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Tuesday 29th July 2008

The latest Google rival is Cuil

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Cuil search engine

Google may still be the king when it comes to search, but it doesn't mean that it will stay there forever. Cuil (pronounced "cool') is the latest rival search engine that is looking to conquer the search arena.

According to the BBC article, it is the brainchild of ex-Googlers and at over 120 billion pages, claims to have a bigger webpage index than Google itself (a claim that is doubtful). But besides this claim and having people from Google's staff on board, I don't see it as much of a threat to the incumbent.

Other than the slick interface and the 4-letter name, so far the results are less than impressive. Some of my sites, that appear at the top on Google for certain keywords, didn't even make it to the first few pages of Cuil for the same searches. In addition, multiple matches from the same domain show up together, forcing you to go through the other pages to find the relevant results.

It is too early to dismiss it completely and Google does appear to be stumbling in a few places. However, Google is still a giant that can easily outlast such threats. It'll take something radically different to truly pose a challenge to it.

 

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Monday 28th July 2008

Say no to terrorism petition

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Say no to terrorism - Yeh hum nahin

Yeh Hum Naheen (literally meaning "this isn't us") is a site that aims to condemn terrorism and prove that it has no place in Pakistan's society.

The stats so far are really impressive, with claims of 25 Million people already having signed (or condemned) it (though by what means, I'm not sure). Signup now and be counted.

 

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Tuesday 22nd July 2008

Social aggregator FriendFeed

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Friendfeed

I haven't had a chance to check out so many recent phenomenon, such as Twitter, but there's been a lot of buzz lately about friendfeed and I easily got started with it. It was just so very simple and could be the social networking and blogging consolidator I always needed. For now, I've just added my blog on it though should be adding more stuff soon. Catch me and my friends at http://friendfeed.com/sajjad.

 

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Wednesday 16th July 2008

Guitarinity in Islamabad

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Knumb Pakistani rock group

This weekend, I got a chance to attend probably my first real rock concert (in Pakistan at least). Held at the auditorium of the Pakistan National Council of the Arts, it featured some of the finest guitarists and progressive rock artists that this country has produced.

Though most of the pieces were originals, composed by the artists themselves and quite new to me, the one moment that convinced me of their talent was was when Zeejah opened with Misirlou (from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack). It was done so well that if I had heard their performance anywhere else, I could have sworn it was the Dick Dale version, performed for the movie.

Faraz Anwar is undoubtedly the most talented guitarist I have ever seen perform and I have no trouble believing that he is Pakistan's numero uno guitarist.

Faraz Anwar solo Zeejah unplugged in Islamabad

A drummer who can capture your imagination in a solo must truly be something. That's what Feef achieved, after huge public demand for a drum solo. Feef is quite impressive in person as well. Tall and well-built, with long, wavy hair, he really carries that "larger-than-life" rock-star look.

One major thing I noticed about the crowd was that it didn't appear as young and energetic (or as rowdy) as what you would expect in a rock concert. There were even families with toddlers attending. And once it was over, there wasn't a surge of fans rushing towards the stage or the stars being evacuated through a secret doorway. Most people just got up and left, giving the rest of us a chance to mingle.

Top Pakistani guitarist Faraz Anwar and Sajjad Zaidi Feef the drummer with Tayyab

Thank you Tayyab for introducing me to the local rock scene. As per our agreement, you owe me a guitar for every future event that I miss due to you.

 

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Saturday 12th July 2008

Pakistani art frenzy

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Pakistani art

Looking at the news headlines (using Viigo) for the past couple of days, I was relieved not to find anything about Pakistan since there has hardly been any good news the last couple of months.

It was a pleasant surprise to open the news item titled "art frenzy" and end up staring at an article about Pakistani art and how the demand has skyrocketed lately.

Pakistan's art market has gone crazy over the past year, with prices multiplying 10 to 20 times over.

This increased interest (or trend) and all the exposure is quite a jump from the old days when Islamic calligraphy and some forms of classical music were the few art forms to be found, tolerated and appreciated. These days, there's so much more happening. Like the well-performed plays which I'm glad haven't fallen victim to the doom and gloom now rampant in other walks of life.

Most of my family members seem to have inherited some artistic traits. Smokin Skull My dad used to paint for a hobby a long time ago (maybe I can help him start again) and my aunt still comes up with some beautiful stuff.

My brother even took up design as his career and has created a few cool things (this skull I blogged about a long time ago was painted a long time ago by him). I used to do some nice sketches as well until the bits and bytes invaded and fully consumed me. Now I'm challenged, even to come up with a good website design.

Hopefully the trend of rewarding artists will continue and allow more talented people to take it up, either as a hobby or as a career. Now should get ready for tonight's rock concert.

 

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Friday 4th July 2008

Hooked on Cracked

Internet Blogging

Was reading about Blogged on TechCrunch and submitted my blog to be included in the directory (still awaiting confirmation). While poking around, I found some really interesting blogs on it, including Cracked.com (some parts may border on NSFW).

If you're a comics and movies fan (or simply a science nerd), you'll enjoy such articles as 5 Terrible Life Lessons Hollywood Loves to Teach You or 6 Supposed Action Heroes You Could Probably Take In A Fight or even 7 People From Around the World With Real Mutant Superpowers.

Tough to stop reading once you start.

 

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