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    Blank compact discs

    What to do with all these? I used to buy blank discs& cases from Singapore & the USA whenever I travelled, as in those decades they were expensive in India. There used to be many variants over the years: Write-once CD, Re-Writeable CD, Write-Once DVD, DVD-R, DVD+R, Double-Layer DVD and so on; many required newer drives and latest OS support to work. These are now sitting on my shelf for more than a decade. I don’t want to throw them – Marie Kondo to forgive – they may come to be needed, as data written on optical discs are supposed to last for a century. Though it is unlikely we…

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    Is there a best time to shop in T.Nagar, Chennai?

    Most Indians can afford to buy new clothes only once a year, so they time it for important festivals like Diwali (Deepavali) or Pongal (practised in Tamil Nadu state) or for weddings in the family. I dislike going shopping during the crowded festival season and I am not a fashion person, so my clothes purchase happens once in few years only. To satisfy my mother’s desire for me to wear new clothes for Deepavali every year, I keep aside a set from previous years’ purchases. For this years’ Diwali, to replenish my stash I went shopping today. Having been born and brought up in T.Nagar area in Chennai, I know…

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    My wall of stamps and collectables

    In my den, I have decorated one of the walls into a gallery of the stamps, currencies and collectables I have. This way, instead of these being buried out of sight, friends and family visiting my room can take a look at them and enjoy. This month I had quite a few new additions to the collections which I wanted to share with you. You can read the earlier post on Tamil themed collections here and the first version of the wall in 2017 here. My wall of stamps and collectables is complete, for now. The new additions this month were: Indians in First World War by India Post, Model…

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    Light, Camera and Mic

    The below article was written for the Professional Speakers Association of India’s ProSpeak magazine, thanks to Mr Narendra Brahmankar, Editor of PSAI NEWSLETTER for the invitation. The mantra for a successful virtual speaking session will be “Content, Camera and Microphone”. Your audience can hear and see you only as good as what your camera and microphone can capture. Based on my experience, here are a few tips. BASICS: Ensure there is enough lighting on your face. Unless you are facing a window and it is daytime you will require a (tube) light or a ring light facing you. Sit in a quiet space, ensure there is no visual clutter behind…

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    Apple Silicon iMac 24 Unboxing

    Recently, I bought from Apple India’s website, an M1 Chip iMac 24 inches blue colour for my father-in-law. I looked for an all-in-one computer that will be easy for him to use, with no cumbersome wires or setup. His usage will be limited to video calls over Zoom & Microsoft Teams, so it was important the device had a bright display, HD camera, loudspeakers and a microphone that captures clear speech. Apple iMac fitted the requirement. The reason I spent a premium over a Windows All-in-One PC was that he regularly uses his iPad, had tried a friend’s MacBook a few times and felt comfortable with it; also, his office…