NADRA Launches SMS Service for Pakistan Card Verification

NadraNational Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) has launched a mobile SMS service in collaboration with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and all operating telecom companies to determine a person’s existence in the beneficiary list for Pakistan Card project to facilitate the rain affected people in checking the status of their requests.

Deputy Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik, stated this in a statement issued by NADRA.

He said out of 62 total 47 centers of National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) are operational in six districts i.e. Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan, Shaheed Benazirabad Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar and Sanghar whereas other 15 centers on completing its task are now addressing the complaints from genuine beneficiaries, who were unable to get registration for Pakistan Cards.

He pointed out that throughout the process, NADRA ensured strong checks in the software so that only deserving families belonging to provincially notified calamity hit areas could obtain Pakistan Cards.

Tariq Malik informed that NADRA has so far issued 592,651 Pakistan Cards in totality to heads of the rain-affected families in Sindh. 105,455 Pakistan cards in Mirpurkhas, 240,227 in Badin, 79,946 in Tando Mohammad Khan and 156,324 in Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah), 8011 in Tando Allahyar and 2684 in Sanghar have been issued to the heads of the families.

How to Verify Pakistan Card

Simply send CNIC number to 9777. In response, a text message will be sent from NADRA confirming CNIC existence in the beneficiary list.

NADRA, in addition to setting up centers, has also mobilized its mobile resources MRVs (Mobile Registration Vans) to process CNIC free of cost in all affected areas in coordination with the public representatives and district administrators, he added.

He said that NADRA has also issued 77,833 free of cost CNICs so far among the flood/ rain-hit victims.

Free eBook : Career Ideas from Microsoft

Microsoft is offering a free ebook: Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas from Microsoft, by Katherine Murray.

The ebook contains eight chapters and an appendix describing how you can assess and build your technology-based job skills.

In this book, students will find a wealth of Microsoft resources they can use to identify the technology skills they need, and gather knowledge and experience to help them take charge of their careers.

These resources will open doors to learning that will lead students to better opportunities and a deeper understanding of the way technology continues to change and improve the ways people work—both here in the U.S. and around the world.

Download Own Your Future: Update Your Skills with Resources and Career Ideas : XPS format | PDF format.

How To Lock Idle Computer Automatically

Lock How many times you left the computer without locking and worried that someone is going to sneak into your personal mails & documents? At office many of us face this problem quite often.

How about locking the computer automatically when left idle for sometime? Well that will be very helpful. To lock a computer automatically we don’t need any software or special tools. All we need to do is to set a screen screensaver and configure it to ask for password on resume. That’s a very simple solution right?

In all the versions of Windows Operating systems (XP, Vista, Windows 7, etc), it is possible to configure to activate a screensaver after a desired amount of idle time and ask for password on resume.

The below screen capture of Windows 7 shows the configuration settings required to automatically lock the PC after 5 minutes of idle time(in other versions of Windows the options are more or less same)

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I’m not a big fan of screensavers also I consider it’s little annoying to set flashy screensavers at work place. So I choose Blank as the screensaver

Find Model Number and Serial Number Of Your Computer Using DOS Commands

Desktops and Laptops purchased from manufactures like DELL, IBM, etc comes with a serial number(or service tag) and a model name. If you ever loose this information, then you can use MS DOS commands to retrieve the information

To retrieve serial number of the computer run the following command

wmic bios get serialnumber

To retrieve model name of the computer run the following command

wmic csproduct get name

How to Watermark Images Using Windows Live Writer

Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer is the best free application for blogging. The ease at which one can blog with Windows Live Writer is amazing as we get all the tools required for composing a blog post right inside a single window.

One of the such useful features available in Windows Live Writer is the ability to watermark  images. It is a good idea to watermark(add text or a logo which identifies the owner of the media) images and photos of your blog so that it is hard for others to steal your work. Look at the below image which is watermarked with the text techdreams.org (visible at the center of the image).

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Lets see how to watermark images using Windows Live Writer

1. Select the image of your blog post being composed in Windows Live Writer

2. Choose the option “Watermark.” available on the right side options panel; Open Watermarking options window

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3.Enter your watermark text, customize the font and position of the watermark with the help of onscreen controls

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4. Click Ok to add the watermark. That’s all.

So you know how to watermark images easily with Windows Live Writer. It is advised to make it as a practice to watermark all the images of blog posts as it keeps content pirates at bay.

Access Blocked Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Orkut, etc Web Sites At Your School/Office/College/University.

image3 Yet another way to access blocked web sites at your school/office/university using testiphone.com web site. This trick is similar to the way earlier we explained about accessing blocked sites with opera mini browser.

To access a blocked web site, point your web browser to www.testiphone.com and enter the URL of the site that you want to access in iPhone simulator application.

tesiphone.com is an iPhone mobile browser simulator. With the help of this application you can test a web site to see how it looks on an iPhone.

Here are the other trick that we posted earlier to access blocked web sites: