Monday, March 19, 2012

Any amateur astronomers in coimbatore?

Recently i developed interests in astronomy. Everyone should have studied astronomy in schools. As we grow up due to family and social commitments we don't have time to hobbies like astronomy. Even in schools and colleges astronomy is taught in theory only. In India majority of schools and colleges lack lab facilities like Planetarium, Telescopes and binoculars to give the students a practical knowledge.

Astronomy is an excellent hobby and useful time pass.Even with naked eye (unaided) you can see thousands of stars on a clear night. With your eyes you can see planets like Jupiter, Venus and Mars.With binoculars you can see planets like Saturn. With binoculars and Telescopes you can see star clusters, nebula, supernova, comets, asteroids and many more celestial wonders.

Internet is a great help for amateur astronomers. There are lot of articles, news and guides for amateur astronomers on internet.

There are free software programs that help you locate stars, planets and other deep space objects in real time. Even you can track man made satellites using the software. A good freeware planetarium software is 'stellarium'.  It is freely available under General Public License(GPL). Visit to download the software for windows.

To know more on amateur astronomy and equipments visit

I have just started to peep into the sky. I am trying to identify stars and constellations. This month Jupiter and Venus is seen on the western horizon. You can see it with bare eyes. If anyone interested in amateur astronomy in Coimbatore don't hesitate to contact me.

Birthday dress


These videos are of my sun Nishaant's. We took it yesterday in Chennai silks, Coimabtore. We went there after a visit to KMCH Hospital. Nishaant has adenoids (growth of tissues in throat that blocks inhalations and gives breathing troubles). Earlier a month before ENT specialist Dr. Ramanikanth. He confirmed growth of tonsils and prescribed some nasal spray. Our pediatrician Dr. Rajendran  prescribed a tablet for 30 days (I think it is Montair). These medications were good to nishaant and his conditions improved. He had breathing trouble during night and after medication these troubles vanished. Earlier Dr. Ramanikanth suggested surgery for adenoids. Since he is only 2 yrs old surgery was to be avoided. I hope he will recover without surgery.

After our visit to hospital we went to crosscut road for his birthday shopping. My wife preferred some sherwani type clothing. He put on those cloths and i took the above videos. How happier he looks! By the way, his birth is on 2nd April.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Join the 3G Revolution! Data Card Magic!!

Internet was introduced in India during the end of 1990's. By then we had Windows 95 / 98 with Pentium II / III  / Celeron processor and 16/32 MB RAM and 1/2 GB Hard Drive. Dishnet and Sify Provided Internet Dial-Up Services. It took even hours to get connected to the internet. There was separate charges for telephone and ISP. Since the cost is huge only few afford to have internet connection at home. Browsing centers were charge about 40 rupees per hour.
Now the situation has changed. Revolution in telecom industry changed everything. There are so many players like BSNL, Reliance, TATA, Aircel, Airtel, Idea, Uninor etc.
Personal Computer price has dropped dramatically. Now you can own Intel Atom processor Powered PC with 2 GB RAM, 500 GM Hard Drive, 15.5" TFT Monitor for as low as Rs. 13000.

Now come to the internet connection. For those living in cities have many options. BSNL, Airtel, Reliance and other players have infrastructure for landline based broadband internet. For example 2 MBPS unlimited connection is available at Rs. 2000 per month in Tirupur. For those living in rural and village areas options are limited. BSNL network is the only option for rural areas. With the advent of Wireless broadband the situation has changed. Wireless broadband was first offered on CDMA networks like Reliance. Reliance offers netconnect broadband. TATA Indicom offers Photon. MTS entered the market lately and acquired market in Tamilnadu and other states. For these connections you have to buy USB Data Cards which are network locked. That means you can use these device on their particular networks only. The situation changed with the  emergence of 3G data cards. Theoretically they offer upto 7.2 MBPS download speeds. My home is located in a remote area and i don't have many options for internet. So i wanted to try 3G cards. I use Aircel (Coimbatore). and have quiet good coverage in my area. I bought 3G card through ebay. Huawei E173 cost Rs. 1600 inclusive of shipping. After inserting the card autorun will install modem drivers and also Mobile partner software. You have to activate 3G plan. For example in Aircel send messsage 'START 3G' to 121. It will be activated in 1 or 2 hours. For me it was activated in 10 minutes. You can also use the card only with GPRS/EDGE connected. But this is very slow. Put your SIM card in the slot of 3G card. Insert it in the USB port and open the mobile partner software. If 3G is activated on the SIM it will show WCDMA AIRCEL on the lower left corner with signal strength. In profile name select Aircel (If you use Aircel SIM) and click connect. Now you are connected to the superfast 3G network. Now on the lower left you can see HSPA Aircel. Open your browser and start browsing. You can watch streaming videos, read mails, use social networks like facebook and download files, pictures, videos with the 3G speed. In my case i recharged only for 3 days Aircel Pocket internet for Rs. 14. Before activating 3G it worked in EDGE mode. I did not recharge for 3G. After activating 3G it worked at about 1.5 MBPS. At i get around 1.6 MBPS speed. You can take this data card in your pocket and use it anywhere in laptop / pc wherever 3G network is available!. So try this amazing piece of technological marvel.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gmail will no longer work in Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6)

Google's Gmail will not work in IE6 browser

GMail is the popular free email service by Google Inc. Millions of people are using gmail for email communications. Internet Explorer 6 is the popular web browser software developed by Microsoft Corporation. It was bundled with Windows XP and older operating systerms. Due to the security vulnerabilities in IE 6 Google has discontinued support for IE 6 browsers. This means you will not be able to open and read your emails using IE 6. So you need to upgrade to latest versions of Internet Explorer or you can use other brands like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to access you Gmail account.

Google announced this a few months back and today i was not able to read my mails using IE 6. I was able to login to my Gmail account and can view the inbox, but i could not open the mails. The link was not clickable. I always use firefox and seldom use IE for browsing.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Visitors in the year 2010

I am using sitemeter on my websites to keep track of my visitors. Most people use statcounter on their websites. But i never used statcounter and sitemeter is good for me.
It offers a lot of visitor information. For example in the summary option it gives Total visits and page views. Average daily vists and page views. Average visit length, Last hour vists and page views, today's vists and page views, weekly vists and page views. It also give Who's On? which can be used to find who is currently viewing your website. It gives Domain Name, Location, last page view, total page views and visit length. In traffic prediction menu it gives prediction of future traffic by hour, day, week and month based on past traffic.

In recent visitors option it gives recent visitors by Deatails, By referrals, By World Map, By Location, By Out Clicks, By Entry Pages, By Exit Pages.

Visits and page views can be viewed by Previous 7 Days, Previous 30 Days and Previous 12 Months.

It also gives page ranking by Entry Pages and Exit Pages.

Sitemeter is free with all these features. There is paid version as well with more in-depth details. So, use sitemeter on your website to know the details of the visitors.

Here are the visitor details for some of my sites in the year 2010. Snapshot taken on 26.January.2011
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