How to turn your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot

In this world of ever increasing Wi-Fi devices, I think this post will be very helpful.

Method 1 (Very easy)

Download and install connectify (About 3MB) from the below mentioned link

http://cnet.co/nCDNkJ

Using connectify:

http://bit.ly/nJy1Bo

If the above method does not work, you can go for the below method:

Method 2 (The Geeky Method)

This will work only if u have an icon consisting of two PCs to connect to internet like in case of “BSNL Broadband”.

Windows 7:

First open “Network and Sharing Center”->”Change adapter settings”

Right click the icon u use to connect to net, BSNL in my case -> Properties -> Sharing -> Check allow other network users to connect bla bla . and select wireless network connection from the drop down list (if applicable) . Click apply.

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Open Start Menu and type wireless box Search, Then Manage wireless networks :

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Press Add add wireless networking to start :

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Next, select Create an ad hoc network … :

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You will receive notification and instructions for creating introducing ad hoc networks as follows , select Next :

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Named to the newly created network , security selection methods if necessary , check Save this network if you intend to regularly use this network model . Set security measures must also depend on the ability of wireless devices :

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Then wait a bit to create the network are :

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Message window networks have been successfully created and ready for use :

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Check the entire wireless network by clicking the icon in the system tray, if successful you will see the network created above is ready and waiting to connect to others :

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Next, switch to computer remainder ( client) , select the icon to see all the wireless signals of the network , then connect to the newly created ad hoc network :

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On the server – the host , you’ll see the signal from another computer just to connect to ad hoc system

Once you start this connection u will be able to select it on ur mobile device. Connect and enjoy net 🙂

Had spent some time to discover the second method.

Windows XP:

1. Make sure the wireless card is on

Before trying anything, you should make sure the wireless card is on.

Wireless Network Icon
Wireless Network Icon

If your wireless card is on, you should see an icon like this one in your task bar.

2. Create a wireless network

First of all you need to create the wireless network where your computer will appear as an HotSpot.

  1. Right click on the Wireless Network Icon and select “Status”

    Wireless Network Status

    Once you see this dialog, press the button “Properties”.

  2. Select the tab “Wireless Networks” and

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    press the button “Add…”.

  3. You’ll see the following dialog.

    Add Wireless Network

  4. Enter a name for the network (SSID), e.g. MMN.
  5. Protect your network with encription via the WEP key.
  6. Make sure it is you, and not the computer to provide the Network key.
  7. Enter your Network key, it must be 10 figures exadecimal number, e.g. “abcdeabcde”.

Press the button “OK” and you should see the following dialog and

My newly created wireless network

press the button “OK” to close it.

3. Start -> Run -> Type “ncpa.cpl” in the text-box and  press enter.

4. Right click the icon you use to connect to Internet; ‘BSNL’ in my case and select properties

Move on to the advanced tab and make sure the following option is checked

                                                                

5. Select the earlier created network in step 2 on your mobile device and you are ready to go.

I have tried to make the post as simple as possible.

If you are still facing any issues I will be happy to hear them in the comments section.

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Infosys, Mysore (Pictures)

This is in continuation to my earlier blog about the Infosys, Mysore campus:

A picture is worth a thousand words, so attaching some photos:

 

Infosys Mysore – A City in Itself

I was the one of the lucky person who got selected in Infosys in the third year when I was studying electronics engineering. My journey in Infosys began in Mysore as that was my joining location.

I decided to join infy for many reasons major of them being Exposure to industry, a great opportunity, more compensation etc.

Hostel Room:

I like any other trainee, had my own room with a 26″ LCD TV, an attached bathroom, extra comfortable bed, single sofa, studying table with table lamp, water boiler and an awesome view of the campus. All this plus a person who comes to clean the room daily replenishing the coffee, tea sachets was for Rs. 3250 per month. There was a telephone which could be used to call any other person in the hostel. Only when I moved away from Mysore I realized that local calls were also possible. In short it was just like staying in a 3 star hotel.

Employee Care Centre (ECC):

We had an ECC building which was house to a supermarket, Swimming Pool, Laundromat, World-class Gym and indoor games viz. Table-Tennis, Badminton, Bowling Alley, Squash and Pool etc. In outdoor sports we had two Basketball Courts, eight lawn-tennis courts, an football ground with track and field events and an Cricket Ground.

Global Education Centre (GEC):

Two Global Education Centers or GEC as is popularly called in the campus. GEC1 has a capacity of approx. 5000 and GEC2 an amazing 10000 and each trainee has a PC assigned to him. GEC2 houses a food-court too. The GEC2 is said to be the largest building in India after the parliament. Every trainee’s bag is checked at the entrance in GEC as food stuff and all electronic devices except the Cell Phone is not allowed. This rule is kind of creepy coz a Cell Phone now-a-days is able to do most of the things what other electronic devices can. Also I don’t get the reason why food stuff was banned. But as human beings show interest in doing things what they are asked not to do, the dustbin in our class ended up with all the chocolate wrappers.

Multiplex:

The multiplex had in all four screens, one of which was used to show movies. All trainees had mandatory registration to the Multiplex card. With Rs. 150 cut in the month, every trainee had the permission to attend all the shows. The movies were shown in weekends only. Generally one English and one Hindi movie was the trend. Even though the ticket was free, for a good film we had to queue approx a couple of hours ago to get the tkts. But standing with the group was a fun in itself. We used to play some games while in the queue and most of the times those got more interesting than the movie itself.

Food Courts (FCs):

We had six food courts at that time, now the number has increased. The food was not that interesting, but was eatable. Sometimes we had some good food too. I especially like the Chicken-Dum-Biryani and Noodles of FC1.

Software Development Blocks (SDBs):

This is where every trainee ended up after training. There were a few SDBs in Mysore campus as the main motive still remains as education centre. I never went inside these SDBs but wondered about people going inside. Now I am one of them, only that I am in Pune.

Library:

Each GEC1 and GEC2 houses a library. I personally like the library of GEC2 – It looks like made of wood and the design is simply marvellous. The number of books that these libraries hold is also huge.

Cycles:

I hated the fact that there were more lady-bird cycles than the Hercules ones. But there were a lot of those. They were used to commute inside the campus and anyone in the campus could use one of this. Riding a cycle at night in the campus is an experience in itself.

Trees-Greenery and Greenery:

No matter wherever you are in the campus you will find grass, tress everywhere. Although we were not allowed to walk on the grass, it made our stay in Mysore more joyful and energetic.

All of the above mentioned maintained in top-notch quality. As per the cleanliness goes I haven’t found a place cleaner than the Mysore campus anywhere in India yet.

And as one of out visiting trainer rightly said – “Infosys, Mysore campus is a city in Itself”

PS.: To be writing about Mysore, I can go pages and pages but just decided to put a brief summary of all the things in there. Any corrections are welcome, as it’s been 1.5 years now I have been away from Mysore.

Orkut, Facebook and Now Twitter…

It’s been two years I have opened a twitter account. But seriously I had joined to keep myself updated about MTV India.

At that time I had just completed my BE degree in electronics engineering and had a lot of spare time. Instead of watching the stupid serials on star plus, Sony tv etc I had only this option left.

I found myself comfortable first using orkut. That was my first social network account where I took my updates seriously. I had an account on Facebook too but at that time it was so complicated and very few of my friends existed there so naturally I had tok stick to Orkut. But then suddenly things changed. Just as if they were selling gold on Facebook people started flocking to it. And then just as it happens in any social network world, you do not decide which service to join or not, it’s what your network decides.

One of my friend was still stuck to orkut when he knew all his friends too were now on Facebook. Soon he realized his mistake and did what others did, joined Facebook.

The major difference in Facebook were the variety of useless applications which people found interesting. So no matter how good orkut was getting, it didn’t stop my friends to get to Facebook. So the previous scene everything about scraps now it was about the wall. One amazing fact is that the number of actual farmers is smaller than the number of people playing FarmVille(An online game on Facebook where people look after their virtual farms).

Twitter was totally out of picture till now. It was when I saw that most of big personalities/companies were on twitter I got interested in it. And I guessed that this will be the future.

Twitter is not a social network site as most people think rather it’s an micro blogging site. I had to literally watch a short tutorial on how to use twitter. The interface at that time was so minimal, RT hastags etc seemed like keywords then. It’s now that the interface is improved and twitter itself gives you an link for retweeting, replying etc.

Getting on to twitter I didn’t feel comfortable at first. According to me, at that time; it was just another social network with everything stripped off except the status updates. But things changed drastically over last some time especially when I got an iPod touch. And finally over the long run its the simplest interface which wins. The app for iPod touch for twitter made more sense to use twitter here instead of the more complicated Facebook. And finally it’s the updates which finally matter to you of any person.

Another thing what I like about twitter is it’s 140 character limit. I don’t understand why people have to put in very long status updates and most of such are left unread by a person like me.

The only problem in moving here is again the same, very few people have joined twitter and most importantly only half of them are active. But still now I prefer twitter and slowly and steadily I am decreasing my presence on Facebook. The only reason that I am still on Facebook is that some of my best friends are still there and from what seems is that they are not going to join twitter soon.

What do you think, who will end up having the largest traffic… Facebook, Orkut, Twitter or the newly launched Google plus… you are free to share ur view in the comments section.

Life @ Infy, Mysore… “The place to be…”

The place where someone called out u saying “sir please walk on footpath” instead of someone yelling at you “sale footaptha kya show ke liye banaya hai..”  😀

The place where every guy rode a ladybird though he never dared test his sisters bicycle when she bought it for the first time.

The place where the alarms woke me up  instead of Mom shaking and pushing me to get up.

The place where you always had a shoulder to cry when you were sad and a hand to high five when you were happy.

The place where watching movies late night was no issue even if that meant getting up early next morning.

The place where the gates told you “you are entering a disciplined place, act one even if you are not one”.

The place where you could return the next day and no one would ask you where had you been.

The place where you were paid to study and you studied so ruthlessly like never before even though your parents paid for your fees and you never bothered to study throughout your life .

The place which gave you your first salary and you had no clue what to do with it but wanted to do everything with it.

The place where every weekend meant a party or an outing.

The place where Friday nights meant going to a laundry to get your clothes washed though you had no clue how much Surf for 10 clothes.

The place where you remembered moms food 24*7The place where you missed dad yelling at the slightest mistake.

The place where you couldn’t find peace without your brother though you always were at war with him.

The place where you realized you loved someone more than the hottest girl in the campus.

The place where you made friends for a life though people always said friends at work don’t last long

The place where you saw a life you never imagined..

The place where time management skills were developed without your knowledge.

You learnt to toggle between swimming ,study ,GYM and home and always had enough time to do them all.

The place where projects meant team work and you really had to work.

The place where people didn’t bother who you were and still entire hostel erupts in claps when they heard someone play a guitar or sing a song.

The place where all of them had same room keys and all that mattered where room numbers.

You were never far away from the farthest person you knew on the campus.

The place where You meet at a place called “gazzebo” and ask an unknown person for a smoke and then you realize you made a big gang out there.

The place where you never felt odd to stand in a queue for 3 long hours to get a movie ticket with all your friends in the queue whereas back home you always asked friends to do advance booking for entire group.

The place where you learnt 10 different ways to cook Maggie in a kettle  which was ‘par boiled’, ’unboiled’, ’half boiled’ but never properly boiled whereas you only knew a single recipe back home and shouted at Mom for overcooking or undercooking ‘Maggie’

The place where you realized why mom always made a checklist while going to a supermarket because you always purchased 9 unwanted items from the 10 items you just brought from ‘loyal world.’

The place where bread, jam or bread, butter or bread, cheese always had kurkure as toppings .

The place where you realized you must be having more APPY and MIRINDA in your veins as supposed to blood.

The place where you had at least 10 autowallahs number saved to your cell phone and call them up regularly though you never knew a single autowallahs name back in your home town.

The place where you spent talking to mom for hours though you rarely talked to her that long daily back home.

The place where you called up friends daily just to tell them how much you miss them.

The place where you realized the magic of words and power of blogs.

The place which showed you the best of life and then one day say “you are on your own. Now go to face the real world.”

Missing Lyf @ Mysore…

Google Wave

What I learnt from the Google Wave looooooooooong video…

Google Wave: The next gen E-mail

Wave gives us an peek of how e-mail will look like if it had been invented now. instead of individual message sent to each other, wave has a single object which can be shared with each other.User can open a wave read, edit and reply to it. You have privacy settings too.

when you first start wave you will simply forget that you are in a browser viewing a page. A very cool User Interface.

Anyone can start a new ‘wave’ and type in it, with an inbuilt spell checker. Once you create the wave it appears on the screen with the person you are sharing it. the person can reply right inside the wave so no need of that messy reply messages. Also whats more cooler is as the person types and if you are online you can see the message typed letter by letter from the other person. this helps you to spend all the time either reading or writing that speeds up your conversation. Also there is a check box right below to hide the live type. Even you can reply at the middle of the message.

To share the wave with more users all you have to do is drag and drop a person from your contacts list. Then they too get to send replies and if they happen to be online all of them can just edit, read and reply at the same time, you can change the privacy settings too if you dont want your wave to be edited. Replies can also be made private to a particular users.

You may be thinking after lots of edits and replies the wave will get somewhat unorganised to look at however there is a timeline so that you can view the original message and then play it so that you can just see how the replies came in by. this is helpful esp for new users you have shared your wave with.

Sharing Images is lot easier, just drag and drop your images in your browser thats it. you can add images to a wave itself, and all those with whom you have shared the images can edit the captions simultaneously, all changes visible letter by letter at same time.

With API you can do lot of things. For eg. share your wave with a blog so that the blog gets updated as you update your wave. If some one replies to a blog you get the same reply in Google Wave and also if some one replies in Google wave it appears in the blog replies. You can create a wave in orkut itself using embedded API.

With online language conversion you just type in letter by letter and it will get converted to any language you select. Suppose a user understands french you type in english, it will get converted to french, when the user types in french you will get it converted in English.

Bhuvan (India’s answer to Google Earth)

In what appears to be a challenge to Google Earth and Wikimapia, the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of ISRO has come up with ‘Bhuvan’, bringing India’s name into the limelight yet again. Bhuvan, which literally means ‘earth’, is a web-based tool like Google Earth, but it promises better 3-D satellite imagery of India than what is currently being offered by other Virtual Globe software. Moreover, it brings you a host of India-specific features such as weather information and even administrative boundaries of all states and districts.

Bhuvan is equally capable of offering images of the globe, but the best resolution area is India, at least for the time being. “Bhuvan will be able to give you an image from only 10 meters away”, an ISRO spokesman said; which means in the Indian subcontinent even a commuter moving on the road can be easily spotted. Bhuvan uses images taken at least a year ago by ISRO’s seven remote-sensing satellites in orbit including Cartosat-1 and Cartosat-2.

Unique features

1. Bhuvan allows users to access, explore and visualize 2D and 3D image data along with rich thematic information on soil, wasteland, water resources etc in the Indian subcontinent.

2. It displays multi-resolution, multi-sensor, multi-temporal image data.

3. Users can superpose administrative boundaries of choice on images as required.

4. It allows visualization of AWS (Automatic Weather Stations) data in a graphic view and use tabular weather data of user choice.

5. Fly to locations (Enables users to fly from the current location directly to the selected location)

6. It features a Heads-Up Display (HUD) navigation controls (Tilt slider, north indicator, opacity, compass ring, zoom slider)

7. Allows navigation using the 3D view Pop-up menu (Fly-in, Fly out, jump in, jump around, view point)

8. 3D Fly through (3D view to fly to locations, objects in the terrain, and navigate freely using the mouse or keyboard)

9. Drawing 2D objects (Text labels, polylines, polygons, rectangles, 2D arrows, circles, ellipse)

10. Drawing 3D Objects (placing of expressive 3D models, 3D polygons, boxes)

11. Snapshot creation (copies the 3D view to a floating window and allows saving to an external file)

12. Measurement tools (Horizontal distance, aerial distance, vertical distance, measure area)

13. Shadow Analysis (it sets the sun position based on the given time creating shadows and effects of the lighting on the terrain)

14. The Bhuvan portal is designed to run on slow Internet connections.

Bhuvan’s edge over Google Earth

Google Earth                                                          Bhuvan

Zoom levels up to 200 mt                            Zoom levels up to 10 mt

Single layer information                               Multi-layer information

Images upgraded every 4 years                 Images upgraded every year

No alternate viewing options                      Options of viewing on different dates

Uses international satellites                         Uses Indian satellites

Thus, Bhuvan represents, in essence, the whole India on your computer. The next version of Bhuvan is expected to be called Bhuvan ChandraBhumi, which will feature both earth and moon in resolution up to 347 m maximum in near side and 432 m far side which is taken by Chandrayaan. The Bhuvan project demonstrates the country’s expertise in both information and space technology.

The Bhuvan can be downloaded from http://bhuvan.nrsc.gov.in/.