Archive for January, 2010

Apple – iPad – Yet another Revolutionary Device

// January 31st, 2010 // Comments // Technology

It is really hard to believe that apple could fit so many great ideas into something so thin. A large, high-resolution LED-backlit IPS display. An incredibly responsive Multi-Touch screen. And an amazingly powerful Apple-designed chip. All in a design that’s thin and light enough to take anywhere. iPad isn’t just the best device of its kind. It’s a whole new kind of device.

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You can read more at :

iPad – Apple.com

Apple unveils iPad device – BBC

iCountry News – New York Times

Jobs unveils iPad – YouTube

Kindle Killer?  Not Quite – Globe and Mail

iPad – Wikipedia

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Apple ipad is scheduled to be released in March 2010. Stay tuned to latest updates of Apple ipad by following me on twitter and subscribe to my email RSS feeds.

Facebook Ads Voucher GiveAway

// January 29th, 2010 // Comments // Old

The give away series continues on sandeephegde.me. Now its time to give away Facebook Ads Voucher worth $50

Click advertising is already a huge market and PPC on social networks has also gained momentum, while traditional PPC advertisement’s like Google Adwords and Yahoo Search Marketing allows users to target ads based on demographics, social media advertising enables them to micro target ads according to age, sex, demographics and even interests allowing advertisers to connect with their exact target audience.

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Facebook is one of the top social network, with huge advertising opportunities on their network. To make advertiser try Facebook Ads the I’m offering free $50 advertisement voucher. Simply comment below to take advantage of the free advertising offer.

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So… do yourself a favor and take part in this giveaway! It’s very easy — just leave a comment below. I’ll throw everyone’s name into a box on March 28, 2010 (My Birthday !), and announce the winners soon after. Full terms follow :

*  To enter, leave a comment below. (Preferably with a brief description why do you think you are a right person for Facebook Ads Voucher)

*  You may enter only once.

* You should be subscribed to my email feeds. Click here to Subscribe now !

* You should be following me on twitter at twitter.com/sandeephegde

* You should be my fan on Facebook page. Click here to be my Fan

* Most active Commentators(throughout the site) will be gain extra weightage.

* Blogging, Twitting and Spreading a word about this blog will provide extra weightage.

* Winners will be selected in a random drawing.

* Prize: A Facebook Ads Voucher worth $50

Happy Republic Day

// January 26th, 2010 // Comments // Old

On this great day, I wish every Indian a VERY HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY. Let us all make India a strong nation to respect our heroes of freedom fighting struggle of over 150 years.

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[Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/satpalravi/3226181572/ ]

Today, Republic of India has turned 61, very young country, but amazing. Its people are shining India and building a strong nation. We have done very well in last six decades, come very far in short time. Now, we are a nuclear power, we build our own planes, ships, satellite, etc. India is shining like no one in the region. In spite of being a fast merging super power, India has pursued and advocated peace in the region.

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[Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vineeth_pulari/368664789/ ]

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HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY
Jai Hind

Website in 10 Minutes

// January 21st, 2010 // Comments // Events

Yes it’s possible! You can build rock solid, dynamic websites within few minutes! All credit goes to the open source software’s like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and others. But unfortunately not many people know about this. I have been conducting many seminars, workshops to create awareness that web development is not a rocket science and can be done even by a common man. “Website in 10 Minutes” campaign has been quite successful in this regards.

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Now it is the time to take this campaign to next level. My motto is “Every Computer Educated Indian should have a website”. For this I’m expanding my horizons to organize training programs in any corner of the country. The only thing I’m expecting is someone to invite me and take care of the organization of the session. To provide an overview of the possibilities, here are some ways:

· Website in 10 minutesopen_source

This shall involve a live demo wherein I shall demonstrate building a Website in 10 minute using WordPress. The session will provide an overview of WordPress with themes and plugins with an overview of open source. The ideal time for the session is 1 hour which involves 30 minutes of interactive talk & demonstration and another 30 minutes for solving the queries of the audience.

· Half day workshop

This workshop will be around 3hours. The participants will have hands on experience, as I make them create their own website in the workshop. Each candidate should have an system or laptop to work along with me. The workshop shall cover the following topics

· Introduction

· Setting up Apache, MySql & PHP (using XAMPP or WAMP server)

· WordPress Installation

· Using WordPress

· Theming

· Plugins

· Widgets

· Full day workshopwordpress

This workshop will be of around 5 to hours. By the end of the workshop the participant shall have his/her website accessible online! This workshop shall also cover the search engine optimization basics and tips to market and monetize the website. The topics covered will be :

·       Introduction

·       Hosting & Domains

·       WordPress Installation

·       Using WordPress

·       Theming

·       Plugins

·       Widgets

·       Using Analytics

·       S.E.O.

·       Promoting the site.

·       Monetizing the site

The above three are just an overview of what can be done. I’m flexible to tune the training program as per to your needs.

Terms and Conditions:

· Atleast 30 participants should be there for a session.

· The session should be planned well in advance with proper organization.

· Projector, Internet facility and other requirements has to be taken care by organizers.

· My Travel, Stay and other expenditure has to be taken care by the organizers.

· Optionally Domain Name Registration & Quality Web Hosting is available for nominal charges.

Who can organize?

· A group of individuals

· Academic Institutions

· Training Centers

· Clubs & Associations

· Companies

· Non Profits Organization

· Basically Anyone 🙂

How to contact me?

All initial communications has to be made through email only. You can send me an email at [email protected] with subject as “Request for WordPress Training”.

If you have any queries/suggestions please comment them below.

Google Adwords Voucher give away

// January 18th, 2010 // Comments // Old

While I launched this site www.sandeephegde.me I purchased a new hosting account too from Godaddy. Godaddy was very generous to give me lot of  free stuff along with it. Amongst all the free goodies provided by Godaddy,  there is also an $20 Google Adwords Voucher. I do not have requirement of using it, so thought of giving away the Adwords voucher to my readers.

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So… do yourself a favor and take part in this giveaway! It’s very easy — just leave a comment below. I’ll throw everyone’s name into a box on March 28, 2010 (My Birthday !), and announce the winners soon after. Full terms follow :

gift-voucher*  To enter, leave a comment below. (Preferably with a brief description why do you think you are a right person for Google Adwords Voucher)

*  You may enter only once.

* You should be subscribed to my email feeds. Click here to Subscribe now !

* You should be following me on twitter at twitter.com/sandeephegde

* You should be my fan on facebook page. Click here to be my Fan

* Most active Commenters(througout the site) will be gain extra weightage.

* Blogging, Twitting and Spreading a word about this blog will provide extra weightage.

* Winners will be selected in a random drawing.

* Prize: A Google Adwords Voucher worth $20

Happy Sankranti

// January 14th, 2010 // Comments // Old

Happy Sankranti to everyone 🙂

Sankranti or Sat Kranti which means ‘good movement’ is the transimigration of sun from one zodiac to another. Most of us celebrate this as a harvest festival too.Whoever celebrates it  as the harvest festival  should thank Earth for blessing us with fertile land so that we can sustain ourselves.

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Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious occasions for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion, fervour & gaiety. It is a harvest festival. Makar Sankranti is perhaps the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day every year i.e. the 14th of January.

Makar Sankranti is the day when the glorious Sun-God begins its ascendancy and entry into the Northern Hemisphere and thus it signifies an event wherein the Sun-God seems to remind their children that ‘Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya’, may you go higher & higher, to more & more Light and never to Darkness.

To Hindus, the Sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to enjoy a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom, and knowledge, even as the Sun does from the Day of Makar Sankranti.

The festival of Makar Sankranti is highly regarded by the Hindus from North to down South. The day is known by various names and a variety of traditions are witnessed as one explores the festival in different states.

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Makar Sankranti is observed and celebrated throughout India by all communities but with slight variations in the festivities.

Uttar Pradesh: In Uttar Pradesh, Sankranti is called ‘Khichiri’. It is an important bathing date during the famous Magh Mela and Kumbh Mela at Sangam (Prayag) in Allahabad.

West Bengal: It is known as Gangasagar Mela in Bengal and on the particular day people come from all over India for a ceremonial cleansing in the river Hooghly, near Kolkata.

Tamil Nadu:
In Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is known by the name of ‘Pongal’. It is very popular particularly amongst farmers. Rice and pulses cooked together in ghee and milk is offered to the family deity after the ritual worship.

Andhra Pradesh:
In Andhra Pradesh, it is celebrated as a three-day harvest festival, known as Sankranthi.

Maharashtra:
In Maharashtra, on the Sankranti day, people exchange multi-colored tilguds made from til (sesame seeds) and sugar and til-laddus made from til and jaggery.

Assam:
Bhogali Bihu is celebrated on the day in Assam.

Punjab:
In Punjab where December and January are the coldest months of the year, huge bonfires are lit on the eve of Makar Sankranti and which is celebrated as “Lohri”.

In Central India, it is known as Sankranti.

In Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is known as Uttarayan and is noted for the kite flying event.

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Traditionally, this period is considered an auspicious time and the veteran Bhishma of Mahabharata chose to die during this period. Bhishma fell to the arrows of Arjuna. With his boon to choose the time of his death, he waited on a bed of arrows to depart from this world only during this period. It is believed that those who die in this period have no rebirth.

For the people in the Indo Gangetic plain, the day begins with taking dips in the Ganges and offering water to the Sun-God. The dip is said to purify  the self and bestow ‘punya’. Special Puja is offered as a thanksgiving for good harvest

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Til and rice are two important ingredients of this festival. In the rice-eating belt of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, people have a special rice-centric meal on this day.

In Makar Sankranti, women prepare laddus or other sweets of Til & Gur and offer them to friends & relatives. It symbolizes a ‘Well-being Prayer for all’ gets manifested in action & deeds.

Basics of Search Engine Optimization

// January 13th, 2010 // Comments // Technology

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume or quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via “natural” or un-paid (“organic” or “algorithmic”) search results as opposed to search engine marketing (SEM) which deals with paid inclusion. Typically, the earlier (or higher) a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine.

As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work and what people search for. Optimizing a website primarily involves editing its content and HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines.

Here is an overview of few basics to be considered for a good search engine optimization strategy

  • Proper Title Tags

Well-constructed title tags contain the main keyword for the page, followed by a brief description of the page content. It will be less than 65 characters and avoid using stop words such as: a, if, the, then, and, an, to, etc. Your title tag should also be limited to the use of alphanumeric characters, hyphens, and commas.

  • Proper Description Tags

Good description tags contain information about the page’s content and persuade search engine users to visit your web site. They should be between 25 and 35 words in length.

  • Proper Keywords Tags

Your keywords meta tag should contain between 5-10 keywords or keyword phrases that are also found in page content.

  • Proper Heading Tags

Each page of your site should use at least the H1 heading tag for the search engines that examine it when crawling your site.

  • Page Content

Pages should have between 300 and 700 words of descriptive content that contains the keywords specified for the page.

  • Proper Navigation

Each page of your site should contain links to every other page so search engine spiders can find every page. This is a critical step for the proper indexing and page rank distribution of your site.

  • Proper Sitemap

It’s important to use two site maps for your website–an XML version and a static version. The XML version can be created with Search Engine Visibility’s site map tool. The static version should sit on a static HTML page and contain links to every other page.

  • Controlled Crawling

It’s important that search engine spiders find your robots.txt file that guides spiders to pages and directories you want crawled and denies entry to protected areas of your site.

  • Duplicate Content/Tags

Because search engines treat web sites as a grouping of pages and not a single entity, each page on your site should be unique so that the tags and content differ between each page. Doing so increases the number of pages that will rank.

  • Word Density

Pages should contain 300 to 700 words of unique and descriptive content. A page’s meta tag keywords should also be those that occur most frequently on the page.

There is no hard and fast rule for an search engine optimization. The above strategy has been yielding a good results to me till date and i believe it will yield a good results to whoever adopts it. If I have missed out anything in this post, or if you have any of your search engine optimization  tips i would be glad to see it in the comments 🙂

PayPal – Easy Way to Pay

// January 9th, 2010 // Comments // Technology

Paypal is a simple and affordable payment solution for online entrepreneurs. It is one of the most popular payment options available online. Paypal is used worldwide, though some countries are not allowed to use it.

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Paypal is known as one of the easiest and popular ways to pay online. If you ask yourself what is Paypal, than the simplest answer is this: a tool that allows you to safely send and receive money via email. The company is owned by eBay, and it is a global online payment system. With this online payment system you can send money from your credit/debit card, transfer money to and from your bank account. Use it whenever you need to send money to someone (settle a debt with a friend, pay for online purchase/auctions…) or when someone needs to send money to you. Paypal system is an easy way for individuals and merchants to send and receive money online for goods, services, charitable donations, and more.

What Do I Need To Open Paypal Account?

To open a Paypal account, you will need:

  • An email ID
  • A bank account in one of the allowed countries.
  • A residential address in one of the allowed countries.
  • A valid phone number in one of the allowed countries
  • A credit card to be used to verify the account after it is opened.

How Does Paypal Work?

Paypal works this way: You create an account (click here -> it will open in a new tab). After you register you fund your account. You send payments to anyone with an email address.

How much does it cost me?

As many people already know, it’s always free to send money. You always send the same amount of money without having to pay extra. But personal accounts can receive a limited number of credit or debit card funded payments per year and are assessed a transaction fee. To view your Personal account limit, log in to your account and click the View Limits link. Members with a Paypal Business account or Paypal Premier account are charged a low transaction fee for receiving payments. For more information, consult the list with the transaction fees

Does Paypal work in India ?

Yes. You can send money by Paypal in India and withdraw them by asking Paypal India check. You can see all the available countries on the Paypal website here.

Even more important! You can now transfer money from your PayPal account to any of your bank account in India directly from the PayPal website. PayPal has also scrapped the withdrawal fees for electronic transfer if the amount withdrawn is more that Rs 7000 and a nominal Rs 50 for small transfers. Earlier PayPal would charge $5 per transaction irrespective of the amount on the cheque.

As stated on their official website: If you have an account registered from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, India, Jamaica, or Uruguay, you can request a check. When you request a check, it will take 4-6 business days to process the request and prepare the check to be mailed. Postal delivery time is additional and varies depending on your country of residence.

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

Paypal Bank Account in India

If you have a indian Paypal account, then you can add the following indian bank accounts:

  • State Bank of India
  • Bank of India
  • Canara Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • HDFC Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • ING VYSYA Bank
  • UTI Bank
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • HSBC
  • Citibank – As an example Citibank cheques take more than 4 weeks to clear.

Trough this indian bank accounts you can send money by Paypal to India. Before you withdraw the amount from PayPal to your Indian Bank account, ensure that name of the bank record and PayPal match character by character else the transaction will not go through and PayPal would also charge a INR 250 processing fee.

To get your money from PayPal to a bank account in India, all you require is your bank account number and the IFSCI code of the bank branch where you have the account – call your bank customer care service and ask for IFSC code -it’s an 11 digit code maintained by The Reserve Bank of India.

PayPal offers another option for Indians who hold a Visa credit card or debit card – you can withdraw funds directly to your Visa branded credit, debit or prepaid card.

Note : Till date you cannot use any Indian Debit Cards (ATM Cards) along with paypal.

If you have any queries, please post them as comments.

SMStweet – Tweet using SMS in India

// January 6th, 2010 // Comments // Technology

As you all know I’m a twitter freak, streaming my life live on twitter all the time! One of the craziest thing I do while reading others tweets is to check which twitter client are they using to post the tweets! With a huge number of twitter applications, I have been always curious to know about new and new apps. SMStweet.in is the latest addition to my favorite list of twitter applications. I have been so exited to post about SMStweet, that I’m splitting up the post into two parts. First one is the post you are reading right now and second will be posted soon, an interview with Mayank Sharma, the brain behind SMStweet.

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What is smstweet?

SMStweet is a simple service that allows you to tweet using SMS in India.

No longer depend on your web browser or a twitter client. No need to install any software on your phone or use Internet on your phone. No need to pay premium rates to your network provider.

Just send an sms at normal rates to tweet your thoughts.

Getting Started :

  • Registering your mobile to the service

You will need to register at smstweet before you can start tweeting. There are two ways in which you can register —  via SMS or Online(Using yout twitter account with OAuth )

Send an sms ‘REGISTER <twitter username> <twitter password>’to any of the following nos:

09220092200 (Mumbai)

09243000111 (Bangalore)

Or register online — Visit the site SMStweet.in and register using your twitter account

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  • Sending Tweets

Start tweeting by sending a message,‘TWT <your message>’ to any of the following nos:

09220092200 (Mumbai)

09243000111 (Bangalore)

Upon successful updation, you’ll be responded with the latest @mention of yours.

How much does it cost?

You pay nothing to use the service. However the nos used by smstweet belongs to Mumbai & Bangalore. If your phone nos belongs to these cities it costs the same as a local sms. However if you live outside of these cities — it costs the same as a national sms. Different providers have various schemes and packs which could make sending an sms cheaper or even free. For example Reliance charges 1p/sms.

How long does it take to post the tweet?

The time it takes to post your tweet depends on two factors. Mainly the time it takes for your sms to arrive at the nos of smstweet and then how fast our application can post your tweet. The second factor is an important one because Twitter does have it’s fail whale moments.

Behind the scenes

SMSTweets was an idea of Mayank before Airtel came and announced its SMS based Twitter support. This application uses SMSGupShup’s platform to receive and respond to users SMSes and Google App-Engine as the server to run.

Design of the site SMStweet.in was done by Rohit Arondekar who is motivated by simplicity in his designs. Rohit and Mayank happened to meet on Twitter

Stay tuned to this blog to know more about SMStweet with an interview with Mayank. Do not forget to Subscribe to my RSS Feeds and follow me on Twitter.

Twitter – What are you doing?

// January 5th, 2010 // Comments // Old

Still wondering what Twitter is all about? Well,Twitter is a microblogging, social networking website which lets you write and read messages of up to 140 characters including all punctuations and spaces.

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At Twitter, all you simply have to be doing is to keep answering the question: “WHAT IS HAPPENING?” .The messages, which can’t be more than 140 characters are known as TWEETS. Twitter works equally well from your desktop or mobile phone (m.twitter.com).

Before you get started, you can just try and go to search.twitter.com Then, in the search box, try searching for a company or a few key topics of your interest e.g “blogging” . Check through the result and this will help you get a sense of how you want to engage on Twitter.

So, How Do I Get Started?


To get started, just go to http://twitter.com/signup and click on the SIGN UP link. Signing up for an account takes just a few minutes. To help people recognize and trust your account, fill out your profile (http://twitter.com/account/settings) completely and even include a picture.

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Once you complete your registration, you can start TWEETING and FOLLOWING people. To find good people to follow, go to search.twitter.com and type in keywords of your choice. In the search results, you will see list of people related to the keyword you searched for. When you find a good candidate, look under their picture for the FOLLOW button. Click on this and you will start receiving their tweets.

Following somebody means you have agreed to be receiving their tweets. People that follow you (i.e FOLLOWERS) will also be receiving any tweet you post on twitter.

So, What Can I Be Tweeting?


Your tweets, which cannot be more than 140 characters, might be anything which can be tips, links to interesting stuffs (news,article, blogposts, pictures, music downloads) etc People following you will also like it when you say hi, respond to their questions, comments, complaints and jokes.

Any Terms To Familiarize Myself With?


Yes, there are some terms you will need to familiarize yourself with for you to easily understand how twitter works. The major ones are highlighted below:

To FOLLOW somebody is to subscribe to their messages.
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A TWEET is an individual message.

A DM or direct message is a private message on Twitter.

RT or RETWEET is to repost a message from somebody else on Twitter

TRENDING TOPICS are the most-discussed terms/topics on Twitter at any given moment.

@username is a public message to or about an individual on Twitter.

A hashtag – the # symbol followed by a term/word and included in tweets  – is a way categorizing all the posts on a topic.

Why Use Twitter?

You can use twitter to:

  • To build relationships with people of similar interest with yours.
  • To respond to comments and questions from your followers
  • To ask questions and learn new things
  • To post links to things people would find interesting
  • To retweet messages you would like to share
  • To respond to customer service issues quickly if you have a business
  • To engage in discussion on a public issue or a social cause etc.
  • There’s’ lots More…

I think I have provided sufficient information about tweeter. I suggest Stay tuned to my my updates on twitter and don’t forget to tweet this post ! As I have said people use twitter in their own styles, I would love to listen how you are using tweeter in the comment section below 🙂