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2013 in review

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Wow … 1000 views in 2013 with just 2 new posts !!! I guess people like what I am saying, I got blog more.

Happy New year everyone !

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 17 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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December 31, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Love you hardware :)

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This afternoon while having lunch, a colleague of mine says he is having trouble with his home wifi router. The router keeps disconnecting frequently and he is having a tough time resetting it couple of times everyday. I immediately advised him to get the router firmware upgraded to dd-wrt (OSS router f/w) and try to see if it works. At first he was interested in this approach and asked a few questions but soon the interest levels plummeted when I laid out the detailed process of the f/w upgrade. I kept on pushing for the router upgrade but he was not buying it and finally he said it, “I don’t think I want to do so much for the router I will better buy a new one, it would not cost me more than 30$”. The conversation was over, I consoled myself, some people will never understand my love for hardware. It was just not a router, it was an old friend who had fallen sick and crying out for help and I could not help him …

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September 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

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Why isn’t Surface RT selling like hot cakes ?

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This morning I was shell shocked after reading this article on the verge, Acer sees no value in Windows RT !!! I quickly go back to my memory archives and search of the that part of my life when I saw the Microsoft Surface for the first time. It was a YouTube pre-launch video and I was pretty impressed with the hardware, it runs the new Windows 8, Microsoft leaving the “Wintel” tag and moving on to cheaper and more efficient ARM platform, it was the recipe for success, so WHAT WENT WRONG HERE ?

Here is why I liked the Surface RT and why I wish it succeeds. It’s pretty much a desperate attempt at getting some public sympathy for Surface RT, hope Microsoft reads it and does a miracle to save this wonderful product. With an abysmal market share of 0.4% in Q1 2013 its really a call for help by God himself.

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The reason why I never liked a tablet was the non-availability of a physical keyboard integrated to the tablet. Yes you can use the on-screen keyboard for typing but that cannot replace a physical keyboard, what about my muscle memory of hitting the keys and the feel of the keyboard responding back and the sound of the keys clicking ? Microsoft did a great job of integrating a keyboard which folds away as a cover, the magnetic connector makes it easy to connect and remove the keyboard. The touch pad keyboard is smart enough to recognize the difference between a key stroke and hands placed on the keyboard, it even makes a click sound when a button is pressed. The kick stand provides stability to the device in the PC form and the way it clicks open and close lets you know how well built is the product. The display does its job, in my opinion it’s not as good as the retina display on the iPad but does its job very well and saves on some valuable battery juice.

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Windows RT is Microsoft’s best attempt at leaving the age-old partnership with Intel and moving on to the newer and more efficient ARM processors. I have heard a few users reporting 8 to 10 hours of battery back-up, well done ARM. It also provided Microsoft an opportunity to code Windows bottom up and stream-line Windows. Yes there has been a lot of questions on the new metro style UI and virtually non-existing windows app store, but it’s all in the right direction, users are not just not ready to leave the age old Windows start button. Here is my review on Windows 8. I have been using Windows 8 for the last 6 months and I love it. To emphasize my point, a year back frustrated with Windows 7, I dumped Windows all together and moved to Ubuntu. Windows 8 has the potential of being the OS for both work and play. I love the way you can use apps to split up the screen and have both Skype and MS Word on the same screen. The clean single finger swipe feature is just so irresistible. There are users complaining of low disk space on the both 32 and 64 GB versions, but Surface allows you to seamlessly connect external USB and network storage devices.

The design elements in Surface would definitely be an “inspiration” for other manufacturers but I would hate to see this product lying on the shelf. It’s a very well thought out product by Microsoft. In my opinion Microsoft has done never a good job in marketing this product , and now there are some very disappointing attempts at covering it up Bill Gate’s opinion why Surface sales will grow. Microsoft has a winner of a OS and a very well thought out and designed product. All it needs are some quick fixes (hammer in a 120 Gig SSD Drive), drop its profit margin and reach out to the right set of customers who can help create followers for the well deserving SURFACE RT !!!

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May 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

2012 in review

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Happy New year world !!!

My annual blog report, my blog had just 2100 visitors last year but I like it 🙂

A special thanks to all of you !!!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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December 31, 2012 at 5:36 am

Whats up, Windows 8 !!!

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Sometimes you should start with the verdict and then let everyone know how you reached to that verdict. With that said lets start with the verdict.

Many people may find it difficult to get used to win 8 and will be frustrated, but the one who will rise above it are going to love it and my advice to Microsoft, you have a winner in your hands so just ignore the ones who crib about Win 8.

So finally Microsoft has impressed me with Win 8, it been just under 24 hrs that I have been using it and its freaking awesome. I have been a Microsoft hater since long, but Win 8 has really surprised me.

Last night I got myself a new laptop here are the specifications for it, I was quite skeptical on Win 8 on this product, after the horrible experience I had with Win 7 on my previous laptop. It was hideous, pathetic and lots more; lets not go there. I used to make fun of Win 8 by opening a app on Win 8 and asking people to minimize the window, trust me its way too difficult than you think. But after using it for few more hours I smiled and said take a bow Win 8, take a bow 🙂

Here is my short, sweet and very biased verdict of my new playground Windows 8 !!!

The metro style side-bar is very much inspired from the unity dash on Ubuntu 12.04, but done in a much better way.

Best use of the windows button ever, finally we have a reason to keep it.

Perfect utilization of all available space on the screen, will take some time to get used to it.

Excellent way of merging the UI of desktop, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices so that all “Microsoft” users on any form of device feel just at home. Hats off to the team at Microsoft who visualized this concept.

The “app” generation is going to feel at home with the app store and app based interface and the “Windows” generation still have their favorite desktop. We will sell you the OS and then charge you for apps as well !!! cheeky but deserving.

Aligned to the cloud with cloud ready apps and ready to migrate to the new era of cloud based OS, if required, watch out Google !!!

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November 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The Call

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I fumble for my phone and look at the time, gosh 6.30 need to be outta here in 30 minutes or else would miss the start of the movie and have to deal with an angry girl-friend.

“Dear Manmohan Singhji why don’t you pass a bill which would make working beyond 5 PM on Fridays a crime ??” I speak to myself looking at the computer screen and acting as if I was actually drafting this email. “That’s too much, if you want to leave why don’t you finish up your work and leave ?” A giggling yet sarcastic response from Lavanya.

I have known her since last 4 months, who is she ? She is the lady who sits next to me. She is 32, married and has a cute kiddo. Reality is … she doesn’t like me, I should say she is jealous of me. I always feel she misses out on the fun that we have, what fun is left with a working married lady with kids. As soon as she finishes her work, she rushes back home to spend some time with her kid and hubby, and not to mention her daily chores.

“Yes Aunty, I am leaving in a few minutes. thank you for your advice”, she makes a face and walks away. Finally some peace to complete my work and start my weekend. Just then Lavanya’s phone rings, ufff these girls… why don’t they have pockets !!!

I try to ignore the call and finish off my work, but the bloody phone had different plans for me. It starts ringing again, I get up and look around if I can find her somewhere on the floor, no luck. Put the phone down and get busy with my work. And then again the phone rings !!! Now I am concerned, may be its some kind of an emergency call, I take a look at the phone and it shows “Work Calling”. Ahhh somebody from here is calling her, let me answer it.

I push the receive button, put it on my ear and before I could say something, a male voice from the other side says “Hi Jaan, I love you.” Oh god !!! Why me ??? The day I want to leave early, you have planned this for me ??? I muster all courage and speak up, “Sorry, jaan is not here I will ask her to call you back” Embarrassed I disconnect the call and put back the phone. 

All done, time to move, just then Lavanya shows up. “Hey someone was trying to reach you, I mean called up thrice. I finally received it and asked him to call back, Sorry”. “That’s OK” she responds and I say goodbye and leave.

I was just near the exit door, Lavanya comes running towards me and says “hold on”.

“You know it was just my husband, I saved his name as Work, that’s all.”

I said OK and kept moving towards the stairs, she comes back again ” Wait, Please don’t tell anyone about this call, please.” I never asked about the call !!! It was perhaps the most embarrassing moment of my life. I just said OK and moved on. For the next 6 months we used to sit next to each other at work, but the way we used to talk had changed, it was very formal and minimal. Then she moved on to a different location and I have never told anyone at work about this incident.

Every time I think about this incident, all I can think of is “Was it her husband ?”

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May 12, 2012 at 5:03 am

Per Second Per Minute Billing ?

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The Indian telecommunications industry is one of the fastest growing in the world, with 800 Million mobile phone subscribers. It is also the second largest telecommunication network in the world in terms of number of wireless connections after China. Of the 800 million , almost 95% of these connections are prepaid. Prepaid is 3 to 4 times cheaper than postpaid andthat too for the same service. In the pre-paid market the most common talktime plans are the per second billing and the per minute billing plans. So which one is better, in other words, which one is cheaper ? I recently got a new pre-paid and was trying to decide which one to go for. At first look it looked like the per second one is better, but lets analyze. It took an hour fiddling with Microsoft excel to get the below graph which gives a good comparison of both the plans.

The below graph is a comparison of the following plans available from Vodafone in Maharastra (Pune)
Plan A : Per second billing, all local calls billed at 1.2p/sec and all STD calls at 1.5p/s.
Plan B : Per minute billing, all local calls billed at 40p/min and all STD calls at 50p/min.

X Axis : Call Cost in paise.
Y Axis : Call duration in minutes.

 

A quick look at the graph tells us the per minute plan is more cost effective in the long run, i.e. if your average call time is more than 2 – 2.5 minutes. The average call duration for me would be around 3 minutes and most of my calls are STD calls, so I will go for per-minute billing.

Also attached is the excel sheet that I used to get this graph, fell free to download, modify and use it as per your operator’s plan.

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February 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm