Monday, September 14, 2009

Puja Tweetup Kolkata

So Puja is near. That blissful time of the year when there is literally magic in air and people forget everything to get immersed in the spirit of the festival that is Durga Puja.
A time when Kolkata becomes a center of attraction and the city resembles a big mad carnival!

A time, when bongs of the world come back to their land of fore-fathers, and bengalis of the city, remember their old.

So what would be the best time other than this to have a tweetup for all the #twitterbongs & non-bongs alike to gather & share fun and the spirit of Puja in #kolkata & also enjoy in each others company.

So please RSVP for the #pujatweetup here:
Puja Tweetup Kolkata (via @arjunghosh)

Where? Maddox Square
Kolkata, India

When? Sep 27, 2009
2:30pm - 5pm

After an extensive online voting here at @twitter, Maddox Square was chosen as the best popular location to have the #pujatweetup.

Direction to Maddox Square can be found here:

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Startup Saturday, Kolkata 12th September,2009

So it here finally. After a long time in Kolkata, we are again having Startup Saturday.

You can follow the event live on Twitter chatter here. And also follow the event here at @headstartdotin or @startupsaturday or @blogcampkolkata or me
You can follow as well as live tweet using the hashtag #sskol
If you are on Facebook you can get information here. If you follow Upcoming at Yahoo! then you can get info here. If on Linkedin you get the info here.


Startup Saturday is an initiative by Headstart to provide entrepreneurs in each city with a monthly community driven forum that is structured in agenda but open in discussions. A Startup Saturday provides a forum for entrepreneurs to discuss, present, network and learn from peers, prospective customers, adopters, partners and investors.

The fundamental idea is to have all parts of the innovation ecosystem interact with each other with high frequency and through rich conversation. We strongly believe that this would lead to faster evolution of the entire ecosystem.


Every Second Saturday of every month.
The next is on 12th of September, 2009 at 3:00 PM.


Globsyn Business School
Globsyn Crystals,
XI, 11 & 12, Block EP, Sector V,
Salt Lake Electronics Complex

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Who, What?

The September Startup Saturday will host the following talks:

  • The IT/ITeS Industry & the Ecosystem of Kolkata and its near future
    Dr. G.D. Gautama, Principal Secretary, Dept. of Power & Non-conventional Energy Sources ­
  • Launch of seeders, an Angel Fund and Incubation
  • Talk by Mr. Abhishek Rungta
  • Showcase by Education startup SpiritContinues
  • Talk by Mr. Charanjeet Singh
    ­Managing Director, Eastern Energy Limited (New Jersey). Ex-president of IEEE, South Alberta, Canada.
  • 4 StartupCamp Pitches
    Investors for September: seeders
  • ,


For any queries or questions, please contact:

  • Manish Sonkar
    +91 9899681684
  • Mitesh Ashar
    +91 9830988781
  • Arjun Ghosh
    +91 9007672147

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fight over the pure *Evil* Delight!

[Picture Originally uploaded by stephiedasgupta]

Yep....that *Evil* delight is called "Sizzling Brownie", the one in the center of the table at Cafe Coffee Day at Camac Street, Kolkata, on which both @makghosh aka Arindam Ghosh and @iMBA aka Mitesh Ashar have their eyes on :) and me i.e. @arjunghosh aka Arjun Ghosh watching from the center & @artagnon aka Ram was looking from side.

We went to this place after we had our Kolkata Hookah Tweetup at Aqua Java on Wood St. Now Aqua Java has a Hookah joint upstairs. Believe me or not but this was my first experience with Hookah...atleast any lounge variety-type Hookah. It seemed a bit lame after all that I have already tried! :D But was fun.

We actually had to cut short our TweetUp there, as the electricity at the place suddenly went off, and the room was slowly seeming to turn into & look like a over smoky den of evil with very very low visibility!

So when we came outside, @stephiedg [@indradg other half :)] took a fancy to have a ice-cream! And hence we land up at the place above and the pic! :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

US-only limitation on Google Voice bypassed for India!

Well at least that's what my friend Sarfaraz Hassan claims he has done! I am yet to verify it personally, but well I trust him on this.
Well to tell the truth, he has also not been able to *actually* bypass it - what he though can is receive and make free calls to US from desktop at least for now :)
Have to wait for full service to start here in India.

So from the horses mouth itself, on what he did to work around the restriction of US-only limitation for Google Voice.
  1. Toughest part: Get an Google Voice Invite first :) from here
  2. Find a US-based proxy server (or use ultrasurf 9.5 and IE, other browsers wont work) [Mostly not to leave a trail]
  3. Get a free US incoming number from or using the proxy
  4. Open Google Voice invitation using proxy and follow instructions
Note of caution here: Sipgate client doesn't work in India.

So it took my friend 4 hours to do the above, but he claims that it should take anybody just under an hour as the steps are out there now :)

So give it a try, and do tell if it worked for you.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

"Terminator 4 Salvaltion" - Its Back!! and its trailer...

It so Kick Ass!!!...
"Terminator Salvation" seems its going to the official trailer seems to indicate. Love the fact that Christian Bale is playing a lead role. He in Batman was awesome and hope to enjoy him in this new version of Terminator too.
In fact "Terminator" is one longest running (25 years!) and most successful franchise in movie history created by James Cameron
Who can ever forget dialogue "Hasta la vista, baby!" or "I'll be back." as said by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Or how those cool Si-Fi concepts and ultra cool Robots, inspired generations to come, to go into science & robotics. Well it did inspire me :)
Also (and this may be mundane and trivial to some) my first *adult* content movie was Terminator 2. Remember the scene between Sara Connor & John Connor's Dad. Yeah that's the one. I still remember the day when me and my cousins sat down to see it just for it :)
Also my introduction to world of hacking & phishing was through this movie. remember the scene in T2 when John Connor is hacking into some eases ATM account with a portable computer. That was way cool at that time around 90's

How to Post a YouTube Video to Your Blog

A nice video explanation on "How to Post Video to your Blog?"

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Twitter has gone loco! Has blocked @replies

Ok, the Title of this blog post is not completely correct. Twitter has *NOT* blocked @replies. According to this "Small" Notice on Twitter's Blog, well read it yourselves:
"However, receiving one-sided fragments via replies sent to folks you don't follow in your timeline is undesirable. Today's update removes this undesirable and confusing option."
So what it actually means, is that from now on, you can't see @replies to tweeps if u r not following them. This essentially take out the "Social" from the "Social Networking & Discovery" ease of @twitter.

Twitter's biggest asset was being able to find & connect to new like-minded people out there very very easily!

Three reasons can come to mind - first reason, as per their blog post, people actually gave a feedback that they don't like this feature and its irritating. Now who was @twitter talking to ?

From the barrage of outcry on @twitter (using the hashtag #fixreplies ) and in online blog world, it seems they have been talking to wrong people. #fixreplies is the top trending topic in @twitter itself. That should give them some idea what TWorld is thinking.

There is even a website for following all the chatter (damn! it was fast. I should have thought of it sooner) -

Second reason may be technical. That something was being done with architecture, that removing this feature was necessary. If so, Why not say so. @twitter you have been truthful and we the fan have been with you through your darkest hours. So why not the truth. Maybe @al3x can tell us about it.

Third reason may be a business decision - maybe due to some secret reason, which will benefit @twitter in long terms, they are doing this. (Though I very well don't see how )

Well there can be a last reason also. Like the this blog title says - Twitter has gone Loco!, bonkers, plain STUPID! Well that for @ev & @biz to tell.

Well finally, only thing I, @arjunghosh can say is that - Twitter we are your FANS, not very famous or anything, but still your Fans. Treat us with some respect. Listen to what we have to say. Go #fixreplies soon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009