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July 2014

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Wow, its been a whopping 4 years since I was remotely active in this blog, things are changing so fast that I have stopped thinking about tomorrow these days, forget about writing about what happened in a previous trip or something.

A lot has turned around over the last couple of years, here are the most important events

  • I purchased a car
  • I screwed up the car
  • I fixed the car
  • I screwed up the car
  • I fixed the car
  • I wrote a book
  • I screwed up the car
  • The book got published
  • I fixed the car
  • I purchased a car for my friend
  • He got a pre-screwed up car
  • I purchased a car
  • I got his car fixed
  • I sold the car

Anybody can guess that playing with automobiles has become my new-found hobby, and well that keeps me busy indeed; except that nothing exciting. Its been a tough time all around, especially the last one year was a ‘remarkable’  (quote-unquote) experience, the only thing that I have learnt is that; without these challenges (can also be read as annoyances), you simply cannot determine what is good or bad for you. Hopefully the change is just around the corner, and I sincerely hope that this is not going to be one more of those hard learned lessons.

I am planning to get back to track with this and the other tech blog, will soon start posting more content.

Recent Entries

Manual Configurations/Settings for Aircel 3G

I have a super-cool android phone Spice MI-300, one main motivating factor for buying it a six months ago was because I wanted to make best use of 3G which was soon to be unveiled at that time, but unfortunately took till Feb 2011 to have in Aircel. That doesn’t stop there, I have been trying to activate 3G on my phone for the last 3 weeks — all in vain. Reason being, since I am using a Spice phone, Aircel doesn’t support activation of 3G, the customer support guys are saying the phone is not listed, so they cannot activate 3G. I am 100% sure that my phone supports 3G and it has WCDMA and it is 3.5G , but tough luck with the Customer support guys, they just don’t agree.

After 10-15 calls, I realized that there are no setting/ configurations for 3G, its just that the service provider has to activate 3G for your SIM. So I took my brother’s 3G Phone which is Nokia N81 – well supported by Aircel, sent “START 3G” to 121. The service got activated within minutes, switched the SIM back to my phone, Switched to WCDMA mode — There you go .. 3G on spice. :-)

So If you have a 3G phone which is not supported by Aircel. Here is what you need to do

  • Grab a phone which is supported by Aircel 3G
  • Put your SIM , Send START 3G to 121. Wait till you get the service activated.
  • Replace the SIM back and go 3G

We will have to face these issues as long as Aircel continues to have these kinds of annoying “Supported Mobiles” lists. This is the height of stupidity by Aircel, how do they think they can maintain a list of all 3G phone models in the world?

Passed ZCE-ZF :)

Finally I have managed to get certified in Zend Framework, I was quite a challenge to complete this exam. Only factor was lack of resources related to this exam, otherwise as an exam this was not as tough as ZCE-PHP5, that was a tougher exam if I were to compare the two.

I have posted my preperation experience in ClickOffline

http://www.clickoffline.com/2011/02/zend-certified-framework-engineer-zfce-passed/

That makes me the 9th ZCE-ZF from India.

#Recruitment #FAIL

Found this in one job listing :-)

(PS. No offense meant for students/people related to that college, but imho CEG deserves a much better place that Lord Venketeswara)

Weekend-o-phobia

Weekend-o-phobia : A unique fear of weekends especially affecting patients who are already suffering from Testophobia (Fear of Exams)

… I hate these exams…