Friday, November 25, 2011

Face off: Roku LT vs Apple TV

Apple TV and Roku LT are the tow of the leading options for streaming digital media. They both have several advantages over their contenders. They are budget friendly, extremely easy to handle and have enormous range of functions. They are comparatively smaller to have advantageous set up with home televisions. However, if you are going to buy a streaming media box, then you need to choose the best among them. Here you will be seeing a faceoff between the performance evaluation of Apple TV and Roku LT to help you decide the best one for you. Therefore, let us evaluate the faceoff between Apple TV and Roku LT.
Round one:
The first round of faceoff is based on the comparison between the two streaming boxes. For that, you need to know about the Roku Lt and Apple TV.
Roku LT got the editor’s choice award for price and variety of content. It costs only US$50 yet it has the entire major broadcaster lined up as services. It has Netflix, Pandora, HBO, Game Center, Picasa, Flickr, CNET, NASA and numerous others as the content. The company has an extensive list in their website. However, the editor’s choice award is due to its ever-increasing content updating.
Apple TV, on the other hand is all about providing the quality of the product. You cannot dismiss its claim to the throne due to its highly versatile browsing capability. Apple TV is twice as expensive. The services are not cheap but they provide you with the best available content if you are willing to pay the right price. The Browsing and navigation is the baseline behind the Apple TV. It is not cheap but the content it provides competes with the best. 
The design of the two streaming system us quite different, Roku LT is very handy and tiny is shape and size than the Apple TV. The front panel is extremely simple with just a dim light glowing to know its status. The Apple TV on the other hand is very vibrant in color. However, it is bit bulkier than Roku LT.
It is not always the size and cost that win a faceoff; it is all about being the smarter and better in terms of features.
Roku LT may not have a vibrant look but it can be connected to even the old Cathode ray based TV system with its HDMI based protocol and mini-jack attachment.  Roku LT has a small collection of games. However, they are not that much important when compared to its wide content services. The Roku LT has Ethernet ports, SD card slot and USB port to help it be connected to various gadgets of our daily use. It can be connected with cameras, mobile phones and other gadgets that use separate memory sticks. The Roku even have internet connectivity with its low powered wireless based broadband connection.
Apple TV has much smaller features compared to Roku LT. However, the browsing capability is state of the art. It is quite useful when you can pay the price for the best content. The navigation is very easy. It has a huge collection of paid service that can be browsed. The best feature is Apple Airplay technology lets you connect to all your Apple devices to have more usage. They can be connected to these devices. It even allows you to play the content from your iPad or iPods. However, the best service is its content transfer capability. If you have purchased a TV series, you can take them with your phone and watch them on journey. The streaming box allows you to transfer paid contents to other apple devices.
In terms of cost and size, Roku LT is clear winner. It is half the price of Apple TV. However, the color of LT box is total disaster.
In terms of content diversity, Roku LT is a clear winner as it has the largest collection of different broadcasters. Apple TV does not have contents but if you are willing to pay the price, it gives you the best content available in with highest rotten Tomatoes rating. Therefore, we can clearly keep both of them together in term of quality of performance. However, the delivery of the performance keeps Roku LT ahead of all competitors.
In terms of connectivity, Apple TV is clearly a winner as it has rich browsing capability if the services are properly paid. It can connect and transfer the data faster to and from your Apple iPhone or iPads.
However, overall the winner is the Roku LT as it is half the price of Apple TV but delivers quadruple amount features.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sunrise at Assi Ghat - Varanasi

Watching the sun rise behind the water is every photographer's dream...and Assi ghat is the only place I've visited so far that has the perfect setting of a rising sun as backdrop to serene river Ganges.. the holy river..

Assi Ghat is in Varanasi, the place we call it beyond the earth..situated on the Trishul of lord Shiva.. the only place in India where the river Ganges flow south to North.. a place full of colors.. a place so vibrant that you will feel every color soaking though the water in your veins filling your heart with joy...

Going by the history.. Varanasi is the oldest known living civilization in the world...a place so densely packed with life that you will feel lost in it.. it is the place of religion and every religion have a history linked through Varanasi...Lord Shiva used to spend his vacations here.. Tulsidas wrote Ramcharitmanas here.. Sant Ravidas preached here.. Muslims have their shrine just built near Lord Shiva's temple.. a holy place for them too.. Budhism has its oldest roots in Sarnath... and thus the place is always rushed with tourists... people all over the world comes here to forget the pain and feel the serenity ... This is the only place where you can actually feel the supreme power close to your heart..guiding each and every step of your life...

The aarti, the temples, the food..everything is just wonderful in Varanasi...the people are simple.. the gullys are tighter but the hearts of the residents are bigger...every street is filled with joy and harmony....

Assi ghat has a place and history in every BHU students life...the ghat where we sleep overnight just to feel the breeze and watch the is the comfort that we seek with our busy academic schedule.. it is just a place with wonders..

This post is written as entry in the contest of Make my and IndiVine of

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Scotland has its own significance in my life... I am big fan of Scottish culture..everybody loves scotland when it comes to whiskey...:P. the kilt the bands..the merriness.. the stubbornness everything about it fascinates me....Scotlandis a country that is part of the United Kingdom.Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland includes over 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

Of which the most fascinating place is of course its capital Edinburgh... a very old city.. it was habitat even when it was bronze age.. and now it is among the Europe's largest financial center...the Edinburgh festival also attracts thousands of tourists but the beautiful thing about scotland is their hospitality.. it is just in Edinburgh city centre with parking are easily available.. all you have to do is click and reach...
The city is affectionately nicknamed Auld Reekie[ (Scots for Old Smoky), because when buildings were heated by coal and wood fires, chimneys would spew thick columns of smoke into the air. Some have even called it the Athens of the North

The Old Town has preserved its medieval heritage with lots of Reformation-era buildings. One end is closed by the castle and the Royal Mile, leads away from it like the main artery; minor streets (called closes or wynds) lead downhill on either side of the main spine in a herringbone pattern. Large squares mark the location of markets or surround public buildings such as St. Giles' Cathedral and the Law Courts. Other notable places nearby include the Royal Museum of Scotland, Surgeons' Hall and McEwan Hall. 

Overall ... Edinburgh is a beautiful experience that you shouldn't miss .. I guess now you will check out it atleast once

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Land of Sports and Religion

Largest city of Massachusetts, Boston is a major attraction for business and education. Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region.Boston has cultural roots with greater New England, including a accentual language, known as Boston English, and a regional cuisine with a large emphasis on seafood, salt, and dairy products. If you need a Boston City Break  then you need to know.Boston is also one of the birthplaces of the hardcore punk genre of music. Boston musicians have contributed significantly to this music scene over the years (see also Boston hardcore).

With many colleges and universities within the city and surrounding area, Boston is a center of higher education and a center for medicine. With Biotechnology as the thrust field, economy is also based on research, electronics, engineering, finance, and other high technology.
Boston has been a noted religious center from its earliest days. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston serves nearly 300 parishes and is based in the Cathedral of the Holy Cros in the South End, while the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, with the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. as its episcopal seat, serves just under 200 congregations , a number which is one of a kind in the region and worldwide. The oldest church in Boston is King's Chapel, the city's first Anglican church, founded in 1686.

Another major attraction is the Fenway Park, near Kenmore Square in the Fenway section of Boston. Built in 1912, it is the oldest sports arena or stadium in active use in the United States used by The Boston Red Sox, a founding member of the American League of Major League Baseball in 1901 who play their home games  there.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

La dame de fer

The iron woman.... a popular nickname for the 1889 iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris that has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Yeah!! now you know it.. I am talking about the beautiful landmark in the city of love..Eiffel Tower..The tower stands 324 m (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building.

 Thomas Edison visited the tower. He signed the guestbook with the following message— To M Eiffel the Engineer the brave builder of so gigantic and original specimen of modern Engineering from one who has the greatest respect and admiration for all Engineers including the Great Engineer the Bon Dieu, Thomas Edison.

Really it is a marvel of architectures...with a lot of history.. the cosmic rays were found here by  Father Theodor Wulf  who measured radiant energy at the top and bottom of the tower, discovering at the top more than was expected. France installed a radio transmitter located in the tower jammed german radio communications during the lead-up to the First Battle of the Marne.During the German occupation of Paris in 1940, the lift cables were cut by the French so that Adolf Hitler would have to climb the steps to the summit. . When visiting Paris, Hitler chose to stay on the ground. It was said that Hitler conquered France, but did not conquer the Eiffel Tower. 

There is a restaurant which was was re-assembled from 11,000 pieces that crossed the Atlantic in a 40-foot (12 m) cargo container and a major place of attraction for witness the love escapades.

As a landmark representing Paris, it is also a famous destination for lovers to propose under  the tower. Apart frm that the picturesque Paris has its own beauty. There are lots of  hotels in Paris city centre, where you can stay with your loved one and spend your holidays in romance... so Why are you being late... :P..Book right now... and don't forget to visit the Place de la Bastille which is a district of great historical significance, not only for Paris, but for France, too. Because of its symbolic value, the square has often been a site of political demonstrations and Champs-Élysées  is a seventeenth century garden-promenade-turned-avenue connecting the Concorde and Arc de Triomphe. It is one of the many tourist attractions and a major shopping street of Paris.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Walt Disney World

Spread across 47 square miles, it is the best recreational based resort in the whole world, encompassing four theme parks, two water parks, 32 on-site themed resort hotels , including a campground, two health spas and fitness centers, and other recreational venues and entertainment,is  based on disneyland , the original creation in California. It is beautiful and a major attraction for tourists all over the world.

Its original theme park, Magic Kingdom, is designed similarly to the Disneyland but apart from being a one day visit, it is a recreational resort for spending a vacation in lavish style with your entire family.Guests with a Disney Resort reservation arriving at Orlando International Airport are transported to their Disney resort from the airport using the complimentary Disney's Magical Express service. There are also custom motor coaches, where you can watch a video about the Walt Disney World Resort and in the meantime while you relazx your luggage is sent straight to you room

It is situated 21 Km from Orlando, Florida, also famous for its lush green golf courses. Disney's property includes five golf courses. The four 18-hole golf courses are the Palm , the Magnolia , Lake Buena Vista and Osprey Ridge which are all above 4 stars. There is also, specially designed for young golfers, a  nine-hole walking course called Oak Trail. Holidays in Orlando are full of fun and celebration. Here you can actually relax, play recreational golf with professional in sights and spend the holidays with your kids in theme parks.Walt Disney World Resort features four theme parks. Each park is represented by an iconic structure like  Magic Kingdom – Cinderella Castle, Epcot – Spaceship Earth (Geosphere), Disney's Hollywood Studios – The Sorcerer's Hat , Disney's Animal Kingdom – The Tree of Life. It has 2 water parks and also houses the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

So plan you holidays soon and enjoy the lavishness and leisure....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tournaments in Vegas Mafia Wars

I should not say that I didn't like vegas.. but problems are that it is too heavy and too messy with banks needing upgrading... and too much loss of money in fights....

there were few questions about tournaments...
I just like to help you with few...

you have to complete lower level of tournament before you reach heavy weight.. till then it is

calculation is if it needs 10 mafia

then ur combat score is...
top 10 weapons+ top 10 armors + top 10 vehicles ( till now no animals) + {unknownfactor x (att+ def skills)}

what i felt is bets are based on the 501 mafia complete strength and need not be based on amount of mafia u carry... like if he has top 10 weapons better than yours.. u might lose...iresspective of bets... one guy with an odd of 1:21 won the tournament while mine was 1:2

top weapons are chosen by combined attack and defense...

like if a weapon has 40 att and 40 def = 80 is better than weapons with 55 att and 20 def.. ..So make ur weapons wisely...

if you have any other question ..I will try to answer them... but I am new to it too :)



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