Unleashed by 3G

The old GPRS connection was a bottleneck in getting a piece of the content out there on the internet.

With GPRS, in places with best signal strength, the median downloading speed while downloading large files (greater than 3 MB) must have been in between 25 and 30 kilobytes per second (kbps).

My mobile service provider has recently started 3G service in my hometown (Solapur), and I’m lucky to have bought a 3G phone well in advance. I’ve been using 3G since last couple of weeks while I was in Pune. But I chanced upon test-driving the 3G connection today in Solapur while I was downloading an 8MB video file. Peak speed I observed was 336 kbps. Median speed must be somewhere in between 200 and 300 kbps.

That’s maddeningly fast! It’s for the first time that I’m getting such speeds. 3G has even undermined the broadband connection I used to use 6-7 months back. I used to get speeds of over 200 kbps, up to 260 kbps.

Getting Started

Getting started is always difficult. On one hand, there is a tendency to procrastinate, to wait until every t is crossed and every i is dotted before work begins. On the other hand, there is  a desire to jump right in, to begin building even before you really know what needs to be done.

~ Roger Pressman, in a chapter called “Initiating A WebApp Project“.

True about building software and true in general in whatever we do.

The best part about it ?
It’s written meticulously clean.

About green profile pictures in Twitter

My twitter profile after using iran.greenthumbnails.com
My twitter profile after using iran.greenthumbnails.com

Many twitter users might be wondering about the green profile pictures of their followers / following. I hope this article answers the question, and tell you something more about the app that does this.

Screenshot above shows my current twitter profile. It didn’t look like this a few hours ago until I used iran.greenthumbnails.com app for twitter. Many users (8384 while I’m writing this post) have used this app to show their concern for the elections in Iran.

This app for Twitter gives its users green profile pictures. You may want to use this app to show that you’re concerned about Iran. But you may want to avoid this app for its other mischieves.

  • It changes your page’s background image to a green one, as shown by the two vertical arrows in above screenshot.
  • It changes your location to “Tehran, Iran”.

All this without your consent. I guess if they fix these issues, there’ll be more & more users using their app.

So if you want to show your support for Iran, you could use this app and then manually change your background to whatever you want, and your location to the actual one. Or you could just use an image editor and your skills to make your profile picture green.


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Food Quotes

Never trust a skinny chef.

Aditya Bal
in an episode of Chakh Le India on NDTV Good Times.

The secret of a good chef lies in tasting the food frequently while cooking.

Marut Sikka
uses this phrase (may not be verbatim) in many episodes of lock stock & two smoking tikkas on NDTV Good Times.

The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books — how not to eat what you’ve just learned how to cook.

Andy Rooney
Read this in a newsletter from FitTV.

160 GB isn’t so roomy

My Windows XP is installed on a 20 GB partition, and is almost full due to the programs installed.

The installation guide for Windows Server 2008 (available at Microsoft’s website) recommends 40 GB, plus more space for you files. 20 + 40 GB is thus engaged.

Next, Fedora 7 requires 7 GB for a complete install. That is 47 GB.

So if I want to upgrade from XP to Vista, I’d do it on a 30 GB partition. This engages 57 GB.

So about 100 GB remains for the videos, music, …

Looks like 160 GB ain’t any spacious (to a CS student at least). While purchasing the 160 GB hard disc months ago, I hardly believed I’d need even half of it.