Ngpay- smart way of paying

Okay, here goes.

Everyone must be using IRCTC for booking tickets online, specifically e-tickets these days. So I dont need to teach anyone how to book railway tickets using the irctc portal. If you are not familiar with this way of booking railway tickets, please refer to the below URLs

http://www.irctc.co.in/

http://www.irctc.co.in/eticketsguide.html

Here I am going to guide you on how to book tickets using ngpay.

Official site :  http://www.ngpay.com

I was also skeptical on how to book tickets on this one, especially about the payment method that is being used. But today I had to book a ticket and decided to give a try with ngpay. If you are smart enough :), you can get the details from the ngpay site itself. But I will describe here the steps I followed.

You will need GPRS connection for this to work. May be booking over wifi connection on mobile may also work. I will check this after I get my Nokia 5800 XM 🙂

Step one: Get the ngpay application on your mobile.

To download  you need a link, right…. To get this link you can follow 3 ways

1)Send me your mobile no. 🙂 . I will sent you the link. This way I will get referral point which I have described at the end of this post.

2) SMS  “ngpay” without quotes to 56767

3) Go to http://www.ngpay.com/site/?channel=irctc  and there you will see a box under a mobile image and caption “Enter your mobile number and click submit “. You will see a message “Thanks! You will shortly receive an SMS to download ngpay.” on the webpage

Both steps will allow you to get an sms message with the download link for ngpay to the mobile number that you have specified.

Step two: Open the sms and click on the link provided and download/install the application

I got an sms similar to the one below

Sender:TM-ngpay

IRCTC – Thank you for your interest in IRCTC services on ngpay. To download go to http://www.ngpay.com/ssgw/91<mymobno>.Please call 91 8067004000 for help

Click on the link and it will show that you are about to download the ngpay.jar application which is 64 KB. If you are on a costly GPRS plan, try with a wifi connection. The java application will get installed to the location that you specified.

Step Three: Give your name and details to create an ngpay profile.

The application will ask for the firstname, lastname, street address, email address and your mobile no. At the end , you will have to give a 6 digit pin of your choice which will be your ngpay pin. It will ask for a security question and date of birth also.

Step Four: Go ahead book the ticket

The above steps will finish the initial setup. In the future you can open the application by going to the location where you have the application installed. It will be stored with the name “ngpay”.  In the app, you can see

My Services

My Community

My Profile!

What’s New!

Help

Select My services, and  You will see

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IRCTC

Select IRCTC and there you can follow the instructions to book the ticket. While booking, it will ask for the source and destination, date and several other details like berth preference, type of coach etc. which you can easily fill out.At the end it will ask you for the method of payment. You have options to pay using visa cards/credit cards , hdfc internet banking … I have used the HDFC way

It will first ask for your HDFC account no. Then while payment it will ask your customer id as well as the password. This is the same logins that you use for login into the Internet banking of the HDFC. While payment it will display the ticket charge , the 10 Rs IRCTC charge, 10 Rs ngpay convenience, 5 Rs payment processing. But at the end they will give a discount of Rs 25 and voila!  you are booking the ticket at the exact ticket fare. (10+10+5-25) heeh!

You will get the e-ticket mailed to the email id that you have specified in step three.

You can use this ngpay to book tickets for you as well as for anyone. While booking just give the name of the passenger. This was one where I was having a doubt. :).The good thing is that you can view the history of the transactions from the application itself.

Cancellation of IRCTC tickets booked using ngpay.

Here also I had a doubt. I searched the ngpay website, but could not find out an answer. So I sent a query to ngpay support using the url below

http://www.ngpay.com/site/contactus.html

I was just dumb. Just after I submitted the query, I searched in the ngpay application again and I found the cancellation location

ie, Inside My Services -> IRCTC -> Cancellation

But I was surprised when I got a call from ngpay support guy on my phone. He asked me the name and the amount with which I booked the ticket. Then described the same steps as above.  Now I am sure, this thing is here to stay!!

Possible Uses of NGPAY/Why use NGPAY

  • Book your tickets when no Internet connection is available.
  • Cancel your tickets anywhere anytime
  • Check your PNR status , anywhere anytime
  • NGPAY got lot of services like cinema tickets booking and several other features.. I will explore the same in the future.
  • You can receive points for each transactions which you can redeem later against a service availed with ngpay
  • A referrel service is there which will give you points which you can redeem later.

http://www.ngpay.com/site/howitworks.html

http://www.irctc.co.in/ngpay/ngpay_overview.htm

Referral Method

If you want to help me in anyway, please let me add you. You can do referral by the following method.

  • Goto My community -> Refer a friend and input your friends mobile number.
  • Your friend will receive an sms with the download link to the application. You will get 25 points as reward when your friend completes his registration on ngpay.

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Public Vs Private IP Numbers

Private IP numbers are the source of much confusion for many new networking users. Many home “powerusers” with more than one computer, small offices, and just about any user of a broadband IP connection to the internet like DSL or Cable Modem has probably come face to face with this issue. The whole use of IP numbers is generally hidden from your typical Internet user who uses a modem and PPP software to connect to the internet – they are transparently and dynamically assigned an IP number while they are dialed in by their ISP, and don’t really have to think about it. That is until the user starts to get curious about running a webserver on a machine in their house, or moving up to faster “always on” connections like ISDN, DSL, Cable Modem, or other methods.

Think about what happens when a small city runs out of phone numbers, but can’t split up an area code. Things could get difficult and providing additional phone service as the city expands would be a nightmare. One method of preventing an area from going totally overboard on providing separate phone numbers is to have one or a handfull of numbers used in a shared manner amongst many phone users, like any large office would do. A large company with 250 workers in an office building each with a phone at their desk wouldn’t want to pay the phone company for 250 discreet and separate lines for each desk, nor would the phone company want to give all those numbers to them if they were trying to conserve numbers. Therefore, offices use internal equipment to “share” a smaller number of lines amongst their users, like mabye 20 or so used in rotary. By doing so, each desk can have an inter-office extension number, which is bridged to an outside phone company line when the user picks one up to dial out and one is free at that moment. In this case, any number of offices in the city might have an “extension 123” within their office, but each “extension 123” in these offices would never conflict with each other because they are “behind” the company’s phone equipment which serves up the company’s outside lines to those extensions when needed. The internal office extensions can communicate with each other perfectly fine, but must be connected to an outside line to connect to an extension at the company across the street. 213-555-1200 thru 1210 would be BigCompany, Inc.’s “public” phone lines, and extensions 1 thru 250 would be BigCompany, Inc.’s, “private” phone lines.

IP protocol networks use a system very similar to the above to prevent the world from running out of IP addresses. Even though 0-255.0-255.0-255.0-255 is technically 4,228,250,625 numbers, the useable amount of numbers is much lower due certain types of numbers set aside for special signalling and identification uses and not for typical “device” identification and traffic. Also consider that just about EVERY device that will handle IP traffic must have a unique number, and there are probably just as many routing and switching and serving devices on “the net” as there are actual computers. Add all that up and one can see how the current IP number structure really doesn’t go all that far, and there is a need for computers and devices in certain groups to be able to use “private extensions” that work behind a group’s “public numbers”, just like the large company offices example above.

The organizations that agree on the technical standards behind the IP protocol have issued a standard for “Private IP number blocks”, or numbers that can be used within an enterprise as long as the enterprise has the technical capability to separate those private IP numbers from the rest of the Internet at large, and properly gateway the traffic between the internal stations at the enterprise in question and the public Internet. For Example, when a large company with 200 computers in the office needs to implement IP networking and connectivity both between the computers in the office *AND* supply inbound and outbound connectivity to the Internet from within their office network, that company would avail themselves of a block of IP numbers within the “private” numbers set aside for just that purpose. There is most certainly many other computers somewhere in the world using your IP number if your IP number is one of these private numbers, but both yours and the other private IP numbers in the world are safely operated behind other IP routing equipment which handles all the internal network’s traffic out to and in from the public Internet, just like all the “extension 105” numbers in offices thruought the world are safely operated behind telephone equipment that bridges those extensions in and outbound thru a given office’s public telephone system number.

The private IP addresses that you assign for a private network (inter-office LAN, Internet Service Provider customer bases, campus networks, etc) should fall within the following three blocks of the IP address space:

10.0.0.1 to 10.255.255.255, which provides a single Class A network of addresses, which would use subnet mask 255.0.0.0.
(theoretically up to 16,777,215 addresses, good for VERY large enterprises like internet service providers or other global deployment)

172.16.0.1 to 172.31.255.254, which provides 16 contiguous Class B network addresses, which would use subnet mask 255.255.0.0.
(theoretically up to 1,048,576 addresses, good for large enterprises like colleges and governmental organizations)

192.168.0.1 to 192.168.255.254, which provides up to 2^16 Class C network addresses, which would use subnet mask 255.255.255.0.
(theoretically up to 65,536 addresses, widely used by default in consumer/retail networking equipment)

Explanation of Subnet masks, Network classes, and other technical info is readily available on the internet.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);

Get a new gmail sticker

I was always been a fan of google and I am always looking out for any changes they are doing to their products. Eventhough this post is not about a software one , it may be interesting to some people.

Google has started to give out gmail stickers. But the catch is that you will have to send a mail by snailmail with a return envelope having your address. They have allowed it to be sent out internationally also. I thought of sending on mail, but at the end of the page, they have mentioned that they will not be held liable if the stickers run out of stock..:(

The stickers look nice and good.

Best moments

Best Moments in Life

* To fall in love.

* To laugh until it hurts your stomach.

* To find mails by the thousands when you return from a vacation.

* To go for a vacation to some pretty place.

* To listen to your favorite song in the radio.

* To go to bed and to listen while it rains outside.

* To leave the! Shower and find that the towel is warm.

* To clear your last exam.

* To receive a call from someone, you don’t see a lot, but you want to.

* To find money in a pant that you haven’t used since last year .

* To laugh at yourself looking at mirror, making faces. :)))

* Calls at midnight that last for hours. :))

* To laugh without a reason.

* To accidentally hear somebody say something good about you.

* To wake up and realize it is still possible to sleep for a couple of hours.

* To hear a song that makes you remember a special person.

* To be part of a team.

* To watch the sunset from the hill top.

* To make new friends.

* To feel butterflies! In the stomach every time that you see that person.

* To pass time with your best friends.

* To see people that you like, feeling happy.

* To use a sweater of the person that you like and find that it still smells of their perfume..

* See an old friend again and to feel that the things have not changed.

* To take an evening walk along the beach.

* To have somebody tell you that he/she loves you.

* To laugh …….laugh……..and laugh …….. remembering stupid things done with stupid friends.

These are the best moments of life….

user roles in wordpress

As a new wordpress blogger, you may be confused of the user roles that are in the dashboard administrative section of the wordpress blog.

Here is the excerpt as from the wordpress support site

There are four roles: Administrator, Editor, Author, and Contributor.

Administrator

An administrator can do everything. Complete power over posts/pages, comments, settings, theme choice, import, users – the whole shebang. Nothing is off-limits, including deleting the entire blog.

So be careful in giving this away to “anyone”

Editor

An editor can publish, edit, and delete any posts/pages, moderate comments, manage categories, manage tags, manage links and upload files.

Not that any user can delete any posts. So this one is also like a moderator role

Author

An author can edit, publish and delete their posts and they can upload files.

You may want to give this to most of the authorized users.

Contributor

A contributor can edit their posts but cannot publish.

Just a dumppppp user 🙂

Advice

Be careful what roles you give people, especially if you want them to be an Editor or Administrator.

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Help in buying a new mobile

Many times whenever you were about to buy a mobile, you will be looking to someone for advice to know which mobile is the best and cheapest and Value for money, VFM

Here is a compilation of a few websites that will provide you with some guidelines in buying a mobile and will get you out of your dilemma.

Just follow these simple steps:

STEP 1- Check the prices of mobile through these sites after fixing your budget.
http://www.fonearena.com/mobile_phone_pricelist.html
http://www.india-cellular.com/Handset-Prices.htm
http://www.indiagsm.com/phone_prices.php
http://mobilephone-price.blogspot.com/
http://www.univercell.in
http://www.themobilestore.in/mobilestore/faces/tiles/catalogue.jsp?catalogueID=3

http://www.mobilenxt.com/

www.wavetelmobiles.com
www.poorvika.com

http://www.priceguru.in/where-are-the-prices/mobile-phones

STEP 2- Read detailed specifications  of your shortlisted mobiles and distinguish them on this basis.
http://www.indiagsm.com/
http://www.compareindia.com/products.php?sectionid=23
http://www.fonearena.com/brands.php
http://www.gsmarena.com/

STEP 3- If you are still confused, see expert reviews of the mobiles.
http://www.mobile-review.com *
http://www.mobileburn.com/
http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/
http://www.phonearena.com/ *
http://www.gsmarena.com/reviews.php3 *
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/reviews/phones/
http://www.trustedreviews.com/mobile-phones/
http://www.tech2.com/india/mobile/
http://www.techtree.com/techtree/jsp…prodcat_id=451
http://www.phonegg.com/

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how to add favicon to the address bar

As per wikipedia

A favicon (short for favorites icon), also known as a website icon, shortcut icon, url icon, or bookmark icon is a 16×16 pixel square icon associated with a particular website.

Favicon is always stored in the name favicon.ico and it is included in the header of every page so that it will be displayed along the address bar.

Steps to create a favicon

1) Select the image that you want to be the favicon

2)Create the 16*16 image from the selected image and save it as “favicon.ico.

3)Upload to the server and for displaying it add the following code in the header

<link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://yoursitename.com/favicon.ico" type="image/vnd.microsoft.icon"/>
<link rel="icon" href="http://yoursitename.com/favicon.ico" type="image/x-ico"/>

4) For including in wordpress, edit the “header.php” file in the theme folder that you are currently using.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);

movie wish list – part II

gran torino | 10/10 | awesome awesome movie
Transformers | 8/10 | (a very nice movie, deserves to be seen)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona | 9/10 | (a very interesting moive. read VERY twice. must watch movie.)
Hellboy 2 | 8/10
21 | timepass movie
Vantage point | 9/10 | very nice movie, some loopholes, but a competitor to the bourne series.
The president is coming | 8/10
Gran Torino | 8/10
Pride and Glory | 8.5/10
Hot Fuzz | 9.5/10
The simpsons movie |  9/10
fifth element | 8.5/10
edward scissorhands | 9/10
Changeling | 8/10
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) | 9.7/10
Mystic River (2003) | 9/10
18 Year old Virgin | 7/10 | Adults only ,a big no for kids
In Bruges |  9/10 | Ultimate Crime Comedy film
The Notebook | 8.5/10
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN | 9.8/10}

3 mistakes of my life

Book: 3 mistakes of my life

Author: Chetan Bhagat

Rating: 4/5

The first thing we feel on reading this book is the very indian touch in the writing style. I liked the plot , but it is similar in some respects to his other books.

The author narrates the story/experience of a Gujarati business man from the  his own(businessman) viewpoint. The  story goes through the communal riots that happened in Gujarat and the life of the businessman running a sports shop.

Overall the story line is typical, but captivating the reader. Its having all the ingradients and I don’t know why Chetan is always mixing some flirting and mature stuff(read sex ;)) into his stories.

I enjoyed the ride with this book and overall I can say that this is a book worth reading. People who are into reading “award”  books may find this book to be a little more tilted to the commercial side.



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