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How to stay awake in a meeting

Posted: July 13th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Blah Blah | 2 Comments »

Bombay Lives has this How-To on how to stay awake in a meeting. I Googled for it and found Bullshit Bingo, this website takes the game to next level by randomly generating your card and different versions.

Here is how it works:

  • Print or draw the box like the one below and write one of these words in every square.
  • Cross appropriate square when you hear one of these words.
  • When you have crossed, five squares, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, stand up and shout BULLSHIT!!!

Now, instead of avoiding meetings, you will look forward to them :-).


Withdraw or receive money without ATM card or bank account

Posted: July 8th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

ICICI Bank has introduced first of it’s kind service smsNcash. If you are an ICICI Bank customer, you can transfer the money to your friend through his mobile phone. Your friend need not to be any bank’s customer and he can withdraw money from ATM.
Here is how it would work, you will register the beneficiary mobile number and amount to be remitted, the benficiary will receive a 6 digit code and you will also recieve a 4 digit code.

The Beneficiary will have to visit any of the specified ICICI ATM branch and has to enter the following parameters.

  • The beneficiary‚Äôs mobile number
  • The 4-digit code (as received by the remitter / ICICI Bank customer)
  • The 6-digit code (as received by the beneficiary)
  • The amount remitted (in INR)

You will be charged Rs. 10 +taxes upto Rs. 5000 remittence and Rs.25 +taxes for above than Rs. 5000.
You can transfer maximum of Rs. 10000 transaction and not more than 25000 per day.

Read FAQ about smsNcash

Thanks India Inc.

Update: The smsNcash service has been discontinued by ICICI bank and you can no more withdraw money without ATM card.


Filing your income tax – a step by step guide

Posted: July 7th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Miscellaneous | No Comments »

Income tax returnRediff has an step by step guide for filing your income tax.

Some key points are:

What form do you need to fill?

ITR-1: Income from salary, pension and interest earned in a financial year

ITR-2: Capital gains, income/loss from house property and income from any other source

Checklist

  • Enter all the details in CAPITAL letters
  • Ensure that name, address and other personal details are entered correctly
  • Double-check PAN number, bank account details and the MICR code you write
  • Store the acknowledgment safely property and income from any other source.

You can file your income tax return online, however, you still have to visit income tax office for acknowledgment if you don’t have digital signature. You can get your own digital signature which starts from Rs. 800/- for two years.

You can also avail third party services like Taxsmile and Taxshax to file your Income tax return, the service starts from as low as Rs. 181 on Taxshax and Rs. 250 on Taxsmile.

Cartoon by Satish Acharya


How to survive in SAP Netweaver World?

Posted: July 4th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: SAP/Unix | 2 Comments »

We need to keep ourselves updated to stay ahead in the race as the technical world keeps changing, and SAP is no different. If you are a Basis administrator/consultant, you need to update/upgrade your current skills for the requirements of SAP Netweaver.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe – Abraham Lincoln

A new article on SearchSAP.com by Kent Sanders talks about transferring your skills from Basis to Netweaver. The article not only tells you the road ahead for Basis consultants but also explains how you can get to that road.

The key points raised by author are:
Java is the way ahead: As more companies are opting for portals and web business, you can not avoid Java.

Go for Solution Manager or Enterprise Service Oriented Architecture ( eSOA)

If you want to stay up with the latest in SAP technology and differentiate yourself from your Basis competition, then mastering the SAP Java Application Server, enterprise SOA technology, and Solution Manager will keep you ahead of the game.

Read complete article on SearchSAP

On a related note do check the tips from Prem Sagar about how to survive an IT slowdown.