Human Clock

September 29, 2006

I recently digged this human clock out. Nice thinking 🙂  

I read this brief article at codinghorror about how bad developers are at testing. I am of the same opinion that developers are mostly not that good testers but then again they have to develop as well :). All the testers have to do is test but the developers have a lot more stuff to think and do. To ask them to test as well as develop is perhaps asking too much. but that said, I think its absolutely empirical that developers test what they develop or perhaps even before they develop :). But that requires acknowledgement and realization of the importance of testing both at the developer and the project manager level. There must be considerable time available for developers to test what they develop otherwise, the Customer Support and the Testing guys will have their work cut out.

Artificial Intelligence is one of my favorite areas of interest. There’s something about this field that pulls me towards it. Its a pity that I couldn’t do more in this field because every time I had to weigh my options and there is not much being done in this field here in Pakistan to encourage me to pursue it.

Its been 50 years since the birth of this field and we are yet to see something worth mentioning done in this field. There is a lot effort being put in just to pass the Turing test but still all we have is AI programs like Joan. The aim of AI is much more than just learning to speak like humans. This article that I came across today gives quite a good reason why. It also lists some really good accomplishments that AI people can look back and feel proud about. Still there is much to be done and much to be learned specially about the design of human brain and the process of thinking.

Miain Fahim-ul-Haq gave us his own farewell treat last night:). Yup! that sounds quite odd but not that odd if you know us. But everything apart, it was one of the most memorable dinner. Well for me at least; specially because it was perhaps my last dinner for a long time with one of my most trusted and most reliable friend as Fahim is leaving for Microsoft tomorrow. BEST OF LUCK to him. I’ll write more about us guys in my next blogs.

Here’s a pic of us all (well almost since Rehan is behind the camera:))

Here is a pic of Fahim (in White) and me (the other one:) )

Adding Rehan’s pic on his request 🙂


Bio Hazard?

September 15, 2006

I always thought that kashif was one of those rare people who have a good taste for humor. He just recovered from Hepatitis A and this is his ploy to protect his drink from others.

Happy Programmer’s day

September 14, 2006

One of my friends and coworker here at Mentor, Fuaad Ahmed, just wished me Programmer’s day. Its 2 to the power 8th (256th) day of the year (analogy for the total number values that can be represented using one byte-8 bits).

Happy Programmer’s day to all the great people we call programmers:). Although I’m ~24 hrs late to wish :).

I think the answer to this is yes. Perhaps the blog structure wasn’t designed to be this popular and authentication was not considered for comments. But as it stands today, the blog culture is getting popular by the second. There is something that worries me though. I can pose to be anybody on anybody’s post while leaving a comment. Its so easy to destroy someone’s image by faking comments OR you can imitate famous people and comment on your own blog to get famous:). I don’t know if there are laws against this or not but even if they exist, it will be mighty hard to catch the culprit. This area might not be that sensitive, because things will eventually get cleared, but it sure is one which is better off not to be put to test:).

Arnold Hacked?

September 13, 2006

This is interesting, California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s computer was claimed to be hacked to get hold of some private documents/conversations. Great! can’t get spies to work? employ hackers:). It would have been an interesting scenario for one of his movies though. A governor hacked by his counter parts. hmm perhaps he would have invaded them with M-60’s and terminated them. but life isn’t that easy in the real world is it:).

The Reunion

September 11, 2006

It took a long time coming and some serious efforts from Fahim and Rehan, but it finally happened. It certainly was one of the best get-together’s I have recently had. It refreshed the memories of the great days we had in our university. I hope this proves to be a trend setter and we get more and more PUCIT students to participate every year.