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  • Cutting out the carrier

    Posted on October 28th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    The other day, Russ was talking about cutting out the carrier when it came to data services. He was giving a porn site for an example, that had nearly 300 million hits a month.

    But something similar has happened right here in Bangalore. Mobile Entertainment India (MEIndia) has set up two kiosks that sell mobile games, ringtones and wallpapers via Infrared to mobile phone users. Yes, no Bluetooth at the moment, I’m afraid. Still, the point is, they are cutting out the carriers – in this case, Airtel, Hutch and Spice. As far as I know, all three carriers have their own services allowing a user to download games, ringtones, etc.

    According to this report in The New Indian Express, premium games will be charged at Rs. 100 (a little over $2) per game. You buy a scratch card for whatever amount, turn on the Infrared on your mobile and place it near the kiosk and instantly download to your heart’s content.

    Wonder what the carriers will do about it.

    I’ll check out the place (one of them is pretty close to my office) and possibly post a pic/video of me using it.

  • BillG

    Posted on October 28th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Gates.

    (You may have some problems in browsing his home page using Firefox).

  • LJ Feed

    Posted on October 27th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    If you’re on LiveJournal, Techbook is now available as a syndicated feed. You can add the Techbook feed to your LJ Friends list and catch all the action there.

    Tip of the hat to Premshree for creating the feed.

  • Google Desktop Search

    Posted on October 25th, 2004 Sandeep 1 comment

    Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2000 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\sandeepc>netstat -na | grep 4664

    C:\Documents and Settings\sandeepc>

    Heh, Google’s Desktop Search service listens on port 4664 (or should I say, GOOG in T9 letters?). GOOG also happens to be Google‘s stock ticker symbol. As of this moment, it’s trading at $172.80. Phew.

    I installed Desktop Search last week, and I am very impressed. The thing is fast, to say the least, in digging out information from your hard drive. Luckily I am the only user on my desktop, so I don’t have to worry about someone else logging in and sniffing out my mails/blah.

    In other news, Microsoft announced their MSN-branded desktop search tool, or rather, when it would be available.

  • CodeWarrior

    Posted on October 21st, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Forum Nokia has a 90-day eval version of Metrowerks CodeWarrior Development Studio (Personal Edition) for Symbian OS. More info here. Download and start developing cool-ass C++ apps for Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sendo, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Panasonic smartphones! If C++ is not your cup of tea, why not download Nokia Developer’s Suite 2.2 for J2ME and start developing MIDP 1.0 and 2.0 apps?

    It’s a mobile world out there for a long time to come. Get going now!

    I want to buy a Bluetooth-enabled GPS device, but it’s not going to be easy searching for one in Bangalore. I mean, yeah, you get the gadgets, but at exorbitant prices.

  • On Feedster

    Posted on October 20th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    No Need to Click Here – I’m just claiming my feed at Feedster

  • Neat Browser Features

    Posted on October 20th, 2004 Sandeep 1 comment

    There are several things that I like about Firefox. One of them is the way it learns the links you visit more frequently than others on the same site, so that when you type in a part of the URL in the address bar, the most frequently visited link is highlighted, followed by the next most frequented link and so on. Internet Explorer on the other hand bluntly sorts them in alphabetical order and you probably would have to scroll down to find the link you are visiting.

    For example, on LiveJournal, I visit my friends page most frequently. So when I type in “live..” in the address bar, this is shown first in the list of options.

    Do any other browsers do that?

  • Ugh!

    Posted on October 19th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    It’s been two-and-a-half hours, and I still cannot get Nokia PC Suite to work for my 3650. I give up on the review.

  • Odds and Ends

    Posted on October 18th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    (From Russ’ rant here)

    Dead on, Russ. Nokia phones today have everything, except good PC sync software, save for the dreaded PC Suite. I just downloaded the latest version of PC Suite (a good 22 MB download at that). I think I’ll give it a once-over. And possibly list areas for improvement.

    I’m puzzled by one thing: Nokia made phones like the 7650, 3650 and 6600 without any wired PC connectivity (read USB). These phones supported only Bluetooth, and it made matters worse when it came to syncing data with your PC. Now, however, the newer models are coming with Pop-Portâ„¢. This is much faster and easier to set up than a Bluetooth connection. Not to mention the obvious issues with Bluetooth, i.e., draining your battery much faster.

    Ok, the installation of PC Suite is complete, but damn, I need to restart my computer. Will post more on PC Suite later.

  • 3G!

    Posted on October 11th, 2004 Sandeep 1 comment

    (From The Register’s article and this link)

    So according to a report TV/video streaming to mobile phones over 3G networks will be the next big thing. For now, I would be satisfied listening to my favorite audio stations over the Internet (with a capital I ;-P).

    I still haven’t had the time to check out Hutch’s EDGE services. Funny story — I went to their office in Koramangala last Saturday to enquire about their rate plans, check out the service first-hand, etc. They have a peculiar queue system – the security guard gives out little tickets with numbers on them, and once your number is called you can go talk to their salespersons. Weird. Anyway, I didn’t have so much time on my hands, so I had to go without checking it out.

    Will post later on how it went (planning to go again tomorrow or the day after).