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Dropped and unrecognised!

WD Passport - 160GB

Man I am pissed. I dropped my new WD Passport 160GB drive while I was getting out of the car this morning and now the bugger is buggered.

I’ve got 120GB of data on it, mostly my original photographs going back years! It contains my whole library which I have deleted from my disks because I needed more space (which I why I bought the bloody thing) and now, it looks like it’s dead.

I tried it on my MacBook and on a Dell in the office, both want to reformat the bloody thing.

Other than using it as a coaster or a doorstop, any ideas how I might recover the data?


New AJAX Comments module installed


Quick admin stuff:

I’ve installed a new Ajax-Comments plugin, that means that the comment is posted when you click submit without it having to reload the whole page to show it. Did you not notice that sexy drawer effect when you hit submit? That lessens the load on the server a lot (I hope).

I don’t know why it doesn’t display the proper comment number though on that instant, but if you do reload the page (I know, defeats the purpose) you will notice that the numbering is correct.

I’ll try this comment module for a few days and see how it goes. If you have an feedback on this, please let me know.

And I am researching ways to optimise the server, ie, getting the pages to load faster. So bear with me. I’ll tell you when I’m done. The first I’m going to do is install APC (Alternative PHP Cache) and other stuff to kick the server into a higher gear.

I’ll let you know when I’m done playing…

update 18:12 -> ALL DONE!
I’ve finished the optimisation of the site:

I hope you will find that the site loads faster now. Let me know your experiences please if you don’t mind.

There is one more thing I can do, and that is disallow commenting on any article past a certain timeframe; for instance, I can bar commenting on articles over 6 months old, or 3 months old or one year old. This will allow those articles to almost be permanently cached and they will load (theoretically) like greased lightening as they will remain static by definition, hence will only be cached once and be ready for display (only) always.

Would you be okay with that? Let me put up poll and see what you guys think…

Thanks for your patience.

UPDATE 2: 3 Feb, ’07, disabled the Ajax Comments as it was timing out and creating problems.


iLike     iPhone    iWant    iNeed!

Apple iPhone with Steve Jobs in the frame

My brother Hani called this afternoon and before his customary “Hi” he posed the rather confusing question:

Did you see it?
I thought he finally flipped and the British weather has addled his brains…
“See WHAT?” I replied,
the iPhone!” he said, exasperated.
“The iWhat? No way, they didn’t did they?”
“Oh yes they did.. go to apple.com right now and have a look, then call me back.”

and the line went dead.

Fortunately I was at a computer at the time and iChecked 😉 and was very pleasantly surprised, realised that I was in love yet again, and then the rest of the “i‘s” came marching into my brain: iLike     iPhone    iWant    iNeed!

Fate would have it that I had a meeting in town at iMachines and I asked my friend Sofyan, the owner, if he heard of it (yes, he did look insulted, as he is plugged in to only two sites on the internet 24×7, this one – of course! – and apple.com!) Then we went into a iSomething fest between me, Sofyan and his brother Abdulrahman with each of us talking at each other in our excitement!

Anyway, not to take too long with this, I verbally placed an order with Sofyan for 5 iPhones whenever they arrive in Bahrain. Why 5? Because I will not be able to enter the house if I don’t buy one each to the wife and kids too!

Yes, it’s that good. Check it out yourself and then if you don’t come out with a “why didn’t I (or Nokia or Ericsson or whatever) think of this before”, I’ll give you the admin password to this blog!


The blind leading the blind!

Actually there are several idioms colloquially that also describes the following situation:

Iran offers nuclear technology to Gulf nations-TV

TEHRAN, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a Kuwaiti envoy that Iran was ready to share its nuclear know-how with other countries in the region, state television reported on Saturday.

Alarmed by Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Israel’s presumed nuclear arms stockpile, Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf Arab states recently announced plans to set up their own nuclear energy programme for peaceful purposes.

Iran, which faces possible U.N. Security Council sanctions for failing to heed demands it halt nuclear fuel work, says it has no intention of making atomic bombs and has in the past offered to share its technology with other countries.

“Iran is ready to give its valuable experiences and achievements in peaceful nuclear technology to the countries of the region,” Ahmadinejad told Mohammad Dhaifullah Sharar, a special envoy of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

Television also quoted Ahmadinejad as welcoming the decision of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to acquire peaceful nuclear technology.

The GCC, which groups Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, announced its wish to produce nuclear energy in a statement issued at the close of its last summit in Riyadh last week.

No disrespect at all to the Iranian people and their scientists, Iran has been known throughout the age for their sciences and literature. That – to me – does not cover nuclear technology, especially that they themselves only have the Russians of Chernobyl fame to “help them” build their facility!

I would hope that our beloved leaders would just say thanks but no thanks!

Onto those colloquial gems describing this situation:

  • The cross-eyed to a blind man is a pasha
  • The luckless has fallen on the hopeless!

I’m sure you can add quite a few more.. it seems every culture suffers from this type of megalomania.


Vote counting started

vote counting in Ahmed Al-Umran school

The votes counting operation appears to have begun in several centres. This shot is off the installed webcams in Ahmed Al-Umran school. For seeing the physical counting operation live in various centres, please click here.

Results will be announced on the official elections website at Vote4Bahrain.com, which, incidentally, is running Xaraya!

This is the second time that Bahrain depends on open source CMS for the elections website, the first was based on PostNuke, this one is based on Xaraya, both of which are the brainchildren of my friend John Cox and a collection of about 40 programmers from around the world, and once again, I am proud to have been associated with both projects.


New Phone – the K800i

I have succumbed.

I got the new Sony Ericsson K800i a few days ago when my friend Rami told me that MTC-Vodafone have a special offer on it. You sign a one year contract and you get it for BD127 rather than the retail price of BD179 or so. So I got it and I love it!


This is one of the pictures I have already taken with it (as I did the pill box below) and there are a few more pictures I have uploaded into my Flickr account. The camera is quite good at 3.2MP and the features are excellent too, especially the browser and it even has an excellent RSS reader!

Me happy cookie…


One more site blocked in Bahrain

It used to be just 9 that were blocked:

and now, it appears that someone who is really shaking in his boots and deems it very necessary to protect us from ourselves and protect the country from those nefarious people hell bent on toppling the government has done the right thing™ and blocked…

Well done! I am sure the blocking of these sites will contribute greatly to the country’s standing in the Freedom of the Press index, the Human Rights index (which Bahrain actually is on that council in the UN!!) and will also assist Shaikha Haya bint Rashed Al-Khalifa in her role as the PRESIDENT of the United Nations and gain her and Bahrain even more respect and credibility to continue to be in that role.

Of course, that brainfartist probably doesn’t know that it is becoming easier every day to unblock sites, no matter what their contents are.

Welllll done!

But then one must ask the question… who’s next?


Good concept maps

Thanks to Alt-Ctrl-Del, he brings us 6 excellent concept maps which should be printed on A1 or A0 size and hung on the wall of your office or room:

concept maps

These maps are from the efforts of the Dubberly Design Office, which:

have just posted a small sample of concept maps they’ve designed within the last 7 years. Each map takes a difficult—almost mystical—subject and attempts to rigorously map out its many complexities and relationships.

    The maps show the following concepts:

    1. What is Java technology and its community?
    2. How does the Domain Name System(DNS) work?
    3. What is a brand?
    4. How do organizations track customers to retain them longer—and acquire more?
    5. What is Internet search?
    6. What happens during a heart attack?

You should check in on ACD’s blog as he continuously puts up excellent and fun nuggets of information, especially for the tech-savvy.