Billboard turns water dispenser


The billboard serves a dual purpose, acting to draw students to the newly established engineering university UTEC.

Bug inspires self-filling bottle
Just outside Lima, Peru, a billboard provides drinking water to whoever needs it – mainly, its neighbours.

The panel produces clean water from the humidity in the air, through filters.

Researchers at the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima and advertising agency Mayo Peru DraftFCB joined forces to launch it.

UTEC says it wanted to put “imagination into action” and show that it is possible to solve people’s problems through engineering and technology.

“A billboard that produces drinking water from air,” says the billboard up high. And it does what it says on the tin: so far, the billboard has produced over 9,000 litres of drinking water – 96 litres a day.

The panel is strategically located in the village of Bujama, an area south of the capital city that is almost a desert, where some people have no access to clean water.

Access to all
Despite tough conditions with little rain, air humidity reaches 98%, says UTEC.

“The panel traps humidity in the air and transforms it into water. It’s that simple,” said Jessica Ruas, a spokesperson from the university.

“There is a lot of water. It is right there in the sea, but it is not suitable for drinking purposes, and costs a lot of money to process it.”

Ruas says the system might become a wider solution for the problem.

The billboard has become something of a local attraction as well as a local resource
“It doesn’t have to come in the shape of a billboard, but ingenuity is key to development”.

Internally, the panel consists of five devices that extract water vapour from the air using a condenser and filters.

Water is stored in tanks at the top of the structure. Once filtered, it flows down a pipe connected to a tap, accessible to everybody.

The internal system costs some US$1,200 (£790) to set up.

On the publicity side, the panel itself seeks to attract the “creative minds that Peru needs” to the young UTEC, which was founded only a year ago.

“We want to change the minds of future engineers and inspire them,” said Ms Ruas.

The neighbours have given the billboard a warm welcome. It has become a local attraction for and motorists and an indispensable part of life in the local village.

“We hadn’t realised how big the impact would be,” said Ms Ruas.

via BBC UK.


Resolving iDevice & iTunes Errors


Solution 1: Restart your computer

This is probably the easiest and most common solution for issues with restoring. Restart your computer, as there could be a temporary issues with iTunes and try your restore again.

Solution 2: Remove iTunes and reinstall it

If restarting doesn’t work, your next best bet is to remove iTunes from your computer completely and reinstall it. If you are on Windows, remove iTunes and Apple Mobile Device Support. If on Mac, just drag iTunes from the Applications folder to the Trash. Empty the Trash and restart.

After that, reinstall iTunes from Apple’s website.

Solution 3: Change USB ports

If reinstalling iTunes doesn’t work, try to switch the USB port your iDevice is plugged into. You don’t have to restart or close iTunes, just try to run the restore again.

Solution 4: Try a DFU mode restore

If nothing above helped, the next best thing to try is a DFU mode restore. DFU mode will render your device inactive and nothing will be displayed on the screen. This is completely normal!

How to place a device into DFU mode:

  • Step 1: Plug your device into iTunes and make sure iTunes is open
  • Step 2: Hold down both the sleep/wake button (top) and the home button (circle) simultaneously for EXACTLY 10 SECONDS. The 10 seconds is extremely important
  • Step 3: Once the 10 seconds is up, remove your finger from the sleep/wake button (top) and keep holding the home button (don’t let it go)
  • Step 4: When iTunes displays a message stating that your iDevice is in recovery mode and must be restored, let go of the home button

Again, your device’s screen will be blank! This is normal!

Solution 5: Use a different computer

This option may be a bit inconvenient if you don’t own another computer, but should be tried. Try plugging your iDevice into a different computer and see if it will restore through iTunes.

Solution 6 (OS X ONLY): Removing system files

This solution will only work if you are running Mac OS X. Go to: System>Library>PrivateFrameworks and remove the following folders:

  • DeviceLink.framework
  • MobileDevice.framework

After removing these files, drag iTunes from the Applications folder to the Trash, restart your computer, empty the Trash and reinstall iTunes from Apple’s website.

After this, relaunch iTunes and try to restore your iDevice again.

Solution 7 (From Error codes in specific

Error 2: This error is frequently resolved by disabling or uninstalling third-party security or firewall software.

Error -4: This error may occur because of one of the following conditions:

  • Access to ports 80 and/or 443 are blocked.
  • Communication to and/or is blocked by a firewall, third-party security software, or other Internet security settings.
  • The iTunes Store is experiencing extremely high traffic.

Error 6: All of the steps in this article apply to resolve this issue. Following iTunes for Windows: Troubleshooting security software frequently resolves this error. There may be third-party software installed that modifies your default packet size in Windows by inserting a TcpWindowSize entry into your Registry. If your default packet size is set incorrectly it can cause this error. Contact the manufacturer of the software that installed the packet size modification for assistance.

Error 9: This error occurs when the device unexpectedly drops off of the USB bus and communication stops. This can occur if the device is manually disconnected during the restore process. This issue can be resolved by performing USB isolation troubleshooting, using a different USB dock connector cable, trying another USB port, restoring on another computer, or by eliminating conflicts from third-party security software.

Error 13 and 14: These errors are typically resolved by performing one of more of the steps listed below:

  1. Perform USB isolation troubleshooting, including a different USB port directly on the computer.
  2. Put a USB 2.0 hub between the device and the computer.
  3. Try a different USB 30-pin dock connector cable.
  4. Eliminate third-party security software conflicts.
  5. There may be third-party software installed that modifies your default packet size in Windows by inserting a TcpWindowSize entry into your Registry. If your default packet size is set incorrectly it can cause this error. Contact the manufacturer of the software that installed the packet size modification for assistance.
  6. Connect your computer directly to your Internet source, bypassing any routers, hubs, or switches. You may need to restart your computer and modem to get online.
  7. Try to restore from another known-good computer and network.

If you find an ASR error 1000 in the iPhone, iPad, or iPod updater log file, that is an error decompressing and transferring the IPSW file that is downloaded during the restore. This error is frequently caused by third-party security software interference, a poor quality Internet connection resulting in a bad IPSW download, or a conflict on the USB bus.

Error 21 and -34: These errors occur when security software interferes with the restore and update process. If you are using a PC, follow this article to resolve this issue.

Error 23, 28, 29, 1011, 1012, 1611: These errors may indicate a hardware issue with your device. Follow the steps in this article and also attempt to restore while connected to a known-good computer and network to isolate this issue to the device. If the IMEI or MAC address is missing or is a default value, this can also confirm a hardware issue.

Error 48: To resolve this error, follow the steps in this article. Also see the steps in “Restore using a new user account” above for .ipsw file locations.

Error 1015: This error is caused by attempts to downgrade the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch’s software. This can occur when you attempt to restore using an older .ipsw file. Downgrading to a previous version is not supported. To resolve this issue, attempt to restore with the latest iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch software available from Apple.

Error 1479: This error occurs when trying to contact Apple for an update or restore. Quit iTunes, disconnect from USB, restart the iOS device, reconnect the device to the computer, then launch iTunes and attempt to update or restore again.

Error 1604: This error is often related to USB timing. Try changing USB ports, uninstalling and reinstalling USB ports, and other available USB troubleshooting steps (troubleshooting USB connectionsdevice not recognized properlycomputer won’t recognize a FireWire or USB device). If you are using a dock, bypass it and connect directly to the USB 30-pin dock-connector cable. If the issue persists on a known-good computer, the device may need service.

If the issue is not resolved by USB isolation troubleshooting, and another computer is not available, try these steps to resolve the issue:

  1. Connect the device to iTunes, confirm that the device is in Recovery Mode. If it’s not in Recovery Mode,put it into Recovery Mode.
  2. Restore and wait for error 1604.
  3. When prompted, click OK.
  4. Close and re-open iTunes while iPhone remains connected.
  5. iPhone should now be recognized in Recovery Mode again.
  6. Try to restore again.

If the steps above do not resolve the issue, try restoring using a known-good USB cable, computer, and network connection.

Error 2000-2009: If you experience this issue on a Mac, disconnect third-party devices, hubs, spare cables, reset the SMC, and then try to restore. Learn how to reset the SMC. If you are using a Windows computer, remove all USB devices and spare cables other than your keyboard, mouse, and the device, restart the computer, and try to restore. If that does not resolve, try the USB issue-resolution steps and articles listed for Error 1604 above. If the issue continues, it may be related to conflicting security software.

Error 3000-3999: Error codes in the 3000 range generally mean that iTunes cannot contact the server on ports 80 or 443. This may be because out-of-date or incorrectly configured security or firewall software is interfering, or due to your Internet proxy settings. If you are using a proxy, try without using one or with a known-good network. If that does not resolve the issue, follow iTunes for Windows: Troubleshooting security software issues.

Error 3002: If you experience this error while updating an iPod touch (2nd generation) or iPhone 3G, please use the standard update or restore process in iTunes (click Update or Restore).

Error 3004: If the steps listed in Error 3000-3999 do not resolve, you may be able to resolve an error 3004 by quitting iTunes and using the following command at the command line: dscacheutil -flushcache

Error 9807: If you see “Error 9807”, open access to the following VeriSign servers:


Error 9808: Follow the steps in iTunes Store: Unknown alert error message when connecting to resolve the issue. If those steps do not resolve the issue, or if the settings revert to their original values after the restart, then follow iTunes for Windows: Troubleshooting security software issues.

Error 40265xxxx: Errors of the 40265xxxx range generally occur during the restore-from-a-backup phase, after iOS has been installed on the device. Restoring the device and setting up as new can resolve the issue. Before restoring as new, take steps to preserve the previous backups created by iTunes, such as copying the contents of the Backup directory onto the desktop. See iPhone and iPod touch: About backups to learn where backups are stored for your computer’s operating system and additional precautionary notes regarding setting up as new. The backups created by iTunes store data such as your SMS, Favorites, Bookmarks, and other app data.

Restore loop (being prompted to restore again after a restore successfully completes):  This issue is typically caused by out-of-date or incorrectly configured third-party security software. Please follow iTunes for Windows: Troubleshooting security software issues if USB troubleshooting does not resolve this issue.

Solution 8: Contact Apple

If nothing else works, take a trip down to the Apple Store and see if they can restore your device for you. If they can’t they will most likely replace your device.

Obviously you don’t want this to happen, but, if needed, you may have to.

Hopefully one of these 8 solutions will help resolve your restoring issues with your iDevice.

Gangs of Karachi

The sons of a veteran gangster Haji Lal Mohammad aka Lalu, who was also Rehman Dakait’s godfather, Arshad Pappu and Yasir Arafat come from one of the most notorious criminal families of Lyari.

Arguably the architect of organized crime on his not only his turf but the whole city as well, Pappu had been one of the main gangwarlords in Lyari.

He was arrested in 2007 but was out before long owing to a lack of evidence. Last year he was acquitted in more than 50 cases.

Pappu, Arafat,and Pathan, who were awaiting several trials, were proclaimed offenders wanted for numerous of counts of murder, assault, drug-peddling, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, etc.

The Lyari gangwars span over nearly half a century as back in 1964, Dad Muhammad, also known as Dadal, tacked together a gang with his brother Sheru. The newly formed gang debuted with dealing in narcotics and associated felonies.

Dad Muhammad was the father of Rehman Baloch aka Rehman Dakait. Both, Dadal and Sheru challenged the then undisputed Karachi druglord who went by the name of Kala Nag. He was later killed in a shootout with cops.

After Nag’s demise, his son Fazlu also known as Kala Nag II ganged up with Iqbal Dakait aka Babu declaring a war on their biggest threat, the Lalu clan.

As late as 1990s, Rehman got a power-boost after he shook hands with Khaled Shahanshah and others. Now he had some major political figures sitting in power corridors watching his back.

Reportedly both the men came to daggers drawn over a violation of code of honor among the gangsters over a kidnapping-for-ransom case, a rift that kept on gaping wider and wider in the days to come.

Subsequently, Lalu’s son Arshad Pappu abducted one of Rehman Dakait’s cousins, Faiz Muhammad, and killed him. After Faiz’s murder, his son Uzair Baloch, another gangwarlord, succeeded Rehman ‘Dakait’ Baloch.

Uzair was later made the head of now defunct People’s Amn Committee (PAC) in Lyari. After the PAC’s disbanding Uzair is leading a ring of organized crime without having been caught despite many crackdowns.

On the other hand Lalu operated from Dubai, and his now deceased son Arshad Pappu in Karachi.

These gangsters warring for more and more control over their gangdoms have led to the he deaths of hundreds of people.

Police and Rangers have conducted a number of operations against these gangs, but have not been able to achieve a breakthrough. In most of the cases rival gangsters and not the men of law killed other gangsters.

Experts say the political parties under the aegis of which these gangsters operate are their main lifeline.

Homeshopping.PK removed without warning.

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Pakistan’s top web store HomeShopping.Pk’s official page removed from Facebook on 28th of February.

here is the official statement from about the incident.

Since Home Shopping Pakistan started we have been facing various attempts by competitors to take us down. From series of Ddos attacks to having a dedicated seo team to write fake negative reviews over the internet about us but fortunately they have never succeeded as it was on our servers and we controlled it but this time around they changed tactics and made baseless complaints to facebook about our page and facebook closed our page without any reasoning.

Yes, they have literally removed our Facebook page… no warning, no details, no recourse.

Just a notification that our page had been “removed.”

All that energy… the contests, the creativity, the work. You had to see the passion and excitement of the admins who make Facebook happen. And now? They are destroyed.

In a second, 33,000 fans disappear. HSN Pakistan fans are not meeting, interacting, doing all the good and wonderful things that have evolved since the months that we started. A piece of HSN Pakistan has been amputated.

We are blogging about this here to start a public debate about this Facebook policy (“execution without trial”), and to ask for your support to reverse this action.

If one of our admins has made an error, so be it. We are willing to be red-faced and say, “Sorry.” But I cannot imagine what we could have done wrong, let alone anything that would remove the page of a non-repeat infringer.

You know the way we work. We just don’t do that, never received a hint of a warning. All we do is upload products pictures that we selling on our website.

Not only is this devastating for the whole team and for the company, but it raises the major issue…

If Facebook can unilaterally pull your Facebook page after months/years/decades(?) of work without the right to face an accuser, without any details, what is the value of a Facebook page for business?

We really need your help with this…

This is the age of the social Web. Please spread this word to everyone you know, from friends who barely know how to turn on a computer to gurus of social media.

Spread it with class, with fairness… without exaggeration or maliciousness. But please do spread it far and wide…

This is arbitrary and hurtful at one level, and it reduces the value of building a Facebook business page to “waste of time” at the higher level.

The conversation should not be on our blog. Please move it to other blogs, to newspapers.

Please do not let this outrageous policy stand.

Thanking you for all your help,


Team HSN Pakistan.

Al-Quran – English Version

noble_quranAl-Quran is the holy book of Muslims which was revealed on the last prophet of Islam Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him

Al-Quran is available for download in portable document format (pdf) at the size of 29 mega byte and its in English language.

Al-Quran English Version Download 

Enjoy English Movies for Free

Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 8.38.31 PM formally known as is a great site for movie lover. this site hold at-least 1000 movies from every class, you can also find documentaries and tv seasons there and all that is absolutely free and doesn’t requires any sign-up  but you can still sign-up there to post comments and make up your own playlist.


this site doesn’t loads the movie to its server instead they use different video sharing sites such as putlocker and sockshare etc… so when you want to see any movie go to the site, search your desired movie and when it appears in the list select your favorite version like shown below and enjoy the movie.

Chowkandi Tombs – the city of dead


chowkandi tombs were built in 15th century A.D, these tombs are of Jokhio & Baluch tribes who used to live there from 15th to 18th century A.D, chowkandi means 4 corners.


they are situated 29 km east in Karachi city on n5-national highway in front of fast-nu.


chowkandi is famous for its great creative engraving on the tombs and these tombs are mostly 2 feet wide, 5 to 8 feet long and 4-14 feet high


tombs of men at chowkandi can be identified with the art of horses, swords, bow & arrows.

tombs of women can be identified with the art of jewelry which includes bracelets, ear rings and necklaces.


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