Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Skype for Symbian OS Rocks !!

Skype for Symbian OS Rocks !!

Today I made my first skype to skype call on my symbian series 3 phone. And although the call quality was not that good, I couldn't believe that I hadn't thought of this before.

I had started using skype some time back, when I used its free skype to skype calling facility to call home. Wonderful service, simple user iterface and absolutely free. How I wished a similiar service would come to wifi enabled phones.

A couple of weeks back, NOKIA released Skype for Symbian series 3 for free downoad on OVI store. The app could be installed on symbian phones and using wifi or 3G, could connect and make calls just like the desktop version. I ran home, connected and downloaded the installation.

Now I knew for some time that my neighours had WiFi hub, and if I could just get a leeetle bit of that signal, I could test it out.

And today, I asked my friend Az to come online on Skype. Connected to WiFi and launced Skype. It took me some time to find out the optimal signal strength, but it did work beautifully. We spoke for some time to test out the quality. Along with calls, instant messaging also works, and all the bells and whistles are included.

Go ahead, get skype for symbian from here : http://lifehacker.com/5484677/skype-for-symbiannokia-arrives-in-ovi-store

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spotted...vehicel bumper message

Today I was travelling in an auto, and came across a truck ,with this message for the vehicle behind.

"Jeevikkan anuvadikku..."

Translation from malayalam .... "Let me live.." !

Looks like roads in kerala are not what they used to be.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wealth Isn’t How Much You Earn


via The Simple Dollar by Trent on 3/23/10

At age 25, Jim makes $100,000 a year. He's constantly traveling for business. He has a large home in which he often doesn't visit some rooms for months at a time. He eats out every single night. He drives a leased Lexus, which he updates every few years at the end of the lease. He buys a whole new wardrobe every six months, taking the leftovers to Goodwill. He spends everything he brings in.

At age 25, Bill makes $35,000 a year. He lives in a smaller home and doesn't travel much. He makes most of his own meals at home. He drives a Toyota Corolla, which he owns free and clear. He wears clothes until they're worn, then shops at Goodwill for replacements, often picking up Jim's barely-worn clothes. At the end of the year, he usually has about $5,000 of his income left over, which he sticks into his stock investments which earn 8% a year.

In ten years, Jim's net worth hasn't grown a cent. In those same ten years, Bill has $72,000 in the bank.

At the twenty year mark, Jim's net worth still hasn't grown a cent. In those same twenty years, Bill has built up $228,098 in the bank.

At the thirty year mark, Jim's still breaking even. Bill, on the other hand, has $566,416 in the bank.

At age sixty five, Jim hasn't accumulated a cent and will be working for the man for the rest of his life. At the same age, Bill has $1.3 million in the bank and can do whatever he wants for the rest of his life – and probably already started doing that a few years earlier.

It doesn't matter how much you earn. It matters how much you save.

When I was twenty five, my net worth was negative and heading south rapidly. I spent more than I earned and I didn't really worry about the consequences of it. I figured if I had the money – or the credit – I certainly ought to spend it in whatever way made my life more enjoyable right now.

I'm now thirty one. My net worth is still negative (although it would be positive if I counted the value of my home towards it, which I do not), but it grows every month in a positive direction and will soon become positive even without the house value.

One might immediately think that I must have made my life less enjoyable to make that change. Actually, my life is more enjoyable now.

I have a better grasp on the things that actually make me happy and I don't waste my money on things that don't.

I'm not chained to a desk and a career, fearing the pink slip – I set my own career rules and goals.

I'm not afraid of getting the mail any more and I don't wake up at night worried about how I'm possibly going to make ends meet or pay all of this off in the future.

Perhaps best of all, my financial position is improving every single month and I no longer see the long-term future as some kind of musty cloud that will "work itself out." I know it's getting better and I know that, if I continue on this path, I'll be able to easily have some of the big things I actually want in life, like a beautiful house in the country with some wooded land in the back.

My life now is something I'll happily trade having a shiny new Lexus and an iPhone and a set of high-end golf clubs and eating out every night for. In exchange, I'm not worried about the future and I have career and personal freedom I would never otherwise have.

Wealth has little to do with how much you earn. It's how you spend – or save – it.



Saturday, April 3, 2010

Nishad's marriage

Today was a busy day. Of course every day I am in office its a busy day for me. But today, I took the trouble of travelling a long distance to attend a friend's marriage function in Kozhikode, Kerala.

Nishad A V is a room mate of mine from college days. A star player, he is the most athletic, (and one of the popular ones) among us. And he got married today at a small function attended by more friends than relatives. But the fun part was that I got to catch up with a lot of friends I had forgotten even existed.

My observations.

1.Kozhikode city hasnt changed at all, except for the well maintained roads.
2.It's getting hot all over the state. And even we locals cannot adjust to the heat now.
3.This was my first experience of a muslim wedding.
4.The food was awesome!

Its after a long time I said hi to a few of those guys. But please pardon me.Its just that at one point I worked really hard to get this busy. And today,I think I enjoy my work and being busy.

So here's wishing the newly wed couple a happy married life.

And off you remaining bachelors and bachellorettes, what are u waiting for ? Give us some more reasons to travel home and catch up.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Now you can easily add images to your scraps!


Sent to you by Ranji via Google Reader:


via Orkut Blog by A Googler on 3/26/10

We're always listening to what users have to say about orkut, and we're constantly working to improve your orkut experience. One of the suggestions we've received many times is to bring back to the ability to add photos to your scraps to the new orkut. We're happy to announce that this feature is now available!

To add images to your scraps, first click the text box to write and edit a message. You'll then see customization options, such as font color and emoticons. Click the image icon to add an image to your your scrap:

You can upload images from your computer, add from your Picasa Web Albums, or search for them in Google Images.

As we like to say, a picture is worth a thousand words. So, hopefully this feature will improve the way you share things with your friends on orkut!

Posted by Marco Domingues, orkut operations team


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File transfer in orkut and iGoogle chat


Sent to you by Ranji via Google Reader:


via Orkut Blog by A Googler on 3/29/10

Have you ever wanted to quickly send a file to a friend who's online? Now it's easy! We're excited to announce that you can now share pictures, documents, and other files with your friends while chatting in orkut and iGoogle. To give it a try you don't need to install anything, simply start a conversation with a friend and click Send a file... in the 'Actions' menu:

This feature is also compatible with the file transfer functionality in the Google Talk downloadable software, so you can share files directly from the web with folks who use the desktop version.

File transfer is available in orkut and iGoogle only for now. We're working on bringing it to Gmail as well, and we'll keep you posted when that happens!

Posted by Lizhen Wang, software engineer


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