I finally got an MTNL broadband connection at home (Mumbai). Since I decided to get my own TP-LINK modem+wi-fi router (a good value for money model that I plan to review after a couple of months of use), I had to do the modem settings on my own. The settings for some models are available on the MTNL site, but it was missing for my particular model. The modem’s default PPPoE dialer settings did not seem to work, so I decided to check out one of the MTNL documents, and here’s the configuration that I found:
Username: <phonenumber> OR <phonenumber>@a E.g. 12345678 OR 12345678@a
Password: <CA number> (you can find this from your bill, or by calling 1500 from the landline) E.g. 4567890123
(The VPI & VCI settings chosen by my modem were different due to which it failed to connect & I had to change them manually to the above settings)
Connection Type: PPPoE LLC
MTU: 1400 bytes (another setting that had a different default on my modem)
MRU: 1492 bytes
Default route: Enabled
You can also set the DNS servers manually to point to OpenDNS (22.214.171.124/126.96.36.199) or Google’s DNS servers (188.8.131.52/184.108.40.206) which should prevent ISP level DNS blocking of sites, and most likely provide better lookup speeds.
Below is the D-Link modem settings from the MTNL document from where I have picked the settings.
As for the wi-fi settings, you can stick to the defaults – just don’t forget to secure your network using a passkey to keep away free riders.
Really liking Feedly as a Google Reader replacement, particularly the cloud sync ability along with its Android & iOS apps. Let’s see how this evolves after the Google Reader shutdown on July 1.
Someone should just get a patent on granting silly patents, and then sue the patent agencies & courts when they grant one.
One of the worst patents ever just got upheld in court.
Beautiful and scary – just imagine the kind of tides the larger ones would cause (of course, if they were at that distance, tides are the last thing we’d be worried about)
Of course, nowhere as cool as Tatooine
via Photographer Ron Miller creates incredible pictures of what it would look like if planets were closer | Mail Online.
CGI Lighting goes up another notch – just watch the clip from Pixar’s “Blue Umbrella” short below:
Also, check out the stills from the original article to get an idea of how far we’ve come. You’d be hard pressed to believe that it’s not real – Director Saschka Unseld discusses Pixar, photorealism, and the making of ‘The Blue Umbrella’ | The Verge.
Uncanny Valley at its eeriest
I tried the recently opened Eastern Freeway in Mumbai to get to office today, and ended up covering the first 10 km in less than 10 minutes. The remaining 8 km took over 20 min, thus taking the same amount of time to get to office (Cadbury House) as my usual route via Lalbagh. The taxi fare came to Rs 225 vs the usual Rs 175.
The entry\exit for both the flyovers is at the end of Bhakti Park, behind the Odyessey building. Here’s the route in detail (from Bhakti Park to Mahalaxmi Temple) captured via the My Tracks Android app synced to Google Drive.
Not going to change my regular route for this, but it is definitely a quick way to get to CST or Colaba. This possibly makes CST closer to Bhakti Park, Chembur & Vashi (via the extended expressway) than Dadar in terms of the time taken. CST should take 15-20 min at most via this route from Bhakti Park & Chembur.
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Long in the tooth, but gotta give some leeway, considering that this was written before the App Store debuted on iOS, and before Android (which incidentally is the Linux OS that ate Nokia’s lunch):
Contrast this war with Nokia’s handset, which is based on Linux. Nokia is building a platform that can run arbitrary software. It’ll be messy, and will go through several iterations. But in the end, we know how this story plays out: iPhone is Compuserve; Nokia is the Internet. (Google’s (GOOG) much-speculated mobile device is also rumored to run a pared-down Linux.)
via Nokia, the N810 Tablet & the Long View — Tech News and Analysis.