TEDx in Chennai on Sep 30 2012

TED are grand gala events around the world. TED intent is “Ideas worth spreading”. TED talks are the most sought after videos in the internet. I guess Techy & Business audience will surely agree with the above statement.

TEDx event started in Chennai in 2009, currently the event is on Sep 30 2012 at Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall.

Tickets Cost:

Gold = INR 3000

Platinum = INR 5000.

There are lot of international speakers for the Event including Gautami (You guessed right!! south indian actress).


Itunes is the best!!

I guess most of us use windows media player for listening music in our desktop if it is windows. WMP (Window Media Player) is good for most part, but it is very slow and lacks features, There are lot of other options available like.

  1. VLC Player
  2. Winamp
  3. Media Monkey

Of the best, I will recommend ITunes from apple. It is sleek, good quality, easy playlist, CD/DVD Burning.


The only drawback is, it is bit heavy, and have to update the patches very frequently. Each of the patch are bit huge like around 50MB.

I have burned audio / mp3 cd, it is a pleasure experience with very little settings to be changed.

You can also watch video in ITunes. The audio and video quality is excellent.

You can also buy apps / songs using ITunes Store.

You have the Genius feature, based on the playlist and the type of songs you listen, Genius recommends the next set of songs that will go together.

Try it apple will not let you down!!

Small cars in chennai

Back in 90’s, Chennai’s small car was dominated by Maruti’s. Now we are overloaded with options for Hatchback cars in chennai or for that matter India. Here is a consolidated list.


Spark spark_thumb Beat Beat_thumb



Punto Punto_thumb



Figo Figo_thumb



Brio Brio_thumb Jazz Jazz_thumb



EON eon_thumb Santro Xing xing_thumb i10i10_thumb

i20 i20_thumb1



800 800_thumb Alto Alto_thumb Estilo estili_thumb

Wagon R waganr_thumb A Star astar_thumb Ritz ritz_thumb

Swift Swift_thumb



Micra Micra_thumb



Pulse Pulse_thumb



Fabia fabia_thumb



Nano Nano_thumb Indica V2 Indica-V2_thumb Indica Vista Indica-Vista_thumb



Etios Liva etios_thumb



Polo Polo_thumb

Google Offers

Here comes another innovative application from Google – Google Offers. http://www.google.com/offers/

How it works!!

Enter your email id, Country (Currently Beta supports only USA) and the Zip code.


Following states are covered. Signup if you want to be notified. If your area is not covered, give your location, Google will intimate you once your area is supported.


Here is some of the sample offers listed.


Google offers also has an App for Android and IPhone.

Google has also integrated the offer application with Google Maps, personalized offers will be sent to you based on your location.

Daily Android Apps

If you are using a android phone, then there are quite a lot of good free apps available.


This is one of my personal favorites, Very minimalistic, but has all the functions needed. I have stopped using Facebook (Desktop Version)


Quite good, but lacks functionalities compared to desktop version, but still good to connect with your professional network on the go.

Google Reader

A very good app and very close to the desktop version. Right & Left swipe are cool.


A very good noting app. You can take Text as well as Voice notes.

Drop Box

File sharing app, Instant synching of files from different channels.


Apps for Gmail Desktop version, The only disadbantages is you need to refreshing (Synching) to get the latest emails. But over all very good app. Sending email with attachments is super easy.

Angry Birds

Popular App for gaming. A very good stress buster. Time killer.

Buy vegetables online in chennai

Most of the Chennai families buy vegetable either in the shops like Reliance Fresh, Fresh, Spencers Daily, More or Pazhamudhir cholai. If this doesn’t work they have other options like buying at the roadside vendor. Now chennai has the option of buying vegetables online.







The option of buying online has it advantages for families with both husband and wife are working.

How to download Youtube videos?

I guess most of us use youtube very regularly. If you find a good video and want to download and view it offline. There are lot softwares available one that works very well is


The tool is very simple to use.

Download & Install the software, If needed restart the browser.

Goto a particular youtube video which you want to download.


Select the Format you want.

Download and watch it offline.

You can also use VLC player to watch the videos offline.

VLC supports all formats.


Want to create Images?

If you are a windows User, there is very little option for Image creation other than Adobe Photoshop which is not a free tool. If you want something similar to Adobe Photoshop, but for free then GIMP is the right choice.

GIMP (The GNU Image Program).http://www.gimp.org/downloads/


The image creation follows the layer concept. Where each changes that you add to the image can be done on layer. If you are not satisfied with a particular change, then you can delete the layer.

Create a New Image



Create a New Layar


Now Create a Text Banner.


Increase the Font size to 55 and select the Color as Blue.


Click on the Move Tool to come out of Text Tool.


Right click on the Text, Filter, Light & Shadow, Drop Shadow.



Save as PNG or JPEG.


Give a proper name and click Export.


Click Ok


Open the Image in any image viewer.


This is just a tip of an iceberg. There are lot of cool things that can be done using GIMP. Give it a try!.