Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Youtube Movies

Watch free movies as well as rent some @

YouTube Movies

Came in via the Google Friends Newsletter.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Internet & Smartphone pangs in the night?

The "Sleepless? Then Stop Taking Your iPhone To Bed." article @ Gigaom reminds me of myself at times! It's a different thing I don't have a smartphone.

Hmm....

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Moserbaer Super DVD - M&E industry dilemma?

Moserbaer is one of India's largest CD/DVD manufacturers. They also happen to sell movie VCDs/DVDs in retail format as well as online @ MoserBaerHomeVideo.

Most of their online DVDs are Rs.99/- or so. However, they have something called the SuperDVD which is usually 3 movies @ Rs.30 to Rs.50 or thereabouts. The video quality is very good, only thing is they miss subtitles.

Interestingly, while their online catalog shows VCDs and regular DVDs which are priced close to the 3 digit number (Rs.100/-), they don't list the SuperDVDs. I don't think it's unintentional. Just shows that they are scared everyone will order only those online and regular business may get affected. However, IMHO, if that's indeed the case, it just shows how short sighted they are. They are fighting the inevitable.

Growing Impatient?

For a while nowadays, I can't wait to completely read a book or watch a movie. I tend to the read the plot/synopsis/story line online before completing the book/movie (very often as soon as the movie starts and has gone on for a few mins). This wasn't the case earlier! What's happening? :)

My adsense account disabled! Google Vs Facebook. Social Networking ...

Given the long hiatus from my blog and the apparent lack of a huge readership group, here's what I got!

One thing that bothers me when I have to blog stuff is that I've to think about a title. Seriously! Facebook is much easier with the simple "what's your status?" update. Of course, it's a "closed" group, so I'd end up posting a bit more on it than on a public blog and most of my personal, day-to-day contacts are connected via it - so hopefully, they are a bit more "informed" that what comes via this medium (blog). Does make me wonder that Google is so close to losing it on the social networking front!

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Hello,

After reviewing our records, we've determined that your AdSense account
poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a
responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due
to invalid activity, we've found it necessary to disable your AdSense
account. Your outstanding balance and Google's share of the revenue will
both be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.

Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the
effectiveness of Google's advertising system, particularly the
advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience that
this may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and
cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns about the actions we've taken, how
you can appeal this decision, or invalid activity in general, you can find
more information by visiting
http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=57153.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

So, what do I "hate" about Google Chrome?

Well, as I have mentioned earlier, "hate" is a strong word. But then that's probably a good/captivating headline :)

I love Google Chrome for a lot of reasons, including its speed, clean tabbed interface, the process sandboxing of each tab, ...

The one thing that makes me irk and my blood boil at times is the fact that it makes me think someone in their design team probably wanted to do something different and ended up changing the sizes of the minimize, restore and (especially) close buttons at the top right corner. Quite often I almost end up clicking the close button instead of the restore or minimize, thanks to the size differences between this and other applications - on Windows XP.

Do you use Chrome? Do you find this irritating? Is there a reason this is designed this way?!! This probably is one reason, but I definitely find this appearance/behavior troublesome - maybe no fault of Google, but wish there was an easy way to resolve this.

Suggestions? Apart from upgrading Vista / to Windows 7 / Linux?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Large Scale Cheating on RAJ TV?

Flipping TV channels and happened to see "Cinema Theriyuma" on Raj TV (13-Feb-2011, around 10.40pm). A show to "Guess the Celebrities". One needs to call 5664426 - Rs.10/- per minute. It's very clear that the show is rigged to the core. "Supposed" callers give the wrong answer every time. I'm quite suspicious that the channel is placing fake calls to build up the momentum. See the photo below - it's clear it's Sarat Kumar and Rajinikanth - the calls have been coming in wrong for half an hour now - unbelievable.

Interestingly my mom just walked by and said she blew about Rs.100 a few days ago on this call - was made to wait on the call by someone who prompted her to stay on for 10 minutes - counter ticking. It's sad - I'm quite sure there are tons of such gullible people who get duped. A search on the net shows good number of complaints about this program. I'd say shame on the channel and the relevant regulators for allowing this to go on. Clearly a sign of unholy nexus between tv channel, telephone companies and dare I say regulators as well?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Google introducing Two Factor Authentication (via mobile phone)

Google is introducing 2FA. You can sign in with your password and an additional code sent to your mobile phone. More details on the google blog entry.

Will you use this?

India Film Industry on Twitter

Is it a way to stay connected with their audience, fan club or is it a strategy to attract eyeballs or both or more?!

http://twitter.com/#!/list/sudhirlp/cinema

Doesn't necessarily contain everyone in the industry, just some I've come across. A wikipedia entry may be worth this one?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

microSD price dropping like hot cake

Last Sunday, I got an 8GB Transcend microSDHC card for the LG GS190 purchased recently. It cost me Rs.580 @ Mercy electronics.

When I compare it with the Rs.2150 I paid for 1GB 4 years ago (when I got my Nokia 6233), I'm amazed at how fast memory prices are dropping. Way to go!

Price comparison: Ebay.in has similar rates (Rs.585 to begin with) and Amazon has it cheaper ($8.14 onwards = Rs.364 @ 1 USD = 44.77 INR).

CD-R Price Rs7.5 per unit

I'm left with just one more CD from the Moser Baer 100 pack I bought in Apr/May-2005. At that time it was Rs.12 per unit.

Yesterday I bought a Moser Baer 100 pack from the famous Mercy Electronics at Rs.750 for 100-Box, i.e, Rs.7.50 per unit. That's approximately a 19% drop over period of 5.5yrs. Do you think it's a good drop or not fast enough?

P.S:
Retails @ Moser Baer at Rs.1200 per 100 box and ebay.in at Rs.1100 to Rs.1400!

Interestingly Amazon has it cheaper at $12.99 (Rs.581 @ 1 USD = Rs.44.77 INR) and upwards (albeit brand is different, TDK). There are local Indian brands that are quite cheap as well, just no "guarantee" on quality though.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S model stopped?

Looks like Samsung Galaxy S model has been stopped in the market. I visited Samsung showroom to inquire about the price and was told that a new model will come in market by Jan-15 (Pongal timeframe). The reason is supposed to be Super AMOLED screen shortage and newer model will come out with Super LCD screen. Not sure about authenticity.

A few minutes aprior, I had visited Poorvika Mobile Showroom just adjacent to the Samsung showroom. They too informed me that there are no Samsung Galaxy S mobile handsets since 1 week in the market and they are expected to come in about a week's time. They didn't have more information beyond that.

Mobile Lost

The wifey lost her phone on Friday evening, 31-Dec-2010. It was lost at Adyar between the visit to Birla Planetarium, Peryiar Science and Technology Center and visit to JP (Car) Battery center (more on all those in possibly another post).

It was a phone that was passed down to her from her sister via her mom. While the phone was a very old model (0.3MP camera), it was certainly fully functional and carrier lot of sentimental attachment. Resale value of it wouldn't be anything more than Rs.100 to Rs.300.

However, it brought back my attention to the fact that Indian telecom market is in between being ill-equipped and disinterested to handle mobile phone loss. While the service provider will block the sim and issue a duplicate one, they are not at all keen in tracing the mobile phone with the help of IMEI (this does require co-ordination between service providers so that the device can be tracked between networks).

The good thing however is that I remember reading an article in the newspapers recently (within last 2 weeks to a month) that mobile phone tracking (in case of loss, security?) is going to become a reality soon in the Indian market thanks to government pressure, service providers "supposedly" upgrading to required technology and collaborating between themselves. I'm not holding my breath on that one, but it would certainly be interesting and useful if it came to fruition.

We ended up getting an LG GS190 thanks to its support of an 8GB microSD card and an ok speaker phone - key requirements for the wife and kid to listen to music.

Interestingly, Univercell, the mobile phone retailer offered a mobile insurance plan for a year (to protect against loss, accidental damage, etc) for as little as Rs.50 (or Rs.100?), but I refused. I'm guessing getting that refund will be a problem in case of loss - thanks to the requirement of going to a police station to register the loss and possibly getting an acknowledgement! And you know easy (or relishing experience) that can be!