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Wednesday 29th April 2009

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Sunday 19th April 2009

Zorlu wind farm in Thatta

Pakistan Technology

Was quite surprised to see an inauguration ceremony of a new wind farm project in Thatta, Sindh, by a Turkish company (apparently with the help of the Chinese).

The farm will initially produce 50 megawatts of electricity and can be scaled up to 250 megawatts at a later stage. That alone won't be enough to meet the country's needs, but at least it's something.

Such a move was predicted by people when the power rates skyrocketed last year. It was said that the rates had been increased by the government to enable third-parties to come in and provide kickbacks through the fat, juicy contracts.

This may just be a conspiracy theory, but even if the corruption angle is true, at least we're getting a cool wind farm and another step forward in moving towards alternative energy technology.


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Monday 13th April 2009

Update for 2009 DST


As usual, the government has been late in announcing this year's daylight savings time schedule. So late in fact that the change didn't make it into the latest timezone file at which was last updated on the 6th of April.

Again, here are instructions for updating your Linux systems:

  1. Get the latest timezone data:
  2. Extract the file for Asia:
    tar xzf tzdata2009e.tar.gz asia
  3. Edit the asia file and add these 2 lines below line 1596:
    Rule Pakistan   2009    only    -   Apr 15  0:00    1:00    S
    Rule Pakistan   2009    only    -   Nov 1   0:00    0   -
  4. Update the system timezone data for Asia:
    zic asia
  5. Copy the latest timezone file for Karachi (only required for Ubuntu and maybe other Debian derivatives):
    cp /usr/share/zoneinfo/Asia/Karachi /etc/localtime

That'll automatically set your time an hour ahead at midnight on the 15th of April (this Wednesday). There has been no announcement on the end date as yet so we'll assume it'll be the same as last year. November 1st.

Enjoy the extra daylight.


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Tuesday 7th April 2009

Daylight Savings Time again


I've been searching in vain to find out if and when daylight savings time will come into effect this year. Instead, the answer found me when I went to bigtugboat this morning.

Though I'm unable to confirm from "official" sources at this moment, it will start from May 1st this year. Ubuntu's recent update of the tzdata package didn't contain this update either so there is still some doubt left, but I really hope it becomes a permanent thing.

Power savings may be negligible, but it definitely brings more light in our lives.


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Sunday 5th April 2009

The great electronic genocide


It may have been an awful April Fool's day prank, but someone went way overboard this time. It happened sometime Thursday morning, probably during the morning power outage, when a thief cut away and stole the electrical cables running to my house.

The 12, meter-long strips of thick and valuable copper wiring must have gotten them a couple days worth of meals, or more likely, a day's fix of hard drugs. However, it ended up costing me a lot more than the hassle of putting in new connections.

If lost productivity and income wasn't enough, by nighttime, all my equipment had been fried, probably when the electrician was starting the repairs. The deceased included a UPS that powered my ONT, my PC, the beloved LCD, the new speakers, a network switch, a wireless access point and most disturbingly, my laptop charger.

Needless to say, I was left completely stranded and was only able to get back online after buying a new laptop charger and getting the DSL connection back up. Fiber is still down and so is everything else.

If I'm lucky, I'll only need to replace the adapters and get done with small repairs. Else, there's going to be a huge hole burnt into my pocket.


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