Thursday, July 21, 2016

Airtel 4G data plan in India(Bangalore) - postpaid connection

I walked into a airtel store in Nandidurga road, R.T.Nagar and filled out an application form that required a passport photo. No address proof required as they would request for a local person who can attest for you. They would provide a SIM card for postpaid connection and said it would activate in 4 hours. They also did an instant verification with the local contact you provided. The person also said that they would provide frequent updates to the alternate number I had provided.

While the process was simple, some of the claims were untrue. There were a couple of additional steps which I was not aware.

First: There was a televerification process I had to go through. I had to call an airtel number from my alternate number to complete the televerification process.

Second: The 4 hour activation claim was untrue.

Third: An airtel person appeared on my door that evening to verify me in person and took my photograph as a proof along with my employer details.

Fourth: The activation happened after 48 hours.  The internet connection was spotty and inconsistent for the first day after activation.

I had purchased a 10GB monthly plan for 999 Rs but playing youtube for halfday consumed 50% of my data plan in a day. So I'm now limited to only using my dataplan for browsing purposes.

The customer care was not very helpful during the activation process as the automated voice would always tell me postpaid number was invalid. More over there does not seem to be an option to talk to a real person.

I also read that I can top up my dataplan using smartbytes http://www.airtel.in/forme/home/smartbytes

You can also check your data usage by logging on to your airtel account at airtel.in by providing your phone number and supplying the OTP that would be sent to your alternate number. Lot of lessons learnt with this experience at Airtel, India.

I had some connectivity issues with my internet 4G connection where it would time out every couple of minutes or so. I suspected the hotspot device and the SIM card initially. Later after testing the hotspot and SIM card in different areas in bangalore, figured the connection near my house was spotty. Now airtel has a bigger problem to figure out and I have to live with this problem until Airtel fixes it.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

fiddling with iPad

jQuery(document).ready(function() {

/*iPad orientation events*/

detectOrientation();
window.onorientationchange = detectOrientation;

function detectOrientation(){

if(typeof window.onorientationchange != 'undefined'){
if(orientation === 90){
// landscape mode
}//end if

else if (orientation === -90){
//Other landscape mode
});

}//end else if

else{
//Portrait mode
}//end else

}
}

iPad touch events:


jQuery("#element").bind("touchstart",function(){
e.preventDefault();
});


jQuery("#element").bind("touchend",function(){
e.preventDefault();
/*Other code here*/
});

jQuery(document).bind("touchstart",function(){
e.preventDefault();
/*Other code here*/
});



});

Monday, February 20, 2012

laptop stolen

Read this article for ways to get it back.


reddit helps!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Interviews and experience

Last year around same time, I started attending interviews and came across some invaluable pointers which I could share.
  • Talk to lot of recruiters/employers and figure out their approach, their expectations in the candidate
  • Take up as many interviews as possible, this would help equip ourselves and getting better at cracking them
  • Set up for a telephonic interview first in order to let them assess whether they are willing to go ahead
  • Be utmost professional to them, give them a call when you promised so or be ready to take up the call when you promised to be available
  • Never take up unprofessional behavior from recruiters/employers, this in itself will show how you are likely be treated once you are there
  • Read up everything put up in the resume, backing it up with real life incidents
  • Keep up in your technology related blogs and trends for at least 2 months before the interview if you do not already practice it
  • Note down the questions asked in the interviews and look up answers for those which you couldn't answer.
  • If you want to qualify yourself for the job even before attending an interview, develop some reusable code and share it with online community
  • Ultimately remember that employer - employee relationship is a business partnership and it should not require employee to jump hoops to get the job

If you would like to know something more specific, feel free to ask.

Monday, October 24, 2011

accidents and claim

6 months before, I was driving around in a rental car and was getting out of a parking lot. I see a woman in front of me trying to park her car. I stopped far behind and was waiting for her to park. Since she could not fit into the parking space, she came in the reverse, did not notice that I was behind her car, hit my front bumper and cause few dents on the bumper of the car. The woman(crying) accepted her fault and a person from her insurance called me after a while and told that since it was her fault, her insurance will take care of repaying for the damages. Since it was my first time having met with an accident, I was not aware that we need to file a police complaint even though the damages were minor. After a couple of hours closely missing hitting another car thinking about this incident, I handed the car back to my rental company, reported the incident and got another car expecting that if I keep the car, the damages would be imposed citing, I caused those damages. I could literally see the rental guys jumping since they got a chance to claim from a hugely popular insurance company.

Fast forward 6 months later(that is now), a representative from my rental company calls and tells me the woman's insurance is not paying for the damages since the "reported damages did not match the actual damages on the car". It looks like that is a loop hole in the system when there is no proof of police complaint. The bills comes up as $500 and now I'm responsible for paying the damages.That was a total shocker to me who believed in fairness and justice. My internal voice was screaming "Why should I pay for something I didn't cause?". In fact I'm traumatized by that event. I should have sued her. Whenever I see someone backing up in front of my car, I'm terrified. I was lucky to have a third party insurance from hotwire. But there were several questions in my mind whether the insurance would pay for it as I had no police complaint(one among the several documents they require to pay for the claim). I had to scour for a couple of weeks for documents and stuff to provide my insurance guys and they finally paid for the damages. Still I feel bad for my insurance provider as it was never our fault.

Moral: Always file a police complaint for your proof.

Previous conquests:
1.Lost baggage claim from British airways
2. Two wheeler theft insurance from bajaj alliance
3. Duplicate H1 battle

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Dancing

Somebody ingeniously defined Dancing like this.

- It is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.