Sunday, August 28, 2005

Musharraf sees bright future for IT. Do you?

DAWN, The News, and Business Recorder have stories in today's paper about how President Musharraf sees a bright future for IT and Telecom in Pakistan.

How bright do you think it is...?

Thursday, August 25, 2005

15% GST on computer parts !!!

Just as I have been waiting for the prices on my killer graphics card to go down, yippee, the government hikes the prices up.

The tax-free prices were a welcome and should have remained so. So far computer parts were not what exactly what I call cheap but some how affordable.

First the government announces tax-reliefs in the budget 05-06, public goes happy, government realizes loses in revenues in tax cut, government resorts back to old dirty tricks......... ;)

Where's ma piggy bank, oh shit, I am still Rs. 1557.75 short. If save Rs. 1 a day how long will it take me to.......

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

What's with Vista!

It's been some time since "Longhorn" the successor to Windows XP has been officially named Windows Vista.

I ponder does 'Vista' sound catchy or has M$ got a blooper on their hands? Though, the logo turns out to be pretty flashy.

MSDN subscribers can download the Beta right away. I'll try to get my hands on it for a preview for our lovely mag and readers of Spider ;)

This is why you should never use AutoComplete...

BBC has a story which reports a very serious ID theft scam that was uncovered very recently. Using a Trojan, all information from Internet Explorer's Web Form AutoComplete was extracted -- given the perpetrators access to usernames, passwords, credit cards, bank accounts, and potentially anything else that was accessed with IE using a form.

Don't ever use AutoComplete, and don't ever save any passwords locally on your machine!

Google to launch IM

CNN reports in this article, that Google is going to launch their own Instant Messenger, called "Google Talk" very shortly. It will be a full-featured messenger, supporting voice as well as text. Using Jabber as their platform, Google Talk will interact with ICQ and iChat.

This should mean that it is compatible with AIM also (or so I think), but the article doesn't say that. For obvious reasons, it will not be compatible with MSN... :-)

Update: Google Talk has been released!

Friday, August 05, 2005

PTCL's Games.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Company has agreed to pay damages for the losses during the 11-day Internet disruption due to a fault in a key submarine cable in June, but said it would compensate only the Internet service providers.

In a recent development, top PTCL officials held a meeting with the ISPs representatives, but said the compensation would not match the claims made by the operators.

Read the entire story here.

The statement that PTCL will not be paying the full amount of claims of losses made by ISPs is disturbing, to put it mildly. PTCL screws up, makes businesses suffer losses to the tune of millions of rupees, and boldly claims it will not compensate the companies. How very nice of them.