Friday, October 2, 2009

Wake up sid mac apps

Well this post is aimed at all the mac users post and after seeing wake up sid,
the mac that he uses has loads of apps but the one that attracted my attention was the wake up alarm
application that he used in the beginning of the movie lots of times,
i looked it uo on the net and after searching for a while found it to be called
the link is here

though it is a paid software
its well worth the money u cash out for its user interface and effectiveness
you might find sme lying around on a torrent also
try it n let me know...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Customizing gmail

Did you know you can customize a little of your Gmail inbox by changing the so-called Gmail web clips? Web clips are the little pieces of text just above your e-mail inbox. You would think it was just a regular place to display Google’s advertising, but if you pay attention you might see some other messages come by too.
These messages can be customized. You can for instance add the RSS feed of your favorite blog or news site or add favorite quotes or other wisdom. For more information on what RSS feeds are see this article.
It could become a bit of a distraction, but I think it’s a nice variation for your inbox. For people who practically live inside their Gmail inbox, this is nice and it could even make you smarter by displaying trivia (or look smarter if you memorize the quotes).

They work like a mini one line RSS reader. You can click the link to read the article. You’ll see from what source the link is and how long ago it was published. Click the arrows < and > to browse through the different sources and links. Customizing is easy:
Sign in to Gmail.
Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page, and open the Web Clips tab.
Browse popular clips by selecting a topic link along the left. Search for feeds by entering topics that interest you – use this feature like you would Google Search. Or, enter specific feed URLs.
Click Add next to the clips you’d like to see in Gmail.
You can add specific feed URLs by entering them in the search box on the left. The feed URL of MakeUseOf is for instance Which you can copy and paste into the search field and your favorite tech tips will scroll by in your inbox. Another interesting one is the feed of our Geeky Fun collection: Gmail web clips add these to a list.
From this list random items are chosen to display, together with some of the advertising that is already there. You’ll see the list under “My Clips“. You’re not stuck with the web clips Google has already chosen for you. If you’re not that much interested in cooking or one of the others, simply click remove on the right. Having a small list makes every source come up more often.

Some other cool ones are quotes or trivia such as quote of the day, Quotes4all, TriviaTidbit and Funny Quote of the Day (right-click and choose “copy link“). Enter a word you are interested in in the search box and see what they have.
Of course you already know about the themes that Gmail has enabled to further customize your inbox. After rocking Terminal for a couple of days myself I have been using Ninjas to my full satisfaction.
For some more very convenient little Gmail tips you might not know about, see this article on MakeUseOf and everything else on Gmail. And of course let me know if you have found some cool web clips that are not in the suggested lists yet.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pop culture "The snuggie emerges"

Very rarely do you come across something that seems absurd at first but slowly u see what it is in the light and feel the way i did when i first heard of a snuggie.
What is a snuggie???
Well its nothing more than a blanket with sleeves,someone must be fond of reading books and realised that the one issue that u have when you are in a warm cozy bed and curling up to a favourite book and a hot cuppa coffe is tha the bloody blanket keeps slipping...well the inventors(if i may call this an invention)of snuggoe worked this out and made sleeves into a blanket,sounds silly??did to me too..till i found out that 4 million of these have been sold and are a major pop culture icon for 2008 and 2009.
Its not expensive either and all i read is great reviews for it,staying in a cold place myself i wish i had one of these myself,but unfortunately its not availible in india for the time being,ill console myslef with a slipping blanket till it reaches our shores..for more see
and have a look at simplicity of an idea that takes off at full blast at times.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Apple rocks the september keynote

Well well well
most of us have been waiting for the rumored ipad to surface up on the keynote this year,which in fact im still keeping my fingers crossed too as the keynote is still midway and there is still time for more....
but as tradition goes,Mr.Jobs is back with ONE MORE THING and its cameras on the nanos,wow we really needed that feature and also the fm radio finally comes to the nano along with a built in pedometer for use with nike +....
The features are : 2.2 inch display, glossy colors, microphone/speaker, voiceover, fm radio, video those of you who were waiting to but a nano can go for it now..cos its better value for money anyday...
Apple also announced iPod classic at 160GB-- same thin size, same price ($249),so the rumours of it being phased out can be cancelled for now.
The itouch comes for $399 for 64GB, $299 for 32GB, and $199 for 8GB,im pretty dissed at this cos me and a couple of friends just bought itouches for 50$ more a month back ,should always listen to rumours ahh when it comes to apple.
Im only covering the hardware in this blog,itunes 9 comes out with itunes LP and also os3.1 for the iphone and the itouch,that ill cover later.....

Monday, April 13, 2009

Eating out in shimla

Well for starters..shimla is a place where you do get different kinds of cuisines and lots of variety in those too,but among the countless number of places there are few which will make your trip worthwhile and droolworthy ...
Id say tibetan food does really well here,and momos,thupkas and soups are really good in a place called china town just a stones throw away from a really big eat out called baljees,even though china town is a small joint the momos and the accompanying sauces are to die for,try the fried variety,its worth taking a risk.
For regular indian food,PLAZA fares pretty well,though the service is agonizingly slow but the wait for the fresh kebabs with the even fresher mint chutney is worth it,you get really nice paranthas here and the onion kulcha and the onion salad are some things you will find on each diners table.
Continental palate is difficult to say,but COMBERMERE is a nice place,their baking section is awesome and the ambience of their rooftop terrace is pretty good for a late evening or mid day hang out.

Friday, March 6, 2009


I only came to know about this today,a single strand of like 12cm of hair can empty your pocket by 1000rs,whats so special about this hair i asked....well its no ordinary hair,its the hair from an elephants tail!

Apparently most people know about the superstitious powers of ivory,but hair that too from an elephants tail is considered very powerful in lots of places in the world.

Its not like regular hair,its very thick and strong and needs to be pulled from the poor animals tail stump with a a pair of pliers but the saying goes like if your kid wears an amulet with the hair in it he gets the strength and courage of the elephant,weird yet true.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

the airport

chapter one

Well you get to fly a lot when you are in the navy,joining a ship or signing off from one,you fly more than regular people.

This happened when a chief officer of mine was returning from London airport to his homeland India.

While waiting on the airport,he was looking around in general,people watching,cos thats what u end up doing when u have a ten hour hiatus at an international airport,you get sick and tired of shopping around or eating or trying out new menus.After a while,there seemed to be a particular female that raised his curiosity quotient,a young female looked around 25 yrs in age,wearing  snug but low cut top and chatting away aimlessly to a group of men who may have been thinking something completely opposite to what the female was talking about,cmon we are men a part of our brain works like that only,its like programmed in our dna or something.

This female was attractive was a understatement,she was that mind blowing types,the one who walks in a room and all eyes are only on her types.Being at a ship for long,u tend to ogle at the other species a little longer than usual and we are not ashamed of it,its completely normal.By a stroke of good luck or bad which you can decide later,after boarding the aircraft she took the seat right next to him,eye candy for sure but by the way she was chatting to the men earlier he decided to keep mum cos he wanted to sleep and not get her started lest she might not shut up the rest of the flight,but somehow the conversation started.She asked him how old does he think she is,and even though she looked twenty five or something being a gentleman he said less somewhere like twenty one,she replied by saying that she is actually forty two and has two kids and proceeded to show him their photos.

She said her name was Aliyah,and she was settled in the US but her kids were in India.On asking about her husband,man was the chief in a shock,she said her husband was an extremist in Kabul and that she was separated,and she had moved to the US,when she was little cos her father had been a General and was killed there in Kabul when she was a kid,so she was in Us now and ran some sorta of business now,on asking what the business was,she changed the topic.

Anyways they got down from the flight,and she being a newbie to India,he helped her fill the immigration form and  in general being the nice and considerate people we are helped her out and parted ways,to meet again at the money exchanger to see her en cash 2000$,well thats a pretty huge amount he said.....she again said she  needs cash for her "BUSINESS" and asked him whether he would escort her out of the airport,chief got wary cos of the money and just so escorted her by walking behind her,i don't blame him anyone would be skeptical to say the least.

She was being waited upon by two burly looking bodyguard types,the ones you see with goons et all....she walked away without a word of thank you and chief was surprised,common courtesy man,a thank was the least she could have said.

A week later he gets a call at home from the same chick,he is surprised cos he remembered not giving her his number(he is married just for the record),she said she took his number while he was filing his immigration form,thats really spooky he thought....and she said she was calling to expand contacts for her business..he got pissed and cut the call.

But a month later while he was at sea,the same female calls up from Pakistan and talks to his wife about her business..

considering the possibilities are endless to who she could have been..suicide bomber,a spy,a member of some terror group is for you to decide...

so the next time you decide to help someone at the airport think twice..... i sure will after this incident