Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Must have android apps


With Android market picking up big time in the Indian market and apps flooding the android market I felt it won't be a bad idea if I share the apps that I have enjoyed and those that made life a lott easier. I might be missing some really popular apps but this is just my list. All the below recommended apps run great on HTC wildfire (That is probably the reason some of the other apps might be missed here)

Talking Tom - >
Definitely hard to find an android phone that runs without this app. An app that repeats whatever you say in a cat's tone. Simple idea that works brilliantly with superb graphics. Definitely my top app for sure.

Note: Other versions like talking santa or robot fails to match with this one

Whatsapp - >
Excellent app. Allows you to chat, send audio, image files through internet. Activate your GPRS / Wifi this one is one of the most widely used app.

Another App that almost all android phones run. Simple task manager implemented brilliantly.
The best part is the one touch app killing using the widget.

App2SD - >
This app enables you to move your other apps from phone to SD card or the vice versa. Few other apps like this one in the market but I liked its UI and smooth functionality better than the others.

AutoSMS Smart - >
My personal favourite. Simple, easy to use app that sends out SMS on missed calls. Several similar apps available in the market but the SMART features sets it apart from the rest.

Cricket Pro - >
Easily the best app for cricket updates in the market. Lighter, faster than top players like espn and ndtv has some really excellent additional features. With updates before every major tournament a must have app for all cricket buffs.

Traffic Jam - >
Only game in the entire list. That is because i don't play much. But this one is kind of addictive to me. Kind of solving a puzzle using a car, would say can improve one's problem solving capability

xPiano - >
Am not a Piano player but still loved this app. Have seen people playing actual music using this one(even with a free version). Not a utility app, but definite one to have if you want to show off the android power.

Music Timer Setting - >
Nice idea actually. Lets you set a timer for whenyour music player has to stop. Works perfect. Extremely useful app for music lovers who love to listen to music when they goto bed. It is the only app that worked for me in the market for this purpose.

SMS scheduler - >
Simple app. Schedule your birthday wishes at midnight goto sleep. Works perfect.

Ur top 10 is also most welcome in the comments section.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

After 1 yr!!

Hi everyone. It has been quite a while since I had posted something here. The reason was not because I was busy (People don't buy it even if I have Gtalk busy status!!) but because I didn't have anything much to share. But when I found it is now 1 yr since I joined Aricent I thought its time for a post. I will probably think of some of the highlights of this past one year.

Pointer to a constant, Constant pointer
It all started with the PRISM training in Chennai. I thought I was strong in C. I was just surprised at how much more there is to C !!! The training was seriously good. Sibu Cyriac - The man who organised and executed it has to take a lot of credit for it. It was actually lottt of fun though the only batch outing we successfully managed was HSB ( ஓட்டல் சரவணபவன).

The Enlightenement
Despite interesting sessions there is always bound to be sessions where you just cannot sit through. There was one such session where myself, Brighton, Anirudh Murali and Ajay had a discussion on "life", when the guy was seriously talking to the board. The discussion involved so many hypothetical scenarios that made us explore so many options 'in career and life. It was definitely a discussion to remember and ponder.

Vetty Pasanga XI
That's how we called our team (I will take credit for the same :) ) for the company's cricket tournament.
Be it Chinnathambi's hat-trick (wickets and sixes he gave), nail biting finishes, NRR calculations, losing to a team that we thought we never would it was totally fun experience.

Am Basically a TT player
Seriously, am not sure if have become better in coding or networks but am pretty sure am a good TT player. Have even challenged Ji that I ll beat him 5-0 before either of us leave here :). Starting from carrom switched to TT post training(hell a lot of free time then) and  we used to play at some of the odd hrs(7.30Am, 10.30 PM) I made a point to count the number of games I played on one such days and it mounted to 47!!

Benched / I me and Android
Benching is pretty common in IT industry. But its less in my company. But I was one of those few ones who got benched. You could think its fun but after a week you could get so bored that you ll end up watching Kenya/ Srilanka match all alone!!! But honestly I did learn a lot of android stuffs (courtesy Brighton), made apps published in the market, posted on fb walls, got likes... yeah it kept me going!!

Yeah, the Work
Of course I need to write atleast a couple of lines about my work!! To be honest I got some work only in the last 3 months which I have enjoyed so far.

The people
Be it the PRISM batch or my project team I have had the previlege of meeting a lott of wonderful people ~ Brighton(my android guru), Srihari (my TT partner),  Chinnathambi(always restless guy (Ganguly n Vijay fan)), Arun(the travel palanner), Sumathi(The scientist)  and several others whom I hope ll stay in touch for a long time.