Saturday, June 09, 2012

Bye Bye!

Hey people!

As you would have noticed, I have stopped blogging in this address, for multiple reasons. I would still continue posting but in a different blog, with a pseudonym of course!

Thanks for dropping by! It's been fun posting here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tech Grandmasters - Team TECHNORAGE!

Hi all,
Big Synergy, the makers of landmark shows such as Kaun Banega Crorepati, India’s got Talent, Dus Ka Dum, Mastermind India and University Challenge are pleased to announce a challenging new television quiz show to be aired on NDTV Good Times, based on technology, testing participating teams on their knowledge ranging from latest gadgets to the greatest inventions and innovations, titled ‘THE TECH GRANDMASTERS‘.
They are inviting all tech savvy’s out there between the age group of 16-35 years to come and participate in ‘The Tech Grandmasters’, a contest where two teams battle it out over three grueling rounds of questioning by none other than the Gadget Guru himself, Rajiv Makhni.
I, along with Pavan Kulkarni of 7th IS, decided to take part in this quiz. As a part of the application process, we needed to create a 3 minute footage introducing my team. We shot in a camcorder first but later had to re-shoot the entire video in a Samsung Wave as converting the Mini-DV cassette to digital format was a tedious and expensive process.

The following video is our entry for the quiz:

Hope you like it :) We wanted it to be funny and geeky and it turns out to be a bit sillier than we intended it to be :P  Please log in to your Youtube account and like it or tweet it or share it on Facebook.

Thanks to Abhishek Joshi, Vijay Koppad, Manoj and Vinayak for helping us.

Feel free to comment below!

Monday, August 02, 2010

My nephew ~:0

Guten Tag!

It has been a while since I last posted here. Hmpf... yeah, okay... more than a while! Well, I'm not gonna make some silly excuse for that. I've been busy at times and when I wasn't, I was still busy being lazy :P A part of the blame should be taken by twitter for being such an addictive tool for micro-blogging. Moreover, twitter doesn't need a net connection (YAY SMSTWEET!!!) and I don't have a reliable net connection. I'm sure I'm not the only one who left his blog and switched to twitter.

Anyway, I'm back again, mostly because I'll be writing stuff more than 140 characters :D

A friend of mine came over to Bangalore and we hit a couple of malls and watched the awesome Toy Story 3 in 3D. The creativity of the Disney/Pixar guys has to be lauded. BTW, the 3D trailers of Tron and Resident Evil: Afterlife looked great. Those two movies seemed to really use the 3D tech in a more involving way than any of those I've seen till now. Then we made a trip to Wonder La which ended up with me sporting a rowdy look. I fell down while climbing down a net on my face (OUCHH!!! :'( ) I got a few embarrassing tattoos on my face! It is somewhat okay right now.

Btw, if you are wondering what that strange symbol is after the title, it is apparently the emoticon for babies (: Well, as you can see (or you might already know), my eldest sis was blessed with a son on May 22nd, 2010 and I was thrilled. I love kids and the opportunity to look after a new-born was looming on me. I was so excited! I had study leave back then and my sem-end exams were starting from June. I didn't have much time to play with him (rather my parents didn't let me!) Well, then I finished my exams and returned and all I'm doing from two months is play (that's what I think I'm doing) with him, surf internet and watch a few movies.

It is amazing to see the intellectual development of an infant. The feel of the supple skin is nothing like what I've touched in my life. So smooth and soft!!! The way he shows recognition of different faces, voices, lights and objects is marvellous and the manner in which these ways change as he grows up is wonderful. It is truly delightful to spend time with a baby (well, at least until he decides to unleash the withheld forces of pee, poo or spew on you.) Words aren't enough to describe the beauty of it (or is it because I'm running out of adjectives here ;P )

Feel free to comment below.

Monday, October 19, 2009

My New RIG!!!


I got a new rig fellas!!!

That is the reason I've been busy for more than three months. Careful and exhaustive googling was the preparatory exercise I went through in order to have what I have now. And boy, am I pleased??!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Before I bore you with the details, there is another thing which I want to share. You already know I am in the SJCE Editorial Board and in this semester, we are holding a cool fest, a literary extravaganza, called || shabd ||. The whole JC-Ed is working hard to make this a successful event. We have been preparing for this since August itself, when the college hadn't even started for me. So, if you want to know what all this is about, then visit here or here. The motto is "Expression of the soul". Join us and let your creative juices flood!

There are a few more stuff that happened to me. I was selected to become a member of an exclusive club of online security enthusiasts under Symantec called Norton Inner Circle. And through me, my father too ;) I got free copies of their premium flagship products Norton 360 v3 and their latest offering Norton Internet Security 2010 for free, among lots of other goodies. Had dinner twice in the Taj Residency, Bangalore as a part of the meets held :P.

Wait, there's more. I signed up to host an online launch party for Microsoft's latest release, MS Windows 7, due to be launched on 24th October 2009. And I was selected for that too. And so, I got a big package from MS, which shipped all the way from US, containing their Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 32 and 64 bit installation discs. And yeah, it was a signature edition with Microsoft's current CEO, Steve Ballmer's signature. They gave me a poster with backgrounds from Win7 and also a few plastic bags. A pack of napkins with their logo were included too!! Thanks MS, for all the freebies.

Cool!! I now have the autographs of rivals : Steve Ballmer and Richard Stallman. :D

Now, here is the real deal. I blew up about 27 grands INR for my rig. The basic config is:

CPU : AMD PHENOM II X2 550 Black Edition
(i.e 4 GB in total. Currently overclocked to 1600MHz. Later will OC to 1800)
HDD : SEAGATE 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache and 1TB FANTOM external HDD connected via USB.
CPU COOLING : COOLERMASTER HYPER TX2 Heatsink (Air Cooling) w/ Stock Fan.
GPU : Integrated ATi RADEON HD 4200
( DirectX10.1, 128 MB of Sideport Memory @ 1333 MHz, Shared memory till 896 MB, Dual Independent Display Support, HD Support,OpenGL 2.0, Shader Model 4.1 )
AUDIO : VIA Sound Card (Supports simultaneous multi-streaming i.e can chat on headphone and play game music on 7.1 surround sound speakers simultaneously)
LAN : REALTEK Gigabit LAN Card.
USB Ports : 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports.

DVD Writer, KEYBOARD, MOUSE and MONITOR : Picked up from my gran' ol' machine. Got a wireless mouse and 2 GB pen drive too from Norton. Thank you, Norton.

Due to my careful planning and a bit of luck, I managed to get a dream PC. I easily unlocked my Dual Core processor into an AMD Quad Core Phenom II X4 B50 Black Edition (i.e with unlocked multipliers for easy OCing) processor, courtesy my wonderful (and beautifully coloured) motherboard. Now, I am running a stable air cooled 3.1 GHz, 7 MB cache 45nm processor which runs super cool. My processor runs at a cool 50 degree Celsius even when under a torture test using Prime95 stability testing program, i.e under 100% load conditions. I have even managed it to OverClock it to 3.5 GHz, though I didn't check the stability. I am yet to learn OCing properly. It is good that my motherboard overclocks it to around 3.4 GHz just by the touch of a power button and also is capable of underclocking it to just 800 MHz when not required. It even overclocks my GPU, automatically. It looks uber cool with the stylish heatsinks and colour scheme.

I am now trying to install MS Windows 7, OpenSUSE 11.1, Ultimate Edition 2.3 and Hackintosh OSes in my PC. All are 64 bit since I've a 4 GB RAM Kit running in dual channel mode.

Feel free to comment below!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Mall Tale : @ THE FORUM

Hi!! Please note that the heading doesn't read "A Small Tale"! :D

In the 10 months since my parents, and hence me, moved to the global village called BengaLooru ( It was called thus the last time I checked with Karnataka Rakshana Vedike ), I've grown to understand what 'traffic' meant. When I was a kid, I used to think that traffic meant movement of vehicles on roads, but Moodithaya's Concise Indish Dictionary now defines it as:

n.\ˈtra-fik\ Unintentional, inevitable and permanent public display of vehicles, which work extra-time to put out gases that blind eagles, and swimming on lakes with small islands of asphalt here and there. Occassionally, the exhibition moves but at a pace not exceeding that of a snail's.

It was this idea of traffic, coupled with my cosy bed back home propped with a new laptop, that prevented me from exploring Bangalore. But all that changed with a short visit by a few of my cousins, a couple of weeks back. I hopped into the Toyota Innova and thought of going wherever they went, their parents included. Someone came with the idea of leaving my cousin and me somewhere and the next moment, I was staring at the a sign that read THE FORUM.

I spent around 4-5 hours or even more in The Forum, though more out of compulsion than anything else. I failed to understand what other people do there other than ogling at other people. I even tried doing that, albeit in a more scientific approach, and I must say that I failed miserably in doing justice to it more than a couple of minutes as it was plain what they were looking for there : nothing. They just came there to do what I stated above (primarily boys) and a few others to come to PVR and chill out with their pals. Well, even after all I have said, I must say it was entertaining as I had Shrinidhi by my side and he was willing enough to be an accomplice for window-shopping. I visited most shops overflowing with Luxury and even had the courage to gleam info from the people in there even though it was plain that I was there with money enough to get just bankrupt if I dare spend on a single Pizza. Which I did in any case along with a can of Sprite and 2 halves of different cookies. Coz I forgot to take my wallet in my haste and recklessness, and Chikappa had given me 200 bucks, for which I am grateful. Without that I would have been a total bum instead of just looking like one.

First we went to the 2 bookstores there : I forgot the first one but the second was Landmark. Tell me the name if you happen to remember. There was even a manicure and pedicure session organised there but was of no usefulness to guys like us, definitely not me as I have feet more tender than yours. ;P

Then after we were scared that we would have to spend all our time as captives within the confines of the wonderful prison ( the bookstores ), we went exploring other shops and showrooms of interest. Most of them were centered around art and technology, with a touch of vintage beauty too. We ogled at cuff links, quills, mighty and fat pens, time-pieces, exquisite watches that became more attractive as the cost lessened ( Shrinidhi guessed the price of a 87k watch as 2k. Not his fault. Going by the duplicates I have seen, I wouldn't have priced it above 300 bucks. Even the original might have elicited Rs. 1099.99/- from my mouth which I consider a princely sum ) and then some chains, clips, brooches et al for my mom. There were a few that caught my eye which I thought were fairly-priced too ( though my idea of fair was probably skewed by then with all the Oomphs I had the pleasure to savour ). Alas! My misfortune came to haunt me there. I was forced to just fill my eyes with its sight, and not my pocket with it, by the state of poverty prevalent at the time.

Then we searched high and dry for edible food and fluids and found none. Even places like McDonalds, KFC, Subway etc were teeming with people inside and outside. So we were forced to make ourselves content with 2 different pizzas, which we shared, from the Pizza Corner outside the mall. I then walked down the memory lane of me eating Pizza about an year back with Pa there after my BITS exam.

Then we returned back to our pavilion and resumed our nomadic life within the four walls of the mall. We even sat outside but doing so made us very uncomfortable with all the public glare. So we shied away from it and again I strove to find the evading truth by elevating myself to the higher levels inside and attempting to find the answer there. Still no progress : people still wanted nothing and did nothing. Then we went to MORE and found ourselves 2 cans of Sprite : Clear hai, No Bakwaaz, etc you know. Then again the same revelation, the same answer: Nothing. ( Remember the old Sprite ad of a student trying to 'bhuja' his 'pyaas', supposedly of knowledge? )

All these were inter-spaced with several anxious calls from Pa and a few calls from my other cousins informing us of the sudden change of the place of our lunch from MTR to The Forum and a few to get us back into the car. Lots left but they should wait until our paths cross, which won't be long I guess. They can't be published here.

PS: I just returned today from my short trip to Thiruvananthapuram, Nagarcoil and Kanyakumari. A select few tidbits will be posted here shortly :D.

Feel free to comment below!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

My SmartPhone : Qtek A8300: My Tryst With A Tornado

Hi fellas,

I think this post was long overdue! To make up for that, I am putting up a long post!! ;P

Well, the news(?) is that I got a new smartphone in February replacing my old Nokia 3310/ Nokia 2100/ Sony Ericsson T105/ Samsung C145 Guru set of mobiles. My sister bought it on my behalf during her brief stay in the US of A. It reduced the burden in my pocket by about 100$. Well, I did spend quite a lot on gadgets, including this mobile, through her. I got a Tb drive and a couple of 2 GB DDR3 RAM for my future rig. Six months later, I still don't regret it as I had saved all the money for that itself. That and some more!! :D Do I need all that? I think yes! Did I want all that? Hell yeah!! :D Being an amateur shutterbug and a music buff, I needed all the space I could gather. And with the amount of browsing and multitasking I do and intend to do further, I need a good amount of fast RAM.

Well, the device in the question is Qtek A8300 aka Cingular 2125 aka Orange SPV C600 ( among a host of other names ). As they say in Samskrutha, many names but same device. Most notably, it is a variant of HTC Tornado called Faraday, which is exactly same as Tornado but lacking a WiFi chip and instead sporting an extra hump at the top, which actually houses a large antenna.Qtek is actually a European subsidiary of the popular Taiwanese company HTC. It has a TI OMAP 850 processor clocking at 195 Mhz ( but safely overclockable to 252 Mhz with optimum stability ), 64 Mb shared storage for RAM and ROM ( which I deem is just barely enough ), Bluetooth 1.2 chip( no A2DP or other profiles by default ), a 1.3 mp lens without flash but with a mirror ( which is not that good ), bundled earphones ( superb ones!! Absolutely mind-blowing quality ), light sensor ( slick!! Switches the keyboard backlight on or off based on ambient light levels! Works like a charm!! ), mini USB port ( a god send!! ), Quadband support, EDGE capability, infrared port and most importantly Windows Mobile 5.0 SmartPhone edition.

Qtek A8300

Well, this was how my phone's homescreen ( standby screen ) looked like until about a week since I got it:

Then I installed a Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional ( i.e OS for Touchscreen phones ) ROM from XDA Devs. It then looked like this:

It was blazingly fast and gorgeously beautiful when compared to WinMo 5.0 SmartPhone edition.It had smaller DPI and therefore, smaller fonts which made reading SMSes and browsing easier and faster for me.

I then installed the WinMo 6.1 Standard edition which was slower than the Pro edition. I just gave it a try before I got tired of it and eventually switched back to Pro. This is a WinMo 6.1 Standard homescreen:

Then came the Windows Phone 6.5 Professional, which I am currently using. It is an absolute beauty. Some screenshots to show that:

I tried using the Standard edition of the 6.5 version again and I liked it too but there was not much of a difference between 6.5 and 6.1 standard versions. So eventually I dumped it and returned to the Touchscreen version. Well, that is the Linkin Park logo you see there ( I just love LP!!! ) :D

The interface is mostly controlled by joystick in the Pro version instead of the keypad shortcuts as in the Standard version, the reason of which is quite obvious as the OS itself is for the touchscreen devices, most of which sport only the direction buttons and stylus for navigation. You get a virtual cursor which can be used like a stylus point for touchscreen functions like tapping and sliding. It is controlled by the joystick, though you get programs like 9way keypad which enable you to make use of the keypad for the same purpose. The cursor is only needed for rare tasks, so it's not much of a hassle.

The interface confused a lot of my friends and they gave up after a few minutes! But once you get the hang of it, you start thinking why other OSes don't have it. Some of the tasks are made so easy that you find it cumbersome to use other mobiles. Eg., the SMS applications in 6.1 and 6.5 versions have a threaded mode, which enables you to view all the messages exchanged with a single contact to appear in a single window, IM style. It is like chatting with somebody using an IM client like GTalk. All the messages are grouped like that and that makes the inbox tidier. Another neat feature is the way in which you can search for contacts: if you want to call anyone, all you need to do is press the digits which contain the letters of the name, i.e if you want to call me, all you have to do is just press 725284 ( Rajath ). It will show a list of names which can be typed like that. Now I even stream music to my PC through bluetooth and can play music through my speakers connected to the PC as I got A2DP and other BT profiles. I can even browse through my friends' mobiles through BT Explorer.

There are tens of thousands of useful apps for WinMo. Most of the older apps run flawlessly on the 6.5 version, so there are no major backward compatibility problems. I'll list a few of my favourites later.

There are a few irksome issues too. The bluetooth is slow and weak compared to the phones available nowadays. Java apps run through an emulator and are buggy at times. You have to keep cleaning the memory and close the apps which you don't use frequently or the phone will slow down. Those who don't do this usually end up rebooting it at least once in a day. The memory card has to be accessed by removing the battery, which is actually beneficial for me as it prevents easy theft/ accidental removal ( I know many such cases of memory loss ;) ).

Some of the other better things are the build quality, the call quality and the battery life. My phone survived sinking in the hot lemon sherbeth during my sister's marriage. The reception is great indoors and even in elevators. The phone manages to sail through a couple of days under my heavy usage but it does depend on the ROM I run. Did I say the earphones rock?? :D And using the SRS WOW HD audio driver, I can even amplify the sound and tune it to my liking. The apps available for this platform are terrific, I must say. And due to the hardware keyboard present, I can message even in the college too. ;P

Enough for now, I guess! Later then!! :D

What do you think? Feel free to comment or ask questions below!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Poem : Her & Me.

Hi fellas!

My college kept me really busy since my last post with a spate of seminars, quizzes, tests, reports and what not! Well, now I am done with my II sem-end exams and so, I'll be updating my blog frequently. It feels so frustrating to apologise and/or make(?) excuses every time you can't take time to blog! I don't have access to net from my hostel, so it just makes it so much harder than it already is. Probably I have to start MoBlogging :P.

Q: Why do they call Mobile blogging as MoBlogging?

A: WHY??!! Try doing BileBlogging. YUCKK!!!]

OK, OK, I know I digress. It was just a futile attempt of mine to catch up with the PJoKings of our class. I guess they are on a different level altogether. Don't even dare to ask me about my lecturers ;P.

SJCE's ( i.e my college's) magazine titled 'Jayzine' got released during the college fest 'Jayciana'. I had my two poems published in it. ( Had? I am in the Ed Board, remember? :D ) Well, one was my lengthy, lonely, sad and angry poem - 'Perfidy', and the other was named 'Her & Me'. I also did a part of the achievements section and collected the one-liners for filling up. I thought of 'Her & Me' when I just sat outside my home in Bangalore gazing at the hazy stars. She had visited my home only a couple of weeks before. I completed the poem while shuffling between B'lore and Mysore.

Her & Me.

She stepped out of the car
Avoiding the puddles with care.
Soft lips curved as she saw
Me looking at her face fair.

Beautiful glittering eyes looked into mine,
Joyful tears dissolving in the rain.
As I lifted her up in my arms,
She enveloped me with her charms.

The fragrance of the pink flowers
Bedecked on her soft hair
Refreshed me like a cool shower
And knocked me out of air.

We played together,
We laughed together,
And when we danced
It was I who tripped.

Sometimes I was a horse, sometimes an elephant,
And a victim to many an endless rant.
Funny that a cute tiny child three feet
Can tame a wild man six feet.

The source of inspiration for this poem was my very little cousin, a cute toddler, Vaishnavi who bounces around for a whole day whenever she sees me.

PS: I am not six feet tall. Her father is that and more :) .
Feel free to comment below!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

An Intro To Mobile OSes.

Hi fellas,

As I had promised earlier, I am posting my article which came in my college's IEEE magazine "Interface", giving just an introduction to the various Mobile operating systems which are revolutionising our lives today.

Conversation \ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃən \ , noun:

is the verbalization of concepts involving abstractions and concrete objects which make up the world we live in. 

      It is this need for communication of our ideas and exchange of thoughts that necessitated the invention of all the communication technology that has developed in the recent world. Now, as that goal has been reached to a comfortable level, we humans – unsatisfied as we are with all those we have and enjoy – are looking to achieve more with the present technology and also create new tools. To be able to talk to anyone, at any time, without the mediator of the human messenger and without the messenger’s attendant delays, is a thoroughly modern triumph of human engineering. 

      Today, cell phones have taken over our life completely. Almost all of us have cellphones / mobiles / handhelds whatever you prefer calling them...whether we are at home, work or just about  anywhere....we feel that something is amiss without them.There are so many varieties/colors/brands of these all over the world! Some have the basic features, while others come with camera, video, email facility, GPS, text messaging, mini TV with OTA streaming support, weather alerts, chatting etc.... A fashion accessory, a travel companion, your business aide and an entertainer - mobile phones have won the heart of people from all walks of life and have undergone a complete makeover with its different facets and different meanings. 

      In 1983, Motorola introduced DynaTAC, now considered the first truly mobile telephone, and by the end of that year, the first commercial cellular phone systems were being used in Chicago and in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Area of the United States. 

 A Mobile operating system is the operating system that controls a mobile device including the wireless versions of broadband and local connectivity, mobile multimedia formats, and different input methods. Now lets have a look at the major operating systems designed for “mobiles” , which actually threaten to change the definition of Mobile Communication Systems.

Android from OHA

(Released in 2008)

      Android has yet to own even a small part of the phone market because of its recent release date. Android is a software platform and operating system for mobile devices, based on the Linux kernel, developed by Google and later the Open Handset Alliance and allows developers to write managed code in the Java language, controlling the device via Google-developed Java libraries. Applications written in C and other languages can be compiled to ARM native code and run, but this development path isn't officially supported by Google. Thee Open Handset Alliance(OHA) is a business alliance of 47 firms including HTC, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung, LG and Nvidia to develop open standards for mobile devices. This OS already has a cult following among programmers eager to develop apps as it is flexible, Open Source(not fully though) and allows full control of the available hardware. 

      The first commercially available phone running Android is the T-Mobile G1 (also known as the HTC Dream). It became available on October 22, 2008.

BlackBerry OS from RIM (15.2% Market Share Sales Q3 2008)

(Released in 1999)

      BlackBerry OS is the proprietary software platform made by Research In Motion(RIM) for their BlackBerry line of handhelds. It makes heavy use of the device's specialized input devices, particularly the thumb-wheel, though new touchscreen devices have also made their entry to this highly competitive market. This OS is focused on easy operation and was originally designed for business. Using Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES), Blackberry devices can integrate into enterprises to make email and other PIM(Personal Information Management) data available wireless to business users. Recently it has seen a surge in third-party applications and has been improved to offer full multimedia support. The new BlackbBerry Storm is a good example for the platform's evolution, shedding the customary QWERTY keyboard and sporting a brand new touchscreen interface.

      On 18 Dec 2008, RIM announced the number of BlackBerry subscribers has reached approximately 21 million.

iPhone OS from Apple Inc. (17.3% Market Share Sales Q3 2008)

(Released in 2007)

      The iPhone uses an operating system called iPhone OS, which is derived from Mac OS X. It uses the Darwin foundation Third party applications were not officially supported until the release of iPhone OS 2.0 on July 11th 2008. Before this,"jail-breaking" allowed third party applications to be installed, and this method is still available. But as of February, 2009, there are over 20,000 applications officially available for the iPhone and over 500 million have been downloaded from the App Store. It has been nicknamed as the hype-Phone because of its extensive media  coverage and the fad factor continued from the iPod/iMac line 

      The iPhone OS's user interface is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. Interface control elements consist of sliders, switches, and buttons. Interaction with the OS includes gestures such as swiping, tapping, pinching, and reverse pinching. Additionally, using internal accelerometers, rotating the device on its y-axis alters the screen orientation in some applications. This has made it very popular in the multimedia arena with many new games taking advantage of these revolutionary but now common features.

      Apple claimed in Oct 2008 that it had crossed 10 million user mark. Apple is planning to release version 3 of their iPhone OS.

Symbian OS from Symbian Ltd. (46.6% Market Share Sales Q3 2008)

(Released in 2000)

      Developed by Symbian Limited(formed as a partnership between Ericsson, Nokia, Motorola and Psion on June 24, 1998), the Symbian OS was designed specifically to run on mobile devices. It is a descendant of Psion's EPOC and runs exclusively on ARM processors. There are a number of Symbian platforms designed to suit a variety of phone form factors, namely UIQ, Series 60, Series 80 and Series 90. UIQ and Series 60 are the most commonly used. Series 60 is primarily developed by Nokia, but also used by Samsung. UIQ is primarily developed and used by Sony Ericsson. The first Symbian phone was the Ericsson R380 running on Symbian OS v5.

      In June 24, 2008 Nokia announced plans to acquire full ownership of Symbian and start the Symbian Foundation, which will be an independent force for the future development of Symbian OS. They stated that Symbian OS will become open source in the first half of 2009.

Palm webOS developed by PalmSource (a subsidiary of ACCESS)


      Palm webOS is an embedded operating system developed by Palm, Inc. for smartphones, and was introduced to the public at the Consumer Electronics Show(CES) in Las Vegas on January 8, 2009. This is

      Palm webOS, previously known as "Nova", is designed for use with a touchscreen-based graphical user interface. It includes a suite of applications for personal information management and makes use of a number of web technologies such as XHTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Palm claims that the design around these existing technologies was intended to spare developers from learning a new programming language. Although many of the pre-loaded applications available on webOS are based on the original PIM applications available on Palm OS, webOS is a completely new operating system based on Linux Palm Pre, scheduled for release during the first half of 2009, is the first device to run on this operating system.

Windows Phone from Microsoft (13.6% Market Share Sales Q3 2008)

(Released in 2000)

      Developed by software giant Microsoft, Windows Phone is a compact version of the popular Microsoft Windows operating system with a suite of basic applications for mobile devices based on the Microsoft Win32 API. Devices that run Windows Phone include Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Centers, and on-board computers for certain automobiles.It is similar to desktop versions of Windows, feature-wise and aesthetically. Additionally, third-party software development is mighty good for Windows Phone. The first release was as Pocket PC 2000 and latest version is Windows Phone 6.5, with almost every new version bringing a drastic change to the user interface. It was previously known as Windows Mobile(WinMo in short).

      Microsoft licenses Windows Phone( or Mobile) to four out of the world's five largest mobile phone manufacturers, with Nokia being the other. The main advantage is that it ran on a host of phones from different hardware vendors like HTC, Motorola, HP, Dell, O2, i-mate, Qtek etc., with different versions only for touchscreen and for keyboard-input devices. Another advantage is that it is easily customisable and was easy for developers to port programs from the desktop platform to the mobile platform as it shared a similar API. MS sold 18 million WinMo phones in 2008. 

      All of the above devices are revolutionary in terms of the technology packed into a pocket device. The convergence of communication, business, internet, entertainment and mutimedia in such a small device is a wonderful example of the technology humans have developed. Lets see what the future has in store for us.

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