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    Lahore: Home of First Ever Computer Virus

    By Aamir Attaa · Mar 11, 2011

    Just in case if you don’t know, First ever PC computer virus, named as Brain, was written by two Pakistani bothers, Amjad Farooq Alvi and Basit Farooq Alvi, who are currently running an ISP, IPTV, Telephony and various other services under the name of Brain Telecommunication Limited.

    Birthplace of this harmless virus is exactly where Brain’s office is today, and interestingly, both the brothers mentioned their address in virus code that they had written:

    Welcome to the Dungeon
    (c) 1986 Basit & Amjad (pvt) Ltd.
    BRAIN COMPUTER SERVICES
    730 NIZAM BLOCK ALLAMA IQBAL TOWN
    LAHORE-PAKISTAN PHONE :430791,443248,280530.
    Beware of this VIRUS….
    Contact us for vaccination………… $#@%$@!!

    At 25th anniversary of computer viruses, Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, visited Pakistan to look for the home of 25 years old BRAIN virus, which turned out to be the root of multi billion anti-virus software industry.

    This virus was not destructive in nature, in fact, it was created to test the replication attributes of DOS. Brain was capable of copying itself to every disk that was inserted in Brain-hit computer. The only effect of BRAIN virus was that it used to change the disk label (the “name” of the disk). The volume label used to change to read: “©Brain”

    Following is the video that Mikko released on the lookout of Brain and its owners.



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    Punjab to Distribute 100,000 Free Laptops

    By Aamir Attaa · Dec 12, 2011


    Punjab Government has planned to distribute 100,000 laptops amongst the top achievers in MS (Hons.), MA, MSC, LLB programmes, said an advertisement published in today’s papers.


    All those students who achieved more than 60 percent marks in last annual examination or scored more than 70 percent in their last semester are eligible for the offer.

    In addition, all registered students for MS, LLM, Ph.d and M.Phil will also get a free laptop.

    Top 100 position holders from all Punjab boards in their matriculation examinations are going to get free laptops too.

    Eligibility Criteria


    One hundred thousand Laptops will be provided to following categories of youth in Punjab:

    • All students of 4 years BS Degree Programme who have secured
      • 60% or above marks (in the previous year) in case of annual examination system OR
      • 70% or above marks (in the previous semester) in case of semester system

    • All post graduate students (Part I & II) of 2 year Masters Degree Programme, who have secured
      • 60% or above marks (in the previous year) in case of annual examination system OR
      • 70% or above marks (in the previous semester) in case of semester system

    • All currently enrolled students/scholars of MS, LLM, M.Phil and Ph.D
    • The top 100 students of each Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education of Punjab

    In case of 1st year students, the data for the last examination in which the student appeared, shall be considered.

    Check if your name is in the list or not:


    To see if your name was selected in the list or not, click on this link: http://www.youth.punjab.gov.pk/selectedstudents.aspx

    Note


    • If you think you are eligible and have not been selected or have any other grievances, kindly contact the respective Principal of the College / Registrar of the University / Secretary of the Board
    • If you have not provided us your CNIC/B Form no., please immediately provide us the same through Principal of College / Registrar of University / Secretary of the Board, to become eligible for registration

    In any case, if you are not listed there or you have any concerns then you must get to your board/university registrar to resolve the dispute.

    Listed students can get themselves registered by clicking the this link before December 31st, 2011.

    On a side note, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif has advertised his Twitter and Facebook IDs on the same advert, which I believe is somewhat unethical. He’s using public ad to promote his personal channels. I won’t complain if he wants to advertise these channels through his own ads, paid from his own pocket.



 

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