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WordPress Tip: Embedding Google photos to a post or page

May 17, 2017 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Unlike Flickr or YouTube, there is no direct way to grab embed code for a photo on Google Photos but there is a way to do it.

  • Go to Google Photos and select photo that you would wish to embed
  • Open the photo in full (not as thumbnail)
  • Right click on the image and select “Copy image location”
  • Return to word press post or page
  • Click on add media
  • Select insert from URL and past Google photo link that was copied
  • Provide caption or alt text
  • Click on insert to post

Enjoy inserting photos to your post right from Google photos.

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Information: How to change ATM PIN of State Bank of India online?

June 10, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Recently got to learn how we can generate new PIN for ATM of State Bank of India. That is a big relief; as it does not require us to visit branch or call customer service and then wait for a few days to receive new PIN. Unlike many other banks, this option is not shown prominently in navigation but process is very secure and simple. Here is how one can generate ATM PIN online.

  1. Login to Online banking portal of SBI with valid credentials
  2. Click on e-Services
  3. Select ATM Card Services from the left navigation
  4. Select PIN generation
  5. You will be asked to choose an option to validate; one can validate either using an One Time Password (OTP) or using Profile Password; make a choice; based on your choice a dynamic action happens either prompt you to type OTP received on your registered mobile number or profile password
  6. Then list of your ATM cards will be displayed; select a card number for which you wish to generate a new PIN and click on Continue button
  7. Next step will prompt you to type first two digits of your desired PIN; type two digits of your choice and click on continue
  8. Then you will receive a SMS on your registered mobile number, this message contains last two digits ofyour PIN; you need to type first two digits that you have chosen followed by two digits that you have received on your mobile
  9. Click on Submit and you are done! You should receive a confirmation message on screen as well as a SMS alert

Banking made easy! Thank you State Bank of India.

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Relationships…

January 3, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

In my childhood, I used to feel entire village is my own home. Go to any house and we call them with some relation or the other and in return, we get affection, sense of secure. We felt so equal love that we never even felt or thought, why my cousin’s mother punished me when I did some mistake. I just think unity matters. In today’s life of globalization I see that’s missing and if this trend continues, I could anticipate future generations may not know people who have very close relationships with them. So this post brings you significance of relationships and some thoughts how we can retain relationships. Remember one thing, breaking relationship is very simple but re-building relationship is almost close to impossible; so it’s always advisable that we don’t break them.

Here are some common things I have noticed which results in creating differences in relationship.

  • As a son or daughter, it’s essential to give due respect to parents. No matter whatsoever differences qw may have in thinking, whatsoever educated we may be compare to our parents, after all, it’s our parents who laid our foundation stone. In some cases, parents may not have been able to support until we finishes our education; but that’s fine, what is important for life is foundation
  • As a parent, lets accept the change in time but make sure our culture gets due value and respect. Let’s analyze life of today and ensure children are going in right direction. Whether we like it or not, most people in present generation do not know values and it’s partially due to the environment they grow up. Sad but a bitter truth is that values are neither taught at home nor in school. In my childhood, I remember, there were no complaints from parents when their child receives a severe punishment from teacher; but today situation is that some parents look for such schools only if there is a guarantee that school never punish their children. If a child gets punished, parents question teacher and management of school right infant of child which results in development of careless attitude in children.
  • When I was working for The Manik Public School, the then Secretary Mr. Salve used to say:

    When child is until 5 and make a mistake, ignore it and explain them with a smile what they did wrong. But do not worry much about it. When child is between 5 and 12 and make a mistake, give them a spanking, caning etc., When child is between 12 and 18 and make a mistake, explain them in detail what went wrong and result but with a firm tone. Make them realize that they are wrong. Use spanking punishment only if it’s really required. When child is 18 and above, just be as a friend and guide him / her in an appropriate way.

    I believe following this advice would help children go in right direction.

  • As a parent, take best care of them until they are able to stand on their foot. Once they are married, it’s responsibility of that couple of to lead a meaningful life. It’s advisable not to intervene unless if there is absolutely a real need
  • When your son gets married, ensure that your daughter in law receives a warm welcome and mae relations with everyone within family and relatives. How she build relationships would entirely demand on how you treat her. While you think that she has come from outside, do remember that for your son and your family, she has left her entire family and share life with you all.

To retain best relationships, stay in touch but this doesn’t mean one should involve in every aspect of lives of others but be ready to extend helping hand when there is need.

If you visit someone’s house, ensure that you spend time with them and not by watching TV or social media. These days sadly we see situation like when there are guests at home, people just switch on TV and start talking about what’s happening;but they don’t realize that guests are actually there to have a chat with them.

I know there can be a lot more to be written and I might do so in the days to come but to conclude, it’s essential to maintain healthy relationships. All that remains is good will; saying “hello” does not cost anything.

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Disability and terms used

December 28, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

I have been following a hot discussion on social networks about terms used to mention “disability” of a person. In the recent speech of Mann Ki beat by Shri. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, he has appealed country to call people with disabilities as “DIVYANG”; which means a person with divine abilities and this has triggered community of people with disabilities to think through.

For several years there are words used like Blind, Visually Handicapped, Physically Handicapped, Deaf and Dumb, Mentally rEtarded, Mentally Handicapped etc., and there wasn’t much of a problem though term sounds a bit rude. But for a bout a decade or so, people started using terms like “Challenged, differently abled, special needs, specially abled” etc., These terms have absolutely no meaning. Let’s take a few words and see their meaning:

  • Challenged: Let’s say “visually challenged” – what are they challenging? are they challenging vision loss? Challenging means you are oppose to something and you are willing to prove it wrong. Can people with vision impairment drive a car and win challenge with vision loss?
  • Differently abled: Well, what are the different abilities do people with disabilities have? It’s only that that they rely on assistive aids and adopt to techniques but there is “different ability” that exist to people with disabilities. In fact, this term should be used to anyone who has a unique ability.
  • Special needs: OK, every human being needs something or other different than everyone else and not only people with disabilities expect something special. Yes, people with disabilities need assistive aids and technologies but for that matter everyone need something or the other differently. Even when traveling, a few travel in second class, a few travel in First class; do we call travelers in first class as travelers with special needs?

Now coming to word “Divvying” as suggested by The Prime Minister Mr. Modi. From the speech, my understanding is that Mr. Modi’s intention is to let the world know though some people have limitations with one organ, they may have extraordinary power with another organ. And probably with his nature of spiritual mindset, his thinking may be right. I believe, his meaning is that as people with disabilities rely on other organs more to adopt to their limitations and it’s God who have provided strength to accept limitations.

That said, it’s really not essential to work too much on refining these words instead should spend time to improve infrastructure, policies and much more needed things to empower people with disabilities. It’s right sign that India has started Accessible India Campaign and it’s time to push for passing of New Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill which is due for a long time.

As far as words are concerned, I think one should just go with “People with Disabilities” as mentioned by the United Nations. Moreover, it’s not the words that really matters but how we are including people with disabilities into the mainstream is the key.

So let’s get back to work and focus on much needed initiatives.

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NGOs, let’s be smart; it’s 2015!

June 11, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

It was in 2010, I wrote a post on how I would like to see disability organizations and we are now in mid of 2015; but I don’t see any much change.

I got a call from a disability organization (I prefer not to mention the name) and person who called me is their employment officer; whose responsibility is to identify suitable jobs for their clients and the conversation goes as follows:

Me: Hello, this is Srini here
Caller:Am I speaking to Srinivasu
Me: Yes, you are
Caller:Hello, my name is xxxx and I have recently joined xxx organization as an employment officer
Me: Okay, how can I help you?
CallerAs I said am an an employment officer working for a disability organization, does your organization have any job openings?
Me: Well, there would be plenty of job openings but what kind of jobs are you looking for?
Caller: You know we work for people who have some sort of disability so do you have any openings that they can take up?
Me: Okay, I’m sure people with disabilities can take up wide range of jobs, so can you please tell me what skill set does your candidates have and what kind of jobs are they interested in?
CallerAny job sir
Me: (I got a bit annoyed); what do you mean by any job? there might be CEO or Chairman job would be available, do you have any candidates? You should tell me what kind of skill set your candidates have and what are their interests? I would suggest please go back and work on specifics and we can then talk…
Caller:Ok (and hangs up… doesn’t even say a thanks:-()

Ah! the person called me from very far from Hyderabad and I’m sure she would be calling several people from across the country; which means she would be investing a lot of money on phone calls that too without any preparation.

Come on guys, we are in 2015 and there are so many opportunities. Let’s the NGOs upgrade the way we work and provide quality services.

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Accessibility – who should decide the level of conformance?

February 10, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

I think Jitendra Vyas encourages me to write stuff here! This is again in response to his question on twitter asking:

Who and how decides which WCAG level should follow for a project? A, AA or AAA

In general, I have seen companies are required to meet at least Level AA of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the possible reason for this would be that check points up to Level AA are reasonable to achieve from practical development prospective. Level AAA requires much more efforts to achieve though not impossible.

It’s the product owner who should decide the level of conformance for the project keeping in mind the purpose of their target audience, purpose of the product, regulations of their particular region. Some regulations like the Europe may have much more strong rules than some of the other countries.

If product owners does not have such a knowledge, it’s the job of accessibility experts who should work with product owners and create a road map. However, at the end product owner should have an understanding of what they are doing and why they are doing it.

Although if decision to meet Level AA, it’s not a crime to meet Level AAA wherever it’s possible!

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Fixed header on top vs Back to top link

December 7, 2014 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Recently Jitendra Vyas asked over Twitter that if users prefer fixed header or Back to top link; that prompted me to write this post. By the way, I started writing this when he tweeted but some how missed posting it; sorry about that.

Fixed Headers are very helpful for people who are mouse users, people with low vision, elderly and learning disabilities; reason is that it will be easily accessible even when user is at the bottom of the page and headier is always visible.

At the same time, back to top link is helpful to keyboard and screen reader users so that they can quickly jumb to the top of the page to use other navigational items. Specially this is useful when users are reading or interacting with lengthy pages.

So to conclude, I recommend use of both.

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Button Shape feature on iOS 7 – very cool!

July 10, 2014 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

I wish I activated this button shape long back. This is very cool. One of the benefits I see it increases visuals for buttons across the apps and also underline text on buttons.
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To activate this option, go to: Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> turn ON button options.

One issue Apple should fix is that contrast for cancel button on compose window of mail app. It appears as blue text on black when button shapes are turned-on. Screenshot below!

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Overall this is a cool feature for people with low vision, elderly and cognitive disabilities.

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Web at 25: What World Wide Web means to me?

March 12, 2014 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

To mark 25 years of World Wide Web, I am here to share how I began using internet and how I use it today. Over the last 25 years, web is evolved and became part and parcel of our day-to-day life.

I started using internet sometime in 1999. Initially I was just using internet to communicate with people who are far off by sending e-mails and chatting using Yahoo! Messenger; both email and chat applications are my favorite. I still remember my excitement when I sent my first email to my well-wisher Sumit Agarwal and he responded welcoming me to the era of internet. Through email itself, I have made several friends around the world including my present manager Victor Tsaran🙂 Instant messenger too helped to enter into the area of Accessibility; one of our conversations over a instant messenger (MSN) got me an employment with Net Systems Informatics (India) Pvt. Ltd.,.

Then I developed interest to create an online presence for myself and share my thoughts and that gave me an opportunity of learn to create simple websites using readymade templates and on free hosts. I have hosted my first website as srinivasu.itgo.com. This interest of developing websites is something I carry with even today. Presently I own about four websites and also I help others creating their web presence.

Then my usage of internet has grown and today I use it for everything like reading reviews of a product, booking travel and stay, banking, research, get my knowledge updated, share interests, social networking, video conferencing, teaching, shopping, bill payments.

In fact the modern web such as social networking helped in my career life too. LinkedIn helped me to find my job at Yahoo! India and Twitter (Thanks to Dennis L helped me to find my job at PayPal.

Today web is not only available to desktop users but also available on multiple devices such as mobile and tablets. In fact, I use computer for my job work and mostly use mobile and iPad for social networking, reading news and leisure, writing blogs, bill ayments, travel bookings etc., Some of the apps on iOS that I use almost on day-to-day basis are:

  • Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and WhatsApp for social networking
  • E-mail, Skype – Communication
  • Stocks, Currency Converter, Concur, eTrade, Citibank, SBI – Banking and financial related
  • Google Maps – navigation
  • eBay – Shopping
  • Zite, Flipboard, Sakshi, TOI, BBC – News
  • Flickr – photography
  • Weather – weather forecast
  • Chesswise – playing chess
  • iBooks – reading books
  • YouTube, watching movies, videos etc.,
  • … and many more.

In fact the technology is so handy that recently we have visited my grand mother who is about 96 years, along with our daughter and we were able to share the picture of my grand mother, Hema and our daughter to my brother and other relatives through WhatsApp. Another instance is while I was at work, I could receive all latest updates from around the world through news apps like Sakshi, BBC.

Overall, I cannot imagine a world without internet. Like the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee pointed out in his video on Web At 25, close the eyes and think for a while how the world would be without world wide web!

WWW has a long way to go. In twenty five years, web grown from simple pages to dynamic and interactive web applications and I’m excited to imagine how the world wide web would be at its 50 years!!

Happy surfing, blogging, sharing and networking!! Happy birthday World Wide Web and Thank you Sir Tim Berners-Lee!

While signing off, here are links to my websites:

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2014 Year in review!

February 4, 2014 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

January
Our sweet heart Khushi Varshini's first photoMissing my sweetheart Hema and baby darling… Received new year wishes from many. Built website for Access India convention – a meet up of several visually impaired folks. NAB Karnataka has won GudVille campaign! Kameshwari and I wrote a Review on TaxiForSure’s iOS app

From 12th January to 14th January, spent at holy place of Shirdi. This was first visit of our little darling to Shirdi. Priests have kept baby at the Lotus feet of His Holiness Shri. Sadguru Sai baba. We have also witnessed the Godha Kalyanam under the auspicious hands of our Guruji.

Vasu visited Mumbai, met with most affectionate family of Sumit bhai and also held discussions to grow SG Accessibility.

Celebrated Indian Republic Day at Manthri Tranqvil representing NAB Karnataka

Initiated Conversations for a strategic partnership between NAB Karnataka and EnAble India.

Saddened to hear the demise of ever star, Shri. Akkineni Nageshwara Rao garu.

February

Beginning of partnership with Digital Accessibility Centre, UK – hoping this relationship would go a long way.

Glad to know that Satya Nadella is named as new Chief Executive of Microsoft.

In midst of all relatives, we have celebrated naming ceremony of our cute little darling and named her as Khushi Varshini meaning of which is a baby who pour all the happiness.

Vasu went to New Delhi to attend Techshare India and 4th Access India Convention. Events went off well but exhibition and sessions at Techshare India could have been better. PayPal is one of the silver sponsors for Techshare India.

Planning for Global Accessibility Awareness Day has started. This year it is planned for 15th May.

March

March started with exciting time of visiting my grand mother along with Hema darling and our angel Khushi. My grand mother is aged about 96. May god grant her a good health.

We have witnessed the inauguration of renovated Shiva temple at Injaram. Thanks everyone in the village who have put in the efforts.

Indeed excited to join Victor Tsaran’s team officially.

A strategic partnership has been established between EnAble India and The National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch. Hoping this would lead to a wonderful outcome and expansion of services at both the organizations.

March 23sup marked Hema’s mom’s birthday.

In April, we have visited Injaram again and then celebrated Shri. Ram Navami at Guruji’s house in Hyderabad then back home with our sweet little darling!

In June, performed Feeding ceremony (Anna Prasana) for our little one. She touched fruits, flowers, termaric and Kumkum. June also witnessed our anniversary and my birthday. Thanks Dhanasri and Vivek for wonderful wishes and celebrations.

In September we have celebrated Hema’s birthday and then moved to Hyderabad as I have changed job to lead accessibility efforts at HCL Technologies.

Also, during 2014, have taken up some freelance work with some major organizations. It was wonderful experience and looking forward to more of such ventures in the future.

India has witnessed a breakthrough by welcoming new government under the leadership of Shri. Narendra Modi. Sure it was a big lesson to congress for the bad decisions they have taken during their stint including bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh state and formed Telangana state. Although it may benefit some section of people or as a state, the way the decision has taken is not in correct manner.

2014 also witnessed lost of some great talent specially in the film industry including Shri. Akkineni, Shri. Bala Chandar etc.,

2014 also saw a great victory of India winning the World Cup for the Blind. This is for the first time where government has recognized the efforts of sports for the blind and encouraged the team with a good support.

Alright there may be quite a lot of things that I have missed but wishing you all a very happy and prosperous new year 2015. Let’s hope this new year brings a lot of good health, prosperity, friendship, peace and success.

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