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SMS Catches the Controversy

I remember those days when the domain and was banned by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) due to its massive content, among which were the blasphemous pics of our beloved Prophet (P.B.U.H). The gov wanted to demonstrate to its people how concerned they are on different social and religious grounds for them. There thinking to ban the content was right, but the way of its implementation was absolutely wrong.

Same might God-forbid happen again. There's a video below, showing Rehman Malik (National Minister of Information) stating that we have to control the acts of terrorism which are spread via SMS. We should try to control it, or else we would be left with no other chance but to disable the SMS service in Pakistan.

By the phrase "Acts of Terrorism", I assume they are referring to those text messages which make fun of govt officials and spread false Information on sensitive topics, like downfall of economy, different crisis, etc.

Taking steps against terrorists and their means of terrorism is a good initiative, but I really, really wish that someone from somewhere could tell the government that its NOT the right thing which they are doing! It will only result in more frustration for Pakistani people, especially youngsters who are almost addicted with the low-price SMS packages of Pakistani Cellular Networks.

The next thing, which is a bit technical, but I would like to state it here with the hope that it might help our authorities a bit, before they make their decision, that disabling SMS because it spreads negativity, stuff against government or anything won't help in stopping it. There's always an alternative for everything! They have Internet full of this stuff, now they won't ban the whole Internet, Right? (Would they??). What they CAN do to help the situation, is to start monitoring the messages, and if any prohibited content is found in it, it should be tracked back to its origin, and that person should be sentenced for breaking the law. PTA has already defined its policies regarding the content monitoring and registration of users, before they subscribe for any mobile/landline service, which means that they'll have a proper mean to track-back the creator of the content.

That might help more than banning the whole SMS service, which holds a major portion in the revenue of cellular networks!

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The thing which disgusts me most

While reading News on my laptop this morning, I found out something which I always, always hate about Pakistani media, and it is the basis on which I say that our own media plays a vital role in demoralizing our people, and damage the image of Pakistan in the world, rather than help improving it!

Take a look at this:

Our local media reports at what happens in Dir, an unknown small city of Pakistan famous for nothing, that some kids brought a home-made bomb which killed 13! On the top, you can also see the similar story in CNN top story lines! I bet they don't have their correspondents in there, must have picked it from our local sources.

Could anyone explain this to me how that story was beneficial for Pakistan? What change did it bring? but the similar story revolved on several news sites on Internet, including CNN which has got billions of viewers worldwide, and that story would do nothing, but to hurt the image of Pakistan more severely!

The local media should report with more responsibility, such incidents happen everywhere in the world, but their media always cover the stories which are not in their national interest. Why can't we do the same? Why can't we be a part of improving the situation rather than be a part of disturbing it?

Such kind of stories and columns are among the reasons about the opinion of World they have about Pakistan, and WE need to control it before it gets way much out of our hand, or else someone important sitting somewhere in the World might cancel his/her business tour to Pakistan due to security threats after reading such news! Read more ...

Fast and the Furious 2009

I was waiting for this movie for a long time, maybe after watching Tokyo Drift or so, don't exactly remember when, but I do remember that I watched Tokyo Drift in September 2006 :) and was really excited to see Vin Diesel in the end. I thought at that moment, if this franchise would come up with a 4th part, and when Vin Diesel will be drifting the whole movie with his American Muscle, it would be simply Awesome!

So finally, the movie hit the cinema after almost 3 years of my waiting, 3 years! The reason I've been waiting for it is because I love cars, and street racing (especially illegal ones) and I always love to watch any Hollywood movie based on it, but unfortunately, they haven't been producing any quality films in this genre lately. Their best shot might be movies like torque or red line, but nothing compares to this franchise.

Fortunately, the movie was released in Pakistan too, just few days after its US release, and I was keen to watch it on a big screen here at the local cinema, but all hails to my hectic University schedule, I never got time to go to a theater, and as the time passed, I was getting more and more tempted to watch it (Some of my friends already watched it and said that they loved it, got tired and a bit angry after reading all their good comments about it on facebook), so I did what I always do, downloaded a good quality TS print, and viola... My waiting ended!

I don't like to dig the story by telling what happened, instead I prefer to comment on what I liked or hated most in the movie. The starting was good, though I saw that scene a million times as a teaser and in trailers, but still I enjoyed it (Thanks God they didn't do what Sam Riami did to Spiderman 3) then the story proceed and I was excited to see Han (don't know his real name) in the movie so early, but after that he just disappeared, no more scenes by him, and still they were close enough in the story to be termed as family, as they said in Tokyo Drift!

One thing I noticed that they brought a major change in the theme. This movie was all about "driving", not about "Racing", which is the main theme of the franchise, and let me tell you why its different!

The First part of the Fast and Furious was about Drag racing, which mostly happened in there. Drag racing, racing and more racing. That movie was about faster cars, hot chicks, and street racing. Then came the second part, what changed was the type of racing, they moved on to Sprint racing in 2 Fast 2 Furious, and to the drift racing the third part.

I was hoping something like that, or a mixture of all the previous races in this part, but they brought a major change, they converted they whole theme into 'driving for drug smuggling' instead of 'street racing' which was disappointing to see. They did the same in second part, but they had a strong story line there, I was hoping to see the same in here, but I guess I didn't!

What else surprised me in the movie, is that when they were trying to kidnap the boss of that Spanish gang, they used exotic cars for the extraction, despite they already knew that they would be traveling through a deserted, sandy land. Such cars, no matter how good they are on road, never perform in sinking sand. I'm not an expert to comment on that, but still I don't know what they were thinking.

What else was in the movie? The whole internet is flooding with those stories, I just wrote what I thought was missing. and oh yes, how can I forget the ending! I simply loved the ending, when Vin Diesel was convicted for 25 years in jail, I said to my self what the hell? They wouldn't me making any 5th part? but my smile couldn't get any broader when I saw Paul Walker chasing the prison van. They might also use Jason Statham for transporting him :)

That was it in my own personal review. Overall the movie is worth watching. If you love cars, wild driving and underground crime movies, you'll love it, but for the Fast and Furious franchise fans, its kind of disappointing.

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Point to Ponder..!

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Life is boring Without Delivery Reports!

Being a Ufone user for 5 Years now, I have been kind of addicted to SMS, and have always used there delivery report since the beginning of my cell phone using experience, but now it is kind of getting odd, since Ufone has stopped delivering delivery reports!

Other networks have also followed this stupid trend, and most of the cellular networks are currently not sending the delivery reports! That used to happen on several occassions, like Chand raat, festivals or New Year, but now it has been enforced permanently, which I think is not a good initiative from the company!

I found an E-Mail posted on a blog, in which the writer inquired Ufone service about the delivery report blockage. He got the following reply:

Dear Sir/Madam,
This is with accordance to your mail regarding the SMS delivery reports. We express our sincere regrets for the delayed response and for the inconvenience caused to you. In compliance to the same, we would like to clarify that in order to ensure a high quality SMS sending experience for all our valued customers, automatic SMS Delivery confirmation will not be available. However, as soon as the referred facility is resumed, we would certainly inform our valued subscribers. We are highly indebted for your cooperation in the meanwhile.
Please feel free to contact us on our 24-hour Call Center (333), mail us at P.O Box 3333, Islamabad or register your complaint by visiting our website, in case you require any further assistance
Thank you for being our valued customer and we look forward to serve you in the future
Yours Sincerely,

Customer Care Operations”

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National Blogger Conference is coming up!

Yet again, another Pakistani Bloggers Meet up would be going to held in Karachi on April 18th, 2009, at Karachi Regent Plaza (Near Nursury) between 4~7P.M.

A great amount of Participation from all sort of bloggers is expected! I have currently applied for the invitation and looking forward to get one, lets see what happens! Hope that event would be a good one!

Regitration is currently open at the following addresses:
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Movie Recording for iPhone

Looks like Apple has finally decided that 2 MP camera is not enough for making its 35% of the total smartphone users in the world HAPPY, as it was unable to record a movie! Even with the release of their new OS 3.0, there was no option in particular to record a movie with the help of phone.

Though I've been doing that for a long time with the help of jail-break application which comes with Cydia, but its always good to use something released by Manufacture. So, I guess time is about to come to remove that application, and use iPhone's own OS for capturing videos!

A screen shot which I captures from is here:

Lets see how good that could be, hope it would be better than the software which I'm currently using! Can't wait to download it! Read more ...

Stories u Don't know about successful people

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