What is ‘CKWL’ and ‘REGRET’ in online reservation (irctc.co.in)

If you’re an ardent user of irctc.co.in, the website for online reservation in India then you must have seen something like CKWL 5, CKWL 21 and REGRET while booking your ticket.

1. Full form of CKWL is ‘Tatkal Quota Waiting List’.

ckwl in irctc online reservation

Its the waiting list for tatkal quota. Its same as normal waiting list except its for tatkal quota.

Chances of confirmation of a CKWL ticket is very less so its always a better idea to not book tickets with CKWL status. It will be deemed as ‘no-ticket’ if remain unconfirmed till chart preparation.

Note: Cancellation of waiting list tatkal tickets (CKWL) is possible with near full refund.

2. REGRET is displayed when no booking is allowed.

regret in irctc

Its most commonly displayed in AC1 and AC2 coaches when waiting list reaches a particular mark.

In AC1, REGRET is shown as soon as waiting list reaches 1.

How to convert vcf file to csv online?

Variant Call Format or VCF is the standard format for storing phone contacts. VCF files can only be read with applications like Nokia PC Suite and Samsung Kies. Without these softwares, they can’t be read, edited or modified.

An alternate way of reading content of VCF files is by converting it to CSV while is easily readable using MS Excel.

Steps to convert VCF to CSV online

1. Go to website http://www.vcf2csv.com

2. Upload the VCF file and select the format to ‘CSV’, or ‘Gmail CSV’ if you want to upload the contacts to your Gmail account. read phone contacts by converting vcf file to csv format 3. Click ‘Convert’ and you’re done. Download the converted CSV file and read in MS Excel.

15 awesome 2013 Holi Pics from Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana

The festival of joy Holi is celebrated throughout India with full intensity. Colors and liquids are sprayed over everyone in sight. Doesn’t matter if you’re known or unknown, friend or rival, no one is spared when it comes to playing Holi.

image of lord krishna

Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna is known for celebrating Holi in grand style. Its celebrated over 3 days unlike other places where its of 1 day only. It also includes ‘lathmaar’ Holi of Barsana where ladies ferociously hit males with bamboos.

Many of us have just heard of this but this time time, we’re bringing you some pics that’ll beautifully reflect the energy and enthusiasm with which the Holi is celebrated in Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana and nearby areas.

Holika Dahan is on eve of the Holi. It marks the end of ‘Holika’, sister of Hirankashyapu who tricked to kill his brother’s son because of his deep faith in Lord Krishna. As a remembrance, fire is lit and everyone circles around it.

people circling around fire on holika dahan event in barsana

At most places Holi starts with aarti of Lord Krishna

arti of lord krishna in vrindavan

arti of lord krishna on holi day

Holi celebration with colors and liquids

boy celebrating holi with friends in mathura

mass celebration of holi in mathura

boy spraying liquid color during 2013 Holi celebration

2013 holi celebration in masses in mathura

boys playing holi in mathura

boy enjoying holi in mathura

enjoying holi at shree jee baba ashram mathura

friends enjoying holi in mathura

boys enjoying holi togther

Lathmaar Holi of Barsana

lathmaar holi barsana

Foreigners come and play Holi

foreigners enjoying holi in vrindavan

group holi celebration in mathura

How to export contacts from Samsung Galaxy to computer without using Kies?

The easiest way to import or export contacts from Samsung Galaxy smartphone is by the use of Kies software. But if you haven’t access to this software, try the following steps to do the same.

export contacts from samsung galaxy to computer without samsung kies software

  1. Go to your phone ‘Contacts’. Open ‘options’ tapping the call button at the bottom-left.
  2. Tap on the ‘Settings’ at the bottom of the menu that opens up.
  3. This will open up different ‘Import/Export’ options. Select ‘Export to Card’.
  4. All contacts would start storing in a .vcf file. Contacts export would take some time. The process and the filename will be shown on the screen.
  5. Connect phone to computer using cable or bluetooth.
  6. Open the Card and copy the generated .vcf file to your system. That’s all!
  7. Viewing contacts contained in .vcf file needs software like Nokia PC Suite and Kies. If you don’t have access to the software, follow these steps to convert .vcf file to CSV to view in MS Excel.

How to automatically update date and time in a MS Word 2003 or 2007 Document

1. Create a MS Word 2003 or 2007 document.

2. Expand ‘Insert’ tab and click ‘Date and Time’.

3. This will pop-up a block with different date-time formats. Select any of those and check ‘Update Automatically’ option at the bottom-right corner. Click ‘Ok’.

add current system date and time

4. All done! Current date and time will add to your document. It will automatically update and always show the current system date and time.

date and time appended to document

Is it really important to Safely remove pen drive?

We don’t care what the big guys says, and that’s to remove external devices like pen drive only after using ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ option in windows.

Is it really necessary, or is just a conventional idea of no relevance.

Different people have different perspective on this. Most say, they have been plucking pen drives directly for years but nothing happened to their system or pen drive till now. Even Windows tells the same thing but its misleading in some ways.

This is what Windows Policy say about ejecting pen drive,

1. Goto ‘Device Manager’.

compulsory to use safely remove hardware option

2. Check property of Pen Drive plugged in the computer.

important to use safely remove hardware option for pen drive

3. Carefully see the image below to know what Windows policy states in this regard.

important to remove pen drive after safely remove hardware option

As the image above says, taking out pen drive directly is fine. And use of ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ is mandatory only if ‘write caching’ is enabled. The first message is misleading while second one is correct.

Ejecting pen drive directly is okay in most cases when none of its data is in use.

But there are problems when a pen drive is plucked while some process is executing, say a video playing directly from pen drive or files copying to pen drive. In such cases, there are every chances of file getting corrupted.

When write caching is enabled, the data transferred to and fro from the pen drive is first cached and then written. So if its not ejected properly then there are greater chances of data corruption.

The best practice is always to use Safely Remove Hardware icon before plugging out the pen drive or any external hardware device.

This advice works on Linux as well as on Mac OS, not just on Windows. If using Linux, use the Eject option in file manager before unplugging USB devices.

How to open, create and save .ico files in Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop is great software for graphic designers. It provides almost all functionality to design killer images, icons, templates, posters and many more things. But have you noticed that Photoshop don’t provide support to .ico (Windows Icon) files. You can’t open them or create them.

.ico files, though less used but are important in certain circumstances like creating favicon image for websites and windows icon.

So just to make your summer a bit cooler, here is a cool plug-in for opening, creating and saving .ico files in Adobe Photoshop.

1. First download plugin for .ico support in Photoshop.

2. Extract the downloaded zipped file and see the ‘ICOFormat.8bi’ file inside the extracted folder.

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3. Copy and paste the file inside Adobe\Photoshop 7.0\Plug-Ins\File Formats. The default absolute path should be C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop 7.0\Plug-Ins\File Formats.

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4. Now open Photoshop, or restart if already open. Your Photoshop should now start supporting .ico files. To confirm, go to Help>About Plug-Ins and see the ‘ICO(Windows Icon)’ listed there.

5. One thing to note here is that icon files can have a maximum size of 256 x 256pixel. So keep all images below these mark otherwise you cannot open, create or save any file with .ico extension.

Here is how I created my simple .ico file,

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As an alternative, you can use online services like Pic to Icon Converter to convert any file to .ico. But these services are only for conversion, not for generating/designing .ico images.

Make internet browsing faster on 3G USB Dongle/SIM

Not everyone has the luxury of a broadband connection for faster internet browsing. There may be times, may be in college or in some congested areas when you have to use slower USB Dongle or SIM to connect with internet.

We can easily boost internet speed on slower interfaces using some tweaky practices. Below are some tips to achieve faster internet browsing,

  1. A text browser loads only the text data of a webpage and eliminates heavier images and animations. One such browser is Lynx which is tremendously fast.
  2. If you’re browser is having toolbar(s) – for you news, search option and additional features then its better to uninstall them. Everytime you start browsing, such toolbars automatically load information from their servers.

    remove toollbars for faster internet speed
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  3. One great way of getting fast internet speed is by changing your schedule. During daytime, due to network congestion USB Dongle/SIM doesn’t provide good speed. So try and do most work during night-time where you can achieve faster downloading as well as browsing speed.
  4. If you’re connected to internet using SIM(in mobile) then cable connectivity is faster option than Bluetooth. Wired interface has less data loss as compared to other mediums.
  5. And now the key for boosting internet speed – Just like your mobile calls, signal strength should be strong for internet. Keep your USB Donlge at place where is catches better signal. Along the corners of a room is a good place.
  6. Whenever there is internet  connectivity, all softwares start to download updates automatically. You should turn them off to get faster browsing speed.turn off automatic updates for fast internet speed
  7. Websites take long time to load mainly because of the ads they show. You can use programs like AdBlocker as addon in your browser to prevent any ad from loading.
  8. Mostly, JavaScript, Java Applets, Adobe Flash plug-in are bulkiest elements, so make sure they are turned off from the browser settings. This is one great tip to get faster internet speed.
  9. Never turn off your browser’s cache. By default, its ‘On’ which allows your web browser to store some data of every website when visited for the first time. This makes your later visits faster.
  10. Enhancing browser cache size is a good way to load websites faster. Previously visited sites may sometimes create problems and your browser can simple switch from downloading these files and retrieve it locally from cache.
  11. Apart from this, you can use Internet Download Manager for speeding up your downloads. Also you can avoid working on multiple tabs, keep computer clean and fast for better internet speed.

Basically there is no magic wand, no software for increasing internet speed. We can only boost it and get faster downloading speed by employing the minor tweaks and practices.

Hope the above mentioned points would be of your help.

Google products that failed or fell short of expectations

Google is having a great influence on the internet world and I don’t think it’s possible to find anyone who is not familiar with Google. Google is a big platform yet there are some Google’s products that have not been succeeded in the the market and here we have brought forward some of them,

  1. Google Finance was developed by Google to provide business and enterprise headlines and stock market updates. The product, though running good but failed to live up to the expectations.
  2. google products those failedAnother failed product of Google is Google checkout. This option was developed by Google against Paypal, but was unsuccessful.
  3. Developing Picasa Web Album is another failure of Google as it failed to surpass Yahoo’s Flickr who has much better features and GUI.
  4. Google has developed another product named Google Web Accelerator which has serious privacy related problems. It was a client side software intended to speed up website loading time.
  5. Google Video is a video search engine developed in 2005. It was a failed idea till Google acquired YouTube. Google Video shows results from YouTube, Metacafe and other video sharing sites.
  6. Another mistake that Google has made is to develop Google Desktop, which is having security issues.
  7. When it comes to the Google talk, again we can’t say that it’s mostly used feature of Google as it should be.
  8. Dodgeball is another program which has initially proved a good start, but later it has proved a great blunder of Google.
  9. Orkut though for some years has been a great social engine, but from one year or so, impact is decreasing day by day.
  10. Google Base is one of the top blunders of Google of this time.

Top 10 most searched Indian celebrities on Google

Here we have brought forward a list of top 10 Indian celebrities on Google and basically the list consists to the Bollywood personalities only. It is fully based of the ranking of Indian viewers and is a result of online media survey. Below is the list of most search Indian top 10 celebrities on Google.

  1. Katrina Kaif – Famous Indian Actress and is ranked one by viewers. She is also the most famous actress out of India.
  2. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a former Miss world and a renowned actress of Bollywood. She is on 2nd ranking position on Google as of now.
  3. Salman Khan stand in 3rd position, due to his recent work for his current flick “Dabang”.
  4. Hrithik Roshan secured 4th position with his outstanding attitude and heart-throbbing looks.
  5. Kareena Kapoor is on 5th rank and has been searched by numerous viewers on Google.
  6. Shahid Kapoor is on 6th position and it seems as Kareena Kapoor has pushed Shahid to earn this position with their controversial relation.
  7. Deepika Padukone, another model turned actress is on 7th position and again it is because of her controversial character.
  8. Shah Rukh Khan is very well known celebrity of India and people use to search him on Google.
  9. Mallika Sherawat is known for her sex appeal and bold performances in various flicks. Thus many fans of Mallika use to search her on Google.
  10. Gelelia D’Souza is a bubbly Bollywood actress and youngsters’ choice. That’s why she has secured 10th position in the list of most searched Indian celebrities.

Correct finger placement for faster typing on laptop

Many users must be facing some issues with good speed while typing on their laptop. So,they want to enhance their speed by using some tips and instructions. So, here we have come up with that necessary instructions which would help users in order to enhance their typing speed and that too in short time.

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  1. You should be friendly with your keyboard and should practice with alphabets and try to learn out where all the alphabets are positioned.
  2. Users can practice over keyboard, by putting their all 10 fingers over center line and then do practice for words and put your thumbs over the space bar only.
  3. Make sure your left hand fingers cover alphabets A, S, D, F and alphabets above and below these. Similarly your right hand fingers should cover J, K, L and special characters like J, K, L and ; , { } etc.
  4. Use last two fingers for hitting ENTER, CAPS, TAB, DEL, CTRL, SHIFT, ALT and Backspace keys. Use both fingers together for CTRL + any key or ALT + any key.
  5. Use thumb for hitting space bar.
  6. To type number like 1, 4 or 7 and Num Lock, use your pointer finger always.
  7. To type numbers like 2, 5, 8 and forward slash (/), use your middle finger.
  8. For typing numbers 3, 6, 9 and (*) and (.) decimal, use your ring finger.
  9. You can use your pinky finger for (+) and (-) or for enter and return keys.

New surprise from Microsoft: Re-imagining Start Menu

For the first time in the world when the touch screen came who would ever have imagined that they also would be using their PCs would also become touchscreen one day.

Yes the news is from the world’s most successful Operating system producer Microsoft. In the blog of Microsoft Windows 8, Alice Stein glass, a manager with Microsoft’s intricatelyentitled Core Experience Evolved team said that they are bringing a new form of start menu that they named “reimagining”.

They gave it this name because of the changes made by them that the new Windows Metro Start Screen will allow more customization than the Start Menu that we are using now a day. Today we rely on navigation from start menu but with the new technology applications will be visible all at once. This is much similar to Apple Machines “all applications” shortcuts. A Windows 8 user can pin their desired applications like weather forecast app, email client, notepad application, etc. to the newly developed Start Screen for easy access.

There is a very well said saying that “Change is good” and when it comes to Microsoft they give surprises and very high tech technologies to their users which provide them more flexibility.

The change was made after the reviews that “the start menu which users are using now is not well-optimized for such purposes” as said by Stein glass. After moving from Windows Vista to Windows 7, the company realized an11 percent drop in Start Menu usage. Although it is notanoverwhelming number, but one the company does not wanted to dishearten their users.