World Backup Day

Yeah!! Its World Backup Day today. Get more details at

I wonder sometimes how they have a day for almost every minor thing we have in our lives and virtual-lives.

Backups are important, do keep backups of production machine, development and any other machine that you will regret loosing of later.

You can either get a backup service from one of the many providers or buy a cheap dedicated (with say ATOM processor) to rsync data there, either way, Do keep backups, you won’t regret it.

There is an interesting discussion going on at LowEndTalk, do read the thread when you have time time.

Microsoft Censors Links in Windows Live Messenger

As reported by

The Pirate Bay is not only the most visited BitTorrent site on the Internet, but arguably the most censored too. Many ISPs have been ordered to block their customers’ access to the website, and recently Microsoft joined in on the action by stopping people sharing its location with others. Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger (MSN) now refuses to pass on links to The Pirate Bay website, claiming they are unsafe.

Imagine that you found this great new band sharing their music on BitTorrent for free.

You’re actually so excited about this find you want to share the experience with friends, so you paste them a link to the official torrent file via Windows Live Messenger.

Although this might sound like a good idea to some, Microsoft appears to disagree. Those who try to paste a Pirate Bay link to their friends through Windows Live Messenger will notice that it never reaches its destination.

Instead, Microsoft alerts the sender that The Pirate Bay is unsafe. Apparently, the company is actively monitoring people’s communications to prevent them from linking to sites they deem to be a threat.

cPanel announces PHP 4 End of Life

cPanel, the leading web hosting control panel for Linux has announced end of life for PHP 4 support within cPanel.

cPanel to End Support for PHP 4


cPanel announces that EasyApache will no longer support PHP 4 beginning May, 2012.


PHP 4 has not been actively developed, or supported by the PHP developers, for several years. Many CVEs reported against newer versions of PHP are also applicable in version 4, but remain unaddressed by the PHP developers.


EasyApache will soon warn administrators that PHP 4 has reached End of Life when PHP 4 is selected. As early as EasyApache 3.12, PHP 4 will be removed from EasyApache. For an indeterminate period PHP 4 will be available as a Custom Option Module on This Custom Option Module is provided as a convenience for those who may need a longer period of time to transition away from PHP 4.


All administrators and users using WHM/cPanel and still stuck at using PHP4 for their depreciated and outdated code must plan to make the switch to PHP 5

Dust Storm in Lahore

Today, its really hard to breath in Lahore because I see the second dust storm in my life span in Lahore. Its not as bad as in Karachi but still, its hard to breath.

Last year on 25th May, 2011, there was also a Sand storm (and since I saw/felt it for the first time) it was a difficult experience

Dust storm in Lahore

Dust storm in Lahore