Strong Turks

Strong Turks

Brave, strong Turks…

“He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”

Instead of Fatima Gul (the serial drama show) inspiring and captivating us Pakistani’s, perhaps the Protests in Turkey should.  A friend was just showing me a slideshow of how Karachi used to be in the 50’s and 60’s. It’s sad to see how far we have regressed……

Image courtesy of The Big Picture….

Code Snippet: Pakistani Cities in Select Box

I’ve been working with forms these days and was looking for all the major cities in Pakistan in a select field. Obviously I went straight to Google and searched for a quick copy and paste. To my amazement I couldn’t find anything, nada, nunca, zilp, zich.

All I could find were the major cities and those too not in alphabetical order. Actually I found one in alphabetical order, however there was the issue of them being all capitalized. Anyway I went ahead did the grunt work myself.

If you’re a dev looking for something like this, well here it is. Just toggle the line wrap in the code editor below then copy and paste :-)


A Few More Favorite Quotes

“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been.” — Marcus Aurelius

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. — Michael Jordan

Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it. — Steve Prefontaine

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. — Moshe Dayan

I may have invented Control-Alt-Delete, but Bill Gates made it famous. — David Bradley

Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich. — Peter Ustinov

Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you’re as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it? — Brian Kernighan

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. — Theodore Roosevelt

At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far. — Muhammad Ali

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October 05, 2012

Facebook deals with privacy issues almost every week: Facebook confirms it is scanning your private messages for links to increase Like counters

Yesterday I spotted a video submitted to Hacker News by the Polish startup that clearly showed sending a link in a Facebook private message increases the Like counter on the link’s originating third-party website. This would suggest Facebook is scanning your private messages for shared links to Web pages with Like buttons, so it can increase the number of corresponding Likes for those pages. Facebook confirmed this information with me today.

HP not doing so well at all, perhaps this is the reason why their new smartphone isn’t debuting next year:

We aren’t as effective internally as we should be because of poor systems,” Whitman said. “We are not as competitive as we need to be in how we go to market because of our IT systems. We haven’t been using a compelling customer management or CRM system for years.” And the company’s human resources systems were also a mess. HP is in the middle of implementing a whole flight of new systems to fix the problems, including’s CRM.

I concur, universities should embrace blogging as a vital tool of academic communication and impact. I work for a university and am trying to urge our new faculty to blog. Have an opinion why don’t you.

Tens of thousands of opinionated academics around the world have become internet bloggers while universities are increasingly establishing blogging sites on their web pages. Blogging has moved from being a nerdish undergraduate pastime to an accepted communication medium within the academic community.

 Betting $30 million on a very very cold place:

With funding from the Amazon founder and the CIA’s investment arm, the Canadian company D-Wave is gaining momentum for its revolutionary approach to computing.

After hovering over to noticed that their menu is no longer build in flash. Good work Group 94

While I was there, couldn’t help noticing a new html5 game. I loved F-Zero by the way:

HexGL is a futuristic, fast-paced racing game built by Thibaut Despoulain using HTML5, Javascript and WebGL and a tribute to the original Wipeout and F-Zero series.