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31 October 2005

Spaling Mestaques ... Who Cares !?

Do you really care when you find some spelling mistakes in a blog post? Can they be one of the reasons for visiting or not visiting a specific blog? But, if you can really get what is written there, so why do you care about the mistakes anyway? Actually for me I feel is as some kind of disrespect. I also don't like it when people use the Internet shorthand writing style ... u sur no wt um takin abt, aint u!? For me it is like "I do not have enough time to write the whole thing". Ok, if you really don't have time to write I also don't have enough time to read what you wrote. And yes sometimes I can accept it when writing is a real pain in the a**, for example, when writing an SMS on mobile phones with their 12 buttons,where you have to use multiple key strokes in order to write a single letter. I also don't like typos - when you hit on a key instead of another while using a keyboard., especially when there are spell checkers everywhere now. I really appreciate it when someone contacts me in order to tell me that there is a spelling mistake or even grammatical mistake in a certain post I have written earlier. Tags: , , ,

30 October 2005

Women = SIN(2 * Pi * K * t)

A friend of mine - Zein Wali - and I were trying to understand women's behavior, and we came out with a theory that women are like a sinusoidal wave. The sinusoidal wave is filled with ups and downs and positives and negatives, and so are women. This may be because they have period every month or so, and that's why they are just as periodic as the sine wave.
You may notice that the sine equals to zero when the X-axis (Time in our case) value is zero, and that is how it looks like when you are starting a relation with some woman. Then it goes up in the positive direction as you get to know her more. This may be noticed as the intensity and the frequency of phone calls, meetings, etc. Then for no reason the curve goes down, however some may claim that it is some kind of strategy they use in order to make them look more desirable. And the negative cycle is considered to most critical phase depending on the other partner behavior it may go up again to the positive part or just return to zero and stay there.

The function shown below can be useful to represent the strength of the relation with time.
Women = SIN(2 * Pi * K * t)
  • Pi: 3.1415 (Radian), or 90 (Degrees)
  • K: Some constant, however more recent studies claim that it is function in the women itself, time, and the surrounding environment
  • t: time
Recent studies are trying to make some kind of emotional rectifier in order to reach more steady behaviour than this one above. Also some studies think that this may be solved by knowing many women so that when any of them is in her negative phase you can easily dump her for another one in her positive phase, however there are many ethical issues regarding such solution.

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Cambridge English Dictionary

You are looking for the meaning of an English word, and Google is not very helpful?
Here you are Cambridge Online English Dictionary to search in.

You may also use the following HTML code to add a link to this post on your own blog or web page:
<a href=""> Cambridge English Dictionary </a>

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Diego Armando Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona, nicknamed El Diez, Pelusa, El Diego and Dios (born October 30, 1960), is a former Argentine football (soccer) player. He is regarded as one of the greatest—and most controversial—players in the history of the game. Source: Wikipedia. Tags: , , ,

29 October 2005

Who's Next?

I was bored and decided to pick a random blog to read. So I used that button at the top here, "NEXT BLOG>>", in order to find some blog. The first blog I came across was in French, so I skipped to the next one which was a Malaysian girl's blog. The posts there are either in Malaysian or in ... you know that "wlkm 2 ma lil blog, itz kewl 2 c ya heeer" stuff. So I moved to the next one, it is a picture blog so there is no need to read, but wait what kind of freak people are these, the first picture is of a woman who look like a witch with that witches hat on her head, the next picture is of a baby dressed like a chicken and sleeping in a big dish!, then another photo of the sky, and one for a hamburger sandwitch ... Ok that's enough, it's time to move to the next blog. Ok, here we go, this one is what I call a "Typical Chinese Girl Blog", it's all in pink with a lot of photos of herself and her friends, and a banner on the top that reads "LaZy CoZy mAP of heArT" .... ughhhhhhh. Seems that I have to click on the magical "NEXT BLOG>>" button once more. Finally a human being blog, It's a blog with two contributors, let's read the first post then ... Ok, I got it now, it is only one contributor and another user that's called "Free For All Guest - 11/25/2005" is an anonymous account there. They have a really nice idea by letting people login by this anonymous account every Friday and publish whatever the want to post there. Most of these anonymous contributors posts look like a brief thank you to the blog owner and then introducing themselves in one or two paragraphs, here is one girl talking about how here boyfriend dumped her, and another one saying that he likes baseball ... Anyways the idea is good but I dun feel really like reading that crap. The next blog is in Portuguese - with those weird ~ signs over the letter a -, and then the following one is in Spanish - I should have expected this. Then a blog of someone who looks like he gave up blogging, there is only a single post there with the phrase "Welcome to my Blog" there. The next one, he has many post all with different phrase that links to the same URL, which seems that he is doing some Search Engine Spamming or so. The next one is a woman who is giving people advises on running their own business from home and some marketing tips. I am damn sure that what she means by small business is cooking and making napkins.
OK ... That's it ... I didn't really expect to see such big number of FREAKS in the Bloggers-Land. It seems that it is time to go to sleep now!!

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What Do You Like To See Here?

What kind of topics you like to see here more?
  1. Personal Stuff.
  2. News Comments.
  3. Movies Reviews.
  4. Photos of Egypt and Other Places I've Been to.
  5. Technical Stuff (HOWTO's, Blog Tips, etc.)
  6. General Thoughts about Life and Living
  7. Poetry and Short Stories
  8. Others
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Which Blog Do You Like Most?

Which blog - of my two blogs - do you like most?
  1. This one,
  2. My Arabic Blog,
  3. Both of them are OK.
  4. They both suck!
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What Classic Movie Am I?

I am bored of such silly tests, but here is one more test result. Tags: , ,

28 October 2005

Tarek Has Been Tagged !!

Blueue and Wonderer are really evil girls. They both have tagged me, and since they are old blog friends so I am supposed to accept their Tag request here. Se7en things I want/like to do:
  1. Finish this post ;-)
  2. Study JNCIS-FWV
  3. Go to the cinema.
  4. Write programs in C on a Linux Machine.
  5. Get to know stuff, no one else knows.
  6. Find Miss Right.
  7. Find one more thing to write here.
Se7en things I don't want/like to do:
  1. Be someone else, other than myself.
  2. Confess my emotions towards somebody openly.
  3. Stop thinking.
  4. apologize, especially if I don't have to.
  5. Stay with people I don't like.
  6. Talk on the phone.
  7. Let's find something to write here later.
Se7en things I say most often (With Explanations):
  1. Eshta = OK
  2. Holy Shit = Mierda
  3. El Teneen = Very much
  4. Swayeka = Pretty Girl
  5. Ay kalam = Nonsense
  6. What's your IP !?
  7. Welcome to Bloggers Land
Se7en people I want to pass this tag to (Almost Random Choices):
  1. Bent Masreya
  2. Sharks
  3. Ritzy Mabrouk
  4. Khagal
  5. Zeryab
  6. Haisam
  7. Anyone who may be interested.
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27 October 2005

Long Blog Posts

I am not sure if I am the only one who do this or not, but whenever I come across a long blog post I don't read it. May be one of the main reasons that make me read a post is the time it will take me to read it, as well as how attractive is its title. I also do the same thing in newspapers, magazines, web pages, etc. Anyways, may be it is just me who get bored quickly. Tags: , ,

26 October 2005

Never Walk Without a Document in Your Hand

Never walk without a document in your hand in the office in order to look like a hard working employee, and check this link for more office advices. Office Advices: Tags: , ,

24 October 2005

African Cup of Nations - Egypt 2006 Website

The 2006 African Cup of Nations will be held in Egypt. The decision was made by the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in Cairo. A four-time winner of the Nations Cup, Egypt hosted the tournament in 1959, 1974 and 1986. For more information you can visit the tournament's official site: Tags: , , , ,

Doom, The Game & The Movie

Since it is Ramadan here, and no one goes to the Cinema, then let me try writing a short review on this week's U.S. Box Office. Most of us used to play that id-Soft's video-game called Doom. It was a first person shoot'em up game. Now a film version of it has topped the US and Canada box office. Doom has succeded to move the Horror movie The Fog to the fourth position. Charlize Theron's movie North Country came in the fifth position, the South African actress's movie was relased this week a little while after Charlize-Cook famous butt kissing on Jay Leno's Tonight Show. In the second and third positions there are two movies one based on a true story and the other one is an animation movie respectivly and I don't like both. Tags: , ,

Recent Posts - Comments Count

The most recent posts are listed in the blog's side-bar. So what about adding the number of comments posted on each post of them. To do this just replace the following code:
<ul id="recently"> <BloggerPreviousItems> <li><a href="<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>"><$BlogPreviousItemTitle$> </a></li> </BloggerPreviousItems> </ul>
With this one:
<ul id="recently"> <BloggerPreviousItems> <li><a href="<$BlogItemPermalinkURL$>"><$BlogPreviousItemTitle$> (<$BlogItemCommentCount$>)</a></li> </BloggerPreviousItems> </ul>
And once more, if you are reading this post in any blog aggregator and you can't see the code well, just click here. Tags: , ,

23 October 2005

Green Test

Green Test - JavaScript Alert Message <script language="Javascript"> <!-- // please keep these lines on when you copy the source // made by: Nicolas - alert ("GrErN DaTa, JaVaScRiPt tEsT") //--> </script> Q: So, what the heck is this post about !? A: I know it looks weird, ok I was testing some blog aggregator to see if it is vulnerable to cross site scripting (XSS) or not. Any way feel free to skip this post as I don't feel like deleting it. By the way, it came out that the blog aggregator was not vulnerable, hooray !! Tags: , , , ,

Color Blender

Sick of searching for suitable colors - a.k.a colours - for you website or blog !? May be you can use ColorBlender tool for color matching and palette design! Tags: , , ,

Mia's Comments Authors List

Mia, Shaken Not Stirred had some cool feature in her blog. She is listing the names of those who have left comments at the bottom of each post. To do the same thing at your blog, go to the blog's template and edit the following section:
<p class="post-footer"> <em>posted by <$BlogItemAuthorNickname$> at <a href="<$BlogItemPermalinkUrl$>" title="permanent link"><$BlogItemDateTime$></a> </em> <MainOrArchivePage><BlogItemCommentsEnabled> <a class="comment-link" href="<$BlogItemCommentCreate$>" <$BlogItemCommentFormOnclick$>> <$BlogItemCommentCount$> comments</a> </BlogItemCommentsEnabled></MainOrArchivePage> <$BlogItemControl$> </p>
To look like this
<p class="post-footer"> <em>posted by <$BlogItemAuthorNickname$> at <a href="<$BlogItemPermalinkUrl$>" title="permanent link"><$BlogItemDateTime$></a> </em> <MainOrArchivePage><BlogItemCommentsEnabled> <a class="comment-link" href="<$BlogItemCommentCreate$>" <$BlogItemCommentFormOnclick$>> <$BlogItemCommentCount$> comments</a> from: <BlogItemComments><$BlogCommentAuthor$>, </BlogItemComments> </BlogItemCommentsEnabled></MainOrArchivePage> <$BlogItemControl$> </p>
Note: This is tested with ( only, and I don't know whether the same hack can be done on other blog hosting sites or not. Also, for readers, if the previous code is not shown well there, please click on the link to see the original post here . Tags: , , , ,

20 October 2005

Logoglize You Name

Generate a Google-style logo.
Powered By: Logogle
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BlogRoll Me

Most of the Blogs here have a list of their favorite blogs in their own blog side-bar. But the problem is every time you come across a blog you like, you have to copy its URL, then go to your blog's template and edit it in order to add that blog link there. That's why you can use the BlogRoll service in order to simplify such task. You first have to create and account there, Then add a piece of code to your site - most probably in your sidebar - that can show the list of blogs in your bookmark, and the list is updated automatically whenever you add a new link there.
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src=""> </script>
Adding a bookmark can be done by logging into BlogRoll site and adding it from there, or simply that blog owner can add a link like the following one for people to click on in order to add him/her to their bookmark list.

Click here in order to add me to you BlogRoll bookmarks

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According To The West

I don't know why most of the western people believe that Arabs are all members of Al Qaida and that all Muslims are terrorists. While most Arabs are against Al Qaida and Islam is against killing innocent people for any reason. The problem is that sometimes people claim some religious roots to their deeds in order to give them legality and gain some sympathy from the members of that religion, and that why Al Qaida and Al Zarkawi always claim that they do what the do because it is the Islam which dictates them to do so. While Islam has nothing to do with these actions for sure. Tags: , , , , , ,

Scorpions' Peace for All concert tour

Scorpions - one of my favorite bands - are going to give a concert here in Egypt next month. According to AMEInfo the concert will be held in Cairo on Thursday the 17th of November, an in Sharm El Sheik on the 19th, and it is considered as a part the first ever Middle East regional tour for the international band. Source: Source: Tickets: Tags: , , , , ,

Bird Flu - Wikipedia

Bird Flu (also known as avian flu or avian influenza) is today's hottest topic everywhere. So here is a Wikipedia link about it. Bird Flu: Tags: , , , , , , ,

19 October 2005

Xerox Conspiracy Theory

It seems that the U.S. government is tracking everyone and everything out there. Last year, an article in PC World magazine pointed out that printouts from many color laser printers contained yellow dots scattered across the page, viewable only with a special kind of flashlight. These dots may contain hidden information that could be used to track you down. Yesterday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco consumer privacy group, said it had cracked the code used in a widely used line of Xerox printers, an invisible bar code of sorts that contains the serial number of the printer as well as the date and time a document was printed. The EFF said it has identified similar coding on pages printed from nearly every major printer manufacturer, including Hewlett-Packard Co., though its team has so far cracked the codes for only one type of Xerox printer. Source:
The question now is whether it is only printers, or there is a lot more under cover? Who can be sure now that they are not using their domination of the Technology market in order to track every move we make and every breath we take? I cannot stop myself from thinking that they may be recording our online behavior, there may be some logging systems to record our MSN, or Yahoo Messanger conversations, and may be Emails as well. May be there is some piece of code in our browsers to tell them what kind of sites we visit and when do we visit them. Anyway we are going to be tracked as long as we use technology and not create it ourselves. Tags: , , , , ,

Zamalekfans Is Back

After a long while of being out of service, ZamalekFans - one of the best Zamalek fans site - was back to service yesterday 11 PM. The site is more organized now and the new look is much better than the old one to. Site URL: Tags: , , , , , ,

18 October 2005

Want To Track My Comments

Sometimes I come across a blog post and feel like leaving a comment there, or asking its author some question. But the problem is that after a while I forget where did I comment and which blog was it in. So I hope they can develop a method in order to track the comments I left here are there. You know, some kind of comments book-marking or searching for my name in the other blogs comment section. Let me think for a solution, and may be there is one out there already. Tags: , ,

Kindergarten Gifts

It was the end of the school year, and a kindergarten teacher was receiving gifts from her pupils.
The florist’s son handed her a gift. She shook it, held it overhead, and said, “I bet I know what it is. Flowers.” “That’s right!” the boy said, “But, how did you know?” “Oh, just a wild guess,” she said. The next pupil was the sweet shop owner’s daughter. The teacher held her gift overhead, shook it, and said, “I bet I can guess what it is. A box of sweets.” “That’s right, but how did you know?” asked the girl. “Oh, just a wild guess,” said the teacher.
The next gift was from the son of the liquor storeowner. The teacher held the package overhead, but it was leaking. She touched a drop off the leakage with her finger and put it to her tongue. “Is it wine?” she asked. “No,” the boy replied, with some excitement. The teacher repeated the process, tasting a larger drop of the leakage. “Is it champagne?” she asked.
“No,” the boy replied, with more excitement. The teacher took one more big taste before declaring, “I give up, what is it?” With great glee, the boy replied, “It’s a puppy!”

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Know Yourself Test

Here you have a great chance to know about yourself. Please read this very carefully and reply the question very honestly. Imagine you have to choose one fruit to eat before being executed, what will you choose?
  1. Apple
  2. Banana
  3. Orange
  4. Peach
Now, write your answer down and be prepared to know who you really are.
  1. If you have chosen apple: this means that you are a person who loves to eat apples.
  2. If you have chosen banana: this means that you are a person who loves to eat bananas.
  3. If you have chosen orange: this means that you are a person who loves to eat oranges.
  4. If you have chosen peach: this means that you are a person who loves to eat peaches.
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17 October 2005

Polyphasic Sleep

Polyphasic sleep is a sleep pattern specification intended to compress sleep time to 2-5 hours daily. This is achieved by spreading out sleep into short (around 20-45 minute) naps throughout the day. This allows for more waking hours with relatively high alertness. The theory is that ordinary monophasic sleep consists of many phases, only a few of which are needed for survival. REM sleep, occurring quite late in the sequence, is commonly believed to be one such necessary phase. It is believed that after being deprived of sleep during an adjustment period, the brain will start to enter the required stages much quicker - with the result that each short nap consists almost solely of REM sleep. Some theories of sleep suggest that REM is largely responsible for the mental rejuvenation effects of sleep, but the role of REM sleep has in recent years been disputed. It has been documented that depriving rats of REM sleep specifically leads to death in 3 to 8 weeks (which doesn't happen with depriving test animals of other specific sleep phases), but it has also been documented that humans survive without REM sleep. Since polyphasic sleepers get a lot of Stage 4 NREM and REM sleep, they may achieve higher alertness levels than those who do not know the art of catnapping. Several famous people applied catnapping to a large extent. These include Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison and Buckminster Fuller. Other figures said to be associated with polyphasic sleep experimentation include Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, and Winston Churchill. This method was also popularized on Seinfeld, where the character Cosmo Kramer attempted to adapt to a polyphasic sleeping pattern. Source:
I think this kind of sleep pattern can be very usefult ot those who suffer from low sleeping hours in Ramadan, however I do not think that one can be used to it easily. Tags: , , , ,

Comedy Here, And Horror There

Is it me the only one who has noticed this? The horror movies are dominating the box-office this year. The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Amityville Horror, The Ring Two, The Grudge, Dawn of the Dead, Saw, Boogeyman, and lately The Fog, they all have something in common. Their cast are not well known actors, the are box-office top-tenners, and for sure they are all scary movies. I only saw Saw and I liked it a little, and I heared they are going to release Saw II soon. It looks like horror movies seasons there, and a long lasting comedy season here. Tags: , ,

15 October 2005

Microsoft, Yahoo to Link IM Networks

Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are set to announce on Wednesday a blockbuster interoperability deal that will reshape the landscape of the fragmented instant messaging market. The companies will connect their IM networks so users on each can communicate with one another using text and voice chat free of charge. Source: Tags: , , , , ,

Addicted to Google !?

Why does Google give software for free? Do they have any hidden agendas, or diabolic plans?
When I think of Google, I think of the arch-villain Mr. Big from the James Bond film Live and Let Die. His diabolical plan: Flood the streets with free heroin to drive out competing suppliers and dealers. Once users got hooked on his free smack, Mr. Big could leverage control over the entire market. Adam L. Penenberg, Slate
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14 October 2005

Blog Flavors

In fact I visited your blog more than once, but, I didn't leave a comment. I felt that your blog is too hi-tec for me:) Wonderer, Away from Home
Actually, I do not publish technical stuff here all the time. There are posts about Egypt, arts, movies I've seen lately, and sometimes uncategorized ones. So the question is, shall everyone have different blogs each has its own topic, i.e. one for posts in Arabic, one for those in English, one for politics, one for technical stuff etc.? I do have one blog for Arabic posts and other one - this one - for English ones. But I feel that having a blog for each particulat topic on its own, may lead to having many blogs that will be hard to manage, also this may lead to having blogs with a single or may be a couple of posts there. In fact I found that most of those who have more than three or four blogs, are updating one or to of them frequenlty, and leaving the rest of them not updated for months. One of the best solutions for that is the Tagging System Technorati uses in order to categorize different posts based on some keywords., and I started to add keywords at the end of my posts lately, however Blogspot do not offer a method of sorting your blog posts based on these categories or tags as many other blog hosting services do. Tags: , ,, What is it Good For !?

I've noticed lately that many users are having a link to a site called, however I don't know wat is it good for. Anyway I've decided to add a link to it here too, as it seems to be useful in some way or another. And will try to read more about it later in order to see what is that thing or may be hype. The link format looks like this: <a href = "[BLOG_URL]&title=[BLOG_TITLE]"> </a> Stuff to read: Tags: , ,

Blog Comments - Back Links

Leaving a comment after reading a blog post is good for creating cyber-relations with different bloggers, as well as informing the blogger that there are others reading his/her blog. But one more advantage of comments is that they are also back-links, i.e. links that points back to your original blog. I have noticed this after seeing my site statistics lately to find that a big percentage of the visitors have been redirected there from my Blogger User Profile, which means that they have reached it through a comment I have posted here or here. Tags: , ,

Todays site is, which stands for Google Hacks. This site has some nice tips for searching with Google Site URL: Tags: , ,

13 October 2005

Ubuntu 5.10 Released

The Ubuntu team announced the release of Ubuntu 5.10. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available from the network, a commitment to security updates for 18 months after each release and professional technical support from many companies around the world. Source: Tags: , , , ,

Forbidden Folders

An Indian discovered that nobody can create a folder anywhere in MS Windows named as:
The following file names are pre-assigned to certain devices.
CON: Console (screen display for output and keyboard for input) PRN: Printer. This is usually LPT1. LPT1: The first parallel printer/port. The printer device may be used only as an output device. LPT2: The second parallel printer/port (for output only). LPT3: The third parallel printer/port (for output only). COM1: or AUX: The first asynchronous communications adapter port. COM2: The second asynchronous communications adapter port. NUL: A nonexistent device to avoid the generation of output from programs.
You can just try it yourself. Tags: , ,

12 October 2005

bBlog, B Blogger.

Do you have your own web server and want to have your own blog there? Then use bBlog, it is a personal publishing system written in PHP and released as free, Open Source software under the GPL.

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This Day In History, October 12th

Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506) (Cristóbal Colón in Spanish, Cristòfor Colom in Catalan, Cristóvão Colombo in Portuguese) was an explorer and trader who crossed the Atlantic Ocean and reached the Americas on October 12, 1492 under the flag of Castilian Spain. The entire period of the history of the Americas before this date usually known as Pre-Columbian, and the anniversary of this event, Columbus Day celebrated in many countries in the Americas as well as Spain. Columbus believed that the Earth was a relatively small sphere, and argued that a ship could reach the Far East via a westward course. The widespread notion that Columbus encountered opposition based on the idea that the Earth was flat is a literary myth created by Washington Irving. Columbus landed in the Bahamas and later explored much of the Caribbean, including the isles of Juana (Cuba) and Espanola (Hispaniola), as well as the coasts of Central and South America, but he never reached the present-day United States. The latin american country Colombia is named ofter him, as well as the city of Clumbia in South Carolina in USA,. Source: Wikipedia Tags: , ,

GRE Tutorial

GRE or Generic Routing Encapsulation - it has nothing to do with the Graduate Record Examination - is a tunneling protocol that was originally developed by Cisco for encapsulation of arbitrary kinds of network layer packets inside arbitrary kinds of network layer packets. This is brief tutorial on creating a GRE tunnel between two Cisco routes. Suppose that we have two sites; SiteA and SiteB. SiteA's router has interface Eth0 with the following IP address and secondary IP address Where the users (LAN) are connected to subnet. The router has serial interface connected to the Internet (ISP). Same for SiteB, it has Eth0 with IP address and secondary IP where the users (LAN) are connected to subnet. The router has serial interface connected to the Internet (ISP). Now we want to create a GRE tunnel in order for and subnets to communicate with each other.
RouterA-Eth0: & RouterB-Eth0: & RouterA-S0: Any IP given by the ISP RouterB-S0: Any IP given by the ISP
Configure the following on SiteA's Router
# interface Tunnel0 # ip address # tunnel source Ethernet0 # tunnel destination # ip route Tunnel0
Configure the following on SiteB's Router
# interface Tunnel0 # ip address # tunnel source Ethernet0 # tunnel destination # ip route Tunnel0
For more info see the following links: Tags: , , ,

Button Maker

Do you wan to create new buttons in your blog with custom text and colors?
Button Creator for Free
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11 October 2005

Searching Into Your Blog Posts

You can add the following code into your blog template in order to have an add-on for searching into your blog posts. This can be added in your blog side-bar or anywhere else you want.
<!-- Technorati Search Box --> <!-- Author: Tarek Amr --> <!-- Date: 11 October 2005 --> <!-- --> <h2 class="sidebar-title">Search Within This Blog</h2> <center> <form action="" method="get"> <input type="text" id="kw-search" name="s"/> <input type="hidden" name="from" value="" /> <input type="submit" class="btn" value="Search" /> <br><br> Technorati Search Box Powered By: <a href=""> Gr33n Data </a> </form> </center> <!-- End Technorati Search Box -->
Note: do not forget to replace "" with your actual blog address. Tags: , ,

10 October 2005

Blogging From The Wireless Zone

This is me, writing this post while connected to the internet using Juniper NetScreen-5GT ADSL and Wireless firewall. After playing for a short while with the firewall's parameters from it WebUI, I managed to get the ADSL (PPPoA) connection as well as the wireless interface up. The wireless connection now is unencrypted however I am going to change it to WEP or WPA later on. It is really nice to try blogging while moving freely at you home. Tags: , , ,

Gr33nData Country Share

This is the distribution of my blog visitors by their locations so far.
  • Egypt: 30%
  • USA: 26%
  • UK: 8%
  • Canada: 7%
  • Emirates and Germany: 3%
  • Australia, Bulgaria, and Pakistan: 2%
  • Others (Fiji, Denmark, Romania, Israel, India, France, Poland, etc.): 1%
So what does these percentages mean an way. I think that the majority are Egyptian because I am Egyptian and many topics here have something to do with Egypt, also 'coz of blog aggregator that my blog is included in. Then comes the Americans who form the majority of the Internet users. It is also noticed that after Egypt, there are USA, UK, and Canada who all are English speaking countries which is the language of my blog here. It is disappointing that there is no users from any Arabic or middle eastern countries except Emirates with a tiny percentage of the total visitors. Tags: , ,

09 October 2005

Who is Supposed to Control the Internet !?

I came across the following post about the argue over who is supposed to control the Internet.
Europe wrestles with U.S. over control of the Internet The 25 countries in the European Union (EU) are putting additional pressure in the United States to turn over control of the Internet to the United Nations. The U.S. insists that the information highway must remain under its control for strategic reasons. Details:
But let me ask first, is there some specific country or certain group of countries who are supposed to control the Internet? And why shall it be either USA or EU? How about the other nations of the world who use the Internet too? Don't they have the right to participate in that if the control thing is a must anyway? I myself don't believe that the Internet is supposed to be controlled, or at least a minimum number of rules may be used. And these rules and laws shall be made by every country that uses the Internet and not some specific ones. There may be some international organization for that, which may belong to the UN or so.

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Cell Phonse DoS

Malicious hackers could take down cellular networks in large cities by inundating their popular text-messaging services with the equivalent of spam, said computer security researchers. Such an attack is possible, the researchers say, because cell phone companies provide the text message service to their networks in a way that could allow an attacker who jams the message system to disable the voice network as well. And because the message services are accessible via the Internet, cellular networks are open to the “denial of service” attacks that occur regularly online, in which computers send so many messages or commands to a target that the rogue data blocks other machines from connecting. By pushing 165 messages a second into the network, said Patrick McDaniel, a professor of computer science and engineering at Pennsylvania State University and the lead researcher on the paper, “you can congest all of Manhattan.” Soure: Tags: , ,

Check Point to Acquire Makers of Snort

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. and Sourcefire, Inc., developers of Snort, announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Check Point to acquire privately held Sourcefire for a total consideration of approximately $225 million. Tags: , ,

08 October 2005

Technorati Tags

Since do not offer blogs categorization, you may use Technorati tags instead. Just add a link or two at the bottom of your post with the following URL[TAG-NAME] rel="tag" , where TAG-NAME is the category you wanna put this post in. For more info see below. One final step, just go to the following ling and enter you blog's address there so that they will be notified by your new updates. Tags: , ,

Metal Music

The following article has been published in Bloody Zone forum and hope you find it useful. Introduction According to wikipedia Metal music is a genre of music that derives from and is closely related to rock and electric blues, with distorted guitars, loud bass, and generally very powerful drums. Even though Metal genres are sometimes difficult to segregate, they show different characteristics in overall structures, instrument styles (particularly vocals), and tempo. The main subgenres are Classic Metal, Doom Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash, Melo-Death, Progressive Metal and Power Metal. Thrash Metal Fast, heavily distorted riffs with a hollowed-out (lacking in mids) tone on the lower strings of the guitar and double bass rolls on the drums define the genre. Thrash can often but not invariably be identified by the vocals, which are gritty and intense but clean, unlike those of Death and Black Metal bands, and typically lack the vibrato of Power Metal. Testament and Kreator are prime examples of the genre. Examples: Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Destruction, Kreator, Sodom, Dark Angel, Death Angel, Exodus Death Metal The central characteristic of Death Metal that differentiates it from Thrash is the vocals, which are vibrato-soaked "growls" or "grunts" projected from the abdomen rather than the throat. Aside from that, early death metal musicians thickened the scooped-out tone of thrash, added some groove and blastbeats, took the speed and technical riffs of thrash bands like Slayer to even more extreme levels. Lyrics frequently broach on normally taboo subjects such as death and the perverse (or any combination thereof), although this is in no way exclusive to or a defining characteristic of the genre. Good examples include Cryptopsy and Origin. Examples: Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Cryptopsy, Death, Deicide, Entombed, Morbid Angel, Nile, Obituary, Opeth, Possessed, Suffocation. Black metal Whereas death metal became faster and more aggressive than thrash through experimentation, black metal was a conscious effort to push music to its audible limits, namely, making it as extreme and abrasive as humanly possible. More emphasis is put on atmospheric effect, and musicianship and complexity are often sacrificed to this end, as solos are often absent and riffs tremolo-picked. Blastbeats are the norm, vocals are shrieked, lyrics use Pagan or Norse imagery, and production is often left intentionally "poor". Emperor and Darkthrone have stuck to this formula with relative consistency. Examples: Venom, Mercyful Fate, Bathory, Hellhammer, Von, Celtic Frost, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Burzum, Mayhem, Immortal and Emperor. Doom metal In reaction to the perpetual increase in speed of death and black metal, doom metal took the opposite direction in slowing down immensly. Musically and lyrically the focus is shifted from aggression towards depression. Melody is often more prominent and riffs take a more minimalistic approach. Occasional bursts of speed are nevertheless not uncommon. The vocals vary from clean - Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass take this approach - to deep grunted - as for example used by Disembowelment. Examples:: Alchemy, Anathema (Sometimes considered Death), Lake of Tears, Nemesis, Sources: Tags: , ,

Single and Looking !

A Pakistani Blogger - Saj Shirazi - has added the following post to his/her blog linking to mine.
"Today's Blog Is: From Egypt Tarek Amr (single and looking) is multilingual (Arabic, English) blogger from Egypt. Green Data is his English blog with quasi personal and quasi tech themes. He has a lot to offer. Go find out here."
So I'd like to thank him/her and also make some advertisement for his/her nice blog here :) By the way, please remind me to ask him/her about that "Single and Looking" thing !!

Egyptian Fair Play

The Egyptian national football team has succeeded to have a 1-1 draw with Cameroon which allowed Cote d'Ivoire - Ivory Coast, who won 3-1 in Sudan, to qualify for their first time to the World Cup finals that will be held in Germany in summer, 2006. The point here is that our national team played to win, however they did not have any chance to be qualified, while many other teams wouldn't have done the same thing if they were in our place. That's why I would like to salute the Egyptian team Fair Play and their brilliant coach Hassan Shehata, and also I'd like to congratulate Cote d'Ivoir for their first time qualification to the World Cup finals. Tags: , ,


Microsoft is celebrating its 30th anniversary now. It was founded in 1975 and now they have about 60,000 employees and offices in over 60 countries around the globe. So what do you think will happen 30 years later, will they remain the main Operating System and Softwares producer and one of the largest companies worldwide, or things will change then? Source: Tags: , ,

World's Smallest Film Festival

A film festival will be held in Europe for shot films taken by mobile phones.Short films from the festival, including animations, sketches and mini-documentaries, can be viewed on both cheaper Java phones and high-end smart phones, allowing more accessibility for consumers and opening up a larger market to the festival’s unique content.

07 October 2005

The Fantastic Four

Mohamed ElBaradei (2005) joins Anwar Sadat (1978) as the second Egyptian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the fourth Egyptian prize recipient after Naguib Mahfouz (Literature 1988) and Ahmed H. Zewail (Chemistry 1999) Source: One Arab World
However, I do not believe the El Baradei is the perfect choice for the prize, but hope that the prize will help him in his fight against nuclear weapons spread in the whole world especially the Israeli nuclear arsenal that forms a threat to the whole Middle East. Tags: , , ,

06 October 2005

Yom Kippur

Today is the 32nd anniversary of the war, where Egypt has restored its own land - Sinai - that was occupied by Israel 6 years earlier. May Allah bless our country and protect it from its enemies forever. Tags: , , , ,

05 October 2005

Sun Rises On Google's Earth

Web search giant Google and Sun Microsystem announced a multi-year partnership on Tuesday to help spread and develop each other's software. According to their agreement, the alliance will begin modestly.The Google toolbar will become a standard part of the software people get when they download Java from Sun's Web site. Also Google will significantly increase its purchasing of Sun servers. However this is not everything as reported are expecting this partnership is mainly done in order to challenge Microsoft the market leader in Operating System and Desktop applications. Many elements of the partnership remain secret, but people are expecting to see an output that will change the solar system from this partnership, something like GoogleOffice or so. Anyways we will have to wait and see what will happen in the near future.


Sometimes it is written in Security Products datasheets that they are ICSA Certified. ICSA is an industry-accepted certification of security devices conducted by ICSA Labs, a division of TruSecure. It includes such products as Firewalls, Anti-Virus, IPSec, and Cryptography.

03 October 2005

Deep Inspection

Deep Inspection is the name of a technology created by NetScreen - acquired by Juniper now - in order to make the Firewalls able to look in the application Layer instead of being limited to the Layer-3 and Layer-4 fields - IP Addresses, Protocol, and Ports. The problem with normal Firewalls was that they were not able to do anything beyond blocking some traffic based on the source and destination addresses and the service used like HTTP, Mail, Telnet, etc. Some applications like FTP and some of Real Time Voice used two streams one for Control the other for Data, and the Data stream was created dynamically based on information passed in the Control stream, so traditional firewalls were not able to deal with such traffic as thy were not able to parse the control stream and open the required ports for the data stream. One more problems was the applications like Kazaa, ICQ, MSN, and Shareaza that use the same ports as other applications, e.g. HTTP and DNS. So the firewalls were required to look in the Application Layer in order to differenciate between these different applications and take actions based on that. That's why Deep Inspection (DI) and Application Layer Gateways (ALG) technologies were created. One of the main advantages of Deep Inspection on NetScreen firewalls that you can add some signatures and take action - Drop or Close the Connection - when the traffic matches them. This is to make firewalls inherit some of the Intrusion Detection capabilities and adding an extra layer of security to your network perimeter.

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El Mesaharaty

El Mesaharaty is one of the traditional characters that are related to the month of Ramadan. Since people fast - stop eating and drinking - in Ramadan from dawn to night. The Mesaharaty used to pass by houses before dawn in order to wake people up by striking on a small drum and singing some songs in order to remind them to eat before dawn. The name of that supper is Sohour, and that why he is called mesaharaty, i.e. the one who reminds people by sohour. Nowadays after the presence of clocks and different kinds of reminders and alarms, the Mesaharty has disappeared from our lives, however he remains as one of the main symbols of Ramadan beside The Fanoos - Ramadan's Lamp - and Madfaa El Eftar - Breakfast Gun.

01 October 2005

Bloody Zone

A new online forum called Bloody Zone has been created for Egyptian Metal Music Fans, a.k.a Metalians.