Thursday, November 22, 2012

Speedtest - 2012-11-Nov-22


Test Date: Nov 22, 2012 10:27:59 am
Connection Type: Wifi

Server: Chennai
(with Aircel, via Samsung Galaxy S3)

Download: 1468 kbps
Upload: 1180 kbps
Ping: 247 ms




(with vodafone india, via Apple Ipod Touch, 4th Gen)

Download: 1.16 Mbps
Upload: 0.55 Mbps
Ping: 45 ms


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Donate to Wikipedia - and - you should know how to ask

Wikipedia runs on donations. I'm not into debating whether it's the right model to adopt or not.

They have "improved" their way of asking for donations by making the requests in local currency (at least this is the first time I noticed). See the banner that was presented to me earlier today. I couldn't say no, given the amount of usage that I put wikipedia to!


Did you donate? If not, please consider doing so.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Improving app discovery the social way


I love to discover apps for my mobile, tablet, ipod touch, etc and I'm sure most of the others who have such handheld devices feel the same way. While the current app engines like "Google Play", "ITunes Store", "Amazon Apps", "Samsung Apps" etc try to fulfill this in some way or another, it still doesn't fully meet my/everyone's requirements.

For long, I've wanted the ability to know what apps are popular with my friends, and for me to publish what I use in an easy way so that others can see what I've discovered (other than me having to write about it).

Would it be possible for Google/Apple to aid app discovery by allowing my phone/tablet/... to publish the list of (my selected) apps that I have installed on my phone/tablet/... to Google+, Facebook, Twitter (via some URL), etc?

Google+/FB/ (or Google/Apple) then in turn needs to have a way for users to discover the popular apps, categories (and such) in their circles at the aggregate level and even deep dive to individual users.

I terribly miss the capability to share my list of apps in an easy way and/or discover what others are using.

Is this already available and I'm somehow missing it? Or do you know if there are such plans on the cards and it's on its way? If so, when? If not, do you know how it can be brought to the attention of the powers that be?

I feel that it may also be worthwhile to provide a mechanism to indicate the phone manufacturer, model, OS, etc in FB, G+ posts - if users wish to include it - and provide a similar mechanism for discover.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

GPRS speed testing

Test Date: Nov 4, 2012 6:11:26 pm
Connection Type: Cell
Server: Chennai
Download: 332 kbps
Upload: 15 kbps
Ping: 78 ms

A detailed image for this result can be found here:

http://www.speedtest.net/android/283595654.png

Ookla operates Speedtest.net using a massive global infrastructure to minimize the impact of Internet congestion and latency. With millions of tests performed every day across hundreds of servers, Speedtest.net is the ultimate resource for bandwidth testing and related information. Visit it on your computer today to find out why.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Upgrade after almost 6 years

Back in 2006, I talked about my second phone, the nokia 6233.

After spending about Rs.2000 recently in making it looking brand new, I decided to take the dive.

And got myself a Samsung Galaxy S3, 32GB!

That's the reason for excitement and cryptic posts :)

More another day, another time.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Got a phishing scam call today, 19-Oct-2012


19-Oct-2012

A few weeks ago, instead of hitting delete on one of those "get rich schemes" that come via SMS, I happened to hit respond by mistake. Before I realized that I hit "reply" an empty sms response went out and I couldn't cancel it before it went out.

I set my mental register to have a watch out for when I'd get further sms/calls regarding this. And, it happened today (or so I think).

As I was driving, I got a call from +002061 and a very polite lady on the phone with clearly Indian accent started talking to me asking if my name was indeed Sudhir Parasuram. When I confirmed, she said that my computer was affected by virus and they found it because they run daily scans to users who connect to the network and that the scan was being done in UK and they found my name reported today. She wanted me to check for a file on my computer's recycle bin and also give my computer name.

Around this point of time, I started asking, who she was, why she's calling me, where from and if that she was for real, she should send me this info via email. She had vague responses and almost hung up the phone on me at that point.

Gotta be more watchful now and inform the wifey as well!

How not to irritate your customers/prospects

Hello there! It's been a while since I posted anything.

I was trying to get a new standard chartered credit card due to their "no surcharge on fuel at any outlet" policy and 5x rewards points for 3 chosen categories options. Imagine my frustration when it was not even possible to get in touch with them in a productive manner! See screenshot below.

Internet presence for a lot of companies needs to improve tremendously for them to make significant and satisfying impact.


Thursday, June 07, 2012

SPAM SMS and Pesky calls on the rise once again?


Of late, the number of spam SMS (and pesky calls) is on the rise. It was quiet for quite a while, but the noise has started to grow once again. When I recently received 2 SMS in the middle of the night around 1.30am, that's sign that the bad times are back. On an average I'm receiving at least one SMS a day now, and one call once in 2/3 days.

Are you seeing the same?

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/telecom/SMS-spam-is-back/articleshow/13888492.cms

Not sure how much the National Do Not Call (http://ndnc.in) registry is helping.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Speedtest.net Mobile Result


Test Date: Jun 4, 2012 7:12 AM
Connection Type: Wifi
Server: Chennai
Download: 1.42 Mbps
Upload: 0.58 Mbps
Ping: 40 ms

Internal IP: 192.168.2.5


A detailed image for this result can be found here:

http://www.speedtest.net/iphone/267818139.png


Ookla operates Speedtest.net using a massive global infrastructure to minimize the impact of Internet congestion and latency. With millions of tests performed every day across hundreds of servers, Speedtest.net is the ultimate resource for bandwidth testing and related information. Visit it on your computer today to find out why.


Sent from my iPod

Speedtest.net Mobile Result

Test Date: Jun 4, 2012 7:09 AM
Connection Type: Wifi
Server: Mumbai
Download: 0.97 Mbps
Upload: 0.57 Mbps
Ping: 112 ms

Internal IP: 192.168.2.5


A detailed image for this result can be found here:



Ookla operates Speedtest.net using a massive global infrastructure to minimize the impact of Internet congestion and latency. With millions of tests performed every day across hundreds of servers, Speedtest.net is the ultimate resource for bandwidth testing and related information. Visit it on your computer today to find out why.


Sent from my iPod

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Samsung: What's wrong with this tab firmware upgrade picture?


I am in the process of upgrading my Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 firmware image. What's wrong with the picture?!!!!!

The fact that my tablet has to be connected to the pc while my laptop is downloading the firmware from the net!!!!!!!!! I couldn't get more irritated with such nonsense. Why does it say it has to stay connected to the laptop? Why can't the kies software just download it and prompt to apply it when I next connect my tab?! Silly! Maybe I'm missing something?!