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خبرتي في التصويت خارج مصر

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 27/11/2011 - 10:08pm

توجهت اليوم الي السفاره المصرية في هلسنكي لتسليمهم المظروف المحتوي علي بطاقات الاقتراع الخاصة بي
طبعا كان ممكن تتبعت بالبريد لكن المشكله هي:
اولا وصلتنا تعليمات التصويت من السفاره متاخرا
ثانيا اخر موعد لقبول خطابات التصويت البريدي لم يكن يتيح فرصة ارسالها
ثالثا السفاره اغفلت تماما امكانية ارفاق صورة من بطاقة الهويه الفنلنديه مع مظروف الاقتراع و قيل انه يمكن ارسال صورة من الاقامة او رخصة قياده او بطاقة طالب

المهم انه تم تغيير اخر ميعاد للتسليم عدة مرات من صباح السبت الي مسائه ثم الي مساء الاحد

المهم كنت في السفاره حوالي الساعه الخامسه مساء و وجدت الباب مغلق. دققت الجرس و بعد هنيهه رد علينا احد الافراد من الداخل متسائلا فاخبرناه اننا نريد التصويت ففتح لنا الباب.

الحقيقه الرجل كان بسيطا من الشرقيه و يبدو انه فرد امن بس كان بشوشا قام باجلاسنا و عرض علينا شاي قبل ما نمشي

المشكله انه لم يكم متاكد من امكانية استخدام صورة البطاقه
المهم قررت وضع صورة البطاقه بجانب اقرار التصويت البريدي و مظروف الاقتراع داخل مظروف اكبر و ربنا يستر و مايبطلش الصوت.

ماشفتش لا صندوق اقتراع ول اي حاجه و الرجل اخبرنا انه سيعطي المظروف بتاعي انا و مهيتاب للقنصل بكره.

مع الاسف لم اتمكن من المشاركه في لجنة الفرز بتاعة السفاره لكن لما نشوف.


Prayer timetable parser for Helsinki (2011)

Submitted by msameer on Sat, 08/01/2011 - 10:12pm

One of the local mosques here used to publish the prayer timetable for the whole year in HTML format. That was fine for me because I had the ability to add a bookmark to the current month to my N900 desktop.

In 2011, some brilliant person decided to publish them only in PDF. The idea itself is not that bad, I just lost the ability to add the bookmark to the desktop. Combine that with the not so great PDF reader for the N900 and my dislike for PDF files in general and you shall understand why I was really annoyed.

I decided to try to convert the PDF to html. htmltopdf is a great tool but the HTML output was horrible and almost impossible to properly cleanup. Each cell was represented by an HTML div that had an absolute position!

At the end, I decided to write a very crude parser that can parse the XML generated from pdftohtml and dump the data to a set of HTML files that I can use and bookmark.

The parser is not a nice piece of code but it works. The HTML files are ugly too but they are fine for me.

The code can be obtained from my SVN repository (C++/Qt). The generated HTML files are in this tarball.

The original PDF can be downloaded from the mosque website.

Warning: I take no responsibility if the generated times are incorrect. You have been warned!


Booked my tickets (Summer 2009) :-)

Submitted by msameer on Sat, 16/05/2009 - 7:04pm

To Cairo and beyond (-:

Too bad I'll transit for one hour in Charles De Gaulle again. I'd rather be prepared to lose my bags :-)

And did I say from 10.07.09 to 09.08.09 ?


Oh shit! On tax!

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 13/01/2009 - 9:38pm

Oh shit!

I have a bill from the tax office since May 2008.

It was due last December and I never knew I had to pay anything.

Now I have to pay it plus the interest rate!

It's not much but ... :-(


Have you ever forgotten to have breakfast ?

Submitted by msameer on Wed, 13/08/2008 - 7:21pm

This is an example of a clueless and non-informative blog entry. Please feel free to skip it.

Years ago when we were young at school, teachers used to ask as:
* Did you forget to eat ?
* Did you forget to drink ?
* Did you forget your sandwiches ?

Whenever one of us forgets to do his/her homework, bring a book or a notebook, ... etc.

I never even thought this can happen one day. Never even thought about the issue until...

I arrived at the office today. Had my morning coffee and cigarette, checked my mailbox, did some work and when it was lunch time, I thought about not eating and eat at 6 or 7 pm as usual.

Just to realize that hey ? I completely forgot to have what I call breakfast (A banana and some orange juice actually)!

Problem is when you drag yourself to the Nokia restaurant to eat while not feeling hungry just because you have a Finnish lesson at 4 and you don't want to feel hungry in the middle of the lesson or your mind to simply, crash!


Booked my flight to Cairo...

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 01/07/2008 - 9:01pm

03.10.08:
Helsinki (08:00) to Vienna (09:40)
Vienna (10:35) to Cairo (14:10)

02.11.08:
Cairo (10:50) to Vienna (13:40)
Vienna (19:40) to Helsinki (23:20)

Yes, 6 hours of transit...

And blame Ezabi for convincing me to fly EgyptAir from Cairo to Vienna!


My first experience with the Finnish police officers

Submitted by msameer on Wed, 25/06/2008 - 8:42am

Sitting down ignoring anything but the phone call and by accident raised my head

Me (After noticing the sign from the guy): Give me a second, there're police officers here
Phone: OK
Police officer: Do you speak English ?
Me (a bit frightened to the police guy): Yes, but can I end this call please ?
Police: Yes but quickly
Me: I have to go now, seems there's something important. Will call you later
Police (After ending the call): Do you have an ID ?
Me: Yes (And showed him my Finnish ID)
Police: Where do you live ?
Me: In that street, I can show you.
Police: We don't go there, just tell us
Me: In this street, number 12. The 2nd door.
Police: People have been complaining that you are speaking in a loud voice at night when it's late.
...


يا مصطفى يا مصطفى

Submitted by msameer on Thu, 14/02/2008 - 9:41pm

انا باحبك يا مصطفى

النهارده وصلني بعد الضهر كتاب رحاب, أرز باللبن لشخصين. لا و انا اللي الصبح كنت لسه باقولها عايز نسجه موقعه لما انزل اجازه!!

لا و انا اللي لسه عامل معاه حركة ندالة من يومين!! بجد اودي وشي فين:-(

طب ماحدش عايز يبعتلي عايزه اتجوز بمناسبة اني عايز اتجوز برضو ؟ :-)


Waiting for the tickets...

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 17/07/2007 - 1:36pm

Helsinki: 24.08.2007 17:40
Cairo: 25.08.2007 02:00

Cairo: 09.09.2007 06.35
Helsinki: 09.09.2007 16.15

I hate CDG Airport...


No connectivity.

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 10/07/2007 - 3:17pm

No connectivity since Friday evening. I took all the precautions to ensure my connection will be working in the new place but it seems I'll have to wait until Thursday.

No email or anything. Even worse, I have a FTBFS bug that needs fixing.

Why are all the hotspots I find encrypted ? ;-)

Update: mbar has a free wifi connection but they allow only http and ssh. The more I use ssh tunneling, the more I love ssh and the more I feel proud of FOSS! ;-)

Update2: I'm back online. Just as I thought. I was using the radio outlet which was labeled TV incorrectly!