Sunday, September 30, 2007

Last two week

Constant anxiety, sheer physical strain, sleep deprivation
lots of driving between Amman and Damascus (and sometime coming back on the same day, while fasting), excessive stress, and at Iftar time, almost always invited out. I m Seeking enormous sympathy here!!!. Why? working on bleeding edge technology for the Syrian projects, All types of distributed processing, Asynchronous Web Services, JMS queuing, dynamic meta data driven data models and on top of that developing J2EE interface screen using Oracle ADF technology. Finally filling the data warehouse with economic indicators pertaining to Foreign Trade, Consumer prices index.
After tomorrow, we are having steering committee with the project management board representing three European companies, one of which is the German Giant Software AG.
If all goes well, we should be winding down and probably disengaging at end of Oct.

Today, we had Iftar gathering for PALCO/INFORMOBILITY/REALSOFT group at the Royal Automobile Club. It was good food @ reasonable prices

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Play on Words

Well, when you want to enforce restriction on the distribution of Intellectual property assets , you use the word COPYRIGTH. That if you have a piece of software that you want to distribute freely without legal protection. What word is used! I could not get more blunt that this. I am not kidding , you just play on the copyright word, and it becomes COPYLEFT. Just expanded your vocabulary. Not only that but we are all familiar with the copyright sign (c), and we can get by without giving COPYLEFT it own sign. Just to make it easy for all of use, just turn the (c) to the Left and there you go , a new sign is born

other synonyms of COPYLEFT when it comes to Software are

reciprocal licenses
Anti copyright
Public domain
GNU General Public Licnese

In the End, maybe the sign is not used in literature, but the word is

Ammar Sajdi

Sunday, September 23, 2007

smell of winter

today the 23rd of september was officially the first day in Autumn (fall in north america). It is the September equinox. (An equinox is when the sun is directly above the equator) Some countries consider 21st as the begining of Fall. The day started of as a spectacular sun shiny day. And in the afternoon hours, it turned partly cloudy with westerly refershing breeze and brisk at times. It was a fabulous afternoon, where a pre-iftar drive amids a cool, humid

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Zaha center

on Sept 16 at 9:00 PM (after Iftar) we headed to Zaha Center in Khalda to celebrate my auntie Zaha birthday. The birthday party was organized by the kids who have this center as their hang out. It was a cool September night with temperature around 16 Degrees. The events was held in an open area, and i was not really prepared as i was wearing a T-Shirt.
Kids played music (Arabic music, I loved the kanoon), they sang old Arabic songs and one of the young kids (no more that 12 years old) demonstrated the emergence of the new Nizar Qabani with a couple of poems that he eloquently gave. That guy already had published a diwan. you would not believe that the words are for 12 years old Mr Warda Wakeeleh
The function lasted for one hour. It was really nice gathering to meet friends and family


The Female Brain

It is a Book by Louann Brizendine, and not an attempt by me for any interpretation of any sort to this topic.
The author is taking a biological approach into describing how female brain works and where it is different from that of a male. It rahter strickly base the explanation on Neuro-Hormone characteristics. Neurotransmitter (dopamine, serotonine, oxytocin,norepinephrine) and hormones (estrogen, progestrone, testosterone etc ..) according to the author, can determine what the brain is interested in doing. Such chemicals help guide social, sexual and aggressive behaviours. In a nutshell, biology represents the foundation of our personalities and behavioural tendencies.
The book is both interesting and amusing, however, i am not sure about the validity of the scientific basis behind the facts introduced in the book.

Some of the issues that the book introduces, again, it would be nice to assert the scientific source of these issues

- Every brain starts as a female brain!!! and that holds true until the 8th week after conception.
- Women use 20,000 words a day while men user about 7,000 (no science is needed to prove this).
- IQs average the same, for both sexes
- Women have faster and broader verbal skills.
-Women have more neurons in the part of the brain devoted to emotions and to detecting emotions in others.
- The average man will think about sex as often as once a minute, while the average woman will think of sex much less often, as infrequently as once every one or two days, stated by the auther as "Women have an eight-lane superhighway for processing emotion, while men have a small country road," she writes. Men, however, "have O'Hare Airport as a hub for processing thoughts about sex, where women have the airfield nearby that lands small and private planes".
-A 20-second hug will trigger the release of oxytocin in a woman's brain. The effect of this chemical will often give the woman a feeling of trust in the person hugging her.

and many more. It is a fun book to read
ISBN 978-0-553-81849-9
available in Amman (books @cafe)
amazon for 7.99 pounds

Ammar Sajdi

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Finally, another day off

After years and year of debate, finally, we at REALSOFT will have two day weekend.
That was not possible before due to the fact that our office in Oman works Sat to Wed, and if we work Sun to Thursday, we are going to be out of communication with our office in Oman for three days in a row!! Finally, Oman, and all Gulf countries (with the exception of Saudi Arabia) have adopted Fri-Sat weekend. Therefore, officially, We have no reason to go to offices on Saturday. Our working hours are 8:30 to 6:00 with one hour lunch break - 5 days a week

Our Ramadan office hours are therefore extended till 3:30 and shall start at 8:30
starting tomorrow

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ahlan Ramadan

My first Ramadan day shall be in Damascus, Watch out for Ramadan No, No things

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

This trick will allow you know the country of origin of your mobile phone
Press the following code on your mobile*#06# and the-international mobile equipment identity number appears. something similar to 343456001397734

Then check the 7th and 8th numbers: (in the above example the 7th and 8th digits are 00 which i highlighted in red)

according to an emial that i received from a company colleague (and the judgement of the quality of the mobile based on the country of the origin is also given by the same person and is therefore can be a matter of opinion)

IF the Seventh & Eighth digits are 02 or 20 this means your cell phone was assembled in Emirates which is very Bad quality
IF the Seventh & Eighth digits are 08 or 80 this means your cell phone was manufactured in Germany which is fair quality
IF the Seventh & Eighth digits are 01 or 10 this means your cell phone was manufactured in Finland which is very Good
IF the Seventh & Eighth digits are 00 this means your cell phone was manufactured in original factory which is the best Mobile Quality
IF the Seventh & Eighth digits are 13 this means your cell phone was assembled in Azerbaijan which is very Bad quality and also dangerous for your health

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Hebrew, an attitude towards normalization ?

If somebody from the far east ever asks you to create Hebrew fonts and download such fonts to a certain device that he created, how would you react? Would you look at it as yet another font for some language, or you would tie up with the oppressive state of Israel. Personally, i am radically against any movement towards normalization with the Zionist state! It would be much easier for me to give my judgment only if i am not directly involved in this situation and maybe unable to abstract the situation an isolate any bias I have toward the benefits of the company

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Informobility products of Jordan conquer Taiwan

Informobility LLC , REALSOFT sister company won a contract for the arabization of the newly launched HTC line of smartphone an PDAs. Informobility is truly a leading provider of mobile and wireless products and services with an impressive track record of innovative solution and a phenomenal number of successful implementation in Jordan and the middle east. HTC is a Taiwan based world-class manufacturing company of cutting edge smartphone and PDA products. HCT is the original manufacturere of the well known I-mate and Qtek range of PDAs. Based on the terms of the contract, Informobility shall be Arabic enabling HCT smartphones and PDAs for two years to come. We at Realsoft celebrated this event and congratulated ourselves and our partners at informobility during a lunch gathering here in Amman.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Gala Dinner and a mobile

Last night, ORANGE Brand was officially launched in Jordan at a Gala dinner held on the premises of Amman Citadel. As you would imagine, many people were there. The food was good, the weather was nice. Many attempts were made to entertain people (Belly dancing show, fireworks, Lebanese Female singer). To me, only the fireworks show was a real attempt, other than that forget it. The Female singer is somebody called Carol Sama7a (cannot deny that I heard the name before, but the face looked like a total stranger to me).
Ilmohem, while we were leaving the dinner, men received a mobile phone, a real sleek Motorola Moto Razer 2 (obviously locked to Mobilecom SIM) and my wife also had it share with a well craftet silver necklace.
Apparently I made a mistake in wording in part this post; I should not have written the statement (obviously locked to Mobilecom SIM) I should be writing (obviously locked to ORANGE) otherwise my attendance yesterday defeated its purpose

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