Archive for November, 2007

Congratulations season: Jordanian hypocricy and waste of money

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The financial managers of the major daily newspapers are very happy these days. They see a river of money flowing into their already overflowing bank accounts as they publish page after page of ads from companies and citizens congratulating the new government and parliament members. Prime minister Nader Dahabi specifically asked people NOT to publish [...]

Government refuses to license Zarqa community radio station

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

I received the following press release from AmmanNet radio. I am republishing it here with The government rejected a petition to grant a local radio license for the third biggest city of Jordan, Zarqa. In one of its last decision the outgoing Jordanian cabinet rejected the application by AmmanNet to set up a community radio [...]

George W. Palestine

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

If anything, this is one heck of a magazine cover. The Economist says: GEORGE BUSH is not likely to be remembered by history as the saviour of the Middle East. He botched Iraq, dropped his democratic “freedom agenda” when the Arabs started voting for the wrong people, and has spent most of his two terms [...]

From Russia with LED: Optimus keyboard/super-gadget nears actual launch

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

I am sure a lot of you geeks out there have seen this gadget before. It’s the Optimus Maximus, a still unreleased super keyboard (priced at over US$ 1000) which will, when released, have a little color screen in each key, enabling it to display any language, icon or image you want. The possibilities are [...]

Has Amazon cracked the eBook nut?

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

It’s called the Kindle (great brand name). It’s from Amazon. It’s being described by some as the iPod of reading. It looks weirdly un-hitech but is reportedly very user friendly. It doesn’t need a computer as it downloads books and other content from the net directly. It won’t work in Jordan because it come with [...]

Open letter to the global media industry: embrace the Plastic Internet and give us $3 movies on DVD

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Image from: China Expat To the global film, media, gaming and software industry: Your products are being distributed by the millions of copies and you’re not making any money in the process. I am talking about the container-loads of pirated DVDs that you can find in Amman, and any other city in the developing world. [...]

The rise and rise of Ammoun News

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Here is a remarkable fact: Ammoun News, a news site that is almost exclusively read in Jordan (or by Jordanians) has shot up to attain the rank of 3800 worldwide over the past few days. This means that this site has been probably been getting tens of thousands of visitors a day recently. In the [...]