Life is a series of choices. Every step is a choice, an option, a decision. We try our best to make these choices based on what we know. What we pick may not be based on what is right and what is wrong, but what we believe in our minds and hearts. Whatever we do decide, we have to compromise. It is always one or the other.

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SebaQ el SMS

Esdh3wa.. tra ermothan 3ugub bacher (enshalla) o em6arshen msgat, o emailat men youmain? ;p

Eshd3wa.. akeed 3endek/ch msg men el sena ely 6afat taby edez-ha, o tawek leget el fur9a.. embacher eshway, bs maykhalef ;p

Eshda3wa.. men cham sena, edegon o egolon embarak 3alekom el shahar.. o ba3dha eb cham sena msgat, o al7een.. msg o y’Allah ba3d.. ;p

Allah kareem ;P o Salamatkom..

O EMBARAK 3ALEKOM el SHAHAR

Watani Online Nuisance

WOLLogo My password expired. I haven’t logged in for a while (a couple of months) and my password expired. Of every institute that I have ever dealt with, in Kuwait and internationally never has there ever been an expiry on my password!

For those who don’t know, Watani Online, is NBK (National Bank of Kuwait) Online banking service.

Now, if you’d ask, they’d probably say this is added security. I don’t think this is added security at all. It is an inconvenience to the customer. I am not an idiot. I can take care of my passwords, and if I can’t then it is my own problem. Why does NBK have to make it a harder experience for everyone to use their online service!

After I got the notice that my password had expired and that I had to create a new one, I clicked on the link to follow the instructions. I entered my banking information and a new password. My password was the same as my older one, since there is no way ever anyone can guess it, and I am pretty confident about that!

I got an error that my password has to be new, not something I had used before, and should combine letters and numbers and be between 6 and 8 characters. Now, why can I not use my old password? I understand again, that this is a security feature but come on. This only makes it worse for us who seem to have to change their password every few months because we don’t need to/want to log in!

Talking about security, why is the limit between 6 and 8 characters? Doesn’t that limit the number of password one can “create” that he/she can remember? Just imagine this, how many of those people use their 7 digit phone number, and a letter at the end of beginning as their password? Or, how many use a 4 number significant year and a 2-4 letter related or meaningful word? Also, being a tight community, it becomes easier to socially engineer these password being of that length.

Back to the new password form, two new fields popped in! I also needed to include my Civil ID and my account number to create a new password! Oh you have got to be kidding me. I do very much understand security, I am a System Admin, but this is crossing the line into annoyance and customer frustration!

Evernote – Remember Everything

evernote If you’re like me, then you love taking notes. I write down on paper, notebooks, notes on my phone, emails to myself, text files, Google documents, and nearly any place I can write.

Evernote has made it easier for me to take notes and finally get them organized! I can write notes now in one place, online and offline and be able to sync them and access them from my Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX machines. The very cool thing that really makes their services distinct is that if you add images to your notes, or take pictures as notes, the image is processed through OCR! Which means when you search you can also search through the images!

You can see a screencast demo on their web site and you can sign up as well! The service is free up to 40mb of monthly bandwidth, but you can also upgrade your account if you need to!

Link: http://www.evernote.com/

Islamists and Liberals: Advice for All Those Who Hate

people hugging This is for those who hate the Islamists who ruined our country. And also to those Islamists who hate the Liberals that ruined our country.

Don’t hate. If you start to hate and reply with arrogance and ignorance you are only being savage and uncivilized. If your points are better, then why don’t you prove it? Why don’t you stop bashing other people and discuss the topic you are into correctly and fully? Don’t hate just because you have only been influenced by what you hear. And don’t hate period, respect the people, and hate the argument.

Don’t be an idiot and start insulting others. You won’t gain respect, or if you do, the respect you gained will be lost once the people see the real you; one who uses slander and heresy to back up one’s argument. Your argument will not stand long, it will crumble and it will only cause you to get more pissed off, and create more accusations and harsh unnecessary statements.

Instead, learn and educate. If you don’t like what you hear; question it, investigate it, solve it, and discuss it. Study the negative and positive impacts of what you aim for. Do not neglect the truth, if you do, you only lie to yourself. Spread your message of understanding. Think. Believe in your cause, work hard, but do not put other down to make it to the top. And finally share your wisdom with the world. Even if you think it is trivial, someone somewhere will benefit.

P.S. I have added a new poll on the right. Vote away!

…and they’re off

Sprint Race You hear the water dripping, the zippers zipping, and the kettles on the stoves whistling. You hear the keys clinging, doors slamming and car engines igniting.

The clocks are ticking. Every second counts. The engines roar, sucking up gasoline as the person behind the wheel waits… waits.. just a bit more for the car to heat up. Their feet press the breaks as their hands quickly swivel around the gear, and shift into D for Drive. Their feet compress the gas pedal, and the engine roars and the tires spin out of control onto the road…

…to work.

In other news, The Olympics 2008 have started in Beijing if you have not heard already.

More Pictures

Sharm Al Shaikh - Day 2 Since I have been away for a while now, I’ve taken a lot more pictures than I have in the past decade or so heh. Anyway, pictures of my latest trip to Sharm Al Shaikh can be found on my flickr site (Just click the picture to go there!).

Reserved, going to add something here later.