Friday, June 26, 2009

The Reason I Worked 24+ hours

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

iPhone MMS Issues

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...

  • Bidirectional languages support

  • Message forwarding

  • Copy / Cut / Paste

  • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)

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 ( 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

Stressed | Part Duex!

Back in January I asked the question

"Is working +12 hours legal?" [link]

A lot of people said it's legal if you're getting paid, which I'm not, and now comes the striking question...

"Is working +24 hours non-stop even legal?"

Note that I'm not getting paid as well.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

iPhone OS 3.0 | Available for Download

About time!

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

Safari 4 | Unleashed

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

Snow Leopard | iPhone 3GS | iPhone OS 3.0

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.

Snow Leopard:
Next generation OS X. Faster, much more user friendly than it already is, around $170 new and $30 for upgrading Leopard.

iPhone 3GS:
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

* = 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.

New iPhone + OS 3.0

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

iPhone OS 3.0 coming out soon

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