Monday, January 28, 2019

Must Have app on your cell phone - Edition 2019

Lets not get into the topic of interest that cell phone are now inseparable part of our day to day life. We all know that it happened years ago but today as it seems that we were never been without it. Cell phone is something that keeps us running, informed with area of our interest. We all know that how important it has become to our life. Now, as you know, if you want to  keep your eyes, mind and soul refreshed with device which has become more personal than anything has happened to us in decades. Lets talk about only top 5 apps which has helped me atleast to keep my eyes, mind and souls refreshed so far. These are the apps which i install the moment i have either reset my device or have the new one. So for the interest of people I will not talk about the apps which are social in nature like Facebook or WhatsApp as it has now become very important part of everyone life.

Before we begin, lets be clear, it is my personal choice and it may defer for the rest of you based on your area of interest. Also I have not been paid to promote any of the below.

5: ZEDGE™ Ringtones & Wallpapers

Who does not want to refresh the look of its most personal device and portrait his personality with what he/she likes. Well here is the app which can help you to do so with your device as much as you want. A single app to customize your default Ringtone, Wallpaper, Notification tone and there are other lots of the option to look for. With this app you don't need multiple apps to fulfill your need of refreshing the look. Best part of it its FREE FREE FREE (with some premium and paid content). To this day there is nothing which  I have not found on this app with which I wanted to personalize my device. It is cross platform and can be found on both android and iOS.

4:Truecaller: Caller ID, SMS, spam block & payments

Not a single call has gone where this app has not helped me, whether to look for the name of unknown number, the place (Not too accurate post number portability policy in India) from where call is generated or is it SPAM or valid call. It also helped me to block instantly those from where i do not want to receive the call. Best feature of this app is to let you know who is calling you when you don't have the information on the other side. Apart from regular call, it also works with whatsapp number, it has its own built in SMS app which can also filter out the spam for you.

3: Shazam

A must have app for people like me who are heavily fond of music. The moment something interest to you ear and soul you want to know what it is. If you are watching your favorite movie, serial on Netflix, Amazon prime, shopping at the mall, Dining at your favorite place, the second you heard an unknown song and you want to know which song it is, Shazam is there to help you. Complete information is just a click away. This sweet one will search it over the internet and feed you all that you need. Don't worry if you are offline, the moment your cell receive healthy internet connection it will work like a charm and give you all you need. A must have app for all music lover Just go for it.

2: 500px – Photography

If you love photography you got to love 500px. In those days when i was in very amateur stage of learning photography (which has not upgraded significantly even to date 😀) there were very few site which actually provide you flow to see professional photographs and that too with lots of very talented photographer. This site has given me very nice perspective to see the world. You just download this app and you are good to go. Look at the most beautiful photographs that interest you and ignite the photographer instincts within you.

1: AppsFree - Paid apps free for a limited time

Wondering why this has made the top list, well it saves to bleed bucks from your wallet. This one filters out the app from the playstore universe which has recently gone free for limited period of time. Yes "PAID APP GONE FREE". Though there are lots of such app but I prefer this one as it serves you the only app which are free not the one which are on discount. You can fully customized and provide your preference what you want to see on the result. Recently I have downloaded KM player, Mathematica, IQ games and lots of other app and saved significant money.

Well this is my must have list and now choice is upto you with which one you want to go and if you have already used it what feature you have liked most. If you have your own preference do write on the comment section below and if you liked the blog let me know on which topic you want to read next. Hope you have liked this section.

Thanks for Reading with patience..

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A sweet time of life in absence of Wife

This article is written on a lighter note but not a single word is intended to be fictitious. Based on feedback received by  millions and counting Loving husbands.
All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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I haven't started yet and the very first line will make you feel jealous like anything if you have enjoyed late night activities. To be more precise, just in case your super genius mind take you an altogether opposite side, i was referring to watching pending movies, surfing web, exploring Youtube etc.  
It is 4 AM in the morning and this doesn't mean that the day started earlier but in fact i am still continuing my night with my freed will and lack of interventions. Well this article will be clearly understood by only those who are married and before getting married have lived uber  bachelor life. Now to all married ones, does these sentence looks familiar to you
  • Go to sleep, it very late you have to wake up early in the morning even though it is like 11 in the night.
  • How many movies you want to watch you have seen like 2 movies. (Even though i know you have managed to understand it with all interruption in between)
  • Why have you married me when you want spend all your time with your laptop. (OMG,  Wife's have developed hormone to get jealous of those pity electronic instruments too. 

The Story continue and continues till the time they get something of their interest for which we husbands can die to not be part of it. History is the witness and i stand by to it, sweet wife's can make you do things which you have never thought of doing. They can get you to do the things which you would have never done in your life. We husband have always lived in the fear of Wife's and continue to live. This has been evolutionized in Husbands body. To your surprised, I have given a profound thought and came to conclusion that there are Several type of Wife's and i have tried to list them down here.

1. Putter Putter Wife: They keep talking to you until you die with your brain.
2. Self claimed  : They are the best and only husbands are the reason they are degrading their life.
3. Sherlock Holmes wife: They even know what is happening at the infinity and at the end of the day you become final victim to hear their solved mysteries.
4. Suspicious Wife: They will think each and every act of yours as a suspicion

At the end of the day, without even you realize they have been thinking all about you and how to make you happy, how to complete you day when you are back from the tiring day. They wait all day long to have some part your life where you let them feel comfortable and  desired. All they want is to love and to be loved. Become an integral part of your family to understand, improve and sustain the culture of your family, imbibe them into your next generation along with you.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Handling "Cell broadcast Services" (Android).

Cell Broadcast Example (Source: Internet)
At times when we were not familiar with Smartphone, our most beloved Nokia comes us with a feature called cell broadcast. This feature allowed us to know the near by location of cellular towers. At that time this service was very much limited to the location services. It was a seriously helpful feature specially when you are travelling or you need to know the area. Over period of time as the industry evolved, comes an era of Smartphone. Mobile network operator had saw this as an opportunity and started to use this as mode of pushing advertisement to the user. This has become really annoying to users like us where at every 5-10 second you received at least 5-6 advertisement and that too are not at all relevant to you. IN some countries it is an important service and used as a platform to share important notification like weather information, EarthQuake notification. Symbian OS (used in Nokia phones) used to handle this up to the mark whereas Android phone are not well designed to handle it. This feature is specially too much annoying in HTC. Now let me explain this in details how did i encountered it and handled to get away from it.

How did it started: My wife used to have a Samsung phone and never encountered this cell broadcasting services before. Recently she switched to HTC one. One day her brother got a new phone and he used her SIM card to check if everything is working fine. God know what happened and this service got started. Since then her HTC started to receive this service so frequently that she was not even able to dial a number. Magically, whenever we use any other cellphone we didnt face this problem. Any technical problem she faces turn to be my nightmare. So started to looking for solution on how to resolve it.

Experiments I've tried: 
Option to remove CBS
1. First thing anyone will is try to search for same option on the phone. I got option to disable the cell broadcasting service. i did it but it simply didn't worked. Tried enabling disabling and what not.

2. Cell broadcast services are sent through a channel. Mostly it is channel 50, 55 and 60. HTC one had option to disable or block these channels. I' tried doing same too but no success with even this too.

3. When you don't have any option, the last choice you have is to format the phone and see if you have any luck. Backed Up the phone, and formatted with dire hope to not listen to scary taunt. Wow and the result was nil. The problem which i resist still persist.

4. Some how a thought came to my mind, and i tried to disable it through old Nokia phone. Got the Nokia phone of her brother and disabled the option but still no luck.

5. Called the useless customer care. First two three time i've tried to explain what is cell broadcasting service. They said we do not have any such services enables from our side. They even gave me no. through which i can see what all services are enabled on my SIM. Using that SSID, it was clear to me that i did not have any service enabled from operator side. 

Solution That worked for me:

Now i was completely lost and had no option to try. One night i was sitting with phone and thought why not try play store and see if they have any app which can do this favour to me. My God it was like a revelation to me. I did and search return me ample of option to choose from.

I installed the first option and it was "Cell Broadcast Display by DigiTATA" application. the moment it was installed all broadcast service started to come into the widget without any annoying pop up. It felt like i have solved the Big bang mystery. The app managed it beautiful and only show all massaged into widget without interrupting my work. Having said, one thing still keeps me annoyed and that was constant notification on "Notification center". This problem was simple to solve, Went to setting > App Setting> App> And disable the notification of that app and gotcha. Everything was back to Normal. I cant see any cell broadcast now. Everything is coming in background without interrupting our operation.

Thanks to the Application It saved my life.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It's happening, am i Dreaming

How to define it!!! 
Is it just getting together with someone who will become an inseparable part of your life, or a girl who will fill the part of your life which would have never been completed without her!! A girl who will share each and every moment you will experience day in and out whether its happiness or sorrow. A glittering smile on her face will make you forget all stress you had. It wont be anymore my personal life it will become OUR personal life, and it means the happiness you will acquire will be doubled whereas the sorrows will be eliminated by an unconditional support you would have just expected from only your parents. In coming days i will be with the one whom i have desired more than anything. Well to be more precise my desire was not the girl but the desirable attribute she carries with her. When i thought about the girl i will marry, i never imagined how she would look like but always dreamed of scarce attributes not easily found today. From past 2.5 half year she was there in my knowledge but i never gave even a single thought that she will become the one. Friends & colleagues used to tease me about talking to her and convey my message to her which i have never uttered, Greet her on my behalf which i would have never done without breaking ice with her. An instance also came to my knowledge later that her friend who didn't even know me, told her about me and addressed me with the name “Ataullah Khan”. I heard and ROFL. Thanks to Vimal and Anup, i guess that was the first time when she did heard about me. Prior to that she did'nt even knew that i existed in NECHCL as i had never stayed in india after my joining in 2008 and also i didn't knew about her except her name. The day 14 July 2008, i Joined NEC HCL and there she was standing with her friends near pantry area. I did not noticed anyone except her.  Something was so unique about her that drew my attention , Yes my friends it was her attire that has attracted me like anything. A Girl with Hijab and Abaya (A loosely knitted dress muslim girls wear above the usual dress to cover herself) in IT industry that too in Noida. I did said to my friend, that would be a lucky person who will marry her. He said, she is very disciplined on prayer, and followed islamic ways and my response was i want to marry a girl like her who at least would make me follow the same. I follow islamic ways but in bits and pieces and never continue for long time. My intention was to always be with the one who would insists me to follow the righteous path. I knew she is the one who will make me do this. Time goes on and finally a day came when my parent talked to her parents (There is a very long and interesting story behind this, some know precisely what happened and happy with the consequence and some make their own story or Gossip and happy with that which i even don't care because i am very very happy) and with Allah's blessing they both agreed that we should be together in future as a married couple. In real life you cant get what all you dream of. Thats true for me. I did not get everything i wanted but more than what i can expect.After almost 4 year when i saw her and expressed my feeling to marry a girl like her, who knew that Allah will give me the same girl to marry whom i was referring. With prayer and blessing of all my well wishers and one very very special friend i will inshaAllah marry her on 14 July 2012.

I want all my friend to bless us as they used to do.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Mussoorie, Dehradun, Haridwar & Memories

Since i came back from Japan, i was stucked in the routine work, same place, same city same fun. More over to this most of my personal time was killed by a non-enjoyable activity, searching for a home in Noida. Nevertheless, finally as i say a true struggle always has a fruit associated with it. I am in a good house. Ok, Now speaking of out of the routine activity, last 15 days of March was pretty amazing for me. I got the required time to spent at home with my family, enjoying Quarterly party of team at Kingdom of dreams, Gurgaon. But everything was good until i got chance to visit a beautiful state of India, Uttarakhand and all of a sudden things became fantastic. How i got into it, interesting story, let me tell in detail. 

1. How i got into it: Well thanks to Neha friend of my umm umm and my umm umm (Guys i am referring my mohtarma with umm umm :) ). I am associated with their team. The team was planning for a trip to some hill station, The place was not decided yet. Neha invited me and i said why not lets goooo. I was OK with all options unless it is a hill station. They discussed many places but finally came to conclusion to visit Kanatal in mussoorie as a main attraction. This was an official trip.

2. Challenges and Obstructions: Unfortunately March is end of quarter and also end of financial year too. Most of the teams in the organization were planning to utilize the budget allocated to them for team party. My team was also planning so. But we were having many constraints and so we were sure that we can not go out of station. So unanimously we decided to go to Kingdom of dreams, Gurgaon on thursday. At the same time the previous team has also decided to move to Kanatal on thursday night. Now the problem begins. If they go on thursday, How i will join them. I had many official commitments on Friday, my trip to kingdom of dreams will finish on thursday night 10:30 and they will move on 11:30. Finally i explained them about situation and said sorry to Neha and mohtarma. But stubborn Neha (Yes you are :) ) was not getting convinced and in fact many credit of my visit goes to her only. She calculated all permutation and combination and said talk to him, talk to them, you have to come and so on. At the same time my mohtarma was sad and she said she wont go alone, Now i was on War :). So i started calling and convincing the relavant stakeholder. I had to cancel all meetings and apply for leave. Thanks to my manager and other project manager for supporting me, with gods grace they got agree.

3. Struggle to catch the bus: Trip to kingdom of dreams was not getting so exciting until we get to see the Show Zangoora. It was fantastic. I was watching the show with the hope that i will get the cab back to the Noida from where i had to catch the bus. Everything was going well, during the show we talked to the driver and he said he will be there by 10:00 so we were chilaxed. In the meantime Neha also called to confirm and i said yes, i will reach there on time as everything was going as per plan. As the show got ends my struggle started.

10:20 PM: Driver, sir we will reach there within 15 Minute.
10:40 PM: Driver, sir we will reach there within 15 Minute.
10:50 PM: Driver, sir we will reach there within 15 Minute.
Damn when your 15 minute will be over. It will take almost 40 Minute to reach to Noida from Gurgaon, that too in absence of traffic. Again call from Mohtarma, Neha, Pankaj, Rajesh and so on......I was getting frustrated as they were waiting for me and only me. Rest of the people had already reached there (As i know except one or two).
11:15 PM: Lost all patience and thinking wether i should go or not. I Didn't want people to wait for me and spoil there plan. Again discussion with Driver and he was not able to find us in Gurgaon. The whole team of mine was going through frustration and anger.
11:30 PM: Finally cab reached to us. Now it was time of rash driving :( . Finally i reached to Bus on 12:15 PM. Made public apology in bus and then we started the Journey to Queen of alps, Mussoorie.

4. Funawesome Journey: I've never been to such trip. It was my first time. everything was full of fun and awesomeness. Games, Chatting, Teasing, Dancing, Singing lots more and all in the moving bus. I haven't met many people before who was in this trip but at any point of time i never realized that. Everyone was very friendly & cherishing. We did small trekking (Actually very small like nothing), rappelling, mountaineering and many more activities. I got a chance to picture star trailing in Kanatal (You can see this on my Page) . Thanks to people for staying with me in that very chilli night for this shoot. On our way back to Noida, we stepped in Kempty fall, Mussoorie, Lacche wala, Dehradun and Haridwar. Everything was so awesome.

Thanks to all my friends, Specially Neha and my Mohtarma for making this trip so memorable.