Randy Paush’s last lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

bq. Almost all of us have childhood dreams: for example, being an astronaut, or making movies or video games for a living. … all » Sadly, most people don’t achieve theirs, and I think that’s a shame. I had several specific childhood dreams, and I’ve actually achieved most of them. More importantly, I have found […]

One Laptop Per Child

The BBC “reports”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6224183.stm?ls that the OLPC project could launch by mid 2007, and the _first countries to sign up to buying the machine include Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya, *Pakistan* and Thailand._ For a nice change, Pakistan is actually doing something right in the field of education. At the moment however, Pakistan has only made […]

Windows Vista RC1

Years and years in the making, Vista finally arrives on the scene. For more details than you care about, head over to “Paul Thurrot’s Winsupersite”:http://www.winsupersite.com and of course read the “Wikipedia article on windows vista”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista – but for a quick overview from a user’s perspective read on. Now, there are a ton of changes under […]

Interview with ISPAK and Cybernet

“Read the interview here for a good overview of internet connectivity in Pakistan”:http://wiredpakistan.com/2006/06/02/interview-with-ispak-and-cybernet/. A short summary: * Govt. policies and PTCL’s monopoly ensures that broadband remains beyond the reach of 99.999 percent of Pakistan. * Competition to PTCL is coming in the future, and that might help. Sadly, the many govt. announcements over the past […]


Announcing the launch of a new website: ‘wiredpakistan.com’:http://www.wiredpakistan.com/. At the moment the only thing there are the ‘tech forums’:http://www.wiredpakistan.com/forums/ which had previously been on ‘this site’:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/forums. In a nutshell, these forums had grown large enough to justify their own domain name, plus this way more features can be added as needed.

Internet Censorship the Pakistani way

On March 2nd 2006 the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority to block 12 websites. This list was in addition to the hundreds of thousands of websites which Pakistan already blocks. Up till now, most internet users in Pakistan had never really cared to speak up about this censorship, but this new […]

The filtering matrix

bq. Increasingly, states are adopting practices aimed at regulating and controlling the Internet as it passes through their borders. Seeking to assert information sovereignty over their cyber-territory, governments are implementing Internet content filtering technology at the national level. The implementation of national filtering is most often conducted in secrecy and lacks openness, transparency, and accountability. […]