Android Apps-You must have

On June 5, 2012, in Android, Experience, Tech off, by Aritra Sen

My last post about Android was How to root HTC Wildfire 2.2.1 and Install Cyanogenmod and I am so happy to see the response for this post.Glad to see that so many people have successfully rooted wildfire and now enjoying the power of Cyanogenmod using the guide.

Recently few of my friends started using Android phone and I believe this post would help them to gather information about useful Android apps and to get the most out of Android.

So I am sharing couple Android I use daily and productively(I am not including the pre installed applications that comes with stock rom and custom rom applications). Direct download links(From Google Play) are provided with Application name.

1. Advance Task Killer and Smart RAM Booster :  Though Android is working on improving the battery life with newer versions of Android OS but till 2.3 lesser battery life is an worry. These two apps can improve your phone’s battery life significantly with it’s background task killing capabilities.You need to enable automatic task killing in settings like for Advance task killer – set the auto killing frequency to  ‘when screen off ‘. Smart RAM Booster helps to speed up your phone, Do enable Auto Boost in the application settings.

2.1 click clear: Helps you to clear the Cache memory to speed up the phone operations and also cleans up the Residual files from SD card.

3.QuickPic: If your phone’s default photo viewer or gallery operations are taking huge time then use this application for faster photo browsing.

4. Camera 360: My phone doesn’t support Instagram photo sharing app , So I was  searching for a different photo enhancing and photo sharing application and I got this amazing camera app. Click the photo from this applications and then enhance the quality with different effects available(I love LOMO and RANDOM effects).

P.S: If your phone supports Instagram then use it.

5.TouchPal Contacts: You can easily replace your phone’s default dialer with this applications for Fast contact search and also shows the registered location of phone number/operator name when someone calls you.

6. MightyText: Easily one of my most favorite Android application(helps me to tackle with my laziness while browsing :-p) .After installing this application in phone, install the chrome add in in your computer.Helps to receive and send sms from my chorme browser while I am browsing in my computer.This app also gives you call alerts right into your browser.

7. DoubleTwistPlayer and Mx Player : DoubleTwist is good alternative for your default music player and Mx Player plays almost all the video formats with the extra add ons.

8. WhatsApp: Well you can only get addicted to this application after you use.Becoming the most famous and easiest mode of text communication, from which you can also share contacts and other attachments.

9.Evernote:  Evernote lets you take notes(Like Addresses), capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely accessible from web, Computer and phone.

10.Swype: A must have applications for the WhatsApp and SSM addicts for faster typing.

11.TweetDeck ,Facebook ,FacebookMessanger ,Foursquare Social Networking applications.I use TweetDeck to simultaneously post in Twitter and Facebook.

12. Dropbox with DropSync: Dropbox with DropSync gives you the power true two way data synchronization for your phone with your computer.

13.Trillian: An excellent multi platform chat client , You can log into Gtalk, Facebook , YM etc at one go.

14.Wapedia: For faster searching of Wikipedia contents.

15.OperaMini Browser: The best alternative for your default browser that comes with Stock ROM.

16.IndRail: The best application to get information about Indian Railway(s) such as current PNR Status, Seat Availability, Fare Enquiry, Train Routes, and information of any train.

17.ThinkFree Office Mobile: Create, view, edit Microsoft office components and you can also view PDF files through this application.

18.CamScanner: Through this application you can scan multiple page documents and can upload any could storage like Dropbox.

In future If I come across more useful Android applications I will be adding in this list.

You can also share your applications by commenting below.

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My WishList for Social Media

On July 29, 2010, in Tech off, Twitter, by Aritra Sen

Here are the few fine tunes I would like to see in Social sites.

1.First of all my recent fav foursquare,Well we do CHECKIN in foursquare.But I would also like to have CHECKOUT option in foursquare.So that we can keep track when a person is checking out from that particular place.

2.Few modification in Twitter:new style RT like in TweetDeck,they are integrating the new style RT in the mention column likewise if Twitter scrap the “Your Tweets,Retweeted” section from Retweet and integrate to @mention section then can easily keep track of the RTs that we are getting(by only checking the mention section).

3.As Twitter incorporated the new style RT button to web,it would be better if they also include the old style RT button to the web.Because for me most of the time I use old style RT.

4.Few things we don’t have as an Indian User:

a)In US foursquare mayors get special discount in the respective restaurants.Yet to come in India.

b)Geo Tagging still not available for Indian Twitter web users.

c)Local trending topic still not available for India(Available for countries like: Brazil,Canada,Ireland,Mexico,UK,US)

5.Do you know one good example of one way travel? Its facebook text service in recent times.Facebook text delivering the notifications alright in mobile but we are not allowed to post through text.Its a very important service for me because may I am not having GPRS all the time.

6.Well for Orkut,As I seldom visit Okrut,so apart from Scrap notifications in mail I would like to have facebook type of notifications in Orkut so that I don’t have to miss anything.As we simply can’t ignore orkut totally as most of our friends are in Orkut.

Do you have any other Wishes then please share with me in the comments.Would love to read your opinions.

Thanks.

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One of those days

On March 1, 2010, in Aritra Sen, Denken, Experience, India, Life, by Aritra Sen

Token of friendship

I am writing about yesterday and yes it was one of those when you fill touched,surprised,amazed by the fact a friend is there and that friend really remembered you and wished you in the auspicious occasion.Well I am not good with words and expressing my feelings as I am more a technical person (Girls reading this post don’t you worry I am a full on romantic person 😛 ) but jokes apart,yesterday it was Holi (the festival of colors here in India) I have not played it but a friend really made my Holi special by remembering me and also by a token of friendship.

Well a friend of mine used to say that someone is your true friend when you met that person after ages and then you both just get along and without dragging on the fact that why you both were not in contact/not blaming and asking the other person why you were not maintaining the contact by any means.To me a person gonna be you true friend if at your first met or in your first phone call with him/her you get along very easily and started playing pranks  without any hell lot of introductory speeches.

and who said that you can’t get good and real friends in virtual online world?2009(and also the starting of this year) was a year of getting very good friends for me .Came to know some(not much but yes few) amazing people through Twitter and Facebook and yes they are now my close friends in real life too.

If you read About me in this blog you will come to know I have very few friends and they always played a major role in my life.I know my good old friends are with me and but I also do hope that my few new friends which I got they would be also with me and they would get me whenever they need me.

Wishing you all Happy and Safe Holi.

Thanks for being my friend 🙂

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Social BUZZ in Gmail

On February 11, 2010, in Tech off, Twitter, by Aritra Sen

Yesterday I got this all new Buzz in my Gmail.

You can follow me in buzz: http://www.google.com/profiles/aritra.slg

This is the third product from Google in a row after New Orkut and Google Wave.Recently Google also integrated real time Twitter updates in its search engine.So after Twitter integration,Google wave and now with Buzz you can say that Google trying hard to get into this real time business.

So what is this Buzz is all about?

  • Its a real time section which is integrated into you Gmail and it is mainly to share your status updates also your favorite links,images,videos with your friends.
  • Connected sites: Shared contents from Google Reader,Twitter updates,Image sharing sites like:Picasa and Flickr,Updates from your Blogger and You Tube accounts.

  • Following:Comes with same Twitter concept like you get the updates from people whom you are following.But here Buzz comes with auto following and also suggests you users to follow.

  • Private and Public sharing: You can share contents with either everybody or with your few selected friends i.e a group.You can create several Groups in your Google contacts.I prefer private settings for my Picasa and flickr accounts.
  • Comments and Like:You can comment under status updates and also can like any status update by pressing the like button.
  • @Reply or Tagging: Another concept from Twitter like you want to mention or tag any user or multiple users in status update area or in the comment section area.Just put @ then start typing the name you would get a drop down  for the list of users.

Mention users in status updates or in comment section

  • Inbox integration:Buzz just does not want you to miss any comments that is why it will give you notifications in form of mails in your Gmail inbox itself.I would have liked a different section for this notifications because cleaning up inbox every now and then is not my favorite work.
  • Mobile Support: iPhone users and Android users can access Buzz in their in their mobile handsets through Buzz.Google.com.Still no other handset supports Buzz.This is where buzz lacks.The main reason for Twitter’s popularity was that at first Twitter targeted mobile users and it also allows you to update status through SMS which is still not available in Buzz.You can also post Geo tag enabled Buzz from Google Maps.

My verdict is that I like Buzz because I love sharing my status update,Links etc and Buzz looks to be a great sharing platform for us.

So do you like Buzz,Would you use it more regularly?Share your views in comments and do share with us which feature you like the most or what are the features you want to see in Buzz?

Thanks.

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Orkut vs Facebook

On January 22, 2010, in Experience, India, Tech off, by Aritra Sen

I had to put it like Orkut vs Facebook.It was about Orkut and Facebook but at last it turned into Orkut vs Facebook.Well this is coming from a series of discussion which took place in my facebook profile after I putted a status update as shown in the below image.

Facebook Status

After that It got 62 comments and amount of information about social networking came from those comments are immense.So I thought that I should not waste those information in facebook and I should blog it here.I am sharing that not to run down anybody who participated there in that healthy discussion.Now I am putting all the informative comments(skipping which are not that informative) one by one:-

Kuntal Gupta:1 Fact i know is that facebook and myspace were way before orkut.

Bibhas Ch Debnath: Actually FB launched 13 days after Orkut launched. So, I dont think it took the ideas from Orkut(it ‘s not possible for someone to build FB in 13days). Anyone thinking that is thinking crap. And I’d also really protest on the point that Orkut’s UI is better..

Aritra Sen:This is info- facebooks 1st named was facemash which was invented by mark zuckerberg on 28th oct 2003,then facebook named as thefacebook after that the final name is facebook and orkut launched on 22nd jan 2004.

Suman Paul: good info then u must have known that facemash was initially only for harvard university students and officially it was launched on feb 2004,,, actually he didn’t know how to create a centralized website untill jan 2004, soon after orkut was launched

Bibhas: Tell SUMAN, that they of course knew how to create a centralized website. FaceMash was a college project. They perfected it into Facebook.

Aritra Sen: and speaking about UI do we get this b-e-a-utifull dropdown comment section in that New orkut which tried to copy facebook but forgot to copy the like button thingy? :-p

Nikhil Wad: I have used Orkut before but as my most of contacts use Facebook, am on FB now. Orkut I feel is used by max students also but on FB I feel its social and business networking too. My side FB gets +1

Bibhas: Actually FB is more Pro than Orkut. if I were to compare, I’d do FB to a Community hall and Orkut to a Open Street. And Not To Forget, Twitter is more like a Classroom.. 🙂

Jayeeta Sil:for me orkut +1………photo album privacy much better….. most of da time it fails….sum weird thng…it fails to work….i hv myself seen pics frm albums who claim to hv kept under locked settings…it dsn’t happen wid orkut….

Aritra: opsiii in facebook you can do friend specific updates and i hope u know the recent facebook privacy policy and activated that.
for me orkut also +1 for photo sharing as i say orkut is just a photo sharing album for me nothing else to do there 😛

Aritra: Btw its not about facebook vs orkut (in that case facebook will anyday n always) its about is it true- facebook came later after getting the idea from orkut? and whose UI is better?

Nishant Vora: UI is always supposed to be judged by the simplicity and elegancy of it. That’s why MySpace fails at times, because of all that bloated HTML on user’s profile. Orkut maybe better at ‘looks’ with all those themes. Facebook has better features. Right now, if I favorite a video on Youtube, Digg a page, add something to delicious, update my blog, …upload new photos to flickr/photobucket, rate something on my last.fm, start using a new application on my PC (tracked via Wakoopa), and several other instances… All this is automatically shown on my FB profile. Also, I update my Twitter from anywhere.. my PC, mobile web, txt and the updates go to FB. There’s an app on Orkut ‘twitkut’ but afaik it does not automatically update on its own. Nothing of that sort on Orkut. Orkut is simply.. 1 scrapbook. Fill ‘er up with absolutely no thread facility to keep different conversations separately grouped. All Orkut could do to improve is allow comments on status updates in the ‘new Orkut’. That still sucks, if you compare it to Facebook.

Nishant: But then again it goes down to how you use them. In my opinion, I do prefer the communities on Orkut better than FB, or maybe because I don’t even visit any groups here. Or if people do not wish to keep this complexity of threaded messages, they can stick to Orkut for an all-in-one scrapbook.
At this point, there are 3 reasons a person might rant about FB, like whoever you mention in your status:
1) Narrow mindedness. Refusing to migrate to something new. It takes time to adjust, but it will only work out for you if you actively take interest in it….

2) They’re ok with the simple features of Orkut as I said above.. Photos, 1 Scrapbook (to boast of that uber scrapcount which you can’t on FB), and Communities.
3) They’re dumb at everything Facebook has got to offer, they’re an average Internet user, with no need of collaboration or resource sharing, what is easily done via Twitter and FB now, and not really feasible on Orkut. And since they don’t get all this ‘complicated stuff’, they start to rant and complain at how it sucks and cloned and blah blah.

Suman:  hello to all, thats me whom aritra is referring to…
this all started when i said “ orkut ir better
anyways thanx for all of ur useful opinions…..everyone shared all pros & cons..but now u r diverting frm the topic..
now i would like to add a few things..
1 well as we all know that facebook was launched 13 days later than orkut,,but facebook was started on oct 13 2008 as facemash…then dont u think that orkut also must have taken some time to develope which i dont know, hence i’m considering at the launching date……
2 about the like button i didn’t like it though
3 how a college student is supposed to know about how to create a centralized website.. that too 7 years back…

Nishant: I don’t understand as to why you’re adamant on sticking to arguing over who copied whom (even though it’s pointless). Every service tries to implement some or the other trend from it’s rivals, to keep going. If it doesn’t, the users themselves will start complaining how a certain feature is available on one site, and not on the other. An example is…how Facebook copied tagging users in a post from Twitter. No one’s going to rant over it being copied, rather welcome it for raising the communication bar on Facebook by collaborating via posts with upto 6 friends in a status (tag limit).

Tamoghno Karmokar: I agree that orkut have better interace.but facebook have better support with 3rd party apps and specially mobile.so using facebook is much easier. Just think about it , i upload a picture using flickr2twitter service using my phone’s email client , it automatically appears on my friends twitter timeline and also appear on my facebook. Beat that orkut.

Aritra: @Tamoghno can you explain in what way Orkut has better interface?I know you are not a average Internet user and yes 3rd party apps like Tweetdeck/Hootsuite and we should not forgot about facebook’s notification support for everything (now even you can reply from email notifications)

Tamoghno: by better interface i mean easier to understand. i still need to make people understand the concept of “wall” insted of “scrap”. also more custimization option means its more confusing for average indian people. before customization , facebook looks somewhat blank and confusing to me.

Bibhas: According to the latest Source, The number of active FB user is more than 350 million, whereas Orkut has around 100 million users.. It seems to me that There are some reasons behind this, dont u think? or those extra 250million people are so Stupid that they cant understand User friendliness.. Sigh..

And also Twitter has only around 45 million users but the worldwide traffic in Twitter(14) faaaar more than Orkut(79).
Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

Thanks.

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How to Share Google Reader Contents in Twitter

On January 15, 2010, in Tech off, Twitter, by Aritra Sen

Previously I wrote How to share in Orkut and recently I was thinking how to share my Google reader contents with my Twitter Followers as I love sharing with my friends what I know.Most of us use Google reader for feed reader.There may be so many ways you can share you reader contents in Twitter,But I got this Reader2Tweet technique which is a quite simple one so I am sharing this technique with you.

1.Open this Reader2Tweet page.

2.Sign in with your Twitter account(Oauth Authentication)

3.Then they will ask you for your Google Reader Number Id.Now how to get it?click the shared items button in reader.Then check your browser address bar,from there you can get the Id-as shown below.

Reader Id(discard %2F)

Or you can get the Id in sharing setting in shared items.

Showing Reader Id

4.You can also set the shared items format in your Tweets,now submit and share your reader contents in Twitter.Now when you wouldl share contents with your followers in reader(by pressing the share button)also a tweet would be sent to your Twitter account.

If you know better way than this then do share with us in comment section.

Thanks.

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I’m Feeling Lucky

On December 30, 2009, in Aritra Sen, Experience, Life, by Aritra Sen

I think most of us aware of this phenomenon.when we leave the Google search box blank the press the I’m Feeling Lucky button then a decreasing  counter comes up.If you have not tried it try it now then come back to read my post.Actually it shows how many seconds we are away from the next year.

Yes it is 2009 review of my life.Its a year with with so many happenings.I think I am back to so many things.

Starting of the year was not good because dad was not fit.He was suffering with lumbar spondalysis  and that time he could hardly walk for 2 or 3 mints.He had gone through a operation in  December-08 but which was not successful.Then we decided to visit Chennai apollo hospital there he had gone through a successful operation and Thankfully he is fine now.But that Chennai visit was a great learning curve for me because there was only me and my mom was there.Mom was always with dad in hospital to take care of him and I had to do take all the other responsibilities.That was the first time I took a mighty family responsibility and which went well for me and my family.

Then I came to my college the forth and final year.I missed out lots of classes and also was lagging behind with the project work.Actually in forth i was hardly in college first was with dad in Kolkata and then in Chennai.As all to be Engineers do,some how I managed with the project works and last semister.After that I finally became a graduate in this year.

Oh I forgot,meanwhile In march 28th I opened a Twitter account.That Twitter was a total crap for me and I was freaking out Orkut.From August I started doing  Twitter seriously.Gradually I realized what a platform of sharing and source of knowledge is Twitter. Not only Twitter is a great source of news/knowledge for me and its also a source of Great friends.I really got some amazing friends in Twitter and I really mean it.This blog is the perfect is the perfect example; this blog is a product of the helps I got from my Twitter friends. Yes I don’t want to mention names, just which I don’t feel good and also don’t like mentioning names. I think they are reading this post now. These friends are one of the best thing happened to me in 2009.I hope in future they will be in touch with me.

Speaking about the Good, Old friends they are with me and will be with me. Distance with few friends is getting big but I still remember their contributions. Yes it is the case that I wanted the distance back in last year. These small things helped me a lot. For my happiness now I only depends upon few close persons and who are with me.

2009 is the year of getting good friends, getting into Twitter and Blogging, becoming more independent, happy, matured, getting back into old Aritra, enjoying life at its pick and also waiting because I am waiting for my joining probably which I would get soon in next year.

Wishing you all that 2010 would be a flourishing year for you all….Happy New Year.

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How to Share in Orkut

On December 23, 2009, in Tech off, by Aritra Sen

As its saying below “sharing is caring”.It really is.Sharing your favorite web contents in a social network is a cool thing.It spreads the knowledge among your friends also makes you a constant source of knowledge to your friends in social networks like Twitter,Facebook,Orkut.If you are sharing contents of your friends blog then you are also helping your friend,giving his/her blog/site a good traffic.So do share your favorite web contents with your friends.

Well this sharing thing is mainly associated with social sites like Facebook,Twitter etc and not with Orkut.But with New Orkut now you can easily share web contents with your Orkut friends.To share easily you need to put a bookmark in your bookmark toolbar.To get the link for bookmark open this link and you will get the code for different browsers.Just drag and drop the icon(showing below) to your bookmark toolbar.

after this go to the page you want to share in Orkut then press the Orkut share button in your bookmark toolbar it will redirect to the to the share conformation page like below.After that check your profile.

Here are some Plug in for wordpress users to enable orkut share in their blog Orkut Share and SexyBookmarks

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Voyage

On December 7, 2009, in Aritra Sen, Experience, Life, by Aritra Sen

After long time here I am writing about me. Today I will write about my college life. If I ask you which life you have enjoyed (or you are enjoying) at most school or life what would be your answer? I know it’s a tricky one and the result would be an even steven one.

But for me school is the winner with so many reasons behind it. Well my college life was a strange one. In one way I can say it was my biggest learning curve so far and in other way I can say it was a very dull period of my life. I was the same guy from first year to third year. In first year I was having mighty home-sickness. From fourth year onwards I have started to change in a big way. Mainly I have enjoyed my last year because I took a decision at the end of third year, which was not an easy one for me. In first three years I hardly made a good friend as I have seldom talked with anyone except my mess mates. Actually they also found me strange enough. In my college few know me because our team won the robbo soccer championship in college fest.They took me as a self-centered guy who hardly takes any side. That time I used to miss my school friends to share my problems. Yes I was weak that time but not weak enough to effect my carrier or others peace. Actually it was that sort of situation when you are in a hole and you cannot come up neither you can go deep. That time I was reluctant to make new friends and share my problems. I used to fight with myself .But trust me or not I still love those day, I learnt a lot from those days. I am what I am only because of that period.

At last at the end of third year I got the strength to come out. From fourth year onwards I am that school boy-Aritra who was always cheerful, who may not have the greatest sense of humor but with not a bad one, who loves to spend time with friends.

Now I am enjoying life at its peak but we tend to miss that pain which made you strong.

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