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Writting exactly after One Year
My tudoes to all the new bloggers who have made GeekswithBlogs.net there blogging home on the net. I must add that a lot of people and some very notable names with I share my blog now. I am writing after a whole year - a very eventful one, indeed! I moved over from Pakistan to Australia, got a new job and also studying for a new degree. Witnessed the SQL 2005 Beta, BizTalk 2004 launch and now waiting for Whidbey. I have decided to write again because of my new job here - I am a Microsoft Certified ......

Posted On Monday, April 4, 2005 1:14 PM

GRE Computer Science Test
We have a comprehensive examination at the end of our Bachelors degree at SZABIST, almost all the people who don’t study for it passes it at the first attempt. I gave mine as soon as I came back from Dubai in December last year in 2003, not to mention I did not study for it at all. Last night I was working on going aboard for higher studies in 2005 and I came across this sample test from ‘GRE Computer Science’ its different from the general GRE test it consist of questions which ......

Posted On Monday, April 26, 2004 10:02 AM

INETA Pakistan – A new revolution in the Planning
Arsalan Minhas the INETA Chair for Pakistan and also my friend has left off to Korea to pursue a master’s degree and I have formally taken over all his responsibilities a few days ago. I have taken on me to bring a developer community revolution in Pakistan. Right now I am in things way over my head, lots and lots of work do to which I am not deliberately delegating at this stage because I want to keep it all very tightly coupled. I sit here at home waiting for the clock to strike 10 (PST) ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2004 5:22 PM

The Loss, the Pain the and Anguish
Of all the recent developments in my life the most painful one just happened, people are changing around me but the fact is I am the same, same from day one, what I mean is I have the same love respect and feelings for the ones I care about in fact no matter what they think. My feelings just seem to grow on. Just recently I had a silent match of death with my friend and I let him win; if it’s any consolidation to him he must know how I suffer while I seek redemption. No matter what happens ......

Posted On Saturday, March 20, 2004 9:13 PM

What I have been doing ?
Two words 'not much'... at least not remotely as much as I would like, lazing most the past week in thoughts I have no control over or watching TV and chatting aimlessly on MSN (something I rarely do). But I still managed to do a few things geeky :). Introducing GMail Free email with 1000 MB of email space from Google.com! It's relatively not a new thing for geeks with there own POP accounts or people using Outlook Express or other popular mail readers but for end users stuck up with Hotmail, CoolMail ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 7, 2004 3:14 PM

Wow! What a day...
Well like most week days today started as a usual at day SZABIST but then right around in middle everything changed. I missed my MIS class to enjoy sheesha with my friend Nanuman Sikandar who came in around midday whilke I was busy reading this very recently published and by all standerds, a gem of a book, titled “Software Design: From Programming to Architecture” by Eric J. Braude, in the university's library. That was a bad move, I like sheesha (Hubble bubble) also made available at ......

Posted On Thursday, April 1, 2004 11:04 PM

Microsoft SAT 2004 Karachi, Notes from the Day
Microsoft Software Architect Tour Karachi went away quite well. Although the event started a little later then 9:30 but the 150 seated auditorium was jam packed as we entered to take to our seats, Gurkan Sulk, Vaqar Khasmani, Haseeb (the Winqual Guys) represented Microsoft from MEA, Pakistan and USA while I from INETA Pakistan and Khurram from Kalsoft were the local speakers there. I also met Jawad Rehman the Microsoft’s country manager for Pakistan and Dr. Wahab (former IBA chief) and had ......

Posted On Sunday, March 28, 2004 4:14 AM

Whats better than?
Live your life better, always ask yourslefd the question: Whats better than? What's better than focusing on the negative? Focus on the positive. (If you do this you are happy being!)What's better than working hard? It's working smart. (Oh yes! Learn to beat the system, think different.)What's better than dreaming? Imagining. (A Disney term combination of Imagining stuff and Engnearing)What's better than doing something for yourself? Doing something for your country. What's better than a vision? A ......

Posted On Friday, March 26, 2004 10:33 PM

Upcoming Speech at the SAT, 2004
Ah...I forgot, I'll be speaking in Software Architect Tour, 2004 at the Muhammad Ali Jinnah Untervarsity (MAJU) next week on March the 29th. Its at 22-E Block-6 P.E.C.H.S, Karachi. Damn ! Why do I have to miss an important MMS hourly back here in my university? Bad timing... I guess. I'll be giving my not so infamous (cos its the fist time): INETA Pakistan - The Developer Community Revolution Speech I'll talk about User Groups, INETA, INETA Pakistan, the new User Group Structure for Pakistan and ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2004 5:35 PM

Microsoft Security Symposium at Karachi Goes Well
The security symposium today went great we had three speakers from Microsoft operations in Egypt and Redmond. Mr. Zoadain, and two whose names I can not recall. Zoadain was the most interesting of the lot, he talked and showed us how Microsoft was securing its own IT infrastructure and intellectual property using pins, smart cards, polices and what not. I learned many interesting things today: Security is not only technology put also the people and processes, basically the 4 P’s of security. ......

Posted On Thursday, March 18, 2004 1:27 AM

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