Bangalore Traffic information Systesms (BTIS)

At last, the silicon valley of India – Bengalooru (Bangalore) had got some online information systems to find way to roam the city.  BTIS is a partnership of Mapunity, Airtel, and Bangalore Traffic Police.

At a first look, the site provides a decent live traffic conditions and directions.  I tried giving my home location and work location – the route or directions given is almost close to best possible route.  But the auto fares given at site is not close to the actual rates we have to pay for the given distance.

Nice job … keep it up.  Its a good source for any one new to Bangalore.

Ruby on Rails

After long hesitation, I tried installing Ruby on Rails and to wet my hands with some Rapid Web application development with Rails. As noted in various web articles and documents on web – installation and configuration is very smooth.

1. Download the Ruby installer for Windows from here. I had downloaded version 1.8.6.25
2. Once Ruby is installed, we can use gem to download & install rails framework.

gem install rails –include-dependencies

This works.  I am not sure what is gem yet.  I understand its some sort of packager and installer for ruby platform.  But not sure how it works yet.  Once rails available on my ruby platform, I just need to use some simple commands to create working web application in mins.

Looks very interesting at first look.

Got a new mobile phone

After a long time (closely five years), I had changed my mobile device from Nokia 6310i to Nokia E50. A metal black edition with built-in camera.

I loved my old phone very much. It never given any problem over these years until I had broke its  power switch. Till that time, I never bothered to find Nokia service centers in Bangalore. When I visited one of the nokia care center in Jayanagar, Bangalore, I was told that this phone model is extinct and I will not able to get original part replacement for the switch.

I tried to work around by not switching off the phone for a month and some times used pen tip (or) some nails to switch it one. But could not help further and now I had replaced it.  Nokia 6310i was a robust piece and it had withstood my crude usage patterns. I was using the power on switch for changing my profile settings several times in a day. I guess that caused its failure.

I was looking for a similar phone, with huge battery capacity and some decent infrastructure  and  I had a budget limit in my mind. With this criteria, I just zeroed on Nokia E50, a simple but elegant model which had all the basic features I was looking for.

Now I am trying to learn some basics about S60 platform and new applications for this phone. I guess it would take couple of weeks to understand and utilize the new phone to its capacity.

Securewars – IT Pro Security Contest for Indian IT Professionals

Microsoft India announced an multistage contest on IT security to promote the concepts of information system security among Indian IT professionals.

The contest is called Securewars. You can get more details here.

Registration process started on 30th Nov 2006 and its open till 31st Dec 2006.

Stages:

Stage I: 

  • Online quiz – 50 questions on various topics
  • Starts on 7th Dec 2006  –  end on 31st Dec 2006
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Test duration is 60 mins
  • Negative marks for wrong answers
  • Top 1000 participants will be selected for stage II

Stage II:

  • Online quiz  – 50 questions
  • Starts on 3rd Jan 2007  – ends on 15th Jan 2007
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Test duration is 60 mins
  • Negative marks for wrong answers
  • Top 100 participants will be selected for stage III

Stage III:

  • Scenario based case studies
  • Expecting architectural proposal for IT security
  • Starts on 17th Jan 2007 – ends on 31st Jan 2007
  • Microsoft panel will review submitted proposals
  • Top 10 participants will be announced on 14th Feb 2007

Stage IV:

  • Interview by Microsoft panel

Its a good chance for any Indian IT professional to demonstrate their expertise.

Don’t Call / Do not Disturb webpages for India

Everyday, I get few telemarketing calls to sell Credit cards, Insurance packages,etc etc.  As in today at Bengalooru, I guess almost every other person who has a mobile number is affected by this telemarketing spams.

Today I saw a very good post from one of my favorite blogger Venkatarangan, listing Don’t call / Do not disturb repositories for Banks.

Here is few links:

I am going to personally register myself on each bank to avoid these telemarketing calls. As venkat mentioned there, its is recent effort by Reserve Bank of India warning banks against.