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31 March 2006

What Kind of Magic is Ronaldinho Doing!

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born March 21, 1980 in Porto Alegre, Brazil) is a footballer more commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho due to his citizenship in the Rio Grande do Sul region of Brazil. His name Ronaldinho, Portuguese for "little Ronaldo", was originally devised as a means of distinguishing between himself, and fellow Brazilian footballer Ronaldo. Among his many achievements and accolades, Ronaldinho has been awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year award twice as well as both the European Footballer of the Year award and the FIFPro World Player of the Year award once. He is widely regarded as the best player in the world, although he himself considers such talk ridiculous, having told FourFourTwo magazine, "I don't even feel I'm the best at Barça." - Wikipedia

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One of the best uses of the Internet is the ability to download copyrighted stuff - sorry DMCA, but that's the truth. Can you imagine the Internet without being able to download Movies, MP3s, Softwaes , etc. I don't think so.
There are currently many ways to download such stuff, one of the most popular means it P2P where each one can share some files from his own Disk. People simply download some softwares like Kazaa, Shareaza, BitTorrent, etc and they can then download files from others, and for sure upload files to them as well. The problem with P2P is availability, the point is you can find a file with someone, but these are zillions of people downloading the file from him. So you have to be put in a queue since that user has limited resources and cannot just send it to everyone at the same time. You may wait for ages in the queue, and this user may go offline just before you finish downloading the file you want.
One other method of sharing stuff is by uploading them to sites like RapidShare, YouSendIt, you name them. And people can go there and download the files. The problem with such sites, that you cannot simply search there to find the file you want. What happens there is the the file uploader send a link to his file there to some Web Forum or Mailing List, which are normally limited to few users only.
So, where there is no Hybrid-Solution that can have the pros. of each of the above mothods. Imagine a method having the Searching capabilities of P2P, and the reliable resources of Web Servers. What I am thinking of is a P2P that shares URLs instead of files. So people just upload their files to RapidShare, and then post the URL to a P2P network, this may be an ordinary P2P like Gnutella or Fast Track, or some new P2P networkd with its own programs that are optimized to URL sharing. Users can also tag files with some tags like "Unavailable", "Fake", "High Quality", "Low Quality", etc. They can even tag it with it's genre, artists names, etc. just to improve the searching there. Also users are not supposed to be limited to RapidShare, et al. but they can use their own FTP servers or anything equivalent. However using Free file sharing servers keep them away from piracy laws.
Finally, this article is for educational reasons only, and I really ask you not to break your country's laws. Actually I think this solution must be used to share non copyrighted stuff only, as you can buy copyrighted CD from stores.

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Which Country Should I Be Living In?

Spain; Usted es el español! You have a passion for fine foods and beautiful scenery - as well as feeling a great love for your country and fellow citizens. You wish to remain independant in a world which is hard to stand out, and you are doing it well. Ibravo! Take the quiz here Tags: , ,

FHM's 'Sexiest Women' Poll

"Scarlett Johansson" was picked as this year's FHM magazine's number one in the 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll. "Angelina Jolie" is No. 2 on the list, followed by "Jessica Alba" - Alba is No. 1 according AskMen, the rest are as follows, "Jessica Simpson", "Keira Knightley" - Who's she!?, "Halle Berry" - Dun like her, "Jenny McCarthy" - Who is she too!?, "Maria Sharapova" - Ok, not bad. Actually, if I was to re-arrange these names, then I think I'll put Alba first, then Scarlett, and may be Angelina and Simpson after them. Also we can't ignore Hayfa Wahby, and Myriam Faris for example ;) Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

29 March 2006

Google Deleted Its Own Blog

A student from Texas left internet giant Google with egg on its face by taking control of the company's official blog when it went offline yesterday. The unnamed student tried registering a new blog with the Google-owned Blogger service using the same googleblog name after the search firm's usual page failed to load. "The username was giving a 404, so I tried registering a new blog with it. Surprisingly, it worked.", said the student Google later admitted that it had accidentally deleted the blog and that there was no widespread hacking problem for Blogger. Source: Vnunet Tags: , ,

IETF: Not a Teenager Anymore

This year, the IETF celebrates another one when it turns 20. The IETF is an egalitarian, all-volunteer group consisting of network engineers from Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, AT&T and other leading vendors. It has created many of the underlying standards that make the Internet work, including fundamental routing, e-mail, directory services and telephony protocols. IETF leaders say the group's greatest accomplishment is that the protocols it developed let the Internet function in spite of dramatic growth and the introduction of new services. Source: Network World IETF: Tags: , ,

The Open CD

TheOpenCD is a collection of high quality Free and Open Source Software. The programs run in Windows and cover the most common tasks such as word processing, presentations, e-mail, web browsing, web design, and image manipulation. This is a list of the programs included in version 3.1:
  • Productivity
    • AbiWord 2.4.1
    • MoinMoin 1.3.4
    • 2.0
    • PDFCreator 0.8.1 RC9
  • Design
    • Blender 2.37a
    • GIMP 2.2.9
    • NVU 1.0
  • Internet/Networking
    • Firefox 1.5 RC2
    • Thunderbird 1.5 RC1
    • Gaim 1.5
  • Multimedia
    • Audacity 1.2.3
    • Celestia 1.3.2
    • Really Slick Screensavers
  • Utilities
    • 7-zip 4.23
    • Notepad2 1.0.12
  • Games
    • Sokoban 1.253
    • Battle for Wesnoth 1.0.1
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28 March 2006

Linux Console

This is how to configure the serial port in Linux to act as a Console port. You may need it if you have multiple PC's and you don't want to get a seperate Keyboard, and Mouse for each of them and also you don't have money to buy a KVM.
  1. In the file “/etc/inittab” add the following line:
    • S0:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty –L –f /etc/issueserial 9600 ttyS0 vt100
      • Issueserial: this is the file where you write your custom greeting message
      • 9600: Baud rate
      • ttyS0: COM-1, you may use ttyS1 for COM-2
  2. Then type the following command to activate the new settings “init q"
  3. In order to allow users to connect as root add the following to “/etc/securetty” ttyS0, or ttyS1
  4. [Optional] To redirect the console output to your serial port add the following to “/etc/grub.conf” Kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-18.9 ro root=LABEL=/ console=ttyS1,9600, The console redirection may cause some issues with kudzu so you need to disable it:chkconfig kudzu off
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26 March 2006


Mobber is a patent-pending software that shows you who is on a particular web page, allowing you to chat with them privately or in a group.

10Gig to The Edge

"The 802.3an task force is the one working on 10 Gigabit Ethernet over copper wiring, the so-called 10GBase-T. It may be standardized by the end of the summer", Network World. So it seems that the Foundry Networks expectations of 40Gig, and even 100Gig Ethernet are on their way to the Network Core, moving the 10Gig to the Edge. Tags: , ,

25 March 2006

Lucent and Alcatel in Merge Talks

Faced with a challenging industry environment, telecommunication equipment makers Lucent and Alcatel are discussing a possible merger, according to a statement released by the two companies. "We can confirm that Lucent and Alcatel are engaged in discussions about a potential merger of equals that is intended to be priced at market," the statement said, adding that there is no guarantee the companies will reach an agreement. See full article at Network World.

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24 March 2006

I Love You in 100 Languages

Do you have someone you love ? You want to make her or he happy, and you want to say "I love you" in a special way.Now you can, because you have this list.It can be helpful, if you talk on Yahoo Messager, ICQ, or other programs, with people from other countrys ... ;) Enjoy.
  • English - I love you
  • Afrikaans - Ek het jou lief
  • Albanian - Te dua
  • Arabic - Ana behibak (to male)
  • Arabic - Ana behibek (to female)
  • Armenian - Yes kez sirumen
  • Bambara - M'bi fe
  • Bangla - Aamee tuma ke bhalo aashi
  • Belarusian - Ya tabe kahayu
  • Bisaya - Nahigugma ako kanimo
  • Bulgarian - Obicham te
  • Cambodian - Soro lahn nhee ah
  • Cantonese Chinese - Ngo oiy ney a
  • Catalan - T'estimo
  • Cheyenne - Ne mohotatse
  • Chichewa - Ndimakukonda
  • Corsican - Ti tengu caru (to male)
  • Creol - Mi aime jou
  • Croatian - Volim te
  • Czech - Miluji te
  • Danish - Jeg Elsker Dig
  • Dutch - Ik hou van jou
  • Esperanto - Mi amas vin
  • Estonian - Ma armastan sind
  • Ethiopian - Afgreki'
  • Faroese - Eg elski teg
  • Farsi - Doset daram
  • Filipi no - Mahal kita
  • Finnish - Mina rakastan sinua
  • French - Je t'aime, Je t'adore
  • Gaelic - Ta gra agam ort
  • Georgian - Mikvarhar
  • German - Ich liebe dich
  • Greek - S'agapo
  • Gujarati - Hoo thunay prem karoo choo
  • Hiligaynon - Palangga ko ikaw
  • Hawaiian - Aloha wau ia oi
  • Hebrew - Ani ohev otah (to female)
  • Hebrew - Ani ohev et otha (to male)
  • Hiligaynon - Guina higugma ko ikaw
  • Hindi - Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hae
  • Hmong - Kuv hlub koj
  • Hopi - Nu' umi unangwa'ta
  • Hungarian - Szeretlek
  • Icelandic - Eg elska tig
  • Ilonggo - Palangga ko ikaw
  • Indonesian - Saya cinta padamu
  • Inuit - Negligevapse
  • Irish - Taim i' ngra leat
  • Italian - Ti amo
  • Japanese - Aishiteru
  • Kannada - Naanu ninna preetisuttene
  • Kapampangan - Kaluguran daka
  • Kiswahili - Nakupenda
  • Konkani - Tu magel moga cho
  • Korean - Sarang Heyo
  • Latin - Te amo
  • Latvian - Es tevi miilu
  • Lebanese - Bahibak
  • Lithuanian - Tave myliu
  • Malay - Saya cintakan mu / Aku ci nta padamu
  • Malayalam - Njan Ninne Premikunnu
  • Chinese - Wo ai ni
  • Marathi - Me tula prem karto
  • Mohawk - Kanbhik
  • Moroccan - Ana moajaba bik
  • Nahuatl - Ni mits neki
  • Navaho - Ayor anosh'ni
  • Norwegian - Jeg Elsker Deg
  • Pandacan - Syota na kita!!
  • Pangasinan - Inaru Taka
  • Papiamento - Mi ta stimabo
  • Persian - Doo-set daaram
  • Pig Latin - Iay ovlay ouyay
  • Polish - Kocham Ciebie
  • Portuguese - Eu te amo
  • Romanian - Te iubesc
  • Russian - Ya tebya liubliu
  • Scot Gaelic - Tha gra\dh agam ort
  • Serbian - Volim te
  • Setswana - Ke a go rata
  • Sign Language - ,\,,/ (represents position of fingers when signing'I Love You')
  • Sindhi - Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
  • Sioux - Techihhila
  • Slovak - Lu`bim ta
  • Slovenian - Ljubim te
  • Spanish - Te quiero / Te amo
  • Swahili - Ninapenda wewe
  • Swedish - Jag alskar dig
  • Swiss-German - Ich lieb Di
  • Tagalog - Mahal kita
  • Taiwanese - Wa ga ei li
  • Tahitian - Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
  • Tamil - Nan unnai kathalikaraen
  • Telugu - Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
  • Thai - Chan rak khun (to male)
  • Thai - Phom rak khun (to female)
  • Turkish - Seni Seviyorum
  • Ukrainian - Ya tebe kahayu
  • Urdu - mai aap say pyaar karta hoo
  • Vietnamese - Anh ye^u em (to female)
  • Vietnamese - Em ye^u anh (to male)
  • Welsh - 'Rwy'n dy garu
  • Yiddish - Ikh hob dikh
  • Yoruba - Mo ni fe
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No Speed Limit Anymore

Television station KETV tested Photoblocker, which Monte Bowman plans to start selling in Council Bluffs, Neb., on Tuesday. It's a product that's supposed to make a car's license plate invisible to red-light cameras. Source: WFTV Tags: , ,

22 March 2006

Web 2.0

Between you and me, I don't know what the heck is Web 2.0, so I think I have to read this blog post and do some google searches in order to get to know more about it. Tags: , ,

Linux Games

This is a list of Linux and/or Open Source Games. Tags: , ,

Thermos Advertising

Thermos Advertising is something that makes you or your client feel really safe and smart, but actually accomplishes nothing. Read this blog post to see what I am talking about. Tags: , ,

IslamCity, or SpamCity

Yesterday I received an email telling me that my address was added to a group called IslamCity on Yahoo Groups. And just after that my Inbox was bombarded with zillions of mails from these group. Actually I didn't even try to read these mails and just deleted them. So what is the point of adding someone to your mailing list without his/her permition. You ca just send me a request and I'll see if I'd like to subscribe or not. Thanks Allah, I am unsubscribed from it now, but I still can't get the point of adding people to a mailing list without their permition :-( Tags: , ,

21 March 2006

Mothers Day

Today, the 21th of March is Mother's Day here in Egypt. AFAIK, the Americans celebrate it on the 2nd Sunday of May, and my be some other countries have different dates for it too. Anyway it's really good to remember our mothers - I believe it should be Parents Day instead - in every single day of the year; however dedicating a specific day for them is really good to symbolize such love. Tags: , ,

Old Version

Because newer is not always better. This site offers the old versions of some popular softwar packages.

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Hold The Red Square

Click and hold the red square ... Tags: , ,

19 March 2006

Dutch Public TV Channels are going to use Bittorrent

The Dutch pubic TV broadcasting channels ( are going share TV shows using Bittorrent. The deal was announced earlier today on a workshop on P2P TV. They are going to experiment with the new “social” bittorrent client called Tribler. Johan Pauwelse, one of Triblers developers said that IPTV should move away from the old fashioned way of distributing files and embrace Bittorrent. William Valkenburg manager of said that the “social” aspect of tribler was essential for the deal. Tribler allows people to maintain buddy lists, and recommend files to friends. Tribler also gives recommendation based on your personal downloading history. Source: Torrent Freak Tags: , ,

Reddit, Yet Another Digg Alternative

In a previous post, I've told you about the Digging service, then after trying it I was dissatisfied with it, especially their weird middle-man error. Now I've found an alternative to it called Reddit which I am willing to be better than it.

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USA, Users Security Alerted

A federal judge has ordered internet search engine Google to turn over some search data, including 50,000 web addresses, to the US government. Source: BBC News Tags: , ,

Norton Update Kicks AOL Users Offline

An incorrect update to Symantec's Norton security software on Wednesday blocked Internet access for some America Online users. The issue affected AOL customers using recent editions of Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security, Symantec said in a statement sent via e-mail on Thursday. The culprit was an update to intrusion prevention software that is part of the security software, the company said. "This update incorrectly detected traffic patterns used as part of the AOL connection as a potential risk," Symantec said in the statement. AOL has about 20 million Internet service subscribers. As a result of the incorrect update, AOL dial-up customers lost their connection and AOL broadband users were unable to access AOL servers, Symantec said. The erroneous update was removed from Symantec's servers about seven hours after it was released, and a corrected version was posted, the company said. The Norton problem is the second high-profile problem with security software within a week. Last Friday an error in McAfee's virus definition file caused the company's consumer and enterprise antivirus products to flag Microsoft's Excel, as well as other applications on users' PCs, as a virus called W95/CTX. Source: News-dot-Com Tags: , , , ,

Think Exist

This site has is good source for quotations, their slogan is "Finding Quotations was never this Easy!":

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18 March 2006

List of Open Source Software Packages

Here you are a list of Open Source Software packages and Free Tools for Linux: Thanks to Debian Help Website Tags: , ,

Orkut Once More

Earlier in that post I've told you about Orkut, the social network made by Google guys. A social network is an online community that connects people through a network of trusted friends, i.e. each person has his profile there, then he invites some others to be his/her friends, each one then can view the other ones friends and even send messages and connect himself/herself to them. After getting an invitation to Orkut and trying it for a while, here you are my comments on it and some basic comparison between it an Hi5 the most popular social networking service here in the Middle East. I myself prefer hi5 to Orkut, may be the user interface organization is better, and it may also be the users in hi5 are much real, compared to the horny freaks on Orkut. Orkut my on the other hand excels in the Communities, which is some kind of a group of people with similar interests. Hi5 has some Ads here and there, while Orkut doesn't have any, which makes me wonder how do these guys get money from it. Do they sell people's info to some other third parties, or what!? Finally, Orkut may be as good as hi5 technically or even better, but its main problem is the quality/quantity of its users. However this may be due to that it is still in beta version. Tags: , , , , , ,

17 March 2006

Kismet/Netstumbler Wireless Scanners

Kismet is an 802.11b network sniffer and network dissector. It is capable of sniffing using most wireless cards, automatic network IP block detection via UDP, ARP, and DHCP packets, Cisco equipment lists via Cisco Discovery Protocol, weak cryptographic packet logging, and Ethereal and tcpdump compatible packet dump files. It also includes the ability to plot detected networks and estimated network ranges on downloaded maps or user supplied image files. Windows support is currently preliminary, so those users may want to look at Netstumbler if they run into trouble. URL: Netstumbler is the best known Windows tool for finding open wireless access points ("wardriving"). They also distribute a WinCE version for PDAs and such called Ministumbler. The tool is currently free but Windows-only and no source code is provided. They note that "the author reserves the right to change this license agreement as he sees fit, without notice." UNIX users (and advanced Win users) may want to look at Kismet instead. URL: Thanks to Top 75 Security Tools List Tags: , ,

HPing, Packet Forger

hping is a command-line oriented TCP/IP packet assembler/analyzer. The interface is inspired to the ping(8) unix command, but hping isn't only able to send ICMP echo requests. It supports TCP, UDP, ICMP and RAW-IP protocols, has a traceroute mode, the ability to send files between a covered channel, and many other features. URL: Tags: , ,

NGrep, Network Grep

ngrep strives to provide most of GNU grep's common features, applying them to the network layer. ngrep is a pcap-aware tool that will allow you to specify extended regular or hexadecimal expressions to match against data payloads of packets. It currently recognizes TCP, UDP, ICMP, IGMP and Raw protocols across Ethernet, PPP, SLIP, FDDI, Token Ring, 802.11 and null interfaces, and understands bpf filter logic in the same fashion as more common packet sniffing tools, such as tcpdump and snoop. URL: Tags: , ,

NBTScan. NetBIOS Name Network Scanner

NBTscan is a program for scanning IP networks for NetBIOS name information. It sends NetBIOS status query to each address in supplied range and lists received information in human readable form. For each responded host it lists IP address, NetBIOS computer name, logged-in user name and MAC address. URL: Tags: , ,

Ethereal, Open Source Network Sniffer

Ethereal is a free network protocol analyzer for Unix and Windows. It allows you to examine data from a live network or from a capture file on disk. You can interactively browse the capture data, viewing summary and detail information for each packet.

Ethereal has several powerful features, including a rich display filter language and the ability to view the reconstructed stream of a TCP session. A text-based version called tethereal is included.


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Nmap Security Scanner

Nmap ("Network Mapper") is a free open source utility for network exploration or security auditing. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, although it works fine against single hosts. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. Nmap runs on most types of computers and both console and graphical versions are available. URL: Tags: , ,

16 March 2006

UEFA Free-Kick Challenge

UEFA Free-Kick Challenge allows you to practice your free-kicks in training before facing up to the challenge of three player modes: Matchday Kicks is based on the latest UEFA Champions League action, while Classic Kicks tests you with re-creations of famous free-kick scenarios from the history of the UEFA Champions league. Finally, in Challenge Mode you can design your own free-kick scenarios and challenge your friends to better your performances.

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15 March 2006

14 March 2006

Happy Pi Day

Today March 14, written 3-14 in the USA date format, is an unofficial celebration for Pi (3.14159). See this post for more info. Tags: , ,

McAfee Update Breaks Hundreds Of Apps

For over five hours Friday, McAfee's anti-virus software erroneously flagged hundreds of legitimate executables as a malicious virus, leading some customers to quarantine or delete the offending files and render applications such as Microsoft Excel inoperative. Source: Information Week Tags: , ,

13 March 2006

12 March 2006

Stone Kisses

"Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone has offered to kiss "just about anybody" if it ends conflict in the Middle East", BBC News I think more political leaders will do their best to end conflict in the Middle East now. Tags: , ,

British National Party Foolishness

"The far-right British National Party (BNP) is to distribute a campaign leaflet featuring the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad which have enraged Muslims around the world", BBC News Actually ,I didn't think that there is such huge number of idiots in the western nations! Tags: , ,

11 March 2006

Origami Unveiled

Microsoft Origami Project
Finally Microsoft has removed the covers about their Origami Project.
"Microsoft has officially released details about a tiny tablet-sized PC it has developed. Code named Origami, details have been kept under tight wraps by Microsoft but the company made headlines today as it unveiled details at the CeBIT trade show, which is running in Hannover, Germany this week", Vnunet
According to the Canadian Metro News website, Origami is lighter than two pounds (0.972 kilograms) with a seven-inch (17.78-centimetre) touch-screen, the new "ultra-mobile" PCs (UMPCs) use microprocessors from Intel Corp. And run a modified version of Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC edition. Gossip about the Origami has been rife for weeks. Microsoft set up a teaser website and there has been a lot of online buzz about the new devices on news sites and blogs. Finally, we are waiting for Linux Hackers to port Linux to it when it is released ;) Tags: , ,

10 March 2006

Who Are My Guests!?

As you may notice, the majority of the blog visitors are from North America, and Europe.
Here you can see that they are specifically from USA (Not Canada, not Mexico), and Western Europe (Spain, France, U.K., Italy, etc.)
Let me now ask ourselves, why there parts of the world in particular!? Ok, let's see the referers report, i.e. what particular pages redirect people to my blog:
Also these are the top-10 visited posts in the last few hours:
  1. Pyfusker
  2. Welcome Back Miss Mabrouk
  3. Where the Heck is Miss Mabrouk
  4. Java Development on Ubuntu
  5. Any News About Miss Mabrouk
  6. Zamalek Links
  7. Python, Mobile Bluetooth Console
  8. Get Out of Gnome
  9. ASCII Art Generatr
  10. Zotob Virus Creator
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This is a Test

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Gr33n Data, gr33ndata, GreenData
Egyptian Blog, Blogger, BlogSpot, Middle East
Egypt, Arab, Arabia, Africa
Zoom Clouds

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Hotmail Beta

Microsoft has released a beta version of their new Hotmail improvements. It's going to be called Windows Live Mail by the way. Ok, many of these new features are copied from Gmail anyway. But one new feature is the Outlook-like way to divide your screen and have a preview area for your mails. The mailbox size is going to be 2G, doesn't this remind you by something!? The look and feel is somehow Gmailish. One of the coolest features in Gmail is missing here, which is the feed aggregator. Tags: , , , ,

Different Languages

Here you are links to my blog in different languages: Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, French, Chinese, Korean, Deutsch. *** Update *** I used Google to translate my page to various languages, but it seems that when Google translates some page is caches it for a short while, then it is deleted. So you will notice now that the translation is not working. Anyway, I'll try to fix that, and find some way to do it insha'Allah. Tags: , ,

09 March 2006

Welcome Back Miss Mabrouk

Ritzy Mabrouk a.k.a Miss Mabrouk of Egypt is back, she had stopped blogging earlier for an unknown reason. Any way, welcome back MB.
"The plugg was pulled, literally. It was an abrupt termination of what had been nearly six months of full-time blogging. I am sorry I did not have a chance to say good bye. My only comfort during this time has been the nature of the net, where someone leaves, others usually continue. I haven´t been able to check my mail or the comments. I haven´t seen any other blogs. I´ve been off the net. Didn´t think that would happen to me. Didn´t think it was possible that could happen to anyone. But I survived", Miss Mabrouk of Egypt.
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Picasa, What's that !?

I normally like those stuff made by google, including Gmail, Google Toolbar - I've stopped using it since I siwiched to Firefox, Google Earth, etc. But let me ask you something, does anyone find that Softare called Picasa useful!? Why shall I use it, when I can see my Pictures using the Windows builtin File Explorer? Tags: , ,

Back to The Tagging Business

And now I am tagged again by a cool engineeress and friend - hope so - called Blueue
What is your idea of perfect happiness? To be happy being myself. What is your greatest fear? Steady State. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Can someone please explain this question to me? Which living person do you most admire? Linus Trovalds and Ronaldinho. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? In some situations I am supposed to be more agressive. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Asking too many questions, and asking few ones as well. What is your greatest extravagance? Travel in Time. On what occasion do you lie? I try not to. What do you dislike most about your appearance? Being over weighted a bit. Which living person do you most despise? You tell me. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? See my Previous Tag (I tried to find the link, but it seems that you have to find it by yourself) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Nothing so far. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being Born. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? An Invisible Ghost. If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Wind. Who are your favorite writers? Every single person who writes in Wikipedia. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Popeye the Sailor. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? When no one knows you. Where would you like to live? In an European Country. What is your most marked characteristic? You tell me. What is the quality you most like in a woman? That she cares. What is your greatest regret? None till now. What OR Who is the greatest love of your life? None yet How would you like to die? Saving the Universe. I’ll tag: No one :-P

08 March 2006

Digg Blocked Me !!

Every time anyone tries to digg an article from this Blog he receives the following weird Error. Can anybody explain this !?
Error Message: Please link directly to the story source. This URL has been reported as a news middle-man, it will remain blocked for 0 days.
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Open Source Routers

I don't think many people have heared about that Open Source Router Software called GNU Zebra.
"Zebra is a routing software package that provides TCP/IP based routing services with routing protocols support such as RIP, OSPF and BGP. Zebra also supports special BGP Route Reflector and Route Server behavior. In addition to traditional IPv4 routing protocols, Zebra also supports IPv6 routing protocols. With SNMP daemon which supports SMUX protocol, Zebra provides routing protocol management information bases", Wikipedia
But it seems that Open Source routers are on their way once more. According to NetworkWorld, an emerging company called Vyatta will offers a free, open source WAN router software image and announced the first beta version of the software at the end of February.
"The company says it will eventually give large and midsize enterprises a way to deploy routed WANs at as much as 90% the cost of a Cisco- or Juniper-based network", NetworkWorld
But the point is that the can offer the Open Source Software, but what about the Hardware? What about the Routing Engines, the various Interfaces, etc.? Also can an ordinary PC with Intel Based PC with running Linux handle the traffic load of an ISP? Tags: , ,

Template Update

First of all, don't you think that the current dark template is really lame? Also the layout is not that good and not utilizing the whole page space. That's why I wanna use a newer template for my blog. The point is that I am too lazy to migrate, as there are many things to be moved there too, like the recent-comments-bar, blogroll-list, counters, etc. Anyway, hope to get your comments on the current blog-template, and if I you now any better ones to use. Tags: , ,

05 March 2006

Python Wrapper for Skype

The project provides a Python interface to the Skype API. The interface will support all parts of the API but low-level. Python wrapper for Skype(Windows only). Tags: , ,

04 March 2006

Google Egypt

Now there is Google Egypt See this link: Tags: , ,

Egyptian Python Intro.

I've started to learn python some time ago - actually it is too simple to be learnt - as I wanted to know some dynamic - scripting - language beside C. So it will be nice to give an intro to python if there are people interested in it. Actually I don't have presentations prepared now, but I think I can manage to prepare one if needed. You can leave your comments here, or there. EGLUG: Tags: , ,

03 March 2006

A Plan for Ham

Paul Graham has published an article about fighting spam in August 2002. In his article "A Plan for Spam", he used to differentiate between Spam and Ham - nonSpam - using a statistical approach.
"I think we will be able to solve the problem with fairly simple algorithms. In fact, I've found that you can filter present-day spam acceptably well using nothing more than a Bayesian combination of the spam probabilities of individual words. Using a slightly tweaked Bayesian filter, we now miss less than 5 per 1000 spams, with 0 false positives", Paul Graham
The point is that do I really need all these mathematical calculations in order to decide whether that email is Spam or not? Most of the time I can tell if an email is spam using the sender's email address. I know that email addresses can be forged using open SMTP relays etc. So what I am thinking of is that we can use the PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) combined with the Email Servers in order to differentiate between Spam anb Ham. Organizations as well as ordinary users are supposed to get a Digitical Certificate stating that they are not spammers. These certificates can be obtained from the current CAs (Certificate Authorities) such as VeriSign, Thawte, etc or new entities can be formed for such purpose. These CAs has to be supervise by some organization to decide if they really give Digitat Certificate to non spammers only or not. Users shall sign their Emails with their own Private Keys and Mail Servers are supposed to accept mails that are signed only. Tags: , , , , ,

Shall I Buy a Stamp to Send an Email!?

"AOL and Yahoo had unveiled the plan as part of their partnership with Goodmail. The companies proposed the creation of a type of electronic postage stamp that could be bought for around one cent. Purchasing the stamp would allow marketers to avoid spam filters and have guaranteed delivery to AOL and Yahoo subscribers", News Factor Spam is in Emails, an not in ordinary mails, as Email are send without any fees, while you need to buy a stamp in order to send a mail. And that's why Yahoo et al are planning to force marketers to buy their e-stamp in order to send Emails as a plan reduce spam. They also will get zillions of Dollars from such move! But this plan will stop small spam senders, but on the other hand will help those spammers who will pay for the stamp to pass any spam-filters and enter users inboxes freely. I am really worried if this mave may evolve to charge ordinary users as well in the future! Tags: , ,

Jessica Alba Demands Playboy Pull Issue

Film star Jessica Alba demanded that Playboy magazine pull its March issue, saying on Thursday that its editors made her an unwitting cover girl and misled readers into thinking they could see her nude inside. Lawyers for Alba sent Playboy a letter threatening to sue if it did not remove the issue -- which features a publicity photo of the bikini-clad actress on the front -- from the stands and pay for damages to her reputation and career. "Playboy has violated my personal rights and blatantly misled the public, who might think I had given them permission to put me on their cover when I didn't," Alba, 24, said in a statement. A Playboy spokeswoman said Alba was placed on the cover after being chosen "sexiest star of the year" by its readers. She was included inside the magazine in an article on the top 25 sexiest celebrities as chosen in an online poll Source: Yahoo Movies Tags: , ,

Any News About Miss Mabrouk

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Soviet Union Ordered Pope Shooting

Leaders of the former Soviet Union were behind the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in 1981, an Italian parliamentary investigative commission said in a report. Read the complete story here. Tags: , ,

02 March 2006

Here I Am at Thy Service O Muhammad!

As a response to the Danish cartoons, many different projects have emerged. Such as Amr Khaled's Message to the World regarding the Danish Cartoons, as well as another project called "Lights Of The Prophet".
"One of the best ways to respond to the words and drawings of Evil is for Muslim men, women, and children to sit down and draw and write and publish about the deeds, miracles, and lights of Prophet Muhammad, PBUH&HF", Lights of The Prophet "True we cannot draw the face of the Prophet, PBUH&HF, but you can represent his blessed face with a depiction of holy light. Also, you can draw his deeds and miracles rather than his holy figure", Lights of The Prophet
But let me ask one silly question, Why is it really Haram - religiously forbidden - to draw His holy figure? Since there are many old books describing how He looked like, wouldn't it be better to draw Him, instead of waiting for some wicked cartoonists to draw Him for us? Imagine that Arabs knew drawing 1500 years ago, I think they would have liked to draw Him, but the problem is that Arabs didn't know most of the arts of today including drawing at that time. Finally, I think that projects like those ones are a good move and shall be encouraged, as they represent a more civilized response than boycotting Danish products and burning some flags. Tags: , ,

Iraq Chaos Threatens Troop Withdrawal

"The chaos that has overtaken Iraq is now threatening hopes among the US and its allies that they might be able to start significant troop withdrawals in the coming months", BBC News Thank you Zarkawi, for keeping the occupation forces stay more, and more!! And I am really unable to uderstand the Salafis way of thinking. Please if anyone can explain those people's reason, just tell me Tags: , ,

Digg, Digg, Digg Your Blog!

"Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do", Digg So, if you've written an article, that you think other may be interested in. Just submit it there and it will be instantly posted in the digg area queue. Later on, others will visit the digg area and digg stories they think are cool. Once a story has received enough diggs, it is instantly promoted. Should the story not receive enough diggs, or is reported, it eventually falls out of the digg area queue. You may also add the recent submitted stories to your own web pages or blog, or even add a specific user's diggs. Tags: , ,

Suicide Chickenombers

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01 March 2006

Google Sabbath

Six days a week, Shari Thurow spends copious amounts of time conducting searches on Google. But each Saturday, she makes a point of observing a "Google-free day." The rules are simple: Use any search engine except for Google. In practice, however, the policy is surprisingly difficult to implement. "What happens is you get stuck in a rut," said Thurow, search-engine marketing director for Grantastic Designs. "You have to expose yourself. Google's not the only search engine out there." Source: Wired News I think it worth a try, but what other search engine shall I use then? I think it'll be Yahoo, as you may have noticed I am an anti-Microsoft person. Tags: , ,

Some Drawings I Made

Thanks to this tutorial. Tags: , ,

When I Don't Feel Like Reading

When I don't feel like reading, I visit this blog, and watch the photos published there. Tags: , , , ,

Jeeran's Check Box

Jeeran is an Arabic hosting service, that hosts homepages and blogs. They have a nice feature in their blogs. It's a check box you can select when leaving a comment at one of the blog posts there, telling them to notify you of future comments via email. I think blogspot shall consider adding such feature here. Tags: , ,

PyFusker Fans

Hey, come on guys, what's so special about pyfusker. Last month I've published a silly post for a source code of fusker software written in python. Then, it came out that many users are visiting my blog, just to see such post. Is it really that useful, or people are just interested in fusker !!? Tags: , ,


An international group of lifelong James Bond fans announced the publication of a new website,, in order to launch a boycott of the upcoming Bond film, Casino Royale.
"Take a look past the hype to find out who actor Daniel Craig really is. How can a short, blond actor with the rough face of a professional boxer and a penchant for playing killers, cranks, cads and gigolos pull off the role of a tall, dark, handsome and suave secret agent?"
So, it is not only Arabs who boycott stuff.

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