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The business sense of iPhone 3G in India

Posted: June 27th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , | No Comments »

As the pre-registration of iPhone 3G is started in India by Vodafone and Airtel, people are anxiously waiting for iPhone, a better mobile phone + iPod and in a price less than Nokia N series.

But wait before you jump to conclusion that iPhone would be available to you in Rs. 8500/- (1 USD= 42 INR approx). Kiruba has this article in which he explains why the real cost of iPhone would not be under Rs. 9000 in India.

The truth be told, Apple really isn’t slashing its cost of handsets. It’s just passing on the slashed cost to the mobile operators. Apple sells the phone to Airtel and Vodafone for a little lower than the original cost of $399, maybe for about $350 (approx Rs 15,000). While Airtel or Vodafone may sell it to you for about Rs 9,950, they will recover the loss by a slightly higher monthly charge over a two year period.

Although, there are reports that an iPhone (8 GB) costs $173 to make.

Read the complete article by Kiruba.

Vodafone starts preregistration of iPhone in India

Posted: June 25th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: News | 1 Comment »

Want to be among first to flaunt iPhone in India. Now, existing Vodafone customers can book iPhone on Vodafone website. You can also pre-book your iPhone through SMS IPHONE to 56789. Although, site doesn’t give any information about price and plans of iPhone. Nonetheless, now you know that iPhone is coming very soon to India.
Thanks India Inc.

How to start saposcol forcefully on Unix

Posted: June 24th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: SAP/Unix | 8 Comments »

SAPOSCOL ( SAP OS collector ) is program which collects the Operating System information and displays the information in Operating System Monitor ( transaction STo6 ).

The operating system collector SAPOSCOL is a stand-alone program that runs in the operating system background. It runs independently of SAP instances exactly once per monitored host. SAPOSCOL collects data about operating system resources, including:

    Usage of virtual and physical memory
    CPU utilization
    Utilization of physical disks and file systems
    Resource usage of running processes

The SAPOSCOL can be stopped/started through either SAP (through Operating System Monitor or transaction code ST06 -> Operating system Collector -> Start) or Operating System. However, sometimes it may happen when you try to start the SAPOSCOL it gives you the message it’s already running. Like in example below.

SIDADM> saposcol -l
* This is Saposcol Version COLL XX.XX
* Usage: saposcol -l: Start OS Collector
* saposcol -k: Stop OS Collector
* saposcol -d: OS Collector Dialog Mode
* saposcol -s: OS Collector Status
* The OS Collector (PID XXXXXX) is already running …..

If you try to see the status of SAPOSCOL through command saposcol -s, you will see the status and if you try to grep the process with command ps -ef|grep -i saposcol, it will not show the process.
So, what do we do now?

There is another parameter of SAPOSCOL which is not documented in it’s menu list and that is force option (-f).

All you need to do is start SAPOSCOL with command saposcol -f, it will start the process forcefully. Once it’s started stop the process through saposcol -k and start it normally through saposcol or with option -l . Now, your SAPOSCOL is running and collecting the OS information for you. I have tried this on Unix and it works not sure about Windows though.

Read more about SAPOSCOL

Update: If your SAPOSCOL still doesn’t start with the above steps then follow the steps below:

    Start SAPOSCOL in dialog mode with saposcol -d option. You will get a prompt to type further command, help command can be used to see what all commands are available.

    Try to kill the SAPOSCOL with kill command. After it’s killed execute command leave, this will clean shared memory ( Make sure the SAPOSCOL is not running).

    Start the SAPOSCOL with command launch and quit from dialog mode.

Why you should not blindly trust your financial agent

Posted: June 22nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Musings | Tags: , , | 4 Comments »

I have learned it the hard way. You should never blindly trust your financial agent. I have two bitter experiences with financial agent and here they are:


I wanted to get a equity linked policy. An acquaintance’s agent suggested me for ICICI prudential’s Life time policy. I had the choice to invest monthly/quarterly or yearly, the money would be invested in equity depnding on my risk appetite (maximizer-all in equity, balancer-50% in equity and 50% in debt or minimizer- more in debt and less in equity) and I can withdraw the complete or partial amount after 3 years lock-in. Needless to say, I chose for Maximizer.

After almost two years when I got to know that I can create an online a/c with ICICI Prudential for tracking my policy and can change the type ( remember those fancy words, min, max, balance ?). I created my account and to my disbelief the fund value was 10% less than what I have paid till now and in this duration, Indian stock market reached to 12000 from 6000 . While digging more into the problem I got to know that the agent irresponsibly chose option minimizer and so, very less portion of my premium was invested in equity.

And due to this fatal mistake this month when I complete 3 years of my policy lock-in period, I just have Rs.1000/- more than what I have paid.


I opened an savings account in HDFC Bank and there an agent approaches me to go for a XYZ policy from HDFC standard Life Insurance. It was also an Unit linked policy and had features more or less the same as above scheme. I decided to get this policy and chose Maximizer.

After two years, when I visited the HDFC standard life Insurance office for an address change request, to my shock I got to know that it was a conventional insurance scheme not an Unit linked and also I could only withdraw my money after 5 years.

I lodged a complaint with HDFCSL insurance for misinformation and asked for policy money refund. After several followups and two months, I got my money back but only the principal amount.

Conclusion: After these two incidents I am more alert about my finances. I inquire a lot before going for any scheme, I try to read the policy terms and conditions (smartly written in a font size of 5-6) and I do keep a track of scheme performance.

On a relative note, I would advise you to stay away from your relatives/acquaintances/friends who are financial agent. I have experienced that they will not give you the complete information about the product, will give you a product most of the time you don’t need because they enjoy good commission on that product.

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.- Vernon Law