Sunday, June 22, 2008

Fuljhury's Website

Should have written about this earlier. About a month ago, I had developed the website of Fuljhury, my uncles' company. Fuljhury is a 100% export oriented knitwear manufacturer. 2 of my uncles and an aunt hold the topmost positions of the company. The website is a very very simple site consisting of basic info about the company and its production. The site was created in Google Pages and customized with Photoshop and Flash. Out of all the sites I've created, this one is the closest to professional, as this time I had to deal with DNS (Domain Name System). Fuljhury already owned the domain , and I had to point the domain to the Google Pages site. In order to do that I had to learn the basics of DNS, how it works and had to provide the necessary information to Fuljhury's domain hosts about the modifications that needed to be made to a couple of CNAME records. This was indeed a good experience.
The site is under construction still, and Inshallah in the future more features will be gradually added.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

About the Last Semester, and the Present

Let's start with the good news. The merit list for the second year second semester (last semester) was out a couple of days ago, and Alhamdulillah I found my name in the seventh spot. That means I've been included in the merit list for the third time so far. Being among the top eight also means that I would soon receive 18000 bucks as weaver Inshallah. All thanks to Allah.
Now let's get back to the present, which is in striking contrast with the past. The current semester seems to me to be the most disturbing so far, none of the subjects seem interesting to me. Particularly the subject Linear Systems, which is considered to be one of the toughest courses of the whole curriculum, is causing much disturbance. Digital Electronics-II is probably the only subject which seems a bit fun, although not as much as it predecessor, as this one is mostly theoretical and brings back the gloomy memories of Electronics from 1-2 and 2-1. Electrical Machines-III was supposed to be interesting to me, as I'm fascinated with machines, but so far I mostly haven't understood what our teacher is teaching us, as his classes seem pretty inconceivable to me. After two months of classes, I haven't studied a single line of the subject of Electromagnetic Field and Waves. And the other remaining course is Humanities, which consists of Sociology and Accounting. Sociology has been my nightmare in school, so I don't want to waste time writing about it. Accounting might sound boring as well, so it seemed to me at first, but honestly speaking, it's not that bad.
Anyway, we have only 1 month of classes left, and from what I've studied so far, it cannot be considered even 5% of the syllabus of the semester. But I'm not depressed, because Allah has always been there for me right on time, as I always depend on Him. Inshallah by the time of the finals He will guide me towards whatever is best for me, and that's all I wish for.

Shocked, Stunned, Stupefied

I don't know how to start writing about this, so I'm just gonna start. A lecturer of our university, of our EEE department, was so far known to be a one of a kind talent, a genius. In the notice board of our university, in our website, there were appreciation letters which were claimed to be sent from foreign universities, praising this lecturer for his outstanding research and stating that he had won awards from IEEE for his works. From other teachers of the faculty, his colleagues, we got to know that he was a genius, who is under contract to work for IBM, and have been offered to perform researches at MIT. Recently I heard from some of my classmates that there was some trouble going on regarding him. I didn't know what the problem was, until yesterday. In a post in the popular Bangladeshi group blog, Somewhere in... , it was reported that these letters of appreciation which were claimed to be sent from renowned foreign universities, were nothing but fake. The evidences presented in the blog, supporting this accusation was pretty convincing indeed. The author of that post also sent emails to these universities to verify the letters, and was informed that there were no such letters issued from their institutions. That's not all. This 'teacher' also claimed to be an employee of IBM, and he even distributed IBM visiting cards with his name. The scanned image of these cards were also posted on that blog, from which again it was evident that this was yet another cheap forgery. The atrocities don't end there. This ingenious conman showed his true 'talent' by creating a set of imaginary characters (identities in the Internet), under random names, who claimed to be important personnel of the technology sector. Using these fake IDs, this lecturer sent comments to various blogs, where they mention the name of the lecturer, praising his research and claiming his acquaintance. When we started the blog AUSTronics, we collected a writing from this lecturer as well, and posted it on the blog. Under the name of these fake characters, the trickster posted comments on the blog (and also on this blog), boasting the works of this 'genius'. Among his colleagues, this guy presented his self-made identity as a prodigy in such a way, that no one had a shadow of a doubt about him. As the story propagated through the net, the teachers got to know about these allegations, a committee was formed to investigate the facts, and today I got to know that this conman has 'resigned' from our university.
Last night when I was reading the post, which unmasked this faker to us, I didn't feel anger, it didn't make me laugh, instead it made me sad, really sad. I was dumbstruck, shocked, stupefied. When you hold someone in the highest regards, think of someone with the highest sense of respect, consider someone to be a bright example of your community, and all in a sudden, you find that same person to be nothing but an impostor, a trickster, a low graded person wearing the mask of a genius, I guess all you can feel is shocked.
It was also shocking to see some of the comments made in the mentioned post in Somewhere in... , where some bloggers hit out at the name of our university. For what has happened, only the impostor is to be blamed, not the general teachers or students of AUST. Such examples of criminals can be found in every community, in every field of the society, but these actions don't represent the communities, but the criminals themselves. Any rational person would agree with this logic, but still some bloggers went on trying to put the name of AUST to shame without any reason. But most of the bloggers in that community rejected these comments, and responded that AUST is an established and a top level university of the country, and this heinous crime committed by this person would not in any way affect the already well known reputation of the university, gained for its top standard of education throughout the last decade. But undoubtedly, the authority of the varsity should've verified these information before putting them up in our notice boards and our website, in that sense alone, can the authority be questioned.
Some irresponsible bloggers also went on to post utterly disgusting comments on my blog as well. What was my crime? I was one of the students who helped develop AUSTronics, an online magazine for the EEE department of AUST, in which there was posted an article by this impostor. While he was our teacher, none of the students or teachers had any doubt about him, so it is obvious that we would post his article on the blog. In my blog I had written about the launch of this group blog of ours, and on that post, this impostor also posted a comment under a fake identity as an editor of several journals of IEEE, praising our work and obviously mentioning the name of this teacher as a promising researcher of our university who had sent an impressive article to their journal, and claims to be acquainted with him. Me, along with all the students of the varsity were also victims of his forgery, not his accomplices. But still some bloggers anonymously commented on my blog terming us 'fakers'!!. Truly sad and depressing to find such irresponsible comments.
There has been quite a few events in my life, which has taught me not to trust anyone, not to be deceived by someone's looks, or not to impressed by some sweet words. This recent shocking issue will be added to that list at the number one spot. This saddening event has put yet another nail to the coffin wherein lies the corpse of TRUST.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Walking in the Rain

After coming to Uttara, whenever its raining in daytime, and I'm at home and have not taken my shower already, then you wouldn't find me in my room. Instead I'd be on the roof, taking a shower in the rain. That's why a couple of days ago when it started to rain pretty heavily at noon, I went straight up. I don't know why, I just love the feeling of the rain on my body. Many of us believe that walking in the rain will cause fever or cold. I had the similar idea many years ago. I had a home tutor who used to teach me math, he said that this concept is nothing but psychological. Because thousands of rickshaw pullers in street are getting soaked in the rain all day, but they don't catch cold, otherwise there would be no rickshaw pullers to be found on the street the following day as they would all catch fever. They don't catch cold cuz they are not concerned about it. Since then, my fear of catching cold in rain was over, whenever I had a chance, I got myself soaked in the waters from Heaven. Walking in the rain brings back memories from dear Elephant Road, where I would walk in the rain in our alley with my friends, Abeer and Salahuddin mainly. Sometimes all the kids would come down and play cricket and basketball. Those were happy days indeed.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Net Disruptions - When Will This End?

For the last six days or so I'm happing some real trouble with my internet connection. I'm currently using Grameen Phone's internet, which so far has been very satisfactory. I called GP to know about what was going on, and they said that they have been informed by BTTB that there has been some disruption in the undersea fiber optic cable in Singapore, which is the reason for the current hampering of the internet connection. BTTB could not inform them about the possible time for the problem to be fixed. Even after six days the connection is no where near normal. This has really made me wonder, that in the current age of our extreme dependence on the internet, how come that the net is so damn vulnerable, that every now and then this hyped up high speed cable gets cut somewhere, and the internet service in several countries are hampered together? Only a few months ago a major disruption occurred in Egypt, and it happened countless times in our country. Shouldn't this service, which we rely on so heavily nowadays, be made more reliable? I'm not a tech expert and I'm sure that the gurus have been thinking about this issue for a long time, but as a general internet user, I guess I'm right to be concerned about the reliability of the internet.