Many internet users in Pakistan, particularly those using PTCL Broadband were left in extreme agony last night when their internet lines started failing—connections timing out, websites not loading and the refresh button getting abused!
It was due to a submarine fiber optic cable fault, one of those high-speed undersea cables through which PTCL runs its traffic. The particular culprit was SEA-ME-WE-4, also called SMW4. It’s not the first time that PTCL users had to bear this torture of slow internet due to a cable fault, last time it occurred was in 2013 and that too was a fault in SMW4.
Thankfully, though, Pakistan doesn’t rely on only one cable to connect to the outside world. It has multiple submarine cable links like TW1 (which is operated by Transworld Associates) and SEAMEWE3.
At times you feel like writing non-stop, taking it all out what’s torturing you from the inside and throwing it away in the form of words—words that carry the fire, the flame, the hurt that’s eating you from the inside.
I was hurt today, a bit demotivated, because what I thought I can do and achieve, for what I totally believed in myself and backed myself to do, jolted me and gave me a shock.
It was hard to take it in at first, I wasn’t able to think clearly about my next steps but then a trait of mine kicked in. A trait which has kept me strong and going till now, a trait for which I’m thankful to God—the ability to to transform negativity into positive energy, to seek optimism in an apparently bleak situation and start self-analysis.
I don’t know the cause, but whenever I’m told that the thing I believe in, I can’t do it or I’m not good enough for it, instead of getting demotivated and thinking what a waste I am, I rather take it as guidance and go on to analyze where did I go wrong? There are obviously things that I lack. Perhaps it’s the desire to keep on improving myself, but the energy that I gain forces me to gain what I’m lacking, to learn.
And I’ll do the same this time too. Going to analyze what I need to do to prove myself. Oh, and I’m going to try and blog a bit regularly here, I so miss this place. 😉
This is the list of selected students for Naway Sahar laptop scheme of Khyber Medical University (KMU) including all its government institutes like KMC, KGMC, KCD, KIMS, AMC, Gomal Medical College and the rest. Links for each institute of Khyber Medical University are listed below.
For the list of students from rest of the universities, please open this link. For details regarding specs of laptop and distribution dates, scroll below.
List of selected students of all universities has been uploaded and can be accessed via the links mentioned below in the post. Under this laptop scheme, termed as “Naway Sahar” by the KPK government, a total of approximately 23,000 to 24,000 laptops will be distributed among the students who were short-listed on the basis of their GPAs.
The laptops are rumored to be Dell Inspiron 14 3420, equipped with Intel Core i3 CPU, 500GB HDD and 2GB RAM.
Students List For Laptop Scheme (University Wise):
Google.com.pk (Google Pakistan) website was hacked early morning today, and from the last several hours is still inaccessible. This domain gets all the traffic from Pakistan; people get redirected to it if a Pakistani IP opens Google.com.
Not only Google, other big names like Yahoo, Microsoft Pakistan and Apple are also apparently “hacked”. The domains Microsoft.pk, Yahoo.pk and Apple.pk remain inaccessible.
Turkish hacking group/individual “Eboz” has claimed responsibility by uploading a defaced page. The question, however is, were they all really “hacked“? Nope, not really. Let’s analyze a few things.
Performing a simple WHOIS lookup on Google.com.pk reveals the following DNS records, as of 9PM PST:
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As you can see, the NS records, responsible for resolving a domain name to IP address have been changed freehostia.com’s nameservers. It’s a free web hosting provider, and Google, Apple or other affected big brands surely won’t be using a free hosting service!
What this reveals is that the hackers managed to take control of the domain registrar/registry and changed the DNS records. In this case, .pk domain names are handled by PKNIC.
It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean those hackers actually gained access servers of these companies. It’s highly unlikely! Rather, they just pointed the domain names to their own DNS records and people accessing these websites were redirected to the pages setup by hackers.
Google.com.pk is not opening because the IP address to which it points has been changed to 127.0.0.1. That’s a local loop IP address and if you try to open it, you just access your own computer’s port 80.
I’ve successfully ported ClockworkMod recovery (CWM) to QMobile Noir A8–now you can enjoy the benefits of having a custom recovery which can make full Nandroid backups i.e backup your ROM and data. It can then be used later to restore your phone to working condition, in case something goes wrong while flashing custom ROMs/kernels.
I had to first extract the stock ROM, recovery and boot partition of QMobile Noir A8. Then, made this particular CWM version 18.104.22.168 from stock Noir A8 recovery and a CWM for V970 MT6577 using Android Kitchen. Thanks to yuweng from XDA-Developers for providing the porting plugin, and bgcngm for V970 recovery!
Although you can backup your Noir A8 ROM using this CWM, for getting the stock ROM .img file, stock recovery etc., I’ll post the procedure later.
Steps To Install ClockWorkMod Recovery On QMobile Noir A8:
Warning: Do not perform the procedure if you have no idea why you’re doing this. Doing something wrong can brick your phone, so please make sure you follow it exactly. If something goes wrong, I will not responsible for it.
Your phone must already be rooted! Check this thread to root your device first.
1) Download this file. Extract all files somewhere, e.g., D:\noir. You will get 3 folders – “MT6577 USB VCOM drivers”, “recovery_files” and “SP_Flash_Tool_v3.1224.01”.
2) Installation of VCOM driver: Even if you have already installed VCOM drivers, install these as well as they’re a must. Run InstallDriver.exe to install. Then, turn off your phone, connect with USB cable and drivers will get installed automatically.
3) Open SP_Flash_Tool folder and run Flash_tool.exe. Click on scatter-loading button, navigate to recovery_files folder which you extracted earlier and select “MT6577_Android_scatter_emmc.txt”. Click OK and ignore if any errors come up.
4) Make sure only recovery is checked! All other entries must be unchecked. Your SP Flash Tool should look something like this:
5)Turn off your device. Remove the battery and reinsert after few seconds. Do not turn on the device yet.
6)Click the Download button in Smart Phone Flash Tool. Now connect your Noir A8 while still in off state.
7)It will be detected in SP Flash tool, a red bar will progress to 100%. Then it will ask to connect cable in 12 seconds but DO NOT remove the cable or do anything. Just let the timer finish, it will again show progress bar and at the end you will get a small window with green circle.
That means the recovery was successfully flashed ! Congrats, you did the job! 😛
In Case Of Errors When You Press Download & Connect Phone:
If you’re getting errors like BROM DL_ALL failed, then follow this procedure, which will flash recovery to all MTK phones without SP Flash Tool:
Three recoveries are pre-included. Rename the one for your phone to recovery.img.
Set phone to USB Debugging mode from developer options and connect to PC, or start it in recovery mode.
Then run the file named flashit.bat.
If any errors occur like phone not detected, your ADB drivers are not installed. So, install MT6577 / MT6575 drivers properly.
To go in the recovery mode of Noir A8, hold down volume up and power button. Release when the logo appears.
For backup, you should have at least 1GB free on SD card. Go to backups/restore and make a backup. You should get the folder clockworkmod on your SD card with 2 sub folders in it, backup and blobs.
I have tried the backup and so far, it successfully makes the backup. Haven’t tried the restore functionality yet so please either wait for confirmation OR you can try to test the restore functionality on your own and report here. 🙂
UPDATE: Restore works too as per user reports. So, this is a fully functional recovery for Noir A8! 🙂