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?
Feb 22, 2011 Technology
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
That makes me the 9th ZCE-ZF from India.
Most of today’s’ internet users may not know what GeoCities meant to internet. GeoCities was simply a “free” webhosting service, which allowed you to upload your own html files (and they will put their ads on your behalf), they gave you a URL, which looked like http://geocities.com/<username> , and you can share your website with your friends family etc, this was all that they offered, just in lines of an equivalent of what blogspot.com is today.
But this is 90’s, there were no Blogs, no RSS, no Web 2.0, and no Social Networking, (I think there wasn’t any CSS too, but not sure). What GeoCities offered was a comprehensive platform using which you can build your own websites, and it was relatively easy if you knew a bit of HTML and were able to tweak some of their codes. Compare it to today, Geocities at that time, was an equivalent of today’s blogger and WordPress put together.
I am talking nine years ago, just the time when I stepped in to my 11th grade. Computer science at that time was not exactly so dependent on HTML, although it was a period of the internet boom, but general knowledge levels about internet and HTML were not that high. And if you wanted to learn something new and latest, you had to get to a library, get a book and learn it, YouTube and Wikipedia were non-existent. And when it came to books on internet programming (I am not joking,”Internet Programming” at that time was not about PHP or ASP.net, it was about creating static HTML pages) almost all of them referred to GeoCities as a starting point, because the website was simple easy to use, almost anyone can put-up their webpage on the net. Geocities was able to offer the ease of use for creating simple web pages. These days we talk so much on this usability, UX and all these things… they were just not existent then, of course, the sites didn’t look good-by today’s standards (you are allowed to call them awful), but they were cool at that time…
Geocities is of a lot of sentimental value for me, for various reasons, this was where I created my first ever website, first learned what is hacking (finding workarounds to disable those crazy GeoCities ads), first came to know about communities, what impact websites could make, this was at a very early age of my life and this to a lot of extent has had an impact on what I am doing today [doing almost the same things in the n'th iteration .. he he ].
Yahoo has recently been in a cost-cutting mode, and ideally GeoCities is facing a tough challenge, having lost most of its user base to technologies like Blogger and WordPress. It had to shut shop sometime, time has come now for us to bid farewell to my internet teacher. Let see if i will write some wave or cave, when WordPress/blogger shuts shop in the coming future
We are shifting to a new geo-location nearby, so I was stacking and packing all my personal belongings this Friday, and when I started to stack those books, it was quite tall…
I have realized that the number of books I am reading recently had increased, you see the pile is as tall as my CPU tower.
The best books that I would recommend are
* Code Complete – for general software engineering
* Head Start Servlets and JSP also Head Rush AJAX
* PHP In Action – (not in the pile above)
PHP In action was especially very good. I got this book assuming that it will help me learn hard-core PHP to help me get certified. But this turned out to be the other way around, this book took me through some of the fairly advanced concepts of object oriented programming and PHP became incidental just beacuse the book was titled so.. certaily it goes by the saying “A good solution can solve any problem” likewise “A good programming language book can be used for any language”