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Going Mac…

// April 28th, 2010 // Comments // Technology

I got a new Apple MacBook few days ago. Apple MacBook is obviously one of the best gadgets I have brought in my life. It’s sleek, stylish and functional. The screen is GORGOUS and latest HD Videos are simply stunning on Apple MacBook. The performance is super FAST, with startup and shut down times incredibly quick. Snow Leopard is joy to use with some cosmetic touches. I’m 100% happy with this purchase.







It feels good to work on my Apple MacBook and enjoying time with it! Apple is Apple, nothing can be compared to it. Apple has lot of special things and you will feel that if you use those.

While I’m learning to use Apple MacBook, I would love to share the same with my readers. I have already started taking screenshots of all the stuffs I do on Apple MacBook, may be installing a software, or just customizing the Apple MacBook for your taste. I will be starting a new series of articles on my blog – Mac Tutorials.

If you need to know anything more about Apple MacBook, you can drop  me a comment.

Getting Started with Your-Freedom Software

// February 18th, 2010 // Comments // Technology

I have explained briefly about Your Freedom in my last post “Your-Freedom – Bypass Restrictive Firewalls and Filters”. In this post we shall see how to configure Your Freedom and use Your Freedom software, with live screenshots and details. If you have any queries please comment at the end.

1 Registration process

Your first step in using the service is to register on web site. You need to visit and create an account there. There is a link underneath the login and password form fields in the red part of the banner.


On the registration page, choose a username (preferably one that is not likely already used) and provide a password.

Once you’ve filled everything in, click on the “Create account” button. You will be asked to confirm your details by clicking on “Create account now”.

Within a few minutes you should receive an email containing an activation link. Activate your account by clicking on the link in the email (or cut&paste it into your browser).

What if you cannot access the web page because it’s blocked? Well, it’s a hen and egg problem then. Either ask someone else to create an account for you (or do it from somewhere else) and modify it later, or obtain the client software from another source than our server, and use the username “unregistered” and the password “unregistered” in it. This account will only provide access to Your Freedom web page, however. Alternatively, if you are able to send an email to the customer support, ask them to create an account for you. Just write to [email protected] telling them about your problem, suggest a username (please limit yourself to ASCII letters and numbers, dashes and underscores) and a password, and ask them to email you the client software (please state which type you’d like, read getting and installing client software ). If all the odds are against you and you can’t get the client software from anywhere else they’ll mail you a CD as well.

2 Getting and installing the client software

Once you’ve created an account you may use it to log in on the web page. This will give you access to the Download section of the page. Log in, then click on “Downloads”.  There are several ways to run the Your Freedom client, and consequently there is more than one download option:

Windows Installer Windows users who already have a suitable Java Runtime Environment3 installed on their system and who have enough rights to install software should be able to use this version. The download is about 1 megabyte in size. If you are unable to download files ending in .exe, try to copy the link location and paste it in the URL field of a new browser window, then change the .exe to .txt.

Windows Full Installer This version comes bundled with a JRE of its own so there are no prerequisites. Every Windows user should be able to use this one, provided that you may install software on your PC. The download is rather fat, about 28 megabytes. Again, this is an .exe file, try changing the ending to .txt if this is a problem. A benefit of this version is that it’s compiled to native code and will probably consume less resources.

Both Windows installer versions are installed by running the .exe file. Just follow the instructions in the installer and you should be done in a minute.

If you are not running Windows or if you cannot install software on your PC, your best choice is the Java archive version. Download the ZIP file and extract the contents into a folder to which you may write. This could also be a memory stick, or a CDROM, by the way. Then run the Java interpreter with the “freedom.jar” file. With Windows it’s usually enough if you double-click on the JAR file, but you may want to open a “cmd” window instead, “cd” to the directory and run “javaw –jar freedom.jar” instead. On Unix boxes you’d normally use “java –jar freedom.jar” or “kaffe –jar freedom.jar” or something similar; Unix users normally know.

Your Freedom also offers a Mac OSX installer version but  it might be less current than the others. You should be able to use the Java archive version on your Mac without problems – OSX is built on Unix and ships with a pre-installed JRE.

Alternatively  all files are also available from

Here is the screenshots of installation of Your freedom on Windows 7 operating System :









Generally, the Java archive version of the Your Freedom client should run on every computer that has a suitable JRE – and enough memory. We love to hear from you if you’ve managed to run it on an exotic piece of hardware (or in an unusual place)!

3 Connecting for the first time

When you start the Your Freedom client application for the first time, you’ll be presented with a “wizard”. It’s safe not to use it and enter all required information manually, but if you are unsure, give it a try first. Manual configuration may be required in difficult connection scenarios.

Now let’s assume that you are using the wizard. It will first present a Welcome page:

Your Freedom

Do as you are told and click on the “Next” button. You’ll see this page:

Your Freedom

If your Internet connection is through a web proxy, enter the details here. If you are unsure, try to click “Next” first. If all you get is an empty list of available servers like this:

Your Freedom

(ignore the “auto-choose best” part) you need to figure out about your web proxy (or configure everything manually, e.g. if you want to use an FTP proxy!). If you get this:

Your Freedom

then you’ve filled in the proxy details properly but you need to authenticate on the proxy. Click on “Next”…

Your Freedom

… and fill in suitable login credentials. In many cases this will be your Windows Domain login (don’t forget to fill in the domain as well!). Just try until it works, you can click “Next” to try.

If you see this page:

Your Freedom

it means that you have not provided a working proxy configuration. Click on “Back” and modify the hostname/IP address and/or the port setting. Many proxies “listen” on port 80, 8080 or 3128, to name the most popular ports. Check your web browser’s configuration, it should be able to tell you.

Oh by the way, if you find that the wizard has the proxy details already filled in, then it’s not magic – it just found them in your PC’s registry and probably has made life easier for you.

Let’s assume you’ve been able to make it work. (If not, please ask a knowledge person around you how you can use the web proxy, or try a manual configuration). It worked if you see something like this:

Your Freedom

It’s important that you see a “yes” or a number in any of the columns HTTP, HTTPS, FTP or UDP. A “yes” means that the client has been able to use this protocol to connect to the server using the default port settings, a number would mean that it has been able to connect but on a different port, and a “no” means that the protocol could not be used to connect to this server. The results are sorted by preference (a number between 0 and 10), it indicates how well the server fits your requirements (if you’ve set any). Choose a server (any will do for now, unless it’s all “no” – don’t use “auto-choose best”), then click on “Next”.

Your Freedom

On this page, enter your Your Freedom username and password; it’s the same you used to download the client from our web page. Click on “Next”.

Your Freedom

It seems you’re done now! Click on “Save and Exit”. The main window of the Your Freedom client should now look like this:

Your Freedom

Note that the client just doesn’t know anything about the server and your account’s profile before you’ve connected to the server, that’s why some of the values seem to be somewhat odd (including the bandwidth – it’s not unlimited unless you’ve bought a package). Click on “Start connection” and you should see something like this after a few seconds:

Your Freedom

Note that all the details are now filled in, and the bandwidth reads “64.0k”. That’s kilobits, about the speed of an ISDN connection or a bit faster than with a high-speed modem. Click on “Account Profile” now.

Your Freedom

This panel contains your account details. Without a package, you may not use any special servers (just the default ones), your bandwidth is limited, your maximum number of simultaneous streams is rather low and you may not relay connections from other PCs that use your PC as proxy. Your server connection will be terminated after 60 minutes (but you may reconnect when it happens). No server ports are assigned to you so none of them are forwarded to you. But at least, there are no access restrictions, you may access everything on the Internet.4

OK, time to configure your applications. Once you’ve set up at least a web browser to use Your Freedom the main objective should be reached: you should be able to access the web freely!

4 Configure applications – Automatically

Windows users can simply click on the “Applications” tab and see something like this:

Your Freedom

This is a list of applications whose configurations can be modified automatically by Your Freedom. The ones that are installed on your system have working checkboxes, the other ones are greyed out. Tick the ones you wish to use with Your Freedom, then click “OK”. You’ll see something like this:

Your Freedom

Hope it’s all successful! Then click “OK”. To restore the previous configuration of your applications, choose “Restore”, then tick the ones you would like to restore, and click “OK”. Note that applications that you’ve configured to use Your Freedom will only work properly if the Your Freedom connection to the server is up and running. Also, don’t forget to restore all your settings before de-installing the Your Freedom client!

To manually configure your applications, have a look at the Ports tab first:

Your Freedom

This tells you that your local PC is now acting as a SOCKS4/5 proxy on port 1080 and as a Web Proxy on port 8080. To change these values, untick the service, then modify the port, then re-activate (this can be done on-the-fly!). “Relay for others” will only work with some packages.

If for some reason you cannot configure your applications from within the Your Freedom client, you need to manually configure them to use web proxy “localhost” on port “8080” or SOCKS proxy “localhost” on port “1080” (if you’ve got the choice, use SOCKS version 5).

Where are I find more details?

Visit the Docs & FAQ’s section at

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If you have any queries please comment below.

Buzz, Buzz – Google Buzz

// February 12th, 2010 // Comments // Technology

The latest Buzz around the internet is all about Google’s latest product “ Google Buzz


Google Buzz is easily the company’s boldest attempt yet to build a social network. Imagine taking elements of facebook, Twitter, Yammer, Foursquare, Yelp, and other social services, and shoving them together into one package. Now imagine covering that package in a layer that looks a lot like FriendFeed. Now imagine shoving that package inside of Gmail. That’s Buzz. If Google Wave is the future, Google Buzz is the present.”


Google Buzz is a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting. It’s built right into Gmail, so you don’t have to peck out an entirely new set of friends from scratch — it just works. If you think about it, there’s always been a big social network underlying Gmail. Buzz brings this network to the surface by automatically setting you up to follow the people you email and chat with the most. Google focused on building an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links, and makes it easy to share publicly or privately (so you don’t have to use different tools to share with different audiences). Plus, Buzz integrates tightly with your existing Gmail inbox, so you’re sure to see the stuff that matters most as it happens in real time.


google _buzz_screenshot

Google Buzz will also be available to businesses and schools using Google Apps, with added features for sharing within organizations.

On your phone, Google Buzz is much more than just a small screen version of the desktop experience. Mobile devices add an important component to sharing: location. Posts tagged with geographical information have an extra dimension of context — the answer to the question “where were you when you shared this?” can communicate so much. And when viewed in aggregate, the posts about a particular location can paint an extremely rich picture of that place.

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Your-Freedom – Bypass Restrictive Firewalls and Filters

// February 8th, 2010 // Comments // Technology

Is your Internet access somehow restricted? Are some web pages not accessible to you, or are you unable to run applications because of such restrictions? Then Your Freedom is for you. Although the techniques used by Your Freedom to break through such restrictions are fairly complicated, it is not difficult to use.

Your Freedom is a Connectivity Service that allows you to overcome connectivity restrictions imposed upon you by your network administrators, your provider or your country. It also provides a certain level of anonymization, and it hides from your administrators and other nosy people close to you what you are doing on the Internet.


How does it work?

It works by turning your local PC into a web proxy and a SOCKS proxy that can be used by your applications (web browser, games, whatever). Instead of connecting directly, applications can send connection requests to these “proxy servers” provided by the client part of the Your Freedom software running on your PC, and the client part will then forward these requests to the server part running on our connectivity servers through a connection protocol that is still available to you and through which the client part can reach the server part. It tunnels through firewalls, web proxies, FTP proxies and the like. Sounds complicated? Well it is, but the good news is you don’t have to worry about it, that’s their job.

Have a look at the picture below. The box on the left is your PC. Let’s say the restrictive firewall won’t let you access and you want to read your private email from your workplace; fire up the Your Freedom client and let it connect to one of our servers, configure your web browser to use it, and your web browser will be able to connect to by connecting to the Your Freedom client, who will forward the requests to one of our servers, who will then forward the request to the server. The replies from the server will take the same route backwards. clip_image002[6]

What does it cost?

A fundamental service is provided for free. It is restricted in bandwidth and the number of simultaneous streams, and there is a time limit for the connection between the client and the servers (but you may reconnect immediately).

Your Freedom provide upgrade packages that reduce or remove the bandwidth restriction and that allow for more simultaneous streams, and there are server ports that you can use to allow inbound connections to your PC or another PC in your network. The packages are available as one month, three months, six months or twelve months upgrades, and come in three different levels that we call BasicFreedom, EnhancedFreedom, and TotalFreedom.

What can I use it for?

Your Freedom can be used to overcome:

• Protocol restrictions If you cannot use certain applications or services because these applications cannot connect to the Internet in the usual way, Your Freedom may be able to help you. For example, if your favorite online game does not work in your place because someone decided that you shouldn’t play it, then try Your Freedom. Games known to work well include: WOW, EVE, Counterstrike and many others. You may not use P2P protocols because someone thinks it’s illegal1? Most P2P clients work nicely with Your Freedom, and you can even get a server port, which gives you a “high id”.

• Blacklists You may not visit certain web pages? Try Your Freedom. It turns your local PC into an unrestricted web proxy that provides access to all web pages that are generally accessible.

• Time restrictions Some users have said that they use Your Freedom to avoid time restrictions. In most cases, existing connections are not disrupted by such restrictions, and therefore all they need to do is to start the Your Freedom client before the restriction is in place, and keep it open. The connection between the client and the server part is persistent (this depends on the connection protocol, however).

More details can be found at the official website :

This post will be followed by an how-to tutorial of using Your Freedom Software. Stay tuned to this blog to know more about You Freedom and similar software’s. Do not forget to Subscribe to my RSS Feeds and follow me on Twitter.

Build social networks with Tuiyo

// February 2nd, 2010 // Comments // Old, Technology

Tuiyo is  a powerful Joomla!™ component, combining a set of useful applications, for ultimate Social interaction.


Tuiyo™ is a social networking component for Joomla!, comprising of all the main features you’d expect of a social network, including extensive user management tools, user profiles, user relationship management and idea sharing. All these and lots more, provide your site members useful tools for better interaction

  1. Tuiyo™ is built on PHP5 and MySQL, and primarily as a component for Joomla!™ CMS. Tuiyo team hopes to integrate other content management systems in the nearest future.
  2. Joomla!™ is a free open source framework and content publishing system designed for quickly creating highly interactive multi-language Web sites, online communities, media portals, blogs and e Commerce applications.
More about Tuiyo™

As described, Tuiyo™ is a complete social networking solution! The name Tu-i-yo is a mix of traditional Spanish, Catalan and cool-ness, i.e “Tu i jo”, in Catalan meaning “you and me”, However for many obvious reasons(including phonetics) Tu-i-yo was selected as final. As per its name, Tuiyo™ is not just another component for Joomla! but written from the ground up to ensure, the complete benefits of the Joomla! 1.5 framework, including adjustments for a complete search engine optimization, localization, and powerful user management features.

Feature Overview

  1. Requires Joomla!™ 1.5.10+
  2. Built with PHP5 and MySQL 4 (or any other DBMS supported by Joomla). There are no specific added requirements of your Joomla site to allow you run Tuiyo. However the most important requirements are listed below
    1. Joomla as well as Tuiyo, are built and tested primarily on Apache servers configured as described below. As such we cannot guarantee the behavior of your install on other server configurations.
    2. Preferentially, your server should be running PHP versions greater than 5.2.0, together with specific modules that are required by PHP for MySQL, XML, ZLib, JSON functionality.
  3. User Resource/Files/Uploads management. With Tuiyo there is a centralized user resource management for all user uploads to the site



  4. Photos gallery



  5. Comprehensive user management. Tuiyo provides additional set of tools to allow for a comprehensive, yet simplified approach to user management from both the back-end and front-end of your community site.


    1. Back-end user management tools, include the ability to import user data, including profiles, from other Joomla sites running Tuiyo, or any other component, capable of generating a compatible comma separated values file.


    2. Tuiyo, unlike its predecessors, now handles a simplified user registration and authentication system, and provides for a straight forward user moderation, including blocking, suspension, and deletion of profiles.


    3. Tuiyo also extends its flexibility to the front-end, providing secured user profile, allowing your site users to share a little bit more about themselves. Unlike most user and community management systems, Tuiyo aims at captivating the creativity of your users, from their profile design to the ideas and social content they share on your site, hence an ultimate experience, that will surely increase your sites activity rate
    4. tuiyo_sharing

  6. User Activity stream (Timeline). Love Twitter? Plurk, or Friendfeed? Now you could take your love for these social networks a little further by hosting your own. With Tuiyo, user activity is aggregated into a central, though ‘digestible’ feed, allowing your site users to subscribe to specific elements of the feed, such as friends status update, profile activity, group activity and activity from third party profile applications.


  7. Robust privacy settings


  8. User Groups and Relationship management



  9. Intergrated Joomla search
  10. Multiple Languanges.

Building Communities with Tuiyo

Building a unique website with tuiyo combines your creativity with the inbuilt versatility of tuiyo, to give your site users an unforgettable experience. This application repository provides you with not only Tuiyo applications, but everything from Joomla! templates, to plugins, widgets, styles and languages to make your community truly unique!

  • Profile Applications


The Tuiyo ™ component for Joomla!™ is highly extensible by the use of applications. Applications ranging from simple profile extenders, external profile integration, music players, and even more social ones for sending and receiving gifts, kisses and hugs. Browse through the available applications developed by the Tuiyo team, or external developers.

tuiyo_twitter tuiyo_facebook

  • Profile Styles


Profile styles are a unique way to guarantee the uniqueness of your user profiles. Though Tuiyo™ provides a highly customizable interface for users to style their profile, You could simplify this task by using pre-sets.

Widgets, Plug-ins and back-end ‘auto-run’ scripts


Plug-ins range from profile enhancers, external mail collectors, to stream commands for sending direct messages, setting reminds, creating groups and events right from the status update box. For information on building your own extensions, please visit the documentation site. This repository, list the available extension from which you could build yours


So how much does all this cost?

Tuiyo™ is released under the terms of the GNU/GPL v2.1. It is free to use , modify and distribute under the open source ideology.

For more Information visit Official Tuiyo Website

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.


You can read more at :

iPad –

Apple unveils iPad device – BBC

iCountry News – New York Times

Jobs unveils iPad – YouTube

Kindle Killer?  Not Quite – Globe and Mail

iPad – Wikipedia


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.

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.


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. 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.


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 and register using your twitter account


  • 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 was done by Rohit Arondekar who is motivated by simplicity in his designs. Rohit and Mayank happened to meet on Twitter

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Dell Inspiron 14z Review

// November 28th, 2009 // Comments // Technology

It has been a month we got New Dell Inspiron 14z laptop. Many people have been behind me for a review article on Dell Inspiron 14z. Before I start writing the about the Dell Inspiron 14z I would like to give a Flash Back!


Around 2 months back, we decided to get a new laptop. Our usage was supposed to be multi-purpose – starting from development to business presentations. With a hell lot of laptop models available in the market, choosing the one right for us was really a difficult task. We noted down the things we were looking for in the laptop and started the screening process. I’m listing out the steps I think ideal for anyone choosing a laptop:

· Purpose

This is pretty simple question. Just think and answer yourself, why do you want to buy a Laptop? What do you want to do on the laptop? I think laptop market is mostly occupied by education and business field. Although everyone wants to use it for study/work purpose, entertainment stuff has also become elementary requirement. It may be movies, games or anything else.

As I have said, our purpose was multitasking. We required the laptop to perform well with all our web development tools. We wanted it for business presentations as well as for guest talks in educational institutes. We also required it to act as backup computer in case of emergency. We wanted it take along when we are going outstation to make efficient usage of time this post was in fact typed on bus in my journey from Sirsi to Belgaum!

· Configuration

After you are clear about your need for laptop, deciding configuration is not a big deal. The basic thing to focus here is on the Processor, since it cannot be upgraded easily. Then choose a suitable motherboard to your processor. RAM has become pretty cheaper these days and choose the memory accordingly. Estimating your storage requirement choose your hard disk size, If you are looking for Gaming or Graphic requirement then you have to opt-in for an graphic card.

For our usage we required at least a dual core processor, so we decided for Intel core-2-duo processor. We left the suitable Intel motherboard to the manufacturer. We estimated our memory requirement to be around 2GB RAM and 250 GB Hard Disk. Being in development field we required a good graphics card with at least 256MB memory to render quality graphics.


· Size and Weight

This may be an important factor for some like us, while not at all be under consideration for some other. There are different screen widths available may it be 14.1”, 15.6” and other. Screen resolutions are feature like WLED may be also taken into consideration. In the same way weights of laptops vary a lot from one model to another. If you are looking to carry around your laptop then you should be concerned about the size and weight of laptop.

For us we did not want a bigger screen or a too small one. The 14.1” screen size seemed to be ideal for us. With portability as one of the requirement the weight of laptop was also our concern.

· Budget

This is the critical factor while choosing a laptop for most one of us, otherwise everyone have gone for MacBook ! It’s like weighing your requirement on one hand while the money you are willing spend on the other hand. One may even require to compromise on the configuration of the laptop when it comes to fitting into the budget.

In our case we could afford maximum up to Rs. 45,000 for the laptop. We just want it to be as low as possible. With configuration as primary concern we were looking around for the best deal.

· Battery Life

This again may not be that important factor for many. Ultimately it depends on how comfortable you are plugging in your charger to power point all the time J

We us this factor was of concern due to some amount of business usage and the portability issues An 3-4 hour battery life was sufficient for us. Adding extra battery cells (say a 9 cell model instead of 6 cell) was what we weren’t looking, since it will increase the weight and make laptop bulky.

· Brand

This is one of the most neglected things in Indian scenario at least. This is of major concern when it comes to issues and quality support. The battery running 3 hours properly for 6 months may start getting exhausted in 1 hour after that. Some factors like heating to looks of the laptop may vary from brand to brand. One should be careful not to be taken way by price, varies offers and recommendations of dealers (Most of the time they recommend models with higher margins). Ultimately your laptops lifetime also depends on the brand.

After a deep analysis we choose “Dell”. The key factors were Wide Range of Models with Easy Customization, Quality Support and Budget.

· Accessories

It’s all about what are extra makeups or add-ons you want to your laptop. Here is a list of accessories is never ending to name a few: additional Keyboard/Mouse, Additional battery cells, Headphones, Pen drive, External Hard Disk etc

Our accessories requirement was pretty simple one. We needed a Back Pack Bag and an wireless mouse.

· Others

There are also some other factors which may be taken into consideration while choosing a laptop. One of such factor may be the operating system. While the market being dominated by Windows Operating Systems a laptop with Linux or No Operating system pre-installed can save you a few bucks. Although most of the models come with inbuilt webcam, microphone and DVD writer, yet you should cross verify once. Features like number of USB ports, HDMI Ports, Memory Card reader etc may vary from model to model.

We were looking for looking for a model with Ubuntu, DOS or without any operating system.

With weeks of analysis, all these process took us almost a month to find the best suited model. Our final choice was “Dell Inspiron 14z”. The technical specifications of our Dell Inspiron 14z are as follows:

We ordered the Laptop at Starnet Computers, Belgaum ( and waited one more month for this laptop to arrive. Ours was the first Inspiron 14z in Belgaum & whole of North Karnataka, while the 3rd Model to be shipped in Karnataka. But we believe it was worth watch !

After using the laptop for one month I’m surely in a position to tell about the in and out of Dell Inspiron 14z laptop.

Dell Inspiron 14z  Specifications:


  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo CULV SU7300 (1.3GHz, 800MHz, 3MB)
  • OS: Windows 7 Premium (64-bit)
  • Memory: 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1066MHz
  • Storage: 320GB 5400rpm HDD
  • Graphics: ATI Radion 512Mb
  • Display: 14.0” HD (1366×768) WLED Display and webcam
  • Optical Drive: 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD/-RW/R) with Dual-Layer
  • Wireless: Intel Wireless 5100n
  • Battery: 6-cell Lithium Ion battery (48.8 WHr)
  • Dimensions: 1.0″-1.5″ x 13.3″ x 9.4″ (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 4 lbs, 9.9 oz

Build and Design
In design and looks the Inspiron 14z is similar to the Inspiron 14. There are, nevertheless, some differences between the two models. The 14z is more power efficient than the Inspiron 14 due to its CULV processor and WLED display.
The notebook is made of relatively thin plastic, but build quality is good. The display lid, however, does suffer from minor flex: you can create ripples on the screen by pressing the back of the display. Other than that, there are no major problems with the build quality.
The bottom of the notebook provides easy access panels for the hard drive and RAM.


Screen and Speakers
The 14-inch display has 1366×768 pixels. Colors are good but contrast isn’t very impressive. The WLED backlighting is even and provides a wide range of brightness settings. Horizontal viewing angles are pretty good, but vertical viewing angles are average.
The stereo speakers are located beneath the front edge of the notebook palm rests so you will only hear a muffled sound when you put the laptop on your lap. Put the device on a desk and you should be able to hear better audio. Sound quality isn’t particularly good or bad. Audiophiles will definitely find a pair of headphones useful and the headphone jack produces clear, distortion free sound.

Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard has full-sized keys. It is very firm and shows absolutely no flex at all. The only problem with the keyboard is probably the lack of backlighting.
The touchpad is a Synaptics model using Dell’s proprietary touchpad drivers. It supports multi-touch controls. Sensitivity is good with very little lag.

Ports and Features
Port selection is average for a notebook of this size. There are 3 USB ports, HDMI video out port, VGA, a multi-format memory card reader, Ethernet and a standard 8xCD/DVD burner with dual-layer support. The Inspiron 14z doesn’t have an ExpressCard slot, eSATA or FireWire.

The Inspiron 14z runs on an Intel Core 2 Duo CULV SU7300 processor with ATI Radeon 512Mb graphics. Performance is good for daily activities such as surfing the web and processing Office documents. You can also make simple edits to your photos or videos.
The CULV processor is highly power efficient but it does affect the overall performance of the notebook. That said, the machine is still good enough to serve your basic needs as a family notebook. But if you want to play the latest 3D games or run high-end photo editing applications, this is not the laptop to buy. The price tag, too, seem a bit odd.

The Inspiron 14z has a 6-cell 48.8 WHr battery. At around 8 hours, battery life is impressive for a notebook of this size, but still it falls short of Dell’s promise of 66% better battery life.

Heat and Noise
The cooling system does a good job and keeps the heat and noise levels well within normal limits.


· Awesome Looks

· Light Weight & Thinner

· Comfortable Keypad

· HDMI Port

· Long Battery Life

· Windows 7, 64 Bit

· WLED Screen

· Less Heat


· Average Performance

· No Keyboard Backlight

· Slightly over priced

Considering all these pros and cons, I’m still satisfied with my choice of Dell Inspiron 14z. I don’t say it is the best model available in market, but surely I could say it is a model you can consider for comparison if you are looking for a longer battery life. I hope this article would have provided a user review of Dell Inspiron 14z laptop as well as few tips on choosing a laptop. I would love to receive your comments/queries.