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Prelude Home entertainment has come a long way from the days of having (say) Orson Colour TVs and VCRs to the state of the art Smart-TVs. In my house, I have a decent home theatre equipped with a large screen, projector and sound system, but that’s used mostly for watching movies, Star Trek (the only TV Show I make an exception) and family videos. With regards to TV, we have three of them in our house of four people: A Toshiba 46 inches LED TV (Non-Smart) that I got six years ago for my son’s room for INR 52,000 (USD…

I bought a new phone, Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and I have been using it for over a month now. For two years (from Nov’ 2017) I have been using a Google Pixel 2, I like the phone – it takes amazing photographs and you get the best experience possible with Android in any phone – the phone never lags on day-to-day tasks, at 5 inches it is compact and delivers a decent battery backup. The shortcomings with the phone were signal quality and the speakers. Last month, I noticed in Flipkart an offer for a new phone – Samsung…

In India, horn sound chases you everywhere, even in the malls. You don’t get respite from it. I find it crazy that mall owners in Chennai like those of Phoenix Mall, Velachery and Forum Vijaya Mall, Vadapalani do this – run toy trains on the corridors, leaving no space for shoppers to walk. P.S.: I created this amateur video for fun in a few minutes with the “Video Editor / Photos” that comes OOB with #Windows10.

I received an envelope by post today and it offered a Rupees One Lakh cash certificate for a lucky draw I never participated. At first glance itself it was clear this offer was a hoax. The give-aways were: The spelling of URGENT & no “From Address” in the envelope, The Kolkata address, but you are based in Delhi, The eagerness in the “Terms and Conditions” for getting your Bank, PAN & Aadhaar details. Snapdeal has confirmed this to be not from them. For wider awareness, I am sharing this here.

Unlike at work where trained professionals take care of the networking, getting your home networking (wi-fi and wired) to work at full speed and flawlessly is a herculean task. If not done right, you risk the ire of your better-half and your kid(s). I have been writing about my home networking setup for a decade: In 2010 about daisy-chaining wireless access points, In 2014 about installing a load-balancer to get failover between the two TELCOs (Airtel & BSNL), and, in 2019 on the two wi-fi routers (TPLINK Archer C50 & Mi Router 3C) I had bought – it now turns…