Monday, 1 September 2014

How fix 'missing PSpice menu' in Capture Student (OrCad Capture 9.1)

SPICE (Simulated Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis) is a  software that can be used to  simulate different circuits and can be used to perform various analysis of electrical and electronic circuits including time domain response, small signal frequency response, total power dissipation, determination of nodal voltages and branch current in a circuit, transient analysis, determination of operating point of transistors, etc. You will most likely use it if you are a geek or you need to as it is part of you school or college curriculum. The software is easy to install and easy to use, users on Windows 7 and 8 might run into compatibility issues and the 'Pspice menu' might be missing, not letting you to 'run'  and analyse the circuit. In this blog ,I will show you some of the ways of getting these problems fixed in some easy steps. I have assumed that you have installed PSpice (OrCad ver9.1).

Fix 1:
  •  Right click on the 'capture student' icon, then go to the 'compatibility tab'.
  • Check the 'Run this ...for' Check Box and select 'Windows2000' from the drop down list.
  • Check the  'Run this program as administrator' Check Box.
  • Hit on 'Apply' and then 'Ok'.
  • Run the program.
      This should fix the problem, if not try changing the compatibility mode to 'Win Xp SP1'.


        Fix 2:Please note that this fix will work only if all the steps mentioned in Fix 1 is applied. 

  • Open  the 'Capture Student' application.  
  • Now go to file>open>project.
  • Then navigate to the 'example.opj' project file located in the 'Examples'  folder in C*:\Program Files\OrCAD_Demo\PSpice\Capture_Samples\Anasim.
  • Now check whether the Pspice menu is present.
  • If yes, save the project and create a new project  before closing the example project.
  • The new project should have all the problems fixed.


Did this fix help you or do you have a better fix ?.Feel free to comment and share.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Moto E review

The Moto for Everyone

The moto for everyone ?

Companies  all over the world focus and put all their revenue and energy into their flagship forgetting the mass market.What the people in this mass market  usually get is underpowered and overpriced 'not so smart phones'. Most flagship launches are surrounded with a lot of hype and rumours. Rarely does a company hit the 'ultimate success' spot after the launch .The reasons for failure usually are lack of features,design  and many other factors. But the most prominient of all these aspects is pricing. Indian companies like Micromax,Karbonn were leaders in launching phones targetting this mass market. Motorola entered this territory late and launched the Moto G which was a phenomenal success. Now with the lauch of the Moto E, the company is set destroy the 'Feature Phone'.With a launch price of 6999INR, Moto E is a small phone with great features. Lets see if this small  phone can take on this challenge . 

Design,the one aspect that determines success of a phone even if has the power to move mountains has never been so important than in the current scenario.Well in that matter, Moto E is defenitely ahead. With the same DNA from its brothers (the Moto X and G ), comfort and solid  is what you feel when you hold the device in your hand for the first time.The front 4.3QHD 540 x 960 rez diplay even though very reflective ,is something never seen in this price bracket.The display offers very good colours and viewing angles, making it ideal for gaming or catching up on a movie while travelling. The panel is not so good under direct sunlight however as it tends to wash out and the grid of touch spots is clearly visible. You even get a water resistant coating for the entire body and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.You can swap out the back panel on your phone for other colours, should you choose to customise it. The cover is a bit of a pain to remove though. Underneath, you’ll find the two SIM slots and microSD card slot.

image courtesy of tech2

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core SoC onboard and the 1GB of RAM ,the device is very snappy. From the time it takes for app launches to the transition animations, everything feels very fluid .Though there is  a light noticelable lag when multitasking between heavy apps but the  overall flow and feel is just Snappy. Much of this fluidity is because of the improved  memory management in Kitkat.

Available free max free RAM
The Moto E features 4GB of onboard storage, out of which 2.21GB is usable.Unlike the MotoG, motorola decided to add memory card support and supports upto a 32 giggs card. Once you insert it, the phone prompts you if you wish to move all the videos and photos over to the SD card. You can manually move installed apps over as well The loudspeaker is surprisingly loud for a mono speaker and offers pretty good clarity too.

 And now lets talk about the camera that I feel is the only piece of the puzzle that  Motorola got wrong. On paper ,the phone has a rear 5MP shooter. With HDR one would expect much from the E. But things turn out to be on the negative side as the camera lacks autofocus .The pictures lack detail, and can be only used only for social networking and other stuff on the web. If you want a phone with average camera, STAY AWAY!.As long as you’re not too close to the subject, the pictures are passable and more than adequate for social media sharing.The photos look horrible on the view finder but after you have taken the shot, some agressive software processing gives mixed results. Sometimes the shots turn out to be good  and sometimes not so.Video recording  maxes out at 480p with similar performance.

Shot taken in bright day light

Notice the sever lack of details near the trees and blurred effect near the car
 The 1980mAh battery will easily give you a full day’s worth of usage. This is with a mix of calls, music, gaming and surfing the web over Wi-Fi. The standby time is pretty good.

Just like the G,the Moto E is poised for great success in the current market. Motorolar clearly has understood the mass market.And if not for one reason ,the phone would be a phenomenal success. With promised software updates, its clear that Motorola is working towards that and the Moto -E is the moto for everyone. Motorola clearly blurred the lines between a feature phone and a smart phone by pricing a smart phone for a feature phone's price.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

How to speed up Galaxy S duos

                 How to speed up Galaxy S duos without rooting

So you thought that just like many other S duos (most of the Samsung phone) users that there is no escaping the traditional 'LAG n HANG' problem of your  phone.Well, there is one way around the problem -'ROOTING'. But rooting is not for the faint hearted, so I will tell you how to speed up your S duos in some easy steps .These steps are very simple and will surely have a considerable performance improvement in your device. Speeding up S duos is all about freeing up  RAM memory.

Not using a task killer :

   The major culprit  behind the lag is Samsung's very own  'TouchWiz' skin .When you install a task killer to auto clear the RAM, the 'TouchWiz home' which is cached in the RAM is cleared, causing it to reload every time  when you use your device. This takes considerable time, and causes the lags. So the best option is to uninstall every task killer that you have installed.

Force stopping apps:

Most of the apps even when not active or used, are kept cached by the Android OS so that they are loaded faster when you need them. But some of the apps like facebook have background functions that draw some juice. So, unless you use the app very often, force stop them. This will not cause any problems.For stopping apps .
Go to settings>application manager> then force stop the app that you dont use very often (its not just often its 'very often').


Disabling all the Bloatware:

Samsung has provided us with a rich set of bloatwares. From S-apps , ChatOn  and S etc to S everything . This not only eats up precious storage but also RAM memory. As rooting is required to remove these apps , the next option would be to force stop them. This also dosent help as theykeep auto starting. The most effective method is to 'disable'  the app.
Go the settings>Application manager >All tab ,select the  app. If the current app installed is the updated one and not the stock one, then you will be promted to 'uninstall updates'. Uninstall the updated and then disable the app.


If you are not an active user of  ChatOn services, it would be a great idea to diable to 'Samsung Push service' also.

Clearing the Clipboard:  If you use the stock samsung keyboard and do a lot of  'copy paste' and take screenshots often, then you will end up filling the clipboard in the keyboard. To clear the clipboard ,go to messages ,open a new message then open the clipboard as show below. To remove items , hold on the item and then remove from clipboard.




Using apps:

Till now everything  I said was about killing and force stopping apps  but now lets use some apps to help us. Using  some managers like Mobile care, All in one tool box  etc will help you in clearing the cache, history, empty folders etc. And remember to force stop even this app after you have used it.

Uninstalling unwanted apps: 

We are so addicted to installing and trying out new apps but we often forget to unistall the ones that we dont use. Uninstalling unwanted apps is not something that has to mentioned as its understood .

Some more steps are

Deleting/Reducing the number of widgets and home screens

Performing a factory reset after you have created the necessary backup of all your data and then performing all the steps mentioned above.


These steps will defenitely help you in using your device with less frustration  and if you are not satisfied , then the next step is only rooting and getting rid of the TouchWiz skin.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to mention them in the comments section  of this blog .



Saturday, 26 April 2014

The Flagship killer

                         OnePlus One vs ? 

  We all have heard and seen the hype and rumour surrounding the flagship launches. Compaines call it the 'revolution' which is nothing but an evolution and 'The next big thing', which  happens to be 'Just the next thing'. Falling for all this, you brought yourself a flagship recently and are convinced that you  got 'The Flaghip of the year' and made the wisest choise?. Think twice!(those of you watching the internet closely will know what i am taking about ). Because the very defenition of 'Flagship' seems to have been slightly redefined. It is no more just the very high end specs and all the bells and whistles, but a factor that we never expect it be  associated with  -'PRICE'.











A company called OnePlus seems to be taking  this aspect head on with the moto 'NeverSettle'. OnePlus is a start-up company and producer of smartphones from China founded on December 17, 2013 headquartered in Hong Kong and Shenzen. Now you might think how on earth can a company with no notable  history just make a phone that can stand against the SAMSUNG, HTC, APPPLE , SONY etc. But they have done it with the OnePlus One. With killer specs and more importantly a pricing of $299  that makes the deal so tempting. 








The phone  has a 5.5 inch 1080p  screen with a pixel density of about 401ppi. Most smartphones you see these days have plastic chassis. But OnePlus went with a material that we haven't seen very much of in smartphones, magnesium .The phone like most recent high-end phones, is powered by  Qualcomm's blazing-fast Snapdragon 801 coupled with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330GPU. In terms of  storage, we see a new  strategy here with the One. OnePlus is skipping the 32 GB option, jumping straight to 64 GB for just $50 more than the 16 GB model. Considering Apple charges an extra $100 to jump from a 16 GB iPhone to a 32 GB one, $50 for an extra 48 GB is looking like a pretty sweet deal. The rear of the camera has 13Mp shooter with dual LED flash which can even record 4K and  720p slow motion videos @120fps .The front has a 5MP shooter for all your selfies. In the software department , One dosen't dissappint at all. Running on the latest 4.4 kitkat  the One ships with the mod community's favorite custom version, Cyanogenmod. CM builds that you download for rooted phones typically feature the stock Android UI (or something very close to it), but the special version of CM (11s) that runs on the One has its own unique appearance. Like all versions of Cyanogenmod though, the beauty is in how customizable it all is. The OnePlus One lets you choose between using onscreen or capacitive (below screen) navigation keys. If you go with capacitive keys, then you'll always be able to use 100 percent of the screen for your apps and content. If you go with onscreen navigation, then you end up sacrificing a little real estate. Apart from all this ,One also packs in Tap-on display ,Wake with voice and  NFC features. The phone gets its juice from a 3,100 mAh battery which OnePlus is advertising "over a day's worth of battery life". Out of the box, the One will come in both "silk white" and "sandstone black" colors. Right now it looks like the white model is tied to the cheaper 16 GB version, while the black  to the $50 more expensive 64 GB One. 


With this launch ,OnePlus  has hit the one spot where its competitors are weak and lacking and 'Smashed' the flagship by their never moto 'NeverSettle'. What do you think?. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Why this is do or die for Apple

           Has Apple lost its charm or its  that the  competion just  caught up?

   So folks, its the time of the year when the rumour mill churns out the best rumours. Yes, I am talking about 'The big daddy of innovation-Apple' . From the mouse, Mac ,GUI and the iPad,Apple constantly challenged the status quo and led the way. Times are getting tougher  for Apple  as rivals are inching closer and even beating them at their game . The world's watching Apple fall as  some predicted when  Steve jobs passed away.
  Apple generally  launches its new iPhone(s) in September and the last quarter of the year blows up with sales. Sales typically hit the top peak  around the holidays , but Apple has supercharged this by releasing iPhone at that time.  Demand consistently peaks after a new iPhone debuts, as you’d expect.
From 2007 to 2011, iPhone sales doubled every holiday season, more or less. A new iPhone meant way more sales, but that’s no longer the case. In 2012 that growth fell by two thirds, and even with two iPhones in 2013, it all fell again by another two thirds. But you wouldn’t realize this by looking at the sales chart. Sales look like the chart on the left. It’s the one with a lot of upward momentum.

Look at the chart and you’ll see why Apple is finding it tough to stay on the top. Dwindling growth each year for the last few years.  But  a look at the rumours on the web about the speculated products(if true) show that Apple is moving in the right direction .
A new iPhone is  obvious. But how different will it be when compared to the current gen? Only Apple knows. Based on a recent survey, its clear that the world cant wait for an iPhone with a bigger display. 

  “This is the highest level of demand for an unannounced Apple model in a ChangeWave survey – stronger than we’ve seen in previous years for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 models prior to their announcements,” said Andy Golub of 451 Research. “Speculation over a larger screen iPhone is clearly striking a chord with consumers.”




This is quite contrary to what apple convinced us some time ago . Apple tried to convince us that  4inch was the perfect size for a phone. They were even seen ridiculing the competition (Yep,the note lineup).But now the  phablets rule the world .A recent leak suggested that the next iPhone will have a 4.7 inch screen and even more variants. A new Mac book pro ,Apple Tv etc are to expected.









Another leak(pic shown below) points out that Apple clearly know its situation and hudles.

But when you believe something and make others believe the same and then you realise that you were not right  is what Apple is finding difficult to fight. Just like with the screen size,closed ecosystem , and also the megapixel count race. Not to mention  the 'premium' tag that Apple devices hold proudly for we the customers are tapped.What this situation has is that it has created a new environment with faster,cheaper devices and we are left with  more options to chose from.

 What will Apple do and to what extent will they 'Think Differnt' to get back on track has to be seen.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Nexus 5 vs Moto x

                     NEXUS 5 vs MOTO X

 Finally!. Moto x hit the indian shores after its announcement  almost 7 months ago .So obviously, we consumers are left in a dillema.Yes, you guessed it right - THE NEXUS 5!!. So which one is better(or which one is better at what ?) ?.This blog will not tell you which one you should buy but will defenitely help you in making the right choise . If you are interested in looking into the specs of these phones indepth go to moto x  and nexus 5. Nexus 5 being  dearer by almost 5k INR has its own USP. Then where does moto x stand? Lets dig in !

DESIGN: Motorola says that they designed the phone's shape first and the rest of the phone  was designed around it. And it is quite true. Surprisingly both the Nexus and X weigh at around 130g ,but the Nexus has a slightly larger screen. The decision of buying a phone based on the design criterion is purely a personal choise but the 'Moto maker ' takes the 'personal choise ' to a whole new level .

SCREEN : Many of you may be saying that the Nexus's 1080p screen rules any competition with the  X.Does it? Lets have a look .The nexus 5 has a 5(4.95 to be precise )inch screen with a resolution of

1080 x 1920 pixels which gives a pixel density of about 445ppi which is an excellent display. The Moto X has a AMOLED 4.7 inches with a resolution of 720 x 1280 which gives a lesser pixel density of 312ppi. While you won't notice the Moto X's lower pixel density unless you press your eyeballs up against its screen, the larger size, whiter whites and superior brightness of the Nexus 5 give it the upper hand.What the moto has  that is truly unique is the way motorolo have used the AMOLED display. Being able to turn on a single pixel, and save battery based on color is pretty damn cool.This means that you notifications on the screen when the phone is not awake are displayed by turning on individual pixels which is not only cool but also helps in decreasing the battery usage.

SMILE PLEASE :-)   :If you are buying a phone for an awesome camera ,then you are making wrong choise by selecting either of these phones . Neither the Nexus 5 or Moto X takes photos that will blow you away. The Moto X has superior specs, though – with a 1/2.6-inch sensor that's larger than the 1/3.2 sensor of the Nexus 5. It also has a higher megapixel count. It has ten , the Nexus 5 eight. Of course, that extra resolution doesn't really shine out much in the resulting photos.
. The megapixel count isnt everything. The Moto X's extra megapixels don't offer much improvement when comparing shots taken with the Nexus 5's 8MP offering. If anything, the Nexus 5 produces more details even in well-lit condition. Google has fixed most of the problems on the Nexus's camera with an update,but still!!. Motorola also updated its camera software recently to allow you to drag its focus indicator to select your focus and metering point.The major advantage that the Nexus has is OIS and more detailed shots.

UNDER THE HOOD: On paper the Nexus has a Snapdragon 800 Quad-core CPU clocked at  2.3 GHz coupled with an adreno Adreno 330 GPU  and the Moto x  powered by a dual core Snapdragon  s4 CPU clocked at 1.7GHz with Adreno 330 .Both the devices have 2giggs of RAM which is adequate. Phone chips developed from the Snapdragon s4 to 800 makes the nexus 5 two 'mini generations ' ahead of the moto x. But this performance difference will not be noticed in the normal day to day usage.But there is no denying the fact that the Nexus is faster .The Moto X carries a combo of a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor running at 1.7 GHz, an Adreno 320 quad-core GPU and two specialized cores (one for contextual computing and the other for natural language processing), all of which are supported by 2GB of RAM. The unique X8 octa-core architecture in the Motorola made it difficult to compare with other phones.If want to know more about the moto x's processor the go to moto x-cpu performance

SOFTWARE :If you're not a fan of Android skins such as Samsung's TouchWiz and HTC's Sense, you'll like Motorola's fairly clean build of  vanilla  Android . Everything from the lock screen and app menu to the notification drawer looks and feels Nexus-like.While the nexus offers the google experience launcher.
The more flashy software addition from Motorola is Touchless Control. Excellent while driving, your Moto X listens for the key phrase even when the screen is off. By default (you can change it if you're crafty) saying "OK Google Now" lets you have access to all of Google Now's voice actions, as well as extras from Motorola while Moto Assist has you in driving mode. With the Nexus 5 you have to have the phone on and be on the home screen to activate voice actions.Yes, some Samsung phones can do something similar, but it rarely works, lags your system, and drains your battery.There are some trade-offs to this purer Android experience. For instance, you can't launch any app you want from the lockscreen, as you can with the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. The way  how Samsung integrates quick settings and notifications on one screen, complete with a brightness slider is a great and I personally like this addition . On the Moto X, settings and alerts are separate. The reason it works well here is the processor arrangement on the Moto X. Using coprocessors clocked very low that use very little battery, the phone can listen while the main processor is asleep. If it hears the predetermined phrase, it wakes up ready to go. The Snapdragon 800 also has a low-speed low-power coprocessor, but Google chose to use if for health and fitness purposes like communication with a heart monitor or pedometer. Some may argue that the always listening feature on the moto x is a privacy concern, I would say that its super cool and its defenitely the way forward.
BATTERY :Both the phones have a non removable battery ,the Moto x with a 2200mAh battery and the Nexus with a 2300mAh .The 720p AMOLED display helps in performance as well as drawing less juice from the battery,therby ...a better battery backup (a full day!atlest thats what Motorola claims).The nexus 5 isnt a performere in this aspect.

PRICE:Always the first and last factor that we look into . Priced at 23999INR ,the Moto x is defenitely a compelling buy for its software features while offering a almost stock android experience with a decent performance. However, we can't ignore that the Nexus 5 is a much more powerful phone that is cheaper. It'll also get Android updates more quickly than the Motorola phone.Now the choise between the two is upto you.
However, we can't ignore that the Nexus 5 is a much more powerful phone that is cheaper. It'll also get Android updates more quickly than the Motorola phone.
However, we can't ignore that the Nexus 5 is a much more powerful phone that is cheaper. It'll also get Android updates more quickly than the Motorola phone.

Phone chips developed from the Snapdragon S4 Pro to the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 – making the Nexus 5 two ‘mini generations’ ahead of the Moto X.

Phone chips developed from the Snapdragon S4 Pro to the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 – making the Nexus 5 two ‘mini generations’ ahead of the Moto X.

Phone chips developed from the Snapdragon S4 Pro to the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 – making the Nexus 5 two ‘mini generations’ ahead of the Moto X.

Phone chips developed from the Snapdragon S4 Pro to the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 – making the Nexus 5 two ‘mini generations’ ahead of the Moto X.
Phone chips developed from the Snapdragon S4 Pro to the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 – making the Nexus 5 two ‘mini generations’ ahead of the Moto X.
Phone chips developed from the Snapdragon S4 Pro to the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 – making the Nexus 5 two ‘mini generations’ ahead of the Moto X.

Phone chips developed from the Snapdragon S4 Pro to the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 – making the Nexus 5 two ‘mini generations’ ahead of the Moto X.

Phone chips developed from the Snapdragon S4 Pro to the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 – making the Nexus 5 two ‘mini generations’ ahead of the Moto X.

Phone chips developed from the Snapdragon S4 Pro to the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 – making the Nexus 5 two ‘mini generations’ ahead of the Moto X.


Thursday, 27 February 2014

               GALAXY S5 :What we finally got!

What everyone hoped and expected!
After almost a year ,we finally have the brand new (really?) Galaxy S5. But is it good enough to  have the 'S5' badge?. Or did all the hype kill the most expected Star to the new galaxy S family ?. We shall look into all these things in this blog and its not a review because i havent used the device .

 I would say that  we sky rocketed out imagination which was to good to be true. Lets analyse fact vs fiction mathematically . Lets analyse each major component of the device Ro(Rumour) vs WVG(WhatWeGot) mathematically weighing RO VS WVG on a scale of 0 to 5.

Lets start from the heart of the device and grow inside out.
When Apple showcased their ultrafast 64bit processor, it was sure that Samsung would hit back with the same method.  A Snapdragon 805 with an adreno 420 GPU or Samsung’s own Exynos 6 was expected to power the S5 and push it to the top of benchmarking charts. Galaxy S4 had 2 giggs of RAM, Note 3 3 giggs and a minimum of 3 giggs is what everyone would expect
WVG: Disappointment!. Just a minor upgrade. A Snapdragon 801 quad core processor humming at 2.5GHZ and shocking  downgrade to 2GB of RAM .Though this dosent put the S5 anywhere behind the competition but , it won’t be the fastest either.
RO: A stunning 5 inch or more display with a super crisp resolution of 2560*1440 with  a   whopping 560ppi.
WVG: This was the biggest disappointment of all .Normally a new device is supposed to ‘succeed’ a previous generation ,but the S5 boast of a 5.1 inch full HD AMOLED display with a ppi which is lower than the S4’s ppi. This  dosent mean that the diplay is bad in any sense but being a flagship Samsung could have done better work .
RO: All in the all, the Galaxy S line hasn’t changed too much in terms of aesthetics over the years. We heard that S5 could ditch the “cheap n plasticky ” design to a more premium full metal unibody much  like the HTC one .Also a waterproof and rugged design was also on the lists.
WVG:Biggest Dissappointment!. Samsung threw at us the same old design with a back with a new soft touch dimple like texture borrowed from the Note 3 which many of us wont be a fan of. A minor upgrade would be the water resistant (not waterproof) and dust proof IP-67 certification.
RO: A 16 MP sensor with  ISOCELL technology to boost photography in low light condition .OIGS was sure to be skipped.
WVG: Quite true to the rumours , S5 features a 16MP sensor with the fastest autofocus time of .3sec .New additions include super fast burst mode, 4k video recording ,HDR ,selective focus modes etc.
           RO: When Samsung introduced the S health app in the S4 ,it was clear that they were     
            experimenting with the fitness and weareable tech segment.The biggest rumour was
              that the S5 would include an iris scanner which would enable the user to log in to to their  
             device and services by scanning their eye. Samsung was sure to give an answer to Apple’s   
              Touch ID. The battery was expected a  major boost from the previous generation in 
              terms of life and rating.
WVG:A fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button ,a 2900 mAh battery ,skinned down version of Touch-Wiz. The application of the fingerprint sensor is limited as of now ,though that will surely improve with time. Samsung has done some quite interesting work in terms of battery saving mode on the software front .The new ‘Ultra power saving’ which when enabled ,not only gives you a complete minimalistic homescreen but also makes everything  completely  greyscale meaning that you would get 24hrs of standby on just 10% of battery. A heart rate monitor placed below the camera at the back helps you to calculate your heart rate via the S-health app.
So,What did we finally get?
Which means the we got 64% of  what we hoped and expected .Will this phone sell a million units in a short span just like other galaxies? Well ,that now  depends on the pricing .