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Omair Zeeshan

Corporate Account Manager by day and photographer by night. He can be found on Twitter @OmairZeeshan

Seraikistan is our right

Seraikis are not ‘south Punjabis’, just like Pathans aren’t ‘north Punjabis’. Stop calling them southern Punjabis; it’s in bad taste. Having one’s cultural identity reduced to a geographical variant of an alien ethnicity is unpleasant. People should realise how incredibly offensive it is when they claim that Seraiki is just a dialect of Punjabi and not a different language. Seraiki is an ancient language, rich with heritage that represents its people. Some even argue that linguistically, Punjabi may be a relatively recent relic of the Sikh invasion, while Seraiki, with its original Sanskrit script, might be significantly older. It’s ironic how a ...

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Google Plus: Epic Fail

If Google+ crashes and nobody is using it at the time, does it make a sound? When I told my friends that Google+ was dying, they looked at me puzzled. Turns out they couldn’t believe it wasn’t already 6-feet under. Google was already in every nook and cranny of your private life but it wanted to dig deeper. The company came out with a Facebook clone to do this and is even now congregating and contextualizing all the very possibly embarrassing data that it has on your life using its new social network. However, somewhere along the way to Google competing with Facebook, ...

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Nokia E7: Beautiful, robust…and slow

The Nokia E7 is a beautifully designed piece of hardware; one would be hard pressed to think that it has anything but metal inside it. The fantastic keyboard The QWERTY slider is the latest feature in the Nokia communicator series of phones that began with the Nokia 9000 communicator back in the mid-nineties. This device is different from most Nokia phones in that it’s QWERTY keyboard slides out horizontally and not vertically and resembles more or less a small laptop when the flipped out. The hardware seems sturdy to the touch and the hinge mechanism is so solid that if one applies ...

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An astronomical waste – literally

Pakistan’s government institutions and universities own valuable astronomical resources which are being wasted. There are telescopes – that could be put to good use by amateur astronomy societies like the KaAS (Karachi Astronomer’s Society) – which are currently doing nothing. One of these, a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, is stationed at Pakistan’s answer to NASA: Suparco (Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission). According to market evaluation by Zain Ahmed, the vice-president of the KaAS, the current price of the 14th Schmidt-Cassegrain at Suparco as a complete package would be between $4,500-5,000. The telescope has not been used for 10 years. Officials at Suparco ...

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Tech for thought: The geeks have overcome

My phone today is exactly as powerful as the brand new computer I bought 12 years ago. It is not just processor power; we have come a long way with Internet connectivity as well. The Internet speed I get on my mobile phone today is faster than my dial-up internet speed ten years ago. Terrorists, militants and fundamentalists have obviously not slowed down the advent of technology in Pakistan. I can order books online from Kitabain.com and pay on delivery. I can buy anything else on homeshopping.pk and beliscity.com and do the same with nearly anything except groceries. It may not matter ...

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HP on the war path: Touche’ Google and Apple?

Hewlett Packard (HP) may just win the mobile operating war it has entered with Apple and Google. And it will probably be able to do this regardless of whether their operating system (OS) is superior or not. This is because the computer manufacturing giant is going to leverage all of its power behind webOS, (a proprietary mobile operating system running on the Linux kernel, initially developed by Palm, which was later acquired by HP) the mobile operating system which will be gracing its newly released Touchpad Tablet and two smartphones: the Veer and the Palm Pre3. Apple introduced the usable smartphone, ...

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Electric Avenue: Sky high bills getting higher

What I pay for electricity of my apartment is almost half the rent itself. There is only one room, with a fan and two tube-lights, other than that I only have a laptop, a toaster, a microwave oven and a 0.75-ton split air-conditioner. As if the price of electricity is not high enough, donor agencies usually demand that the government address inter-corporate debt which has grown to Rs426 billion. And no matter how much money the government tries to inject into the system to get it running again, making it sustainable will require huge increases in electricity prices as well as ...

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Super comic-book adaptations: How to do it right

Comic book movies have been doing very well. The Dark Knight, Spider Man and its many sequels, and the X Men bought comic books to the masses and earned lots of money in the process. No one can dispute that comic book movies are the right way to go. All of the large production houses are picking up rights to adapt comic books. The Green Hornet, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern, Captain America, Cowboys and Aliens, the Avengers are all going to be coming to the big screen soon. Movies and comics have a strange relationship because comics are open to ...

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I didn’t think about diabetes until I had it

We are the nation that has arguably pioneered diabetes. Managing to make a career out of sugar consumption is no mean feat, but we managed to do it. I never really even thought about it until the day I found out that I had the version that you control with pills (type 2). I thought this would change my life, it did, but not as much as I had suspected. Even though I started eating a bit healthier; doing away with most of the local cuisine due to its not-so-secret love affair with oily cooking and most importantly cutting out ...

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Robots with guns (and morals?)

Robotic warfare is here. US soldiers are killing insurgents across the world with remote controlled drones. A worried UN investigator Christof Heyns has urged the UN to set up a panel on the ethics of robot weapons. We in Pakistan are fighting faceless machines now, they appear out of nowhere, shoot us down and disappear. The right kind of war Would you want a war where your sole existence depends on the decision of a machine which cannot see, hear or feel? War is supposed to have consequences that may be lost if the current trend of robotic warfare continues. When war is dehumanized and ...

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