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Sunday, August 28, 2022

UX issues in the NextGen mParivahan app

 The NextGen mParivahan app by NIC is a great companion so we don't need to carry the Registration Certificate and Driving License with us. In addition, we can share the RC that we own to another user for a period of time.

A user can add a Virtual Driving License and can use it as a valid document. But the usability issue is when trying to add a Virtual Driving License. The Date of Birth needs to be selected. Clicking on this field brings up a calendar in which a date can be selected. 

This is a great inconvenience and this can be improved if the developers have considered the following points.

  1. Nobody can get a driving license in India before the age of 18. So, there is no need to default to the current date.
  2. There are still lot of citizens who are born before 1960 and does have a valid DL. These old people will need to scroll all the way back to 60 years (60 x 12 = 720 clicks!) to reach at their DOB.
  3. Instead of this calendar, they must have chosen a calendar which can select the year and date independently
At the time of this post, there is no way to enter the date manually, may be they will fix it in later version.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Fixed: SONY Bravia Android TV with in-built wifi not connecting to Internet and no access to YouTube, Netflix, Disney Hotstar

SONY Bravia Android TV with in-built wifi sometimes shows that the connected network does not have Internet. You will see that if you connect to the same network with any other device you are able to access Internet without any issues. 

This is because the time of the TV is set to the earlier date and the TV is not getting the latest time. To fix this issue,

Go to Settings in TV.

Open Date/Time settings.

Select Automatic time update and select the option 'Get Time from Network'.

Now after you save this, the time in the TV will be synced with the network time and you will be able to use apps like YouTube, Netflix, Disney Hotstar etc without any issues.

Monday, April 13, 2020

The names that now brings a different picture than 20 years ago

Many names that appear to bring an image in our memory have been changed in the last few years. Here are a collection of few of them.

Old Image
New Image
Apple Inc.
Elon Musk, Enterpreneur

Old Phone


Old Radio

Android Radio App
Nicola Tesla, Inventor
Tesla - Automobile
Cloth Zipper

Winzip/Winrar software

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How can we use the main balance to recharge a Vodafone-Idea number? LATEST UPDATE 2019 October

If you have enough balance in your main account for your Vodafone-Idea prepaid connection, you can use the amount to recharge your account to extend validity. This way you need not spend money recharging if you have enough balance in account which you may not be able to use otherwise.

If you use *121# you will see a list of tariff and offers, but you cannot go ahead with recharging.

To recharge your phone, you can use the USSD code


For the above mentioned code, at the time of writing this post, you will get 1.5GB data, unlimited calls and 100 sms for 28 days.

The availability of the short code will depend on your connection, so you can try similar combinations like *150*149#, *150*245# etc.


NOTE: If you dial this code, your main balance will immediately get deducted and the new pack will be activated.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Kerala Government - Links to various self government certificates

There are a lot of facilities provided online by the Government of Kerala so that the common man does not need to go to the various government offices.
Here are some of the links to various sites to get the certificates.

  1. Kerala Government Website:
    1. This site has links to various services.
  2. e-Services link:
    1. This link provides the list of all e-services available.
  3. Online Services:
  4. Registration department:
  5. Building Permit:
  6. Water authority bill payment:
  7. KSEB current bill payment:
  8. E-Treasury:
To obtain the services, you need to create an account with the site which is quick. You need to provide and email and mobile number. Link:

Passport services
  1. Passport application:
  2. NRI Passport application: