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  • Harshad Joshi 3:45 pm on January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: automation, , iiot, , , , , Technology,   

    Blinking lights 

    Esp8266 interfaced with MQTT server running on my local raspberry pi. 

    A simple switch turns led on and off. 

     
  • Harshad Joshi 1:51 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , electronics, , gpio, , , microcontroller, , raspberry pi, Technology,   

    Hello ESP8266 

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:07 pm on September 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Lenovo, Lenovo K4 note, , Technology   

    Hello Lenovo  

    Hello lenovo 
    This is my first ever Lenovo handset and it is all set to replace combination of an old nokia and oneplus one that I am using since last 11 months or so.
    Plus points of this handset 
    1. Almost stock android ui and runs on marshmellow (after update) 
    2. Dual Sim device. Can accommodate my personal and office sim card. No need to carry 2 handsets like I am doing right now. 
    3. Has radio 📻 – an fm radio is quite good esp when I visit places having less or no 3g coverage. And my audio collection is quite small…cant hear same songs for long time. Oneplus one sadely misses out on  fm radio! 
    4. Gorilla glass protection – must have feature for all phones released and to be released in India. 
    5. 3 GB ram – now its bare minimum to have 2 GB ram so 3 is quite sufficient for an year now. 
    Minus points (few but yes, kinda annoying factors) 
    1. No back light on capacitive buttons or onscreen buttons – why!?!?  Even my first Android from 2013 –  micromax had back-lit buttons. Oneplus one has bot features of having onscreen and dimly lit capacitive touch keys..
    2. mediatek processor and soc –  after using snapdragon 8 series on opo, everything rest seems slow. Personally I have prejudiced views for mediatek brand. 
    3. Price –  I purchased it for 11k. At this processors features, the price should have been max 9k.  
    4. Fast charging –  not sure if it has these features. 
    5. Bugs – my sisters phone used to crash randomly during phone calls after updating to marshmallow. Hope I don’t get these bugs. 

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:36 am on December 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , geocities, Technology, www,   

    Remembering geocities 

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  • Harshad Joshi 5:51 am on November 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , android4desktop, , , , , Technology   

    Android4desktop first look 

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  • Harshad Joshi 3:33 pm on August 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , tech history, Technology,   

    24 august 1995 

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    20 years ago, this wonderful os was introduced to world.

    Happy birthday windows 95.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:44 pm on August 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Android phone, , , , , Technology   

    The OnePlus One 

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    Most of the amazing photos you see on this blog are clicked using this amazing handset..the oneplus one. 👍💯

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:44 pm on April 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cyanogenmod, , lollipop, , Technology   

    Android lollipop for oneplus one 

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  • Harshad Joshi 11:03 am on April 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Building android 

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  • Harshad Joshi 1:19 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Android one, , , , , Technology   

    One plus One and Android one 

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    Writing this blog post from OnePlus One..

    Q.  Why buy OnePlus One when affordable Android One with regular updates from Google is available?

    A.  There are plenty of points and I will summarize them in short.

    1. The best screen –  this handset  comes with full HD display and importantly, it has tough gorilla glass preventing scratches from getting on your phone.  The Android One currently does  not have any kind of tough glass but manufacturers pack in screen guard to create an impression of providing some kind of protection. I hate that. IMHO it is kind of sin to sell handsets without gorilla glass in India. 

    2. Plenty  of RAM –  yeah,  it is 3 GB RAM,  much like current flagships. The more,  the merrier.

    3. The OS – OnePlus one comes with Cyanogenmod 11S, which is android kitkat 4.4.4 running with Cyanogenmod add-ons like themes,  privacy guard,  and sends updates more frequently then Google. It is a geek joy to use this os and try out customizations and tweaks. Android One too comes with stock android with guaranteed updates for 2 years,  but after using nexus devices for 2 years,  I must say,  there are plenty of things missing,  like –  rooting phone nullifies your device warranty etc

    4. Storage –  64 GB storage..  Yeah one cannot ask for more.  🙂

    5. Camera and processor –   compared to Android one 5 mp Camera, OnePlus one packs in high quality 13 mp Sony sensor powered camera delivering razor sharp details and ability to capture 4K videos.  The qualcomm 801 chipset  has more capability then
    Mediatek chipsets powering the Android one.

    6. Sensors –  the Android one devices come with plenty of sensors for handset that is supposed to be very entry level,  and this is very good.  More then 90% handsets in India,  barring the flagship,  don’t have ecompass aka magneto meter sensor.  Android one provided it thus making user experience very good, esp when using applications like Google maps etc.

    So, what should be the best android device an average customer should buy?

    1. For 6.5k, Android one is the best handset you can get and if google/oem provides some goodies like gorilla glass, somewhat better camera, then there is no looking back (ps –  I have used spice dream uno ie android one phone)

    2. If you have money (and invite) then buy the flagship killer as soon as you can 😀

    (note – typing this from SwiftKey keyboard and many spellings and Grammer is selected automatically)

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:15 pm on October 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bbm, , , messaging, Technology,   

    BBM for android 

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    If someone had said of having an android version of blackberry’s legendary bbm, I would have laughed at him.

    Not today.

    Posted from WordPress for Android

     
  • Harshad Joshi 8:20 am on May 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , self, Technology   

    random musings 

    i have got nothing to say, but felt i should break the series of photographs i am posting from past few weeks. I am not a professional or amateur photographer, nor i know any details of what magic these people add to photos, but i can press a button and capture a moment..and outcome is an unsteady image..unless the camera is really good and has high stability features..

    Actually, it is my observation that image editing apps are very popular on android tablets..i have used some of them, and dumbstruck to find how these apps manage to churn awesome looking photos within seconds..suddenly you start feeling like almost a pro..check the photos posted on this blog..previous to this post..

    So a question comes..do apps define a success of mobile platform? How long will this trend of mobile applification continue? Can we ever see a dumb client and smart cloud (push, sync, scale)? How many features and utilities of conventional desktops can be applified to fit for mobile usage?

     

    Think..the race is on – Android v/s Iphone v/s rest of other mobile OS

     

     

     
  • Harshad Joshi 6:24 am on June 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hell, Innocence, , , , , Technology, Threats, Time,   

    Moments of madness and sadeness(and peace too) 

    Its night. I am on the terrace, waiting for Nikhil. Our meeting is late by almost 2 hours, and on top of that, the sms meant for him went to someone else whom I have recently hurt a lot. Yeah, she was my only good friend who used to enquire – ‘Howz you’, no one, even my so called best buddies never asked me so sweetly of how am I? No one cared. I mean why would anyone bother?? My image in front of them is that of a warrior, every move is a war, every step is a step taken in battlefield, no place for emotions. Warriors are not meant to be asked ‘Howz you’, its assumed that they are fine. Why emotions? The only emotions that were known were Rage, and madness fueled by arrogance and ego, an ego I dont remember the time I carried first. Why do I have that image? Why am I attracted towards pain? Why do I have so much ego and arrogance that not only hurts me but also the people who are around me. Why? No one bothers to know this, but I am going to put it in public, I am suffering it for past 3 days, and its too much for me. The guilt is killing me. Its not the first time, but then who says that sufferings are easy? Sufferings are sufferings, everytime we suffer, it hurts. It hurts like hell. Why did I make a hell of my only good relations? Was I proud? Was I vain? Was I mad? I dont know, but definately I am sade.

    Coming back to the meeting. Nikhil and I met after almost 2 months. Strange thing. Two brothers living in a same place chat over Instant Messenger, instead of offline meetings. Ridiculous or inevitable? Is it overuse of technology or height of geekiness?? Whatever…

    I told him for my problems. His solutions are always working. I trust him for almost anything. He said – ‘Brother, why did you suffer?’, I said ‘I dont know’, pat came the reply – ‘Coz you are new to it’, I said ‘But she didnt feel anything about it’ He responded – ‘ Reason is that – its not new for her’ Boy, I wonder from where my brother gets these answers? He is genius for sure. He makes a good software engineer, ruthless at times, but very practical and to the point. Not unlike me, an emotional fool, too vulnerable to get hurt in this hard world. Is this the reason why I wear a mask of a Warrior? I dont know.

    We discussed many things- Current trends in industry, the upcoming standards, the bugs, the errors, the childhood memories, esp the one of playing hockey and football, had a good laugh at it remembering our innocent days.It was an innocent world far far away from tangents of todays technology.Candy tasted like Candy, sugar was sweet, TV was cartoons and joy was joy, no adultrations. Mom says I am still that innocent child trying to find his lost toys in a huge world. Lost toys? Will ever I get to regain my lost toys?

    BTW, a sms seeking her apology has gone unanswered. I know it reached her,but currently she is too hurt to respond. I will wait. Time can heal every wound. Hate can be pacified. Desires can be overcome, only Time knows how and when…

    To be continued…

     
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