Category Archives: Personal

Personal stuff, thoughts, activities

bored

As I got bored of blog theme, so I have changed it once again. 🙂

anyways , there are lot of thoughts that have been acculmated in my head, and wanted to be scattered out. I will see when I get enough time to spit them out. Until then , enjoy the life : ).

Resurrection!

Finally I got some time to rant again over this blog. Although I wasn’t really busy during this whole duration, but I didn’t get anything particular to blog about.

Just to update all of my beloved readers, about the things happened in between my last and this post. Well I have stated my MS Computer Science (finally) at George Mason University, begining this fall, bought a psp few  months  back and successfully moded it. I intend to write about my admission process in another blog entry, so wait for it.

what else, oh yes, I have also started cooking  ,(well if you  count ,turning the switch of rice cooker as cooking).  😀

see you then.

Do you recognize the building in the photo?? ;)

Well I don’t know what to say , :D, Just now my friend pointed out an error on the Jang‘s news update page. Here is a snapshot,

Can you figure out , what is the source of error here .:D,

see closely , its not that much difficult.

C’mon, C’mon,

well, this is the photo of right corner of FAST karachi campus :D, and it has nothing to do with Removal of 10% Tax on Wheat Import

Sweeeeeet!!

This page was retrieved from the url :

http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/may2008-daily/27-05-2008/update.htm#65

regards

faraz

Demonoid is back once again

Well after a long time, once again, Demonoid is back,  the user accounts are still there, and our upload /download statistics are still intact. enjoy !!

ونڈوز پر اردو کے استعمال کے لیے چند مشورے اور جُگاڑیں

Computer usage in one’s own native language is getting popular these days, and many Softwares now include several languages to overcome the language barrier of the users. It has its own joy of interacting with computers in mother tongue.

Urdu is also one of the languages which is gaining popularity in computer usage. Efforts have been conducted by Pakistani Universities and other professionals to enhance the presence of urdu in general computing activities. These efforts are often supported by Govt. of Pakistan. NUCES Lahore Campus has contributed significantly to the cause with their CRULP ( Center for Research in Urdu Language Processing) initiative.

Following is a list of few good utilities for using urdu on PC from CRULP.

Just to let you know about the complexity of fonts for languages in arabic script is that the actual appearance of character /alphabet is dependent on the context. e.g م is meem, in محمود there are 2 positions for meem, initial and middle,and in علم meem is in final position:)
Now urdu uses alphabets from arabic language, but it follows persian script “Nastaleeq”, which may be a bit difficult for computers, as each new character is connected at a lower level and the whole word follows a slanting path.

So use these utilities, and send your suggestion to the developers, so that they may come up with a better and enhanced version.

regards

faraz

Interviewed @ PakSpectator

well my few moments of fame, as I was interviewed by The Pakistan Spectator (TPS).  It was first experience of giving an interview. I hope you may got a little more info about what and how I think. Don’t forget to leave your precious comment.

regards

faraz

LPT0006 passed away ! – Obituary

Its really sad for me to break that my laptop ‘lpt0006’ has passed away on wednesday 8th January, 2008 at around 2:45 pm (local time). 😦 The exact cause of death is still unknown, but initial reports claim that it was due to hard disk controller failure. However I am still waiting for an official autopsy and hopes that it may be able to rise again :).

‘lpt0006’ was from the family of acer ferrari 4000 series ( ferrari 4005 WLMI). The departed soul had been in service since 26th March 2006 11:am and meticulously executed it duties during that period. During this period which spanned over 654 days, ‘lpt0006’ served 18-20 hours /day, while the disk I/O usage is estimated at 500 mb read writes /day ( this is only for user data and does not include paging and caching i/o). Awesome thorughput , I would say, from this family. But its sudden death was an extremely surprising incident.

Although I didn’t like the machine , but hey it was free and an above average performer, and didn’t cost me any thing 😀 .  I usually spend most of my after office time over my laptop, and suddenly after getting deprived of it, I had no other choice but to stare the roof while lying on my bed :).  ( I have already taken my xbox and complete Harry Potter books set back to Pakistan  while visiting during this winter vacation) . But the worst part isn’t over yet, the next three days were holiday , Thursday was off  due to 1st Muharram,  while Friday and Saturday are our usual off-days of the week.  So I had nothing to do , literally nothing , to do at home, except for sleeping 😀 .

Anyway , I used Dell Inspiron 8600 ,borrowed from Khurram bhai, for sometime, until I got a replacement laptop tablet notebook. Its LT-20 from LG, bundled with Windows XP Tablet PC edition. Its really cool to use it. It has a touchscreen and can be turned into a small notebook or tablet , by rotating and flipping the screen. Though machine is not so strong, apart from being bloated with support softwares( input panel, keyboard surrogate, bla bla) which consumes almost 80% of available physical memory (400 out of 512 megs, consumed after getting logged in to the system). Anyway its lighter to carry ,with 11″ screen. Helpful in taking notes, preparing documents, chatting, light browsing activities, but nothing more then that. :P.

I am planning  to buy a notebook for myself, after going through some reviews, I am finally settled for Dell XPS M1530  , cool han!  I am waiting for DSF promotions which will be starting from 24 th January 2008. Mean while , I will look into products from other vendors, most probably from Alienware ( Personally I don’t like HP pavillon, Lenovo thinkpad).

By the way, did I mention it was an obituary for the deceased one 🙂

regards

faraz