Thursday, September 28, 2006

SEND TEXT MESSAGES FROM YOUR NOKIA USING THE PC

Most phone brands nowadays give a software on a CD or through their website that helps you back up your phone data on the PC, transfer music and images, as well as help you synchronize the contacts list with the email programme.

These programmes connect your PC/laptop with phone phone through cable, infra-red and Bluetooth.

Nokia PC Suite offers all of what I mentioned in the opening sentence.

However, I have been using another, less talked about feature on the PC Suite, which I consider the star of the pack. It allows you to type your messages on the PC/laptop screen as you would type anything else, and then send it out to the phone network by transferring it to your phone on one click. Not only that, it will also pick up the phone numbers so you do not have to specify the destination number, only type the name as you have them on your phone, and it would suggest the number by reading from your phone. Want to send to multiple friends, well, this software would give you the same flexibility as an email does, just separate the names by semi-colons. I have sent very lengthy SMS messages using this feature, and the software takes care of breaking them into multiple messages.

In case you would be interested, it also allows you to read your inbound SMS messages from the comfort of your monitors as well as reply to them, as if you are replying to an email. Want to delete your messages logged in Sent Items as well as Inbox, well, do a multiple select and delete on the screen, it will go from the phone within a few seconds.

I have been using PC Suite's different versions as they have become available, and it is extremely robust now. The download is about 25 MB and not all versions work for all phones so do check out the Nokia website for compatibility. One size does not fit all.

One major observation though. Call it a deficiency or even a bug. If you store your phone numbers on the SIM card or any other external card installed on the phone, well, the contacts list is not read properly by the PC Suite, in which case you no choice but to type your friend's numbers every time you would want to use this option.

Another caution, if you are reaching out for the CD that Nokia gave you when you bought the phone, well I'd rather advise that you go and download the lates version from their website.

But trust me, if you are guy who send out several dozen messages everyday, or sends lengthy messages, this is the solution you were looking for.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

BLOGCAMP INDIA AT CHENNAI: BEST THING TO HAPPEN ON A WEEKEND

On 9th & 10th September, I was Blogcamp India and went through an amazing experience. Large hall, almost 200 or participants, and a spirited coalition of organisers led by Kiruba Shankar, a leading blogger himself.A hall that was WI-FI litup courtesy SIFY, and presence of celebs ( more on that later) and people from all over India, indeed from US and UK as well. It was billed as Unconference, meaning, very flat format, choose-your-own-role type.

I met Amit Agarwal, India's most famous blogger ( His business card reads: Go to Google.com , Type Amit Agarwal, Click I am feeling lucky) who flew in from Agra, the city of Taj Mahal.Unassuming and very accessible, Amit was seen to be as eager to meet others as others were to catch up with him.

I met some other bloggers, and discovered we worked for the same company! Among them was Jammy, who writes amazing humour with a straight face.
Then there was Atul Chitnis, the senior daddy of blogging, who has been at it since the nineties. . By way of sharing URLs, people proved that the time tested custom of exchanging business cards can sometimes appear so passe and unfashionable. "Everything's there", said a guy, as he mailed his blog URL to me, meaning, his contact details are on his blog and available at a click!


On Day Two, we had Sunil Gavaskar delighting the crowd with the effortless ease with which he connected to the medium. Sunil does podcasts on cricket for Yahoo, which incidentally was the lead sponsor for the event.

Blogging had its own set of converts. Mrs Geeta Padmanabhan, who wrote a beautiful piece in The Hindu Metro Plus a few days after the Blogcamp, is herself a convert to blogging. She has started her blog titled Grandma's Tales which kicked off with great elan.

SIFY had WI-FI litup the venue, thank you SIFY, since that enabled Bloggers with laptop to make online postings. Those not having a machine of their own, had the option of using one of the machines SIFY had helpfully arranged.

Overall, a very good experience.