Alexandrian Nights

Friday, May 05, 2006

Bloggers Night

A few days ago was watching the daily show of Amr Adeeb's(Al Kahera Al Youm) on Al Youm Channel-Orbit Network ,he hosted two bloggers to discuss the phenomena of blogging and everything about it ,a lot of the show's audience in Egypt for sure wasn't familiar with the words (Blogs ,Blogging...Etc) ,he mentioned at the show's start that he will be discussing blogs at the third part of the show ,unfortunately there were another debate between Khaled Al gendy and a person whose religion is Baha'yia ,the debate was flammable and it took longer than expected so they had to shorten the period of the Bloggers part ,but it simply was slaughtering not shortening.

He hosted two bloggers ,the first is reponsible for a blog which is dedicated to Software Field's HR related ,giving job seekers in the field of software a good look on the market and job opportunities and giving the software companies a suitable portal to select their desired candidates ,it was the first time to hear about this blog and I thought it was a good idea ,the blog owner himself was looking decent ,and he gave a good impression ,but the second one was simply the opposite.

The second bloggers who has a blog dedicated for males to find the fastest and most accurate method to hunt females! ,aiming to give them a nice and easy advice to make the the hardest girl to soften and give up resistance!(that's what he claimed) ,I have no problem with that since this is a free land and anyone has the freedom to express what they like to express but what annoyed me is the Blogger himself ,I never thought about criticizing a fellow blogger personally but this guy..I don't know...There was something wrong about him ,I didn't feel comfortable either for him or for his talking method ,he seemed somewhat aggressive and arrogant. This wasn't my opinion alone but everyone sitting with me shred the same impression ,the worst part was when he talked about other bloggers ,I didn't feel concern or sypathy in his words ,even when talked about respectfully and brave people like Alaa & Manal.

I guess it was the mistake of the stupid person responsible for preparing the show's material ,why he picked this nasty person? He not only ruined our expectations but gave a lot of people a very wrong idea about Blogs and Blogging thinking by providing a very strange examples ,and believe it or not ,he was preparing to include a very famous and mysterious blogger ,actually on of the most controversial Egyptian bloggers but she never came and left us with the (TAZBEET) boy!

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Leaving

Just came back home after watching a movie in the cinema when I got a shocking news ,my younger brother was on his way home when he spotted unusual crowd gathering on al kornish road beside our home ,at first he thought that this maybe some sort of car accident(which is frequently happening in this area) but it was different thing ,a young man was hanged using a rope that is attached to the stone wall of the Cornish(where people usually sit to watch the sea) ,my brother was transfixed while looking at the sight ,it's very hard to see a dead human being at any time and more harder to see it dangling aimlessly from a rope and being moved back and forth by the wind!

While my brother was shaking while telling me about this whole thing I was thinking about the reasons that may led this young man(according to my brother ,the dead man wasn't looking more than 25-27 years old) to kill himself like that? Was it failed love story? Poverty? Unemployment...Etc and hundreds of reasons that could lead most of people to death in this land we live on. I suddenly remembered this young man (Abdul Hamiid Sheta) who killed himself last year by jumping in the Nile after going into depression due to the refusal he got when he tried to join the diplomatic wire ,the refusal was not because he is insufficient or a suspicious person or any other reason that could explain their refusal but because he was poor! ,yes in this country you could get refused or even knocked off your job simply because you are poor ,simply because you don't have any STRONG one to support your back. So is there something similar happened to this young man-whom we don't know his name yet- that led him to depression or deep frustration that eventually tempted him to suicide? Was his suicide a message to the stupid regime? was it a message saying"Hey ....I am poor so I can't live a respectful life in this unrespectful country which is worse than death"?. and from the method he executed his suicide I think he wanted to attract the attention of everybody ,but unfortunately no one in the stupid governemnt will even care ,even if all of us suicide!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Today I was flipping through the pages of one of my favorite weekly Newspapers(Al Dostoor) when I saw a small article about three Anti-Government websites that were blocked from accessing by Internet users in Egypt. the article demanded the responsibility of TEData compoany(Egypt's largest Internet Service Provider) for blocking the websites from it's DNS Servers ,I tried to test the three websites on two ADSL Lines provided by TEData and LINK(The second largest ISP in Egypt) and indeed the websites were blocked.

Alot of friends here maybe familiar with using proxies to gain access to blocked sites(which is very rare in Egypt in contrary with other arabian states ,you can access any websites here including Porn sites without restrictions!),but it may becomes habbit for our stupid government in the near future to block more websites ,so what about explaining how to use proxies to gain access to blocked websites( , and respectively) and maybe avoid the stalking of Egyptian Internet Police(in a future post I 'll talk in more details about this monstous stupid division).

For Internet Explorer Users:
1-Go to any Public Proxy websites like or for a list of fully updated proxies sorted by country(don't use proxies from Egypt or other stupid countries like Saudia Arabia!)

2-After selecting your desired proxy server ,copy the text of the proxy's IP and port number ,Open Tools menu-Internet Options-click on the Connections tab-Lan settings(if you are using ADSL or LAN) and check the box titled (Use a Proxy Server for your LAN) and Paste the IP into the box ,enter the port number found on the proxies page and click (OK)

3-Now instead of this:

You will see this:

Good luck ,and for anyone one needs help with other browsers please leave a comment ,there's also other techniques for evading Censorship that may will be explained later.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Back again!!

I can't find the suitable words to thanks everyone who asked about me ,I really appreciate all the warm feelings received in your comments and your emails.

A lot of things happened lately ,will try to tell all the possible details later ,for now I would like you to visit my new Arabic blog ,the blog is called (7elwa ya baladi) ,it's located here

Both of the blogs will have separate subjects and posts ,I will try to write another post soon to explain why I have to have an arabic blog!

Thanks God ,I am back in the Blogsphere again!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Numbers in My Life


Can anyone guess what do they refer for?

Important Update:

I wish to thank all the good friends who commented on this post ,I have been unable to reply to all those comments due circumstances beyond my ability ,I have lost my job last week ,it's been stressful days but thanks God I moved to a new one and will post details soon.

Unfortunately the correct answers is no more true ,meaning that the correct answers were the following:

780 minutes=13 Hours(The numbers of hours I work perday)
300 minutes=5 Hours(The number of hours I were able to sleep everyday)
120 minutes=2 Hours(The time I was managing to read daily before I sleep)
240 minutes=4 Hours(The time Iwhen I was doing every other activity of daily life excluding the things above!!)

As you see the whole post was a simple riddle based on my daily life schedule when I was working at my latest job,everything is changed now ,Will post more soon.

Friday, January 20, 2006

When We're Gone

Today I was sitting at work and analyzing the flow of Today's news feeds as usual ,The office's Network kept loosing connection and I was fixing it furiously ,that's because I am the new Network Administrator beside my regular responsibilities!

Suddenly a news article appeared with strange content ,it really made me shivering for unknown reason:

US man kills himself live on gamers' forum
A 20-year-old US man killed himself live on a webcam on Bulgarian gamers' forum, AFP and other agencies report. Mitchell "Mitch" Lee Stuekerjuergen, aka "Kuja105", reportedly swallowed antifreeze and pills "after complaining about family problems and a lack of money", forum administrator Boyan Georgiev told Bulgaria's BGNES news agency on Wednesday. Stuekerjuergen subesquently died on 4 January in hospital in Illinois.

A certain amount of controversy surrounds the whole sorry affair, with some claiming that other forum members "thought the man was joking, even though he rambled for six hours about the effects of the substances and disappeared from view several times", as AFP puts it.

Indeed, one indignant Slashdotter fumed yesterday: "Pulling from the AFP newswire, Yahoo, CNN, and others have been reporting about how a gamer broadcast his own suicide on a gaming forum via a webcam, and that members of the forum continued to ridicule the gamer while he killed himself. Gaming Horizon has just learned that this is completely untrue. The newswire reporter failed to check the facts, and, in turn, painted this simple gaming forum as cruel monsters."

As a result of the suicide the forum was recently "pulled offline via the request of a government agency pending an investigation regarding the unfortunate passing of TUS forum member, Mitchell Stuekerjuergen", as a site statement notes.

It is now back online with a number of tributes to Stuekerjuergen. ®

This really made me think about the consequeses of Blogging

,what's the mere difference between Truth & Lies over the

internet? ,do we really believe each others when we read

our posts and exchange comments or we just pretend that to

create the "Blogging Experience" with all of it's pros and

cons? ,what if someone of our Blogging Friends passes away

one day(ba3d 2el shar 3al kol tab3an though I don't know

how to translate this to English!)? ,will we feel deep

shock like what we feel when one of our "Earthly" friends

or relatives passes awayOrr we will just continue being

here pretending that nothing ever happened and forget

about it as soon as we finished shutting down our PCs?

And what will happen in the future?

Will all of us still be remembered by the younger


Or will we be just forgotten...

When all of us are gone...

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The African Cup of Shadows!

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In any respectful company in the world(Egypt ofcourse is not included!) when there's a major sports event or other type of big events ,you will find that almost every thing living or residing on the ground of the hosting company reflects the essence of this event ,but this unfortunately happens only out there ,not here.

The African Cup of Nations will start next Friday. That's less than forty eight hours remaining ,if you wander around the Egyptian cities that host the games(Greater Cairo ,Alexandria ,Port Said and Ismailya) you will have no feeling about that ,a championship like that which should attract supporters from all over Africa and even Business Men from Europe and Asia who seeks the best players to negotiate with them for future Appointments in European Football Teams ,achampionship that will be watched by hundreds of Millions all around the globe ,what the hell is our smart government thinks? ,Where's the Championship?

I decided to take a roaming session around the city to see the "Festival" appearances that may be already there ,here's a summary of what I found:

-Street Ads for Pepsi that is displayed on different sizes and different locations ,and some of them features players who won't be among the selected players in the Egyptian National Team!

-Some Flags that is hanged on thin iron pillars around the city and always on the sidewalks ,it's hardly seen and can be easily overlooked.

-Another street Ads but this time it belongs to CocaCola Company(Another sponsor for the National Team!) ,with a tag saying (One Nation...One Team!).

-Street ads displaying the Cup's logo (CrocoNile) with it's idiot and retarded design which looks very near to Lizard than a Crocodile! ,also te Ads itself has a very poor quality and foggy colors(Note that those are paid for by the Official Organizational committee!).

-The newest thing which appeared suddenly today is that they started putting African countries flags over the Street Lamps ,I thought that the first flag I saw belongs to a newly opened consulate or something ,but the flag I saw was hanged on a street lamp beside a waste land!!

And that's it ,yes that's it ,nothing more. I thought first that this may apply only to Alexandria ,But according to friends who lives in Cairo and websites like ,those are 90% of the "Signs" available there! ,so where's the festivals atmospheres? ,where's the African decorations? ,the Huge Ads everywhere(I am talking about the Government sponsored Ads)? ,where's the celebrations? ,where's the Championship itself?

The government still dealing with a major event in the most bureaucratic attitude in the world ,the preparation were done with the mentality of the Governments Employees and lacks all the creativity and fresh ideas that it badly needs ,and they already knew that we will be hosting this Championship in early 2001 ,so what they were doing during the past five years ,if you don't know what they were busy with wait till you read the last paragraph.

A few days ago I was sitting in my Dentist's Clinic waiting for my inspection's turn ,the TV was displaying a retarded Program on the retarded Egyptian Second Channel ,the guests were apparently talking about the AFC and their expectations about it ,one of the speakers was a major member in the organizational committee ,he was simply saying that more than ten thousand Libyan supporters will be in Cairo during the matches ,and this morning I came upon a silly article in the Ahram Newspaper stating that more than three thousand Tunisian supporters will be backing their National Team which will be playing it's matches here in Alexandria ,and all the 3000 people already arrived here!. Well if you ask anyone here if he saw a large groups of Tunisian people anywhere ,ofcourse no one saw any one ,and the same in Cairo where you csn see our Libyan brothers visiting the famous doctors clinics in the Downtown Cairo!

Another notice from the list of endless notices is the booking system ,the tickets itself is offered for sale in a limited places and most of the places are the post offices locations around the hosting cities ,this is another example of the narrow mentality of the government. When you are having a sports event like that you seek the attendance of young people mostly ,so why you don't do the tickets marketing in the places they usually hang in? ,malls ,cafe's restaurants ,Universities..Etc ,and have it marketed in an attractive way instead of the traditional posters that were stuck on the post offices doors. The other notice about tickets is the online ordering facility, I was so pleased when I saw on the official website that you can book your tickets online ,this is mainly aimed at the foreigners supporters and thought that it will give every one who is coming over here the sheer opportunity of having their tickets reserverd along with all the necessary information they need. The greatest achievement is that when you click on the link to go to the purchasing page you will see the following message:

Buying tickets online is no longer available. You can now buy your tickets at: blahblahblahblah!

I guess our lovely government were so busy during the past months in forging both of the Presidential & parliament elections results ,and after that it was having a romantic conversation with the Sudanese Refugees in the heart of Cairo ,such gentlness and tenderness were very heavy load on the Sudanese people's hearts and more than one hundred of them couldn't take it anymore ,also we can't forget their sincere efforts in sexually assaulting the female protesters in the middle of the street last May and also setting up Ayman Nour and locking him up in the prison ,we are really ignorant citizens ,we never thank God for our lovely government ,and we should ignore all the above notices cause they were so busy ,and let's enjoy The African Cup of Shadows!