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    SETTING OBJECTIVES AND PROVIDING FEEDBACK Research based focus on instruction with technology NOT instruction about technology.  Information on this page is based on Marzano's Classroom Instruction that Works(2001), Pitler's Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works (2007), and the eMINTs Constructivist teaching and learning model.

How To: Fix Internet Explorer Freeze

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 19:08:07 +0000

Internet Explorer 7/8 has a nagging problem of freezing when its started. The tab opens up with the text “Connecting” and remains at the same state for an infinite amount of time. The culprit seems to be the Windows Live Sign-in Helper add-on and disabling this add-on fixes this freeze issue. To disable the add-on […]

MMS Configuration on Blackberry

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:40:38 +0000

Configuring MMS on my old HTC Touch phone was a pain. In fact  configuring MMS on any device is a pain and is probably one of the reasons the service is not as popular as SMS. The carrier (Airtel) did not have a way of pushing the settings to the device and the manual configuration […]

How To: Fix the delay in receiving hotmail mail on Blackberry

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:59:22 +0000

One thing that I noticed after setting up all my email accounts on Blackberry was the  hotmail email was landing real slow on the Blackberry device It used to come almost after 10-15 minutes, much like my corporate email that I configured using Outlook Web Access (OWA). On other accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo or […]

Screen Capture on Blackberry

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 19:54:12 +0000

Screen capture utilities are required when you want to flaunt your Blackberry Home screen or when you want to accompany them along with a support query. On support forums, query with an attached screenshot helps in quicker resolution of the issue. Blackberry does not bundle any native application for screen capture and users have to […]

Blackberry Contact Sync

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 20:36:57 +0000

Few years back, copying all contacts to the SIM was the only way of importing contacts onto a new phone. Most of the Smartphone operating systems today have better native support for address book management and synchronization. On my old HTC Touch(running Windows Mobile), I could easily sync Outlook contacts with the device using ActiveSync. […]

Blackberry Keyboard Shortcuts

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 19:22:01 +0000

As with any other frequently used desktop application, the first thing that I did when I got the Blackberry was to familiarize myself with the keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts are typically an alternate means for invoking one or more commands that would otherwise be accessible only through a menu, a pointing device, different levels of […]

Unlocking Blackberry Bold 9700

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 09:19:52 +0000

Most of the Blackberry devices sold by RIM are locked onto a specific carrier, which means that the phone wouldn’t work with any other carriers SIM I bought a Bold 9700 which was locked into AT&T network. There are lots of people out there selling the unlock code starting from 10$ all the way to […]

Blackberry Bold 9700 released in India

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 19:00:15 +0000

Blackberry Bold 9700 which was released in US around mid November is now finally available in India. There was no launch party for the Bold release like the one that happened for Singapore launch ! The BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be available nationally from multi brand outlets serviced by Redington India as well as from […]

BlackBerry Bold 9700

Thu, 31 Dec 2009 21:36:58 +0000

In my earlier review of HTC Touch, I had hoped that the phone would last for couple of years; it did last for more than couple of years – 2.5 years to be exact and got replaced by a much superior, nicer, faster Blackberry Bold 9700 HTC Touch was a nice phone but not a […]

Google Calendar Sync with Outlook 2010

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 13:01:56 +0000

I use Google Calendar Sync to synchronize my Outlook calendar items with Google Calendar and this worked fine until I upgraded to Office 2010. Google Calendar Sync did not like Outlook 2010 and I was no longer able to synchronize calendar items. I was almost tempted to go back to Outlook 2007 and then I […]

FeedDemon syncs with Google Reader

Sat, 26 Sep 2009 12:23:47 +0000

Two weeks back I upgraded FeedDemon to the latest beta that was available then only to realize that my subscriptions were no longer in sync – I use FeedDemon from home and work Reading more into the release notes and a little bit of Googling made me  realize that FeedDemon had discontinued its NewsGator online […]

Moved to WebFaction

Sun, 03 May 2009 18:08:52 +0000

Moving from one web hosting to another has become one of the annual activities. However this time around, I had totally forgot about the hosting renewal; this post after 4 months would explain why I forgot about the hosting renewal 🙂 An automatic renewal (which I had not subscribed for) was tried by Media Temple […]

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Time Zone problem on Windows Mobile

Sat, 27 Dec 2008 20:28:48 +0000

The HTC Touch phone that I have been using from 18 months had turned into a nightmare from the past 2 months. I do use the phone extensively to synch my Outlook contacts and calendar appointments. However from the past few weeks, I was seeing that the Time Zone on the phone used to default […]

Where the hell am I ?

Sun, 09 Nov 2008 20:24:39 +0000

This site saw the last post almost 3 months back and since then many have been checking with me on my well-being. Few services even banned this site for having no activity in the last 3 months. I just took a long break from blogging and hope to be back as soon as possible ! […]

Validating English Word Pronunciations

Sun, 29 Jun 2008 19:32:11 +0000

I find myself pronouncing a lot of English words differently from what my friends do. One of the reasons for this is the fact that English just happens to be one of the 5 languages that I speak. A couple of these word pronunciations also lead to a healthy debate with neither party accepting defeat […]

Firefox 3 – What is new ?

Sun, 22 Jun 2008 17:50:35 +0000

Firefox 3 was downloaded by more than 8 million users in 24 hours and it might well go down as the most downloaded software in 24 hours ! India’s contribution in the above 8 million was 226K  and US was the highest with 4632K. Talking of new features in FF3, Alex Faaborg, the user experience […]

Download Firefox 3

Wed, 18 Jun 2008 03:44:00 +0000

Firefox 3 intended to create a world record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours . June 17 was fixed as the release date and when I tried to download yesterday, the servers were down. They seem to be back online now and you can download the latest Firefox from the below link: […]

How To: Activate or Deactivate a Service on Linux

Thu, 12 Jun 2008 18:53:02 +0000

A service is a long running executable which does require any user intervention and is configured to start when the operating system is booted. On Windows, the services are managed via services.msc and you can also communicate with a NT service using the SC tool. On Linux the services can be controlled via the chkconfig […]

Safely Remove USB Hardware

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 18:40:32 +0000

I have been reading in many posts which mention special tools to help in ejecting/removing a USB disk. The Windows “Safely Remove Hardware” feature has been notorious for hiding itself after installing the new hardware. You do have the option of Ejecting the hardware; however this becomes a pain if you are working with multiple […]

Woopra Web Analytics

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 19:50:12 +0000

Web Analytic tools are must have for anybody running a website since they give interesting insight into your site’s traffic patterns. Woopra Web Analytics was mentioned/reviewed by so many sites that I had to give it a try. After signing up for Woopra, I immediately proceeded towards the downloads page. I installed the Desktop Client […]

Firefox World Record !

Thu, 29 May 2008 19:19:38 +0000

Firefox has been the default browser on my PC’s from quite some time now. Firefox for some reason has always been able make its way back every time I try to adopt a different browser ! Flock and Safari were the two browser which gave serious competition to Firefox ! From the past few weeks […]

Bangalore International Airport Site is down !

Sat, 24 May 2008 18:40:31 +0000

The new Bangalore International airport started operating from today and seems to have already handled around 341 flights. I tried to check on the official website to know more about the launch day only to find the website down ! I tried accessing the site contents via Google cache; even that seemed to lead to […]

HTC Touch Diamond

Sat, 24 May 2008 17:51:21 +0000

HTC Touch Diamond was unveiled in London 2 weeks back and even India is part of the global launch of the handset. As with the case of HTC Touch, HTC Diamond will also be available via Bharti Airtel, which means that the device will be locked onto Airtel Network. I am confident that the intelligent […]

Bangalore International Airport

Mon, 19 May 2008 18:23:42 +0000

The Bangalore/Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) is finally commencing operations from 23 May 2008. The switch to the new airport will take place at midnight on May 23. As per the statement from BIAL (BIA Limited) all flights landing and departing after midnight will operate from the new airport. Update: BIA opened on May 24 (Saturday) […]

Cleanup your hard drive with WinDirStat

Tue, 13 May 2008 18:39:22 +0000

At my workplace I somehow managed to eat up almost all of the 40GB on the primary partition and I had no clue as to what directory/file was eating up the space. As usual, Windows XP has no inbuilt tools to accomplish the simple task of finding the culprit directories/files. In my earlier post, I […]

YouTube Indian Edition

Mon, 12 May 2008 18:12:20 +0000

As many of you know, the Indian Edition of YouTube is now live @ Till now there were a lot of YouTube clones which catered to the local video content and some of them even got considerable funding from VC’s I am not sure if this edition of YouTube is going to pickup in […]

Xobni is now publicly available

Mon, 05 May 2008 18:54:48 +0000

Xobni is an excellent add-on for Microsoft Outlook and has definitely simplified email management for me. Even Bill Gates fell in love with this application and referred it as the next generation of social networking. (Microsoft did try to acquire Xobni and it failed due to various reasons) Xobni was initially invite only and today […]

Moving WordPress to a different domain

Sun, 04 May 2008 19:27:58 +0000

This site is powered by WordPress and when it came online 2 years back for some odd reason I opted to install WordPress on the "blog" sub-domain. I guess it was popular then to have the blog installed on its own domain. And even though I knew the kind of content I would write, I […]

Screen Capture with Jing

Sat, 03 May 2008 19:51:07 +0000

Jing, a concept project from TechSmith is a handy screen capture utility. It also adds up as a useful screencast utility. One aim of the Jing project is to simplify the process of screen capture and screencasting and it does fulfill this aim. Jing has one of the simplest UI for taking screenshots. In SnagIt […]

Pagerank updated and the site is downgraded !

Fri, 02 May 2008 08:52:09 +0000

There has been another round of pagerank  update and I see that many sites have got a higher pagerank and few of them have even managed to get a PR of 4 within few months ! This site had a PR of 4 from quite some time and even during the last update where few […]

Airtel website hacked ?

Thu, 01 May 2008 12:03:03 +0000

My 8Mbps broadband plan is sucking out money from the past 2 months; somehow I am managing to exceed the 4GB download limit. With the intent of checking on some new plans, I tried to access the Airtel website I ended up with this: The URL was being re-directed to….. Looks like the […]

HTC Customer Service in India

Mon, 28 Apr 2008 18:46:17 +0000

Many of the visitors who land on my HTC related posts have contacted me to know more details on HTC Customer Service. I was initially surprised as to why these users couldn’t get this data via Google. I did a search for HTC India on Google only to find crappy pages listed on the first […]

Cell Broadcast on HTC Touch

Thu, 24 Apr 2008 18:19:53 +0000

Cell Broadcast also know as Short Message Service – Cell Broadcast (SMS-CB) is a service designed for delivery of messages to multiple users in a specified area. Unlike SMS Point to Point which is manly a one to one service Cell Broadcast is a one to many service. Some mobile operators use Cell Broadcast for […]

Must have software for Windows

Sat, 19 Apr 2008 19:37:10 +0000

I happened to reinstall the OS on my system (yet again) and there is a set of software that I install after every OS re-install. In fact I have a “Must Have” directory which has all the software’s that I use on a day to day basis. Here is my list of “must have” applications […]

Cleaning up your Gmail emails

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 17:35:42 +0000

I am sure many would be surprised with the title of this post. Gmail for one provides with almost 6.6GB of space and its keeps growing every day. It would be amazingly difficult to fill up this space. Even on the Gmail’s home page, you would see this marketing statement: Over 6628.815124 megabytes (and counting) […]

Twitter Clients for iPhone

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 19:36:32 +0000

Twitter is a web service which helps you to communicate and stay connected through quick exchange of messages. Its supposedly one of the fastest growing phenomena on the Internet. Until few days back, accessing Twitter service from iPhone was possible only via the safari web browser. Following are the 4 web based Twitter Clients for […]

Moving from Dreamhost to Media Temple

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 15:16:44 +0000

Exactly an year back I wrote about moving this blog from GoDaddy to Dreamhost. The story continues and this year I have moved to Media Temple (referral link). I had considered Media Temple last year, however the site revenues weren’t enough to match the rates quoted by Media Temple. Even this time around I thought […]

Fluency – Best Admin Theme for WordPress

Thu, 03 Apr 2008 09:39:12 +0000

WordPress 2.5 was released some days back and I upgraded to the same with some minor hiccups. There were high expectations from me and everybody with respect to the Admin user interface. I for one was totally disappointed when I found out that the menu items in the interface were taking almost 50% on my […]

Upgraded to WordPress 2.5

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 18:14:49 +0000

WordPress, the publishing platform used for this site just got upgraded to version 2.5. As usual I used the Dreamhost “one click upgrade” and the upgrade to 2.5 was done within minutes. (I love this feature in Dreamhost 🙂 ) However it took more than a few minutes to actually get the site going after […]

iPhone in India – Breaking, Activating and Unlocking

Sat, 29 Mar 2008 13:03:29 +0000

A 16 GB iPhone just made its way to my home today all the way from an US store. Even though I had “experienced” iPhone by reading about it and by seeing tons of videos on YouTube, using it live was a totally different experience. iPhone is an amazing, astounding, remarkable, wonderful, incredible, marvelous product […]