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Used Mobile Phones

My mobile phone journey started with a cellular phone. Well, years ago mobile phones were referred to as ‘cellphones.’ Subsequently the word ‘handphone’ gained ground and still later the word ‘mobile’ came into vogue. Now I am seldom mobile without my mobile. Over the years I have used mobile phones of various manufacturers.

As my first purchase I wanted to buy the Nokia 5110. It was a robust phone capable of taking a few knocks. Just before the shopkeeper handed it to me I enquired about any other new releases. I was handed a Motorola T300. I bought it and was greatly disappointed. Both with the quality of the phone and with my decision of not buying the Nokia 5110. Very soon the company I worked for deployed a CUG plan for all employees and I was handed an LG phone. Then the company policy changed and we were allowed to buy our own handsets. This time I made the right choice. I bought the Nokia 3310. Texting was a pleasure. The dictionary was wonderful. I swapped from one conference call to another. Like a breeze.

By this time I had used mobile phones for a few years and realized that the mobile phone device would change every year or so. Soon, thereafter I moved to another company and it was time for another device. Yet, again a Nokia.This time it was Nokia 6230i with a camera and Bluetooth. I used the GPRS frequently on this phone and even browsed the net a few times.

The next mobile phone was Nokia 3110. Moving contacts from the old to the new phone using Bluetooth was easy. I didn’t transfer contacts directly between the phones. I first transferred contacts using Bluetooth from the old phone to my computer and from the computer to the new mobile phone using Bluetooth.

Sometime later it was time for another phone change because the Nokia 3110 had suffered more than its share of knocks on the floor. Though I wanted to buy an Android I chose to go in for a BlackBerry Curve 9300 because it had a physical qwerty keyboard. When this wouldn’t go any far even after body and battery changes I opted for a Blackberry Curve 8520. With the Blackberry devices browsing on the phone zoomed up. I browsed in the park, browsed in the parking lot and confess to having browsed in the toilet. The optical track pad was great!

When the time came round for another device change I opted for the Red Mi Note 4G from Xiaomi. The big screen made reading long articles a simple and tiring experience for the neck. The best part was the battery back up of the phone. From that I migrated to a Samsung J7.

I have used an iPhone as well since many of my friends and relatives have one. Certainly the image quality of an iPhone is amazing. I have borrowed it several times and the iPhone’s camera is of outstanding quality.

My latest experience includes having used mobile phones with 2 SIM cards.

Oktata and Oktatas

I have written this post in English and translated it to Hungarian using the translation service provided by Google. Any error is inadvertent. The English text is provided below the Hungarian text.

Az oktató szó emlékezik egy kemény emberre. A feladat mestere, aki nem szúr semmi ostobaságot. Nem vicceket szórakoztatnánk. Talán egy ilyen egyén volt az inspiráció a Pink Floyd “No need no education” című dalra. Több oktatóval is kapcsolatba léptem, akik épp ellenkezőleg voltak. Arra koncentrálnak, hogy a legjobbat hozza ki egy személyből, felismerve, hogy mindenki nem válhat a legjobbak közé a társaik között. Megértik, hogy mindenki más sebességgel tanul. És azt is, hogy mindenki az oktatási cél egy adott területen más lenne. Két ember tanulhatja a zongorát nagyon különböző okokból ugyanabból a tanárból. Az egyik egy előadóművész, a másik pedig egy sikeres amatőr. Az oktató nem feltétlenül a legjobb személy a területen. A legjobb ember a helyszínen nem lehet jó. Az oktatás megszerzéséhez más készségekre van szükség, mint a tökéletesítőnek a területen. Néhány évvel ezelőtt Novak Djokovic Boris Becker volt az edzője, míg Roger Federer Stefan Edberg volt az edzője. A játék ezen szintjén kíváncsi vagyok, hogy mit mond az edző a hallgatónak. Az indiai krikett csapat tizenöt éve külföldi edzővel rendelkezett. Nemrég váltottak indiai edzőre. Azt hiszem, van egy különbség az edző és az oktató között. Végül is a játékosok sokéves edzésen, kemény munka és többszörös kiválasztási folyamatokon mennek keresztül, hogy a legmagasabb szintű sportot választják.

A Nalanda Egyetem az egyik legkorábbi egyetem a világon. Ki tanított ott? Ki tanult ott? Mi volt a pedagógia? Könnyű volt a felvétel? Hogyan viszonyulnak a mai egyetemek az ő ősi oktatási székhellyel?

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Instructor and Education

The word instructor brings to mind a tough individual. A task master who would brook no nonsense. No jokes would be entertained. Perhaps such an individual was the inspiration for the song ‘We don’t need no Education’ by the Pink Floyd. I have interacted with several instructors who were just the opposite. They focus on bringing the best out of a person realizing that everyone may not become the best amongst peers. They understand that everyone learns at a different speed. And also that everyone’s goal for education in a particular field would be different. Two people may learn the piano for very different reasons from the same teacher. One to be a performer, the other to be an accomplished amateur. The instructor need not be the best person in the field. The best person in the field may not be a good isntructor. To impart education a different skill set is required than to be a perfectionist in the field. Some time ago Novak Djokovic had Boris Becker as his coach while Roger Federer had Stefan Edberg as his coach. At that level of the game I wonder what the coach tells the student. The Indian cricket team had a foreign coaches for fifteen years. Recently they have switched to having an Indian coach. I guess there must be a differnce between a coach and an instructor. After all, the players go through many years of training, hard work and mulitple selection processes to make it to the top most level of the sport of their choosing.

Nalanda Univerity was one of the earliest universities int he world. Who taught there? Who studied there? What was the pedagogy followed? Were admissions tough? How do the present day universities compare with this ancient seat of education?

The True Cost of Petrol

The actual money spent on petrol is not just the amount/litre. It includes the following also. It is clear that an increase in the cost petrol has a manifold effect.

1. Time spent on the commute to and from the petrol pump.
2. Petrol spent on the commute to and from the petrol pump.
3. Time spent in the queue for petrol
4. Transaction charges paid to the credit card company
5. If you get into a fight while getting petrol you have to bear the emotional, physical and material damages
6. Money spent on the relieving the headache after going through all this
7. Even if you can afford to get the tank full every time it still means more number of trips to the petrol pump

The Mathematics of 1,76,000 Crores (US 38.72 billion)

Understanding big numbers is not easy. I am used to dealing with small amounts. I broke it into smaller numbers I could understand.

176 crore 1000 Rupee notes placed side by side would cover 3,11,520 km or cover the equator 7 times (based on the dimensions at the RBI site)

If you ran 10 km/day it would take you 85 years to cover that distance. A task clearly out of reach of our cricket team. They retire in their thirties.

The average distance from Earth to Moon is 3,81,554 km. A bridge construced of 176 crore notes of 1000 Rupee denomination would plunge you into the vacuum of space.

A Maruti 800 with an average of 16 km/litre would need 19,470 litres of petrol to travel this distance. Out of reach of the middle class.

A Formula 1 car with a speed of 300 km/hour would have to scramble for 43 days to cover that distance. The spectators would get weary for sure.

Product Recalls in 2011

I wonder if 2011 was the Year of Product Recalls.

I read about so many through the year. Is it because the manufacturers are more concerned or is it that companies are now more quality conscious or is it that the laws favour the consumers?
I wonder.

How do customers feel about the time spent on the replacement? Do they consider it a hassle or do they feel it is good the comapnies took care of them?
I wonder.

I remember the below recalls in 2011:

Replacement of iPod nano (1st gen) because the battery may overheat

Apple link

Toyota recalled 41000 units of Etios and Liva in India to replace a faulty filler hose pipe

Rediff link
Times of India link
Business Standard link

Tata Nano is replacing the starter motor free of cost for 140,000 units

USA Today link
Times of India link
Indian Express link

Dented-Painted Exhibition

I came across this article about an interesting exhibition, Dented-Painted, in the Hindustan Times

What: Dented Painted
On till: December 31
Time: 11am to 7pm
Where: The Aman Hotel, Lodhi Road
Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh on the Yellow line

If possible, I’d like to visit it. Curiously from the article it appears that OK TATA, the most popular truck graffiti in India and found on millions of trucks, doesn’t feature in the exhibition.

The Delegation

The delegation was to inspect the venues for the Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi. Heavy preparations were made to ensure the visit would be successful. Roads were closed for public use to ensure a speedy commute for the delegates. Policemen stood at the corners of major roads. Banners of the construction company sprung up overnight at the Games Village. An excavator stood outside the Games Village with its bucket flat on the ground as if prostrating before the delegation.

Newspapers were full of travel advisories. I read the news with apprehension. Would I ever reach office today? I decided to chance it. Traffic was lighter than usual. At 8 AM there was no sign of the delegates on the roads. Had they gone for their morning swim? The policemen stood by idly. Maybe they felt cheated too. They had been promised so much traffic to manage and people had stayed home.

There seems to be a thick  smog in the air ever since the delegation left. Is it because it has turned nippy or because the construction  work has picked up pace?

I wonder.

About OK TATA

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The views and opinions expressed here are personal.

My email: oktata.com@gmail.com

Aboutus.org describes oktata.com as ‘a blog of personal musings on random topics.’

‘OK TATA’ is written on the back of almost every truck of every make in India as a gesture of bidding farewell to the vehicles behind it.

OK TATA photos:

 

Other examples of Truck Graffiti in India:

HORN PLEASE

BLOW HORN

KEEP DISTANCE

13 MERA 7

PHIR MILENGE

MERA BHARAT MAHAAN