Wednesday, November 24, 2004

News of the Day

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Momekh said...

PTA is at it againPTA has conducted these surveys and regulate the telecom sector - ISPs, mobile phone operators and PTCL... the number of surverys etc carried out is impressive enough... And telecom regulation is more important than de-regulation, if you understand the pun, heh.

With the sudden influx of telecom cellular operators, Pakistan is set to follow in the footsteps of Indonasia. Indonasia expanded its telecom sector in pretty much the same way that Pakistan is doing now. I figure there were like 11 or 9 operators. The overall affect was that there was so much to go around that no one cared and the quality of the telecom sector itself was so pathetic, the govt had to force mergers. Now I think there are THREE cell operators there. That is what Pakistan is headed for if PTA doesnt do MORE than what one would expect it to do in terms of maintaining quality.

But I believe in giving credit where it is due....PTA did shine through by actually imposing a fine on Mobilink. What happened of the payment is another story altogether...any clues?

SHA said...

Find out where ur anti-spyware did a test on some anti-spyware.Check out the article at,aid,118362,00.asp


Vaqas said...


Google Scholar Beta
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

Just as with Google Web Search, Google Scholar orders your search results by how relevant they are to your query, so the most useful references should appear at the top of the page. This relevance ranking takes into account the full text of each article as well as the article's author, the publication in which the article appeared and how often it has been cited in scholarly literature. Google Scholar also automatically analyzes and extracts citations and presents them as separate results, even if the documents they refer to are not online. This means your search results may include citations of older works and seminal articles that appear only in books or other offline publications.

Please let us know if you have suggestions, questions or comments about Google Scholar. We recognize the debt we owe to all those in academia whose work has made Google itself a reality and we hope to make Google Scholar as useful to this community as possible. We believe everyone should have a chance to stand on the shoulders of giants.

Vaqas said...

Another Survey Says Mozilla Up, IE Down
Another Web browser usage survey is showing a familiar trend: Mozilla's share is rising at the expense of Internet Explorer.

Global usage share numbers released Monday by showed Mozilla Foundation browsers increasing to a 7.4 percent share from 2.1 percent in May. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer dropped 5 percentage points to 88.9 percent during the same six-month period.

Full Story:,1759,1731477,00.asp

Vaqas said...


Kazaa Offers Unlimited Free Internet Phone Calls
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sharman Networks Ltd., distributor of the Kazaa file-sharing software, on Monday launched its latest version which enables users to make free online calls anywhere in the world.

Kazaa v3.0 includes the integration of Internet telephony software from Skype Technologies SA and also offers advanced search capabilities and a free weblog trial.

Skype, headquartered in Luxembourg, is the newest venture of Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, co-founders of Kazaa and Altnet, a secure peer-to-peer network.


Vaqas said...

Tech Spending Looks Up in Asia, E.Europe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Spending in Eastern Europe and Asia is expected to lead a recovery in the global technology market over the next three years, according to an industry report released Tuesday.

After years of sluggish growth, technology spending is expected to climb steadily through 2007 as China, Poland and other countries in the developing world invest heavily in hardware, software, networking equipment and services, according to a study commissioned by World Information Technology and Services Alliance, an industry trade group.

Total spending should hit $3.2 trillion in 2007, up from $2.1 trillion in 2001, the report said.

Spending in Asia and the Pacific Rim is expected to grow quickest at 9.3 percent annually, while spending will increase in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at a rate of 8.9 percent per year.

Technology markets in North and South America will grow at a 6.7 percent annual clip, according to the report.

In the face of higher growth elsewhere, the Western Hemisphere is expected to account for 44 percent of the market, down from 46 percent in 2003, the report said.

As developing countries jump in the tech game their influence is expected to grow accordingly, the report said.

"Although the dominance of the developed world (in technology) is not likely to change soon, the developing world can no longer be ignored or considered irrelevant," the report said.

The report was produced using data provided by consulting firm Global Insight Inc.

The U.S.-based World Information Technology and Services Alliance is a group of 65 technology trade groups from around the world.


Zunaira said...

VA: The first two news items have already been posted on this blog.

For you and other contributors:
We do not post entire news items. Hyperlink to the story, and merely add a brief excerpt in the main text.

Vaqas said...

it means you are missing at leat 50%...and you claim to be "INTERNET" mag..however i dont.

SQ said...

Why don't you start your own "Internet Mag". Then let us know, and we'll see how good it is.

Merlinx said...

Hot air dissipates fastest when ignored.

Vaqas said...

@Sameer...what if YOU make your better?

Rafay Bin Ali said...

Seems like Vagas Ashraf is only trying to seek some attention using one of the oldest tricks in the book. Vagas you really wouldnt have been wasting your time writing stuff here if you really think what you said about the magazine.

Anyway, this post is with regards to the article "Clueless Candidates" (Spider Nove 2004) by Ms. Imtiaz. The writer has done a superb job of explaining a phenomenon that is prevalent in all areas of our higher education system. I can personally relate to this with my own experiences at Hamdard University, where we only have a couple of students who are trying and getting the essence of a business education, while the rest seem really out of place. The problem was the inadequate career planning they received while at the lower tiers of the education system - a couple of them are really really good at art work and digital artstuff but have ended up here. Anyway, I think a Pakistan Careerbuilder is a superb idea and I would want to work on it if someone gets this project rolling.

Kashif said...

A South African organisation has produced what it claims is the first television series dedicated to promoting open source software. The first episode of the show included an interview with Richard Stallman, who founded the GNU project, and Robin Rowe, who runs the Linux Movies Group, which promotes the use of Linux in Hollywood."


G3nu1n3 said...

Oddly enough, Microsoft is promoting Mozilla Firefox. The company recently provided the press with a screenshot of MSN Search displayed on the open source browser. Microsoft's PR firm denied using Firefox for any of MSN Search's screenshots

Alert reader Dror Levin read a review of the new MSN Search on the Seattle Post Intelligencer. He noticed something strange about the screenshot in the article, found a larger version of it and was surprised to find out that while the OS was Windows XP, the browser used was Firefox.

The photo credit says "(AP Photo/HO/Microsoft)", which means it was distributed to AP by Microsoft.

Brian Peterson, of Microsoft's PR firm Waggener Edstrom, said: "None of our approved/distributed screen shots of MSN Search were made using a Mozilla Firefox browser. Moving forward, we will not be commenting on this issue".

Source: LinkPosted on Myblog too.

Kashif said...

PTCL has done it again and the big boys are down!
This is what I got on my screen while browsing the net through Cybernet:

Dear Valued Customer,

This is to inform you that we are experiencing intermittent outages and degradation in service on links with our upstream provider FLAG Telecom (via PTCL) that is affecting all Internet services. As per the information, provided by PTCL/FLAG Telecom the problem is due to a Fiber cable cut in Jeddah in segment F4. No anticipated time frame has been provided by PTCL/FLAG Telecom for the rectification of this problem. We shall update you once the circuits will be restored completely. We apologize for the inconvenience and seek your cooperation in this regard. If you have any query and/or concerns please contact UAN 111-56-56-56 or email us at or


Cyber Internet Services (Pvt) Ltd.

I have tried the so-called Class "B" ISPs and they are working well.


SHA said...

Security flaw i XP SP2,aid,118239,00.asp


G3nu1n3 said...

Microsoft, Sun to talk about cooperationMicrosoft and Sun Microsystems on December 1 will deliver a joint update on their collaborations pursuant to an April 2004 technology-sharing agreement to boost interoperability between the two vendors’ products, according to a Microsoft representative on Wednesday.

While the discussion will not feature announcements of any critical milestones being reached, the two vendors want to talk about how the work is going, said the Microsoft representative, who did not want his name to be published. “We’re just going to talk about the work that’s going on and how well it’s going and some of the areas that have been touched upon, so you shouldn’t expect anything big coming out of this [discussion],” the Microsoft representative said.

Source: Link...
Also at MyBlog

G3nu1n3 said...

SCO website hacked: This time it's Microsoft accused of code theftWith the US stuffing themselves with turkeys over the Thanksgiving holiday break, hackers seized the opportunity to do some site defacement on The SCO Group's Web site, applying a little bit of cheek by claiming the company found parts of its code inside Microsoft's Windows software. However, since the issue was brought to SCO Australia's attention by LinuxWorld on Monday, the site has been restored to normal.

Hackers modified the targeted URL to read "SCO vs World", followed by the text:

"Recently we found parts of our code in almost all Microsoft(R) software. We want to bring an action against Microsoft(R) and our legal department is working on that. Parts of code found in all Microsoft(R) products from MS-DOS(TM) 2.1 to Microsoft(R) Windows(TM) Longhorn. Currently we are checking older MS-DOS sources. It's obvious, that all while (1){ do_something; } and for (i = 0; i < 16; i++) loops came from our code."

Hacked SCO Site SnapShot and Source at: Link

Nauman said...

PCB is organizing Free IT training for Govt employees and private sector individuals, although pcb link is not working follow the link for more information..

SHA said...

Anyone has noticed the poll on Spider's website ( in a popup so u have to allow popups to view it.It goes like this for those of you who can't get it to show.

What is Pakistan's biggest internet and IT-related achievement to date?

Putting an end to multi-metering and reducing dial-up charges

Introduction of broadband internet

Connecting major cities and towns to the net

Launching a National IT Policy

Attempting to block pornographic websites

Setting up a Ministry of IT

Offering free internet at the airport

None of the above


edge.walker said...

have been following Spider blog for some time now and would like to contribute on interactive avertising which is steadily picking up for last 4 quarters.. am maintaining an archive blog where i post relevant articles (without comments)

have also started a blog about Advertising, Marketing, Media in Pakistan and seeking contributors..

edge.walker said...

have been following Spider blog for some time now and would like to contribute on interactive avertising which is steadily picking up for last 4 quarters.. am maintaining an archive blog where i post relevant articles (without comments)

have also started a blog about Advertising, Marketing, Media in Pakistan and am looking for contributors..

Anonymous said...

Yahoo jumps into the desktop search business following google's desktop search.See the full story at


Anonymous said...

Yahoo is planning to start a video search engine,the beta version is already up.According to Yahoo the system builds on a standard for syndicating content to other Web sites by allowing publishers to add text, or metatags, to their media files. That way, the RSS feeds can be sent to Yahoo for indexing in the search engine. Eventually, the system could be used to allow people to aggregate video feeds on a personalized Web page, for example.

You can check it out at


Anonymous said...

On December 16, 2004, Microsoft announced its acquisition of GIANT Company Software, Inc., a provider of top-rated anti-spyware and Internet security products. Microsoft will use the acquisition to provide its customers with new tools to help protect them from the threat of spyware and other deceptive software. In addition, key personnel from Giant will be joining Microsoft’s security efforts.

Microsoft plans to make available a beta version of a spyware protection, detection, and removal tool, based on the Giant AntiSpyware product, within one month for Microsoft customers. The upcoming beta will scan a customer’s PC to locate spyware and other deceptive software threats and enable customers to remove them. The tool will be configurable to block known spyware and other unwanted software from being installed on the computer. It will be available for Windows 2000 and later.

Details of the Microsoft solution beyond the planned beta, including product plans, pricing, and a timeline for delivery, are not yet available. The anti-spyware technology will complement the enhanced security features available in Windows XP Service Pack 2 to provide a higher level of protection for browsing and other Internet computing.

More information about Microsoft and its efforts to address computer security, including spyware customer guidance and information on anti-spyware solutions is available at


Anonymous said...

Microsoft Corp. has quietly released a "critical" Windows XP Service Pack 2 update to fix a serious flaw in the Windows Firewall utility.This update was not included in the 5 updates released before.

Details can be found at


Anonymous said...

Microsoft Windows ipconfig.exe Overflow

A local overflow exists in windows. Windows fails to sanitize the input of ipconfig.exe, resulting in a local buffer overflow. With a specially crafted request, an attacker can cause a denial of service, resulting in a loss of availability of server.

Solution: Currently, there are no known upgrades, patches, or workarounds available to correct this issue.

Manual Testing Notes: ipconfig.exe /`perl -e 'print "PAAAA\x44\x33\x22\x11","%08x"x13,"%n";'`


Anonymous said...

A 22-year-old gamer has spent $26,500 (£13,700) on an island that exists only in a computer role-playing game (RPG).

The Australian gamer, known only by his gaming moniker Deathifier, bought the island in an online auction.

The land exists within the game Project Entropia, an RPG which allows thousands of players to interact with each other.

Entropia allows gamers to buy and sell virtual items using real cash, while fans of other titles often use auction site eBay to sell their virtual wares.

Earlier this year economists calculated that these massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs) have a gross economic impact equivalent to the GDP of the African nation of Namibia.

The Entopia economy lets gamers exchange real currency into PED (Project Entropia Dollars) and back again into real money.

Ten PEDs are the equivalent to one US dollar and typical items sold include iron ingots ($5) and shogun armour ($1.70)

Gamers can theoretically earn money by accumulating PEDs through the acquisition of goods, buildings, and land in the Entropia universe.

MMORPGs have become enormously popular in the last 10 years with hundreds of thousands of gamers living out alternate lives in fantasy worlds.

Almost 200,000 people are registered players on Project Entropia.


Anonymous said...

Opera releases version 8 with voice support

Opera Software has released the first public beta of version 8 of its popular Opera browser, which adds voice input/output and a host of other niceties. Key new features include improved RSS handling, fit to window or paper width, a start-bar for easy access to the most commonly used functions, and automatic update checks. The current beta release supports Windows only, but a general release is scheduled for "early 2005," Opera says.

Other new features of the new version include an easier install process, a simplified user interface, and a trash can that remembers closed windows and blocked pop-ups. Also, a clickable RSS icon now appears in the address bar when sites with RSS feeds are accessed, and RSS newsfeeds can be added to Opera's email client.

Opera's new voice technology is said to support websites that offer interactive, voice-enabled shopping and booking systems, the company says. Additionally, users can browse the web using spoken commands such as "Opera next link," "Opera back," and "Opera speak." In response to the latter, Opera reads the content of a web page or email aloud.

Opera and IBM have partnered on XHTML+Voice (X+V) technology for several years, co-announcing a Multimodal Browser and Toolkit early in 2003. At that time, Opera began offering an enhancement to Opera 7.0 browser for Windows that was made available through the Multimodal Browser project. The modified version of Opera 7.0 was capable of rendering Web pages written in the XHTML+Voice markup language, Opera said, at the time.

Opera 8's new Fit-to-Window-Width function adapts web page content to fit the width of the window in which the browser is currently displayed. As a result, if multiple windows are open, the browser sizes the web page to the particular window, thereby eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling. Combining this feature with Opera's web page zoom feature enables users to "dramatically magnify" web pages, yet view them without the need for horizontal scrolling, a capability that is sure to be popular among visually impaired users.

"We were preparing for the 7.60 release, but as work progressed and we kept adding improvements and functionality, it became very evident that we now have a browser that is so powerful, secure, and easy to use that it exceeds the next logical version number and warrants a major release," said Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner, in a statement. "The new Opera version has dramatic improvements under the hood, in addition to some very helpful new features to welcome more and more users to take advantage of browsing the Internet in a fast, safe, and customizable way."

The latest Opera beta (version 8.00b1, for Windows users only) is available as a free download. The final version, which will support Linux, Mac, and Windows, is scheduled for release in early 2005, according to Opera. Users who have licensed versions of Opera 7 will receive free upgrades to the new version, it says.


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