Archive for April, 2011

Sitting idle and bored at home i decided to buy LG optimus one and do some time pass with it. It was one phone i did a lot of research weeks before but decided against buying it, as it did not look like the “love at first” sight phone. Hesitatingly i bought the phone and once i sat down to play with it i realized what a gadget it was! just amazing. It was both the combination of an on board GPU and the power of android 2.2 (codenamed froyo), that amazed me. Being a tech enthusiast myself, i feel sad to have missed the android bandwagon when it was introduced more than a year ago. I doubt there would anyone who would not fall in love with the OS (open source at its very best)
It was the costliest phone i had bought till now costing me 10,370 INR. For more detailed specs of the phone look at GSM ARENA
Its a wonderful beast with 600 Mhz CPU and a dedicated Adereno 200 GPU (more than enough juice to run all the common apps out there in the market).
There are thousands and thousands of apps available in the android market just for every and anything that you can think of doing on your mobile. And the open source policy of android means you get everything for free( but with ads :( ) without any hacking or pirating. Some of the apps, mostly all the good games, do come at a premium. I almost spent 10 hrs at a stretch playing and exploring my mobile the very first day i got it. The touch screen on this one feels so cool and responsive than that of my old mobile Samsung Star (resistive touch screen)
Here is a list of all the very cool features/apps i found on my mobile: (this list is in no way exhaustive)
1. Contacts automatically get synced up with Google account and Facebook account. Absolutely amazing feature to have. I had no contacts on my mobile and once i logged onto my FB account, i had the phone numbers of all my friends along with their profile pics automatically! That means you no longer need to keep status messages like – New Phone | Please ping me your number :P
2. All the necessary social networking that you do on a comp is now so convenient with all the cool apps and widgets that come with android.
3. Skype: I dont think this needs any introduction :)
4. Dropbox: store any files you need online and then access it through your PC
5. Advanced Task killer: must needed app to clear all the running apps to free up memory
6. Gtasks: Good organizer on the run
7. Raaga: One can access all the latest songs free of cost (good for south indian languages n hindi)
8. Angry birds: The best game on android now
9. Aldiko Book library: I could get all the classic novels free of cost. The UI is cool and the font is apt for reading on a phone
10. Google Maps: You will never get lost with this intuitive and user friendly app
11. Think Free Office: for all the document editing/ viewing needs on the fly

I was in nellore happily enjoying with my cousins when i suddenly remembered that the results were due tomorrow. I was very nervous, given that i had a very bad outing at the PI session. I literally had no hope, but I was still very very nervous. These days i had been used to taking a lot of failures but never actually took them seriously. But a day later when i realized that i was bumped by IIMB i felt sad. My efforts for a good part of 2 months had gone to drain.
I strongly feel its time to start some serious effort into building a career of my own. Only when i realized how much effort i put in the last few months for IIMB, i start to wonder how much time i had wasted for a good part of 18 months since i joined in Morgan Stanley. The last few months have taught me that nothing in life comes for free and there is no shortcut to success.
I wish i take this failure very seriously and work hard to achieve something. Its high time i got rid of my addiction – GAMING and start to work on my skills. Gaming is slowly but surely taking a toll on my life. There are a lot of things i could have done in the past 18 months and i haven’t. Last 18 months were a great fun and i just cant keep having fun all the time without spending some time on my career. I wanna go ahead and achieve something and hope this bump to be best thing that could have happened to me in the recent past. I really HOPE! :|

P.S: Wrote the above with a lot of positive urge to do something and achieve something.
(with some inspiration from the talk with bhargav — 23rd April)

Time and again i find myself in some sort of stress or the other. I always keep asking me what do I do get rid of it. I think of Yoga and meditation for a while, but then am too lazy to do that on a daily basis.
Bored at home i was watching the 4th edition of IPL between the RCB and Kochi and i noticed the way DeVilliers was playing. Towards the end when RCB had an uphill task of chasing down 60 odd runs in 35 balls, he constantly went down to his partner and kept on passing a funny comments making saurabh tiwary smile often. RCB eventually won the match and quite comfortably as DeVilliers guided RCB home.
I had never tried to smile whenever i was stressed out. I generally keep to myself constantly aggravating the scenario hoping for a miracle to happen. Most often than not i have been lucky to have had miracles that got me out of these scenarios. I hope to have finally found an alternate stress buster ” smile and make smiles ” :)
Hope this helps when i am in stressed the next time

Vettel won the first race of the 2011 season, Australian GP. No one in the pack really even had a chance of competing for the win. No one could even match the pace of vettel both in the race and even in the qualifying. He was one second faster than the 2nd place hamilton, in what was the most one sided qualifying i have seen till now. Even though the red bull had a good package coming in to the australian GP, Vettel still could manage a second faster than his teammate webber on his home GP, quite consistently.
He today snatched the pole again from hamilton by a whisker in the Malaysian GP. As a die hard fan of vettel i wish to see him drive a perfect race (pole to finish)