Tech for thought: The geeks have overcome

Published: February 27, 2011

We have come a long way with Internet connectivity.

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 and pay on delivery. I can buy anything else on and and do the same with nearly anything except groceries.

It may not matter to most people, but my computer games have graphics which look better than Pixar’s 3d movie masterpiece, Toy Story. My Nintendo Wii allows me to play hockey, tennis and do a lot of other embarrassing things right at my home.

We may not have the fancy new 3G internet on our mobile phones. But remembering the good old days when I had to wait an hour to download a tiny mp3 really puts things into perspective.

Also, you might not remember it, but a friend and I were reminiscing about all the Trojans and backdoors that he had used to mess around with people. Lucky for you, these intrusive computing programs that allowed Internet users incredibly easy access to your machine, are no more. This is mainly because Microsoft fixed up the incredibly shoddy security on its earlier operating systems.

Also, it took very little time for the 3D cinema to come to Pakistan. I never really expected it to happen.

Sometimes, things need to be put into perspective. People in Pakistan never really realised that despite everything that has happened, we have more or less kept up with the developing world in terms of their most important technological developments.

Bickering governments, exploding suicide bombers, and 23 years of martial law have come and gone. It did nothing to technology in Pakistan. Trust me, the only good news is tech news.


Omair Zeeshan

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

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Majid Urrehman

    Right one! One must acknowledge that technological development is not possible with inefficient government machinery. This is not the case with technical development only but also we have kept abreast ourselves along with developing countries in other areas too. Youth demanding for a revolution must realize this fact and try to understand the political system and its dynamics, how government works and try to participate in voting being member of electoral bank rather than chanting and blogging stupid ideas of a stupid revolution.Recommend

  • sheraz khan

    GEEK RULZ :D nice one bro :)Recommend

  • Asadullah Ahmad

    Lucky for you, these intrusive computing programs that allowed
    Internet users incredibly easy access
    to your machine, are no more.

    I don’t know which world are you living in, or what Windows version you are referring to, but even in Vista and 7, there are plenty of unpatched vulnerabilities and zero-day flaws that have not been fixed, and the malware levels are still pretty high.

    Not to mention that referring to Windows as secure in an article with “geeks” in the title (while not mentioning a word about OSS or Linux) is a disgrace and misrepresentation of us lot, aka the proper geeks. Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmad

    I loved the last line: “Trust me, the only good news is tech news”… way to go man… very well said….Recommend