Saturday, October 25, 2008

Some basic items

But he wrote them well . I liked two phrases (something I would wish to preserve):

  • DRY (Don't repeat yourself)
  • Single truth principle

Diomidis D. Spinellis says it here

DTH Service


I tried to see prices from Airtel Digital TV, Tata Sky, Sun DTH, Dish TV (Zee). And it looks like Sun DTH is the most agressive in terms of setting up initial costs for customers. Rs 1000 only. Others look more in the range of Rs. 2000.

But the problem in all of this is that friendly neighborhood cable-wallah doesn't want any setup charges as we already have the connection and he takes less money than what we would shell out with Big ticket players.

So, I don't really get what these big boys are trying to do. Would wait and see.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Why I like Symbian so much

May be I have used it before, or may be it is something else. But more I try it, more I think that the 'software' is one of the big problems keeping me away from using my mobile.


I wanted to read something on my mobile, so I converted that to RTF. Thinking RTF is a simpler format and so would easier on my small CPU/memory device.

Guess what? Symbian OS based Office app thought nobody uses RTF anymore! And so there is no support :)


It is good that competition is happening - Android (LiMo), Win Mo 6.1 and Apple Mac OSX would force them to up their game.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mobile Phone Specs

So, I have thinking of buying a newer mobile phone for a long time. I have a Nokia N80. I am okay with it, but I wish I had a phone with MS Exchange ActiveSync support and a wide display screen so I could read on it.

Here is what I could think of:
Spec that must be there:
Price: Rs 15, 000 (great). Max Rs. 25,000 (No use buying an super-expensive electronic item whose price falls rapidly). So, no iPhone 3G for me till Apple does a little price correction.
Microsoft Exchange 2007 support (either Window Mobile 6 or Symbian with ActiveSyncs support or iPhone 3G OS)
FM Radio
Display screen > 3 inch. 3.5 inch great.
CPU > 350 Mhz
100-140 grams weight
QuickOffice/MS Office Mobile
Opera for mobile or Apple Webkit/Safari browser
Bluetooth/Infrared, Wifi b/g, GPRS/EDGE/3G
Qwerty keyboard or touch screen based full-keyboard. No predictive text please.
Camera (quality not very important)

S/w to have:
fring - It encapsulates the Yahoo, GTalk, MSN, Skype, SIP.,
skype for mobile
Gmail client
Adobe Reader for PDFs.

Nice to have:
standard 3.5mm headphone jack
miniUSB chargeable
expandable memory (microSD)

Croma retail has a decent feature list
GSMArena has a nice compare function

An Accessory I really liked
Nokia bluetooth headset

Another phone I liked but its from Nokia, which has a lousy after sales service.
Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic

Friday, October 17, 2008

Why the crisis got worse

Ajay Shah wrote a nice informative article on the present situation.

Why the crisis got worse