Thursday, April 8, 2010

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Going by the way RCB played their innings, piling up 75 runs in the last five overs, no one would have expected Deccan Chargers to put an a valiant fight. But knowing that the pitch was a batting pitch one would have still expected good amount of fireworks. And Deccan Chargers did not disappoint in any way. Symonds and Suman put up a partnership which turned into unlimited entertainment for the crowd. It was a full paisa vasool for the day. While the K-Squared couple drove RCB's scores, the S-Squared couple finished RCB into oblivion.

 

Source : Deccan chronicle

What one has to keenly notice here is the fact that Suman is now the emerging threat to many other IPL teams leave alone RCB. And on another front, he is a potential no-nonsense batsman for India when they play other countries the next world cup. His knocks were no less than brilliant while DC were under immense scoring pressure requiring over 11 to 12 runs an over. From then on it was no looking back for Suman. His calmness and composure on the field, his eyes always keen to spot the ball, his precision of his decisions on directions to hammer each ball thrown at him, shows the sure qualities of a batting superstar in the making. With Sachin Tendulkar as his icon, Suman is no less than the master blaster himself in terms of the high standards he exhibits on the field. The match was poised to be a win for RCB and Suman’s only motto was to turn that situation around. Irrespective of the type of bowler and the bowling style and speed Suman always had atleast one new place to send the ball to all around the field.

Its finally heartening to see a young guy take on Tendulkar’s traits and who knows one day he would break all records yet another time! Finally South India is seeing the emergence of yet another great batsman, who has nothing but finesse in his working style! Congratulations to you Suman on today’s brilliant performance, and needless to say, you will have much more in store for hungry fans in future! Good luck DC and Suman!!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Source: TOI

For those who enjoyed the toll highway from Electronics city to Silk Board in Bengaluru, constructed by NHAI, finally you must get ready to pay toll to use it henceforth. For those going to work, its still a boon and worthwhile investment. And for those investing in Hosur/Attibele/Jigani/Suryanagar, its even more worthwhile in terms of RE investment.

As for me, I did get a chance to enjoy this road, but even as I drove for the first time, came across a horrific accident where a car’s frontage was completely in smoke after hitting the divider. Further on, I noticed only half of a two wheeler which made gory thoughts come to my mind wondering where the driver and the other half of the two wheeler were. If you want to bet on your life, please drive below 80 kmph and in one single lane always. If at all you want to change lanes, its advisable that you give proper indicators for doing the act.

As for police patrol, its quite strong on the highway and they seem to come over immediately in case there is a problem. There are also digital signboards along the highway making it somewhat techno-gizmo-oriented. The highway itself due to its elevation is a breath of fresh air. Drive slow, and enjoy your drive.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Words don’t convey much. Pictures do. So here is the picture:

(Source: TOI)

 

Finally Bengaluru is waking up to understanding what it means to vote. And specifically to vote for a absolute majority. It does not matter who won these polls. One thing is certain that people have given a party an absolute majority. So that it can silence its critics and complete its proper functioning for the rest of the term. The BJP is on a roll as far as Karnataka is concerned. And here is why:

  • Yeddy – Being a farmer, he can understand farmer’s sentiments. Being a CM he admits to his shortcomings and tries to constantly improve upon them. Being a senior administrator his focus is sharp – develop the city.
  • Weak opposition – RV Deshpande commented in today’s newspaper that if Bengaluru’s elite had come in plenty to vote, then Congress would have won. Bullshit. If they had actually come in plenty and voted, Congress in fact would have lost miserably. Who does not know congress ? They are known to introduce those mouth watering ‘economic reforms’ which in effect are just triggers to price rises. RVD, I think you are too old to reason it out this way.
  • Dirty politics – We don’t know where DG is hiding now. But HDK was his calm self (does he have much options?) – according to him, if this is what people want, then they must be ready to face price rises, and power cuts just because they elected the BJP ? – read as an absolute majority. Damn you parties, price rise is because of us population. What can they do about it? This world just got affordable to many more people, who have joined your ranks to claim their needs -  power, water, education, transport – so why will things not get costly? Milk dearer by Rs.3, petrol by Rs.2, diesel by Rs.3, so on and so forth. And by the law of the land, since diesel got costlier, like a theorem having corollaries, everything else in India is now proportionately costly. And add to that tax, vat, surcharge, birth cess, death cess, road cess, flyover cess, metro cess, political cess, voter’s cess – and you are in a big MESS of cess.
  • The next time you eat that milk laden icecream just think how you are contributing to the price rise and you will realize you are the problem, not the political parties. The amount of subsidies on fuel is so high since the past umpteen years, that we have to cough up a hell lot to offset the situation. I dont see any difference in this price rise thing whichever party comes in. Show me one instance where there has been any price decrease on anything after or before any elections?
  • Bickering congress – no amount of youth oriented political angles could fight against a determined party working towards development. A chance lost is 100 more opportunities permanently lost.

But is it all then rosy for the BJP ?? – Not exactly. Here is what they need to do on an urgent priority.

  • Develop Bangalore fully and permanently with sufficient thought about the future
  • Understand that Karnataka does NOT mean only Bangalore. Yeddy wake up and address other lesser privileged regions before they revolt
  • Tackle infighting within party and dont show the cracks to everyone
  • Handle the Reddy dominance in money power in a tactical way
  • Complete huge infrastructure projects without slippages. Dont keep bragging about some elevated highway that NHAI constructed and stop swallowing JNUURM funds.
  • People have belief in BJP as the only party which cares for Karnataka. Dont screw up that perception.
  • Show other parties that you are secular enough. Stop piggybacking Hindutva and work towards the ultimate progress
  • Make karnataka fully literate like Kerala.
  • Use Bengaluru’s best technologies in other districts.
  • Continue citizen friendly measures

 

Beyond all this, increase in power, milk, water costs is perfectly justifiable. Bengaluru cannot afford giving everything free to people anymore. For good services, there is a high cost. Take the case of water supply. Slapping huge bills is one way of avoiding unnecessary water usage. You should keep the same bill thousand times more for corporates for them to inculcate a sense of belonging and savings.

 

Someone in BJP commented after the elections:

We had said we will make Bengaluru a Singapooru, we have achieved it now

 

For heavens sake #Yavanoobba, do you have any clue what Singapore looks like or functions like ? Did you ever realize that Bengaluru is much much bigger than Singapooru now? And did you know Singapooru is not just about ring roads and IT Firms? Have you ever thought about how they manage their garbage? Or how they excel in every other field other than IT ? Or their uniform taxation on all goods ? Or the kind of transport system that’s available there? Or that it is one of the safest city in the entire world ? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you would also agree Bengaluru is nowhere near Singapooru, and will never be for the next fifty years at the nearest of future.

SINGAPORE IS BUILT BY ITS PEOPLE OF DIVERSE CULTURES. BENGALURU IS SCREWED UP BY ITS PEOPLE OF DIVERSE CASTES AND CREEDS. FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH ENDS. EACH TIME, EVERY TIME. WHAT MATTERS IS THE HABITS, AND ATTITUDE, NOT THE LANDMARKS OF THE CITY.

So BJP, concentrate on making Bengaluru atleast 25% of Singapooru. Good luck. You have MY vote.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

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Once upon a time touch screen phones were considered luxury. If they had 2MP cameras, they were worshipped, and if they possessed Wi-Fi, it was not meant for the middle class. All that is now passe. With the entry of the BIG 3 super hit phones, the Indian market just heated up to get exciting. So who are these three and what’s on offer? Find out more below.

 

 

Image source: www.gsmarena.com

 

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The last one month has seen some hot launches in the smartphone market from none other than Research in Motion (RIM – Blackberry), Motorola, and Apple. Each has unleashed a turf war with their best selling products – the Storm 2 Blackberry touch, the Milestone, and the 3GS iPhone. A brief comparison of the specs are as below:

 

If we compare the Moto Milestone, and apple iPhone 3gs briefly with Blackberry Storm 2 9520, these are the features available:

 

Features Milestone Storm 2 iPhone 3GS
       
Price 28,500 31,000 35,500
3g Networks 2 1 3
Capacitive touchscreen Yes Yes Yes
Resolution 480x854 !! 360x480 320x480
Sensors Yes No proximity sensor Yes
Internal memory 256MB 2GB !! 256 MB
3g Speed Upto 10.2 Mbps !! 7.2 Mbps 7.2 Mbps
Camera 5 MP !! 3.2 MP 3.2 MP
Video 24 fps 24 fps 30 fps !!
Flash Dual LED !! LED None :-(
Processor 600 Mhz, lesser graphics 528 Mhz 600 Mhz, better graphics !!
GPS with maps Yes Yes Yes
Battery 1400 mAh 1400 mAh 1200 mAh

 

From this comparison you can see that for the price point under question the best value for money phone would  most naturally be the Moto Milestone. However, more of everything does not mean a better phone.

  • For example if you look at the table, graphics is much better in iPhone which means their user interface will needless to say be the best among the three.
  • Also if you look at video recording, the iPhone surpasses its competition by a good 5fps more.
  • So also with the bands supported for 3G. In this department the blackberry is the worst.
  • Again if you see the camera, the Moto beats competition hands down with 5 mega pixels with dual LED flash and the apple is not even worth talking about

So which one must you consider? Well frankly, for me, these are my opinions considering I have or will be using atleast two among the three titans of smartphones, the storm and the 3GS.

 

  • When it comes to price the Milestone from  Motorola kicks everyone else out
  • When it comes to navigation and usability for all people of the house, the apple iPhone wins by a big margin. One should also not forget the 1,50,000 applications that the appStore has for users compared to Google and Blackberry
  • For pure business applications, the Motorola milestone has the potential to keep people happy for a long time, perhaps until Google itself releases its 1GHz Nexus One (which it does not intend to in India)
  • One another important thing is that while Apple iPhone 3GS in India is locked to Airtel or Vodafone, the Motorola Milestone and Blackberry Storm 2 will be available unlocked for any operator in the country which is a huge plus point at that price.
  • With good 3g data services support from BSNL and the impending 3G spectrum auctions, all other private operators will shortly follow with their 3G services, all these phones are set to harness the power of 3G from various operators to provide video calling and other such facilities. These phones support 3G quite well as expected and this is a good feature in all phones in comparison
  • All these phones have 3.5mm standard headset jack making them all multimedia ready by nature of design
  • All these phones are GPS enabled with the Moto supporting free turn by turn navigation which is a big boon to finding your way in a lost place.
  • If you are the person who likes physical qwerty keypad, Moto is for you, if you like both touch and press (surepress) keypad, the storm is for you and if you like the touch only keypad, iPhone is for you. I am used to touch typing, so both Storm and iPhone 3gs appeal to me more than the physical QWERTY of Moto.
  • Google has only 30000 applications, compared to Apple’s 1,50,000 which is a huge marketing plus for Apple. Blackberry apps are not worth mentioning at all frankly

For any comparison there have to be negatives, so here they are:

  • Though the Moto Milestone sports 5MP camera, there is no 30fps video recording which is a shame
  • The RAM in both Moto and Apple is only 256 as compared to 2GB in Blackberry. This is a vast difference
  • None of the handsets support dual camera (front and back facing) which are most necessary for video calls, and this is a shame for the price paid.
  • Limited support for each of these handsets in terms of warranty repairs and the limited reach to the customers is slightly disheartening.
  • Blackberry and Apple have no clear maps usage policy which makes it difficult for a normal user
  • Locking to operator is going to hurt Apple’s fortunes compared to the other two competitors
  • Non removable battery is bad for Apple whereas not for the other two since they also sport more powerful batteries

In SUMMARY, if you love core technology, want huge features for low price, with Google’s famed Android 2.1 OS, look no further than the Motorola Milestone. If you are the business conscious user who have been a fan of RIM and their products and appreciate their push email technology and still need other commonly found features, then the Storm 2 is a refreshing change from RIM with their touch based screen and surepress typing technology. The large memory, and slick business features will appeal the business community for sure. If you want ease of use, large amount of apps to chose from, and don’t mind the extra cost, for what you get in return – the famed apple popularity, at the cost of some missing features, then the iPhone 3GS is for you.

Take your pick, for now mine is the iPhone 3GS since I feel Google has some catching up to do with Apple. As for blackberry, I enjoyed it as long as I had it, and would recommend it even though I don’t own it now.

 

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