Dec 29, 2004


Just installed Adobe Photoshop Creative Studio 8.0.... Posted by Hello

Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2004

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Dec 27, 2004

Y'day, after a long time, Bangladesh had won a match, and it was their first international win on homegrounds and their first victory against India. India came on that day with a new list of players having removed Pathan, Tendulkar and Dravid. It was a chance to victory and i am glad BD didn't miss out on it. This also makes it two days in a row that they have played competitive cricket. Today is the deciding match... LEts pray for the best.

Posted on Monday, December 27, 2004

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On the night of the 25th i went to bed the only person in the house. So when around 6 am i heard voices from the other room, i thot i had forgotten to lock the entrance to the house and people have snuck in! But it was only my other flatmates who had arrived sometime in the middle of the night. They told me that an earthquake had just passed. They took to the varenda to show me its effect. The water of the lake behind our apartment was in turmoil. It was like someone was stirring it with a spoon. That was the only experience I had with the quake that killed 12000+ people in the Maldives, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and India. It is so strange to know that we had just escaped such a fate.

Posted on Monday, December 27, 2004

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Dec 26, 2004

Our Minolta is sooo old.. that everyone forgot where it was kept. Anyways, we did go on a 30man trip to Rangamati (all family) and i did my bit with dad's Sony DSC P7 digital camera. Here are the snaps. The shot of the sunset was not taken by me though, probably my brother or sister. I discovered a few things tht i didn't know was possible with the camera.. by varying the exposure and focus manually.


Peda-Ting-Ting Posted by Hello

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Sunset Posted by Hello

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A stream Posted by Hello

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Rangamati winter afternoon Posted by Hello

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Looks like a giant hairy turtle or snail to me. What do you see? Posted by Hello

Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2004

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Passer by's Posted by Hello

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Reflections of the sun Posted by Hello

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greeeeen Posted by Hello

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A crowded boat passed our crowded boat.. we counted as many as 60 heads from this pic. Posted by Hello

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A baby island Posted by Hello

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Calm waters on the way to Peda Ting Ting Posted by Hello

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Taken on the drive to the Parjatan center in Rangamati. Its on a hillside road Posted by Hello

Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2004

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The side of the boat sending out ripples Posted by Hello

Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2004

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Girls of rangamati dancing on the roof of a boat! Posted by Hello

Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2004

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Dec 22, 2004

I head out to Chittagong tonight. Things to remember:
-Get the old manual Minolta camera, clean off the dust, fungus and other things that grew on it, and bring it home to me.
-Buy a roll of black and white film.
-Come back and pick Mushfique's (a.k.a Mosha [which means 'mosquito']) brain that has some knowledge of photography.
-Remembering that this is a temporary arrangement untill i get me a funky digital camera.

Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2004

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Dec 21, 2004

ajke dupure hothat anjan dutt-er ekta ganer line mone portesilo... it goes like "kothay kotha barey... tai bolchi chotto kore... amar iccha holo bajatey guitar..."

And a few minutes later i could anjan dutt coming over Sazzad's (one of my colleagues... who is a.k.a Caveman[!?!?@?!@?]) speakers! but alas, i went throught the list of mp3s of Ajnan D he had.. and the song on my mind couldn't be found. i think the name of the song was "Mon amar"

Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2004

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Dec 12, 2004


Photo being displayed from Megadeth.com

Posted on Sunday, December 12, 2004

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Dec 7, 2004

I have finally gotten my new guitar... well, its new to me at least! I
guess its proper to say that i have newly acquired an old guitar of
someone else.
Even though it is second hand, its a cool looker and the sound is
great too. Plus it has something that allows you to switch the tuning
of the top E string to a D and vice versa. So you can switch between a
drop-D and the standard tuning! Cool or what!

Posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2004

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Dec 4, 2004

I surprised a lot of colleagues this morning by being 'on time' for work! well i just remembered what had prespired before that! When i had realized it was morning... i thot like everyday i am late! and then..."what happened to my alarm!?" I checked my phone and it was 7:32 am! And at that moment rest assured that i had not been late as usual and woken up at 9... I almost went back to bed!!!! I had almost not noticed the SNOOZE ACTIVE sign on my phone (Nokia). Once i did, i realized that i had in fact set the alarm for 7:30 and that even though I had not heard the alarm... my sleep somehow broke! I got up fighting a thousand wild horses and got ready for bath. Cheers to me! :)

Posted on Saturday, December 04, 2004

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Dec 3, 2004

We have been considering at the office to move to something that will enable us to create more of an interactive environment to the user. A lot of suggestions were thrown in for achieving this Rich Internet Application status... JSF, Flex, using Flash by ourselves etc. But one of them really caught my eye .... Its called 'Laszlo' (talking personally here... It has a lot more hurdles to cross to get elected officially).

Posted on Friday, December 03, 2004

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I was just listening to Megadeth on my discman and i felt like screaming to the world how great this band is. ITs a shame they don't have marty friedman anymore... the solos he used to come up with... what can i say! he totally has my attention when they come out from the song... And Mustaine ... joooooooooooooosssssssssssssssssssss....

the song when i had the thot is "Skin of my teeth", and then followd (one of) my favorite tracks:
"Angry Again".

Posted on Friday, December 03, 2004

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Dec 1, 2004

I found this guy who blogs poetry every friday night! guess its a good way to keep the blogging habbit!

occurmudgeon

Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004

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Dowww.... this is what homer would have said about my current situation... and the calm little guy would have turned into the big raging Hulk... my PC is killing me!!!!!! Something is evidently wrong... but its not evident what exactly is wrong. LAst night i managed to format the partition where the OS was... and then the installation went smoothly. It just took me to the first error screen where this sad episode started when i started loading up the programs i use!!!! daaaaaaim.

Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004

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Nov 29, 2004

Almost had a heart attack! My laptop froze today! it came back with this message:
Windows could not start because the following file is
missing or corrupt:
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows
Setup using the original Setup CD- ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.


And i did not have the installer! I never received the installer when i got the laptop shipped to me ! Now what? so i went and borrowed the Win XP Pro installer from my neigbor, the web developer. Meanwhile i also searched online for this problem and its solution and came up with someone who faced the exact same thing... and with... a Toshiba laptop at that! [eerie X-Files theme plays at the back].

Being the impatient bloke that i am, i read a bit and saw the message board people saying something about "Repair" and thats what windows told me to do as well... so i loaded up the pro installer and ended up in the first menu and pressed "r" for repair. Some stuff happened and asked me to type "Exit" to reboot. Well, it didn't work. After twice of thrice of the same thing, I thought i should re-read the message board. And then i discover this link:
www.michaelstevenstech.com
There i found written in bold and all caps, and in RED, to not do what i just had done for "n" times! : )

Then following the instructions on that page i went on to install the Pro version. I was mad to see that the installer did not detect that i had windows on it! according to the webpage i was supposed to see a "Repair" command after i pursue installation. Instead, all i got was the list of partitions I had. So i thot, Maybe i wil overwrite the Home version... and pressed enter! Here they only said i had another OS already (not XP, not Windows.. another OS!!! how smart is that?). Then i fell into doubt whether this "overwrite" idea will work. I called up cuz Faisal who did "n" number of windows installations at his previous job as a computer salesman, and he told me he'd never seen overwriting as yet. :)hmmm.. heartbroken i took out the CD to return to my neighbor and then it happened! The screen saying Windows XP Home Edition came up and the Knight Rider styled lights which goes to show that your computer is working. Then came Checkdisk... then restarted and went into Windows! I am soooooo glad. Alhamdulillah.

Posted on Monday, November 29, 2004

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Word of the day: Vitriol
If i had to guess... i'd say its some kind of medicine.

It IS a chemical however, a sulfate of a metal, or sulfuric acid is said to be vitriol. Anyway, from the context i was reading, it meant: Abusive expression or feelings. The article I was reading was about behaviours of users in mailing lists, especially how people tend to get passionate and emotional about issues and end up in a verbally abusive exchanges!

Phrase of the day: "tit for tat violence". This was from a news article about the killing of a film-maker in the Netherlands and the violence that sprung up as a result of it. they kill one of them... they get back with killing one of them. Thus, 'tit for tat violence'!!!!

Posted on Monday, November 29, 2004

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Nov 24, 2004

I remembered watching a live DVD of Coldplay's tour (an old one... just after A Rush of Blood to the Head was released I think), where the singer plays piano in a completely different way. I don't mean different as in a matter of style of playing, but the style in which he held his head just above the reeds as if watching closely the notes, the reed he is about to put a finger on. Its almost like he is in a trance. Anyway in the middle of the close ups of him on the piano I noticed he had 'maketradefair.com' written on the top of his hands!

I went to www.maketradefair.com today. And i saw them highlighting some issues of Bangladesh. The issues were garments industry. They talked about Bangladesh being left out a trade act that was aimed at helping the laborers from the third world countries. Thats all good. But with the revelation of this website, I am thinking whether any of these issues actually even cause an atom of concern in the minds of the local business people who run the show! I met a few of the latter and they are all well to do people. I do hope they are honestly concerned about the fate and future of their workers who are bringing in the money that allow them to be 'rich' in this LDC called Bangladesh. I think the workers should be provided health benefits (something that is widely missing), education, and child-care services in the least. Since most of the off-shore clients are pretty, developed countries I think they should also be able to chip in for the setup of funds for this.

Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2004

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Last night I sat down with the website i had made for the band I have been trying to put together! Hmmm.. life is so interesting! While wondering what color to use ... switching from black to white or brown, brown took the cup. Then me and my cousin Ishti had this brilliat idea to use a series of pics of my hand which we could use. Then we started snapping away with his nokia phone. Anyways the result of that night, which lasted till 3:00 am is here: http://www.parthib.info

The reason that it took so long is partly due to the slow speed my laptop was running with. It kept 'hanging' and just slowing down and being a nuisance. Now i am wondering whether the ram i have now is enough to handle the multi-desktop functionality that my graphics card is offering. I don't think that handles well with photoshop and dreamweaver running along with winamp and whatnot.

Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2004

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Nov 21, 2004


Pizza Hut, with the big boys, from left: Dad, Unc Hasan, Unc Bablu and me.Posted by Hello

Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2004

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Happy Birthday Tahmid! 18 Nov '04. The basketball cake! Posted by Hello

Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2004

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So i did have my parents come and stay at my flat during eid. Since the other two of my flatmates were in Chittagong for eid, it presented the possibility of doing so. But the very night they arrived, i became ill, and instead of being a host, i was just lying around and basically not doing much. Eid day was worse, my throat was so sore I could not talk by nightfall that day.

We also held my lil bro tahmid's birthday at my place. The walls have not seen so many people inside there before and the evening was rowdy. :)
And 2 days before that we went to Pizza Hut and since my parents stay in Dhaka till Tahmid's birthday was uncertain at that moment, we had the pizza guys sing (maybe should i say scream) a birthday wish to him.

Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2004

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Nov 18, 2004

Well, its over... in a flash. The empty streets of dhaka are filling back with its usual nonsense traffic. Business is back in the order of the day.

Despite the fact that i spent most of the days being sick, i am sad at its (the holidays') demise.

For some reason or the other the arrows of (right, left, up and down) my keyboard are not working!!!! so i'll get back to this blog later. I do feel that i am becoming more and more boring day by day. So maybe i should spare the world anyways.

Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2004

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Nov 10, 2004

Today is the final day at work before a week-long holiday is about to start. The occassion: Eid. Eid-ul-Fitr is its complete name and in Malaysia and Indonesia its known as Hari Raya. It comes after a month of fasting and it signifies the end of the days of trials of Ramadan (the fasting month's name).

While I have been successfully abstaining from food, I have not been able to improve my prayers! I am working, entertaining myself, sleeping, and fasting. Thats it. Which reminds me now to go and pray. So... later...

Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2004

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Nov 9, 2004

Two new albums were released from G-Series. Kronic, on the side of alternative music.... and Elephant Road on the side of progressive rock music. Go get 'em.

I know I can hardly wait....


Posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2004

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Nov 6, 2004

I went to check that epiphone guitar out... it was one of the Les Paul series alright.. but it had bad color and some bad features... damn. Why couldn't they just bring something in black!?!?!

Soon, the album of 'Elephant Road' and 'Kronic' are gonna be released. Looking forward to that. And dreaming constantly of having my own album out someday! SIGH. lol

Ramadan is coming to an end and the traffic is on the rise... make way for the shopping! My parents are gonna come over to stay in my flat for the first time... so should prepare the place... make it neat and stuff... need to plan. hmpf.

Posted on Saturday, November 06, 2004

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Oct 28, 2004

Last night was watching a movie, "How to lose a guy in 10 days", and all i could do was think of the bike the "hero" was riding! I've seen bikes before... but last night it was just so marvellous! I was in love and constantly thinking of getting one for myself. The bike was metallic silver with a fatter rear wheen... slim ...

I did tell myself from the start that a motorcycle is off limits for Dhaka. I have a concentration span of the size of a peanut and Dhaka is a jungle... with no laws!!! But.. lets see.. if i find a bike like that i might make an exception.

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My cousin just called me and the store where we buy guitars and guitar stuff from has now brought over two Epiphone guitars styled after the Gibson Les Paul series!!!Hurray! I am going over to check them out and maybe place an order... It will be soooooooooooooooooooo coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!

Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004

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Oct 20, 2004

Turned on tv last nite ...put to BBC to catch some news. Saw a run on an Iraqi bombing of the ongoing war on TERROR. To run an instinct check i switched to CNN. And my hunch was right.. they were busy covering the elections, and then the capture of a 'radical' muslim imam from britain.

Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2004

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Oct 18, 2004

Learnt about something new today. Its called CAPTCHA ! hmmm... got linked into it from my yahoo mail account. Was sending out a mail when i was made to enter a word into a text box from an image. This was apparently for security against spam (as i was mailing to one mail group that i belonged to).

CAPTCHA stands for 'Completely Automated Public Turing Test for Telling Computers and Humans Apart'. So what they do is generate an image with a randomly generated word in it. Its difficult for most existing programs to guess the words accurately from its distorted form in the image. But humans easily comprehend the letters and are able to successfully enter the matching word to identify themselves to be 'HUMAN'!

Well this has proved its use mostly in online service providers' domain like online polls, account creation (with email providers for example) and spam protection.


Ref: http://www.captcha.net

Posted on Monday, October 18, 2004

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Oct 13, 2004

i am really bored... not just today and now.. i am bored now for a few days... and its all building up something inside. What do i do!??!? Is it work? or just lifE? something has gotten me really tired.

hmmm.

Meanwhile, we are doing something called 'Monkey Testing' today. Dinno anything like that existed. Well, i donno much anymore since i have lost my 'reading habbit'. My concentration span has come down to that of 3-4 lines of blog entries or anything else on a website. I have been sitting on a few novels that i wanted to read for ages. Among them are Parthib, Bricklane, and The international jew. hmmm... i don think there will be an update of this status anytime soon... : )

PEaCe.

Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004

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Oct 7, 2004

I finally bought a new processor. It cost 25k BD money. ITs a DigiTech GNX3. its kinda bulky and heavy. But its good where it really counts. its got really good preset tones. Especially the bass tones and the acoustic tones are really nice.

I need to spend time reading its manual tho if i ever want to unravel all its powers. Wish me luch coz i hate reading and otherwise, it'll just be a waste of money.

Practice this friday, with my new processor!

ciao.

Posted on Thursday, October 07, 2004

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Sep 20, 2004

Went and updated my old website after a long time. well, not really much of an update, just put a link there to this blog here. So I thought of just putting a link to my website here on the blog too...

Ol' Website

Ciao.

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004

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went to the guitar shop to renew my mental turmoils. saw a guitar that i kinda liked. an esp shaped crazy like.. and digitech processors.. GNX, GNX2, GNX3 and GNX4! damn.

Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004

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Sep 18, 2004


A baby bat flew into the house last night! I didnt know that once bats landed on the ground, they can't take of again! All the bat would do is crawl on the floor with a spiderman-like motion! and sometimes it would curl up inside its wings. Another friend Zaki then helped it take off by just hurling it out into the open from our balcony. It quickly disappeared into the dark of the night [eerie music plays..] Posted by Hello

Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2004

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Sep 11, 2004

Ahem...

I wrote an article a few days ago. It was nice to see my name in the papers! :p

Posted on Saturday, September 11, 2004

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Sep 9, 2004

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This was last night's entertainment. A group brought on by the British Council. We arrived late on the scene and the ticket man sounded very surprised that we still wanted to get in after being 15 minutes late. As i walked through the gates of the auditorium, I saw the group on stage making some strange, almost comic sounds with their intruments. At that moment I thought this was a scam in the name of music! After we sat down it got a bit better. The flute was good, the cello player was good too. The keyboardist played some good stuff. It was a pleasure to watch the xylophone though. I think it was also the first time. Then they did some good fusion music with some local musicians and kid vocalists. It was kinda like watching a bad school performance. hmmmm... but there was promise. In the end I can appreciate their approach to music... going to places over the world and interacting with the musicians, and even kids there.


Hmmmm. Posted by Hello

Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004

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My cousin bought a sony ericsson phone recently, dunno the model number (I almost never do). I tried out its camera for a while taking aim at everything and anything.


The Sepia toned photographs with the phone. the top two are of and from the cover of Smashing Pumpkins' Adore album. To me that is the best I have seen so far. The next is my cuz's skull ashtray and his glass globe and then is his guitar which is a Les Paul copy (named Kaimax). Posted by Hello

Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004

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My new hairdo! Posted by Hello

Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2004

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Sep 7, 2004


elephant ride.In view:Djameel (front), Shazin and Waqi (rear L and R)Posted by Hello

Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004

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thai city  In View: Djameel and moi.Posted by Hello

Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004

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Green Peace Posted by Hello

Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004

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Welcome to Thailand.. Please take off your shoes Posted by Hello

Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004

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