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1st Ramazan

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First day of the fasting month of Ramazan (or “Ramadan” if you prefer) here in Pakistan. And the first time in 5 years that I can “break” fast with other Muslims in a Muslim country (though I did fast for a day when I was here 3 years ago). I love the general feeling you […]

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Spam in Blog Comments

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I haven’t seen any *yet*, but looking at Spam’s history, this can only get worse: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/10/27/1739206 Would be a good time to add bayesian filtering to Pylogger‘s comments module. If only I could find the time.

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Black Hawk Down II

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Looks like they’ve done it again. This time in Iraq: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3213981.stm This reminds me so much of the SouthPark episode “Red Sleigh Down” where Santa gets shot down over Iraq while delivering Christmas presents, except thats not what these guys were upto.

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DSL Again

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A couple of days ago there was an announcement in the newspaper about how the government will now allow ISPs to offer DSL in Pakistan. Until now, only 4 companies could do this and they still have a tight grip on everything, so prices should start to fall soon. Hurray. Reminds me of what was […]

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NaSCon 03

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The software competition, which I had a stall in, is finally over. I had spent most of the last couple of weeks preparing for it, though the outcome was still below my level of satisfaction. Because of some stupid last minute change of plans, we ended up in a remote corner of Marriot hotel’s ball […]

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The Missing Car

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As part of the preparations for NaSCon 03 on Saturday, I went to have a sign board made for our pavilion. The best place for this type of work is in the old bazaars of Islamabad’s twin city, Rawalpindi. The cost for most things is half of what you would have to pay in the […]

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Rampage in the Capital

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You’ve probably heard about this already. A mob went on a rampage and damaged some shops and cars after a militant leader was killed here on Monday. It also burnt a police motorcycle. I had read about this yesterday morning, but couldn’t be certain how bad it was and if something was still happening. We […]