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Delete All Messages From A POP3 Account

2010-04-21 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Here at the office, we host a few domains with Verio. Not my choice, and I’m not happy with it. We also host some mailboxes for one of those domains with Verio. I got a message from Verio support saying the mailboxes for that domain are occupying around 1GB of space, and that we need to delete some of them.


Blogging From A Mac

2010-04-17 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

My dear friend Bandar offered me a great deal on his old Macbook Pro. I’ve been wanting to try out MacOS for ages and thought this would be the perfect chance for it.


Speeding up Firefox under Ubuntu

2010-02-14 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Ever wonder why browsing under Ubuntu is slower than Windows even on the same network? Well, it has to do with Ubuntu enabling IPv6 by default. This means Ubuntu will try IPv4 only after IPv6 times out. Also, Firefox comes built with Pango by default which makes it slower than it should be. I’ve fixed that on Karmic Koala, other versions should be similar. Here’s how to do it:


Only In Jordan

2010-02-07 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Hi guys, I saw this elevator and thought I had to take a picture. The residents put the elevator’s call button this high so children won’t play with it.

Enjoy :)

Transferring Your Arcade Games To A New Xbox 360

2009-12-25 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

It’s really frustrating when your Xbox fails. Let’s say you were lucky enough to still have your console under warranty, or decide to buy a replacement. But what happens to all those arcade games you’ve spent a fortune on?


Cleaning Up Your Boot Partition With Ubuntu

2009-12-25 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

If you haven’t reinstalled Ubuntu in a while, the /boot partition will eventually fill up with all the updated kernels, and you’ll get an error when trying update.


My Experience With The Motorola CPEo 400 Wimax CPE

2009-11-10 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

Where I live we have no proper DSL (512Kbps max), GSM signals are weak. Sometimes I have to stick my head out of the window just to be able to make a call. Even when I got my Wimax account the indoor CPE kept disconnecting every few minutes. I finally managed to get my hands on an outdoor CPE which made things much better. Typical for someone living at the edge of the world (West Amman).

The Motorola CPEs act as network gateways, they connect to the Wimax network and do NATing for you. That’s nice for a home network, less stuff to configure and less clutter.


Fixing Bandar's Xbox 360

2009-11-04 by Mohammad H. Al-Shami

A few days ago my friend, Bandar, was disappointed because his Xbox 360 was freezing up. After a few Google searches we realized that this is the prequel to the famous RRoD (Red Ring of Death).

Since we didn’t want to see an RRoD on Bander’s precious Xbox, we decided to take it apart and fix the heat sink. Midway we decided to document the endeavor. Here you go


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.


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