The Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.1) factory image was released by Google very recently. I did not want to wait any long this time. AT&T still did not push the ICS update, so nothing to expect from them. I went ahead and followed the same procedure I went through last time to install ICS. So far it seems like Jelly Bean is indeed faster than ICS. Right after the phone rebooted itself Google Play Store was downloading some 30+ apps I had before and I was browsing, setting up my exchange email account and synching it at the same time. I did not experience any significant lag even though such a large job was going on in the background, something unthinkable with Android before. I am certainly happy with the update but it still has to go a long way to match the instant reaction feel iOS gives to the user for any UI event. It is good to see that they finally started to address the issue.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Today I was trying to find a good desktop blog editor for Mac. I used Windows Live Editor few years back and found it to be very good at editing blogs. Not only that I don't use Windows any more but also Microsoft discontinued it. I found a long list of such editors by Hongkiat Lim. I tried QTM but it failed to connect to my blogger account. I tried Qumana, it failed to authenticate too. Then I tried ScribeFire for Firefox but to no avail. At this point I was wondering if my account is blocked or I forgot my credentials. However, I gave a chance to Ecto and voila it could connect. I will continue to use it for some time to see if it is worth to buy it.
Friday, June 22, 2012
find . -print | sed -e 's;[^/]*/;|____;g;s;____|; |;g'
I just created an alias in my bashrc file and enjoying it :)
alias tree="find . -print | sed -e 's;[^/]*/;|____;g;s;____|; |;g'"
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
There is a lot of discussion going on in the web on how to fix this problem. I tried a few but none of them worked. Eventually I added an alias to my ".bash_profile" file:
This seems to be working for now.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) once sent somebody to collect zakat from a certain region. When the man returned he handed some of the zakat over and kept some for himself saying that he had received it as a gift from the people. Allah’s Apostle then ascended his pulpit and addressed everybody. In it he said: “I employ some men from among you for some job which Allah has placed in my charge, and then one of you comes to me and says, ‘This (amount) is for you and this is a gift given to me.’ Why doesn't he stay at the house of his father or the house of his mother and see whether he is given gifts. By Allah whoever takes anything unlawfully will bring it on the Day of Resurrection by carrying it over his neck.” [Bukhari]
Giving or taking bribes is at the root of corruption. Islam clearly states that both the giver and the receiver of a bribe end up in Jahannum (Hell). But how is one to recognize that he or she is involved in this practice? In this hadith, Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) describes a simple test that each person can perform to check themselves, when receiving favours while serving in a particular position. They should ask themselves whether what they receive is something they would be ‘gifted’ had they been sitting at home, i.e. not serving in that position. If the “gift” you receive is because of your office, so that you can use your position to do the gift-giver a favour, then this is a misuse of authority.
(Source: http://wayoflife-islam.com, 18 January 2012 CE | 23 Safar 1433 AH)
If at least 10% of our government officials learn anything from the hadith and practice in real life, our country will start to see dramatic changes. But the question is, would anyone do it?