A dummy's guide to CodeIgniter framework


I just got an idea to start tutorial for CodeIgniter framework in my freetime after my current job. I would start doing that from tonight. I will put it up as a menu item once I am done with the course. Please hold on with me till I get it done.

Walk the talk with Zsuzsanna


I and the walk with talk people
I met Zsuzsanna at ITCN Asia and she invited me to walk the talk. It was an amazing time. I did yoga on the beach with them and loved it.

Whoa! I met Rehan Allahwala and got a job offer from him


I met Rehan Allahwala on Friday October 24, 2014. He is a well known businessman in Karachi. He loves to do new ventures. I told him about myself and he gave me a job offer. I was amazed at it. Me getting so much attention and offers. He also gave me his business card and his mobile number and told me to contact him.
I with Rehan Allahwala

Whoa! I met Monis Rehman, CEO of Naseeb Networks


Whoa! I met Monis Rehman.
I with Monis Rehman
Monis told me that my idea is excellent and I should go for it. Monis mentored me on implementing my new idea.

He is inspiring. For those who don't know who Monis is. Monis is the CEO of RozeePK. Pakistan's largest website to hire people for jobs online. He has been featured by numerous magazines and newspapers including New York Times, CNN, InfoWorld, Red Herring, Infoweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Oakland Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Spider.

UPDATE: More pics

I and Monis 
My yoga teacher Zsuzsanna sharing something with Monis

My analysis of US, UK, India and Pakistan as dot com markets.


Here is my research on thinking of US, UK, India and Pakistan as dot com markets.

Some points about the internet study,
I am using US, UK, India and Pakistan for a reason. I am excluding every other country because my four years of blogging experience tells me that people of these countries get attracted the most to Pakistani content.
My blogs all time page views.
I excluded Philippines, Ukraine, France, China, Poland.
* The people of China use their own sites and it is really difficult to get your website/webapp promoted in China.

IN TERMS OF POPULATION OF PEOPLE:
Lets try to understand the markets of US, UK, India and Pakistan in terms of population of people. Here is a public data analysis that shows how many people are there in these countries.
Population Chart
According to the population chart,
  • India                     1.2521 Billion
  • United States        316.1288 Million
  • Pakistan                182.1426 Million
  • United Kingdom   64.0971 Million

This clears out that India has the highest population among these countries, followed by United States.

IN TERMS OF INTERNET USAGE:
Internet Users
Here is the amount of people that use the internet,

  • United Kingdom   89.84%
  • United States        84.2%
  • India                     15.1%
  • Pakistan                10.9%


In terms of real values, these are the outcomes of the number of internet users in these countries,

  • United States             84.2%   out of  316.1288 Million    =       266180449.6 internet users
  • India                     15.1%   out of  1.2521 Billion              =       189067100.0 internet users
  • United Kingdom   89.84% out of  64.0971 Million          =          57584834.64 internet users
  • Pakistan                10.9%  out of  182.1426 Million          =         19853543.4 internet users

In terms of numbers, United States has the most amount of internet users, followed by India. The issue with doing a dot com startup in United States is that there are already a lot competitors there. Same thing applies to UK. We are still left with India and Pakistan.

The markets of India and Pakistan should grow in the coming years (15.1% of Indians use internet and only 10.9% of Pakistani people use internet). There are very few dot com companies in both of the countries. One of the reason is that a very few amount of people are using internet. The markets can be easily captured since competition is very less.

Happiness is - Getting favorated by Jeff Atwood!


Jeff Atwood Favorited my tweet!
Four years back, I started to contribute on StackOverflow. I was in love with the website. I started to learn programming using this website.

I got to know that Jeff Atwood is the guy behind this website and this network of sites. I started to read his blog. It was a very different kind of a blog. There were no much ads, the design was very very simple and content's quality was amazing. I could not understand whatever he used to write but I used to get a little understanding of what he is writing.

Now after 4 years, I have a blog too. It is not at all as cool as his blog but it seems to grasp the design from Jeff's simple blog. Content is king. He used to write so beautifully that I fall in love with his blog.

Just text and images on the blog looked so beautiful. The blog was full of beautifully written content. The content was of high quality. It seemed as if he had given a lot of time to write the blog posts.

Comparing it to those blog who are here to make money, Jeff's blog stand out from ALL of the other blogs which are on the internet to make money. This blog is excellent. I have never seen anyone writing better blog posts than this person. This indicated the true love and passion for blogging.

Today, Jeff Favorited my tweet on Twitter. Feels good.

The co-founder of Facebook answered my question


A year back, I was playing with Facebook API. I asked this question on a popular social network, Quora.

The answer came from none other than Facebook's co-founder, Dustin Moskovitz. The guy who created Facebook.

The beauty of this answer is, it reminds me of watching the movie, social network.

As Dustin tells us, it took Mark 3 tries to remove the bug.

Dream it - Do it.



Using LinkedIn to play with big data


Lets take an example of the topic NED University of Engineering and Technology.

The University has got 28,720 followers to the topic ( NED University of Engineering and Technology). This means we have 28,720 data points to play with. Who can be these 28,720 followers? Some of them would be teachers, some students but majority of them would be the alumni.

NED University
Now, lets further see the demand. 23,626 people out of 28,720 followers are students and alumni. Where did I got this value from? Here is the link.

The above image shows that out of 23,626 students and alumni, 
15555 live in Pakistan
2,318 live in United States
1,584 live in Canada
1,157 live in U.A.E
1,098 live in Saudi Arabia
722 live in Canada
449 live in United Kingdom
364 live in Australia
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23,247 out of 23,626 students ( I ignored the rest of the results as they were too small.)
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Break out of your comfort zone Part 2