ZeroneA http://blog.zeronea.com The Reverse Way Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:48:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 37482842 Trying out Prisma app [Late update] http://blog.zeronea.com/2016/08/02/trying-out-prisma-app%ef%bb%bf-late-update/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2016/08/02/trying-out-prisma-app%ef%bb%bf-late-update/#respond Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:48:34 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17411 Instagram Photo

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Life in Brief, Shorts & Pants http://blog.zeronea.com/2016/02/29/life-in-brief-shorts-pants/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2016/02/29/life-in-brief-shorts-pants/#respond Mon, 29 Feb 2016 02:33:51 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17398 Bought new stuffs from Happily Unmarried

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Roads to nowhere http://blog.zeronea.com/2016/01/31/roads-to-nowhere/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2016/01/31/roads-to-nowhere/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:44:39 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17392 Continue reading "Roads to nowhere"]]> We are always in a hurry that we forget to understand how things become excruciatingly painful for others. There are a lot of things that happen in and around us which seem natural but when you see from a distance, it is disgusting.

The Train Journey

For most of us, we’ve travelled by Indian Railways. Sadly my last travel being almost a year old now. Honestly, I love travelling in train where you’ve mostly nothing to do, look out of window and chit-chat. Due to patchy network mobile phone are used less frequently but with introduction of wall points, now we find wall-huggers too. One thing has not changed, we are the ones who damage it. Read the latest news of Mahamana Express that within 3 days, the model train is just like another damaged body on wheels – stolen accessories and made dumping ground. Read more Swanky, new Mahamana Express? not anymore and #Shame. Mahamana Express Goes From Swanky To Stinky In One Week. Knowingly added 2 links for those who have difficulty in understanding their own faults. We expect the train to be kept clean for us but we do not keep it same way for the next person – basic lavatory/toilet rule – Keep it same way as you expect it to be. I may be rude but the fact is

We lack basic civic sense.

Reaching early more important than Life

Times Of India on Page 2 published an article regarding a person’s harrowing experience in an ambulance which was carrying his father.

Ambulance Condition in Delhi

It is appreciated (the father survived) that the trouble of the person is highlighted but the issue was not public, it was due to BJP workers protesting against AAP Govt. in Delhi. Place where Times of India has failed miserably is to highlight that this is the plight of so many others in Ambulance even when there is no protest. This is very well depicted in Varun Pruthi’s YouTube video as a social experiment.

Everyday we travel to work via different modes, Cycle, Rickshaw (manual & powered), Motocycle, Car, Bus & Metro. Metro trains are crowded but what about roads? There is more possibility in reaching destination faster by Metro than by Road not because Metro has certain shortcuts but because Metro works like clockwork and no traffic. Our roads are overcrowded and overflowing – Yes! I’ve seen people driving over footpaths which is for pedestrians.

Sadak tere baap ki hai?

The oft-repeated words on road apart from abuses and billions, trillions of horns is Sadak tere baap ki hai? (Does this road belong to your father?) Lane driving is forgotten and in a lane of 3 cars you can see 6-7 and that is not an exaggeration. In such case if there is an ambulance, how can we expect the ambulance will reach the destination.

It has been made fun that Pizza reaches in 30 minutes yet Ambulance never reaches on time is simply for this reason. Pizza arrives on motorcycle which has 2 wheels and traverses routes in a risky manner. Regular 2 wheelers users take far more risks and are dangerous to others. As a smaller vehicle they get preference over other powered vehicles but the turns and path they take are never safe. Motorcycles drive over footpaths, zig-zag between cars, buses, trucks and race as the light turns green, thanks to high acceleration. The last part also applies to cars as well. A vehicle taking a right turn is on left lane, a vehicle indicating left turn is on right lane is a very common sight. It is expected to keep safe distance but in India this means when vehicles are stand still, a person can pass through.

Is this legacy we want to leave behind? Do you want to die in Ambulance instead of being saved in a hospital? To end it all, the quote says it all.

Treat the way you want to be treated.

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One more year – 2016 http://blog.zeronea.com/2016/01/01/one-more-year-2016/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2016/01/01/one-more-year-2016/#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2015 19:20:04 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17370 Continue reading "One more year – 2016"]]> It’s the time of the year for that customary New Year post. Just before writing this, I finished 2 posts in quick succession Basic Necessities and Kejriwal – Raising Stakes. Undecided what I should write (more), so I looked back. Last year was one of the times when I was quite low and also lost trust of some people. Devoted some more time to blog (yes, wrote a little more than earlier years), disconnected from social media (read Facebook). Due course of the year, I’ve understood its part of life. You win some and you lose some and as they say I’m back on my feet for now.

I cherish, this has been the most successful year of my blog and post related to SBI online banking has been most commented on. Yes! I count comments because I’m not in the league where unique visitors count. My unique visitors hardly go over 5 fingers but the response for this post want me write more. I shifted my house couple of months back and still coping with new address.

Even though my posts have been as old as 2009 but reposted due to domain name changes, which has screwed the timelines (oldest post in this blog is shown as 2010). I never had a fixed staring point but now it’s time to ask 2016, where to now?

Wish you all and your near and dear ones a fun-filled and prosperous New Year – 2016

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Kejriwal – Raising stakes http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/12/31/kejriwal-raising-stakes/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/12/31/kejriwal-raising-stakes/#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2015 18:28:05 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17372 Continue reading "Kejriwal – Raising stakes"]]> Kejriwal aka The Muffler Man is back. He has been a anti-corruption crusader and a self-proclaimed incorruptible and only honesty certifying agency in the world. After 49 days of winter, he’s back for 5 seasons of winter. We don’t know if corruption will ever end but Arvind Kejriwal has raised the stakes.

Why corruption happens? It happens due to 2 reasons:

  1. Fault of person bribing because he did not start early or expedite process & needs additional favours
  2. Person taking bribe who uses the above as opportunity as additional income or for additional income deliberately forces delays

Both these people are 2 sides of a coin. While first will curse of bribe and people accepting bribe but yet keep on doing it and later will complain of workload and people with references and salaries.

Arvind Kejriwal played a masterstroke. Since corruption is driven from top (as person on top seeks additional favours – read monies, from people under him), he raised the salary to 400%. The ministers get that amount but sure not the babus. Share of babu’s income is increased. Even if it is claimed, no one is taking bribe, is there a parameter? What about the size of dataset chosen? Well at least will be required to pay less “bribe” tax.

Arvind Kejriwal was not satisfied so he introduced a Even-Odd drive. Filled with loopholes and fine of ₹2000 INR. 08:00 to 20:00 except Sundays cars with Even number will ply on Even numbered days and Odd number on Odd numbered days. This is when proper infrastructure not in place.

  • What is the proof someone has medical emergency and who decides it?
  • Who will verify CNG sticker on car is valid one or what if someone removed it
  • No mention of PUC check. Are they not required?
  • Anyone coming to Delhi from other states in own car to drop at airport will have to check calendar and their car number before coming to Delhi

Keeping all aside, traffic snarls will now happen before 08:00 instead of current 09:00 to 10:00 and if someone starting early caught in it and goes beyond the time? Is it plan of big corporates to make their employees sit for 12 hours? Last time they increased from 8 hour day to 9 hour day during recession and it has stuck since, may be this is another such shot in the arm that people can stay in office for 12 hours.

A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Again speculations. But this is real. Now the stakes are high. Person giving bribe will be happy to shell more ₹₹₹ INRs instead of paying fine of ₹2000 INR. Cumulatively paying ₹100 at 10 places is still cheaper than the fine. Is Arvind Kejriwal stating there will be volunteers checking for corruption too? Since, they are not officially appointed or bound, who’ll check for hooliganism or even abuses. Doh! What is someone refuses to pay fine or delays showing papers – the line following the person will be restless to be in office before time.

One thing is sure, there will be increased flow of money. Either fine or bribes. The stakes are high!

 

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Basic Necessities http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/12/31/basic-necessities/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/12/31/basic-necessities/#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17368 Continue reading "Basic Necessities"]]> Yesterday was deadline for posting about Net Neutrality in India. More details on savetheinternet.in and if I remember correctly, this is the third time TRAI is seeking if we should’ve Net Neutrality or not. The major force which wants India should not have Net Neutrality in India is Facebook. First starting with internet.org which it has now beautifully renamed as Free Basics. But what is Net Neutrality & what is our basics?

Net Neutrality is basically what is exists of today. Yes, that means you pay for the internet service and you use anything you want. Be it games, news, entertainment, all you get is constant service. If you are a news person, you can go for a cheap data plan which will offer you less data. And if you are a gamer, you need very fast connection or if an entertainment device user a very high data plan.

As it famously goes, “All work no play, makes Jack a dull boy”. So if the news person thinks of going to a video site all he’ll see is “Buffering” and huge bills for data over use. What if the provider says, you get high-speed or no data charge for using a competitive video hosting site. Naturally, news person will shift to these sites. That’s where the Net Neutrality ends.

  • Differential speeds or data limitation for specific sites
  • Differential pricing for different services
  • Indirectly forcing people to a competitive channel

How does it matter, the news person is getting his dose of entertainment. If most videos are uploaded to the non-free site, means the person is missing on many things and is content with inferior product.

It is no surprise, everyone loves freebies.It makes sense that you use a service and get a return, that is understandable just like banks give interest or credit card companies give reward points. When someone gives something for free, it’s time to read the fine lines with extreme magnifying glass and ultra slow speed.

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

Why would someone give something for free? Charity or Philanthropy. Charity is just giving while Philanthropy is uplifting. What Facebook is doing is neither of these. It ties up with services and service providers. Essentially Facebook as a service becomes a gatekeeper for other services and service providers and acts as a service provider. Sounds complicated? Facebook has already tied up with Reliance Communications  (RCom) to give free Facebook. Facebook freaks will love to get more of Facebook which means some will jump ships. What about others prices with RCom or even service – will it give same or better service than other players is still unanswered.

Who benefits here? RCom gets users (atleast a nudge higher as compared to now) & Facebook as they’ll get more of your data. What if tomorrow another service comes up which has better features and fewer ads (or annoying games) than Facebook, people will still choose Facebook – simple coz its free. The new service will choke on itself. Facebook is killing competition.

For many people internet is Google, Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube but what if you need to pay premium for them. Many will stop using them and will switch to competitive and cheaper options. Something that has happened to our TV. Gone are days when you would pay one amount and get all channels but now you pay per channel. Any new channel to come up will either have to be free to air (means more ads) or have to be owned by a big company to absorb the costs. Do you want same to happen to your internet?

Lets be honest, what are our basic necessities? Its “Roti, Kapda aur Makaan” (Bread, Clothing & Housing). How does internet became a basic? In a country where literacy level is just 74% (source) but that doesn’t mean 74% of India know English. English is primary form on internet and not all are compatible with regional language.

Literacy, as defined in Census operations, is the ability to read and write with understanding in any language.

Considering, Facebook says it’ll provide basic internet to rural people. This has essentially below flaws:

  • Rural people knowing English to navigate website. Considering, they do convert pages to regional language, the type of phone.
  • Basic java phone works brilliantly on 2G too. Why would someone pay additional budget over internet when we’ve people available locally who know – for free. Basically do they know what is internet?
  • Android phone. Woah! If they use a smart phone and aware it needs data and they use it, then I’m sure they don’t need free data too. Apple iPhone? I think we got a wrong data set here
  • Final quest. Connectivity. How reliable is connection? In cities where 4G struggles, 3G crawls and 2G dies will Facebook put up own towers?

If Facebook really cares, it should join hands with Google for Project Loon or may be push their own research. A company whose business is to use your data and sell your data to advertisers and advertise is giving away free internet? Anything you do on internet.org or Free Basics will give your data to Facebook. More data, more insight, more specific ads. I hope now you get it, they were using your data and making money and now suddenly their conscience called and they though to make it official BUT now they want all alone.

I feel, Facebook is not alone. It has some brilliant lobbying around. Billions of people use Facebook and many click links blindly, means many would’ve loved Free Basics without knowing the above. Facebook can dictate what happens in India (or what we consume) while sitting in US. It has changed its wordings to fool people already (internet.org to Free Basics). TRAI has sought our opinion third time.

Sample this: It happened first time, everyone got up and raise their voice. Facebook lobby failed to get internet.org. They tried again. This time lobby succeeded but sane heads in TRAI followed public opinion. Again people stood up, this time less than initial lot. Facebook lobbied harder. Succeeded again and another user opinion. Facebook chose confusing words like used in our Constitution. More and more ads on TV, more notification on Facebook mobile & web. Don’t know how many clicked and how many mailed this time. Don’t know if there will be another time and even don’t know will Net Neutrality be in India.

If Facebook lobby wins, India will be a country where a foreign service provider will dictate the National rules. Imagine some Indian company doing same in US. Basic necessities will forever be “Roti, Kapda aur Makaan”

#SaveTheInternet

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Good Bye 110023 http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/10/26/good-bye-110023/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/10/26/good-bye-110023/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:18:18 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17352 Continue reading "Good Bye 110023"]]> It’s been over 23 year my address had been revolving around the PIN Code 110023. I’ve been so much attached that at many places this has been my permanent address (actually just like we put –do– or –Same as above– in Permanent Address & Present Address field). Now it’s time to move on… not leaving Delhi but 110023 is not where I’ll be.

Spent all school days from this place, even returned here in college, , got first job, got married and also have a kid. When so much happen around the same place you grew up, it actually holds a special place. Remember many shortcuts, those cycle races, play grounds, chased away by gardeners, house-hopping. Actually have been spoilt by the area and never will find such a place. As my dad says, “We are living at the citadel”, yes Raisina Hill is not for from there 😉 We bid farewell to friends, offices, jobs and even to frenemies but this is me leaving with a heavy heart and lots of memories. Good Bye 110023.

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