Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Economical Numbers

October 11, 2008

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it’s only a hundred billion. It’s less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.


Richard Feynman

TeaBreak Tea Party!

July 27, 2008

I attended Tea Party by TeaBreak.pk today and all I can say that it was a “Mind blogging experience” :)

TeaBreak.pk is a small start-up by two of my friends Asim and Ammar. It provides an opportunity for Pakistan Bloggers community to meet on a single platform. I think the most important aspect of TeaBreak is that it gives a community concept to local bloggers and by arranging such gathering, it provides opportunity to meet with popular bloggers in person. More about TeaBreak is here.

The discussion among bloggers in party was also good but I missed an interesting discussion about regulation of blogs which in opinion will kill the spirit of “Freedom” on internet.

Here are few snaps:

From Teabreak TeaP…

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Tagged

March 14, 2008

Tagged by Ali.

Following text is from the book “Rebel Code”. Jay Walker gave me this book to read few weeks ago but still I’m unable to find time to read it. He has also written review of this book here.

From chapter “Learning from Berkeley”:

Sending the university e-mail to the right place was no longer a simple matter, and the system employed by Delivermail couldn’t cope with the various kinds of networks that were being hooked into Berkeley. Allman decided that he needed to rewrite Delivermail so that machines could be configured without fiddling with the software itself, and to build more intelligence into the program so that it could decipher from the e-mail addresses where messages should be sent.

He called the result Sendmail. Its success was driven in part by the new flexibility it offered. “If you had a new network, you could integrate that into Sendmail more quickly than you could into the others,” Allman explains, “This was long before everyone was doing Internet, and so new networks would show up, mushrooms in the night.”

Plan Your Trip

February 19, 2008

I am not a very frequent flyer but during my recent trips I found following two tools really very useful:

TripIt
TripIt is an unbelievably convenient way to manage your online itineraries. As Joel Spolsky discussed here, it’s really magical. Just forward your trip related emails to plans@tripit.com and all done! It’ll automatically generate you a beautiful itinerary and send you back the URL of it. You don’t even need sign-up. Your email address will differentiate you from others.

SeatGuru
I love this site because today I just had a very comfortable flight because of it. If you’re tall like me and have traveled in economy class, you can easily guess the pain I face in long flights :-)

SeatGuru can guide you what seats suit you best. For example, if you are a tall person, you definitely need some extra legroom and this site can tell you which seats have extra legroom in your aircraft. Not only this, it also lists out seats which you should beware of.

A 26 Hours Day – Finally in Bahrain

January 19, 2008

Finally in Bahrain!

Connecting flights, 3 hours long stay at Dubai Airport, delays in deprture.. Ah, it was a long tiring day!
Yea really longer than usual because I had to move my watch 2 hours back :)

But it was fun!

Here are the few snaps of not so good quality:

From Bahrain

From Bahrain

From Bahrain

We (I, Khawer and Tuaha) just came back to our apartments after having a nice dinner at a popular food court of the city. Bahrain is really a small, quite and beautiful country and I’m loving it. Weather is terribly cold now and I find it difficult to even type this post. Maybe I should go to sleep now.

New Year, New Beginnings

January 18, 2008

A whole year passed with silence here. But in reality 2007 was not at all a silent year for me. It was a year full of interesting and learning experiences. A year which I’m not gonna forget easily.

A lot has happened. ProCom, NetCom, Softec, PDC 07, MIC, FYP, Graduation and a lot more. With some tough and life changing personal experiences which are simply unforgettable.

In July, just after my graduation, I joined E-Banking dept. of Avanza Solutions as Software Engineer. A good thing about my company is that Avanza is totally focused on developing solutions for banking and it’s been really great to learn about this domain. I’ll write more on my job experience later in separate post. By the way, in few hours, I’ll be leaving for Bahrain for few weeks for a project implementation in Khaleeji Commercial Bank(KHCB). It’s my first site visit so I’m excited! :)

2008 seems a lucky year for me. On the very first day of the year, I got a great news from Microsoft that I’ve been awarded MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) award as Recognition for my activities in developer communities! It was a great surprising moment! Thanks Microsoft :)

I hope this will be a great start for whole year. There are many things planned to do and I’m really looking forward for a productive year. And unlike 2007, I’ll force myself to update my blog more frequently to prove that I’m a generous Memon :P

Anyways, a happy (belated) new year to everyone!

“Ships are safe in harbors, but that’…

October 15, 2006
Ships are safe in harbors, but that’s not what ships are for.

First blog entry using Google Docs!

Microsoft Student Ambassadors’ Meeting

August 22, 2006

This week started with the end of summer vacations and start of a new semester. Now it is just a year left to complete my bachelor’s degree. Woohoo! for that :-)

Well, today after taking classes, I reached to Microsoft Pakistan office to attend monthly Student Ambassadors Meeting with Microsoft ISV Manager Mr. Vaqar Khemasani. Many things were discussed in meeting including Microsoft’s future events, Imagine Cup 2007 and some announcements by Microsoft. A seminar on “Software Project Ideas and Imagine Cup 2007″ was also planned to be arranged on 31st of this month in my campus. It was really great to meet with Microsoft Pakistan officials and Student Ambassadors of other universities.

Wonderful Weather!

August 17, 2006

I was bit sad as I didn’t enjoy well the rains in this summer before because of fever and cold. After many days I am feeling much better now and fortunately it is rain again today!

Wow, what a beautiful weather it is! Feeling great while enjoying the weather with family and friends.

I am almost soaked now and my mother is scolding me. She is worried I will catch cold again but I am sure it won’t happen again :)

I am going to top of building to enjoy it again!!

Different kinds of people

July 24, 2006

There are 10 types of people in this world: people who understand binary, and people who have friends. But there are actually 11 types of people in this world: those who understand Gray, and those who don’t. No, in fact there are only 10 types of people: those who know ternary, those who don’t, and those who confuse it with binary.


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