En route to Malaysia

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, my wife & I are en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we’ll be staying one night with her brother & his family before continuing on our way to home in Kuala Terengganu, in shaaʾ Allaah.  Right now we’re in the Kuwait International Airport, and, alhamdulillaah, they have free wifi throughout…

Flock of Seabirds

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, from our apartment in Alexandria, Egypt, we have an outstanding view of the Mediterranean Sea on clear days. On foggy days, we’re treated to an eery sight where the sea is ambiguously “missing”. One of the amazing sights I discovered while looking over the sea was the hypnotizing landing sequence of…

Concatenating compressed files

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem I have my new server (aalimraan.hidayahonline.net – the one hosting Audio Islam) setup to log web accesses each day to its own file which is then bzip2-compressed.  This is convenient for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I can easily access statistics for each day by processing the appropriate file. B, I can…

International Year of Astronomy 2009

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day featured an announcement for the International Year of Astronomy.  This alone would be noteworthy enough, but they also have a downloadable trailer (warning: contains some music, but it’s not prominent until the end).  This is great for geeks, and especially video geeks like Belal & me…

Hunspell & enchant dictionary/spell-checking file locations

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, while waiting for an answer an #fedora for the question of where the custom spellcheck files for hunspell, the unified spellchecking engine for Fedora 9 and upwards, reside, I discovered that they are stored in .config/enchant, which isn’t very intuitive, but makes sense after discovering that enchant is related to the…

Unmatched search folder in Evolution

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, I’ve (finally!) installed Fedora 10 on my laptop, but it’s not been without its bumps.  I cannot blame this on Fedora 10 nor the anything else related to the release.  But, in the end, I don’t have a DVD to install from, only the LiveCD (which I booted from my SD…

Arundhati Roy: Mumbai was not India’s 9/11

Arundhati Roy, in an article for the Guardian out of the United Kingdom, has written a deep, insightful, and thought-provoking article analyzing the circumstances and the context surrounding the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai.  For a non-Indian like me, most of what she writes is very fresh & new, revealing currents in the Subcontinental social…

WordPress 2.7 released!

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, WordPress 2.7 has been released!  Hit the link for all the releasy goodness. I’ve upgraded my personal blog, and I’ll take care of the rest in due time, in shaaʾ Allaah.  Upgrading with SVN is always recommended. Happy blogging!

Fedora 10 released

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, Fedora 10 has been released!  Torrents are available.  I have all of my servers seeding now (including the newest one).  Read up on the new features to find out what’s new. Well, what are you waiting for?  Just go download it already! If you don’t want to use the torrent (although…

rTorrent let me down :(

For seeding the Fedora 10 release, I am using rTorrent on albaqarah & aalimraan (my two fastest servers), but I had to fall back to using the standard bittorrent client on alfaatihah because rTorrent isn’t available for its platform (RHEL3) – at least, not through yum nor up2date.  rTorrent is great, in general, but it…

Blog almost certainly 100% compliant now

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, after loading up all blog-post pages (i.e., going to the bottom of each page and clicking for the next page), I’ve fixed all old posts that had HTML errors (according to the HTML Validator Firefox plugin). This actually is a relief for me because amongst the major reasons I enjoy using…

New server for Audio Islam

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, following a recommendation from a close friend, I decided to start leasing a server from 10TB.com for Audio Islam.  As the name implies, they are big on bandwidth, which is exactly what Audio Islam needs.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled at having a new beefy server to play with and to…

Blogging with BloGTK

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem So now I’m trying with BloGTK. Review points: Good Has a GUI for text alignment Supports category selection for post (but see below) Not so good Does not support WordPress natively Does not support multiple categories per post No HTML highlighting in posts No inline spell-checking So, between Drivel & BloGTK, Drivel…

Trying out drivel

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem I’m trying out Drivel, which is a blogging client that comes with Fedora. Due to the recent lack of updates to my blog while I’ve been abroad, I’ve realized that I need an easier way to get some of the quicker updates posted more easily. So, we’ll try out some of these…

Alexandria one month in

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, we’ve had some good times this past month here in Alexandria.  The weather has been outstanding – the only other times I’ve been here I remember the weather being far warmer on the border of being uncomfortable.  This time we’ve hardly had a day that didn’t feel cool and fresh, alhamdulillaah.

From the South China to the Mediterranean Sea

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, my wife & I arrived safely in Alexandria, Egypt this past Friday to the welcoming arms of my parents, whom I haven’t seen since I left the US back in June.  If you’ll recall, I originally departed on this journey because I could not bring my wife to the US yet,…

Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem Alhamdulillaah, though I am woefully behind in catching-up on my Planet Fedora feed, I do sometimes uncover gems in these old posts.  One such post includes a link to a TED talk by Ken Robinson, “Do schools kill creativity?“.  I found the video to be both enlightening as well as entertaining, as he…

Close Encounters of the Blurred Kind

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem While riding (on a scooter) to a nearby masjid with one of my brothers-in-law, I felt something flew straight into my eye despite the fact that I was wearing my glasses at the time.  I was unable to flush it out while on the bike, and I thought that, like most eye…

Freedom is for the people

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem michael.dehaan (his spelling, not mine!) posted something that you can take or leave (I don’t want to start a flame war on my own blog): michaeldehaan.net | Popularity Contests Are So Junior High School. But what is intriguing are the ideas that develop in the comments.   Please take some time and read…