Babar Haq

Monday, May 30, 2005

Well since I got my new toshiba laptop with 17 inch screen I have been trying to watch movies. I wonder what is wrong with me. I cannot enjoy movies anymore. I watched "Interview with the vampire"and "Minority Reports". Both the movies are supposed to be blockbusters but I really had a hard time watching these movies to completion. It is so hard to keep my concentration in the movie.

Today what I did after work was to go to and listened to all my favourite old amitabh songs. It was a pleasure.

"Sara Zamana from yaarana" which had Amitabh bachan all ligthed up.:) On his dressings boundary there were small twinkling lights. Reminded me a lot about my childhood in UAE. Well still love big B's style. My wife often laughes at me "What do u like about his style".
"Rootya hoay aatay haain sub from muqadar ka sikandar". Here amitabh is on his motor bike and feeling on top of the world. I just loved to sing this song when I used to have my honda 125 in islamabad. Well all this brings fraz to my mind. So i smsed him asking him "Muree jaaana hai".

Listening to these songs really cheered me up and reduced my agony of being away from my loved ones. The amount of fame Allah have given to Amitabh just amazez me.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Well seems like its been years since I posted. Things have changed: I am a married man working with ARA Systems who are basically contractors for Saudi Aramco. ARA Systems sells Network Appliance storage to aramco and I am one of their support engineers.

Since network appliance is completely proprietary I would not be able to talk much about it over here. I have recently passed their first level of certification known as NACA(NetApp Certified Storage Associate).The good part is that I get to play with real huge data centers with all kind of refrigerator look alike machines. Their network is huge running on ethernet,atm and fiber. I do get to play with all kind of operating systems as well because the machines accessing these storage run on different operating systems.

Linux as usuall is and inshAllah will always be my favourite operating system. They do have it here(Red Hat mostly) but its not really used as a desktop operating system. Micorsoft has a very strong influence here. Just today there was an announcement saying mozilla firefox would be removed from all desktops since its not their standard and has security flaws. Sounded a bit weird to me.

At last I read about open source on an islamic website. It is a book review done by an Egyptian journalist. I have been thinking if open source can be explored from an islamic point of view. I do know that khilafat people claim that patents are totally non islamic. Maybe if I get some time I can try and write something on it.