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Waiting for green light!

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Have you ever noticed that how does Traffic Light relate to our life? Whenever light is Red we are not suppose to move forward ... if light is Yellow... we should prepare ourself to launch... but still we are not suppose to move forward until light become Green! I am also waiting for Green Light !

Unsecured Banks! An incident in my circle

Recently I posted about security flaws in our banks. Unfortunately, one of my friend also affected by these security flaws but in different way. He is a technology aware person and has been using computer (and related technology) since last 10 years. The incident itself a series of events and I would like to mention it step by step: He activated his e-banking account 6 months ago and didn't use single time. So, all his credential was default set by bank. Few days before he received an SMS informing him that around Rs.100/- has transferred from his account to a Ufone number. He contacted the call center to talk the customer representative but surprisingly the respond that "you are not registered with our call center. Kindly visit your branch and fill the form to register with our call center" (:D can you imagine? Dam!) On such response he decided to contact that person (Ufone number) directly to know who is he. (Bad luck starts from here) He called but on telling him

Effort But Where?

Received from a forward email: A giant ship engine failed. The ship's owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure but how to fix the engine. Eventually they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was young. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom. Two of the ship's owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed! A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars. "What?!" the owners exclaimed. "He hardly did anything!" So they wrote the old man a note saying, "Please send us an itemized bill." The man sent a bill that read

[Golden Words]

Not failure, but low aim, is crime. ( James Russell Lowell ) The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything--and it works. ( William Strong ) It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. ( Theodore Roosevelt )

Need your help!

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Unsecured Banks!

According to Dawn News NBP has suspended inter-bank ATM service after finding out some one have cracked PIN codes and hardware security models of their system. According to news there is chances that employees of bank are also involved in this incident and one of employee of NBP at Headquarter in Karachi, in charge of hardware security of the bank's online money supply service, had disappeared. It is useless to say that he is having lot of information about accounts and PIN codes. Being an  IT professional, I know the each and every information we stores in databases. But such crucial and sensitive information are stored in database after encryption (converting into codes, so no one can read without decoding) and a security layer must be deployed to make those information secure. Like, if some one knows the encryption algorithm or knows how to encrypt information then he/she should not be able to access the actual data. And the person who can access the actual data should not kno

Resources for Startups

Check out following resources for startups! StartupNation.com  , by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs Microsoft Startup Center [www.microsoft.com/startupcenter] A wonderful e-book "Your Road Map to Success: how to write a winning business plan" (sponsored by Microsoft). You can download at http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/8/3/a83023c7-00a2-43b5-a3fe-2a8c29e14ee3/MS_eBook_Road%20Map_Final2.pdf You can download Word's template for business plan for startup business at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/TC010175201033.aspx?pid=CT101172331033

Karachi Power Crisis: Solution?

Power Crisis in Karachi is one of the hot topic for Pakistani Blogger. Karachi Metro Blog , Chowrangi and  Pakistaniat have written on the topic. It is useless to add something more except few comments which made in response of Pakistaniat 's post. Firstly, comments from my side "What I know … if you talk to a middle-class family (who lives in F.B. Area , Nazimabad or N. Nazimabad) you will find they always pay bill at time … their bills have been getting high and high despite load-shedding for long long hours … I don't know …. what is going to happen but is it not enough?" And later, someone said very well but with anonymous nick 'Reluctant Expatriate' "I always wonder what will be the outcome if some of the team of Pakistani investment bankers who raise venture capital of billions in New York, and hordes of Pakistani engineers who design, build, and operate power plants and electricity transmission systems in US can be combined into a strong te

Resource for Data Warehouse and Mining

Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques by Jiawei Han and Micheline Kamber is a very good book about Data Mining. Han also uploaded slides for all chapters of this book. You can download slides from http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~han/dmbook If you are interested only about Data warehouse (like me) then go through slides of first two chapters.

International Women's Day

Do you want to know what is 'Khawateen Ka Din"? Karachi Metro blog has very nice post about this topic. You must read it at http://karachi.metblogs.com/2008/03/08/international-womens-day/ . Usually, in our country this day belongs to the "Working Lady" or "Corporate Women". Despite of the topic, personally I have met number of working women and every one has single answer of question "Are you doing this job on your wish?", NO . I am not against the working women but the real picture is a bit different if we remove sunglasses from our eyes. Still there is real need to workout for the solution of REAL problems. I am not talking about lady living in a house of 600 sq ft and driving its own car, having decent designation in an national or international firm. Think about a lady working in a garment factory , use general transport, even she never wear clothes which she has been stitching for years and years.... Have we done something for them?  Happ

Study Groups: Do we need?

Some abstracts from 'A Learning Guide to Design Patterns' [ http://www.industriallogic.com/papers/learning.html ]. A study group is a collection of individuals who gather together regularly to improve their understanding of some non-trivial subject, such as a body of great literature, by participating in a focused discussion. While there is nothing wrong with lectures, they have a tendency to create passive learning experiences for attendees. If one is interested in simply gathering information, a lecture may be a fine place to do it. But if one really wants to understand something (to "get your hands dirty"), there is nothing like a study group The all written in that page is about Design Patterns Study Group but I believe it is essential lesson which should spread to our respectable teachers and young students. IMHO the concept of such study groups has been dying in our universities, and I blame students for this [as I am also student]. I love to learn new th

پہلی اردو پوسٹ

آخر کا تلاش اپنے اختتام کو پہنچی اور مجھے ایک فونیٹک کی بورڈ والا اردو ویب ایڈیٹر مل گیا اور اب میں باآسانی اپنے بلاگ پراردومیں بھی پوسٹ کرسکتا ہوں. ابھی یہ تجرباتی مراحل میں ہے پر میں امید افزا ہوں کہ یہ صحیح کام کر جائے گا

Disappearance and Re-appearance

Disappearance -- I stayed away from computer, didn't talk people online, could not help myself to picking up phone, even didn't like or wish to chat with someone about any thing .... Re-appearance -- I choose the place to re-appear where I spent my shinning years of life. I went my campus, met with teachers, enjoyed handshakes with others, and talked with juniors as I do always. Today, again, I am too curious  .... unfortunately I could not meet my lovely teacher and mentor ... but had healthy discussion with other people...