Thursday, March 29, 2007

Re: [sv-pak] From Pakistan to SF

Indeed a sordid comparison it is. Life in the Silicon Valley vs. life in Pakistan, or for that matter anywhere else. Even here in the United States the Silicon Valley isn't the norm. Technology is the life line of this region, iPod's to iPhones - laptops, PDA's you name it are prevalent here.

Not that they aren't in Pakistan, yes they are but the difference is they are seen as luxury items. Like say high-speed internet connection such as DSL or Cable. It is seen as a luxury item, even though the DSL service from some of the name brand carries such as CyberNet really "suck", they are slower than Dial in services - or so has been my experience.

The Silicon Valley, a singularity in the space-time continuum it is. Take a trip to Southern California and you will find it is a whole other world out there technology though as prevalent as here int he SF Bay, it doesn't dominate the pop culture of SoCal as it does here in the Bay.

Recently, a fellow Wadiite, a well known blogger who goes by the by line of iFaqeer did a Video segment on Technology in Society.


Zunaira Durrani <> wrote:
From Pakistan to SF (External article hyperlink follows my own comments)

In other news, Zamir Haider has written a sordid comparison of life in
Islamabad and San Francisco. According to Haider, he doesn't see iPods
in Islamabad and the sight of a Pentium 4 in Pakistan would shock
many. For the record, Illusion in Jinnah Super sells all models of
iPods the moment they hit the market in the US--people carry them to
work and play. Of course, I don't need to remind anybody people are
fairly mad about keeping their computers updated.

The point is, why does Haider paint such a backwater-caveman picture
of a major Pakistani city to CNet editors? It is already easy to sell
the idea that we live in the dark ages back in Pakistan to the media
here--thanks to Fox. I'm so gutted! :( Read on....

From Pakistan to S.F., it's a whole new tech world
In Northern California, iPods are everywhere and everyone talks about
the latest in gadgets. In Islamabad, not so much.
By Zamir Haider

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