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Debian on Acer travelmate 250

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 08/08/2006 - 2:11pm

I've installed Debian long ago. I wanted to write this howto since then but I had some problems with the laptop hardware I was unable to solve until today.

Now this laptop is really cool. I bought an extra gig RAM and replaced the 40 gigs harddrive with another 80 gigs one because The one equipped with it was dying.

Google ? Google. Google! Google...

Submitted by msameer on Mon, 07/08/2006 - 10:39am

Now what ? Google is providing hosting for Open Source projects!!!
Yesterday I also discovered that google has "Google bookmarks" so you can store your bookmarks there. Not talking about personalized search, Gmail, Google spreadsheet, Orkut, Google maps, Google moon, Google desktop, Google talk, Blogger, Google video, Google OS, Google browser, ...

Why is taking a decision hard ?

Submitted by msameer on Mon, 31/07/2006 - 3:23pm

Why is it hard to take a decision or solve a problem for myself while I can easily do it for other people ?


Mutt + Broken HTML emails.

Submitted by msameer on Sat, 22/07/2006 - 4:39pm

I always had a problem with Arabic HTML emails. They don't specify the encoding.

I'm using mutt (Yes!) as my mail reader. HTML emails can be handled using lynx and a mailcap entry like this:

How to bypass a blocked pop3 port using SSH.

Submitted by msameer on Thu, 13/07/2006 - 3:33am

So, You are behind a firewall blocking the pop3 port ? No worries

Here's part of my fetchmailrc:

poll foolab.org with proto POP3
user 'XXX' there with password 'YYY' is 'ZZZ' here options ssl fetchall no rewrite

APC Wireless day 1

Submitted by msameer on Thu, 13/07/2006 - 3:22am

OK, So to continue the last part. We spent the 12 hours in Istanbul in the Airport Hotel. They gave us a room for free. The flight to Casablanka was really boring. 5 hours is too long especially when it was delayed and the end result was a 2 hours late departure.

The reverse path to Morocco.

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 11/07/2006 - 5:58am

First, I'd like to say that it's stupid to fly from Cairo to Istanbul and then to Casablanca. But this is the only flight I found.

OK, The fucken guy in Cairo airport announced that it's the last call for the flight, The flight was supposed to depart at 0345 but the announcement was at 0240 so we (Me and Diaa) had to leave the smoking area and discover the trick afterwards,


To Morocco...

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 09/07/2006 - 4:17pm

Yes! I've got the visa and booked today.

I will attend the APC North Africa Wireless Workshop held in Ifrane from the 12th to the 16th of July.


Dipping my nose more into drupal.

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 25/06/2006 - 12:17pm

I've got my Drupal CVS account. I'll give the article module some love.
And My first commit!

Arabic status revisited.

Submitted by msameer on Thu, 15/06/2006 - 2:49pm

Arabic is somehow a complex language when it comes to computer processing, It requires certain capabilities from the rendering and processing engines.
I'd consider 2 things to be the most important things, BiDi and Shaping, While Shaping deals with the different forms of a letter according to its position in the word, BiDi deals with the arrangement of embedded Arabic and English words.