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Fixing skype beta - Tue, 15/09/2009 - 3:21am

I wanted to try out the new skype beta, still not native 64bit, but with promise of improved audio call quality and stability. On debian experimental I had a problem that it crashed right after trying to make a call or setup the audio device. I found this bug :

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Embracing the future - Tue, 15/09/2009 - 3:15am

Recently I have converted my root and home partitions to the ext4 filesystem! I notice that system is a little snappier but that could just be a placebo effect. However the big win is fsck time. It takes much less time to fsck partitions.

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borderline spooky scary - Mon, 17/08/2009 - 11:17pm

This is almost like science fiction. Playing with my GPS and geolocation after a pointer to WURFL from alaa I found that there is a new specification for geolocation in HTML5, and it is implemented in firefox 3.5 ...


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bug reported in debian with reportbug - Mon, 17/08/2009 - 11:11pm

Nice recursive title eh ?

well I just reported using reportbug and I have to say it is very easy and simple , so much that it has encouraged me to put bug reporting on my list of daily activities.

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Mon Aug 17 - Mon, 17/08/2009 - 6:28am

I am glad I helped someone who took the time to release something for Linux :

It's a mighty fine game.

Too bad I couldn't buy the linux version of "World of Goo" because there was no way to pay in egypt.

I hate proprietary - Mon, 27/07/2009 - 8:20pm

Egypt's web developers ignorance of browsers other than IE never ceases to amaze me.

The e-payment system for landline telephone bills works only on internet explorer. I was able to bypass the problem by excluding the non standard line from the javascript and running the rest in firebug.

Similar problems can be seen in the thanaweya amma results site.

Site Moved - Mon, 13/07/2009 - 10:23am

I have moved my site to my new VPS with linode. Expect some news soon :)

I'd like to thank my dear friend Msameer for hosting my site for free the past few years and being patient with me everytime I forgot my passwrd.

Life goes on - Wed, 24/06/2009 - 10:12pm

Hello everyone,

Been a long time. Tons of things happened in my life and looking back at my choices, I can say I am more or less happy with the choices I made. Now I am a father of a 3 month old baby boy, my little Omar.

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My patch got accepted, hooray ! - Sun, 23/11/2008 - 7:54am

Finally ! My patch to hamster applet got accepted. Don't believe me ? Looky here :

Now I am really motivated to work on doing more in hamster-applet.

Blaze two for open source - Mon, 27/10/2008 - 4:59pm

Hello ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to present to you yet another open source release from the awesome company that I work at: OpenCraft

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Nice links - Sat, 25/10/2008 - 4:11pm

Nothing much to say, I am not good at " I'm back posts " and I won't explain the long time not blogging.

Here are some very useful links, that I want to keep here if I need them later :

It's coming closer! - Sun, 15/06/2008 - 10:36pm

Only 5 days left! Still alive and kicking. Got sick and tired of ubuntu , so I installed debian etch and added testing , unstable and sidux repos. Feels a lot better.

Do you believe me now ? - Fri, 16/05/2008 - 2:59pm

Regarding my previous post about the recovery mode security hole :
where some people didn't believe me, an update was just pushed that fixes this:

HP Resurrected - Tue, 13/05/2008 - 8:34am

Posting this from my laptop right now !

Turns out my laptop's motherboard was covered with an extended warranty because there was a design defect that caused the malfunction.

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Open Source - Thu, 08/05/2008 - 2:23pm

On this page I will try to list any FOSS stuff that I have relation to :

Upgrade phase two - Thu, 08/05/2008 - 8:29am

Site has been successfully upgraded to 6.2, and is now mollom enabled. Thanks Msameer for the suggestion.

Let's see if I can get the gallery back.

Upgrade phase one - Wed, 07/05/2008 - 2:55pm

Due to security concerns, I upgraded from drupal 4.7 to 5.7. Image galleries and captcha modules lost. I like this theme, until I fix the old one. Next up 6.2 - Mon, 05/05/2008 - 1:39pm

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dead - Thu, 01/05/2008 - 2:53pm

my laptop is b0rked. it turns on but the screen remains blank and there is no evidence of booting activity. i am posting this from my mobile.

Super simple DVB - Mon, 28/04/2008 - 2:25am

Trying to find a simple DVB watching program :

  • VLC can't handle channels.conf, can read a custom m3u playlist.
  • mythtv is too big and messy.
  • gnome-mplayer crashes when I choose watch TV from the menu.
  • totem / gstreamer stutters and plays choppy video.
  • me-TV ; the gui is unresponsive while watching and there is no use of EPG here.
  • ghdtv looks promising didn't know about it, didn't try it.

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More USB gadgets - Sun, 27/04/2008 - 3:25am

As if I didn't have enough USB gadgets sticking out of my laptop already, I just traded the two extra RAM modules I had for a Twinhan starbox USB DVB-S device. Clearly a winning bargain, thanks Nabil; you're the best.

Connecting it for the first time to a stock hardy kernel it got recognized but complained about firmware. For some reason this was not easily available, but eventually I found it. I'll attach it here, stick it in /lib/firmware and you're all set. Here's what the kernel should say if everything is kosher :

crappy security - Sat, 26/04/2008 - 10:47pm

During the hardy development cycle I discovered this horrible "feature"; While booting up choose a "recovery mode" item from the grub menu, and ubuntu boots into single mode. So far so good. Now at the end of the boot process it will present you with a nice ncurses menu to "fix xorg" , "root shell" and something else. Choose "root shell" and you get one without even being asked for a password!

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