Recommended Twitter handles

I know there are millions of twitter handles and I may have missed out on lot of great ones! However, based on my personal experience, here are a few good recommendations

Category

Handle

Remarks

Fun

@FakeJourno

The name says it all

Fun

@FirstWorldPains

“Spreading awareness towards our devastating pains…”

Fun

@OMGFacts

Some amazing facts that most of us didn’t know about

Fun

@Laugh_Riot

Really funny handle

Fun

@stinsonsays

Parody account of Barney Stinson from HIMYM

Informative / Media Expose /Jouros, etc.

@KanchanGupta

One of the few sensible journos that I have come across on twitter

Informative / Media Expose /Jouros, etc.

@ManojKureel

Great Cartoonist!

Informative / Media Expose /Jouros, etc.

@mediacrooks

Get the true picture of Indian media – crooks and liars in the Indian media stand exposed by him

Informative / Media Expose /Jouros, etc.

@PagalikaG

Spoof account of the Sagarika Ghose

Informative / Media Expose /Jouros, etc.

@SachinKalbag

One of the few sensible journos that I have come across on twitter

Legal

@Spread_Law

For legal awareness

Legal

@LegallyIndia

Twitter handle of http://www.legallyindia.com

@mediacrooks is a superb handle and I highly suggest that you should follow him. He is really good at exposing our media “divas” and journos who have forgotten journalism and are just brokers / agents of the Government! #RadiaTapes

If you have any further recommendations, do contribute.

iPhone 5 or Samsung S3

Whether to go for iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3

Many mobile users have the same question as to which of the above phone is better… Having used both the phones, I feel iPhone 5 is a better phone as compared to S3.

Advantages of iPhone 5 over Samsung Galaxy S3:

  1. Network reception;
  2. Battery life;
  3. Display;
  4. Ability to use the phone with one hand;
  5. iTunes is much better than Kies;
  6. Better body;
  7. iOS6 (excluding the map part)
  8. Airplay (since I already have an AppleTV, this is an advantage for me. For those who don’t use AppleTV, this point can be ignored)

Advantages of Samsung Galaxy S3 over iPhone 5:

  1. Expandable memory;
  2. Motion;
  3. Ability to use the phone as a USB drive and copy paste music, videos, etc;
  4. Less expensive;
  5. Maps

Call drops and horrible battery life were the major concerns due to which I switched over to iPhone 5 from Samsung Galaxy S3. After testing both the phones at same location, Galaxy dropped the call several times whereas iPhone didn’t drop a single call! Plus the voice clarity was much better.

Regarding battery life, with same apps being open, similar usage of the phone, S3 was struggling at 1% while iphone still had a 27% battery life remaining. I don’t know how apple has achieved this inspite of having a lesser capacity battery.

After having used both the phones, I am pretty sure that most of the people will come to a similar conclusion. Having said that, before you buy any of the phone, try using it for a bit to get the feel. iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s users will surely prefer iOS over Android.

You can check a detailed comparison over here. I however, have a different view of lot of things mentioned there.

Other reads:

Autoomobile;

Trusted Reviews

Last thing – Don’t go only by specs of the phones since Apple with lesser powerful hardware performs way better than competition with better hardware.

Reliance Broadnet services in Pune – Pathetic

If you are wondering whether to opt for Reliance broadband services in Pune, please reconsider your decision… for after getting the broadband connection from Reliance, you would wish you are better off without any internet!!! So save all that hard-earned money and opt for some other service – even if it is a YOU broadband or Tikona or internet access by your cable operator.
I feel pity for myself since I cannot opt for any other service provider since Reliance seems to have some “tie up” with my society and no other service provider is allowed here… yes inspite of being in “lungs” of the city, I can’t have an internet connection of my choice – not even the omnipresent BSNL, not to mention Tata Wired broadband or Airtel.

Here are few good things and bad things about a Reliance broadband connection:

1.   Frequent disconnections:
If you want to work on a document in real time or download a huge file (without a download manager or torrent) or update your computer or play online games….  well, don’t even think of doing that with a Reliance Broadband service. I loose my internet connection every few minutes and if I am really lucky, it will work for a few hours with sometimes pages refusing to load.
I have checked my connection with my Netgear modem, reliance ZTE modem, but everything fails.
So best way to utilize your reliance broadband connection is to use torrents or download managers since they can save you the hassle of downloading the same file many times. But don’t rely too much on torrents for Reliance is prone to blocking torrents every now and then… remember to randomize your ports, if that helps at all.

2.    Customer care:
If you thought your mobile / landline is not being used too much, try connecting to reliance customer care. With their waiting time, you would even consider BSNL as a blessing. I have used Tata Wimax service in the past in Mumbai and I believe they have the best customer support. I really doubt the efficiency and skills of Reliance broadband customer care.

3.    Billing:
Atleast this is one thing that Reliance gets it right. Since I am on an unlimited plan, I receive the bill as promised to me.

4.    Speed:
Once you are lucky enough to get connected, Reliance speed is something as promised. I don’t want to criticize them here for they promised me 1Mbps in day and 1.5Mbps in night and I DO get that speed. However, that is “if” you can connect and your connection is stable.

So make wise decision and stay away from Reliance.

Free .in domain name

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Extract from the site:

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Alterations in cheque – not allowed

As per the new RBI guidelines, customers are no longer allowed to alter the Amount or the Payee Name while issuing a cheque. The cheques with such corrections will no longer be honoured effective 1st July, 2010.

Alteration of cheques not allowed

Alteration of cheques not allowed

UPDATE: Read here