Friday, December 05, 2008

Airtel GPRS - it is quite good.

Next week I will be traveling to Calcutta to my in-laws place. Apartment Adda is live and I need to keep monitoring the servers, reply to support emails etc. and I cannot afford to be cut off. Also going to a cyber cafe is not an option - I am paranoid of key stroke loggers and what nots. 

I did quite some research - USB cards, data access card - which were quite expensive for the 1 week access that I needed. Finally ended up trying Airtel GPRS. The speed is dial up - as advertised. My site loads up fast and I am able to SSH. That is all I will need. 

You need a data cable for your phone - so you can use your phone as a modem. Then send the message "MO" to 6123 - this is a week plan for Rs 140 - unlimited usage. And when you want to stop the service send the message "MO CNCL" to 222. Simple isn't it?

Also with the frequent power cuts I am facing - probably I will go for the 1 month plan - 100MB for 350Rs or so. 

Thanks AR Rahman for the tune and Airtel for your awesome service.


Thursday, December 04, 2008

Google Chrome now shows alert

My of late favorite browser has become my regular browser once again. It has started showing alert boxes in pop up windows. This is of build 0.4.154.29. Enjoy !!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The seed, the nucleus and the tribe

I have been following Seth Godwin for a while - he posts frequently, and each post teaches me something new. Here is a video of him giving a speech on creating a nucleus and building around it - and identifying tribes and telling them a story - http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/12/the-seed-the-pi.html

What I learnt?

* You need to sell your service to the whole world. Identify a little group of people - and show them your service, tell them your story - they will spread the word for you - if they like it and your service is good.

* Everything starts small - as a seed, as a nucleus. Hold on tight to it  - and start developing on it - working around it and slowly let it evolve. Much like the agile process that I follow - in many iterations - adapting and modifying according to the feedback and what the customer wants.


5 oft heard cliches

I am still fuming from the Mumbai carnage and hearing our politicians soundbytes. Felt it is bad for my blood pressure - so here is a post on a lighter vein - the cliches that media,politicians, pundits, commentators - keep telling on and on.

1. "Iraq is in the danger of going into a civil war."

Knock knock - Iraq was in civil war from the very beginning since Dubya started his engagement 4 years back. Stop saying it and call what it is - civil war, failed state etc. 

2. "We will give a fitting reply"

This is what our Indian politicians say immediately after a bomb goes off somewhere. They have been giving fitting replies for the past 50 years. No one knows what the reply will be. Our youth leader has said Pakistan has slapped us and we should give a fitting reply. When asked what will that be - he says that is for the PM to give. 
Dude don't pretend to be a leader come join me  in writing blogs - I can speak such things without giving any solution.

3. "Our strategy is to bowl tight and score runs"

Yawn. Same strategy from Kenya to Australia. Nothing new here. Move on. It will be the same strategy 10 years from now.

4. "We are in the danger of going into a recession"

From where Dear Economist? From a boom time - oh from another recession is it? And how is it different from the old one? Oh earlier it was sub prime crisis and toxic debts - the new one is...you don't know yet do you -till it reveals itself to you?

5."I still have some cricket left"

Now how do you quantify some? 1 Run, 2 Runs, 3 Runs?? Oh 4 is it? Ok ok - continue continue. I will also go do some work now. 

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Scapegoat

The man on the left is the scape goat because of the incompetency of the following stalwarts.

1. Manmohan Singh
2. A.K.Antony.
3. Sonia Gandhi.

Mrs.Gandhi has successfully placed "dummies" for Prime Minister, President, Defense Minister and Home Minister. 1 and 2 might be clean but that did not come of any good to handle crisis. I prefer a corrupt paan chewing bad guy who will make our enemies think twice before indulging in any such adventures.

Venkat how can you say such a thing? I know I know - even if 1. and 2. are clean - the rest of 3,4...272 are  looting - remember the just concluded Telecom scandal  - Rs 60,000 crores swindled by a Swan technology and one more company - who never had any plans of selling mobile network - but got the spectrum from Mr.Raja for a measly sum and resold it within days to companies who wanted the spectrum badly. 

So corruption will happen - its a serious cancer. But the wounds that are being inflicted now will bring us a quick death. It has to be tackled with some guts and bravado - do you think our "clean" PM and Defence Minister and "competent" Home Minister and the Remote Control can handle it? No.