Samsung Galaxy Fit

Samsung Galaxy Fit

A Very Happy New Year !!! I was a bit slow in writing over here last year so will try to write a bit more this year...

I bought a new phone in a hurry last December as my Nokia N86 went dead a fine day landed to the Samsung Shop in Kashipur and bought a budget Phone Samsung Fit in approx 10K, so far so good its an Android phone which i bought with testing the platform in my mind running Android 2.2.1 which could be upgraded to a next version which i never did so here is a review..

The Pluses

  • Android :)
  • Light weight.
  • Wifi, 3G.
  • Can work as Hotspot, not found in any Nokia phone in my opinion.
  • Touch is quite good.
  • 5MP Camera.

The Minuses

  • Low Batery Life.
  • Sound Quality below expectation.

This was the first time i am using android in a non Virtual format and believe me i liked it a lot, the Android Market is quite rich with almost all kind of applications available, Samsung phones do come with Samsung App Store but atleast i have never opened that application, i also tried to get my hands dirty in developing a small application and without any previous experience in mobile dev i was able to code a small app using the android docs available this is why i love the open culture. After exploring a lot here are the top 10 Apps i use and recommend on an android phone

  1. Google Maps
  2. Gmail
  3. ConnectBot
  4. TOI
  5. OSM Tracker
  6. Foursquare
  7. Indian Rail
  8. GPS Essentials
  9. Skype
  10. Talking Tom 2

Fifefox is not supported on this :(

Kumaon Vani (CRS)

Kumaun Vani CRS

My latest assignment at Uttarakhand Open University is to setup a Community Radio Station (CRS) in Haldwani, we have already decided over the name and it would be known as "Hello Haldwani" we have initiated the process to get various approvals and clearances from the Ministry and have come a long way and hopefully with the current pace in next 6 months we would be on air.

We are a team of three (teen tigare kaam saware) handling the project as this team is not experienced with such projects we first decided to visit a few other CRSs to understand the setup and most importantly understand the difficulties such setup's face so that we can start off by addressing those as well, in the process today we visited the first Community Radio Station of Uttarakhand "Kumaun Vani".


Kumaun Vani is operating from Suri in Mukteshwar which is at almost 2200 meters above sea level and is blessed with scenic beauty and the Panchchuli ranges of Himalayas are seen from this place, Kumaun Vani started in March 2010 and is managed by TERI a wonderful organization.

This was not the first Radio Station which we visited but was a Station where we learned the most as this Radio Station operates with the bare minimum set of equipments and people it just attracted us, as this is what we expect from our upcoming station. Kumaun Vani have all rounder people , each one of them knows the in and out of the entire system which attracted us. The station currently operates 6 Hours a day with 3 Hours of live content which also includes phone calls now you might be thinking why we are saying/treating this as great when their are FM channels which operates 24x7 but here is the difference the same difference as it is between the proprietary and open source software.

Aim of Kumaun Vani is to promote the community around it and help them grow this has gained quite good support as we saw today in their live show where they attended telephone calls live and read a few letters. This Radio Station is operated in the Local Language of Kumaun i.e Kumaoni almost 80% of the programmes are in kumaoni and rest in hindi this also promotes local language and will help in sustaining it for long.

Now lets talk about the setup and how does this radio station operates, The Station is a 2 room setup or i would say a One Room Setup which is divided in 2 parts the Recording Room and Control Room, The recording room has ample of space for a group discussion between 3 people which is quite sufficient the other room is the control room where Soung Mixing and various other operations are performed my interest in this room was the computer or say the main system which was actually running ubuntu and controlling entire station i.e recordings, telephone lines play-list and what ever was required the software which ran on this system is available at Gram Vani i am currently using the trial version of this software on my office machine to check this out in detail. As i told this station runs 3 hours of live content majority of it is produced in the recording room rest comes as recording by local reporters who go to various places and cover events including the local gram panchayat meetings, local events and much more.

Discussing with Team KVAs today was a sunday entire team of Kumaun Vani was not available but we were lucky to meet around 6 people,  which included the Manager, RJ, Operator, Helper, Reporter we were quite lucky to reach this place when a live session was on air and it was a quite good experience for all of us. Once the live session was over we started discussing everything in detail and the staff was kind enough to help up on every single thing which included on how they decide on what should go on air and what should be scrapped how they handle sessions, how do they collect content from local community and how they promote this Station and i assure you that these people are doing quite a wonderful job with a young and energetic staff, i would say each one of them is a one man army as the job is not quite easy, getting/making the content which can go on air takes lot of efforts and pain.

RJ TulsiLocals of the mountains are very kind and are always ready to help and this once again came to be true with the arrangement of tea by their RJ Tulsi who managed to arrange milk for tea from a near by household and prepared the tea over a Stove for all of us. I would like to thank Mr Manoj & his staff for their support they were of a great help to us.

Manoj Center Managerand finally i would say that this station is performing wonders with an awesome staff and i would recommend you to tune in to FM 90.4 Kumaun Vani when you come to this place Mukteshwar or near by and appreciate their efforts oh i forgot to mention that we saw some awesome scenic beauty here at mukteshwar the apple trees in almost every house out there was amazing badluck that apple fruit does not grow in this season else we would have enjoyed apple from direct trees, we took quite a lot of photographs selected  are included in this blog for you :)

More Photographs…

OSSCamp Lucknow


OSScamp Lucknow is here

First OSScamp at Lucknow is taking place at Babu Banarsi Das Group of Institutions, Lucknow. We expect a huge gathering of Open Source community at Lucknow.


Dr.Akhilesh Das Auditorium,

Sector 1, Dr. Akhilesh Das Nagar,

Faizabad Road, Lucknow - 227105

Dates: Mar 26 2011 - Mar 27 2011

My Sessions

1) Drupal Hands On

2) Going Live !!! Building Servers ...

Hey Amit is also coming for few sessions it would be great to see him after a long time.

Register @

GNUnify 2011

GNUnify 2011

I just came to pune today after almost a year to conduct a Workshop on Drupal at GNUnify 2011, as planned this workshop is quite long as i conducted a 4 hour session today and again would be conducting a session tomorrow and then a BOF.

Today's session was jam packed and hoping the same tomorrow meanwhile you can have a look at the photographs of today's session here

Oh Pune !! i am here for next 2 days and it would be fun would me meeting lot of friends and near ones tomorrow and day after, SICSR have changed a bit with new infra coming up it would be even better.

Drupal 7 Release Party Delhi/NCR

Drupal 7 Get Started

The Drupal 7 Release Party is a worldwide event to celebrate the imminent release of Drupal 7. Jan 7, 2011 is not the exact release date. The idea is to have a two day event - a celebration of drupal - technology and community.

Drupal 7 Release Party by Delhi Drupal Community
on Jan 8-9, 2011 - 10AM - 6PM
at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

This is a community event and is open for all. Anyone can participate. Drupal Love is a good to have for the meet. There are no participation fees.

Want to contribute to organising the event - check out the event planning wiki

Venue : IIT Delhi

For details contact either: @kinshuksunil, @1sud, @abhisheknagar on Twitter
Use hashtag #d7rp and spread the word.

Contribute to organising the event at the event planning wiki.


Day 1
10.00-10.30 : Welcome
10.30-13.00 : Hands On Introduction to Drupal 7 byAnkur Saxena (flyankur) & Pratul Kalia (lut4rp)
13.00-14.00 : Lunch
14.00-17.00 : Hackathon - Building a Blog, Brochure Website, Community Website with Drupal 7 by Yash Sharma (yashsharma01)
17.00-18.00 : Cutting the Drupal 7 Cake and networking

Day 2
10.00-13.00 : Developing Drupal Modules Workshop by Sudhir Porwal (sudhirporwal)
13.00-14.00 : Lunch
14.00-17.00 : Theming Drupal Workshop by Gaurav Mishra (gaurav_m)
17.00-18.00 : Drupal Quiz

Parallelly, Day 2 will also have an ongoing hackathons

Check out the event planning wiki
Bring your laptops, powerstrips, datacards and wifi routers with you to the event.

Sign up here and invite friends as well.

Google Voice in India

UPDATE (28/02/2011): Till yesterday Voice was working only on BSNL EVDO but today it started working on our lease-line based connection as well and whats more now i am also able to add credits to the account which was not possible since last few days. +301 is the number from which you will see incoming calls

UPDATE (30/01/2011): Google Voice was deactivated from my account but today (30th Jan 2011) it is again available i am using a BSNL EVDO based Internet connection and my IP is (dynamic) the location of this IP is in India here is an IP Location Lookup result IN INDIA   RAJASTHAN JAIPUR


A Long wait for Google Voice in india ends here, still there is no official announcement for the service but its now working.

The Service incidental got activated in my Google Aps Account today and i was able to make calls the minimum recharge option available is $10.00 calling charges can be found here. Calling to United States in Free.

When a user calls from Google Voice the recipient will see an incoming call from +1XXXXXXXXXX Number.

and i can confirm that the plugin is available for Debian & Suse

India Calling $0.06/minUS Calling Free

UPDATE: Google Voice worked over BSNL EVDO last night but now when i am trying to use it over a differennt ISP its not working.