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Dengue epidemic

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The outbreak of “Dengue Fever” in parts of Pakistan is now becoming a countrywide epidemic. Quite a few bloggers have posted about it including one who lost his cousin to a dengue infection. Though nobody I know personally has died or been infected, it is alarming to know that death and disease are right here. […]

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Open Source 2.0

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Many years ago, I remember a time when a whole bunch of open source software reached the elusive 1.0 stable release. This meant that the likes of Mozilla and Open Office now had enough functionality to compete with existing products (or simply do something good on non-MS platforms). These weren’t necessarily better, or even that […]

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Blogging with the Nokia 9500 and Ufone

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This message, like the last one, is being posted using my Nokia Communicator, via Ufone’s GPRS service. I called Ufone support multiple times to get this working, but despite configuring the connection again and again and bugging their reps each time, I kept getting a “Subscribe to GPRS first” message. I had decided to switch […]

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Happy Eid to all

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Eid greetings to all, especially those who didn’t get my email or SMS. After 30 days of Ramadan fasting, as well as some controversy, Eid is finally being celebrated here in Pakistan. It seems that we were correct all along about the dates and those few who followed their own dates are being chastized for […]

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Eid preparations

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The Eid, or post-Ramadan celebration, holidays are here and we should be celebrating Eid either on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on our national moon-sighting committee’s decision. Since Pakistan is the only place one to two days behind in the Islamic calender (it’s either the 30th Ramadan or Eid today in the rest of the world), […]

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Latest in email and comment spam

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These days, a much bigger part of my day is spent on fixing the damage caused by spam. It isn’t that much of a hassle to remove the dozens of comment spams I get daily on this site, but it does take up valuable time. Even after my software nukes all URLs in the comments, […]

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Earthquake blog posts

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It seems that quite a few bloggers have posted their tributes to those that perished in last year’s quake. I seem to remember that there were only a handful of blogs that were actively posting updates about the tragedy. It’s good to see such an outpouring of thoughts and emotions one year onwards. This page […]

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One year after the quake

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It was a year ago, October 8th, 2005, that one of the deadliest quakes in history struck this region, leaving over 73,000 people dead, millions homeless and whole cities decimated. Though most people have put it behind them, I still can’t forget that fateful Ramadan morning when I woke up in a dazed state and […]

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All hail Slackware 11.0

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It’s finally here: A great day for all fans of the oldest surviving Linux distribution – after an unusually long testing and debugging period, Slackware Linux 11.0 has been released: The first Slackware release more than a year in the making, this edition of Slackware combines Slackware’s legendary simplicity, stability, and security with some of […]

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Nokia 9500

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It’s that time again. After the disappointment at finding an ideal phone that could take decent pictures as well as easily balance my account, I had become sure that I would live out the rest of my days with a couple of simple, camera-less mobiles, such as the Nokia 1110 that I currently have (an […]