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Friday, July 28, 2006

How to Speed up Applications in Windows XP

Increase the speed at which your applications are accessed and run by following the guide below, taken from Enjoy!

The tweak I am going to describe below increases system stability by instructing the operating system to separate processes for each instance of an application. In other words if you have three Internet Explorer windows open and one of them crashes it will allow you to close out that crashed instance of Internet Explorer without affecting the other two. I consider this to be a life saver because I run multiple instances of Internet Explorer a lot of the time as well as a performance boost that you gain from this tweak. Below you will find the steps necessary to accomplish this. As always comments/suggestions are welcome.

Note: This tweak is only recommended for users with more than 512MB of RAM, the reason for this is the extra use of memory due to separate processes. [...]

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Anarkali Music video

I thought this music video was beautiful and wanted to share it with everyone. The song is lovely too. The title of the song is Supreme Ishq and sung by Shabnam Majeed. The theme of the song is based on the character of Anarkali, a woman who loved a prince, but was caged behind a stone wall by the prince's parents because they disapproved of their son's choice of love.

A little bit about Anarkali from

"According to legend, Muġal Prince Salīm, later to become Emperor Jahāngīr, fell in love with a girl named Anārkalī as a young prince. As she was a dancing girl, not of noble birth, the romance was forbidden by the prince's father, Muġal Emperor Akbar. Anārkalī, whose title means "pomegranate blossom" (bestowed for her beauty), was buried alive in a wall said to be located within the bazaar, by the order of Emperor Akbar. It is believed that her original name was Nādira or Sharf-un-Nisā.

Whether or not Anārkalī existed is controversial as there is no evidence that Prince Salīm ever fell in love with the courtesan, including no reference to her in Salīm's autobiography."



Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Polish diplomat ‘feels like a Karachiite’

KARACHI: A western diplomat extolling the virtues of Karachi — considered by many of its own citizens a city of turmoil — should be music to many an ear. But Polish envoy does exactly that.

Serving as Poland’s consul general in Karachi since 2004, Ireneusz Makles has come to appreciate Pakistani food, especially the barbecued chicken at Karachi’s Lal Qila and BBQ Tonight. “Karachi is a very safe city despite western media’s illustration of it as a dangerous city.”

“I like Karachi very much,” said a very friendly envoy representing the European Union’s sixth largest member country in Pakistan’s commercial capital. “I am impressed with Karachiites. They are very generous, friendly, open-hearted, reliable and very hospitable.” [...]

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Microsoft's "Zune" Set to Compete with iPod

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Without giving out details, Microsoft has announce that they will be launching their own mp3 player to rival Apple's iPod. A leading research company, Jupiter Research has said Microsoft's mp3 player will have to be able to tranfer data wirelessly in order to compete with Apple's iPod. For more information, click here.

Hard Disks to become a thing of the past

A new type of media, known as "Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory", or MRam for short is expected to replace the current forms of data storage devices such as Hard Disks and Flash Drives some time in the future. A company called "Freescale" announced that they had created an MRam chip which could store about half a megabyte of data. Although it is a small amount of space, it is only in it's infancy, and it will most likely replace hard disks and USB drives in the future due to it's speed and its ability to retain data even without a power supply. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

US Senate approves Stem Cell Research Bill

Stem Cell Research could open the gates
for medical breakthroughs.
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The United States Senate has approved a Bill that would allow scientists inside the United States to commence their research on Stem Cells. President Bush is staunchly opposed to the idea of stem cell research and is expected to veto the bill because he believes the methods that would be employed in the initial stages would be unethical. If he does veto, which he most likely will according to the White House Spokesperson, Tony Snow, it will be President Bush's first veto in both his terms.

The methods involved in the initial stages of the reserach include "therapeutic cloning" and the destruction of a human embryo. The specifics of the controversy are outlined clearly in the following extract from Wikipedia:

"There exists a widespread controversy over stem cell research that emanates from the techniques used in the creation and usage of stem cells. Embryonic stem cell research is particularly controversial because, with the present state of technology, starting a stem cell 'line' human embryo and/or therapeutic cloning. Opponents of the research argue that this practice is a slippery slope to reproductive cloning and tantamount to the instrumentalization of a potential human being. Contrarily, medical researchers in the field argue that it is necessary to pursue embryonic stem cell research because the resultant technologies are expected to have significant medical potential. The ensuing debate has prompted national and international authorities to seek suitable regulatory frameworks and highlighted the fact that stem cell research represents a moral, social and ethical challenge."

My political stance is skewed towards the conservative side, however, in this case, I also understand that the outcome of such research could be staggering and revolutionary. Hence, I believe that as long as the human embryo is given a painless death, and that therapeutic cloning does not lead to reproductive cloning, the research should go ahead. It may seem unethical at first, but at the same time, the outcome of this research may extraordinarily benefit humanity and potentially save thousands, possibly millions of lives. Therefore, in conclusion, allowing the research to go ahead would be the more ethical thing to do. For more information, click here.

Athens' Muslims get a Masjid

The first ever Masjid since the Turkish Ottoman rule of Athens will be constructed. It is suprising to know that the idea was sanctioned by the nation's parliment, which would mean that in order to construct a religious structure or place of worship, the approval of the parliment would be necessary. Currently, Greece is a religious state that comprised mainly of intolerant, Greek Orthodox Christians. For more information, please click here.