Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cover Image of a Novel

Great news coming up.


The Lotus and the Storm - A Novel by Lan Cao and published by Viking / Penguin Books. The book was released on August 14th in a worldwide release.


So what's the great news…

The cover image of the book, a novel is an image shot by me. The lotus candle was bought in Sri Lanka and gifted to Anu. And the photograph was made during a electricity less night in JP Nagar battling boredom, sweating buckets and swatting mosquitoes as well ( with the folded newspaper bundles - the days of no inverter and generators).


Penguin books, USA found this image as a compelling image to complement the great novel by Lan Cao.

 

 

Cover Image  - Penguin


A cover image of a novel by a great publisher - tick.

And yes find a mention on wikipedia as well – tick.

 

Here is the image,

Cover Image  - Penguin

 


http://www.penguin.com/book/the-lotus-and-the-storm-by-lan-cao/9780670016921

Cover Image  - Penguin


http://www.amazon.com/The-Lotus-Storm-A-Novel/dp/0670016926

Cover Image  - Penguin


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lotus_and_the_Storm

Cover Image  - Penguin

Monday, April 28, 2014

(Updated) Wireless Movie Display, Google Chromecast and Media Servers (Updated)

 

Have always had the problem of wirelessly transferring video from my laptop to my TV. In the past have used wired cables and viola the laptop becomes a captive until the movie ends.

Recently read about the Google Chromecast and had a chance to buy one, BTW it is available on Amazon India website - http://www.amazon.in/Google-Chromecast-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00DR0PDNE/

 

Really loved the ease of setup via the laptop and the android phone. Easy to cast from the chrome browser and from apps such as youtube etc.

Right now there aren’t options for screen mirroring, but with the SDK being open to all, guess it is a matter of time before we see some innovative cool games and apps being rolled out.

Also for local media server I am running the Plex Media server and it is quite awesome - https://plex.tv/ 

 

 

 

Update:
Chromecast has added support to cast entire screen - still in beta stage http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-how-to-guide/how-to-use-chromecast-to-share-desktop-screen-and-audio-to-tv/

Some Android apps which are nice to use with Chromecast,

Google Photowall

Plex

All Cast

Jamo (ios)

Rube

Dayframe (Chromecast Photos)

 

Chrome Browser App

1) Videostream for Google Chromecast™ - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/videostream-for-google-ch/cnciopoikihiagdjbjpnocolokfelagl?hl=en To stream several file formats to the chromecast.

Monish Matthias

Friday, March 21, 2014

Team Outings Around Bangalore

If you have exhausted all the usual team outing places in Bangalore and have visited - http://minmaxmim.blogspot.in/2010/12/places-around-bangalore.html

 

Here are few options which we explored and they seemed very good,

1) http://www.thrillophilia.com/ 
http://www.thrillophilia.com/tours/royal-orchid-team-outing 

http://www.thrillophilia.com/tours/team-outing-at-savandurga

http://www.thrillophilia.com/tours/manchinbele-tour

And they have few options at Bheemeshwari Fishing camp and Kolar Cave exploration.

2) This option was also very good,

http://extremezoneindia.com/camping-a-paintball/manchinbele-bangalore.html 

3) Play – Sarjapur

http://www.playarena.in/

4) Gopalan International School – Hoodi Junction / Whitefield – for indoor cricket / football facilities

play1

 

Finally we ended up at Play and I personally loved it,

Must do activities include,

1) Laser Tag

2) Rifle Shooting

3) Quad Bike

4) Segway

5) Flight Simulator

6) Cricket in closed turf area

7) Beach Volleyball

There are at least 10 other activities, the place is well maintained, the equipment is good. And to top it off the pricing is economical. Buffet lunch at the extreme sports bar was good.

Overall a must visit place and repeat place.

Here is the map,

play-map

Monish Matthias

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Google Cached Results

How many times have you wanted to refer to some information on a page but the web editor changed them on the fly.

Or the page you want to see is not available, restricted etc.

Here is the solution,

 

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://example.com/

 

Replace the end URL in this case http://example.com/ with the URL that you want to monitor.

 

And a guide if you want to read more - http://www.googleguide.com/cached_pages.html

 

Monish Matthias

Saturday, January 11, 2014

India Post–Good Service

Why pay hefty charges to private courier services when the government based India Post does such a good job. Very good service at the counter, super cheap charges. Their complaint resolution is also super professional / fast. However the one disadvantage that I see is the tracking website of India Post is very slow in getting updated, for which I have a workaround for currently the USA.

 

I have been sending registered post’s to the USA and they have been reaching on time and safe.

 

logo

 

Tracking postal mails sent via India post - http://www.indiapost.gov.in/tracking.aspx 

 

Even after 30 days sometime the tracking will show as in progress but in reality they have reached the destination.

Work around – go to https://www.usps.com/ and enter the registered post tracking number and voila you can see the latest update on details of your registered postal mail.

 

Complain to get India Post to investigate - http://ccc.cept.gov.in/PCData.aspx 

Location details of your nearest post office - http://www.indiapost.gov.in/Pin/pinsearch.aspx 

 

Overall I am starting to love government offices and their services. Is it just me ?

Monish Matthias

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Link your AADHAAR number with your Gas and Certain Bank Accounts

 

Link your Unique 12 digit AADHAAR number
with your Personal Identification Documents* or Benefit Cards*

*Personal identification Document or Benefit Cards such as:
Scholarships
Pension ID
MNREGA Job Card
LPG Consumer ID
Other such similar identity documents with residents of India.

https://rasf.uidai.gov.in/seeding/User/ResidentSplash.aspx

 

Aadhaar

 

Hope this helps.

Monish Matthias

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Tech Update : Multi Browser Testing Options

We have evaluated the following options for Multi Browser Testing with more focus on IE but covers 200 other browser versions.

1)

Freeware : Used in the past
http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage
Can test up to IE 10. Currently lots of open bugs which can affect production level applications.

Recommendation: Can ignore for enterprise / production level applications.

2)

Browser based (paid subscriptions) : Completed a demo test and recorded the video.
http://www.browserstack.com/
https://www.browserstack.com/pricing
Can test every single browser available and mobile / tablet platforms as well. 

Recommendation: Good for an enterprise license as we have test capability for multiple OS, multiple browser versions and covers website + mobile + tablets. But paid.

3)

BrowserTesting
Microsoft’s solution by giving free VM installable’ s 

http://www.modern.ie
User guide and release notes - https://modernievirt.blob.core.windows.net/vhd/virtualmachine_instructions_2013-07-22.pdf

Works on Virtualization principle and apparently can be a VM on a VM. While there are around 5 virtualization solutions (Hyper V, Virtual PC, VMWare, Virtual Box & Parallels). I have completed the test with Microsoft’s Virtual PC.

Virtual PC - http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=3702

I tested running windows XP and IE 6 on my laptop and was able to browse through and run the test successfully.

Recommendation: The BEST for testing IE versions on different OS flavors available today, free and easy to set up and run. 


Monish Matthias

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Android App Update : Dongle Controls

Ever upset why can’t Android especially the stock version have more widgets, more dongles, more control. As the stock version is closest to the OS, even the nexus series have the most boring and non functional dongles.

 

Searched for a Dongle to switch phone internet, to switch between 2G & 3G, to completely close location property, to have torch etc etc etc.

A highly regarded app is Power Toggles

http://www.powertoggles.com/

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.painless.pc

 

PowerToggles

Monday, January 06, 2014

Control your laptop from smart phones

Want to run presentations, control your media player, use your ph’s touch screen as a mouse, type from your ph and several other features / in built remotes.

Currently available for Android and Windows app store, coming soon to Apple store.

What is Unified Remote ? - http://www.unifiedremote.com/overview

Website - http://www.unifiedremote.com/

Features - http://www.unifiedremote.com/features

Windows machine server - http://www.unifiedremote.com/download

Android App Store for client - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Relmtech.Remote

 

Overview

 

I use it and I love it. Go ahead and have fun…

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Gooooaaa

Here is a photo essay of Goa shot with couple of mobile phones (HTC Desire | Nexus 4) and my normal camera. It is a fun filled place where one can really relax and get stressed around what to shop and what to eat, where to go. These photos are from two trips one in 2011 and the other in 2013. Also few pictures from Dandeli.

 

http://www.monishmatthias.com/2014/01/goooooaaa.html

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Do share your comments.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Remove Car Hypothecation – Easy Guide

This is based out of Bangalore in the KR Puram RTO.

Have you taken a car loan and the loan repayment has been completed. Here are the series of steps to remove car hypothecation from the RC book in the RTO office.

Car-loan-foreclosures

Request the following from the bank

1) 1 or more copies of the NOC letter : This letter states that you have repaid the entire amount and the loan account is closed.

2) 2 copies of Form 35 duly signed and stamped by the bank officer.

In my case it was SBI branch which wonderfully via email mailed me these documents. They are awesome.

Next I went to a concierge desk who asked for 900 Rupees to get this done, I decided to try it myself.

I went to the RTO office, KR Puram and got the job done in less than 30 minutes. Several agents standing outside the RTO office demanded 900-1000 Rupees for the same. But I decided to do it myself and trust me the RTO office rocks, the helpdesk / reception on the ground floors guided me to the right department.

 

Here are the papers you need to have

1) Recent Emission test copy

2) Active Insurance copy

3) Original RC Book / Card : This goes into the plastic pouch from 5.

4) 100 RS receipt from the cash counter of the RTO: Cash counters close by 1:30 PM.

5) Paper File + Plastic Pouch + Tag + Envelope with stamps : All available as a kit for about 30 Rupees in the stores next to the RTO. Also write your address on the envelope where you want to receive the papers.

6) NOC letter from the bank

7) 2 Copies of Form 35 : Duly signed by you.

 

Give all these to the right department, they check validate sign the set, then they enter the application number in a big book and give you an acknowledgement sheet which contains details of all the papers that you have submitted.

 

You are supposed to get one copy of the form 35 and the new RC book / card back in 30 days via the envelope you gave.

Total time at the RTO : 30 minutes

Total cost : 150 RS

I never thought it would be so easy to get this done, but yes the RTO office and team rock.

Learn Kannada Easily

You want to learn to speak Kannada, here is the coolest website that helps a lot.

Website

http://www.kannadabaruthe.com/

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/KannadaBaruthe

Android App

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kannadabaruthe&hl=en

Kannada

 

Happy Kannada learning times.