April 18th, 2009

National Bloggers Conference 2009 Karachi - Pakistan

Just went back home from the bloggers conference which was held in this city for the first time. Not sure about the enthusiasm of the host who made a point that this is the first bloggers conference in South Asia? But overall the effort made was worth appreciating and keeping in view the current atmosphere in the country , it needs to be appreciated.

Overall the bloggers who made their presentation were very well versed and their hard work was evident from their presentation and arguments which were very professionally made and most importantly they were to the point. The only big disapointment was the pro-mqm host who act stupid most of the time and i was barely able to understand what he was buzzing all the time. The lady host was great however!

As per our Pakistani culture the conference started late that is after more then one hour. The chief guest was IT minister of Sindh who seemed more enthusiastic in presenting the laptop gift to young girl then the overall conference. The girl was deserving though as she had made a mark by completing several courses at only 11 years of age, but again i was unable to link that aspect with the blogging conference.

Anyway, Mr. Cowasjee was there as well, he woke up late and forgot to change his night suit and shorts. The man was there to make a point, not sure what that was though :)

Mr. Farooq Sattar , the chief guest arrived at around 6:30pm, mind you the conference time was 4:00pm

Coming back to the conference, the topics were widely  organized with categories of speaker who covered topics such as introduction to blogging, free speech and technology blog. Similarly the photo blog covered by Mr. Raja Islam was the most entertaining part of the conference which gave the hall some time to cheer and he got his share of applause for his work.

Similarly the comments made by PASHA chief were more personal then engaging. But again some points made were very positive.

The Urdu blog presentation by the last speaker was not allowed to have his share of time, he got the same treatment our national language got in this country, he was the last one to come in, made good points in his brief presentation, however much more was expected to be heard from him but the poor man had to cut back his time as Mr. Sattar was in a hurry....

This is a short commentary but i again feel that this is the right step in the right direction, if you eliminate some politics which was discussed by some politicians in the conference, i believe overall this was a great effort!

How to Run Two DSL internet connections simultaneously

We had our dsl services from Maxcom for which we were paying Rupees 7500 for a dedicated 1mb line. So i thought about purchasing another dsl connection on second phone line as i was not completely satisfied with the speed i was getting, so i bought a linkdotnet dsl line for our company after getting assurance that they have improved their quality ( see my last post about linkdotnet to get the earlier story ). After all the cost was 1400 rupess only for 2mb shared connection , but the speed i got was double that of maxcom, so far so good.

But keeping in view my previous experience was linkdotnet i though about degrading my maxcom connection and thought of using it as well by making dual connections instead of one so i can have some redundancy as well.

So i started doing some research and finally from AUnet got a linksys cisco 4 port vpn router with dual wan connection and VPN capabilities through which you can either share a dual internet connection via load balancing or make your second dsl line as backup line so in case one of them is down the router will shift the load to second connection. Please note that with this solution your overall bandwidth will increase but this will not increase your connection speed. As a result i was able to download a file last time at around 320kb/s by paying Rs.3500 combine for two shared connections then getting a download speed of 100k/s earlier by paying a hefty some of Rs.7500, so a saving of more then half with more then double bandwidth along with redundancy benefit of having two ISP's. This is ideal solution for small companies like mine . This solution involve only one time cost but you can cover that cost within few months.

I will also make a more detailed blog entry by explaining how to set this up, because its a bit tricky if you don't know how to configure your connections and router. I will also add some pictures as soon as i get some time.