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  • Sony DCR-SR47 HDD Camcorder

    Posted on October 15th, 2009 Sandeep No comments

    I’ve been using a DVD camcorder (Canon DC40) all these years, and while I have been quite happy with it, it’s also annoying to keep track of DVDs, backing them up to a hard disk, re-ordering new ones when they get damaged, etc. I was looking for a HDD-based camcorder and stumbled upon the Sony DCR-SR47 Hard Disk Drive Handycam® Camcorder (Silver) on Amazon.

    At least the reviews indicate that it’s a pretty good camcorder. Still not sure if I should go for it.

  • Power is Apple. Or is it Steve Jobs?

    Posted on July 2nd, 2008 Sandeep No comments

    Just found this interesting article over at TechCrunch. So it appears that the new 3G iPhone cannot be activated by you using iTunes, as with the older model. Activation is now in-store only. Wow, I mean, that’s crazy. That’s tying you to AT&T and they are getting away with it. But the only reason they are getting away with it is because it’s the goddamn Apple iPhone 3G.

    A few weeks ago, the lower portion of my old iPhone lost sensitivity. Overuse? I doubt it. Anyway, off I went to the Genius Bar at the local Apple store. The Genius tried convincing me to buy a sleeve for the iPhone, and sort of hinted that I may not get a replacement as the phone had a few scratches and dents. I said I’ll think about it. Anyway, I got a replacement iPhone (and would you believe a girl next to me had the same problem, and she also got a replacement).

    I don’t know if this is a common theme among the first generation iPhones. Anyway, I am glad I hadn’t jail-broken my phone yet, otherwise I wouldn’t have received the replacement. The warranty on this phone lasts till August 2008, maybe after that I’ll give it a try.

  • Microchip Semiconductor Wiki

    Posted on August 6th, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    If you are an electronics hobbyist, head straight to the Microchip IC Wiki. There’s already some useful stuff up there, like this PIC18F table read example. At the moment, I am not able to register on the site, for some reason. No problem, I’ll register later.

    I love the Microchip PICs.

  • It’s three billion now??!

    Posted on July 2nd, 2007 Sandeep No comments

    (Via enn)

    Based on the number of mobile phone subscriptions alone, the world has apparently three billion of them. However, if you take into account the fact that some folks have multiple SIMs or phones, the number is in the range of 2.3 billion. Which is still huge.

  • A banned site

    Posted on July 22nd, 2006 Sandeep No comments

    This is what a banned site looks like:

    Banned site

  • Xbox 360 Zero Hour Event

    Posted on November 22nd, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    How exactly was the Xbox 360 Zero Hour Event? Check out notes from the event from the guys at The Whack. Complete with pictures. You’ll be jealous – be warned!

  • Keil microVision3 8051 MCU

    Posted on November 16th, 2005 Sandeep 3 comments

    Keil has an updated version of its tools for 8051 MCU development, the new µVision3 and C51 v8.0 optimizing compiler. I have used Keil’s tools a long time ago (and I do mean, a long, long time), when I was in college.

    If you are interested, you can order a CD-ROM containing free evaluation tools from Keil. I am hoping the new version of the CD-ROM also has µVision3.

  • Bluetooth GPS receiver

    Posted on February 17th, 2005 Sandeep No comments

    I found this Holux GR 231 Bluetooth GPS receiver. I have no idea if it works with my phone.

    If anyone can confirm that it works, I’m going to start bidding!

  • Bluetooth in your bank

    Posted on May 12th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    (From Computerworld’s article)

    Bank of America is apparently trying out a Bluetooth-based ID system aimed at reducing identity thefts and frauds. The system allows authorization of any financial transaction using the customer’s fingerprint which would have been submitted at the time of opening an account.

    Very cool. Let’s see if they actually decide to go ahead with it and launch it on a bigger scale.

  • Microchip PIC

    Posted on February 27th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Microchip is the manufacturer of the famous PICmicro� microcontrollers. It’s a RISC chip with some 35 instructions. I had worked on this about two years back. And I remember becoming very excited about programming the PIC. So much so that, for quite a few nights, I used to get dreams about the PIC’s instruction set :-)

    One particular favorite of mine was the btfss instruction, which stood for “bit test F, skip if set” – which would basically skip the following instruction (which would almost always be a goto) if a particular bit in the F register was set. Hoo boy. For a complete list of instructions, check here. Some of them are funny.

    PICs have been used in a variety of electronic gizmos. The project I was involved in required the development of a solar charger-cum-controller for street lights. Microchip also provides their own IDE for developing and debugging PIC applications – it’s called MPLAB, and is available for free download from their site.

    I had several ideas for useful products that can be developed using the PIC. At the time, however, I still had my engineering exams. And had to do a project as part of the course. I wish I had done something based on the PIC. I regret it to this day. What did I do for my project, you say? I and a couple of my classmates went to Wipro for the project. Frankly, I do not know what we did there. We did not learn anything there, nor did we do anything practical.