Hourly work vs. linchpin work – Seth Godin

“I had a college professor who did engineering consulting. A brand new office tower in Boston had a serious problem–there was a brown stain coming through the drywall, (all of the drywall) no matter how much stain killer they used. In a forty story building, if you have to rip out all the drywall, this is a multi-million dollar disaster. They had exhausted all possibilities and were a day away from tearing out everything and taking a loss. They hired Henry in a last-ditch effort to solve the problem. He looked at the walls and said, "I think I can work out a solution, but it will cost you $45,000 if I succeed." They instantly signed on, because if he succeeded, the project would be saved. Henry asked for a pencil and paper and wrote the name of a common hardware store chemical and handed it to them. "Here, this will work." And then he billed them $45,000. That’s quite an hourly wage. It’s also quite a bargain.”

You can read the whole article @ Seth’s Blog

Main Ye Kiss Ke Naam Likhoon Jo Alam Guzar Rahe Hain – Obaidullah Aleem




Narration by Obaidullah Aleem @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlZPLtmZr4g

More Info about Obaidullah Aleem @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obaidullah_Aleem

Apple iPad – “iPhone on steroids” OR much more

Steve Jobs unveiled  Apple much awaited tablet pc “iPad” yesterday.iPad will start from an incredible affordable price of $499 and will be launched around April this year.Jobs described it as "so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone."

In last 24 hours it has been iPad media frenzy over the internet. From strict criticism,disappointments,applauses to even jokes.Frankly speaking everyone has his own expectation with the iPad.Taking into perspective the extraordinary leap that iPhone took people where expecting iPad to be similar.They wanted it to be like some sort of futuristic “star trek” or “Minority report” sort of touch and control sort of gadget when in reality it turned out to be much familiar.So naturally people are disappointed.

The lack of camera and USB ports was a huge disappointment i have to admit.Lack of camera can be assumed to be a huge technical blunder from the geniuses at apple.But then when you see the broader picture and see apple competition in tablet pc arena there isn’t much to speak off.Amazon kindle is basically a book reader and with the touch screen and the finishing,iPad provides much better book reading experience.Hp Slate PC’s running window 7 shown by Balmer earlier this month were not exactly eye catching as well.

From development perspective just consider it as an iPhone/iPod with huge touch screen and powerful processor,and i think these 2 factors open a huge new market of app development for iPad.with such a huge screen(compared to iPhone) there will be more sophisticated an complex applications making there way to iPad ,not to mention the potential in games market.Surely big giants like EA will soon be announcing some extraordinary game titles for iPad very soon.SDK 3.2 beta is already available for download from appstore.

So all said and done may be apple is still at the top of tablet pc market and comes April we might see a frenzy to buy the new hottest gadget in town”iPad”.

Graphene : New wonder material, one-atom thick is Stronger than Diamond

Imagine a carbon sheet that’s only one atom thick but is stronger than diamond and conducts electricity 100 times faster than the silicon in computer chips.

That’s graphene, the latest wonder material coming out of science laboratories around the world. It’s creating tremendous buzz among physicists, chemists and electronic engineers.

"It is the thinnest known material in the universe, and the strongest ever measured," Andre Geim , a physicist at the University of Manchester, England , wrote in the June 19 issue of the journal Science.

"A few grams could cover a football field," said Rod Ruoff , a graphene researcher at the University of Texas, Austin , in an e-mail. A gram is about 1/30th of an ounce.

Like diamond, graphene is pure carbon. It forms a six-sided mesh of atoms that, through an electron microscope, looks like a honeycomb or piece of chicken wire. Despite its strength, it’s as flexible as plastic wrap and can be bent, folded or rolled up like a scroll.

Graphite, the lead in a pencil, is made of stacks of graphene layers. Although each individual layer is tough, the bonds between them are weak, so they slip off easily and leave a dark mark when you write.

Potential graphene applications include touch screens, solar cells, energy storage devices, cell phones and, eventually, high-speed computer chips.


Full article here at http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20090708/sc_mcclatchy/3268145

Transformers : Revenge of The Fallen & Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince.

I just saw Transformer:Revenge of the Fallen and must say it was a wonderful movie.Almost as good as first one if not better.Also this is biggest blockbuster movie for past 1 year easily.the fight scenes in this move are epic and story is also Strong.

I am now waiting for Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince which is due latter this month.I just hope that it lives up to its expectation and does justice to the novel because the story in novel is really strong and from trailer it does look like an epic movie as well.

Apple – Heres To The Crazy Ones

Elizabeth- The Golden Age

Just saw the trailer of this new movie which is due next month.I really liked the first Elizabeth movie and cant wait to watch the 2nd one.Holywood normaly produces one or two epic movies in a year and this seems to be one.


Around the globe, 2007 is on track to be a year of extreme weather

Just read this article on cnn.com and as I myself live in south Asia region (Pakistan) I must say that south Asia has clearly seen the effect of unusual weather patterns this year.2 cyclones in Arabian Sea when normally a one is rarity. Few rains and extreme heat in north of country (Pakistan) and floods in south. This article describes many other scenarios occurring throughout the world due to change in global temperatures world wide.

“Extreme weather has plagued the globe this year, a U.N. agency says, causing some of the highest temperatures on record.

The World Meteorological Organization said “global land surface temperatures for January and April will likely be ranked as the warmest since records began in 1880,” according to the United Nations.

WMO said temperatures were 1.89 degrees Celsius (3.4 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than average for January and 1.37 degrees C (2.45 degrees F) higher than average for April.”

Full Article at Cnn.com


I just configured my own iGoogle homepage and its really amazing stuff. It’s a wonderful concept. Customization options are wonderful. Really good if you are an office going person and want to read some blogs or visit some news sites before starting your days work. Do have a look at


Google Buys DoubleClick for $3 Billion

Search engine giant Google has agreed to buy web advertising network Doubleclick in a $3.1bn (£1.6bn) deal.

The cash buyout, the biggest in Google’s history, will allow the company to tighten its grip on the advertising market.

Doubleclick helps link up advertising agencies, marketers and web site publishers hoping to put ads online.

In recent years, Google has been expanding into print, radio, video, mobile and TV ad markets.

News of the deal comes just six months after Google paid $1.65bn for video sharing website YouTube. ”

Source and full article at BBC