Monthly Archives: January 2011

Oscar was not part of dream-in-a-dream

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony slated to happen on 27th February, will have Anne Hathaway and James Franco as it’s hosts. From the video promo of “Hosts in Training” on the Oscar site, you would have an anticipation of planned humor and smart-alec quips for the grand finale.

Hosts in Training

The Oscar nominee list is out and Leonardo DiCaprio yet again misses out on an Oscar nomination after his performance in “Inception”. However, the movie itself bagged 8 nominations (mostly in technical categories) this year preventing a repeat of the Dark Knight snubbing for Inception. Surprisingly the one of the highest media and public buzz generating movie director, Christopher Nolan, finds himself absent from the Best Director nomination list.

Here are the nominations for the “Actor in a Leading Role”:


Here is some food for thought on Inception and theories around why the movie might not get the accolades that it deserves.

Leonardo has been quite selective with his films and has put in some stellar performances in the past in movies like Shutter Island, Body of Lies, Blood Diamond, The Departed, Catch Me If You Can and many more.



I am sure everyone of you has doodled in one form or the other. My doodling at times went a bit overboard and the outcomes of the same are in the album below. I was browsing through my USB drive and found a bunch of old doodles from the college years.


Rest of the doodles are present in the album below: Tags:

HTC Mozart: An end-user review

Gone are the days when a phone was supposed to be just a phone. Nowadays the smartphones are a mobile portfolio of an individual’s online persona. Being able to send text messages to multiple recipients once upon a time was a much coveted feature in a cellphone. These gadets have come a long way since then and have evolved into these complicated devices which can practically do anything you want it to or if it cannot, there is probably an App for it.

Here the things I am in absolute awe of on the HTC Mozart and Windows Phone 7 combination:

  1. The touch motion is very fluid (sometimes a bit too fluid) but that gives the UI an amazing look and feel.
  2. The sound quality when playing music on the phone is out-of-this-world especially if you use the add-on App HTC Sound Enhancer to customize your sound settings.
  3. The tiles just take laziness to a whole new level
  4. The 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash does provide for some amazing picture taking opportunities.
  5. The design of the phone is different from all the phones that I have used so far.
  6. The screen quality is surprisingly very good and sometimes you just feel like staring at and admiring the phone.
  7. The merging and linking of your Outlook, Facebook, Windows Live and GMail contact list is probably the No.1 feature for me.
  8. The Bing voice search is a feature which is typically good for showing off and extremely cool!
  9. The apps on the Marketplace are pretty cool and it’s very easy to install them.

Some of the features that I not so Gung-Ho about….

  • The quick dial feature on my WinMo 6.5 is sorely missed. I have to click 3 times to actually dial a number.
  • The voice dialling feature is a cool one but most of the time it’s confused about what I want vs what it wants to search for. It’s like that feature has a mind of it’s own.
  • I cannot assign a song as my ringtone.
  • Miss the copy/paste feature for some applications.
  • Very used to viewing my phone as a HDD on my computer (without hacks) and miss the direct copy/paste of stuff into my phone.

Here are some of the Apps that I installed:

  1. Adobe Reader – A must if you need to view PDF documents. (My rating: 5-star)
  2. Amazon Kindle – Good for reading books purchased from the Amazon store. (My rating: 5-star)
  3. Dollar Dictionary – A handy little dictionary and thesaurus.
  4. Facebook – Almost anyone to everyone is on Facebook these days. So it’s needless to say that this app is quite useful. The app has all the basic features for normal FB activity but it’s missing the Share feature. (My rating: 4)
  5. IMDB – A neat little app for checking out the latest in movie news.
  6. Live Cricket – A must for any cricket fanatic. Shows the scores of CricInfo. (My rating: 5-star)
  7. Messenger by Miyowa – This is the only app that works with Windows Live Messenger. So for the lack of a better app this will suffice your needs but there are some improvements needed for it. The Windows Live package available for WinMo 6.5 and below definitely has an advantage over this app.
  8. MSN Movies – A nifty little app for viewing the latest trailers of movies.
  9. Notes – The virtual version of Post-Its from HTC.
  10. MyChannel9 – I do watch Channel 9 videos so this app made sense for me.
  11. SimpiRSS – This is a standard RSS reader for subscribing to any kind of RSS feeds. It can also import your Google Reader blogs.
  12. Translator – This is a handy little app which can translate in multiple languages (I think about 6) and also gives the pronounciations of one word translations.
  13. Stopwatch Timer – This is another basic app which does what the app name says.
  14. Twitter – A must for all Twitter users. (My rating: 5-star)
  15. Voice Recorder – Again pretty straight forward which does exactly what the name suggests.
  16. Weather – A simplistic yet complete app to track world weather. (My rating: 5-star)
  17. WordPress – A brilliant app for WordPress bloggers. (My rating: 5-star)
  18. World Clock – A simple but useful app to track the time for different timezones. I really need this as I am horrid with timezones. (My rating: 5-star)
  19. YouTube – I had this on my WinMo 6.5 and this app from HTC Touch 2 and this makes viewing stuff on YouTube pretty easy.
  20. e-Bay – This app is quite useful if you are a regular e-Bay user.
  21. Favorites Dialer – If you miss the Quick Dial or Contacts Favorite list from your WinMo 6.5 like I do, then this is the app for you!
  22. HandyScan – This is a decent app for scanning documents and storing them in your picture library.

Her are the list of games that I installed on the Mozart:

  1. Checkers Pro Free
  2. Chess4All
  3. Helicopter
  4. Ice Ball
  5. Reversi Pro Free
  6. Sudoku
  7. Swipy Man
  8. Tetris 7 (UI ain’t that great)
  9. Tic Tac Toe
  10. Word Tangle Free
  11. Need for Speed Undercover

Have fun customizing your phone!

Here’s how you make Zune Marketplace work for you if you reside outside US:

The HTC Mozart review by Engadget can be read here.