Quick look at Google Plus and its slick features

Before you give Google Plus a shot, watch the following videos for an overview of what Google Plus is. My advice, don’t compare it to Facebook. Let the media hype it that way, that’s what they do best. Plus is somewhere between Twitter and Facebook, has the best of both worlds.

Quick Look





5 Online Tools for Converting Youtube Videos to MP3 Audio

Has there been a time when you were on Youtube and fell in love with a jingle or a song and wished if there was a way to get the audio/song in an mp3 format? Yes? Read on…

There are quite a few really good tools available online but to my surprise most people think it is not possible to convert Youtube videos to Mp3. They are WRONG! It is very much possible and most of the time very simple to convert Youtube videos to mp3 and other formats.

Here is a list of my favorite 5 websites online that let you convert Youtube videos to Mp3. When I say Youtube videos to Mp3 I mean that you will be able to have the audio used in the video converted to mp3 format and ready for your mp3 player like iPod etc.

1 – YoutubetoMp3 (visit site) – Very simple Youtube to Mp3 converter with an option to share the Mp3 with friends.
2 – Dirpy (visit site) – It’s like a DVR for Youtube, you can edit the start and end time of the video you want to convert to mp3. Neat.
3 – FLVto (visit site) – Simple YouTube video to mp3 converter. You can also convert to MP4, DivX etc and they also support other video sharing sites such as Veoh, Dailymotion, Myspace, Facebook, Metacafe, Lulu, Vimeo etc.
4 – Soundzaa (visit site) – Very simple, non nonsense Youtube to Mp3 converter.
5 – BenderConverter (visit site) – Convert Youtube and videos from other video sharing sites to mp3 and numerous other formats such as .wav, .flv, .avi, .mov etc.

Winning An iPad

Good News: My in-laws got real lucky at a competition and won the first prize, an iPad. Bad news: Only one per family.

Nonetheless, an iPad is an iPad, doesn’t matter if only one member of the family got it. If it is in the family, I can use it whenever I want. I am now thinking that getting married at a young age was not a bad idea after all.

So… how was it?

Well since I am the geek in the house, they gave it to me and said “Open, configure and set it up.” I have an an iPhone so I thought how difficult can this be. The problem was, I was dealing with an Apple product and I should have seen it coming.

Unlike the iPhone, you don’t just turn ON the iPad and start working it. You have to first connect it to your PC, download iTunes, register, and create an account on iTunes. That took about 15-20 minutes. Setting WiFi up was a breeze and within 25 minutes of opening up the iPad, I was watching Potter Puppet Pals Videos on YouTube with my 11 year old Sister-in-law who thinks Potter Puppet Pals are hilarious.

After the Potter Puppet, I decided to test out the iTunes store and downloaded some apps. I didn’t like the iTunes app on the iPad. It is not as user friendly as the one on iPhone. I like to have a tab that takes me to the Free apps and iPad seems to be lacking there big time. I downloaded few games, Angry Birds was one of them. Since Angry Birds is made for iPhone, you have to zoom in and that results in grainy pixels. It was an OKAY experience playing Angry Monkey on the iPad.

iPad’s screen is magnificent. The clarity is excellent and watching videos is one heck of a treat. If you want a portable video player that is also connected to internet (WiFi in my case) then iPad is the way to go.


It is not something that will replace a laptop, not anytime soon. It is portable yet it is heavy, drop it once and that’s it. It is so thin that it creates an illusion for someone picking it up for the first time that it is lighter than a feather. But just because it is thin doesn’t mean it is not heavy. Even before you drop the iPad, there is a possibility that it might just slip out of your hands/lap.

iPad is revolutionary, in many ways and one of which is the way portrayed in movies depicting future. iPad or similar devices will make it possible for us to control everything in the household. Security alarms, TV, Music System, Lights, Energy, Garage Door etc. You can watch cooking videos on YouTube and make food exactly like the Chef. You can look at each and every corner of your house when you are on a vacation using a surveillance camera. These things are all possible right now on a computer connected to internet but iPad just makes it more portable.

More than 1 Million iPads sold so far, there is definitely a market out there. I would really like to see more competition, something as promising as the iPad but with Flash enabled and lighter.


Two Videos from 5th Annual Urdu Cultural Show

At last year’s Urdu Cultural Show I felt bad not recording Farhat’s LIVE song performance, this year I am glad I did. Farhat sang Mohammad Rafi’s “Ahsan Tera Hoga” from the movie “Junglee.” Her performance was excellent. There was a small technical glitch towards the end of the song, some loser hit the wrong button and ruined things for 6 seconds but then Farhat came back with a bang to finish things off. Here is the video… Good Stuff!!!

Last year there was a short Bhangra item by UC Berkeley and the crowd loved it. This year they decided to do it with UC Davis, in a more competitive way. I think UC Davis was better than UC Berkeley.

I am still working on the review of the 5th Annual Urdu Cultural Show, I have a lot to say…


8 Hilarious iPad Parodies That Will Crack You Up

Internet is currently awash in iPad parodies. Steve Jobs is either very happy or very sad or somewhere in between, depending on what time of the month it is. [sorry]

Please agree with me when I say that all this ridicule could have been avoided if iPad was called iSlate or iTablet. Maybe in future we will find out that iPad was really named something else but because of so many leaks and rumors, it was named iPad.

Until then, enjoy the creative geniuses…

Obama: State of the iPad Address

CollegeHumor Team

Pee-wee gets an iPad

Apple’s latest invention, iPad

Little misplaced because iPad can’t make phone calls but what if it could?

Steve Jobs impersonator introduces the iPad.

Hitler responds to the iPad

This video below by MadTV was done in 2006. Does it make sense that no one from Apple watched this video on YouTube?

Did I miss an iPad parody? Tell me about it…