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  • Which type of leader are you?

    There are different styles of leadership. Every style has its own merits. It is good to know what are those styles? and then follow them on appropriate places will make you good leader. Am I right? Directing - Telling others what to do Facilitating - Coordinating the input of others Coaching - Instructing others Supporting - Providing ...
    Posted to Asif Rashid (Weblog) by asif on August 26, 2004
  • Back from Umra

    I am back from the Umra, the trip was pretty good. We had to face more rush in comparison to what we were expecting.   People, for God sake, don’t use mobile phones at holy places, I witnessed people using them during Tawaf (even in Ehram), Jammat Prayers, and even in Riaz-ul-Jannah (that’s a part of Jannat according to our ...
    Posted to Khurram Aziz (Weblog) by khurram on August 19, 2004
  • Firefox To Microsoft.com

    It is interesting. If you enter http://http://google.com in Firefox, it will redirect you microsoft website. Reason, people has discussed here number of theories and it looks like if you search http and press feeling lucky button, it will redirect you to microsoft website.
    Posted to Asif Rashid (Weblog) by asif on August 19, 2004
  • Fremont Festival of Arts: Photoblog update

    I've updated my photoblog with pictures from the Fremont festival of arts
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on July 31, 2004
  • Going for Umra..

    I am leaving to Saudi Arabia on August 1st to perform Umra. Alhamdulillah, this will be my third trip to Harams. I will be sharing my feelings with you guys!
    Posted to Khurram Aziz (Weblog) by khurram on July 30, 2004
  • Innocence

    Location: Lake Elizebeth park in Fremont, California I saw this little girl being introduced to ducks today, the girl reminded me of my baby sister G.
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on June 26, 2004
  • Hoobastank: The Reason

    I heard a beautiful song on the radio today called The Reason, found it online at the band's website here. The video is not really related to the lyrics of the song but nevertheless is enjoyable.
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on June 26, 2004
  • Karachi Kamera: Ten Short Films from Pakistan

    Karachi Kamera organized an event at the Jewish community center in San Francisco tonight where they showed 10 short films (movies) from Pakistan. It was quite an evening, the movies were well directed and produced. It felt very nostalgic and to a bit strange because I have almost forgot what it all used to feel like and I was watching the narrow, ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on June 26, 2004
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

    Ghost in the Shell part 2 is coming out this summer. When Ghost in the shell first came out (1985), it was the most sophisticated and computer savvy manga anime of that time. Infact, it was decades ahead of its time with its story line and direction. Even the first Matrix movie borrowed a lot from this anime, sometimes whole sequences. Watch ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on June 24, 2004
  • Wrecked Exotic cars

    Car: 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago Description: It's apparently very difficult to roll a Lamborghini but this driver accomplished the feat. Car: 2002 Porsche GT2 Description: Driving over 125 MPH on a small windy road, lost control and drifted underneath a guardrail. Check out this url: http://www.wreckedexotics.com
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on June 21, 2004
  • Pictures of the fireworks and laser show at Stone Mountain park

    I'm back from my vacations now, and have posted some of the pictures I took at the Stone Mountain park laser and fireworks show in my photoblog. This was the first laser show I have ever been too so there were no expectations and I really enjoyed myself, the pictures were really hard to take because it was pitch black darkness and I didnt want ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on June 17, 2004
  • Saadat Hasan Manto: Toba Tek Singh

    I came across a translated version of Toba Tek Singh by Saadat Hasan Manto (Urdu version here) today. Its a good read and the best way to enjoy it is to read the original urdu version.
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on June 1, 2004
  • Evanescense's "My Immortal"

    I found the Midi for Evanescense's song “My Immortal“. So my weekend project is to learn how to play the piano piece you can hear in the background. My Immortal is such a beautiful song, and its so different from Evanescense's rock image. i'm so tired of being heresuppressed by all my childish fearsand if you have to leavei wish that ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on May 28, 2004
  • Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

    Eloisa to Abelard (by Alexander Pope)   In these deep solitudes and awful cells, Where heav'nly-pensive contemplation dwells, And ever-musing melancholy reigns; What means this tumult in a vestal's veins? Why rove my thoughts beyond this last retreat? Why feels my heart its long-forgotten heat? Yet, yet I love!—From ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on May 27, 2004
  • Article: Life back home

    A friend of mine forwarded me a link to this article published in the daily Dawn, titled Life back home. Its about young Pakistanis who are returning home from around the World and how they are coping up with their new lifestyles in the homeland.
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on May 21, 2004
  • How to protect your PC against internet threats

    Spyware, worms, virus and trojans attack computers every day. Techies usually have a game-plan already in place to handle these threats on their computers, but average computer users like your mom and siblings back home are exposed wide open. I found a blog entry where a person describes a cd he sent home to his family with enough tools and ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on May 17, 2004
  • NextFest 2004 in San Francisco

    Wired magazing and GE are joining hands to present 70 revolutionary exhibits from the world's leading revolutionary companies and people. I plan to visit it this weekend, the dates and location are: NextFestMay 14-16, 2004Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason CenterSan Francisco The categories are: Communication Design Entertainment ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on May 12, 2004
  • Lets Segway!

    I had a chance to ride the Segway HT (Human transport) at the Tech museum today. It was an I-series model which can travel 10 miles on a single charge. The machine is very smooth, quite, and runs on electric charge so no smog emissions. It can travel 10 miles on a single charge at a top speed of 12 mph. The price range is a moderate $4490 which is ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on May 8, 2004
  • Sweet Nostalgia: Pakistani pop culture History

    I found a MSN group for Pakistani pop culture history and mahn! It feels so good to read about all the things I grew up with. Like the Sky Lab incident of 1979: I remember that incident, I used to live with my maternal grandmother at that time and my uncle used to tell me stories about how the sky lab would fall and what will happen and I used ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on May 7, 2004
  • Gallery: 14th Annual Software Development Jolt Excellence Awards

    I attended the SD West 2004 Jolt Product excellence awards at the Santa Clara convention center on the 17th of March. I was pretty excited to see Timothy Lister in person, got to shake hands with him too :) Timothy Lister and Tom DeMarco are the famous dou behind some of the bestselling books on Productivity, like Peopleware, ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 23, 2004
  • Food Hallucinations

    Mahn! that Chicago food was out of this world!!Now that I'm back at home and back to my ''diet'' (coffee, pop corns, salads, vegi-fried rice and diet pepsi) I miss the Nihari, falooda and Biryani I had on Devon street ... and can almost taste it too (sigh!!)
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 18, 2004
  • Mohammad Ali Jinnah way (Devon Street) in Chicago

    Devon street is segmented into three cultures, the Pakistanis call their section Mohammad Ali Jinnah way, the Indians call it A. K. Gandhi Street and the Kosher lovers are all happy with the name Devon street. Even though most of these street boards are taken off by the city authorities, you can still find some of them on the street.
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 16, 2004
  • More desi signs

    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 16, 2004
  • Hulwa Puri at Ghareeb Nawaz Resturaunt

    There is a 24 hour resturaunt on Devon street famous among cab drivers and students, its called the Ghareeb Nawaz Resturaunt. It offers a good bang for your buck in terms of quantity and the taste was pretty good by my standard (Chicago residents tend to disagree with me). I had a 9 o'clock meeting in Schamberg so I showed up on Devon street at 7 ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 16, 2004
  • Devon street: Desi boards

                    This is a picture of a desi sweet shop on Devon street. They had fresh jaleebis on the counter, its supposed to be one of the best sweet shops on Devon ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 15, 2004
  • Chicago's Deewan gali (Devon Street)

    This is a shot of the infamous home away from home, the Deewan gali of Chicago. You can see boards of Sher-e-Punjab, Sabri Nihari in the background. Devon street is divided into 3 sections, the first section belongs to Pakistanis and they call it Jinnah street the next section belongs to the Indians and they call it Gandhi street and the third ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 15, 2004
  • You can never win with your mother!

    Oh boy, that one hit me right in the heart! :) hehehe ... No matter what you do, and no matter how successful you think you've become ... your mama still has higher expectations and you can never win! it gets so frustrating after a while. And you know what's worse? they actually tell you what you should be doing. Like my mother once asked me ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 15, 2004
  • What's in a name

    Pakistanis who came to US in the 70's tried their best to blend in to the mainstream, some changed their outlook, some even changed their names. And in some shape or form this tradition is still being carried out. I've had the pleasure of meeting Alexander Naqvi (Sikandar), Alex Mushtaq (Aamir), Mike Kothari (Muder), Hank Misri (Hunaid) and Sal ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 14, 2004
  • Job security and a side note on Pakistani software industry

    I guess people like Wally are everywhere in the IT business, and I've come across this scenario so many times that this comic strip hit me right where it tickles :) These people call it Job security, and I agree to some extent about the way IT idustry has been in Pakistan for the last 6 years that it operates on the highly evolved model of ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 11, 2004
  • Homo Sapien 1.0: The most important OS is not Windows, Linux or Macintosh

    Watch Bill Hill talk about the intricacies of Homo Sapien 1.0 (released about 100,000 years ago with no updates) Channel9 is a blog started by 5 developers at Microsoft, it refers to the Channel #9 of the in-flight audio system to listen in on the cockpit. Here's a description of the blog from their website We think developers need their ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 7, 2004
  • Code Complete 2: Coming to a store near you on June 1st, 2004!!!

    Steve McConnell's Code Complete has had a huge impact on my professional life. I strongly recommend every programmer to read this book, it contains the wisdom of  'coding' practices that'll save your behind in more ways than you can count :) The 2nd Edition of this remarkable book is coming out on June 1st, 2004 (they just announced the ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 5, 2004
  • 12 Steps to better code

    Do you use source control? Can you make a build in one step? Do you make daily builds? Do you have a bug database? Do you fix bugs before writing new code? Do you have an up-to-date schedule? Do you have a spec? Do programmers have quiet working conditions? Do you use the best tools money can buy? Do you have testers? Do new ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 4, 2004
  • For all the eXtreme Programming (XP) fans out there ...

    I have to confess that I have been facinated by all the buzz that was generated regarding XP. And I did try to flip through a couple of XP books (Extreme Programming Applied: Playing to Win by Author: Ken Auer, Roy Miller, Ward Cunningham and Planning Extreme Programming by Kent Beck/Martin Fowler) but thank God! the book I finally purchased ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 4, 2004
  • The Lost World of Lake Vida: A Completely Separate Ecosystem on Earth

    Credit & Copyright: Thomas Nylen & Andrew Fountain (PSU), NASA, NSF Russell Croman Story url: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap040404.html Explanation: A lake hidden beneath 19 meters of ice and gravel has been found near the bottom of the world that might contain an ecosystem completely separate from our own. In a modern version of Sir ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 4, 2004
  • MDA Distilled - Principles of Model Driven Architechture

    I just love thin books :) ... they encourage me to read them and I feel that I can actually finish them which is a very satisfying feeling if you know what I mean. There is a bookstore in Fremont which I visit every weekend called Half Price books, books come in every now and then and I just browse through their collection and go through a few ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on April 4, 2004
  • Interviewing at Microsoft...

    Another interesting weblog - discussing Interviewing at Microsoft... :-) (Everybody dream or atleast mine) http://www.sellsbrothers.com/fun/msiview/#synopsis
    Posted to Asif Rashid (Weblog) by asif on March 24, 2004
  • Microsoft Bloggers

    Today I found a link which list some of Microsoft employees weblogs, Interesting weblogs with lot of insider information (I am not sure how much insider because it is also a kind of advertisement for Microsoft new technologies, but still worth it to read). http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,933657,00.asp
    Posted to Asif Rashid (Weblog) by asif on March 24, 2004
  • A picture is worth a thousand words

    A picture is worth a thousand words Children with no education, no future, no family. I'm sure that none of the “civilized” countries would bare to see their children being raised under these conditions, but it is OK for these kids. Why? because they are the future “terrorists”, the “suicide bombers” and they do not deserve the ''civilized ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on March 23, 2004
  • Found an angel cast in stone in a city of homeless cold nights

    I took this picture in downtown San Francisco, at the beginning of financial district on Market Street. If you happen to be on Market Street in the evening then you will see countless homeless people trying to spend yet another windy cold night in San Francisco. I have never seen that many homeless people anywhere else in the city, and ...
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on March 22, 2004
  • Sunrise in Sunnyvale, CA

    I took this picture at the Baylands Park in Sunnyvale (at the intersection of Lawrence Expressway and 237). The picture is taken around 6:30 am right after Fajr prayers. I love watching a sunrise, its the most beautiful sight you can find anywhere in the world.
    Posted to Cubicle Life (Weblog) by oxymoron on March 21, 2004
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