Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Google Messenger - Google Talk

 
 
 The all new Google messenger is here!

They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world. Google Talk offers you:

  • Choice: Get in touch over email, IM or a call
  • Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room
  • Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away

Google Talk is in beta and requires a Gmail username and password.

Google messenger file size: 899.7 KB

Link: http://desktop.google.com/download/googletalk/googletalk-setup.exe

Fast download - about 3 minutes on a modem (900K)
Requires Windows XP/2000, minimum 56k (broadband recommended)
Mac and Linux users can connect to Google Talk using other IM clients

 

Source: http://www.google.com/talk/

Note: Anyone needing Gmail invites can get from me - bharath.mv@gmail.com

 

Google Messenger Usage  Turorial:

Getting Started

Google Talk is easy to use. You can be instant messaging and talking with your friends for free in no time. This page will help you get started. For more detailed information, please visit our Help Center.

  1. Download the 900k application. It will take a few seconds over a broadband connection or about three minutes over a typical modem. Google Talk requires Windows XP/2000 with a minimum 56k connection speed (broadband is recommended).

  2. Sign in with your Gmail username and password. 

    Sign in to Google Talk

  3. Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk. Your most frequently-emailed contacts are at the top of your Friends list.

  4. If some people from your Friends list already have Google Talk, they will have an icon that looks like a colored ball next to their name, and you can call or IM them immediately.

  5. If another Google Talk user wants to add you to their Friends list, you will see an alert at the top of your screen.

    Invite friends to Google Talk

  6. You can also invite any of your other friends to download Google Talk so you can talk to each other for free.

Inviting your friends

  1. Mouse over a name and click on the Invite button or click Add friend to invite multiple people at once.

  2. Pick from your Gmail Contacts list, or enter an email address directly. To add more than one person at a time, separate the addresses with a comma. When you've added all the names you want, click Next.

  3. You can invite an unlimited number of Gmail users to download Google Talk and get added to your Friends list.

  4. Because Google Talk requires a Gmail username and password, if you're not inviting someone at their Gmail address, we will also include an invitation to open a Gmail account.

  5. The number of non-Gmail users you can invite at any one time is determined by the number of Gmail invitations you have left in your account. We try to make sure users have lots of Gmail invitations to give away but if you run out, please be patient. Normally, users receive more Gmail invitations within a day or two.

  6. After you've invited your friends, (invited) will appear next to your names.

  7. Once they accept your invitation, download Google Talk and sign in, they'll have a colored ball icon next to their name. And if they're online, you'll be able to talk or IM with them instantly.

Using Google Talk

When Google Talk is installed, it automatically starts when you turn on your computer (you can turn this off in Settings).

Google Talk client  

Once you sign in, Google Talk automatically displays the people you communicate with most often, sorted by availability status and then alphabetically. You can also choose to display all of your Gmail contacts by right-clicking and selecting Also show Gmail contacts.

Ball icons in different colors and with different symbols indicate the availability of your friends.

Available to talk or chat
Idle
Busy
Offline
  Friends without a ball by their names are your Gmail contacts who have not yet installed Google Talk.
 

Set availibility status  

How do I set my availability status?

You can set your availability status or customize a message that appears when others mouse over your name in their Google Talk window.


 
Search Google Talk  

How do I search for my friends?

Search your Friends list by typing a name into the search box.


Google Talk client

Chat window

How do I send an IM or email?

Click on a name to open a chat window. You may have as many chat windows open as you like at one time.

Type directly into the box to send an IM.

Send an email using your Gmail account by clicking on the Email button, or by clicking on the mail icon next to a name directly from your Friends list.


Call window  

How do I make a call?

To call a friend, click on the Call button from an open chat window. You can also make a call by clicking on the green phone icon next to a name directly from your Friends list.

You can have multiple calls underway at once–but only one can be active at a time. The other calls must be on hold.

To talk with your friends, you must have a computer microphone and speakers. Many PC laptops today have these built-in. Google Talk also works with USB phones and wired and wireless headsets. We recommend using a headset for the best voice quality.



Customizing Google Talk

Click on the Settings link to customize Google Talk, including who appears on your Friends list, people you want to block, saving your chat history, notifications, and audio settings.

Settings

 

Source: http://www.google.com/talk/start.html

 



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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Unlimited Internet Tariff Plans in India

 Unlimited Internet Tariff Plans
Compiled by: bharath
Email: bharath_m_7@yahoo.co.in
Dated: Jan 11 2005

A summary of  Entry level "Always ON dedicated Internet connections" at  affordable costs.
[The ISPs aslo call them as Broadband, though all is not broadband as per TRAI norms]
See "highlighted text"





Tata Indicom Broadband

Volume based

Speed (in kbps)

Free Monthly Usage ( in MB)

Monthly Charges(in Rs)

Additional traffic charges (in Rs per MB)

Explore - 1000

256

1000

725

1.00

Explore -2500

384

2500

2000

1.00

Explore Plus - 1000

512

1000

825

1.50

Explore Plus- 2000

512

2000

1575

1.25

Explore Plus - 3000

512

3000

2300

1.25

Explore Plus - 6000

512

6000

4450

1.00

Explore Plus - 10000

512

10000

7225

1.00

Explore Plus- 20000

512

20000

14025

0.75

Explore Plus- 40000

512

40000

27225

0.75


Time based

Speed (in kbps)

Free Monthly Usage ( in Hours)

Monthly Charges (in Rs)

Additional Usage charges (in Rs per hour)

Rush 25

512

25

600

25

Rush 50

512

50

1125

22.5


Unlimited

Speed (in kbps)

Monthly Charges (in Rs)

Additional Usage/ Traffic charges

Infinity - 64

64

800

Not Applicable

Infinity - 128 128 2000 Not Applicable

Note:

  • Service Tax will be charged as applicable.
  • Time-based plans are available only with USB Modem connections.
  • 1 Free Static IP for all router connections.
  • 1 Free E-mail Id with 50 MB mail box space with all plans.
  • TRAI has defined Broadband as ‘an always on data connection with minimum speeds of 256 kbps.'.
  • Service availability on best effort basis
  • Some plans may not be available in some areas.
  • Service available in select areas.


Sify Broadband



BROADBAND PLANS
SPEED NO OF HRS/MBs VALIDITY (months) MRP
(Incl. Tax)
DATA TRANSFER RANGE
256 kbps 1 GB 6 2750
256 kbps 1.5 GB 12 3850
256 kbps 2 GB 12 4950
With the above packs, enjoy 50% free on Sundays
Best for hi-speed surfing, browsing sites with high content of images, video streaming and handling e-mails with heavy attachments.

HI-SPEED PLANS
SPEED NO OF HRS/MBs VALIDITY (months) MRP
(Incl. Tax)
HOURLY RANGE
64 kbps 10 1 330
64 kbps 40 2 1100
64 kbps 120 6 2640
64 kbps 240 12 4950
With the above packs,enjoy 50% free at night and 100% free on Sundays
64 kbps 30 1 510
50% free at night and 100% free on Sundays is not applicable.
Best for residential users. Occasional downloading , regular browsing. Good for voice over internet too.

DATA TRANSFER RANGE
128 kbps 100 MB 1 330
128 kbps 350 MB 3 990
128 kbps 750 MB 6 1980
With the above packs, enjoy 50% free on Sundays
128 kbps 250 MB 1 510
50% free on Sundays not applicable
Best for hi-speed surfing, browsing sites with high content of images, video streaming and handling e-mails with heavy attachments.

FAMILY PACK RANGE
128 kbps# Night Unlimited Shared 1 400
128 kbps# Night Unlimited Shared 2 775
128 kbps# Night Unlimited Shared 6 2250
# Night (9.00pm - 9.00am). Daytime usage (9.00am - 9.00pm) not allowed.
Use of the above packs for cyber cafes or commercial purposes not allowed
128 kbps New! Shared 1 1095
128 kbps New! Shared 2 2045
128 kbps New! Shared 6 5995
96 kbps Shared 1 995
96 kbps Shared 2 1895
96 kbps Shared 6 4995
64 kbps Shared 1 695
64 kbps Shared 2 1295
64 kbps Shared 6 3495
48 kbps Shared 1 450
48 kbps Shared 2 850
48 kbps Shared 6 2395

Best for simple mailing and text chatting.

For all Shared packs (Excluding Night Unlimited Shared), if usage exceeds more than 150 MB in a given day, then there will be a reduction in validity of one day for every 25 MB of extra usage in that calendar day.This is applicable only between 8.00am and 10.00pm.Enjoy unlimited access between 10.00pm and 8.00am. NOT FOR CYBERCAFE USE.






Airtel Broadband






http://airtel-broadband.com/tariff_tn.htm


BSNL Broadband


INITIAL AND OTHER CHARGES

Installation charges

Rs 250*
(In case of modem from BSNL)

Modem Charges

1. Modem Sale Price (One time) OR
2. Alternate to Purchase of Modem

(a) Monthly Rental
(b) Security Deposit (refundable*)

 

Rs 2000


Rs 100
Rs 500

Shifting Charges

Nil

* with effect from 9th June 2005

 DATAONE - HOME PLANS

Particulars

Tariff in Rs.

Home 500

Home 1000

Home
1800

Home
3300

Bandwidth

256 Kbps

384 Kbps

512 Kbps

1 Mbps

Monthly Charges (Rs)

500

1000

1800

3300

Discounted Annual Payment Option to Customers (Rs)

5000

10000

18000

33000

Download/Upload Limit (GB) per month

1.0 GB

2 GB

5 GB

10 GB

Additional Usage Charges/MB beyond free download/upload limit (Rs)

2.0

1.50

1.50

1.50

Free E-mail IDs/Space (Per E-mail ID)

1/5 MB

1/5 MB

1/5 MB

2/5 MB

Security Deposit

NIL

2 months rental

2 months rental

2 months rental

 DATAONE - BUSINESS PLANS

Particulars

Tariff in Rs.

Business
1200

Business
3000

Business
5000

Business
9000

Bandwidth

256 Kbps

512Kbps

1 Mbps

2 Mbps

Single /Multi User-(SU/MU)

SU

MU

MU

MU

Monthly Charges (Rs)

1200

3000

5000

9000

Discounted Annual Payment Option to Customers (Rs)

12000

30000

50000

90000

Download/ Upload Limit (GB) per month

4 GB

10 GB

20 GB

40 GB

Additional Usage Charges/MB beyond free download/upload limit (Rs)

2.00

1.50

1.50

1.50

Free E-mail IDs/Space (Per E-mail ID)

1 / 5 MB

2 / 5 MB

2 / 5 MB

4 / 5 MB

Security Deposit

2 months rental

2 months rental

2 months rental

2 months rental

CONDITIONS FOR PROVIDING FREE MODEM

For Home plans of 1800 and above and for Business plans, the modem shall be given free if the customer commits for the period as shown below and pays the necessary charges in advance. In this case customers will than own the modem and not required to return the modem.

Home Plan

 

Business Plan

Plan

Committed Period

 

Plan

Committed Period

Home 1800

12 months


Business 1200

18 months

Home 3300

6 months


Business 3000

9 months

 


Business 5000

6 months


Business 9000

3 months

OTHER CONDITIONS

(a) For all the plans, Dynamic IP addresses only will be given. No Static IP
     addresses will be given in the initial phase.
(b) For the DIAS customers, wishing to switch to ADSL Broadband services, the
     transfer of Security Deposit to ADSL is permitted.
(c) Billing for the service will be included in the normal b-fone (landline phone) bill.
     The billing cycle shall be same as b-fone billing cycle. Monthly rental will be
     collected in advance and usage charges will be in arrears.

At the time of issue of Demand Note, following charges are to be collected:

     a) Installation charges (As applicable)
     b)
Advance Rental as per billing Cycle (One month/Two months)
     c)
Security Deposit of the Modem (If Applicable)
     d)
Advance monthly rental for modem
    e)
Refundable Security Deposit for 2 months rental as per the plan (As
        applicable)

All the tariff plans mentioned above are in addition to the normal rental/ usage charges of the bfone.


http://www.bsnl.co.in/service/dataone_tariff.htm

[ No unlimited plans with BSNL]


Reliance BroadBand



Plans Installation Refundable security Deposit Monthly Rental
Plan 750 (upto 128 kbps port speed)
1000
Nil
750
Plan 1200 (Upto 256 kbps port speed)
1000
Nil
1200
Plan 2400 (Upto 512 kbps port speed)
1000
Nil
2400

Can I download unlimited data over this connection?

In the larger interests of the internet user community a cap of 10 GB is considered. This would deter people who could use a residential connection for further reselling resulting in a substantive better overall experience.

Convenience

  • Flat monthly bill, no renewal coupon or additional usage charge.
  • No separate modem. Just a PC with LAN card (10/100 Base T) required.





Summary:
[Excluding installation and modem charges]

Provider
Amount
Speed
Airtel
600
64
BSNL
NA
NA
Sify
400
128 [night alone]
Tata Indicom
800
64
Reliance
750
128

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