Bitcoin- The Digital Money for BlackFriday Deals

Bitcoin is becoming a new trend these days as an alternative for Payment modes like Creditcard, DebitCard, Paypal and e-Wallet. It has been so popular that now the customers can / are redeeming it for the BlackFriday deals in US. There is lot of scope for this type of payment transaction to become the next happening thing.

If you want to understand how Bitcoin works checkout this site. it has extensive details on Bitcoin and its usage.

http://bitcoin.org/en/how-it-works

https://rbitco.in/articles/faq

5 iPad apps for professionals

    Calculator


Excellent app for writing mathematical calculation. Just type the maths, and the app can understand what you typed and converts into proper digits and symbols.

    Haiku deck


A quick app to create Microsoft type PowerPoint slides. You are given options for various templates to choose.

    File app


iPad doesn’t have a file explorer. If you want to check on the files available in your iPad, then this app is for you. It shows various type of files available in iPad

    Draw


Need a quick app for your drawing solution, then Draw is the app you should look out for. You create a quick diagram with the stencils with different colors.

    Khan academy


Need some quick coaching classes. Khan academy is for you. There are quite a few video lessons to enhance your skills.

Apple Siri – means laugh in tamil

Apple’s Siri is one of the path breaking software inventions. I wanted to try this myself today. I upgraded my iPad 3 to iOS 6. I know I don’t have a American accent. But still I thought I could get some of the popular searches working.

It was real fun and I had my day..

Ok. Back to some story..Siri in Tamil language(chennai India) means laugh. I had my laugh which is justifiable…

I searched for Rajinikanth..so popular here in India..here is the output.

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Next I searched for sachin tendulkar. What I got

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Ok. I will try my luck again. This time amitabh Bachan ..wow what I got??

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I was surprised Siri works well with full sentences.. With apple which has big customer base in India, I guess they need to be more global. Lets wait and watch.

Secure your Ip address with Hotspot Shield

If you are looking for a solution where you want to have some privacy on the Ip-address of your PC/Laptop. Then Hotspot Shield is your best solution.

http://www.hotspotshield.com/en

Following are the benefits of using Hotspot Shield.

  1. Protect your Ip address so that any anonymous user cannot find it.
  2. You can morph your ipaddress with the one in USA or UK.
  3. Byepass firewall.

Before using the Hotspotshield following were my systems / internet details.

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After enabling Hotspot Shield the country is changed as well as ipaddress.

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The best purpose of this tool will be:

Let say you are working in USA for some reason you are travelling out of your home country and if there are any USA specific websites which you want to access , then Hotspot Shield is your best bet.

Chennai Transportation–How to Travel in Chennai?

 

Chennai is one of the metro cities in India. It is closest to the Sea (marina beach). The Transport system in Chennai is much better compared to other states. Not many people may agree that, but the transportation is well planned one.

Chennai primarily has the following transportation operated by Govt .

Metropolitan transport Corporation a.k.a MTC

Ordinary BusDelux BusVolvo Bus
Suburban Trains (Electric Train)

Suberban Train

Mass rapid Transit Systems a.k.a MRTS

MRTS

Private Transport

There are also quite a number of private transports

Autos

auto
Share Auto

  share auto
Mini vans

mini van

Call Taxi’s

call taxi
Riksha’s (Very rarely Seen)

Riksha

 

MTC
http://www.mtcbus.org/

The below link has extensive details. The best part is you can buy a “Travel As You Please Ticket”
which will cost you Rs.30/- (at the time of writing). You can board any bus at any boarding point.
http://www.tn.gov.in/rti/proactive/transport/handbook_mtc.pdf

MTC buses comes with ordinary, deluxe & Air-conditioned bus. Air-conditioned Volvo bus is far better that the other two.

Suburban Trains
The electric trains connects the North Chennai to South Chennai. The quickest way to reach any destination is by this mode. You may not expect a metro style trains, but these are old fashioned / built electric trains.

Train timings from Chennai beach To Tambaram
http://www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in/uploads/files/1345108366404-MSB-TBM%20-%20PTT%20down%20%20WEEK%20DAYS.pdf

Train timings from Tambaram to Chennai Beach
http://www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in/uploads/files/1345108393446-MSB-TBM%20-%20PTT%20up%20%20WEEK%20DAYS.pdf
http://www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in/view_section.jsp?lang=0&id=0,2,325

MRTS

This is called Sky Rail. Something similar to metro trains. This is not popular when compared to the Suburban Trains, but still lot many people use it. Nowadays this is not maintained properly. Be cautious while travelling in this. The no of commuters is very less. Some of the stations has deserted look.

Chennai beach to velacherry / velacherry to Chennai beach
http://www.sr.indianrailways.gov.in/uploads/files/1345106736152-MRTS%20WEEK.pdf

Call taxi’s

If you are not comfortable going on an Auto / Share auto / Mini Van, then this is the right transport for you. You will have your privacy as you will not be sharing your ride. The rates are bit on the higher side when compared to the other transport.

Fast Track (+91-44-28889999)
Bharathi (28142233)

if you need an exhaustive list, visit the following site
http://www.chennaiinfos.com/2010/06/find-call-taxi-in-chennai.html

Share Auto / Mini Van

These transport can be used for quick short ride. The rates are very cheap. The only downside is you need to share your ride. More over you may not have the luxury of getting comfortable seating…

Conclusion:

One major thing in all these transport is security. You need to be very careful with your belongings and use your common sense while utilizing this transport for late nights travel. Do not carry heavy cash.

But in general the people are very friendly, if the authorities in either of these transport do not help you, the best option is to get
help from fellow passengers. They will guide you and you do not have to pay them. You will get lot of free advices 🙂

Mobile as WIFI hotspot (Tethering) access Internet

 

If you do not have a internet connection at home or while travelling using laptop. You will have no options right! Not to worry. If you have smart phone with a internet connection (2G, 3G, 4G) then you can use your mobile phone as wireless hotspot. This is called “Mobile Tethering”.

You can connect your laptop, another mobile phone, IPAD or any tablets which has WIFI capability and access internet.

This could be a life saver when you are travelling and wanted to connect to internet from your laptop.

I will show the options available in my Samsung phone (Android OS). This steps may vary based on the handsets that you are using.

Enable internet access in your phone (incase if it is not enabled)

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Tap on Wireless and network

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Tap Tethering

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Tap mobile AP

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Tap Ok

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See if the green checkbox is checked.

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Tap Configure mobile AP

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Tap WPA2 PSK for setting password for your WIFI hotspot.

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Enter a name in Network SSID and give a password and tap Save.

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You are all set. In your laptop or your tablet, check if the wireless hotspot is displayed (Network SSID) connect to it and provide the password.

If you have good data plan, then I guess you can switch over to this instead of broadband connection. But still it may have its own limitations. Check if your service provider is charging for Tethering data.

Pocket App for Mobile and Desktop

Lot would have already been discussed about this app / Plugin (Pocket – http://getpocket.com/) formerly called ReadItLater. This is an amazing app that keeps my reading websites across devices.

I have this in my Firefox plugin as an Addon in my laptop. As I visit new website which grabs my attention, I add that in the Pocket reading List. I have installed the android version in my mobile. So on the go what ever website I have added in the reading list before I continue reading it. When I use my IPad I continue with the same reading list.

It is also has a offline viewing feature. Were the website is downloaded for offline viewing when there is no Internet connection.

ubiquitous computing at its best!!