Posts in Web/Tech

Suha Arafat spam

I’m not in the habit of reading spam mail, but this one is quite unique. It is signed by the one and only Suha Arafat. I thought you would enjoy it. I’m putting just the introduction here, the remainder is in the extended part of the post.

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs. Suha Arafat, the wife of Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian
leader who died recently in Paris. Since his death and even prior to
the announcement, I have been thrown into a state of antagonism,
confusion, humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the present
leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new
Prime Minister. I have even been subjected to physical and
psychological torture. As a widow that is so traumatized, I have lost
confidence with everybody in the country at the moment.

You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the
discovery of some fund in my husband secret bank account and companies
and the allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my husband
in my name of which I have refuses to disclose or give up to the
corrupt Palestine Government.

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A night at Salute

Salute's beer garden

For those of you Jordanian expatriates that miss the ‘night out’ scene in Amman, here is a quick shot of the Saluté beer garden from the Gallery.

Still on the topic of all things Amman, Ahamd Humeid just mentioned that Jordan’s fairly new radio station — Play 99.6 — is now offering


a live streaming feed [Abacast plugin needed – stream initiates download]. I’m listening to it as we speak and it is not bad. The programming is mainstream pop, but it is okay. At this moment of my life anything coming from Jordan is divine.

Vote results

Voting for the 2004 Weblog Awards has and ended. Mental Mayhem came in at number 9. That’s really not bad. Many thanks for everyone that supported and voted for this blog. I was pleased to see Maryam’s blog, So I Want To Be An Astronaut, came in third. Her blog is very inspiring and I really wish her the best in pursuing her dream.

Thanks again go out to all those that voted for this humble blog!

MSN to tempt bloggers with traffic and ads

If you’re a blogger, MSN might come to you and say, ‘We want to distribute you. We’ll send you traffic and we want you to run these ads on your site, and you’ll get a share of revenues on that. That’s probably an offer that many bloggers are going to be interested in because they don’t want to have to invest in creating that kind of infrastructure, and they would value the traffic.

Via Micro persuasion

So, if you are a blogger, will you be welling to sell out?

Gmail is too creepy?

Mom and Dad T just sent me a link to a website that lists major problems
with GMail:

  • G mail is nearly immortal
  • Google’s policies do not apply
  • A massive potential for abuse
  • Inappropriate ad matching

Hmmmm, I really don’t what to make of this. Any Gmail defenders out there?

Finally, my Gmail account

Thanks to MMM, I finally have a Gmail account!

Although I received his invitation last month, due soley to procrastination I only set up the account today.

What do I think of Gmail? I love it. The 1000 MB feature is just awesome, so is the forwarding feature, the automatic refreshing of the page, among others. So long Hotmail.

For those who want to congratulate me on joining the realm of Gmail, please send your greetings to: ntynes@gmail.com

Thanks again MMM.

Ah, by the way, I have five Gmail invites, so if anyone out there is interested in receiving one, just holler!

No Internet for two weeks?

The Christian Science Monitor has a very interesting article about a group of Americans who tried to live for two weeks without the Internet. Somehow their accounts struck a cord with me. Frankly speaking, I don’t think I could stay offline for that long. Even when traveling, I always try to find a means to send e-mails or even blog!

Anyway, if you have some time to spare, take a look at the article below:

No Internet for two weeks? How 28 people coped

By Stacy A. Teicher

Without the Internet, Russ Nelson was lost – literally. As a college student in Chicago, he usually finds his way to new places by checking websites such as MapQuest, but when he agreed to stay off-line for an experiment, he ended up "just wandering around," he says.

For two weeks, Mr. Nelson and 27 other Americans with broadband connections kept diaries about how this Internet deprivation affected their daily lives. Yahoo! Inc. and the OMD media agency commissioned the study to give marketers a deeper understanding of people’s dependence on e-mail, websites, and other Internet-based tools. They also asked 1,000 online households how long they could do without. Half said fewer than five days.

Source: [Christian Science Monitor ]

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We’ve got ADSL

I’m working until 3:30 AM!! AHHHH!! I have no idea how I will stay awake and be cogent!

Earlier today we went to one of Qatar Telecom’s (Qtel) offices and signed up for ADSL internet service. They have a cool offer nowadays in which they give the modem for free and don’t charge for installation. But, as usual, they shafted us (and anyone else who takes the offer) with the deposit. It turned out that we had to pay 900 QR deposit, some $300.

We’ve been fortunate that my employer could be the guarantor on all other phone related transactions. But for some reason they do not provide users the opportunity to use their guarantor, everyone has to plunk down their 900 riyals. Jeff is sure this is part of the vast telecom conspiracy being perpetrated around the world, a conspiracy theory he fell hard for after dealing with Jordan Telecom, an organization he thinks works for the devil.

I tried to look at this in a positive way by considering the deposit as a saved sum of money for a black day, following an Arab proverb.

Before coming to work we watched The Big Lebowski, a first time for me, and I must say it was quite entertaining. It was a bit silly but had its funny moments. Ah, and I loved the soundtrack!

Still off line!

We are still struggling with the phone company Qtel

They installed the phone onThursday but it doesn’t really work because there is an addtional three days required to verify my application!

So, still no internet for those who are wondering. And yes Jeff is going crazy!

Everything is a challenge in this part of the world.