Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Social Service opportunities in chennai

I heard that helping the lesser privileged bring happiness. So i started out hunting  for social service opportunities in my home town of Chennai. I found the following to be impressive.

I found these through google search. There were many hits for social service in Chennai. I filtered those and have noted here only those i felt worthy.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

how to see if gmail chat contacts are online from mobile or web

I was searching for how to see if my gmail contacts are online via browser or mobile device. My initial google searches were not very helpful. But i found solution here . I will tell you in short what you have to do.
When you are logged in gmail, click settings --> Labs -->  Green Robot! --> choose radio button enable     -->  save. Gmail will reload and then you can see android icon besides people who are online via android and green dot for those online via browser.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

windows error "windows was unable to find ... program"

if you are using 64 bit windows seven os and you have a executable in path \windows\system32\ then when you try to launch the program , you may encounter error like
"windows was unable to find the yyyyy program in path"
The solution is to place the program in \Windows\SysWOW64\

This is something about windows behaviour on 64 bit I encountered today and solved as above.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

custom url hander in windows 7 for putty

I was trying to get web browser to launch putty in ssh mode when clicked on a link ssh2:// . I tried numerous hack as mentioned in stackoverflow and msdn. But I couldn't get it to work on my url ssh2:// . Then I found his customurl application in codeplex.  This application is very simple and works as shown in the site. For me when i clicked on the custom url, i had to accept many warnings dialogue from windows to allow custom url to handle the url and i clicked on the check box of not to show this warning in future clicks. After that it is working fine. Be careful when you are using variables. I wrote %HOST% instead  of %Host% and the application throw error of unable to find %HOST%.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

dvd playback error which are actually not errors

i got this error when i tried to playback a dvd in arch linux with mplayer

Playing dvd://.
libdvdnav:DVDOpenFileUDF:UDFFindFile /VIDEO_TS/VIDEO_TS.IFO failed
libdvdnav:DVDOpenFileUDF:UDFFindFile /VIDEO_TS/VIDEO_TS.BUP failed
libdvdread: Can't open file VIDEO_TS.BU.
Can't open VMG info!

I was thinking of different things like could it be because of codecs or region dvd settings and many other options . Actually the thing was very simple, i inserted a Audio CD instead of dvd.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

sony xperia sola battery

Sony xperia sola mt27i has a battery mA of  about 1265 to 1320mA .This is not clearly stated , but i found it in the official document in page 8 of manual . There also they give the above range. I was looking for a exact number.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

NEFT transfer time in India

I transferred money from one bank to different bank via NEFT and measured the time. I did it during the time period of NEFT, so transferring post time is definitely going to many times longer depending upon how far away from neft time you are transferring. For me it took 1 hour and 30 minutes. So i suppose that for most transaction it would take within 2 hours. Note that this time does not include the time taken by bank to authorize adding account to the transfer list.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Effect of recent influx of villager youth in chennai

I have seen that of late there has been big boom of village youth who do BE and come to city for job. They basically studied in Tamil as medium of instruction for all subjects like science, history ,etc. Hence their English is sub standard. They have been murdering the English spelling for Indian names like below:

  • samy  for swami
  • vagatesan for vekatesan
  • ragul for rahul
  • asok for ashok
And the list goes on. As once said by Einstein that intelligence has limits and stupidity is limitless. The same applies here. 

The issue does not stop there. They bring with them the practice they follow in rural areas which spoils the already pathetic city. For example traffic.

It is common for village to have narrow lane and no traffic lights. So they do the same driving here. They drive at full speed in wrong direction. Since they don't have the concept of wrong way in village. They never had traffic light in village roads. So when traffic light changes to red, they don't give a damn. My city in the beginning had meter for auto. Meter for auto in village does not work, because of small size of the village. So they pay upfront for auto. They bought the same system to Chennai and spoiled the auto drivers. Now auto drivers would see me in hatred if i ask for meter even when there is government rule to enforce meter in auto plying in chennai. Chennai is no where near the size small, so it should have meter. When all other major cities in India run meter i think there is no reason why chennai should not have meter.

These villagers who come to settle in my city ruin my city which is already in pathetic state as done by the previous set of settlers from village. TN sucks and chennai in TN sucks least. Lets not make Chennai worse.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

lastpass get mention in thegaurdian.co.uk

lastpass get mention in thegaurdian.co.uk  . I reviewed a number oif password manager recently as i was worried about my password since the list of password to remember was running way too high and i agree with the gaurdian , i too found the utility good. But I am worried about trusting all my passwords into some unknown single entity where all will be gone in one single swoop. So i am yet to use it. But if i had to use one , i would choose lastpass.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

chennai to kanchipuram and back

I was looking to go from Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai to Varadar Perumal kovil, Kanchipuram. I took a 23c bus from beasant nagar to gandhi mandapam. At gandhi mandapam, i took a 47a bus (which is also from beasant nagar) i arrived at T Nagar bus stop. From T Nagar , i took the air conditioned bus 5xx that goes to kanchipuram as the last stop. It is not express and does stop at a few places more than you could expect from a express bus. It deviates from highway to go to Sriperambadur and one more place and then joins back to highway to reach kanchi. The cost of bus from T.Nagar to Kanchi is 100Rp.
I stared from my house at 2PM on Sunday and reached T Nagar at 2:50PM. The bus to Kanchi started at 3PM and reached Kanchi at 5PM. I took an auto to kovil, which he took 100Rp, which is a mistake. You should take a share auto to kovil which will cost you 10Rp, which is what i did on my way back to Kanchi bus stand. Another way to save is to get down at the closest point to kovil, which i am yet to figure out where the point is. But from what i here there is one. Maybe next trip i will find it out. Most of the divya desam kovil I saw were Thengalai temples. I am happy to note that Varadarajar kovil is a Vadakalai temple.
I suppose there are other ways to get to the temple. Like i saw there is a railway station in kanchi. So it should be possible to board the train from Guindy to reach Kanchi. But i guess such trains would be long wait and few. I also hear that there are buses from Tambaram which goto Kanchi, but i guess it would all be low class. Of course you can take a bus from CMBT (koyabedu) to Kanchi. This would be the best option in case you are near CMBT or once the metro rail work completes.