18 July 2008

Are you spending 90% of your online time with Google?

Have you calculated how much of your Online time you spend with Google and its myriad services.In my previous article about the web services I use, six out of the sixteen were Google's.Just 4 months on, and I realise that Google has become my best net pal by far.

I start of my day checking my personal and official email (hosted at GMail).From there I go on to my Google Reader to have a look at my RSS subscriptions.

Now shifted to Bangalore, GTalk has become all the more crucial in my scheme of things to catch up with the near and dear ones.Its been a time I logged on to yahoo messenger.

Rest of my catching up is completed by Orkut, my preferred social networking site(due to its simple interface).

The new location also finds me frequently hooked to Google maps for locations.Though it still can't give me directions, for which I use Yahoo maps which works superbly well.

A brief look at Google news is also a part of my daily chores, specially now that I have limited access to newspapers.It gives me the aggregated top stories from around the world right on my laptop screen.

Though never of any consequence earlier(pun intended!), I now find use of the Google Calendar.I frequently add events for calls and discussions with people all across, plus it gives me reminders and the ability to share.

Ir rarely happens in a day when I do not come across a Youtube link to a very exciting video.Once in, you can spend your entire life watching and enjoying those amazing vidoes which just doesn't stop coming.

I collaborate with my team partner with Google Docs with which we can build, edit and share together.Thanks to this, my visits to dear old MS Office have halved.

I store my photos online using Picasa.I have Picasa installed on my machine which not only is a fantastic photo manager, but I also love the way it automatically uploads my photos to my online account.

Not to mention that I write this Blog on Blogger, which is again a Google service.Along with this blog, I use Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools to improve this page you are reading.The feed of this blog is produced by google's Feedburner, which you can subscribe here to be in touch with the latest on this blog.I also use Google Adsense to show relevant ads(ok...also to get a quick buck!).

Apart from this, I wish to try Google Alert and notebook service in the coming days.

OH YES, I almost forgot, what about our dear old Google.com, our very own friendly neighbourhood search Engine! I guess all of us online now cannot live without Google search.

Ok, lets take a Breath.

So, whats the count?? Hmm...let me have a look.Looks like 'Eighteen'.
God my previous list is so outdated!!!

Is it really me, or you are very also very well on the Google's Bandwagon??I'm very eager to know....

04 July 2008

Shifting to Bangalore? A Newbie Guide to Bangalore City...

I guess, given my background, it was only time that i hit the silicon valley of India, the city of Bangalore.My first step in Bangalore was a very pleasant surprise, courtesy Bangalore International Airport. The airport took me by surprise, huge,plush, sleek, modern, breezy and yes, truly international.Having seen Bangkok and Hong Kong, I can safely say, that Bangalore's new airport does a very good job.Its still under major construction and I'm sure it will come up as a model airport in India.

The only glitch is that its some 30 Km away from the city and there is no High Speed transit system in place. Modes of transport include Airport shuttle service and taxis.Once you are in the city , you realize why Bangalore is so Notoriously known for its traffic. Roads are small, one way at many places, and their are cabs, buses, autos, cars , motorbikes galore.I did'nt mind the traffic that much though , having myself being well-trained in Delhi.

The second thing you notice about the city is its weather.The weather here is simply great with a cool gentle breeze flowing 24 hrs.I actually woke up today with my blanket up and realised that their was no electricity, still I was not feeling uncomfortable at all.Some people still do not have any fans in their homes, and an a.c. is unneccessary luxury. Once called the garden city of India, it still retains much of its greenery and foilage.

The city can be best described as young and buzzing, with young professionals working from all parts of India and the world. Every next person is a t-shirt jeans, laptop bag, waist ID guy enjoying his chicken roll at a road side dhaba.Monday to Friday is hard-work,and then - thank god its Friday! No wonder PVR fleeces more than 250 bucks for a movie on weekends !

Accomodation is the most major concern when shifting to a new city. But finding a place to live in Bangalore should not be that difficult, because virtually the entire city is up for rent !! You can find PGs, rented flats, serviced Aptt, in every nook and corner of the city with varied prices and Rents.At Rs.5000 p.m., you land up with a decent accomodation here, and also save some on your HRA !

Transport is not a problem. Autos can be found everywhere, and are not as bad as ones in Delhi, chennai and other metro cities of India.Bus service is also good, as long as you avoid the office hours.A bike in Bangalore city would serve you great.

Food is again not an issue.You can find food to your taste everywhere.You might miss you favourite dal makhni and shahi Paneer, but you will enjoy the rolls.Bakeries and eateries are lined up anywhere you go.Chicken freaks, you are in for a treat here!

All in all, my first week in Banglaore has been great.The city knows no arrogance. It accepts you as its own and you so seamlessly amalgamate with it.So if you are packing your bags for this city, welcome Home!