Clicked in a click

Monday, March 31, 2008

Well, as you must have been knowing by now that I'm kinda fond of clicking things. Wherever I go, I start clicking around.
It was during Barcamp that someone clicked me while I was clicking around. Just thought to share across the same with you. Comments expected :-)

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Dancing my way

Sunday, March 30, 2008

What other title I can give? As you can evidently see in the snap, it was a marriage. One of my friends Aniruddh got married last Sunday. And as the friends of the groom, we had nothing else to do than bird watching and dancing. So here you can see us dancing like there is no tomorrow. :-) Did you think I will put up snaps of the birds I was watchin :P

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The Blog, Readers and the count...!!!

It was yesterday at BlogCamp Mumbai Style, where Tarun made a comment stating

If your blog gets 10 hits a day you will be labeled as failure. But isn't it a nice thing that you are able to share your thoughts with 10 people, 10 right people, who actually want to read what you write

His point was evidently that it doesn't matter if you have 1000 hits a day. One should rather prefer having few but loyal readers. Who will get back to your blog often and often and appreciate your good writings and at same time criticize your bad ones. Of course, the word is totally incomplete without critics. A guy from made an interesting point in the regard at the event. He said that we often put good comments on someone's blog with the expectation of he visiting our blog and putting a nice comment on our blog at a later stage. And so, we often fail to provide the real critical view on the post.
Another interesting point was by Rashmi Bansal who talked about why to blog? Her point was you should think of what the readers want to read in case of magazines. But why to get stuck with the prototype while blogging too? You should write about what you really want to write rather than what your readers want to read. It doesn't mean you should comepletely ignore the readers and write anything crap. But yes. That should not be the top priority..

The other sessions too went kinda well. We managed to gain something new out of each session. Rohit gave quite a good insight of Legal aspects of blogging and same with Aditya who talked about podcasting and its future aspects. Ankesh went quite long while talking about blogging tips and he could never come down to the actual point. He was more into what to do to run a successful blog, rather than exactly how..
Pankaj Tiwari illustrated the importance of Hindi blogging and the problems ahead in very much effective way. Really very impressive. His Hindi was kinda fluent and still understandable in spite of being into IT industry. Karamveer (a guy who made 53k $ in a month from his blogs) shared few tips to make online money.
Then as people started getting sleepy, Tarun came and threw the session open for public discussion by some reaction about previous speakers' words. It was indeed a smart way of throwing the session open. The last two sessions were not much impressive and if my memory goes well, one was about this site called bloozle and another about SEO. I personally feel there is lot more to SEO rather than just discussing how to do it. Moreover, people think only google when it comes to SEO. (Its obvious with the 70% + market share of google).
So.. That's it. Thats how the event went. A bunch of people, who came with al open minds to grasp the maximum knowledge, to freely discuss the ideas, to meet new people and to create a higher network.
Now I'm just waiting for next barcamp to be announced.

PS: Check out Deep's views on blogcamp at this link

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The show goes on...!!!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The BlogCamp show I mean. Its going on. And its going great. I did never thought that a blog camp can be so much of fun. I could listen to many nice contents by numerous speakers. And could manage to connect with few people, exchanged ideas and learned new things.

Am trying to upload few live images. But the wifi here isn't working too fine. Well, hopefully I will manage to upload the snaps after few minutes.

PS: I finally managed to put up few snaps. More at This link.

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Blogging Live

Am blogging live from the venue of Blogcamp Mumbai Style. Its here in IIT Powai. The event started few minutes back with a session by Rashmi Bansal, Editor of JAM Magazine. And its going great..
Will keep blogging live. Stay Tuned.

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Fools' Day

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The fools' Day is approaching.. Don't fall for any announcements coming our way from Google on thsi April 1st.. :-)

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Trial from opera mini 4.0

Saturday, March 22, 2008

I've always been using opera mini browser on my cell. But never actually tried putting a blog post using it. I don't know how this is gonna appear and i'm hopeful that it appears normally.
Thank you for ignoring this post.

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Happy Holi

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Holi friends.. Play Safe

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Master card & Visa: Whats the difference

Monday, March 17, 2008

The two leading credit card companies in the world today are the competitors Visa and MasterCard. They both operate along very similar lines. While Visa can claim to have almost a billion cards issued, MasterCard has over twenty five thousand banks issuing its cards and it is difficult to find any difference in the number of locations worldwide that accept the cards, which is now estimated at over twenty million.

In fact, as far as most consumers are concerned, there is no real difference between the two. They are both very widely accepted in over one hundred and fifty countries and it is very rare to find a location that will accept one but not the other.

However, neither Visa nor MasterCard actually issue any credit cards themselves. They are both simply methods of payment. They rely on banks in various countries to issue credit cards that utilise these payment methods. Therefore, the interest rates, rewards, annual fees, and all other charges are issued by your bank and when you pay your bill you are paying it to the bank or institution that issued your card and not Visa or MasterCard.

How Visa and MasterCard make their money is by charging the retailer for using their payment method. So the truth of the matter is that a Visa issued by say the Bank of India will have very little to do with a Visa issued by other banks and may in fact by more similar to the Bank of India's MasterCard.

What this means for the vast majority of customers is that you do not have to overly concern yourself with whether a credit card is MasterCard or Visa. You would be better off concentrating on the interest and other charges on the card, the balance transfer possibilities or their reward scheme. You are very unlikely to ever be effected by the fact that it is one and not the other.

If you prefer, if you are going to have two credit cards, you may decide that you want one of them to be Visa and the other MasterCard, this means that if something drastic were to happen to one company, or if you were in the unlikely position of finding a location that accepts one but not the other, then you would have the option of paying with either.

At the end of the day however, much more depends on the bank that gave you the card, than on the type of card it is.

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The bench phase

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I got this picture as a forward. Amazingly tells the story of frustration of software engineers on benches.

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Two new purchases

Few days back, I purchased two new things.

Nokia 6085: A basic multimedia phone with all features like music player, radio, integrated camera, expandable memory. Great on style. And comfortable to handle. The golder colour looks really elite and you can't miss the statement it makes.
Overall, great deal for 4900 bucks along with 1 GB memory card.

Nokia bluetooth headset (Model HS-26W): A comparatively low cost headset but it serves the purpose it is meant for. Amazing voice clarity, coverage upto 10 mtrs and the distance between handset and headset doesn't matter. You will get same clarity at any distance upto the range.

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Kalsubai trek

Friday, March 07, 2008

I had recently been to Kalsubai, the highest peak in Sahyadris. Was a great trek in all. Will soon be writing a detail travelogue of the same. For the time being, here are few snaps from the trek. Many more snaps have been uploaded to my picasa album.

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BarCamp Mumbai 3

I'm gonna be at Barcamp Mumbai 3 tomorrow. Are you joining in?

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