Monday, April 30, 2012

Fashionably True

Fashion-breed @FTV: When it comes to fashion, we talk about elegant, stylish and chic fashion shows by the renowned (and sometimes budding) designers. You get to see super skinny models displaying latest labels of designer outfits (wearable and mostly unwearable) and the shows are organised across fashion capitals like Milan, Paris, London, New York, LA, Miami and in our very own Indian subcontinent. Similarly, no one is unaware of other Indian events like “Lakme Fashion Week” and the making of “Kingfisher Calendar” (is that still on after the Hawai-Jahaz thrashing...well not getting into that). But what has been amazingly new and innovative in its new avatar is that the renowned fashion designers from India as well as across the globe have turned to crowd-sourcing (don’t get confused, information about it is given below). Crowdsourcing: This platform of online medium termed as “fashion crowdsourcing” helps any individual who feels has potential & talent in them to participate in the competition of being associated with fashion designers. Interestingly these crowdsourcing platforms are also integrated with social networking platforms like Facebook & Twitter, where participants’ friends (enemies, strangers, celebrities too) can vote for them. Based on the highest votes and reviews by the designers, the lucky one gets the chance of creating various designer collections in collaboration with the renowned fashion designers. Not only this, he/she after the participation will be closely associated with these models (whom they have watched in TVs or got their glimpse in any fashion show) and would be globetrotting to participate in various shows being organised in the fashion capitals ( it is a great opportunity for those talented designers out there). Beyond designer clothes, various big labels in designer accessories, jewellery, art etc are using crowdsourcing platform. It is fashionably true that digital opportunity is immense and brings with it immense hope to Fashion Designers as well.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Time to Archive

Ghajini Side-Effects: Just imagine!!! You wake up one morning on a lazy Sunday, after having your heavy brunch, you switch on your tab to log in to your personal mail account. Email - (this is a work of fiction; names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any resemblance is entirely coincidental), Password – 9999988888, gosh you cannot recollect your password. Yes, you may not have given up in the beginning and you must have tried your luck with various permutations & combinations. However, sadly, it was an unfortunate day; you actually could not remember your password. You must be guessing, that I will be narrating you about Aamir Khan in Ghajini, about his amnesia and how he used to pen down all his necessary info over his body with a black marker (am not promoting it either) but I don’t wish to. This may not be a bad dream but it could actually happen to any one of us in reality. Nevertheless, we all know, where there is a will, there is a way. You can be relaxed (even if the dream comes true) and can take an easy breath, cause even if you have the Ghajini symptoms, your mails & important files will be safe and intact to be accessed anytime, while you are on the move.
Do or Die – Back-it-up: Do you ever realize that our personal emails have such importance in our life? (am sure you do, as your clients always poke you with those presentations and heavy mails) and to keep it secure and accessible all you need to do is to download the software “Mailstore Home 5” from and; it’s free of cost for home users. Once you download and configure it, all your data and important files become safe & secured in your personal hard disc drive forever. Its simple to install the software and it will do its job of making a copy of your entire mailbox, with the same files and folders in your hard disc. You can also use a USB drive to make a portable copy for your travel usage. With such a simple and easy to use tool, you can back up all your mails from various access points in a central archive. Having done this, you will never have the fear of losing emails again (even if you forget your password and you are not able to retrieve it) and can search all of your emails extremely fast. You can also reply or forward your archived emails by opening them with a single mouse click in your standard email program. There are couple of mail archive software available in the market & these works with almost all mail servers and if you feel the need, you can keep a backup of your office mails as well. Hence, keep synchronizing your back up at regular intervals, whenever your mailbox is upgrading or alternatively, you can keep the software running on your PC. So feel free to party hard on weekends as you can afford to have a hangover, giving your memory a little break.