Tuesday, September 27, 2016

My App Usage

I tried to list my general app usage; and am going to try to compare this to apps on Sailfish OS. Will update this post in few days as I find Sailfish OS alternatives.

App Categories: Android: Sailfish
Archive Application: 7Zipper: ??
Download Manager: ADM: ??
WiFi/Bluetooth PC Share: Airdroid/ ShareIT: ??
Messenger: WhatsApp: WhatsApp(Android)
ToDo List: ClearList(F-Droid):??
Compass: Compass:??
File Manager: ZenUI File Manager: ??
Browser: Firefox: ??(Inbuilt maybe?)
Food Ordering: Foodpanda: Foodpanda (Android)
Mobile Recharge: Freecharge: Freecharge(Android)
GMail Client: Official Gmail: ??
Navigation: Google Maps, Here We Go, OSMAnd~: Here We Go
Music: Internal(Apollo Music Player, Not Google Play Music):Internal
Video Player: VLC: Internal(Will have to check support for various files)
Office: WPS Office: Internal/WPS Office(Android)
YouTube Client: YouTube Android: ??
YouTube Downloader: Videoder: ??(Videoder android ??)

Got Intex Aqua Fish!

Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SOC
2 GB RAM | 16 GB ROM | Expandable Upto 32 GB
Dual Standby SIM
2G/3G/4G connectivity
5 inch HD Display
8MP Primary Camera | 2MP Front
2500 mAh Li-Ion Battery
Jolla Sailfish OS v2

Bought for 4499/- at Tata CliQ Online Store
Will share detailed review soon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

E-Filing IT Returns

These last few years with the introduction of Aadhar and computerization of many government departments a lot of government related activities can be done online. As a law abiding common citizen you generally use at least following facilities: Property tax payment, electricity bill payment, Income Tax filing, police verification requests etc. 
Out of these income tax filing was considered difficult and needing special accountants who made sense of various clauses and provided you with an optimized strategy for saving tax. But these days the various clauses are also cleaned up and made easy to understand, so with e-filing of income tax returns the whole tax paying and return-requesting process has become quite easy. 
The income tax cycle for most salaried employees is as follows: You declare a investment declaration at start of your to your organization. Based on that declaration they calculate your tax for year and cut it from your monthly salary. This is Tax deducted at source(TDS). In Dec-Jan your organization asks for your actual investment proofs. Based off them your actual tax is calculated and remaining tax is again deducted from Jan/Feb/Mar salary. After this the financial year is closed. You get form 16 for this year in May(generally). That form 16 contains the whole picture of your total income, deductibles and actual tax you had to pay. Now if your income is greater than 5Lac or if you have paid some extra tax(maybe because you showed less investments but there was room for more and you went for it etc), then you need to file income tax returns.
Using efiling website incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in  you can file the returns. All you need for this is your form 16 for the respective year. The form 16 contains all the figures that you need to fill in the online form. Then you add your bank account details to it. And then you submit it. It takes 2-3 months for this to get processed. And then you get a Return certificate. 
Why ITR is important?
Your tax payment is connected to your CIBIL score. This score is used by banks to check your credibility and accordingly your loan/credit card etc requests are processed. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

F-Droid - Open Source Android Apps

Recently I started feeling a bit tired of Google. Then a took a look at the amount of data I'm feeding google via my phone and I was shocked! There's record of every search I have performed, my app usage, my web activity, my location activity. I just thought that I need to decrease this info sharing. 
So I started to look for alternatives to the google ecosystem. While ecosystem-wise there is just no replacement. Junking google from my smartphone will probably take out the smarts too. I mean I can minimize the google apps usage, but I can't get rid of play services, the many android apps that I use are very critical to my smartphone experience. 
I use google maps/ Here We Go for navigation. I use MX Player for movies, BlackPlayer for music, use WhatsApp for chatting. These are some necessary apps. And if I remove GApps and play store services then I lose all of these. So these are going to stay. But I also need to find some replacements and then start removing some of these. 
So I went ahead and trimmed apps and kept only necessary apps on my phone. That means I got rid of Google photos (which I never use these days...), Hangouts(another never used app), search (also never used), and couple of other Google apps. Then I got rid of some other unnecessary apps that we collect over time - trials etc. With this I installed F-Droid App using it's APK. 
After browsing through I found following apps to be of use:
1. OsmAnd~ - Offline/Online maps and navigation. 
2. ClearList - list manager
3. VLC - VideoLAN Player
4. Firefox - Browser (Already installed which F-Droid recognized)
5. AnySoftKeyboard - OpenSource Keyboard.

With these I am able to slightly decrease my Google info sharing. I'll try more in due time. Let's see. 


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Excel data to tree for org chart

I wanted to prep a simple org chart.
After looking all over the net I found this nifty excel-sheet.

Copy of the provided file is also available here, in case the link vanishes.