World of My Own

Quite a bit has happened in the last few days! Since I have started using my old phone, I have more respect for SE than Nokia… their usability standards are wayyy up there with the very best. The community help and participation is wide and I have always gotten help for any issue I have faced. Nokia however, is a totally different story. The Nokia Developer Forum is in a state of limbo, other sites have Nokia focused communities but most of the help you get there for the N-Series models is very basic and lame. This is because of the closed nature of the phone. You really can’t do much about it, you can’t enter the developer mode, you can’t play around with the OS, can’t modify, can’t get to the OS files… nothing. Kinda sucks when you think about it.

I got a haircut done. This time it’s a mohawk. I went to my barber (how rudimentary, am sure he’d cringe at the word, so lets call him hair stylist!) initially and asked him to give me a really short crop so I can bear the summer heat. In that spur of a moment, I asked for a ‘spike cut’. He gave me his patented WTF look and told me that this was not 2005… and persuaded me to get the mohawk, so the mohawk it was then.

I want to change the blog design too. Firstly, remove the freaking Twitter RSS feed injection but I have forgotten the service I used to do it in the first place so I’ll have to find a workaround for the same. Then I want to make the blog posts more scalable and use full screen space rather than a fixed width. I don’t want to mess with the one-column design or the colours as I think I have reached an optimal there. Lets hope I don’t run into any complications while making these changes!

The family gathering is scheduled on the weekend and I hope it goes well. Many friends from my school, college and work circles are joining Twitter and I can see them all mingle. Its like the line between all these circles is now slowly getting blurred and being ‘social’ is certainly helping!

I stopped using Google Reader and have been testing Feed Demon since yesterday. I am glad to say that I have been a complete dunce for not trying offline RSS readers out in the first place. The first thing I noticed was how time zones affect the content upgrade on various websites. Now, most websites that I follow are in the western hemisphere and it was fun to see how their feeds were getting updated at around 10-11am their time, there. Then in the morning, I could see how the Indian websites were getting updated around the same time. I could never get this level of real-time update notification with Google Reader and I realised that the best time to update one’s site is around 8am, so that the Google Reader has at least 2 hours to pick up your feed and the subscriber gets to read absolutely fresh content when he logs in, in the morning. Also like the way Feed Demon syncs between the work and home computers. I thought I’d have to install it in DropBox but this functionality – being inbuilt – is impressive.

Guess I better get going now and get the blog update fixed. Ta ppl! See you on the other side of this weekend!

j j j

The Phoney Story! – Part 2

You know what they say about God and ‘chappar phad ke dena’ and I guess it was my turn yesterday. I wrote about how sad the N73 had turned out to be and how I was going to do a firmware upgrade to fix all of that. The good part about the it was that I finally got around to doing it yesterday. The bad part? It bricked my phone. Can u believe it? The update stalled after 19% and wouldn’t budge even after 2 hours. Why did I keep it on for that long? The window mentioned in red that I shouldn’t unplug the wire under ANY circumstances. After hours of staring at the same window, I became bold enough to accept that the warning was completely baseless and nothing would go wrong and proceeded to unplug the cable, wondering what went wrong. If I had the power of hindsight, I’d never have done that cuz now, the phone was completely bricked.

Left office in the afternoon to get it fixed and bought back my k750i from the person I had sold it to (insert mass hysteria here). The Nokia Service Centre lady told me it may take from one to eight days to get the phone fixed. She also more or less told me not to call em up asking for the phone and that they will call me when its done.

Got back home, only to realise that not all the contacts were backed up from my N73. So now, I’ve been asking for people’s contact numbers individually. Since I’ve started using the k750i, I’m re-experiencing the joy of using a SE. The phone is responsive, works well and syncs beautifully with the computer using MyPhoneExplorer. What’s more is that I imported my entire Google Calender into the phone without a hitch! Just brilliant!

Spoke to bro after really long. Was surprised that he called after so long! But its always nice to speak to him. I guess I was in the ‘be rude’ mode and pissed him a tad too much.

Netra invited me to the IndiBlogger’s meet on Sunday and I hate to admit it but I might not be able to go there. We have a family outing but IF and just IF it gets conked, I’ll be there.. for sure.. especially after the VERY engaging conversation with Melody 🙂

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