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Sunday 09th of December 2012 03:58:35 PM

Microsoft HelpBridge

Microsoft HelpBridge

Hello. Good folks at Microsoft have released a new Android app that lets you broadcast your condition in case of a disaster or an emergency. It will send SMS, and post to your Social Media contacts. You can define which one of your contacts will be notified.


Thursday 05th of April 2012 09:34:42 PM

اکبر الہٰ آبادی کے منتخب اشعار

Filed under: Uncategorized — Saqib Ali @ 9:34 pm
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Tuesday 23rd of November 2010 03:56:26 PM

Lewis Carroll Crossword Puzzle

Originally appeared in The Times on January 30, 1932

This puzzle is based on the following works of Lewis Carroll:- "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," Through the Looking-glass," "The Hunting if the Snark, " and "Sylvie and Bruno."

1 “Grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair.”
11 “And only –– for birthday presents, you know. There’s glory for you!”
14 Pronounced so as to rhyme with “mayor.”
17 This wanted the Dodo to speak English.
18 There was only one, and the finger-posts both pointed along it.
19 The son said his father was this four times.
20 Found round a sun-dial.
21 Humpty Dumpty grinned almost from ear to ear as he offered this to Alice.
22 and 27 “An arm, you –– !  Who ever saw one that size ?”
23 The ” A.T. ” has to this into the air in order to use the ” A.T.P. B.”
25 The passage was ” not much larger than a –– hole.”
26 See 21 down.
28 The Barrister wearied of proving this.
29 See 21 down.
33 See 28
36 and 35 down. ” When no dinner is in. sight, the dinner-bell’s a sound of ––”
37 and 32 “but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s ––
38 The Beaver brought unfailing supplies of this.
39 and 54 At a really good school washing is this.
40 One of the names the Baker was called.
41 The Hatter and March Hare cried out there was no this
42 See 48 down
43 These are used in making boots under the sea.
46 Even the king’s horses could do this.
50 Some have feathers, and bite.
51 Reversed. Alice didn’t consider it was proper for queens to do this.
53 Ten less than what had been done to “every one” in a poem.
55 “The –– is to France.”
1 These were mimsy.
2 The King’s messenger’s attitude
3 One of those of which the sheep took up another pair
4 An old conger-eel taught this.
5 The price of this was 5¼d. for one, 2d. for two
6 Asked if Alice was a child or a tee- totum.
7 14 said Alice ‘was twice as this.
8 Ingredients of a phlizz
9 “One doesn’t like –– so often,” said Alice
10 The aged, aged man sought for these eyes among the heather.
13 The Gardener mistook this for a Penny – Postage Stamp.
15 Said Alice ought to know her way to the ticket office.
21 and 29 across Was obviously the “one to 26.” as he went bounding away.
24 and 28 across The square of a “convenient number” reversed.
30 “We called him Tortoise because he taught us.”
31 Silence followed this ominous word
32 Make holes like a gimlet
34 “So they were,” said the Dormouse; “very ––.”
35 See 36 across
44 Mixed letters of 49; and see 50 down.
45 “Like a tea-tray in the ––.”
47 and 52 reversed The Duchess’s favourite word.
48 and 42 The caterpillar tried to carry a moth’s wing with all his left ––, “of course he toppled over.”
49 The must be what was “waiting to be fed.”
50 and 44 reversed Alice saw the Queen put her spectacles and this at the Hatter.
52 See 47 above.


Saturday 16th of October 2010 04:49:04 PM

Image Copy and Paste from Clipboard in Firefox

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Tuesday 17th of August 2010 03:24:21 PM


Filed under: Uncategorized — Saqib Ali @ 3:24 pm

HOLA is a recursive acronym for “Hola (Hey), One Less Account!”

Tuesday 08th of June 2010 01:54:19 AM

Micro-blogger’s Utopia

I have been looking for a micro-blogging app that shares Google Buzz’s vision of being Not a Protocol but a collection of Open Standards. Google has this vision of a micro-blogging app that is simply a collection of Open Standards like Activity Streams, Atom, AtomPub, MediaRSS, WebFinger, pubhubsubbub, Salmon, OAuth, XFN, etc. The idea is that someday, any host on the web should be able to implement these open protocols and send messages back and forth in real time with users from any micro-blogging app (e.g. from SF Chatter to Buzz, or from Buzz to Confluence) without any one product in the middle, thus avoiding Content Lockin. The idea is not to bring users to one or the other platform, but to promote interoperability among platforms. Currently Micro-blogging sites act as hubs i.e. the user conversations are locked in the site. Google Buzz wants to be just a node, and let people interact with any other micro-blogging site using ActivityStreams and Salmon

SocialCast and Yammer have excellent APIs that let the user interact with the platform without being the app, but I have yet to see an app that aligns itself with Google’s vision. That said, I am not sure why anyone else would shareGoogle’s vision. Google only cares about content, whereas other vendors care about stickiness i.e. how many users sign up for their app. At Google I/O this year, Google said that they might OpenID Buzz i.e. that the user won’t even have to sign up for a Google Account to use Buzz. This supports my earlier point of Google not caring aboutstickiness.

Facebook is an interesting case too. They wanna bring everyone to Facebook using Facebook Connect and Open Graph.

Facebook Connect vs. OpenID Connect. I guess we will have to wait and see how the battle plays out. Google is championing OpenID Connect, again because they don’t care about how many users subscribe to their service, they only care about the content

What is more interesting is that Microsoft is utilizing Facebook Connect for MS, instead of their own Live Passport OpenID. I guess they figured out that they can’t go against Google alone, might as well partner up with FB :)


Monday 24th of May 2010 10:43:41 PM

OpenID vs. Facebook Connect / Twitter Connect

Filed under: Uncategorized — Saqib Ali @ 10:43 pm

According to Chris Messina  (and I agree):

OpenID, by design, favors the user rather than the relying party. In contrast, technologies like Facebook and Twitter Connect emphasize the benefits to relying parties. So while it might seem like an inconvenience to custom-tailor your personal privacy settings on Facebook, the liberal defaults are meant to make Facebook users’ accounts more valuable to relying parties than other, more privacy-preserving account configurations.

Monday 19th of April 2010 04:53:18 PM

Social Media Adoption Decision Flowchart

Google Diagrams Source

Saturday 17th of April 2010 10:15:09 PM

never take the path of least evolution

Filed under: Uncategorized — Saqib Ali @ 10:15 pm

WordPress just a released a new feature, but they won’t tell what it is. All you see is a new checkbox that reads “suprise me” and when you enable it you will see a new checkbox in the blogpost compose UI that reads “This post is super-awesome”. I am gonna check that box for this post, and let’s see what happens…….

Now I see a new new tab under Stats “Humanize”

Monday 12th of April 2010 04:25:16 AM

tripartite structure of a tag (label)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Saqib Ali @ 4:25 am

“[T]he inherent tripartite structure of a tag which potentially informs us

  1. about the resource being tagged,
  2. about the identity of the tagger and
  3. about the interests of the tagger,

all combine to define the ternary relationship between them. When this is multiplied by ‘x’ number of tags in a given system, it opens a veritable pandora’s box of application options.” -Simon Edhouse

Edhouse, S. (2009, August 21). Who is “Everybody”? Retrieved April 11, 2010, from You’re It!:

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