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Azadi Mubarak

It has been a long time since I blogged on my page and have been motivated by close friends to start doing it once again never got to it. Eventually a couple of days back I bought my old domain again “Saadrahman.com” which I will resume shortly but in the mean time that it was not activated decided to blog here and start of with a good day such as “14th August”.

So in the morning I got various mixed feelings since my email box was getting filled with all kind of emails such as “why should we celebrate Aug 14 when we have not done anything”….etc. On that I decided to send a couple of friends a text message asking “Why should we celebrate 14th August? What have we done that we should celebrate it … what are your thoughts?”

On this I received some responses which I would like to share (with keeping the authors anonymous):

1. Unfortrunately hum nay aisa kuch nahin kiya but hamaray buzurgoon nay bohat jidojahad kay baad yeh watan hasil kiya hai. We should not take it for granted. Happy Independence Day anyway🙂 Pakistan Zindabad🙂

2. We were freed from practicing 1 religion, we were freed to bomb each other in mosques, we were freed to ruin our economy…all the freedom in the world is what we celebrate on this momentous day

3. Haan hai ka Allah hamaray saath hai. Hum naay apni sari kooshish kee hai kay yaa mulk khatam hoo jaiy but Allah naa iss koo kiam rakha howa hai. So for god sake celebrate this day🙂

4. Regarding your mobile message, thinking that we have not done anything is just an inferiority complex. Pakistan is an open door to do big but of course there is an internal as well as external resistance. Independence day should not be celebrated by wasting money but I would say setting up easier livelihood for people as shown in the attached image would be a better idea than riding a motor bike on one wheel.

Along with us, others are also serving Pakistan like this foreigner http://www.threecupsoftea.com/

 

Following are the links of the Electrical Engineering Departments of the top 20 Universities of the world according to Times Ranking 2009.

MIT
http://www.eecs.mit.edu/

Berkeley
http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/

Stanford
http://ee.stanford.edu/

University of Cambrdige
http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/

CalTech
http://www.ee2.caltech.edu/

University of Tokyo
http://www.eeis.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/english/index.html

Imperial College
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/electricalengineering

University of Toronto
http://www.ece.utoronto.ca/site4.aspx

Carnegie Mellon
http://www.ece.cmu.edu/

ETH Zurich
http://www.ee.ethz.ch/

University of Oxford
http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/research/electrical.html

Georgia Tech
http://www.ece.gatech.edu/

Tsinghua University

NUS Singapore
http://www.ece.nus.edu.sg/

Delft – Netherlands
http://ce.et.tudelft.nl/

Kyoto University
http://www.ee.t.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/

University of British Columbia
http://www.ece.ubc.ca/

University of California
http://www.ee.ucla.edu/

Tokyo Institute of Technology
http://www.u.ee.titech.ac.jp/eng/index.html

McGill University
http://www.mcgill.ca/ece/

Webcast Resources

This one has a lot of links regarding most of the online webcast resources:
http://www.openculture.com/2006/10/free_university-2.html
Some others:
http://webcast.georgetown.edu/
http://www.virginia.edu/uvapodcast/
http://cutv.carleton.ca/cutv-courses

Harry Potter & Harvard

Forwarded to my very old friend Khurram Zaheer, this is quite a speech to listen by the author of Harry Potter at Harvard in 2008.
http://harvardmagazine.com/commencement/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination
The author tries to identify what should be our aim in life other than making a “highly-powered” cv.

In my search for sourcing Electronic components, I have come across the following:
http://www.e-sonic.com/acc/home.aspx
http://www.sayalhobbies.com/
http://www.escience.ca/
http://www3.sympatico.ca/alduncan/ham/parts_stores.htm

Looking for more good ones…..

Free VHDL Compiler

Looking for a free VHDL Compiler. Came across the following links:
http://www.symphonyeda.com/products.htm
http://www.cs.umbc.edu/portal/help/VHDL/

Looking for more reliable and tested links.

Xess.com

Some years ago while I was teaching Digital Logic Design – we bought and used the XSA-50 boards for projects development. Now I am thinking of once again delving in to the same area and this is the best bet for my requirements:
http://www.xess.com/prods/prod039.php
Going on to the following webpage:
https://xess.com/order_proc.php?action=sale

XST-3S1000 XSA-3S1000 FPGA Board + XST-4.0 extender board  $398.00 US
XSUSB XSUSB 1.0 USB interface  $49.00 US
XSTOOLS-CDROM CDROM with XSTOOLS software utilities  $1.00 US
PS0001 Power Supply: 120VAC@60Hz => 9VDC@500mA (North American)  $5.95 US 
PS0004 Power Supply: 100-240VAC@50-60Hz => 5VDC@1000mA (North American)  $7.95 US

But the question is which power supply to choose? The PS0001 or the PS0004 ?

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