Category: misc

  • Who’s there to trust? Etisalat’s CA Certificate to be revoked?

    Recently, the UAE appeared in the news with some security/privacy related issue; the fact that using encrypted services on the Internet could be a danger to the nation’s security. “The UAE threatened to discontinue some BlackBerry services because of RIM’s refusal to offer a surveillance back door to its customers’ encrypted communications.” [1] Now, 2 […]

  • No more UAE blackberry services from October 11

    Gulfnews reported that the TRA, the UAE’s authority that regulates all telecommunication things, will be shutting down Blackberry services. Reason being, It can’t be wiretapped is not in line with UAE telecommunications regulations. Which was figured out after it was active for 3.5 years. Maybe providers will come out with a “patch” again to enable […]

  • Drum n bass song, or “going wild with Reason”

    Ages ago, I installed Reason and have been playing a bit with it. Few days ago was actually the first time I created something relatively complete. It contains a sample of Public Enemy’s “By The Time I Get To Arizona”. You can download it here Feel free to leave any comments for it.

  • Blackberry 6 sneak peak?

    Eh? I mean, seriously.

  • RIM scaling problems? Or just chain IM’s?

    I received from several BlackBerry IM contacts the following message: Hello, greetings from RIM (Research In Motion) proprietors of BlackBerry. This message is to inform all of our users, that our servers have recently been really full, so we are asking for your help to fix this problem. We need our active users to re-send […]

  • nnscfgmaker.sh: a nagios/nsclient++ cfg maker

    Dear all, We are in the process of changing the monitoring system on part of our network from Zenoss to Nagios. This is not a Zenoss vs. Nagios debate, as both products are awesome and do the things they are designed for very well. We (Christian and myself) use a combination of Cacti for bandwith […]

  • Team collaboration, or competing?

    When reading about social media strategies today, I stumbled across follow excerpt: In most big companies, IT, digital, marketing and sales not only don’t work together, they compete with each other. Until they start collaborating as a team, you will not succeed in social media. If you’d change the last two words from “social media” […]

  • Running lean IT environments

    In the current economic slowdown, many face a semi burnout feeling as jobs seem less challenged and less changes seem to be happening in the short term. Here are a few things that I believe will increase the team spirit in an IT environment. 1. Destroy boundaries My team (systems and applications) and the network […]

  • CSS Background not showing in IE

    I searched for a while, and could not find out why places.ae wasn’t showing it’s background in IE, but it was showing it in Firefox (didn’t check other browsers). Apparently, I had a “mistake” in my CSS files, and IE seem to trap more on this than firefox. I had the following line: #city{ background:url(http://img.places.ae/p2bg.jpg)repeat-x […]

  • 7days bashes on Linux, should stick to normal gossip

    7days recently published an article about Valerie Singleton who created a PC for the elderly. It was a well written, objective article until statements were made which wasn’t researched enough: The computer runs on Linux – an operating system of such bewildering complexity to anyone outside its inner circle that trained IT experts have been […]