New Look

I just installed a new theme for the blog. I am going to personalize it this week end. Hopefully I am going to restart posting more frequently.

Since I finished my university studies (But still doing my Masters) and started a new job I am finding a lot of stuff to write about so I hope you’ll enjoy my up-coming post.

Microsoft – Nokia Deal, Exclusive Details and Pictures

Today Microsoft and Nokia will announce an agreement, people were guessing that this agreement involves Office on Nokia phones. I have exclusive information that contradict this guess. What Microsoft and Nokia will be announcing today is the start of Windows on Nokia phones. You will first see XP on the new Nokia Smartphone N97 (pictured bellow running XP) and other phones will follow.

Okay! I was just kidding! I just saw the Giant Demo N97 in virgin city mall stuck on this XP screen and here is the pic.

Nokia N97 running XP

Alfa and Web 2.0

Today i noticed a new section on Alfa’s website, a media corner. The media corner is basicly a list of links to Alfa’s pages on different Web 2.0 websites. The idea is very interesting! they currently have a Youtube page, a Twitter page and a Flickr one. The Twitter page is the most interesting one in my opinion, I checked it and they are posting information about updates and replying to user coments. I don’t have a twitter account yet and I don’t think I’ll open one any time soon but it’s nice to see Lebanese companies using web 2.0 to better reach out to customers!

Lebanese roads vs my Fiat

Everyone knows the state the Lebanese roads are in, Potholes are everywhere and with time you get a reflex that enables you to move away from them. I have a good experience escaping from them since I have to drive on the road linking Mont La Salle to USJ Mar Roukoz every week and on this road there are more potholes then asphalt.

Unfortunately sometimes your reflex doesn’t work and you fall in one of the trenches and this is what happened to me last week! I was driving on the Antelias highway and I was going to go up on the bridge when I fell in one of the potholes! The car shook, I figured that was it but I was wrong! we started hearing a “flap flap” sound coming from the right front wheel. I moved to the side of the highway where 2 cars were already parked (victims of the pothole too) and checked the wheel, it was flat on the ground!

There’s a shop that fixes tires on the other side of the highway so i decided to turn around and get the tire fixed. When we arrived to the place there was already a guy getting his tire fixed and it turned out he fell into the same pothole. The Egyptian running the place quickly removed the wheel and checked it, my rim was bended but the tire was still okay! He hit the rim with a hammer to straighten it but told me that wasn’t enough I needed to either get the rim fixed somewhere else since he can’t do that or put a “chambre á air” in the tire. I told him to just replace the tire with the spare one.

All this happened on Saturday night, so on Sunday morning I went searching for an open tire shop and found one in Antelias, he quickly fixed my rim and put the old tire back in place, but while returning home I noticed the car was lightly turning to the left while driving and since I had already scheduled a maintenance check at the dealership for the following week I decided to tell them about it and get it fixed there. It didn’t turn out to be something serious so they just fixed it without charging me for it and now my car is back like new!

That was last week and the hole that damaged 3 other cars on that hour of that night is still wide open! I wonder how many cars this pothole breaks everyday!

Did you ever fall in one of the trenches on our road? What happened to your car?

Spiderman in Lebanon

You know you’re studying a lot when you learn about a Lebanese event from a Kuwaiti blog! Apparently Alain Robert (the guy who climbs building around the world and gets arrested at the end) was in Lebanon last week to climb the Phoenicia Hotel, But in Lebanon the whole thing was advertised (Gillette was the sponsor) and from the background music and comments I guess it was being broadcasted live on the Radio.

Here’s the video of the event:

Tsar Stuff (or really huge stuff made by Russians)

I am sure you know a lot of things about Russia, You know its Prime Minister/Judo teacher, The great Churches and Palaces of Moscow… But did you know about those four Items Russians created at some point in History?

Here’s a List of 3+1 Tsar Stuff or in other words Huge Stuff created by Russians.

We’ll start with the Tsar Cannon:

Tsar Pushka (Russian: Царь-пушка, literally “Tsar-cannon”) is a huge cannon, commissioned in 1586 by Russian Tsar Feodor and cast by Andrey Chokhov. The cannon weighs nearly 38 metric tonnes and has a length of 5.34 meters (17.5 feet), a calibre of 890 mm (35 inches), and an external diameter of 1200 mm (41 inches). The Guinness Book of Records lists it as the largest howitzer ever made.

Now for the only non Military Item in our list, The Tsar Bell:

The Tsar Bell (Russian: Царь–колокол, Tsar-kolokol, “Tsar bell”) is a huge bell on display on the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin. The bell was commissioned by Empress Anna, niece of Peter the Great.

The bell is currently the largest bell in the world,[1] weighing 216 tons, with a height of 6.14 m and diameter of 6.6 m. It was founded from bronze by masters Ivan Motorin and his son Mikhail in 1733–1735. Ornaments, portraits, and inscriptions were made by V. Kobelev, P. Galkin, P. Kokhtev, P. Serebryakov and P. Lukovnikov. The bell was never rung — during a fire in 1737, a huge slab (11.5 tonnes) cracked off while it was still in the casting pit.

For a time, the bell served as a chapel, with the broken area forming the door. There has apparently been some talk of recasting it.

Back to Military stuff with the Tsar Tank! This Tank is just a little weird, it doesn’t look like any Tank you’ve seen:

The Tsar Tank, also known as the Netopyr’ (Нетопырь, Pipistrellus bat) or Lebedenko Tank, was an unusual Russian armored vehicle developed in 1914–1915 by N.Lebedenko, Nikolai Zhukovsky, Boris Stechkin, and Alexander Mikulin. The project was scrapped after initial tests deemed the vehicle to be underpowered and vulnerable to artillery fire.

The tank was different from modern tanks in that it didn’t use caterpillar tracks—rather, it used a tricycle design. The two front spoked wheels were nearly 9 metres (27 feet) in diameter; the back one was a smaller, only 1.5 metres (5 feet) high, triple wheel, to ensure maneuverability. The upper cannon turret reached nearly 8 metres high. The hull was 12 metres wide with two more cannon in the sponsons. Additional weapons were also planned under the belly.

This is the +1 of our list, +1 because the name of this Item was given to it by the west in the cold war, The Tsar Bomba:

Tsar Bomba (Царь-бомба), literally “king Bomb”, is the Western name for the RDS-220 hydrogen bomb (codenamed “Иван” (Ivan) by its developers) — the largest, most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. Developed by the Soviet Union, the bomb was originally designed to have a yield of about 100 megatons of TNT; however that was reduced by half in order to limit the amount of nuclear fallout that would result. Two bombs were built, a mock bomb and the real bomb, with the real bomb being tested on October 30, 1961, in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.[1] Despite testing, the weapon never entered service; it was simply a demonstration of the capabilities of the Soviet Union’s military technology at that time. The mock bomb was stored in the Russian Nuclear Weapons Museum in Sarov.

Source: Wikipedia 1,2,3,4