Saturday, December 01, 2018

Find Device - Andriod app

Recently I installed "Find Device" app on Android phone after watching a security video, never having imagined a situation where I would utilise the features of the app until today. 

I was on my way to the bank and while driving on my two wheeler on Road 7 in Whitefield, suddenly I realised the phone was no longer in my pocket. Unable to find the phone nearby I tried to retrace my route in my two wheeler with little hope of recovering the phone as anyone could use my phone since it is not locked. Along with the phone, the phone pouch had an ICICI Debit card, Standard Chartered Credit card and Aadhar card. In the last 2 years since I started using this system of having my cards along with my phone, I had been warned by several of my colleagues of a situation when I would lose my phone and the thief would also have access to my One Time Password(OTP) which is used for validation for any bank/paytm transactions.

On my way back, I informed the security of my apartment community also just in case, I dropped it within my community and they come to know of a lost/dropped phone. Reaching home after an unsuccessful attempt at lost phone recovery, I was reminded of the security apps I had installed a couple of months ago on phone. As soon as I looked up for the feature, google started showing my device around the same area where I realised I had dropped my phone.

I immediately used a feature to lock my device remotely and set a PIN on the phone. I was also able to ring the phone and send a message to the person who would have my phone. The remote phone ringing feature works even if the phone is in silent mode and rings upto 5 minutes continuously. I sent a message to the device providing a number to call back but there was no response. I drove immediately to the same location where I lost my phone and contacted the security personnel of the companies in that area but they couldn't help. I again returned back unsuccessful, went directly to Airtel to get a new pre-paid card and obtained one after 30 mins of processing.  The customer care personnel said it would take a minimum of 4 hours and maximum upto 24 hours to activate the pre-paid card.

After coming home, I called up ICICI customer care and Standard Chartered customer care and blocked my cards. I was pondering on the idea of reporting to Police station about loss of my phone and Aadhar card along with it but then realised it would be more of a hassle and I would rather forget my phone rather than going through an ordeal of dealing with them. I downloaded a soft copy of my Aadhar card from which is as valid as the original card. After a little bit of research, figured that Aadhar card loss does not require an FIR to be filed as it is a common occurrence.  At the same time, now it was a couple of hours since I lost my phone and above site still showed the device at the same location. I thought of blocking my Airtel postpaid connection after waiting for a couple of days with slight hope that the person having my phone would call my back and I need to keep that communication channel open.

At about 4:45 pm in the evening,  my mother suggested that I should go look to see if my phone was lying on the road and no one might have picked it up as I was imagining. I again looked up on the site and saw the device was at a different location, moving toward Seetharamapalya/Hoodi. The movement was not fast and it was understandable that the person is walking towards home after work. At about 15 minutes of following the device over google site, it stopped moving. I was thinking what if the person I'm trying to reach doesn't communicate in English and was thinking of sending a message in hindi. My mother suggested that I should try to send message in kannada and it is most likely he did not know how to attend the call or operate the phone. If the person had no intention to return the phone, he would have turned it off and removed the sim. 

I used google translator and sent a message in kannada asking to return my phone along with my landline number. I immediately got a callback on my landline. It was a female voice and she asked me to collect it from near "Ram temple" in Basavanna nagar, Seetharamapalya. I was excited that somebody responded and feeling good about the fact that there is still hope about recovering a lost phone in such a country with so many people. I went near Ram temple and called my phone again, there was a man who instructed me to come further. I told him you could verify from my Aadhar card that I was the same person I was claiming to be. He did not accept the money I gave to him as a reward for returning my phone. All the items on my phone was intact except the fact that the screen was totally smashed and it looked like some vehicle had run over it. The consoling fact is I still have access to all my contacts/apps on my phone and I no longer have to cancel my connection and wait of 5 day time it might take for activating that number again. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Airtel 4G data plan in India(Bangalore) - postpaid connection

I walked into a airtel store in Nandidurga road, R.T.Nagar and filled out an application form that required a passport photo. No address proof required as they would request for a local person who can attest for you. They would provide a SIM card for postpaid connection and said it would activate in 4 hours. They also did an instant verification with the local contact you provided. The person also said that they would provide frequent updates to the alternate number I had provided.

While the process was simple, some of the claims were untrue. There were a couple of additional steps which I was not aware.

First: There was a televerification process I had to go through. I had to call an airtel number from my alternate number to complete the televerification process.

Second: The 4 hour activation claim was untrue.

Third: An airtel person appeared on my door that evening to verify me in person and took my photograph as a proof along with my employer details.

Fourth: The activation happened after 48 hours.  The internet connection was spotty and inconsistent for the first day after activation.

I had purchased a 10GB monthly plan for 999 Rs but playing youtube for halfday consumed 50% of my data plan in a day. So I'm now limited to only using my dataplan for browsing purposes.

The customer care was not very helpful during the activation process as the automated voice would always tell me postpaid number was invalid. More over there does not seem to be an option to talk to a real person.

I also read that I can top up my dataplan using smartbytes

You can also check your data usage by logging on to your airtel account at by providing your phone number and supplying the OTP that would be sent to your alternate number. Lot of lessons learnt with this experience at Airtel, India.

I had some connectivity issues with my internet 4G connection where it would time out every couple of minutes or so. I suspected the hotspot device and the SIM card initially. Later after testing the hotspot and SIM card in different areas in bangalore, figured the connection near my house was spotty. Now airtel has a bigger problem to figure out and I have to live with this problem until Airtel fixes it.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

fiddling with iPad

jQuery(document).ready(function() {

/*iPad orientation events*/

window.onorientationchange = detectOrientation;

function detectOrientation(){

if(typeof window.onorientationchange != 'undefined'){
if(orientation === 90){
// landscape mode
}//end if

else if (orientation === -90){
//Other landscape mode

}//end else if

//Portrait mode
}//end else


iPad touch events:


/*Other code here*/

/*Other code here*/


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

laptop stolen

Read this article for ways to get it back.

reddit helps!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Interviews and experience

Last year around same time, I started attending interviews and came across some invaluable pointers which I could share.
  • Talk to lot of recruiters/employers and figure out their approach, their expectations in the candidate
  • Take up as many interviews as possible, this would help equip ourselves and getting better at cracking them
  • Set up for a telephonic interview first in order to let them assess whether they are willing to go ahead
  • Be utmost professional to them, give them a call when you promised so or be ready to take up the call when you promised to be available
  • Never take up unprofessional behavior from recruiters/employers, this in itself will show how you are likely be treated once you are there
  • Read up everything put up in the resume, backing it up with real life incidents
  • Keep up in your technology related blogs and trends for at least 2 months before the interview if you do not already practice it
  • Note down the questions asked in the interviews and look up answers for those which you couldn't answer.
  • If you want to qualify yourself for the job even before attending an interview, develop some reusable code and share it with online community
  • Ultimately remember that employer - employee relationship is a business partnership and it should not require employee to jump hoops to get the job

If you would like to know something more specific, feel free to ask.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

accidents and claim

6 months before, I was driving around in a rental car and was getting out of a parking lot. I see a woman in front of me trying to park her car. I stopped far behind and was waiting for her to park. Since she could not fit into the parking space, she came in the reverse, did not notice that I was behind her car, hit my front bumper and cause few dents on the bumper of the car. The woman(crying) accepted her fault and a person from her insurance called me after a while and told that since it was her fault, her insurance will take care of repaying for the damages. Since it was my first time having met with an accident, I was not aware that we need to file a police complaint even though the damages were minor. After a couple of hours closely missing hitting another car thinking about this incident, I handed the car back to my rental company, reported the incident and got another car expecting that if I keep the car, the damages would be imposed citing, I caused those damages. I could literally see the rental guys jumping since they got a chance to claim from a hugely popular insurance company.

Fast forward 6 months later(that is now), a representative from my rental company calls and tells me the woman's insurance is not paying for the damages since the "reported damages did not match the actual damages on the car". It looks like that is a loop hole in the system when there is no proof of police complaint. The bills comes up as $500 and now I'm responsible for paying the damages.That was a total shocker to me who believed in fairness and justice. My internal voice was screaming "Why should I pay for something I didn't cause?". In fact I'm traumatized by that event. I should have sued her. Whenever I see someone backing up in front of my car, I'm terrified. I was lucky to have a third party insurance from hotwire. But there were several questions in my mind whether the insurance would pay for it as I had no police complaint(one among the several documents they require to pay for the claim). I had to scour for a couple of weeks for documents and stuff to provide my insurance guys and they finally paid for the damages. Still I feel bad for my insurance provider as it was never our fault.

Moral: Always file a police complaint for your proof.

Previous conquests:
1.Lost baggage claim from British airways
2. Two wheeler theft insurance from bajaj alliance
3. Duplicate H1 battle