Thursday, December 11, 2014

Linking Aadhar Number / Bank Account to LPG Gas Connection Online

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that we can link either Aadhar Card or Bank Account Number with LPG Gas Connection online.

 Of late, I've been receiving SMS from my LPG provider to link my Aadhar number or Bank Account with my LPG Gas connection. Came across this link by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

This link contains details as how to register your Aadhar Card/Bank account for any of the below Gas Company.

Bharath Gas
HP Gas.

Linking Aadhar Card Number with LPG Gas Connection:

         Follow the link below to link your Aadhar card number with any of your LPG Gas connection. However be sure that you've linked your bank account with your Aadhar Card.

Linking Bank Account with LPG Gas Connection:

  Navigate to and follow the procedures mentioned there.

Ram Kishore K

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Upgrading laptop internal harddrive to 1 TB (Dell Inspiron N5010)

  Of late, I've been surfing around the web as how to upgrade my laptop internal hard drive. My Dell Inspiron 15R N5010 came with a 320gb hard disk. It had a samsung spinpoint hard disk by default. It was just 4 years old I wouldn't give up on it yet. With 200 gb of photos/videos excluding OS and other softwares (oh! I'm a developer and a photography enthusiast) - ample storage (or sufficient ??) was a necessity.

The Dell support team insisted that the maximum capacity this model of laptop can accommodate is 620 GB (reference). 

Hard drives
Size (GB)Speed (rpm)
160 GB5400 RPM
250 GB5400RPM
320GB5400/7200 RPM
500GB5400/7200 RPM
640GB5400 RPM

But it turns out that someone never wanted people to know that Dell Inspiron N5010 does support 1TB HDD. Yes, I was able to install a 1TB 2.5" HDD 5200 RPM on my laptop. It works just fine. I'm typing here as my backup software restores tons of photos onto my new hard drive in the background :)

Exact Model/Make of HDD Used:
Samsung Spinpoint M8 1 TB Laptop Internal Hard Drive (ST1000LM024)
Dell Inspiron N5010 (15R) - Core i3 - First Generation M330 2.13GHz

Procedure to Upgrade
     I'd strongly recommend you to backup your computer completely before upgrading your hard drive (including Operating System)
The below video on youtube provides a detailed walkthrough as how to physically replace the HDD on dell inspiron N5010.
Ram Kishore K

Friday, July 4, 2014

My experience with New India Assurance

     If you buy a car/motor bike, the first thing that comes to our mind would be to select the right insurance provider. Most vehicle dealers tie up with the local insurance providers and include the insurance cost as part of the on road price of the vehicle.

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   Before you buy any insurance get yourself familiar with these two terms and choose the right one (preferably Comprehensive Insurance)
1. Third Party Insurance.
2. Comprehensive Insurance.

Read this article to know more about the above insurance types.

             Coming back to my experience with New India Assurance - I have purchased a motor insurance policy from New India Assurance (NIA) at Tamil Nadu. I'm currently living in Bangalore and my car got a minor damage in Bangalore. I approached the body shop and got the estimate for the repair. Please note, getting a cashless claim is dependent on the dealer and at least not possible at all if the insurance is from other state (as in my case). So I had to take the pain of contacting the insurance providers myself, arranging a surveyor for inspecting the damage to the car. The surveyor would then give his go ahead to the dealer and the work would start.

       With the repair estimates in hand, I contacted the toll free number of NIA at 18002091415. He got all the details - only to provide me with a number that I should contact and arrange for the claim. I don't know why he'd need all my details only to provide a contact number, which I can very well get it from the NIA site. I contacted the number but no body was available to answer the call. I tried for almost an hour and no one would ever bother to pickup. Then I called the Tamil Nadu branch where I purchased the insurance at 0462-2573102. The guy who answered the phone said I have to contact the branch in Bangalore and didn't even bother to offer me any help. A little search on the web and I contacted the claims hub Bangalore at 080 22236281. This guy responded that I have to go in person to the NIA office -nearest to the work shop and hand over the claim forms and other documents(God knows what) at that office myself. When asked if I can contact then via phone, he just said it's not possible over phone just go the branch directly. I somehow got another contact number 080 22237774. I tried continuously for almost 4 hours in vain. There were instances where the guy would just pick the phone and keep it down without answering.

    What the heck ? When most of the insurance providers are providing claim settlements entirely online, this provider wants me to go the office directly and hand over the documents? I'm still suspicious if my concern would ever be solved even if I visit that office. It's highly probable that I'd be redirected to somewhere else. When other insurance companies are providing a host of benefits to attract customers, NIA wouldn't even listen to an existing customer who has been loyal (dumb?) enough to renew the insurance for 5 successive years.

I'm still trying to get in touch with anyone concerned and I hope it'll be resolved (in time??).

Beware folks. Do lot of ground works before buying an insurance. I'm planning to switch my provider after my current policy expires. As my post title says, this is just my experience with NIA and may not reflect on the whole experience of NIA.

** Update **
I was lucky enough to get hold of a surveyor that evening itself, who was courteous enough to get the estimates done the same evening. I'm waiting for the spares to arrive as on 12/Jul/2014 and hope that everything will be smooth now.

Ram Kishore K

Monday, May 12, 2014

Camera Accessories in Tirunelveli

    If you are in and around Tirunelveli and are looking for camera, DSLR equipments, lenses and other accessories related to video and still pictures, then look no further - Raja Photo Stores is the place.

    Being in Bangalore, I often felt the need for a full fledged camera store like Foto Circle - in my native Tirunelveli. Even the proprietary Nikon showroom in Tirunelveli don't have sufficient inventory. I was taken aback when a Nikon dealer said I'd have to wait 2-3 days to get a new 50mm 1.8G Nikkor lens.
 C'mon even Flipkart can deliver to my house in that time frame, why would I get from you?

    I recently visited Raja Photo Stores looking for a decent tripod. I was surprised to see the varieties they had. They have the equipments needed for a novice to a professional. This is definitely a one stop shop for all photo/video needs in and around Tirunelveli. However, I should admit the fact that the prices are almost 5-10% higher that the competitive Bangalore market. But will that ever matter if there is no one else who can cater to your needs?

Address of Raja Photo Store  (Source JustDial)
No 8/11 Hotel Chemmeen Complex, 
Old Bus Stand, 
Tirunelveli Junction, 
Tirunelveli - 627001

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