Stories about IT

Horror that cuts deep: It Chapter Two promises a very scary and fitting end

After the unprecedented success of It, which took in over $700 million worldwide, the hype surrounding It Chapter Two – which was always in the offing – only grew stronger. In a day and age where good horror movies are few and far between, this does not come as a surprise. Like the second section of the famed Stephen King novel, It Chapter Two is also set 28 years after the events of the previous film, with the members of the ‘Losers’ Club’ returning as adults to their hometown of Derry, Maine, ready to confront the evil Pennywise (who has reappeared) one last ...

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A faithful Stephen King adaptation, Pet Sematary is bringing scary back!

Stephen King adaptations never go out of style. However, the widespread success of 2017’s It has brought them even more into the limelight, with It: Chapter Two and Doctor Sleep already slated to release in late 2019 and early 2020 respectively. However, before both these films comes the adaptation of arguably one of the King’s scariest novels to date: Pet Sematary. The film follows the story of Dr Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children as they relocate to rural Maine. Upon arriving, Louis discovers a mysterious cemetery located deep in the woods near his family’s new home. However, when ...

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‘Gerald’s Game’ has the potential to be a genre classic, but can it do justice to the king of horror’s work?

It looks like Stephen King is on a cinematic roll these days. The American author of horror just had two of his adaptations, The Dark Tower and It, hit the big screen. On the TV front, Mr Mercedes and The Mist are keeping the audience engaged. Therefore, with everyone jumping on the King bandwagon, it was time for the online streaming giant, Netflix, to get in on the act with Gerald’s Game. The third King film in two months dropped an official trailer for all those who have not had their fill of the king of horror. The first time I came across the title Gerald’s Game was during my early teens. I ...

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‘It’ is a twisted, terrifying and an intense piece of work

Clowns are creepy. There’s simply no getting around that. I don’t care what people say, there’s just something odd about a grown man in a kooky outfit wearing makeup, a wig and a red nose, and has that much cheer in him. It’s this creepiness that author Stephen King capitalised on in 1986 when he wrote It, a book that did for clowns what Jaws did for sharks and what Psycho did for taking showers. The title character, Pennywise, is a dancing clown who happens to actually be a macabre and malevolent force of evil that exists in underground sewers of the small town of Derry, Maine. ...

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History repeats itself, as Stephen King’s ‘It’ fuels our nightmares once again!

Clowns of the world are up in arms and they are not just angry, they are furiously frothing at the mouth. Surprisingly, the reason for their intense rage is a movie trailer. One that smashed streaming records with close to 200 million views globally in its first 24 hours online, blowing away the previous best of 139 million set by The Fate of the Furious back in December. It wasn’t just a film trailer dropping; it was a freakin’ cultural event. Within hours of its release, the first trailer of Stephen King’s feature adaptation ‘It’ became a viral sensation, trending heavily across social media. The movie promo featuring ...

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Jailed by my own brother

I am a computer engineer who graduated from one of the best universities for computer sciences and IT in Pakistan. I was very happy when I graduated in 2012. My GPA was not perfect, but it was still good enough to get a job. I was so happy. I had so many dreams, ones that would make my single mother very proud. I dreamt of getting some respect in this society that had treated me as a ‘yateem’ (orphan) for far too long. I dreamt of buying expensive dresses, being free and finding my ‘Mr Right’. I had dreams of becoming so ...

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Using IT for good governance

A few years ago my elder sister and I went to Islamabad to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to get her degrees attested. It was a scorching hot day and I remember sitting on a bench outside a small office awaiting our turn to meet the attestation officer. After three hours of waiting, our turn finally came and a grumpy old man handed my sister a few forms to fill. These forms were to be submitted at another window along with the attestation fee receipt which was to be obtained from a bank across the HEC building. After spending half ...

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In Arfa’s name

There is need to change Arfa’s dreams into reality. The entire nation is mourning the sad demise of the world’s youngest IT professional Arfa Karim Randhawa. She died on January 14 at the very tender age of sixteen. No doubt, she was an extraordinary genius, and a committed and intelligent individual. The grief caused by her untimely death is likely to stay embedded in the collective national psyche for some time, especially given that people like her are born one in a billion. Also, she died too young, before the nation could have benefitted from her talent and prowess in ...

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Two Golds and five Silvers! Well done Pakistan

People view the IT and software industry of Pakistan as a fledgling market. It does not get a lot of media attention and there are many rumours and speculation about what is actually being developed in these offices. However, this industry has behemoth competition, not just from our neighbours, but within the region itself. Our IT and software sector has an organization, which acts as an umbrella body representing and grooming products and companies to pitch to the world, called [email protected] or Pakistan Software Houses Association. A month ago [email protected] held the ICT awards in Pakistan, where they selected 18 ...

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IT woes: Pakistan’s software houses need to share

Despite their strength in numbers, many local industries have lost their competitive edge in core product offerings. Let us examine one such industry: Pakistan’s IT sector. The two biggest industry associations, PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association) and PSEB (Pakistan Software Export Board) represent a total of 1,800 members (400 and 1400 respectively). But these numbers do not translate into dollars when compared to other regional players. Despite the large number of PSEB members, the total size of software and IT services export from Pakistan is only slightly over a billion dollars – that is 50 times less than India’s. Although Pakistan’s IT Industry ...

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