2012 December

Internet problems

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Internet problems.. I am using a t-mobile sim card (duplicate sims) on both, Lumia 800 and Nokia N9. Internet access works just fine on Lumia but it is the MeeGo N9 which is having problems.

What works fine:

  1. I am able to successfully connect to Internet using the t-mobile apn on my phone.
  2. Internet works fine in my meego browser. I am online from my google chat account after a few hassles.
  3. The events feed updates itself.

What does not work:

  1. The mail application cannot connect to internet. I keep getting error that can’t connect to server.
  2. My sip account does not connect to internet, reports some kind of network error.
  3. I never received any configuration message telling me to store t-mobile data. The apn is just available.

This behaviour is a bit strange to me. When I connected my N9 to a shared WiFi from Lumia, I see the same problems. While everything seems to be working fine on Lumia, e.g. Google mail.

When I connected my N9 to a shared WiFi from another N9 (my wife’s, which also uses t-mobile, prepaid), everything works just Ok.

Any pointers anyone? I would appreciate any feedback on twitter @aseemshakuntal

(PS: although its too late, but I am going to write a post about Lumia800 vs N9)

Why Cricket will never be the same again

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Here are a few very popular and noteworthy quotes about the maestro, the master blaster, the right arm slow bowler, the one and only legend, the god of cricket, the “Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar” by a few cricketing legends:


  • I have seen GOD, he bats at no.4 for India in Tests: Mathew Hayden
  • When you bowl at him you are not just trying to get him out, you are trying to impress him: Andrew Flintoff
  • Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal: Brian Charles Lara
  • I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets: Anil Kumble
  • India me aap Prime Minister ko ek Baar Katghare me khada kar sakte hain..Par Sachin Tendulkar par Ungli nahi utha Sakte..Navjot Singh Sidhu
  • He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also: Waqar Younis
  • Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world: Allan Donald
  • There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others: Andy Flower
  • If Sachin plays well…India sleeps well: Harsha Bhogle
  • I would go to bed having nightmares of Sachin dancing down the ground and hitting me for sixes: Shane Warne


In the End, I can only say that his contributions to the sport has been something that the whole nation and the world will look up to and the little master will inspire the generations to come.

Sachin, the greatest living batsman will be missed by every single person who loves cricket. Many people had been criticizing him for not “retiring” from the game but did they ever realize, without him, cricket will never be the same again! And like millions of Indians, I will not be able to come to terms that Sachin is not playing cricket.

For sure, I respect his decision.

Why I still miss Tampere

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Yes, I still miss Tampere.

Reasons? Here they go..

  • Tampere is so calm and serene
  • The heating systems are so effective in Finland and so not effective in Berlin
  • People are more welcoming in Tampere
  • To me, Tampere is more like home
  • I believe that my comfort zone lies in Finland, esp Tampere

I know, this is almost a repeated post.. But I really mean it

Puuttu Suomi

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puuttu suomi: missing finland

Yes, of course! Though I’ve relocated to Berlin, I do miss Finland, esp. Tampere a lot. To me, Tampere was a home, away from home. We were well settled there. And now, in Berlin, I still feel like an alien.

I heard some ladies talking in Finnish yesterday in the U-Bahn and that felt like something familiar to me. Although, I do not understand Finnish, but the words were familiar and I felt happy about it.

Since the day, I have been here, I am missing Finland in my day-to-day activities.

In comparison to Finland, some things really need a lift. For example,

  • Snow management is not as good
  • The heating system is not as affective in apartments
  • Forget about cleaner streets and walk ways now
  • The public places, like stations are really dirty (littered, broken beer bottles, papers…)
  • Not so smiley faces around. (Yes, in Finland, I have come across many people who tend to smile at others on eye contact. It never so happened here and because of that, I feel a bit odd, because I have developed that habit too.. and people might just think, who the hell was he? why was he smiling at me??)
  • Yes, there is crime too.

Sometimes, I do miss the immense amount of snow.. 😉

May be once all my stuff from Finland is here and I get an apartment, I start feeling differently! But I would still miss the calm, serene Finland. And I am looking forward to go back sometime, to complete my studies and to …

Startups, acquisitions

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An old draft post, which I published now!

Aug 10, 2012:

People put their times and hard work to enhance or create something that they like or believe in and then a startup is born. Almost ninety percent of the successful startups work on some kind of an innovation model.

While even the big players today, like Google, Amazon, HP, Apple all started as small companies which made it big, there have been a lot of small companies that came in this market with a dream of getting it big. Some of them succeeded partially, some did not.

I was looking at some of the startups, that were really innovative and could have succeeded greatly. But then, they were acquisition-ed by other big players and eventually, killed. List of such innovation houses are huge! To start with, lets take an example of Flickr. It happened to be the best social picture sharing platform. Yahoo bought it, probably messed somewhere in deciding between “innovation” and “integration” (a good read: here).

Dec 8, 2012:

Similarly, there were other innovations around as well. Coming straight to what I want to convey in this post is that there was one another startup that was very innovative and did a lot of things in this open source world which made people follow it like a cult. Me being one of them.

Yes, I am talking about Trolltech, the makers of Qt. Like all other start-ups, it was bought over by a very big player in the market, viz. Nokia. And after a couple of years, Nokia decided to part ways with it.

I have had the privilege to work with the core qt team (at Oslo and at Brisbane) for quite sometime. While, the end of this journey has not been a “happy ending” and I never appreciate Nokia abandoning Qt, what I appreciate is that they did not kill it. Well, in a way, they did.. but the in a way they did not.

Qt still lives. Qt5 still came out. Thanks Nokia for realizing that Qt is a good piece of technology and some one should continue the innovation. Thanks for passing this on to Digia.

Digia, thanks for Qt5! And jolla, thanks for taking it forward!!

Berlin, first thoughts

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So, as blogged earlier, I am now in Berlin! Mainly because of my job (and some other agenda, which would be revealed via this blog when time comes)

After having lived for 3 wonderful years in Tampere, my first thoughts about this place are pretty mixed. In first look, I did not like this place at all.

What I did not like explicitly:

  • This city is too crowded.
  • I have met a couple of grumpy people already (thankfully, none of them were Germans).
  • The public transport line stations, especially those for S-Bahn and U-Bahn are sometimes very dirty.
  • The crime rate is high. I have been advised by lot of friends and colleagues not to rome around in night in empty bus / train / tram etc.. [1]
  • There is a lot of fight in finding an apartment. [2]
  • There is a hell lot of bureaucracy! [3]
  • Health insurance is damn expensive!
  • Who said that renting apartments in Berlin is very cheap?
What I did like about this place:
  • Relatively well connected public transport
  • Good colleagues at work
  • More and more Indian restaurants
  • Lot of “happening” things around
I personally, felt more secure during my first few days in Helsinki / Tampere, than I did here, in Berlin. Here, I always try to be as secure as I can. For example, beware of walking on empty streets in night.. Probably, I would be able to give more inputs and have better thoughts after a couple of months.. whether I really like this city or not. Although, I am still pissed of a few things..
  • It is famous that a german moves with his kitchen. I knew this but never realized that I will not get any houses with a “fitted kitchen”. Mostly, an empty room, which I have to furnish myself. Damn! Thats gonna be an expensive affair.
  • Cold rent + warm rent..
  • Houses are not so maintained (as they are in Finland)
In fact, living in Finland, has raised my expectations a bit too high, probably! And I am happy about that.

  1. A Viatnamese guy was beaten to death one late night, last year by some people at Potsdamer Platz.
  2. Just in order to apply for an apartment, I have signed and provided my relocation agent with lots and lots of documents. Counting the number of those pages, I could have easily written a master’s thesis in Finland.
  3. I received my social security number after 5 weeks of stay in Berlin. In Finland, you get it almost instantly! You need something called a Schuffa credit report to apply for an apartment. Its ridiculous that I am new in Germany, still I have to have a German credit report. And yes, they do not accept Finnish credit report.

Of course, most of my comparisons are w.r.t. Tampere (and sometimes Helsinki).