Sunday, October 14, 2012

XOOM-Money Transfer Magic


Folks,

Its been more than a month, I am here in US and have earned some money that i can send back to my account in INDIA, Rupee was at its lowest, wanted get a advantage of that. The day i started to think over  transferring of money to INDIA, Rupee started rising against USD.

But I had no choice, badly was in need of money to my Indian Account as I had a huge credit card bill. So thought SBI would be good way to send my money, as they would give comparatively more exchange rate. So registered for SBI GLUS. Tried for almost a week to do the transfers from my US bank account, I never succeeded doing this. Finally fed up with this. as the last date to pay the CC bill was nearing. So called up a friend of mine who had transferred using Xoom.

He referred me to XOOM, i finally registered to XOOM with the referred link, and gave minimal of the details and fomalities as compared to 100's of them in SBI GLUS. Initiated the transaction in the night at 11 PM. The very next morning, I stepped in office logged into my email, and checked that my money has already reached my INDIAN account. I was so happy to see that amount. Filled with 100% fun.

Not only this much, in addition to a comparative exchange rate, I got a 25 USD gift card for amazon.com. Along with me, my friend who referred me also got a 25 USD gift card. I bought a backpack from this card. I was satisfied with XOOM. And friends, I suggest even you go ahead with xoom for its super fast moneyt transfer and get the referee and referral amount by referring someone.

Start referring and get referred by if you want to transfer money back to INDIA.
www.xoom.com/india

You guys can write back to me at grajsb@gmail.com or leave a comment here. You understand it right???

See Ya guys,
GuruRaj

Here I come to US(Dream of a every Indian Software Engg.)


Friends, Here i am back again with a post after almost 2 years(a long time). Please do not ask me why such a long gap. My simple answer would be my wish.

So I am (too)busy with my work that i don't get a feel to write blogs, but now i have made my mind to get it changed. Blogging is my passion and i want to keep it up. As every software engineer has a dream of travelling to US on a onshore opportunity so had i. Hence worked hard, got a chance to get the VISA applied for US(H1B). Once the VISA was applied for on a normal mode, it took as usual the 8 months time to even get the petition back approved (by this time people sometimes forget that their VISA was applied).

So finally i got my petition approved, the day came when i had to go for stamping to Chennai. It was so easy process to get the VISA stamped(for H1B at least). Got the VISA stamped passport in the next 4 days. Was happy that i have something many other dream of having. Finally after many questions and answers and speech fights got the date of travel to US(dream day). Started packing stuffs, queried people living in US, friends in US that what are the items most sought in US by INDIANS top most answer being undies. Yes undies, we INDIANS(most of them) are in a mentality that not more than 2-3 pairs of undies are required in INDIA as they would be washed daily and put to dry under Sunlight, but people staying here in US just collect the dirty undies on a weekend(if they get a chance) and put in a washing machine and get it dried in a drier. So as advised by people bought good amount of them. Also the second thing being the INDIAN spices and ready to eat foods(keeping in mind the weight restrictions and baggage limit), also did some huge shopping of clothes.  

BIAL, Bangalore with my family.



2nd Sept 2012, the day i have my flight scheduled for. On 1st Sept my parents all the way from my native came to see me off(as a usual INDIAN parent) totally proud of me, very first person my son going to US. We reached airport at 2 in the night, had flight at 6:30 AM, at 3:15 had to enter the airport. Emotional mom starts crying so do i. All done with, I enter the airport Departures entrance. Weighed my baggage's and paid a extra 90 GBP as I was flying in British Airways.


London Heathrow Airport.

I set in the air, here on everything that I do, I see is first time in my life. It was  a great feeling, that I have made my parents proud. Had good breakfast in the flight and after 10 long hours i reached London, as it was my layover where I need to change my flight. Reached Terminal 5-B, my next flight was from Terminal 5-C. London Airport(the world's busiest) is so huge, that I had to take a underground metro to get to the Terminal 5-C from Terminal 5-B.


Underground Metro in London Airport

 Here i learnt the lesson every INDIAN would learn out of his country when he come to most of Western Countries, yes I for myself call it as a "Toilet Lesson"(usage of only paper). Continuing the journey, again I set into the air and had some crappy food and reached the worlds dream destination NEW YORK. John F Kennedy Airport, it was evening 6 PM when my flight landed, all immigration done with I was out of airport at 7 and some how got into a shared Limo to reach my friend's home in Norwalk, CT at 8 PM. Finally i reached, and I was being received by my manager.
My First Pic in US officially.

So this was the sweet and short words I could put into my emotions of my very first international travel.
Will keep updating now on. There would be many stories I would want to share here from US.

Your's 
GuruRaj

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Deploy WAR file to Tomcat Server.

To deploy a an application in the .war format to the tomcat server just follow these below simple steps:

1. Check with the apache tomcat installation directory in bin folder. Go to command mode to above bin location and run startup.bat, you should get as in below figure



2. If the server didnt start and gives an error that the JDK is required, then download the JDK from the oracle site and follow below steps to setup the classpath.

3. After the jdk is installed, copy till jdk location of the jdk. Go to advanced tab in the properties of my computer. Click on the Environment Variables, click on new of user variables and enter name as JAVA_HOME and paste the location till jdk copied in variable value.



4. Now edit the system variable path as below to add the JAVA_HOME in the format as below.
;%JAVA_HOME%\bin;



5. Now go ahead with step 1, the server should get started. To verify this go to browser and type http://localhost:8080/ you show see the below screen



6. Just copy the intended .war file to the location /webapps folder. Shutdown the server and start the server again from the command mode. The WAR is extracted by tomcat and you can access the application with its context.
http://localhost:8080/ApplicationContext

Hope this helps

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sachin a integrity in himself.

Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest cricketer the world ever has. Its a proud feeling for India, that it has so great people belonging and playing for it. Sachin is a ideal person not only for a cricketer but for each and everyone.

He has been honoured as a captain by Indian Navy.There is no relation between cricket and Navy, but its the matter of humanity that the person has served to. Sachin has set examples in and every corner of his life. He is a great human being before a great cricketer. Sachin has been playing for Indian cricket since 1990. Since then he has been growing in the field of cricket and now being a perfectionist, he still says "I am still learning in it". There always things to learn no matter how old you are in that field.

Sachin always advices this to his juniors and every cricketer in the world. Which also works out in every field and aspect of life. Seeing these young generation cricketers, its a shame for those raking in the name of cricket. Getting fame is not easy, loosing the hard earned fame is not even a matter of days. This in the context of cricket players getting indulged in the fixing rows.

The young generation cricketers always think that, this is the time to earn, as they get many endorsements and money from them. And they eventually loose concentration for the root of thier fame. This has never happened to Sachin. He too has seen many ups and downs in his career of cricket. But he has maintained his integrity towards the cricket in his career. So have other greats in this field Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and many to list. Cricketers should always concentrate on thier primary responsibility i.e cricket and giving best to the game. Money comes to them forever when they maintain integrity of game and not spoiling. May be once they might get huge amount for fixing, but when caught nothing will be left with them.
All the good things done vanish and get wiped of too. Sachin has set a great example for each and every person to follow.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mahabaleshwar: Ooty of Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar, a heaven for the nature lovers and i name it as the ooty of west india. Mahabaleshwar is situated just 250 KM away from Mumbai, commercial metro of India. Its a weekend outing for people in Mumbai, Pune, Satara and surrounding places.

Mahabaleshwar also has rich history of having river Krishna's starting point, and is also related to the times of Mahabharata. This hill station will sure grab your hearts in Monsoon. People come here to chill, get away free from work and near to the nature. Me along with my team had been to this place last week. Here goes the story.

As it was a planned trip of saturday and a sunday, we had to leave Mumbai by 6 AM on a saturday morning(think of it a weekend holiday morning which is so hard to do, ask a software engineer about it) We managed to leave at around 7 AM, it was raining hell that morning. Most probably mumbai rain is all pre planned all the week there will be no rain, as the weekend approaches, it lashes like anything(gonna make a research out of it). We straight way caught the express way at 120kmph. We had taken two cars (i10 and a santro), We first had a good breakfast on the foodcourt and filled the fuel tank. Our next stop was past Lonavla. Which itself was so scenic that we were almost to drop plans of Mahabaleshwar and spend weekend there, coming back to reality we didnt do that. But literally Khandala and Lonavala were eye's heaven to watch for. Those clouds touching the mountains and small milky falls here and there.

We again went ahead and passed by Pune by NH-4, didnt dare to enter Pune. Then continuing on NH-4, 80 km from Pune there is a place called Wai where we had to divert and enter the ghats, the western ghats. There for our badluck, we had a small accident our i10 with another i10. It was another tragedy, we sorted it out and went on. We entered the ghat leading to Mahabaleshwar, it was a awesome ride to enjoy. It was so greenery all around, that we could not resist to taste the purity of nature. We finally reached Mahabaleshwar(Ultimate destiny)at 2 PM. We were all damn hungry, got fresh. There was 24/7 rain support, meaning it was raining all the time in that place.

Here comes the speciality of Mahabaleshwar, it fresh fruits like strawberries and blueberries and many more. Mapro a garden where you get all kinds of fresh fruit crushes and jellies. You got to taste one when you visit. We had Italian pizza. We carried on to visit all the scenic points and almost touched the clouds. We next went to market for shopping. We spent the night in the Hotel Tree Top, good hotel.

Next day morning it was all agian the journey back to mumbai.

BMTC rides on money!!

Bangalore, the Silicon valley of India. People come here to make magic out of their lives. This IT city is most developing city in the southern India. Any new IT company plans to put up a office in India, thinks of Bangalore to open their offices.

So its obvious that people use the public transport for local transport. These days things have become so expensive that its not a easy thing to make life in Bangalore and for that matter in any Indian metro. We know that petrol and diesel costs are shooting up the sky. Over that even the government is in the race ahead to make profits out of public.

First of all the BMTC bus fares are so high, Government may be thinking that only IT people are travelling in the BMTC buses and they can loot them. But it has forgotten about the poor people who only use the local transport. They need to shell out about 35 bucks a day for transport. Which may happen to be their cost of daily bread. As far as i have heard and seen, its Bangalore only which has higher bus fares in the metro transport. I know about mumbai(4 times bigger in volume than Bangalore) operates BEST buses which in no compare with BMTC numbers. People travel here for the whole day with a daily pass of mere Rs. 20, which is almost half the fare compared to Bangalore. I believe there might be fuel difference in both the cities, but its not worth charging double. Mumbai people spend their half a day in buses for only 20 rupees and they travel from one end to other about nearly 50-60 km(one way), which is double than Bangalore commuting distance.

Also VAJRA transport is also costly compared to the Mumbai AC bus transport. Govt of Karnataka should also keep in mind about the poor people who wholly depend on these buses for transport and should not loot them. Its a matter to look back at for Minister of transport R Ashok. Bangalore has become a place only for rich people who migrate from other states to make their lives better, without even caring about own state people.

Here is the list of the changes rates. We are not responsible if your under cardiac arrest after you read, read it at your own risk:

* Black Board: Existing Rs 450, Revised Rs 500
* Red Board, Pushpak, Janapriya Vahini: Existing Rs 600, Revised Rs 660
* Black Board (Senior Citizens): Existing Rs 400, Revised Rs 450
* Red Board, Pushpak, Janapriya Vahini, Suvarna (Senior Citizen): Existing Rs 540, Revised Rs 590
* Vajra Volvo Gold Pass: Existing Rs 1,250, Revised Rs 1350
* Vajra Gold Pass without ID: Existing Rs 1300, Revised Rs 1,400
* Vayu Vajra Volvo (BIAL) Gold Pass: Existing Rs 2550, Revised Rs 2,650
* Bulk purchase of 50 plus Vayu Vajra Gold Pass: Existing Rs 2,400, Revised Rs 2,500
* Bulk purchase of 100 plus Vayu Vajra Gold Pass: Existing Rs 2,300, Revised Rs 2,400
Dual pricing of day pass BMTC has also announced introduction of a system of dual pricing of day travel pass, with the aim of eliminating unauthorised circulation of day pass. The rate/cost of this pass has also increased from the existing Rs 32 to Rs 35 (with BMTC ID) and Rs 40 (without BMTC ID).

Cost of Vajra Gold Day pass has also been increased from existing Rs 80 to revised Rs 85. The new rates will be in effect from 27 June, 2010.
BMTC has waived the condition of possession of ID card for availing day pass for Rs 35 up to 15 July, to enable commuters to obtain these ID cards, that are priced at Rs 25 with a validity of one year from month of issue. However, commuters who purchase a day pass beyond 15 July will have to pay Rs 40.

I myself went dizzy writing these detals. If your reading till this end your a braveheart :)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Getting Started with J2ME

Hello,

J2ME means Java 2 Mobile Edition, this is extensively used in the mobile phones and other mobile gadgets. So all the applications that are supported by java in the mobile devices are built by the J2ME.

People having the special interest in the development of such applications and making a career out of it can go ahead and do it with the help of below steps:

Setting up of the environment for the development of the J2ME are below:

1. Download the latest Java SDK.
2. Download the Java Wireless tool kit
3. Download the Eclipes IDE.
4. Download the EclipseME plugin for the Eclipse IDE.

The details of how to install and where to install from the above softwares is given in http://www.javamidlet.com/2008/01/18/how-to-setup-eclipse-for-mobile-java-development.html

After setting up the environment successfully, new comers to this can have thier basics done for this at http://www.koderko.dk/J2METutorial/midlet.asp