Sunday, December 22, 2013

Time Inception (When a dream falls! And takes you with it)

Time Inception
    When a dream falls! And takes you with it



Have you imagined your world collapsed ? What's it like to see the things you put together with utmost care suddenly fall down ?

We'll all have dreams, we all wanna run away from here to a different virtual painless world. But where do you go when even the virtual one fades out!
This video just shows things like these. Seeing the things you built destroying themselves. And the melancholy of the music is wonderful.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

My Coding rhythm ( Youtube Playlist that helps me Code)

Well, I'm at work ! Serious Work! Not really of project always :P , but something extra.
I just can't concentrate with all that noise around me. There is some music which takes me to a different world. And guess what, I guess I've found some of it.

Many times I've searched for good background music for Programming and in all results "Time" by Hans Zimmer was at the top. It's truly a masterpiece.

So, here are the one's that I've for you , plug them in and enjoy your world! Away from this cruel "real" world. We , programmers generally live in a "Virtual" world so why not be there fully! ( Don't recall "The Matrix" ). The list is :

  • Time - Inception and various mixes.
  • My Name Is Lincoln - The Island
  • Corynorhinus - Batman Begins
  • Clubbed To Death - The Matrix
  • 23 - Jimmy Eat World
  • Always The Sun (Richard Durand)

I'll try to keep updating it.
Please tell the music you like(that helps in Programming) in the "Comments" box below. I'll really feel obliged. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

How to choose a Smart Phone? (approx 10000-20000)

Ahhh! Now, I just have to write about it. I must write what I know and what I will do if I have to choose a Smart Phone. This might be helpful for people who just want a smart phone because everyone has it, but don't know which one! In-spite of going blindly and following suggestion of your friends/relatives, you can also look for below things.
I agree "Ignorance Is Bliss" and it's easy many times to not know the reality. But, when you know it , that hurts!
Enough philosophy, let's get on track.

What to look for ?

Performance

  • RAM - Min. 512 MB (for less than 15K) recommended 768 MB  , 1 GB for 15k-20k mobiles
  • OS - Android Jelly bean, Windows 8
  • CPU - At-least 1 GHz, recommended is 1.5 GHz, also look that Chip-set is good (Google about them)

Look and Feel

  • Screen Size - Less than 4.5 inches else it's very tough to carry
  • Display - look for PPI. Better the ppi, crisper the screen. More Resolution is of no use if ppi is less.
  • Protection - Gorilla Glass is the best but minimum is Scratch-Resistant glass.

Camera (Nokia Lumia is the best here)

  • Front Camera - 8 MP with FLASH.
  • Secondary Camera should be there.
  • Sweep Panorama is desired feature (optional)
Memory - Should be expandable, memory cards are very           cheap. More internal memory means better               performance.

GSMArena.com is the best site in the Internet to see specifications. Look for above features there plus your personal needs.
Example : http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_v-4958.php

Also, use Google to see reviews and best prices.

Recommended Phones

  • SONY Xperia - E,L,U,J,V,SP
  • Samsung - Duos, Grand
  • Nokia Lumia - 520,620,720,820
  • Google Nexus 4

"It's your hard-earned money, Spend it well!"

Monday, June 17, 2013

Why I fell in love with Xperia V?


This post is regarding why I choose Xperia V as compared to other available in market in mid-range.

Assumptions
  • ·         I love Sony; they always have something different to offer. Best User Experience.
  • ·         I hate Samsung due to previous experiences (though not with smartphones). Galaxy DUOS S, I recommend to all.

Well, I had a lot of choices with the likes of HTC Desire series, Nexus4, IPhone 4 etc. I don’t like Lumia also. So, I had to choose an Android under 20K. (it’s more than enough to get a good phone, people spending 35-40K for a phone are ahhhh ***, get a bike instead J )
And I chose Sony Xperia V. Let’s see why.
Xperia V image
Xperia V - Notice ARC design

First & foremost, I wanted to see things myself and don’t fall in marketing tricks. Many people buy a phone since all are buying it. I buy a thing according to what I think and what I need.
Secondly, I did take user opinions of real users (friends, cousins, colleagues etc.). It took me almost a year to decide!

XPERIA V – The Real small cousin of Xperia Z

Though it’s old in age than Xperia Z, I’ll still call it as its small cousin due to lower configuration & budget also (wait: don’t underestimate it).
In India, marketing people are telling us that Xperia SP is family member of Xperia Z. They want to ride-on the success of Xperia Z and raise their sales in mid-range phones. Well, I say they are sales people. They’ll never tell you the truth.
What’s the so-wow feature of Xperia Z?  Waterproof I guess.
Is SP water-proof? No
And what about Xperia V? Of Course, it is. With it comes wet-finger tracking, rain-proof device.
Plus, looks of V & Z are similarly very good.
V
Z

Xperia V v/s Xperia SP

The battle of Countries? (both are launched in different regions)
Cost of Xperia SP is approx. 5k more than Xperia SP at eBay.
So, what more we get?
Hmmm… What I found is “Gorilla Glass”, LED lights and better GPU. More battery, but it’s non-removable.
And what Xperia V got?
  • ·         Way-way better looks…if you have seen Z
  • ·         Water-Proof IPV5
  • ·         Light-weight , arc shape looks
  • ·         More PPI, awesome viewing angles
  • ·         Better in-ear headphones
  • ·         Jelly-bean out-of-box (gsmarena says ICS, so mentioning it)
  • ·         And much more

I saw both the phones and trust me Xperia V is value for money. It’s not available in India though but it’s very popular in Japan, Hong Kong.
This phone is the real competitor of Samsung Galaxy Grand. (Worse thing in grand is display, very low PPI)

Why not Nexus 4?

Due to budget less than 20K and hardware being of LG. Otherwise, I guess it’s a good device to have.

Downsides of Xperia V

“Nothing is perfect”, right? You must have heard this! Sometimes we take downsides in picture to buy a thing. What it lacks is more important than what it has, at times.
So, here we are:
  • ·         Battery performance: should have been way better, I call my phone as a huge energy-sucking giant!
  • ·         Side covers for waterproof tend to get lose and eventually break after time.
  • ·         Camera is 13 MP but not up to mark. It’s similar to those available at same range (except Carl Zeiss in Nokia)

Of course, everything above was biased since I love V. But, maybe you can find something useful in it.

Read what actual users have to say. This is the age of truth. Don’t fall for Samsung, IPhone marketing gimmicks.
I’m not much of a blogger. But since other people’s review helped me, I ought to give something back.  

“It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” ― Albert Einstein, The World as I See It


Please share your thoughts. 
You can ask anything of Xperia V.



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mumbai Airport to Pune

This is my guide on helping you make the best choice while travelling from Mumbai airport to Pune.
There are many options available through bus,train,taxi & even air (aprrox. INR 2000).
I had to come from Mumbai Domestic airport to Magarpatta and I weighed down all options.
Here's my analysis :

Mode

Details

Comfort

Availability

Price

Dropping Points

Train
From airport catch a prepaid taxi to Dadar railway station. There catch any train to Pune. There are many available, book tickets in advance.
Depends on your coach J
Frequent
150 taxi + 300 3AC
Pune Railway Station
Government Bus
Goto Dadar and catch Shivneri (Official luxury bus service of MSTDC)
Good
After Each half hour from 5am till 11 pm
150 taxi + 350 + (auto/cab to your location)


Swargate (not sure)
Private Bus (Neeta & others)
Available from outside of airport under the bridge.

From “Arrivals” at airport, get a quick auto and ask him to drop him under the highway for a bus to Pune. Behave as you are a regular traveller. Don’t pay more than INR 30 no matter what. Walk if needed and ask anyone on the way.
Bad since it stops at many places in Mumbai before leaving
Good, but depends on time/day/rush.
350-700 (bargain) + (auto/cab to your location)
Hinjewadi,Wakad, Pune Station (check for each operator)
Cab Shared(Sandis,KK others)
Pre-Book
Good
As per your requirement
700-800
Home
Cab Shared
Available from outside of airport under the bridge.
Follow same instructions as “Private Bus”.
Good
Good, but depends on time/day/rush.
250-450 (bargain) They’ll say same as Volvo. + (auto/cab to your location)
Hinjewadi,Wakad, Pune Station, ShivajiNagar. (or any on the way)

All prices are in INR. These are only approximate.
I choose the last and paid 400 from Airport to Magarpatta.
Hope it helps you.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Novak Djokovic : Australian Open Champion once again

Here's my man...He has done it again...


He has won Australian Open for 4 times now and he's the only player in the open era to do a hat trick of winning it 3 times in a row. Total grand slam count stands at 6 now. He's due to win many more.

He had great chances last year also like in 2011. But, just fell at the last moments. Hopefully, he'll complete his Career Slam by winning Rolland Garros this year. Last year, he played his first final there & was very close to winning it.

Now, if Federer is to Wimbeldon and Nadal is to French Open ....
Then certainly Novak is to Australian Open .


Should we consider change "Australian Open" caption to "The Grand Slam of Novak Djokovic" ?
Not his fan? Just enjoy his tennis and watch hid inspirational interviews. You will follow him. :)