Saturday, February 23, 2008

Family Picnic (sort of)

Remember my trip to Tangail last year? Yesterday I revisited my uncle's house over there, this time with my family in a sort of a family picnic. The trip was pretty similar to the last one, only this time I had a lot more fun as my little cousins, Ahnaf, Zian, Tiana, Nusrat and Nuzhat (Chhutti) was there with me. I spent a lot of time walking around the beautiful typical rural landscape, and taking photos. This time I took a lot of pictures of the sceneries, and with a slightly better camera. You can check out the photos in my PicasaWeb Album. I've also put up a slideshow right here.

The lunch was mouth watering. Especially the beef and mutton were rich with Masala and tasted as good as they looked. After lunch we played cricket on the roof.
On our way back to Dhaka we visited my uncles' garments factory, Knittex Industries at Gazipur. I've been here about six months back. The facility has undergone huge improvement by this time. The factory is a full fledged production zone consisting of various sections. I've observed the whole process of production last time, but this time I was pretty impressed watching the process of screen printing being done on the t-shirts. The work being done here is very much organized.
Well, I enjoyed my time out there, forgetting the upcoming semester final exams next week. Oh no, is it really next week? Damn!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Blog Revamped!

Recently I've made some bold changes to my blog. The first thing to notice is that now the template has three columns, and the whole blog has a much wider interface. The label cloud is something that I wanted for a long time, but blogger doesn't provide the widget by default. So I turned to the blogger gurus. I found exactly what I'm looking for at phydeaux3's site. The Recent Comments widget was acquired from another great blogger hacks site, Beautiful Beta. The blog timeline widget at the bottom seems superb to me, it's visually pleasing and easy to use. I snatched it from Widgetbox. Another nifty hack I added is the post title icon. The 'I Am Asif' icon now appears with the post titles. Thanks to Dummies Guide for that hack. I also got rid of the 'AddThis' button for feed subscription, and implemented blogger-in-draft's own subscribe button.
I'm pretty happy about the changes I've made to the blog. I think it looks much better than before, particularly due to the 3 column wider template. What do you think?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Windows Troubles

Took me two days to get my PC back on track. Recently it has been a victim to a malicious software attack, I guess a spyware. The problems was, whenever I was getting online, after a few minutes an error message pops up saying "The Generic host process for win 32 has encountered a problem and needs to close", with the "send error report" and "don't send" buttons. I guess those two buttons and The Blue Screen of Death have become partners-in-annoyance since the arrival of XP. And then internet stops working, and so does my sound card. After trying various anti-spywares and my so-far-trusted AVG anti virus, it was still not working. I checked out the security updates for windows and they seemed to have an update specifically for this issue. Tried it, but didn't work as well, because that update is probably a preventive measure, not a curing one. In the end I had nothing to do but to format my hard disk, two of my hard disks in fact. I've searched the internet about this problem and found that many people have been facing the exact problem. Tech gurus insisted on keeping your windows up to date with the latest windows security updates from Microsoft. I thought these updates never work, so I had them turned off so far. That's one lesson to be learnt. Also now I'm running 3 separate anti-spywares; AVG, Spybot search and destroy and Ad-aware. I've also decided to try Avast! anti virus this time. And of course, the automatic updates of my Windows is now turned on. Glad to be back online.

From Macro to Micro

I just found this unbelievably cool video on You Tube. It shows the size of The Almighty's creation, from the very large to the very small. From a couple having a picnic at the park, the camera keeps zooming out until it reaches the outskirts of the galaxies, then zooms back in until it arrives inside a singular carbon nucleus! I don't wanna give you anymore ideas about it, just watch this amazing video. This awe inspiring piece of work was created in 1977 by Charles and Ray Eames for IBM.

If you're thinking how to download this video for watching again, use Real Player 11, cuz this video is worth watching a thousand times.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Painstaking Task

Yesterday I had to complete the painstaking and grueling task of the Electrical Design and Drafting assignment. I admit the task was given to us several weeks ago, but as is our custom, we always do it at the 11th hour (actually we do it just before the 12th). The assignment was to design the necessary layouts for planning the electrical connections of a one storied house, the floor plan was provided. We had to design the Fitting and Fixtures layout, which shows the positions of the various electrical appliances i.e. light, fans, sockets etc. Then there was the Conduit layout, which shows the wiring and the conduits (conduits are the concealed pipes through which the wires are connected across the floor). We also had to draw switchboard and distribution board connection diagram. None of the diagrams were difficult to draw, but the disturbing part was that we had to draw them on art paper (22" X 28"). Working on such a huge piece of paper was totally discomforting. It took me more than 5 hours in total to finish the task. Well, Alhamdulillah the finished product looked pretty good to me, so I couldn't help taking some snaps.