10 Changes

1. Stopped buying / reading newspaper and magazines. Dependent on web
Reason : Stale news, editorial content

2. Quit Facebook
Reason : Irrelevant information, time & focus sink

3. Decreasing use of Google Reader. Dependent on Twitter as a replacement
Reason : Better content at faster pace

4. Started a blog in 2010. Focused on startups, web, technology
Reason : Brings clarity to thoughts

5. Stopped using Read it Later. All articles read on Instapaper. Period
Reason : Simple wins. Always

6.  Started reading fiction. ‘Atlas shrugged’ was the first one.
Reason : Common Sense

7. Zero dependency on the local system. Information is online. OS, drivers, setup files on ext hdd and online
Reason : Local is lost. Need Web OS

8. 99% of all bills / expenses paid online  (Damn Maharashtra Electricity Board)
Reason : Netbanking makes running a company 80% easier

9. iPhone, my best investment ever
Reason : Trust only technology companies – Apple, Amazon, Google

10. All my offline applications are internet based
Reason : Refer reason 7 (More of a filler point)

10 Changes

How my Dell XPS m1330 overheating problems were solved?

Couple of days back, my laptop started overheating and got really slow. Not just overheating, it was almost on fire. On further diagnosis, got to understand that the slowness was due to RAM getting full and high CPU cycles. The overheating was because the fan just stopped working. It was doing about 70C.

I called Dell XPS support and they had an engineer at my doorstep in 20 hours. That was too cool. The plan was to replace the heat sink and hard disk. They had a backup motherboard, if there was further damage.

This was the old heat sink and the motherboard. Lot of dust in the fan. The motherboard was replaced one year back with a Nvidia graphics card problem. Didnt get that changed this time. The Dell support dude says the OS and the harddisk was the problem.

This was my heat sink. Check out the thermal padding on the new heat sink on the left.

My Western Digital (160 Gb) hard disk had a corrupt firmware issue. The issue was diagnosed as a 146 error while running the self diagnostic (function key + F11). They replaced that as well, with a new one on the right which had a new design.

This was the thermal pad they used over the processor. It helps in keeping the processor cool and  dissipating the heat to the heat sink. Two of such pad were added. The same was there on the heat sink.

You can see the cooling pad/gel on the processor, the heat sink comes on top of this. Well those where the three things that they changed. After completing this, they found my CD-ROM was not working and the vista CD in extremely bad shape and language (Hindi).

So I am now stuck with a Dell XPS m1330 which does not over heat but has no OS. Thank god for USB bootable Ubuntu, I can at least access the internet without much fuss.

How my Dell XPS m1330 overheating problems were solved?

Comparison of Online CRM Solutions

I needed to decide on an online CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solution for Naabo. Here are a few of the posts that helped me decide.

http://www.cloudave.com/link/javelin-shooting-an-arrow-into-crm

http://webandyou.avelient.com/2009/05/14/customer-relationship-management-crm-javelin-for-your-small-business/

http://zebugroup.com/2009/03/3-reasons-why-we-picked-batchbook-as-our-crm-tool/

http://www.budeco.nl/en/budeco-the-making-of/about-the-selection-of-an-online-crm-system/

Finally went ahead with capsulecrm.com

Comparison of Online CRM Solutions

Indian online payment gateway comparison

From past few weeks, I have been looking for an online payment gateway for our product. Here is what my research could dig up.

CCAvenue EBS ICICI Payseal Paypal / Google CheckOut
Starter Package 7500 INR @ 7% TDR 6000 INR @ 6% TDR 25000 INR @ 4% TDR 3.4% TDR
Advantages
– Maximum coverage
– Includes telephone based payment
– Market leader with limited consumer brand recognition
– Professional organisation

– Prompt service
– Most affordable
– Provide additional discounts
– Supported by Axis Bank
– Lowest TDR among Indian options
– Supports Subscription based services
– Lowest TDR
Disadvantages
– No Discounts
– Lethargic service due to their high market share

– Poor Coverage (No SBI net banking)

– Poor coverage
– Uptime issues

– No INR support
– Service is poor towards startups
My Verdict Best option by far 2nd best For large transactions only

If customers are abroad with monthly renewals

It was a close call between Ccavenue and EBS but went ahead with Ccavenue since they provide the maximum coverage with better uptime and security measures. Hope this saves time and energy for others who are contemplating the same. Do send in your comments which could be added to the table.

Indian online payment gateway comparison