Free from Facebook

Past few weeks, I am calculating the usage time of my smartphone using the app – Quality Time.

It  shows that I am staring this screen for 30 hours per week. 😦

Decided to reduce it.

Did the following things.

1.Quitted Facebook

2. Unsubscribed to non reading mailing lists, converted to digest mode for few lists.

3. Removed all social media apps from mobile. The apps I have now are gmail, maps, clock, Firefox, calendar, camera, WhatsApp, camscanner, hangout.

4. Quitted most of the WhatsApp groups, except few personal friends group.

 

I am writing on the following blogs.

1. http://goinggnu.wordpress.com – tech

2. https://onroads.wordpress.com – life in English

3. http://tshrinivasan.blogspot.in – life in Tamil

http://kaniyam.com and http://FreeTamilEbooks.com are the sites I contribute.

subscribe to these sites or visit them often.

 

 

Will blog here on how the experiment goes. I may miss many updates from friends.But you can always mail me on tshrinivasan@gmail.com to reach me.

Send some personal mails. It has been ages I send or receive any personal mail.

Let us restart the culture of personal mails. Believe me. We will become more closer on personal mails.

 

See you in Email.

 

How to collect the details of TN Politicians?

TamilNadu has thousands of Politicians.

From councillors to MLA,s MPs etc.

We dont have a place to read their details online. It is high time to use the internet to showcase the real facts about the politicians.

We are electing only the local councillors. We should know the facts about their history, their social activities.

I am wondering, how in the world of internet, the details of politicians are not collected and stored somewhere?

On election time, I read these politicians details on newspapers. Dont know how they get these details and publish.

Shall we start a project to collect these details? Will a wiki or Drupal help?

Where can we get the details? Will Election commission share the details?

 

Collected few links.

http://www.vikatan.com/news/special/manthiri-thanthiri/

http://www.tn.gov.in/

– Governor <http://www.tn.gov.in/government/keycontact/197>
– Chief Minister <http://www.tn.gov.in/government/keycontact/18358>
– Council of Ministers <http://www.tn.gov.in/ministerslist>
– MPs & MLAs <http://www.tn.gov.in/government/mps>
– Departments <http://www.tn.gov.in/department>
– Districts <http://www.tn.gov.in/district_view>

http://www.tn.gov.in/government/mps

Lok Sabha <http://www.tn.gov.in/government/loksaba> | Rajya Sabha
<http://www.tn.gov.in/government/rajyasaba>

MLAs <http://www.tn.gov.in/government/mlas>
Lok Sabha <http://www.tn.gov.in/government/loksaba> | Rajya Sabha
<http://www.tn.gov.in/government/rajyasaba> | MLAs
<http://www.tn.gov.in/government/mlas>

 

The information in the tn.gov.in links are very few.

 

Reply here if you are interested in collection the details of TN politicians.

or mail to tshrinivasan@gmail.com

 

 

Welcome to the Real World – Measure and reduce the smartphone usage

I realised that I am using the smartphone too much. I started to use to kill my leisure time, but now it is killing all my time.

 

I was using my phone for 33 hours in last 7 days.

 

I always think that I dont have much time to spend on the items in my to-do list. But from where did I get the 33 hours/week. It is more than one full day. 😦

 

On my process to reduce the virtual life and to start living in the real world, with books, dance, music, talking with people, clearing my to-do items, writing etc, I measured the usage of the mobile with the app “Quality Time”

 

Found an alarming statistics.
See below for the details.

 

I request you to install this and measure the time you spend on virtual world with your smartphone.

 

It will free you from the high amount of smartphone dependency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reduce your internet addiction and live a real life.

 

Welcome to the Real World.

 

Good Bye CollabNet

Hello friends.

It is really tough for me to type this email.

Leaving people is so painful.

CollabNet is like my Family. In the six years of life here, I found who I am. I explored the world, learnt tons of things.

I got a great team who are my extended family. Just like family members, you all helped me to grow, mentored in tough times, cherished my successes, guided me on odd situations.

We trekked a lot, went for tours, marriages, treated a lot, worked hard for days, continuous shifts, long drived in the midnight, danced in parties, conducted many trainings, sessions, Fought a lot on Gnu/Linux VS Windows. All the moments are so great and will be there in my heart forever.

Its time for me to follow my dreams and to move on in the career path.

This is my last day in CollabNet.

With tons and tons of great, sweet memories I am saying a “Bye” to my family.

Thanks all my friends here.

A special Thanks to Mohan. We are really blessed to work with him. He inspired me a lot. He changed the way I see people. The long running discussions with him in the deep jungle, in the road side shops, in the long drives, in the lunch talks sculptured me.. If I am kind, respectful, thankful, say it is mohan’s touch.

Thanks for our customers for giving great challenges to play on.

Being in touch is very easy with our digital connectivity and very tough with our digital distractions.

But, we are in touch with the people who are touching our lives.

I will be sharing my happiness and will be seeking help from my friends here  🙂

Good Bye.

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With this email, I finished my last day at CollabNet on Sep 12, 2014

Gifted the book “Eat That Frog” to my dear ones.

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Thanks for www.ChennaiShopping.com for bulk delivering the book.

The last speech with the team is so fun filled.

My team sent off with loads of gifts,greetings, and wishes.

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I am so so blessed to have you all in my life.

Thanks friends.

Hello world !

It is 26.03.2014 early morning.

It seems something great happening around.

All are being so hurry.

I started moving slowly. I was floating in water.

Suddenly, I came to a new environment. All around smiled.

Chill air splashed on me.

“Hello world ! ”

“Happy to see you all. ”

“Nice to see you mom.”

Nobody seems understanding my conversation with them.

But they tell that I am crying.

Mom smiles at me.
She introduces me dad.

“Hello dad ! ”

It is a good feeling that able to move all my hands and legs freely.

I feel sleepy. Need some rest. Here it is so bright.

so many new people seeing me with huge smile.

All are so happy to see me.
I am also so happy to see all.

Dad is on phone calling all his friends to share the good news about me.

I am writing on my dad’s blog for now. Very soon I will meet you all with my own blog. 🙂

Happy to see you all soon.

Signing out now.

********************************

We are blessed with a prince today morning.

Both mom and kid are fine.

Thanks for all your wishes and prayers.

Muthu won first prize in International Yoga Competition

Friends.

Few months ago, I requested for donations for a young yoga champian muthu.

https://onroads.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/help-muthu-to-attend-a-yoga-competition-at-kathmandu/

Unfortunately, the katmandu program was postponed due to some political issues in nepal that time.

They asked him to participate in another international competition in Thailand, few weeks ago.

With the money you donated and collected from his friends, trainer, he attended the program and won the FIRST PRIZE 🙂

He joined Engineering at Bharath University, Tambaram, Chennai. This will help a lot on his education and future career too.

Thanks once again for your great heart and kindness.

We will be thanksful for this great assistance.

Here is his contact number, if you want to wish and encourage. 9629483 zero zero one

Refer my name as the donation collector.

Thanks.

I like the USA Lifestyle

“Shall we go out somewhere tomorrow? Shrini !” Mohan asked.

“Sure. With Pleasure”. “Where?”

“Come. Will show you some mystery around here”.

“Mystery? Any black magic?”

“See it yourself tomorrow”.

Next day morning, I got up early and got ready.

“Get into the Car.” Mohan is waiting for me.

Glad to see there are another two people.
My friend Logarajan and his wife.

“Do you show once again, some green trees and scenic areas?.
I am bored of them. Show something different”. She asked.

“Fine. Today well be loaded with activities.” Mohan said.

We four, started in the Car.

Mohan entered some address in a small gadget.

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“What is this, Mohan? Is this car drive automatically to the address we set?”

“Hahaha. No. This is just GPS. [ Global Positioning System ] We use this to know the the shortest
or economical or fastest route to reach any place.

All the streets, places are known to GPS system.

As we will be riding fast, we can not stop in the middle
and ask someone for the route.
Most of the places, we can not see people too.
GPS is the only solution for the easy transport”.

“Thats nice. Long live GPS”.

The roads are wide. 4 lane and 8 lanes.
There is a separate lane for people who does car pooling.
They are called Freeway.
Walkers and bicycles are not allowed in this routes.

They have to take alternate routes.

The lengthy freeway is called “101”.
It connects the North and South San Fransisco.

The roadsides are filled with Trees and green meadows.

புகைப்படம்

“How the local politicians keep the trees living here?” I asked.

“These are maintained by Govt. Here also Politicians do nasty things.
But the Govt Servants are really good and they work honestly.”

“Well”.

The Country is huge and population is low.
So still there are huge lands for agriculture.

Except the inner cities, all other places have beautiful
individual houses. Streets and connected well.

If there is a stop sign on the road, every vehicle comes to 0 speed.
Check for any other vehicle, then starts again.

Walkers have special respect.
If you walk and cross the road while the walking signal,

All the vehicles stop and give way.

“Why all people follow traffic rules strictly, even when there is no one in signal?”

“Hahahah. Rules are to be followed. Not to break.
These rules are just to make sure that human life is greater then anything.

Police will be watching us from roadsides.
Signals are with camera to capture any issues.

Police will send you notice to pay a huge amount.
Just to avoid losing that huge amount, most people follow the rules.

You can be captured two times. On Third time, the license is canceled.

Getting driving license is very tough.
The Inspector will sit with us in car and give various directions to drive.
He will watch all our activities. It is very very tough to satisfy his rules.

We have to know all the traffic rules, sign boards, hand signals,
driving and parking methods.”

“Interesting. Dont the police get few dollars to release from the case?”

“No. They will give bill and go away.

We have to pay on the court.

If not paid, the credit score will be damaged.
Credit score keeps all our financial transactions.
With a damaged credit score, we can not get even a credit card or loan.

So, people are conscious enough to drive safely on the roads”

Mohan was explaining all these things patiently.

It is good to see people following the rules.
Somehow, the govt makes it.

I can not resist from comparing with Chennai.

Even I have bribed for crossing signals in chennai roads.

“Hei. You crossed signal. You have to pay 1000 Rs for this crime.”

“Oh. Sorry sir, I just joined with the gang of bikes who crossed the signal”.

“Yes. But still, you have to pay the fine. Pay 1000 Rs Fine or give me just 100”.

I paid 100 Rs just to escape from him.

https://onroads.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/24806-06.jpg

Source: http://www.indiaoutsidemywindow.com/2010/12/pay-up-or-shut-up.html

It seems all these are not happening here.

The police is not getting money from people.
People are not paying any bribe.

They pay the Fine amount.

Moreover, they follow the rules very carefully.
They made it as it is in their blood.

I wont say it is the problem with the police who asks for bribe.
Changes should start from us.

If we follow the traffic rules and if we pay the fine, when commit mistakes,
the situations will change for sure.

Many people want to live a lifestyle as a USA citizen.
Lifestyle is not with the dress, fun or language.
It is all about the manners and habits.

If anyone of you want to live a USA citizen lifestyle,
start with being honest and follow the rules.

I can not change the entire country in a single day.
But, I can change myself in a moment.

I will stop at every signal.

I am Flying

I got an opportunity to goto our office’s head quarters in Brisbane, San Fransisco, USA for a month.

Like to share the experiences and observations here.

My brother Suresh, and his friends, helped a lot on the last minute purchase.

I had a huge list of stuffs to buy.
Bought them and packed all.

We can take 2 big bags with 23 Kg each and hand luggage of 7 Kg.

I missed to get Visa for my wife too. Felt bad lot for missing her.
Should plan well for taking spouse/kids for traveling with them.

Reached Airport in the midnight with family.

Those moments are really cherishable.
This is the very first time, I miss the family for a long time. ( hehehe. one month ).

Aeroplane is one of the great things, we used to wonder from our school days.

It is a great feeling to realize that our dreams are becoming true.

I am crossing the Chennai Airport daily.

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Whenever I see a Flight overhead, seeing it as a kid sees it. 🙂

Airport is filled with lot of people, just like a bus stand.

After a long queue and processes like checking passport, visa and immigration

I entered into the Flight.

Felt like flying.

Wait.Wait.Wait. The flight did not started yet.

I got a Window Seat.
This is very early morning, around 3 AM
Can see other huge flights moving around, filling fuels, loading things, unloading huge boxes etc.

The Pilot introduced himself.
There was an announcement in Arab and English for security alerts.
Pilot announced as “Flight Started“.

It started just like a bus, but in few minutes, it climbed up.

Felt the difference in the body. Little jerk and dumps in ears.
It lasted for only few minutes.

Now I can see the Chennai in dark.
It is glowing with lights, lights and lights.

The roads are becoming small and small as I go height.

Chennai is really glittering in the night.

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It is interesting to see the huge Chennai is shrinking like zooming out a photo.

Slowly, the Chennai is disappeared from the eyesight.

Now, only darkness everywhere.

Inside the flight, all people settled down.

Air hosts are helping people to settle.

Emirates, is the Flight Service I am in.
They are very much concern on providing all the details in Arab and English.
The screen opposite to the seat is displaying the security, seat belt systems,

emergency exit, oxygen flow systems etc in Arab and then in English.

Good. I wondered and wished their love on their language.

Dont know any of the India based International Flight services announces in any of the Indian Language.

Reply here, if you have experience on this.

Felt tired and slept for a while.

Suddenly, a voice woke up me.

“Do you need anything to eat? Sir?”

“Eat”. On hearing this word, all my sleep went away.

“Yes. What do you have?”

“Here is the Menu sir. You ordered for Veg food. Here they are”

“Good. Thanks. Get me some Juice too”.

“Sure Sir. Here it is”.

Had some good Chapathi and Orange Juice.

Good enough to give another deep sleep.

After 4 hours, reached Dubai Airport.

I had my friends Shiva and Sadiq with me.
They are experienced in US travel.

So, I just followed them.
They were making fun on the stuffs around us.

It is one of the huge airports.
It has a nice shopping center inside it.
It also had all announcements/advertisements/boards
in Arabic and English.

No place is only with English words.

We waited there 2 hours to get the next connecting Flight to San Fransisco.

After finishing the checks, we jumped into the next Flight.

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It is really huge. It has to fly for 17 hours, to reach SFO.
The TV Screen in front of us is loaded with all the entertainment stuff.
Movies in most of the languages,music and talkshows too.

I saw the movies Toy Story, Mars needs Moms, The Smurfs 2.

I took my Kindle with me. It gave a good time for me to read a lot.

Read the following Books.
Free For all
Tuesdays with Morrie
Immortals of Meluha

I wrote some text about python in Tamil too.

We have to plan well for this 17 hour travel.
Else, it will be boring and will seems very long.
These books helped me much to keep moving with the time.

We should not take the window seat in this flight.

We should not wake any nearby persons to move out of the seat.
The sear near the walking path is the best seat.
We can walk around anytime, without asking anyone.

It is a great wonder to see out through the windows.

We can see the white clouds every where.

Clouds below us, though us and above us.
Some times the deep sea.

Some times, green lands with hills.

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Thanks to all the science and technology which made man to

get new experiences.

After the long travel, here comes THE USA.

Pilot announced that we reached SFO in Arab and English.
Good. They use Arab, wherever they go.

San Fransisco Airport:

Standing in Long queue to complete the checks and immigrations.
They asked me many questions about my travel cause and plan.
Then he started his fun talks.

“Welcome to USA. Marry a girl here and have a great life”.

“Oops. I got married already”.
“So what?”
“My wife will search, find and kill me.”
“Hmmm. All wifes are like that only”.

In another check, they opened all my bags and checked for all the stuff inside.

Then they let me go.

I came out to see shiva and sadiq waiting for me, outside.

San Fransisco

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The chill air welcomed us.
It is around 3 PM.
The roads are neat and clean.

We got a shuttle to our hotel stay.

Reached hotel. Registered and got into our rooms.

Chill, Chill, Chill.
It is chill like December month in Chennai.

Mohan, my manager came to pick me from hotel.
He took me to his home.

Had a good dinner at his home.

Dropped me at hotel.

It was night 10.30 PM.
I can not sleep, due to Jet lag.
Body is so tired and asking me to rest.

But, mind is fully open.

Is it the USA ?

Happy. 🙂

I know all these excitement will be there for a day.
The next day will become a normal one.

Started to read in my kindle.

Some Photos are available here.
http://picasaweb.google.com/tshrinivasan

புதிய இந்தியா!

புதிய இந்தியா!

“levis jeans” ஸும்,”van heusen”ஸும்
வந்ததால் – எங்களின்
பருத்தி காதி துணிகள்
பழசாய்ப் போயின!

“நைட்டியும்”,”கவுனும்”
வந்ததால் – எங்களின்
தாவணிகளும்,புடவைகளும்
தரமிழந்துப் போயின!

“pizza” வும் “burger” ரும்
வந்ததால் – எங்களின்
இட்லி,சப்பாத்திக்களை
சுவை இழக்க வைத்தன!

“axe perfume” உம் “olay” க்களும்
வந்ததால் – எங்களின்
மஞ்சளும்,மருதாணிக்களும்
வாசம் இழந்துப் போயின!

“valentine’s day, friendship day” க்களும்
வந்ததால் – எங்களின்
நட்புக்களும்,கல்யாணங்களும்
கோர்ட் படிகள் ஏறுகின்றன!

“cricket”டும்,”golf” பும்
வந்ததால் – எங்களின்
கபடியும்,மல்யுத்தமும்
களையிழந்துப் போயின!

“wine” னும்,”vodka” வும்
வந்ததால் – எங்களின்
கூழையும்,கள்ளையும்
குழித்தோண்டிப் புதைத்தன!

“standard charted,american express bank” கும்
வந்ததால் – எங்களின்
கூட்டுறவு வங்கிகள்
திவாலாகிப்போயின!

“dollar ,euro” க்களும்
வந்ததால் – எங்களின்
மூளைகள் வெளிநாடுகளில்
அடமானத்திற்க்கு விற்கப்பட்டன!

இதோ….
“walmart” டும்,”tesco” வும்
வருவதால் – எங்களின்,அண்ணாச்சி கடைகளும்
நாடார் அங்காடிகளும்,செட்டியார் வியாபாரங்களும்
உழைக்கும் விவசாயிகளும் கூட இனி…
அமெரிக்கர்களின் எகாதிபத்யத்தில்
மீண்டும் அடிமையாகப் போகிறார்கள்.

இருப்பதை விட்டுவிட்டு
பறப்பதற்கு ஆசைப்படும்
அரசியல் அதிகாரிகளுக்கு
மீனைவிட தூண்டில் பெரிதென்று
புரிவதெப்போது?

Source: someone shared in Facebook