Life moved on.

Hiya,

I never thought this blog would still have traffic coming in, nor having anyone looking at it to begin with.

Thank you for all the comments and all the fellow bloggers who took time to post their thoughts and feedback.

However for me, life have taken few unexpected turns, I moved to another country, changed jobs few times since I last posted here, changed name.

Not until I was cut off from my kids, I wanted to find something to create as a beacon so they can find me in the future when grown up, find it and get to read the stories that were never told to them.

Best of Luck everyone,

N

Java Timezone Information 2011g … The community release is here :)

Egypt has recently stopped working with DST time, so we need to update our timezone information with the latest updates, as a normal user for java, I used to download the TZUpdater tool which was always available for free from SUN …

But not anymore, as Oracle started to show its ugly face, if you go to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/tzdata-versions-138805.html you’ll see the following notice

TZUT v1.3.39 now available containing the Olson 2011g update. Please contact your local Oracle Support Office to obtain this version. For questions, please contact Oracle Support.

Go ahead and try to call Oracle local support office, and they’ll let you know that the update is only available to paying customers, could you imagine the impact of this on thousands and thousands of companies and users ???

I mean what the hell Oracle was thinking !!!

So, for those who know me well, they know that I cannot accept to feel hand-coughed, I need to fix the problems with java timezone as soon as possible, so I decided to build the entire timezone information from scratch … and Yes, I really did it, and I called it tzupdater-1_3_39-2011g-community.zip … 🙂

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Self-deception and Self-Betrayal …

It’s well known the events Egypt has been living lately …

During this time I wrote a small memo that I decided to keep from myself and never publish it, however, I’ll post small portions of it, and how I decided to transform, and what I decided to do next …

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Read The Freakin’ Manual – RTFM

It seems that I increasingly encounter people that just make me wanna shout (RTFM) …

I know, RTFM originally stands for “Read The F**** Manual”, but I’d rather use Freakin’ instead, just out of decency …

Situations like these below made me shout (RTFM) :

I was giving a session to some guys at the data center to give them some overview, and we ended with an open discussion, and one of them asked me, “What the second column/row in rndc stats output means, and I said to him “You can do ‘man rndc’ and see what it has for you, RTFM”

I happen to have a fresh graduate who have joined my team a couple of month ago, and I noticed that she’s doing hell a lot of googles all the time for any topic (big or small), Seriously; RTFM first

More than once I receive replies and comments on some topics in the blog asking for “detailed steps”, or “a complete config file”, or “I have an error that says ……, how to fix it?”, and my favorite “I need the complete configuration setup+guide to HOW to build a secure VPN server” similar comments I don’t even approve to be published, and they make me shout; For god’s sake, RTFM

Yet another fresh graduate from those who have joined my company lately came to me asking “I got an error, what can I do?”, “Well, what is the error” I asked, he instantly said “I didn’t read it”, I shouted “RFTM”…

Too much google’ing can damage your brain and your ability to think for yourself, so please guys; RTFM

Brain Dump…

Today, a friend of mine and I had some wonderful time…

Not skiing, not playing a game, not chasing beautiful women, but rather chasing awesome thoughts, reverse engineering, and cracking into some software, and here’re some ideas…

In fact the idea of having a page containing such content (as this one) and calling it “Brain Dump” is his idea…

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Amazon Kindle, Working around regional restrictions…

Few weeks back, a friend of mine was visiting the US for some business of his own, and I couldn’t help to ask him to bring back an Amazon Kindle for me…

I choose the cheapest model, the one with the WIFI only, with 6" screen, it seemed satisfactory to my needs, I won’t need to 3G thing as I don’t want to pay data transfer fees for downloading the ebooks to my kindle, and the 3G won’t add much value to me…

Anyway, I was thrilled to put my hands on it, and I started to ease myself into reading books on that lovely device, I went ahead and set my regional settings to the US, and started browsing the free ebooks available on Amazon’s Kindle Store, I downloaded over 6 ebooks in less than 1 hour, and downloaded samples for 4 more…

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A Book worm…

In a previous blog entry, I’ve mentioned some guy on the internet who used to read 80~90 books per year…

Well, I met one of those book worms in the flesh…

We needed to upgrade one of the most critical network systems at work to the newest release, and the vendor sent out one of his best guys, he was named Scott…

When he showed up on Thursday, he had a book (a pretty thick one) with a bookmarker in the middle of it, we had a quick meeting, decided what to be done and when, and that was it for the day, nothing big…

At night (Friday night), when we went to implement the actual upgrade, the guy showed up with an entirely new book, almost as thick as the one I saw with him this morning, and to my surprise, the bookmarker was in the middle of that book too !!!

When we were half way through the upgrade process, we took a break and I decided to ask him; "So, you usually hop across books ? maybe you don’t want to be bored by reading only one?", he replied; "No, what made you say that?", I couldn’t help to tell him my observation…

And he just said,"Naaaah,I’ve finished the other book, and started this one today" …

And I dared to ask him, "how many books do you usually read per month?", he just thought briefly and said "mmmmm, around 25 to 30 books per month, when I had to move to another house I faced a major problem moving my library along with me, 30 or 35 big boxes all full of books, it was a nightmare, not to mention the books I had to leave behind, and the books had to sell" …

We needed to continue on Saturday night, and yet again the guy showed up with yet another book, with the bookmarker near the beginning of it this time, seeing the question in my eyes he simply explained without being actually asked; "I had a long night sleep, didn’t have much time to read" …