Qibla Compass for Android

Qibla Compass fro Android is a useful app for finding direction of the Qibla shot_000001 from just about anywhere in the world. It is a small nifty app designed for Android 1.5 and up. Qibla compass is free to download and use, it takes up just 184 kb of space on an Android smartphone. The app uses an Android smartphone’s built in GPS to find own location and then based on that gives the direction of Qibla by pointing the compass needle in that direction. You just have to run the app and place it on a flat surface away from ferrous objects, and with in minutes it gives you the direction of Qibla. Not only that it automatically calculates the prayer times for your location and displays them in a separate tab. It also calculates the distance to Holy City of Mecca and displays it.

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How to Root HTC Explorer

The advantages of rooting an Android phone are that you can use Slide1 a number of apps that require rooting, you can also over clock your device after rooting it, or even replace the OS completely. It is just like jail-breaking  an iPhone. I was able to root my HTC Explorer with minimal effort. Just follow these steps to root you HTC Explorer Android smartphone.

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How to design a solar system

Designing a PV system is not very difficult it just needs good understanding of Watts, DC, AC, Amps, Voltage etc. But off course it is not rocket science. Anyone can design a solar system for their specific needs. You really do not need to hire an expert for that. I have written the whole procedure in easy to understand steps, hope you find it useful 🙂

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India’s Republic Day celebrated by Finnair Flight

Finnair is Finnish airline with a huge fleet of modern aircrafts. It flies to over 63 destinations worldwide. I believe it’s a very customer oriented airline as is evident by their slogan “Designed for You.”. I came along a very beautiful video on YouTube in which a Finnair flight crew celebrated India’s Republic Day on 26 January in a most beautiful and awesome way, to the surprise of all passengers. I have watched this video a dozen times, have shown it to friends, family and am now blogging about it. What a beautiful way of celebrating and congratulating someone on their National Day. Please see the video and enjoy.

The Taliban brutality in Pakistan

Pakistan is at odds with the Taliban since last few years. Whatever the causes maybe of this war, but the fact is that its costing Pakistan a lot in terms of lives, damage destruction to property and Government infrastructure. Pakistan Army, Pakistanis and anyone living in Pakistan have paid a heavy price in this war. One could write a book about the causes of this conflict but this post is about the ground realities of the areas terrorized by the Taliban. Wherever they go these so called Taliban commit acts of brutality that were perhaps previously unheard of.

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Discordant views

“Sher Khan” was all he replied, shyly when I asked the lad his name. He was selling balloons in the rain, near PDA market in Hayatabad, Peshawar. His attire was different than most of the boys and girls loitering about in the area, selling balloons or just begging for a few rupees. He wore jeans, shirt, jacket and sneakers, and was using a polyethylene sheet as a raincoat. The boy must have been 9 or 10 years old. Sher Khan begged me to buy a balloon from him, which I did and paid him much more than what he asking for. He was happy and smiled at me followed by a “Thank You”. What saddened me was not his appearance, dress or anything else, rather that he was selling balloons in such rough weather. I asked him for a photo and he readily agreed.

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How to generate your own QR code

QR stands for “Quick Response”. It is the code which you can use to install apps on Android devices as well. QR code can be generated for own use as well. You can make a QR code for your name, your vCard, you dog’s name, your girlfriends name, SMS, URL or just about anything. Its those small boxes that which contain this info. You will however require a QR code readerto decipher the info.

It is a very cool way of sharing vCards. in fact it’s the “IN” thing. Better still you can  make a QR code of your name, cellphone, email, address etc and get it printed on a mug, visiting cards, T-shirt or just about anything. Its cool and hip and a lot of fun. So in this post I will tell you how to make a QR code for your name. Follow these steps:

  • Go to the QR code website.
  • Type in the text, and see its code being generated in real time.
  • When you are done, simply download the code image.
  • You can print it on anything you like.

That’s all you need to do. If you want to decipher the info contained in it, simply point your smartphone camera while running the QR coder reader app, and see all the info deciphered.

The QR code for NascentStufflooks like this.

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Here are the links to some other websites which let you make a QR code.

http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

http://createqrcode.appspot.com/

http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/

http://www.qrstuff.com/

http://www.qurify.com/en/

http://onlineqrcodegenerator.com/

http://delivr.com/qr-code-generator

Falak Sher the Barber

Falak Sher is a barber by profession. He also works part time as an assistant at a restaurant washing dishes. He does this to support his family. He is my regular barber, and when giving me a haircut he does a lot of talking. A few days back he told me that his wife was expecting and requested for mew to pray that he gets a son this time. Upon this I asked him, how many kids he has. He told me he has two wives and 7 daughters. I can imagine he has married for a second time because the first wife did not bear him a son. So he has 5 daughters from the first wife and 2 from the second.

Two days ago he came to place with a 2 lb cake, he was happy and told me that he has been blessed with a son, after 7 daughters. This certainly was good news. In a country like Pakistan, a son has more weightage than a daughter. There are multiple reasons for this. Some of them are:

  • Sons are considered to carry the lineage of an individual.
  • Sons take care of their parents when they grow old.
  • Daughters are married off and start their families.
  • A person not having a son is considered unlucky, in fact he himself starts feeling that after sometime.
  • It is a way of showing one’s virility.
  • A widowed woman or a widower will never stay with her daughter upon growing old, if she/he does not have a son.

I really hope he starts adopting family planning techniques now, instead going for a second son.

Karadeniz Powership reaches Pakistan

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Sometime back I blogged about Karadeniz Powership which had set sail for Pakistani shores. Now it has reached Pakistan and is docked at Karachi. To the common man this might sound as a great relief, but actually it is just another way of fleecing the already over-burdened people of Pakistan by the incompetent Government. Well it is actually a spillover of incompetence of the previous Governments, but this one is no different, in fact it is worse. ( Shoot, I have started rambling again Smile )

The statistics say this power solution by the Awami or People’s Government is by far the most expensive. According to PEPCO, Karkey Karadeniz Electrik Uretim of Turkey signed the deal for providing Electricity to our beloved country for 5.98 cents per unit, but that was May 2009. Now it is November 2010, and almost 2011. Add in the current price of furnace oil, the corruption included in the whole process, and the figure shoots over to 18 cents per unit.  Ask a 3rd grade student to do the math and he/she will tell you it comes to around Rs. 15.66 , actually Rs. 6.29 higher then the current average price per unit!

Only a People’s Government can think of such solutions, because the people get to pay the money, the Government collects the money, pays to the M/S Karadeniz and pockets some of it, thereby introducing another acute spate of circular debt. The agreement is valid for six years and it doesn’t take a genius’s IQ to figure out what the fuel costs will be in another six years, well simply they will skyrocket. But that will not affect us, because we have enough water to build dams on, enough coal reserves to be declared the biggest on Earth, enough Wind corridors and Sun belts. Only if we can agree on building the darned Kalabagh Dam, putting a coal fired power plant on Thar coal or making use of ample sunshine or wind. But the question is, “who will bell the cat?”

Why the Starlings won’t fly!

I was on vacation a few days back and went to my native town. The good thing about vacations is that everyday seems like Sunday. So one fine sunny Tuesday I went to the local market a saw at least 20 or so Starlings on the roads, sidewalks, under parked cars, near shops and almost everywhere in a small area. As I went near them none flew away, they just hopped and ran form one place to another. This was strange, as free birds are supposed to fly away when they smell danger or feel threatened.

I chased a few of them, but still they wouldn’t fly! This was really strange! So I took out my camera and snapped a few pics of the birds, some running, some resting and some laying on the road. A couple of boys were standing near me and on my inquiring told me that a Starlings vendor was here, selling Starlings and he got hit by a car. As a result of this accident the cag he was carrying broke open and all Starlings escaped! Hence the commotion.

Now for my readers, let me tell you that in my country Pakistan, free birds are caught and trapped by mobile vendors who roam streets and roads to sell them. Those who can afford the price pay the vendor and set a certain number of birds free. This is considered as a good deed, and a good Omen. At places I have seen people selling crows and sparrows as well. To set a bird free is a noble act, according to local custom! But what about the guy who catches them in the first place?

Before you take a look at the pics, let me tell you something else. Some of the Starlings just lay on ground and some were standing absolutely still. I believe either the birds were drugged or had their feathers pulled out, so that they could not fly. The vendor I believe, did this in order to catch them again and sell them to some other person for setting them free yet again! Strange it is indeed, very strange.

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This one seems Stoned out of her mind!

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Close Encounters! Birds trying to enter a Shop

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