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Drivers in Bangalore

Are you new to Bangalore? You have car but don’t know places in Bangalore? then don’t worry, you can get good driver services in Bangalore, after lot of research I found few good driver links, please consult them about your requirements and enjoy!

http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080602095434AAzgYPX
http://bangalore.click.in/classifieds/automobiles/1/111/drivers.html

1. MinxDrive, Bangalore
Mob: 91-9900039777
Mob: 91-9342540999
Land:080 64060777
Email : [email protected]
website : www.minxdrive.in

2. DZire Drive, Bangalore
M : +91-92417 74565 / 94499 87140
L : +91-80-64 34 34 34
E : [email protected]
W : www.dziredrive.com

3. uthtravelsolutions, Bangalore

Mob:-09902102163
Mob:-09738103678 Mob:-9886397178
Land line:-080-41178698
E-mail :[email protected]
Website :-http://www.uthtravelsolutions.webs.com
OFFICE :-UTH Travel Solutions
#410,Narashima Reddy Layout,
Hongasandra Road,
Garve Bhavi Palya,
BANGALORE-560068

4. Professional Driver Services, Bangalore
Dennis Niranjan
+(91)-(80)-64500618,64500619
+(91)-9980006960
[email protected]
www.driversbangalore.com
No.47, Castle St, Ashoknagar, Bangalore – 560025

Raynox DCR for 72mm lens

Raynox DCR-5320Pro: This is a native 72mm set of converters with a 2 and a 3 dioptre pair. 
The DCR-5320PRO High Definition Macro Conversion lens is particularly designed to use with the high-end digital, film and hi-vision cameras, resulting in a resolution power of 200L/mm at center (MTF 30%) with a low dispersion. With the Macro lens attached on the camera’s lens, it makes possible to approach the object very close for macro shooting. The model consists of two independent lenses, one is with 2-diopter magnification and the other with 3-diopter. It also makes a 5-diopter lens by coupling the both lenses together. Taking advantage of using in three ways, you can shoot the object at the distances of either 50cm or 30cm or 17cm, depending upon the nature of a subject. All lens glass elements are fully coated for the maximum light transmits and fine image quality.
The adapter rings which fit to the 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 77mm, 82mm threads (except 72mm) sold separately.

 

  Specifications & Measurements
  Magnification & Focusing distance 2-Diopter, 486mm(∞*)
3-Diopter, 311mm(∞*)
5-Diopter, 170mm(∞*)
  Lens construction The 2-Diopter – 1-group/2-element
The 3-Diopter – 2-group/3-element
The 5-Diopter – 3-group/5-element
Coated optical glass elements
  Resolution power(Center) 200L/mm(MTF30%)-theoretical number obtained.
  Front Filter thread 72mm
  Mounting thread 72mm
  Dimensions The 2-Diopter – 76mm x 24mm
The 3-Diopter – 76mm x 39mm
The 5-Diopter – 76mm x 59mm
  Weight The 2-Diopter – 105g(3.7oz)
The 3-Diopter – 290g(10.2oz)
The 5-Diopter – 395g(13.9oz)
  Accessories Lens pouch, Lens caps, Instruction manuals

 

Source: http://raynox.co.jp/english/dcr/dcr5320pro/index.htm
DCR250The lens includes a snap-on universal mount suitable for 52mm to 67mm filter size.

DCR-250 Super Macro lens obtains the maximum macro magnification power when set at the most telephoto position of zoom lens. The lens is made of high index optical glass elements which produce rich and razor sharp image.

 

  Specifications
  Magnification 8-Diopter
  Lens construction 2-group/3-element, Coated optical glass elements
  Front Filter thread 49mm
  Mounting thread 43mm
  Dimensions 18mm x 53mm
  Weight 60g(2.1oz)
  Accessories UAC2000 Universal adapter, Lens case, Lens caps, Instruction manuals

 

Source: http://raynox.co.jp/english/dcr/dcr250/indexdcr250eg.htm
Where to buy?
Buy Raynox from Amazon Raynox DCR or eBay

Good Juicers in market – PCJ4.0 is value for money!

While searching for good juicers, came across various models from Prestige, Phillips, Glen, etc. according to price, wattage and easy to use, found following juicer useful. It is prestige PCJ 4.0, it provides facility to extract juice directly to a jar and the residue in separate container which is useful for several other purpose. Quite a good blend of old v/s new technology.

Currently cheapest offered on flip cart,

Flipkart.com

Create your iPhone/Andriod App in minutes – web based tools

Today while searching for app development programs came across some websites which offers iphone/android application development with least knowledge of any kind of programming, they even help in publishing app to app store, please find the listing of website below,

 

1. Mobile Roadie: Link to website Mobile Roadie

They offer quite good tools and flexible development platform; ample help is available on their website

 

2. iBuildapp: Link to website iBuildApp

They offer quite good documentation around building app and helps in uploading as well

3. App Builder: Link to website App Builder

Provide 1 month free trial and offer quite great help and have good CMS tool, check them out

 

Go through them and checkout if any of you find useful.

 

I will post few other tips as well around native app development in my other post.

Buying Car: Diesel, CNG or Petrol?

When we come across situation of buying a new car then we find ourselves confused, whether we should go for Petrol or Diesel, would it be worth spending 1lakh+ on diesel car? etc. etc. Below is some explanations I have collected from various forums and concluded that if you are looking for city car then go for petrol and if you are planning some good trip then it would be worth going for diesel, you can also calculate the expenditure based on few inputs provided below, hope this post will provide you some guidelines.

First Question we ask,
I want to purchase a car, it should be diesel or petrol and will I trend on power?

Suggestions starts puring in,

  • Petrol engines are much cleaner, and fun to drive as compared to their diesel counterparts. The reason being the fuel itself. Petrol burns much cleaner than diesel.
  • Petrol engines are rev happy and high speed engines. They have been used in cars since long.
  • On the other hand diesel engines are high torque engines. They have been used in SUVs, trucks, trains, ships etc where high torque is required over speed. They need to generate very high pressure to burn the fuel and hence become more heavier and bulky.
  • Diesel engines have no advantage over petrol engines. The only advantage is in monetary terms – lesser fuel price. And again government is already planning to tax diesel vehicles which will make them dearer.
  • Petrol engine outperforms diesel engine hands down – lighter, cleaner, great to drive!

Go for a diesel engine only when your daily travel is greater than 50km and if you want to save a little on fuel costs in long run. Otherwise without giving a second thought go for a petrol engine.

Now, digging more in it, question arises around Noise in diesel engine, so,

Noise in diesel cars : Though the noise levels are reduced in diesel cars these days, but you can easily feel it after some time of running .. But in cabin noise are pretty less .. So as long as you are driving with all the windows up and with AC, inside you might not feel anything but an onlooker will be able to easily figure out that you are driving a diesel car.

There is nothing called as “Diesel generally more powerful” or vice-versa. Both are rated to deliver a specific torque and power at a certain RPM …

Following data points might be worth considering :

  1. A car with higher torque is generally believed to pull better. This too depends on at what RPM you are getting the torque. If the max torque is at low RPM, this means that just by a slight accelerator press, the car will move faster quickly giving you a better driving experience in dead traffic conditions or scaling ghats. Similarly, if the higher torque is at a very high engine RPM, it means that you will have to press the accelerator pedal hard to get some juice out.
  2. A car with higher BHP is generally believed to deliver higher power. But that again is determined to a good extent from the RPM at which that power is available. Higher power at lower RPM means that it will be swift .. but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the car with high power at higher rpm is bad. It basically means that when you want peak power (going at a very high speed), your engine will be max loaded ..
  3. Coming to the diesel and petrol variants of same model, Diesel cars have more rated torque compared to their petrol counterparts and petrol ones have more rated power. But both don’t mean much as for normal driving, we don’t require that much torque/power. This too is not true for some cases like Verna CRDI and Vento/Rapid Diesel.
  4. Diesel cars have turbo lags as rightly pointed out .. so below a certain RPM they will appear sluggish and after that once the turbo charger kicks in, the car will become very swift .. But the newer generation diesel engines like the Renault’ s 1.5 dCI (Verito, Pulse, Micra, Sunny) are supposed to have a non-noticeable turbo lag.
  5. For more details, you might want to refer to the power/torque curves vs.the engine RPM published by car manufacturer .. All that is a waste of time IMO unless you are a rally racer or a Automobile journo/writer .. Best way to take the call is driving it yourself.

ALL CARS ARE GREAT THESE DAYS .. and most of the manufacturers are ramping up their after sales … so the advantage that Marutis and Hyundais had is corroding away..

I am not a high torque junky, I need a car that swiftly moves around in the city traffic and reaches nice speed on highway ..
Whereas my friend wants a HUGE SUVish car loaded with torque .. doesn’t like downshifting while climbing up … but is OK with a max speed of 110-120 on highways ..

Don’t read too much into power/torque specs .. Verito doesn’t look great on specs .. But its one hell of a car to drive and maintain and very high on VFM factor. I would simply settle for a verito rather than waiting for ages for a diesel dZire ..

Just reiterating, best way is to drive the car and see if it suits your driving style ..


Next Question we ask,
I want to purchase a car and my range is max 5.5 lac on road.
There are two options 1. Petrol car with CNG 2. Diesel car.

Suggestions starts pouring in, one which I liked as of Feb 2012,
Polo-best looking hatch, best premium hatch around…but keep in mind, this is a 3 valve engine(FYI, Skoda Fabia has thesame 1.2 lt petrol engine, is spacious, but not so good looking as Polo). So, it makes more sense to go for 1.6 Polo, which is expensive. Or Diesel version.

 

Realistically, looking, if you need premium spacious hatch then there is just one choice i20, 1.2lt.(Again same engine as i10,1.2lt, so if space is not that important you could save money here)

Swift is good, but long waiting for diesel, so choose accordingly.

Micra– Not so good network, so NO.

Punto:- Wise car, lots of torque, fun to drive, looks cool, but again short on bhp, and fiat servicing, etc. Although the car is good. Drive it first.

A stretch and Etios can be an option, amazing engine, not so good looks, but this is a sedan.

Liva, plz no, although spacious, but I didnt like the built quality and drive, i.e upto Toyota standards….

Honda Brio:-Powerful, torqy fun to drive, but again waiting, and small on luggage space,5 people can sit in this though.(power wise, I guess this is the best hatch, next to swift)

 

Hyundau i20, scores on decent power, lots of space, good looks, premium hatch. Price 5.7 for magna, onroad, so suits budget.

Now some inputs for LIVA,
I have been using Diesel Liva since 2 months and it is amazing… the space, ride quality, etc.
I know that Toyota has compromised a little bit on interiors but not on utility features (mine is GD model which comes with ABS with EBD, power steering, power windows, etc)
No doubt about Toyota quality…
This makes it a value for money and no-nonsense car…

Suggestions:
1)If you are looking for CNG, please go for a factory fitted kit, which will
limit your choice to Maruti Wagon R, Alto. Getting it fitted from outside creates lot of problems like compromise on power, resale value coming down, little increase in maintenance, etc. Before Liva, I was using a Wagon R with LPG kit fitted from outside (RTO approved though), still it created lot of problems for me and I ended up not using it and spending Rs 25k unnecessarily.

2)You can go for Diesel engines as todays diesel engines are far better than our perception. Im assuming that you have done your homework on petrol/diesel and not taking a decision just by comparing petrol and diesel prices.

Some inputs for Hyundai i20,

Reasons :
1.Best interiors in the class
2.Good looking exteriors
3.Safe
4.Powerful (80 PS). Second best in petrol 1.2 engine
5.Comfortable to drive
6.Decent Average

Inputs about Petrol/Diesel variants,

For Petrol : Jazz.
Diesel : Swift or I20

Now question arises that how much usage?
Any idea what is the daily minimum running expected for a diesel car?
If one is looking at a daily running of about 30 km (home office home) then should we go for petrol car or diesel?

Detailed description of it,

Thought over and over on these questions for many months and then went for diesel. 30kms a day is good enough in my point of view that is exactly how much I expect to drive. I understood after reading many many articles that with new technology in place for all these cars there is no minimum running expected as far as maintenance is considered. Mostly they talk of it from cost perspective.

 

Now generally for the same cars petrol and diesel cost your per km. difference would come to about 3 Rs. per km. Now you might be tempted to divide that extra 1Lakh by 3 and say that 33,333kms is the break even in that case for owning a diesel car. But that is not true. After say 5 years when you sell the car you might get atleast 50 K more for your diesel car. Which means that actually you need tocover say 18K kms to recover your investment. And that I am sure you will do with your mileage in 3 years.

So if you are keen on it I would suggest to go for diesel car options under 6-6.5 Lakhs options you have are : Indica V2 (Cheapest and the best value for money diesel), Ritz (5.7-6.5 L), Swift (6-7.5 L),i20 (6.8-8L), Vista (5.5 6.5L) and Liva (6.5-7 L) Punto (7-8L) and Figo (6-7.5 L)

Now the one that I bought after a lot of research was Vista. Though I liked Liva too. Just to give a perspective. Vista uses Fiat Quadrajet engine …and this is the same used by RITZ, SWIFT, PUNTO and VISTA. So check what ride quality and interiors you like and which do you find more interesting and go for that. Engine is the same for all 4!

 

***Though I agree that a Maruti petrol will always have lesser depreciation than a maruti Diesel and a Tata Diesel will have less depreciation than Tata Petrol **** it also depends on the brand in that sense.

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Though after this much of discussion, I decided to go for Skoda Fabiapetrol keeping that my running would be within city and around 500 kms a month so maintenace cost will also come down as fabia require service every 15000kms, so to an added advantage it looks to be a better car (not by face value but by driving value)!

Indian rail – RAC,WL,RLWL,PQWL,General waitlist meanings

I was searching for meaning of these, below are my findings,

Source

RAC – Reservation against Cancellation

WL – Wait list

RLWL – Remote location wait list

PQWL – Pool Quota wait list

General Wait List and WL are one and the same

A small look at the back ground. In Railways advance reservations are permitted for journeys in all classes on first come first served basis. All those who can be given confirmed accommodation are given the same on that basis. After this RAC list is prepared which means that you will get confirmed accommodations against the cancellation of previously reserved ticket/s. In a sleeper class coach where there are 72 berths, 63 berths are allotted as confirmed accomodation as described. Remaining 9 berths are allotted for 18 RAC passengers. Once you have RAC status you are assured of one seat in the reserved coach. (18 seats made by folding the side lower berth).

After allotting the RAC, if further demand for reservation is available, such passengers are given WL status. The waitlisted passengers get upgraded to RAC and confirmed status in case of cancellations of reserved accommodations. The waitlisted passengers are not given any seat in the reserved coaches and they can cancel their ticket and purchase a general un reserved ticket (at a lower cost) to continue their journey.

RLWL and PQWL are best described in the previous answers. PQWL is given normally for short distance and is unlikely to get confirmed (unless there is an available berth fully vacant or which can be linked to the entire route of the train).

Remote Location (RLWL) Quota is based at any of the important stations enroute and it provides for the passengers between the originating station and terminating station. Incase this Quota is less, there will be RAC after Confirmed seats are exhausted and RLWL starts after this

Also, when anybody sees the WL in the Web Site, first of all check-up the Total Quota from

(a) Originating Station to Terrminating Station and also

(b) from the Intermediate Station to any other Intermediate Station/Terminating Station – definitely both will be different.

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@@@When the Total Quota under (b) gets exhausted, the RLWL will commence. As I have already explained earlier, the chances for confirmation of those in RLWL will be against:

(i) cancellations from out of the confirmed bookings took place in the Intermediate Station-Terminating Station Quota;
and/or

(ii) cancellations from out of confirmed bookings under Originating Station-Intermediate Station or short of Intermediate Station; from where the passenger under RLWL intends to get into the train.

Mobile-TV-datacard online recharging services in India

Today with the changing world, India has a good online presence in terms of payment options available for various services, I tried to cover websites which can be used to pay for recharge for your bills (mobile/tv/Data card),

1. www.freecharge.in
One of the most rewarding websites, it offers you coupons worth your recharge price, so virtually you recharge for free :)

2. www.Paytm.com
This website provide service options to pay using debit/credit/netbanking/etc. options and provide free coupons as well

3. www.visabillpay.in
This website is operated by bill desk and it can be used to pay for various services including insurance etc. You can set alerts for your bills as well.

4. www.rechargeitnow.com
This website provide service options to pay using debit/credit/netbanking/etc. options and provide free coupons as well

5. www.fastrecharge.com
This website offer various payment options but also reward you for referring by paying worth 100rs. of vouchers

6. www.ezrecharge.in
This website provides multiple options to pay but not much of offers

7. www.rechargefree.com
This website provides some good offers like 25rs. free on next recharge with minimum recharge of 100rs.

8. www.justrechargeit.com
This website is in beta stage and doesn’t offer much benefits

Other services to avail,

www.oxicash.in
Your online wallet

www.payback.in
Collect points on every purchase with selected partners

Paypal scams/frauds – new way of scamming by using invoice method

Recently going through articles of PayPal scams using the invoicing method as one of my friend got caught in one of fraudulent deal,

For Buyers

Below article states the new technique frauds using these days,

http://www.e-crimeexpert.com/scams/articles/paypal-scam

Excerpt from above,

How it works:

Someone advertises his cell phone for sale on the some online market places like Kijiji and Facebook. The seller gets a message from a person interested in the product. The questions could be very legitimate such as: what is your last price, if the phone has scratches on it, if it still has warranty and also if you could send more pictures of the product.
The seller will answer the questions and then receive another question regarding how much the shipping would be to a particular location (address provided). Again, this is a very legitimate question. The seller would provide the buyer with the answer, and they will acknowledge that they want to buy the product and will pay the agreed price plus the shipping fees.
Next the “buyer” will ask the seller to send a PayPal invoice request to their e-mail address. The first thing that is suspicious is when they want to pay after receiving the merchandise, even if the “buyer” suggested to use PayPal which protects both the seller and the buyer. However the scam is that the seller receives an email from Paypal stating that the payment has been received and will be kept by PayPal until it is confirmed that the buyer receives of the product.

  • First step is that someone who has a Paypal account sends an electronic invoice to someone who has or does not have a PayPal account (the message would be send to the person’s email address and from there the recipient will set up a PayPal account to where the payment will be made). A PayPal account is connected to a chequing, savings or credit card account.
  • After the seller sends the request from his PayPal account to their email address, the status in his PayPal account regarding that transaction will be pending (as normal), which does not mean the money has been transferred to his bank accounts.
  • Please note: it is always safer to link your VISA/Mastercard/credit card to the PayPal account because if someone takes money from the Credit Card that person has more protection, but this is not the case for a chequing or savings account.

After the seller receives an e-mail back from PayPal confirming that the invoice has been received and the money has been transferred to seller’s PayPal account, they will still require the shipment of the product in order for them to release the payment.

But such a protocol does not exist with PayPal! Sellers should never ship the product until they have received the confirmation of the money being transferred to their bank account or credit card affiliated with PayPal.

Scam elements:

  • the seller receives a payment confirmation message, but it is actually coming from a fake PayPal website (which looks identical to the real one). The goal is for the “buyer” to scam the seller into shipping the product without paying anything for it.
  • the PayPal confirmation message is fake, and even if redirected to a PayPal website it is most likely a clone website; the messages received from the fake PayPal email address usually uses an email address such as: [email protected], or similar.
  • the fake PayPal message will address the buyer with: “Dear…..following the email address of the buyer” instead his/her real name, when it is a legitimate PayPal message it will always address the buyer by his/her complete name. The fake Paypal does not know the buyer’s full name but just the email address which it will use it for correspondence when the legitimate PayPal representatives know the buyer’s full name and personal details as having set up an account with them;
  • the “buyer” provides a real address where someone else, who is likely paid a small commission, will pick up the product and deliver it to the scammer. Or they could have set up a mail-forward service, which means that all the mail received at that address will be forwarded to another address which will be a post box, without any identification.

How could you prevent this scam?

  • This is a new scam and if you have any doubt about a transaction, look at the details closely, read, use your common sense and ultimately double check with the legitimate provider of the services even if you have to pay for a long distance call. It is cheaper than losing a significant amount of money by shipping your product and never receiving payment for it.
  • As mentioned above, it is safer to link your VISA/Mastercard/creditcard to your PayPal account because if someone takes money from your Credit Card you have more protection, but this is not the case for a chequing or savings account.

If above is not enough then below link gives an overview of a scenario which tells if buyer pays properly and seller sends a rock in box instead of actual article then it is very difficult to safeguard money, so always better to use Credit card for online payments in UK.

https://paypal-community.com/t5/Fraud-phishing-and-spoof/Help-Paid-someone-though-an-quot-Invoice-quot-and-not-though/td-p/94265

It is not always that buyers got scammed, sometimes sellers also get scammed and below is one such case,

For Sellers

http://blog.gumtree.com/paypal-scam-alert/

Final verdict is: Use Paypal with linked CREDIT Card to get the best safety!

How to find information of a landline number in UK

Today I was struggling to find location of a landline number I have, I want this to confirm identity of a person, after lot of reasearch found following good links which can help locating a number. Apart from these free services there are paid websites which charges heftely to reveal identity of a number, I have not used them but various reference available online to get more advice.

Links which I found free and useful,

UK phone locator: Website which can tell the exact location of phone and the carrier,
http://www.ukphoneinfo.com/locator.php
http://www.phonespamfilter.co.uk/

BT phone directory:
http://www.thephonebook.bt.com/publisha.content/en/index.publisha

Wiki How link:
http://www.wikihow.com/Trace-a-Uk-Mobile-or-Landline-Telephone-Number

Excerpt from above:

Below are some steps you can take to gather information surrounding and trace the subscriber details (name and address) behind a given UK home phone or mobile number. This can be useful if you’re receiving unwanted nuisance calls or harassing texts and need to track down who is behind it.

Start looking over BT whitepages. If you’re dealing with a landline number in the United Kingdom and trying to identify the owner’s name and address, the first place to start is looking over BT’s Whitepages. You can search a subject with as little as a surname and city/partial post code.

Identify the carrier. If you’re dealing with a mobile number, the first thing to do is identify the carrier of the mobile number in question. You can do this by visiting the locator or the mobile carrier list. Knowing the carrier of the offending number is a very helpful piece of information to have if you’re reporting a nuisance call to the police, and should be able to help them speed up the process of stopping the harassment.

Hire an investigator. If all else fails, there are professional private investigators who specialize in the reversal of unpublished UK landline and mobile numbers. (Examples include: http://www.phonesearchcentral.co.uk & http://www.investigativeresources.co.uk/)