Saturday, December 23, 2006

Excess Memory

Big mistake. Yes I made a big mistake today. I have 384 MB of RAM in my PIII computer with 855 MHz processor installed on Intel D815e board. I planned to upgrade my system by adding more memory to it. So I went and bought a 512 MB memory stick for Rs.3,100. But when I installed the memory module in my system, guess what, it displayed a message on startup that "216: Memory exceeds the maximum limit". Terrible! Isn't it? Man, I should have given it a bit of thought. But no, I went straight to the market and bought myself an extra 512 MB of RAM. Gosh. Well, so what now? Hmmm. I've installed the new 512 MB module into my system and the other two modules (128 MB and 256 MB) are lying in front of me. No use for them currently. May be I might go for selling them or something. But for that I don't want to rush as I did for buying RAM. So whenever planning to upgrade your PC, be sure to checkout if it is upgradeable to the extent you're planning. Cheers.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Accessing Hotmail from Thunderbird

Nope. Not possible yet. This is the one thing that I would categorize as a missing feature. Since I can connect to Hotmail using Microsoft Outlook Express or Microsoft Office Outlook, I would expect to be able to do the same using Thunderbird as well. But Thunderbird can connect using POP or IMAP protocols. HTTP is none of the options. I wish the Mozilla people add this feature to Thunderbird in their future release. Cheers.

Thunderbird Gmail Configuration

Configuring Thunderbird to receive emails from my Gmail account proved to be challenging for me. I configured my account exactly as outlined by the Gmail Help Center It didn't work for me, however. I was continuously receiving error "Failed to connect to email server". It turned out that I had configured Thunderbird to use my proxy server. In order for the configuration as outlined in Gmail Help Center, you'll need to select Direct Connection to the Internet option (Go to Tools > Options... On General tab click Connection Settings...). After you do this, you should be able to send and receive email thru your gmail account. And, yes, I am behind an ISA firewall. Cheers!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Digital Signatures Simplified

For simplified information on how digital signatures work, please follow this link: I've not seen information on digital signatures that is more easy to follow and comprehensive than found on the above link. Cheers.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My Mobile Phone Gets Snatched!

Yesterday night around 2115 hrs, when I reached near my home, getting back from office, two robbers, riding a bike, approached me suddenly. One of them, aiming at me with a loaded pistol, demanded that I surrender my mobile phone and wallet. I, surprised in shock, obeyed (what else could I do in front of a loaded gun; after all it was real life not a movie). I requested them to give me back my purse after getting the money. The robbers took my mobile phone, got money out of my purse (about Rs.300), thrown the purse on the field, and went off on their bike. God! With my mobile I've lost hundreds of very, very important phone numbers. This is where you understand how important it's to back-up your important data. Unfortunately, I have no backup of the phone numbers :( Anyways I lodged complaint of the incident soon afterwards. It was a really bad experience. According to a news I read couple of days back, around 3,000 mobile phones are snatched daily across Pakistan! Since I am all okay, thanks God, I'll end this blog with cheers :) Cheers.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Eid Saga

This Eid was really joyous for me. I stayed at home on first day of Eid meeting the coming relatives and friends. Second day of Eid I went to see my friends Zahid and Imtiaz. We then went to Pizza Hut for dinner and really enjoyed it. Third day of Eid was also great. I met many of my relatives and friends. Yestrday I recieved my Bank Alfalah Credit Card. I am also a Citibank Credit Card holder but somewhat dissatisfied with their service. So I plan to stop using CitiCard in favor of Alfalah Credit Card. My office will be on from Monday, i.e., tomorrow. Now I am going to have breakfast. In an hour or so I'll be leaving for Waqas's (my friend) house. Cheers.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Windows Vista On Time - This Time

Windows Vista is on time - this time :) Microsoft said it is on track to deliver the new Windows Vista operating system to its volume license customers around the world in November, and to the general public in January. Below are some Vista-related links I think you'd like: * Windows Vista is on time - this time -> * Windows Vista is better than the older Windows -> * Microsoft Working With Security Vendors -> * McAfee Claims Foul on Vista Security Code -> Cheers!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Iftar @ Pizza Hut and Holidays on Eid-ul-Fitar

Holdays for Eid-ul-Fitar have been announced by the govt. of Pakistan from Monday 23 Oct. to Wednesday 25 Oct. Since Saturday and Sunday is my official off, the vacation is going to be five days for me! Kool. I plan to utilize this time by studying, playing around, visiting my relatives, and having fun with friends and family. I also have plan to write on at least one technical (.NET-related) issue for this blog. So stay tuned! Yesterday I was out with coleagues to have Iftaar at Pizza Hut. In Ramadan they are offering an "All You Can Eat for just 299+ST" deal as does KFC. I've noted that quality of pizzaz was not as good as it is in normal days. Anyways if you're a big eater, I'd suggest you go have this deal at Iftar. By the way, this deal is available for Sehri as well. Cheers.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Microsoft Jobsblog

For those of you who are interested in landing a job @ Microsoft, one of the best places to start your quest is their careers website at They also have an excellent *jobsblog* which I suggest you visit . Their jobsblog is available at Cheers.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Imagine Cup 2006

Registrations for Microsoft Imagine Cup 2006 are open. Please go to for more infromation. Cheers.

Blogspot is Back!

So blogspot is back! You might be wondering when did it go off anyway. The thing is blogspot was one of the sites banned in Pakistan for at least three+ months. That's one reason that I was not writing any posts. But since it's available once again in Pakistan, I plan to be writing regularly. So stay tuned! Cheers.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Trip to Urdu Bazar

Yesterday I went to Urdu Bazar with a friend of mine, Nisar Ahmad, and purchased several books: Database Systems A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation, and Management, Exam Cram 70-229 (for myself), Professional C# 2005, and Professional ASP.NET 2.0 (for office). Nisar purchased a bag for himself. After getting done with shopping, we ate Nehari, my favourite dish, in lunch at Sabiri Restaurant. Getting back to home was painful, however. We're stuck in traffic for about an hour in that hot season! I hate traffic jams!! I searched the web for a free file sharing web site and found one (well, many but liked one :)). I need such a web site because I want to share some code, that is having hard time serializing data from client to the server even though it works fine the other way around, with members of the MSDN and Wrox forums. By the way, the file sharing web site I've subscribed to is esnips ( It offers 1 GB of free space free of charge. You might want to visit this site if you wish to share some of your stuff with others without spending money. By the way, if you know of a better file sharing service that is also free, don't hesitate to let me know of it. Cheers.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Saturday Night

Saturday night I watched Fana of Aamir Khan. In the beginning, it's sort of boring. However, as the movie progresses, things get to be interesting. Overall the movie is cool, specially its music. Yesterday night, I also worked on a web site (won't tell u the url :)) to fix some bugs. Phew, whenever I work with code written by someone else, I appreciate it more and more that code be properly commented. This, however, is the most overlooked part of most of software developers', or engineers' as they like to be called, work. After weekend, first day of the office seems pretty boring. Anyways, if anything goes interesting at all, I'll be sharing it with you. Cheers