Bahrain Bloggers Renascence Gathering

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For a gathering that was organised at such a short notice, we had an excellent attendance of 10 bloggers! Thanks to everyone who came. It was excellent to see everyone and be re-energised again to do even more for the community.


There were many topics discussed of course and resolutions made, one that I have already actioned is the restoration of the old Gregarious RSS Aggregator for, after the continuous troubles I’ve had with WordPress and its brain-dead aggregator plugin, it was a pleasure for me to delete that installation and restore it back. I hope you like it.

Please also note, that as the Bahraini government has inexplicably blocked, I have made it available within Bahrain on (note the S). So until they block this one too and you have to access it through one of the proxy services or applications, enjoy!

I would appreciate it if you would let me know so I can add it.

Unfortunately the venue we chose did not have WiFi! Can you believe it? It probably will be the last time we meet there. The absence of wireless access prevented us to add an 11th very welcome blogger to our gathering: Yacoub Slais. Hopefully next time, who knows, attending virtually might be something that we perfect for those who couldn’t come join us for any reason.

Quick shout out to the attendees:

I hope to see more people at the next meeting. Any input as to which day/date/location we should choose?

  • amal
    14 June 2009

    luv doesn’t work

    congrats on reviving the meetings.. all the best..

    • mahmood
      14 June 2009

      It does, but as it is a “secure” site, you need to accept the wonky generic certificate first. Once you add that exception, you should be able to view the articles etc. I’ve already added your blog.

  • Mike P
    14 June 2009

    Glad to hear you’ve resurrected blogger meetups again.

    I don’t think HTTPS can be blocked as the hostname is encrypted before it’s transmitted.

    It would be great if more webmasters forced HTTPS connections to their websites.

    • mahmood
      14 June 2009

      I’m sure they’ll try, should be fun doing a cat-and-mouse again!

    • BuZain
      14 June 2009

      https can be easily blocked by modern access control systems. And the hostname can’t be encrypted because for your browser to establish a secure connection it has to reach the server and get its SSL certificate first; which exposes the destination IP/hostname to the ISP’s routers. Plus there are other networking layers that can be used to block traffic. Thank god our big brother doesn’t do it yet. Otherwise, I would have to increase the bandwidth of my VPN connection with my off-shore server 🙂

  • Redbelt
    14 June 2009

    I am still pissed that hardly anyone bothered to respond when I and Yacoub tried to organize meets.
    I hate you Mahmood!

    • mahmood
      14 June 2009

      Move on man, and you have to hate Mohammed Al-Maskati, HE organised it!! ;D

      • moodz
        14 June 2009

        You are most welcome guys!!

  • Amira
    17 June 2009

    When is next month’s meet 😉

    • mahmood
      17 June 2009

      First Saturday of the month, between 10.30 – 13.00 at a location yet to be determined, but must have WiFi.


  • coolred38
    18 June 2009

    Well heck…I wanted to come but completely spaced the day and made other plans. Looks like I would have been the only lady there…lol. Looking forward to next meet up tho.

  • Miracela
    22 June 2009

    i was look aroung your homepage
    and will not leave again
    before i was saying hello
    it is a nice homepage you have
    good luck in future