Thejesh GN

A Blog, A Website and A container for all my views with excerpts from technology, travel, films, india, photography, kannada, friends and other interests. I am Thejesh GN. Friends call me Thej

SmartTab – Why a cheap android tab?

Posted by Thejesh GN On November - 9 - 20121 COMMENT

I bought a new Karbonn SmartTab2. It was roughly INR 7K ($140). Many of my friends were surprised that I bought a cheap tablet (especially because I have plans of upgrading my Nexus One by year end). I have been exploring cheap tablets for a while and I settled down for SmartTab at last for a couple of reasons.

  • It’s sturdy, portable and affordable.
  • It has all the connectivity I wanted—USB (can connect to USB modem, hard disk etc), Bluetooth, MicroSD, HDMI out, WiFi and front camera. GSM was not required as I have a phone which is capable of getting onto cellular network and also tethering.
  • Enough power—1GHz and 512 MB RAM.
  • Decent OS, ice cream sandwich
  • Apps that matter like 3G app which can connect to Internet using my USB modem.

SmartTab

I have plans for some hardware hacks which need cheap, accessible (ports) and decent computer to use. I think Android as an OS suits the deal and hence SmartTab is a perfect fit.

I will probably use Processing + Android (Amarino) + Arduino + bebox for my hacks. Any suggestions are welcome.

As of now I am just watching movies, reading books ad taking Internet offline. I must say I am very impressed with it and I might buy one for my parents.

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Then they came for whistleblowers

Posted by Thejesh GN On October - 17 - 20123 COMMENTS

Today’s Salman Kurshid incident reminds me

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

You can replace communists, socialists, trade unionists by virtually anybody who is honest and interested in India. This is probably worst time in Indian politics Hope Manmohan Singh comes out and sacks his law minister.

If you haven’t seen the leaked video yet then check the report below

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Instgram for Crowdsourcing Postbox Locations

Posted by Thejesh GN On October - 16 - 20124 COMMENTS

Update: Its become an all India postbox data collection project. Now we use the tag #openpostboxindia. The source code is open sourced and can be used for any type of photo and location based data collection using Instagram and Twitter.

I have been using instagram a lot. If you follow me on instagram you would have noticed pictures of postboxes. If you check the details they all have a similar tagging pattern. They all are tagged with #openbangalore #openpostboxindia #postbox and #pin<pin_code>. The last tag #pin<pin_code> in real will look like #pin560100. All these pictures belong to my secret project called postboxes.


I like sending post cards. It’s such a pain to send post card because its difficult to find a postbox. There aren’t many these days. So for last few months I had been taking geo tagged pictures thinking one day I will clean them up. But that never happened.

But then instagram gave me an option to collect and organize this data in a fun way. I jumped into it. So now I instagram a post box with #openbangalore #postbox and #pin<pin_code>. I also geo tag them. I have a script which uses the instagram API and pulls the image url,Tags, Location, Time, User credits out of it. Cleans up that data and inserts into a SQLite database.
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Awesome weekend

Posted by Thejesh GN On October - 15 - 20123 COMMENTS

I had an awesome weekend at Pondicherry. I dont want to write anything about it other than saying it was my best birthday. Here are some pictures from instagram.

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Grand Parents

Posted by Thejesh GN On September - 22 - 20122 COMMENTS

I didnt get to spend time with my grandparents. I really dont know how kids interact with their grand parents. Its fun too watch how my parents communicate with their grand kids (my sisters kids). Kind of very new experience for me.

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