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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Posted from a cybercafe

My PC is refusing to start, not literally but the monitor remains blank.
I think the memory chip must be loose, will tighten it when I get home.
That is why I had to come to this cyber cafe to update my blog.
Will apply for a two wheeler license tomorow, that means JP's plan to go to manish market for some shopping
remins postponed. Though sunday is available, Mahendra is adamant on going for MCA lectures.
So Sunday is out too, but lets see. Plans can always change.
Start to friday morning was stressful, the bus was late and invariably overcrowded, the consolation was that I got place to sit at chakala.
One of my good friends, amita, has finally landed a job, after turning down job offers from the likes of
MBT, etc etc, she seems to have settled down, hopefully, doing the kind of work, that she would not hate, if not love.
Recently I have started believing software testers have the toughest jobs. Because while testing an application, it isn't easy to think of all the wierd permutations and combinations of data to enter.
Since last few days, I have been having my dinner differently.
Ok, it is not very different, just that the TV remains off. That is to prevent my sister from getting disturbed, who is in 12th grade, and is preparing for her mid-term exams.
Professionally, its good to see my technical skills getting better.
Though my grip on SQl is far better, .NET is not lagging far behind.
And I am sure from here, thing will only get better.
That is all for now. More soon.
keep reading and commenting.
And on a concluding note, have you noticed the microscopic changes in the look of this weblog?

News of the day:

Good: I ate chicken fried rice for lunch.
Bad: I had to eat brinjals(yuck!) for dinner

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Read it.........

Before going any furthur here is a quote by (Isaac Asimov)::
Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

A Brief History of Cellular
Cellular Background

1921 -
Detroit Michigan Police Dept. made the earliest significant use of Mobile radio in a vehicle in the United States. The system operated at a frequency close to 2 MHz. The channels soon became overcrowded.

1940 -
New frequencies between 30 and 40 MHz were made available. Increasing the available channels encouraged a substantial buildup of police systems. Shortly thereafter other users found a need for this form of communication. Private individuals, companies, and public agencies purchased and operated their own mobile units.

1945 -
First public mobile telephone system in the U.S. was inaugurated in St. Louis, Missouri with three channels at 150 MHz. Six channels spaced 60 kHz apart were allocated for this service by the FCC, but the mobile equipment was not sophisticated enough to prevent interference.

1947 -
A Public mobile system using frequencies in the 35 to 44 MHz band began operations along the highway between New York and Boston. These frequencies were thought to carry greater distances however a problem with skip-distance propagation carried interfering conversations for long distances. These early mobile telephone systems used push-to-talk operation.

1949 -
FCC authorized separate radio channels to common carrier entities known as "Radio Common Carriers" (ROC). These companies do not provide public telephone service, but interconnect to the public telephone network to provide mobile telephone services equivalent to the wire line common carriers.

1955 -
Number of wire line channels available at 150 MHz was expanded from 5 to 11 by the creation of new channels between the old ones (channel spacing of 30 kHz).

1956 -
12 wire line channels were added near 450 MHz. All systems operated in a manual mode, with each call to or from a mobile unit being handled by a special mobile telephone operator.

1964 -
A new system (150 MHz) was developed providing automatic channel selection for each call, eliminated the need to push-to-talk operation, and allowed customers to do their own dialing.

1969 -
Automatic capability was extended to the 450 MHz band and the so called "Improved Mobile Telephone System" (IMTS) became the standard for mobile telephone service in the U.S.

Advanced Systems (Cellular Concept)
As early as 1947, it was realized that small cells with frequency reuse could increase traffic capacity substantially and the basic cellular concept was developed. However, the technology did not exist.

1953 -
AT&T proposed to the FCC a broadband mobile telephone system to operate in the 800 MHz region.

1970 -
FCC announced a tentative allocation of 75 MHz in the 800 MHz region and invited industry to submit proposals for achieving communication objectives and demonstrating feasibility.

1971 -
AT&T responds with a technical report asserting feasibility by detailing how a "cellular system" might be composed. No other proposed systems were submitted to the FCC.

1974 -
FCC makes a firm allocation of 40 MHz for mobile telephone service and solicited applications for developmental Systems to prove the feasibility of so-called "Cellular Systems" but because of the beginnings of Bell Systems divestiture proceedings, ruled that Western Electric could not manufacture cellular terminal equipment. This was because Western Electric makes the network equipment and the restriction from selling both terminal and network products was to prevent further monopolization.

1975 -
AT&T applied for authorization to operate a developmental cellular system in Chicago.

1977 -
License granted in March of 1977. Illinois Bell Telephone constructs and operates a developmental cellular system.

1978 -
Mid 1978 the Equipment Test phase commenced. The Service Test-phase started in late 1978. Twenty-one hundred mobile sets were procured from three suppliers for the test and the system served over 2000 trial customers.

1981 -
FCC issues standard rules and due to the direction already taken, In the Bell System divestiture proceedings, now rules that Western Electric is permitted to manufacture cellular terminals as well as the network equipment.

In the years between 1974 and 1981, AT&T Bell Labs worked with all other cellular terminal vendors to develop their cellular phones so that consumers would have quality products available to use on the cellular network.

Most of this information is from the ATT Cellular Telephone Equipment Installation Course - CL3403, ca. 1985

source: http://www.wave-guide.org/archives/waveguide_3/cellular-history.html

News of the day:
Good > High possibility of the 'BrahmaKamal' flower blossoming in a few days.
Bad > High possibility that my 'cold' can get worse.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Weird!!!!... Week begins with tuesday.....

The week begins with Tuesday.
Alright, maybe I am hyper-reacting.
But spending Monday at home was a different experience altogether.
So after celebrating dusshera with my friends I am back to work.
A wide grin flashed on my face, when Jayprakash gave me the news that the MCA assignments can be written at home, clearing my misconception about writing them at the study center.
The risk of lifestyle related diseases (you know I have a desk job!) has made me cut down on my intake of junk food. Its not that I am a prolific junk food gobbler, but I have decided to have junk food only once a week, instead of twice a week.
Since we are at it, I have found vada pav of kanjur marg station to be one of the best.
It’s small, and damn tasty.
It’s so good, that one doesn’t fill me, neither my stomach nor my taste buds, and the tagline “No one can eat just one” suits it a lot.
Its good news that arsenal is winning. I am big fan, not by world standards, but have been a loyal one since 4 years. Be it highs or lows I have not changed my loyalty to any other club.
Ok, enough of self boasting.
I am currently reading a book by Arthur Hailey; its name is “Wheels”.
So expect a book review soon.
More later, I promise!!!

News of the day: -
Good> I have completed 3 months at my job.
Bad> My iPod Knockoff MP4 player is ruined. 

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Sunday night ends with a slight drizzle.

Yes, it is back to rainy days, after a long time.
It is good that it didn’t rain on Friday evening, as it would have spoiled the garba evening.
Yup! I went for a garba/dandiya raas after a long long time.
The last time I went for it was when, I hadn’t sprouted a single moustache hair.
And at that time it was local event. While this one, sponsored by our cool boss, was a large scale event.
I had mentioned in my previous post that I would not be going for the raas, but since the plan was postponed to Friday evening I had no problem.
As I said earlier, the garba raas organized by Sankalp group is a very popular event in Mumbai. Held at Goregaon Sports Complex, it is hosted by a host of Gujrati singers, which includes Falguni Pathak.
I won’t tell you the details of the place, like how many people are there, how big it is, because for that you just have to turn on your TV.
I would just say that I didn’t have any idea, what is the dance steps performed during garba. So initially it was a case of watch and learn, but as time passed on and music picked up pace, I felt more and more comfortable, and was able to match the moves of some of the more pro garba dancers. After two hours it felt more like a heavy workout.
That was Friday, for you, a garba raas, after working the whole day.
Saturday and Sunday were spent the way they usually are, nothing interesting.

P.S. I am sorry for not updating my weblog for a few days.