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My Internet Experience

2009-10-26 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Update: This article is no longer valid, you’ll find my updated experience with Zain here

I finally got fed up with my Orange DSL line back in April. It’s 2009 and they still can’t offer me anything faster than 512Kbps which was very irritating. I wish I could say the service was stable. Sadly it was expensive, disconnected on regular basis, customer care loved telling me the problem was due to internal wiring, and had a 3GB download limit. I could have upgraded to the new DSL in one bill plan but that incurred a 23JD switch fee and a 1 year commitment, which I wasn’t ready to commit to. That being said, the download quota for the 512Kbps account was 7GB, which isn’t much better. What annoyed me the most was the fact the bill was different every month. All of that was very far from their ads saying “Internet = Life” and the ads with a big “8”, meaning 8Mpbs. It felt like Orange was taunting me, saying “We have high speed Internet, but not for the likes of you”.


My Brother On TV

2009-10-06 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

My brother, Ali, was on TV earlier today. MBC is one of the most popular TV channels in the Arab world.


Congratulations Ahmad

2009-09-29 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Yesterday was one of my best friends’ wedding day. I wish you and Farah the best of luck and all the prosperity life can offer. Congratulations.


2009-09-08 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

I saw the trailer for Dirt2 today


VMware Remote Console Firefox Plug-in And Arrow Keys

2009-06-30 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

VMware remote console was working properly for me when I was using Ubuntu Hardy. After upgrading to Jaunty the arrow keys stopped working inside the remote console. Seems some people face this problem even under windows.


Lighttpd, Joomla, And Clean URLs

2009-06-22 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

So I’m working on a new web server but I don’t want to use Apache since it’s a virtual machine. Had some trouble with the rewirte rules but I think I got them


Microsoft Community Night

2009-05-30 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

So I went to a community night hosted at the Microsoft Innovation Center here in Amman with my friend Bandar which he told me was interesting. Even though I knew I was going to be the only non-Microsoft guy there I thought I should check it out.


Throttling Outgoing Emails To Certain Domains With Postfix

2009-03-29 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

I’ve been busy setting up a PHPlist server for my employer. All tests went ok, but as soon as we sent our first newsletter Yahoo! blocked the server. After looking around for a solution people suggested we sign all outgoing emails with DomainKeys and not hammer Yahoo’s servers with consecutive connection.


Fixing MySQL Error 1064 With PHPList When Selecting New Criteria

2009-03-14 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

I’m currently experimenting with PHPlist to use for our corporate newsletters. During the tests I got the following error.


Solving The Frowning Issue

2009-02-28 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Jordanians are known for frowning. I hereby propose a cheap, yet efficient solution: