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Managed|Core Rai Umair's views on life, .net and software development all loosely coupled into one strongly typed weblog.
My tudoes to all the new bloggers who have made GeekswithBlogs.net there blogging home on the net. I must add that a lot of people and some very notable names with I share my blog now. I am writing after a whole year - a very eventful one, indeed! I moved over from Pakistan to Australia, got a new job and also studying for a new degree. Witnessed the ......

We have a comprehensive examination at the end of our Bachelors degree at SZABIST, almost all the people who don’t study for it passes it at the first attempt. I gave mine as soon as I came back from Dubai in December last year in 2003, not to mention I did not study for it at all. Last night I was working on going aboard for higher studies in ......

Two words 'not much'... at least not remotely as much as I would like, lazing most the past week in thoughts I have no control over or watching TV and chatting aimlessly on MSN (something I rarely do). But I still managed to do a few things geeky :). Introducing GMail Free email with 1000 MB of email space from Google.com! It's relatively not a new ......

Well like most week days today started as a usual at day SZABIST but then right around in middle everything changed. I missed my MIS class to enjoy sheesha with my friend Nanuman Sikandar who came in around midday whilke I was busy reading this very recently published and by all standerds, a gem of a book, titled “Software Design: From Programming ......

Microsoft Software Architect Tour Karachi went away quite well. Although the event started a little later then 9:30 but the 150 seated auditorium was jam packed as we entered to take to our seats, Gurkan Sulk, Vaqar Khasmani, Haseeb (the Winqual Guys) represented Microsoft from MEA, Pakistan and USA while I from INETA Pakistan and Khurram from Kalsoft ......

Live your life better, always ask yourslefd the question: Whats better than? What's better than focusing on the negative? Focus on the positive. (If you do this you are happy being!)What's better than working hard? It's working smart. (Oh yes! Learn to beat the system, think different.)What's better than dreaming? Imagining. (A Disney term combination ......

Arsalan Minhas the INETA Chair for Pakistan and also my friend has left off to Korea to pursue a master’s degree and I have formally taken over all his responsibilities a few days ago. I have taken on me to bring a developer community revolution in Pakistan. Right now I am in things way over my head, lots and lots of work do to which I am not ......

Ah...I forgot, I'll be speaking in Software Architect Tour, 2004 at the Muhammad Ali Jinnah Untervarsity (MAJU) next week on March the 29th. Its at 22-E Block-6 P.E.C.H.S, Karachi. Damn ! Why do I have to miss an important MMS hourly back here in my university? Bad timing... I guess. I'll be giving my not so infamous (cos its the fist time): INETA Pakistan ......

Microsoft Pakistan is organizing a ‘Software Architect Tour’ in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad on March 27, 2004, April 3, 2004 and April 4, 2004 respectively. If you are serious about software development then this event is not be missed. Call in at these numbers for Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore, For free registration please use ‘Rai ......

Of all the recent developments in my life the most painful one just happened, people are changing around me but the fact is I am the same, same from day one, what I mean is I have the same love respect and feelings for the ones I care about in fact no matter what they think. My feelings just seem to grow on. Just recently I had a silent match of death ......

Ever wanted to know who the top guns in Microsoft are and how the software giant works. Heres the secret, I found the answer to this question in an all in one PDF based wall chart from the Directions On Microsoft people, the Organization chart basically describes the top 1000 individuals at Microsoft. Download your own copy at:http://www.directionsonm... ......

Now all the Pakistani Blogs have a place the can call home! Based on the popular .NET .Text blogging tool. It’s a Free and easy way to blog. http://weblogs.com.pk An Introduction to WebLogs A Weblog site contains pages comprises of the short posts submitted by the weblog authors. The posts can be of variety of types, giving the author feel of ......

Although our class went into the final of the Josh cup and also won it today around 6 PM PST, a historic event for all of us indeed after four years we finally are past our semifinal curse (if there is such a thing). I was wating for the results of the Pakistan vs. India 2nd match to post this rant, indeed a very well done again by both the teams and ......

The security symposium today went great we had three speakers from Microsoft operations in Egypt and Redmond. Mr. Zoadain, and two whose names I can not recall. Zoadain was the most interesting of the lot, he talked and showed us how Microsoft was securing its own IT infrastructure and intellectual property using pins, smart cards, polices and what ......

Free .NET Skills Assessment:http://www.micro... Free .NET online training & labs:http://msdn.microsoft.... Free MEA Developer Support Center Support till April 30, 2004:http://www.microsoft.c... ......

INETA is sending in community kits from today… I was pleasingly surprised to be treated with 80 points which I get to spend for DNUG ordering cool ms press books and gadgets like webcams and USB drives… Thankyou so much INETA. I wish MSDN Quarterly Kits could start coming in again too. I only got one last May 2003 and never heard from the ......

1. Design and Architecture get a boost in .NET, the gang of four design patterns book source code now available in C#, I even have a PDF copy of a book on design patterns in C#, but i guess the original one is the best: http://www.dofactory.com/Pa... The second resource, is some thing that I wish i get my hands on but I guess have ......

I just love to read stuff about Microsoft, today I manged to get a scoop of the history there on an interesting article on Microsoft.com the website by Dave Kramer. Heres the first paragraph read and enjoy: In the beginning, www.microsoft.com was just one computer tucked under a table at the end of a long hallway. It was designed to test Microsoft's ......

I woke up today to find that MSN is showing the contacts emails and not the nicks… It has happened to all of my contacts in my contact list…. I wonder what’s going on?



I got 15 free passes to the security symposium and I am holding a quiz for my INETA based user group in Karachi, The initial response has been over whelming. I am currently thinking of some tricky questions that I will mail to all people on the DNUG mailing list by Monday, and the first 10 participants with all questions right will win a place to the ......

.NET Framework 1.1 saw a slight change for the web services, now the HTTP get is now not included in default in fact you have to override the default settings to use the Get behavior of the Webservice as was possible with framework 1.0. All you have to do is add this entry to the Web.Config file in the same directory or above. Add this code to your ......

Well not the best of the things to happen in a while but it’s worth mentioning. After all out of the one million plus registered users there, only about a 1000 would be anything near touching the gold status. I have written two articles for CodeProject.com and made around two dozen posts in all but the years in accumulation which are now two have ......

While kids in the other class are having a difficult time. I am having a bang in my MIS class at SZABIST. I have never been into marks and stuff but can’t help mentioning that my tally is coming real nice. Out of the current allotted set of 70 marks out of 100 I have somehow managed to score 65. So now the 30 marks are just a piece of cake as ......

The last of the three posts on quotes alone, it’s the icing on cake, real witty quotes from a developers/geeks perspective, read and enjoy.Quotes For/From Programmers - C program run. C program crash. C programmer quit. - You ASCII stupid question, you get stupid ANSI - Damn the documentation, full speed ahead! - Real Programmers don't need comments ......

This is the second installment to the quotes series. This is not as serious as the quotes I shared in my last post but read between the lines and you will find that the meaning goes much deeper. Quotes For/From Rest of the world - You can't have everything. Where would you put it? - You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, ......

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