Asif is a network engineer on the Computan team. He makes sure the laptops, devices, and wiring in our different offices are running smoothly and is always a person in demand. In this installment of Behind The Coding, Asif talks about the global race to 6G Networks, his two closest friends, and why his first computer was so special.
Hi Asif! What are the last 3 things you Googled?
The first thing I Googled Sajeel was networking and security convergence
Googling for work obviously, right?
Yes! The network is an organization’s heartbeat. It is really important that it is secure from hackers.
I agree for sure. What else have you been Googling?
2023 Networking Trends
What did you find out when Googling about networking trends?
Things continue to be virtualized. It is becoming more accessible and easier to scale up and down on a virtual network and add resources to virtual environments.
No doubt about it. What was the third most recent thing that you Googled?
6G technology and 6G networks.
I am really eager to learn about fiber-optic networks, and the 6G will be the next big revolution in this field.
When do you think the world will see the first 6G network?
I think it will be in 5 years, Sajeel.
Interesting! You say 5 years, but most people say 10. Why do you think 5?
Based on my knowledge South Korea is already very close to having a nationwide 6G network. It is a small country, so it’s not impossible to see a 6G network rolled out there in 5 years.
When was the last time you worked after hours to solve a hard problem, Asif?
About eight months ago, I was working on a serious issue in Windows 2012.
Windows 2012? Pretty old technology
Yes, that’s the thing. Sometimes networks have old, legacy environments in them. In this case, I had to increase the hard disk partition size in Windows Server. It took 4 hours and was a really hard struggle.
Who are 3 people you'd like to have a dinner (dawaat) with at the same time and why
I would take my two University friends Mudassir and Saddam.
What can you tell me about Mudassir and Saddam?
They are really close friends of mine and really funny guys.
Do you get to see them often?
Yes, we try to get together once a month, and they are family friends.
Nice Asif. Who else would you eat dinner with?
My brother Shoaib. He’s like my friend.
What is the relationship with your brother like?
We are very close. I share many secrets with him, and we are very close.
Is he older than you or younger?
He’s my older brother.
So that means you have to message him more than he messages you. Right?
Yes absolutely. I message him more.
When was the last time you cried tears of laughter?
1 year ago Saddam, Mudassir, and I were playing cards. We were outside in a park. Just having fun and enjoying life.
What do you love about your job?
I really like my teammates and senior colleagues the best.
Really? What teammates?
I enjoy talking with seniors like Hassan Ahmed, Nadia Saleem, and Muhammad Nasir. They are great people to work with.
I am glad you feel that way, Asif!
Yeah. It is a pleasant working environment.
When was the first time you saw a laptop/computer?
At my house. My dad bought a system just for me.
That was nice of him.
My dad is a really great and kind-hearted person. He bought me a big desktop machine – 500 GB HD with 4 GB RAM and a really heavy graphics card.
That would be a really massive machine in the past!
Yeah, this was about 20 years ago.
Why would he buy you such a high-performing computer?
I told him I needed a computer for practice, and he got it for me. Basically, he bought it so I could learn it. Now I have a career in technology, and I owe all of it to my parents.
That’s really nice, Asif. What is something your teammates don't know about you?
They don’t really know that I am a creative thinker and an optimist. Or that I love to solve problems and search for things intuitively.
I think we know that already, Asif!
But you don’t know how much I like these things!