About Me

Name: Ali Hassan
Age:   32
Location: Dubai (UAE)




Possibility of time travel...

Every since I saw "Back to the Future" .. I always wanted my very own Flux Capacitor so that I can travel back in time or forward!!  but too bad that is only possible if I star in a movie...


To think of it even the great Albert Einstein never dismissed the possibility of time travel in his equations, he said that time and space are inter-linked into something called "Space Time" and if you can bend that then you can travel in time that's of-course easier said than done and no one who has ever lived on this planet has managed to figure that out!

But thinking about it the only way to bend space-time is by using extreme gravitational force and by extreme I mean EXTREME and where do we find this in the universe? Near a black hole YES! so lets go near a black hole right?! aaa No! If we ever dared come close to a black hole in the universe the only way you will go is inside that and probably be dead in minutes!

Another theory is to travel at nearly the speed of light in a space ship and then come back, becasue if you travel that fast then time for you goes slow as compared to the people who are still on Earth, which has been experimentally proven too...

What people did was they placed a clock on a space aircraft and then measured it when the journey was completed and when it landed back on Earth and they found that there is a very small difference in time between the two clocks.. the clock on the spacecraft moved a slower as compared to the one on earth and the space craft was no where even close to travelling at the speed of light.

Interesting! ummmm

The sad part is that nothing can travel faster than light as yet and even if we figure out how to fly a space craft faster than light where would be get the energy from to make that happen? and by energy I mean fuel.

Its also possible if we discover a Worm Hole in the universe.. but more on that later!

So time travel at this point can only happen in fiction! 



Our Sun is dying

The Sun is un-doubtably the biggest object within our Solar System and the most powerful... If it wasn't for the sun there would be no life on Earth and there would be no us, for any life to evolve and develop you need an energy source and our sun is a power house of energy but the fact is its going to die in the next 5 billion years and if we as a human race want to survive forever then we will have to find another habitable planet which can harbour life and which has the right ingredients for life to evolve namely energy and liquid water.

Our sun is called a "yellow dwarf", yellow coz its yellow in color and dwarf because its relatively very small as compared to other stars in our galaxy, the sun gets all its energy by diffusing Hydrogen atoms to make Helium and thus emitting photons which take roughly about 8 minutes to reach our planet and give us light but one day all that is going to end and our sun is going to enter a phase called a "Red Giant" phase where its size would expand to such enormous lengths that it would almost touch our planet.. of- course by then life on Earth would seize to exist and all that would remain would be hot molten rocks!

Every star has a life span of about 10 billion years and since the formation of our solar system happened about 4.6 billion years back that leaves our sun with a little over 5 billion years to live and then eventually fade out as a small dot wandering the ever expanding universe, I am glad most of us wont be around to witness that which isn't a bad thing after all!


Is there intelligent life in the universe?

Its really the fundamental question isn't it? "Is there intelligent life in the universe besides us".If you ask me of- course there is, only because we haven't found it that doesn't mean that it does not exist.

There are over a 200 billion galaxies in the observable universe just like our Milky Way galaxy, some are small while some are almost 10 times as big as ours and each one of these galaxies have about a billion stars in them just like our sun... and to think that we are all alone in the universe would be the most ridiculous thought anyone can have.

For starters we don't even know at this present day what the universe is made of.. all the "stuff" that you see in the universe currently (U, me, matter, stars, planets, comets etc etc) makes up only 4%!! yes 4 % of the entire observable universe while 73% comprises of something called "Dark Energy" and "Dark Matter" makes up the rest 23% and no one knows what those 2 are!

So from what we know of the universe at this present day the fact is we don't know a lot!..forget about life in other galaxies.. there might be life right here in our own Milky Way galaxy and its just that we aren't clever enough to discover it! Hell we haven't even looked completely within our own galaxy which is about 100,000 thousand light years across and to get our head around that number is a challenge in itself leave alone thinking about the actual size of the ever expanding universe...

I hope at-least in my life-time if we manage to find even microscopic life on a near by planet that would be a major breakthrough in Science which would confirm that life can exist else where as well besides planet Earth!


Apple --> Give me the new iMac now!

Its been over a year since the folks in Cupertino updated their iMac models running the Sandy Bridge processors and for the love of god I hope they do it soon! I was hoping they would finally announce it at last month's WWDC but as we all know the only models they updated were the Macbook Pro and Air but no iMacs!

I know its going happen eventually but like everyone else I want it to happen now so that I can get myself one, I already have a late 2009 Macbook Pro which is aright and I don't want to upgrade to the new super fast and according to Apple "The best computer they have built yet" model because for me its  too dam expensive and I rather buy an iMAC with a bigger screen resolution.

I really don't care if they make it retina display or not... all I want are the new Ivy-Bridge processors and USB 3.0 ports and hopefully a different design not that there is something horribly wrong with the current iMac models but it would be nice if they gave it a design tweak, I mean that's the least they can do for making us wait for so long :-) and yeah I hope they are able to reduce the glare factor on the display as they claimed to have done that with the updated 2012 Macbook Pro models.

All I hear nowadays are rumours about how the new "iphone 5" will probably look like and I honestly don't care because I know for a fact that I wont get one so I cant be bothered what it looks like or how awesome its going be! So if Apple is listening --> Update your iMac models now! 



Sony's Alpha A77 SLT camera just around the corner...

Just heard today that the long awaited Sony AlphaA77 SLT camera might come out in Sep/Oct which is awesome news coz this will finally replace their current line of STL camera's 

It might have a whole new 24 MegaPaixel Sensor which remains to be seen but I am more interested in the video quality and what options will it have to offer. I currently own a Cannon T2i and 50mm 1.4 lens from Cannon and I am pretty happy except the part where the auto focus sucks or should I say is Non-Existent in video mode!

With the A77 from what I have heard will have a pretty reliable AF in video mode which gets me super excited and I hope it shoots at 24fps! but the most important aspect will be the price point and how much will Sony set it at!

I guess we will have to wait and watch!




Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 - Certified!

Today I successfully cleared the first certification exam for Exchange 2010 (70-662) and it feels great! but honestly I am not a great believer in these certification exams because I kinda find it stupid to learn from various dumps available on the internet and pass them.

I did the same thing too I downloaded the "Testking" package for this exam which had about 80 questions in them and went for this exam but i was surprised that not many questions actually came from these dumps.If I remember correctly I may have got around 7 or 8 questions which were similar in a total of 45 questions on the exam so what got me through was the learning I did on the Microsoft technet website and other training videos which actually made me feel really good that it wasn't because of the dumps I passed but because of the knowledge.

I recommend if you plan to take this certification exam DO NOT depend on testking as i found it to be worthless, well not completely worthless but it wasnt great help as the company claims. So yeah i still have one more exam to clear which is the 70-663 and then I would be completely certified on Exchange 2010!.

Test Score: 742



Geeky Action Star!

This weekend was action packed! ohh well not really besides eating countless packets of potato chips and gulping down cola drinks, I decided to finally post a video about something I learnt from Andrew Kramer and if the name does not ring a bell check out www.videocopilot.net and you will have no doubts!

Anyhow I decided to put my knowledge to the test and came up with something fairly good, probably next time I can make it entertaining so its a fun watch!

That's all for now as I leave you with 'Geeky Action Star'

Geeky Action Star from Ali Hassan on Vimeo.




Apple's Magic Mouse on Windows

Last week one of my friend gifted me the new 'Magic Mouse' by Apple which I have been wanting to buy like forever and now I have it!! It works like a charm on my Mac with the swipes and all that jazz but for the 4 finger swipes and the expose features you would have to download a separate software called Better Touch Tool (Only on the MAC)  its a free download and very simple to configure, I might do a video on that on how to configure it but there are loads of videos already on YOUTUBE.

So this morning I wanted to see if the magic mouse would work on my PC (Windows Xp -32 bit) because most of the time I use the trackpad on my Macbook Pro unless I am using Final cut pro and Adobe After Effects. The mouse does work with Windows Xp all you have to do is download some drivers and then pair the mouse using blue tooth.

Download the 32- bit driver or the 64- bit driver  for your PC

Install them

Turn on Bluetooth on your laptop, I have a HP 6910p.

Turn on your Magic Mouse by using the button at the bottom of the mouse.

After the Bluetooth icon shows up in your taskbar, right click and select "Add Bluetooth Device"

Hit Next

The bluetooth program is going to search and eventually pick up your magic mouse.

Select the mouse and Hit next

Click the confirm the operation on the following screen.

Now the mouse is paired!!

Now go to the control panel and click on the mouse Icon

Click on the 'Bluetooth' tab and click connect and the mouse should start working now!!

Enter 0000 when you are prompted for the passcode in bluetooth.


After all this you might want to change the mouse pointer speed to match your needs, now for the most irritating part which is I still haven't figured out how to get the vertical and the horizontal scrolling to work with my laptop, some say that you have to download the Microsoft SideWinder X8 mouse drivers and the scrolling might work but not for me so I am still not completely using  the magic mouse because I REALLY need the scrolling part to work so I will let you guys know if I find a way to fix it until then enjoy what you have and in case you hate it there is always a MAC!!