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Saturday, November 5, 2016

How to play "Kazhutha" (Donkey/ass) card game - കഴുത ചീട്ട് കളി എങ്ങനെ?

 Take all cards and distribute equally.

A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 is the decreasing order of values.

Each round consists of each player putting one card each in anti-clockwise order. The purpose of the game is to get rid of all the cards in your hand and become empty handed. The last person remaining with cards in their hand is declared "kazhutha".

The player who plays first is usually the player with Ace of Spade.

If a player plays spade, that round is for spades and every player must play only a spade card. Whoever plays the largest valued card in the round, "loses" (or wins) the round and has to start the next round.

Now, if everyone had every suit equally distributed, the game would be very boring because after all the rounds, everyone would have finished all their cards. This is where it gets interesting.

If a player plays diamond Q let's say. And player 2 plays diamond K, and player 3 plays diamond 10, and when it comes to player 4 imagine they don't have any card of diamond in their hand. Then, they can play any card of any other suit and the player who put the largest card till then will have to take all the cards on the floor in that round and add to their hand. That is, in this case, player 4 could play a card like say Ace of Clubs, and player 2 (because they played K of diamond) will have to take the diamond Q, K, 10 and the Clubs A into their hand. Player 2 will also have to start the next round.

At the end of one game, whoever becomes the ass will have to start the next game. As it goes "കഴുത കശക്കി, കഴുതക്കിട്ട്, കഴുത കളിച്ച് തുടങ്ങേണം"

Ask me in the comments if you have any questions on playing this wonderful card game.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Aeroway Mysore - Tips and Tricks

Aeroway is a great cheap fast broadband Internet provider in Mysore.

Here are some useful tips for Aeroway subscribers.

Check your plan balance and other details

Go to http://172.16.0.1/myaccount.html
Login with your username and password

Here you can change your password, view package details, expiry date, your assigned IP address, bandwidth usage per session, bandwidth left, etc.

Opening the captive portal directly

You can load the captive portal by going to http://10.10.0.1 or http://172.16.0.1
Pin this tab in firefox or chrome to have it load whenever you open the browser

Use alternate DNS services

Aeroway recommends you to use their own DNS which is at 172.16.0.1, but this is required only for you to get automatically redirected to the captive portal when you're logged out. If you are smart enough to load the captive portal by yourself, using the trick I just described above, you can set your DNS to other great DNSes like
Google: 8.8.8.8 or 8.8.4.4
OpenDNS: 208.67.222.222 or 208.67.220.220
OpenNIC: 89.18.27.34, or 193.183.98.154, or 5.9.49.12, or 31.3.135.232

Recharge or pay bills online

You can use the spotsoon app on iOS or Android to pay Aeroway. But you can also pay directly online by going to aeroway.spotsoon.com

Troubleshoot your internet connection

If all of a sudden you are unable to access the Internet, take some time to figure out where the problem is.
First, check that your router is on and there is power supply. If not, call electricity board.

Then, find the cable that comes from the roof and go into your router. Take a note of all the LEDs that are on. Disconnect this cable, and see if any LED turns off. Connect the cable back and see if any LED comes on. If there is an LED that goes off and comes on, that is the "link indicator". It being on means that you're connected to Aeroway's infrastructure and no monkeys have severed the cable connection.

If the link is up (on), then load the captive page manually and try logging in. If it doesn't log in, either your password is wrong, or your package has expired. If it does log in, but you still can't access the Internet, it's mostly a problem with the upstream and there's nothing you can/need to do.

If there's no link, inspect the cable coming from the roof. If you can find any cuts or if you find banana peels lying around, call aeroway and tell them that the monkeys have cut your cable.

If the link is up, but the captive page doesn't load, there're a hundred reasons why you can't connect properly to your router and teaching you that is beyond the scope of this article.

Aeroway Internet - Cheap and Fast Broadband Internet in Mysore

I am a long time user and fan of Aeroway Internet in Mysore. They have been providing me cheap and fast broadband internet in "namma uru Mysuru" for more than 2 years now.

Tariff
The most attractive thing about the tariff plans of Aeroway is that they have truly unlimited plans (no FUP) at affordable prices. For example, the 1Mbps unlimited for ₹750 (and 15% tax) which gives unlimited unlimited Internet at 1Mbps is really useful if you're someone who likes to download a lot of stuff over torrents. The upload speed would be 1/3rd of the download speed.
And higher speeds are also available, upto 50Mbps. The best thing about the tariff plans is that it is extremely easy to change your tariff plan every month, you just have to choose a different plan and pay accordingly.
Checkout tariff details here

Customer service
My place is full of monkeys and they keep cutting the cables on the roof. But, Aeroway engineers come within hours of calling their office and fix it (for free!) every time without fail.

Drawbacks
One tiny drawback is that there is a captive portal which you need to be logged in to with your username and password for the Internet to start working. This is a very minor annoyance.

Another problem is that you have a shared IP and therefore it is not possible to initiate a connection to your computer from outside. But having said that, it's possible to obtain a static, private IP for just 200 a month!

Visit Aeroway website
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