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Do Not Call

Everytime, you give your number away in a form or a promotion or even when you are buying an air-ticket. you are inviting yourself to spam, lots and lots of spam. After that, everytime, you get a call from someone selling you a credit card or a home, loan. Did you wish that they would stop bugging you? Wishing does not work in India. You have to do something about it. The short and sweet way from TRAI:“For customers who would like to register/de-register their request for NDNC registry may dial 1909 or SMS to 1909 with keywords 'START DND' for registration and 'STOP DND' for de-registration”For the harder way especially for the companies (read as: banks), who frankly give a damn. Here are some URL’s, to go:ICICI: http://www.inuonline.com/dnc/donotcall.asp
HDFC: http://www.hdfc.com/donotcallform.asp
HDFC Bank: https://www.hdfcbank.com/applications/misc/dnc/dnc.htm
HSBC: https://www.tools.asiapacific.hsbc.com/webform/apply?id=in+donotcall
CitiBank India: http://www.online.ci…

An Aggregator for Aggregators

Earlier this week a friend of mine popped up on messenger to ask me about a rumour regarding someone at one of my previous workplaces. So we got chatting about rumours, what is news and what is worth blogging about? So he suddenly asked are you on FriendFeed?My reaction, quite frankly was of bafflement? what is this now? I usually consider myself to be on the bleeding edge of technology, but I have been out of this watch-techcrunch-and-sign-up-for-everything-new-thing-that-gets-announced loop. After some moments of befuddlement on my part, I start adding the usual aggregator stuff, del.icio.us, Amazon wishlists, Google reader et al. And then I added Jassim (the aforementioned friend) and some other friends and suddenly a thought struck me: Firehose.It was like drinking from a firehose. after the first few minutes, I was complely zapped. this is impossible, first you had del.icio.us which kinda helped you to keep track of websites as an aggregator. Google reader to keep tack of news fe…