Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sandalwood goes Tech Savvy

This is a proud moment for Sandalwood.Pawan Kumar the director of the movie Lifu Ishtene movie has taken a brave step and has released the movie online for Non Indian residents. The movie has been uploaded to the director's official website and has had 2000+ views within 24 hours of it going public. This is a brave step taken by the Director. I hope more movies like this go online and put a full stop to piracy online. Right now the movie is available online only for Non Indian Residents. I hope the director or the digital content rights owner comes out with a business model which will enable even residents of India to view movies online for a decent price. BTW I myself have not seen the movie but the song Yaarig Helona was Kickass! and the scene where Diganth buys his first condom was hilarious! Here are those 2 videos

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A dummies guide to set up your RVCE mail

Yes, all students of RV College Of Engineering get a email-id. Even I did not realize it till today. Now that I know there is such a facility, I'll describe how to get the id and change the default password and other stuff. Firstly you need to get the ID from the department. For the CS department it is put up near the Digital Electronics lab notice board. If you do not want to tire yourself to go there and find out yours here is a simple way to do so. Your ID is yourfirstname.cse(year of joining)at Example: vaishakh.cse09 at Step 2: Where to login? Now that you have a fair idea of where to get the e-mail id's the next step is where to log in? Visit and in the top right you find a box "RVCE MAIL" Click on that. You will be redirected to another webpage where you will be asked to give you log in credentials. I will not mention the default passwords here because of the obvious security reasons.(There is a default password too. If you want the default password mail me (Just to verify you are a legitimate student of rvce and I will send you the default password )) When you log in you you will see a page as shown in the below figure
Next step: Click on the "Email" button seen in the bottom right side of the webpage. You will now be redirected to your inbox with the default 2 e-mails from the gmail team. Click on the settings(seen in the red box in the figure below) and there click on account settings.
You will be redirected to the page as shown below
Change your password there and that's it! You now have an account which can be used for the Microsoft Dreamspark for free usage of their premium softwares and loads of other things.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Shut Up! A Remote Shut Down application for windows based systems.

A friend comes home and calls you out. You go out imagining its just for 5 minutes and leave your computer switched on. You come back after talking to him and an hour has gone by. Most of us are caught in this situation where we accidentally leave our computers on for a long time and realize it only later. Well this will never happen anymore if you have the following things:
1)A computer connected to the internet
2)Any GPRS phone/ any other computer connected to the internet
3)The most important "thing": The auto shut down application developed by Boondi Productions unlimited in association with Code Kshetra.
Yes this is no science fiction. Remote shutdown is a reality!
Shut Up is a Java based, free to use, open source and above all a small utility which is just around 400KB which helps you to lock,hibernate,turn off or even put your computer to a stand by mode by just a click(or in the age of smartphones a touch) of a button. And this click can come from anywhere in the world and from any device in the world! The product is available for free download Download it for free from and your comments and reviews are welcome! Do like our facebook page : Code Kshetra.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Is there anything left to discover or invent?

Frankly speaking I think the whole thing of "like button" in Facebook is not very attractive. I did not like the way Facebook sees our hobbies, the movies we watch, the music we listen to, the books we read..they have not understood the potential revenue they can make out of our hobbies by commercializing the "Hobbies". They never wanted to improve the UI for the "likes".Its good that on your friend's profile page you can see the movies, the music,the books he/she likes. But Facebook never mentions why that particular person likes the movie or what are his all time fav books or his reviews and recommendations for his friends regarding the movies, the tv shows etc. that he has seen.
I understood this recently when one of my friend liked "V for Vendetta". I was very curious after I heard the movie name.I googled and read the reviews but was somewhat not sure why my good friend liked that movie. This is when I realized that there is some potential space Facebook has ignored and tried to explore it. In one of the BMTC buses I even imagined how the User interface for that particular website I hypothetically create would look like.
I even thought of asking my friends help to create this website where all the things Facebook has left can be implemented.But something happened when I came back home.
I was heartbroken when I googled "social network based on movies songs books". Yes your guess is right. There is a website which does precisely that..and what more it was also called leader in the emerging social entertainment market by Bloomberg in November 2010. And the name of the website is -> (sorry for the "->" Its just too much C style programming...).
That brings me the thought that has been in my mind and even in my friend Samir's mind. "Is there anything left in this world to discover or invent??" Do leave your thoughts on that right here...

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Import your facebook contacts to gmail!

I know that friends of my age will have more friends in Facebook than the number of contacts in their Gmail account.
in this post I will give you step by step instructions on how to import your contacts from Facebook.
Things you will need
1: A yahoo e-mail id
2:I guess nothing more..!
I will explain the whole procedure in steps
STEP 1: Log in to your yahoo account. Choose the classic view as the screen shots I will be showing will be in classic view.
STEP 2: Open the contacts tab. Here you will see "Import your Contacts from other accounts to Yahoo!" Click on "import now".(see screen shot)

STEP 3: On clicking on "import now" you will see another screen. You will see the following text."New! Bring together all the people you know in one place. Click on an icon to start." Here click on the Facebook icon. On clicking on the icon a new window opens asking you to log in to Facebook. Once you log in yahoo imports your Facebook contacts. Click on "done".
STEP 4: next click on "tools"->"export" and export it in "yahoo csv" format.
STEP 5:Once this csv file is downloaded into your computer log out of yahoo and then log in to gmail.
STEP 6:Click on "contacts" On doing so you will see "more actions" button. on clicking it you will see "import" option.(see screen shot)

STEP 7: Now import these contacts to your account..
That's it..!! You can now contact your facebook friends through gmail!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Weekend Tech reading : WEEK 2

March 2. as I mentioned in the last week's post the I-pad 2 has finally released. And above is the video of the I-pad 2 from tech-crunch TV.
Here are the views of some of some bigwigs on i pad 2 See the link here
And if you want to compare all the tablets and see which is the best the you must go through this I am glad to see the name of Notion Ink's "Adam" tablet.
On a lighter note..did you know the person to achieve the most no of followers in twitter? Yes it is the funny man from 2 and half men
This week I will introduce you to a relatively unknown website which is based on sms (without the premium sms costs!!) Read about it and subscribe to it. Also you can make your own apps and publish them. Got an idea? Head here

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yahoo's integration with Facebook A boon to college students like me and you!!

Till about 2 months ago I was like all other frustrated college students who could not see their Facebook wall and twitter handles while browsing from college browsing centers. I tried many proxy sites but the problem with proxy sites is that there is always a threat that your private data and passwords can be stolen.
But not anymore...The all new Yahoo mail which was introduced in March 2010 (Yes I am reporting this in 2011) there is an increase in the level of integration with facebook.

All you need to do is integrate your facebook account with your yahoo-mail and you will receive your facebook updates! Fair enough is it not? No proxy no tension!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Master password for firefox to protect all your passwords.

This is something everybody will know. But for those who did not know this :Consider the situation where a computer is shared with some other people. There are chances that the other person can access your passwords by under Tools, then your Options and then the Security section in Mozilla Firefox.
A screen shot of saved passwords are shown here.
The person need not have any hacking skills at all. Just needs to copy your password and change it and that's it "Your account is hacked..!!"
To avoid such a thing happening to you all you need to do is use a master password See link
Happy browsing!

Week 1

These are not new links. These are links that I have already posted in by buzz page. But for those who do not follow me on my buzz it comes...the first doze of technology..
This week I would like to start off the with the big news coming in... Apple I pad 2 release date announced..
And another big news is that Lenovo is plannin to launch the laptop tablet hybrid "Lenovo Lepad" in June. see it here.
Have you ever forgotten to wish your friend on his or her birthday? Could not Facebook and wish them? here is a simple solution to it. The Autobudder. A Facebook app developed by a student of manipal institute of technology this innovative app wishes your friends on their about it here...
Worth mentioning here is a new and innovative service which is like a modern Barter system. "Pay with a tweet" this is a simple service. You tweet about the service and you get something in return (perhaps a new product) This can be used by some start up bands which need some publicity.
And finally talking about the costliest domain! was sold for $13 million by Escom to Clover Holdings on 17 November 2010. A mad mad world I would say...What's in a domain name? its the content that matters.. isn't it?

Weekend tech reading..

Starting this week I will be sharing with you people some of the interesting articles that I came across during the week. Please read them if they are good and leave a comment if possible. A comment of yours goes a long way and encourages me to do more...
So let it begin this Saturday...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Google Chrome Theme Installation

Step 1:
Download the theme file from thislink
Step 2:
Extract it.
Step 3:
Right click on the .crx file and select the open with option. Open it with google chrome.
Step 4: In the Bottom centre of your google chrome window press continue.
That's it ...Your chrome theme is ready to use..!!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Its been a while since I posted anything. To add to that my almost lost these blog posts because of the stupid website was down for months together. So I decided to have a copy of my posts in blogspot too...I know these are old ones and pretty boring too...But if you have missed out on them please make it a point to read it and fill in your comments both positive and negative in the comment box..
Nimma Vaishakh...

Day One

Total Chaos!. That is the only way I can describe day 1 of swmester 3.It started with the orchestra bus. No one was really sure whether we will finally be able to hear the orchestra which we all missed for 3 long months. But the bus eventually turned up 5 minutes late.
8:40 : College bus reaches Pandora (I mean RVCE).Everyone is exchanging smiles and girls exchanging hugs.For one moment I wondered why I cant be Munna Bhai and give all the girls a Jadu Ki Jhappi :P
After a small walk towards the department the scene continued again. But this time it was our own Pandit Ji exchanging the hugs.
9:00 : All students were near the dept entrance where every voice said "The classes are shuffled" This was not news to most of us but everyone was curious to know which class they belonged to. This mystery was instantaneously solved by many guys.One of the most convincing theory put forth was A1,A2 in section A. A3 and B1 in section B and B2 and B3 in section C.
9:15 :Students still standing near the department took a stand that they should make a move and in a few moments the folks moved to the class of their choice.
9:20 : Enter Harish G the Descrete mathematical structure lecturer. A witty man and a knowledgeable man. He has the potential to make it to the Jinkchak club of honours :D
9:50 : Exit Harish G.
9:50-10:40 :supposed to be the HOD's class which the ever busy HOD could not take. End result=>1st free period in 3sem.
10:40 : Enter Nivia madam.(No not the lady in the Nivia advertisement :P)One hour of lecture of which some things evaporated into thin air like the nivia anti persperent deodorant.
11:30 : Short break begins. But did not have the usual samosas in the small canteen because of the crowd.But met the friends from other sections and in particular THE BOSS.
11:50 : Confusion again regarding the lab. Finally reached Digital electronics lab where Drum was ready to welcome us :D :D. Along wit drum was another good looking lady who proclaimed herself as the class teacher of our class. She handed us the registeration form which we were supposed to fill.
2:00 : End of the chaotic day with home made food which I ate in the never changing canteen with some friends.
Let's see what's in store for tomorrow :)

One more day!

It was like any other morning for me. Getting up late heading upstairs to see the facebook updates and planning what movies to download and watch today until my mother reminded me that tomorrow is the day when the torture begins again. Yes it is college reopening time and I'm not as exited as I was a year back. I still remember the exitement in the air when I first went to RVCE as a student for the first time. Random thoughts in mind about the whole new life I had gifted myself after all the slogging I had done in the PU. The urge to meet and make new friends. The fire in the belly about the infamous ragging which eventually never happened and the wish to see more chicks (remember I studied in MESKK where the term chick had no meaning.)
One year has passed by and I no longer have the same enthusiasm about the college exept the fact that I want to see whether 2nd year lecturers can be more funny and exiting as the first year lecturers(To name a few :Jinkchak, AHM, holy esquare, pedddee ).
Not to forget the longing to meet the out of town friends.But even after combining all this it doesnt equal the urge I had to go to college a year back.
I know it is going to be the same college bus with the in-built window orchestra and the same quizes and tests which come back to back and the boring classes and the same old browsing centre with the same browsing restrictions.The same ID card checks and the same canteen with no change in its menu but for the prices in it and the same nerds around you.
But somewhere in some corner of the heart I still have the zeal to go to college because of the small things that have made the previous year a memorable one.
I may sound very philosophical but the fact is that Life is all about rejoicing all those small moments which come along rather than cribbing about what you didn't get.
So I go to college tomorrow with the hope to make this year even more memorable and even more hillareous and even more sparkling.
Hope all you guys around do the same. Reminds me of this fantastic song