Ok this has become really annoying.
Earlier this year I wrote about getting an anonymous call asking me for help regarding his mac. Today I got a similar call but this time regarding someone's iPhone.
Now I don't know who's spreading my number but I know for sure that I'm not your friendly tech-support guy. If you need help jailbreaking your iPhone look it up yourself or simply try iClarified or go right ahead to geohot's blackra1n website and download it, it works for your iPod, iPhone 3G & 3GS. Just save me the hassle, please.
Word of advice... If you know something about anything, Do NOT show it. Keep it to yourself and act stupid because once you show it annoying people won't hesitate to eat you alive.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Ok this has become really annoying.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
If you stay at work for a long time you start to care less about changes around you but when you leave work for a period of time and get back every change will be exposed to your eyes and you'll feel different, it even takes time for you to adapt with these changes.
I left my job for a couple of weeks and today I marked my come back and to my shock the school is not how I left it. Both assistant principals are gone due to heated dispute between the two, school principal comes late and leaves early, students are in a state of disorder skipping classes and running away from school, teachers can barely contain the situation and continue with their classes.
Trying to resolve all these problems we implemented physical discipline upon those who have helped building up the chaos. We suspended a couple of students and retained order for a period of time up until the first recess, students went out writing on walls and spilling juice on some of the writing boards. From there it went downhill again.
It's hard for me to admit but the situation is out of hand and this snowball is going fast down the mountain. All we can hope for is to have two new assistant principals who better be very strong and very strict as fast as possible.
When school administration collapses brats of hullabaloo prevail.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
1 lacking flavor.
2 considered to be lacking in aesthetic judgment or to offend against what is regarded as appropriate behavior : a tasteless joke.
After my bad experience with Japanese food I thought I'd never have anything worse than that but then came Munch.
The best word to describe my experience with Munch is "Tasteless". In fact if you look closely in the dictionary for synonyms of the word tasteless you'd fine "Munch" listed.
This restaurant stands solely on it's hyped decoration and food presentation. Other than that, nothing at all. The service is inadequate, the menu is unreadable, the drinks are made from Sunquick concentrated juice with some add-ons, their fries can be found in City Centre market, their kitchen ventilation system is so noisy you'd think you're in a heavy industry plant, and the food is another story... The food tastes like mud. Yes, Mud! The salads, pasta, burger... No salt at all! Seems their cook has some blood pressure issues.
Definitely the last time I take internet marketing for granted. Oh and a word of advice... Stay away from Bang Bang Chicken salad. Unless you want to vee.o.em.eye.tee.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
We understand it's been a rough week for all of you, but finally, Kuwait Customs' policy has cleared up, and we're happy to say that online shopping is about to become more fun than ever!
So here's the bottom line: regardless of the goods value, all shipments are subject to customs clearance. We'll clear all shipments in one bundle, and pay the charged customs duties accordingly. You read correctly; it's on us!
In this case, you will only endure the following charges:
- 1 KD handling charges
- 5% of order value for Kuwait Customs duties (applicable only to orders valued above $100 USD)
However, self-clearance option is no longer available for our customers. You can contact us at [+ 965 1 820011] for further details.
Happy online shopping!
Your friends at Shop&Ship,"
Now let's get things straight...
Today $100 UDS = 29 KD (approx.)
Let's say you bought something that costs $1000 USD and weighs 8 LB.
That's 290 KD + 20.5 KD = 310 KD
310 + 5% = 310 + 14.5 + 1 KD = 325.5 KD
35.5 KD is not a small cost. This is outrageous, not to mention we got screwed with shipping fees and still after months of relatively low gas cost Aramex persists on keeping their shipping prices high.
Again, if you want to order something it better be worth it.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Here I am still safe and sound. Been lazy, I know... I got caught up with a lot of hassle lately but it's all good. So what's new on here?
And that's about all. Back in *put proper period here*
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
All of you "leechers" know Demonoid.com, it is like eden gardens for torrents. The site's been down since Sep. 26 but that's not the point.
The point is... By mistake I tried accessing Demonoid without activating my proxy and guess what? It was not blocked. I tried other sites that had been blocked by MOC / ISPs such as thepiratebay.org and hi5.com and they all opened without any problem.
Could there be a "not-so-bad" problem with my ISP (Gulf Net) ? Or did they just give up on blocking sites?
Monday, October 05, 2009
"It's easier said than done"... Who ever said that is a genius. Keep those words in your mind and you shall find your path to eternal serenity.
How many times have you thought of doing something thinking it's easy then it turns out to be the most irritating thing you have ever done and you fall apart half way without completing that task?
Take me for example... I thought furnishing my apartment would be quite easy since me and Blue Jay got along regarding furniture and had no trouble choosing what's good for us. But when the labor got involved it took the whole thing two months to finish, not up to our standards of course.
For example, a construction guy comes to build a concrete wall drops a rock over clay roof tiles folding one of the tiles into a window and breaking the glass. Glass guy comes to repair the broken window and damages the ventilating fan. Electrician comes to fix the fan and breaks the door knob. Carpenter comes to fix the knob and scratches the door. Painter comes to repaint the door and spoil the parquet floor.... etc. Things just can't seem to get right from the first time.
Now that all is barely done I just want to say if you want to start construction better think a million times before you do. As my friend's father once said...
Monday, September 21, 2009
I was discussing this topic with Bu Yousef a few weeks ago. This is a copy/paste version of my response to him (yes I'm lazy!). Just a quick solution to those who are experiencing overheating issues with their Mac.
"It's normal for a MacBook Pro to overheat from time to time when it's multi-processing but not to alarming levels as cooling all the time - cooling fans reach over 6000rpm - screen starts to flick.
Which version/update of OS X do you have installed? If it's 10.5.6 then it's known for causing fatal overheating issues thus you'll need to either update for the most recent version or reinstall OS X (not format just reinstall it so it can overwrite the system files back to normal). However, make that (reinstallation of OS X) your last resort if nothing works.
First things first...
- Room temperature: If it's not cold the macbook pro will heat up fast so make sure you operate in a cool environment.
- Operating surface: Put the macbook pro on a flat solid surface, neither on your lab nor on sofa, carpet... etc. to keep it ventilated.
- Charging: If your macbook pro is charging it is more likely to overheat while processing but once the charge is full it should get back to normal unless there are severe processes (video editing, multi-browsing with lots of Flash activity, ..etc.)
- Download iStat Pro on your dashboard: See if the fan speed reach over 6000rpm or CPU temperature goes over 70~80c, if it does then it's not normal so you can carry on with the next step...
- Go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility and choose your Macintosh HD. Click "Verify Disk Permissions", it will take some time then when it finishes click "Repair Disk Permissions".
- Open Activity Monitor when the macbook is overheating: Look for the process that is taking a lot of CPU usage and quit it then try resetting PRAM & NVRAM.
That's about all you can do to resolve the issue. If nothing helps then as I pointed out earlier in this email try updating with the recent OS X version or reinstalling OS X from the CD. Reinstall only if the overheating is severe (reaching over 6000rpm and CPU temp reach closer to 100c on iStat Pro)."
Friday, September 11, 2009
Before I start with Snow Leopard I'd like to point out one simple reason why I think OS X is far more superior than Windows... OS X is easier to handle and a lot more user friendly than Windows. In other words "It Just Works!".
I did not anticipate much from this version and I think I was right. There's nothing much to it other than small touch-ups here and there including QuickTime X, Expose, Stacks, and best of all becoming 64-bits standard although we still cannot have full benefits of it yet.
As for the negative part my MacBook Pro started to overheat. The fans used to idle at 2000rpm, now they're running at 2750rpm when idle and have the tendency to reach up to 6200rpm in extreme cases. I'm not sure what could be the case as I was discussing this issue with my friend Bu Yousef the other day but Snow Leopard wasn't involved. My guess is 64-bits is squeezing every spot available in the processor/memory hence it overheats. It's all good as long as my Mac keeps running fine.
To conclude I think this version is quite stable and can be safely installed without any concerns.
Monday, September 07, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
As my shisha addiction counter indicates, I have been sober from shisha for the past two months and still aiming to continue.
I thought I will have some rough hours in ramadan but here it is and I'm making progress. It wasn't hard since I've been busy furnishing my apartment and also the fact that shisha is not addictive like cigarettes. I'll keep away from shisha cafes and that'll do it.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
How bad can a sandwich be? If you'd like to know just pay a visit to Schlotzsky's, by far the worst restaurant I have ever been to.
Their caesar salad comes with sour brown dressing, their bread is rock solid dry wheat, their chicken breast sandwich was as cold as ice, and the environment and lighting is bad Bad BAD! No wonder why we were the only customers.
Officially the worst restaurant ever. Save yourself the hassle and head directly to Badr Albudor.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I received three emails today which I thought were nothing but scam then after skimming them they caught my attention so I went back and read them thoroughly.
I decided to share this here and see if anyone else got the same emails (looks like it's sent to other bloggers too).
There's also a PDF file showing the case papers and they look legitimate too though I'm not sure if it'll be viewable without google account. [link]
I cannot do anything but to share this and waste another blog space for those who care, and also to see if anyone can confirm this as true pleading or perfected scam.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Apple released iTunes 8.2.1 few weeks ago to block Palm Pre from syncing. They have all the right reasons to do so because they want iTunes exclusive to iPod and iPhone, no intrusions from other competitors.
It seems Apple's decision made Palm a bit anxious of loosing their fan base because syncing with iTunes is one of the biggest features of their product and they just can't afford to get kicked by Apple, so now they decided to return fire at Apple with a new release of webOS that is said to break Apple's wall and return their Pre back to iTunes syncing.
This Tech-War will be so much fun to watch.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Ever wanted to write in "عربي" as fast as you write in "3arabi" ? Confusing, no? I'll explain...
Simply write in arabic with roman letters and Microsoft Maren will convert the word to arabic text. I haven't tried it because it's a Windows plugin but I think it's promising.
Lack of access to an Arabic keyboard or lack of familiarity with one are two of the most common problems preventing Arabic users from communicating in their own language.
Microsoft Maren is a Windows extension that comes to the rescue, allowing you to type Arabic in Roman characters (Romanized Arabic, Arabizi, Arabish or Franco-Arabic) and have it converted on the fly to Arabic script.
Maren integrates seamlessly with Windows and works in most Windows applications and websites.
I'm still not sure but I think there's one serious downside to it too. Looks like it translates to Egyptian only. Maybe there will be more versions soon.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
For years I've been using Mac I never found a use for Apple Mail application (Microsoft didn't support this service for free and Gmail is just too simple and unique making you don't need to use it with any application).
Few months ago I found a tweak to run and import Windows Live mail directly to Apple Mail which made me use it frequently, though it has some flaws. It won't update your actual account (deleting an email won't remove it from your account in Windows Live server).
However, looks like Microsoft finally decided to follow the herd and bring that service up for free with POP3. It's very useful as I only have to check emails without having to wait for the attachments to load/download (it downloads everything simultaneously) though there's still no effect on the server itself when managing emails.
Setting up your Windows Live email with this method is quite easy...
- Open Apple Mail and go to Preferences then go to accounts.
- Add a new account "+".
Type your name, email, password and click "Create".
- Incoming server (POP): pop3.live.com
Your username must be your email as firstname.lastname@example.org
- Outgoing Server: smtp.live.com
Use your email as username and type your password in authentication box.
Now your email is configured. All you have to do is wait for Mail to import all your emails (takes a while depending on how many emails you have) then select them all and mark them as read or simply remove them and keep mail running to check for new emails.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Some of you might recall my Operation Redecoration. It took a whole month, around 800KD, and pain in the neck for sleeping on the floor to get it over with.
Fact: Kiss your room goodbye and get back to sleeping on the floor. You're moving to The Cage.
My first accident since I got my driving license. No casualties, just a small fender bender. My car came out clean but his car got a small scratch and I get the feeling he's gonna blackmail me for it.
Fact: There goes my clean record.
The temperature is over 50c and our ground floor AC broke down. Our brand new 10 ton YORK air conditioner decided to give up at the perfect time of the year with just a little over two years of operation. The maintenance department won't answer.
Fact: YORK AC and Al-Yousifi company = Fail. Buy Hitachi.
I would like to welcome a new and special "silent observer" here in my blog.
Note to self: Post moderately! LOL!
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
July 1, 2009. Today I will begin my second and hopefully last attempt in quitting my shisha addiction.
It's not really an addiction rather than a stupid way to waste my spare time. I have been indulging myself with it for too long and it's time for me to leave it for good before it's too late.
Thanks to my friend Bashar for helping me out with a script to keep me updated on how long I've been sober from shisha. The script is up and running on my blog side bar.
Wish me luck.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Like last semester I signed up to work for high school examination control. It usually takes from 10am to 3~6pm depending on the amount of work/papers we have. This semester though, is a whole new story...
Everyone probably heard about examination leak that happened midway through the finals. Our job took another curve that day until yesterday, the final day.
Our day starts 8pm. We go to the ministry and stack the exams, collect them in boxes and mount them with iron and stamp them, then head back home at around 12~2am when we finish. Then wake up at 5am, go back to the ministry, take the boxes to our governorate, distribute the exams to each school, wait till 10am, go collect them from the schools and bring them back to examination committee, work on those papers till 6pm, wrap up everything, and head back to the ministry for more exams for the next day (start from the beginning of this paragraph!)
Some people said "Quit". Well it's not that easy. I have signed up for that job with my own will. There's no turning back.
About me getting paid. There's an "extra" payment but it's NOT something worth mentioning. I mean how much would a refinery worker get for that overtime? Probably double his salary. Here though, it's not even a three-digit number. :/
Anyhow... I'm glad now that it's over. It won't prevent me from signing up for it again though we just need to avoid this stupid exam leakage.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Ok so the recent iPhone OS 3.0 update has a lot of features but the biggest hype about it can be concluded in four points...
The first three work fine but MMS doesn't work every time. Turns out the MMS APN setting gets reset after a while.
Now I'm not sure whether it's a bug in OS 3.0 or if there's anything causing the problem but what I know for sure is that it just won't remain there; it simply disappears without any reasonable cause.
I tried everything to store the APN (mms.wataniya.com) but it just won't happen. Everytime I do I go back to network settings to find out it's not there anymore.
The only method I found out to keep it working is to restart the iPhone, go to Settings > General > Networking > Cellular Data Network and re-enter the APN again and NEVER connect the iPhone to anything, neither a computer nor WiFi network!
Anyone having the same problem?
UPDATE: Problem resolved...
To avoid this problem you need to enter the APN for both Cellular Data and MMS.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Back in January I asked the question
A lot of people said it's legal if you're getting paid, which I'm not, and now comes the striking question...
Note that I'm not getting paid as well.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
iPhone OS 3.0 is now available for download via iTunes.
Released @ 8:20pm Kuwait time.
UPDATE: Looks like we'll have to wait for a few hours (days maybe?!) to avoid the traffic on Apple's activation server. It's log-jammed so there's almost no chance for updating your iPhone / iPod within the next couple of hours unless you're one lucky leech.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Nothing outstanding about the release of Safari 4 so I'll just get through it quickly...
Browsing is fast. I mean really fast to the point that I thought for a second I had 2MB broadband connectivity instead of my actual 1MB. That's about the only exceptional thing.
As for other stuff you got Chrome-style Top Sites listing your bookmarks and favorite / most visited sites all in one window. Coverflow-style history search and bookmarks, new tab button on the upper right corner, smooth scroll using command+direction buttons, and fast launch time than before.
One of the things that had been available with the last beta version of Safari 4 is overhead tabs (like Chrome, tabs were on top of the browser's frame) but it has been removed. That was stupid and a bit irritating to handle. Removing it from this full version is certainly a relief.
= 30 !
Monday, June 08, 2009
It's been a marathon race, thanks to Gizmodo liveblog.
Skimming the facts for everybody on Safat...
MacBook Pro hardware improvements.
Better battery (irremovable!), faster processors, larger storage options with SSD, better screen, new pricing.
Next generation OS X. Faster, much more user friendly than it already is, around $170 new and $30 for upgrading Leopard.
Same design, same colors, faster processor, larger storage (32GB), better camera, video recording, voice call / command, better battery life, will be available July 9 2009 worldwide.
iPhone OS 3.0:
The best thing so far. Bi-directional language support (Arabic), message forwarding, MMS*, copy cut paste, GPS system by Tomotom*, Push notifications, landscape keyboard for all apps, Peer 2 Peer connectivity via wireless / bluetooth for gaming and other stuff, Tethering*, available for download June 17 2009 (free for iPhone, $10 for iPod)
Pictures courtesy of Gizmodo.com
* = Depending on carrier.
Not sure if it will be supported by curriers here in Kuwait, hopefully though everything will work just fine. I'm in love with the GPS already!
Over and out.
Today is the day and it seems to be moving pretty slow.
- iPhone OS 3.0 has been confirmed: Message forwarding, copy cut paste, MMS, native bi-directonal (RTL) languages support including arabic, spotlight and so many more.
-- OS 3.0 update is free for iPhone users and around 3KD for iPod users. It will be available for download June 17 2009.
- 3rd Generation iPhone is also very likely to see the light today: Some plausible features include better battery life, better screen resolution, better camera + front camera for video calls, better processor and bigger storage memory.
With these improvements it will become perfect. I don't even have to bother buying the new one because simply the new OS will resolve everything for the 2nd generation iPhone (aka iPhone 3G).
I guess we'll have to wait for tonight and see for ourselves.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Yes, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!
With iTunes & QuickTime new updates, and a bunch of updates for recent iPhone apps noting the compatibility with OS 3.0, it looks like iPhone OS 3.0 update is just a couple of days ahead.
The most interesting part,
it's official that it will have built-in Arabic support!
UPDATE: Some pictures showing Arabic text.
- Khalid @ Picasaweb
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Apple Mail is a very nifty application that comes pre-installed with OS X. It checks for new emails and downloads all of them directly to your Mac.
You may already have better alternatives such as Mozilla Thunderbird and Windows Entourage but Apple Mail is much simpler. It even downloads attachments seamlessly and simultaneously which can save you a few minutes of downloading them manually. All you have to do at the end of the day is go through your emails and organize them.
Despite that, as most Apple gadgets and applications, it lacks the compatibility with Microsoft products and for this one the ability to check Hotmail / Windows Live accounts.
Now here's a solution that'll make checking Windows Live Mail possible using Apple Mail.
- Download and install "HTTPmail plugin" [link]
- Open Apple Mail and setup your account then choose HTTPmail instead of POP mail from the Account type drop down menu.
- Once it's logged in go to Mail > Preferences click Accounts and select your account.
- Where it says Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) click on the drop down menu. Then click Edit Server List...
- Create a new entry as shown in the picture below. Make sure to use the server name oe.msn.msnmail.hotmail.com
- Switch to the Advanced tab and make sure it says Port 25, then click OK.
- Check the box that says Use only this server under the Outgoing Mail Server drop down Box
Now you're good to go.
Please note that this is more like a crack than a 100% solution. Meaning some features won't be fully functional.
Monday, May 11, 2009
For all of you Kuwaiti automotive fanatics...
UPDATE: "id like to clear things up before more rumors accumulate! we are not affiliated with q8speed nor are we the new q8speed. We are just trying to deliver the same idea with a primary focus on social networking, cars & entertainment!".
Thanks to Anonymous for referring that link
& street965 admin for clearing things up.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Few days ago I had to go to our local police department to get repair permit to fix my mother's car. I went in to see a couple of policemen and a fat guy with grubby dishdasha and a typical tilted shmaq were having dinner in the reception office.
I asked where I can get the paper and they said I have to see the inspector first. I walked in the inspector's office and no one was there so I went back and asked where the inspector is. One of the policemen pointed to the grimy guy saying that's the inspector. I said ok I'll wait for you in the office and he nodded.
20 minutes later the stupid 3gaidi comes wobbling in burping like he's alone at home. He asked "What do you need?" in an impolite manner. I told him the story hoping to get the paper and get this over with but no, Mr. Bedouin Law suddenly decided to comply all his stupid procedures on me. He takes out a paper, writes down some info, folds the paper and stamp it, and then tells me to take it to another police department and bring back an inspection report of the accident.
What a typical 3gaidi. I mean isn't that his job? And why all this bother for repair paper? *starts cursing*
I took the paper and ripped it off as soon as I stepped out his office. Screw it.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
There are plenty of rumors revolving around the idea of tablet Mac and there are thousands of "photoshopped" and "3D rendered" images of tablet Macs but as we already know they are far from being true. However, lately there has been a lot of gossip about the launch of the long-awaited Mac tablet and this time it sounds a little more serious.
There have been a lot of rumors about an upcoming Apple "iTablet;" we think this new device would be a huge bestseller in healthcare. Why?
The primary barrier to EMR adoption has been ease-of-use. Too many physicians are concerned about being able to efficiently use an EMR at the point of care. Apple, meanwhile, continues to raise the bar on usability and efficiency. If Apple releases a tablet with the usability of the iPhone, we think it would go over tremendously well amongst physicians.
-- Houston Neal [Read the article]
I don't know if this time it is going to be for real or not but I would certainly love to see a tablet Mac.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
This just got hilarious.
Today I got a call from someone I don't know saying he got my number from someone I've never even heard of asking me for help to fix his Mac.
I usually get random/anonymous emails asking me for help regarding their Mac. All in good will I do my best and try to resolve their problems if I can, but I never had anyone calling me on my cellphone asking for help.
I don't want to complain (I think I just did) because it's my pleasure to help but calling me on my cellphone without knowing who I am and what I do is wrong.
I'm not your hotline Mac support team. If you have any problems regarding your Mac and think I can help email me, Do NOT call.
To the guy who called: Hope you're reading this.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
1980 Germany Heritage Windbreaker
Medium or Large (preferably M)
If you have it and willing to sell it
If you're kind enough to buy it for me from abroad
I'll pay DOUBLE the price!
Please contact me
macaholiq8 [at] gmail.com
Saturday, March 14, 2009
My entry to Nicole's 1st Scavenger Hunt photography game.
What is a Scavenger Hunt?
"You grab your camera and the list I will give you and shoot pictures of the “items” on that list. Preferably the shots are new shots, not out of the archive. But that’s up to you."
You know who to vote for !! o(>_<)o
VOTE FOR ME HERE!!
1) local currency
36.750 KD = 124.57 $ = 96.36 € = 89.00 £
*today's exchange rate* :P
2) local flag
3) local food
Not really "the" local food but I couldn't get a pic of "machboos"
so, this is the only thing I came up with.
4) something rusty
5) local wildlife
6) local nature
7) local stamp
8) part of your neighborhood
9) traditional house
Diwan Al-Shamlan. :)
10) a local person
11) local weather
Yeah right. That's just one day in 365 days.
The real weather is a mix of humidity and/or sand storms. :P
12) local transportation
13) traditional local clothing
14) night sky
Cityscape on a clear night.
Correction: I posted this as "Sunset" on Intlxpatr's Kuwaiti Sunset Challenge. After checking the details it turned out to be a sunrise! My mistake. :P
16) local product non food
To someone begins with an "i".. Feels cosy doesn't it? :P
17) something furry
18) something feathery
19) a sign of the season
20) a part of you
The devil's footprint matching my foot at Frauenkirche :P
21) your main hobby
22) a local shop
The only thing I could get. Plaza Mall.
23) a local restaurant
Marina Waves (?three? restaurants) I lost count.
24) a street sign
25) a local mail box