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Karthik’s “Music I Like”

I’m a fusion lover and am constantly on the lookout for interesting content. The problem with fusion is that there is so much chaff out there, its really difficult to pickup the good ones. I will not get into my reasons for describing certain fusion albums as chaff, instead let me point you to something that I recently came across and liked (thanks to Milliblog).

MUSIC I LIKE – This album is a collection of some of the most popular kritis (traditional Carnatic classical compositions) sung by one of the leading playback singers of South India — Karthik.

A complete fusion project, this album features these famous Carnatic Kritis rendered in its traditional form, fused with western musical elements. With the sound of the Drums, Guitars, Keyboards merging with that of the Violin, Flute, Mridangam and other traditional instruments, “Music I Like” is a unique fusion album. The music of the album is arranged by well-known music director Sai Madhukar.

Google Transliterator

Google Transliterator

I did notice that Orkut now supports text inputs in several indian languages and that the transliteration worked quite well. Seems that google was working on this for quite a while and their Google labs product is fantastic.I use it for quick transliterations. அருமையான ஒரு படைப்பு 😉

Netgear DG834G Wireless ADSL2+ Modem/Router – Review

The front of a Netgear DG834v4

Image via Wikipedia

Design:

Well the router doesn’t look like a typical network device – the all white pearl finish and smooth curves provide the device with quite an appeal. Suffice to stay you wouldn’t want to hide this router from sight 😉

Connectivity with other Devices:

As far as connectivity options on the DG834G router, it accepts network printers – it does lack the USB connectivity which seems to be coming up in all routers these days. It makes the job of connecting your USB printer/hard drive to your network a cake walk. So there isn’t much to talk about on the peripheral connectivity side of this router.

Wireless Coverage:

I have the modem/router installed inside a shelf on the upper most rack. I did not expect a very good reception because of too many walls and other electronic equipment spread across the place. But i was in for a pleasant surprise when i could pick up the signal pretty far away at very decent speeds. I must appreciate Netgear on their work in this area, living in a two storeyed house and leaving the router inside a shelf in the drawing room and still able to pick up the signal in my kitchen located, across atleast across 4 walls and a floor above is pretty impressive.

Is it worthwhile to choose the Super 108Mbps product than this normal one? Well, its really not necessary to spend on the super model as the normal 54Mbps one is perfectly equipped to handle speeds far greater than the ADSL line itself, therefore unless you get the Super variant at a very competing price i wouldn’t recommend it. But if you live in a huge place!! then obviously the 108Mbps variant has more coverage!

Price:

I am not quite satisfied with the pricing of home routers in India generally. But then it is just a matter of time and wireless penetration which should bring down the prices of such devices. For about 3.5 grand this router/modem is good buy. Word of advise – Do not buy/lease the router than BSNL provides along with its broadband connection! They’re one of the most poorly designed network hardware that I’ve ever come across. In any case a router purchase from BSNL would cost you around 1 to1.3 grand, which when added along with trouble free configuration and support as well as Wireless coverage for your entire house i feel the price of the Netgear is quite justified.