use Internet without this plan but it will cost me 10 Rs every 1 Mb. I at least use 100 Mb on mobile so its worth it for me. If you check mail or cricket scores or news etc every few minutes its totally worth it.  And use operamini browser which is free to get the best experience.Wireless Internet: Reliance Data Card Platinum Plan It allows me to connect to Internet on my laptop anywhere in India where reliance mobile works. No roaming charges anywhere in India.Price: It cost 1500 Rs but add another 200 Rs for taxes etc which makes it 1700 Rs per month. When you buy for the first time you will have to get a modem from them which cost around 4000 Rs and a phone connection which costs around 500 Rs so to get it started.Grand Total is 4500 Rs + 1st month bill 1700 Rs = 6100 RsSpeed : 18 kb in the speed test. Getting online takes like 5 seconds. Its better than dial up and for web radio too. To download 1 Mb takes like 5 minutes. You have to use a special application they provide to connect to the Internet.Should you get it: If you want a connection that is wires free, that works anywhere in India when you are traveling yes you should get it. just put the PCMCIA card into your laptop and you are good to go. There is also a USB modem version available. I used 16 GB in one month and it took me 340 hours to download that much data. There are cheaper packages but platinum is the unlimited package. So get the unlimited package and have fun. Until faster connections like edge or mobile broadband come along. So let me know if you are using a cheaper connection. And what type of connection do you use. I am also planning to get BSNL broadband unlimited package soon I will let you know about that as soon as I get that package working.