Archive for January, 2017

Come here often? Make Google your homepage

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2017 by Atul

As much as I hate to admit it, Google Search is something I cannot do without. For my academic research paper to my job to shopping and everything in between. Why is it then, that Google has to persistently poke me with ‘Come here often? Make Google your homepage’ nag? No! Never! No webpage is ever going to change my Blank Page at startup.

A great way to hide this nag is Firefox extension, Stylish by applying the Hide Google Search Promotion Prompt style.

Thanks a ton to user ‘backy0175’ at Google Product Forums.


Win10 – Missing Search Results Despite Indexing File Contents

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2017 by Atul

You may have configured Windows Search to Index all hard drives/partitions. And also, to index properties as well as contents of files. But what I found incredibly stupid and irritating was that despite having indexed the contents of all files on my computer, I was still not getting results from my 500+ Word files. And I realized that it was because Windows Search does not appear to show search results from documents by default. It shows results from apps and settings, but not documents! So when you search, click on the inconspicuous button which says  “Find results in documents”!


Sent from iPhone? Bleh!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2017 by Atul

Dear Sir/Madam: This be the ‘salutation’.

Yours Sincerely: And that be the ‘complimentary close’.

Don’t use ‘sent from iPhone’ the next time…t’aint complementary…heck, it ain’t even cool!

Looking to download Microsoft Office for free?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2017 by Atul
Are you looking for a link to download Microsoft Office for free? No, I don’t have one! But bear with me; I won’t waste your time either. Just consider my simple query. How many times have you used an equation editor, organization chart, footnoting and such tools.
Since I’ve only used Microsoft Word extensively since MS Office 97, I’d restrict myself to Word. I started with Wordstar, used Lotus Office and settled on Microsoft Office. But in all my nearly 15 years+, first as a student and then as a self-employed professional, I may have worked on more than a thousand complicated text files but perhaps, no more than 100 spreadsheets and presentations. Which is where I make this suggestion. Try the free, open source, Apache OpenOffice. It is a fully functional, feature rich, completely free office suite. It does not have a very different look or feel from Microsoft Word and there are always active online communities to help, if need be. You might find it difficult to migrate from MS Office to Apache Open Office, but trust me. Better invest some skill and use free Open Office than use pirated MS Office!
Unless you are a Microsoft Office power user, you won’t miss it. Now, who the hell is an MS Office power user? I can only suggest – ever used a Word Macro? If you haven’t, you are probably not using most of MS Office advanced features and would do as well on the free Apache Open Office.

Dictate in Hindi

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2017 by Atul

This is perhaps the sweetest Hindi input method. There was a time I struggled to type English by speaking to Dragon Naturally using a rickety old microphone and the result was a mess.

Not so any more. Go to Speech – India Typing. I used it on an HP Tablet with Tablet’s inbuilt microphone, nothing fancy and simply spoke in Hindi which was converted to Hindi text within seconds. Amazing!

Companies Act, 2013 – Provisions in effect from 15/26 December 2016

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2017 by Atul

Following a Notification dated 7 December, 2016, the Central Government has notified certain provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 which shall come into force with effect from 15 December 2o16. The notification can be downloaded from this link. A simplified list of provisions notified to come into effect vide this notification can be downloaded here.

A 36 December 2016 Notification bringing Sections 248 of 252 in force is here.

How long is call data preserved in India?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2017 by Atul

Often people want to access their old mobile phone data such as call logs from the service provider. The question that naturally occurs is, how long is such data stored and retained by mobile phone service providers in India. I managed to dig this up, a Press Information Bureau press release:

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & Information Technology
Preservation of Telecom Records

26 August2010 17:3 IST

The telecommunications companies to whom Licence has been issued by the Government for providing telephone services are required to preserve the records as per provisions in the respective Licence Agreement. In this regard following stipulations have been made in the Licence Agreement(s) for Unified Access Service(UAS)/ Cellular Mobile Telephone
Service (CMTS):

  1. The LICENSEE shall invariably preserve all billing and all other accounting records (electronic as well as hard copy) for a period of THREE years from the date of publishing of duly audited & approved Accounts of the company and any dereliction thereof shall be treated as a material breach independent of any other breach,
    sufficient to give a cause for cancellation of the LICENCE.
  2. The LICENSEE shall maintain all commercial records with regard to the communications exchanged on the network. Such records shall be archived for at least one year for scrutiny by the Licensor for security reasons and may be destroyed thereafter unless directed otherwise by the licensor.
  3. The Government in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting may direct the Licensee providing IPTV service to ensure preservation and retention for a period of 90 days unless specified otherwise, of different kinds of content made available to their subscribers and requires it to ensure its security and also that it is not tampered
    with during such period. The Licensee providing IPTV service may be required to produce the same to the Government or its authorized representative, as and when required and the Licensee providing IPTV service will be required to ensure compliance to all such directions


Further, in regard to records related to Lawful interception, as per Rule 419(A) of Indian Telegraph Rules, the service providers shall destroy records pertaining to directions for interception of message within two months of discontinuance of the interception of such messages and in doing so they shall maintain extreme secrecy.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in a written reply to a Question in Rajya Sabha today.