Thursday, January 4, 2007

Literacy In 4 countries:


definition: age 15 and over can read and write

World
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total population: 82%
male: 87%
female: 77%

Iran
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total population: 79.4%
male: 85.6%
female: 73%

India
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total population: 59.5%
male: 70.2%
female: 48.3%

UK
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total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99%

US
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total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99%

**over two-thirds of the world's 785 million illiterate adults are found in only eight countries (India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Egypt); of all the illiterate adults in the world, two-thirds are women; extremely low literacy rates are concentrated in three regions, South and West Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Arab states, where around one-third of the men and half of all women are illiterate

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Linux? Windows?

Ah, I know this isn't a new topic to talk about but I want to tell you guys about my own experience.

I've had my PC since 1994 and I've had all operating systems that you could imagine, except MAC. I've had all Microsoft operating systems since that time.
DOS 6.2
DOS 6.22
Windows 3.1
Windows 3.11
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows ME
Windows XP
Linux Fedora Core 3
(I've seen Linux Ubuntu in my friend's computer)

What I'm gonna say is that I tried to like Linux, I learned its commands and functions and everything. But when it came to practical use, Linux disappointingly failed.

After facing so many errors in installation and fixing them, I was able to run Linux in my computer. But first thing which annoyed me was that Linux doesn't support ".exe" format which is not a big issue, i could fix it with a program called Wine. And again in multimedia, I couldn't open a single song or video. It not my problem. Its my friends problem too.

The biggest problem is the hardware support. I had to change my graphics card to see Linux screen, If you have observed, Windows asks you a question after the installation of windows is finished, It will ask, If you are able to see the screen and will let you choose, Yes or No. In case you don't see the question, Windows will automatically switch to its standard graphics card mode and will let you configure your graphics card settings.

I faced this problem when i was trying to install Ubuntu Linux on my computer. I couldn't see anything but a blank screen. For this, i had to go to command mode and configure my graphics card and install its driver my self. But there was no support for my graphics adapter for Linux!
I had to go to my friend's place and run Ubuntu there. After running it, we faced the same problems i used to have with Fedora Core.

So people, please put your hands in your pockets and buy a non-free operating system like "OS X" or "Windows" for a few hundred dollars. You won't regret it. Besides, you will support the developers to make your life easier with better applications.

I don't hate Linux, but why i should write with my left hand when I'm more comfortable with my right hand? Hun? Think About it. Don't listen to people and never support anything blindly.

And let me tell you something. Linux is not more secure than Windows just because its not as handy as Windows. When Hackers want to hack into your system, they can hack into Linux easier because:
1) There is no good support for Linux Anti virus programs
2) Its an open source operating system which everyone have access to its codes

Have fun

lessons learned

I'm sending a new post after a long time i guess.
Well there are things which should be kept as secret for public until everything is finished.
This journey is getting closer to its end and I'm gonna start a new one, well i learned a lot of things here. A new thing which i came to know it a few days ego and confirmed it with my friends speeches is that may be we don't know people around us. People are not as they show themselves to us. There is so much of complexity in human nature which I'm realizing. Sometimes trust is a must, and sometimes the opposite.

I learned to take life easier than it looks like. It will become easier if you want to. Its just a matter of your will. I used to doubt everything and everyone. But if thats the case, you can't carry on with your life. Take everything easy and what is supposed to happen will happen. This isn't against the believe that "We can make our lives as we want". What you want is what it is meant for you. Got my point? I mean, plan everything, but don't be strict to your plan. It may not always work because we can not predict anything.

OK, Thats enough of lecturing. Read it and send your comments