Finally, its Compaq CQ61-312TU

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


After working for more then 4 years, when my personal Laptop (Dell inspiron 600 series) gave up in Oct 2009, I knew I had a difficult task in my hand to identify and purchase a Laptop at Chennai. I had purchased my previous Dell laptop when I was in the US about 4.5 years back, more importantly, I did not face much problem with Dell laptop in its 4 years of operation. I did have a virus attack once to my Dell Laptop and I did not want to take it to 'so called' Laptop service people as it would finally end up in formating it, I had struggled for about 2 weekend and finally had the virus removed through a free online virus removal software, which worked in simple DOS mode.

Which brand to choose?

This time, I was looking for a brand which I some service centre at my metro - Chennai. I believe, this being the case only Compaq and HP, really qualified to me. Well, Laptop are always a challenge to get serviced and on top of it might get pretty expensive to get it serviced.

Features and OS :
To my surprise now, I found most of the Laptop had only DOS version and if I had to go for Windows Vista (heard window XP OS is not being released these days) and windows 7, it had to be purchased at extra price. Very few came with pre-installed OS of Windows Vista or Windows 7.

This made the most of the deal pretty expensive and I was looking for a possible printer add on. Added to this, Core 2 duo processors are expensive and hence decided for Intel dual core processor. One more imformation, I received is that LED displays have become quite common in the last six months.

Retailer: The next major challenge is to find a good retailer, I did visit few computer brand dealer /retailers and when I did allow them to talk of the product I found them wanting in their knowledge and also they were trying to sell the Laptop, which was available in stock.

Finally, I narrowed down on CQ61-312TU, the attractive feature was that it came with pre-installed Windows 7 Home premium along with large 15.9 inch LED display with Intel dual core processor along with Carry case at an attractive net price of 34K-INR.

Added to this, I also got basic inkjet printer free along with Laptop as offer and deal was through Modern Computers, to me they looked reliable. The LED display looks bright compared to LCD display and clarity of the image is also good and finally I felt the mission accomplished.

Now, it time to look at its performance as it is put to operation by me and by my family......

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Towards end of this decade ... 2010

Monday, December 28, 2009

A new year has blossomed .... and as we progress towards end of this decade, I was wondering how different the world had become technologically now when compared to previous decade, the years prior to 2000.

Year 2000, was supposed to have major issues around the year format in the computer system used across the globe - the Y2K problem, no one is sure whether there was any major breakdown or disaster due to Y2K problem. Indian IT services provider and Indian were looked upon to fix this problem and I believe this was the starting point for the Indian IT services industry.

Mainframe & client server technology was proven and almost all fortune companies where using the technology and by year 2000, corporates started feeling impact of internet. Fax messages where replaced by email messages in the corporate, and people who were innovative started thinking as how internet can be put to effective use."Google" was a baby and totally unheard, and nobody would have ever dreamt that Google would become a house hold name in less than a decade. Search engine and Google has almost become a synonym in about 2 to 3 years time.

The way people perceived internet in year 2000 is totally different now. Internet has totally changed the world of doing business and I don't think a business can survive without usage of internet today. From a centralized model of operating businesss, now the business model is moving towards a distributed or a virtual office model, the next decade might see virtual offices, meaning one might not be really present physically in office but still the task assigned or scheduled to him needs to be completed on the specified time. One may not see big swanky office complex as seen today.

Any device or tools which assists in distributed model of business might see good results, lets wait & wait how these prediction goes and how 2020 blossom ............................................

Wishing all a very happy and prosperous New year.

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Inflation & real estate.....

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I read article in Shyam column about the current state of indian real estate & inflation and I thought its worth reading it.

Click here to read from shyam column about real estate

Before investing in apartment, one needs to consider the below mentioned points.
a)Amount of tax saving p/a vs principal+interest outflow p/a vs if apartment is rented.
b) Total cash outflow for the entire tenure of the loan.
c) Depreciation of apartment and hence worth of it after 20 year period.

About inflation, shyam thought of considering CPI looks logical as compared to WPI. Happy reading

Click here to read from shyam column about inflation

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Oh....there it goes....

Saturday, December 5, 2009

As early as in Jan 2009. I wrote in my blog as why account fudging is easier in an IT services environment.

Click here to read more about my post on account fudging

Today, I read on article on rediff and it almost endorsed by post

Click here to read from Rediff post

This would make one to thing as how safe are the investor with other IT services company !!!!????!!!

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