Archive for July, 2009

A video from 2004.. I can’t believe half a decade passed!

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

While doing some searching on the web, I chanced upon a very low budget (no budget!) video that I created for the Immedia 2004 conference. This is something I even blogged about in the early days of 360east. I watched the video with amusement. A number of familiar faces are featured. It also features a [...]

Is your Nokia 5800 browser crashing? Hard reset is the answer

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

For weeks I have not been using my Nokia 5800 XpressMusic browser. It simply would start loading a page then crash and go back to the phone’s home screen. The only solution was to do a hard reset by dialing *#7370#. But make sure you back up you phone’s data to the memory card first, [...]

American security cannot handle some big letters!

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

When security officials in the United States can’t stomach a bunch of big letters spelling “United States”, then that’s a good reason to be depressed about the state of the world today. I saw this story in the New York Times a couple of days ago. It’s a fascinating story about a newly completed, and [...]

Yamli, Google Ta3reeb and now Microsoft Maren. What is the point exactly??!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

What is the great secret or business opportunity behind all this activity to solve the “problem” of typing Arabic on a computer. Doesn’t this sound so 1985? First there was Yamli, which popularized the concept of web based Arabic transliteration (you type in Latin letters and Yamli intelligently transforms what you’re writing into real Arabic). [...]

“Watwittering”, public API and other Watwet updates

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Watwet, our homegrown mobile and web microblogging and social networking tool (do they still call this stuff “microblogging” or am I living in a cave?) has made some pretty profound changes to the service over the past few months. I’ve been meaning to write about them for a while, but this did not happen due [...]

Abu Ahmad the Nigerian, Jordanian, Ammani ‘Peanut Man’

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

(Photo from the Jordan Times, by Hani Hazaimeh) Amman is not a city of monuments. I still like to call it a city of human scale. Being what it is, it sometimes manages to elevate a humble street seller to a true city landmark. The story of Abu Ahmad, the peanut street vendor near Amman’s [...]

Hey Nokia Levant people: I STILL can’t get Ovi to work on Zain Jordan

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Well, HELLO.. It’s been months and months since Ovi has launched in the region, but I still can’t use it. I’ve tried this a million times, but it seems the Ovi confirmation sms doesn’t get through to my Nokia 5800. I am on Zain Jordan BTW. Has anyone out there using Zain Jordan gotten Ovi [...]