Saturday, March 17, 2012

20 Paise India Commemorative Coins



20 Paise 1969 MAHATMA GANDHI
20 Paise 1970 FOOD FOR ALL
20 Paise 1982 WORLD FOOD DAY
20 Paise 1983 FISHERIES

5 Rupee India Commemorative Coins



5 Rupees CPR-NKL 1984 INDIRA GANDHI
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 1989 JAWAHARLAL NEHRU CENTENARY
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 1994 WORLD OF WORK (ILO)
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 1995 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNITED NATIONS
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 1995 FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 1995 8TH WORLD TAMIL CONFERENCE (SAINT THIRUVALLUVAR)
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 1996 MOTHER'S HEALTH IS CHILD'S HEALTH
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 2001 BHAGWAN MAHAVIR : 2600TH JANM KALYANAK
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 2002 DADABHAI NAOROJI
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 2004 K. KAMRAJ
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 2004 LALBAHADUR SHASTRI BIRTH CENTENARY *
5 Rupees SS 2004 LALBAHADUR SHASTRI BIRTH CENTENARY
5 Rupees SS 2005 75 YEARS OF DANDHI MARCH
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 2006 MAHATMA BASAVESHWAR*
5 Rupees SS 2006 MAHATMA BASAVESHWAR
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 2006 JAGATH GURU SREE NARAYAN GURUDEV*
5 Rupees SS 2006 JAGATH GURU SREE NARAYAN GURUDEV
5 Rupees SS 2006 STATE BANK OF INDIA
5 Rupees SS 2006 ONGC 50 CELEBRATING INDIA
5 Rupees CPR-NKL 2007 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF LOKMANYA BAL GANGADHAR TILAK
5 Rupees SS 2007 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF LOKMANYA BAL GANGADHAR TILAK

5 Rupees SS 2007 150TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF LOKMANYA BAL GANGADHAR TILAKJI*

5 Rupees SS 2007 50 YEARS KHADI AND VILLAGE INDUSTRIES COMMISSION

5 Rupees SS 2007 150 YEARS THE FIRST WAR OF INDEPENDENCE
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2009 SAINT ALPHONSA BIRTH CENTENARY
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2009 PERARIGNAR ANNA CENTENARY 1909-1969
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2009 60 YEARS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2009 DR. RAJENDRA PRASAD 125 BIRTH ANNIVERSARY 1884-2009
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2010 RESERVE BANK OF INDIA PLATINUM JUBILEE 1935-2010
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2010 BIRTH CENTENARY OF MOTHER TERESA
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2010 C. SUBRAMANIAM BIRTH CENTENARY 1910-2010
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2010 1000 YEARS BRIHADEESWARAR TEMPLE (THANJAVUR)
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2011 RABINDRANATH TAGORE 150 BIRTH ANNIVERSARY 1861-2011
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2010 XIX COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2010 DELHI
5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2010 INCOME TAX - 150 YEARS OF BUILDING INDIA CHANAKYA

5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2011 ICMR

5 Rupees NKL-BRS 2011 CIVIL AVIATION



(*- Not in the picture)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Acquisition 14/3/2012



 

One cent Canada 1904


Mintage



  • 1 cent 1904 : 2 500 000


Caracteristics



  • Alloy : 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc

  • Weight : 5.67 grams

  • Diameter : 25.4 mm

  • Engraver : G.W.DeSaulles

  • Designer : G.W.DeSaulles

  • Edge : Smooth

  • Magnetism: Nonmagnetic

  • Die axis : ↑↑




One Cent Canada 1887


Mintage



  • 1 cent 1887 : 1 500 000


Caracteristics - 1 cent 1887



  • Alloy : 95% copper, 4% tin and 1% zinc

  • Weight : 5.67 grams

  • Diameter : 25.4 mm

  • Engraver : Leonard C. Wyon and G. W. DeSaulles

  • Designer : Leonard C. Wyon and G. W. DeSaulles (SL - Small leaves)

  • Edge : Smooth

  • Magnetism: Nonmagnetic

  • Die axis : ↑↑




Five Cent USA 1906



  • Diameter:  21.20 millimeters

  • Designer: Charles E. Barber

  • Weight:  5.00 grams

  • Edge:  Plain

  • Metal Content:  75% Copper, 25% Nickel


 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Do you really need iPad 3 or the "new iPad"?

iPad 3 was announced yesterday , Apple followed the  tradition of bringing up a new iPad every year? But my question is , A bit early?



Lets see the improvements in the new version which Apple calls the "new iPad" instead of iPad3  for reasons unknown. Major 2 advancements are in the display and connectivity category , introducing a retina display which was previously introduced in  iphone and bringing it to a larger 9.7" screen is a commendable job,   and the screen resolution jumped from  1024x 768  pixels to 2048-by-1536-pixel doubling the pixel density also. The next major advancement is introduction of 4G services to connectivity, this time also Apple partners with AT&T and Verizon . Next though not an advancement , a major improvement from the previous iPad comes in the form of a 5MP camera , finally ending the Apple's blind eye to camera in iPads.Apple also introduced a quad core graphics to the A5 processor , the performance improvement is yet to be analyzed to comment anything on any significant improvement in performance .A change also took place in dimensions as well ,with 50g  and 0.6mm increase in weight and thickness.

After going through  the specs my question  is why should I buy this? Now I am very much happy with my iPad 2 and its performance . Are these advancements good enough to convince buyers to throw away their iPad 2 which is just an year old and get this 600$ new one?

Now lets focus on why we dont need this iPad?

Most guys reading this will be owning an iPad2 or older iPad, a year or two for an electronic item would have been a long time , if this was not Apple , but in the case of Apple, iPad is  way ahead and a superior machine. apple should have timed their release a bit later , 2 year period would have been ideal. Take the case of PS3 , that machine is a gem , Sony did not bring out PS4 even after 4 year , only thing they improved was to slim down the console. They knew their machine is top notch , and it will be hard for them to get customers sell their PS3 and get PS4 without major major improvements both in performance and looks. Apple "new iPad" comes with same old good look , I consider that a bit more on the safer side , as they dont want to lose their Apple loyals. A 4G connectivity and superior display will not tempt most customers , atleast iPad2 customers to get "new iPad". In my opinion this iPad will not create that much enthusiasm in people , as iPad2 transition from iPad. This scenario of "new iPad" launch is pretty similar to launching iPhone 4S , only people who dont have ipad or old ipad customers will be queuing in front of an Apple store for the "new ipad"

Bottom line : iPad 2 owners please wait for an year , old first gen  iPad users can try out this one, new customers grab this  most advanced tablet on the planet if you have money other wise its the right time to buy iPad 2 as they dropped prices.



Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Commemorative coins of India - 2 Rupees



2 Rupees 1982 IX ASIAN GAMES (DELHI)
2 Rupees 1982 NATIONAL INTEGRATION
2 Rupees 1993 SMALL FAMILY HAPPY FAMILY
2 Rupees 1993 BIO DIVERSITY (WORLD FOOD DAY)
2 Rupees 1994 WATER FOR LIFE (WORL FOOD DAY)
2 Rupees 1995 GLOBALIZING INDIA AGRICULTURE (AGRI EXPO - 95)
2 Rupees 1995 8TH WORLD TAMIL CONFERENCE (SAINT THIRUVALLUVAR)
2 Rupees 1996 SARDAR VALLABHBHAI PATEL
2rupees 1996 SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE 2 Rupees 1997 SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE CENTENARY
2 Rupees 1998 SRI AUROBINDO (ALL LIFE IS YOGA)
2 Rupees 1998 DESHBANDHU CHITTARANJAN DAS
2 Rupees 1999 CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI
2 Rupees 2000 SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
2 Rupees 2001 DR. SHYAMAPRASAD MUKHARJEE
2 Rupees 2002 SANT TUKARAM
2 Rupees 2003 RAILWAYS 150 GOLRIOUS YEARS
2 Rupees 2007 INDIAN AIR FORCE PLATINUM JUBILEE
2 Rupees 2009 LOUIS BRAILLE
2 Rupees 2010 RESERVE BANK OF INDIA PLATINUM JUBILEE 1935-2010

2 Rupees 2010 Common Wealth Games 

Commemorative coins of India - 5 paise , 25 paise , 50 paise



5 Paise 1976 FOOD & WORK FOR ALL
5 Paise 1977 SAVE FOR DEVELOPMENT
5 Paise 1978 FOOD & SHELTER FOR ALL
5 Paise ALM 1979 HAPPY CHILD - NATION'S PRIDE

25 Paise 1980 RURAL WOMEN'S ADVANCEMENT
25 Paise 1982 IX ASIAN GAMES (DELHI)
25 Paise 1985 FORESTRY FOR DEVELOPMENT



50 Paise 1964 JAWAHARLAL NEHRU (English)
50 Paise 1964 JAWAHARLAL NEHRU (Hindi)
50 Paise 1969 MAHATMA GANDHI
50 Paise 1972 25th ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE (Hindi)
50 Paise 1973 GROW MORE FOOD
50 Paise 1982 NATIONAL INTEGRATION
50 Paise 1985 RESERVE BANK OF INDIA (GOLDEN JUBILEE)
50 Paise 1985 INDIRA GANDHI
50 Paise 1986 FISHERIES
50 Paise 1997 50th YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE



 

Commemorative Coins of India - 10 paise , 10 Rupees



10 Paise 1974 PLANNED FAMILIES - FOOD FOR ALL
10 Paise 1975 EQUALITY DEVELPOMENT PEACE
10 Paise 1976 FOOD & WORK FOR ALL
10 Paise 1977 SAVE FOR DEVELOPMENT
10 Paise 1978 FOOD & SHELTER FOR ALL
10 Paise 1979 HAPPY CHILD - NATION'S PRIDE
10 Paise 1980 RURAL WOMEN'S ADVANCEMENT
10 Paise 1981 WORLD FOOD DAY
10 Paise 1982 IX ASIAN GAMES (DELHI)
10 Paise 1982 WORLD FOOD DAY

 

10 RUPEES Bi-Metallic 2009 HOMI BHABHA BIRTH CENTENARY YEAR 2008-2009
10 Rupees Bi-Metallic 2010 RESERVE BANK OF INDIA PLATINUM JUBILEE 1935-2010

Coin Acquisition - 6/3/12

1950 , 3 Nickel coins - 1/4 Rupee , 1/2 Rupee , 1 Rupee



Two types of 1950 and 1954 1/4 Rupee

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Commemorative coins of India - 1 Rupee



1 Rupee 1964 JAWAHARLAL NEHRU
1 Rupee 1969 MAHATMA GANDHI
1 Rupee 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR
1 Rupee CPR-NKL 1987 SMALL FARMERS
1 Rupee 1988 RAINFED FARMING (FAO)
1 Rupee 1989 JAWAHARLAL NEHRU CENTENARY
1 Rupee 1989 FOOD & ENVIRONMENT (WORLD FOOD DAY)
1 Rupee 1990 DR. B.R. AMBEDKAR CENTENARY
1 Rupee 1990 15 YEARS OF I.C.D.S.
1 Rupee 1990 CARE FOR THE GIRL CHILD (SAARC YEAR)
1 Rupee 1990 FOOD FOR THE FUTURE 16TH OCTOBER 1990 : WORLD FOOD DAY
1 Rupee 1991 RAJIV GANDHI
1 Rupee 1991 COMMON WEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE
1 Rupee 1991 TOURISM YEAR
1 Rupee 1992 QUIT INDIA MOVEMENT (GOLDEN JUBILEE)
1 Rupee 1992 FOOD & NUTRITION (WORLD FOOD DAY)
1 Rupee 1993 89TH INTER PARLIAMENTARY UNION CONFERENCE
1 Rupee 1994 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE FAMILY
1 Rupee 1995 8TH WORLD TAMIL CONFERENCE (SAINT THIRUVALLUVAR)
1 Rupee 1997 CELLULAR JAIL (PORT BLAIR)
1 Rupee 1999 SAINT DNYANESHWAR: 1274-1296 A.D.
1 Rupee 2002 LOK NAYAK JAYPRAKASH NARAYAN CENTENARY
1 Rupee 2003 MAHARANA PRATAP
1 Rupee 2003 VEER DURGADAS
1 Rupee 2004 150 YEARS INDIA POST
1 Rupee 2010 RESERVE BANK OF INDIA PLATINUM JUBILEE 1935-2010

Using Kindle Fire in India

Kindle Fire, the 199$ tablet from Amazon is a perfect ebook reader than a tablet you can also say it is a "ebook reader plus". Tablet has been so synonymous with ipad for the last 3 years or so , until Samsung gave a shot at ipad with Galaxy "tabs" on an android platform. Then and there starting the race for the second position , actually the first is a sealed place even now.

I longed for a tablet ever since I used ipad of my father , its a great experience, a perfect companion on any boring journey or tour. Is it a replacement to laptop or netbook? No, not in any serious lines , but can cater to most of laptop's or netbook's use. So I ordered a Kindle from Amazon and gave shipping address to my family friend who was planning a return from US after his visit.

I was really excited to get the kindle in my hands when he returned from US , and my first impression of the fire was - smaller than I thought. During the next few weeks I explored the possibilities and potentials of this tablet. How did I do that? Read 2 books on it....experience was mind blowing, kindle is a perfect ebook reader even though its lcd and not eink , never felt a strain in my eyes. Next test was on surfing , its a wifi only machine so the possibility of using kindle fire outside your wifi enabled home is pretty much limited in India where wifi hotspots are rare to find. As most android tabs relay on apps of android market , though its built on an android platform , its streamlined by Amazon so market place is not available but there is app store by Amazon where you can get most of the apps, but then came my biggest disappointment ...amazon app store is restricted to US customers only...What does that mean..You cannot download even free apps from amazon. So that prompted me to explore any way out of this mess, and finally got some relief when I understood I can use third party applications to download android apps from sites like mobile opera store,getjar..but the list of apps is very limited.

But apart from the app store disappointment , its a cute little machine that can excite you with its book reader functionality ....so is it worth 199$ ... I will say Yes, if you cannot afford an ipad.

(If you have any doubts regarding its working and usage in India, feel free to ask me)