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

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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.