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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Why the reactions to Aamir Khan’s comments are much ado about nothing

First lets look at what Aamir Khan really said:

He said, “We read in newspapers about what is happening in the country and I have been alarmed by a number of incidents. There has been a growing sence of despondency. When I have a discussion with Kiran at home she considers whether we must move out of India. Now that’s a very disastrous statement for Kiran to make to me.”
Here is the link to the video.

Now, what is wrong about what he said? As an Indian he has every right to voice his opinion. Put yourself in his shoes. You’re at home having a discussion with your wife, family or friends about the news and what is happening around you, discussing your future etc. How many times would you have discussed about studying abroad or settling abroad? How many time would you have criticised the Govt. or the lack proper roads or sanitation and other things? Does that make you unpartioric? Are you less of an Indian beacause of the conversation you have with your family or friends? Are you anti-national? How can people be so na├»ve?

In my opinion this whole issue has been blown out of proportion and the negative reactions only goes towards proving his point.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Removal of +You from the Google Search Homepage

I don't know if any of you have noticed, but it looks like Google has removed the +You from the Search Homepage. If you are logged into your Google account, you will no longer be able to go to Google Plus with one click on your name.
No +You when not signed in to Google
+YourName is no longer clickable after being signed in

Now, to visit Google+, one will have to click on the Chrome browser applications list and select G+. Google has made it more tedious for users now. (Sigh..)

Tedious task of visiting G+



Is Google discouraging new users to join Google Plus or does Google have something else in mind.
I guess we'll just have to wait and find out.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Review: MS Office 2016 Preview for Mac

This is a short review highlighting the pros and cons of this new preview for Mac.
This package will work only on Macs running OS X Yosemite 10.10 and will be valid only for 60 days after which the user will have to update to the newer build.
The Office for Mac 2016 preview is available for download from Microsoft's Office preview site.

Following are my thoughts after installing MS Office Preview 2016 for Mac-

Pros-

  1. It much more polished than MS Office 2011. It is very much alike the Office 2013 for Windows with similar ribbons etc."Microsoft says its goal is to make the software look and feel more like Office for Windows, while not losing the styling that makes the suite feel like it's built for Mac OS X"
  2. The shortcut key for edit has finally been made F2, although control+U still exists. Many other shortcut keys have been changed so that power users of MS Office don't have to relearn all the keys.
  3. Heavy OneDrive Integration. This is a very good thing. You can start off with a document on a Mac or Windows PC, continue it on your Android device and edit and share using your iPad. MS Office is the only office suite that integrates with all OSes. iWork only works with OS X and iOS devices and Google Docs does not have an offline office suite for Windows or Mac. This cross-platform integration is one of the major highlights.
  4. The Office Suite may be free for personal users considering the fact that the preview is free. If this is true, it would be awesome!
  5. It works alongside Office 2011. You can use both if you are not too comfortable with the new preview.
Cons-

  1. The size of the package has increased by 4 fold. The size of MS Office 2011 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook) was 1.3 GB. Now the same in Office 2016 has become 5 GB. The size of the final package may be more optimised since this is only the preview. It might be more optimised when the final build is released.
  2. Still no "Save As" option for formats of other office suites such as Open Office. It would be good to have .odt, .ods etc. files to open with Office 2016. Maybe they will bring in this feature in the final build.
If you guys see any cool or new features, do let me know by way of comments below.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Aam Aadmi Party and how it handles donations: My personal experience as a donor.

Recently, there have been reports and news items going around, majorly promoted by other political parties which have also been highlighted by the media that the Aam Aadmi Party launders money.

This allegation was based on 4 donations of Rs. 50 lakhs each in April 2014 which were traced to 4 companies not carrying out any business activities. The money was received by cheques and it was posted in the website of the AAP. Here are the questions which people must ask but are not asking-

1. Why is the issue being brought up now? The funds were received in April 2014.

2. If the AAP had laundered money, why did they put up all these details on their website? They could have easily not disclosed these payments.

I decided to donate some money to the AAP to support them in the upcoming Delhi Elections. At the same time I wanted to test their transparency. Following was my experience-

The following fields were mandatory while filling up the details, without which I could not proceed. (see the Image 1) This ensures authenticity of the donors. I proceeded to donate.

Mandatory Fields (Image 1)

Here is what happened within 10 seconds of my donating-

  1. I got a call with a pre-recorded message in the voice of Arvind Kejriwal thanking me for my support.
  2. I got an email from AAP mentioning the receipt no. of the donation and also received a Donation Certificate (See Image 2)
  3. My name was listed on their website as a donor with the amount of donation. This came in within 2 minutes of my donation timing. (See Image 3)



Donation Certificate (Image 2)

List of Donors on AAP's Website (Image 3)

Here is what happened after 5 minutes-

  1. I got an email from my bank confirming the debit.
  2. I got an SMS from my bank confirming the debit.

How much more transparent do you expect a political party to be?

My above experience only goes on to prove that the AAP is way more organised, better governed and efficient than a private sector bank. I am now totally confident that they will use public funds effectively and deliver when they come to power in Delhi.

My heartfelt thanks to the founding members of the AAP for the IAC movement and when that fizzled out, for not giving up and to continue fighting for the people of India and most importantly for your impeccable integrity and strong moral fibre! We, the people of India are indeed very gracious.
Win or Lose, you have already made your place in millions of lives.

Jai Hind!