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A networker's delight

ONE of the major problems with technology documentation is that the writers appear to sing oodles of praise over applications which don’t quite work out their way. From time to time you will be plagued with lines of code that look okay in print but refuse to compile, books that promise to make you a master in a particular field or application but won’t chalk out its limitations, and the most important areas apparently getting such less notice in volumes that you wonder whether the authors actually knew what the thing was intended for. The situation gets particularly critical for specialized fields where you are forced to buy multiple titles and download tons of web pages to gather information that queerly remains unbound in a single dependable edition.Sufi Faruq Ibne Abubakar’s ‘ISP Setup Manual’ aims to particularly address the issue. A well-known local tech guru, his book is subtitled ‘(A) Step by step guide for ISP and corporate network’, and easily qualifies as a first-hand guide …

Regional Microsoft boss stresses copyright issues

Chris Atkinson, president, South-East Asia region, Microsoft Asia Pacific, repeatedly urged strict implementation of the Intellectual Property Law in the country in order to expect increased activity and investment from the world’s reigning software corporation.Acknowledging the delay in efforts to localise computing good-humouredly, he said: ‘Everywhere I went (in Bangladesh) everyone was talking about why Microsoft has been so late to come to Bangladesh. All I can say is, well, better late than never.’In an exclusive interview with New Age following the launching ceremony of the Bangla Language Interface Pack (LIP) for the upcoming Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 suite, he revealed that a version of Microsoft’s flagship Operating System software geared at first-time Bangladeshi computer users would be released as soon as in a few months’ time.Dubbed the ‘Windows Vista Starter Edition’, the OS will have the Bangla LIP pre-installed and is expected to dominate the count…

Have a byte!

‘STOP!’ my mom bellowed. ‘Don’t you dare bite on that sandwich anymore. Don’t you even watch TV?’ Comfortably couched in front of my monitor, I stare back at her feigning innocence, wondering whether to gulp down the remains of the local food joint specialty behind her back or wait a little longer. But alas, she chooses to keep guard. ‘Haven’t you read all those reports in the newspapers? Do you really work for a newspaper in the first place? Can you even read?’ And in that kind of context, I just had to do what any journalist with an assignment would. Yep, you got it right: I figured out the most comfortable means of collecting information, yawned, and logged on to the Internet.So what’s really happening online? I did a little searching on all the major search engines, and the food adulteration issue in Bangladesh came in the top 10 search entries every time. Suddenly, everybody from Mama (of Mama Haleem fame) to Chacha (who cooks up Hajir Biryani - how could you?) to Bombay (not Mu…

Google gems

I'll never forget the day I first went online. It was on a Friday morning, and I decided to start off my browsing with something I was familiar with, so I hopped off to the CNN website. A couple of minutes of click-on-every-link-you-see later, I stumbled on a website that seemed anxious to ship me a Ford truck that I had supposedly just won at an online lottery. Half an hour of sluggish and unfairly expensive dial-up time later, I discovered that I needed a credit card. Ah, childhood memories.Of course, special offers and prizes are still out there. But imagine finding the perfect deal only to forget the website address… If perchance such mishap befalls you, just enter the name or keywords relevant to the website you wish to look up in Google's search field, and instead of clicking on Search or hitting Enter/Return, click on the I'm Feeling Lucky button. The site that Google deems the best match for your keywords will now start loading, and it’s usually the page you’re lo…