Month: January 2010

Photo Frames are such useless devices

I bought one in the early days of these device, it had a small 6 inch screen. I just bought it because it was something new and i thought i would use it. But once i bought it, i realized how useless and they were.

First of all mine resets itself once the power goes off. So i had to manullay set the date and time every time, which it was capable to display. They could have put a small battery in it, that could have helped remember these details even when power went out or they could have saved it to the system. Even then its a useless device, why would you want a device keep churning photos when no one is looking at it. Just not eco friendly and waste of power.

Photo frame would only make sense if they could be used for other things. Like a tablet, when i don’t use it and dock it or while charging. It could become a photo frame or weather or news reader. Ipad is a good example of my concept.

That is the only way i think some thing like a digital photo frame could be justified.

If some one can come up with an epaper that could show a photo without any power. And generate enough power from light everyday to show one photos everyday, then i would buy one. All the technologies are available at the moment, some one needs to put it all together.

If you still was to buy one, this digital photo frame is now available in black and white colours for Rs. 8,000 with a one-year panel warranty and two-year product warranty.

Transcend Launches 8-inch Digital Photo Frame

Zero rupess note against corruption

Very interesting solution against corruption in india. I am not that daring that i can use this note.

But really interesting idea. This could also be used to catch corrupt officials. Slip one of these notes in a bundle of money and pay them, once they accept it bring a TV channel and show it.

One such story was our earlier case about the old lady and her troubles with the Revenue Department official over a land title. Fed up with requests for bribes and equipped with a zero rupee note, the old lady handed the note to the official. He was stunned. Remarkably, the official stood up from his seat, offered her a chair, offered her tea and gave her the title she had been seeking for the last year and a half to obtain without success. Had the zero rupee note reached the old lady sooner, her granddaughter could have started college on schedule and avoided the consequence of delaying her education for two years. In another experience, a corrupt official in a district in Tamil Nadu was so frightened on seeing the zero rupee note that he returned all the bribe money he had collected for establishing a new electricity connection back to the no longer compliant citizen.

Paying Zero Rupee note agains corruption in India

Being slim kills you!

Who knew being slim was also a bad thing.

I think its because when you are old, you get sick quite often and if you are slim you body doesn’t have the energy to resist it. It could also be because if you are slim you will go place and do things which can only increase you chance of death. So the right mantra is be slim now get over weight as you get older. Until some one else comes up with a study saying even that is a bad idea.

But being very overweight or being underweight shortened lives.

Overweight elderly live longer

Mobile operator codes

If you get call from unknown numbers or if you just want to know where that last missed call was from or which network.

Check out this page, it has all mobile networks and their numbering formats in each region.

Could be helpful to know which network some of your friends are using etc.

Mobile operator codes

BSNL Crashes GPRS Prices

I don’t understand what the fuzz was about. i was using bsnl unlimited for 299 at least two years back on a iphone.The only problem was it was only for post paid user and with the mobile minutes the bill came to 450 per month minimum bill.Now i switched to aircel gprs which cost 98 Rs per month unlimited.One thing i love about aircel is that i can use the unlimited gprs even when roaming. Only thing i have to be careful is to see that its on aircel network. Then no charges if its other networks its will be charged.

Unlimited: BSNL’s monthly Plan Unlimited charges Rs. 299 (Rs. 274 for prepaid users) and looks quite attractive to those who are addicted to staying connected.

BSNL Crashes GPRS Price Barriers With 5 New Packs

Apple live event on Engadget done right

Engadget finally does it right.

They have added two most asked features to their website this time around. I usually had to install firefox and get some plugins to do this. But now Engadget have add these two features one is to display the new post where you want and auto refresh.

Good on you engadget. the live event starts at 11:00 pm indian time.

Go here for the live apple event coverage

Rupee symbol design soon

India will soon get new currency Symbol similar to the $. Which can easily be typed. It is expected to be released in march of this year.

Very soon, the Indian Rupee too will get a distinct identity — an identification symbolThe Indian government had announced a competition in March last year inviting creative designs from Indian residents to represent the rupee in a simple form.The finance ministry guidelines stated that the symbol should represent the historical and cultural ethos of the country. It should be applicable to a standard keyboard and has to be in the Indian national language script or a visual representation of it. The size of the final design should not be smaller than 232 square cm (36 sq inches).Five designs were short-listed from over 25,000 applications received from across the country. The short-listed candidates made a presentation on the design in December and the winning design is set to create history in March.The five selected designs are simple, easy to write and are designed to appeal to the Indian and international community. Some of these designs reflect the Devanagari script.The finalists are not allowed to reveal the details of their design till the results are declared, expected in March 2010.

Rupee symbol design: Meet the 5 finalists

Best college ad ever

Langara College Rethink scholarship ad is the best college ad i have seen ever.Some of the effects make for great greeting cards, Check it out.Langara College: Rethink scholarship

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara on Doordarshan

Updated

Some one took my advice and made this new version of the old song Mile Sur Mera Tumhara. It is being aired on zoom and is 15 minutes long. Watch a smaller version of it below, go here to watch the full version.

The new version is okay but i still prefer the old one. Too many movies stars in the new one and less musicians and athletes etc.

This brings back so many memories, why are no other channels doing this? This is how i knew about all the famous artists and their talents.

Something like this could help younger generation know about, current artists and also bring some patriotic feeling in them.

How cool would it be if someone did a song with all the leading musicians, actors, social workers, politicians, sports stars, industrialist etc of this generation.

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara

Windows 7 would see more at 800 Rs

I am using a macbook, so i am running mac os x. I want to install windows 7 through bootcamp. I want to get a legit copy but at 6000 Rs, i can’t justify it. So i am not going to use windows 7 unless it comes free with my next computer.

If windows 7 came at 800 Rs i wouldn’t have even given it a thought, i would have went ahead and bought it. I really don’t understand this policy of companies. Can you imagine how many more copies they could sell if it was 800 Rs. They could make this without loosing any money, just give a jewel case and a Dvd with the operating system. No need to include that big packaging that come with the 6000 Rs version. In fact you could sell it as online download for 800 Rs. Then even the cost of burning a Dvd and shipping is saved, which you could pass on to the user.

I know this will never happen, but would be nice if some genius at Microsoft could figure this out.

Trouble is, not all are willing to pay for original software. Win 7, which launched just three months ago, has quickly made its way into the grey market too. The OS is officially sold in India in the price range of Rs 6,000 to Rs 11,000.That’s a price level many still find too high, even though it is strategically lower than Win Vista, which was priced between Rs 7,500 and Rs 22,700. According to reports, 50,000 pirated DVDs of Windows 7 were sold in India right from the day of the official launch on October 22, 2009, generating an unaccounted business of around Rs 50 lakh (Rs 5 million).When contacted, a grey market vendor in New Delhi, Palika Bazaar claimed that he had sold hundreds of copies of Win 7, priced between Rs 800 and Rs 2,000, since its launch.

The long wade to Windows 7

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