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My New Laptop

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Okay, let me begin this by admitting that there was no real need to get this for my personal use. It wasn’t so long ago that I got a Dell Inspiron 640m as my main PC. I had absolutely no problems with it after upgrading the RAM to 3GB. But as it turns out, I was was being very opportunistic and offered dad (who btw needed a new laptop for his use) to take my Inspiron 640m. And I got a reason to buy a new laptop. Win-win deal, right? Yeah, I thought so too.

Sourabh’s new laptop - Dell Inspiron 1525 with Street Custom High-Gloss

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Techtree Newsletters

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Techtree newsletter

Oh, red-and-white Techtree. This is so ridiculous. I understand you’ve got automated newsletters & mailing lists at work here. But when you are forwarding your super exclusive daily newsletter to thousands of real users, the least you can do is take the pains of going through it once. Don’t just forward updates for the sake of sending newsletters daily.

You don’t have control over what junk some people post in the form of comments. Agreed. That answers why the site is filled with hilarious and off-topic comments left, right and centre. How about some moderation in what you send to thousands of inbox? Some of us are mortals who do go through the newsletters. After all, that’s one (somewhat) ad-free way to get the contents of your website.

This Blog is Now Ad-Free

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Woohooo! No ads. You can thank Tyroo for that. Seriously, this is one f-ed up service. Nothing was ever right about them. Their site sucks – no real attempt to simply their interface for generating codes. I’ve found some serious irregularities in their reports. To verify this, I asked a few people to intentionally click the ads. Three intentional clicks(all from different IPs & ISPs) on the same day were totally unaccounted for in reports. This makes me doubt their credibility. The only reason why I tried out their service was because it was Indian. Using the same code on other website has issues too. Could be they have issues in their server’s tracking abilities.

Tyroo doesn’t even care about what you have to say. They don’t respond to your doubts.

It’s not like they give better returns to web publishers either. Using Tyroo was a mistake in the first place. Google Adsense fetches great returns, I should’ve used it entirely.

What pissed me off completely is that for the past couple of weeks, all their generates ads in ‘Technology’ category were their own. No other ads, whatsoever! That is just plain retarded.

So, there you have it, my experience with Tyroo. Stay away from it. If you’re already using it, I’d like to hear your experience on the same.

Feels like home

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

After a month long fling with Windows Vista exploring what the next generation of Windows has in store for me and the bumpy, yet gratifying experience of backing up my data and uninstalling the darn OS somehow – I feel quite happy. The satisfaction and pleasure has nothing to do with the fact that how beautiful, brilliant and innovative Vista was but more from the fact that my laptop ran it just about fine(minus Aero). I couldn’t have asked for anything more from it (the laptop). Although the appreciation should be given to the scalability of Microsoft’s OS on old, aging and dying hardware but I find it easier and a lot soothing to give the credit to this two year old piece of mobile computing device with a 110 seconds battery life. During the uninstallation, my poor luck continued as I lost/damaged/misplaced the XP’s installation CDs. That meant running Ubuntu again, resorting to Automatix2, downloading all the packages to run you through the next couple of days without compromising anything – you know the drill.

It also means now I am back to Genuine Windows XP Professional, its classic theme, minimalistic looks and my beloved list of software applications that I so love to use. Title anyone?

Office Office

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Say what ever you want about Microsoft for their OS called Windows and other products like their mail service. I curse them for it too more often that not. Microsoft must have enjoyed a lot of criticism for these products over ages. They come up with new updates and security flaw patches every second Tuesday of each month, but during all this while they have always had one of their products remarkably different. It has always been the best and served the purpose it is intended for. Tough to get any obvious, has to be Microsoft Office. My earliest memories of an office suite go a little less than a decade ago – using MS Office 97 on Windows 98.

Back to present, Microsoft Office 2007 – currently beta. I tried out the Beta release provided exclusively by Digit this month in their August DVD. Installation was completed even before I realized that the Setup was running. Just a couple of mouse clicks and the office suite was ready out of the box. Good work! The new looks of Office is really sexy and has given a lot of importance to ergonomics. The feel and layout is completed revamped. A whole set of features have been minutely fine-tuned and glorified for aesthetic and efficient productivity.

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ASUS India Notebook Service

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Asus India had organized a laptop service camp for all brands of laptop in Mumbai for 2 days. I wanted to get some things sorted out in my laptop, so I decided to check out the Asus Service. I finally got some company at the last minute to make a trip all the way to Andheri on a lazy Sunday morning.

The Service Center was a well-furnished place with nice aesthetics, appealing environment and a polite staff. It was completely in contrast to that of Acer’s. The Receptionist was kind enough to ask me for some beverages, after I filled up the guest book. As luck may have it, not many people had turned up for the service. I had my ticket to a session with the engineer within no time. It didn’t take me long to explain him the issues with my laptop. Next up, I was handed over a small feedback form to be filled up while the issues were rectified.

The lobby had a sleek 19” widescreen LCD display powered by an ASUS Small Form Factor PC, which looked quite cool on the counter. When I made my way in there, I caught the last 15 minutes of the movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow’. Just when I was done with the feedback form, I was informed that my laptop had been taken care of. I was shocked to see everything done in less than 30 minutes:
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A Nice Feeling

Friday, July 28th, 2006

I had been working for a while with LaptopLogic in my spare time. A couple of months have passed since I first started, and I must admit it has been an interesting experience. I was completely unaware what online publishing was all about and how professional things could go.

One of my first works with them involved etching out a TV tuner guide for the laptops. I have always tweaked and fiddled with TV tuners from the day I got my first PC for my own use some years back. I couldn’t have thought of a better topic for my first guide at LaptopLogic. Pinnacle India was kind enough to provide the Pinnacle PCTV100e for the review and the guide in general. But as things turned out, due to some reasons the guide could only be published last night. You can have a look at it here.

However, it is not my first guide/review, but I really like how it really shaped up well, with inputs from Thai and Dan from the team. There is this immense satisfaction after going through with the different sections on the guide, which made me scribble this down :)

PC World debuts in India

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

When an international publication like PC World set foot on the Indian turf and come up with their dedicated magazine aimed at the Indian masses, it’s kind of a warning sign for existing mags. Competition does a lot of funny things, and I kinda expect the same to be happening here.

I got hold of the first issue of PC World Indian edition yesterday. Inaugural price of the issue was a descent 60 Rs. This didn’t make me think twice about buying the issue. I have been a reader of their international issues for long via e-books. A couple of things which I liked about PC world distinctly were their unique rating system and column based articles by writers. I expected the same in the Indian issue, and I was not wrong. The layout and other details were parallel to their international publication. Majority of the articles featured came from global writers for their big brothers probably. I do expect a lot more to lend it an Indian touch. The issue comes with a free dual layer DVD which boasts Ubuntu Dapper, Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Fedora Core 5 64bit edition ( the last three don’t mean much to me) – I don’t mind – especially when I wanted to try Ubuntu 6 for long and my net connection has been down for well over a few weeks to download it.

The PC World DVD has been a blessing in disguise. The optical drive in my laptop had been dead for more than a couple of months and barely managed to read burnt cd’s. But when I popped in the PC World DVD, My drive rejuvenated and for my surprise – not only did it read the DVD also burnt the Ubuntu image perfectly (nevermind if took 12 minutes to write it)

All in all, it is nice to have more choices/options which can resort to quench your thirst for technology when you buy the magazine. There are a lot more choices at the newsstand than ever before by the likes of Digit, Chip, Computer Act!ve, PC Quest, Linux for You, Skoar! and now the PC World. I am sure there would be a few more but these are all I recollect now.

As for first PC World July 2006 issue, it is a nice beginning. I hope they pack in more volume in their mag in the next issue – 110 odd pages is too less. I wonder how long they would stick to the inaugural 60 Rs. I would be happy to see their Indian website to be on similar lines to their main portal @ www.pcworld.com offering more than just some info about their mag and offer some interactivity. I have never been in favor of subscribing to limit yourself to a single magazine. There are better options available every month- so its worth buying from the news stand and getting the issue which appeals you the most. All these magazines are throwing attractive subscription offers to cement their subscribed reader base. So lets see how game all these computer magazines are in this competition. In the end, readers are the only one who will benefit when they try to be better than their counterparts with better content, offers and deals.

Tata Indicom Broadband’s new face

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Yet again, I am writing about Tata Indicom Broadband. Went to their office to change my broadband plans. Got a nice ‘shift of Broadband section to near Akbarallys on VN Purav Marg’ sticker waiting for me. Even Tata realized what a waste of real estate their Broadband department was in their multi-storeyed building. So much that they trashed them 200 metres away from their main building.

The new office is just besides the Bata Showroom, near Akbarallys – Fort. Quite a lot of money had been put in apparently for no reason. So, now I realized that only thier new look on their website, was not the only change. All the staff were seen doing nonsense stuff, chatting on yahell, talking on phone with their gf’s and sipping tea. Pathetic to see, there were people waiting in queue on the first floor for God knows what reasons. And NO! I wasn’t at their place at lunch time, if you were wondering. The whole new staff had no clue how to go about things. I ended up explanining the procedures how things were done before. Paid my pending bills and submitted the plan change form.

I just hope they do the needed pretty soon and I get a lil better speed from what TRAI calls broadband. Hell I am paying 2k INR for this, it better be something nice with no hidden upload capping at 64kbps like BSNL Dataone.

Whats up with Tata Indicom Broadband?

Friday, May 12th, 2006

I get a feeling that Tata Indicom has completely forgotten about the basic fact that they run a ISP business and not some web services business via their customers. The list of their services which are accessible from the Tata Indicom Broadband id know no limits. Net Telephony, Web2SMS, Movies, Songs, Videos, Games, Online Encylopedia, Matrimonials – you name it. They have even started their own Domain Registration and Webhosting .

Its high time they get their wits together and do something about it. The tariff plans are a big joke and I dont even wanna talk about them. Stuck with them coz I have no other option to suit my requirements.