Apple be cray cray

Monday, 19th March, 2018

So my MacBook Bro which is about to turn 7 in less than a month have had its multiple organs fail on me over the years. One of which was the audio system. Since a good few years the sound had decreased to a level where it was hard to hear & very coarse to bear, as if a tiny radio speaker was placed inside an empty tin jar, too feeble & pointless. I almost always had to use earphones to listen to something. I didn’t mind.

Last Saturday I took it to a free checkup camp at an Apple authorized service center. All they did was open up the back cover & clean the dust with a brush & vacuum cleaner.

Today I noticed the sound icon on the menu bar was completely greyed out. It didn’t show me ‘Internal Speakers’ as an sound output device in ‘System Preference > Sound’.

I thought this was it, my MBP had finally turned mute for ever. But I could output the audio to a earphone or a speaker connected via Airplay. So I switched between those 2 outputs for a while in the settings & then the internal speakers output option appeared again.

And now I hear the sound better than it has been in years! Its not back to like when the machine was brand new but its much better than what it was since past few years. Its a miracle & I am not complaining.

Baywatch

Monday, 19th March, 2018

BaywatchSaw it today. Light hearted comedy & action, the way I like them these days, without needing much brain processing power.

Public Provident Fund

Wednesday, 14th March, 2018

If you invest in PPF then I suggest you max it out to 1.5lakhs. Its a safe way of ‘saving’ if not ‘investment’ in a world full of uncertainty. Even if you have other modes of investment to show towards Form 80C deductions, still do it because of the good rate of interest & zero tax on the whole amount.

And deposit the complete amount in one instalment in the beginning of a financial year between 1st to 5th April, that way you earn interest for the whole year, maximize your return.

Gaining confidence

Monday, 12th March, 2018

Even though still at a beginner level, I’ve slowly started gaining some confidence working with GitHub, SSH & PHPMyAdmin to setup WordPress dev sites, manage local > dev > live site environments using GitHub, import/exporting database, altering things in database tables, moving stuff around with SSH.

Transitioning from the role of just a frontend developer to take more responsibility of the overall development life cycle.

Wikipedia Yoga

Sunday, 11th March, 2018

In My Humble Opinion [don’t have to abbreviate every single thing!], the ability to read an entire Wikipedia article without clicking any further links is a practise of patience & mindfulness in itself. Its like yoga for your brain.

Wonder Woman

Sunday, 4th March, 2018

Wonder WomanSaw it yesterday. Wonderful movie.

Skype recent pictures folder on MacOS High Sierra

Friday, 23rd February, 2018

~/Library/Containers/com.apple.ImageKit.RecentPictureService/Data/Library/Images/Recent Pictures/ is where Skype stores your previously uploaded photos in this version of MacOS. It changes all the time so might not hold true for future OS updates.

Quit Skype, delete photos that you don’t want anymore, clean from trash, restart your Mac.

If you open Skype before cleaning trash or restarting then they will be copied again.

Best pictures

Friday, 16th February, 2018

We take a lots of photos. They become memories.

What if we saved only the most beautiful ones of them & purged the rest. No mercy & no remorse.

What if we limited ourselves to keep only 10 photos if its a 10 day trip, or 30 photos if its a 30 day trip.

Maximum 30 photos per month, and a maximum of 365 pictures a year.

We’ll be left with only the best pictures. Best memories.

Living in Kuala Lumpur for 4 weeks

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018

Right now we are staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from last week of January till last week of February. Trying local food, visiting places. Great place to be.

How to move HDFC Bank Current Account from one branch to another

Sunday, 21st January, 2018

So I moved my Private Limited company’s Current Account from one branch of HDFC bank to another, within the same city. This was my own experience so yours will vary depending upon many factors.

Step 1: I applied & filled a form, with an application on company letterhead for account shifting at the desired new branch in 1st week of December 2017.  I was told next an email will be sent to old branch, they will approve the transfer & then after only a few days the process will be complete.

Step 2: More than 2 weeks went by without any updates, I was told old branch has not approved the transfer yet so I had to personally call & speak with manager of old branch & request him to approve the account transfer.

Step 3: Got word that old branch has approved the transfer, now its a matter of just a few more days.

Step 4: 3 more weeks went by, now we are in 1st week of January 2018 without any progress, account is still with old branch. New branch staff said delay is due to annual closing & I’m asked to wait a few more days.

Step 5: In the 2nd week of January 2018 I emailed HDFC Customer Care, they took my complaint & asked for 5 days of time to revert back/resolve the case.

Step 6: Received call from new branch staff after 2 days of lodging the complaint, they asked me for my Debit Card number that is linked to the Current Account as it needs to be transferred to new branch as well. And I was told it will be done in next 2/3 days.

Step 7: On the 3rd day which is the last day of 5-day time asked by HDFC Bank Customer Care, I received call & email from new branch staff informing me that my Current Account has been transferred. It was the end of 3rd week of January 2018.

This was supposed to be an automatic process after the customer applied with form & required documents, but as with most things here I had to personally take responsibility & intervene, call, request various people from both the branches to get this done after spending 7 weeks of time.