The morphing of the written script to typed digits before calculation

The Awesomest Calculator App for Apple devices

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While browsing for something, hit upon this cool calculator that would make many lives easier. You no longer need to find keys and type to calculate. All that you do is draw the numbers and operators with one finger and the MyScript Calculator will return the result. Even complex calculations such as Square Roots and To The Power Of are also a breeze. The written problem is morphed into digits and result is displayed instantly.

Ain’t that cooler than the boring calculator you see on your table, right?

The Tangy Spicy Nuts

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The design is always something woos me into trying something out, however what ups the interest is the experience the products give me. And I don’t like compromising.

These Masala Peanuts come with a Tangy flavour of I would guess chaat masala and a tad more dry mango powder. I would quote it to be beyond competition.

What would you say?

The Famous Mumbai Fashion Street

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I finally got to see the most talked about Fashion Street of Mumbai, this visit. Tucked cozily on the street side close to Churchgate in old Bombay, it’s a plethora of options to choose from.

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As always, girls have more choices and better ones. However, most of the designs, be it for men or ladies, is much inspired by the blockbusters of Bollywood and Hollywood and tees with imprints of known rock bands. The cuts and designs are so vivid and sometimes strange, I was lost either appreciating or disliking them.

I also heard that I went in time to get the best prices due to clearance sales as Navaratri and Diwali will see a surge of new fashion.

Some are fixed price shops and some are bargain outlets. However, even the fixed price shops will have some bargain friendly goods.

And talking about the Mumbai shopkeepers, I am happy to see so much customer friendliness. When he quotes a price and you start to walk away, he says “aap Batao kitna doge, bolna aapka hak hai” (translating to “you tell me the price you would wish to offer, quoting your price is your right”. Now that’s not just as a smart line, they really mean it, making it a proud experience for the consumer. Something for our entrepreneurs to learn from.

Variety, politeness, customer friendliness and smart talk mixed in a comfortable proportion is what you would get to see there.

All in all a great experience.

Quote yours in the comments and could include it in my next review or update.

Why GoogleDocs?

I have been using MSOffice since I knew computers. And have a love-hate relationship with it for that long too. Hate cos it slowed down my PC. Love cos its so feature-rich. And then the slow bit became so irritating, I moved to Notepad. Loved it and Love it even now, however miss the formatting. So, I started using Outlook Express, as my word editor. After all, I was used to sending out emails with it.
A few days later, I earned an invite to Gmail. And it changed quite a few things. Including getting used to the Auto-Save a-la MS Office. For quite some time now I use ‘TextEdit’/’MSOffice’ on Mac, its a lot better than on a Windows OS, and ‘Notepad’ and ‘Gmail’. Then came GoogleDocs. And, good gracious, now sharing, opening and viewing attachments was GoogleDocs job.
What I missed was the ‘Etherpad’ way of community editing. Great tool for collaboration, I should admit. As they quote “EtherPad is the only web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time.
When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone’s screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate on text documents, useful for meeting notes, drafting sessions, education, team programming, and more.”
I liked it. And soon I read “On April 14th, new pad creation will be disabled.” So as of yesterday, I lost any opportunity to create a New Etherpad. :(

The Internet aint a bad world, after all. What do I see, Voila, our own GoogleDocs integrates the Etherpad style editting. So my respect for GoogleDocs got higher overnight. :)

You sure got to read this to know why GoogleDocs.
And while you are at it, just add a few lines of how you liked this post in the Comments. :)

Published on 15 April 2010

Doltish Green Beer Day 2011

I love Beer, like many of you and don’t need a reason to sip on one. However, I would not go pissed drunk to Office or School for the sheer respect for that place.  And then I find this “tradition” of Green Beer Day.

For those like me, who did not know what Green Beer Day was, its a rather silly reason to drink Green colored Beer all day and go drunk to class, started by Miami University Students and a tradition since 1952. Sometimes I feel students of Miami University just ran out of ideas and the juniors who were happy just copying the illogical habit.

Gmail Ad on Sohi Sandwich Club

Gmail Ad on Sohi Sandwich Club

How did I get there?
This SoHi $1 Sandwich ad on GMail got me curious and went to their Facebook Page. And the likes on this page suggested Green Beer Day 2011.

Likes of Green Beer Day 2011 on Sohi Sandwich Club FB Page spotted by Brandbull

Likes of Green Beer Day 2011 on Sohi Sandwich Club FB Page

Curious to know why Green Beer Day was so popular I googled it.  And Viola! I find this Wiki article feeding my curiosity.  And after reading the tug between Miami University and Miami Student editorial board, I concluded, by practice, that arriving at class inebriated, would lead to disturbing the sanctity of the place of study. And this is certainly not a tolerable act.

Firstly, just adding color to the golden potion to make it green, seems so mediocre. Secondly, making it a big event, is lack of creativity. Thirdly, making it a ritual and rebelling against principles of a study place is sheer indifference. And beyond it all the display on http://greenbeerday.com/ shows Green Beer Day is March 3, 2011 and has a counter that has the countdown senselessly running even now. Also observed that the counter resets back to 30 mins 00 seconds, every time the counter expires.

Now that’s what I call Comedy of Errors :)  What say?

Green Beer Day dot com stupidity spotted by Brandbull

Green Beer Day dot com stupidity

Green Beer Day dot com countdown counter stupidity spotted by Brandbull

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A Serious Privacy Threat – Affluence.org

Affluence.org invited me to join using my friend’s name:

from Affluence.org <support@affluence.org>
sender-time Sent at 1:40 PM (GMT-06:00). Current time there: 9:11 PM. ✆
to
date Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 1:40 PM
subject You have received an invitation to join Affluence.org.
hide details Dec 14 (1 day ago)
Hello,You have been invited by Kashyap Vyas to apply for membership in Affluence.org. Affluence.org is an exclusive community of affluent people dedicated to making life better for both themselves and others.

As a member of Affluence.org you will have the ability to find and interact with other affluent people from around the world, evaluate and contribute to your favorite charities, and gain access to exclusive lifestyle guides to luxury living, travel and the latest trends.

To accept the invitation to our exclusive network, please follow the link below.

http://www.affluence.org/signup.php?signup_referer=kashyapventurecapital

Message:

Best Regards,
Affluence.org
support@affluence.org

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This message was sent by Affluence Corporation, 2100 W. Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515.

and like a curious networker, I went to sign up. I have the habit of checking the Terms, Conditions and Privacy detailed while accepting forms. And I was shocked to see that page blank.

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Would this mean we are agreeing to anything that may be put there tomorrow?

And mailed them :

Hi Affluence Support,

The mail below introduced me to Affluence.org. And when I followed it to sign up, I checked the Terms and Condition (attached as  affluence_org_terms_and_conditions_blank_spotted_by_brandbull.png (220KB).

The Terms and Conditions page seems to be blank and for those who fail to go there, they are probably agreeing to whatever that may be put hence, which is a serious offence of misleading the public and threat to privacy; certainly not acceptable under any lenience or condition.

Kindly react to it fast and apologize with the users signed up such. I would be posting this on my blog by the same name at http://brandbull.wordpress.com, where you could render your public apologies.

How many of us check the TOS when we sign up for something? Isn’t not knowing a serious Privacy Threat?

Google Facebook Offline collaboration

I was wondering why I had not seen this before. Was it an update of Google Chrome or was it simply something that went past me in the busy of work.

However, what I saw today was interesting for all to know. We all know now that Public data shared on Facebook is cached by Google for its results.  Today I see that as I type “Facebook.com” on my Google Chrome, I am asked if I want to search “within” Facebook on the right top corner of the browser window.

“]The 'Press Tab to Search Within Facebook' feature in Google Chrome

While its a new concept to search within a website right from your search engine, Google has been reinventing itself and has a similar engagement with Flickr online. And yes the search within Offline (on Google Chrome) feature is available for Flickr, Youtube, WordPress, Yahoo and Bing too.  Ironically Blogspot or Blogger does not have the same enabled.

Now is this collaboration or the new Revenue Model of Google? Got to find out.

Do let me know if you know. Welcome your thoughts and observations in the Comments. Will be glad to discuss.

P.S> Did find this article which discusses the same – http://www.kabatology.com/09/06/hit-tab-to-search-within-google-chrome-address-bar-omnibox/ , however my google.com entry on chrome does not give me the ‘Press Tab to search..’ option. Does everyone one else get it?

Win Free Books – review BookBuzzr.com

Right from Amazon to Flipkart online shopping for Books have been flourishing as more and more pen interesting stories. While being on Online shopping carts did give Authors that had less readers, a better reach and ease of selling even the seldom heard titles, marketing the titles was still the Author’s headache.

Here is a man in armor, in the form of  BookBuzzr and its customer facing game site fReado. They call it ” fReado.com – World’s Biggest Free Book-Winning Site”. Quite like a Card Matching game, this one has Front Covers of Books and Novels which you have to find the pair of. Every game gives you points and every some points makes you eligible to get books. The books are dispatched around the world by Amazon.

This surely is a very innovative way to bring less known books right in the eyes of book lovers and players.

I felt if the game was more of a widget that could be placed in blogs and other websites, it would get more prominence and users. Another area I felt lacking is, the game does not have any Indian titles and is not focussed on the Indian Audience. With FREE being the attraction, I personally felt Indians would be more participative and pro-active.

What do you feel about the game and the concept? Do let me know in the Comments.