The new airlines and the old

7 Jul

AirAsia is the newest airline in Indian domestic skies and its creating some news about its promise of disruptive fares. I believe the largest low-cost carrier in Asia in terms of fleet size and passengers carried will have some affect in the industry here when it launches in October although it will focus in South India.

While reading about AirAsia, I went to this page on Wikipedia List of Airlines of India. Apart from the list of currently registered airlines, it also has a list of defunct airlines. It is a interesting reading with names like Himalayan Aviation and Indian National Airways which existed before independence and were nationalized to merge with Indian Airlines after 1947.

Just a test of the WordPress app on WP8

9 Jun

The WordPress app on Windows Phone 8. I like that it can be used on landscape mode when you move to typing in the body of the post after keying in the title. Let me see whether I enjoy using this app to cover my upcoming tour.

Paanch Adhyay

22 Oct

It was time well spent, even on Maha Saptami evening. Paanch Adhyay proves that Bengali Cinema which had witnessed a point of inflection in the last couple years is now shining. It is especially heartening in this context as this film is of the romance genre and not drama which has been the common point of the recent list of movies making the cut. And by the almost houseful audience at the Priya Cinemas show clearly meant that the word is spreading.

Paanch Adhyay was a sensory experience. A movie that will leave you asking whether you are true to your relationships. It will make you re-evaluate your current relationships and make you think twice before making a new commitment.

Pratim D. Gupta has lived up to expectations in his debut film itself and showed his class in each one of the 5 parts of the movie. The music had already given the indication, the movie has been clearly lifted up to the next level by the rich and classy diction of the director. I dont recall having seen any movie of the romantic genre where the entire composition was so packed and the kept the audience waiting. The pace of the movie was not of a thriller though and built up gradually till the dramatic scene before the interval where the husband tries to suffocate her sleeping wife with a pillow.
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5 Apps I use most

14 Oct

ICS has this nice feature which allows you to arrange the apps in “Most Used” order. This is helpful as it keeps the apps I am most likely to open on the first page. This makes accessing the most used apps more faster.

So, if I ignore Phone and Messaging, which are the apps I use most?

The first is Facebook. I am almost addicted to it. When I am not updating my status messaging, I am going through the News Feed. It keeps me updated about what my equally Facebook crazy friends are up-to. With the latest update of the app, it is now possible to chat with online Facebook friends from inside the app only.

The next most used app is Gmail. No surprise there. I likely the new look of the Gmail app in ICS. It is extremely easy to use.

Then I have the TOI app. This app from Times of India keeps me abreast of the latest happenings in India and elsewhere. The app is regularly updated and everytime I open it, there is usually something new. Even the City section, where I check news on Kolkata, is also updated quite often.

Firefox come in at the fourth place. Firefox is miles ahead of the native browser even in ICS. I especially like the UI. The Android Add-ons are of not much help though with not many good options available. I also have Chrome installed but prefer Firefox.

Twitter is at the fifth place.

Android ICS finally

14 Oct

Just a few days I finally got to upgrade my Sony Xperia U to Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich or just ICS as it is popularly known. I was a bit worried whether the phone will slow down after the upgrade. I had feedback coming from a few friends that the upgrade is a disaster for lower end phones with 512 MB RAM. One of them who was using a Sony Xperia NEO L got the phone downgraded after being fed up with the phone became irritatingly slow! But I had to check out ICS hands-on and it was also recommended by Sony, so I went for it.

The upgrade is quite swift and straight-forward. The phone needs to be connected using USB cable with your PC installed with Sony PC Companion. The software download takes some time depending on the internet connection speed. Right before the upgrade, a warning popups that ICS may be slowing down your phone as it demands a higher resources than your current Android version, but I chose to ignore it as I had already taken the plunge. The actual upgrade takes only a few minutes. The best part is no personal data or settings are lost and you also dont need to re-install any apps. Continue reading

Google Sites Custom URL

3 Oct

It is really a pain to get the Custom URL working in Google Sites. If you are caught in the dreaded loop of ” this address is already in use” while trying to map “www” of your custom domain to the landing page of the site you have created on Google Sites, you are set to spend the next few hours trying to getting it working unless you are lucky. Everytime I tried to do this with my sites, I got stuck.

There are a number of Google product forum pages as well as personal sites trying to help out with a lot of detail. But, I have unearthed a stupid workaround while rummaging through the heap of information available which works in my cases. I am posting it here more as a personal reference in case I get stuck again later on.

1. Go to http://www.google.com/a/example.com/CustomUrl

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Murphy's Barfi

16 Sep

Had to do a little of browsing to understand what is this controversy regarding the Barfi connection with Murphy Radio.

It seems to be something out of the Seventies when radios were considered gadgets! Murphy Radio was a popular radio brand from Murphy Enterprises. In their print-ads, they featured a chubby boy called Murphy Baby. Now, the Murphy Baby became as iconic as the Amul Girl, the Nirma Girl or the Air India Maharaja. It became so popular and household that families use to paste cutouts of the Murphy Munna on their walls when women were expecting.

Murphy Radio was forgotten when radios were thrown into obsolescence. The owners were sleeping till suddenly woken up when they

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heard their brand name in the songs of the movie. I could not find much information on the Mumbai based Murphy Enterprises in news. No doubt they have realized this is a good chance to make some quick buck or atleast get some publicity out of it. They have filed a case seeking stay order on the movie complaining that the movie producers did not seek their permission before using their brand. Some dusting of old files must have been done to get the trademark registration papers. Continue reading

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Forced back to Android

1 Jul

I lost my phone last Thursday. Infact it was stolen by some magician thief through the open window of my car while I was stuck at a traffic signal while driving home from work.

I was loving my Samsung Omnia I 8530 Windows Phone. The 3 things that I liked specially about windows phone had to be the fantastic display, cool new and refreshing metro UI and the Wordament game. I was getting quite addicted to the game. Unfortuantely, it is yet to be released for the Android platform. Although I am not all a gamer, I had the feel that Windows Phone was better geared towards gaming than Android. I read quite afew online reviews which agreed with me.

I had to get a new phone. The new Xperia NXT series from the rejuvenated Sony stable had my eyes fixated from some time and I had to go for the Sony Xperia U affordably priced at INR 16,499. More on the new phone soon.

Windows Phone 7.5: Few things missed out

29 May

I recently replaced my Samsung Galaxy Fit running Android Honeycomb with Samsung Omnia  W I8350 running Windows Phone 7.5 or Mango as it is popularly known. I was looking for a good looking phone with a better camera with flash. I found the Omnia meeting my expectations and within my budget. This is my second try with Microsoft’s mobile operating system. I had earlier used a Samsung OmniaPro B7320 and my experience was good. My brother is still using that phone.Samsung Omnia W I8350

My initial hands-on reaction to the Metro UI of Windows Phone Mango was it was a refreshingly new look, a fun departure from the old and dated icons concept in Android and other existing mobile operating systems. However, after using it for the first few hours, I found a few essential things missing which I had grown used to while using Android. These were little things but key aides to making using the Android features easier. Continue reading

Interesting Stats

7 May

Just came across an interesting piece of stats on the current Business India issue.

  • Number of years an average Indian and an average Chinese will have to work to buy a 100 sq m home in a prime location in Mumbai and Shanghai: 308 & 233
  • Number of years an average American and an average Singaporean will have to work to buy a 100 sq m home in a prime location in Manhattan and Singapore: 48 & 43
The stats is sourced from Bloomberg research, April 2012.