Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The new government is too busy with the elections for the parliament of 2009, we the people are still waiting in"hope" for a better future. Cost of living in Male' is going high, rich seem to get richer while the youth still don't have much hopes for a better tomorrow. The struggle for power seem to be endless, while NOTHING practically is being improved. "Time" maybe the keyword, but with that I guess a lot of us are loosing confidence in our leaders and "the system" we all thought would change our lives. News don't seem to be good in the media, while the world is heading for the "great depression II", I guess we already have a clue on what holds for 2009. However 2009 is a critical year for Maldives, as it will be the year when we get to lay down a new foundation for the political change that we accomplished in 2008. The political choices that will be made in 2009 will reflect into the future. Our future.
I don't know if Dr. Majeed will approve of me saying "Happy New Year 2009 to everyone", or if he will order TAM to block a few more sites soon. Like the blogs and maybe "Google". Well you again never know. This guy seem to be crazy and radical enough to do it.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I have been told the project is about $7.7 million. MMA is going to invest on the infrastructure and run this operation. I assume that is the case. In my point of view this should be the responsibility of the Banks and the Mobile Network Operators. Now we maybe replicating the same infrastructures that is already existing on the both sides. I feel it's a waste of money for MMA to do this and going beyond what they really should be doing.
Maybe MMA has a good justification for this, but at this point I don't understand. Maybe someone would want to enlighten me on this.
"As part of the project, CGAP will offer a parallel funding of $1.5 million to establish a regulatory framework for mobile banking." - tmcnet
Read more on the Maldives Interoperable Payments System (MIPS)
The project has good objective, however I don't fully agree with the deployment method where MMA controls the infrastructures for this. MMA should be the regulator not the implementer or the investor.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Firstly we don't have the basic infrastructure or the applications to cater to these kiosks (or maybe MS Share Point is what they call e-government) . We need to first look into the basics before we start to roll out services like these kiosks. NCIT does not have a proper plan for the e-government and the studies on which they are basing these projects are out dated and costly.
The politicians and the current government lacks the interest or the know how to make sound judgements on these kinds of projects. They seriously need to reconsider these type of projects and open them up for comments and re evaluation. The so called "Big IT Projects" are common in Maldives and never produce the results. We spend (WASTE is the word) money on these kinds of projects and never achieve anything productive.
We always bring down a few consultants who have worked in some African countries and copy some ideas from maybe Singapore and base our projects on them. Most of these projects are never practical. I feel the present leadership in NCIT needs to be changed and we need to think more broadly into this e-government projects.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Gasim seems to be demanding for his share and Zaki said they (Gasim and Jumhooree party) did not make the full payment as per agreement.
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Saturday, December 20, 2008
DRP who was practically the previous ruling party is almost unheard of now. I think I do understand why too. I guess the answer is Law number 42 of "The 48 Laws of Power", book by Robert Greene
Law 42 Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter
The shepherd was ex president Maumoon. Now the sheep's are no where to be seen. This was very much expected too, as DRP was revolving around him only.
I still think it's too early to make a sound judgment of the new government. Having said that, at the same time I am not very happy with how things are moving too. We all have different expectations and demands. I know all will not be entertained too. I do understand that, but I feel things like the present housing crisis we have in Male' is a must to be addressed. We need to know about the plans and when we would have an affordable life. The promised "އަތް ފޯރާފަތް" stuff. Other issues like Ministry of Islamic affairs trying to take basic rights away from us in the name of religion concerns me.
The way I see it still the election is not over. I feel MDP and others concentration is totally on the up coming parliamentary elections. I thought we got over the issue of what kind of governance, we the people decided on a presidential system. I don't think many people get this or have come to accept this including the present government.
What ever it is I feel there is a strong need for a good opposition. This needs to come now, before it's too late. If there are responsible political leaders they need to act now not when the 5 year term is about to end. At the same time the opposition needs to be serious and responsible too, not just talking about useless stuff and fighting against meaningless things.
'Will Kutti Nasheed take over DRP or form another party?' This is one question that is often asked at coffee tables but never 'will Maumoon come back'. I think I am happy with that, I for one don't want to see Maumoon back. I need to see a New Maldives with fresh ideas and fresh blood in politics. I don't even like the idea of people like Zaki in the present government. They can be as advisers but I feel they had their chance and blew it.
Maybe some may see an opposition to be damaging to the present government, I see it the other way. A good opposition is who will save this government from making major mistakes and will act as a watch dog. That's very logical and I don't think need to be explained.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Please consider the following actions to be submitted to the Parliament of the Maldives and to be brought to immediate action.
1. Block all Internet use.
If anyone want to browse they have to submit a form indicating the URL and the reason to visit the web site. After this (form) is submitted with a MRf 500 Revenue stamp this will be evaluated within 60 days.
After the approval (if approved) (s)he will be granted access to that specified URL (strictly only that URL ONLY! again ONLY).
No direct emails from outside the country without screening of the emails from the Ministry. No web mail will be granted access. Mail usage should be pre approved by the Ministry too.
All other protocols to be block! only HTTP via firewall/proxy will be allowed. This will be monitored 24/7. Access only will be granted to approved URL's.
Anyone found not following this policy will be shot dead! Before that he will be taken off his rights for being a citizen of Maldives.
... These are some of my initial recommendations. Further to this I also propose the following which need to be more detailed.
2. Block all Cable TV access. Only Arabic speaking and Ministry approved Channels will be allowed. Please note that for the approval Arabic channels is a MUST!
3. Hold all passports of all Maldivians. People needing to travel should state where they are traveling and the purpose of travel. A faith test needs to be conducted before they depart / approved for traveling. The score needs to be above 98%. On return they will again have to take a test and if results are below 98% they will be shot dead.
Thank you and I fully support your ideas and remain loyal to you and your party.
يرجى النظر في الإجراءات التالية لتقديمه إلى البرلمان للوجزر المالديف والتي ستعرض على اتخاذ إجراءات فورية.
1. منع كل استعمال الإنترنت.
وإذا كان أي شخص يريد تصفح لديهم لتقديم شكل يدل على عنوان الموقع وسبب لزيارة موقع على شبكة الإنترنت. بعد هذا (شكل) ويقدم مع MRf 500 الإيرادات الطوابع وسيتم تقييم هذا في غضون 60 يوما.
بعد الموافقة على (إذا وافقت) (ق) انه سيكون من الوصول إلى أن العنوان المحدد (بدقة إلا أن العنوان فقط! مرة أخرى فقط).
لا رسائل البريد الإلكتروني مباشرة من خارج البلاد من دون فحص رسائل البريد الإلكتروني من وزارة. لا البريد الإلكتروني وسيتم منح الوصول. وينبغي استخدام البريد قبل وافقت عليه وزارة للغاية.
جميع بروتوكولات أخرى لعرقلة! HTTP فقط عن طريق الجدار الناري / بالوكالة لن يسمح. هذا وسيتم رصد 24 / 7. وصول فقط سيكون لمنح الموافقة على عنوان 's.
العثور على أي شخص ليس بعد هذه السياسة سيكون بالرصاص! قبل انه سيتم اتخاذ قبالة حقوقه لكونه مواطن من جزر المالديف.
هذه هي بعض التوصيات الأولية بلدي. وبالإضافة إلى ذلك أقترح أيضا التالية التي ينبغي أن تكون أكثر تفصيلا.
2. عرقلة وصول جميع المحطات التلفزيونية. فقط تكلم العربية وافقت وزارة القنوات سوف يسمح. يرجى ملاحظة أن للموافقة على القنوات العربية أمر لا بد منه!
3. عقد جميع جوازات السفر للجميع الملديفيين. الناس يحتاجون إلى السفر إلى حيث ينبغي أن الدولة هي السفر والغرض من السفر. وهناك نية لاختبار احتياجات تجرى قبل سفرهن / وافقت لسفره. النتيجة تحتاج إلى فوق 98 ٪. على العودة مرة أخرى أنها سوف تتخذ لاختبار النتائج وإذا كان أقل من 98 ٪ أنها ستكون بالرصاص.
شكرا لكم وأؤيد تأييدا كاملا أفكاركم وتبقى موالية لديك ولدى الطرف.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Linux is no longer an alien OS in Maldives. It's run on many of the major companies in Maldives as application servers, DB servers, web servers and network servers (relating networking operations like firewalls, etc). While Windows is still dominant at most office environments that may change too. Examples like Resorts / Hotels might be moving to Linux too. There is many advantages to it, which I don't need to state here. The government is still reluctant to move to Linux, one major reason being lack of expertise and fear factors. I am certain that this will change soon too, once fresh blood comes in to places like NCIT.
On the desktop slowly people have started to use Linux as well. Application like Open Office can be credited for the adaptations. While the adaptation of Linux is slow Mac OS have gained a big popularity. While we still have some people who still run Windows on Mac's many use Mac OS X as the primary OS on their Mac's. I think more people are switching to Mac's these days.
While we still have those people who want to try each and every application designed for Windows in the world, who always have the excuse of CorelDRAW not running on other OS's (latest versions), etc. I guess a lot of us are looking into alternatives and sticking with them. Like we now know the sun will still rise without Maumoon, we know we can do without Windows too.
The application development methods have changed too. Mostly today we are moving to web based appliactions. Most of these applications are build on open standards and do not restrict to certain web browsers too. This is also a factor which has contributed to the change. Not everyone is a graphics designer, music composer or a gamer. For those people it's easy to switch on the desktop level. I still agree if you are a gamer Windows is the best choice.
People do often select alternatives not the defaults. One good example is firefox. If anyone has access to web server logs, or alike do look into the version of browses who hit your web space. I guess 90% and more is firefox. Which really proves a point.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
.... I mean why not?
It's funny them instructing to block certain web site(s); cos they are in Dhivehi. Do they think we can only read Dhivehi?. What about all the web sites in English?.
Anyway I think it's plan stupid to think that today in Dec 2008 people can be stopped from access to information. For me blocking web sites is just stupid. I think Islamic extremism is more a threat then fearing Maldivians will convert to Christianity (just by reading a web site written in Dhivehi). Maybe the people who made those decisions can only read Dhivehi?. If anyone wants to convert I don't think the choice will be just only based on a stupid web site. Come on. Is this is kind of thinking we voted for?
The next funny part is the people whom we expect to raise this (the so called politicans) won't talk about these things in public. Reason being they fear to be labled as pro christian. It's not about religion here; it's about basic human rights and standing up against plan stupid things in this political areana.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Among the disadvantages we face today include that some technology providers simply refuse to come into Maldives. I have had cases where the legal department of such companies has raised concerns over lack of adequate Intellectual Property, copyright and patent protection laws in the Maldives.
Here we are talking about the financial problems we face today. We can't provide proper housing and other development due to the lack of funds, etc. We fully depend our economy on tourism and fishing. There is no thoughts on other means like technology. Look at India, they export technology and generate high revenues which we all know. Today some of the leading companies in the world are technology companies, like Microsoft, Oracle, Google and so many others. This is enough to conclude that investing on technology has major returns financially. I am in no way saying here in Maldives we can create another Google. I've seen and worked with companies in Sri Lanka who are exporting technology, and I always ask myself why not we?. Why is that our investors don't see such things or our governments encourage this. We don't need oil wells, or other natural resources to generate revenues. All it takes is dedicated and creative people, and investing on these people with a broader vision for the future. The starting point is the education system. Today it's a shame. Our parents are happy to know they teach computers in the school. What do they know? Teaching kids to use MS Paint and MS Word is not the type of education that we should be looking at. What are all the knowing and great minds of our nation thinking. Someone needs to kick them in the ass and tell them they are f**king us up?.
To start off; I feel it's important to make the people realize that software has a value, it's just like any other goods that you buy from any other shop. People should respect that and stop being thieves. That realization helps the people to understand and accept the importance of this industry. It can't be achieved by a few "keyna bahlha" like me or just one person. We have such potential kids in this nation, who really could make things a lot better for the future of this small country. People just need to help these kids and provide them with opportunities. They need to be managed and marketed. Most of all they need to be trusted and valued.
Monday, December 01, 2008
I am also against any voting (electronic voting) system which does not have a paper trail. Meaning if anything goes wrong, or any disputes come up; there should be a paper trail to verify the votes. Just only depending on an electronic vote is not good enough at this stage, especially when that is done over the Internet.
Also there was indication about users having a user id and a password. If so would the commission hold any records on who I voted for?. In other words will those id's be linked to the votes they caste in anyway like stored in a database, etc. If so such a system cannot be accepted.
Lastly, any such system should be fully open source. The full source code of such a system should be published to the public. This is to make the system fully transparent.
Before even considering all of the above, we need to verify that the identity information of the Maldivians are accurate and have no flows. I have seen many repeated records of same individual during the last round. This is totally not acceptable, no excuses to this. If the elections commission so much looking to automate and have an e-voting system, they should move step by step. Trying to take the people for a rise using technology as a means is not the right way. Just cos most people are not aware of technology, using it for such sensitive tasks is purely taking advantage of them. That's my view. Now views may differ.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I want to get back to working in Male' and involve myself with some personal projects. Working in Hulhumale' for almost 4 years never been easy. Staying away from Male' puts you in a lot of disadvantage. I've managed to live with them and have got used to it too but I think I sacrifice a lot of things as well. Got some few projects lined up and I think it's time to take them up.
I think I need to start planing to get things sorted in a month or two. Kinda feeling all excited and geared up.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Best thing for someone like me would be to get focus back to my work and contribute where I can. If I face any difficulties in my field or area of interest raise it. The government involvements in some key areas of my interest is essential and I plan to seek to fix them to the best of my abilities. A lot of help an attention is needed, but so is for a lot of areas. This is the challenge. First to get attention, then to get them involved. We also might need to create some pressure/focus groups who agrees on certain common things before anything. My view is that the involvement of individuals from the private sectors is really important. One good example is the IT areas, I believe and it's proven that the government lacks enough expertise and experience in these areas. Contributions from the experience of the private sectors will definitely make a difference. Until today this was never done. As a result we saw that the very basic things like our national registration data was in a big mess. We would have easily automated the whole process of voting, etc. My fear is if the incoming government would ignore these factors and would only try to bring in consultants from outside the country. This is something I support, however I feel local involvements along with these consultants will only be the key to success of such projects.
In the political arena as I posted previously the tables have turned. I guess we should leave DRP and the other opposition to criticize/joke, write songs, make web sites, etc. Let them focus on individuals and us on a system. I think only a few of them will really want to contribute (hope that changes). But that is good, we really need an opposition to have a proper democracy, they are as important as the ruling party. Our focus should be on improving things and to reach to that common dream we have. We have the advantage of the bitter experiences from the past and the willingness to improve and help.
Though the change is here we must not forget what we stood up for. We should never try to be like "them". We should always stand up against things like cronyism, nepotism this leads to corruption and division. The "aneh Dhivehi raaje" is not here yet, even though a lot of us say "Welcome to aneh Dhivehi raaje". My view is it is still a dream that we need to work for and archive.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It's time we individuals started to contribute where we can. It's time to move on from just criticizing to acting. Things don't change in a day or two, or even months. It will take us years to clean up and rebuild. If we expect that responsibility only to be taken up by a few individuals this is never gonna happen. As a nation we have to take that responsibility and each and every individual needs to understand this.
I feel the role of a responsible opposition party will play an major role. However that opposition party has to have good intentions, rather then just claiming power. It has to work for the people not a "few" individual interests. Presently some of us back different parties due to family ties or other reasons; it's never about the "people". This is the kind of thinking that we need to erase but it's never really going to get eliminated totally. We need to understand those facts too as we move on.
I wish the new government all the best and would like to remind them that things just got started. I am sure they understand this more then anyone of us. Personally like many people I hope we get a solution to the current housing issues. I feel this is one of the key factors. The previous government failed badly on us on this issue. Today some of us slave all day and the hard earned money is totally spend on accommodation while the others still have to share with the families. I don't think the previous government really cared for this; or maybe they took advantage of this point to earn money. Which ever way it was today I expect a "Change" to this. If not again we have to hit the streets shouting "Golhaaboa". I promise this will happen, at the same time I do not expect the solution to come to us overnight too.
To conclude for those who still think Anni "does not have the presidential looks or manners" I suggest that they also move the focus on his promises rather then his looks and what he eats and drinks. If still you feel how he looks like is an issue to you; you need help. Seriously I mean it, here we are struggling to survive: feed our kids and find shelter and there you are talking about some guys looks. Kind of odd don't you think?.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
1. A 30 years old Dictatorship
2. A Change
I'd go with the last option. It's in no way a vote given to Anni. It's a vote given for "Change" and saying "NO" to the injustice and corruption. In my view if I vote for Maumoon I would be endorsing the brutal 30 years and the corruption that has happened over the 30 years. If I say yes to him, I would be ripping off the future of so many of us, and part of those who have lost it. Those friends of mine who have lost their lives, those who have suffered in jail and by the injustice of the present system. I would not do that, and I hope none of us would.
Voting for Maumoon, or not standing up against him means that you approve of him. Approve of all the wrong and sufferings that we have gone through. Approve of the present situation that we live in. It cannot get any more logical than that. I don't see it any other way. I've seen tears in peoples eyes, I've seen people suffer, I've heard of the sorrowful tales of torture. I've seen how a others live, and have an idea where we could have been.
This fight will go on. It won't stop today or tomorrow. Vote for Change!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
It's hard to change some people; like the "woman in the houses". I tried to understand them and the conclusion I came to was very simple. They know, but they don't want to admit. They don't want to admit that someone played with their lives for years an years. Worst of all destroyed the future of their children. End of the day who is to be blamed?, it's them. they who voted for him. It's hard to admit that they destroyed their own future. They simply cannot take this fact and are in denial. So I guess I won't even try, it will only give them more pain in their old age. It's not an easy guilt to carry around. Rather they'd watch "Kasotee" and the alike. Go with that flow and live in that box. A few will only give up and face the reality. It's sad but that's the truth.
The other type of "others" are who don't have much of a choice. They have lived off the system, and are living off the system. All they have; the power, the fame and the security is provided by the system. By "the one"; they don't have a choice. They have to back him up. It's a choice between loose it all or stand-up for what is right. Not many will choose the last option. It's easy to find an excuse to justify our stand and support the system. We all love our family, and won't want to see a future where they are taken to trial, etc. We must accept this too. It's a few of us, but they too are our friends and people we know, we should not alienate them or judge them. Maybe they too wish for the good of us; and understand what we are crying for. However if they have to choose; it's not an easy choice as well. At times it takes a lot of balls to accept or reject. Some of us did, some of us won't.
I don't want to debate on nifty details on the choices we have. It's very clear to me; I need a change and I had had enough. I don't see a bright future with the existing system that we have and I want to give the opposition a chance for hope. I fully support the idea of change. Why the change?. The answer is simple; I am not happy with the present system and have lost faith in the leadership. I believe we could do better, I believe we need fresh way of thinking. It's not about religion, or power to me. It's about a better life and more secure future. Maybe for different people they may see it in different ways. Today I don't know my future, what will happen to me when I get old. I don't know if I will be capable to take care of my parents when they grow old and are sick in bed. For me my choice is clear; I'd invest on a cyanide tablet and save it for future. When I grow old and loose hope, just pop the pill. That's the kind of future I see today here in "This Maldives"; "Mi raahjeyga".
They say this is the "sunny side of life", I say this is the "funny side of life". It is funny, and I mean it. We boast about GDP, and the development and yet we struggle so hard everyday. Our people don't have any hope; we just live for today. After we save 15,000 MRf, we invest on an iPhone and rest of the month don't even fill our patrol tanks. We have developed a culture where we simply don't care for our future. Why? Maybe simply because we don't have any "hope". Look around you; ask your friends and family. It is really depressing but we try to ignore that over a coffe' and a few smoke. Think about it. We have so much problems at homes, at work everywhere. Most we just choose to ignore.
Some may challenge our intelligence and try to label us as fools, but we are just standing up for what we believe is right. Not what our parents and others influence us to. Maybe they want us to be the zombies and just clap to their speeches. This won't happen anymore those days are over, no matter who wins this election. They may still have the power to play with our lives, but we won't go down easily. The same mistake that our parents and uncles did we won't make today.
Maybe again; this is just my view and I may not be aware of the "real good life" that our system has got to offer. The new heights that we can climb on to, but as of today "I just wonder". On 28th I'd act. I'd again vote for hope; cos I won't give up on that hope that things will someday improve for the better.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
30 years back our parents and grand parents fell for a few points. Same points are raised today with different names and faces.
It does not matter who you vote for; as long as you know the choice you make is the right one. At the same time be responsible. Maybe the vote you give is for your relative, friend or neighbor. Or maybe your father-in-laws friend. Are these the reasons we should base our votes on?. I feel it should be for the right reason and cause, for the country not for our own benefit or good . It's not the "presidential" looks that we should be looking for, or a list of promises. It's time to base our votes on "trust" factor, to someone whom you know will fix things and you can depends on. For me this is important; I don't want someone who will wake up one day and would tell us "from today we are communists". Anyone can come on the stage and can run power point slides and make promises. Coming up with figures and documents is no big deal; we all can do that. "Talks" we had, had enough of. Is that what still we should be looking for?.
As for me I will not vote for anyone whom I feel I can't trust. They have to prove it to us with time, and history does matter here. If you say what was in the past is in the past; I openly say to those people go vote for Mr. Maumoon. He is the best choice if you are looking for experience and looks, etc. Why even consider anyone else; if that's what you are looking for. If you don't feel that way; then you should take a look at the list of the candidates and decide. Maybe in time we will trust some of the candidates, but now for me I simply can't trust most of the people on the list. Not at this stage, not unless they really prove beyond just words. I am sorry, but that's how it works for me.
Dr. Hassan is someone I've known from his time in Malaysia, so is Jameel. I never liked Dr. Shaheed and I never knew him personally. However is associations with the existing governments gave me real bad impression of him. I know from a few friends his parts in the web sites like factmaldives.com and others alike. I am not sure I true they are, but we all know he was one of the key figures of the system they oppose so strongly now. For me to trust them will take time. I hope they understand this. Maybe some of his supports; that includes many of my friends have forgotten those days or just don't know. Maybe they are good people and forgiven or justified those doings. That's ok; I respect them. I feel Dr. Hassan has got good plans and have some good people backing him. For me not this time, maybe next time (if he decided to stay in Maldives and survive the nation) I will vote for him.
For me it comes down to Anni and Ibra. I trust these two people. They have always said the same thing and worked for the same objective. If I vote for Anni; I will be voting for MDP; for the movement for the cause. If I vote for Ibra I will be voting for a good character; who says the right thing and has a vision and a proven track record. So my vote will go for one of them.
As for Maumoon; the simple reason why I won't vote for him very simple. He was the president for 30 years and yet I feel we the people suffer. I don't need to talk about the rest of the people, I just have to look at my own self. I have a decent job and a family. However I cannot afford to rent a two room apartment in Male', or save for the future of my kids or my retirement. Cost of living is rocket high, whole of youth is gone into hard drugs, level of education in the country is so bad, not much opportunities for youth here and basically there is no real life for us. We just live, work , drink coffee , ride a bike and die. I need a better life; or at least I wish for a better one. Maybe Maumoon is capable and will give us that day, but I guess he had his time. Asking for more is not fair in my point of view. Plus I belive "LOGICALLY" in a democratic system individuals are not given more then 2 terms of service. There is a reason why this law is implemented ; there is a logic behind this. Maybe the smart law makers and the well educated people of our country do not feel so, but I do. I feel why this is implemented in many countries is for a reason, and we totally ignored that "logic". Maybe by the book he can stand up as a candidate; which is right. Maybe.. but my logic does not say thats following democratic ways. Anyway nothing we can do about it, no one was good enough to come and fight for that point or bring it up. So let it be.. bottom line is I won't vote for Maumoon cos I wish to give others a chance and hope for a better future. He have contributed where he can; so lets thank him and say bye too. Some of my friends will vote for him; I respect them too and I understand the reasons as well.
Gasim; I don't think he really cares for the people the way he claims. I will not trust a business men to be our leader. That's as simple as that. That once again I say for the Laura. I don't know any of my friends who will vote for Gasim and I would not even understand why..
The results; I don't know. Maybe Maumoon and Anni will lead this things. One of them will win it too. Lets hope for the best.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
No matter how clean you would want to make it; it simply won't. The reality is politics is dirty and money is part of it. Who wins at the end of the day is totally a different story.
Should we stand up against this? if so against who?. The buyer or the seller?. There is no way to stop this. There can be many methods involved, direct money is one of them. Asking for returns on what people did for others is another (by financial means and others), etc.
There is nothing wrong with it; logically you are selling your votes anyway. To whom ever you feel will give you the best deal. Maybe someone who would give you and your kids a better future, security, etc. As a candidate you need to "buy"/win the trust of the people. Maybe this is the right approach but how many Maldivians will consider those factors?. I am not sure, I have no answer.
Only thing I know is that the biggest benefit out of such a democratic system goes to the business community. To narrow it down; to the Maldivian business companies and individuals who are backing the candidates. Some may want to strongly come out and justify this; but I don't care. My view is simple. We don't have many candidates out there who can "fix" even 20% of the wrong and suffering here. Everyone (most) have some "hope(s)" alone.
I too like many, would also have to conclude with the common and general statement which is "Insha Allah, Insha Allah"...
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Today officially the website which have played a major role in the "Change" process is also changed. Maybe it's not a change for some; for others it is. I don't know where to place my view. I would say it does not matter. Sappe' always was close to Mr. Gasim and it's no surprise to me. For people who are against the idea; I would say why are you so disappointed?. Anyway today some people refuse to believe that Internet played a major role in this reform process but I strongly stand against that statement. I like to believe that all this started off from the Internet. Sappe' of DO had his contribution too. That needs to be acknowledged. His choice is his freedom, we should respect that regardless of our own belief and views. Maybe I never fully agreed with the method of name calling and all the cartoons but guess that did work for the people of Maldives. There was some entertainment, jokes, news, etc. I know a few people who only went on the Internet just to read DO. Many other web sites followed DO to counter attack DO, which proved that DO did have an impact. Anyway I guess we are almost at the end of that stage of media. Things have evolved a bit, more blogs are up. People expressing the individual views, etc. I guess this is a better direction then with anonymous names.
Sappe' has officially published a press release endorsing Gasim Ibrahim.
Another movement has started off in the name of New Dhivehi Observer. (the yellow color bar at the top says to me it's backed by MDP supporters)
Now it's more like the kids have grown and the business is split.
However I like to believe that popularity of these kind of web sites will fade in a few months and new media will take over. Introduction of new TV, Radio and Newspapers have certainly started to change things. I guess it's time to thank the people on all sides (gov and opposition) for the time, entertainment and wish them luck. Though this is not the end of political news on the Internet I guess the days of DO and alike are over. Thank you.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Maybe the Apple iPhone still lacks a lot of "normal mobile phone" features but that did not stop the iPhone. The user interface is one of the plus points of the iPhone, with the new iPhone 3G it's one of the best hand held internet devices. These are somethings that the Android would need to be good at. I guess the biggest advantage for the Android based phones is the openness. The Android software stack is expected to provide handset makers and wireless operators an open platform they can use to develop innovative applications. One other factor will be the looks. Presently the iPhone has just one look, however the Android based phones are expected to have different looks from different vendors.
I personally don't feel that Google will be able to hype the Android platform has much as Apple did with the iPhones. The Android based phones will take time to be accepted in the market and it will speak for itself.
The way I see it end of the day, it's more a competition to the Windows mobiles then the iPhones. So lets see ...
Friday, September 19, 2008
Like many others I think experience is not the keyword here. It's good judgment. What good is experience if you can't make the right choices. Let me be very basic and simple here, lets go way back a few years when the the roads of Male' where being constructed. First they (whoever they/he is) use cement and coral , then that did not work, then the bricks, now back to the tar. So we finally decided that for the new developments like Hulhumale', the tar roads are the best. They (whoever they/he is) finally learned from experience. Good very good. But my question here is did we not have those tar roads in Gan, did we not know of them?. Did we have to waste so much money to come to this point, waste so much resources and time and in the process destroy our environment too?. Was this the right choice? or the right judgment? This is a simple example. (anyway the argument here is not about roads..)
I don't need to debate on this, it's a stupid argument. Furthermore we also don't need someone who takes 30 years to learn and understand us. That's half of one mans life time. That's too long a time to give for a leader for leadership training. We already done that, and the results are obviously not good. We need fresh blood, fresh ideas. We had enough bad experience to know what is right and what is wrong. The experience which these people talk about each and everyone of us had our shares in it for the past 30 years. It's not just "that one man" who got the experience, we the people had the better share of that experience. So "old farts in their late 40's and above" don't talk to us about the experience factor. You guys brought this down on us, and from you we have got enough experience. For 30 years you guys have failed us with your votes and support, now we need a change. We don't need a change from you, we need to change you.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Finland (355.54 kbps)
France (480.51 kbps)
Great Britain (1072.3 kbps)
Hong Kong (653.97 kbps)
Italy (723.71 kbps)
India (343.25 kbps)
Spain (612.02 kbps)
United States (795.77 kbps)
I tested here in Male' and got the following result..
According to which our current speed is at 704 kbps. Which is in comparison very good.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Everyone heard the candidates; it's up to us to judge now. It's our own freedom and right to choose. As for me, two of them are already out of my vote. The pick is still not easy. I would short list Ibra, Hassan and Anni. Umar had good policies, however I am not very sure about this and if he can execute. I saw Hassan showed good qualities tonight and proved he can talk and lead. Ibra was strong, as for Anni he was being too poetic and could have done better. I did notice that Anni did not bring himself to display him as the president; but more the image he tried to show was if the MDP candidate got to lead kind of an image. He was very much representing the party; rather them himself. Which I think was good and I appreciated that. Lately people were accusing him of being power hungry, but in his talks he displays that he only represents MDP and working for MDP. I don't know if many will appreciate that.
Gasim was nothing close to anyone. I think if ranked he would win the 6th place but then again his words does not matter to people who have decided to vote for him.
Hassan tried to prove the allegations against him regarding Islam was wrong, by reciting from the holy Quran and quoting from Mohamed (PBH). I guess that worked.
Maumoon tried to bring the point not to point and talk about the last 30 years and think ahead. At the same time he talked about 30 years before stuff. Maumoon's point was when he took office Maldives did not have a proper education, health system, etc. Which will work with some stupid Maldivians. I guess my view on it is, 30 years back what was the population, what was the income we get. Then see what we were provided with. If he was referring to president Nasir, I guess he does not have much to say in that regard. Nasir; laid the foundation for today's economical developments like the airport, tourism, etc. I guess back then Maumoon was not very much in favour of Tourism, but takes credit for the tourism we have today. What we really need to think about is compared to what we get today what benefits did the general population get?. It's nothing close to where we should have been, and where we could be. True there are developments. With time that would have come anyway; but then again the real question should be is this the best we could have had?.
Anyway I guess it was very obvious that difference we saw tonight between Gasim, Maumoon and the rest of the guys. We need to get rid of these old guys and bring new blood and fresh thinking into this nation. If I have a say I would look for Anni and Hassan to team up, this would make them both strong. It's not about who can be the president; it's about 'us' the people and the 'change' we need. They need to stop fighting and set aside the differences and team up. I don't think Ibra would agree for such an alliance, but if he would that would make more sense too. Between the three of them if two of them team up that would sure change things a lot. Now is the time to fight for the people, for a better Maldives, it's not about who gets the title. They need to understand that.
The best part of the Q & A was the 'Bridge' by Maumoon. That was shocking. I did not really get pissed by that same old trick; but more it was really entertaining. We already have one Bridge between Villigili and Male', tonight I enjoyed the 2nd one. The view was excellent when I was in sea house having a coffee'.
Monday, September 01, 2008
He was interrupted by the lieutenant who came in to report the terrorist fleet; which does not hold much meaning to Darth Vader. His mission now is to conquer the Death Star, not to worry about the rebels and the low men...... The Jedi's are no longer a threat; Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi no longer fight as one.
"Your service will be remembered, and rewarded," spoke Darth Vader . The Lieutenant bowed his head and walks out. As Lord Vader continued his lunch with leek soup and toss salad. He usually takes his meals alone in his chambers, as he enjoyed the view.
Past reference from my previous post from May 2007..
Friday, August 29, 2008
For those of you who did not check it out. This is inspiring and makes you wonder why we don't have people like Obama in nation(s) like ours.
Some of the key things which we should also think about from his speech (for me) are..
Tonight, I say to the American people, to Democrats and Republicans and Independents across this great land - enough! This moment - this election - is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look like the last eight. On November 4th, we must stand up and say: "Eight is enough."For me I'd change the numbers and names and apply for my vote in my country.
Those are the kind of words I long to hear from my leaders. However unfortunately I know we don't have such kind of people (or rather leaders). Sad but true.
For over two decades, he's subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy - give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is - you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps - even if you don't have boots. You're on your own.
Well it's time for them to own their failure. It's time for us to change America.
You see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country.
We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma. We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was President - when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of down $2,000 like it has under George Bush.
We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a new business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off to look after a sick kid without losing her job - an economy that honors the dignity of work.
To conclude I'd like to note this one which was in his speech that, "the change we need doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.". Interpret it which ever way you want; for me it's very simple. "Change" means "CHANGE", total change of ideas and faces.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I wonder how much money will be dumped to buy votes this time. Some will switch sides to please the bosses, some will switch sides in hope that they will get some benefit by standing by a group, etc. This is a nice show to watch. 'Change' is the keyword today. Change for what? better or worse; I have no clue nor does many.
One thing I will be sure is no matter whom I vote for nothing much will change for the good. At least not in the next 10 years. I think we are in for a major crisis. It's already bad and it's not improving. They say 30 years back there was no electricity, 30 years back few people were educated. I say 30 years back their hair was not gray or white too. Some things are bound to happen; does not mean some people can take all the credit for those things. Furthermore it's not a favour that they have done on us; it's a must. It's the responsibility and job of the leadership. Who ever it maybe. The question should be how well that job was carried out? next question will be how well it will be maintained/sustained and improved?. Today we are at a point where there is so much social issues, like basic health care and housing issues, etc. How well were they addressed. Could we have done a better job; was this the best we could have had? These should be the questions that should be asked. Next question will be; will it get worse in the future. Will the so called "Change" that we seek make things better?. I sure hope so, but I want to know before I decide my vote. I want to see a clear roadmap, I don't want to gamble. If not I won't vote. I don't want to vote based on face or name. No matter who he/they are.
The sad thing I know is; even if I have those idea's it does not matter. Votes will be sold and bought. The people who will be willing to spend the most stand the higest chance. It's sad, but thats how it will be. I hope there will be a few who will at least think before they will vote. It's not a choice you make for your ownself. It's a choice you make for the future of a lot of people. We have to be responsible when this choice is made.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I guess I should thank those people for that. The whole generation of people who are in their 40's /50's and 60's who made this happen. I won't blame one individual for all the bad things which is here and all the good things which could have happened to this nation. The responsibility should be taken collectively by the whole generation of 'bodu kaafu' people. Thank you once again. Good night.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Other method include social networks limited within the operators. These are limited to the operator you are using and the methods vary. Maybe over SMS/MMS, WAP or simply via Java based applications, etc. It's been exciting to watch such communities grow and watching people adopt these technologies in Maldives.
Monday, July 28, 2008
This election is different in many ways compaired to the rest; in a sense that the internet has played a major role in influensing hot tops. www.digg.com is no excuse. For the rest of us I guess it's important too. As 'who wins' does matter and will influense our lives too. Maybe this is one reason why the topic is hot and so many follow these news.
Talking of election our own local election is due soon too. It's not so compatitive as I assumed it would be which is/was a bit of a disappointment. My only request to who ever wins is "don't f*ck us up"! It's short but that's all I have to say on the topic.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
The World Bank has approved a US$7.7 million credit to Government of Maldives designed to improve access to financial services by allowing users to access any bank account using their mobile phone.I sometimes wonder if this is worth it. However I am sure people who know better have approved these funding and project has started off.
My personal view is when it comes to mobile banking , I see two parts in it
1. Mobile Network Operator(s)
Those are the ingredients needed. The investment can be made by the two (MNO and the Bank) on agreeable terms and it can be easily implemented. Bringing in a middle party does not serve a practical purpose (looking at present trends).
BML has successfully launched internet banking and present mobile operators have other infrastructures (or invest a bit on it) which easily should be able to implement a mobile banking platform. Its true maybe trying to involve ALL the banks needs a regulator or a clearing house; but question is how practical is it. We don't pay using SBI , BOC and Habeeb Bank Cards, etc to Point of Sales terminals at shops and other EFT points. However we are dreaming of getting that done with mobiles, its good (in a way). Maybe its being fair (on all Banks) but is the US$7.7 million justifiable?. Maybe it is, or I am missing somethings here. However this is my view on it. I still feel it would be more practical if BML and the local mobile operators got along to implement mobile banking / mobile commerce.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
At a time when the dot com boom has ended and still many companies seek to become the next youtube and google; the focus is slowly changing. For every internet connection in the world; there is ten or more mobile phones. Obviously there are more mobile users and we are already starting to realize this and trying to bring the same technology on the web to the mobile. Mobile 2.0 is more then accessing internet with broadband speeds and better browsers. For me mobile 2.0 is much more then that.
Furthermore at a time when operators are looking into more ways of increasing the ARPU and mobile value added service providers are coming up with more services there is an increasing competition in this arena. Obviously the charges on basic voice is dropping and might even become totally free; the focus is on data. with the introduction of services like HSDPA access to high speed data will soon become a reality to a lot people world wide.
Past year or so I have been very much involved in mobile VAS arena, and I have met a lot of service providers and from what I can tell; there is going to be a lot of new exciting things which is on the way. Soon we are about to experience a convergence and offering multimedia specialties on the mobile in a way which we never would have thought of. The introduction of devices such as apple iPhones is strong indication to the road ahead.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
I never expected this, but my guess is the iPhone hype did not end.. it just started. As I blog I am listening to the live audio feed of WWDC.
Seems Apple iPhone just become the next best thing. So far I did not want to own one. But now I do. Its come a long way "Starting with enterprise. Exchange support out of the box -- push email / contacts / calendars, auto-discovery, global address book, remote wipe."; thats just a few I guess... "Core Services includes everything from a complete database layer to core location, for easily building location-based functionality into applications. Also a very fast implementation of OpenGL." .. those are few comments from live bloggers.
Seems Apple is providing with a damn good STK for developers of iPhone, enabling or facilitating easy and great application development platform. This will result in loads of cools app's. Which will really matter with such a cool device like iPhone.
So guys I say the iPhone mania just started.
1) 3G network support 2) Enterprise support 3) Third party application support 4) More countries (joking about unlocked iPhones in countries not officially supported) 5) More affordable 6) GPS
Now now the best part...
Started at $599 for an 8GB iPhone, now $399. The iPhone 3G 8GB will sell for... $199.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Well; what the hack. The script we see today is not original anyway. It was a form of script which has been adopted by us to become more 'Abaric' like. I don't know for what reason. Thaana as we all know came after Gabulhi Thaana and before that we had Dhives Akuru. Dhives Akuru looked something very close to Sinhala or Indic letters. Or maybe the origins were Tamil.
Anyway Thaana was another one of the moves; where we the Maldivians wanted to become more holy and related to Arabia. Well, that's just my view. So I wonder if the transformation is complete now?.
The missing links are being forgotten and no one dares to find out or take alternative thinking. Scared to become outcasts of this society maybe. The truth about who we are and where we come from is lost like the letter 'Naviyani'.
Ok, Soadhube (ސޯދުބެ) now you can shoot me! :)
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Some of us are already on it; and if you are not... its highly recommended to check it out and join in. Its a simple concept and its amazing and addictive.
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send "updates" (or "tweets"; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via the Twitter website, short message service (SMS), instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific or Facebook. - from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
Saturday, May 03, 2008
The story goes like this; One fine morning a guy wakes up and finds himself enlightened by the light of God; and he follows his brothers in Islam and grows his beard. Then his dress code changes to some Pakistani "Kuruthaa" kind of style, when asked why his answer is simple and straightforward. "Mohamed (PBOH) use to dress this way"; for me that becomes news and information, and I question my Islam teachers from School, cos all these years I was told that Mohamed (PBOH) was born and raised in Arabia NOT Pakistan; as far as I know the Arab dress code was not some odd "Kuruthaa". Anyway that's not a major issue; I can't comment on peoples fashion plus they have the freedom to choose the dress codes. However the whole thing gives /creates some interesting questions for me.
Then he moves on to the next stage; disconnects from his friends and chooses to be with his brothers in Islam and considers the rest of the people "Musriks". Amazing again. Slowly he learns the real meaning of life and decides to go on Gods way. Now this is the most amazing part, whats the choice; "To go JIHAAD in the name of God", simply what this means is to go kill in the name of God. I don't know from where or who creates these ideas. When there is so much suffering in the world; instead of going and helping the poor and sick; this guy chooses to go "kill in the name of god". That was his first choice; he leaves the helping part to his fellow Christian enemies (let them make the red cross, etc and go help the poor and the suffering; why should he do that. He is a worrier; his destiny is to go kill and be killed?). Amazing I say. I am sure the poor guy is missing a lot of chapters. His religion started and ended in only the "Badr" war. Maybe he did not look before that event or after.
I simply do not believe religion should be chosen due to the "fear factor" for god. Rather it should be the other way around. You can flood me with thousands of Arabic verses against my theory; but I'd stick to what I feel is logical.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Even right now the technology is their but now the difference is that Adobe has opened up the technology and will stop charging for the license for using the player on mobiles; this will result in more mobiles with built in flash players. This should be a good news to content providers and media companies alike.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Apple did a good job with leopard, even the M$ Vista was very much influenced by it; no matter how much M$ tries to deny that. Thats on the desktop end. As for the servers, *nix and others are rapidly gaining over this market too. Most of the very high end markets are still dominated by *nix like the HP Superdome servers. This is one area where M$ has been struggling and will continue to loose.
The case with desktops is changing as well, where better and stable OS's have come into play. Most importantly at a time when corporate and enterprise applications are moving to web based solutions, dependency on a specific OS for desktop is slowly fading away. Adding to that with the recent developments into the desktops on *nix based OS's like Linux has given it a good exposure and acceptance into the home users as well. With benefits like having a more secure, stable and customizable platform.
With applications contributions by the open source community, no longer one is limited to one OS anymore. There is FREE applications today that can cater to almost all areas. In the recent 2 years or so the acceptance of OS's like the Mac OS X and Linux has had a good uptake even in Maldives and I assume will continue to do so more. I like to believe this is a new start of an end of one dominant OS ruling over our desktops and the future is good. Still a lot of people don't understand what FREE software means , it does not mean its only FREE but it means FREEDOM too. Furthermore I guess this same concept is started to spread all around the world, and slowly we might see a huge decline of Windows users in a near future. This is very possible.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Mutt could have done the same that Jeff did. No big deal, but why not? That you have to figure out.
So my understanding is the poor Mutt is left to be hated and Jeff to be loved. There is a lot of advantages to this, if one would give it deep thoughts.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Now don't get me wrong, this whole process of trying to get things going and keeping myself busy I have come to a funny point. A point where I am visualizing myself to really take a break, its not being overloaded or that I am not happy. Its about just simply taking a break. So I made a list of things I can do
1. Music, maybe try and learn how to play piano
2. Cooking; yeah I love that, but been long since I've really cooked anything
3. Meditation , never ever tried this but so many of my friends have suggested I should try.
4. Dancing - Wow now i would really like to imagine me doing that. Jeez!
5. Art - Paint a wall or something; well anyone can do it ey?
6. Travel ; I have been planning that for long.
7. Reading , guess i do that often even now, but no books. I need to start with a book and finish it.
8. Redoing this blog. hmmm, maybe not
9. Volunteering; for what? maybe I'd think more on it.
I am not sure if any of the above is possible, but making a list is no harm.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Just plug-in your USB Broadband modem and you are online, anywhere. No question about this, this is the future. Some of the operators provide speeds ranging from 3.6 Mbps, 7.2 Mbps to 14.4 Mbps on these terminals.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Already facebook provides a WAP portal; but just browsing facebook via WAP might not give the full mobile user experience. Example; what if you can sign up and identify yourself via your mobile number instead of your email address, send a MMS and change your profile picture, or even change your status via a SMS and even poke directly to the mobile.
One of the advantages of facebook is its open API's. You can build applications using the the facebook developer platforms, so developers can take advantage of these functions. There is a lot of possibilities using these advantages. We all know the number of applications that stormed us during the last few months on facebook, very creative stuff indeed. Imagine if you can bring it all to the mobile as well. Then you don't need to go to your computer every time to interact with these applications, etc.
Already there are applications you can install on your handset and do some of the above, but not everyone likes installing additional applications on the handsets. The best approach I feel will be good old SMS,MMS and WAP with some kind of connectivity with the local MNO's. That sure will make a difference on the user experience.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
...джазовых ритмов и страниц и страниц текста с линиями и ящики из концепций. слишком много дайджест и развертывания. Как нет ничего, и пользоваться потом работает под нагрузкой. это не идеальный способ жить, и убить время, однако жизнь дает мало выбора. когда вы вниз ниже 6 футов, вы знаете, достижение этого не возможно. да уверен, кто-то будет делать это рано или поздно, но затем вновь сделать этот выбор, что вы будете уверены, что человек делает разницу.