Writing after a very looong time. Today I’ve to decide on one of my utility plan for Internet
Not sure which one I’ve to go for. Call center sales people try to sale Contract Plans as good and profit which might reduce my bill upto $7.57/month . But my case is different , as I plan to leave the country and I’ve to terminate the contract for which I’ve to pay early termination fee. Its hard deciding over the phone call itself , so close the call , starts comparing.
Looks like if I leave within next 7 months, `Contract-free` is good for me. Contract is good only if you stick with the plan for more than 8 months and will end up with 90.84 savings per year.
This is for someone who looks for clue over Deciding Utility Plans on Contract vs Contract-free.
Some time , your Android throws unexpected messages and keeps blocking you , using the mobile with strange errors/warnings. One of them is
"unfortunately, the process com.android.systemui has stopped"
Here goes the possible fixes for the Issue:
Myself & my brother face this issue often , when playing with different ROM’s and experimenting with new stuffs. But here goes our Quick remedies. Publishing this in hope this will help someone in need.The possible fixes for this Issue may be :
Steps to Fix
Settings >> Storage >> Clear Cache
Settings >> Sytem >> Accessibility >> Turn off all
Reset the APNs
Settings >> Wireless & Networks >> Mobile Networks >> Access Point Names >> Reset
Try in Safe Mode
Power >> Hold Turnoff (or Reboot) >> Reboot in Safe Mode
Enjoying TV in KODI takes 2 steps only & it’s so simple.
Step #1 :Install IPTV
>> HOME SCREEN >> SYSTEM >> Settings >> Add-ons >> Disabled Add-ons
>> PVR IPTV Simple Client >> Enable
>> Configure >> General
>>> Location : Remote Path (Internet address)
>>> M3U Play List* : https://sites.google.com/site/redeneobux/listaUK.m3u *
>>> Cache m3u at local storage : Turn off
Step #2 :Turnon LiveTV
>> HOME SCREEN >> SYSTEM >> Settings >> Live TV >>
>>> General >> Enabled (Turn on Live TV)
>>> Playback >> Start playback minimised (Turn OFF)
Live TV is now setup and ready to use. A TV link should now appear in the home menu.
The M3U used in this is just an example, some links will work, some won’t. Here are some other URLs you can use instead of the one above. All of these from the Redeneobux website. Try that site for more lists:
UK List – https://sites.google.com/site/redeneobux/listaUK.m3u
USA List – https://sites.google.com/site/redeneobux/listaUSA.m3u
HD Channels List – https://sites.google.com/site/redeneobux/listaHD.m3u
Restart your KODI enjoy the streaming TV channels now.
Update : Here goes the shots for Handy quick reference:
NB: I’m using my LG E400 mobile , to connect the SD Card with GNU/Linux Z460 Laptop. Please note in above example , the phone’s internal memory mounted on [sdb]
Also double check with command mount
kesavan@kesavan-Ideapad-Z460:~/Downloads$ mount | grep sdc
/dev/sdc on /media/kesavan/8027-0BC8 type vfat (rw,nosuid,nodev,uid=1000,gid=1000,shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,showexec,flush,uhelper=udisks2)
Step 3 : Unmount the SD card
Now umount that card , so that we can safely flash.
!!! WARNING !!! : This will wipe the entire partition
kesavan@kesavan-Ideapad-Z460:~/Downloads$ sudo dd if=OpenELEC-RPi2.arm-5.0.8.img of=/dev/sdc bs=4M
[sudo] password for kesavan:
no talloc stackframe at ../source3/param/loadparm.c:4864, leaking memory
73+0 records in
73+0 records out
306184192 bytes (306 MB) copied, 55.4967 s, 5.5 MB/s
Here goes my experience with RaspberrryPi with KODI (XBMC) and OpenELEC.
Here’s what I start with :
RaspberryPi 512 MB B+ – $34.79
Transcend micro SD – Class 2 HC 8GB – ~$8 ( I used my old one from LG E900 )
HDMI Cable – $11
Power Adapter – Using my Nexus 4 E960’s
An active INTERNET connection
Optional ( Also I used )
Edimax EW-7811Un 150Mbps 11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter – $7.99
Sabrent 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub (HB-UMLS) – $6.99
Logitech K120 – $8
Logitech Mouse M100 (Gift)
Transcend 16 GB (My wife’s )
Streaming media– How it works ?
The idea is simple. Some one in internet broadcast these media for you , of-course free of cost.The person may be a community with like minded people and their goal is to share the media of type including Music, Music Videos,Movies (even 4K videos ), Games , Weather Apps and much more.
Compare with: Think about the torrent network , you might already experienced with to download Programs, content , Movies from Internet
Repository – Ready-made bundle comes with lot of streaming network media content.
Compare with : Think about the *.torrent files which contain the IP/Location details. Hold-on. But it more than that. A single repository gives you ability to add multiple choice of addons related to Videos,Movies,Games and much more.
Repositories shows you what are addons available for you to pick. By default KODI comes with Official XBMC Repository , where you can find verified and recommended addons by KODI itself. There are tons of Unofficial repositories. You’ve to pick your best.
Addons – Additional tiny programs running on-top of KODI to give you better experience. Adding more functionality to the core features of KODI.
Compare with : Think about the addons of Mozilla browser (Abrowser / Firefox)
Without much addons you’ll not able to enjoy the remote content. KODI becomes another local Media Player ( or Home Theater ) for your Living room.
Start now – Here goes the steps : ( only three steps)
Install KODI – Download latest stable KODI version from kodi.tv
Install additional Repositories. Here goes my favorite:
#1 run the etherpadlite process continuously
[kesavan@web322:~]$ screen ~/webapps/app_k7_etherpadlite/bin/run.sh &
#2 list the screen process(es)
[kesavan@web322:~]$ screen -list
There is a screen on:
1 Socket in /var/run/screen/S-kesavan.
#3 back to the detached screen session
screen -r 16269.pts-0.web322
#4 quit the running process , detach by above command
CTRL+A then :quit
Merry Christmas everyone! After done with my breakfast today, I just thinking what todo and browsing across my old laptop , I come into the song of ‘Ariyathe, onnum parayaathe’ and immediately I searched for the metadata of the movie. I’m lucky, the movie available online.
I thought of spending time with Nilavu and it’s really worth. Almost all the characters did their best.It’s a good malayalam movie. I don’t want to go for srt/sub titles. I wish to go with native language , even though I might hard to understand and enjoy emotions expressing trhough words.At most situation , the scene itself enough to judge ‘A picture worth thousand words’.
As I just watched only the song, I thought Sreelekha might occpy the full space. Instead it is Sunitha Nedungadi. She did her best in the role Lakshmi, a nature loving artisitc mature woman married to a high class business man, who is always busy flying across the globe for money leaving wife lonely in the dry Gulf.
The story begins with Hari , the young man getting prepared for Gulf with his wife , and everyone in the home pack his needs at Gulf incuding Pickle. Her mother takes care of everything , including the ‘Nelica saru’ [Aamla extract]. As it happens,his father’s friend seeks his recommendation for his son for a job in Gulf.It happens once you done with your settlement.
When he landed Gulf, he lie to her wife going to Office but to seashore , waiting for someone.The story starts here.He recalls his first arrival to Gulf for the Job of interior design. Everything appears new to him & his room mates teach him from How to cross the signal to how to tie.As a part time job, Hari wish to work as photo lab techinician where he retouch the old photos bringing new colorful life. One of such client impressed with his work gift him a statue of Nataraja , leaving a note with her number. Their relationship starts to develop in a new platform , leaving all monetery consumerism left behind.
Lakshimi then invites him to her home showing her loneliness with her collections of arts and paints feeling that it’s a museum to him.She love to spend time with him. And he too have some untold stories of his own. One fine day she take him to her native, where she grows and how she feel there. Back to Gulf, it’s all how people missing everything in their native , just for money, dinar including mother’s death.
The film moves in a way that a feather of birds falls from the tree without no prediction of direction. It’s all about emotion of Human , touching life. Situational dialogue such ‘raathri maatrum mathi’ [a night itself enough ] takes the audience, to feeling to lonely woman missing the life she wish to be.
Here’s my best scene:
Lakshmi serving wine for Hari in her home and lights off the candle taking him to shadow of Nilavu [Moon light]
Throwing away the Jasmine on roadside ,lakshimi decorated herself after her husband Shankar’s praising on her showing her feeling .
Narrating about her fancy on Kumkum (Shindhor pottu) on every bath to Hari
Sensing the leaves of plant touch-me-not [ Mimosa pudica], recalling her childhood.
Cutting the phone call once Hari informed about his marriage and leaving a gift for her upcoming wife.
Dialling his number , not picking from the phone-book , [Director AjithNair , here shows how real people memorizes numbers of loving ones ] and cancelling the same leaving Hari to go with his new life.
Sreelekha – Expressing her emotions throught the song ‘Ariyathee , onum paraythee’
Where she can’t intake the juice of Betel leaves she had in everyone’s absence and spit somewhere on walk side where Hari coming
Her smiling face , while the Panikar [Horoscope matching pro] expressing non-match of their stars for marriage, hiding the tears.
Gowri – Did her role in right way as receptionist , junk food eating lady.”Working hard or Harding work” kind of dialogues her boss and her reaction , a timing joke.
Everyone else, including Hari did their best. Thanks director Ajith Nair!
May you know or not , it’s done. Yeah. My trip to United States.Most of my friends ask me about my experience there & the life style they’ve. And this post may serve on that purpose.
Week 1 :
The trip initially starts from Chennai on May 31st and my itinerary about to go to Doha then Newyork and finally Saltlake City. The air hostess starts to serve the breakfast by 6:30 am , which I never expect.But I’ve too.After four hours I was at Doha for two hours.Hot and dusty atmosphere.Then comes the thirteen hours of journey on board.The Qatar airlines features movieplex on board and I starts to watch ‘Life of Pi’.
A young couple nearby me in their romantic mood as the flight approaching the Newyork JFK port.Once checkin’s and other formatlites done, my first $20 spent for Pizza & Coke.It comes around $13 something and I was provided with some Dime and Cents.As I’m unaware of the value of Dime at that time, I’m not sure about the exact change. Trusting the Pizza girl, I don’t count it again, but keep it separate for future investigation.
As time ticks around 3pm, I rush to BlueJet flight to Saltlake City SLC port. There an old couple near by.They are telling about the sites nearby Saltlake city and confirms the 10 cents equals one Dime.
The guys Mathi/Seetha/Abhi welcomes me in to their room. Enjoyed five Chapathi’s with egg kuruma in that mid-night. Next day, we had done with some groceries in nearby Harmon’s and Wal-Mart.
In that night , I’d an issue with my Linux edition on Lenovo Z460 and I work with console mode only.
Next day starts with Kellogg’s and Strawberries which I’m okay with.
Josh welcomes me to the Office on the very first day.Everything appears new and different.Here is some snaps from first day.
The time runs too fast and it was Friday. I plan for outing that week end and TripAdvisor advice me to go for Liberty Park and Gilgal Garden.
One thing I love at Onshore is , they meet only on Wednesday, that too for meeting and other misc purposes. So I’d chance to meet people only on Wednesday. But for my case Josh comes to Office to give company for me 2-3 days per week. Jeff Compas promised me to meet the next Wednesday. Casey [my boss, there] and no one excepts his visit to Office after very looOng time [twice in a year]. He took me to Thai restaurant nearby with Josh and Travis.
The guys at room nowadays feels that I was odd man in their circle as I was too sticky with Indian mentality.We’d some arguments and quarrels over that.Next day it was decided to goto WalMart with Dhoti/Lungi. Why not? To their surprise , I feel more comfort with Lungi on US roads.
That week end I went for Natural History Museum in Utah University.The museum shows exhibits of natural history subjects, specifically about Utah’s natural history.They illuminate the natural world and the place of humans within it. The Museum’s collections emphasize the natural history of Utah and are accessible to researchers from around the world.
Week 3: Silver Lake
Silver Lake is one of those destinations we tend to hit up a few times every summer.Silver Lake is a great place to visit for a quick bit of escape from the valley, and a good place to find some cooler temperatures for a nice relaxing walk in the height of summer, or indeed in the fall.The scenery is beautiful, the temps are cooler than down in the valley, they allow fishing, and there are picnic tables. It’s a great place to come and just slow down a bit. Just a tip–keep an eye open for moose.The hike is through a fairly treeless area, with little shade, so bring plenty of water and try not to hike in the middle of the day during the hot summer months.
Week 4: Ganesha Temple
Seetha in the room wish to visit nearby Ganesha temple & we plan to go that week end. It’s nearly 40 miles from our location & that is the only temple in Utah , [the priest said so].Here’s some snaps from Ganesha temple. The pooja archanai costs around $11 and I we offer prayer to them.Week 5: Independence day Celebrations
Josh invites me to his Dad’s home for July 4 Independence day Celebrations.Really enjoyed that Dinner and Fireworks.He picks me from my Home. There I’d a great time discussing with his wife Jenny who revealed more secrets about Josh.Here’s Josh second son William.
Myself with William , Josh’s second son
And Josh originally shared his album to me with a note “Independence Day Celebration. Thanks for coming, we had a blast!”
Here’s more from Josh side:Week 6
I spent my weekend at a Hot spa nearby. I love to swim & swimming is good there as expected but cost me $14.99. But it’s worth.You may find some private snaps in my Google+ / twitter @kesavan200oin
It’s full rest and some shopping. On Sunday , we went for a movie at Valley Mall nearby. It was LONE RANGER , The Legend Returns. The Popcorn with Coke seems little expensive but no other choice left for us.
The seventh week end is really a good one. We’d some Indian style Biriyani [the guys at restaurant is from Chennai & Trichy]. We try to cover some important sites in and around of Downtown.
Various historic important Churches
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Utah State Capitol
You may find some good snaps in this slide show on the above sites here.
And my brother order me to visit Las Vegas before I leave the states. And so I booked tickets for me & team to/fro Las Vegas & two nights stay. And it is not worth we’re the first group to visit LasVegas with cooked food.
It’s hardly 8 Hr journey from Saltlake city to LasVegas. The way to LV is mixed with dry,hot,dusty atmosphere. The bus is only half-filled. We’d our Tomato rice for lunch inside the bus. It was 6:30 pm, when we reached LV. After finding our Hotel 1.5 miles apart of the station , we took a refreshment.
LV is different city. Life at LV starts only at 7 Pm and shuts at morning 6 Am. Full of colorful lights , casinos, arts, beers and everything you need. We’re hard to find water but beer is just a meter away .There’s lot of bus service running in night to cover major sites and we got such one. After that it comes to know that it was prepaid kind and we’re travelling without-ticket category. Immediately in the next stop we get down and buy one ticket in the vending machine.
Everywhere I find Gambling and Entertainment stuff. Clearly I understood why the City is called as Sin City & Capital of Second Chances. Dan earlier informed me that it is not Las Vegas it’s Lost Wages. That’s true to realize there.
Most important we cover the following spots.
Las Vegas Strip
The big shot I experienced at the stratosphere is the one, I never forget in my life time. The overview of the city from 108 floor level is amazing one.We explored various casinos and roaming around the strip clubs.You may love the city snaps.
And my last week this time to states and my boss and team wish to have farewell treat to me.Casey took me to Mexican restaurant [my choice] and we’d a great time there.The team is happy to pose me for snaps.Josh took me fine snaps with Travis,Randy,Dan and Casey.Philip left the office early that day.
Finally the day come. August 10. I’ve to fly to Chicago and then to Doha finally Chennai.When I reach Chicago , I failed to find water fountain inside port and the half-litre water cost me around $4.
My tweet that time says that “500mlல ஒரு சொட்டு கூட விடாம குடிக்கலாம்னா 20ml
@Fujiwater கீழ போயிருச்சே! பின்னே ரூ.237.85 சும்மாவா?” . But I’ve to digest that.