A blog by iFaqeer
about life, technology and getting by in Silicon Valley

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Window into Pakistan; The Karachi Photo Blog  

Friend and fellow writer/blogger Cemendtaur is in Pakistan for a while and has a photoblog providing a rather nuts and bolts stream from The Land of the Pure:


My favorite post is the very first one; scroll all the way down to the bottom of:


PS, February 15th, 2006: As a postscript to that review, almost as if on cue in the last couple of days, there've been some reports of a McDonald's being torched in Pakistan. The only thing I can say for now is that the latter report seems to be from Islamabad, while the picture above is of the Mickey D's in Karachi.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Urdu Tech News: "The Marriage of Google Mail and Google Talk"  

Back in September, I was invited to join a new blog in Urdu about technical topics. It's at:


I haven't been able to contribute to it much. But the other folks are doing good work, if a little slowly. And they're having fun with it! Take the following post; a headline like the one at the top of this post would not be out of the ordinary, right? But Shoaib Safdar has taken that and written pretty much the same thing in Urdu--with very interesting results! I guess it will take a while for us--or me, at least--to get so comfortable with this kind of thing in Urdu to take this kind of thing in my stride. Until then, it's rather endearing; enjoy!


I mean, the traditional way to say that would be "GMail aur Google Talk ka milaap", but Shoaib takes it a step further, to "GMail aur Google Talk ka biyaah".

Hey, what can you do! It's a brave new world, this blogosphere; and new ways of expressing ourselves are the whole point, no?

Monday, February 06, 2006

Help is for Experts  

Interesting insight, that. Friend of mine just forwarded the following link:


Thursday, February 02, 2006

IRC Briefing on Quake Relief--live blogging  

I am at the IRC briefing and will be posting updates on my blog--and will try to do as much as I can real-time:


[See the bottom of the page for the posts from the event.]