Saturday, December 20, 2008

Solution: Trouble activating Virgin Mobile's TNT Phone

if you are running into 06-07-5000 error activating TNT phone, try this:

1. go the virgin mobile's website and activate the phone. You will get the phone number (based on your address) and MSID number. you will need these.

2. Come back to the phone. Press ##virgin#, press Yes to confirm
3. Instead of "Activate the phone", choose edit. you will see some random number, erase that (using BACK button) and type your new phone number.
4. press OK, you will see another random number. Erase that and type your 10 digit MSID number (ignoring potential leading zeroes).
5. Hit OK and you are done.

They tell you (if you call them) that it might take up to 4 hours to activate, but mine activated instantenously. Good luck!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Capturing screen Video: It is so easy, caveman can do it

Apparently, capturing video (and audio with it) is very easy. Just found out about the free Jing tool. Here is a one minute video I did to demonstrate. Enjoy.

Here are the steps:

1. download and install Jing.

2. Set it to share or an FTP site. You can save the capture as SWF files, but if you are looking to embed them in your blog/webpages, you may need to host them first.

3. Jing your captures!

Friday, March 07, 2008 makes call-recording easy but pricey - makes call-recording easy but pricey -

The story was about recording traditional phone calls. However, I was wondering about what's happening on the VOIP front. Since it is all network traffic, that shouldn't be hard. So, I find gazillion companies offering that!

This brings up an interesting question. Office workers often make choices to communicate with their colleagues with email, phone, call or just walk over to other offices. If I have a VOIP business phone,  why can't I just use the phone as a universal recorder to record my conversations and offer transcript as a Blog post. 

How about a finger print reader on the phone so that participants of the conversation are readily identified in the transcript?

Also, how about grabbing familiar tags matching "corporate vocabulary" so that the transcript can be categorized properly. For example, a Wiki could be posted with all the right categories.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

What's Your Company's DNA? - Harvard Business Online's Umair Haque

Author's choice of companies with "failing strategies" is interesting. These companies are even described as companies in decay. For example, Microsoft is fighting Google, which gives its search strategy a failing grade, not the whole company. its business apps, server apps are growing nicely, and its desktop dominance is in place for next few years. Microsoft in decay seems like a broad brush to me.

For that matter, how about Google? Google is doing all the things Microsoft once did (namely moving into adjacent markets like Docs etc..). So, a few years down the line, do you think we would recognize Google, the search company.

So, here is my theory. Speaking of DNA, consider the life cycle of companies. No matter how good they are, they have a life span. If companies like IBM or GE "reinvent" themselves once every 30 years, they are "re-incarnating" themselves (they are no longer same business model, same customer base and same value proposition).

So, how can Microsoft succeed against Google? They can do that *only* when they can come up with better reason for people like me to use instead of Google (which obviously solves the problem of bringing more advertisers to the "network"). I thought Bill Gates had it right when he said that next frontier of search war is to "pre-search" as against me going crazy over pages and pages of search results. Uh, I have not seen anything from Microsoft in that direction. Now, that's lack of strategy.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Microsoft bidding on Yahoo!

Media comments on the deal are largely around poking MS in the eye for accepting defeat against Google. May be, as a Marketing manager, I pay $ignificant amounts to Google having no alternative. I really wish some competition and thus better results. So, from my perspective, Microsoft is about to help me tremendously. Go Microsoft.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

AT&T Tilt - Big on Initial Satisfaction, It is downhill from there...

Now that I had AT&T Tilt for a couple of months, I feel I can offer some comments.

Overall View

  1. Much better business phone than Treo 650 and some ways to go before I can be excited about it.


  1. Easy to setup Outlook interface
  2. slide out keyboard to type good length emails.
  3. I am a Microsoft Office OneNote fan. Having OneNote Mobile is a great boon for taking notes anywhere (especially when I am visiting customers and do not want to look distracted using Laptop).
  4. IM works very well
  5. Ability to navigate company directory.


  1. DO NOT DRIVE WHILE USING THIS PHONE. Since this is a touch screen phone, it is practically impossible to nagivate interactive phone systems while driving.
  2. The phone interface is *the* lousiest I have ever seen. Really small "buttons" and unintuitive design.
  3. Screen turns off as soon as a phone call starts. Annoying as heck.
  4. The power button is somewhat recessed for reasons known only to the designers.
  5. The GPS data expores every 7 days. There is no way to let it automatically download it.
  6. BTW, GPS doesn't work most of the time. The directions have been wrong most often.
  7. Recently, at the direction of this stupid device, I pulled into the gate of a US Military Base in NoVA staring at a couple of kick-ass Army soldiers instead of parking outside of an Indian restaurant.
  8. This device is definitely not deisgned as a phone+. It is a kitchensink of functionality. Turning on speakerphone is actually a sequence of menu options rather than a single button. HLC Chose to have "IE" button instead of a speakerphone button!
  9. Why can't I use the wheel to browse the contacts? Makes no sense!
  10. Tip: Use "Stop All" under tasks to shutdown lingering apps, otherwise, you have a really slow phone, oops Windows device.

Recommendation: Wait for another update on this one.