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Sunday, December 26, 2010

India Mobile Telephony - Telecom Circles

Here is some notes that I took from my recent study of Indian Mobile Telephony

Indian Telecom market is divided in to 22 Telecom Service Areas (otherwise known as telecom circles)

Telecom Operators have to obtain circlewise licences to operate in these circles.

The 22 Circles are inturn classified as follows:

Metros (2)
Delhi, Mumbai

Category A Circles (5)
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Tamilnadu

Category B Circles (9)
Haryana, Kerala, Kolkata, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP (East), UP (West), and West Bengal

Category C Circles (6)
Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, North East and Orissa,

Symbian Source Code - Free Download

Symbian Goes Open Source way. The complete Symbian Platform is now available for free download.

Symbiam Foundation announced the open source release of the worlds most widely used mobile phone operating system. Symbian platform, has the record of powering more than 330 million devices around the world

As Symbian Foundation's tag line says, the future of mobile is Open. And so, is the symbian source code.

To download Symbian source code free, visit:

Snow Leopard; a better Operating system than Windows 7

windows 7 may look luring and outstanding but people who got used to the apple's latest Snow leopard operating system can never look towards windows 7. definitely, this apple's OS denigrates Microsoft's latest product.

Snow Leopard has all the business required features like integrated Mail, Address Book, and iCal support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.

So, before you go for windows 7 operating system, try your hands on Snow leopord.

The Immortals of Meluha - Amish Tripathi

Immortals of Meluha
I liked the following lines as a promotion for this book

"Enter the world of immortals
of perfect and pure warriors
Sustained by the magical 'somras'
Plagued by the 'carriers of bad fate'
Defending their borders against the impure
Besieged by the hooded terrorists
A land on the verge of conflict
Finds strength in an ancient legend
the fruition of Lord Ram's unfinished task
by the destroyer of the evil
A kingdom seething the war
waits for the chosen one
A man seen by none "

The Immortals of Meluha is the Story of Shiva, a simple man, whose Karma recasts him as our Mahadev. The God of Gods.

‘The Immortals of Meluha’ is written by Amish Tripathi, 35 year old IIMC grad who works with IDBI as National Head Marketing & Product.

This book is the first in the trilogy he is writing.

Trilogy is as follows:

Book 1: “The Immortals of Meluha” – Released on 28′th Feb 2010

Book 2: “The Secret of the Nagas”

Book 3: “The Oath of the Vayuputras”

Infrastructure As A Service - Cloud Computing In India

Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS) is the latest buzz in these times of capex cuts across organizations.

IAAS is a Cloud Computing concept, where the Infrastructure is available as a virtualized resource and is scalable as per the requirement of the user.

Recession hit companies, that have tight budgets for their expansion plans are seriously exploring the IAAS concept, as it provides them with the much needed infrastructure at zero Capex.

Recently, Indian Telecom Major Tata Communications announced that it will offer Infrastructure As A Service (IAAS) to Indian enterprises on a pay-per-use basis. Tata Communications is partnering with NetApp to provide these services.

NetApp has upgraded its ONTAP 7G and GX versions and came up with a robust ONTAP offering for the new age enterprise cloud computing needs.

Tata Communications provides the choice of time slots when the customer can use the infrastructure facilities.

Tata focuses on the Small & Medium Enterprise space, as the SMEs are the segment with Capex constraints. Further, SMEs need generic services with least customization.

As of date, only 5 percent enterprises have adopted cloud computing. However, over 40 percent of Indian enterprises are looking at adopting cloud computing services over the coming days.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the concept of using computing resources over the internet.

The title "cloud" in computing parlance is an abstraction of the complex internet infrastructure; that the end user need not worry to know about, as long as his computing requirements are met with.

Cloud computing users (customers) do not generally own the physical infrastructure that they are using. They just pay for the services that they consumed.

So, Cloud Computing essentially saves the companies from huge Capex that they otherwise had to incur for their computing needs

Typical Cloud Computing Services that are available in the current market are:
Software As A Service (SaaS)
Platform As A Service (PaaS)
Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS)

Which OS are you? - Snow Leopard, Windows 7, Chrome OS

The OS space will get hotter later this year with three of the computer giants gearing up for the release of their Operating Systems.

Microsoft, is all set to release its Windows-7 in Oct 2009. This world leader in personal computer software, has already released the Beta and Release Candidate (RC) of Windows 7. Windows-7 is expected to fix all the issues of Vista and is much more robust compared to the previous versions of the OS. Catch up with all the latest happenings on Window-7 front, Here

While MS is readying with Windows7, its rival down south, Apple is stirring the competition with its all new Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Apple Mac OS, the world’s most advanced operating system, is further refined by Apple; creating an even more powerful version - Snow Leopard. Mac OS X Snow Leopard will be the foundation for future Mac innovation. Here is a link to Apple's Snow Leopard info.

These Global giants in OS space will see a new competitor this year, as Google gears up to launch Chrome OS later this year as I wrote earlier on this blog. Read more about Google Chrome OS at its FAQ page

So, Which OS are you?

The Art of Choosing - Sheena S. Iyengar

The Art of Choosing written by Sheena S. Iyenger was released on March 1, 2010.In this book, she digs into questions like

why choice is powerful?
where the power to choose comes from?
the ways in which people can make choices?
the relationship between how we choose and what we are?
why are we so often foiled by our choices?
how much hold we have over our everyday choices?
how to choose when there are myriad of options?
can we have others choose for us ?

Its an out of the box theme and thus has already became a sensation.Its worth a reading.

The author Sheena S Iyenger is a professor of columbia business school. her courses include "Thinking Globally" " Leadership development", "entrepreneurial creativity" and others.In 2005, Sheena's course on Leadership earned her an Innovation in the Teaching Curriculum award from Columbia Business School.

In 2002, she was the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Social Scientists. Her work has also been published in premiere academic journals across such disciplines as economics, psychology, management, and marketing, and it is regularly cited in top news outlets such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on National Public Radio.

SUSE Studio released

Suse is a user-friendly Web service that allows you to create your customized Linux distribution as a live CD, USB, Xen, or VMware image.

Users have control over adding any repositories, packages, and files to the distribution. A new user can do the full creation and customization of the software appliance in approximately ten minutes.

It also includes a Flash-based 'test drive' service, which allows you to try out your appliance in a Web browser before downloading it.

The web-site has a very good look and feel.

Visit the web-site by Clicking Here

OLAT - Online Learning and Training

OLAT (Online Learning And Training) is a web-based open-source Learning Management System (LMS) based on Java and completely free of charge.

List of OLAT features:

* Java based framework, HTML based front end GUI
* AJAX/Web 2.0 enabled
* Entirely multilingual, UTF8 supported, online translation tool

OLAT is Java based framework can handle over 700 students simultaneously on one standard Linux server. OLAT uses cutting edge AJAX/Web 2.0 technology. OLAT supports eLearning standards such as SCORM, IMS Content Packaging or QTI.

For documentation, Click Here

To Download OLAT, Click Here

To join the OLAT Forums, Click Here

SAMBA - SMB/CIFS networking protocol

Samba is a free software re-implementation of SMB/CIFS Networking protocol.

Samba is an Open Source/Free Software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients.

Samba uses the TCP/IP protocol that is installed on the host server.

When correctly configured, it allows that host to interact with a Microsoft Windows client or server as if it is a Windows file and print server.

Click Here for SAMBA Documentation

Click here to go to SAMBA Forums

Hibernate - High performance ORM framework

Hibernate is a high-performance object/relational persistence and query service.

The most flexible and powerful object/relational solution on the market, Hibernate takes care of the mapping from Java classes to database tables and from Java data types to SQL data types.

It provides data query and retrieval facilities that significantly reduce development time. Hibernate's design goal is to relieve the developer from 95% of common data persistence-related programming tasks by eliminating the need for manual, hand-crafted data processing using SQL and JDBC.

Hibernate provides an easy to use framework for mapping an object-oriented domain model to a traditional relational database. Its purpose is to relieve the developer from a significant amount of relational data persistence-related programming tasks.
Hibernate also provides data query and retrieval facilities.

Hibernate generates the SQL calls and relieves the developer from manual result set handling and object conversion, keeping the application portable to all SQL databases, with database portability delivered at very little performance overhead.

Theodore boone - John Grisham

John grisham, well known author of law trail novels, comes up with another master piece from the same genre.

the story revolves around a boy named Theodore Boone, who dreams of being a famous trial lawyer capable of handling big cases without losing a case in front of juries.
He also dreams of becoming a great judge noted for his wisdom and fairness. He is always in a confused state to decide which dream he has to run after.

This book is relatively shorter with just around 200 pages and hence a single journey read. hence this is most suggested for travelers.

The web site has done a very good job in promoting this novel. One has to go through this site before reading the novel for the impact it provides to visualize the scenes and various attires.Especially the office and the courtroom images are good and interesting.

More Free Software Downloads for Everyday Use

Coming to the Entertainment Software & Utility Software side, here is a list of software that we must have on our system.

6. Media Player classic

Media player classic looks very simple and Atomic, but it has lot many features and supports lot of formats. It also helps in creating sub-titles and supports audio adjustments.

Download Media Player Classic From Here

7. True crypt

This is an open source disk encryption software, it creates a virtual disk, partitioning in the disk and it has lot many features. Just download it for free and check it once.

Get True Crypt From

8. PDF Creator

With PDFcreator we can make pdfs on the fly. Lot of security is also available and it includes digital authoring components also

Download PDFCreator From Here

9. 7- zip

In this era of uploading and downloading; data compression is very important. 7 - zip is the best in data compression abilities and its also free

Download 7-zip From Here

10. Clamwin

Now you have got all what you need but last of it all you need an antivirus which protects your system and that is where Clamwin walks in. Its a light weight component and eats small amount of memory; not to forget its free.

Download Clamwin From Here

Download Free Software for Everyday Use

Here is a list of User Friendly Software that is available for Free Download. These may be of very much useful for your day to day work

1. Firezilla

Firezilla, is free ftp transfer utility tool. It is the best in streamlining and automating batch transfers and also very agile and fast.

Download Firezilla From

2. Virtual Box

Virtual Box is a free Virtualization Software, where we can have maximum of 32 virtual computers in our system. It is developed by Sun Microsystems and is extremely feature rich, high performance product

Get VirtualBox From:

3. Open Office

Open Office is just a replication of Microsoft Office 2007/2003. It is free and has many rich features and can be run on any operating system

Get Open Office From Here:

4. FireFox

FireFox is the best internet browser with maximum functionality. It is must for all those net addicts.

Download Firefox From Here

5. is a very useful software for paint and design purpose. It is very agile and user friendly in development. Only pre-requisite is that we need .NET framework installed in our systems. It is available for free download.

Get From Here

Google Chrome OS

What do the users of a home computer need? A computer that is good enough to serve their browsing purpose! A computer that protects their systems from Adware, Malware, Trojans and viruses! That’s what Google is bringing to us next.

Google is developing a new light computer Operating System titled as “Google Chrome OS”

A light computer operating system serves the basic purposes of home computing usage like web browsing. Google Chrome OS is essentially targeted for NetBooks (low cost laptops) with a primary focus on web surfing.

Google Chrome OS is an open source project and is developed using Linux Kernel and Google Chrome web browser. It uses advanced computing concepts like Cloud Computing along with robust security features.

As the Netizens get curious, Google published a Google Chrome OS FAQ. Here is the link for the same Those who wants to work with Google Chrome OS project, can visit the jobs pages listed on this FAQ page indicate that they are interested in Chrome.

Google Chrome OS is expected to release by end of 2009 and with this Google takes its arch rival Microsoft, head on.

Axis2 -- XML based web service framework

Apache Axis2 is the core engine for Web services. It is a complete re-design and re-write of the widely used Apache Axis SOAP stack, built on the lessons learnt from Apache Axis.

The new architecture on which Axis2 is based on is more flexible, efficient and configurable in comparison to Axis1.x architecture.

Some well established concepts from Axis 1.x, like handlers etc., have been preserved in the new architecture.

Apache Axis2 not only supports SOAP 1.1 and SOAP 1.2, but it also has integrated support for the widely popular REST style of Web services. The same business logic implementation can offer both a WS-* style interface as well as a REST style interface simultaneously.

Apache Axis2 is more efficient, more modular and more XML-oriented than the older version.

It is carefully designed to support the easy addition of plug-in "modules" that extend their functionality for features such as security and reliability.

Novell - Virtualization, its free

NOVELL DEBUTS SUSE LINUX ENTERPRISE 11 SERVICE PACK 1.: An article from: UNIX UpdateThe Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) focuses on the growing opportunity for Linux as a virtualisation platfrom.

SLES now incorporates the open source hypervisor Xen.

With the integration of the Xen hypervisor in SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, Novell provided the first enterprise-ready Linux virtualization product to reach the market.

As data center customers look to virtualization for server consolidation, Novell's out-of-the-box innovation give them the ability to create virtual machines running para-virtualized guest operating systems for optimal performance.

Mediawiki- where the wikipedia is built on

MediaWiki is Wikipedia's own Wiki engine.

Not the most full-feature but certainly the most popular solution and one of the easiest to install and scale.

For information on mediawiki. go to

for information on Documentation go to

Core development team is less than 10 people.It is based on PHP/MySQL.

GeoDNS, LVS, Squid, LighHTTPd, Lucene and Memcached can extend it.

MediaWiki code is also rather simple and well-documented, making it easy to adapt to specific needs.

Here is the link for MediaWiki Installation:

Moodle - Build e-School websites

Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities.

Moodle is designed to help educators create online courses with opportunities for rich interaction. Its open source license and modular design means that people can develop additional functionality.

Moodle has many features expected from an e-learning platform, plus some original innovations (e.g. its filtering system). Moodle is modular in construction and can readily be extended by creating plug-ins for specific new functionality. Moodle's infrastructure supports many types of plugins:

* Activities
* Resource types
* Question types
* Data field types (for the database activity)
* Graphical themes
* Authentication methods
* Enrollment methods
* Content Filters

Many third-party Moodle plugins are freely available making use of this infrastructure.

for more information, visit

And There by Hangs a Tale - Jeffrey Archer

Witty, lucid and entertaining writer Jeffrey Archer comes up with a collection of short stories under one name "And there by Hangs a tale"

This time Jeffrey Archer has touched on Indianness and Indian aspects where the novel starts from a delhi incident.This book is suggested if you want to travel and you want to pass the waiting time.

For many literary critics " And there by hangs a tale " might look like a pot boiler, but like all other jeffrey Archer books, "And there by hangs a tale " would keep the readers glued to the book until the end

Joomla ! free content management system (CMS)

Joomla! is a content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla popular Web site software available.

Best of all, Joomla! is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

Joomla! feature list:

* Account management
* Content Management
* Caching
* Authentication using LDAP or OpenID
* Pluggable components (plug-ins).
* Module development using Model-View-Controller development model.
* Blogs, Newsfeeds and online polls
* Search
* Support for Language Internationalization

For documentation and other information on Joomla: Visit Joomla! Here

Blackberry The Inside Story of Research in Motion - Rod McQueen

This book deals with success stroy of black berry which is a student start up and currently recorded a 75 million smart phone sales.
This book is about Jim Balsillie and Mike Laziridis , the CEO's of the company and how they have turned the RIM into a successful journey. With statistics, it shows, how RIM has been able to maintain and exceed its own expectations. This book is an inspiration to college grads but would be mentor guide to fresh entrepreneurs

The Eatons: The Rise and Fall of Canada's Royal FamilyRod mc queen, a journalist by profession for last thrist years has authored around dozen books.he has won the National Business Book Award for "Who Killed Confederation Life?" and the Canadian Authors Association award in history for the #1 best-seller, "The Eatons: The Rise and Fall of Canada's Royal Family."

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sabarimala Keral Police Website

Kerala Police started a website to help the Ayyappa Devotees who will visit Sabarimala.

The website will have information on emergency services available to devotees, Advice to Pilgrims, Lost and Found, How to Reach, Hospital Services, Map of Sabarimala, weather particulars in the hill shrine, support for vehicle parking at the temple site etc.

The website is available in English, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil & Telugu

Pilgrims can get these services on SMS also at 537252 number.

The website is

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Corruption & Bribe - Website where you can lodge a complaint

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) started a new initiative to curb corruption at government offices in India.

Now, Citizens can lodge their complaint ONLINE about any incident where any government official demands a bribe.

The new facility is called vigEYE, where citizens can upload audio or video clippings related to the complaint.

For more infotmation, visit CVC website at


Thursday, July 22, 2010

2011 ICC World Cup Mascot - Suggest A Name

ICC has released its 2011 World Cup Cricket Mascot.

ICC Now invites cricket fans to suggest a name for the Mascot. The winning entry will be declared on the eve of "200 days to go" for 2011 world cup

Suggestions should be sent to

Last Date to send entries: 27-Jul-2010

Here is the picture of the Mascot and its Key Characteristics

The mascot's key characteristics are:

* Young, enthusiastic and determined
* Thinks cricket is the most fun game in the world
* Loves playing street cricket
* would play 24/7 if he could
* Worships his cricket heroes, their technique, skill and character
* Understands there is a lot to learn, work's hard at it, step by step
* Learning to master the art of concentration
* Dreams of playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup?one day
* Age: 10 (human years)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Gas Cylinder Delivery - At Your Convenience

Indian Government Announced a new scheme of delivery of LPG Cylinders.

As per the new scheme, consumers can ask the dealers to deliver the Gas Cylinder at a convenient time of their choice.

However, consumers have to pay an additional 20/- to 50/- for this On Demand Delivery.

This facility of "Gas Delivery at preferred time" is started in Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Gurgoan, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad. More cities will be added very soon.

Consumers have to register for this facility, at their dealers.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Address Proof Card - From Post Office

India Post has started a new service called "Proof Of Address Card"

As we know, address proof is required for many transactions in our daily routine. India Post's Proof Of Address Card serves all these purposes as an official address proof document.

How To Apply
1. Candidates can apply for a Post Office Address Proof card in any post offices on the specified application form (10/-)
2. Submit the application, along with a service fee of 240/-
3. Your local post man will verify your address & stay
4. After successful verification, the post office issues a printed address prroff card which contains the Address, Photo, Contact Details, Blood Group, Date of Birth, Signature.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

iMO - India Post's Instant Money Order

Indian Postal Department has started a new service called iMO (Instant Money Order)

iMO is an instant web based on-line money transfer service that gives speed, mobility, safety and reliability for your money transfer.

Customers can transfer money from INR 1,000/- to INR 50,000/- from designated iMO Post Offices in India

iMO office will pay the amounts upto 20,000 in cash and above 20,000 through cheques

How iMO works:
1. The sender remits the money in an iMO counter and collect his "16 digit iMO number" in a sealed condition.
2. The sender has to communicate this number to the receiver through his own means (SMS/Mail/Call)
3. The receiver goes to his local iMO counter and present the "16 digit iMO number" along with a photo ID card, to collect his money

Post office will charge a commission of 150 to 330/- for the transaction.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tamilnadu - Rail Cum Road Tour

Tamilnadu Tourism conducts a rail cum road tour which covers Mamallapuram, Kodaikanal, Thanjavur, Rameswaram & Kanniyakumari

The tour will start & end from Chennai central and includes Balaji Darshan at Tirupati.

The tariff for the same will be 12,100/- per adult for Non-AC travel (for 2nd A.C. it will be 18,100/-)

For more details, visit your nearest Tamil Nadu tourism office.

Here is a link to their websites: