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iPhone 3G all set to be launched on 22nd Aug 2008 in India

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As we wait with bated breath, it costs a whopping Rs. 31000 (~$720) for the basic black 8GB model and Rs. 36100 ($840) for the 16GB white model.

A far cry from the AT&T Apple tie-up price of $199!

Lets see what it has to offer and then I will decide if this  needs to be added to my portfolio of gadgets! I want it but will wait and see as it unfolds. There is no doubt on the value of such a handy utility, it will improve my productivity (accessing office emails on the go), using MobileMe, playing iTunes, taking pictures, using the GPS system in-built into the device (I am sure AirTel will club it with some technology like WayFinder etc.), and of course, to send and receive calls!

Lets wait for the after tax cost to see the real numbers before we get all pumped up but I cannot control my excitement right now!


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August 20, 2008 at 11:32 pm and its statistics from an year ago

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I was chancing to look upon my blog’s readership and it has skyrocketed in last few months. To give you an idea of how much the readership for has gone up by, Alexa rating has shown a consistent rise in my webpage ranking (it currently stands at 755139 worldwide and its India ranking is better at 58137. Furthermore, my year old blog stats shows my blog to have averaged 9999 hits way in May 2007. The current count stands at 77791.

Above means nothing if people don’t read posts. Simple page views/hits serve no value absolutely. The most important indicator that indicates the health status of a blog is its post:comment ratio. My blog’s average post:comment ratio is at about 1:2. This means, for every post I put up, I get double the # of comments. This ratio was about 2:1 last year at about the same time and it had not even reached breakeven. So, it is a satisfaction that my blog is a success in terms of these critical metrics.

Thank you, all for making this blog readable! Its only my readers who can turnaround this blog and I hope to keep you as repeat readers so the value of this blog is enhanced further!

Keep visiting back – you know where to look for me:!

Blogging guidelines – my two cents

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What are the important factors one needs to consider before one begins to blog:

1. First, get over this obsession of Google adsense. 99/100 bloggers I meet first think of making a quick buck on adsense rather than focus on quality of their blogs and its relevance towards the topic(s) chosen! This is really very disturbing statistics. Read the rest of this entry »

Bought a Nokia N73 Music center edition/my older Sony Ericsson W810i

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Nokia N73 Music center edition


I had to make an emergency purchase of a brand new mobile Nokia N 73 because my 6-month SONY Ericsson W810i got stolen from my car yesterday (that is a different story altogether and I lost some precious data on that). I also realized all this crap about IMEI number rendering one’s handset useless etc. is all pure BS. There is no one to assist and the maximum your service provider will do is to disable outgoing calls on the old stolen piece and supply you with a duplicate SIM card after proper due diligence. The police does not do much either – they showed me a long list of files stacked to about 3 meter height and all of them were cases reporting lost/stolen mobiles.

This new black N-73 set me back by about Rs. 17.5K and my Sony cost me Rs. 20K in all.

I had absolutely no complaints with my Sony W810i (apart from the other cool features, it also had a game called JC does Texas which I would play regularly!) and actually went to the extent of picking up the same piece from an authorized Sony showroom but then I realized that I might try Nokia from a Nokia Priority dealer – for a change. I have read terrific reviews on the Nokia N-73 as well so hope to put it to good use. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 16, 2007 at 7:18 pm

Cellular phones – economic analysis of this industry

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This is an interesting topic and has a connection with the objective of this blog.

How often do you (in India) swap your mobile for a better piece? 5 years, 10 years? Nah! Its as simple as <1 year for the younger demographics and even 2 years is considered an upper limit to discard that old mobile and go in for the new funky design with a lot of value added features and yes, you guessed it right, at a price point lower than that of your existing mobile when you purchased it an year ago!

How did all this happen? Read the rest of this entry »

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March 5, 2007 at 2:52 pm