Sufi Nawaz

Road trip across the United States: Part I

Posted by in Travel

On July 2nd, 2016, two of my friends and I set out on a journey from Vienna, VA to take on a bucket list item that I’d long waited for – to do a cross-country road trip across this fine country. We were soon accompanied by a 4th compadre who flew in from SFO to meet us in Chicago. This blog entry is aimed at documenting this road trip and hopefully accurately depicting the chain of events that made this journey an awesome experience for all of us. Our tentative…read more

Food for thought

Posted by in Personal

That is the most familiar face in my life. That face represents my father’s. That face represents my mother’s. I recognize the brown eyes, through which I’ve seen many things in life – both good and bad, beautiful and ugly and things that left me breathless and things that left me in disgust. I recognize those lips and the tongue that touches them. I can see the mouth that facilitates the voice coming out of me, through which I’ve said things that mattered, things that altered my life and not…read more


Happy Father’s Day!

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He’s a man who, amongst other things, would not skip the “t” while pronouncing Chevrolet. He walks with a limp and still moves ever so gracefully to keep up with me. He’s got the smile of a young kid, who not only smiles with his lips, but rather with his entire face as to shed light of joy to the people around him. He doesn’t hear completely well and neither does he have a 20/20 vision, but he sees good in people and what this man has is a heart of…read more


The year is Fourteen. Twenty Fourteen.

Posted by in Events, Personal

Before I say anything else, I want to share a few words. I will love. More. So much love that no one will have any idea what to do with me. They will watch with a confused look and wonder why I give so much and do not ask for more in return. I will give it because giving is getting and there is nothing quite so important as emptying your heart every single day and leaving nothing undone, no declarations of it unsaid. I will not only stop and smell…read more

Shop at AmazonSmile and they will donate 0.5% of purchase price to charity!

Posted by in Inspirational, Personal, Recommended Reads

May of this year, I had worked with a bunch of my friends at Microsoft who had started a non-profit organization called Spreeha Foundation to help the underprivileged people of urban slum communities. Spreeha, a word which means hope, intention, and strong desire in my mother tongue (Bengali), reflects the attitude of the foundation to do good for the world, one life at a time. If you wish to learn more about them, please visit And now, I’m really excited to announce that if you wish to support the…read more

5,000 Raspberry Pi being donated by Google to help students in Japan

Posted by in Inspirational, Recommended Reads, Technology

Google is handing out 5000 Raspberry Pi to help out 25,000 students in Japan and partnering with CANVAS to help teachers teach. In a Google+ post, Eric Schmidt wrote… I read an article a couple of years ago in which a Japanese executive explained why he thought software engineering wasn’t popular in Japan. “A samurai would never write software,” he said. The idea was that Monozukuri, or the proud Japanese tradition of making things, wasn’t as relevant when it came to creating relative intangibles like software and services. Japan’s math…read more

Peachy 3D Printer – $100 3D printer

Posted by in Fun Stuff, Recommended Reads, Recommended Videos, Technology

After sharing my last post, a friend of mine shared a link to, what I think, is the most awesome 3D printer out there. I say it’s the most awesome 3D printer, not just because it’s just $100, but because of how truly amazing the concept behind it really is. The creator has successfully funded this project through kickstarter and indiegogo. Check out the kickstarter page at

SELinux settings to allow apache to send mail

Posted by in Code Snippets, Tutorials

I was working in a WordPress instance today that is installed in a Centos box. The issue was that I could not send any email through wp_mail() function in wordpress, which essentially uses PHP’s mail() function, which in turn, uses sendmail. So the very first thing I’ve tried doing was to create a simple PHP test script and ran it from the machine locally. The email worked fine so I knew sendmail was not the problem. Next, I tried to execute the script over the webserver, and sure enough, the…read more

Better Headshot Photography by Tilting Subject’s Head Forward

Posted by in Photography, Recommended Videos, Tutorials

If you’re into portrait photography like me, you’d find this video highly useful. This video tutorial is by Peter Hurley, a photographer from New York, talks about the importance of jawlines. As trivial as it sounds, his video demonstrates the significance of jawlines in headshots and how you can take great headshots by simply having the subject pull forward their chin and tilting their forehead towards the camera. Under the correct light settings, I’ve had seen the difference myself and this video serves as an enforcement for me. If you…read more

Stella Liebeck: Real story behind woman who sued McDonald’s for coffee too hot

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I remember hearing about this story when I was back in Bangladesh. I have to shamefully admit that I was among the people who wrongfully doubted the legitimacy of the case. Facts are easily skewed when news travel across seas, but to realize how so many people twist facts and then blame it on the victim, is really sad. While Stella Liebeck passed away 10 years after the incident had happened, her story lives on and I hope more and more people realize the truth and not twist facts.  

Map of ongoing DDoS attacks around the globe

Posted by in Recommended Reads, Technology

Digital Attack Map displays a map of the world with ongoing Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. It also lets you visually replay a trend of DDoS attacks over last few months along with other things. The core of this is running on Arbor Networks data with collaboration from Google Ideas.

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