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  • Google Maps Street View: Shows Yahoo! Ad at Times Square, No Problem

    Posted on May 30th, 2007 Sandeep No comments
    Yahoo! Ad at Times Sq

    Heh, I was curious and had to check this one out. So the new Google Maps Street View seems nice. A9 had this much before anyone else I guess, but is no longer active.

  • Doordarshan starts DVB-H mobile TV broadcasting in New Delhi

    Posted on May 25th, 2007 Sandeep 1 comment

    Doordarshan, the national broadcaster better known as DD, announced the launch of its free DVB-H mobile television broadcast for compatible mobile phones. Whip out your spiffy Nokia N93 in a 10-kilometer range (give or take a couple) from the Akashvani Bhawan on Parliament Street, New Delhi, and you can receive as many as eight channels:

    • National
    • News
    • Sports
    • Bharati
    • Urdu
    • Punjabi
    • Bangla
    • Podhigai

    The service will be available starting 5:30 in the morning till midnight. Believe it: India is getting mobile.

  • Growth of GSM in India

    Posted on May 23rd, 2007 Sandeep No comments
    GSM Growth in India

    (Source: COAI)

    From under 15 million GSM subscribers in the first quarter of 2003 to more than 120 million in Q1 2007, the GSM scene in India has seen an impressive growth. Let me rephrase that, it’s seen a massive growth. If Reliance enters the GSM space (does anyone know what’s the latest status on them?), I don’t know how many of their existing CDMA subscribers will switch to GSM.

    I used a Reliance CDMA phone for a while, and it basically sucked. The voice quality was poor and Internet access was nothing to write home about.

  • Horrors: An expense report I didn’t want to see right now

    Posted on May 22nd, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    Expense report

    I’m definitely overpaying rent here. The ‘money¬† to Bangalore’ part? All thanks to the declining dollar. And whoever thought I’d end up paying more for public transportation than on groceries? It’s no wonder you are forced to have a vehicle here. Starting next week, the ‘auto’ portion of my expenses will start seeing a growth. With gas prices hovering around the $3/gallon mark, I have to see how much I will be spending on getting to office everyday.

    The above graph was generated using Gnucash – one of the finest personal finance software I have used. I was so desperate to use it, I installed FreeBSD under VMware on my Windows XP machine and compile it from sources (the Windows port was still in progress at that time). Saw this just now – on May 19, they completed the Windows port as well! So what are you waiting for? Get GnuCash 2.1.2 and track your money flow.

  • Experiments with panning

    Posted on May 18th, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    Bicycle (or bike, whatever), originally uploaded by Sandeep.

    In preparation for the Canadian Grand Prix, I took out my trusty Canon DC40 DVD camcorder to NYC and practiced panning with it. Of course, most cars were going at less than 50 kmph. And this guy was possibly just over 20 kmph.

    Check out the entire set on my flickr set.

  • A 1999 Honda Accord LX it is

    Posted on May 17th, 2007 Sandeep 3 comments

    After learning quickly that you can’t survive in New Jersey without a car, I started scouting for a suitable vehicle. While initially I was keen on buying a new one, an irresistible opportunity came along in the form of a 1999 Honda Accord. It’s an LX 4-door sedan, bigger than what I was used to driving in India. Already completed 110,000 miles, even. But I took it for a spin and felt there was life in the engine for another 60,000 if not 100,000.

    The car has all standard accessories, including an ancient stereo tape player. If things go right (and I sure hope they do), I should be buying this next week, and getting my license and insurance at the same time. Hoo boy. With a car, I won’t have to depend on NJ Transit to get me to office.

  • Joosting around

    Posted on May 3rd, 2007 Sandeep 2 comments

    Thanks to Nick Starr, I got an invite to become a part of the Joost experience. And I must say, it was rather fantastic. Though I had doubts on how the video would be on my (almost) ancient 900MHz Acer C110 Tablet PC, it was pretty decent. The Joost intercase reminds me of the Windows XP Media Center Edition. But that’s about where the similarity ends.

    They have a decent collection of channels, and scrolling through the catalog and the program lists is smooth. At times, the video got choppy – but I guess this is really because of my laptop (the minimum requirements for Joost are a 500MHz CPU and 512MB RAM). Hooking it up to a big screen TV has its advantages, I’m pretty sure. Right now, I’m ODing on the ‘toon channels. I’ll post a detailed review later (yeah, right).