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  • Arrrgh

    Posted on May 27th, 2005 Sandeep 1 comment

    I finally latched on to Airtel’s Mobile Office GPRS connection (at Rs. 600 per month for unlimited browsing, but extra charges for “downloads”) yesterday, and today morning at about 5:30, I received the OTA settings. Till about 5:30 PM in the evening it worked fine. And I do mean fine. And now, after the downpour this evening, nothing. I mean zip, zilch, nada. Gaahh. Another SIM with AMO is working without any problem.

    I tried it with my 3650, a 6600 and a 6630. Sigh.

    So I called Airtel Customer Support and they aren’t clued in on what could be wrong. One guy said some OTA settings don’t work with the 6630 (heh), and another said it might be because of the downpour. Sure, blame it on the weather. Now I sit and wait, twiddling my thumbs. Like the title says, “Arrrgh.”

    The Symbian error I’m getting is KErrGprsActivationRejected (-4159). WTF? If it wasn’t activiated, then how did it work for over 12 hours today?

  • IE7 has tabs

    Posted on May 24th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    No, I’m not talking about Dean’s post on tabbed browsing in IE7. Check out the comments on that one. Phew!

  • Agilent’s Ambient light photo-sensor

    Posted on May 24th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    (From Portable Design)

    Well, this is nice. Agilent’s ambient light photo-sensor detects the surrounding light and provides backlighting only if necessary. This’ll take a load off your mobile’s battery for sure, not to mention you’ll be able to see the screen better.

    When Goutham and I were cooking up mobile applications by the dozen, this was one of the things he had come up with – albeit a different approach; use the phone’s camera and detect the amount of surrounding light, and then adjust the LCD screen’s brightness/contrast accordingly. Of course, if the camera happens to be on the other side of the LCD screen (which is usually the case), then it may not have worked right. Heh.

  • Sharat @ MIT

    Posted on May 18th, 2005 Sandeep 1 comment

    Sharat @ MITSharat Chikkerur, a classmate of mine from BMS College of Engineering, got admission into MIT for his Ph.D.

    Congratulations, dude!

    (It would come as no surprise to the 2001 Electronics batch… right guys?)

  • Tips for running a Half-Marathon

    Posted on May 17th, 2005 Sandeep 6 comments

    (Also posted to my LiveJournal)

    Yesterday (Sunday) was the Bangalore International Marathon. Yup, first time it’s been conducted in the city. And yours truly could not resist participating (notice I didn’t say competing). Now, I’m not in great physical shape or anything, but walking and running do not generally tire me out. And if there’s one thing with a marathon, it’s more a mental sport than a physical one, IMHO. So I decided to give it a try. No, not the full marathon (> 41 km or 26 miles) – I signed up for the half-marathon (~ 21 km or 13 miles).

    My plan was to start preparing at least two weeks before the marathon. And BOY did I practice: all of three days! Each day I would run for about 30-40 minutes and that’s it. A couple of days, I dreamt I was running, so if I count those as well, my total practice comes to five days.

    When signing up for the marathon, I was asked what cause I was running for. Being a die-hard Calvin & Hobbes fan, I promptly selected “Wild Life/Environment.”

    During my run, I figured out some things, which led to the following tips in case you want to prepare for a half-marathon:
    1. Find pace partners – running in a group is more fun than running alone – but don’t talk too much, otherwise your breathing will get all erratic. Plug in to music if you have a portable player (I didn’t).
    2. While running, don’t turn your head to see how many people are behind you; if you end up straining your neck muscles, you may not be able to run the full length.
    3. Drink, drink, drink! But only in small gulps. The idea is to drink water before you feel thirsty; if you start feeling thirsty, you’re too late!
    4. Run backwards for a while, if you can. When running normally, you tend to put a lot of pressure on your heels; when running backwards, you put pressure on your toes. It helped me relax. This is something I figured out while running, so I don’t know for sure.
    5. Don’t let the Sun get to you. Pour water on yourself frequently. (I could practically hear a sizzle when I poured water on myself).

    For the record, I finished in two hours forty three minutes, and drank about 4.5 litres of water. Not bad for a first-timer with worse-than-necessary practice.

  • BREW 2005 Conference

    Posted on May 3rd, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    From the nothing-to-do-with-Symbian dept:

    Check out the BREW 2005 Conference Schedule. Some interesting tracks lined up. What I’d be attending if I get to go there (in no particular order):

    * BREW Connected Games, Developing and Deploying Network-aware Games in a BREW Environment
    * Extending the BREW Ecosystem: Leveraging Web Services and API’s to Implement Value Added Services
    * Case Study: Mobile Banking with BREW
    * “Pass me the curry” – Catering to the Indian Market