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Happy Valentine's Day

2009-02-14 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

For all of you out there, happy Valentine’s Day. Yeah right! I don’t celebrate it, there are more important things in this world, just look at the comic below, inspired by real Jordanian lives.


Empathy, The New Kid On The Block

2009-02-05 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

If you’ve used Linux as a desktop, you’ll know it’s only playing catch-up when it comes to instant messaging. I’ve been using Pidgin since was called Gaim, I think I started using it back in 2003. I love how minimalistic it is. Sadly the developers are going nowhere with it, at least that’s my (as well as a few others) humble opinion.


Alf Mabrook Tamer

2009-02-05 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

This is a shout out to my old friend Tamer, yet another fallen soldier from the ranks of bachelorism. We attended his wedding last night it was awesome!

Congrats man and good luck on your new life.

Xbox 360

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

So I finally coughed up the money to get an Xbox 360, the thing is, every store that sells the Xbox in Jordan is highly overpriced (423$ as opposed to 199$ for the Arcade version) and the consoles are VERY old, dating back to 2007. This means they are using the old chips which are highly not recommended. A friend of mine, Tamer, came from Bahrain Friday and was kind enough to pick up the console for me. Thanks man ^_^.



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

Weird title, I know. It’s the title of a ShowTime series hosted by Penn & Teller, which I thought was appropriate for this rant. The thing is, I hate it when people act like jerks.


Google Chrome On Ubuntu

2008-09-05 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

I came across this guide about installing Google Chrome under Ubuntu. It is somewhat slow, slower than Windows and much slower than Firefox but it still works, well, kinda. You have a few problems with fonts, as well as sites that don’t work properly with Chrome yet. I’m sticking with Firefox for the time being, but at least I have an option for those sites that aren’t compatible with it.


Slow Browsing Under Ubuntu

2008-08-23 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

EDIT: This post only covers IPv6, please check the update post which covers IPv6 and Firefox

Today when I rebooted to my Windows installation which I very rarely do, I noticed that browsing under Windows feels much faster than under Ubuntu. After booting back to Ubuntu I noticed the “looking up domain.tld” part was taking a lot of time, which seemed a little odd.


Microsoft Keyboard Function Key Fix

2008-07-14 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

I’ve owned a Microsoft MultiMedia Keyboard 1.0A for years now. It’s a well belt keyboard to say the least. Only one problem though, the “F Lock” key. As a Linux user I have no use for the “Special” keys Microsoft added to the keyboard, and the button always starts turned off, no way to fix it.


My Best Friend Got Married!!

2008-07-08 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Congrats Faris on your wedding. I wish you and your wife all the happiness and prosperity this world has to offer.

Good luck

And I got a famous friend

2008-06-09 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

So I log in to my Facebook account (Which is something I very rarely do) and I find a friend invitation from a very famous singer, Ragheb Alama. I was very excited. So excited I ignored him faster than he could say: “Nasini Edonia”. As if someone like him would wander around in Facebook to add friends :). Even if he was the actual Ragheb, I’m not even a fan :D