Archive for December, 2004

Asia’s quake disaster: where’s all our technology?

Friday, December 31st, 2004

WARNING SYSTEMS | The human race is always willing to invest obscene amounts in tools of destruction, but not much in systems that can save lives, Ahmad Humeid writes As we are witnessing the greatest natural disaster of our generation unfold in Asia, the human race’s inverted priorities come into sharp focus. When the earth [...]

Browsing the net on the desert highway

Friday, December 24th, 2004

WIRELESS | GPRS and Bluetooth are an amazing combination when it comes to unwired internet access. Ahmad Humeid puts the two technologies to a serious test The taxi was speeding at over 130 km/hr on the desert highway down to Aqaba. My partner and I sat in the back seat putting the finishing touches on [...]

Who needs street names?

Friday, December 17th, 2004

It is well know that Ammani’s still don’t use their street addresses, preferring instead to say “take the fourth right after Abu Ali’s grocery. We’re the third house after the pharmacy. You’ll find a Mercedes parked in front of the door”. Maybe this is why the person who painted this wall simply decided to paint [...]

Digital Natives, Immigrants and Analogues

Friday, December 17th, 2004

DIGITAL CULTURE | Digital interactivity is more than button pushing. Ahmad Humeid explores an emerging cultural divide Some years ago, I had a colleague who used to do some secretarial work. One day I needed a letter printed on official company letterheads. I wrote the letter myself and sent it to my colleague using our [...]

SYNTAX creates a hot brand design for Play 99.6, Jordan’s No.1 Hit Music Station

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

If it spins and it’s hot then it must be the latest hit on Play 99.6, Jordan’s No.1 Hit Music Station, by far the most exciting development in the Kingdom’s radio market this year. The station burst onto the scene last month with its energetic sound, slick production, professional team and, most importantly a hot [...]

Reinventing Radio Jordan

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

MEDIA | What we need now is a Jordan National Public Radio, argues Ahmad Humeid. The recent launch of private, English-language radio stations in Jordan, and the eminent launch of yet more such station is radically changing the Jordanian radio landscape. Listeners, whose only English-language FM radio option was Radio Jordan, can now turn their [...]