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Nothings, originally uploaded by malyousif.

I met a beautiful young lady this morning. She was running on the beach and our paths briefly crossed. I was sweating, she was shining. I stopped her:

“Hello, my name is Mahmood”
“I am 45. May I invite you to be my mid-life crisis?”

She laughed, briefly hugged me and ran off again.

She left the beach.

It was a very claustrophobic place without her being there.


The Top Half

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Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa

I swear I didn’t do any editing nor am I being “funny”, but I came across this picture while reading Or Does it Explode this morning. I thought the author was being funny, but following the link back to Yahoo News it seems that Reuters published it as is with the following caption:

Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain, looks on after receiving the 2006 Special Citation of the Habitat Scroll of Honour during the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meeting at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva July 2, 2007. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND)

The picture is apparently available for sale if you want it.


Mahmood and the iPhone!

Mahmood and the iPhone!

Mahmood and the iPhone!, originally uploaded by malyousif.

Mahmood got his sticky mitts on the new Apple iPhone, Kris’ iPhone, which he only received yesterday direct from the States.

The phone functions of course does not work, we tried both MTC Vodafone and Fashelco‘s chips to no avail, but the function and the music and the movies and the WiFi and everything else is just, like, to die for (the last part done in Paris Hiltonesque voice please!)

UPDATE 25 Aug, ’07: The game is up, full SIM unlock achieved ->

It’s high noon, Apple and AT&T — we really hate to break it to you, but the jig is up. Last night the impossible was made possible: right in front of our very eyes we witnessed a full SIM unlock of our iPhone with a small piece of software. It’s all over, guys.



The Cauldron

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The Couldron

The Cauldron, originally uploaded by malyousif.

My friend Rami, who owns a foundry. got a three of these cauldrons cast in aluminum; the original order was for a christening bowl for a local church and as the mold was done, and it’s a one off, it would have been a waste to waste it, so he did a couple more of these beauties: one for him and another for me. Strangely enough, all of them will be used with water in mind!

Rami put a beautiful fountain and plants in his, I’ll use mine to put some water irises and dog-weed and maybe some fish. I will have to use a small pump to circulate the water a little but haven’t decided how yet.

Anyway, if all else fails, our dear MPs can use it to create some witches brew or boil them in it, I’ve got the wood ready as you see, and I’ll use Filbert to try it out!


Bahrain LUG Announced

BLUG tux

We are pleased to announce the first meeting of the Bahrain Linux User Group!

LUG Activities

Sharing Knowledge: Presentations, Demos, Howtos. Cool and useful applications, tools, and software techniques in Linux and the open source world.

Support: Helping users to install, run and maintain Linux as well as troubleshooting hardware and software problems (as low as that might be!).

Socializing: Share, laugh, get geeky, and have fun!

Taste of forthcoming activities:

  • Running Linux within Windows: vmware, qemu, colinux, cygwin, xming
  • Running windows within Linux: wine, qemu, vmware
  • More secure and reliable internet: ssh proxy
  • Cool Linux Devices: Linux routers, handhelds, PS3, tiny devices (Nokia N800, dd-wrt router)

First Meeting
The first LUG meeting will be held on Saturday 9 June 2007 at 4PM. Although the venue is yet to be decided, do please invite anyone and everyone who would be interested in the LUG, the more the merrier! Please confirm whether or not you can attend by Wednesday 6 June, so that we can make arrangements for the venue. Please fill in a contact form to let us know if you are interested as soon as possible.

The LUG is moderated by my good friend Hasan Al-Eid.


The prince and the pauper

Street sweeper Sulaiman overjoyed at meeting the prince

Ahhhh, this is so sweet.

Shaikh Mohammed of Dubai has bestowed the “excellence in performance in government” prize on a street sweeper – Sulaiman – in Dubai who is diligent in his work. Shaikh Mohammed, one of the richest people in the world, had a little chat with Sulaiman and asked if he could take a picture with him. Sulaiman obliged of course and was overjoyed at the prospect.

He was also very happy to receive a special “thank you” from the Shaikh to the tune of DH50,000 (approx US$13,600) which he will use to marry off his second daughter, pay for a son’s education and build a small house in his country.

Well done Dubai!