Archive for August, 2008
UBL Wallet is the Debit Card being offered by UBL in Pakistan. A few weeks ago, UBL allowed its Debit Card to be used for online transactions just like a credit card. This has been a norm in most of the countries abroad but this is the first instance in Pakistan. Other Banks in Pakistan might soon follow UBL in this one. It’s a win win situation for us, the customers but unfortunately after using UBL Wallet on Internet, I lost all the excitement I had about using it online. Here is my experience with UBL Wallet. I think all these issues will be pretty much there with UBL Wiz – their so called prepaid debit card.
(1) UBL does not have a dedicated helpline for Credit Cards/Debit Cards and I don’t know why but their systems are slow. I was put on long holds during session activation procedures, inquiries and complaints.
(2) You do not get the option of setting the maximum limit for the session transaction in foreign currency. You have to do the conversion your self and tell them an approximate limit. This might be a limitation due to the fact that Debit Card is connected to the Bank Account but my transactions failed twice due to this since they include the session fee in the maximum limit you set and the fee too is double than what they advertise! (Read ahead)
You heard that right! United Bank Limited now offers Prepaid Debit Cards in Pakistan, being called UBL Wiz by their marketing team. I think I can safely say that UBL is the first Bank to offer Prepaid VISA Debit Cards in Pakistan, I just hope it’s easy to avail.
As per UBL’s website, getting the card is as simple as filling a form and submitting it to any of the selected Branches of UBL. Their website Branch list is showing a great number of Branches throughout Pakistan but a note on the page says that is only available in the major cities like Islamabad, Lahore & Karachi. One can always call their toll free helpline @ 0800-11825 and inquire about availability in UBL Branch near you.
Issuance, reload and usage fees are involved but bravo UBL for starting yet another great service. It can be used for shopping on Internet as well, just like a Credit Card but it has to be activated for Internet usage and activation fee per session seems to be 100 Rupees per session. The fee might be “nothing” to “hell no it’s looting” us from person to person =).
Internet and shopping online has always been a pain in Pakistan. There are quite a few online shops now shipping nation wide. They don’t have the largest of payment options or inventory but something is better than nothing.
A Google search for “Online Shops Pakistan” will give you a lot of results for shops that are supposed to be online but I am not going to post those. Just a selection of few which I have personally shopped from or my friends have done so. If you would like me to add some more to the list or you have any complaint about the shops I have mentioned or would like to suggest something to them. Please feel free to comment =)
(1) Galaxy Computers
They are Distributors for a few leading brands of Computer Hardware in Pakistan and are certainly the pioneers in bringing high end Computer Hardware to the Pakistani market i.e. Cooler Master Casings, Corsair XMS Gaming Memory, High end Graphics Cards etc.
The pioneers also mean that since there is no other Distributor or Shop competing with them. Their prices are somewhat on the high side but well, something is better than nothing.
Ordering procedure is old style. You have to e-mail them or ask them on telephone if the product is available and then ask for the final price including shipping. The only payment method they accept for online orders is online deposit in their Bank Account. After which the products are shipped by either TCS or OCS or SpeedEx.
Microsoft has officially released beta 2 of Internet Explorer 8 and is available in the following languages,
- Simplified Chinese
Following Operating Systems are supported:
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows Vista x64
- Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2003 x64
One of the most talked about new features is InPrivate Browsing, which enables you to browse the web without saving your history with Internet Explorer 8’s InPrivate Browsing. Now you can shop for that special gift with confidence knowing your family won’t accidentally find out or use a shared computer without leaving a trace.
Will you be using InPrivate Browsing mode? I think I will pass. I don’t need to use the said mode on any browser on my Home PC or on my laptop but yes on a Public Computer say in an Internet Cafe the said mode will be handy. Other than that, the way it is being marketed sounds funny.
Yes, I am talking about those two weird looking guys from MythBusters (on Discovery Channel), Adam Savage & Jamie Hyneman. It came at the end of NVidia’s NVision 2008!
It was targeted at serial processing power of CPU vs GPU. MythBusters used two robots with paintball guns. A small one representing Intel’s CPU and a rather large one representing NVidia’s GPU. Both were put on a task to draw an image using paint balls. First was Intel’s, rapidly firing paintballs at a target to create a smiley face. It was an impressive sight and the audience liked it but not after they saw NVidia’s GPU on it’s serial processing work…
They brought out their mean robot representing NVidia that simultaneously fired 1102 paint balls on a target to create copy of the most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. This was of course a lot quicker than the CPU’s smiley and the audience was on fire!
Bravo to the marketing team of NVidia. This is like adding oil to the fire, can’t think of how Intel will respond.