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List of Gadgets purchased in 2012/13/14

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I have been on a gadget buying binge for the past few years! I have personally made huge investments to spruce up my study room – as I choose to call it – my mission control! 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Naveen Athresh

March 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

amazon kindle – amazing app for iPhone 4/iPad

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I wanted to read up a few books and decided to download it wirelessly on my mobile devices namely the iPhone 4 and the iPad. It’s been about 1-year since I became a Certified Agile ScrumMaster and I am now in the Product Owner role in Product Management in a company which uses Agile methodologies heavily. It was but natural that I read up as much as I can on Agile best practices.

1. Agile Estimating and Planning – Mike Cohn

Agile estimating and planning - Mike Cohn

2. Succeeding with Agile: Software development using Scrum

Succeeding with Agile - Mike Cohn

It was fabulous! The ease of use of connectivity with amazon servers and the instant 1-click purchase made things so simple that I was left wondering: Why would anybody want to goto Barnes and Noble anymore when ease of use of book purchases trumps every other mechanism! This is high quality information at my fingertips within a single click!

I also was freely able to use amazon’s Manage my kindle option to send an ebook to my iPad and then because that was at home, transfer and download it on my iPhone 4 which I had in my pocket!

Awesome – amazon.com – the kindle app on the iPhone 4 and iPad rocks!

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Bought my Dodo iPad case from SFO

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I bought my own custom Dodo case from SFO for my iPad. This is so beautiful and I saw my colleague have a similar one so ordered one online for myself while I was at SFO.

It’s really cool and looks like a real book!

Here is the link to Dodo: http://www.dodocase.com/

Written by Naveen Athresh

December 3, 2010 at 8:23 am

MacBook Pro – review

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On my most recent trip to the USA, I bought an Apple MacBook Pro 15″ from Hillsdale, San Mateo, California!

It’s awesome!

I had recently sold my older MacBook White to my old office colleague and decided I could not live without a Mac and being an Apple fan, I immediately bought my Mac!

I got it for a great price and since the same model in India costs a lot more, did save a lot of money on this gadget! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

November 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Review: iPhone 4 with iOS4

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I bought this from the Apple store at Palo Alto, California last month and while I bought the one without contract to AT&T/Apple paying the full retail price, the experience has been worth it.

Ever since I lost my iPhone bought in India back in 2008 due to a freak incident, I was waiting to avenge the loss of the device I used to use 24*7 and kept by my side. It was therefore a natural progression that I moved to the latest iPhone4 and having good features.

However, it was not so easy getting it to work in India due to the Micro SIM but I got it to work with a pair of scissors, Internet manuals to cut it to shape to fit my iPhone4 and of course, enabling the GPRS and getting it to activate on my network locally.

I also bought a Belkin cover for my iPhone4 as my last iPhone got permanently damaged due to water damage due to a faulty cover.

I finally achieved success and am now a happy user of the iPhone4! I configured my office exchange server with this to receive office emails alongwith my personal emails of various services as well!

Features: http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/

Written by Naveen Athresh

September 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

Review: Nikon SLR D 5000 with extended 55-200 mm Nikor lens

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Image courtesy: http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Product/Digital-SLR/25452/D5000.html

I bought this gadget a month ago from BestBuy, California and have been very impressed with it so far. The one I bought also had extended lens of 55-200 mm and it’s therefore now got two focus ranges: 11-55mm and 55-200mm.

Scenery shots were simply astounding and I was truly impressed with the performance of the fast shutter speeds and multiple pictures I could click on my recent USA trip with amazing clarity. While I first need to read the primer on how to take manual pictures from my photography affectionado friends, for now, I am getting amazing resolution from my Auto focus as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Naveen Athresh

September 19, 2010 at 9:59 am

The BOSE Quietcomfort 15 – a quick review

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This is one of the best headphones reviewed over the Internet. I personally visited the BOSE stores to gauge the effectiveness and it is a blessing for frequent travelers!

Some pictures of my BOSE QC 15 are below. I would post a detailed review shortly on my personal experiences with this gadget over next few months. Yes at Rs. 17.5K it does not come cheap but then BOSE quality is well renowned. I would have gone in for a BOSE home entertainment system itself 6 months ago itself but my reviews favored ONKYO and I am not disappointed with the quality of my ONKYO home theater so far. It’s a boon for my family who can now watch a High Def movie right from the comforts of their living room and of course for me too!

Written by Naveen Athresh

July 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm

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