Audi Q7

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Saw this near Pedder Road.
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Black Bentley

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Saw this beauty at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse in Bombay.
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One click TV downloads

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logo_entourage.pngI started talking to someone about using the internet to download TV shows and they at first were excited as I continued talking their eyes were glazed over as I rattled off things like – feed reader, RSS feeds, BitTorrent, dot torrent files, DivX, Xvid, etc… Then I realized maybe I should put together a short tutorial on it.

The basic concept is to download TV shows with a single click, however to get to that point there is some behind the scenes tweaks that take place. Although this tutorial is based around a Mac, it’s very similiar on a Windoze platform.

The programs I use on my Mac to accomplish this are:
Firefox – web browser
Vienna – RSS reader
Transmission – BitTorrent client

1. Go to tvrss.net and find the shows you would like to watch, let’s stay you select Entourage
2. Once the page loads for Entourage, right click on “Search-based RSS Feed” and select “Copy Link Location”
3. Launch Vienna and select “New Subscription”, the link should be already pasted in the dialog box, then just select Subscribe
4. Within Firefox go to “Preferences – content – files types” then select Manage. Make sure the action for “Torrent” files are to open with the program Transmission
5. Now you are all set to try it. Refresh your feeds with Vienna, select the latest show from Entourage and it should automatically start downloading via Transmission. If it doesn’t start, then it might take you to Firefox, where you will have to click once more to start the downloading.

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iPhone’s disruptive interface

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iphone_coming.pngWe are less than a week away from the iPhone being released into the wild and the suspense is building. However, since I’m in India there is no chance of getting the phone from my local Apple dealer. But, that just shows how big this launch is. I downloaded a 175mb file from Apple which guides you through the iPhone features and interface and to say the least it’s amazing. Other cell phone makes such as Nokia, Sony-Ericsson and Motorola should be ashamed as their user interfaces have been pathetic for years and we’ve lived with it.

The iPhone shows what Steve and Company are good it…disruptive interfaces. The first Mac’s introduced the concept of windows and a graphical user interface. Then the iPod/iTunes combo changed the music industry and made the process of buying songs over the internet as easy as a click. Finally, the iPhone will change the user’s expectation of what a phone interface should be when it is released on June 29th. The next thing they should work on would be a better TV interface…oh wait it’s called Apple TV.

Indian broadband update

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logo_trai.gifBack in April, I commented about Indian telcom chief Dayanidhi Maran’s plan for 2007 to be the year of broadband.  Here we are at the middle of the year and nothing positive yet, just negative news:

– Maran is out as telecom chief, some sort of power play within the DMK governement
– no new ISP’s licenses being issued
– Last couple of days there have been stories in the paper about TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) wanting to regulate Google, MSN and VoIP for security reasons – bull$hit, the only security they are worried about is their financial security

When I hear the world “regulate” in India, the next sound I hear is the sound of a cash register. Because what the government wants todo is monetize some service or product via a tax.  In today’s Times of India (June 20th), they mentioned that ISP would be able to offer international long distance calls as cheap as 50 paisa a minute (which is 1.25 cents a minute).

My question is, why are Indian ISP’s trying to build content and services.  Why not let the ISP’s stick to building out the infrastructure and letting people like Skype and Jajah provide cheap voice calls.

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