Technically Yours…

Those close to me know that I am a gadjet freak. While I have bought a lot of tech items what many don’t know is that I beat the sh*t out of them before I retire them. So my Wii which has seen 5 years is still used everyday and is being worked upon (emulation, dos, etc) almost every week. Same goes for my TV, Laptop, Tab and other devices. So essentially I eek out every last paise that I paid for them before they can die on me and in most cases I gift them to someone known for a second life. I ended up buying a Samsung Galaxy S2 (upgraded from a Nokia basic model) two years back. I intend to keep it for another 3 to 4 years unlike other phone aficionados who change their phone every year or whenever they sneeze. So as a true tech explorer I optimized my phone, installed launchers, good apps, cleaned it up regularly and maintained it well. When Samsung was hesitant to release the Jelly Bean upgrade to my phone in India (because they wanted to cash in on S2+), I ended up installing a Spain version from Sammobile using ODIN. However one thing that I could not do was to increase the battery life. In fact after Jelly bean and Google Now my battery life went down hill. I was adamant and wanted to fix it. After several attempts I decided that the best way to manage your phone is to first have full control over it.
For android phone it meant gaining root access (remember unix classes) or simply ‘rooting’. I googled, got the necessary information, build up the required bravery (the phone might die if done wrong) and finally went ahead. It was very simple. After that the next major step was to install a customized firmware (software for the chip inside phone) called Custom ROM. Though the most popular mod was from Cynogenmod, I went ahead and installed Super Nexus 2.0 Build 4. This particular ROM was the pure Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 with some optimizations. I loved the fact that my phone looked like a true android phone and not as some imposter skinned by the manufacturer. I am testing the unbelievable battery life. The last time I charged was 2.5 days back and I have used a few hours of blutooth, an hour of hangout (video chat), phone calls (even on loudspeaker), Wifi connected browsing. I am left with 50% more which means another 2.5 days of these activities. I am simply blown by this. This actually means my battery life has increased from 1 day to 5 days. Amazing isn’t it. The more I think about that the more it awes me. Btw the person who developed this ROM is less than half my age and goes to school and writes exams. That is a lot of encouragement and inspiration to do more… and enjoy more….

Update: After 4 days and 12 hours, my phone went to below 20% battery and I had to charge it. Will post the screen shots next time.

A crazy family

If you want to read about a crazy family and the history of video games and have a lot of spare time read this post. The only qualification required is that you should identify what the below image refers to.

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If you have ever read my previous posts on religious views, you would know how strongly I am opposed to religion and religious practices (religion not god) and when a film comes by which portrays exactly the principles inside you, what is there to not like. The film was the need of the hour with lots of violence happening in the name of religion. The best dialogue in the movie comes at the end “People are not god-loving, they are god-fearing”. How true. How many of us think God as a friend. Often the portrayal is of a master-slave relationship.

From my school days the thing that would bother me the most was the repeated preaching in church as to who would go to heaven. I could’t accept the point that only those who have accepted Christ will get the gate-pass to heaven. It was hard to imagine god as an egoistic cruel person who would push my beloved hindu neighbors in fire just because they were non-christians.

Coming back to the film, it has been nicely done, good dialogues, not too long or boring, very well acted and makes you laugh out loud more than once. What an amazing place this world would be if only people understand and follow the points in the movie. A bold film and gets my full praises…

Choices – boon or bane

In the good old days, people that I knew and grew up with did not have many choices in life. They just took what life gave them. When it came to buying a TV, my father had just one choice and later when he upgraded that TV after 15 years, he still did not have to fret about it. His first 2 wheeler was a choice between TVS 50 and Bajaj Chetak. I know he loved Chetak, his heart was on it but his mind vary of budget said TVS and he went with it. Not just things, when it came to schools, my home town in Pondicherry had one best school for boys and one for girls (private schools), no confusion whatsoever. For my father Music meant Ilayaraja and movies meant Visu. There is a saying “If you don’t choose then you have to be content with what life chooses for you” – and content they all were. I never heard anyone complain about their life since they often imagined it to be a water flowing in a pipe – only one path to take.

Fast forward 30 years and here we are filled, and in most cases overloaded with choices. The pipe has become a river with so many paths to take which could end up in a gutter or the amazing sea, the field or a chemical factory. Even as simple as choosing a cellphone, email client or social networking site definitely gives you more than one option. Don’t even get me started on electronics. You have to dig deep to find out exactly what you want and even when you get there you will have to sort out between 5 to 10 lookalike products.

Forget things, how has life opened up with choices. Women who earlier used to be born for the post of house-wives have evolved remarkably. They have the choice of going to work, the profession they wanted, the passion they are bound by. Girls tend to choose who their life partner is which though not unheard of, was something rare. Isn’t choice an wonderful thing. For me it definitely is. I was always ready to choose and stood by my choices.

But sometimes choice does become a bane from boon. One of my neighbors says that choices make his decision making tedious and cumbersome. May be there is a point. I see youngsters who have multiple choices fearing to take a decision, with their career or with their life. It puts them in dilemma, but why. The risk of choosing the wrong option and having to live with that knowledge cripples them. Let us assume boy X has to choose his life partner between Girl A and Girl B. He seems to like them equally well and they seem to equally reciprocate it. He is sure of going ahead with any of them and making it for lifetime. Now that is some confusion to deal with and that puts him in a soup. The thought that if he lets go of one of them only to realize that it was a blunder puts him in a no-action state which eventually robs him of both the girls.

So what is the solution you ask. It is simple. Life is not a balance sheet and treating anything and everything as a means and end to increase your net worth will not take you anywhere. When it comes to personal life and relationships, Go with your heart … it rarely fails you. And more importantly stick with your choice and put your might behind the person you choose. Don’t ever make personal relationship decisions based on materialistic choices. You will realize sooner than latter that a truly loving heart can never be bought.

When it comes to materialistic things, heed to your mind as well and explore things. You will be surprised to see how many people have gone through the same dilemma and have a story to tell you.

Choices are good. They make you independent and enable you to take control of your life. They help you lead your life. your way. Choices are what makes us different from the 32-bit programmed computer on which you are reading this. Go, Choose…

Got my Samsung Galaxy S2

Samsung Galaxy S2 (June 2011-2013)I was very happy with my old phone. Don’t even remember the name but it was Nokia’s first color mobile in India. My wife and colleagues would insist me to change it, stating that even office boys had better models. They were right. The lift operator had a much better one. But I was never impressed by mobile phones. They were meant for calling and that was it. Also the battery life was pathetic in most modern phones. I was used to charging once a week. Finally I told her that if I start looking for a phone I would end up with the best. That is what exactly happened. I got the best, Samsung Galaxy S2. It is actually a micro computer with a dual core processor, an amazing screen and support for real multi tasking. You just can’t slow it down.

Sehwag – The Machine The Man

In the ongoing India-Srilanka-New Zealand, India won their second match comfortably after losing by 200 runs in their first. They got the bonus point as well. The only sour point was that Sehwag who batted brilliantly ( and patiently) was cunningly denied a century by the Sri lankans when Randiv deliberately bowled a no ball. Sehwag hit that to 6 but according to ICC rules the match ends when no-ball is called and hence he was left behind at 99. Post match he was inquired about it and I thought he would mock saying anyway he hit it to 6 (At that time he thought he reached his 100 and celebrated it as well). But what he said was “Any bowler will try to bowl a no-ball or a wide when someone is on 99. “It happens in cricket, because nobody allows a batter to score a hundred against them.” Fair enough!” What a true sports-man-ship and legend.

 But the Srilankans who had enjoyed a nice relationship with India on field behaved so badly. Muralidharan had a honor done by Indians when he came to bat his last test innings. When he reached 700 almost all indians congratulated him. Now this kind of childish behavior is not at all good. Why deny a hard earned century from a man who rightly deserved it. It felt like they stole a rupee from a rich man who had many hundreds with him. Silly srilankans

Usure Poguthae – Raavanan Song – Tamil Lyrics

இந்த பூமியில எப்ப வந்து நீ பொறந்த
என்  புத்தி  குள்ள  தீ  பொறியை  நீ  வெதச்ச   
அடி  தேக்கு  மர காடு  பெருசுதான்  
சின்ன  தீ  குச்சி  ஒசரம்  சிருசுதான் 

அடி  தேக்கு  மர காடு  பெருசுதான்  
சின்ன  தீ  குச்சி  ஒசரம்  சிருசுதான்
ஒரு  தீ  குச்சி  விழுந்து  துடிக்குதடி
கருண்  தேக்கு  மர  காடு  வெடிக்குதடி

உசுரே  போகுதே, உசுரே  போகுதே
ஒதட்ட  நீ  கொஞ்சம் சுழிக்கயிலே 
ஒ மாமன் தவிக்கிறேன் 
மடி  பிச்சை  கேக்குறேன்
மனச தாடி  என்  மணிக்குயிலே

அக்கற சீமையில் நீ  இருந்தும்
ஐவிரல்  தீண்டிட நெனைக்குதடி
அக்கினி  பழமின்னு  தெரிஞ்சிருந்தும்
அடிக்கடி  நாக்கு  துடிக்குதடி

ஒடம்பும்  மனசும்   தூரம்  தூரம்
ஒட்ட  நனைக்க ஆகல
மனசு  சொல்லும்  நல்ல  சொல்ல
மாய  ஒடம்பு  கேக்கல

தவியா தவிச்சு 
உசிர்  தடம்  கெட்டு  திரியுதடி
தைலான் குருவி
என்ன  தள்ளிவிட்டு  சிரிக்குதடி  

இந்த  மம்முத  கிறுக்கு  தீருமா
அடி  மந்திரிச்சு விட்ட கோழி மாறுமா
என் மயக்கத்த தீத்து வச்சி மன்னிச்சிரும்மா

சந்திரனும் சூரியனும்
சுத்தி ஒருகோட்டில் வருகுதே
சத்தியமும் பத்தியமும்
இப்ப தல சுத்தி கெடக்குதே 

உசுரே  போகுதே, உசுரே  போகுதே
ஒதட்ட  நீ  கொஞ்சம் சுழிக்கயிலே 
ஒ மாமன் தவிக்கிறேன் 
மடி  பிச்சை  கேக்குறேன்
மனச தாடி  என்  மணிக்குயிலே

அக்கற சீமையில் நீ  இருந்தும்
ஐவிரல்  தீண்டிட நெனைக்குதடி
அக்கினி  பழமின்னு  தெரிஞ்சிருந்தும்
அடிக்கடி  நாக்கு  துடிக்குதடி

இந்த  ஒலகத்தில் இது ஒன்னும் புதுசு இல்ல
ஒன்னு  ரெண்டு  தப்பி போகும் ஒழுக்கத்துல
விதி  சொல்லி  வழி  போட்ட  மனச புள்ள
விதி விலக்கு இல்லாத விதியும் இல்ல

எட்ட  இருக்கும்  சூரியன்  பார்த்து
மொட்டு  விரிக்கிது  தாமர
தொட்டு  விடாத  தூரம்  இருந்தும்
சொந்த  பந்தமோ  போகல

பாம்பா விழுதா
ஒரு பாகுபாடு தெரியலையே
பாம்பா இருந்தும்
நெஞ்சு பயப்பட நெனைக்கலையே 

என் கட்டையும் ஒரு நாள் சாயலாம்
என் கண்ணுல ஒன் முகம் போகுமா
நான் மண்ணுக்குள்ள ஒன் நெனப்பு மனசுக்குள்ள

சந்திரனும் சூரியனும்
சுத்தி ஒருகோட்டில் வருகுதே
சத்தியமும் பத்தியமும்
இப்ப தல சுத்தி கெடக்குதே 

உசுரே  போகுதே, உசுரே  போகுதே
ஒதட்ட  நீ  கொஞ்சம் சுழிக்கயிலே 
ஒ மாமன் தவிக்கிறேன் 
மடி  பிச்சை  கேக்குறேன்
மனச தாடி  என்  மணிக்குயிலே

அக்கற சீமையில் நீ  இருந்தும்
ஐவிரல்  தீண்டிட நெனைக்குதடி
அக்கினி  பழமின்னு  தெரிஞ்சிருந்தும்
அடிக்கடி  நாக்கு  துடிக்குதடி

 உசுரே  போகுதே, உசுரே  போகுதே
ஒதட்ட  நீ  கொஞ்சம் சுழிக்கயிலே 
ஒ மாமன் தவிக்கிறேன் 
மடி  பிச்சை  கேக்குறேன்
மனச தாடி  என்  மணிக்குயிலே

அக்கற சீமையில் நீ  இருந்தும்
ஐவிரல்  தீண்டிட நெனைக்குதடி
அக்கினி  பழமின்னு  தெரிஞ்சிருந்தும்
அடிக்கடி  நாக்கு  துடிக்குதடி

At midnight 12.15 in Andover, I never thought that a song would make me sit and write its tamil lyrics after hearing it continuously for 25-30 times. Amazing song from A.R. Rehman, Karthik and Vairamuthu… It took quite some time (1.5 hrs) even with blogger’s tamil mode. But it was worth it….

The Marathon Match @ Wimbledon

We casually browsed Wimbledon.org to see if Federer is up to another fight and what do we see.. an 8 hour long game with 40 all. Not the deuce, 40 games each between 23rd seeded Isner and Mahut. They had continued after bad weather stopped play the previous day with 2 sets each. And as we looked on the 5th set went for a long time before it closed at (can you imagine)  59 all due to bad weather again. The next day they went on to play till Isner won it at 70-68. Amazing match and we watched it live online during the end.