How To Close or Delete Skrill Account

You cannot delete a Skrill (Moneybookers) account yourself. Skrill doesn't provide an option for users to close the account themselves.

In order to close or delete a Skrill account, you must send an e-mail to Skrill Support stating that you want to close your account.

To send an email, go to support section. Once you send the e-mail, you will get a reply e-mail stating that your Skrill account is deactivated. The e-mail I received is given below


"Thank you for contacting Skrill Customer Service.

We are sorry to hear that you have decided to close your Skrill account but have now taken the necessary actions to deactivate it.

However, please understand that we cannot completely delete user information because of legal/regulatory and technical back up requirements. We can assure you that your private details will not be used in any way.

You are always welcome to reactivate your account by simply sending a re-activation request to help@skrill.com or give us a call.

Skrill values customer feedback and would appreciate your views on anything we could have done differently to keep you as an active customer. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.

Best Regards"

Your Skrill account will get deactivated once you receive this confirmation mail. You can test it by signing in, if the message you get is 'Account Locked', your Skrill account is closed. You can reactivate your account any time if you wish. For that, you just need to send a re-activation request to help@skrill.com.

Network Compatibility Of Smartphone Bought From Another Country

Smartphone prices are different in different countries. This price difference has made many smartphone lovers to buy phones from countries where they are a lot cheaper. For eg: Nexus 5 in India costs around $460, but in U.S you can get a Nexus 5 for just $349 (here I am talking about the 16GB version). Due to this huge price difference, most people in India who want a Nexus 5 bought it through their friends or relatives in USA.

But Nexus 5 has two versions, North American & Rest of the world version. How will you know that a Nexus 5 bought from U.S will work in India or any other Asian country? In order to know whether your smartphone bought from another country is compatible with the mobile networks in your home country,

1. First you should know the bands supported by that particular cellphone. You can find out the supported bands by going to websites like gsmarena.

For eg: According to gsmarena, Nexus 5 supports the following bands

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions
  CDMA 800 / 1900 - North America version
3G Network HSDPA 800 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 900 - North America version
  HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - North America version
  LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600


2. Now e-mail your mobile operator asking whether the network will support any of the bands stated. If they say yes, then your smartphone will be compatible with that network.

Idea GSM And 3G Bands

Recently, I was thinking about buying a Nexus 5 from USA as it is Rs.8000 cheaper there. One thing I wanted to know was whether Nexus 5 bought from USA will be compatible with the mobile networks in India. I use Idea network, so I e-mailed Idea asking whether the North American version of Nexus 5 ( There is another version of Nexus 5 for rest of the world) would be compatible with the Idea network in Kerala.

I knew that my Nexus 5 will support the following bands (thanks to gsmarena)

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G HSDPA 800 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 900
4G LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

Idea customer care replied to me stating that Nexus 5 North America will be compatible with Idea network. Idea network uses the bands given below

GSM 900
3G HSDPA 2100

You can clearly see that both bands are supported by Nexus 5. There was no point in asking about 4G support as Idea has no idea about 4G. Only Airtel and Reliance have 4G coverage in India. 

Feather Line Computer Chair User Review

I bought feather line revolving computer chair a year ago. Feather line is not a popular chair brand at all, but surely it is one of the upcoming brands. I bought the chair from Kannur, Kerala for around Rs.2300. The reason I bought a new chair was because my previous chair gave me a lot of back pain and sore neck. Back pain was my main reason that I started looking for a new chair.

If you have back issues, try these tips
  • Keep the keyboard and mouse at the same level as the arm rest of the chair
  • Keep the monitor at the height of your eye level. This will relieve neck and shoulder strain
  • Choose a chair that has a fall back, back rest (never buy a chair with non-adjustable back rest)
Now back to feather line, I bought this chair after sitting and experimenting on it for a few times. I wanted to make it absolutely sure that it doesn't hurt my neck or back. At the shop, I felt reasonably comfortable, but I was not sure about what could happen with long use. I sit around the computer for about 8 hrs a day. A chair will be the place where I will spend most of my day. 

When I reached home, I got rid of all the plastic covering. The chair has a strong chemical odor which took a couple of days to fade off. To be honest, the seating comfort was absolutely the kind I was looking for. It doesn't put any stress on my back or neck. Since I bought this chair, I never had back or neck pain. The height of the chair is adjustable to a decent height. My computer table is at least 3 inch taller than normal computer tables (it is a made-shift one), I was able to adjust the height to match the table height. I have used 4 computer chairs before and none of them could match my table height, but this one did.
 
Feather line also has an adjustable back rest. Back rest and chair height can be adjusted using two separate levers. The adjustable back rest really helped in relieving my back pain, thank God. The wheels are also very good. It is very easy to move around. I definitely recommend this computer chair, especially for those people who have issues with neck and back pain. The money I spent on this chair is really worth.

Food Stamp Eligibility - Explained

Eligibility for Food Stamp in U.S is calculated by taking several factors into consideration. The main factors are income, resources and family size.

Income Eligibility

Eligibility for food stamp is generally based on gross and net income. To know whether you qualify for food stamp, you can use the pre-screening tool provided on USDA website. Almost all households will have to undergo both gross and net income tests to qualify. If your  household has a member who receives any type of disability payments, you will have to meet net income requirements only. Gross income limits are adjusted annually by U.S government.

Resource Eligibility

A family can have $2000 in terms of countable resources to be eligible for food stamp. The resource limit can be raised up to $3250 if at least one member of the family is 60 years or older or is disabled. The vehicle resources have different rules in different states. 11 states in U.S totally exclude the value of one vehicle per family. In some other states, the standard auto exception for SNAP is $4,650. You will have to check with your local authorities to have more information regarding vehicle exemption.

Food Stamp Benefit Determination

SNAP benefits are available to all eligible families in the U.S irrespective of your race, religion, sex or national origin. The benefits a family gets is called allotment. The food stamp benefits are calculated by multiplying net monthly income by .3. The result is then subtracted from the maximum allotment for the family size. 

Employment Requirements

Normally food stamp applicant between ages 18-50 can only receive benefits for just 3 months of the whole 36 month period if they don’t participate in employment training program.

How to Apply for Food Stamps?

A family member should apply for food stamp at your nearest SNAP office. To find your nearest SNAP center, call the hotline number for your state.  If you can’t apply in person, you may authorize another person to apply on your behalf. The authorized person should carry an authorization letter duly signed by you.Once you file the application, there will be a face-to-face interview. You will have to submit proof of income and identity as well. If you are disabled, the office will arrange for a telephone interview or a home visit.

How To Create An E-mail For Blogger Custom Domain

We all know that google has stopped providing custom domains via Blogger. Buying custom domain via blogger was a great option for most bloggers including me. The beauty of buying custom domain from blogger was that, you got Google Apps For Business subscription for free. A free Google Apps subscription means you can easily create an e-mail id for your custom domain for free.

Since google has stopped providing custom domains through blogger, blogger users will now have to either pay extra for e-mails pack with the domain registrar or buy a google apps subscription. I still prefer paying for Google Apps subscription as domain registrars charge a lot higher. 

Other website owners normally will get e-mails along with their web hosting plans. It is not the case with blogger as it is a free hosting platform. In this article, I will give you step by step instructions on how to set up and create an e-mail ID for your blogger custom domain.

1. Go to Google Apps for business > Provide your domain name > Go to Admin Console

create email with google apps

2. Enter the password > Click on "Users"

add users google apps



3. Click on 'add more users', the 3rd one on the top right hand side (see image below)

add e-mail google apps

4. Now you will have two options to choose from, either add a user manually or add several users at once using a CSV file. Choose add a user manually if you want to create just 1 email id.

5. Now provide the first name, last name and the e-mail id you want (emailID@yourdomain.com). Click on the set password section and set a password as well > Create New User > Done

6. Now go to GMail > Sign in with the new email id you created.Enter the email id you just created (emailID@yourdomain.com) in the E-mail area and the password  > Sign in > Now you can start using the new official blogger custom domain e-mail id for all official communications.

How To Redeem ICICI Bank RD And Fixed Accounts

You can redeem your ICICI bank RD and Fixed Account deposits before the original term end. You can do this online or by going in person to any ICICI bank branch (home branch is better). 

In order to redeem your ICICI bank RD and fixed account online

1. Go to ICICI personal banking page > Click on Service Requests (You can see this on the left side of the page, see image below)


2. Now click on 'To view the complete list of service options' > On the requests menu click on 'Fixed/Recurring Deposits request' 


3. Now click on 'Closure/Renewal of existing Fixed/Recurring Deposit


4.  Fill in the account number of your Fixed/RD account ( To get the FD/RD account number read this post) >  Choose premature closure of FD/RD > Provide your e-mail and phone number > Submit.

Your request will be processed within a day and the amount will be credited to your ICICI savings account. There will be some changes in the interest rates if you close FD or RD prematurely. Moreover, ICICI bank will charge an interest penalty (which is 1% or so).


Premature Closure of FD/RD At Branch

If you want to close FD or RD prematurely, walk in to your nearest ICICI bank branch, submit a written application with all details they ask for. Your money will be credited to the bank account you prefer.

Lost U.S Passport - Things To Do

There is nothing more dreadful than losing your U.S passport during a trip abroad. It will switch the panic button on. Your thinking and common sense should prevail under those circumstances. When you travel abroad, always keep a couple of photocopies of your passport and drivers license (or any other valid ID proof). Do not keep all photocopies in the same bag, keep it in different ones.

Before digging deep into what should be done after losing passport, we need to know where you lost your U.S passport, is it abroad? or in U.S itself? You will have to approach each case differently.

Lost U.S Passport Abroad?

If you have lost your U.S passport in a foreign country, the first thing you must do is to get to the nearest U.S embassy or consulate. You have to get there somehow. Normally people keep their passport and money in the same wallet or bag and the result is, you will lose your passport and the money (money which can get you to the nearest embassy or consulate). So please don't keep all your money in one wallet. Just keep some dollars in one of the side pockets of your back pack (keep at least $140,that's what you have to pay for a replacement passport).

Explain to the diplomats about the whole situation. The diplomats can arrange for fund transfer from your home, if you have lost your money also. Your new passport will be issued in a few days. The procedure required for getting a replacement passport abroad is the same as getting it in the U.S. It is explained in the next section.

Lost U.S Passport In U.S?

Call 1-877-487-2778 as soon as you find out that your passport is missing. The lines will be open from 8am to 10pm from Monday to Friday (It won't be open on federal holidays).

The first form you need to fill out is the DS-64 form for lost or stolen passport. You can either fill it online or by hand using a black ink pen. The form can be downloaded from U.S Department of State's website. Similarly, you must also fill out the DS-11 form (which you did when applying for a new passport).

Now, go to the nearest passport acceptance facility and hand over the filled out forms with valid supporting documents ( You may go through the article on How to Get A New Passport, to understand the proofs and documents required for applying). You will have to explain about the circumstances that led to the loss of passport to U.S Department of State.If you want replacement passport in less than two weeks, you can contact National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.

What If You Get Your Lost Passport Back After Applying For A Replacement?

If you get it back, there is nothing to smile about. Because, you can't use it anymore. It is already invalidated.

How To Make Country Specific Google Search

As a full time blog writer, I always had to make country specific google search for various reasons. When you do a search on google, google will fetch you results specific for your country and topic. For eg: If you are doing a google search from UK, Google will search from google.uk domain and will display results with web pages mostly from UK. Same is the case with other countries.

Google search has now become more personalized, google keeps a record of your google plus profile for this. The search results you see will be based on your search term, your location and trends in your browsing history. So each person will get different search results depending upon their searching pattern.

Making Country Specific Google Search

You can search for web pages in a certain country by using Google's advanced search feature. In order to make a country specific google search, follow the instructions below

1. Make a google search for the search term > Now on the search results page, click on Options (Top right hand side of the page) > Advanced Search (see image below)

2. Now on the advanced search page, scroll down to Region > Select the country you want, from the drop down list > Advanced Search. Now all the search results will contain web pages only from the country you selected.

Google No Country Redirect

If you want to stop google redirecting to your local domain such as google.uk, you can use this url www.google.com/ncr, where ncr stands for 'No Country Redirect'. This url may not work in all countries, but it works in most cases.

How To Block A Person From Sending Facebook Friend Request

This is an issue faced by most girls on facebook. There are a lot of guys on facebook, and if you are a good looking girl and you have your photos on your timeline, then you are in line for a lot of friend requests. So if you want to block some person from sending friend request to you, follow the instructions below

1. Go to facebook profile > In the search bar on the top, type in the name of the person you want to block > Go to that person's profile page > Now click on the arrow in the settings button (see image below)

Block A Person From Sending Facebook Friend Request




2. Click on Report/Block >  Choose Block XYZ person > Confirm. Now that person will not be able
  • To see your facebook updates
  • Tag you
  • Invite you to pages
  • Message you
  • Send a friend request
If ever you want that person to send friend request again, you can unblock the person by going to 'Blocking' in the privacy settings section.

What If You Don't Want To See Facebook Posts From A Particular Person

We all have at least couple of friends who post rubbish on facebook everyday. Such guys are very annoying and you may never want to see their facebook updates but you don't want to unfriend them either. Here is a way to hide posts from a particular person from your news feed.

1. Go to facebook > Scroll down to the person's update > Click on the arrow mark at the top right hand side of the post (see image below)




2. Click on 'I don't want to see this' > Choose 'It's annoying or not interesting' > 'I don't care about posts from this person' or any other option of your choice.

Another way is to choose "Unfollow" from arrow scroll down shown in the image (step 1). From now on, you will not get the blocked person's facebook updates.


How To Get A Passport In Texas

Paperwork and procedures required to get a passport in Texas is the same as anywhere in the United States.  You need a U.S passport to leave the country, it means you need a passport even if you are driving to Mexico. In Texas, you can submit your application for U.S passport at application acceptance facilities or regional passport agencies or via professional expediting courier services. Most post offices and some government buildings serve as passport acceptance facilities in Texas.

Paperwork And Details Required For Passport Application In Texas

Passport application process in a nutshell
  • Fill out DS-11 Form
  • Proof of U.S Citizenship
  • Proof of Identification
  • Photocopies of all documents
  • Two passport photos
  • Pay fee

DS-11 Form:You can fill and print DS-11 form from the Department of State website. You can either fill it online or by hand with a black ink pen. You will have to fill your social security number and other details. You must not sign the form while filling, it should only be signed when the Acceptance Agent tells you to do so.

In Person: Go to your nearest passport acceptance facility. You will have to submit a proof of U.S citizenship along with the DS-11 form. You can submit your birth certificate or certificate of citizenship or naturalization certificate as a proof of citizenship. The office clerk will keep the original document and it will be returned to you via mail along with your passport.

You will have to provide a proof of identification as well. For this, you can submit your drivers license or Government ID or Military ID or naturalization certificate. Suppose you are applying for U.S passport in Texas with a drivers license of a state other than Texas,then you will have to submit proof of secondary identification. Any valid ID proof with your photo, full name, date of birth and the document issuance date will qualify as secondary identification. You must also submit a photocopy of front and back of every ID document you submit.

Fee: The application and execution fee for passport varies with your requirement. If you want an adult passport book and card, the total fee will be $165. If you just want an adult passport book the fee will be $135 and if you only want an adult passport card , just pay $55.

Photo: You must submit two copies of passport size photos taken in front of a white background. Do not attach the photo to DS-11 form, it should be submitted separately.

Your new passport will arrive within a month. If you want your passport quickly, you can get it by paying an additional fee.

How To Register BSNL Broadband Complaint

Sometimes you might see that your bsnl land line is working all fine but you won't get internet connection on broadband. The DSL led on bsnl broadband modem will be steady but the internet led won't light up. Practically, you are left with no internet connection but a perfectly working land line phone.

There has been quite a lot of complaints against Bsnl broadband service, the above mentioned one is just one among them. Normally, this issue gets resolved within a couple of hours, you need not register a complaint. But if the issue persists even after two hours, do register a complaint.

In order to register a broadband complaint, call 198 from yours or any other bsnl land line number (not mobile). Choose the preferred language > Enter the STD code > Confirm > Enter your land line number > Confirm > Press 2 for broadband complaints > Confirm. Your broadband complaint will be registered and bsnl technician will come to your home/office for repair. 

Tip: Make sure that you make the complaint round about 9am in the morning. So when the bsnl people checks the list of complaints received at 10am, yours will be at least in the first top 10 and they will respond quickly (Yes they starts sorting from the last complaint onwards, a bsnl employee told me).

How To Send Something Via Speed Post or Registered Post In India

Speed post and registered post are two premium services provided by India Post.Under speed post, your consignment will be delivered much faster than conventional mail service.

In order to send a consignment via speed post or registered post

1. Go to your nearest post office. Remember that all post offices do not have speed post and registered post services. All head post offices offer both services throughout the office hours. 

2. Your consignment or mail should be well packed. You need not have to stick a stamp for speed post or registered post. India post use a sticker with a bar code instead of stamps. You just need to give the consignment to the post office official. He will weigh the item on your behalf and you will have to pay according to the weight and distance it has to travel. 

You can calculate speed post and registered post rates by going to India post website. You can also track your consignment using the speed post or registered post tracker provided in the India post website.

How To Mark A Business On Google Map

Adding your business location on google map will help your customers find your location. It will help your customers to navigate to your business location while they are driving. Adding a google map location on your business website is also a great idea.

You can add your business location on Google map using Google Map Maker (Search on Google and you will find it).

Adding Your Business Location Using Google Map Maker

1. Go to Google Map Maker > Click on Add New > Select the option Add a Place > Enter the name of the place in the search box on the top (see image below)

Mark A Business On Google Map

2. Centralize the map to a location where you business is. Drop the drop marker at the correct location > Select category of your business > Enter the name of business > Continue > Add phone number, website and other details about your business > Save.

3.The business location you have submitted will be reviewed by other users and will be visible once approved. Once the business location is visible, you can copy the map link url to use it on your website or anywhere. To copy the map url click on Link to This Page Button on the right hand side of the  page (See image below) 

Copy google map link

You will get an acknowledgement e-mail from google, once you add the location. You can view the status of your location by clicking on the link provided in the e-mail.

How To Change Nameservers On GoDaddy

You can easily change nameservers on GoDaddy. In order to change namerservers on GoDaddy

1. Sign in to your GoDaddy account > Once you sign in, click on your username > Visit My Account.




2. Now click "Launch" right next to the "Domains" area


3. Put tick mark on the domain you want to change the nameserver for > Click on Nameservers > Set Nameservers.


4. On the GoDaddy nameserver setting page select the radio button for customizable nameserver settings > Enter custom nameservers.


5. Enter the new nameserver details and hit save. It may take a maximum of 72 hours (normally it will take just seconds) for GoDaddy to update the nameserver change.

How To Remove Blogger Custom Domain

Now that your run with blogger domain has given you a bitter experience, you can easily remove custom domain from blogger with just a click. It was a great idea to have a custom domain for blogger and it is. Make sure that you still want to remove custom domain.

In order to remove blogger custom domain Go to Blogger Dashboard > Settings > Basic > under the publishing area you will see a 'X' sign right next to 'Edit', click on it. See image below

How To Remove Blogger Custom Domain


A message will appear "This will remove the custom domain", click ok. Now the custom domain will be removed from blogger. Your blog will now switch back to the old blogspot sub domain.Now, what will you do with your custom domain? You can consider selling it on SEDO.

Paperwork Required For Social Security Card Replacement In Texas

Paperwork for Social security card replacement in Texas is the same as everywhere in United States.  You can get replacement for your social security card free of charge. As per SSA website, you may not apply for a replacement card, you will rarely need to show it, you just need to remember your nine-digit social security number.

How To Replace Your Social Security Card In Texas?

1. Go to Social Security Administration (SSA) website and download the Application for A Social Security Card. You can get a copy of the application form from any Social Security Offices in Texas.

2. Now fill out all the fields in the application form. You will have to submit proof for your identity and U.S citizenship or current work authorization if you are not a U.S citizen.

3. You can mail all the original documents along with the application form to any Social Security Office in Texas. However, I always prefer going in person as I don't want to risk my original document being sent by mail. Walk into your nearest Social Security Office and submit the application with all supporting documents. All supporting documents should be originals. If you can't submit originals get copies certified by the issuing agency. Photocopies or notarized copies will not be accepted. If you send it via mail, all documents will be returned to you along with a receipt.

4. You replacement Social Security Card will arrive within two weeks after submitting the application.

How To Switch Phones On Verizon Network?

You can easily switch phones on Verizon network. Switching phones on Verizon can be done in two ways, either by visiting your nearest Verizon store or online by going to My Verizon on Verizon website. Switching phones can be done if you want to buy a new phone or if you just want to switch devices (Am I sounding like an idiot).

How to Switch Phones Online?

Go to My Verizon on Verizon website. Sign in to your account or sign up for one, if you do not have one. Now click on I Want To > Activate or Switch Device > Select the Verizon number you want to switch > Next.

Now enter the identification number for your new phone (make sure that the new phone is compatible with Verizon network), you can find the identification number by looking under the battery or near the bar code > Submit.

Select the list of Verizon services that you will be using on the new phone. You may be asked to change the existing plan, if the new device is not compatible with the plan being switched to. You can select the services by clicking on Select Features and Services > Next.

Verify the changes > Confirm > Enter activation code on your new phone when prompted. That's it done. You have now successfully switched phones on Verizon network.

How to Switch Phones by Going to Verizon Store?

You should carry the latest Verizon Wireless bill with you. You should also carry both the devices with you for serial number verification.

Submit the switch device request to Verizon Customer service staff and you are done.

You will be able to start using the new phone within minutes after switching, however in some rare cases it may take up to 24 hours.

Yonex P60 Badminton Racket Review

Recently, my brother gifted me a Younex P60 badminton racket. So I decided to do a review on it. My first impression was, Jeez this one is extremely light. Till then I was using a Silvers professional badminton racket. When compared to Silvers, Yonex P60 was extremely light, the light weight is because the bat is made of titanium, one of the lightest metals.

It feels good when you hit the shuttle cock. One slight issue with this badminton racket is that the gripping area is very abrasive. After a couple of days of use, blisters started to appear on my right thumb. Let me tell you, it was some pain. Once the blisters healed, the skin around it became really hard. From then on, there was no issue with it.

Yonex P60 is the best badminton racket, I have ever played with. The tension in the string is just about perfect, not too much nor too less. I loved this one.

How Many Glasses Make 1 Litre?

Normally in India, people use quarter litre glasses in their house. So 1 litre will need 4 quarter litre glasses of water.

500ml requires 2 glasses. One glass will normally have a capacity of 250ml. However, this calculation is a generalized one, quantity may change if you are using larger or smaller glasses.

Adsense - Connection Between Number of Ad Units And CPC

Ever thought of a connection between the number of ad units and adsense CPC? Yes, there is a connection. According to adsense policy, you can have a maximum of 3 ad units per web page. Now, you might be thinking that, I can add all 3 ad units to maximize my adsense earnings. No, a big NO indeed. It is a myth. Adding more ads on your website will decrease your CPC (Cost per click). 

Suppose you have 3 spaces on your website for placing 3 ad units. You have employed all 3 possible ad units. For all websites, there will be one ad space which receives most number of clicks. The one with more CTR (Click Through Ratio) should be your trump card. So you should give maximum chance for your best ad space to earn more. Similar to the most performing ad unit, there will be one least performing ad unit which receives the least number of clicks.

In order to increase your adsense CPC, get rid of the least performing ad unit. Getting rid of the least performing ad unit means, you are giving a chance for best ads (with high CPC) to show up in ad units which receive most number of clicks. I have seen my CPC on this blog increase by 30-50% since I got rid of the least performing ad unit. The number of clicks I received remained more or less the same, but my earnings increased.

Ever since I got rid of the least earning ad unit, more relevant ads with high CPC started to appear on the two ad units employed in this blog. Normally adsense comes up with one high CPC, content based ad. You must give it a chance to show up on the ad unit that has maximum CTR. Having 3 or more ads mean, the high CPC, high relevant ad can show up on a least CTR ad unit and you will lose your earnings. Lesser the ad units, higher the CPC.

Last but not the least, having more ad units on a web page hinders the user experience. I have seen some websites with ads everywhere, it is very annoying to the readers. Visitors will never return to your website if you pack your website with ads. If there is no visitors, there is no earnings. It is not all about money,  it is about quality. No one has earned money doing nothing, do the hard work, provide good content, slowly your earnings will increase.

How Much Will It Cost To Build A Website In India

How much will a website cost? This question requires a bit of explanation. Website design in India is a lucrative business now. There are thousands of web design companies in every nook and corner of the country ( read my story of working in a web design company). If you are looking to build a website for your business, you may want to know which is the best. Fortunately or unfortunately, you have quite a lot of companies to choose from.

In my city Kozhikode, which is the 32nd largest city in India, alone has over 200 web design companies. So you can imagine the total number of companies all over India. In addition to this there are lakhs and lakhs of freelance web designers and developers. It is a booming business.

How Much Will A Website Cost?

The cost strictly depends upon your requirements. If you just want a simple static website with basic functionality, various webdesign firms charge between 10k and 15k. If a static website is all you want, it is better to find some freelancers like me (Contact me at morld@morldtechgossips.com). Freelancers normally charge between Rs.6000 to Rs.8000, you can get quality websites for that price.

Most web design companies in India charge above Rs.18,000 for dynamic websites with functionality like user editing interface. For e-commerce websites with payment gateway the price goes above Rs.30,000 all the time. 

If you want your website to come good in google search results, companies charge extra for SEO. Minimum charge for SEO is Rs.10,000 and it goes up. Most companies have SEO packages starting with a duration of one month to six months. You better choose the the lowest possible plan. I mean there is no guarantee for SEO and if any company claims so, it is a marketing gimmick. With SEO, you are completely at the mercy of Google. What if google suddenly changes the algorithm just like they did in 2012, all the money you put in SEO will become ashes and to add insult to injury, whatever you have done so far will backfire and your rankings will take a beating. SEO is a lottery, invest in it carefully.

Check Lists Before Handing Over A Webdesign Job To A Company

Make sure that the web design company has enough expertise in web development and design. Some companies will accept the job and drag it on for ever, as they don't have experienced people to get the job done.

Make sure that the website is compatible with all possible web browsers in use. Some websites will have compatibility issues with Internet Explorer. It is not a huge thing if your business is India based, as 85% people use Chrome and Firefox.

Make sure that you have all the authority over the website once the work is finished. Get all the usernames and passwords. Change the password, never let the web design company to hold those kind of details.

Normally web design companies do leave some little things unfinished, for you to go back to them once again for maintenance. Make sure that you communicate this well. Tell them that you want this website 100% done and you are not coming back for maintenance.

If you lack technical knowledge about what they talk about, get someone who knows something about websites and web development to talk on your behalf. You can get cheated in hell of a lot of ways. I know companies who charge insanely large amount of money by pointing out some silly things.

How To Start A Home Care Business In Texas

Starting  a home care business in Texas can be a daunting task at times. The licensing authority for home care agencies in Texas is the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). Your health care agency must comply with all the terms and conditions set forth by DADS. This article will give you instructions on how to start a home care business in Texas.

Health Care Services

You must prepare a list of health care services your agency will provide. Most agencies provide nursing, social services and personal care. You must obtain Medicare certification through DADS and other required federal agency documents depending on your requirements. To offer Medicare services, you will also have to get a national provider identifier (NPI) through the national provider enumeration system.

Staff and Board

Appoint all board directors and staffs. Appoint a supervisory nurse with good experience and performance under the belt.  Make sure that all your employees are up to the standards put forth by DADS. DADS requires all staff and board members to undergo a pre-licensing computer based training program.

Business Policy

You should come up with a business policy which clearly states the procedure to conform with best practices in health care issues. You should also state your policy to deal with the continuity of services in case of any business interruption.

Paperwork Required to Get Home Care Business License

You can register the health agency as a corporation or LLC. You can read our articles to know the paperwork required to start a corporation or LLC.

First you must submit an application for HCSSA (DADS form 2021) to Texas Department of Human Services office in Austin. You should also submit a certificate of good standing obtained from the Texas state comptroller. You can get the certificate through fax or email or in person. A criminal background check of all staff and owners will be done by DADS, for this you need to file DADS form 2022.

You will have to submit all the supporting documents required by forms 2021 and 2022. The supporting documents include informational about the business structure, educational qualifications of the staff, national provider identifier, IRS identification number etc. 

You should submit the completed forms and supporting documents to

Regulatory Services
Accounts Receivable
Mail Code E-411
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
P O Box 149030
Austin, TX 78714

The licensing fee check for $1,750 should also be included.

Verizon FiOS Availability In Texas

Currently Verizon FiOS is available in 20 cities throughout United States. Verizon uses 100% fiber-optic network straight to homes for FiOS services. To check the availability of Verizon FiOS services in Texas, call 1-877-418-4418.Verizon FiOS is available in two cities in Texas, Dallas and Ft. Worth.

What is FiOS?

FiOS is a fiber to home service provided by Verizon in United States. FiOS internet service plan starts from $79.99/month, FiOS TV HD from $49.99/month and FiOS Digital Voice from $44.99/month. You can get bundled plans at even lower price. Check Verizon website for latest pricing plans.

How To Get FiOS In Your Texas Home?

If FiOS is available in your area, a Verizon technician will come to your home. He will determine whether you need any cable installation. You can install the Optical Network Terminal (ONT) anywhere in the garage, basement or any place you prefer. All wiring and routing works will be done by the Verizon technician. Your existing Verizon landline connection will be transferred to FiOS network. You don't have pay for the transfer and it won't change your monthly charges as well.

You can go through Verizon FiOS welcome kit to understand how to use the service. Currently Verizon FiOS is available in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Verizon will soon expand the service to more cities.

How To Link Adsense To Google Analytics

Linking your adsense account to google analytics gives you access to more streamlined reports about your adsense earnings. Google analytics data for adsense can give you some interesting information about your adsense earnings. For eg: You can understand which page on your website earns you more. You can go through quite a lot of reports regarding your adsense earnings.After going through the data, you can easily tweak the website for better earnings.

How To Link Adsense To Google Analytics?

Adding adsense to google analytics is often confusing. Follow the instructions below

1. Go to your google analytics account for that website > Admin > Adsense linking > Link Accounts.

2. This will direct you to your adsense account page > Settings > Access And Authorization > Google Analytics Integration > Click on the website you want to link.

3. What is your primary analytics property? Select the website you want > Link > Save changes.

Now your adsense account is linked with google analytics. You can only link your adsense to one google analytics account. It will take some time for google analytics to update the data.

How To Sell Items On Ebay India

Ebay is the one of the best online selling websites in India. What makes eBay so special? The answer is,

  • Very cheap to list an item. It costs just Rs.3 (30 days) for domestic listings (India only) and Rs.23 for international listing (Worldwide)
  • Great exposure. The products you list for selling on eBay India will be seen by hundreds of prospective buyers. The number can double, if you choose international listing.
  • Seller protection. You have protection for your money, the buyer can't simply disappear after getting the product (read more on buyer protection)
  • Direct payment to bank accounts through PaisaPay.
Now back to the big question, How to sell on eBay India?

First thing is to sign up for an eBay account. Provide all the details including your address, bank account details, e-mail etc. 

1. In order to start selling on eBay India, go to www.ebay.in and sign in

2. Go to Sell, see image below

Sell Items On Ebay India

3. Click on Sell > Start Selling > Give a nice,catchy title for your product > Select appropriate category. Note that, you should select the right category, otherwise it will affect your eBay earnings.

4. Click Continue > Enter the details of your product. Put a nice, tempting price, upload photos and other details. Add description for your product, be detailed in your description.

5. Select a payment policy, select PaisaPay or you can choose Cash on Delivery or EMI via PaisaPay.

6. Select a shipping policy. Choose whether you want domestic or international listing. If you choose international listing you will be charged Rs.23 as eBay seller fee. If you choose domestic, it will be Rs.3 for up to 30 days. In the shipping policy details area,just enter 'Ships to anywhere in India', if you don't have a detailed shipping policy.

7. Click Continue > Preview your eBay listing > List your item

8. Once a buyer buys the item you listed for selling on eBay India, you will be given two deadlines. One for shipping the item and the other for delivery.

9. Once the buyer confirms the receipt of the item, the money will be transferred to your PaisaPay account. Ebay will deposit the amount to your bank account on every Monday and Thursday. It will take a maximum of 3 days for the amount to reflect on your bank account. PaisaPay will charge a small percentage (6% or so) of your selling price as PaisaPay fee. PaisaPay will deposit the amount to your bank after deducting PaisaPay fee.

How To Remove International Listing From eBay

Removing international listing from eBay will help you reduce seller fee by a huge margin. In order to remove eBay international listing

Go to My eBay > Selling > Edit listing > Scroll down to shipping > Edit shipping policy > now remove international shipping and save. International listing will now be removed from your item.

Morld Tech Gossips - 500th Post

Friends, this is the 500th post of Morld Tech Gossips. We have come a long way from 1 September 2011, when I posted my first post. When I started this blog 2 years ago, I never thought I would even post 100 articles, now we are at 500. It is a great feeling. The traffic has increased, more readers and more happiness. We soon will be moving to another platform. I hope that will provide more room for expansion and a better reading experience.








Morld Tech Gossips - 500th Post

I would like to share my happiness with you. Thanks for your support and love.

Regards

How To check Accreditation Of An online University In USA

If you are thinking of joining an online university in USA, you must join one that is properly accredited. If the online university you join is not accredited, your certificates will be rejected by employers and other universities. University accreditation are of different types, regional accreditation, national accreditation and specialized accreditation. Most universities in United States belong to regional accreditation boards, some popular universities in U.S that hold regional accreditation are Harvard University, Ohio University and Stanford University. The second most common type of accreditation is National Accreditation, which comes under national accreditation agencies in United States. The third one is specialized accreditation, some university departments seek specialized accreditation for individual degree programs.

There are hundreds of online universities in U.S alone. Popularity of online universities are on the rise, so does the number of scams. Your online university should be accredited by an agency recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation or the U.S Department of Accreditation. Be careful while joining an online university, make sure that it is approved by a recognized accreditation agency.

How To Check Accreditation of An Online University?

There are hundreds of websites where you can search for information regarding university accreditation. But as a student, I always prefer information from government websites over private ones  as they are more reliable.

To check the accreditation of an online university, go to U.S Department of Education website. U.S Department of Education maintains a database of all accredited postsecondary institutions and programs. You can check your online university's accreditation status in the database. The database is compiled on the basis of information submitted by recognized accrediting agencies and state approval agencies.

Toshiba Laptop Not Reading SD Memory Card - Solved

Few days back I had an issue with my Toshiba laptop not reading my SD memory card. When checked online many has reported this issue with Toshiba laptops. The issue is not related to hardware at all, it is with the driver.

This issue of Toshiba laptop not reading SD card is generally found in new laptops or in laptops in which a new OS is installed. The issue is because your Toshiba laptop is not having a driver to read the SD memory card. Install one and you will be fine.

Go to Toshiba website > Support > Laptop Computers > Enter the model or serial number of your laptop > Drivers and Updates > Card Reader > Download any one of them > Install

Restart the laptop and put your SD memory card back in, it should work fine.

How To Pay KSEB Bill Online

KSEB is the authority for electricity production and distribution in Kerala.KSEB electricity bills can be paid online now. In good old days there used to be a long line in front of KSEB offices to pay the bill. Introduction of Akshaya e-payment and facility to pay electricity bill online made it an easy job.

In order to pay your KSEB electricity bill online

1. Go to www.kseb.in > Pay Bills Online > Enter the bill details such as KSEB electrical section, consumer number, bill number, phone number and e-mail ID. E-mail ID is collected for sending a copy of the receipt.

2. Once you click on 'Show Bill Details' you can see the details of your consumer number and the amount needed to pay. Confirm the details and make payment using netbanking or credit or debit cards.

You can take a print out of the KSEB electricity bill receipt. Normally you don't need to, as a copy of the bill will be sent to your e-mail address which you can keep for future references. Why waste paper? Save nature.

Sony Ericsson W100i Display Problem - Solved

Sony Ericsson W100i is a smart little walkman phone.  It is small an cute. I have been using Sony Ericsson W100i as my spare phone for 3 years. The most complaints from W100i users are regarding its display. I too have been on the receiving end of this display problem for 3 times. Yes, you heard it right. My W100i display blacked out 3 times and all the three times, the culprit was the flex cable ( the strip that connects the two sliding parts).

Because W100i is a sliding phone, people tend to use the slide roughly. When you slide it with force, the flex cable that connects the two sliding parts will snap. It will cost Rs.500 to get the flex replaced from an authorized Sony Ericsson service center. The difficulty doesn't end there, now that Sony and Ericsson have separated, all Sony service centers in India won't accept this phone for repair. You will have to go to a Sony service center for older phones (Sony Xperia smartphones now have a separate service center).

Sony Ericsson W100i Display Problem


When I changed W100i flex cable for the first time 2 years back, the charge was Rs.400, now they charge Rs.500 for flex replacement. Rs.500 is too much as they don't give any warranty for the new flex cable. If you are interested in self fixing the device, you can buy the flex cable from online stores like eBay. I have checked the price on eBay, it costs around Rs.180. Buy the flex cable, watch w100i disassembly videos on YouTube to know how to open the parts and repair it yourself. You can save Rs.300. All the best.

Tip: In order to get your display last longer, reduce the usage of slide while taking calls, press on the answer button instead of sliding.

How To Get A CDL in Texas

A commercial driver license (CDL) is different from normal driver’s license. You must have a Texas CDL to drive a vehicle or truck
  • With a gross weight of 26,000 pounds
  • To transport hazardous chemicals or other materials
  • Which has a total seating capacity of over 16 passengers
In order to get a CDL in Texas, you will have to undergo some tests and procedures. To get Texas CDL, you must go to your nearest Texas DMV driver license office with required paperwork. You must have a clean driving record to qualify for CDL. There is no online application for CDL, you must apply in person. Paperwork required to get CDL in Texas is explained below:

ID Proof: Submit a valid ID proof to verify your identity. Take at least two valid ID proofs with you as they may ask for it. The details on both ID proofs should match.

Texas Residency Proof: You must provide two proofs. One of the proofs should contain supporting evidence that you lived in Texas for at least 30 days.

Social Security Number: Texas CDL will not be issued to individuals who does not provide proof of Social Security Number.

Self-Certification Affidavit: Submit the self-certification affidavit to prove your medical status.

Details of the Vehicle: If you are the owner of the vehicle, you must provide proof of vehicle registration and liability insurance of all vehicles registered under your name.

Examination and Tests: Appear for Supplement Application Texas CDL Certifications And Record of CDL examination. Appear for the vision test. Pass other knowledge test, skill tests and any other special endorsement tests.

Payment: Fee varies according to age group and other requirements. Normally it costs $61 to get a CDL that expires in five years.

Driving Test: You must provide the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for driving test. The CMV should be in the same class as the CDL you are applying for. You can schedule the driving test online by going to Texas DPS website. Remember that not all driving license offices can accommodate a CDL driving test.

Let me remind you once more, you must have a clean driving record to qualify for a Texas CDL. While applying for CDL, you must specify whether you are applying for interstate or intrastate commerce. Note that, you must have a regular driving license before applying for a commercial driving license. If you don’t have a regular license, apply for it first.

Samsung Galaxy S5 To Be Released On April 2014

Barely 9 months after Samsung Galaxy S4 release, rumours are going around about the release date of Galaxy S5. Samsung will release its next flagship device Galaxy S5 as soon as they are done with the development of 20MP camera sensor. Yes, you heard it right, Samsung Galaxy S5 is going to feature a 20MP rear camera along with a 5MP front facing one.

Initially Samsung was aiming for a February 2014 release but they have extended it to April 2014 because their camera sensor won’t be ready by February. Rumours were that Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature a 16MP camera (S4 has a 13MP camera), however the release of Nokia Lumia 1020 (41MP camera) and Sony Xperia Z1 (20MP camera) made Samsung to rethink its decision. Samsung’s engineers are working day night to get the 20MP camera sensor ready for S5 release by April 2014.Samsung Galaxy S5 will be competing with iPhone 5S when it comes out.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date

Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date


Just go through the trend of Samsung's product releases and you will get an idea about when Galaxy S5 will be released. It is not rocket science. Galaxy S4 was released in March 2013, S3 was released in May 2012 and S2 in May 2011, so expect the release by April 2014 (camera delay). Samsung has taken a leaf out of Apple’s book by sticking to a yearly flagship product release cycle.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs

Screen: Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature a 5 (5.25 to be exact) inch with a resolution of 2560x1440 and 560ppi. Unlike its predecessor S4, Galaxy S5 will come with an LCD screen instead of AMOLED. Samsung’s move to LCD display is to cut production costs by 20%. With the LCD screen on board, the colors will look more natural. LCD screens consume less power when compared to AMOLED.

OS: Galaxy S5 will run on Android 4.4 KitKat

Processor: 2.5GHz Quadcore Snapdragon 800

RAM: Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature a 64bit processor with 4GB RAM

Battery: Galaxy S5 will have a 4000mAh battery to keep up with its power requirements.

Other features: In addition to all the above specs, Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature an eye scanner, which scans the retina of your eyes to detect the user. The phone will scan your eyes to unlock the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Price

Even though very less is known about the pricing of Samsung Galaxy S5, rumours say it will have a price tag more or less similar to iPhone 5S. iPhone 5S unlocked version in US costs $649, Samsung Galaxy S5 may cost anywhere between $650 - $750.

All in all Samsung Galaxy S5 will be a beast that packs a lot of features on paper. How it will perform against its competitors? Only time will tell, well 100 more days to be exact.
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