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Hello World from home!

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 18/02/2007 - 1:47pm

Moi,

Yes, It wasn't easy to reach my new home but I've done it!

I'm now posting this from my home with my 1M Cable connection.

The suckers here (Weho ISP) are blocking port 25, probably because of spam. But who cares ? I managed to bypassit but that's a different post.

Now I have to try and find the shopping center and then go back to the hotel. I guess I'll just go back!


Where did the bus stop go ?

Submitted by msameer on Sat, 17/02/2007 - 3:26pm

And I was supposed to move today. I thought that I should take the bus to Espoo where my new place is, buy food and keep it in the apartment and install the cable modem I bought yesterday, take the bus back to Helsinki, take a taxi with all my bags back to Espoo.

It's a bit complicated I know but I didn't feel like moving my bags and then not being able to find food or coming back to Helsinki. At least, here I'm in he hotel, the office is within a walkable distance, I have internet, I somehow know where the market is and I know where I can find a restaurant.

So how do I reach the bus stop ? Easy, there's a tunnel after the Nokia building. Just walk through the tunnel. I kept walkng until I found nothing. I kpt walking for 45 minutes until I was eally tired without anything.

I was very frustrated and I wished I can go back to Egypt. I realy had a bad feeling.

Now you gotta love people. A friend I haven't met except once helped me a lot.

Now here's the bus stop:

The tunnel outlet is on the right side.

The problem is that no one told me that it's immediately after the outlet so I kept walking until I found myself in a strange place (The street above the forests):

I turned right and walked, nothing. I found myself near the hotel so I decided to go back!
I'll try again tomorrow because we'll have no sun after an hour or so (Yes, I had to wear my sun glasses today!).


Alone...

Submitted by msameer on Fri, 16/02/2007 - 4:26pm

I've seen my new apartment today. It's more of a studio with a bathroom and a kitchen.
Tomorrow I'll have to move from the hotel to it. I can stay for a few days but I'll be paying tax for that so I need to move.
I need to move mythings alone.
I need to go buy food alone.
I need to discover my way from home to the office and from the office to the home (Bus 106 buy so what ? I somehow know where the bus stop near my home is but still!) alone.
Tomorrow is the weekend. I have to be at the office by Monday.

Damn it. I know I must pass by this but this is hard...


KELA, Nordea, YTV... Take my hand, it's my first step on the snow...

Submitted by msameer on Thu, 15/02/2007 - 6:48pm

OK. Here it goes.
I signed my contract in the morning. I met Johanna at Nokia and we signed the contract and the NDA.
That was cool. I had to walk in the ICE from the hotel (Which is a cool experience). I went bak to the hotel.
Helja of Finland relocation service arrived. Not to go into more details but we sat for a while then everything was hectic!

She drove me around the Helsinki city center. We then started our way to Espoo.
Now Greater Helsinki is composed of 4 regions. Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen (I failed to pronounce it).
Got myself registered with the authorities. Got my Finnish identity number.

I guess we did go to the Nordea bank after that. Got myself an account and an ATM card (You get these immediately not after 2 weeks like in Egypt). They have a combined visa/Finnish bank card. The problem was that the visa electron might not be available in some shops and that you need the visa to pay online. It should take 2 weeks to get that card.The problem here is that the ATM machines speak only Finnish unless you feed it a non-Finnish card.
I've also got the internet banking thing. That can be used to pay the bills an so. Now this was amazing. You get your customer number and a sheet of papers with passwords. Each one can be used only once. After that it's invalid. When you finish 80% of the passwords, they will mail (not email) you a new sheet. There's also a set of PINs. The system will ask you to input a random pin and you have to check it in the sheet and enter it. All these are generated randomly.
Now I had to exchange some money. Always do this @ FOREX for the best prices.

We had a meal and coffee! It's been a long time since I'd coffee I thought I'm not addicted to it!

Now comes the KELA card. KELA is the social security, I'm not sure I remember everything but basically, KELA compensates your sick leaves, pays about 30% of the private health-care and pays part of cost of the medicine. Probably other things but I'm not sure.

The travelling card (YTV card). I don't recall all the information related to it but you get a travelling part and then you load it with either money or travelling period. I've loaded mine with 2 weeks. You also have to learn how to use it which is not really that complicated.

I guess that was it for today ? I'm not sure I've not forgotten anything.

Stolkmann is somehow like a branch of stores. It's Swedish but I'm not sure. You get a subscription for free or for 10 Euros and you get discounts (But the prices are a bit high) also they are running another series of shops (I forgot the name) and they are a bit cheaper.

You can always buy your clothes from H&M (Or was it M&H) ?

They are my initials so I can't really remember!

Anyway, I'm back to the hotel with a hell lot of papers to read.


You suck, but I like your pan cakes!

Submitted by msameer on Tue, 13/02/2007 - 5:44pm

SO. Air france suck. They use a weird method to calculate your overweight and they fail to deliver the luggage!

I'm here in Helsinki without my luggage as usual with air france. I love their french pan cakes (YEAH!) but hell, CDG (Charles de Gaulle) airport suck.

Cairo/Paris flight. 5 hours. I slept like a pig.
Paris/Helsinki flight. 2.5 hours. I also slep like a pig!
I haven't slept well the last 2 nights (5 6 hours within the last 48 hours).

Helsinki. -8 degree. You don't really feel it. The first thing I said when I stepped outside the airport was: So, this is -8 ?!

The taxi driver was a guy from Morocco. As usual, he didn't think that this blonde man is from Egypt and called Mohammed.

They didn't pay for the hotel. I had to pay for the first night!

Damn this connection at the hotel. My 256 ADSL was better!

till waiting for my luggage. No idea what to do tomorrow.



The drupal database optimization day.

Submitted by msameer on Wed, 22/11/2006 - 1:07pm

The server was really screaming yesterday. I was trying to understand why.
I thought it was the aggregator module. I did some profiling for the aggregator SQL queries and while I'm at it, I did the same for some other modules and here we go: Here, here, here and here.
I'll be applying them too to the drupal sites I'm hosting whether they like it or not!


katoob 0.5.6 is out...

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 05/11/2006 - 7:22pm

ChangeLog:
* Don't try to convert the encoding if the requested one is utf8. return false if the text is not valid utf8 after we convert it.
* Reset the gui when we close the document from the document label close button.

Tarball, md5sum and GPG signed md5sum


katoob 0.5.5 is out.

Submitted by msameer on Thu, 02/11/2006 - 12:22pm

ChangeLog:
* Replace dialog: Removed "Find And Replace".
* Severe optimization for the lam-alef detection and manipulation code.
* Syntax highlighting support (Via libgtksourceviewmm)

Tarball, md5sum and GPG signed md5sum


First working day after Ramadan...

Submitted by msameer on Sun, 29/10/2006 - 9:28am

I didn't get enough sleep ? Who cares!
Tobacco, Nescafe...

I Power Life!


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