Aqeel Zafar

Lahore, Pakistan

A software developer, who loves trying out new things, playing games and reading books. Also known as barlas.

  • Php 2 Python

    2017-05-08T18:17:24Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Came across this excellent website for PHP developers learning Python. (Gives python equivalent of PHP functions)

  • Hello again!

    2017-05-02T11:39:38Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    It's nice to see in active development again, but there seem to be much less people here than there used to be couple of years ago.

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    Haha, well said.

    I rarely have anything interesting to share, so I usually disappear from all social networks for extended periods of time.

    Also, last I was here, there hadn't been any development for about 9 months, so I was mainly just commenting on what has changed since I was last here :P

    Aqeel Zafar at 2017-05-02T13:14:37Z

    >> Aqeel Zafar:

    “[...] I rarely have anything interesting to share, so [...]”

    Oh, but you can contribute a lot just by commenting on posts or sharing them =)

    Development of the core picked up pace over a year ago. Other parts never stopped, actually.

    We're actually on the way to adopting the new ActivityPub standard, which will be adopted by other federated networks too. That will allow to interfederate with those other players in a big network.

    JanKusanagi @i at 2017-05-02T13:22:08Z

    der.hans, Diane Trout likes this.

    That'll be nice. As I like the feature-set of, but find diaspora*'s web client to be most polished, while I primarily use GNU Social, as that's the community I know best :)

    Aqeel Zafar at 2017-05-02T13:39:50Z

    >> Aqeel Zafar:

    “[...] but find diaspora*'s web client to be most polished, [...]”

    Well, it should be, since it's the only client they have xD

    BTW, re: the number of people, as usual, it depends on who you follow. People you follow might have gone away, but there might be many new users you're not following. You'll see them around in other people's posts if you actually use this a little =)

    JanKusanagi @i at 2017-05-02T13:54:16Z

  • Development

    2015-03-12T11:47:20Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    There hasn't been any commit on's github repo for about 9 months, has the development repo moved somewhere else or is the development going through a period of hibernation?

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠), Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) shared this.

    hibernation, probably. last I heard the master branch was unstable as @Evan Prodromou was converting it to coffeescript.

    He's maybe been busy with other things that have taken priority? I dunno.

    jrobb at 2015-03-12T11:59:00Z

    I think Evan is busy trying to earn a living and keep his hosted pumps running. I know he does what he can when he can. at 2015-03-16T17:38:25Z

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) likes this. is not dead but it's pretty much unmaintained because @evan has other things to do now.

    gdk at 2015-03-17T14:00:11Z

    i hope this site live again

    hellofgames at 2015-04-30T12:39:04Z

  • Star Wars Rebels!

    2015-03-04T09:30:42Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Ooooh! What an ending of Star Wars Rebels' first season! Can't wait for season 2!

    Usman Bashir likes this.

    Yeah, that was a great ending. And, the fight scenes where kick ass too.

    Usman Bashir at 2015-03-09T06:31:44Z

  • The Dress

    2015-02-28T10:14:35Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Just found out about #theDress after dropbox on twitter posted something about it. I considered it a complete hoax, except me and my wife can't agree on colour either. I think it's blue and black, she thinks it's white and gold. A huge example of how same things can be percieved differently by different people.

    (If you don't know what I am talking about, check )

    I had no idea what people were talking about. Since I'm trying to reduce the number of meaningless distractions, I hadn't bothered to try to track it down.

    I see white and gold here. at 2015-03-01T21:32:53Z

    I only looked it up, because I thought it was some new feature by Dropbox and wanted to know what it was and when will it be available in Linux version :P

    Aqeel Zafar at 2015-03-03T08:23:43Z

  • Desktop Assistants

    2015-02-20T09:34:36Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Why are there no more desktop assisstant like Prody Parrot and Bonzi Buddy anymore? I used to love those programs.

    Someone needs to develop one of those.

    Usman Bashir likes this.

    Oh, that brings back memories! I and my kid brother used to love Bonzi. :)

    Though, I didn't know it was a spyware app back then.

    Usman Bashir at 2015-02-24T02:39:18Z

    You're alive!

    And yeah, just found out that it used to be a spyware, but other than that, it was pretty fun!

    Aqeel Zafar at 2015-02-24T08:13:00Z

    No, I'm just writing to you from the great beyond. :p

    All kidding aside, I kinda went off from federated social networks like identica, rstatus and diaspora a few years ago. And, I'm not sure, if I'm still back.

    Though, you seem to be still kicking around. :D

    Btw, I think you could call Siri and Cortana the new age assistants. It's just so happens they are on our mobile devices now and a lot smarter then the desktop agents of yesteryears.

    Usman Bashir at 2015-02-25T10:56:54Z

    They aren't on desktop, can't understand 90% of what I say, and most importantly not cute and cuddly looking! :)

    Aqeel Zafar at 2015-02-25T11:13:35Z

  • Enlightenment

    2015-02-11T07:30:04Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Tried enlightenment last night, feels very polished, seems good enough to be a default DE now.

  • Howto reduce disk I/O?

    2015-02-08T16:33:24Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    How can I reduce disk io on an arch server? Any suggestions / pointers?

    I imagine you could add more RAM, so more stuff can get cached. Also, if the server is using the swap memory, you could play with the swappiness configuration to make it use it less.

    JanKusanagi @i at 2015-02-08T16:42:03Z

    Kete Foy likes this.

    I am on a VPS so can't add RAM, but will check out swappiness.

    Thanks! :)

    Aqeel Zafar at 2015-02-09T07:02:17Z

  • 2015-02-05T09:17:31Z via Choqok To: Public

    Probably the best thing on the internet. (via twitter)

    jrobb likes this.

    jrobb shared this.

    This is what happens when children don't read enough.

    Benjamin Cook at 2015-02-05T14:21:10Z

  • 2015-02-03T07:56:32Z via Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Just listened to Klaatu's Arduino episodes on #HPR (1690-1691), they are kind of introductory, but great for people like me who have heard a lot about Arduino but don't know much about it.

    And now I want one!

  • 2015-02-03T07:10:19Z via Web To: Public, sazius, Evan Prodromou CC: Followers

    Pumpa is giving me SSL errors for, says the certificate has expired. It was working fine yesterday.

    Also, no such error on web.
    Can't find a way to edit the original post, but it seems's SSL certificate actually *is* expiring today. 3rd Feb 2015.

    Aqeel Zafar at 2015-02-03T09:25:49Z

  • Book Cataloging

    2015-02-02T06:34:07Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Is there any web-based software (self-hosted) that can be used to catalog books?

    sazius likes this. Calibre has both good library managenent and a web based content server see:

    Freemor at 2015-02-02T13:47:14Z

  • PS+

    2015-01-30T06:54:46Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Finally it happened to me, just bought a game (Yakuza 4) and it became free in Feburary's PS+ line up.

  • Webapp, and hosting?

    2015-01-24T06:27:08Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    For a webapp, that should be installable on shared hosting, does it make any sense to go with anything other than PHP?

    Also, how important is "should be installable on shared hosting" in general these days?

  • Go Victory

    2015-01-19T12:45:01Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Won my first Go game!

    (The other player was handicapped by 4 stones, but still!)

    cmhobbs likes this.

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    Congrats! Do you play online at all?

    cmhobbs at 2015-01-19T16:05:23Z

    Unfortunately, I only play online, don't know anyone in real life who plays it.

    Also, I am aboslute beginner, have played less than a couple dozen of games. It was 9x9 board and I think I won just by luck :)

    Aqeel Zafar at 2015-01-19T18:46:16Z

    Oh, and I am barlas on DGS, that is where I mostly play.

    Aqeel Zafar at 2015-01-19T18:46:53Z

    I'm cmhobbs on DGS. I'm about 18kyu but I haven't played in a couple of months.

    cmhobbs at 2015-01-20T01:20:44Z

  • Linux Outlaws...

    2015-01-13T18:14:11Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Started listening to podcasts, had heard a lot about Linux Outlaws previously so subscribed and listened their latest episode, turned out it was the last episode of show...

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) shared this.

    I listened to them for a long time, but stopped at some point. Their coverage moved too far away from topics that interested me.

    sazius at 2015-01-13T18:15:59Z

  • 2014-12-30T08:02:40Z via AndStatus To: Public

    I is a father now! :D, Christopher Allan Webber, Stephen Sekula, Scott Sweeny and 4 others likes this. shared this.

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    Wow, congratulations! :-)

    sazius at 2014-12-30T08:03:02Z

    Hey, congratulations. That's great news. at 2014-12-30T08:03:55Z

    Congrats :)

    axel at 2014-12-30T09:08:23Z

  • Airdroid 3

    2014-12-10T10:57:43Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Why do I have to create an account on AirDroid site to use AirDroid now? I am connecting over local wifi

    Nevermind, had to use local IP. It has been a long time since I used AirDroid.

    Aqeel Zafar at 2014-12-10T11:00:17Z

  • Secure format?

    2014-12-10T10:35:10Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Selling an old laptop, how can I format the hard drive in linux so that data isn't recoverable?

    It has windows installed on it, would converting the drive to ext4 and then back to fat32/ntfs good enough?

    Found, should've known Arch Wiki has everything! :)

    Aqeel Zafar at 2014-12-10T10:37:46Z

    jpope, jrobb likes this.

    Reformatting will not make data unrecoverable at all because mkfs only rewrites the FS table (very beginning of the partition).
    Even dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda will not make data completely unrecoverable.
    Try dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda

    XRevan86 at 2014-12-10T10:57:03Z

    @Aqeel Zafar, … or just read ArchWiki :-).

    XRevan86 at 2014-12-10T10:58:14Z

    I usually use DBAN, followed by a sledgehammer.

    Even after wiping the drive, I'm never quite sure, so I destroy it as much as possible. at 2014-12-10T15:48:06Z

  • 2014-11-30T08:36:21Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Is PySide still in development?

    There doesn't seem to be any activity that I can find. Their git repo has no new commits in months and no issues are being addressed.

    Douglas Perkins, shared this.