Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The BarCamp rocked!


The first barcamp ever held in Kashmir valley.. And yes it didnt happen in Jammu..

Actually the weather played a bit spoil sport . We were expecting good weather but alas!

After applying the Duckworth-Lewis rule, the following people came..

1. Qazi Mamoon - Editor (TOK) :D me of course
2. Ehsan Quddusi - UI Specialist(Xensoft Labs)
3. Muhammad Inam - Developer (Xensoft Labs)
4. Mir Nazim - Chief Architect (Xensoft Labs)
5. Basim Amin - Developer (BQE)
6. Nadeem Bashir - Chairman (Xensoft Labs)
7. Irfan Mushtaq - CEO (Xensoft Labs)
8. Imran Samoon - Developer (Xensoft Labs)
9. Asma Yasrib - Tech Writer (BQE)
10. Bilal - QA (Xensoft Labs)
11. Mohammad Mustafa Khan - Implementation Officer (Musky Software)
12. Noor Mohammad Beigh - Prog. Manager (The Perfect Future)
13. Sheikh Asima Ashraf - Software Engg (The Perfect Future)
14. Tariq Ahmad Bhat - Centre Mangar (NIIT)
15. Aqif Majid Bukhari - Student (Burnhall)
16. Irshad Ul Islam - Student (IGNOU)
17. Shaila Farooq - Software Engg (The Perfect Future)
18. Muzaffar Ahmad Bhat - Software Engg (The Perfect Future)
19. Peer Javed Iqbal - IT Consultant (IGNOU)
20. Fayaz Ahmad Bhat - COO (Musky Software)
21. Shahnawaz Asif - Team Leader (Musky Software)
22. Ammara - Student (NIIT)
23. Romaisa - Student (NIIT)
24. Razeef - S/W Developer (Xensoft Labs)
25. Younis - Prop. (JK Disc)
26. Mudasir - Developer (American Loan Masters Inc)
27. Shabir Ahmad Gilkan - Marketing & Designing (DZ International)
28. Imran Yousuf - Team Leader (The Perfect Future)

I actually am quite tired to write up everything, so i just copy stuff actually written by Ehsan Bhai... Find hin number 2 on the list...

Here it goes..

This is a time to celebrate & cheer up as we have successfully
organised the first-ever and the maiden event of CampKashIT today. The
camp was organised in the premises of B Ed College, M A Road,
Srinagar, started at 11:30 in the morning and ended at 5:30 in the
As usual, campers with full energies, passion and enthusiasm rocked
the event. The event started with the introduction of CampKashIT in
context of Barcamp and was followed by an open discussion on the IT
scenario in Kashmir. This was followed by another open discussion on
the Career Opportunities in IT in Kashmir. After the discussion we had
In the post lunch session we had some magnificent, hardcore and
creative talks by various campers.
The camp was attended by around 30 people, mostly professionals.

Talk List
1. Introduction to CampKashIT - Mir Nazim (Xensoft Labs)
2. IT Scenario in India - Basim Amin (BQE)
3. IT Career Opportunities in Kashmir - Open Discussion


4. Piracy & Open Source - Qazi Mamoon (TOK)
5. Creative Mind, Presentation by 7th standard boy - Akif
6. Microsoft Commerce Server 2007 - Muzaffar (TPF)
7. Introduction to Drupal - Mir Nazim (Xensoft Labs)
8. Web in next 5 years - Ehsan Quddusi (Xensoft Labs) me :)

Feedback and general discussion for the next camp.

Now the time to celebrate those of you who couldn't attend the camp.
Insha Allah, the next camp will be held in the first or second week of
June this year. . And yes it is a community event, so be sure to help..

And yes... thanks are due to everyone who helped in making this small event a huge success..


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The CampKashIT 08 camp! Three cheers!


You look confused..

Allow me..

Ahmm Ahmm!!

  • Just a handful of Brains
  • A free Sunday
  • Applicant must know where M.A road is..


Its a unique attempt aimed to bring together all the geeks of the valley. And it looks promising, honestly.

I will present there too. After all they need someone to keep the smiles going.

CampKashIT 24 Feb '08

"CampKashIT200802 is proposed to be a camp where we get together and discuss/rant/brain-storm/share opinions about technologies & trends, Mobile Internet, Hacking, Blogging, VLogs, web... everything about the Technology that interests us. As said before, "It's about geekery and having a focal point for great ideas."

Attendees are strongly encouraged to give a demo, a session, or help with one. You can help by taking notes on the wiki, blogging the event, helping to promote the event, or helping with logistics. Remember this is a community event and every body needs to do something."

Heres the link:


See ya, wouldnt wanna be ya..


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Jammu And Kashmir State Board Of School Education Part II

I hate Greater Kashmir. But lately I hate something much more. The JKBOSE.

Heres a true life story rather my own life story.


Not a full life story only some days of it.

The Picture Shows the grand board office at Lal Mandi in winter..

I have passed 12th. Nowadays my life is nothing but just full of tuitions and umbrellas and snow and forms-Forms for admission to various colleges. Rather forms to give their entrance exams. Forms to get out of Kashmir real fast.

The local colleges, however, have started admitting students on provisional grounds. And they want the marks card and the provisional certificate from the respective schools. Yes, now I have to go and get them in this terrible weather. So I called up my friend and together we went to get the marks card from our school: Burn Hall School!

Little did I know about the Board and never believed in the so called things which have been, time and again, said about the board. But it was destined to change and I am writing this as a much enlightened boy.

Now, my marks card: it will tell me about my achievements in different subjects part wise. My marks in practicals and different papers. Entering the school, we were reminded of the good old days. The smell was familiar. And so was the silence. This time it was not for any punishment but we were still heading towards the office. After some Hellos and Good mornings and Thank yous I managed to mumble out my roll number “Eight four zero three zero one”.

The guy there smiled.

“I know”, he replied and started to open some drawers. “Let me see, hmm 8-4-0-3-0-1, Yeah this is it. Qazi Mamoon, here, sign here”

I signed and quickly peeked into that sheet of white paper.

“Qazi Mamoon, yes that is mine.”

I started looking at the marks.

English, I had 121 marks. Grammar had been done well and most of the marks were cut in the prose and poetry section. Quite normal if I was giving the papers.

Looked a bit down and pondered about the marks in chemistry and physics.. Acceptable.

Then came Maths. My favourite subject.

I had 73 out of 75 in maths A, was expecting full but maybe some objectives went wrong somewhere. As my eye wandered ever so slowly into the column where the marks for my maths B paper were written, I knew something was wrong somewhere. 48 marks out of 75. Looked very bad indeed. My mind went over to the day when we were giving the maths B paper. I remembered that I had a mild fever that day. I also figured that my body was suffering from fever not my mind. 27 marks are equal to 6 long type questions being wrongly done. Meanwhile my friend got his marks card and I had a look into his achievements. Expected!

Later at home, after coming from a tuition I sat in front of the TV and started surfing the three channels which our TV can manage to show clearly. (We dont have cable TV. Now that I have passed 12th maybe we will). Pa entered the room and said, “Tse ontha marks card schoole peth”-{did you get the marks card from the school?}

Yes, I did. The marks of the B paper for maths flashed in my mind for the hundredth time that day, “Ake Be Wale heri peth”-{Wait, I'll bring it down}

And the next fifteen minutes were spent upon what had happened to the Mathematics B paper. Pa said to get its photocopy from the board. I agreed.

Next day, making sure that I had enough money and my ID card with me I stepped out of my house. Its was raining slightly and I put my left hand inside my pheran. My mind still in thought of what might have happened to the paper. I boarded a bus and reached Lal Mandi.

At the board, I had to buy a form, get it attested at my school as well. There was also a visit to the bank where I had to empty my wallet a little bit. This fees permitted me to submit the form. They assured that the Photostat will be available within two days. Then after my six days which were his two days, I then had to come back to their office to it back.

I went to the clerk and inquired about my paper. It was available. I took the Photostat neatly wrapped in a envelope and rushed back home. I called my friend over to my home too..

We nearly reached my house at the same time. He started talking about the cricket match which had been washed out due to rain but I was not interested. Who would? We quickly went into my room and opened the envelope. Surprize. Okay no surprize the paper was there.

I had a 12 out of 15 in the objectives. Pretty good. The examiner couldn't have messed up there.

Some pages turn and we had the first question in front of us. Question number five to be more exact because that was the question which I could do in a second. Now the surprises started. The examiner had given it 4 marks out of 5. I wonder why? It is maths. If every step is correct and answer is too it means full marks. But I dont think that the examiner knew about such a rule. My writing was a bit like that boy in “taarey zameen par” because of the fever that day but I dont think that he cut the marks off because of that.

As we turned a few more pages, we clearly knew what had happened. 1 or 2 marks were just not given in may questions. There were two questions totally wrong and he had scribbled a big zero on them. There were some questions having 100% marks. Hello, this is mathematics and if everything is right then that means full marks. Thats fine but the fact that atleast six questions were the victims of his prejudice is still bothering me. After some quick calculations I had already 8 marks more.


48 + 8 = 56

So adding up both the math papers' marks

73 + 56 = 129

That means my grand total would have reached

648 + 8 = 656

that means 87.4 %

that means 2nd in my school.

And now if I have to get those five marks which I deserve I have to empty my wallet by 5oo bucks. Strange isn't it. Had the guy checked my paper properly the board wouldn't be getting rich. The administration wouldn't be getting rich.

And now I think I am quite lucky to pass. The Board could have done anything. Once the title reappear comes no matter if its wrongly put there the society comes to know about it. I am so happy I have passed. I am so happy that I wouldnt have to deal with the JKBOSE again.

The first part of this article can be found out at.


With Good Intentions: