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Trek to the Unknown!

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Well its been quite some time since i posted on my blog. Have to say Im quite rusty !

Here it goes anyways,

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Republic Day commemorates the date on which the Constitution of India came into force replacing the Government of India Act 1935 as the governing document of India on 26 January 1950. Me and 8 musketeers sought to give it a whole new meaning by planning out a trek to Kumara Parvata . The idea of the trek was a unanimous choice considering it was a popular trekking spot  and our mid semester holidays was coming to a close.

The Team consisted of Sudhir Ravi, Nadig Vinay, Jayanth K, Prajwal P, Adarsh V, Sarvotham P, Santosh MJ and me (Students of RVCE Info Sci dept). It happens to my first trek while the other have been quite actively going to treks across Karnataka on more than one occasion. The excitement grew as 26th jan, 2012 approached!

Our fun started the time we left our home to get to the bus stop. With about 1 hour or so left for the bus departure time me and 3 other happen to be still stuck at South end Circle, Jayanagar and worst part our pick up point happened to be Navrang !!  By some divine intervention we reach just in time at the bus stop by getting by the worst traffic Bangalore could throw at us. Slowly all of us tricked to the stop and were whiling our time until the bus arrived (which was supposed to be 9)! funny part it arrives at 1030 FTW!! It happened to the red rickety ksrtc bus (our luck!) it chucked on with its noisy engine may itself heard by all of us! I couldn’t manage much sleep as did a few of the others. We talked our life out disturbing a few fellow co-passengers (but like we cared!) and btw did i mention our results happened to be declared on this very day!! (yeah were crazy Lol)

As the bus moved closer to our destination our adrenaline was  ready to hit the roof in anticipation of the epic trek that lied ahead! We reached Kukke Subramnya, a popular religious town popular for its temple that is dedicated to the  lord of all serpents. A small yet well maintained temple. After the visit to the temple we marched on the trail that lead from the temple to the start of trek trail which was roughly around 1km.

 

The trek started of smoothly with all of us moving a a steady pace but then came the random steep sections in the pristine forest area. It proved a little tiresome but we moved on with a few pit stops along the scenic path! Considering Google only showed we vast stretches of grasslands i presumed after the initial upheaval it ought to flatten out! considering this was no ordinary trek, It opened up to a flat yet slightly steep part which we marched upon to reach “Bhattara Mane” after a 3hour initial stage one of our trek! We ate lunch and let our bodies relax for the journey that lay ahead of us. We marched onward at around  11:30! This was to be the start of about 8km trek to the peak. Vast Grasslands opening into gorges and mountains surrounding us from all the sides! It was tough on us considering most of us didn’t have to much physical preparation for the trek, In about 5 and half hours we made it to the top of the Hill we thought was the illusive KP! But to our dismay in front of us lie the mountain mocking at us in its pristine glory. We then had to make a choice of carrying forward or calling it quits for the day considering sunset was looming upon us and ahead lie a dense forest and by our estimation a 2hour trek! With some deliberation and skepticism we some how decided to carry on and ended up reaching the top in about 25 minutes (Howw HA!) the regained our strength to see the the Sunset into the horizon!

   From this point on we faced the chilling yet futile fight against the chill of the night with very limited cover and were pretty much shivering throughout the night with only the beautiful constellation of stars to give us company! As time stood still i gazed into the night sky to realize a peace that i had never before felt (Its either that or i was to numb from the chill to think much lol!). A night to remember to remember for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To my amazement we at around 530 odd in the morning to meet yet another marvelous site of the sun rising its majestic awe above the distant mountains and dense cloud cover! I have to say at 1712m i felt on top of the world! A 13Km trek had come to an end and we were going to get back to civilization with another 7km trek towards somwarpet! We walked through intense steep sections for abour 3 hours to reach a forest ranger check-post where we replenished our-self with water which we had run out mid way down our descent! A jeep ride back to the town where we had lunch and boarded a bus to get back to Bangalore (Best place in the world) and those a epic trek came to a close!

#cheers

 

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Chip Wars !

September 16, 2011 Leave a comment
Intel vs ARM

Intel vs ARM

Every time anyone thinks about buying a “personal computer” we would automatically think about a comp with Intel inside and windows running as our OS. Well this ideal thought process may just have taken a wild turn considering the recent events in the realms of Technology.

In the past Intel did try to venture into the mobile chip manufacturing market but fell flat in its effort. With the recent rejuvenated effort on their part in  re-entering this sphere considering the world is moving slowly but surely into our phones. Adding more spice to this latest announcement was the fact Intel is linking up with Google to bring processors for their handheld devices running on Android OS. It virtually bring a close to a 30 year partnership of Intel and Microsoft ( often also called Wintel ).

MS Window

MS Window

This was in someway triggered by Microsoft announcing early this year that Windows 8, which would run on machines lacking x86 processor architecture used by Intel and AMD.

New era!

New era!

From my reading i would say by about first half of 2012 we might see Intel powered smartphones and tablets.  Despite 80% market share of Intel in the present market it has constantly been under pressure by ARM (who produce low power consuming chips which are more suitable for phones), who apparently happen to have  a monopoly in the mobile market.

Many would say Intel vs ARM may be a David vs Goliath story but Intel is feeling the pressure and are in the path for confrontation.

With Intel + Android (Google) & Windows 8 heating up the tech sphere, customers can expect better products in the coming months.

#cheers

iPhone 5 Concept Video

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Well with ideas like these future looks bright! 😀

#cheers

HTC Evo 3D

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Truly breath taking!

Categories: evo 3d, htc, INDIA!, mobile, Tech

Google snares Motorola!

August 16, 2011 4 comments
Google

Google

Google has once again taken a huge leap by acquiring Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash.  It is by far the largest investment done by Google and the speed in which it has be carried out shows how serious they are in trying to safe guard their Android OS. It would now mean they directly compete with likes of Apple and Research in Motion directly bringing a new dimension into the mobile world!

This show of intent and execution has show how Google are not just satisfied with just developing the Android mobile OS but they wish to get into the market themselves, considering it has significantly taken over the market-share.  As of now through sources Motorola Mobility will act as a separate business under the arm of Google.

The 63% acquisition costing Google about $40 per share has been in the rumour mill considering Google missed out on Nortel which as we know was taken over by a consortium of players which Google claims were playing behest for Microsoft, Apple etc.

Highlighting the “openness” of the Android platform, the mobile operating system will still be available for other manufactures, Google CEO Larry Page said,  “Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success” and is keen to “work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences”.

However, the deal is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval in the United States and under the European Commission which as people speculate would be routine work for Google.

The Main reason for Google to go in for such a huge investment was due to the war waging in courts across the globe involving Google, Apple and Microsoft on the patent front. Google is publicly positioning the deal not as a means to buy its way into the handset market, but as an opportunity to buy Motorola’s portfolio of patents – some 17,000 of them. To some extent this acquisition may solve the problem.

Google thou has some win-win situations arising from the deal,

With the patents issue being the main reason, Google also now has got into its treasure trove set-top box business which was under Motorola Mobility. Considering along with Cisco, Motorola Mobility happen to be the market leaders in various markets.  now Google can grow upon this base to improve its foothold!

But many would suggest Google would now face questions from other manufactures about them getting into the market and fighting directly with the likes of HTC and Samsung who have invested and got Android in some sense to it’s present market share! but as of now the company has categorically stated that it intents to keep Android OS as open as it is today!

Android

Android

Google has not only ensured Android remains a key player in the market, But also put immense pressure on Nokia and RIM to come up with better shit!! Microsoft now must some how acquire a player who could help propel its Window Mobile OS platform and rumor has it they may just think of acquiring Nokia or RIM! Wouldn’t that be news.

All i can say is it’s a Win-Win situation for customers due to such immense competition in the market!

#cheers

My first Yahoo OpenHack !

August 1, 2011 3 comments
OpenHack

OpenHack

When I got to know of this event that was to be held in the garden city – Bangalore, I began to find info of how relevant and interesting it would be! What i found was astonishing to be frank! I immediately registered in the hope i make it through to the event to get first hand experience of being a “Hacker“.

Since I was involved in my internship at HP during all this while i really couldn’t get my ideas focused cause i was pretty sure other fellow “Hackers” would have already started the implementation side of their ideas. Finally I succumbed to the fact i just could not work out time for his awesome event out of the blue so like any first timer i was like “24hrs ill do it there only” Lol!!

On the 31st when i reached The LaLiT Ashok , I was welcomed my police personnel and security guards cause the “Biggest Insult To Karnataka” aka Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yeddyurappa happened to be there too!!  But I got my way to the registration Desk from there and immediately realized how organised it just was. Simple procedures and there i had my Id card and a wrist band that said Yahoo!

On I marched to the “Kalinga” and there people already hocked to their comps, using the wifi and probably putting the finishing touches LOL! Slowly the room filled up to it brim and the Wow Factor of the event hit me there and then!

I personally didn’t expect much at the start, But the Brilliant Food, fickle Wifi and company of Seniors who where at their best giving “Gyan” about the event and work-life that they just have entered! Fun is a subdued word for the experience I just had for 2 days (silly Spamming of Facebook Walls, Twitter updates when I hadn’t started coding, Staying up till 4:30 with out sleeping, collapsing at around 6am i think on a bean bag, Playing on Xbox Kinect and fusball, Roaming aimlessly around etc) and the wealth of knowledge I acquired was priceless.

I have to say the finalists where of a different class and the “Hacks” presented where really Brilliant! Hats of to Yahoo! an YDN of hosting the yahoo OpenHack India in splendid manner.  (Thanks for the Bean bag @ Anil Patel)

As my senior said “Yahoo has redefined the concept of HACKING! ” and I will have to see to that it becomes a regular event in my schedule for the coming years cause “HACKING” is a great thing! \m/

#OpenHackIndia #HackDay

#cheers

Bala (c)

Categories: INDIA!, RVCE!, Tech

Curious Case Of The Cloud!

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment
Cloud

Cloud

With the sudden burst of “Cloud Computing” in the field technology, a debate rages on whether it is a sustainable approach in the long run. We should go about putting the pros and cons head to head so as to understand if we do need this intriguing tech to make the world a better place.

Steve Jobs announcing iCloud has caused a flutter after Google had previously put in the public domain its plans of the Cloud based operating system – Chrome OS. With it being fully based on the Cloud services it basically does our everyday normal computing in a cloud that is accessible through internet connection. It has put forth the debate about the security of the data and its reliability. Analysts are sceptically about people putting all their vital info in the hands of Google, Apple or any other company for that manner, They feel it’s a high risk to take considering the volume of cyber-crime being high these days!

Cloud based services on one hand offer various advantages of fast and efficient facilities to the customer with so many wonderful applications available to them at the click of a button. Music on the go, Apps up for use, Data back-up instantly etc, the customer has such varied functionalities at their disposal for a price worth thou. Such is the advantages that one would instantly consider it an essential and a dream from some Sci-fi movie but data security is a prime issue and also the availability of high-speed INTERNET connectivity is not available to the majority of the countries. We could say such tech may just about be available to a small percentage of people across the globe  (India may have a long wait till it catches up) .

To conclude, I would wait for further advances in the technology so that we can use this multi-facet tool to its fullest but have a rational approach towards the security of data and its availability to the masses!