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  • List of BSNL DataOne Registrants

    Posted on August 31st, 2005 Sandeep 967 comments

    Want to see a list of people who have registered for BSNL‘s DataOne broadband service? Including their phone numbers, e-mail address, consumer number and residential address?

    All you gotta do is ask.

    With the consumer number, you can even view the person’s phone meter reading. Heck, if he hasn’t registered to view bills online, you can register on his behalf – it’s enough if you know the consumer number and the phone number. Then you can get a list of phone numbers that he has called.

    TALK ABOUT PRIVACY. BSNL, of course, is a Government-owned enterprise.

    This sucks. BIG TIME.

  • Configuring Reliance R-Connect on FreeBSD 5.3

    Posted on August 30th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    I have a Reliance CDMA phone – an LG RD5130. It comes with a USB connectivity cable. Of course, in order to get online using their R-Connect service, you first have to install a USB/serial port driver and the LG phone’s modem drivers. After two hourse of suffering with Windows XP, I thought of giving FreeBSD a try. So I started with the good ol’ FreeBSD Handbook. Here’s a brief summary of what I did. It’s still not working (and I have no clue as to what might be wrong), but it was fun to try anyway.

    FreeBSD provides a USB/serial port driver in the form of a kernel module, called uftdi.ko. The uftdi module supports serial adapters based on FTDI FT8U100AX and FT8U232AM chips. More details about FTDI can be had from FTDI.

    First step, load the module:
    [root@hobbes:/] kldload uftdi

    This will create an entry in your /dev directory – the /dev/ucom0. This is the serial port over which you can access the phone’s modem. To see if you are able to talk to the modem, fire up ppp and enter the stuff in bold:
    [root@hobbes:/] ppp
    ppp ON hobbes> term
    ~? for help

    If you got the OK, things look good.

    Next, set up your /etc/ppp/ppp.conf by following the instructions here. You basically need three things to edit this file: the ISP’s dialup number (#777 for Reliance R-Connect), username (the phone number) and password (again, the phone number). Don’t forget the enable dns setting, as this automatically sets up your /etc/resolv.conf with the DNS servers provided by the ISP.

    After setting all the options, reboot the machine and start ppp again, and type in dial provider (where provider is the section in your /etc/ppp/ppp.conf relevant to the service provider). You are now online.

  • Forum Nokia update

    Posted on August 26th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    Check out Forum Nokia Discussion Boards’ spiffy new look!

  • More mobile services

    Posted on August 18th, 2005 Sandeep 2 comments

    Good things going on in the m-world in India.

    * You can now pay utility bills direct from your mobile. The catch is, you have to buy a prepaid card first.
    * Mobile payments will soon be a reality. Airtel hasn’t divulged any technical details, though. I sure hope they don’t choose something obsolete like Standard Chartered did, when they chose Infrared for payments via your cellphone.

  • Hutch sells your soul… err, phone number

    Posted on August 18th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    I had blogged about the lack of privacy laws in India.

    Here‘s an example blatant violation of privacy by Hutch. Vinay bought a Hutch connection, and within two days, got a call from Citibank (another bunch of jokers) – and they knew him by name, even though he had not given his number to anyone else apart from a couple of people!

  • Flickr ads

    Posted on August 10th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    I was wondering when Flickr would drop Google ads and start running Yahoo! ads. It’s already happened. I don’t know when, though.

    There was this one funny incident I noticed sometime back – when Google displayed Yahoo!’s Launchcast ad in Flickr (after Y! had acquired Flickr, that is). Heh.

  • SplashID free

    Posted on August 6th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    (via AAS)

    In case you missed it, SplashID is now free! Well, the Series 60 version anyway. You still have to buy the desktop version ($19.95) if you want to sync the two.

    I hadn’t seen it earlier, but it’s very handy if you want to securely store information like your credit card numbers, web logins, etc., on your phone. You can then set a password to lock the application. One neat thing they have done is that the password dialog pops up when the screensaver has been turned on, or when SplashID comes to the foreground. Hmm, I’ve to see what Symbian APIs they are using to do that.