Am not an Atheist; But my definition for god is different.

“I am absolutely convinced that, the main source of hatred in the world is religion” – Christopher Hitchens

Infectious religion : Are you a sheep?

You didn’t choose to be a Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Jew but you are forced to follow one religion because your family and community that you grew up is practicing a particular religion. You are forced to learn more about one religion while all other religions are completely ignored. You get isolated into one religious view and you get stuck there. You believe strongly on what you have been spoon fed and you follow rest of your life believing you are on the right boat and you are going to heaven. This is extremely  infectious and this is like flock of mindless sheep moving rubbing each other. They don’t know where they are going, they don’t know why they are going, they don’t want to know and they don’t want to think. They just follow one another. These are sheeples, people who lost their ability to think.

Humans – We are same

Religions are passed from ancestors and no one ever bothered to think again. As an Intelligent being on planet earth; I am not able to believe like the most. I don’t want to look through the same old glasses invented in the bronze age like everyone around me. I have my own views and conclusions on religions and Gods. Religions emerged into a culture. It became an insane weapon to fight for power. If you think about it for a while, you really know deep down, there is nothing spectacular being in a religion. You believe in your God and rest believe in their Gods. But the fact is that we all are one. We all are humans. We came from the same place wherever it is. We should always believe in Human race than in any freaking religions or Gods.

Think out of the box :

Why can’t you just think out of the box and see everyone as same. This world is not a world of hatred and evil. The good earth is beautiful, positive and vibrant. God – could be an ingredient which helped in shaping the universe; Something that evolved into a conscious world may be a world beyond that. I don’t believe in a God who listen to prayers. I don’t believe in God as a person or something that we can perceive through our senses. I don’t believe in a god who has human behaviour and qualities. Some monotheistic religions teach God look like humans, God is Happy, God thinks, gets angry, put you in Hell, Hates you when you do wrong. God has tremendous mood swings. That sounds stupid to me. I know, I have only limited knowledge and consciousness to understand the universe and beyond. You can be a God within you. Am not Atheist, Its just my definition for God is extremely different.

 

UPDATE :

I am not an “atheist” by definition, rather I would say I am against religious views. I don’t believe, that one or more conscious beings exist somewhere in cosmos, or in so called “heaven” is controlling and spectating our lives in this puny insignificant planet earth or any other part of this universe/multiverse. It is logically incorrect to refer God as it, him, or her, or anything, since God never existed nor will exist in any form or size/shape/gender/color. I don’t believe that God listens to anyones prayer nor going to do miracles in our lives. Psychologically, prayer is just a confident booster for our subconscious, it helps us to get tasks done. As far as I am a conscious being, I contemplate, God itself is the universe and is callous, self-sufficient and evolving and we all are part of it, i am bit agnostic since I know, our knowledge and senses are very limited in galactic scale. But eventually, science and time will unveil all the unanswered questions.

When I said I am “against religion”, It does not mean, I will go out there and fight with religious people. I have no intentions to hurt them. I would love to see if they think for themselves, do some research, learn science, philosophy, psychology and history.

Note: My definition for “God” has nothing to do with any religious views which has ever existed or going to exist in next millennia. This is my personal opinion. This post never intend to hurt any religious views or a group.

Figure : iOS App Review

Figure by Propollerheads

Figure is a Reason powered world-class synth machine for iOS devices. It is the soul of Reason. Figure is developed by Propellerhead. Propellerhead is music hardware and software company which has been sensational for its Synth Application Reason. Reason is a Virtual Studio tool for Musicians. Figure is short version of Reason.

Figure is a music app for iOS platform. Basically, its like fruity loops. You create a pattern and it loops through the pattern. Figure has three parts. Drum, Bass and Lead. Drum is powered by Kong, Bass and Lead is powered by Thor Polysonic Syntheizer from Reason.

Figure for iOS Official

Drum

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Drum has basically kick, Snareclap, hats, Shaketing. There are various drum filters to create different drum effects.

 Animal
Elektro
Glitch
Hornstull
Klonkorton
Manison
Maskin
Northeast
Old School
Studio
TR-BOB
Technologic
Urban
You tap on the drum pads which is in blue color that creates drum patterns and beats. You can either record it or decide not to by clicking on the Record Button. Then you click play to loop through the beats. The wheels above each drum are used, to control the number of beats. You can change it by touching and swiping up and down if you want more beats on a drum.

Bass

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Bass is powered by Thor polysonic synthesizer which is exactly what they used in the high performance professional application Reason. Bass effect is produced by tapping or swiping on the pad. Pitch is low at bottom and high at top of the Bass Pad. Bass rhythm can be changed by controlling rhythm wheels and Scale steps. Just like in drums. There is vibrant bass modes. There is huge collection of bass filters in figure.

 

80’s Bass                  Bassguitar
Squelech Bass         Bendy Reece
Star Bass                  Buzzer Bazz
The yea yea             Chrome Pole
Tjockbasarn           Chugga
Unstable                  Contra
Waga                       DobbelStept
Delay Bass              En Bas
Analoguesq            Fretless
FM Mover               Gommiband

 

Lead

Lead

 Lead is the symphony or real music. Which you can adjust just like Bass. You have rhythm Wheel, Range and Scale steps. You tap or swipe on the orange Lead pad to create music. Just like Drum and Bass there are numerous filters in Lead. Propellorhead is developing a platform called RACK to make these filters more social. So users can create there own filters and share it with others. This is not available in figure yet.

 

Archery                                  Bell Labs                           Tweet Lead
Bit Pop Lead                         Bowser                              Unpredictalead
Chainsaw                             Combined Lead                Whinynail
Crnch Tlkr                            DIY Synth                          Whistle
DS8 Mk IV                           Dolphins & Lava             Wobblelead
Dramaten                             FM Lead                             Yea Yea Yea
FM Nobel                             Faeries
Floater                                  Glitch Keys
Harm Lead                          Harsh Lead
James Hook                        Kamelen
Kaseotone                            Leolead
Mouthy Lead                       Mystic Bells
Notched Pick                       Overcombed
Pearl Lead                           Phuture Lead
Pkt Cathedral                     Princess
So-so Piano                        Soft Lead
Spooky                                 Superer Saw
The Captain                        Thorgan
Toy Piano                            Traingle Keys
Trombone                             Trumpet Lead

 

Rhythm Wheel


Rhythm Wheel starts spinning when you tap on the pad. Tap on the rhythm wheel to control the rhythm. Swipe fingers up and down to control the Rhythm numbers. Move up to increase the rhythm numbers and move down to decrease rhythm.

Pad

Pad can be controlled by touching or moving fingers along the pad which create different effects. Bottom is low pitch and Top is high Pitch

Tweaks

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Tweaks are used to tweak the sounds from Bass and Lead. It depends on what filter you are using. You can use upto three tweaks at a time. By swiping fingers across the pad. These tweaks can be subtle colorations to the sound or they can be radical wobbling, crunching, or aggressive reshaping.

Mixer

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Mixer used in Figure is Master Buzz Compressor by Reason 6 turned on. Mixer can mix, mute, reduce or increase volume individually. Pump Increases the tempo.

Song

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Song tab Changes Grooves, tempos and Shuffle Keys.

User Design

Figure has a very beautiful and user friendly user Interface. Everything is touchable on the screen. Everything is smooth and clean.

Review

Figure is a beautiful app for Music lovers. Figures sound quality is outstanding. All the filters are awesome. Figure can compose thousands of music with its built in filters and features. Figure is cheap and can download from Appstore for £0.69 or $1 depending on which country you resides. However figure is lacking features to share in Facebook, Twitter or Soundcloud. Your recordings cannot be saved. Hopefully, they will include this in its next version. However figures debut is a success. It reached as App of the week in few days after its official release. This app is recommended for music lovers. Start Grooving.

Without any knowledge regarding Music and Synth Tools I decided to try it in my way. Have a look. If I can do it, anyone can groove.

Derren Brown : Truth behind illusions

Derren Brown is an illusionist, Mentalist and a Magician. You can’t believe everything he shows in his performance. Its all part of his show. Darren Quotes that he achieves his results by “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship” which includes the viewers as well. If you go through his old shows he used to do more incredible tricks than this like David Blaine which is moreover like illusion and magic. I cant believe that he can hypnotise such a huge audience by snapping fingers unless they are treated with hallucinative drugs or something. While its a part of show; when there are cameras around, audience will be more conscious and mind will be more active. Its impossible to hypnotise such a large audience into a trance state at such a crowd. Plus this show is in Channel 4 for years. It has been taken out from SciFi Category to Entertainment years ago. Its quite entertaining. You have to question your intellect before believing anything. Its quite a popular show though.

Its just entertainment. Purely Entertainment. Unfortunately, People believe it. When I watched his first show, I was almost convinced. But, I couldn’t get along with some of his psychological and Hypnotic abilities. I searched about him in the internet and watched a few shows including the interview with Prof. Richard Dawkins. He himself claims that ‘I’m being honest about my dishonesty’. Which is the punch word, “Magic, Suggestion, Psychology, misdirection and showmanship”. He is honest in that. Everyone should approach this show just like WWE or a street magic. Some of the shows are informative and some are misleading. Its Entertainment Bussines. No one cares about your intellect.

How to change facebook secret question and secret answer?

There are quite a lot of people who are concerned about their security in Facebook. I have already explained the importance of Facebook’s secret question and answer on my recent post. There is no direct method to change your secret answer or question in Facebook. However you can change your Facebook secret question and answer if you mislead Facebook and convince Facebook that you are hacked.

Facebook will not let you change your Facebook secret question and answer until you convince Facebook that you’ve victimised a hack attempt on your profile. So we have to fake a hack attempt. Make sure you have access to all you email addresses linked with Facebook before we start or you will end loosing your Facebook.

Verify your Facebook secret question and answer here

Step 1:

Click forgotten password link. Enter your Facebook ID.

Step 2: 

Select your profile and Click Reset My password Button. Select your recovery email addresses.

Step 3:

Enter your secret answer if you are asked.

Step 4: 

Wait for the email confirmation from facebook. Facebook will email you confirming the reset request.

Step 5:

Here is the trick. Convince Facebook that it wasn’t you who requested for resetting the password. Usually Facebook send you two links, the second link is more likely to be clicked to tell Facebook that it wasn’t you who attempted to reset the password.

Step 6:

Facebook will identify this as a hacking attempt and your profile will be locked down temporarily until you recover it. This is normal. You dont have to be panic anyways.

Step 7:

Go through the Facebook’s identification process. Let facebook identify you as the  legitimate user. You may have to go through few tough challenges like identifying your friends or will be asked to login from a computer which you previously logged in.

Step 8:

Once you successfully confirm your identity. Facebook will let you change your secret question and recovery email addresses.

If you havent read my article on Tighten your secret answer or get locked down: Is your Facebook hack proof?

Mac OSX Keyboard Shortcuts Wallpaper 1280 X 800 Macbook

Mac OSX basic Keyboard shortcuts Wallpaper

Keyboard shortcuts improve productivity. It gives quick access to anything on a mac. So, I’ve decided to try something on Photoshop.

Here is peek look on something that I’ve been working on Photoshop lately,

Throw some suggestions. I will update on Suggestions.

Resolution 1280 X 800. Ideal for Macbooks 13”

  • Finder Go to Shortcuts
  • Screen Shots
  • Universal Access
  • File Options
  • Misc
This is a preview,
Mac keyboard Shortcuts Wallpaper

Mac keyboard Shortcuts Wallpaper

Not good enough? Try Wallpapers HD lite.

Why don’t you read my post on How to tweak Wallpapers HD lite for unlimited downloads?

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Tighten your secret answer or get locked down: Is your Facebook hack proof?

 facebook

Social Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter has turned out into ones real identity. It is a reflection of our own identity in the society. Society tend to assess ones personality according to their social networking activities such as updates, photos and interests. Like in real life, It is important to protect our online identity. As far as I am aware, most of the users are not concerned about their online security and privacy.

A secret Answer : Strong passwords doesn’t really matter.

When it comes to security, Strong password is a joke. It doesn’t matter how many combinations you have used or how many special characters or numbers you have added. However, It is a good practice to use all possible combinations of Captial Letters, Numbers and Special Characters. The reason why I am saying this is, we always ignore a simple question all websites ask for – “A Secret Answer”. When your “Secret Answer” is weak, your strong password is a joke for hackers.

Tighten your Secret Answers : Why Secret Answer is Important?

While signing up for the first time; all prominent websites ask for  Secret Question and a Secret Answer. However, my findings points that “Secret Question” isn’t the right phrase because it is visible to Public. Most of the users enter simple and quick answers when they are just one step away from finish. Usually, Websites use this information to recover your password, Incase if you loose your password. But, hackers use this to hack into your profiles. I strongly recommend you to tighten your Facebook Secret answers. But sadly, I couldn’t find option in Facebook to change my secret question or answer unless you claim a hacking attempt. I recommend to keep your secret answer as secured as you can with all possible combination of numbers, captial letters and special characters.

Verify your Facebook security here.

Locking down your colleagues or friends account can’t be much more easier.

If you know little more personal information about your colleague or friend. You can give a try on it.

Step 1 : Click on forgotten Password.

forgotPassword

Step 2 : Identity your account : Enter your victims Id or Email Address

id

Step 3: Click on No Longer access to these.

nolonger access

Step 5: Enter your email Address.

Cover your face : If you dont want to let the victim know who you are.

email

Step 6 : Guess the Secret Answer.

This is the trickiest part. You have to guess the answer. If the secret answer is not a strongly typed word and you know a little more information about the victim. It wouldnt be hard to guess. It would be a piece of cake. For eg:

  • What is your grandfathers occupation?
  • Which is your mothers home town/city?
  • What is the Last name of your first grade’s teacher?
  • What is your first pet’s name?

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Note : Author will not be responsible for any sort of outcomes. Facebook will Lock down the profile for next 24 hours.

I strongly recommend to update your Facebook security here.

Facebook address this issue as follows:

https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=174775012577892

Facebook Lock down.

Once you managed to enter the right secret answer. Facebook locks you down for next 24 hours, letting user to confirm the legitimacy of request. This shows a weak “Secret answer” let anyone lock your fb page for 24 hours. If the user haven’t checked their mail for 24 hours, account is all yours.

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Update: March 23, 2012
 
Facebook will not let you update your new password straight away when you reset your password clicking “forgotten password” link. You might need to wait for another 24 hours. Your account will get locked down for 24 hours. Warning messages will be send to all your mails registered with Facebook. It warns that your account is locked for 24 hours and ask to click another link, if user identifies this as a hacking attempt or spam.”

 

How to change Facebook Security Question and Answer?

If you want to change your security question or answer. Just follow the above steps and once you get the email from Facebook. Click on the second link “Didn’t request this change” . Make Facebook believe that someone else has answered your secret answer correctly. Facebook will identify the issue as a hacking attempt and will let you run through series of security checks. They may ask you to login from another computer you recently logged in. Clear your security checks. Once you’ve proved your identity. Facebook will redirect to a page where you can change you security question and answers.

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How to sign up Spotify account outside America and Europe?

Spotify: The next generation of Music.

If you are a true music lover, you can’t ignore the fact that we love carrying our giant music collection around. It is always hard to manage and transfer music when we flip from one device to another device. How about playing your favorite playlists on all devices without syncing your tracks on all devices? I am sure you are aware about the disk space needed to store all our favorite tracks in all your devices. Spotify has came up with a solution for you. Spotify is a music streaming service. Spotify has almost every track on planet earth. It streams music into your device for free. Spotify launched almost an year ago and has been sensational in Europe and America. However, Spotify is not available is some areas including middle east and Asia.

Getting Access: How about getting access to almost every track in the world for free if you are not in America or Europe?

Wouldn’t be this really cool if you get access to Spotify. Personally, I love music as anyone does. I’ve been using Spotify for 6 months now. I loved every part of it. Spofity client’s user interface is “licking-good“. Besides, Spotify lets you search your favorite Tracks, Artist or even Playlist. Spotify gets the right music. I dug up my favorite tracks of 80’s which I believed I lost on a hard disk failure. Thanks to Spotify. I don’t have to worry about my hard disk failures anymore.

Sharing is good: Why keep your favorite tracks with yourself. Share it with your pals on Facebook, Twitter and Spotify.

Spotify’s underlying core of marketing is Facebook and Twitter. Facebook lets Spotify to share your favorite music tracks with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Once you signed up with your facebook/twitter account, It displays your Facebook/Twitter friends who are using Spotify. It also shows their playlists and the music they are currently Listening. You can post your favorite tracks on your Facebook timeline as well. Why just music. Sharing your playlist with your friends is fun and is just one click away. It pops up on your friends computer in a fraction of second. Share common interests. Share Music. Sharing is good

How can I get spotify in my country.

If you are in  Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. You can go ahead to Spotify website and download the application right away. If you dont belong to any of these countries you need to tunnel to any of these countries to get a Spotify Account.

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Tunnelling: How can I get Spotify?

Step 1 : Logout from your Facebook

Since ,we use Facebook for signing up with Spotify. Make sure you logged out from Facebook before continuing to next step.

Step 2: Tunnel to United States or United Kingdom.

Tunnel Bear is an application which helps to tunnel to Either US or UK.

See my article here, for Information regarding how to use Tunnel Bear on a mac.

Once you are successfully tunneled to US or UK.  Go to Step 3

  • Windows Users

Download SuperhideIP , or anyother applications which lets you to tunnel to US/UK.

superhidIP

Change/Fake your IP address to US or UK by clicking on Hide IP.

Select the location – Click Choose IP Country.

IP Location

Once you’ve selected the country Click on Hide IP. Which would give you similar screen as below.

fakeIP

IP address has been changed to United States.

Step 3: Login back to your Facebook.

Now Facebook may let you run through security check, since your Location has changed to US all of a sudden. Go ahead until you reach your facebook Home page successfully.

Step 4 : go to http://www.spotify.com

Now you would be able to reach Spotify US/UK. If you are not on US/UK page. You haven’t tunneled Yet.

 To find your current location of your ip address click here.

Make sure you are tunneled to US/UK.

Now, Click on SignUp button.

Step 5: Select your country

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Select your country to United States if you are tunneled to US. Otherwise select United Kingdom.

Step 4 : Sign Up with your Facebook account.

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Since you are already signed on to Facebook. It will pull your facebook details and ask you to register with Spotify.

Allow Facebook to access your details using Spotify.

Step 5 : Choose your product.

choose prodcut

Select “Open” for the free account. It is fine except it plays 30  second advertisements frequently like once between 2-3 songs. Go for Unlimited for no advertisements. Select Premium if you want offline playback in all devices. If you have a Spotify Premium code enter the code and you are ready to go.

Step 6: Validate and Finish

It validates your Facebook Credentials. Click finish when you are done.

Step 7 : Download Spotify client.

Step 8: Login to Spotify with your Facebook.

Login to spotify with your Facebook ID and Password

There you go,

Spotify

Welcome to the world of unlimited Music.

AN IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Since spotify offers only 2 weeks of use overseas. I recommend to tunnel whenever you use spotify. So that your profile will remain active.

May be, all you need is – tunnel while you log into Spotify. Release once you are logged in Successfully. May be that would be the only time spotify requests your location. I strongly suggest to tunnel whenever you use Spotify to be on the safe side.

Shout from Author.

If you have any difficulties in accessing Spotify following this method, please drop a comment specifying your location and difficulties. I will go through the process carefully and let you know. Thank You

If it worked for you. Don’t forget to spread the word. We love Sharing.

Knowledge is great, Sharing is good

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Experience : My interview with Apple Retail.

employees

As an International Student in United Kingdom, I was forced to search jobs because of expensive cost of living in UK. I was unemployed for a year. I was nearing to my graduation. I haven’t tried applying on local supermarkets or old age homes. Since, I am a post-graduate student in Information Technology; I set my dreams higher. Mean while, I was becoming a hardcore Apple Lover. Since, I already  owned a Macbook Pro and iPhone 4, I decided to work with Apple Store. I was extremely confident about the job with Apple. I opened up Apple’s beautiful career website. The website itself is a charm which attracts anyone work for Apple. Apple has showcased an enthusiastic retail video on their career site. I was very much inspired watching the video which even gave me goose bumps. I took long breath, I crossed my fingers and started filling up the form. Since, I was living in Leicester, I set my location of preference  to Leicester; I selected Milton Keynes as my second preference. I examined the application form carefully. Finally, I applied for the vacancy of Apple Store retail Specialist. I stayed and enjoyed being in Apple career site for a while. I started playing the inspiring video again for another half an hour. I visualised myself dealing customers with the mighty blue Apple T-shirts on. Those T-shirts were very attractive, simple and elegant. I really admired it. Blue round neck T-shirt with White Apple Logo. It is more than enough to standout from the crowd.

Days passed; I was not even aware about the application that I have sent. It was November 2011; the world was chilling on winter. I loved winter. Temperature was hitting almost zero degree. I woke up from my long dead sleep. I used to enjoy  my day-time sleep during winter. I opened up my MacBook. First thing I always do is, check my Facebook notifications. So, I did few comments and likes on my fb and my eyes fell on Mail client; it was showing new mail notifications. I opened it up quickly. I was surprised to see mail from retailstaffinguk@apple.com. My heart started beating than usual. Hooray!!! It was mail from the apple recruiter saying that I am considered for the role at Apple Store in Milton Keynes. My heart started bouncing with Joy like my heart is on a trampoline. I felt proud being myself. The mail informed me that Apple will let me know about the recruitment event and asked me to stay tuned. After a day or two; I received another mail from Apple. This time it wasnt just a plain text. It was with glorious Apple logo. It looked professional. Apple provided me details of recruitment event such as location and time of recruitment event. Apple requested me to respond and book seat as soon as possible. Without wasting any time, I clicked on the RSVP link, I logged in with my AppleID and reserved my seat for the recruitment event. Once I reserved my seat, I received a confirmation mail. This time mail provided me a few bonus details such as “reach 15 mins before the event” and “Feel free to wear business casual”. A business casual? I stuck for a minute thinking what the heck is a business casual? Is that polo and trouser ? Similar to what they dress while playing golf? Alright, I thought for a while and I decided not to wear a suit. I decided to wear formal shirt and trouser.

Apple Mail Rec

I had to wait for a week for the big day. Since the event starts at 9Am in Milton Keynes, I found it hard to travel in the morning on freezing cold weather. So, I rang my uncle who is living in Shefford and asked his suggestion. He said, he has work and can’t drop me to Milton Keynes early morning. However, he promised me he would drop me to the bus station in Bedford. Alright, So everything is set. I treated myself with new pair of shiny black formal shoes. I travelled Shefford; to my Uncles place. A beautiful village in England. I reached a day before the big day. I explained family about the opportunity at Apple. I watched the Apple retail video again, like another 5 more hits. I was so excited and tensed as well. I couldn’t sleep peacefully that night. However, I woke up early morning. I took quick shower and I dressed professional. My Uncle dropped me to Bedford early morning 6am. He wished me good luck. I thanked him and I started my journey. It was freezing cold. I waited for X5, from Cambridge to Oxford. X5 is one of the best bus services in UK. I know it’s the right bus. I’ve been to Buckingham and Milton Keynes before. I reached early morning in Milton Keynes around quarter past seven. I rang my friend Virat, who is living Milton Keynes; I have already informed him about the interview. Since he has morning lectures, he couldn’t show up. So I had to find Jury Inn hotel by myself. That is where Apple Event is supposed to take place. It was tiring to walk around the streets of Milton Keynes in freezing cold weather. It was windy and rain was dripping. I took my iPhone out and I looked for temperature. It’s almost near to freezing point. I ignored the weather thinking about the wonderful opportunity and excitement about the Apple Event. Finally, at the end of a street, I found Jury Inn Hotel. Since it was early morning, reception was empty. I decided to move in, to enquire about the event. I walked towards reception. Receptionist welcomed with huge smile on her face, like she already knew that I was coming. I asked “Hey, you alright?”. She replied “Yes I am good, and you?. I continued “Yes I am alright, Could you tell me on which floor is the Apple recruitment event?” She paused for a while; and she quickly went through the reservations list on her PC. She asked me to wait and went towards her supervisor and enquired. She came back to me and asked “Are you from Apple? You the one who is doing it?”. Since I am very early she would have thought  I am from apple. But I am not wearing Apple Tees though. However, I enjoyed that question. I replied “Oh, No. I am here for Interview”. She replied, ” Apple recruitment event is on 1st floor at 9AM, you are early”. She smiled and showed me the stairs to first floor. I replied smiling “Yeah I know am early, Cheers. Have a nice day”. She wished me the same. I walked towards the stairs.

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First floor was empty  and pitch silent. Floors were dressed with red carpet. I walked to washroom to rehearse my charm. I looked at the mirror and I prepared my tuck in. I made it look excellent. I looked at myself on the mirror and I whispered “You got this”. I took a few snaps on my iPhone. I went back to the floor and waited in visitors Lounge. After a while, some people popped in. But they did not look like they are from Apple. It was another recruitment event for a private bank.  I waited patiently. Eventually people started showing up. Those were class of people aging between 30-50. I reckoned, that they were not here for Apple store interview. I sat relaxed on the sofa staring at the road, which I can see from the first floor through the big window. Rain was dripping. Even before the interview, all my thoughts were on relocating to Milton Keynes; one of the newest city in England. More people started showing up including some teenage geeks, I realised, this is going to be a tough challenge to get through. But, I never  wanted to give up my hopes. I made myself believe, that I am the best. At least, I can speak 4 languages fluently. Milton Keynes is populated with south Indians. So, I have preference, I have good academic background plus I recently tweaked an Apple Store app and put up a video in YouTube. I started stating reasons why I am good for the position. All of these boosted my confidence to a higher level and I believed, that it could be only me. After a while, Apple team showed up in their blue t-shirts and half trousers with an Apple Cinema, MacBook Pro and an iPad. “Alright, there they are”, I whispered. They were charming and inspiring. They went inside the event room waving their hands at us, to prepare the process. There were two guys ageing 30-40 sitting across me. They started sipping hot coffee and  kicked off a conversation. They suggested me to try coffee pointing towards the desk. I smiled at them; and replied that am fine. We talked for a while about the interview. We had a happy chat. Soon, they’ve been asked to shift to another room and we wished good luck to each other. After a while, Apple recruitment team came towards us with name tags and asked us to wear it. They asked us to fill a form as well. Now, only Apple invitees remained on the floor. We all got names pinned to our chest so that we get to know each others name. Some mates came to me and introduced themselves and started talking about apple hiring event and their experiences in apple interviews. Some were already experienced with Apple events. If you are not hired, then you can’t apply for next 6 months in Apple; that’s how apple rolls. They called us up. Okay, now its the party time.

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We walked towards the room. Apple recruitment team were cheering up with standing ovation, while we entered into the event room. I was privileged. I noticed, chairs arranged in a circle. I figured out, that It would be for making the event more real and social. We sat on the chairs. All I noticed was, the inspiring and ambitious team of Apple retail. I looked around; I saw 27′ inch Apple Cinema connected to MacBook Pro on mini port. I looked at other people around me. I was surprised to see, that I was the only Asian in the house. However, with extreme confidence I looked at Apple recruiter, who was on his half trousers and Apple Tees. He told, how excited himself and his team is today morning to see all of us there. He started his presentation talking about Apple’s achievements. He showed Apple’s best stores around the world on Apple Cinema. He was throwing some random questions on us about Apple all the time. Some of us replied with real enthusiasm. Even though, I knew about Apple; I remained silent thinking, that I would perform on face to face interview. The recruiter introduced his team members who has shown up with him for the event. Later, He started explaining about Apple’s product line. He started asking questions like “Who own a Macbook or iMac?”; I raised my hand along with some other people. Then he asked “who has an iPod or iPhone?” I raised my hand; my heart pumped up with joy. He asked about opinions and favorite applications on both devices. Some raised their hand and started boasting off about Apple. Even though,I know much more than them I remained silent waiting for my turn on face to face interview. Everyone started raising hands except me. I thought of giving a try on this interactive session. I raised my hand. I talked about how enthusiastic I am, about Apple. I said I get goosebumps when I watch Apple videos. I talked about some apps like iPhoto, Airplay on mac and iOS. I admitted, that’s the best for now. Recruiter continued saying next round would be group discussion. I was surprised to hear that. I was on a recruitment process? What the heck? I thought that’s just an introduction. I would have impressed them boasting off about Apple. I was waiting for the interview. I realised, that there is no face to face interviews. They grouped us into a team of four and asked us to discover something innovative in apple store which can attract more customers into the Store. Teams split up and moved to each corners in the room. There were around 5-6 teams of 4 members each. We came up with some cool ideas on discussion. We wrote it down to a white sheet which is provided by the team. After 5 minutes we were asked to present our innovative Idea.We discussed our idea with other team members as well. Later, they grouped us again randomly. This time, they gave us a scenario for a customer; and asked us to suggest the suitable Apple product for him according to his career and needs plus they asked us how we would convince the customer to buy the product. Each of us has to present it for 2-3 mins. We planned  our presentation very carefully and presented confidently. I was very confident in front of classy Apple geeks and I was the one who ended the presentation. Some showed their skills on planning and brain mapping, that they learned from their schools All went well. So that’s the end of our tests. We had few more chat and recruiter informed us about, how would they let us know the outcomes of the interview. He asked us to keep tuned to our mails. I went towards one of the recruiter and thanked him for calling me up. I knew that I messed it up. All the time, I was waiting for a face to face experience. We cheered again applauding at each other. We all wished best for each other and walked away thinking that each one of us outperformed the other.

After a week or two. Apple informed me, that they decided to move on with other candidates because of large number of qualified candidates. Even though it was a tear-dropper, I counted that on my experiences list. I had fun being a part of the event.

How to prepare for Apple Specialist interviews?

My experience suggests to,

  • Go through all the product lines of Apple. Learn about configurations and positive sides of the product. Learn how it stands out from other products in market.
  • Learn about Apple’s Apps in AppStores.
  • Keep yourself up-to date with new Apple technologies – iPad’s retina display, iCloud, photo stream etc.
  • Accelerate your confidence.
  • Make sure you can present a keynote in front of apple geeks. Try to rehearse it few times.Write down some key points about Apple.
  • Boast about Apple. That’s what you going to do as an Apple Specialist anyways.
  • Be enthusiastic and charming.
  • Be friendly towards people around you and communicate well.
  • Raise your hands whenever recruiter throws a question and keep the attention of recruiter always on you.
  • While doing presentations or group discussions make sure you outperformed others in your same group.

It’s all about attention I believe. Good Luck. !!!

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How to bypass Qtel proxies/firewalls on mac.

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Qtel has been harsh on its users blocking users from accessing certain sites in Qatar. However, I came up with an easy solution to bypass Qtel proxies on mac. We are familier with the page and boring moustache figures while accessing pages such as torrents or PG contents. Personally, I love freedom.

Note : This tutorial is for demonstration; Author or Tunnel bear is not responsible for the outcome. I have no clue about cyber laws in Qatar.

Okay. Here is how it works.

Step 1 : Download Tunnel Bear

Tunnel Bear is an incredible app which lets you to connect proxies in US or UK seamlessly. You dont have to search for proxies unlike other services; it lets you use their own proxy services. Tunnel bear proxies are fast and connect without interruptions. However, free users can access only upto 1GB per month. You can boost your data by tweeting about tunnel bear from the email ID you signed up for Tunnel Bear.

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Step 2: Sign up for Tunnel Bear

You need to sign up for tunnel bear with your email ID and password.

Step 3: Turn on the service

You will need to turn on the service by clicking on the old style radio buttons. Select the location either US or UK. Wait until Tunnel bear connects you to the proxy. You are free to run. TADA.

You should be able to access any sites on the internet.

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Why purpose of life guided me under banyan tree?

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Even though, it’s not news-worthy as much of celebrity’s new puppy or shiny golden teeth. I have been thinking about this for a while. I started asking myself, the same old question; Why do I live? I started searching answer looking back at my own life and I came up with nothing. So, I decided to look at others life around me for a unified solution. When I looked around, all I can see was people busy working just like bees. Soon I realised, Everything around me is work of someone and someone is earning money out of it. That exercised my thoughts and I asked myself – are we all living for money? My memory came up with some richest figures on planet earth. Why are they making more money than they actually need? Some of them make money for living and some for passion and greed. It puts us all under one umbrella. The mighty money. Here is where we all stand from Richard Branson to poor beggar on streets. But is it just all about money? I had to map my mind to come up with something more philosophical other than just money. I filtered my thoughts.  I came up with a clearer vision. May be, it’s not just the money. You can’t just deny if I say, that life is all about “want/need”.

Even though, money is nothing more than just expensive papers. Money is a big deal in our world. However, money cannot buy everything. Now, let me put more weight on the question by asking why money is important than anything else? Its simple; It gets us what we want. Expensive cars, fame, respect, better life-partner, better life, you name it. But still it’s not all about money. So, there is something behind the screen, pulling cords other than money and  that’s ‘want’. The want to control the world, The want of toxic greediness. I am absolutely convinced by the fact, that one of the main reasons of hatred in this world is greed. Our eyes are dusted with greed and selfishness. The greed of wanting more. We need to pull ourselves back from the world of hatred and greediness to have a glimpse of what life is all about. If we could wipe out greed we could get our visions cleared. That may get a better picture of what we are and what is the purpose of our lives. In this world of hatred and greediness, I can’t see myself as a human living in a perfect world. At last, all these thoughts finally makes me follow foot steps of Buddha to – right Under a banyan tree.