Category: Rants

  • Health Check Failure of Western Digital 5TB SMR Drives

    Western Digital Elements 5TB External 2.5″ USB drive fails to write after transferring only 34 GB and severe drive-health warnings are issued by CrystalDiskInfo. Do you have one of these drives?

  • Very Slow Performance of Western Digital Elements 5TB SMR HDD

    The 5 TB Western Digital external drive featuring SMR technology is a disaster in making. It suffers from gross failures when writing data in bulk. Writing large files (100 MB or higher) gets the disk stuck quickly and eventually the write operations fails. Are you using on these drives?

  • Fake Registrations on CoWIN, Aadhaar already used

    Have you tried to register for your first shot of COVID vaccine and found to your dismay that your Aadhaar number has already been used by someone else? You are not alone. I faced this issue myself and as I discuss this issue, more and more people are coming forward with similar stories. It started […]

  • Seagate Rosewood Drive Failure

    Seagate Rosewood series drives are used extensively by manufacturers of laptops, external disk drives etc. Now that these are about 2 years old, alarmingly most of them are failing. Seagate does not provide warranty to end-users and most of us maybe facing imminent critical data loss.

  • The Nikon Z Shortcomings

    Nikon has released its Z series Full-frame Mirror-less cameras and while there is significant excitement about the new system, it is also being criticised by professional photographers in the media. While the shortcomings may be real, potential solutions exist for some now, some solutions exist hypothetically and some things we are just going to have to get used to.

  • Comparison of Linux Lite 4.0 with Ubuntu 18.04

    My good ol’ Acer Aspire 5745 laptop featuring Intel Core i5-450M processor with 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, 15.6″ LED display and Atheros Wi-Fi 802.11g came without licensed Windows OS and does not regret it one bit. For a while now, it has run a variety of Linux distributions and mostly alternates between Ubuntu […]

  • LG USB Deviations

    I have been struggling for a while to connect my Karbonn A21 Android phone to the computer using a Standard USB-B Mini cable. The phone just would not get detected no matter how much I tinkered with the settings on the computer and the phone. Mahender Lala, a tech-geek friend from Mumbai was visiting and […]

  • Airtel GPRS is a Rip-Off

    Got royally burned by Airtel GPRS. For starters, anyone who has an Airtel SIM in their mobile phone, automatically receives Airtel GPRS Settings and they are saved as ‘Mobile Office’. Practically all phones sold today are in the category of Smart-Phones, even the budget Chinese origin ones. The phones also come packed with applications (some […]

  • SMS Scam: TD-FORTUNE

    Did I tell you about the day I walked away from £520000 and chose to remain poor? Well, here I was burning brain-cells, earning bread. This SMS popped on my cell-phone: From: TD-FORTUNE YOU HAVE GOT 520000.00 IN WORLD FORTUNE PROGRAM. TO GET YOUR PAYMENT SEND EMAIL US ON ([email protected])TEL: 00447014245041 Great news. So I […]

  • TataSky TruChoice Is The Wrong Choice

    Who does not want to save money? The rich want to. The poor wish to. The middle class have to. So when TataSky announces that now you can only order the channels that you want to watch, it seems like heaven sent. Or is it a package from hell? Turns out, if were to order […]