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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”.

Seth Godin At Business of Software conference

Couple of days back i heard this really amazing lecture about marketing software by Seth Godin. This is a must watch if you are a software developer looking to jump into entrepreneurship domain.

You can see the whole lecture at this link:

Harry Potter And Half blood Prince Review

Saw Harry Potter And Half blood Prince yesterday and i must say i was 2008-11-14-harry_potter disappointed.May be the people who have not read the books will like it but for a book crazy fan like me it was a disappointment.Every one knew that movie wasn’t going to be as good as book but this one was a very poor effort.

From the cave scene till the ending the book keeps you in  tight grip but in the movie those scene which are essence of half blood prince happen in like 10-15 min which is a shame.

The ending of Order of Phoenix in movie was much better but this one was disappointing.If you remove the books then movie was good watch still not epic movie.Certainly not the best movie in series.

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.

End Of Studies :) For Now at least

Finally after almost 2 years of studies and long travelling ( Wapda Town to LUMS Daily) i have completed my Masters.Last final was on 9th June.2 Years spent at LUMS whr sheer joy and treat.Having got my BS degree from FAST ( which is a top class institute in its own right) 2 years at LUMS where a wonderful experience.Having being taught by excellent professors like Dr.Ashraf Iqbal, Dr.Naveed, Dr.Shafay, Dr.Umer Saif, Dr.Fareed and many more was an excellent and refreshing experience.

i resumed my Job as Software Engineer at Cambridge Docs 2 weeks ago after taking  2 months leave to finish my Masters.So for at least for now its back to Job mode and no more studies for now.

Early Morning Showers in Lahore

Well for a past week its become a trend that we have clear Blue skies in day time and thunderstorms at night in Lahore.Considering it  2 week of April nights become very cold when usually its really Hot these days.

These are some Pics of the Thunderous clouds at day break today.


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History of Pakistan: Identity Crises

In Our school years when it comes to social studies or history of Pakistan we Chandragupta_mauryan_empire_305_BC start from Muhammad bin Qasim invasion of Sindh. So history of our region and Pakistan probably start from 8thg century. In later years we are taught a bit about Indus valley civilization. But in between history of almost 3000-4000 years is missing as there was no one in this region.

We are not told about the great Mauryan dynasty or about the origins of Buddhism and its impact on our region. Nor are we told about the Invasion of our region by Alexander the great and its relations with subsequent empires like Seleucid Empire. There is no mention of Ashoka, 180px-Taxila2Chandragupta Maurya or any of the other great rulers of the time. Why?

May be the reason is that they were all Hindus and not Muslims. It’s like we are disowning our Past where we are linked to Hindus but isn’t it a fact that almost all of our ancestors where Hindus or Buddhist then why do we run away or disown our own heritage and ancestry.

If Once looks more closely the most of Indian subcontinent heritage is embedded in Northern India which also includes Pakistan. Taxila is prime example which was a major educational and cultural centre during Mauryan 180px-TheBuddhaAndVajrapaniGandhara2ndCenturydynasty. Also Alexander the great and the Great Persian Empire also attacked this region. But why are we not told any thing about that? Why does our history start from 1947?

On the other hand India takes full advantage of its heritage and boasts one of the most ancient cultures and heritage in the world and highlights its past. This raises tons and millions in terms of tourism for them.

History plays a major role in nations identity and there unity. A nation who disowns its history, culture and heritage has nothing to be proud of. I think it’s about time we start thinking as a nation and be proud of our Hindu/Buddhist Culture/Heritage and reclaim our identity and highlight it to the rest of the world.

Seen Report & Chopaal

Last time I visited Seen Report was quite a few months back but today I just happened to came across it and couldn’t help but notice that how much grown and mature the Seen Report platform has become. It has become a popular platform (specially among young generation) to express your views and comments and with the traffic on the site it was evident it has quite a few subscribers/visitors. Seen Report is among just one of few the innovative startups from Dr.Umar Saif and company. Seen Report along with Chopaal is among two of the popular platforms to express your views and circulate news. Chopaal with its SMS Facility and Seen Report with it’s on the go Journalism/reporting are both brilliant concepts. Recently both of them have also won the Annual ICT PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association) Awards, 2008 so Hats of to all the guys in LUMS who are associated with the startups and wishing them all the success in Future.

Windows 7

Windows 7 which is the working name of Microsoft’s next Major window release is scheduled to be released some time late 2009 or early 2010. Windows 7 user interface was demonstrated for the first time at the D6 conference. Graphically it looks great .Far better than Vista. Here are some screen shots of the UI from d6 Conference.