Archive for July, 2005

Do we have too many IT graduates?

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

HUMAN RESOURCES | Universities are churning out masses of computer graduates, but finding a good programmer is still a pain. Ahmad Humeid looks for the source of the problem. As the owner of a design/technology business, it is me who receives job application in the company. For the past few months I’ve been noticing a [...]

Can Jordan be the bridge-blog nation?

Friday, July 29th, 2005

The Jordan blogging community, a small but active group, seems to be well positioned to act as a bridge between the Arab world and the rest of the world. Many Jordanian bloggers write in English and the country is open both to the west and to the Arab world. Amman is becoming a meeting place, [...]

My interview on GlobalVoices with Ethan Zuckerman

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Earlier today I had a great chat with Ethan Zuckerman, who’s here in Amman for the Open Source Opportunities seminar. Both of us were ‘showing off’ our Apple gear (Powerbooks, iPods in the lobby of the Jordan Intercontinental. We talked about blogging, podcasting, media, technology, youth and self expression. Ethan just posted this podcast of [...]

Excellent talk by Ethan Zuckerman at the Open Source Seminar

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

I am sitting at the Open Source Seminar at the Intercontinental hotel in Amman. < a href="">Ethan Zuckerman just gave an excellent talk on open content. Really informative and engaging presentation on open content, DRM, Wikipedia, etc. It’s really unfortunate that this event is so small. A lot of people in Jordan would have really [...]

The plane that didn’t crash in Aqaba and the bomb that didn’t explode in Istanbul!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Tuesday evening we were all glued to the web news sites at the office. Friends started calling from abroad and a sense of gloom and concern hung over our heads. Reuters was reporting a plane crash in the King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba. Al Jazeera went as far as reporting that it was a [...]

Open Source Opportunities Seminar | 26-27 July 2005

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

I’ve just been added as a panelist on the Open Source Opportunities Seminar to be held by int@j on 26-27 July 2005 at the Amman Intercontinental. It’s cool that the subject of open source software is being brought up again in Jordan. There will be a number of international and regional speakers. I hope it [...]

Project Gizmo: An “open standards” Skype replacement?

Sunday, July 17th, 2005

Quite a buzz is being generated around the launch, a few days ago, of Project Gizmo, a VoIP solution that closely resembles Skype. I downloaded the software, which, incidentally, is available for the Mac, PC and soon Linux. This morning I had the chance to test it with a friend. The voice quality was as [...]