Archive for November, 2006

Update of Patri0t’s Palace

Posted by 23 November, 2006 (4) Comment

Regular visitors must have already noticed the difference. New theme in place, it has been AJAXIFIED for comments which means page will not refresh when you comment but something else will happen. Just give it a try. Too tired to write any thing else right now. Have been working on changing the Theme and then customizing it completely to the way I wanted was too time consuming for me since my knowledge with PHP is just n00bish. I still have to finalize few changes to my site including a better Header.

Will also update the problems of P5B Deluxe, gonna start downloads section very soon too insha’Allah. Just pray I don’t get lazy. Also started Links exchange, thanks to brother Mohsin, who offered it and also for Patri0t’s Palace appreciation. A big thumbs up to “ilemoned” as well, for creating this beautiful and amazing WordPress theme. I don’t know what I would end up with if I had not found this one and I have seen many amazing themes which people use for their WordPress but they are only INTERNAL sometimes like the theme they currently use, they never publish it to public.

Thanks to everyone visiting the site and commenting on it as well. Appreciate it very much! Oh & hehe, I don’t know why I don’t like to call Patri0t’s Palace my BLOG. I love to call it my SITE.

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World’s TOP IT Companies and their names…

Posted by 22 November, 2006 (3) Comment

Have been looking for this one since long time. Had lost it somewhere in the “Data Chaos”, but I found it just now. Tells you how the names of today’s TOP IT Companies/Projects were chosen…

Adobe – came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.

Apache – It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSA’s httpd daemon. The result was ‘A PAtCHy’ server — thus, the name Apache

Jakarta (project from Apache) – A project constituted by SUN and Apache to create a webserver handling servlets and JSPs. Jakarta was name of the conference room at SUN where most of the meetings between SUN and Apache took place.

Tomcat – The servlet part of the Jakarta project. Tomcat was the code-name for the JSDK 2.1 project inside SUN.

Apple Computers – favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o’clock.

C – Dennis Ritchie improved on the B programming language and called it ‘New B’. He later called it C. Earlier B was created by Ken Thompson as a revision of the Bon programming language (named after his wife Bonnie).

C++ – Bjarne Stroustrup called his new language ‘C with Classes’ and C++ then new C’. Because of which the original C began to be called ‘old C’ which was considered insulting to the C community. At this time Rick Mascitti suggested the name C++ as a successor to C.

CISCO – its not an acronymn but the short for San Francisco.

Compaq – using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.

Corel – from the founder’s name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland REsearch Laboratory.

GNU – a species of African antelope. Founder of the GNU project Richard Stallman liked the name because of the humour associated with its pronuniciation and was also influenced by the children’s song ‘The Gnu Song’ which is a song sung by a gnu. Also it fitted into the recursive acronym culture with ‘GNU’s Not Unix’.

Google – the name started as a jokey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders – Stanford grad students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’!

Hotmail – Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters “html” – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.

HP – Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

Intel – Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain, so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Java – Originally called Oak by creator James Gosling, from the tree that stood outside his window, the programming team had to look for a substitute as there was another language with the same name. Java was selected from a list of suggestions. It came from the name of the coffee that the programmers drank.

Linux – Linus Torvalds originally used the Minix OS on his system which he replaced by his OS. Hence the working name was Linux (Linus’ Minix). He thought the name to be too egotistical and planned to name it Freax(free + freak + x). His friend Ari Lemmke encouraged Linus to upload it to a network so it could be easily downloaded. Ari gave Linus a directory called linux on his FTP server, as he did not like the name Freax. (Linus’ parents named him after two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling)

Lotus (Notes) – Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The Lotus Position’ or ‘Padmasana’. Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Microsoft – coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-’ was removed later on.

Motorola – Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

Mozilla – When Marc Andreesen, founder of Netscape, created a broswer to replace Mosaic (also developed by him), it was named Mozilla (Mosaic-Killer, Godzilla). The marketing guys didn’t like the name however and it was re-christened Netscape Navigator.

ORACLE – Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called Oracle(the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMS engine. Later they kept the same name for the company.

Red Hat – Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone!

SAP - “Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing”, formed by 4 ex-IBM employees who used to work in the ‘Systems/Applications/Projects’ group of IBM.

SCO (UNIX) – from Santa Cruz Operation. The company’s office was in Santa Cruz.

Sony – from the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

SUN – founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer.

UNIX – When Bell Labs pulled out of MULTICS (MULTiplexed Information and Computing System), which was originally a joint Bell/GE/MIT project, Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie of Bell Labs wrote a simpler version of the OS. They needed the OS to run the game Space War which was compiled under MULTICS. It was called UNICS – UNIplexed operating and Computing System by Brian Kernighan. It was later shortened to UNIX.

Xerox – The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product trying to say dry’ (as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying). The Greek root `xer’ means dry.

Yahoo! – the word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver’s Travels’. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

3M - Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company started off by mining the material corundum used to make sandpaper.

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Asus Pakistan – Contact Details

Posted by 16 November, 2006 (19) Comment

I have been getting few search queries from search engines, inquiring about Asus Distributor in Pakistan. Well, here is there complete information:

    Authorized Distributor for Asus in Pakistan – Contact Details:

Shing Technologies Inc.

Karachi Office:
D-22, Block-9, Gizri Road,
Clifton – Karachi.
Tel: 021-5824561/2
Fax: 021-5824563
E-Mail: [email protected]

Lahore Office:
Suite-9, 4th Floor Hafeez Center,
Main Boulevard, Gulberg III, Lahore.
Tel: 042-5762041/2
E-Mail: [email protected]

I think Karachi office is their HQ. I recommend buying from the Distributor directly instead of going to a retail shop because at least I was not offered full THREE years warranty by their retail dealer, just 9 months. They also refused to order the motherboard for me. You will save money too by ordering directly from the Distributor.

Best method of communication is Telephone. You can inquire about any product of Asus from them. They will let you know it’s price and shipping cost to your city. You make a bank draft in the name of Shing Technologies Inc. Karachi or Lahore [depending where you contacted them] of the amount they ask for, make a photo copy of it, send original by courier to their address. They will send it right away or it will take sometime if it’s not in stock with them. You can send the payment later too when it’s available in stock. Just keep in touch with them.

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Ready for Vista?

Posted by 10 November, 2006 (0) Comment

Are you ready for Vista? Rather your Computer is ready for Vista or not? Well, our Home Computer is pretty much ready. By the time Vista Ultimate gets on shelves here, it will be having 1 – 2 GB of RAM. Not going to get a High end 3D card now because DirectX 10 is just around the corner. NVidia has already released two of their 8800 series cards supporting DX 10 but their prices are far far far more than I can afford (even if I could afford, I would not buy it, don’t want to pay 400$ for a card!!!) so I will stick to the NVidia 6200 right now…

My dear laptop is not ready for Vista, it’s no way near ready for Vista. LoL. I have to refresh Windows XP after a few months due to slowing down what will happen with Vista? I am used to it being slow though, whatever. No plans to buy a new laptop for at least a few years (well if you want to gift one then I’ll take it :p).

Back on topic, Vista ready or not? Microsoft is offering a tool of their own called, “Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor RC”. Following is a direct download link for it. Download and run it, see what you need. It will check both your computer’s hardware and softwares for compatibility with Vista and recommend too I think.

Direct Download Link for Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor – 6.5 MB approx

Downloading it right now. Will run on my laptop as well as the home computer and show the results here. Oh & I have been looking for a new theme since a week. Not able to find the one I want so I will choose a theme, edit it to my choice and have it here. Working on it right now.

Peace.

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Apple’s Mecca – Non sense!

Posted by 8 November, 2006 (45) Comment

Aapa sent the following SMS to me around a week ago. She asks me things like this so asked me about this too, if it is true or not.

NewYork main Americans ne KABA k Design ka Sharab Khana banaya hai,jiska Naam Apeal Kaba hai Daily Express 17-10-06 Kindly spread this SMS 2 inform every Muslim,i request u 2 condemn this SHAMEFULL ACT Strongly thru all Means & Media. Like Internet & on Tv & on News Papers.

For those of you who cannot read Roman Urdu, here is the translation.

Americans have built a pub (where Alcoholic beverages are sold) in New York with design of the Holy Kaaba. It has been named, “Apple Kaaba”. Daily Express 17-10-2006. Rest is readable in English.

I was like WHAA! I do get forwards on SMS from my friends. Even things like Allah’s names and the person asks you to send it to this much people or I will have bad luck. I never forward them. It’s a jammer for the Cellular company. Now I know that is might benefit the person who reads those things or the person who sends it to them BUT why can’t the person just sit and finish one part of Qu’ran everyday and try to understand it with translation too instead of sending out those much messages? So anyways. Above was one of the message which was apparently being forwarded by people through out Pakistan & I am sure all of them believed it.

So I told aapa that is I am sure is only mis information and nothing else (which I will prove below). Next day, father brings the weekly local magazine which is like 3rd class journalism but what can you say. Something is better than nothing. It is one of 3 magazines/newspapers printed locally in our city. They had the same message which was forwarded to me by Aapa for verification, it was on their Editorial page which comes 2nd… THIRD class journalism as I said above, they did not care to confirm it, furthermore, the message above if you noticed has “APEAL KAABA” which the person actually meant “APPLE KAABA” but due to mistype it became “APEAL KAABA”. The magazine which had it on their Editorial contained exact same word “APEAL KAABA” instead of the correct “APPLA KAABA”! It also contained text below to provoke all muslims, to protest against the shameful act, cursed the hell out of Americans and compared it to the insulting cartoons published about our beloved Prophet Mohammad (SAWW).

So what is this Apple’s Mecca thing about? I am no big fan of Apple but supporting what is true. Apple is very well known Company and it’s also known for their creative designing whether it comes to their computer products, the pods or even their packaging! They decide to own a shop of their own, they get a unique design as always and the outcome is Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York which when is cuboid in shape and is all made of glass. It was all covered black while being built (to surprise their fans perhaps or perhaps the glass company asked them to) and it looked like this in the beginning.

Apple Shop

I think now you are getting the whole thing. Osama Bin Ladin (or his type of thinkers) were passing by the said site when they saw this and the next thing which flashed in their mind was. This resembles our Holy Kaaba!!! (NON SENSE!) and saying guys these filthy Americans are not planning to do something again to insult us Muslims (EVEN MORE NON SENSE!) They started all the fuss on Internet too which you can feel by GOOGLING Apple’s Mecca. Then some of them had to make it yummy for all the Muslims so they had a little chilly, salt and pepper on it by claiming that it’s a pub and Alcohols are sold and served in it!!! Final cheese was spread on all this by Tech. news sites too as they called the said shop and the shops project too as “Apple’s Mecca”. The first search result you get from Google for it is CNET’s website too saying Apple “Mecca” rising. So those Osama like thinkers added this too with it and claimed Apple has called it self Mecca and is making their own Kaaba (which Apple’s fans will bow down to or something?) and this is big insult to Islam.

I read on The Register UK website too that there is no Alcohol selling in the 5th Avenue shop of Apple. Apple has also denied it in Media and they also said they never called it Mecca or Kaaba. Check THIS LINK for complete story about the said issue. Also see Apple’s Official Website for their 5th Avenue Store and see the pictures after it was completed. It looks pretty different than all other stores.

There was no need to make a fuss out of nothing. The Tech. sites without any doubt called this as Apple’s Mecca, I as a Muslim was not offended by this. They did not mean to insult Muslims or Islam or Mecca or Kaaba. Mecca and Kaaba, how important it is for us Muslims? They were just telling a point of how important this site is for Apple and ofcourse for it’s fans. Another reason for it being called Apple’s Mecca can ofcourse be the cuboid structure but I don’t think they meant to hurt feelings of Muslims. They just wanted to tell a point by calling it Apple’s Mecca. It is very irresponsible of the newspapers and magazines which printed the said thing and also very irresponsible of the people who spread this message through SMS, e-mails or websites. I am glad this did not provoke a same reaction to what we saw for the insulting cartoons few months ago, that was just shameful! Apple just had their foots in Pakistan by having a reseller shop in Karachi, I am sure I would have heard news of it being burnt by Osama thinkers if this thing had gone a little more ahead. There are a hell lot of people present among us who just wait for such a “GOLDEN” chance. . .

My request to all Muslims, even non-Muslims. Please for the love of GOD, do not believe each and everything you are told or which you hear. Confirm it from a reliable source before you believe it and tell it to your friends and spread it across because the consequences sometimes can hurt someone in the end and you will be the one to blame. You will not be held accountable for it in this world, you can easily get away here but not in the world here after. As for OSAMA, man… You suck!

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