OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

MIT Open Agriculture (OpenAg) is a wonderful execution of an open source initiative for controlled-environment agriculture platform referred to as “Food Computer”. All hardware, software and even data is open sourced so More »

Intel Edison bites the dust – No more in IoT space

Intel Edison bites the dust – No more in IoT space

Has Intel finally thrown in the towel in the IoT space? Earlier this year, Intel announced that it will discontinue their IoT platforms namely, Galileo, Joule, and Edison. We wrote about Edison More »

C.H.I.P. and Pi Zero W – US$10 dollar Computers

C.H.I.P. and Pi Zero W – US$10 dollar Computers

We love the little C.H.I.P. Single-board computer. And it boasts some really powerful specs for only US$9. Yes, only US$9. While Raspberry Pi is not far behind in competition with their own More »

Three Raspberry Pi Powered Creative Learning Kits

Three Raspberry Pi Powered Creative Learning Kits

Raspberry Pi is currently one of the hottest devices to build your own creative IoTs, computers and learning kits. But one of the biggest selling points of these kits is the price. More »

Keybase Communications Software– Open Source Alternative to Slack

Keybase Communications Software– Open Source Alternative to Slack

Keybase is Slack like communications tool for teams. But unlike Slack, Keybase communications software is totally open source and there are no premium charges for advanced features. That is, for now at More »

 

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State of Future Index PK-SOFI Launched in Islamabad

I got a chance to attend the launch of the Pakistan State of the Future Index (PK-SOFI), this weekend in Islamabad. The PK-SOFI Index is a 10-year future index which indicates if the future of the country, relative to other countries in the study, is getting better or worse. And the future seems bright for Pakistan. The PK-SOFI index indicates significant improvement in the future for the people of Pakistan.

The objective, as stated by its founders, “is to create and foster an ecology of foresight perspectives in Pakistan. And enable decision-makers to opt for appropriate policy choices and establish strategic narrative in support”. Quite ambitious, but definitely the right step for an emerging economy of over 200 million population like Pakistan.

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Bakhshali Scroll is the Oldest use of Number Zero

The origin of zero is still a mystery. The Egyptians used it, and so did Babylonians. However, it was never as a numeral rather more like a place holder. Quite recently, a team of Scientists at University of Oxford Bodleian Libraries, carbon dated one of the famous ancient Bakhshali scroll. The dates come out to third and fourth century A.D. making it one of the oldest recorded use of the number zero.

The scroll has been with Bodleian library since 1902. However, it was excavated from field in 1881 in Bakhshali town (current day Pakistan). It has always been recognized as one of the oldest mathematical text with use of zero several times. But it’s exact date  had remained a mystery since its excavation.

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E-rozgaar – Preparing Youth for Gig Economy

Innovative ideas create amazing results. Punjab IT Board’s bold initiative of investing into the future of youth through skill enhancement has brought wonders. A total of 100 students graduated in the first batch this week from Chief Minister’s e-rozgaar programme. Off those a little over 50% were females.

Saad Hamid and I were invited for a “Fireside Chat” during their graduation ceremony. The focus of our chat was “How to Monetize using Open Source”. We not only discussed open source but also shared insights on how to transition from freelancers into becoming successful entrepreneurs. The questions probed by students were really thoughtful and the session was thoroughly enjoyable. I am also part of the steering committee of the programme and therefore I do get a chance to get more deeply involved.

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4 Git Version Control Alternatives

In recent years, Git has become the defacto standard for code management, especially among open source developers. Developed by Linus Trovalds himself, the maker of Linux, it has found a lot of following among Linux kernal developers. Recently BOSS Index ranked it among the top 5 most popular open source projects of 2017. So what other alternatives exist for Git?

Here is a list of some of the Git alternatives that are extremely popular among developers. Incidentally, most of them are open source like Git, except for the one from Microsoft of course.

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Writing Urdu using beautiful Nastaleeq font

Reading and writing in Urdu on Word, Web and even smart phone has become a standard. After all, there are over 200 million Urdu speaking Pakistanis and an additional 50 million worldwide audience that speak and communicate in this language. However, a good nastaleeq font is hard to come by. Even BBC Urdu uses a font that is so hard to read for a native Urdu speaker.

But there are ways around this mess. We can actually read and write in beautiful Nastaleeq font. I would also recommend reading the following post on how to write Urdu text on Web to get the formatting of the page correct for Urdu fonts. Things like right to left rather than the traditional left to right and encoding the text to UTF-8 etc.

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Mozilla launches US$ 2 Million Wireless Innovation Challenge

Partnering with National Science Foundation, Mozilla Foundation has launched an ambitious US$2 million  Wireless Innovation for Network Society, (WINS) Challenge.

There are two broad categories where the US based entities can apply.

  • Off the Grid Internet Challenge: In this challenge disaster hit communities need to be reached with portable and rapidly deployed wireless communication system.
  • Smart Community Networks Challenge: Reach out to those communities that lack proper internet access in the USA. Mozilla and NSF estimate that there are over 39 million people in the US that lack quality internet.
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