Twitter Follower Management

Since I started using Twitter and gaining followers (a count that’s still under 1000, but a respectable 800), I wondered how to better engage my followers. To me, managing my twitter followers was a befuddling mystery at worst, and a pain at best.

I have tried following all my twitter followers using services like (the now defunct) autofollowbacktool, however there are too many spammers out there, and now my twitter feed is full of junk from them.

For this reason, I decided to start followbackr which filters out the spammers from your followers. By integrating with Klout, followbackr is able to determine which of your followers have a real social influence, and who among them do not. Based on your preferences, followbackr will follow back only those who are genuine followers.

So give followbackr a try. Also, I would love to hear your feedback and reviews.

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Has your iPhone got your number wrong?

I recently purchased a new iPhone and changed providers so that I can get unlimited data.  

Once I started using iMessage, I realized that my iPhone had the wrong number setup in it. With iOS 5, you are no longer able to edit the number on your phone. In fact, you can’t edit your number on iTunes either. This is a situation where the iPhone has the wrong number setup, and you can’t correct the number on the iPhone.

So here’s the solution. It’s really strange, but it works.

On your Home Screen, Go to the ‘Settings’ icon.

Click on ‘Phone’ and double-check that the wrong number is setup.

Go back to the main screen and select ‘Messages’ (it’s a little further down).

You will notice that ‘iMessages’ is ‘ON’. So go ahead and switch it off for 90 seconds.

After 90 seconds, switch it back on.

Go to the original menu in settings and select ‘Phone’. This should show you the correct phone number now.

iPad Applications I Love

I love using my iPad and am always looking out for applications to enhance its utility.

Here is a small list of applications that I love, which proved to be very useful or entertaining. I hope some of these help you make the most of your device as well! Enjoy.

1. Art:

Drawing Pad
Inspire Pro

2. Music:

GarageBand (Expensive but worth every cent)
SoundPrism

3. Note taking:

Bamboo paper
Penultimate
NotesPlus (Paid but fully featured).

4. Book reading:

Stanza (free with access to free and paid resources)
Audiobooks free (many free (and some paid) audiobooks
British Library 19th Century Collection (if you like really old books)
Philosophers’ Notes (summaries of books)
Google Books (Access to Google’s free book collection)
Kindle (Access any Kindle Books)

5. Work processing:

QuickOffice Pro HD (It’s expensive, but a worthwhile all in one solution)
Alternatively, Apple has its own software (Keynote, and a few others… )

6. Access your PC from your iPad:

Teamviewer
Dropbox
AudioGalaxy (sync all your music to your ipad over the air)
Linux lovers: iSSH

7. Games:

World of Goo
Asphalt 6 (Car racing)
Zynga Poker (Free online poker)
Words Free (Free online scrabble)
Fifa 11 HD (Soccer)

8. Movies and Music:

Pandora
Crackle
Netflix
Flixter/IMDB/Fanhattan
Vevo HD

9. News and Information:

CNN/BBC
FlipBoard
Economist/Time (If you have a print subscription)
Zinio
Bloomberg

10. Reference:

WikiOffline (access the entire wikipedia offline – note that this will consume about 4GB of space)
Star Walk (see the night sky)
National Geographic World Atlas
Bing for iPad

11. Travel:
Fotopedia Heritage (beautiful pictures from around the world)
FlightTrack (helps you keep track of your flights with latest information)

12. Backgrounds:
Pimp your screen

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Goodbye America

Dear United States of America
I came to know you intimately in the last six years.
You introduced me to many wonderful people, but secretly stole some of my most loved ones.
In our time together, you often surprised me with such happy moments – but you also made me sad and lonely.
You have also challenged me – Sometimes letting me win, but sometimes watching me lose it all.
I hate you, USA.. I really do. And yet I love you deeply.
Try as I might, I cannot understand you.
Though I am leaving you now, I shall certainly miss you.
With love,
Saket

PS: Your tantrums with the earthquake, hurricane, and power outages, were a little over the top.
There are nicer ways to part. But that’s just my opinion.

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Writing in the sky

I was driving down I-95 this evening, and saw the strangest ‘writing’ in the sky. Not a banner add, this was clouds spelling out letters. There wasn’t any plane in sight immediately near the clouds. Though there were some planes passing by after some time.

I couldn’t decipher what’s written in the clouds. Also, I wonder if there is some technology to explain this?

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The Helicopter Rescue Riddle

On 1st of July, 2011, I visited Tony’s Grove Lake , near the large Bear Lake, UT.
Due to a snowmobile crash, a rescue helicopter had been called in when I was visiting. Fascinated by the rescue operation, I photographed the helicopter returning with the crash victim.
At that time I didn’t see anything strange. But on going through the pictures later, I noticed a glow on the top right of one of the pictures

The entire slide show follows (Click ‘FullScreen’ and then ‘SlideShow’ to review the sequence in full). You can see the full screen images below.

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At Tony's Grove near Bear Lake (Utah), I was capturing the return of a rescue helicopter. Towards the end, one of the pictures has a strange object in the top-right corner. Any thoughts what this might be?

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Any thoughts on what this unidentified object may be?

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Amazing Manga Music Video

Does someone know what the lyrics mean??

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What a Wonderful World

After seeing this video, I don’t think anybody can stop themselves from saying… ‘What a Wonderful World’.

Louis Armstrong’s deep voice and Raymond Crowe’s flawless shadow pupeteering come together to make a memorable video.

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Smooth Theft

One would often think that thieves come stealthily in the night, or wait patiently for an opportune moment.

I faced another type of theft yesterday. A sort of – it’s lying out in the open – you can steal it if you like – theft.

I stay in this community in Richmond, Virginia, called The Crossings. I ordered a laptop online, and it was fedexed in earlier this month. The community office signed for it and kept it with them. This is standard procedure.

The only problem is – when I went to pick it up, the laptop just wasn’t there!

The community office calmly explained to me, that it has disappeared. There was no explanation given.

Though they agreed they signed for it, they said, ‘The Fedex guy brings a clipboard, and we just sign it’. They added with a smile – ‘We never saw a laptop box. Trust us, we know what a laptop box looks like.”

Well so where does that leave me? After talking to Fedex, it looks like the insurance on the item runs out once it is signed for. The community office did agree to check once more with all their employees. They will get back to me tonight. Hopefully with some good news. Sigh.

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Mobile Post Número Uno

Readers!

I had setup my wordpress blog with great enthusiasm back in April.
But there was a drop in the excitement when my iPhone’s blogging application refused to post to my self hosted blog.

Things have since improved since then, and if you’re reading this post, I am now able to blog from my phone.

While its great that i can now say what i want from anywhere; I do hope it’s something worth saying.

Okay. And here ends my first mobile blog. Yay?

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