Month: February 2009

Tata Nano on sale on march 23

The dream car of many India will come on sale in India on March 23rd. The are claiming that they can only produce 3000 of them a month you might have to wait a bit longer even if you make an order today.

I am happy for the people who will be able to afford the car. Now they too can wait at road blocks and traffic jams and pay the high fuel charges.

I really wish Tata’s could have made some thing really revolutionary by putting some eco feature in it. If they really wanted they could have made a electric car for that price. Which would have been really revolutionary.

Imagine this, a electric scooter with a range of 100 km costs around 25000 Rs. Just put two scooter together and that would only bring the price upto 50000 Rs. They could have gotten a body and rest of the car features for the rest of 50000 Rs.

Since they were building new plants they could have easily made a factory that could manufacture electric cars cheaper. Its all about the will and they could have found a way to make  electric car that could have cost under 100000 Rs with a range of 100 Km or better. Which could have been revolutionary and made India lead the way for rest of the world.

Go here for more information about Tata Nano

Bsnl launches 3G service in India

They have started the 3G service and will have it available for consumers from April 20. Here are something you need to know about the service.

They claim they can provide speeds up to 2mbps, but if you can get anything more than 512 kbps would be great.

You will need to get a new Sim, at the moment or during the launch they don’t have number portability. So you will need to get a new number too. They are planning to sell data cards and usb modems in near future.

They have a detailed list of prices for the service. But the thing you will need is unlimited data plan which they are asking 3000 Rs per month for just data plan. Which is quite a bit costly, that will go down as the competitors launch their 3G services too.

I am willing to pay up to 2000 Rs for unlimited data at 512 kbps lets see who can provide this.

Oh by the way you will also need to buy a new phone that is capable of doing 3G.

My attitude at the moment is to wait and see.

Read more here about the 3G launch, Go here for package prices, Here for more details.

Mac is hard, believe me


I never thought getting things done in mac would be this hard. First i must confess i am coming from windows 7 to mac. So it would always be a struggle. Some of the small things you take for granted with a windows machine are hard to do with a mac.

For example something as simple as a paint program. There is none on mac that comes bundled, i really was surprised. How hard can it be to make a paint program like windows paint.

Second thing i realized pretty soon is most useful apps are paid ones. Mine might be a specific case because i have a strange problem and needs for application.

Here are the things i wanted to do on a mac and the stuff i couldn’t do.

Renaming multiple files – There is no easy way of doing it. On windows select all the files and hit F2 and give a name and windows renames all the files. On mac you have to go and create a automator action to this. Which i did and it only worked the way i want after some tweaks. This shouldn’t be that hard. There is a free program on windows called Fsresize which allows you to do with with more control. Like the order in which you want to put your photos etc. So far i haven’t found a program to do it for free.

Resizing Images and watermarking them – I think most people now a days do that. There are some free alternative that do that but my was a special case i want a image water mark. In windows i used to do it with Fsresize which is a free program. It has so many features. There is nothing that comes close on mac, you can whip up some automator programs but you will have to make compromises. I have tried every way, finally i settled for Imagewell which is a big compromise compared to windows free program Fsresize.

Search and replace html pages – there is a free program for windows called notepad++ which does this very well. But on mac there are half arsed programs like Text wrangler etc that do it. But not as good and simple as Notepad++. Hope someone ports this free app to mac. Many paid options are available but i am not interested in them i want free alternatives.

Image editing – As i mentioned earlier there is no native program like paint to edit images. But luckily there are some free alternatives. The best one out there is Seashore which is a free program that allows you to work with transparent images which is what i wanted to do. Here too paid apps are available but are very expensive or some times too limited.

Indian Language support – I just want to read them, i don’t even need native support just browser support for this. But that too doesn’t work. So i had to use parallel and run windows to get Indian languages.

No email programs – Here too i have strange problem i think many have, i have to check multiple yahoo, gmail and hotmail accounts. On windows i used to do it with pop popper a free program. But on mac there is no alternative for this, even programs like Yahoo pop don’t work on mac.

No good ftp program – on windows there are many free alternatives. On mac i am using a firefox add on called fireftp to do ftp. Which is a sad state of affairs. I know there are free programs like cyberduck etc but they don’t work as well as fireftp which is sad and shameful.

And the final big one is Blogging – On windows there is windows live writer which is the best blogging software out there, but on mac there is no alternative for this not even paid ones are that good. So all i can do here is hope Microsoft brings a mac version of this program soon. At the moment i am using scribefire a firefox add on to do the blogging on mac.

There are many more nagging things like the lack of support for data cards from airtel, reliance, etc. Small programs like iphone browser, autotext, etc. Since mac doesn’t have such big market share many don’t even bother about making the drivers or a mac version of their software.

When i decided to move to mac i never thought i would have to make so many compromises. It was so tempting to move back to windows by installing windows on mac.

There are many good things about mac, but only if you are willing to work with the operating system limitations which are every where. Unlike windows where you can do what ever you want which ever way you want.

I will soon write about apps i am using on mac which make it at least tolerable to use a mac.

But the Apple hardware is excellent, i love my aluminum mac book its gorgeous and when mac is running on it. It last for more than 6 hours on battery. So far that is the only thing keeping me from switching to windows.

Mac is fine for you, if you just want to write some stuff and listen to music and movies and browse a little. If you want to do anything little complicated you are out of luck with mac. You will find road blocks everywhere.

Slumdog Millonaire should we be proud of it

Unless you were out where there were no tv’s, papers, mobiles you might not have missed the news that this movie has won 8 oscars for 10 nominations it received. In those it includes the coveted best picture and best director trophies too. I am happy and all that but should we be proud of that.

First of all it was a movie mostly made by british technicians and directors. There were some indians involved too but look at the prizes other than the music and sound editing all the awards went to technicians outside India. Even though the story was written by and Indian it doesn’t make it an indian movie. Should we be proud that, none of the film industries in India found this story interesting to make a movie it took people from outside India to make such a movie? What does that tell us about our own movie industry? I don’t have anything against any British technicians or the indian technicians who worked on this movie. All I am saying is this movie was not made for indian audience and doesn’t come from the indian film industry.

The content of the movie also should not make us proud. It showcases the poor and poverty and intolerance of India. Which I don’t claim doesn’t exist, but I would have been more happy if it showed the communal harmony that most of the indians live in? And the tolerance of people against multiple faiths, cultures, etc.

I am happy that this movie won awards but I am not proud of it. When a movie that was meant for indian audience done by the indian film industry with leading indian actors then I will be proud of it. Even if it won in foreign language category. Something like Lagan or Chak De, would have made me proud.

But i am happy for all involved in Slumdog millionaire.

Politics in India and the coming elections

In the three states i live in election will be coming soon. Its kind of  exciting to see the frenzy that is happening around the elections.

The most exciting one is over in Andhra pradesh. Here two superstars Chiranjeevi and Bala Krishna are going head to head. This election will decide who has more star power. Which was the big questions between fans of the two stars. I am not sure how good of politicians they are. It will be interesting to see how the elections will go and how they will develop the state.

The second most interesting are the election in Kerala which will happen in a couple of months. Its exciting and kind of scary because i am from the region where you hear all kind of killings etc. So its scary, hoping nothing bad would happen and this election will be exciting. I don’t have any particular party preference. All i hope is the coming party will do more to develop Kerala. Which needs some serious development to compete with other states.

The last one is Tamil nadu, not sure which side will the election swing this time around. Unlike other states where media has freedom, here the media is owned by both the political parties so its hard to know exactly what is happening in the state without it being biased to one side. But still exciting…

Elections and results in all these three place affect me, because i live in all three of them. Sooner people realize that real development can only come from them and not the government the better. Hope these elections will be peaceful and exciting.

Samsung new i8910 phone specs

8 megapixel camera
HD Recording
Gps
Wifi
Hdmi port
DNLA compatible
Touch screen
SD card support for 16Gb

And much more

If iPhone had these specs there wouldn’t be any other phone out there to compete.

These are Super specs for a phone, why doesn’t samsung just sell this to apple and let them put their mac os on the phone. Then it would look even more impressive. I don’t think apple will ever put these features in iphone, especially the hd recording and hdmi. Hope this phone suceeds, because iPhone needs some more good competition.

Read more here about samsung i8910

My blog doesn't need to make me rich

I agree with him that most blogs don’t make enough money. But there are people who do it for the love of it. My blog does’t make enough money for me to make a living out of it. But it makes enough money and pays for itself. That way I don’t have to put money from my pocket which I think what most people are looking for anyway.

I have only about 100 visitors, which isn’t helped by two URL changes. But still that makes enough money around 100$ which is what I am paying godaddy for my web hosting and domain.

I would love if I could make a living out of my blogging, but I am happy if it pays for itself.

Read Dan Lyons post here

My blog doesn’t need to make me rich

I agree with him that most blogs don’t make enough money. But there are people who do it for the love of it. My blog does’t make enough money for me to make a living out of it. But it makes enough money and pays for itself. That way I don’t have to put money from my pocket which I think what most people are looking for anyway.

I have only about 100 visitors, which isn’t helped by two URL changes. But still that makes enough money around 100$ which is what I am paying godaddy for my web hosting and domain.

I would love if I could make a living out of my blogging, but I am happy if it pays for itself.

Read Dan Lyons post here

Breaks many hearts

Kavya Madhavan got married few days back. Its sad to see such a beautiful women leave movies. But i am happy for her, and hope she gets all the happiness she wants from her married life.

I will surely miss her, i think her best movie i like was Meesa Madhavan. I don’t think she will be doing anymore films so its kind of sad in that respect.

But happy for her and best wishes to her.