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Talking Tech

SMS ID- one touch information

The world, indeed, is moving fast beneath our feet as we are swept away by the wave of the hi-tech telecommunication era. As we run on, as we stumble, as we begin to gradually get the feel of it all, life is becoming simpler. As the saying goes, the world is coming to your fingertips.

The saying takes a literal meaning when we consider the novel concept- that is, that of, i-card. Thanks to innovation, you no longer have to fill your pocket with your business cards. You can simply open an account, free of charge, by registering. Following the registration, you will have an SMS ID, similar to that of an e-mail account. The account will store your personal information, such as name, address, blood group and an emergency number. Again just like your phone number or e-mail address, you can give the ID out to people so that they can view your personal information.

A typical scenario (or to say, the benefit) would be where a person is injured in an accident. The passer-by, the hospital, or any other relevant person can type his SMS ID and find crucial information such as his emergency number or blood group.

The process is relatively simple. Supposing your SMS ID is Siddiky, a person can type INFO SIDDIKY from their message options, and send it to 7171. He/ she would immediately receive an SMS containing the data stored in your account.

In easy terms, this is more like a virtual business card. It is to be noted that most non-professionals do not carry visiting cards. In such cases, it is difficult for others to access information, especially in times of emergency. Anybody from corporate personnel and professionals to students and housewives can have their own SMS ID.

For more information, please contact: i-infomedia, 10/5 Eastern Plaza, Sonargoan Road, Hatirpool, Dhaka-1205. Phone: 8621756, 8618730, 9673451.

By Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky

Check It Out

Photo book- new ways to preserve the old

Skimming through old photos, and taking a jog down the memory lane has been people's favourite pastime. But it is a pain when the photos- like us- start to age. They wither, wrinkle around the edges and yellow. At times, they become chipped and faded. Tucking them away in photo albums does not solve the problem either. Photos become glued between the pages and undergo nasty rips before allowing the pages to break their bonds.

To solve these problems, Hasan Digital Colour Lab is promoting something new called the photo book. Here, the photos are digitally grafted, rather than pasted, into the pages of a book. They are protected by a sheen of chemical coating that prevents the moisture chipping away at those mementoes.

Moreover, there is much scope for the customer to dictate how the book should look. They can choose for the pictures to be arranged in a sequence, like a story. They can provide captions and labels, and the pages can be imprinted with various designs and backgrounds.

By Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky

Shop Talk

Wall clocks are in vogue once more. A well-decorated wall clock in the passage, doorway, living or dining room makes a it look grand. One can simply change the whole ambience of a room by placing a handsome wall clock in it.

The origin of wall clocks can be traced back to the Americans who started as the market leader. The oldest American wall clock manufacturer is Seth Thomas. Soon it was copied by the Japanese with much lighter material and then by the Chinese. Other pioneers of wall clocks are England, Germany and France.

Grandfather clocks
Grandfather clocks are huge, wooden clocks that are now treasured as antique pieces. As the name implies, they are old, traditional and have a majestic look. Japanese company Rhythm began making such magnificent clocks that were later copied by other companies. You can order these online and they will be shipped to you from abroad. But a good brand costs a fortune.

Cuckoo clocks
Cuckoo clocks usually vary in sizes from small to medium. The real cuckoo birds came from Japan. As the name implies, a cuckoo bird steps out and announces the time every hour. They are very suitable for children's rooms. Good quality cuckoo clocks are available at New Market, Baitul Mukarram, etc and pricing begins at Taka 500.

Pendulum clocks
Pendulum clocks are usually medium in size. Such clocks have a visible pendulum swinging continuously. Indian brands like Ajanta and Samay are widely available in clock shops. The price range varies from Taka 500 to Taka 3000.

Antique clocks
The culture of treasuring antique clocks hasn't quite caught on. Nonetheless a few antique clocks from brands like Seth Thomas, Waliti, and Seikosha are available in antique shops around town. Prices vary according to the brand.

Children's clocks
A variety of clocks are available for children. They are usually medium in size and brightly coloured and available in a variety of designs suited to both sexes. Starting from as low as Taka 300, they are available at New Market, Baitul Mukarram and so on.

By Nazia Atique
Photo: Tanvir Ahmed

On The Cover

From status symbol to utility object to fashion accessory. The timepiece has many faces, and we're looking at them all. Tick-tock over to the centre for the story.

Model: Asif Azim
Photo: Zahedul I Khan


Watcha' watchin…
Whether you wear it on your right hand or your left, whether you consider it a nuisance to wear, watches are crucial. After all how does one get by without knowing the time? And while many choose to ask random strangers on the street for the time over wearing a watch, it is much easier to just wear one. Watches are small but intricate objects and a good watch is one that lasts long. But you can't just rely on brand name alone for wear and tear, a little care will add years to your wrist piece…

When winding a watch, do it slowly so that there is less strain on the mechanism. Try to wind slowly and gently and in the clockwise direction. Never wind anti-clockwise unless the watch is specifically designed for it.

Read the fine print
Most authentic watches come with a little booklet that tells you exactly how waterproof it is, how often to get it serviced and what type of batteries to use. Make sure you pay careful attention to these things. After all, the manufacturer knows best and this will ensure that your time piece lasts longer.

Use it, don't abuse it
Constant wear fools us into thinking that a watch is like a bean bag which you can simply throw about. But that isn't true at all. Try not to drop your watch because the shock might ruin the mechanism or even crack the glass. Don't use it to pry things open or knock it into things because this will only scratch it. If the band is made of leather or pleather, don't pull on it too often or else the pin that holds it in might get unhinged.

A little watching will take your watch a long way. So make sure you take good care of your ticker.

By Tahiat-e-Mahboob
Photo: Tanvir Ahmed



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