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Rules of Texas Hold Em

Omar's Blog - Thu, 02/06/2011 - 10:01am
If you’ve ever played poker, whether stud, draw, or Omaha, then you probably know most of the rules of Texas Hold Em. Like most games, it scores hands based on several factors: Number/Royalty Suit Any combination of the above So for example, a pair of 2’s is better than any single card, but a pair [...]

Poker Cards

Omar's Blog - Mon, 30/05/2011 - 9:32am
The game of poker has evolved to the point where there’s actually no such thing as a standard game, or standard set of poker cards. When playing with your friends, you might use poker cards to play something like Texas Hold Em or Stud Poker, while at a casino you’ll have the option to play [...]

Poker Strategies

Omar's Blog - Mon, 30/05/2011 - 9:32am
Playing poker, both for fun and professionally, requires certain poker strategies in order to be successful. Though playing for free can be fun, today we’ll mostly discuss poker strategies for those of you that want to make real money playing poker. Strategy 1 – Build a Bankroll Any pro will tell you – you’re nothing [...]

Poker Tips

Omar's Blog - Mon, 30/05/2011 - 9:32am
Playing poker can be fun, when you’re winning, but if you aren’t winning, then it becomes a game that can suck the life out of you if you aren’t careful. To help you avoid this drama, I’ve assembled a list of my top 10 poker tips to help you avoid the headache of losing your [...]

Poker Games

Omar's Blog - Sat, 21/05/2011 - 8:31pm
If you’re new to poker, and trying to learn how to play online or in a casino, then it’s likely that you are more confused than excited by the varying types of poker games being played today. You’ve probably witnessed the World Series of Poker tournament on ESPN, which is a Texas Hold Em Tournament, [...]

Killing Delicious?

Omar's Blog - Sat, 18/12/2010 - 3:54pm

Rumors has it that Yahoo! might be killing or even Unloading Delicious.

Backup And Synchronization Tools

Omar's Blog - Sat, 20/11/2010 - 10:08pm

I have been recently busy resurrecting a backup script that I once was very excited about.

The idea was to create a pluggable and extensible backup script that's easy to configure and is able to handle various backup tasks without having to modify it on project basis.



Omar's Blog - Fri, 19/11/2010 - 10:07am

Google has started showing real interest in helping and connecting with Developers in the Middle East and North Africa Region with the introduction of G-Egypt and G-Jordan.

The two events are scheduled on December 8-10 and December 12-14, respectively.


Useful gadget: Universal Wrist Charger

Omar's Blog - Fri, 19/11/2010 - 9:02am

Now this is a useful gadget! Charge your phone (various manufacturers supported), while you're literally on the go, with this nice gadget from ThinkGeek


Definitely useful for long phone calls, huh?


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Maktoob is now Yahoo! Arabia

Omar's Blog - Thu, 18/11/2010 - 9:02pm
Yahoo! has started redirecting Arabian users from to This is a very much anticipated step since Yahoo! acquired the 16-million-users Arabian Portal back in August 2009.  

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Apple rolls Safari 5.0.3

Omar's Blog - Thu, 18/11/2010 - 8:33pm

Apple just released another update for Safari 5 browser.

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Give me my privacy back, Facebook

Omar's Blog - Thu, 18/11/2010 - 1:20pm
With the introduction of the new Facebook Groups, one can no longer prevent his friends from nuking his own wall and/or notifications on Facebook. You may find yourself in hundreds of groups because your friends believe you're interested.  

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Push-any Git post-update hook

Omar's Blog - Thu, 18/11/2010 - 12:54pm

Maintaining multiple branches in Git is very easy. Maintaing multiple "remotes" in Git is very easy. The tricky part comes when you join both.


Unless you have a testing, staging and production server and you maintain a branch per-server, aka remote, then you need to git your hands dirty with some code.


Organize your downloads, the OS X way

Omar's Blog - Sun, 20/06/2010 - 7:14am

If you are one of these guys who move files and organize them manually under the correct directory, this blog post isn't for you.

I usually download lots of files and I keep trying to cleanup my Downloads folder in so many ways. First, I configured every application to download in its own folder so I had Firefox, iChat, Mail, etc...

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2010 Browser round-up

Omar's Blog - Sun, 07/03/2010 - 9:56pm
Tom's Hardware has been one of my favorite sites for years. The folks there carried a Grand Prix for 2010 browsers, obviously comparing all major browsers with one thing in mind: PERFORMANCE. An amazing comparison:,2558.html

Installing Nagios

Omar's Blog - Sat, 20/02/2010 - 10:03pm

Recently, I have been working on monitoring Linux servers in my company. We needed something that's rock-solid and reliable. Nagios was the answer to the needs and here is my quick and dirty how-to.

In this book, we are going to installing and configure Nagios to monitor few servers.

Even more good news: Microsoft ordered to pay $290M and stop selling Word 2007

Omar's Blog - Tue, 22/12/2009 - 9:01pm

Seems like 2009 won't go without few bells and whistles: Microsoft, accused by a patent infringement, lost a case, is ordered to pay $290M fine and stop selling Word 2007.

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Firefox finally did it!

Omar's Blog - Tue, 22/12/2009 - 5:48pm

Yaay! Firefox is now the world most popular browser:

Viva Open Source!

Moving to Emacs!

Omar's Blog - Mon, 30/11/2009 - 10:39pm
After a long VI life, I decided to move to Emacs. Though I still believe that VIM is a much better editor, Emacs has fixed some long going issues I had with VIM.

Entering the Mac World

Omar's Blog - Sat, 06/06/2009 - 10:48am

After a long time of comparing Notebooks and Netbooks, I decided to buy a MacBook from Apple.

I must say it feels a lot comfortable than GNOME, as stylish as KDE, much stable than Ubuntu and a heart full of BSD.

I quickly installed most of the stuff I needed for my daily stuff, migrated my stuff from my last Linux laptop, got few things tweaked here and there and everything was as good as I wanted it.

Another happy mac user.

Etisalat 3.5G USB Modem under Linux

Omar's Blog - Thu, 12/02/2009 - 3:25pm

I have recently purchased a 3.5G USB modem from the Egyptian Mobile Broadband provider, Etisalat.

So far I have tried all packages provided by Etisalat Egypt (384Kb and 3.6Mb) and I must say they're 100% working under Linux exactly as expected.

Using NetworkManager 0.7 which is currently available in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, Gentoo and Debian Experimental, I managed to use the USB modem with few clicks under both KDE and GNOME.

I believe that both Mobinil and Vodafone modems will work just fine.

Fart for money

Omar's Blog - Thu, 29/01/2009 - 4:00pm

After reading this weird yet true post I decided that I will fart and do another fart app.

What happened in this world?

Second cable cut in a year

Omar's Blog - Sat, 20/12/2008 - 10:39am

For the second time in a year, FlagTel cable that connects Egypt with Internet was cut near Italy.

After the black January 23rd, December 19 is another offline day in Egypt thanks to the Egyptian government paying no attention to what happened earlier this year.

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Installing and Configuring Solr on Debian GNU/Linux

Omar's Blog - Wed, 22/10/2008 - 2:52pm

After installing and playing around with Solr on my Gentoo box, I had to deploy the same stuff on Debian Lenny/sid.

The difference between the two distros wasn't huge but it worth mentioning that Tomcat 6 didn't hit Debian's experimental until the moment I am typing this.

The installation of Tomcat 5.5 and Solr 1.2 from APT is as easy as:

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Synaptics Touchpad and X configuration on Gentoo

Omar's Blog - Sat, 20/09/2008 - 8:47pm

I use two mice on my Gentoo box due to few good reasons. Trying to get them to work all the time took some time though I am not sure if that's because I am too stupid to make them work together.

Anyways, here's what worked for me:

~ # less /proc/bus/input/devices

Find the line that says "Handlers" below your Synaptics and the other mouse.

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