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How To Book An IRCTC Tatkal Ticket Faster?

Railway system has helped us go to any place in the last minute by the help of the Tatkal Tickets. But we often face problems with the IRCTC site to book the Tatkal tickets. So here am giving a solution for booking IRCTC railway tatkal ticket quicker as soon as the bookings get opened.

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In India, trains are one of the easiest and cheapest modes of transport. Over the years, booking train tickets has become convenient using the IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation) website.

In fact, according to the comScore and ASSOCHAM India report, IRCTC is the leading travel e-commerce site in the country with the highest transaction share in the travel category. One out of five online users in India visits the Indian Railways site, with almost 12 million unique visitors monthly and majority of the traffic is seen between 10 am to 12 pm.

It is during this time that IRCTC allows booking Tatkal tickets, which means tickets that are reserved for people with last minute travel plans, travel emergencies and so on. IRCTC receives a lot of flak for its slow, sluggish performance and had become a laughing stock when the site crashed (server inability, low bandwidth) just minutes after Tatkal bookings began. Currently, it is said to sell about 40-45,000 Tatkal railway tickets between 10 am and 11 am.

Problems with Tatkal Ticket Booking:

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IRCTC Website is very slow at times when you are in the highest need, it trolls you back very badly. If you’ve ever tried booking a Tatkal ticket, you will know how important each minute is and how annoying IRCTC’s online passenger reservation system can get. You have to make optimum use of each second as soon as the online booking counter opens, and those 5 to 10 minutes before the counter opens are also very crucial.

This article will help you book a Tatkal ticket, along with a set of handy tech tools and tips and tricks that will help you bag a confirmed Tatkal ticket faster.

Firstly the Tatkal or last minute online booking window opens only a day in advance of your journey between 10 am and 12 am.
A person can only book two tickets with one user ids. If you have to book more, you have to create more user ids. Meanwhile the tickets will be over.

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How To Book An IRCTC Tatkal Ticket Faster?

1. You have to be really very quick while logging on to the website and booking your tickets, as there are thousands of other people who are trying like you.

2.Try to login using multiple accounts on different browsers such as Mozilla, Chrome, Opera or take a hand from your pals 10 minutes before. For this, ensure that your time is synced with the IRCTC server time, so that there are no issues due to difference in time as a delay in a minute means lesser chances of getting a ticket.

3.To know the IRCTC server time, click here, key in any number, click on “Get Schedule” and the lower right side will show you the exact browser time at IRCTC, or you can even log into your IRCTC account.

4. You can also use the Firefox add-on tool to sync the time with your computer. By installing the add-on, the user-script will provide the real-time view of what the server time is once you log into your IRCTC account. This add-on is also available for Chrome.

5.You should keep the session active. Those who have tried booking a Tatkal ticket may have often faced the error which says “Session expired”, which means you have to start logging in again, and this delay can cost you your ticket. To keep the session alive, ensure that the screen doesn’t go idle for more than 3 minutes, because as soon as it does, the session will expire.

6.Trick to keep your session active is by going to the IRCTC website > Login > General > Terms & Conditions. All you need to do is copy the “Terms and Conditions” URL in another browser and keep pinging it every 2-3 minutes.

7.After successfully log into IRCTC, choose the starting point and destination, then a list of trains will appear and you can choose the train and the ticket type – Sleeper, 3-tier AC, 2-tier AC and so on.

Using Magic Auto-fill tool:

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Using the autofill add-on or extension, you need to visit IRCTC, say, about half an hour or so before the Tatkal bookings begin. Just go to the usual ticket booking page and fill in your details. Simply follow the booking procedure till you reach the payment gateway and then go no further. The add-ons will ensure that the browser remembers these details and you will not have to spend a lot of time typing them while booking the Tatkal ticket.

Another tool you can use is the Magic Autofill. To use this tool, fill in all your details and click on “I’m feeling lucky”, a “Magic Autofill” blue button will appear and you have to drag it into your bookmarks. While booking the Tatkal ticket, once you are done finalising the train and berth, click on the Magic autofill and it will do the rest and you can quickly proceed to payment.’

The IRCTC website is jam packed and quite slow during Tatkal booking, so ensure that you are patient and do not double click on anything or hit the backspace button as this will log you off and you will need to start the complete procedure again. You will even come across a message that reads “Service Unavailable”; in this case, just keep refreshing the page.

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As much as you can, keep your session active and complete the process as fast as you can without thinking more on which train to book. In the last minute,whatever you get is more than enough. You will definitely see the confirmed status if you follow all the tips carefully. This is how you can book a tatkal ticket in IRCTC quickly and faster.

How To Run Windows Apps From The Cloud without Installing them?

Cloud Based apps are always proved to be awesome but Windows programs are more user friendly and easy to work on. If you are not willing to install any windows app and use it from your system or laptop then here is a way on how you can easily use them on cloud application without installing it onto your system.

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How To Run Windows Apps From The Cloud ?

Spoon’s running virtualized versions of popular Windows software on any PC using cloud. Spoon now supports only the Windows apps from the cloud, but the company assures to launch it for other platforms too.
Spoon should be used for many possible reasons.

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Why do you have to use Spoon?

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Let us say you have two different desktops, one at home,one at office and a laptop. You have been using several programs installed such as Chrome,Firefox,Notepad++,Vlc etc. While you have primed these apps on all your devices,there is no admin access on the office Pc to customize it how you want those apps.

There are other scenarios too. For one, all of these are virtualized apps, which means they don’t have to be installed on your PC. Not only does this keep the Windows registry clean and the system running smooth, but you also don’t have to bother with the hassle of reinstalling the apps in the future – Spoon maps apps to your login and remembers your settings.

How to Run Spoon?

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Firstly you have to download and install the Spoon Console on your pc.
You then have to sign up for Spoon.net and key in the details into your console.
The spoon Console is seen at the bottom right of your screen, above the clock and system tray.
It has a search bar to quickly type and launch any app, but clicking it or hitting the Alt+Win hotkey will open up a Start Menu-like console.

Here you will be seeing your most recently used Spoon programs, as well as recommendations.
The user can also browse around through all the applications available, which are neatly sorted into five main categories – Productivity, Tools, Social, Media, Games – with sub-categories for each. Of course, searching for an app you already know you want is easier.
Apps come with a small description, along with options for the version number you want to run. The version number feature isn’t available for all the apps, but most popular ones support this.
You can find the app which you want and click on it for spoon to start buffering the program.

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Performance of Spoon:

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Spoon works awesome most of the times. Given how often you change your devices,spoon’s performance may also change, but it works fine.
The syncing also works extremely well, although there were a few minor glitches.

Web Interface of Spoon:

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The Spoon Console has neately categorised items to help you find any app within less time. You can browse the apps faster in Spoon.net website.

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As you can see, the list of supported apps is quite exhaustive, but currently restricted to free programs. In fact, the list is quite similar to what you’ll find in most Portable App websites.

Pricing:

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Spoon currently comes in three lots, with a basic free version allowing 1GB of storage, and two paid models for higher storage.

Summary:

According to me, spoon has nothing much to complain about. It has some problems, but they do not matter much. You get allot of virtual apps that run smooth and faster and always remain in sync.

Stay tuned to Tech Fishy for more updates.