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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

"Ladoo" might be the L in Android L 5.0

Back in 2013 we first saw people campaigning and sending signed petitions to Google requesting them to name the next version of Android by the Indian sweet "Ladoo". In India we distribute Ladoos whenever there is any function or a happy occasion in our family. Be in a Wedding or Graduation, we Indians distribute Ladoos and share our happiness with others.

It looks like Google has finally heard the voices of Indians who are Android Fans. I won't be surprised if Google announced today that the L stands for "Ladoo". After all, the head of Android is Sundar Pichai who is also of Indian origin and there is a possibility that he would have heard the voices of all the people who wanted the version to be named Ladoo. Earlier Indians had requested Google to name the 4.4 version as Kaju Katli which is also a delicious Indian sweet. They were disappointed when it was named KitKat. However, I have a feeling that Google will not disappoint their Android fans this time.

Google has left a few clues by releasing this video yesterday. I noticed in the video that along with all the other sweets (Gingerbread, Doughnuts, Cupcakes), there was a bowl of "Ladoos". It is clear from this picture-

Fingers crossed everyone. Ladoo might just be happening.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Zomato: The Ever Improving Social Media for Foodies!

I am sure all of you have heard of Zomato. For those of you who don't know what it is, I would explain it as - "The Facebook of the foodies, by the foodies and for the foodies."
It was founded in 2008 and has really taken of in the last 2 years and it is gaining importance day by day. They have even brought out their own mobile app and it is really elegant and beautiful.

There are many awesome features but my 3 favourite features because of which I visit the website and use the Zomato app are-

  1. The vast coverage of restaurants with complete details (including average cost of the food and special citibank offers). The app also includes the phone no. of the restaurant so that the user can make a call for reservations from within the app. Its so simple and brilliant!
  2. The newly introduced filters in the Zomato App so that the photos of the food taken can be beautified with special effects.
  3. The categorisation of restaurants (Eg: trending this week, Irani cafes, Hidden Gems, Pocket Friendly, Kickass Burgers etc.) It really makes it easier for the user to search for new places to eat.

However, there are few things which can be improved upon and added. The 3 major things what every Zomato user according to me would need are-
  1. A dedicated search bar for finding friends who are users of Zomato with ease through the website and the mobile app. (Find the screen shots of the website and app attached).
  2. A Zomato user should also be able to suggest which restaurants can be included in which category. Zomato should conduct a monthly/quarterly poll suggesting users of all regions to add a restaurant that they feel should be included in a particular category. Depending on the polling results, Zomato can incorporate the same. It would make the users more enthusiastic. Also Zomato should allow users to start events so that all the foodies can get together occasionally and gorge on delicious food at their favourite restaurants. This feature can be named as "Going Dutch."
  3. In the future, Zomato should slowly enter into arrangements with various restaurants such that a user can directly make table reservations from the zomato website or through the app and with a possibility of making the payment of the bill also through the app. I know it is a huge task but it would really take Zomato to the next level.

There must also be a secondary search bar to search for other zomato users
Same feature must be incorporated in the app too
I personally love the concept introduced by Zomato. This company really has a bright future. Watch out for their name.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Calculation of Leave available for Study for CA Students

Dear fellow CA students.

You must be working really hard the whole day. Morning classes, then your articleship then again evening classes. You must be wondering as to how much time you will get time to study for your CA exams and whether the days will be enough for preparation.

You need not look any further! If you feel you need 90 days then you can plan, if you need 120 or even 150 days, you can still plan. I have created a leave calculator which allows you to know how much leave you have at your disposal. Not only that you can decide how much leave you want to take in order to get enough time to study without having to serve an extension period.

Find the link to the excel sheet here.

Before you start calculating your leave I have taken the following into consideration.

1. In the 1st and 2nd year of articleship I have assumed that you would be working for 6 days a week and in the 3rd year 5 days a week.
2. You can change the dates according to when your articleship commenced.
3. You can make changes in the holiday list.
4. You can pre-decide as to how much leave you want to take in the 3rd year as study leave. You can put your own dates.
5. The calculation of excess will be done for you automatically. You should be fine as long as the excess leave shows "0", else you might have to serve an extension.

I have tried my best to simplify this. Go ahead and download the sheet.
If you make your own calculation and it differs from the one on this excel sheet, then you can either leave a feedback by way of comments or email me with your calculation so that I can make changes and upload the revised sheet.

Your Friend and Fellow CA Student,

Note: This is for students who have 3 years of articleship and not 3.5 years.

How to Flash CM12(Unofficial) 5.0.2 Lollipop on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 3G (GT-P6200)

Update 2: The developer daniel_hk has been kind enough to update this ROM to 5.0.2 Lollipop. Find the links to the ROM and GApps on this link. Head over to his XDA Link and support him.
Flash in the following manner-
1st Flash the ROM
2nd Flash GApps
3rd Flash latest SuperSU by Chainfire

Note: Use TWRP provided by Daniel to flash. All instructions are provided on the XDA forum provided above.

Update 1: The developer daniel_hk has been kind enough to update this ROM to 4.4.4 KitKat. Find the links of ROM and GApps on this link. Head over to his XDA Link and support him.

I have been using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus for over 2 years now. Samsung had stopped updates for this tab after 4.0.4 ICS in India. Few countries got updates to 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
I was really disappointed because even CyanogenMod didn't officially support this device. However, I found the unofficial 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM and I installed it. It used to lag but I was happy that I got a software update.
Recently I found an unofficial 4.4.2 KitKat ROM (Unofficial) and I said that I will flash it immediately.
I will take you through the steps that I followed. The ROM has a few bugs. The screen distorts when the screen is rotated. However, I love that I have the upgraded and latest OS on my device.
All this was provided to us by Daniel. Follow him on XDA and support him-

There are 2 major steps in flashing custom ROMs-

1. Rooting the Device-

First do Step 1

2. Flashing the Cyanogenmod unofficial 4.4.2 KitKat ROM and GApps-

Download these 2 files on the XDA developer's page and store it on the external SD card.
Reboot the device into recovery mode by holding the Volume Up button along with the Power button. As soon as you see the Samsung logo on your screen, let go of the Power button but keep the Volume Up button pressed.
Once your tablet has booted in recovery mode, click on "wipe data/factory reset" then click on "wipe cache partition" (You can use the Volume up and down button to move up and down to select options and power button to click the options)
Once you have done that click on "Install zip from SD card" and click "cm-11-20140410-UNOFFICIAL-p6200" and wait for it to complete.
Once it completes the click on "gapps-kk-20140105-signed" and wait for it to complete
Then you can click on "Reboot System Now".

Your tab should take 5-10 mins to reboot and install the ROM. In case Gapps does not work the reboot into recovery mode and only select Gapps and reboot again. It should probably work.

Caution: Do this at your own risk. The author is not responsible for your device getting bricked.