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Audacity 2.0 released!

Alhamdulillaah, Audacity 2.0 has been released!

As an audio recorder, producer, editor, and overall manipulator, Audacity is one of my most important tools (more on my whole multimedia workflow to come in a subsequent post).  I have been using it for so many years, I’ve lost count.  Before Audacity, Adobe Audition was my staple, as was Cool Edit (all the way back to ’96) before it was bought by Adobe.  I have come to miss very little from Audition in recent versions of Audacity, and since I’ve committed myself completely to free software, Audacity has been then to help me along the way.

I don’t really have much else to say, but I did want to go ahead and point it out, draw your attention to it, and, also, finally get back into blogging!  Look for more on the way.

Fedora 16 “Verne” has been released!

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِي

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّه, Fedora 16 has been released!  You can read the full release notes or just go straight to the torrents for downloading.  See the release announcement after the fold… Fedora 16 “Verne” has been released! continued »

Donate to Wikipedia

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحد لله, Allāh has granted me tawfīq to donate to Wikipedia.  I wouldn’t mention this except for the fact that I hope others, upon reading this, might give it consideration when they otherwise would not have.  A donation to Wikipedia is tax-deductible, so you can save on your taxes or get more back on them (depending on your situation).  Ultimately, though, the reason why projects like Wikipedia and related Wikimedia Foundation projects should be supported are as I described in my comment upon donating:

Wikipedia and its related projects represent an ideal world where knowledge & information are not controlled to give power only to the few, but rather, they empower the many, ultimately benefiting the world as a whole.

So, if you have the ability, then I strongly encourage you to take the time out to donate to help support Wikipedia and its sister sites.

Moodle 2.0 released!

Alḥamdulillāh, Moodle 2.0 has been released! This is important for a lot of reasons, amongst them being that I work with Moodle on a day-to-day basis in my daytime job, and I use it on some of my own sites.  However, most important is the fact that Moodle provides a platform for education that is free-as-in-freedom and the community supports this philosophy through-and-through.

Moodle 2.0 brings an incredibly wide range of new features and capabilities that further extend what is possible.  I personally have worked on some of the new features in a minor capacity – both in submitting bug reports as well as helping to implement some milestones in line with what we needed at work.

Moodle is used on countless sites to provide education and share knowledge in every corner of the world.  So, congratulations to the Moodle team and to the world for this great step forward!

Updated to WordPress 3.0.1

بسم الله الرحمن الريم

الحمد الله, and finally, I upgrade my blog to WordPress 3.0.1.  With two boys, our own apartment, full time work, and a few other things (including some motivation issues) I am finding it hard to keep up old habits, despite a desire to continue doing so.

Finding my blog so outdated, though, I wanted to take a step to rectify that, and since HidayahTech is currently running on my ancient server alfaatihah.hidayahonline.net (it’s the first server I ever leased…got it back in August 2004), maintaining software on here is growing more-and-more painful.  I greatly want to move all my sites over to my new server, zaytoon.hidayahonline.net (the current home for Audio Islam, as many of the other sites I host), but that task, too, is proving to be long-running, without only little bits of progress here-and-there from time-to-time.  I suppose that is a topic for another post.  At least HidayahTech is finally a part of the modern era once again!

It’s a boy, the sequel!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحد لله, on Friday, the 11th of Shaʿbān, 1431 (23rd of July, 2010), at 12:40 AM local Columbus time, Allāh blessed us with a healthy, 6 lbs, 14 oz blessing that we’ve named عبد الله (ʿAbdullāh), which, in Arabic, means, “slave of Allāh” (Allāh being the proper name of God).  For the very same reason we’ve named our first son ʿAbdurraḥmān, we chose this name for our second son, in reference to the following ḥadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah, salallaahu ʿalayhi wa sallam:

Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, Book 025, Number 5315:
Ibn Umar reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: The names dearest to Allah are ‘Abdullah and ‘Abd al-Rahman. (link)

Both mother & new son are doing very well, walḥamdulillāh.  The birth of Abdullah was a bit special as we chose to have him delivered at home (i.e., a home birth), and that turned out to be an excellent and blessed decision, alḥamdulillāh.

Note: I strongly apologize for the delay in announcing this birth.  Please forgive us and do not let it detract from your duʿaaʾ for him. No special reason for the delay except that I wanted to have this post ready first. :)

Note 2: You can see the announcement for our first son here.

Note 3: You can see the birth of ʿAbdurraḥmān noted here.

The Absurdity

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A few days ago, Matt Lee of the Free Software Foundation had asked in the #theora IRC channel for help in making a DVD of the Patent Absurdity documentary.  Several people volunteered to help, and I was one of them.  I discovered later that this was related to the “Who should see Patent Absurdity?” campaign of the End Software Patents project (an initiative started by Brad Feld, I just discovered!).

Incidentally, we all ran into different kinds of problems, doing what should have been a rather simple task.  The sources of the problems ranged from simple bugs to rather weird video formats.  In this post I will discussed the various issues that I personally encountered and how, alhamdulillaah,  was able to overcome them.

The Absurdity continued »

Fedora 13 released!

Alhamdulillaah, Fedora 13 has been releasedTorrents (on a newly redesigned torrent page) are also available.  Not a bad way to get back into blogging, either.  Look for more updates soon, in shaaʾ Allaah.

Testing with lekhonee one more time…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalaamu ʿalaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh

Alhamdulillaah, I’ve decided to get back into blogging. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve had much of a presence in the Blogoverse, and part of that is due to just not having the desire to go through, login, and making a post through the traditional WordPress administrative interface. However, until now, I still have not found a blogging client with which I’m totally satisfied. So, I’ve decided to go ahead and give lekhonee another shot.

One aspect for which I have not made an opinion yet is that the interface is basically plain text, and it allows you to post in raw HTML, which isn’t terrible. However, having a rich-text editor really isn’t that difficult to add, so, I’ll just have to see if it’s worth it or not. So, let’s see how it works-out.

Ramadhaan 1430 Mubaarak!

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

رمضان 1430 مبارك

الحد لله, it’s Ramadhaan once again!  Granted, I’m a bit late, but I posted elsewhere in a more timely fashion, so I guess I have some kind of an excuse.  ِAnyway, while this is definitely a month most noted for the abstention of Muslims from food & drink, in reality it is so much more than that.  It is the opportunity to really get yourself into less of a worldly mindset and focus on our goal – Jannah.  So, I ask Allaah to grant us the ability to seek out the full reward of this most blessed month and grant us the fullest extent of His Mercy, Forgiveness, and freedom from the Hellfire.

Blogging with Arabic text

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحد لله, I am trying more-and-more these days to practice writing Arabic with actual Arabic letters rather than using cumbersome transliterations.  This is partially due to my father’s abhorrence of transliterating Arabic, lest the skill to actually write Arabic in Arabic be lost.  I agree with him, and besides, it’s a great way to learn the language and get used to using it.  So, as much as possible, I’m going to try to start using more-and-more Arabic, where appropriate, in my typing, by using the actual Arabic letters, إن شاء الله.  If anyone has any questions about what a particular Arabic phrase is, then please post your question.  I will try to include a simple glossary.  Some autolinking would be great, too…let me look for a WordPress plugin for that…

More updates to blog, switching to GPL theme

Bismillāhir Raḥmānir Raḥīm

Alḥamdulillāh, I’ve decided that, after upgrading WordPress, I should do a little housekeeping.  As usual, I find a list best presents the ideas I wish to express:

  • I upgraded to WordPress 2.8.2 (mentioned here).
  • I fixed some posts that had some typos (I usually am good about this, but these had slipped by).
  • I deleted some links that really weren’t relevant to me anymore (i.e., Ruby on Rails) and I added some new ones.
  • I changed to a new theme (comments welcome!).

I’d like to elaborate a bit more on the last point above, since it merits some discussion and the action is rooted in something I care about deeply.

More updates to blog, switching to GPL theme continued »

Updated to WordPress 2.8.2

Bismillāhir Raḥmānir Raḥīm

Alḥamdulillāh, I’ve just successfully upgraded my blog to WordPress 2.8.2, along with several other blogs that I maintain.  I’m really looking forward to the merger of WordPress & WordPress-MU, which, ideally, will make managing multiple WordPress sites on the same server easier to deal with, in shāʾ Allāh.

Testing out Lekhonee WordPress client

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Alhamdulillaah, I’ve discovered a new WordPress blogging client packaged with Fedora – namely, Lekhonee. There aren’t a lot of formatting options, but it appears you can post using HTML, so that’s a plus, I think. Let’s see how it goes.

Shaykh Abdullah ibn Jibreen has passed away

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raajiʿoon.  Verily we are from Allaah, and verily unto Him we shall return.  Shaykh Abdullah ibn Jibreen has passed away.  Muslim Matters has some additional coverage, including some kind words by Shaykh Abu ʿAmmaar Yasir Qadhi, who had the occasion to meet the shaykh several times.

Whenever the news of the death of one of the scholars reaches me, I always remember the following hadeeth from Saheeh Muslim:

Book 034, Number 6462:

‘Abdullah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Verily, Allah does not take away knowledge by snatching it from the people but He takes away knowledge by taking away the scholars, so that when He leaves no learned person, people turn to ignorant as their, leaders; then they are asked to deliver religious verdicts and they deliver them without knowledge, they go astray, and lead others astray.

May Allaah protect us from the dangers of ignorance and following the ignorant.

Marwa Sherbini: The Hijab Martyr

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Assalaamu ʿalaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh

Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raajiʿoon.  Our sister, Marwa Sherbini, was murdered in Germany as a consequence of wearing her hijaab, a style of dress fulfilling the commandment of Allaah for women to cover themselves appropriately when outside of their homes.  Muslim Matters has a story covering this great issue: Marwa Sherbini: The Hijab Martyr.

Marwa Sherbini: The Hijab Martyr continued »

WordPress 2.8 released!

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Alhamdulillaah, WordPress 2.8 has been released!  Grab it from the downloads page or upgrade, like I do, via SVN.

Fedora 11 released!

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Alhamdulillaah, the Fedora Project has released Fedora 11!  You can get the torrents and/or check out the new features!

(Sorry for the rather uninspired & lazy post…I usually like to share more details, but I’ve got work to do…;) )

Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium (a.k.a. Gong Badak Stadium) collapses

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Alhamdulillaah no one was injured in the dramatic collapse of the roof of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin stadium in nearby Gong Badak here in Kuala Terengganu.  It is only about 10 minutes away from where we live here in KT, and in fact, it’s on the way from our place to downtown.  Therefore, I took the opportunity to snap some pics over a couple of days.  You can find more pics in the gallery, including several panoramas.  I’ve also taken some HDR pics, but they are not processed yet.  Patience is beautiful.  ;)