Blackberry Playbook

posted Mar 12, 2013, 9:45 PM by Sujan Raj Adhikari

Among the holiday sales for tablets this past Christmas was Blackberry Playbook from eBay. The regular Wi-Fi version has 1.0 GHz dual core processor, comes with two cameras, and supports Flash - something that Apple products do not.1 From the surface, this discount, which extended onto early this month, attracted a lot of people because of this tablet's exceptional specifications.

But, in order to fully utilize Blackberry Playbook and not be disappointed like a lot of people have, here are some ways that I recommend to optimize the device like I did with mine.

1. Download "Basic" Apps from App World

My use of quotations around the word basic is intentional. Anyone who has seen the App World for Playbook can see how much it falls behind iTunes App Store or Google Play for Android Devices (easy example: Angry Bird became only available recently, and Temple Run is not available at all). Having said that, it is necessary to mention few free apps that you CAN download to maximize your use of playbook. You can spend money if you want, but my belief is that paid apps should come after exhausting all the free apps available.

Useful free apps are Evernote (for note-taking sync with smartphones and PCs), AIR Browser (for simple organization of files within playbook), BlueBox (for using your Dropbox account), Apollo (third-party app for Pandora, which is not directly available for playbook), and qPDF Viewer (there is a native Adobe Reader app, but it is not as smooth for features like zoom as this one). Excluding several games, these are about as good apps are concerned since Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Kindle,Twitter (there IS a good twitter app called Blaq, but you have to pay for it and the free one made by Twitter is not available), and other widely used apps are missing.

2. Learn "Sideloading"

A good news is that starting with Blackberry Playbook OS upgrades, RIM (the company that makes the device) has allowed users to upload .bar files from Android app files (apk extensions) and installing them through PC - or sideloading. Crankberry has a good tutorial here on how to do this, and googling for Blackberry Playbook bar files can guide you to web pages with some of great apps for playbook that you could not get from the App World. A good example is Kindle, which works as sideloaded app, and it runs very smoothly as well as allows you to make purchases from the device. 

In addition, I was able to get StumbleUpon, Twitter, couple of good Android games, ooVoo (video chat app), Kayak (flight status checking), and of course, Kindle. A popular news app, Pulse, used to work for older version, but I noticed that it stopped working at some point. A huge downside even to this sideloading is that Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Skype are not available. I can understand the first two, but not having Skype support has been a major complaint for playbook users even since this device's first release.

3. Use "Add to Home Screen" Feature from the Browser

Apps for gaming cannot be substituted for browser of any kind. But, apps that are based on the websites can be replaced with "Add to Home Screen" that form a shortcut button on the home screen. I know that all this does is to open the URL in the browser, but for iPhone users, you may remember that Google Maps did this same thing when Apple announced its own map last year. Icons on the home screen aren't "apps," but they are still better than favorites in the browser.

4. Use Smartphone and PC/Mac for Other Needs

I know that some complaints with this device have been with photo editing, map/navigation uses, and other issues with applications. I believe that the solution is to use smartphones and PC/Mac for these needs. Need to edit photos? Use Photoshop or GIMP. Lost somewhere? Your smartphone will be much better since it has 3G/4G networks. Since YouTube is supported, it is not like you cannot watch multimedia at all - and there are options like Amazon Prime that you can try.

The lack of apps to make this playbook better is an unfortunate fact, but sideloading and referring to other electronic devices may ease this difficulty for users not familiar with playbook.

Works Cited

1. Specs for 4G LTE Blackberry Playbook Tablet PC - US.

Other information came from personal experience with Blackberry Playbook 

What to do in case of...

posted May 1, 2012, 2:41 AM by Sujan Raj Adhikari

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How to behave in case of flood:

    • After emergency signal immediately leave the zone of possible flood and move to more safe region;
    • Take along with you food, water, medicines and all necessary things for the period of several days;
    • Go registration at the relevant evacuation points;
    • Pets are to be evacuated too;
    • If you have a chance to move you valuables to the top floor do it immediately;
    • Beat the boards to the external side of the windows and doors of the ground floor.

In case of unexpected flood:

    • Immediately move to the raised place;
    • If you are in water, at the moment of nearing of the wave deeply dive at its base and after some period of time dive out;
    • If you are in water try to get rid of heavy clothes and shoes; via swimming or using swimming equipment move towards the dry place;
    • Be attentive towards the things on the surface of the water in order to avoid traumas;
    • Before the arrival of the rescue group try to get to the top floor of the building (roof, trees and other places);
    • Constantly transfer emergency signals: in daytime wave with well visible clothes, but at night use light signals.



How to behave in case of landslide:

Upon receiving the signal on possibility of landslide:

    • Turn off the natural gas, electric equipment and water supply system;
    • Prepare to the immediate evacuation;
    • If during the period of 24 hours the movement of a landslide exceeds 0,5 – 1 meters, evacuation should be performed immediately;
    • While evacuation you should take your documents and things of first necessity (food, clothes and etc.)



How to act in case of mudflow:

    • Upon receiving emergency signal on nearing of the mudflow stream or hearing some special noise it is necessary to move from the lowland (water drain) to the height of 50 – 100 meters;
    • According to the preliminary established evacuation plan try to perform evacuation to the safe place;
    • Remember, it is almost impossible to rescue a person got in a mudflow.



How to behave in case of earthquake:

    • if the earthquake is weak do not be frightened, it is better to stay where you are;
    • if in case of more heavy earthquake you are in the building:
    • immediately leave the building via staircase or through the windows;
    • if you are on the second and upper floors do not try to leave the building;
    • do not use the elevator\lift;
    • stay at the inner wall of the corner, at the doorway or at the strong\rod post;
    • if the building is old and the walls are unsafe climb under the bed or table;
    • do not use the matches;

If you are in the street:

    • go to the open place far from the buildings and power line;
    • do not stay on the bridge or under it.



How to behave if you got in an avalanche zone:

    • pay attention to the change of the weather;
    • while going to the mountain you should know the possible avalanche zones of your routine;
    • you should avoid places where there is the possibility of an avalanche;
    • the most dangerous avalanche periods are the fine and worm days of spring and summer.

How should we act in case of an avalanche?

    • Immediately leave the dangerous place and move to more safe one or shelter the rock;
    • If you can not escape from an avalanche put down your luggage, take the horizontal position with your head towards the direction of the avalanche;
    • Try to tightly hold your legs and touch stomach with your knees (take the shape of the snowball).

How to act if you have got in an avalanche:

    • With the aim of protection of breathing organs, cover your face with gloves, scarf or collar;
    • Try to stay on the surface of an avalanche and via movements of your hands move towards the edge of an avalanche;
    • After an avalanche has stopped try to create space around your body that will make it much more easier for you to breath;
    • Try to find out where is the surface of the ground and move upwards;
    • Protect your forces, oxygen and worm and try not to be asleep;
    • Do not shout, snow completely suppresses your voice;
    • Remember that you are searched.

    Earthquake History of Nepal

    posted Apr 30, 2012, 11:23 PM by Sujan Raj Adhikari


    1310 BS / 1255 AD
    The first recorded earthquake in history of Nepal took place on June 7, 1255 AD. One third of the total population of Kathmandu were killed including Abahya Malla , the King of Kathmandu valley , numerous buildings and temples of the valley were entirely destroyed while many of them were severely damaged, the magnitude of the earthquake is said to be around 7.7 in Richter scale
    1316BS/ 1260 AD

    Next recorded big earthquake after 1255 AD was during the reign of King Jayadev Malla, many buildings and temples collapsed and many more were severely damaged, Although the exact number of fatalities cannot be confirmed still we know from the facts that there was a heavy loss of live resulting from the earthquakes and from the subsequent epidemic and famine said to be widespread which arose from the aftermath of the disaster.
    »1463BS/ 1408AD 
    The month August or September of this year saw another major earthquake hit the valley of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas, during the reign of king Shyam singh. The temple of Rato Matchendranath was completely destroyed while many other temples and buildings collapsed and were damaged. Cracks on land appeared in many places. There was a heavy loss of lives and livestock.
    »1737BS/ 1681 AD
    Either on the month of December or January, during the reign King Sri Niwas Malla, another major earthquake said to hit Nepal and the Kathmandu valley. Although very little information is available on this particular earthquake, there was heavy loss lives as well as many buildings including temples were either damaged or destroyed.
    »1767 AD
    In months of June and July another significant earthquake seemed to have hit Nepal. Twenty one shocks and aftershocks of this particular earthquake is said to have occurred in a span of twenty four hours. No written or verbal records survive to indicate any human loss or the magnitude of sufferings and damages caused.
    »1866 BS/ 1810 AD
    During the reign of King Girban Yudha Bikram Shah in the months of May or June twenty one shocks of earthquakes in total were felt in Nepal. Although the loss in human lives and cattle were limited, many houses, building and some temples were either destroyed or damaged.
    » 1880 BS / 1823AD
    Seventeen earthquake tremors of various magnitudes were felt in the region of Katmandu valley but these shocks probably were smaller relative to the past earthquakes as there was no report of loss of human lives or livestock.
    »1890 BS/ 1833 AD
    During the reign King Rajendra Bikram Shah on the months of August or September, Two major strikes were experienced in the Kathmandu valley. The first one was felt in around 6 pm and the second one was around 11 pm at night when most of the valley people were already in their beds. Houses, temples, public shelters collapsed. The tower of Dharahara was also severely damaged. The towns of Thimi and Bhaktapur took the brunt of the disaster severely damaging the housing facilities, roads network and various temples. Many building and temples were utterly destroyed. 4214 houses were said to have collapsed within Kathmandu Valley and in totality over 18000 houses collapsed all over the country.
    »1891 BS/ 1834 AD
    Four major earthquakes were felt in the months of June and July. These earthquakes destroyed or damaged many buildings and temples. However, the extent of damage was much less than the previous ones (i.e., 1833 event). Since there was a lot of rain which commenced and ended with the earthquakes the search and rescue operations were severely hampered. The Bagmati River was over flooded and a bridge over the river also swept away. The crops planted near the banks of the rivers were also swept away. There are no records of human or livestock casualties.
    »1990 BS/ 1934 AD 
    Magh (January- February) Earthquake, Known as Great Nepal Bihar Earthquake struck the Kingdom of Nepal and it’s surrounding areas around 2 pm on the 16th of January. The magnitude of the earthquake was 8.4 on the Richter scale. Casualty figures were highest for any recorded earthquake in the history of Nepal. In total 8519 people lost their lives in Nepal, A total of 126355 houses were severely damaged and around 80893 buildings were completely destroyed.
    Total money spent from the earthquake relief fund was NRs 206500 inside Kathmandu valley only. Earthquake relief fund was established by the king, loans were provided for earthquake effected people and earthquake volunteers groups were formed.


    2031 BS/ 1974 AD
    One building destroyed in Central region Nuwakot
    »2037 BS/ 1980 AD
    6.5 richter scale, far western region mostly affected – Baitadi, Bajhang, Darchula, 125 people dead, 248 seriously injured, 11,604 buildings destroyed, 13,414 buildings damaged, heavy loss of livestock
    »2045 BS/ 1988 AD
    Udayapur Earthquake, Eastern Development Region mostly affected and some parts of Central Development region affected, 721 deaths, 6553 people injured, 64174 private buildings, 468 public houses, 790 government buildings damaged, 1566 live stocks, 22 districts of eastern Nepal affected, Total direct loss of 5 billion rupees, loan given by World Bank NRs. 1 billion
    »2050 BS/ 1993 AD
    Central region and Mid Western region affected, 1 person dead, 11 injured, 72 houses destroyed, 451 buildings damaged, loss of 48.39 million rupees
    »2051 BS/ 1994 AD
    Mid Western Region affected, injured people 12, affected 623, houses destroyed 84,287 buildings damaged, Loss of 16.35 million rupees
    »2052BS/ 1995 AD
    Mid Western Region- Dailekh affected, 18 people affected, 4 houses destroyed, loss of 1.02 million rupees
     2054 BS /1997 AD
    Central region and Far Western region mostly affected, some parts of eastern region, and western region also affected, 1 person injured, 1489 affected,196 houses destroyed, 60 buildings damaged, loss of 51.29 million rupees
    »2058 BS/ 2001 AD
    Far Western region and some parts of Western and Central regions affected, 2 dead, 3 houses destroyed, loss of 1.32 million rupees
    »2059 BS/ 2002 AD
    Mostly Mohatarri of Central region affected, 41 injured
    »2060BS/ 2003 AD
    Syangja of Western Region affected, 1 dead, 2 injured
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 06:10:48 PM at epicenter Taplejung Sikkim
    Total Affected district: 26 of eastern Nepal, Death: 7, Injuries: 63, displace families:3171, House Damage2531, House destroyed:3171

    What to do

    posted Feb 21, 2012, 2:00 AM by Sujan Raj Adhikari

    The greatest danger of an earthquake comes from falling buildings and structures and flying glass, stones and other objects.

    If you live in an earthquake-prone area, here are some steps that can be taken to minimize risks:

    • Affix bookcases, cabinets, refrigerators and furniture to the walls.
    • Fit cabinets with "childproof locks," so doors will remain closed and items won't fly out.
    • California and Japan sell silicone putty kits that can be used to stick dishes and other breakables to the walls.
    • Have a backpack prepared and attached to the bed, containing shoes, a flashlight and batteries, keys, money, first-aid supplies and medicines, a knife, food, water, ID and insurance information. Attaching the pack to the bed helps to insure that it will not be thrown around during an earthquake.
    • Keep shoes next to your bed, so you can put them on as soon as a quake begins.
    • Have a family evacuation plan including phone numbers and a safe place to which to evacuate.
    • Establish escape routes from each room in the house.

    If you are in an earthquake:

    • If you are indoors, find a secure location to wait out the quake, such as under a heavy table or desk, or in an interior hallway where you can brace yourself between two walls. Doorways are among the safest places to stand, thanks to the strong beams overhead. However, watch out for swinging doors. Stay away from windows.
    • If you are outdoors, try to get into an open area, away from falling buildings, power lines, trees, etc.
    • If you are in a crowded public area, crouch down, with your hands protecting your head and neck.
    • If you are in your car, pull over to the side, away from power lines and overpasses, and stay inside the car until the shaking has subsided.
    • Be sure to put on shoes immediately, to avoid injury from stepping on broken glass and objects.
    • Check yourself and others for injuries.
    • Check for gas and water leaks and damage to electrical wires. Only turn off gas lines if there is damage; it may take a while for technicians to get to your area to turn gas and power back on.
    • Survey the exterior of your home for structural damage to the chimney, roof, foundation and walls.
    • Do NOT use your automobile unless there is an emergency.
    • If you must leave the area, try to leave word where you can be contacted.

    The Novel

    posted Jun 3, 2011, 6:20 AM by Sujan Raj Adhikari   [ updated Jun 5, 2011, 2:58 AM ]

    Lolita, one of the most controversial novel written by Vladimir Nabokov explores the human feelings and emotions amid age, sex and of course relationships. A girl's development of sexuality and a man's rise and fall in love and sex is shown so much easily and nicely. Lolita was written at the time of the steady development of sexual life in European / English society. The sophisticated lives of European people in the century have been highly criticized for the sexual life, extra martial affairs, adultery, and cuckoldry. Lolita is the beau of the European society.


    पल्पसा क्याफे एक उत्कृष्ट उपन्यास हो जसलाई ऐतिहासिक दस्तावेज भन्दा पनि फरक नपर्ला । पल्पसा एउटी तरुनी युवती हुन् जो भख्खरै विदशबाट नेपालमा बस्ने भनेर फरकेको हुन्छ । विदेशमा हुर्कीएकोले उनी नेपाली बोल्दा वीचमा अङ्रेजी भाषाको प्रयोग गर्छे चाचल स्वभावकी छ र जे कुरा पनि खुलस्त रुपमा भन्छिन् । उनलाई विदेश फर्कने रहर छैन । दृश्यलाई भेटेपछि नेपालमा बस्ने इच्छा अझै बढ्छ । उनलाई आफ्नो हजूरआमासगँ बसी यहीँ काम गर्ने इच्छा छ । पल्पसासगँको मित्रता बढेपछि दृश्य हजूरआमासगँ पनि नजिक हन्छ र हजूरआमालाई पनि दृश्य आफ्नो छोरा जस्तै लाग्छ । त्यसैगरी अरु पात्र छिरिङ दृश्यको मिल्ने मित्र हो । फूलन दृश्यको सेक्रेटरी हो । अन्तिममा दृश्यलाई पल्पसाको नाममा एउटा क्याफे खोल्ने इच्छा हुन्छ जसमा उ पल्पसा सिरिज भनि आफ्नो पल्पसाका बारेमा चित्रहरु प्रस्तूत गर्न चाहन्छ ।

    Shirish Ko Phool

    One of the finest book ever written in Nepali literature....Shirish Ko Phool and one of my personal favorite. I have read this novel over four times or say five times..and each time I finish the novel I feel pang and it hangs on my head for so many days. Why guilt is so painful that made such a strong woman called Sakambari to suicide..or die…??

    प्यास भित्र को विद्रोह

    प्रख्यात बंगाली लेखिका तसलिमा नसरीन को चर्चित उपन्यास प्यास भित्र को विद्रोहलाई नेपाली मा महेन्द्र मोहक ले अनुवाद गर्नुभएको हो । विवाद र चर्चा को शिखर मा रहेकी बंगाली लेखिका तसलिमा नसरीनको यो उपन्यास मा नारी भित्र को यौनकुण्ठा को विश्लेषण गरिएको छ । प्यास भित्र को विद्रोहको उपन्यास मा एक महिला को बिहे पछि को, यौन जिवन को चर्चा गरिएको छ । उपन्यास मा एउटी नारी पात्र हुन्छिन, र उपन्यास फ्ल्यास ब्याक मा अघि बढेको छ । तीनै नारी पात्र मार्फत लेखिकाले, उनको उतारचढाब को बारेमा लेखेकिछिन् । स्कुल पढ्दा देखि, उसको विवाह सम्म को कुरा समेटिएको छ । विवाहपछि यौन असन्तुष्टि बढ्दै गएर, उनीहरु श्रीमान श्रीमती विच को सम्बन्ध चिसिँदै जान्छ । धन, सम्पति प्रशस्त भएपनि, उनीहरुको जिवन मा यौन ले भाँजो हाल्दा, उनीहरुको जिवन निरश बन्दै जान्छ । यस्तै यस्तै, प्रंसगहरु ले उपन्यास अघि बढेको छ । यौन जिवन को उदार रुप मा चर्चा गरिएको यो उपन्यास, तसलिमा को एक उत्कृष्ट उपन्यास हो ।



    एउटा प्रौढा नारी को जीवन भोगाइ, खोतल्ने प्रयास गरिएको उपन्यास 'कारागार' नेपाली मा पिचडी गर्ने प्रथम महिला डा. वानिरा गिरी ले लेख्नुभएको हो । उपन्यासमा कुनै पनि पात्र को नाम दिइएको छैन । उपन्यास फ्ल्यास ब्याक मा गएर लेखिएको छ । वास्तविकतामा कैदीलाई थुनिने ठाउँ कारागार हो तर केही अन्तर्मुखीहरु आफैँ कारागार मा परेको अनुभव गर्छन् । यस्तै यस्तै प्रौढानारी को भावनालाई यो उपन्यास मार्फत उजागर गरिएको छ ।


    आधा बाटो

    आफ्ना जिवन भोगाइ का यथार्थलाई जोडेर तयार पारिएको उपन्यास आधा बाटोकृष्ण धरावासी को आत्मकथा को रुपमा रहेको छ । राधाजस्तो सफल उपन्यास लेखिसकेका धरावासी को यो पछिल्लो उपन्यास मा आफ्ना बाल्यकाल देखि हाल को अवस्था सम्म को कुराहरु समेटेर लेखिएको कारण उपन्यासलाई धरावासी ले आधा बाटोभन्न रुचाएका छन् । आफूले देखे सुनेको स्थान, नाम आदि का कारण यो उपन्यास पढ्ने तथा सुन्नेहरुलाई आफ्नै कथा जस्तो पनि लाग्न सक्छ ।




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