Technology Article, Issue III

TECHNOLOGY MINUTE…So much is happening on the technology front that at times its almost impossible to keep up (also not to forget the information overload). On the flip side, think the word “technology” and automatically one assumes “computers & the internet” in general. Well, as we all know, there is more to technology than mere bits. Three good sources on the Internet today to keep abreast with what’s happening in this technological dependent world of ours, are www.wired.com (the publishers of the original Wired magazine), MIT’s famed Technology Review www.techreview.com and more serious McKinsey Quarterly www.mckinseyquarterly.com. All three of these websites offer an easy read whilst covering both the horizontal & vertical spectrums of the prevailing industries. Amongst these fine resources you will find captivating articles to read on solar sails used to engine (thrust) space crafts, non-needle medicine injectable syringes that can deliver medicine through the skin, (as seen on Star Trek), discover how blogging (or blogs – short for web logs) are changing the world and becoming a powerful voice, discover various applications and usages of nanotechnology in use today and for the days to come, the alternative fuel called HFC (Hydrogen Fuel Cells) where the only emissions are heat and water (amazing!).

Learn about Himawari (“sunflower” in Japanese) lighting systems using natural sunlight for purposes of illumination, the Bit Torrent Networks and how digital distribution networks are evolving. Read up on how prevalent treatments are making heroin addicts get detoxed in under 24-hours (without any pain or suffering), or why the exploration of space is necessary and why black holes matter. Be shocked by the power of mega-tsunamis which can create waves 1,000 feet high (a mega-tsunami by the way is overdue). Understand and appreciate the radical thinkers (re-designers?) of our modern society are – people who are constantly changing us indirectly. Learn of the many technologies that can easily become tomorrow’s businesses in Pakistan (so much opportunity).

There is more to technology than just the features on your desktop. Understanding the various avenues and streets that a technology map consists of, gives each person more tools and a better view of where the world is, and where its headed, what opportunities the future holds and how you can best prepare yourself (and those around you) for it. In this global village of ours, obsolescence is the differentiating factor between the winners and losers – between leaders and followers. The answer lies (amongst others) in the three websites above. Happy reading!

SECURITY
Two worthy security tools: Spybot – Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer with other users – and its 100% free – visit www.spybot.info to download. Other tool is Ad-Aware with the ability to scan your RAM, registry, hard drives, and external storage devices for known data-mining, advertising, and tracking components, Ad-aware SE easily can clean your system, allowing you to maintain a higher degree of privacy while you surf the Web – this great software is also 100% free – visit www.lavasoft.de for more information.

DOT.PK
Cited as The Most Comprehensive Reference on the Political History of Pakistan – Story of Pakistan (www.storyofpakistan.com) lives up to its claim. Created by Jin Technologies, Story of Pakistan is a interactive journey about Pakistan’s colorful history. The Timelines section is an excellent walk-through from 1206 B.C. to present – covering all the major milestones and events pertaining to the sub-continent and Pakistan in particular. The Personalities section is again very nicely done. From the Quaid to the current President & Prime Minister. A brief overview of all the personalities in the Pakistani political arena are covered. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this website is that it is continuously updated. One can call it the condensed encyclopedia of Pakistan. Definitely something worth sharing with others, specially with your children – what a better way to learn history. The Story of Pakistan is also available in a multimedia CD-ROM (updated till 2003) for Rs. 250.

In Brief
Sun Microsystems plans to release its popular Solaris Operating System for free – check out the new Solaris 10 at www.sun.com … Heard about Linux? Want to give it a try but don’t want to install it on your PC? Give Knoppix a run. Its Linux on a bootable CD – No installations, no complexities – simply boot off the CD and voila! Linux on your computer, take the CD out – reboot again and you’re back to your old OS – for more information see www.knopper.net/knoppix (choose the English page – unless you can read German)… Google is giving away a new version of its Picasa photo software, which sold for $30 before Google bought its creator last summer and made it free – the updated Picasa 2, released Monday, adds capabilities to compete with those of better-known, more expensive consumer image-editing programs (www.picasa.com for more information)… Microsoft Office Outlook Live, the service includes a subscription version of Outlook 2003 to connect with Hotmail or MSN e-mail accounts. For $59 a year, customers get an e-mail account with 2GB of storage and the ability to send individual messages with up to 20MB of attachments. Customers can also check multiple e-mail accounts, including corporate accounts that are managed through an Exchange server… Airbus officially unveiled its mammoth A380 superjumbo – the double-decker aircraft can seat 550 seats in regular configuration or 800 seats in a chartered configuration, the cargo version can carry 70 passenger cars.

This Article was originally written for Money Magazine

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