Busy doing Science, no Engineering


Copied from (and edited a little) Penultimate Author, Abstruce Goose

*being busy these days, but feel-like living a free day and at night, just before falling asleep all the sorrows and pending work comes haunting… but I ain’t not scared of any ghosts… :)

BTW, wrote a paper regarding an AVR based board with USB (V.USB to be precise) and a bootloader which makes it work without a programmer – also, Arduino compatible, detailes later, refining these days.

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Presented the paper at a Student Research Paper Competition in COMNET’13 at Usman Institute of Technology, my friends also submitted their’s and WE WON, me winning the 1st Prize and my friends were the runner ups..

With Friends at COMNET'13 UIT - yes WE WON
With Friends at COMNET’13 UIT – yes WE WON

Brazil of 1950 and Pakistan 2013 – Close Enough

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! post-imageI am reading “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character” [Google Books] a book/collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Richard Feynman – found the book at the same market from where I found the Newness Electrical Engineering book.

I bought the book as I have heard quite a few lectures of Mr. Feynman on youtube and wanted to know a bit more about him, found the book by sheer chance so I bought it for Rs. 20. Some of the pages that I read today seem to perfectly describe the status of education system in Pakistan – the part is in which Mr. Feynman talks about his visit of Brazil in 1950 when he stayed there for about 10 months teaching Physics to University students. His remarks would be same if he visits Pakistan today, so when reading the below text replace Brazil with Pakistan and it will feel like our home country.

It is a long read, about 8 pages so read on if you have time now or read later or not, see it from a teacher’s perspective and see how we as students are doing and check if the same habits are found within us or not. I don’t know how Brazil is these days, but we are 63 years in future now…!

pg-191 - Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
pg-191 – Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!


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pg-192 – Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!


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pg-193 – Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!


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pg-195 – Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!


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pg-197 – Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!


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pg-198 – Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!


If you have survived so far and read all of the above, I would love to hear your remarks about it.

P.S. I do NOT own the rights to this book and do not claim this to be my work – for any legal matters.

Newnes – Practical Electrical Engineering – Antique Book

 calderhall-plant-layoutFound a book in Sunday Bazaar, seemed interesting at the moment so bought it, for Rs. 20 (Approx. 0.2USD).

Am not an Electrical Engineer nor a student of it [see update below] but some of the charts and datasheets still seem quite relevant so maybe they will be useful for someone, for now I am putting up the images of all the Blue Prints and the Datasheets which came with it, I will probably put on proper names etc so Google can better index those.

Some of the ones that I liked were: Power Factor Measurement, Power Factor Correction, Cable Voltage Drop, Alternating Current Formulae and the colour layout of Calderhall Nuclear Generating Station.

Update: Technically I am an Electrical Engineering student, but as Wikipedia says, Electronics Engineering is a sub-field of Electrical so I am more close with the electronics side of engineering and I like to call myself as Industrial Electronics Engineer (student for now) instead of Electrical.

Here is the complete image album, click on the gear icon at top-right inside the frame to get higher resolution image.


INDEX – Newness Practical Electrical Engineering

Special Feature
Nuclear Power Generation Chart

BP-01 – Installation Testing
BP-02 – Cable Fault Location
BP-03 – Feeder Protection
BP-04 – Transformer Protection
BP-05 – Terminal Markings – Motor and Control Gear
BP-06 – Methods of Reversing Motors
BP-07 – Bus-Bar and Cable Markings
BP-08 – D.C. Motor Starting Circuits
BP-09 – A.C. Motor Starting Circuits
BP-10 – Phase Conversion and Phase Sequence Testing
BP-11 – Flourescent Lamps-Trouble-Tracing and Circuits
BP-12 – Cinema Theatre Television

01 – Alternating Current Formulae (Series Circuits)
02 – Alternating Current Formulae (Parallel and Series-Parallel Circuits)
03 – Alternating Current Formulae (Three Phase)
04 – Full Load Currents of Motors
05 – Fuse and Cable Sizes for Motors
06 – Cable Current Ratings
07 – Cable Voltage Drop
08 – Copper Wire Table
09 – Turns per Inch of Covered Conductors
10 – Weight of Covered Conductors
11 – Copper Resistance Temperature Constants
12 – Mass-Impregnated Non-Draining Cables
13 – Power Factor Measurement
14 – Power Factor Correction
15 – Capacitors for Induction Motor Power Factor Improvement
16 – Flourescent Lamp Illumination
17 – Lighting Circuits (Looped)
18 – Lighting Circuits (Joint Box)
19 – Water Heating
20 – Resistance Welding Machines
21 – Electric Master Clock Time System
22 – Typical 50-kVA, 3-Phase, 50-Cycle 11,000V Distribution Transformer
23 – The Booster Transformer
24 – Moving Coil Voltage Regulator

the FEAR of Software

Over the course of years I have used Windows as the primary OS and have moved from Win95 to Win8 now, crossing all the steps along the way, including Win ME, 2000 and Vista. Along my so-called journey of evolution of Windows OS I have never hesitated to use the newer version of a software on the contrary I was always sort of excited to use something new – to learn how to use a new software.

Not only with Windows in particular, the software that I use everyday, I have never had any formal training of sorts and neither should anyone else need to, to get the basic tasks done. Yes; training is needed to become expert on something but just to use a software one should not need training that’s why we have HELP option in most software.

When in doubt, F1

However, when I see people around me, most are reluctant to use any new piece of software, or even updating to a newer version of the software that they already use, the best example being people NOT moving to the new Ribbon-based  Office and still using the older Office XP/2000.

Office 2003 - the CLASSIC office look
Office 2003 – the CLASSIC office look
the NEW Office - never-before-seen RIBBON interface
the NEW Office – never-before-seen RIBBON interface

to all those people I say,

Go ahead, use the NEW software, try it, look around, read the help-tips that come when you hover over something, even try HELP (with F1) or try Google-ing your problem – but do not STOP your work because you haven’t used that software before, there was a time when you hadn’t walked before but you tried and you are walking today.

What’s the worst that could happen by your using of a new software.

what I Walked Away With..? GDGK DevFest Khi

GDGK Karachi

Today 23rd Dec 2012, after the World didn’t end as the Mayan’s had predicted or maybe they were lazy and didn’t wanna make more calender, I attended the Google Developers Group DevFest Karachi. After a rough start in the morning and having some problems at the entrance finally got in and attended the whole thing till 6PM. The event was quite good, though it could have been better, cause what we learn at such events matters more and I learned a lot.

To put the things I walked away from this event in a list  in addition to the t-shirt

  • Make sure to read the entire email for attending an event and fulfil all requirements. I hadn’t got the ID but I was still there in morning to attend the event.
  • Don’t back out from any competition, local or global if you can participate, then participate.
  • Google App Engine is cool, gotta learn some of it… to Python or to Go, that is the question now.
  • They said Do Blog, so here I am blogging about it
  • Android, HTML5 and stuff gotta keep some project alive on these to keep these newly-learned-skills anew.
  • Educate your clients, this is something what I h
    ave been doing for long.. :)
  • Developers make something from nothing, except maybe coffee.
  • If you have got an idea, go with it, even if it fails you will learn how to do the next one better.
  • and more… can’t remember now…

Anyways, THANKS GDGK Team and all the Speakers and Google for such an event, I hope to attend many more similar in 2013.