Acer Extensa 5620


Got my new laptop today, Toby bought it for me from Germany.

Acer Extensa 5620

The specs are: 1.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 mobile processor, 1GB of 667 MHz bus DDR2 memory, 2 MB L2 cache, 120 GB SATA hard drive, 15.4″ WXGA “CrysalBrite” TFT-LCD display (1280 x 800), double-layer DVD burner, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, 56 Kbps ITU V.92 modem, Gigabit Ethernet, Intel PRO/Wireless 802.11a/b/g, Type II and 1 ExpressCard PCMCIA slots, 4 USB 2.0 ports, IEEE 1394 FireWire port, 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro, xD), infrared port (IrDA), mini-DIN S-Video output, microphone and speaker and so on.

And oh, it comes with German keyboard… there are some extra keys, and Z is placed on Y and vice versa!

Micro Blogging


In order to keep you all more updated on my whereabouts I’ve started micro blogging from today. You’ll get to know what exactly I’m doing from morning till night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Visit http://russelljohn.blogspot.com to find out what I’m doing right now, and what I did earlier. Keep track of me round the clock!

Dumb BTTB


I’m considering sending a formal complaint to ICANN and IANA against BTTB. I’ll be meeting ICANN officials in February, and I’ll surely discuss about BTTB’s mismanagement of .BD ccTLD.

Here’s what raged my anger: I wanted to register a domain that expired over a year ago, but BTTB officials told me that it’s not possible if I’m not the “original” registrant. According to their dumb rule, anyone who registers a .BD domain becomes the “owner” of that domain for life. Even if he doesn’t pay the yearly due it’ll be marked as a registered domain and BTTB won’t allow anyone else to register it. Can BTTB get any more dumber than this? Do they understand how the domain registry business works?

Decoding QR Codes


QR Code acts like a bar code, but it’s two dimensional and smarter. It also has a higher capacity of handling data. While conventional bar codes can store up to 20 digits, QR Code or “Quick Response” code hold up to several hundred times more. I’m very impressed with this Japanese innovation and I’m sure you’ll be too after you find out what it’s capable of.

You can decode QR Codes with a camera phone. VGA camera is good enough, no need of fancy 3 megapixel ones. You need to install a QR Code decoder on your phone, my favourites are i-nigma and Kaywa Reader. Here’s how to get them:

  • i-nigma: from your phone, point your browser to www.i-nigma.mobi and it’ll automatically detect the brand and model. Go to the next step to download and install it.
  • Kaywa Reader: same way as i-nigma, point your browser to http://reader.kaywa.com and follow the instructions. This reader is much more simpler than i-nigma, and I use it myself.

Now that you’ve installed one of the above programs, let’s decode a QR Code. Let’s try with this one:

Russell's QR Code

Decoded correctly, the code above would display my URL and will ask you if you want to visit or not. The same way, it can decode phone number and give you an option to call; decode SMS that can be sent on a preassigned number; decode contact information that can be added on your phone’s address book. And yes, simple texts can be encoded and decoded as well.

Generate your own QR Codes from this site or this one and play with it.

BTTB Hassle


Changing DNS entry for any TLD is done through the domain’s control panel, which takes nothing more than two minutes. However, if you want to do the same for your .BD domain, then you’ll have to go through lot of hassles, and moreover you’ll have to wait for more than a week! Here’s what my experience was like:

Day 1:  I went to BTTB’s Internet services office at Mogbazar, where they told to submit a formal application to the Division Engineer requesting him to change the DNS entries for my domain. They gave me a sheet of paper and showed me to a table to sit and write.

So I worte one and submitted it to the clerk. He told me that it’ll be taken care of the next morning.

Day 2:  I waited, hoping they are working on it.
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