Zahid Shahid


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2008
Jun 13

65 Online in MSN

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65 Online in MSN, originally uploaded by Zahid Shahid.

As usual 🙂 I don’t see less than 40 online ever.


2008
Jun 13

Netcraft reported Blockstatus.com as a phishing site

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UPDATE: Netcraft has unblocked blockstatus.com on Mistake Report!! Thank GOD!

I submitted a mistake report few hours ago.. and here is their reply:

Thank you for your mistake report of
http://www.blockstatus.com/msn/delete-checker/index.htm. We have reviewed the
site submitted and agree it has been incorrectly classified. We have now
unblocked the site.

Please allow a short period for this change the propagate to the toolbar.

More information about how we calculate risk ratings, please see
http://toolbar.netcraft.com/help/faq/index.html#calcrating

Regards,

— Tom Robertshaw Netcraft Ltd.

OLD POST:

Netcraft has reported Blockstatus.com to enom as a phishing site.

here is the copy of the email sent to enom:

From: Netcraft Phishing Service [mailto:toolbar@netcraft.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 8:19 AM
To: Legal-BLV; Legal-BLV
Cc: phish-isp-alert@netcraft.com
Subject: Phishing domain registered by enomThe URL below has been confirmed by Netcraft as a phishing
site:

http://www.blockstatus.com/msn/delete-checker/index.htm

We are reporting it to you because there are indications that
the domain in the url is registered by you. Details:

whois server “whois.enom.com”

In response, enom sent me the following email:

Your domain name has been reported as redirecting to a phishing website (see URL below). In order to prevent the possible disabling of your domain name, please take the necessary steps in order have the abusive content disbanded. Failure to comply with this request could result in the placing of a registrar-hold on your domain name, which will block DNS resolution to this domain. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.Regards,

eNom, Inc., a Demand Media company

I don’t what came into their mind before declaring it a phishing site 🙁 I have already contacted eNom about the issue, let see what happens next 🙂

PS: I dont save passwords or any other details at Blockstatus.com, Terms & Conditions are written there clearly, and user accepts it before using the service!


2008
Jun 11

The UPS Story, Pathetic Experience!

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After 1.5 years of great life of Systek UPS, it has denied to accept my computer load, which is only a CPU, 19-inch LCD, Wireless Router and a DSL Modem. It didn’t work even after sending it for service several times it, while Systek guys just deny that there is anything wrong with the unit.

Alright thats fine i also needed to upgrade the UPS and was just about to order 1000VA Saltec UPS, a friend of mine referred Mr.Adnan, Owner of Memon Associates, for an imported and more reliable UPS. Mr.Adnan seemed to be so friendly on phone and everything was looking so perfect that I paid Rs.12000 for 1000VA UPS and got it installed on May 21, 2008. Unluckily it was not a real UPS and started rebooting my system and Wireless Router every time the electricity failed(or power shifted to battery). So I unplugged it within 2 hours of using it and called them to check whats wrong with the unit.

At first they refused to accept that theres anything wrong with the UPS and kept forcing me to accept that my pc has some problem. Later they decided to modify a chip in the UPS and left it on testing(at their office) for 15 days, but it didn’t work for them as well! (did you notice? they refused to admit there fault first, then realized it cant be fixed) so they decided to deliver their Local assembled UPS which was supposed to work fine. All those days were spent with Systek UPS without any problem except the quick shutdown was needed to protect against abnormal shutdowns.

On Friday, June 6th, 2008, their employee came up with a New Local Assembled UPS, installed it, but the problem was still there. I had told them that if i would not get it fixed Saturday evening, i would be asking for a refund and order Saltec UPS. They refused to give any refunds but promised to replace another chip and also promised that if it is not resolved they may consider refund then. Alright, they sent another guy on Saturday who replaced the chip but i had no electricity at home at that time. It was supposed to work perfectly this time, but it didn’t! It just didnt convert the power to MAIN and left it on battery. I called Mr. Adnan agan, a lady picked up the phone and told that Adnan has left for Dubai for 3 days.

On Monday, they picked up the UPS in the morning, and delivered it in the evening after repairing it, but it was still faulty. I called them up again, their guard picked up the phone and said only Mr. Adnan is here at office.. i was shocked!! Guard confirmed it that he hasn’t gone anywhere! He lied! and refused to talk to me on phone! And then I ordered Saltec UPS 🙂 and waiting it to be delivered.

On Tuesday their employee picked up the faulty UPS, and asked me to contact the management for further details. I called them up again and talked to Mr. Salman(Mr. Adnan’s Brother) and he said that Mr. Adnan has just left for some other city for 4 days 🙂 Which was again a lie! While they are refusing refunds, claiming that its not the company’s policy! They are there to provide full support and repair the UPS only. Does it make sense?

I just don’t need their UPS anymore.. why would I pay for the thing that didn’t work for a single hour? They didn’t even provide me any backup for 22 days, they lied and Refused to admit their fault. Why would I care for them? I am still waiting for them to issue a refund! else i have no problem in giving them that UPS back as charity 🙂

To The Readers: If you’re willing to deal with Memon Associates or Mr.Adnan, please think thrice!


2008
Jun 1

Sleepy Cat on my Wall

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Sleepy Cat

i haven’t seen a cat like this before.. she was on my wall till 3:00 PM since the early morning today! she used to wake up after every few minutes… stretche her muscles.. and sleep again 😀


2008
May 31

My MSN Messenger List

2 Comments    [ Posted in Personal ]

I just noticed and captured it 🙂 this is usual, i usually have more people online at night 🙂

53 Online in MSN


2008
May 28

28 May, Youm-e-Takbeer

2 Comments    [ Posted in Pakistan ]

Pakistan became 7th atomic power on May 28th, 1998.

In 1965, our exports were more than Singapore, Indonesia, S.Kore, Hong Kong and Maldives combined. NY Times wrote pakistan’s progress in post WW-II period was only 2nd to US and a great example of nation building.

We can do it again if we stay united and committed to Pakistan!


2008
May 20

Just got my Garmin GPSMap 60CSx

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I bought Garmin GPSMap 60CSx via ebay for $300 + $42 shipping,  got it delivered in less than 5 days from USA to Karachi via Fedex.

But unluckily Customs held it and asked for the NOC and some complicated Procedure.. I had to go Airport thrice in 2 days, and finally got it cleared through an Agent today 🙂 Total expenditure (including “KHANCHA”) incurred Rs.3500, while Custom Duty was only around Rs.300 🙂 The overall experience with customs was pathetic, Its my last time, I will never buy and ship anything via courier!!

Coming back to the unit, So far I’m loving it.. I have yet to read the manual thoroughly and hope to make good use of this toy 🙂


2008
May 4

IntraLASE Done! – No More Glasses

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I had -6(left) and -5.5(right) and it was quite painful and risky to drive in dark..  So I went for IntraLASE yesterday and feeling superb without glasses now 🙂 Though, i cant see everything clearly at this time and according to the doctor it will take few days to recover from blurriness, While I can see the far away things clear at most of the time!


2008
Mar 12

Windows Crashed, Backup Crashed, UPS Fused

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My UPS battery had already stopped wokring properly, On monday morning when I had electricity outage(quite common in Karachi) i hurried to shutdown my pc.. while it was shutting down windows, the battery gone dead! After 3 hours when i finally got the electricity back, turned on my PC and while windows was loading I saw some heavy spark in power extension and current supply stopped!

After replacing wires i finally managed to turn my PC on, but it didn’t let me load the windows, instead it started to reboot after showing windows XP logo. I tried everything, booted from XP CD, repaired it, but nothing worked! I then Bought External SATA-to-USB Kit and attached the hard Drive to my laptop and noticed that im no more able to access C: 🙂 Attached backup drive and it wasn’t working either, at first it showed up as empty but after trying several times i finally could access a month old backup!. Came back to my desktop, Booted with Acronis True Image Bootable CD and I was able to see all files in C: …. Took a deep breath and felt a bit relaxed! Then I created Acronis True Image Backup file from my old Backup HDD for all windows and system files in C:, transferred it to Flash Drive, Restored to my Desktop HDD, Rebooted, and it worked after running some strange scanning processes and fixing some Disk I/O errors for half an hour.

A Bad Day

After all this I at least slept well at around 2:00 AM, Next day early in the morning I got a new battery, attached it and UPS stopped working.. I just can’t explain how i felt! after contacting Systek they sent a repair guy today in the morning who repaired the UPS and its finally working perfectly!! Everything is UP now! 🙂


2008
Mar 4

Internet in Pakistan – Price war is ON

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Recently with the launch of LinkDotNet and their competitive pricing (256kbps @ Rs.1200, 512kbps @ Rs.1800, 1mbps @ Rs.3900), Maxcom reduced their rates as well (but, 1mbps @ Rs.3600).

I had almost made my mind for MaxCom but PTCL gave another shock! (512kbps @ Rs.1200, 1mbps @ Rs.2000, 2mbps @ Rs.5000) with no Bandwidth limit, and 30% discount for Students. On the other hand, LinkDotNet could not resist and reduced their rates as well to compete PTCL 🙂 , offering 2mbps @ Rs.3900 🙂

It is expected that PTCL would come up with new tarrif in next few days 🙂 while I just noticed the increased speed on my 384kbps Worldcall Broadband, for which I’m paying Rs.1800 per month, it looks like they have upgraded it to 512kbps but its not officially confirmed yet!


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