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newsletter css or table March 16, 2007

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ok the key is to test the html email newsletter on all email environments such as hotmail, yahoo, gmail, outlook, aol, lotus thunderbrid, mac mail, eudora, entourage you name it to make sure that the design is consistent across all types of emails …I found that using tables is based design works better then CSS …. however I thought CSS should be flexible in various environments.

newsletter trials March 16, 2007

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it’s been a month and I have been trying out to code and send off an html newsletter via lotus notes….and actually I did but most of my subscribers received the newsletter completely distorted 😦 except for some they received it the way I designed it. Now obviously its such an ordeal to send off an html newsletter via lotus notes… just have to keep on trying I guess til I get it right…

As for now … I am enjoying my latte drink along the Nile 🙂

Wisdom of Crowds March 14, 2007

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Wikipedia is now facing new competitions online especially now with the recent introduction of scholarpedia.org and citizendium.org. Both are offering a Wikipedia-like product, with adult supervision. The question is do we need another fashionable notion of “crowdsourcing” or “wisdom of crowds”? Especially with the late reviews on Wikipedia that some of its facts are not really actual.  Just an example last month Middlebury college History Department banned its students from citing Wikipedia in their research papers and exams  after citing hisorical errors from Wikipedia.  Bottomline is facts have to be checked no matter what source it came from…and one should not only depend on wisdom of crowds.

First day at work November 15, 2006

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First day at work actually went really fine…everyone was welcoming me and they were happy with what they saw. And I feel comfortable with my colleagues. The first thing my boss asked me “So what is the most thing you learned in one year…tell me in one word”…it was a tricky question….so I decided to expand the question a bit and said “well on a personal level I learnt to toughen up a bit…on a professional level I learned alot from the university”…I said that unfortunately I wont be able to apply what I learned because I will need the proper softwares and not pirated ones because it will be used for company and not for personal use that is why it is important to purchase the software and our company should not jeopardize its reputation(software piracy in Egypt reached approximately 65 per cent), and ofcourse I will be needing the right computer, well believe it or not I suggested that the company has to purchase MAC, my Boss was convinced and told me to look around and he might also consider purchasing one for himself too 😉 ….so he told me to look around for Apple and compare prices 🙂 Didnt do much at the office today just cleaned my mail box and my desk….and next week will hold a staff meeting to present my editorial calendar for the year and also might have a meeting with all the freelancers to meet them.

Now that was my first day at work…tomorrow I wont be going to work as I have to finish some errands work applications and permits etc….so will be dealing with all type of bureaucracy administrative governmental offices….mmmm lots of fun eh

As for how I feel about the country…Deep inside me I feel really sad of what the country had turned into…the country has gone really backwards…no development at all…on my way to work this morning I just looking through the car window I can see living conditions of the people is deteriorating, there are more people in the country…and I one of my colleages told me a story of one of the messenger boy at her office that he earns 300 Egyptian pounds (£30) per month has 7 children. Each child costs him about 200 Egyptian pounds a year only for their education (this is excluding private lessons, which has become a trend in Egypt that all pupils have to take private lessons even if they dont want to…students are forced to take private lessons by their teachers otherwise they wont pass their classes). Not to mention costs for their food, housing, transportation and medical treatment, and I am talking here all the necessary things for living…I didnt mention presents, trips, etc….is this fair? What is the government doing about this…obviously nothing….so what is the solution, I wonder?

First day at work November 15, 2006

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First day at work actually went really fine…everyone was welcoming me and they were happy with what they saw. And I feel comfortable with my colleagues. The first thing my boss asked me “So what is the most thing you learned in one year…tell me in one word”…it was a tricky question….so I decided to expand the question a bit and said “well on a personal level I learnt to toughen up a bit…on a professional level I learned alot from the university”…”but unfortunately I wont be able to apply what I learned because I will need the proper softwares and not pirated ones, and ofcourse the right computer, well believe it or not I suggested that the company has to purchase MAC, my Boss was convinced and told me to look around and he might also consider purchasing one for himself too 😉 ….so he told me to look around for Apple and compare prices 🙂 Didnt do much at the office today just cleaned my mail box and my desk….and next week will hold a staff meeting to present my editorial calendar for the year and also might have a meeting with all the freelancers to meet them.

Now that was my first day at work…tomorrow I wont be going to work as I have to finish some errands work applications and permits etc….so will be dealing with all type of bureaucracy administrative governmental offices….mmmm lots of fun eh

As for how I feel about the country…Deep inside me I feel really sad of what the country had turned into…the country has gone really backwards…no development at all…on my way to work this morning I just looking through the car window I can see living conditions of the people is deteriorating, there are more people in the country…and I one of my colleages told me a story of one of the messenger boy at her office that he earns 300 Egyptian pounds (£30) per month has 7 children. Each child costs him about 200 Egyptian pounds a year only for their education (this is excluding private lessons, which has become a trend in Egypt that all pupils have to take private lessons even if they dont want to…students are forced to take private lessons by their teachers otherwise they wont pass their classes). Not to mention costs for their food, housing, transportation and medical treatment, and I am talking here all the necessary things for living…I didnt mention presents, trips, etc….is this fair? What is the government doing about this…obviously nothing….so what is the solution?

Let Lulu Publish Your Book September 14, 2006

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Here is an interesting news for all of you out there who have been dreaming of publishing a book one day but have been postponing it indefinitely. Well, time to roll your sleeves and get busy. You dont have to worry about the cost to publish or distribute your book because
http://www.lulu.com/uk has the right solution for you. This site provides you with the tools to publish/distribute your own book online. And guess what its all for FREE.

Oh another thing that caught my attention about this site is that it carries my nick name. Cute eh 😉 I wonder why did they ever name the site Lulu, though?

Reference: Personalisation principles and definitions July 4, 2006

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Web mining for Web personalization

Statement about personalisation May 14, 2006

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“Personalisation will become increasingly important as use grows of the Net on mobile phones, where information must be more carefully filtered due to limited screen space.”

source: http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,39731,00.html

Bloggers arrested in Egypt May 13, 2006

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Just received an email from a friend of mine who is an avid blogger…actually the email is a petition asking everyone to call for the release of 6 bloggers who were detained by police (just because they are blogging)….. this coincides with my conclusion in my Media Theory essay saying that the internet alone cannot bring about democracy and enhance political participation….and also any benefits that internet brings to democratization or effective political participation in Egypt will be of a long term nature, mainly because both political reform and the IT field are still considered in their infancy stage.

>From: Amr Gharbeia
>To: Undisclosed.Recipients: ;
>Subject: Peaceful Protestors in Prison while Mubarak visits Gemrany
>Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 01:44:45 +0300
_________________________________________________________________
On the day of Mubarak’s arrival in Germany, peaceful protesters are
being imprisoned for supporting independent judiciary. Of the 48 detained so
far, 6 are bloggers. One of those, Alaa Abdel Fatah, is a very good friend of
mine.

We have worked together to build the Egyptian blogsphere, and last
year, he won the DW Best of the Blogs special award for freedom of speech, while
I won the Best Political Blog in Arabic.

We managed to launch a world-wide campaign to free Alaa and the other
47.

Please help us by spreading the message to German-speakers. This is an
interview I did to DW today:
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2015594,00.html

You can stay updated with the whole campaign through the Free Alaa
blog:http://freealaa.blogspot.com

Thanks
Amr Gharbeia
http://journal.gharbeia.net

Toshiba new laptop May 12, 2006

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Mobility Age is here…check this out…we wont need notebooks anymore to write comments or assignments….all we need is just a laptop.

http://producttestpanel.com/toshiba/?lid=toshiba_3040