Archive for December, 2008



December 28, 2008



I have been doing some experimental posts this month, and this is also a part of it (Read: I am in holiday mood, and hence no patience to do serious posts!)

When I wanted to buy a touch screen phone (I wanted a touch screen phone because it is much easier to browse the internet with them on the phone), and had a limited budget of Rs. 10,000/- (INR) only, there are two good options that I short listed on: The MOTO ROKR E6 and HTC P3400i. Since I was already using MOTO ROKR E6 and ended up buying HTC P3400i, I thought I could compare both of them on my blog.

MOTO ROKR E6 is more of a phone and less of a PDA. HTC P3400i is more of a PDA and less of a phone. The former is based on a Linux Operating system. And the latter is on Windows Mobile. MOTO ROKR E6 comes with a reader-only for word, excel, pdf and ppt files. But HTC P3400i comes with a mobile word, excel and pdf editors. Not that I have used these applications on my cell phone!

The display size of the HTC P3400i is bigger and the touch screen of this phone is easier to handle. The problem with touch screen phones is typing big messages (like blog comments or emails). It takes time to type them using the built in on screen keyboards. So, if you are an SMS freak, don’t buy a ‘touch screen only’ model. But the advantage of such phones is the ease of browsing the internet and selecting options.

The HTC P3400i beats the MOTO ROKR E6 when it comes to the internet options. It has the EDGE capability but the other has only GPRS. Meaning, the web pages load much faster on the HTCP3400i. Both don’t have Wi-Fi or 3G, and I don’t think that is a big dis-advantage.  It took one day for me to configure and use my laptop for internet browsing through the USB Cable provided by the MOTO ROKR E6 phone. It took two hours on the HTC P3400i (Experience?)

Both are surprisingly good when it comes to the music options. The MOTO ROKR E6 has a 3.5mm universal headset jack which means, I can directly connect the phone to my computer speakers with sub-woofer and play the songs on the speakers, without a PC! The sound and clarity of the external speakers are better in MOTO ROKR E6. But the head-phone experience (with equalizer) is better with HTC P3400i. The MOTO ROKR E6 comes with a built in radio.

Both of them have a decent 2MP camera and the MOTO ROKR comes with a 1GB memory card (expandable upto 2 GB) but no such luck with the HTC mobile. You could always buy a 2 GB Micro SD Card and put it on(Expandable upto 4 GB). The mirror for taking self portraits is on the front for the HTC!

There is a good phone locking capability with MOTT ROKR E6 – by just sliding a button you could lock the touch screen. But with the HTC P3400i, you could switch off the touch screen by just pressing the power key once (It will get auto on, if a call comes in).

It is easier to configure work email on HTC P3400i. I configured my personal Gmail id too, and I am notified whenever a new email comes in either. The MOTO ROKR E6 also gives you the option, but I was not able to configure it.

If you have any questions, please leave it in the comments section, I will answer it. And don’t expect a very long life for the touch screen. But you’ll be glad, when it fails, as it is an opportunity for buying the latest model J


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Shreya Ghoshal and Saina Nehwal

December 21, 2008


“Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 Saina Nehwal:

 In less than a year since I wrote this post on India’s performance in Olympics, I had to eat my words. More than the three medals we got this time, it was the individual brilliance and the fight put up by our athletes that amazed me. One such athlete who went right up to the quarterfinals of the Olympics in the Badminton event was Saina Nehwal. In fact, she won her World Badminton Junior’s title shortly after the Olympics – meaning, she was still qualified to play for the junior’s event when she achieved this feat in the Olympics!

 Her semi-final appearance in the recently concluded Super Series Finals in Malaysia, where only top eight players in the world compete for the crown, is great news for Indian badminton and also her coach Gopichand, who has himself won the All England Badminton tournament for India.

 Her journey to the top, as expected, was not an easy one. Her father drove 50 KM daily for three months in a scooter to reach the coaching institute at 6 AM in the morning, when she was barely 8 years old. After that, her family moved closer to the stadium but she still had to commute 7 KM daily – morning and evening for the practice.

 Keep smashing hard Saina, a whole nation is proud of you!

 Shreya Ghoshal:

 If brilliance, ever had a voice, this was it!

 I was among a handful of people in an empty theatre watching the movie ‘Banaras’, just to listen to this song – Om Namah Shivaya sung by Shreya Ghoshal, in theatre effect. I liked the voice so much that I should have listened to it hundred’s of times, afterwards.

 After listening to the Kannada(Telugu) and Malayalam(Tamil) versions of the climax song of the movie – ‘Chandramukhi’, I thought it couldn’t get better than the Tamil (Telugu) version – Ra ra…. But that was till, I heard Shreya Ghosal sing Mere Dholna sun’ in Bhool Bhulaiya.

 It seems her career in Bollywood started with the finals of Zee Sa Re Ga Ma TV show when her voice was spotted by Sanjai Leela Bhansali. She started her career by singing five songs in the movie Devdas and received a lot of accolades for singing Bairi Piya’ in Devdas. I don’t think any one else could have recorded this song in the first attempt itself!

 No doubt, ‘Jadoo hai Nasha hai’ song from Jism was one of her very best. Still, I think her voice in the Cheeni Kum’ title song was equally good. It seems she started her sojourn in stage performances with this Rajasthani Classical –Suniyo jee’.  To understand the spirit of her voice, listen to this song she sung in a concert – Yeh Ishq Aaye’ (Jab We Met).   

 She has also sung some beautiful songs in Tamil – My favorite one is the slow and soulful ‘Ninaithu Ninaithu parthen’ from 7G Rainbow Colony (Listen to this in a slightly higher volume – you’ll love it).

 I didn’t previously know that the song ‘Munbe vaa yen anbe vaa’ was sung by Shreya Ghoshal. I should have guessed it! Another song that caught my attention was ‘Aiyaiyo’ song from the movie Paruthiveeran. This one is a pure village folk song with a highly local accent, which proves her skill to sing songs which are diverse and difficult.

 Also do listen to this nice Kannada song – Araluthiru Jeevada’ from the movie Mungaru Male, also sung by her.


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WordPress Vs Blogger: An Interesting Experience

December 12, 2008


It’s around one year since I started Blogging. I was introduced to blogging by my friend MSR. I started with two blogs. One in WordPress and one in Blogger (The free versions of both). For the last one year, I have been posting the same content, simultaneously, in both WordPress as well as Blogger almost at the same time, with similar tags, titles etc. So when you visit, and

you would find that they have the same content. And when I visit other blogs, I comment as a WordPress user in WordPress blogs and Blogspot user in Blogger sites. This post is to share my experiences and stats for both of them for the last one year.

Since I am not an expert like Daniel of Dailyblogtips, I can only share my experiences as a beginner and a novice. And besides, I use only the basic services of both the above blogging platforms, as blogging is just a hobby for me. So please do point out, if there are some glaring mistakes in my observations and you could add your own too in the comments section.


I love everything about my WordPress theme – the colour, header, design, background and pretty much everything. But the level of customization is limited here. With Blogger, the themes are simpler (When I started), but I can change the background/foreground/font colours if I wish – and I did. My friend says we can do much more customization in Blogger but I don’t understand technical terms like CSS etc. While WordPress gives all the important Widgets needed for the sidebar, Blogger gives much more. You can access them directly from the Blogger site, and that makes it easier for people like me. But you don’t have the recent comments widget in Blogger and I did try to get the code from the internet, but couldn’t make it work! But when I wanted a sliding text in my sidebar, I searched and got a piece of code in the net, which I applied to both Blogger and WordPress. The code worked only in Blogger.

Posting Options:

Both WordPress and Blogger are simple and easy to use for posting of articles. While WordPress has more posting options (Like Addpoll, Excerpt, Auto Pingback, Password protect post etc.), with Blogger I can post in languages other than English (Like Tamil and Hindi) directly from the site.


I have enabled comments in both WordPress and Blogger and I also comment on other interesting WordPress and Blogger blogs. The wordpress comments section with just three fields and open interface right from the beginning, is very easy to work with. Especially when I am reading and commenting from my mobile phone. Initially Blogger did not allow comments from other blogging platforms (I think), but now they do. Blogger has an option to request the commenter for word verification, to avoid spam comments. But Akismet, in WordPress does a decent job of avoiding spam comments. I also like the Email Comments feature of Blogger. It is easy to keep track of the replies when I comment on other Blogger sites.

Tracking of Stats:

I track stats for both my blogs using,

1. The inbuilt stats checking facility available in the wordpress site,

2. Google Analytics for Blogger.

Google Analytics gives you a lot of options to track the activity in your website. But I found that Analytics was slow and gives you much more information than required for a hobbyist like me. That makes me search for the relevant information each time and hence more time needs to be spent. WordPress on the other hand, gives me the no. of views per day/per month, referring websites, terms used in the search engine to reach my page, the posts that were actually viewed on a particular day and the number of hits – All this at the click of a single button. What more could I want?


Now, let us look at the actual stats. Just for my reference, I have taken the actual number of hits during the sixth month of my Blogger site as 1 (As this was the lowest value available to me) and all the other months will reflect a scale which is proportional to this value.


                                                   Blogger                               WordPress


1st Month                                        2.03                                        3.70

2nd Month                                      3.16                                        5.16

3rd Month                                      1.58                                        2.77

4th Month                                      1.67                                        4.96

5th Month                                      1.35                                        4.87

6th Month                                      1.00                                        4.48

7th Month                                      1.35                                        5.19

8th Month                                      2.09                                        11.29

9th Month                                      2.29                                        12.58

10th Month                                    3.77                                        16.19

11th Month                                    3.51                                        18.09

12th Month                                    3.70                                        19.48

But I should also add that I had registered a free domain ( – you can register your blog with a domain name and is a free service for doing so) for wordpress and promoted this with my small circle of friends and colleagues. This might have worked in favor of my WordPress stats as in the 8th month, you can see a sudden splurge of the stats in WordPress – That was the month when I emailed the above mentioned domain to all my colleagues and class mates and asked them to see. Also, in the Frequently Visited Sites Folder of my Google Reader, there are 13 WordPress Blogs when compared to 6 Blogspot ones. So, this could also have made a difference.

Google, which owns Blogger, gives a Page Rank of 4 for my WordPress site and N/A for my Blogger site, even though same content is present in both of them. Probably this might be due to a better community in WordPress and I could have received more links from my fellow WordPress users. But my friend says Blogger is better/liked by technical people like him (Also for technical blogs).


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December 7, 2008



Mikhail Kalashnikov was the inventor of the AK-47 Automatic Assault Rifle.

  • AK-47 fires about 600 rounds per minute
  • Effective range : 100 – 800 meters
  • It has only about 8 moving parts and hence very simple to produce, use and maintain.
  • There are about 100 million AK-47’s and its variants in use, worldwide.

For more information on the AK-47, visit the Wikipedia page – AK-47.

M Kalashnikov grew up in a peasant family in the remote Altai Mountain region by the Mongolian border. He started working on his rifle in 1940’s, driven to design by Soviet defeats in the early years of world war II at the hands of far better armed German soldiers.

“In October 1941, I was seriously wounded and while in hospital, I conceived the idea of a submachine gun, a simple one you wouldn’t need a big plant to build. So, I got out my notebook and pencils, and started making drafts of the would be weapon” – M Kalashnikov

“It was the Germans who turned me into an arms designer. If I hadn’t taken part in the war, I would probably have made technology to ease the tough work of the peasants” – M Kalashnikov

“I am proud of my invention, but I am sad that it is being used by terrorists. I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work – for example a lawn mower” M Kalashnikov

“I sleep well at nights. Politicians are responsible for not resolving their problems without out resorting to arms” – M Kalashnikov

“It is not the designers who must ultimately take responsibility for where guns end up – It is the Governments who must control their production and export” – M Kalashnikov

“They always tell me that I would be a multi millionaire in the west. They always talk about money. Are there no other values? What about having a bronze bust of yourself in your home village?” – M Kalashnikov

“More than 30 foreign companies, private and state based, continue the illegal manufacturing and copying of small arms” – Sergey V Cherneyov (Former KGB officer)

“Kalashnikov’s progeny appear to have caused most of the 3,00,000 annual combat fatalities in the wars of 1990’s. They were the primary weapon for one or more sides in virtually all the 40 plus wars of the last decade” – Aaron Karp (Sr. Consultant to the Geneva based small arms survey)

“We can’t tolerate the situation when only 10% of the Kalashnikov’s (AK-47 and its variants) are manufactured legally” – Sergey V Lavrov

“When I watch TV and see the small arms of the AK-47 family in the hands of bandits,

I keep asking myself: How did those people get hold of them?” – M Kalashnikov


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