Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 coming today

As posted earlier, Red Alert 3 PC version release is due October 28th, 2008, yes that’s today. Anyone who gets to grab a copy, do let me know the source where you purchased it from. I’m really very excited about the game release. Hope its worth the wait.

See this EA-Store link for details.

My prize. I won Nokia Free Hands Challenge

Thanks to Nokia Free Hands challenge , Darla Mack who told me about this challenge and a big number of people including my family and friends, I have won a Nokia N82 and a Nokia BH-902 Handsfree. I just received a DHL with my gift and I’m right on top of this world right now.

This is the first time ever that I have won any gift in any competition. The gift contains a hand-written card congratulating me and above mentioned box packed gifts.

The challenge was all about uploading your original videos that show how you can utilize your free hands. I uploaded the video and asked everyone I knew, to vote for it. My video was the first one to win the weekly challenge and here is my reward. This is not only a reward for the competition but my years long association with Nokia as a loyal customer and a die-hard supporter.

The phone, its a black Nokia N82 with all the features you can find on its specs site. Its a great feature-packed phone and I’ll continue posting about it. The other gift is a Nokia BH902. Its a cute little thing and I’m already in love with it.

Once again, thanks Nokia, thanks Darla and thanks a lot all of my voters.

Nokia N82 16GB

I have just plugged in my new 16GB Micro SDHC card into my Nokia N82. This turns my N82, 16GB. I am so excited that I have overtaken my brother’s Nokia N95-8GB. This is really interesting to see that N95-8GB has no way to install an extra bit of memory and is stuck at 8GB. No doubt, 8GB is a lot of space, but memory, bandwidth and love are never enough.

My phone only shows 15 GB when installed with the 16GB memory card. I yet have to see why this memory is lost or may be SANDISK takes 16000x1000x1000 bytes to be 16 GB?

Anyways, My N82 stands taller than the N95-8GB almighty ­čÖé


I have received a pack of toys that I’ll be playing with from now on. I will keep posting about these on my blog. First to be metioned is a Class-2 Micro-SDHC Card with 16 GB capacity. I’ll be using it to boost-up my phone’s memory capacity.

Stay tuned.

Red Alert 3 coming on 28th

Command & Conquer Red-Alert-3 is going to be released by EA this Tuesday. I’m really looking forward to play it as I’ve been a die-hard fan of Ned-Alert-2. I hope this does not turn out to be a disappointment.

My power bill on the rise

Either LESCO has gone crazy or I’ve forgot my high school maths. I got my electricity bill and without calculating I could see that it was wrong. Well yes, LESCO tariff has changed and electricity cost has increased as per government announcements, but even with the higher expected costs, following case is not acceptable.

Following is a snippet of a correctly calculated bill. (This is a few months old bill).

If you cant read the calculation, it is 100 x 3.080 + 200 x 2.080 + 599 x 6.53.
That totals to 5035 and is correctly stated on the bill (second value from top left).

Now my current bill comes and the unit details are as follows:

Again the calculation goes like:
100 x 3.750 + 200 x 4.910 + 700 x 7.36 + 166 x 8.62
This is equal to 7939.

Well, the bill is actually showing 9362. Thats over-charging worth Rs. 1423. Well, this is just the electricity cost, and the actual payable is after putting taxes and surcharge on top of this.

This is insane. Can somebody solve the myth and tell me why 7939 is equal to 9362 in my bill?

Poverty in Pakistan – Govt figures and ground realities

According to the figures given by Govt. of Pakistan, the percentage of population living under the poverty line is 23.9 percent, while World bank and UNDP believe that the percentage is higher than that [source]. If we believe that 23.9 is the correct number, Pakistan turns out to be better than 91 other countries. [source]. Moreover, This percentage of poor people has been decreasing all the way since 2001 [source].

Regardless of what government does, what UN decides and what NGOs are doing, what can be the best practices we can follow to make sure that this percentage goes as lower as possible in our respective parts of the world. I’m not talking about charity or fund-raising here. I’m talking about running our country, our institutions, our businesses in such a way that improves the economy to result in lower poverty percentages. Please do comment about what you have been doing in this regard lately.

In the end, please do check out this cool powerty map.

Everyone low on funds?

These advertisement boards have always been occupied since eternity. You can see so many of such boards all around the city that are vacant now. Is that a result of financial crisis?