Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Monday, December 27, 2004
According to reports, CERTNET2 is now being called the biggest network running the next generation Internet since it connects 25 universities in about 20 cities. Tests have proven that the network is capable of reaching speeds of about 40 gigabits per second, setting a record for real-world applications, while the average speeds are about 2-10 gigabits for universities.
About half of the key equipment, including routers is being provided by Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecom giant, and Tsinghua Bit-Way. The network is expected to spread to about 100 universities soon.
Friday, December 24, 2004
This is to announce the sad demise of Suprnova.org.
'They' got em too!
Top 3 Winners of selected Categories are: -
Popular Queries : britney spears, paris hilton, christina aguilera.
Popular Men : orlando bloom, eminem, usher.
Popular Women : britney spears, paris hilton, christina aguilera.
Popular Television Shows : the simpsons, pokemon, south park.
Popular Tech Stuff : wallpaper, kazaa, mp3.
Popular Country Queries : france, china, india and #10 pakistan.
Popular Sports Topics: david beckham, tour de france, euro 2004.
Top Public Figures: george w bush, janet jackson, john kerry.
Lots of Other Categories @ Year-End Google Zeitgeist
Thursday, December 23, 2004
He also announced reduction in IP bandwidth rates from US$ 3,950 per E1 per month to US$ 2,000 per E1 per month with monthly copper rental for DSL reduced from Rs 771 per month to Rs 250 per month, monthly PRI rental reduced by 50 per cent, domestic bandwidth rates reduced by 25 per cent of the existing prices to facilitate peering services, and DXX connectivity also reduced by up to 63 per cent. 'We expect that as a result of the implementation of this policy, the number of broadband subscribers will increase from the present 29,000 to about 200,000 in about two years as tariffs drop substantially and the number of operators providing broadband services increases rapidly,' said Awais" Really? What do you guys think of the policy?
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
He met Pakistan Senate (Upper House of Parliament) Chairman Mohammadmian Soomro and lauded Pakistan government's investment-friendly policies, according to an official statement.
Berkin, currently visiting Pakistan at the head of a five-member delegation, said these policies had created conducive atmosphere for foreign investors.He briefed the Senate chairman on his organization's future plans for investment in Pakistan.Berkin said the Microsoft Corporation was in contact with various Pakistan government departments to promote information technology in Pakistan.Soomro appreciated the Microsoft Corporation for taking keen interest for investment in Pakistan's IT sector and said the setting up of the training centers would motivate people to actively participate in strengthening the national economy.He assured Berkin that the government would extend full cooperation to the Microsoft for the implementation of its investment plans.Soomro said the telecommunication sector in Pakistan, especially in the IT sector, had grown at a rapid pace and undergone an impressive transformation during the last five years.
- What's the Initial Payscale for entry level in your organization?
- Whats the payscale for people with experience?
- Does your company have a formal appriasal(pay increase) system? Is it followed? If its not a formal process, do your employers live up to their promises of pay increase?
- Do you get ad hoc or scheduled bonuses in addition to your base salary?
- Do you get any other perks in addition to your base salary e.g. medical insurance, a car, etc.? If yes then, please specify which ones.
- Salary appraisals are [pick one]: Annual, Half-yearly, Quarterly, Ad Hoc.
- Usually at what time do you reach home after work when you are on a deadline and under normal circumstances?
- Do you need to work on weekends to complete your assignments? (At least one weekend per month.)
- Do you need to work during later hours of the day (i.e. after sunset or late in the evening) to accommodate activities with international customers?
- Is your job goal-oriented (i.e. need to complete assignments irrespective of the time taken and working hours are generally flexible) or time-oriented (i.e. you work from Xam to Ypm irrespective of the workload)?
- Does your company have a formal policy for off-time (vacations, sick-leave, paid-leave, etc.)?
Organization Structure & HR Issues
- Is your organization partnered with any industry leaders such as Microsoft, Sun, Cisco, etc.? If so, which one(s)?
- Is your company certified under any standard such as ISO or CMM? If so, which one(s)?
- Does your company have a formal, documented employee hierarchy?
- Approx. at what rate does your company hire or induct new manpower. Pick one: Monthly, Quarterly, Half-yearly, Annually, Ad Hoc.
- Does your company make use of internees i.e. people who are in the process of getting a degree and also working in some capacity while they are studying?
- Organizational Stability -hire, fire, quit rate?
- On an average how long do employees stay with your organization?
- How long has the senior most employee been with the organization?
- Do you have a dual-role as far as working on projects is concerned? E.g. you are a coder and also a technical writer, or an analyst and also a QA person?
- Is the project well managed?
- Does your company have people with specialized job descriptions? Such
- as analyst, coder, tester etc.
- Do you have formal and experienced project managers on your team(s) or does a senior technical person play a dual role?
- Do you use any formal tools for tracking and working on projects e.g. MS Project, bug tracking tools, project communications tools, etc.?
- Does your company's project management function take into account the input of your whole team before drawing up milestones, deadlines and plans, or commit those based on their own judgement? Are the project deadlines realistic?
Any additional comments? Insight?
Send the answers/comments to email@example.com or you can post your comments here.
Please mention the name of your organization, the name of the institute you studied from, along with the year of graduation.This is important so that we know how many different organizations/institutes we have covered and the demographics of those who have responded. If you dont want to be named in the article then please mention that in your mail. I ensure the confidentiality of your mail. The last date for sending in your answers/comments is January 15th 2005.
[more questions added on Dec 23 2004. Thanks Merlinx]
Monday, December 20, 2004
Just do a normal search for anything related to a book, some books are included on the top of the search results.
Usually, only two or three books that match the searched item most will be displayed together with the authors and page numbers. If you follow the result links, you will find more information about the book, including the cover page, ISBN, bookshop informaiton and some pages (scanned image) from that book. As claimed by Google, if this book does not have copyright, you can read the entire book online. However, the main purpose of this Google Print service is to tell you how to find the book instead of providing the content of it.
The beta service seems to working for US based google servers for now. Screenshots and Example Query here
Saturday, December 18, 2004
"Ordinarily, to spoof a site you have to have some issue on the Web site that you want to manipulate, which restricts what you can do," said Thomas Kristensen, chief technology officer at an independent security firm Secunia. "Because this is embedded in IE by default, it's possible to inject content into any Web site. There's no way for a Web site to protect itself against this."
For example, you go to say, paypal.com. Following best-practices, you even look for the little padlock icon on the bottom right of your Internet Explorer, thinking the website is surely safe. Not so. With this bug exploited, the scammer/hacker can 'hijack' your browser. The address bar will show paypal.com with all its attributes but all the content will be provided by the hacker.
"After you set up Microsoft Windows Firewall in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), you may discover that your computer can be accessed by anyone on the Internet when you use a dial-up connection to connect to the Internet," Microsoft said in a knowledge base article.
The update was not included—or mentioned—in the five critical updates Microsoft released earlier this week, also mentioned in this blog.
Gary Schare, director of Windows product management at Microsoft, said it was "an unfortunate oversight" that the SP2 update was shipped without notice. Notice to whom?
Anyways, Microsoft did release a patch for the vulnerability after it was found by the security firm Secunia. The patch can be automatically downloaded through Microsoft's updates website.
Friday, December 17, 2004
In an ongoing and fierce battle for dominance of the search market, companies like Yahoo desperately need to innovate, or face death. Increasingly, users see little difference between the search engines in terms of core functionality; the differences are in the extra features offered, and it's these that make the difference between success and flop. Yahoo might just have scored a long needed victory over its rival Google with these two features.
View: Yahoo Video Search Example
Visit: Yahoo Video Search (Beta)
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Below is a preview and large scale image links: -
Here are the links to the high quality pics:
Visit: Press Release
NCR is proud to announce the launch of nomination campaign for the 6th National NCR IT Excellence Awards 2004 as it calls for nomination from all over the country.NCR National IT Excellence Awards are considered to be the most prestigious IT awards in Pakistan. These awards have now become an integral part of the IT industry recognizing various professionals associated in the field of Information Technology – be it software developers, researchers, electronic and print media journalists, youth, university students, exporters, educationalists, pioneers in the disciplines of IT and life time achievers.
The winners are honored at a grand ceremony where their achievements are highlighted in front of an august gathering of dignitaries and press. The recognized individuals are awarded gold medals, certificates and IT Awards. The last date for nomination is December 24,2004
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Users of Windows XP SP2 need to apply these updates: Link
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Monday, December 13, 2004
From personal experience, seminars conducted to explain "internet security threats", "ebanking", "ecommerce in pakistan", and "digital divide" have rarely provided anything one hasn't come across on the net. The programs put together by most organization combine "basic definitions" with "case study"--an approach that comes off as very theoritical and dry. My pick: TMT Ventures once hosted a very good roundtable on "VC funding problems and prospects" where the audience was as proactive as the guest speakers.
Sunday, December 12, 2004
View: Cisco Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation (News Release)
View: Cisco Corporate Timeline
Friday, December 10, 2004
Thursday, December 09, 2004
The figures show that by region, the European Union has the largest regional DSL population worldwide for the first three quarters of this year - amounting to 26.5 million for the period. But such comparisons with other regions such as the Middle East and Africa and the Americas are a little misleading, given the spread and population demographics of these areas.
A better guide is by country. The DSL forum said that China added 5.14 million subscribers during the period, which accounts for over 90 per cent of the South and South East Asia totals. Latin America is showing a surge, with 1.2 million subscribers between January and September, amounting to 1.2 millions - half of these are accounted for by Brazil, with Mexico, Argentina and Peru the next three major countries in line.
Here's the DSL Forum's top 3, by country.
Top 3 DSL Subscribers: -
2. Japan: 12,739,564
3. USA: 12,594,346
Longhorn has undergone a lot of changes since the unveiling. Microsoft has sacrificed some key advances it had planned for the operating system to be able to make a 2006 ship date. Also, Microsoft now plans to offer updates for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to support technologies that previously were reserved for Longhorn.
At the second Longhorn PDC, to be held Sept. 13 through Sept. 16 in Los Angeles, Microsoft should be able to give developers more concrete information on the operating system. A first Longhorn beta is scheduled to be available in the first half of 2005, several months before the event.
Visit PDC Homepage: Microsoft PDC 2005
Just months after they were warned that carrying mobile phones in their pockets might damage their sperm count, men now have to absorb the news that laptops can similarly threaten their fertility.
Under the title "Increase in scrotal temperature in laptop computer users", researchers today reveal in the journal Human Reproduction that a combination of the heat generated by the computers and the position of the thighs needed to balance the machines leads to higher temperatures around men's genitals. Yefim Sheynkin, who led the research team from the State University of New York at Stonybrook, said it was possible that years of heavy laptop use "may cause irreversible or partially reversible changes in male reproductive function".
Until there was further research, teenage boys and young men might want to limit the use of computers on their laps, he said.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
"Rok Sako To Rok Lo," will be available to Bharti Tele-Ventures customers in 11 Indian cities, provided their phones have the supporting technology. To be among the first to see the movie, Bharti customers' phones must have EDGE, or Enhanced Data Rates for Global System for Mobile Communications Evolution. EDGE enables mobile phones to connect to the Internet and transfer data at high speeds. A maximum of 200 people will be able to connect and watch the movie simultaneously, and the movie cannot be copied or replayed.
The company hopes to air more movies, and may charge a fee depending on customer reactions to Thursday's preview, another Bharti official said.
Bharti Tele-Ventures: http://www.airtelworld.com
Movie Web site: http://www.roksakotoroklo.com
Post purchase, Lenovo will be selling ~11.9 million units per year, making it one of the top ten PC makers worldwide. Lenovo, previously known as Legend, was formed in 1984 and has since become the largest PC maker in China. After a failed attempted at entry into foreign markets in 2002, the purchase will allow the company to expand out of China, and conversely allows IBM further entry into Asian markets.
Although IBM sees several billion dollars revenue from its PC business each year, it makes very little profit. The move highlights IBM's shift towards services and software, as well as providing high end (and high profit) computer systems like servers. IBM is one of the longest players in the PC market; the company founded the "Personal Computer" in the 80's, and its departure from the market highlights the changing times that PC makers are facing.
Moreover on the Ironic Side,there missing on the IBM UK home page today.
If you flip over to here, before the web developers develop a sense of irony, you'll see an interesting little picture of a chap looking to heaven and asking the question, "Something missing?".
Visit: IBM | Lenovo
Toshiba, with NEC Corp. and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., is backing a next-generation DVD technology called HD (high-definition) DVD. Sony Corp. and several other giants of the electronics and computer industries have developed a competing standard dubbed Blu-ray. Both HD DVD and Blu-ray technologies use blue lasers, which have shorter wavelengths than conventional red lasers and allow discs to store more data, enabling the clearer and sharper pictures of high-definition films and television.Toshiba and disc maker Memory-Tech said they developed a dual-layer ROM (read-only) disc which stores data in the conventional DVD format on the upper layer and content in the HD DVD standard on the lower layer that is further from the DVD player's optical head.
The DVD layer holds 4.7 gigabytes of data, while the HD DVD layer has enough room for 15 gigabytes, the two companies said.
U.S. researchers reported on Monday. They said their set-up could someday be adapted to help disabled people operate a motorized wheelchair or artificial limb. While experiments have allowed a monkey to control a computer with its thoughts, electrodes were implanted into the animal's brain. This experiment, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, required no surgery and no implants.
"The results show that people can learn to use scalp-recorded electroencephalogram rhythms to control rapid and accurate movement of a cursor in two dimensions," Jonathan Wolpaw and Dennis McFarland of the New York State Department of Health and State University of New York in Albany wrote.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
It's worth taking a closer look to get up to speed with the enhancements, including the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) and the Post Setup Security Updates (PSSU). SCW allows for the configuration of roles for a server to ensure that the firewall is configured for this role. PSSU locks down the computer to prevent it being hacked after installation.
File Name: srsp1.exe
Download Size: 31,6343 KB
Date Published: 12/6/2004
More Info: Link
Note: Beta versions of software are intended only for installation in a test environment.
I was skeptic at first at the idea of seeing a Yahoo DVD player (I mean a Yahoo DVD player!!!) but the designs are really cool.
Monday, December 06, 2004
The company plans to introduce Trend Micro Mobile Security Version 1.0 and will allow so-called "smart phone" users to download and use the software for Free until June 2005. The product contains protections against mobile threats like the recent Skulls Trojan and Cabir worm, as well as filtering for SMS (Short Message Service) spam, according to a statement.
Trend Micro hopes to attract hordes of new customers who will purchase or receive sophisticated new handsets as gifts during the holiday season, allowing them to install the new Mobile Security product and receive antivirus updates at no cost until June 30, 2005 said Todd Thiemann, director of device security marketing at Trend Micro.
Homepage: Trend Micro Mobile Security
The Cell chips -- jointly created by IBM, Sony and Toshiba -- are expected to have a wide impact on everything from handheld computers to supercomputers. But the biggest potential use is for Sony's PlayStation 3 video-game console, which is expected to debut in 2006. Many analysts believe that if the Cell is successful, it will become the biggest threat to Intel's dominance of the chip industry.
In a disclosure to the International Solid State Circuits Conference, IBM said it has made Cell chips that run at 4.6 gigahertz and operate at 1.3 volts.
That speed is notable in part because Intel canceled its 4-gigahertz Pentium 4 chip this year. IBM earlier in the week would say only that a rack of Cell chips could compute 16 teraflops, or trillions of precision math operations, a second. The world's fastest supercomputer currently deployed in the commercial market is NEC's Earth Simulator, which computes 36 teraflops.
Sunday, December 05, 2004
You will find yourself surfing the Microsoft Website.
Infact any site with double http:// prefix ends up at microsoft instead of a invalid URL error.
Saturday, December 04, 2004
However, worry not Microsoft now offers the same service MSN Web Messenger and you now know your password is safe. Handy if your corporate environment has blocked the MSN port. You can now beat the administrator ;)
Just make sure to allow pop-ups from the site for it to work.
Vladimir Mironov, director of the Shared Tissue Engineering Laboratory at the Medical University of South Carolina, is one of the scientists who has rigged Hewlett-Packard and Canon inkjet printers to shoot out proteins instead of ink, and to capture tissue on specialized gel instead of paper. Older printers work well because their spray nozzles have larger holes and are less likely to damage fragile cells.
It would be great to have a use for these old printers instead of searching for a place to recycle them safely.
IBM (Research), now the No. 3 PC maker behind Dell Inc. (Research) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (Research), is likely to include all of its desktop and laptop computers in the sale, which could earn it between $1 billion and $2 billion, people close to the negotiations told the newspaper.
Lenovo Group Ltd., China's top PC maker, and at least one other company are said to be in talks with IBM, the Times reported. There have been media reports that Lenovo, which controls more than a quarter of China's PC market, was poised to set up a joint venture with IBM.
Gartner Inc., a leading research firm, forecasted earlier this week that three of the top 10 personal computer makers would exit the market by 2007, citing slower growth rates and narrower profit margins. It did not name any companies.
Despite its large size relative to smaller competitors, Gartner added that IBM and HP's PC divisions were vulnerable to being spun off "if their drag on margins and profitability are deemed too great by their parent companies."
IBM could not be reached immediately for comment
More and more people are using alternative browsers like Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera to view the Internet in all its glory.
The total usage share of Microsoft declined 5 percent and the total usage share of Mozilla (the company behind FireFox) increased 5 percent
Yeah, the market share dropped like 5 percent. Microsoft still holds the lead at a comfortable 87-88 percent. Big deal?
Friday, December 03, 2004
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Another good thing is that it not only shows the problem, it gives out possible fixes and related links. Comprehensive.
I'd say that this list is not for the casual surfer. Reason? Well, most of the TOP vulnerabilities are for stuff like remote access services or web servers like Apache etc, to name a few. Unless of course you run your own servers or the system registery is your playground, you might find all of the list not that helpful. But as expected, web browsers and email and even messengers are on the list of vulnerabilities. It is worth a look...even an attempt at prevention is always better than the cure.
And in other News ...
MSN Spaces is now OPEN for English language. You can easily create and manage your blog from your computer or your mobile phone.
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Entries are also invited for the 6th NCR Awards. Deadline: December 22nd. Some categories allow 'self-nomination'. Hurry ;~)
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Currently only launched in Europe, you can download the screensaver here. Thousands of people have already downloaded it and have started bombarding spammers. Lycos has maintained that the screensaver will not cripple the spammer's website by causing a DDOS attack (because they will be monitoring traffic). It will just increase their bandwidth by orders of magnitude. Here is the Slashdot story on it too.
Download the screensaver to be part of the War Against Spammers!
Monday, November 29, 2004
On a different note, has anyone noticed the new "Media" section on Orkut? This brief article (?) wonders if this is an Orkut blog minus comments.
Friday, November 26, 2004
The offer is for those individuals who have purchased systems with Win XP pre-installed. In return to their gratitude, you will sign as a witness and disclose the vendor from whom you purchased the system. Up to 5 submissions per person allowed.
This will eventually help Microsoft crack down on piracy of its products in the UK.
Spider readers in the UK, what are you waiting for? Go get your copy. Hurry, offer ends Dec 31, 2004.
Now, will we ever see such move reaching our shores?
Coming to think of it, I doubt the company will have success this time around. I am used to idea of seeing a Philips TV, monitor, refrigerator but having a Philips branded PC "with Intel side" does not seem appealing enough.
Who's next LG or Dawlance? : P
Thursday, November 25, 2004
May be not the best theme to base a game on. Visit the game site for more.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
**Add: Please hyperlink the news item and include only a brief excerpt [with a comment on it, if you can] in the text.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Monday, November 22, 2004
Here's a list of other inventions—SpaceShipOne made it too—TIME found cool. Anyone for alternative voices on coolest invention this year? Not the iPod? Not the Simputer?
Saturday, November 20, 2004
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Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Moral of the story: keep your political views to yourself!
Monday, November 08, 2004
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Here is a part of the email I received yesterday:
From : MSN Greeting [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Reply-To : "MSN Greeting" [email@example.com]
Sent : Friday, November 5, 2004 5:45 AM
To : Hafsa Ahsan [my email address]
Subject : Sumera Ali sent you an Eid Card.
Sumera Ali [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] has sent you an Eid-Card from Msngreetings.com
123Greetings.com is all [standard 123greetings.com text]
To view your e-card, choose from any of the following options:
Click on the following Internet address or copy & paste it into your browser's address box.
Clicking on the link above took me to a website cleverly designed to resemble MSN Greetings where I was required to enter my email address and password to pick up my card which I stupidly did. Upon entering it I was told to select a card to send it elsewhere. Frustrated, I closed the window. Today, after re-clicking on the above link I noticed that it redirects to a website http://www.geocities.com/smartfaiza323
Interestedly if you copy and paste http://www.lordsgreetings.com/view/BV30213092911104 into the location bar the message that the "website cannot be found" turns up.
Maybe this is a false alarm. But it does look like someone is out to get people to enter their email addresses and passwords through a sophisticated form of hacking.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Here's the real catch: "The biggest boost to Pakistan's efforts to break into the global IT marketplace came on September 28, when India's finance ministry announced an income tax of more than 36 percent on foreign firms with software, R&D and customer service operations in India. This tax proposal had been in the works since the beginning of the year and is expected to prompt U.S. firms to follow GE's lead in selling off assets in India."
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Saturday, October 30, 2004
64K ...Rs 1570 or $26
128K ...Rs 2270 or $37
256K ...Rs 3770 or $62
Setup: Rs. 6500 including installation and modem.
They say this bandwith is shared between 4 users. It is uncapped, I specifically asked them about this. 64K will give 8kbps downloads, 128k 16kbps and 256 32kbps.
I told them I am currently using WorldCall, and why should I switch to Cybernet, he asked me to please not to compare cybernet to Worldcall. He did say Cybernet is a lot faster. About quality of service, he said cybernet will email at least one week before any planned downtime, which is currently only once a year, and will also email if due to ther factors the internet will be slow for a while. They also have 24hr phone support and home support also.
I don't know about the coverage area, but they are giving connections in some parts of Karachi. I am getting one, so will have both WorldCall and Cybernet for 2-3 months (as I've paid WC in advance) so will compare/contrast these two services and post my findings here. My one concern is my phone lines, both of which were not working for 9 straight months, but a few hundred complaints later they finally started working a week back. The bad thing about DSL is that it goes through PTCL, who are not to bothered about noisy or non-working lines. At least with cable the network is in the hands of the provider. Regardless, on Monday (1st Nov) I'm signing up for a 128K DSL connection - will post about the process here. Does anyone know if Supernet or anyone else is also about to start home DSL services? If I sign up to Cybernet and later on want to switch to another (cheaper) dsl provider then will I have to pay the full installation amount again?
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Meanwhile, the Indian broadband policy is serious about spreading the 'always-on' bug and getting 'Indo-Mail' back to India. Thanks to my friend Murali for the pointer.
From The Hindu news item of Saturday: "The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will monitor the speed offered by the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and consumers can cite the broadband policy and take the ISPs to court if the speed is less than the minimum of 256 kbps. 'There was no broadband and no classification. We were stuck at the dial-up network stage. My feeling is that people using dial-up will migrate to the `always-on' 256 kbps. They are paying Rs. 1,000 per month for low Internet speeds. Our initiatives will bring higher speeds for less than Rs. 500 per month.' The broadband policy has also attempted to cut through red tape. VSAT dish owners can start operations one month after all the documents are submitted for approval."
Friday, October 15, 2004
In case somebody is wondering, the indexes are kept at:
/documents and settings/USERNAME/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Google Desktop
Thursday, October 14, 2004
"There are claims of over 500,000 blogs published on the Internet. What is a blog and how could it be integrated into pedagogical practices to enhance learning? This paper will introduce the blogging phenomenon and present some options for educators. Some theoretical principles and guidelines for practice will be presented, along with some
further resources for exploring the blog-o-sphere and creating a blog for either personal publishing or to be integrated into pedagogical strategies."
Monday, October 11, 2004
After security vulnerabilities being posted on the Internet and its availability to end-users has prompted MS to postpone its release to testers.
There is no way you will be able to sign-in with it as of now.
Saturday, October 09, 2004
1. Google Print, which will be simliar to Amazon.com's "Search-Inside-the-Book" feature. This will allow you to perform a Google search on any book that has been indexed by Google (probably many thousands).
2. Google SMS, that will allow you to submit queries to Google via SMS and get your results back within a minute. This is currently only available in the US.
Friday, October 08, 2004
Thursday, October 07, 2004
For more details and those interested can contact him at email@example.com.
Yayha Noor has developed an interactive training for Win 98 in Balochi language. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good for those institutes giving basic computer training to the totally new.
Hats off to both of them for their efforts.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
FLAG customers (another service sold by PTCL) will additionally face an outage on 7th October 2004 from 0300 hrs to 0330 hrs as announced by PTCL.
The last major planned outage was in October 2003 which lasted for days (but luckily, alternate satellite bandwidth was procured and we were saved from a complete blackout). This, however, renews the urge for having more satellite gateways in Pakistan, preferably in the private sector. Commissioning of the SMW-4 cable (which will be an alternate path for International connectivity) would also contribute towards adding to the stability of the system.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
The number of comments deleted from this blog = 4 out of which 1 was a mistake.
I respect your point of view and expect you to respect mine. This is the only way to encourage discussion, simply put. If at any point I feel a comment is out of place and aimed at generating a bad vibe towards a person or an organization [including Spider], I will delete it.
ONLY healthy criticsm is welcome. Not all of us will find everything on this blog useful but plenty of us do. As an informed and aware visitor, you are free to say anything sans throw verbal punches at or abuse anyone. Thank you for stopping by.
Flights expected as early as 2007 will allow you to gaze the stars for about US $200,000 per person (at least we don't need to apply for a visa :P) for a two-hours trip and three days pre-flight training.
Donations accepted, send in your US $1 bank drafts (minimum) to me.
Your favourite Spider Magazine is also in contact with Virgin Galactic for an agreement or sorts to give a complimentary copy to each tourist on-board the trip. Plans also underway to release a few issues of them into space. Going global in style.
Yipee, SPIDER Alien edition ;)
Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways (and the Virgin Group) has recently set up Virgin Galactic, a company promising flights into space (aboard SpaceShipOne) for $200,000 by the end of the decade!
It is a historic day, indeed.
Saturday, October 02, 2004
- Contact cards
- New Display Pictures
- Set status before signing-in (appear offline while signing-in).
- MSN Search Bar at the bottom (has been there with YM 6.0)
- Search words within conversation in chat window
- Maybe Avatars and emoticon packs (YM 6.0 ???)
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Nearly 14 awards are being presented to various software houses for their products. See the website for details on nomination. 300 people are expected at the ceremony taking place in Karachi. One of the more interesting cateogries is a prize for student projects and I'm hoping publicity by the media will help both PASHA and educational institutes and varsities to pursue this more actively next year. All details courtesy Jehan Ara, president PASHA. Will bring you up to speed with how the colorful ceremony turned out. If you know students who are interested in volunteering at the event [they are needed on Friday and Saturday], then email me [zd at spider dot tm]. Both the Minister IT and Black Fish are expected to show up ;~)
The only national IT awards Pakistan has seen so far have come from NCR. For the past four years, NCR has celebrated the IT industry's various assortments and achievements including a variety of categories. The process is self-nomination, followed by an evaluation by an NCR selected panel.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Microsoft plans to distribute in Russia the low-cost, stripped-down version of Windows XP, called 'Starter Edition.' This release of Windows is aimed at markets in developing nations, and is known for not allowing more than three aplications to run at the same time and not being networking capable. This product will not be avaiable on retail, but will be distributed by OEM vendors in new PCs, at an aproximate price of US$36. On a side note, the article also states that the MS tax payed by vendors to Microsoft for Windows XP licenses is $70 or more.
Now if only Microsoft had also removed internet access, they would have actually gotten a good sight closer to a truly secure OS! The real question is when will they set up shop in Pakistan? Though 36 dollars is still way to expensive, especially for the limited features this offers. The interesting thing is, considering your average pc is running a ton of spyware/adware programs, even a new installation of this windows will be rendered unusable in about 2 minutes or so of being on the internet. It'll reach the program limit and then... and then what? Since spyware can't be terminated easily, and you won't be able to run an anti-spyware cleaner (remember, 3 programs only) the only remaining is a reinstall every three minutes! Tech support around the world are already cursing Microsoft for this smart move...
Thursday, September 23, 2004
The Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has asked AKD Trade to submit a report to the apex regulator about this recent incident at the firm."
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
PTML launched Ufone on January 29, 2001 and, later that year, deployed a GPRS solution to enable a wireless Internet capability. Since its inception, Ufone has been a highly successful venture both in terms of subscriber uptake and network coverage. In its first four months of operation, it attracted some 100,000 subscribers and in its third and most recent expansion, in 2003-4, it raised capacity to over 1.5 million subscribers." Also has anyone noticed that ever since Ufone gave out about 4 lakh free phone connections, one gets frequent network busy messages when trying to make a call?
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Domain Name: gbrowser.com
Very interesting. Now all Google needs is a instant messenger... a web based word processor and a few other bits and pieces and one could live in a entirely google world. There's more speculation at Slashdot.
What would you do if you found someone's digital media card from their camera in your taxi? One such individual has decided to provide the world with 227 days of entertainment. I Found Some Of Your Life will post a photo a day and accompanying fictional narrative for the next 227 days using the photos found on a digital media card left in a cab. Is it pure genius or pure evil? Who cares? Just be thankful they're not your photos.
Long as it's someone else...
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
I found this one hilarious: "Pentel, the world's leading provider of 0.5mm mechanical pencils has predicted the World Wide Web cannot continue to function at its present level for much longer. Pentel is offering an alternative, called WSD, or Writing Stuff Down, that is virtually immune to scaling problems currently plaguing the Web. Industry experts have been slow to respond to this proposal but their responses are expected any day now, via another new technology called the Post Office."
Sameer just pointed out another 'grand' project: the UAE governemnt will help GoP to build three internet cities [obviously in KHI, LHR and ISL]. According to our fairly new Sindh IT minister, an "arrangement of 200 acres of land in the outskirts of the metropolis for the setting up of internet media city, close to the proposed educational city" has been mapped. Good on us! We are set to follow two remarkable experiments by Dubai [Knowledge Village and Internet City]. Does anyone agree such facilities should not be launched, funded or built without research, or am I being skeptical what's good for UAE [superb infrastructure and delivery] isn't neccessarily good for us?
When Bill Gates made his first visit to Carnegie Mellon's campus last February, he said he believed "the most interesting problem of all in computer science -- the one that's always been the most appealing and the toughest -- is artificial intelligence. Carnegie Mellon...was a pioneer at looking at those problems and thinking about what progress could be made."
Stanford University already has a "Gates Building" for Computer Science. I wonder how many buildings a person could want bearing his name...?
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
So the idea is to use the already existing power lines to transmit data -- at broadband speeds. Wired has already covered this here. So have ZDNet and PCWorld. Everyone has differing opinions about the idea -- some think it's great while others think it's bad. However, AT&T and PG&E are already running trials for this in Menlo Park, California (which is about 10 minutes from where live -- and I didn't even know about it!).
A Google search for "broadband over power lines" (without the "") will show innumerable results on this topic.
This could really be something great if we can utilize it in Pakistan. WorldCall would no longer need to lay cables anywhere in the country. Where there is bijlee, there will be Internet. The downside, of course, is that when there is no bijlee, then there is no Internet. But when there is no power, you're probably not using your computer anyway.
Worth an article in SPIDER, I think...
Personally, I think that "To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before" was the most important moment in sci-fi history. But that's just me.
Another fun fact: The computer was called "HAL" because they took "IBM" and used the previous letter of the alphabet for each of the three letters: "H" comes before "I", "A" comes before "B", and "L" comes before "M".
Can Pakistan be smart enough to capitalize on this? Or do we first need to make a policy on how to do that -- taking long enough on the policy that we lose the window of opportunity?
Friday, September 10, 2004
In an essay titled 'The East is Blue', that is also set to published alongside images of American porn stars in a book entitled XXX:Porn star, Salman Rushdie claims "A free and civilised society should be judged on its willingness to accept pornography". In her recent article Miranda Husain, a writer for the Daily times, supports this view saying that "we should perhaps modify Mr Rushdie’s assertion: only a society that accepts the existence of pornography and also accepts the need to promote the forming of emotional bonds between the sexes can be described as a truly free and civilised society." What do you say?
"-South Korea has offered to impart training to 30 Pakistani experts in the broadband, Internet and e-government sector.
-Awais Leghari says Pakistan is aggressively working on the formulation of a broadband policy, which would be out very soon to roll out.
-Awais Leghari offers the Chinese minister to set up software technology parks in Pakistan.
-Advance Communications, an Islamabad-based software company draws appreciation from all the global telecom giants exhibited at the ITU 2004 event."
"-The turnover of call centres operating in the country is expected to double to $20 million this year, from $10 million last year, the equivalent of about 9 percent of total software exports of $110 million.
-Of the 90 call centres currently operating in the country, more than 60 were registered in 2004.
-In India IT-enabled businesses is worth $2.8 billion and employs over 285,000 people.
Monday, September 06, 2004
Ofcom, UK's communication regulator, is currently working on a framework to make voice over telephony services user-friendly and popular. Their plain english summary is worth a read for people not keyed into VoIP.
Sunday, September 05, 2004
For much of the 20th century, carmaking was the “industry of industries”. Now it has to reinvent itself, says Iain Carson
CNN reports here that a signal has been picked up three times, causing great excitement amongst astronomers world-wide. However, SETI@Home's Chief Scientist is claiming that these reports are highly exaggerated.
E.T. Phone Home?
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Friday, September 03, 2004
I first spotted one in 1996 [main University Road, Karachi] and started using it. I had heard of singer Shehki's cybercafe in Clifton earlier, though can't recall when.
This BBC news item says the first cybercafe opened in Britain 10 years ago. I found the news item more interesting because within the report, the webmaster has inserted a note asking if the reader is in a cybercafe: "Are you reading this in an internet cafe? If so, tell us where and what it's like. Send us a picture too." Cool! The response this news item generated has been significant so far. This is how a news organization is supposed to serve its community today--by involving them.
The users can buy scratch cards from retail outlets for use with their CDMA 1X terminals. The connection is portable and offers a better-than-dialup experience to the users. Due to the regulatory fact that Telecard is a WLL license holder, the service is currently not available through a CDMA PC card that could slide into the notebooks of the roadwarrior although there is technically no bar in having that available. The product is similar to the GPRS service provided by Ufone, one of the cellular service provider but the user experience is far superior as GPRS service is limited to 20 kbps while the CDMA2000 1X users can experience up to 153 kbps (bundle of 17 channels of 9.6 kbps each) while using Internet.
In the next upgrade which is already underway with the help of Lucent's solution, Karachittes would be able to enjoy the upgraded version of CDMA2000 EVDO which offers an average 600 kbps of end user experience over the same infrastructure.
The cellular coverage is currently out-door only and is somewhat patchy with the network rolled out keeping in view the voice aspect of the business. However, as the company puts up more base stations, coverage is expected to get better.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
"Telenor Pakistan and its network infrastructure provider Siemens Information and Communication Mobile have chosen Tecnomen to supply its Voice Mail System (VMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service Centre (MMSC). Delivery will take place this month."
That reminds me of a company I interviewed with once -- Metricom. In those days, Wi-Fi and GPRS were unheard of. 3G cellular technology was just beginning to make some news. Metricom would install their transmitters on lampposts too, and provide 128K of bandwidth. But then the world caught up to Metricom. They filed for bankruptcy in 2001.
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
At the department of fatwa in Deoband, the committee comprising Maulana Mahmood Hassan, Maulana Zafiruddin and Maulana Habibur Rehman pronounced the nikah invalid."
Monday, August 30, 2004
ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Saturday inaugurated the Website of Pakistan Muslim League that contains the 98-years history record of the PML."
Saturday, August 28, 2004
There was something fishy going on as one of the systems I was working on went bizarre and both online and Norton AV scan came up with nothing.
However an online scan for pests from www.pestscan.com detected Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) as the culprit, even after uninstalling it from the system! Spybot –S&D was able to take care of it.
Read more about it and what it does at:
I suggest Meta Express Download Manager (www.metaproducts.com/), its small, fast and to the point.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Anyone care to counter?
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Instead of investing in IT Parks, maybe the government should invest in InfoThelas?
Monday, August 23, 2004
Sunday, August 22, 2004
Before Jason was born, King Aeson’s half brother Pelias, overthrew Jason’s father. When Jason was full-grown he returned to Lolcus to regain the thrown. Pelias agreed to give up the thrown if Jason brought back the Golden Fleece from the kingdom of Colchis. Jason asked Argus, a master shipbuilder, to build him a great ship with fifty oars. Then he sent envoys to every palace in Greece, asking for volunteers to help capture the Golden Fleece. The ship was called Argo, and the fifty volunteers, the Argonauts.
What has Argo, Argonauts have to do with IT project management, find out in CIPS across CANADA Summer 2004 issue (that will be online any time now).