Tag: Technology

Browser crashing on Galaxy S2 after ICS upgrade?

If your default browser on your Samsung Galaxy S2, has started crashing right after that much awaited ICS upgrade, then here’s what you need to do, to fix the problem.

1. Go to Settings > Applications
2. Click “All” on the top tab
3. Scroll down and click on “Internet”
4. Click on “Clear Data”

And you’re all set! That’s it – 4 simple steps!

Algorithm Glitch or is it ok?

Few minutes ago, I was browsing gaana.com to listen to Kishore Kumar. I noticed Hot Searches just below Search bar, and one of the names was Bruce Springsteen, though the spelling was incorrect there, and it was mentioned as Bruce Sprinsteen. Nonetheless, I thought that I better listen to him as it’s been long since I heard any of this songs. When I clicked on the text, I was taken to “No records found” text.

I was a bit puzzled, that if a term has been mentioned as hot search, how come it returns no results? Is it ok to list search terms which return no result on your site, just cause people are searching it on the site? If you ask me, it’s not correct behavior. Even from an user standpoint, I do not want to see a term in “Hot Searches” if it is not going to return a result for me.

Gaana.com people should look into the algorithm for this functionality and probably should try to fix the same. Unless, someone can explain and convince me that such search terms are pretty much ok to have.

Basic Comparison of iPad2 and Xoom

I still cannot figure out the actual reasons which makes one hate Apple, as if Apple did something to people who hate it! Sometimes, I think that, do they hate if because it usually gets a lot of popularity from media? In that case, the popularity is not something Apple pays for. It’s products are not cheap which after all that media hype, fails to impress actual users. I will write my take on this issue in multiple posts.

I remember once, one of my friends posting an article where the article was talking about “Apple screwing its customers” The article was for some insane reason, bashing Apple for changing the screws on iPhone. Now, what is that? I don’t think companies are supposed to use the same screws. How does that affect end user? Don’t say that the users will not be able to open up their phones.

One of the reasons, I hear is that “Apple products are priced way too much”. This statement is usually accompanied with some analogies. I definitely agree on this in case of Macs, they are indeed price steeply. Nevertheless, the other products are not priced as such. A case in point is iPad2.

Let’s compare the price of tablets from Apple and Motorola.

Wi-Fi Versions 

  • iPad2 comes in 16, 32, 64 gigs / Xoom comes only in 32 gigs as of now
  • iPad2 32 gigs is priced as $599 / Xoom is priced at $599
  • iPad2 display is 9.7 inches / Xoom display is 10.1 inches
  • iPad2 display is 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi) / Xoom display is 1280x 800 pixels; 150 pixels / inch), HD 720p
  • iPad2 has 1 GHz dual-core A5 processor / Xoom has 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • iPad2 has dual camera, though MP information is not there on specs / Xoom has dual camera, back camera is 5 MP and front 2 MP
  • iPad2 camera has HD video recording capability / Xoom has no such information on its specs
  • iPad2 is 601 grams / Xoom is 708 grams
  • iPad2 has 25 W-hr battery / Xoom has 24 W-hr battery
  • iPad2 has 10 hours of surfing over Wi-Fi or video playback / Xoom has 10 hours of surfing over Wi-Fi or video playback. Though Xoom has 3.3 days of mp3 playback
  • iPad supports  HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV playback formats / Xoom supports AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, ACC+ Enhanced, OGG, MIDI, AMR NB, AAC+

3G Versions

  • Technical specs are same for iPad2 and Xoom
  • Weight increases proportionally for both of them
  • iPad2 with Verizon 3G is priced at $729 / Xoom with Verizon 3G is priced at $799
  • iPad2 is also available from At&T on 3G

Do you still think that Apple always demands way too much price for its products?

New features added in Gmail

This morning as soon as I opened up an incoming mail in Gmail, I noticed a new feature which they unveiled. The feature is named People

New Feature in Gmail
People pane

When you open up the mail, on the right hand side, you’ll notice a pane, titled People, which will mention people who are in the To list of the mail AND also are in your contact list. Each such contact can be clicked upon to show recent activity for that user. When you click on any one user, the resulting pane in the same space, will display the last mails you send/received from that contact, along with options to send mail, call, chat and others.

The feature (algorithm working behind the scenes) also captures if something is being talked about some event, meeting, and neatly grabs the related details, and gives you the option then and there to add the event to your Google Calendar.

Nice neat additions Gmail. Keep up the good work.

The Other Side of IT (as in Frustration)

When I look back, I recall that my first aim was to be an Air Force Fighter pilot. I was somehow very much hooked on to fighter planes and air force. That was way back in third grade. See, I had an aim long long back. My younger brother wanted to be in navy. Later as I was growing up, and IT was catching up with us, I started thinking of being a software engineer.

I was hell inquisitive from my early days and I knew about Microsoft when I was in 9th grade. I used to daydream about passing from IIT and then working for Microsoft. Another thing which almost sealed my fate that I was going to study Computer Science and Engineering, was when my mausi got married to a software engineer who was stationed in London and was going to States after marriage. Now, what bigger fantasy can a school going guy back in 1996/97 have about future job. And that’s how it was sealed.

A long time back I asked my dad, why he chose civil engineering during his engineering, when he could have got computers and electronics. He told me about his childhood days, when he used to see the engineers constructing roads and bridges near the village and that was how he fascinated himself as a civil engineer. More than that, there was no one actually to guide him, since he came from an agrarian family background. So, that is how he got his inspiration or aim for life.

Well, I never made it to the IITs and neither to Microsoft (at least so far). And anyways, I would prefer Google now (this time I am not daydreaming). By the way, I did try to get in Air Force after my 12th, passed NDA written (a lot of us do) and then was rejected at SSB. That was my first and last attempt at that. Skip all that happened in between and in my grad college, eventually I was a CSE graduate.

It will be 5 years on 19th June in IT industry and sadly, yes sadly the same company I joined as fresher. Seeing the title, you know I am going to talk about the frustration I have endured and keep on enduring in IT (at least with the services companies, I guess).

Many of us, who are outside IT will think that frustration is normal in any job when it becomes mundane and (yes please take a note of it) if you’re ambitious enough. Nevertheless, the story of frustration starts in first week (or second week), when the day of drafting comes. Drafting is the day when you are assigned a track – as in Databases, Java, Dot Net, Testing, C/C++. These stand at the basic categories as far as I know about IT industry. Figments of frustration starts in a lot of us that day. You were an expert at Java at college but you’re put in Database. Someone loved databases and was put on Java, Dot Net guy gets testing.  Are you getting a picture now? It hits you in the face on day 1. Remember always that this post has a pre-requisite – you have to be ambitious! I have seen people who have whatsoever no concerns about anything. And by saying that, I am not entering a debate of what is a cakewalk and what is a tightrope walk. I am talking about the ebbing of frustration.

You crib about it, discuss it with HR, with friends, trying to find some jack which you can use, but not everyone is lucky enough. The question I raise here is, is it ok for companies to randomly draft freshers in different trades? Why can’t they use a better interview process which can be used later for filtration? Why the IT companies can complain about the lack of adequate talent at graduate level, but show no concern in devising a process for bringing things to a better order? Is it asking for too much to spend some time and resources on restructuring the entire selection process?

The answer can be Yes or No. Some of you will feel that since the usual hirings are in large numbers (volume can be more suited here), a process for preference cannot be implemented. But, has someone really tried anything on that lines? A few companies have.  Many, I think don’t care ( I maybe wrong here though, and would like to see the points in comments)

Then, once you’re assimilated in the system, you start questioning things, finding problems with the processes, getting irked with what everyone else feels so comfortable. As for me, meetings used to make me irritable and still they have their charm. It’s not that I don’t like any meeting. I totally like the meeting in the current project. Brisk, to-the-point and end of the meeting. I used to be irritated when people started buttering managers by asking about their kids, about their vacation and blah blah blah. If a project status meeting or team meeting needs you and the team to waste more than 30 minutes at any time in the steady phase, it simply means everyone just loves to waste time and that frustrates me. A lot of times, the manager wasted 30 minutes telling that “we should keep meeting udner 30 minutes”. Well, you moron, if you would have resisted from saying that again and again, at least we would have saved 30 minutes!

Third, when you know that there is a price to pay for being very good. I learned it very hard way. As per written policies, you can change your project after 18 months. Nevertheless, that’s like the metaphor for white elephant. You wish that they would release you at that. If you were planning to talk to HR, better you save your efforts and most importantly time. Since you are performing well, your manager will not let you go. They will cite innumerable things, which make your stay with the team and project essential for company’s future and growth. They will show you everything which you would know then and there, that they have not an iota of truth in that, subject to application of reason by yourself. The same project will frustrate you, at times drive you crazy and you’ll start looking out for options.

So far, so good?

You will show the talent for a lot of things, but it all depends on the managers and their bosses on what they want to see. They might not want you to give what you want and still show you that they know what’s best for you! You will be shown how exciting your mundane job is. You will be given examples of what others could not but you have achieved (as if you achievements are alimony and not due to your talent, hard work, brilliance).

Wrapping it up with the biggest frustration which I faced. The superiors you’re working with in your team are good for nothing but they are there since they are good friends with the managers. Getting me, what I mean by Good Friends? I am not touching or referencing politics as that’s virtually everywhere. What I am pointing at it, when incapable and incompetent people are sitting above you and giving you directions. When a person is manager – managing a project, multiple projects and entire business unit – not due to his actual managerial skills but due to the reason that he has number of years with him. It does not matter whether he has any people skills or not, it does not matter whether he has technical skills or not.

In the end, it’s a pitiful job, at least what I felt. If you have potential and you know it in you, don’t stay back in the service industry as a developer or better say doing operations support

Disclaimer: The experiences here are my own with the service industry in IT sector. I can only guess that the scene is a lot better in product companies. You might be in service industry and you had a totally different experience. Depends on the outlook, depends on what you want, depends on interest and somewhat capability.

Backspace not working in SQL Developer?

If you have been getting frustrated lately, by the unintended behavior of the backspace key in SQLDeveloper worksheets, here’s how you can get that stupid key to work again 🙂

For versions before 2.2.x

1. Go to Tools > Preferences > Accelerators >

2. Click on Modify Loading Preset > Reset to Defaults

For versions 2.2.x and beyond

1. Go to Tools > Preferences > Shortcut Keys

2. Click on More Options > Load Keyboard Scheme > Reset to Default

Enjoy 🙂