Monday, October 29, 2007

Fuel Chart for my Tata Indica V2

Fuel Chart for my Tata Indica V2.

Contains mileage, distance per trip, litres consumed per trip, cost of fill up per trip, various other ratios.

As you can see, mileage is dropping pretty badly in the recent trips. This is thanks to the 2km trip from home to office which can take anywhere between 15mins to 30mins+ and makes me travel only on 2nd-3rd gear :(

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Printing Digital Photos in India ...

Finally, thanks to "The Hindu" newspaper, I came to know about the existence of printing digital photos via websites in India.

Almost all of these sites provide unlimited storage for photo albums and will print and courier photos to your home. I'm yet to see a tie-up emerging between these photo sites and a major retailer like Food World, Spencers, Trinethra, Subiksha, Reliance Retail, Konica or Kodak Digital Express Studios, etc. That option would allow me to ask my prints to be printed at the nearest retailer and provide a pick-up option, thereby saving on costly courier charges.

Here's the list of sites.

Snapfish India (a wholly owned subsidiary of India)
MeraSnap
ZoomIn
Picsquare

Have tried out Snapfish, fairly satisfied with the photos. The site definitely has a lot of scope for improvement. Their courier charges seem a bit on the higher side when compared to others. However, the HP name is what gives me certain amount of peace of mind in terms of a lot of things.

May try out others.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

What's up with IRCTC ?

I loved the facility of booking train tickets on internet via IRCTC.

Of late, the site has become totally unresponsive. Multiple attempts to book tickets for family members over the last two weeks have only resulted in seeing one error on the web page - "Unable to retrieve due to communication failure."

It's getting totally frustrating. Earlier, this used to happen during daytime / office hours and trying to book late night or early morning worked. Now, nothing works :(

Don't know if it's just me or whether evil is at work at IRCTC :)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Tata Broadband - How consumers are taken for a ride ...

I would like to say I don't hate the Tatas, but the manner in which their ISP is run (by "erstwhile" VSNL babus) leaves a lot to be desired. Know of first hand horror stories about their data center and co-location services or rather the lack of it.

If you can watch CNN-IBN on 6-Oct-2007 at 6.30PM IST, you will get to hear the true story of an individual try to fight his way thru' the shit that is at Tata Indicom Broadband.

Read his story in his own words here.

Very unfortunate that a "neutral" review site like mouthshut.com has tried to cut off his reviews.

Good to see that a mainstream news channel like CNN-IBM is taking this up "on his behalf". Albeit, they may have their own intentions (like program popularity).

The 1st Part will be aired on:
Saturday, 06.10.2007 at 18:30 hrs. (6:30 PM), IST

Replay of the of the 1st Part will be aired on:
Sunday, 07.10.2007 at 15:30 hrs. (3:30 PM), IST

The 2nd Part, will have more about the development of the story with many opinions about the ISP from various parts of India. This follow-up show will air on Saturday, 13.10.2007.

A good summary post also available here.