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).
Eight names from the company appear in the credits, including one of the chief technical designers. Very, very interesting :)
Saturday, August 21, 2004
The good thing to note here is that we have at least five strong contenders for the liberated telecom market besides PTCL. Also, the popularity of the 3.5 GHz band indicates a bright future for Broadband Wireless Access in Pakistan.
Talking about spendings, following is the overall expense that each of the companies have made in terms of the spectrum they have obtained in the auction:
With all the cash in the world at their disposal, the spendings by PTCL seems trivial but for the rest of the three companies, the stakes are defintely high.
It would be exciting to see how these opportunities and challenges are handled by the new telecom operators in the coming days.
Just the thing I needed to run on my Symbain OS. Great way to keep in touch as long as you have access to the Internet from anywhere on the Earth :)
Friday, August 20, 2004
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Let us just hope that the idea of having a state-of-the-art data center for such (and other governmental requirements) catches on which will separate the administration of such websites from the respective departments and puts it in the hands of dedicated professionals.
Till then, HTTP Error 404.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Nauman Afzal, our open source writer, sends this warning for Yahoo! users. "I just received an e-mail from someone claiming to be from Yahoo Administration. On close observation, I found it to be a phishy email as it required me to follow a link and enter my username and password in order to reconfirm that I will be using this account in future. If I entered those details, it will be captured! The pretext given was that since Yahoo! has upgraded to 100 MB and a lot of accounts are lying dormant therefore, a reconfirmation is required. How did I find out that this was a "phishing" attempt? Well I guess Peter Lavin was kind enough to warn us about this menace (many thanks to him) simply because the link address was: http://yahooadmin.8m.com/yahoopage.html Anyone with a little knowledge of the Web would ask “Why would yahoo use 8m to host its own webpage?" I just want to share this with everyone and warn them to be careful in case they receive a similar mail."
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Monday, August 16, 2004
Friday, August 13, 2004
With the licence, valid for 20 years, REDtone (www.redtone.com) will be able to offer voice telephone, data and IT services in Pakistan, the company said in a press statement today.
REDtone said the country has tremendous potential, with a teledensity penetration of only 3% and a population of 150 million. " Doesn't the Ministy of IT&T claim a much higher tele-denisty in Pakistan than the one as claimed by REDtone? Would anyone know the teledenisty in pk according to government figures? Tee Emm?
World Call and Telecard are the only two companies besides PTCL that are actively bidding in the juicy 1.9 GHz Frequency which is used in the Wireless Local Loop for voice services. Results so far show that four companies that are actively bidding (and winning) the auctions in the four Telecom Regions for which the bidding has taken place so far have placed Rs 3,582 million in the bag of PTA. Winning price (for each of the party, at each of the region) is as follows:
GTR: 295m (TCL/PTC/WC)LTR: 353m (PTC/WC/DVC)CTR: 121m (PTC/WC/DVC)FTR: 425m (PTC/TCL/WC)
[TCL: Telecard Limited, PTC: Pakistan Telecommunication Co Ltd, WC: World Call Limited, DVC: DV Com Limited]
3.5 GHz slots are going relatively cheap but it is good to see that the slot is being actively pursued by the various smaller players such as Internet Service Providers and startup Data Communication providers. This spectrum will play a very important role in furthering the cause of BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) across Pakistan as most WiMax (802.16) systems can use this licensed band to deliver interference free wireless services to large geographical areas.
Auctions for other regions will continue till the third week of August, 2004. Stay tuned.
Thursday, August 12, 2004
The company plans to offer wireless broadband services for domestic and corporate customers at speeds up to 512KB per second for 1GB of data beginning at Rs. 500 (approximately $8.60 U.S.) per month with a maximum speed of up to 2MBs per second costing Rs. 20,000 (approximately $344.25 U. S.) per month for 32GBs of data. The wireless broadband sector in Pakistan is estimated at over $100 million. "
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Interestingly, Habib IT has showcased its own line called XC Cube [in red color] at the ITCN Asia. Their website doesn't carry any info on it [checking the price on the phone] so no specs available.
PC Mag carries a useful article on these X boxes. Think Geek has pics.
Just found that slightly interesting. Frustrating, since I couldn't check e-mail for a week or so at a stretch, but interesting nonetheless. Any other schools in the country offer computing classes at that level (i.e. in high school)?
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Rushdie argues that a free and civilized society should be judged by its willingness to accept pornography. His views are to be published alongside images of American porn stars in a book called XXX:30 Porn star "
Friday, August 06, 2004
Azeem asks: What is the difference between blogs and discussion forums? From all perspectives.
- Blogs started out as specific to one user who invited comments. Now,
the line between group blogs and discussion forums is blurry.
- The fundamental difference between the two being, blogs are focused on hyperlinking and networking the Internet (as well as the blog world itself) at large. Why is there a market for blogs? Because people want to make sense of the information being thrown at them, edit them according to their preference and rant in cyberspace—without moderators and other 'corporate freaks' who were begining to put a password on every public platform in a supposedly free world (cyberspace).
- Discussion forums are seen as an organized platform. Blogs, despite
their dynamic subject matter and capabilities, are viewed as unorganized, informal and even anti-establishment.
- Interestingly, enough you have given me an idea for an article :)
Thank you! On the other hand, bloggers would say "yea, whatever. we
really don't care where you fit us in. we are here to stay."
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Telecard is installing an IP based Next Generation Network (NGN) using an Alcatel solution across 10 cities of Pakistan.
Earlier, to enhances its CDMA based network, Telecard has already selected Lucent for the deployment of advanced CDMA EVDO based network that provides up to 600 kbps of mobile data connectivity. This network will enable Telecard to offer next generation fixed telephony solutions to the major cities of Pakistan.