Showing posts from November, 2006

A trick with Orkut!!!

Orkut some how not only a social network ... but it also play some part in people life ... like announcement of classes take place there, you can find invitation for upcoming party there... and much more like these. But since few weeks... every one is complaining that Communities are not opening ... there is always ' Bad, bad server. No donut for you. ' error page. Today my friend told me a trick to by pass .. yes by pass this error... why I used word by pass... bcz ... communities are opening .. but it is Orkut team who are not allowing ... and now we are bypassing them ...simple... The trick is that just replaced Community word with 'CommTopics' in URL ... it will show Community Topics page instead of Community Profile page... for example, bellow is the URL of community of our campus.... I just replaced Community with 'CommTopics' and it worked... So, enjoy it

Test Post From Windows Live Writer (Beta)

This is a test post form Windows Live Writer(Beta). (I created this post on last night but first rain of season cause the power down. So, I am publishing it on morning) I just downloaded it and testing ... while .. still have to read few research papers and have to submit a report on them tomorrow morning.... but .... I am already using 'Blogger for Word', a plug-in for Microsoft Word, allows to write post from Microsoft Word. That handles my English spelling mistakes .... not more than else ... But With a cup of Coffee!!! this one looking pretty good except ... it does not check grammar :) ... Oh!!! its having an option for plug-in .... hmm ... no time to find plug-in for grammar checking but it can be a good idea to write a plug-in for this purpose .... if still no one did :) ... View your post at blog before posting... Wow .. its really good ... I was not expecting .... Thumbs Up!!! Integrated Microsoft Map ... using Microsoft Virtual Earth ... good thing but for US resi

Finding Ratio of Background Color in an image

Bitmap class: it is a very useful and rich class for handling basic functionality of an image like reading pixel and its attributes, get height and width of image, create icon from image and etc. Load an image: To load an image into memory to we can use constructor of this class, like C#:       Bitmap b = new Bitmap(@”c:\water.jpg”); This will load an image into ‘b’, a Bitmap instance, where image placed at root directory of C drive with name ‘water.jpg’. To find the ratio of a predefine background color does not require any complex algorithm. It can simply achieve by counting pixel with background color and then divide by total number of pixel. To read the color of a pixel we use GetPixel() method. It returns the different properties of pixel at x,y (where x and y are coordinates of image). C#:            Color c = GetPixel(i,j) Here Color is a structure represents ARGB color. Here RGB is for Red, Green and Blue … where A is not color but Alpha property…. that represents transparency

Behind the scenes for Vista!!!

Microsoft is near to launch Windows Vista. I got this from a friend and found interesting link to see the efforts and people behind making this launch successful. Especially I impressed by Paul having nine machines in his room to ensure catch the problems before a customer. Well, you can further images at Microsoft Test Manager Paul Donnelly looks at one of the many machines he has running Vista. As the release of Vista has drawn closer, Donnelly has added more test machines to his office. Last week, that number totaled nine. By having many different setups, some with rarely used configurations, Donnelly hopes he will encounter problems before a customer does. Credit: Ina Fried/CNET Mike Kirby stands by some of the machines Microsoft uses to test each day's build of Vista for compatibility. The company has written roughly 750,000 lines of code that are used to test anywhere from 800 to 1,200 programs a da

Movie Day!!!

After reading title, people who knows me they will thought ‘Another event’… but this time… it is different…. A day celebrated by myself by watching 4 movies in day .. wow … how does it sounds ;) … but later it cost me lot …:S It started from movie ‘Born to Fight’ – a good action movie with Thai Martial art, then ‘The Core’ – a wonderful science fiction movie but like most fiction movies it also ended with some unanswered questions. Then it was time for some Urdu movies. First was Umra -o-Jan – name really attracted me and found as per name, a good but slow movie. And last one was Don – I did not see previous Don, but this one found just OK!!! Man, it also technical. How? Behind I was installing some technical stuffs :)

The first thing I downloaded from CLT website ... that is Hammad Rajob’s presentation on topic ’10 tips for preparing a presentation’ . It is a taped version of live session and I found very helpful. In that presentation I found . It is a personal web site of Garr Reynolds who is teaching Multimedia Presentation Design (and other courses) at Kansai Gaidai University. He gave very informative and exciting tips of presentation including tutorial and samples. It is useful for students and professionals too!!! Either you have to present to your teachers, management or customer, I recommend you to check it out and change your presentation into an effective presentation.

New features of Gmail!!!

During the checking of routine emails, once again Gmail opened with link ‘New Features’. Since the launch of Gmail, the Gmail team has been providing cool features and it found these features are very very useful for all. This time Gmail provide some new features regarding conversation (reply button, forward all etc) and a bit old update of Gmail Mobile also listed there. You can check it here .

Member of CLT!!!

Few days before, I got an email from Microsoft and I would like to quote here, “As a member of the Microsoft Student Partners you are now also a member of the Microsoft Community Launch Team” Great!!! It looks cool. Now, but people would like to know what is Community Launch Team. So answer is here: “The Community Launch Team is comprised of the Culminis, INETA and Microsoft Student Partners user groups. This puts you alongside two of the largest worldwide Professional Developer and IT Professional organizations. As a member of the Community Launch team you will receive privileged online training on the latest products Vista, Office 12, and .NET Framework 3.0 from Microsoft prior to their release” The idea is great; they developed a site for Community Launch Team where we can attend online training and can also download tapped versions (that I do as online trainings are always in critical time of my schedules). But still, I did not find much helpful material except Hammad Rajob’s


I decided to give highlights of my absence to the reader. So here it goes!! CyberNet Utech 2006: UITCS ACM Student chapter organized CyberNet UTECH 2006 on 26th and 27th August and fortunately I was the chairman. It went excellent and got good on event media coverage. We got success to get the presence of provisional IT minister, Noman Saigal, in opening ceremony. The plus point of this event was two brand new competitions along with traditional competitions and that was Solution.Net and ModulationMax. First one was for .Net geeks to test their skills and grips on .Net 2.0 platform. Where second one for 3DMax’s guys to test their creativity, imagination and grip on tool. The huge team of Utech (around 125 students) worked excellent and made it event successful. You can take a virtual tour here . Leave from chairmanship: I took leave from chairmanship of ACM Student chapter. The reasons behind this are recover my studies, final year project and prepare team of office bearers for next y

better luck for next time!!!!

Do you know what luck is? I came to know … but with very unfortunate. In last whole week many times I signoff and sign-in into my life … due to luck!!! Ahh… the story started when I got an email from Vaqar Khamisani (ISV Manager, Microsoft Pakistan) that I selected among other three MSPs to attend TechEd Europe 2006 in Barcelona, Spain. Other three MSPs have flied to Barcelona but I could not get visa. I applied for visa, got return, resubmitted and again got return. I don’t know why but people at TCS concluded that because I have beard face. WHAT? WHY? No comments!!! What can I say now? Feeling sad on missing such great occasion but “better luck for next time!!!!”

Shifting Experience!!

Hey I am not going to share my home shifting experience, I am talking about unsuccessful tries of shifting my blog from blogspot to wordpress . Well, when I saw the import link at wordpress, I was amazed and thought it work great. Really, that worked great but lost all titles of my post and could not import images…. Ahh… 50% material of blog (. Skipping titles and images was not big deal, but they put random integers (I think ‘auto number’ field) and it is not easy to change titles of 100s entries. Another point, I did not find any plug-in of Microsoft Word that allows me to publish on my blog at wordpress but it is for Blogspot. So my vote goes for Blogspot!!! But with thanks to

Back Post!!!!

Back Post!!! At last back to blogger… after unsuccessful tries for blog shifting. Blogspot blocked in Pakistan … then one day I found it unblocked and later I found it blocked again…. Why? Regardless of freedom of speech, it really effects on blogger community of Pakistan, including me. However, provides an alternative solution …. But at that time their was hope for unblocking of blogspot. Latter, got dam busy in different activities specially regarding chairmanship of Computer Society of our campus that is now chartered ACM (USA) chapter. Well, back here. Have changed theme of blog and will try my best to update it on regular basis.