Will We Have VoIP Revolution As Well?

VoIP is comparatively new concept in Pakistan, and thus is hot now a day. Almost everyone is talking about it. The reason for so much attention is nothing, but the advantages it’s bringing. For instance, transmitting more than one telephone call over the same broadband connection to add an extra telephone line, conference calling, call forwarding, automatic redial, and caller ID etc, that’s charged by telecom companies normally, is all within it’s package.

Other than this, the only thing required for VoIP is the internet connection, and you can have video conferencing, even. Since it’s an emerging concept here at our end, so things are not like developing countries, where there are many security issues related to VoIP. There’s a competition as well, you can see some VoIP reviews here. After cellular revolution, I think, we’ll soon be going to have VoIP revolution as well.

The Two Sides Of Growing Technology

The growing technologies are definitely making the world a global village. But at the same time there are areas still as backward as they’ve been some hundred years. Not going too far, but here within our IT sector: we develop latest software to meet the growing demand of the highly industrialized states, but at the same time a huge number of our people don’t have access over basic technical education. While having a discussion with one of an IT specialist we’ve come up with some innovations within technology, whereby industries are going on web and reaching the targeted customers. For instance, let’s take the Semantic Web technology, i.e. I’m looking for Texas apartments, and had an email conversation with a friend regarding this, and that conversation shows me some related search results within it. You might have noticed it using your gmail ids. Well, this is the one end of technology we’re getting benefited from, but the other end along with some other non technical parameters is not letting a common man have his basic needs fulfilled. Or in other way, these are the facilities we’re availing, but the speed with which economies are getting worse for a common man, I don’t see the maximum utilization of all the structural development (claimed) we’re doing. Not a pessimistic thought, but the negativity lies somewhere.

Blogging And Online Backup

It was about one year back when I decided to move this blog of mine to a .com domain, unfortunately being inexperienced at that time I couldn’t complete that project but that taught me many lessons including the importance of Online Backup. In fact the major failure of that project was that I relied on much on hosting company and didn’t have any backup. Hosting company’s site got hacked and I lost all my efforts. I’ve been a bit lucky that I’d all the data in HD, but I’d have left with a “Just Another WordPress Blog” if HD had corrupted.

Well, by that time onward I started being a little careful about my other sites.
Online backup is what you need if you’re in blogging or any other Internet business. The reasons to have online backup are very simple, i.e. you don’t need to hire for this, and your data is stored offsite on a secured data center, which is answerable to you. Further it reduces the probability of theft or misuse of your data.

Though backup is necessary for every site, but specifically talking about blogging I think it’s more than crucial as your blog contains your best write ups, memories and your worthy views, that should always be on a safe place and should be accessible to others, and for such, nothing is worth more than online backup. So being Internet people generally and bloggers specifically keep your views, memories and above all your precious words safe and sound on a reliable remote server and have happy blogging.

Technology Per Kilogram

Some days back I encountered a technical problem and needed to replace my computer’s RAM; being new in the city I didn’t know much about the Computer stores, so just asked one of my students if he knows any good hardware store. What he told me in reply was though not new but very interesting! He told me about a market where I could get about 5 RAMs just for Rs.50 (less than 1USD), but with no guarantee.

Later on verifying form other sources I found that the market does exist. Not only this single market, but also same sort of markets exist in almost all big cities of Pakistan where the computer hardware, electronic and miscellaneous mechanical products are sold per kilogram. At this one of the interviews of Head of IT Ministry, Dr. Atta Ur Rehman (published in Dawn Education some one year back) glimpsed in my mind, and I realize why Mr. Atta said that he’s going to produce 1500 PhDs in one year. Just imagine, you’re getting technology per kilograms, i.e. laptop, Rs.2000/kg, Hard Disk Rs.60/kg. Now, who the hell can stop you being the leader of IT industry!

Well, I’m not well aware of the policy of Dr Saheb, since we’ve not been briefed about it anywhere in the past and there are no such chances in future as well. Mr. Atta alone cannot be blamed for the whole situation as all this works in a system. And that system comprises of economic policies and social action programs along with planning in educational concerns.

Being specific where to the computer related parts, which are, being sold per kilogram is something of utmost importance with reference to Economy, IT Sector, and of course the ultimate effect on society as a whole. Though a large number of people who are living below the poverty line are associated with this business and this is their only living, does it make any sense of planning? Is this the way we’ll create 1500 PhDs a year? Will this practice lead towards any economic and social development?

I personally don’t know the answers of the questions above but too keen to know the facts. Having some understanding of Economic and Educational Planning, I know that if the black markets for all IT products are caught and banned not only a lot of Federal Revenues will increase but the doors for the production of all this stuff will also be possible with in the country.

We’re still not able to make a computer chip of our own! And all this is because of smuggling of products and accessories through neighboring countries. Control over smuggling and the better use of grants in IT sector can lead towards the home manufacturing of hardware reducing the cost of production and hence a real decrease in prices is possible.

Coming to the effect of this alarming situation on Education sector, if prices of technology decrease, the widespread of it is possible, with which masses can be benefited from the technology. Not at a great extent but imagine if it helps a public school to have a single computer, many children can be benefited from it. It can also reduce the cost of Education if planned well, encouraging more and more people to educate their children.

My suggestions can be ignored or rejected by any Ministry mentioned above in the same way as Insha Jee’s educational reforms were. He was asked to develop his own curriculum and syllabus and he ended up with “Urdu Ki Akhri Kitab (The Last Book of Urdu)”. But poor me! I don’t want to write “Technology ki Akhri Kitab (The Last Book of Technology”.