Saturday, November 07, 2009

My blood boils

when I see these nasty, stinky, stupid family dramas on TV, and audience hooked onto them like crazy!! :)

On a different note, it however presents an interesting opportunity for those studios to provide a social networking platform to bring together and "bond"/bind their audience ;-) Not to mention provide an opportunity to watch the reruns, download them onto a set-top-box, etc. Enter Eos and the like!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Schools & Twitter

It just occurred to me that schools can keep parents notified with announcements / news by using twitter as an easy & free (for now) medium.

All that the school has to do is establish a twitter account and all parents can be notified about the same for subscription.

Will work wonders for regular news as well as unexpected announcements like declaring a holiday due to rains (or such).

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Contacts Management, Social Networking

Any way to easily merge/manage contacts on linkedin, twitter, facebook, orkut, gmail, etc? Need some kind of dashboard that shows information available for each contact (including emails, phone numbers, blogs, etc), provides option to discover/connect to them easily on each of those networks, etc. Need this from web and mobile.

Looks like some of the latest high end smart phones are going this route, though not necessarily sure whether they provide capability to do this on the web as well and how far they are elegant.

Thoughts, suggestions?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Twitter Airtel India

Twitter is now "truly" available in India via Bharti Airtel. Read their blog update here. I'm guessing absorption will truly increase in India now.

Exclusive to Airtel for about a month. And then the floodgates probably open.

Happy Diwali

Wishing everyone a happy, wonderful and prosperous Diwali.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Google Wave

Finally got an invite from Google for Google Wave. Interesting, but there definitely is a need for tons of 3rd party apps on top for it to realize the potential.

While there is an option to invite friends, the system doesn't ensure that the invite goes out immediately - kinda lame at the moment, but maybe they have their own issues at the backend in fulfillment.

My friend Krish has a similar opinion as well.

Friday, July 03, 2009

How to decrypt my encrypted data when I'm not around

Something I've been pondering about for a long time now - how to pass on my data decryption keys when I'm not going to be around anymore?

The article below captures this dilemma of mine neatly, although I don't have some of the rigid "constraints" expressed in there, nor some of those "options" as well.

A very interesting read, Tales from the encrypt: the secrets of data protection.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Recommendations for wishlist resource

Any recommendations for a good wish list resource that I can use online? I know there's one on

Froogle - not easily shareable unless you want to expose your email-id/email the wish list
Amazon
EBay

P.S: In case you are wondering why I need a wish list, hint - aikoN 79n ;-)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

And there's goes facebook vanity URL

Hmm, missed to get my first name vanity url on facebook in a matter of 2 seconds or so. So, got my usually available favorite.

In any case, you can reach me on

facebook at http://go.lakkaraju.net/facebook
orkut at http://go.lakkaraju.net/orkut
linkedin at http://go.lakkaraju.net/linkedin

Read
my blog at http://go.lakkaraju.net/blog
humor blog at http://go.lakkaraju.net/humor

Friday, June 12, 2009

Slideshow missing for photos on Facebook

I don't see a slideshow option for the photo albums (appearing in friends' pages) on Facebook. Is it just me or does it strike as odd for everyone ? Or am I missing something ?

On a different note, the wait for facebook profile page must be agonizing for those who have been on the platform for ages and now want to make a mark :)

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Flood of social networking, blogger import into orkut ?

So, there's orkut, facebook, blogger, linkedin,twitter that I'm on. Or atleast those that I can remember of. Not that I'm regular on any of these :)

All that I need is one master aggregator that will pull content from all of these and show it to me in one place, along with an ability to publish to each of these (in a controlled manner). Dreaming too much ? :) Anyone have heard of anything like this ? Using anything like it ?

On a related note, how do I publish my blog to orkut ? I found a way to do this for facebook (via the application -> notes -> import external blog). That makes life a little bit easier.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Need recommendation for good neurologist in Chennai

Any recommendations for a good neurologist (neurophysician) in Chennai? Any personal experiences to share about?

Need info for treatment of persistent headache (about 15days now and still counting) for my dad. Under some medication, but that's not really helping.

If it's not too much to ask, recommendation of doctor preferably in and around

Virugambakkam/Saligramam
Vadapalani/Valsaravakkam
KK Nagar/Ashok Nagar
Kodambakkam/Arumbakkam/Nungambakkam
elsewhere

in that order. However, proximity doesn't really matter if a good doctor is far away.

Kindly ask around/pass on this request in case you can solicit information from your friends' circle. They can reach me by posting a comment to this blog or dropping an email at

sudhir [at] lakkaraju [dot] net
sudhirlp [at] gmail [dot] com

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Vodafone penalizes customer $$ for solicited feedback

Catchy headline ? Not catchy enough ? Anyway. Here's the deal.

If you have registered a complaint or have had an interaction with a vodafone customer care personnel (in India), there's a chance you will get an sms requesting for feedback whether you are satisfied with the interaction or the case handling/closure. It also states very clearly that the reply is to their TOLL FREE NUMBER.

However, if you are naive enough to reply to that number while in roaming within any part of the country - WHAM!! You'll get hit with a significant roaming sms charge - although it was they who wanted to know your feedback in order to "improve quality of service" !!

So, BEWARE.

Talking to their customer care about their misleading messaging is pointless. They promised to take the feedback to the "concerned department" - now we all know what that means !!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Yahoo Email Import

A few years ago (2005 time frame), I wrote to the Gmail team asking for the ability to import email from other accounts via POP. That wish is finally coming true now.

I've been able to successfully import from Yahoo, without even enabling POP on Yahoo !! Yay !! Go Google, Go Gmail !

Adsense Confusion

My friend at work brought up the topic that his adsense application was repeatedly rejected with very generic reasons for about 3 times till it was finally approved.

This conversation reminded me of my way-back (2004/05) adsense "adventure" earlier (Google Ad Sense, Google Adsense and me) , and I decided to enabled adsense for my blog on trial basis.

Although I have enabled Adsense for my blog, I don't know which account is being used, whether my "way-back" account (not with google) is still active, etc. Will get to know in a couple of days.

< Promotion Plug >
So, coming to the topic of will I take it out once I find out whether/how it works, I think I know now what I will do with my earlier confusion. I will donate the amount (if any) to an NGO that my cousin runs - Surabi.
</ Promotion Plug >

Monday, May 18, 2009

What's eating your disk space ?

Two decent recommendations came up for the "Find what's eating your disk space?" question that came up at work recently.

WinDirStat
CCleaner

Sunday, February 01, 2009

ICICI bank ATM gives out fake Rs.500/- note

My classmate and colleague who is working in my office drew a substantial amount on Friday, 30-Jan-2009 from the Nelson Manickam Road ICICI ATM in order to pay this at the post office towards NSC for tax savings.

We do have an ICICI ATM at the Nelson Manickam Road office as well, but more often than not, it carries only Rs.100/- denominations - quite painful in case you want a large sum, hence the need to go directly to the bank's ATM.

Anyway, so when he took the amount to the post office for deposit, the person at the counter initially laid out 5-6 Rs.500/- notes suspecting them to be fake. Under more stringent verification, also with the help of a scanner-cum-counting device, they isolated just one Rs.500/- note to be fake and refused to accept it. When told that it was just then drawn at the ICICI bank ATM at N.M.Road branch, their comment was that these kind of things appear to happen quite often with ICICI but never with SBI or such.

My shocked friend took it back to the bank asking for an explanation. The person at the bank counter started arguing and giving possible alternate explanations that my friend could have mixed up notes drawn from the ATM with those from elsewhere, etc and when my friend started pressing and arguing with them, the bank person had a sudden change of mind and exchanged the note.

It leaves me with a scary feeling that if fake notes can be dispensed from an ATM, then where is the chance for normal people to rest assured ??!!

Challenges with HSBC Credit Card, identity management

Today, Saturday, 31-Jan-2009, I got a call from someone claiming to be calling from "HSBC" offering me an upgrade from my existing life time free gold credit card to life time free platinum credit card. I was asked to confirm certain identification details on the phone, which I refused since I didn't know who was really calling (anybody could be calling in the name of HSBC). I wanted an option to avail this upgrade by calling up the call center, but there didn't seem to be such an option. I was later told that they were a TPA authorized by HSBC to offer this upgrade, but couldn't pass on the verification completion to HSBC.

It makes me wonder why HSBC would end up doing such a thing, if it really is a genuine call. There's some amount of security, identity and data privacy issues at stake here, in the given model.

IMHO, there needs to be an option for HSBC's existing customer who could get such genuine calls to be able to call the call center and complete the rest of the verification. Otherwise, HSBC's customers wouldn't be able to distinguish between a genuine HSBC call and a fraudulent one. In fact it would appear to me that HSBC is ending up encouraging the wrong practices using this model, albeit it may not be intended.