Tech for thought: The geeks have overcome

Despite changing govts and suicide bombings, Pakistan has come a long way when it comes to technology.

Omair Zeeshan February 27, 2011

My phone today is exactly as powerful as the brand new computer I bought 12 years ago.

It is not just processor power; we have come a long way with Internet connectivity as well. The Internet speed I get on my mobile phone today is faster than my dial-up internet speed ten years ago.

Terrorists, militants and fundamentalists have obviously not slowed down the advent of technology in Pakistan.

I can order books online from and pay on delivery. I can buy anything else on and and do the same with nearly anything except groceries.

It may not matter to most people, but my computer games have graphics which look better than Pixar’s 3d movie masterpiece, Toy Story. My Nintendo Wii allows me to play hockey, tennis and do a lot of other embarrassing things right at my home.

We may not have the fancy new 3G internet on our mobile phones. But remembering the good old days when I had to wait an hour to download a tiny mp3 really puts things into perspective.

Also, you might not remember it, but a friend and I were reminiscing about all the Trojans and backdoors that he had used to mess around with people. Lucky for you, these intrusive computing programs that allowed Internet users incredibly easy access to your machine, are no more. This is mainly because Microsoft fixed up the incredibly shoddy security on its earlier operating systems.

Also, it took very little time for the 3D cinema to come to Pakistan. I never really expected it to happen.

Sometimes, things need to be put into perspective. People in Pakistan never really realised that despite everything that has happened, we have more or less kept up with the developing world in terms of their most important technological developments.

Bickering governments, exploding suicide bombers, and 23 years of martial law have come and gone. It did nothing to technology in Pakistan. Trust me, the only good news is tech news.

Omair Zeeshan Corporate Account Manager by day and photographer by night. He can be found on Twitter @OmairZeeshan
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Adeel Ahmad | 11 years ago | Reply I loved the last line: "Trust me, the only good news is tech news"... way to go man... very well said....
Asadullah Ahmad | 11 years ago | Reply
Lucky for you, these intrusive computing programs that allowed Internet users incredibly easy access to your machine, are no more.
I don't know which world are you living in, or what Windows version you are referring to, but even in Vista and 7, there are plenty of unpatched vulnerabilities and zero-day flaws that have not been fixed, and the malware levels are still pretty high. Not to mention that referring to Windows as secure in an article with "geeks" in the title (while not mentioning a word about OSS or Linux) is a disgrace and misrepresentation of us lot, aka the proper geeks.
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