Catch hot deals at EBay India, while it lasts

January 12, 2009

EBay India is currently running a promotional campaign, under which they have issued some discount coupons to buyers.There are discount coupons which would give you 5%,10% or 15% off the listed price of the item. but catch is it can be only used once and you have pay using paisa pay – which is absolutely fine.
Also there is special coupon which gives Rs.300 Off on Minimum purchase of Rs. 500. that about 60% discount. this way you can get things cheaper than the market price.


15% or max 1000 rupees coupon. Valid up to Jan 15th
15% or max 1000 rupees coupon. Valid up to Jan 15th
15% or max 1000 rupees coupon. Valid up to Jan 15th
20% or max 500 rupees coupon. Valid up to Jan 13th
5% discount Voucher Max discount Rs. 500 .. valid up to Jan 13 2009
10% off / Max Rs 500 Valid till Jan 13th
15% or max 500 rupees coupon. Valid up to Jan 13th
Baap of all coupons
Rs.300 Off
Minimum purchase of Rs. 500
Voucher Code: 2KI9KBI3AY
Expiry 31st Jan 09,
I am more interested in buying items around Rs.500/- mark so , get maximum discount. also this would be cheapest price you can get.

HOT Deals using Rs.300 off coupon

These are some i found , apart from this if there is any other deal, in which you are getting product less than market price or equivalent. please post

Head straight to, Get Shopping!


My Favorite TV Shows

January 12, 2009

I haven’t been updating this place as frequently as i used to do in earlier times. In my earlier posts, i have pointed out the reason as making a the correct balance. But actual reason is i spend most of my free time watching TV series. In other words, i am hooked to them.
I am not talking about Indian TV shows like the saas bahu crap or 43yr old man marring 16yr old girl , but TV shows telecasted in the US.In general, they have great storyline,fine performances from actors and mostly importantly they move as the plots change,actors gets replaced. Something which i miss on Indian television.
Just like every tree in garden doesn’t yield fruits, same way not all TV series telecasted are interesting to watch. i would start from ones which i like the most.

The above 4 shows are the my favorite ones, other than that i watch Dexter,24,Supernatural. but didn’t like them much.
the next question is How do i get this shows here in INDIA? Answer: via Peer-to-peer networks like TPB. as legally you can’t get them here.
Now, Go watch it as the risk of being addicted!!

    ICICI B2 Banking – True Internet Banking

    December 25, 2008

    Unhappy with your bank’s crippled net banking facility? How many times have you have wished that you had a fully featured Internet banking service which has all the features which would help you transact on the Internet smartly. want to change to another bank’s net banking service but don’t want ditch your old savings account.
    ICICI bank has product which they call “b2 Branch Banking“.It is a fully online direct banking service in which everything is done online, zero transaction charges on the savings account, no cheque book, no branch access, savings account with quantum optima facility. It is too simple, easy and saves your time

    • What a b2 account offers:
      • Zero Balance and Zero Transaction Charges – There are no charges on transaction done in b2 savings account. Also, unlike regular savings account you don’t have maintain a minimum amount in your account.
      • Virtual Credit Card(VCC) –  It enables to transact online with a credit limit of your choices. This card has limited balance which user specifies while generating so even if it fails in wrong hands you stand no risk.
      • No Penalty for premature withdrawal of FDs – you can make a premature withdrawal(breaking it before its full term) in your b2 saving account without having to incur the 1% penalty applicable on regular FDs.
      • E-wallet – An e-wallet gives you the conform of using a debit card online without having to expose your entire savings account for online transactions.
      • Greater Acceptability –  ICICI payment gateway is supported by most e-commerce Website. where as name of your good old bank may not appear while you are shopping on your favorite Website  .
      • Online Prepaid Mobile Recharge – you can recharge your mobile right from your b2 account itself and money would be automatically debited from your account. not a big feature but still useful. maybe you can use to refill when your talktime runs out in middle of night while talking to your girlfriend.
      • Absolutely No Making Charges on Demand Draft
      • No Charges on NEFT
      • SMS Alerts

    Now, we know that B2 savings account is not a regular savings account. then obviously we must not be getting facilities of normal savings account. below is the difference between normal saving account & b2 savings account

    • What a b2 account does not offer: 
      • No branches, no cheque books – You will not have access to any ICICI Bank branches. For instance, you won’t be able to withdraw cash from a branch. since, you can move money online in easy ways, there will be no cheque book with account.
      • No debit card, no ATM access – Since this is a truly online account – you can move money from your b2 account to your other bank(S) very easily as and when you wish – you will not need a debit card or access to an ATM
      • No physical statements and passbook – you will not get any passbook or statement. instead you can see them, in your b2 account itself.

    To Apply for ICICI b2 account, you have to visit ICICI B2 Page and click on Apply Here. A simple online Application form has to be filled with all your details. After filling up the form an ICICI bank executive would come to you for collecting required documents.
    One problem you might face is in step-3 that name of your employer might not be on the list. no problem, simply click on “O” and select “Others”. if you are unemployed like you are still studying then simply write “NOT APPLICABLE”.

    • How to move money into your b2 account: there are many ways of doing that but the best one is dropping a cheque into any ICICI bank ATM’s Dropbox. just write your name and b2 account no in pay field and the amount would be debited to your account in 5 days.
    • How to move money out of b2 account: Again, there are many ways. the best is to transfer money into some other account by NEFT.

    This service is useful for people you do lot of electronic transactions on regular basis.b2 can exist in perfect harmony with your regular savings account. use b2 for electronic transactions and your regular account for other offline transactions.  
    It is a real Internet banking facility which is absolutely free to use. I wonder how ICICI plans to earn from this service.  I have been using this service from past 2months and I am very happy with it. I would certainly suggest you to sign up for it.

    Links:   ICICI b2 Home Page  |  Apply for ICICI b2  |    ICICI b2 in the news

    Strike the Correct Balance

    December 17, 2008

    Dear Readers,

    As you might have noticed by diminishing flow of post in blog, I have been rarely active on Internet in previous months.due to this, this blog is being neglected. so what I have been doing?

    I have been trying to set my life on correct track; setting a goal and being devoted to achieve that goal no matter how hard it is and whatever it takes. previously, I used to do so many things together, but i was never able to master them as my mind was diverted.

    Now I always try to stay focused on the task in hand, rather worrying about what’s coming up next. this one thing has helped me lot. These days i spend my time doing constructive things, things which you after 5years, can look and say “I made this”. So from now on i would be avoiding IRC,IM and alike’s.

    I want to convey all the readers of this blog, this blog has a special place in my heart and will stay active for longtime. sometimes new post may not come as early as you have expected it to, will flow of posts on this blog would go on…..I guess its all about Strike the Correct Balance between things you do, suddenly life becomes very simple.

    Interesting, this blog is now going to be 6month old. So if you have any comments,feedback or complaints. Please leave them as commented below or contact me via e-mail at:

    contact at gaurishsharma dot com

    Next post coming up is about “New age Internet Banking service”.

    Stay Tuned!

    [NPTEL]High-Quality Free Video Tutorials by Profs of IITs

    November 29, 2008

    NPTEL is an acronym for National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning which is an initiative by all seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for creating course contents in engineering and science.

    Basically, Senior Profs of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have recorded video of their lectures and they have been hosted at Youtube.these are high quality lectures by experienced & well trained. The course contents focus mainly on engineering and science.

    The various Courses there are(Click on them to view complete list):

    You can find more information on its Website and don’t forget to read F.A.Qs. Dowloading videos from youtube is easy, search on google with “download youtube videos” in search box.

    These Courses are very useful for Student who have a habbiat of bunking classes,working professionals who don’t have time to do a regular course and people who are curious by nature and want to know everything. Its a +1 from my side

    [Linux] Ext3 partition detected wrongfully as ext4

    November 14, 2008
    Oh No!

    Recently, A partition on my backup harddrive was corrupted. It was i was clueless how it had happened. further, now the partition was refusing to mount and it was being detected as ext4.
    I tried mounting is manually:

    gaurish  ~  $   sudo mount /dev/sdb6 /media/fl/
    mount: unknown filesystem type 'ext4'

    Dmesg said

    EXT3-fs: sdb6: couldn’t mount because of unsupported optional features (ca9bc1e0).”

    I was not sure what to do next
    So i cried for help on various online Forums[1][2][3] but all in waste.
    After that i got pissed off and decided to take matter into my own hands and starting reading on how Partitions in linux are made etc. Then i came to know about superblock.
    Bingo!, i had a bad superblock.
    Here is a Quick Procedure to recover from a bad super block(read nightmare)
    Open Terminal and type the following commands:
    1) see backup superblock location

    ~ $ dumpe2fs /dev/sdb6 | grep -i superblock

    dumpe2fs 1.41.3 (12-Oct-2008)
    Primary superblock at 0, Group descriptors at 1-2
    Backup superblock at 32768, Group descriptors at 32769-32770
    Backup superblock at 98304, Group descriptors at 98305-98306
    Backup superblock at 163840, Group descriptors at 163841-163842
    Backup superblock at 229376, Group descriptors at 229377-229378
    Backup superblock at 294912, Group descriptors at 294913-294914
    Backup superblock at 819200, Group descriptors at 819201-819202
    Backup superblock at 884736, Group descriptors at 884737-884738
    Backup superblock at 1605632, Group descriptors at 1605633-1605634
    Backup superblock at 2654208, Group descriptors at 2654209-2654210
    Backup superblock at 4096000, Group descriptors at 4096001-4096002

    2) Run Fsck with Alternative Superblock

    $ sudo fsck -b 32768 /dev/sdb6
    fsck 1.41.3 (12-Oct-2008)
    e2fsck 1.41.3 (12-Oct-2008)
    /dev/sdb6 was not cleanly unmounted, check forced.
    Pass 1: Checking inodes, blocks, and sizes
    Pass 2: Checking directory structure
    Pass 3: Checking directory connectivity
    Pass 4: Checking reference counts
    Pass 5: Checking group summary information
    Free blocks count wrong for group #12 (30380, counted=30381).
    Fix? yes

    Free blocks count wrong for group #127 (15027, counted=5927).
    Fix? yes

    Free blocks count wrong (10539272, counted=10530173).
    Fix? yes

    Free inodes count wrong for group #116 (32732, counted=32729).
    Fix? yes

    Free inodes count wrong (24812957, counted=24812954).
    Fix? yes

    /dev/sdb6: ***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *****
    /dev/sdb6: 934/24813888 files (6.2% non-contiguous), 14282211/24812384 blocks

    3) Done! Partition is successfully recovered and data is safe. now we can mount it normally.

    $ sudo mount /dev/sdb6 /media/test

    Now, After this incident i have to rethink my backup strategy, which till now have been reply solely on HDDs as backup medium.
    Comment & Suggestions are welcome 🙂

    [Orkut] Get Latest Updates By SMS for Free

    November 6, 2008

    Orkut has started a new service called “Orkut SMS” by which you can receive latest scraps from your scrapbook as text sms on your Mobile. It means, now you would be able to get scraps from your orkut profile right onto your mobile phone. so it would work on crappiest mobile phones which don’t have fancy features like GPRS or EDGE. Further you can also reply to scraps from your mobile itself.

    Its Advantage is that this service does not require GPRS connection on mobile. It is entirely SMS based.if you are looking for GPRS based service try

    It is to be noted that Receive SMS is entirely free but you would be Charged Rs.2/- per SMS(1/- for MTNL) for sending a SMS. In my opnion the best utilization of service is to Receive scraps, sending scraps from mobile should be generally avoided unless urgent as its charged.

    What is orkut SMS?
    orkut SMS allows you to stay in touch with your orkut friends using text messages from your mobile phone.
    How does orkut SMS work?

    1. Register your phone on the orkut website.
    2. Send SMS commands from your phone to the appropriate orkut SMS number. Number for India:- 56555

    SMS Commands

    I am Using this on my Vodafone Mobile number from past week. I must say its very fast, i am getting scraps on SMS even before e-mail notifications.

    If you are a Orkut user, you should try it at-least for receiving scrap which is free.
    Currently Supported Operators:

    • TATA
    • BPL
    • Aircel
    • Reliance
    • Spice
    • MTNL
    • Vodafone

    More Details

    [BSNL Broadband] Double Broadband usage offer for November,2008

    November 1, 2008

    All Bsnl Broadband users Rejoice!, Bsnl has come up with a nice way to say Happy Diwali to its subscribers with special scheme under which All broadband users would be double of their monthly free download limit during month of November 2008 without any extra charge.

    This offer is applicable to subscribers who have have BSNL Broadband subscription
    continuously for past six months as on 01.11.2008. The scheme shall be available for all
    Broadband plans.However after November08, all customers would get back to their usual free download limit.

    Overview of Download/Upload Limit

    Name of Plan

    Normal Usage limit

    Usage limit during November
    Home 125 150 MB 300 MB
    Home 250 1.0 GB 2.0 GB
    Home 500 2.5 GB 5.0 GB
    Home 500 C 1.5GB 3.0 GB
    Home 500 C+ 2.5GB 5.0GB
    Home 1000 5.0GB 10.0GB

    Subscribers of Unlimited plan would be disappointed, as there no double bandwidth offer for them. This offer is is applicable all over india, however your local exchange might deny this as they must not received “official communication” regarding this. For the record, here is the official Letter that BSNL Head office, Delhi is sending to all its circle offices. This letter is signed by P.K.Shah,DGM (Broadband Service,BSNL.Corporate Office. so this is should be enough proof.

    If Bsnl still denies your free usage, take Print-out of below letter and show it to concerned officials. Surely, they can’t deny a official Letter 😀

    Broadband Cell Second Floor
    Bharat Sanchar Bhawan
    Janpath New Delhi ? 110001
    Tel: 91-11-23710183
    Fax: 91-11-23734052
    __________________________________________________ ___________________
    No: 64-03/08 Broadband Dated: 22.10.2008
    1.All Head of Circles/Metro District
    2.GM (CMTS/Mktg) BSNL.CO.
    Sub: Promotional Scheme for Broadband Customers as Dipawali Bonus.

    Approval of competent authority is here by conveyed for extending Dipawali
    scheme for BSNL Broadband customers who have BSNL Broadband subscription
    continuously for past six months as on 01.11.2008. The scheme shall be available for all
    Broadband plans.

    1)In the month of November, the subscribers shall be permitted to avail double usage
    of free download i.e. twice of what is available in the plan normally. The scheme shall
    be applicable for all Broadband Plans?.

    2)All plan change requests received in the month of November shall be made effective
    from 1 st of December?.

    3) The scheme benefits shall be available only for customers who remain active
    throughout November 2008.

    You are requested to kindly give wide spread publicity to this scheme through
    messages in SMS, IVRS etc, in addition to other print and electronic media.

    The message for mobile customers is furnished below.

    * Dear customers, Avail double usage of free download for all BSNL Broadband
    plans in the month of November 2008 as one time Dipawali Bonus.

    DGM (Broadband Service)
    BSNL.Corporate Office.

    Happy Diwali & Enjoy Downloading……

    [Update] The Offer is now over as it was valid only during november month, hope you enjoyed doubled Usage.

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    Monitor Your HDD’s Health, Keep your Data Safe!

    October 25, 2008

    My Computers stores tons of data and which is backed up regularly.But many people don’t backup their data regularly saying that HDD seldom fails.As your PC is up more than 10hours a day, constantly downloading files or other Such actives with heavy Disk I/ never know when your HDD fails and you would hear a click-click sound of head crash. recently my friend lost his entire family photo collection, indeed said as all this childhood memories are now gone :(. there is nothing to worry about, just backup your precious data. you would do fine
    Here are 2 tools I use to constantly monitor my HDD’s Health. you can also use them,  so next time whenever your HDD fails you know it before.this is done using a Inbuilt feature in HDD’s called S.M.A.R.T.More information here: What is S.M.A.R.T. and how can we use it to avoid data disaster?

    HDD Tune

    This tool  is useful for view S.M.A.R.T Information and checking bad sectors. It is a hard disk utility which has the following functions:

    • Benchmark: measures the raw performance
      • Transfer Rate
      • Access Time
      • CPU Usage
      • Burst Rate
    • Hard Disk information which includes partition information, supported features, firmware version, serial number, disk capacity, buffer size, transfer mode
    • Hard Disk Health
      • S.M.A.R.T. Information (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology)
      • Power On Time
    • Error scan
    • Temperature display
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    • Copy screenshot to clipboard

    HD Tune is freeware!


    Speed Fan is a general monitoring Utility which monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. but here we are interested in S.M.A.R.T. info and showing hard disk temperature .

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    Bsnl iControl IPTV service in Jaipur

    October 19, 2008

    Its been a while since Bsnl made foray into TV broadcasting industry, with its new IPTV service. IPTV does the same thing what DTH and cable service does(Telecast TV channels to your homes). the only difference is it delivered by copper made telephone cable.we need to remember that that Bsnl is a telecom company, so it can’t directly provide service
    The iControl service is provided by a company named “Aksh Optifibre Limited” using bsnl’s network. BSNL has signed a MOU with Aksh under which it has entitled Aksh to use its extensive & vast network with a huge broadband subscriber base. all the resources like hardware,support,content for providing such a service have to be arranged by Aksh. bsnl will only manage billing; which means installation & complaints would be directly handled by Aksh and the charges for service would come in your telephone bill.the main problem with such a setup is that there no single entity responsible for service, so customer may get confused whom to complaint. Also Aksh is a company who primary business is manufacturing optic fibre cables,so it has little experience in this field but aksh is pretty serious of IP TV and the company is betting big in the emerging IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) segment in India.
    What is required?

    • Broadband is Backbone of IP Tv, so to run this service you need a bsnl Broadband connection.
    • Type -I or Type – IV modem/router. even if you have a Type-I or Type-III, bsnl will replace it Free of cost. however if you have brought it from market, then the exchange is not possible.
    • For proper viewing your home should be in around 3km distance from the telephone exchange.

    What’s Awesome?

    • Internet speed My speed were increased and I am synced with DSLAM at 6mbps. so now i get true 2mbps speeds of around 250kBps. earlier i used to get around 200kBps. so now my download speed is increased by 25%
    • Initial charges & monthly fees: Instantly we need to pay Rs.1000(Refundable) + Rs.200/- = 1200. And monthly rental of Rs.150 per month
    • video on demand:imagine ability to rewind and forward while watching movies on your TV. probably you would feel this not a TV but your DVD player. as starting there are around 200 titles which are free to watch[ Free Movies List ] and other can be ordered by paying small amount of money
    • Triple Play: Phone,Broadband and Television via a single wire. pretty neat

    What’s Awful?

    • Unreliable: as everything is via a single wire, if your phone goes down. your broadband and TV won’t function.
    • Requirement of Broadband connection: Suppose one day you no longer need your broadband, so you decide to part with it. then you also have to bit farewell it your IPTV connection.

    The service itself is very new and falls under emerging category. still its worth trying if you have a Broadband connection.

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