Friday, October 10, 2003

Well the SCONEST speech went all to fine... the audience was thin for the grand 400 seat auditorium at 'Bahria University' but was enough to get my spirits rolling. The speech went fine and we all had a nice time because I tried to involve the audience as much as I could. I hope no one was too broed, ;-) hehe.. A few mishaps or glitches worth mentioning is our ordeal in getting a fresh copy of VS .NET activated on the lousy or inexistent internet at Bahria University and the sudden inclusion of the chief guest for which I had to put on the mute mode for two minutes right in the center of the speech.

Well you can check out the pictures from the event of me and my buddies including Arsalan the INETA Pakistan representative in his speech at SCONEST too (at DNUG): http://groups.msn.com/DNUG/ugpics.msnw?Page=3

Thursday, October 09, 2003

The Smilies Have Taken Over 

Emoticons For All

Well they just don't stop coming, do they? Every day you find one new splendid little icon to show of your feelings. MSN 6 has got some real cute ones this time including the (ci) for cigar and +0) for Sick Smiley.


I will be conducting a Workshop (2 hours) on '.NET and your First .NET Application" at SCONEST (if you already don't know what SCONEST is well its an anual confrence held by the leading universites of Pakistan and studetns come there to present thier research papers on various IT realted topics) workshop day at Bahria University, Karachi.

You can learn more about SCONEST by visiting the offical 2003 website at: http://ieee.hamdard.edu.pk/sconest/

Monday, October 06, 2003

Death of Innocents 

Well Said and Brave Opinion of Lynn Chidester from Salt Lake City

"I read with curious interest the letter of Berkley Hoffer on Sept. 28 regarding President Clinton's lie. Mr. Hoffer, you don't need to prove Clinton's lie, he admitted the whole sordid affair to the entire nation.
President Bush has lied to the entire world about weapons of mass destruction, poisonous gasses, Iraq's ties to 9-11 terrorists, al-Qaida, etc. The difference is that Bush's lies are responsible for the deaths of innocent people killed in a practically defenseless country by the most powerful military force in the history of the world. In addition we have hundreds of patriotic Americans killed or wounded, thousands of lives disrupted, and bills left for our children to pay -- all for no valid reason! But he explains his lies by charging that it's all the fault of his subordinates.

Have we Americans become so callous, or do we just ignore the death and suffering of thousands of Iraqis just because they are not "like us"? Well, they are like us; human beings born into a situation they have no choice or control over. To put it in perspective, the next time you are in a stadium, conference hall, or shopping mall at Christmas time, visualize that number of human beings, like you and me, killed on the order of George W. Bush. Ask yourself, "What has America as a nation become? What have we as human beings become?""

The Salt Lake Tribune -- Death of innocents

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