Monthly Archives: December 2008

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Dubai 2.0, more transparency please

This post is not necessarily about the current credit crunch, and how Dubai is affected. Although it leans onto it.

I just had a coffee with a good friend of mine, and we were speaking about the status of Dubai, and the entire region actually and it’s corporate profiles. And what is lacking is transparency. Ironically enough, a new body is being setup to provide transparency, accountability and governance.

Anyhow, I refer to corporate transparency, what’s happening in the companies itself. I refer to blogging.

Current modern copanies, such as Sun microsystems, Facebook, Google, etc all have corporate blogs, where employees; both executive management as any other layer, talk about their strategies, challenges and outcomes.

In Dubai, very few companies do this, and especially none of the top 20 companies.

In times such as the ones we are in now, many people are unsure about what is going to happen. I don’t expect any of the Dubai top companies’ CEO’s, or other key people, to have a crystal ball and foresee the future, yet any news insights would be welcome. Rather directly instead of usual channels such as news papers.

Even prior to these less than perfect times, from an economical point of view. I am not sure about any UAE based top exec, giving in their own words how he/she is going to move the company forward, or just voice an opinion about global events.

I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon, but it’s sad, nevertheless. We’re 2009 already (ok, almost), we should follow the global trends and get away from communication means and marketing techniques that are so 90’s.

internet

Simple file sharing, share1t.com

Share1t.com is one of those websites I wish existed more. A form to share files up to 100MB; simple, neat and fast (thank you, whoever, for fixing the broken cables).

A great, nifty tool from the guys at builtBackwards.

Love it!

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Cable cuts make UAE’s internet slooooow

With recent cuts in “internet cables” off the coast of Sicily, the internet and voice traffic has been seriously affected in the region.

It would take several days to be repaired…

I forgot already what 14400 felt like..

uae

Dubai Credit Card Fraudsters arrested

Dubai Police arrested a gang of Arab men, who stole over 200 million dirhams using credit cards doing online shopping, Gulf News said.

They were tipped off in August about the guys, and caught most of them now (one out of four is out of the country).

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S60 widgets

This is just a quick post on Nokia widgets.  I haven’t owned (lol, 0wned) a Nokia phone for ages (5 years to be specific), but I created a widget for places.ae last week.

S60 (Series 60) widgets are a combination of HTML, Javascript and CSS, in a zip file, with a renamed extension.

I believe that, though Nokia lost a bit of it’s market share, that this is a good step as it promotes agile development. The places.ae widget (which can be downloaded here) took only 1 day of programming. True, most of the CSS and HTML programming is similar to the mobile site, but still.

The S60’s browser platform has a pretty good browser (hey, I’m used to a BlackBerry curve, no fancy iPhone), with good DOM and Xhr support. I wish more platforms would allow the easy development and deployment of Widgets, using known robust technologies and languages.

Thanks,
Michael