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Speeding up websites

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Though still under testing, Nginx (or Lighttpd) could soon replace Apache as the web server for at least some of my sites. It is ultra fast and efficient and quite simple to configure. I have yet to receive a lot of traffic on my blog. The current hits hardly cause a dent in the memory, […]

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PTCL allowed to layoff 29000 employees

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From the Dawn article: The government on Thursday formally allowed the management of the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) to lay off more than 29,000 employees under its Rs17 billion voluntary separation scheme (VSS). Though it appears to be a good deal (for both PTCL and the employees), just the thought of such a large […]

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Greetings and condolences

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Belated Eid greetings to all. Though the holidays were over on Wednesday, I had been busy with moving house (will finally have broadband at the new home soon) and just catching up on things after so many days off. Will hopefully be able to write more soon. Secondly, I’d like to offer my condolences regarding […]

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Second Quake anniversary

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It was 2 years ago that the dreadful Kashmir earthquake struck here. I pray for the souls of the almost 80,000 lives that perished. We should also not forget that countless more survived, yet lost their loved ones, their livelihoods and pretty much everything they had.

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Pakistan rated least stable emerging market

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According to this article on the Economist (thanks Victor), Pakistan has been rated the least stable of 24 emerging markets, behind Iran and Nigeria of all countries. And the article does give the reason for placing it at the bottom: Uncertainty over Pakistan’s political future, the country goes to the polls on October 6th, keeps […]

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Benefits and side effects of fasting

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Ramadan, the fasting month is going strong and we’re more than half-way through it. Amidst all the blessings of this month, there are some practices that could transform your life if you carried them on throughout the year. The daily routine is probably the most significant of these. In our normal routine, we get trapped […]

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Suspension from hosting service

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My blog was down for the last few days and the reason was pretty silly. Apparently, somebody had misused one of the web services running on my site to try to send spam and the hosting service simply suspended my account without even telling me. It took a long online discussion with their support and […]