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HBS-700 sound quality on Mac OS X

I was recently looking for a pair of Bluetooth headphones to isolate myself from the world without a cord tethering me to my laptop. I ended up settling on LG’s HBS-700 headphones due to spectacular reviews on Amazon. The cost … Continue reading

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A theory about UAE’s internet connectivity

Ever wondered why internet in the UAE sucks? I have a theory… Etisalat runs a Great Firewall of UAE for HTTP traffic, and is overloaded and/or buggy. Commonly accessed files are sometimes cached by the Great Firewall, and can be … Continue reading

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UMNR 2012

We’re organizing the 1st UAE Meeting on Neurorehabilitation (UMNR) here at Khalifa University! Come hang out with all the cool people. It’s on March 9-10, 2011.

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Scooba: meh

After correcting a minor incident of exploding capacitors, I was able to charge my Scooba 330 and set it free on the tile floors of my new apartment. In short: meh. While it’s really cool from a geeky perspective, it … Continue reading

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EC2 spot prices vs. reserved instances

I wrote a stupid little script that was designed to figure out whether it is more cost effective to run my server on spot instances or on reserved instances. It calculates cumulative spot cost over the last 90 days and … Continue reading

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Moving a WordPress install to a subdomain

Hi kids! Today we’re going to learn about moving WordPress to a subdomain. Why would you want to do that? Well, let’s say that you want to have SSL over the subdomain (only), or that you want the subdomain to … Continue reading

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International money transfer from the UAE to the US

I was once told that a good rule of thumb to calculate your salary in the UAE is to take your US salary and multiply it by 2-3. Add free housing (or a housing allowance), and decent benefits, and a … Continue reading

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Installing NeoRouter on Lion

NeoRouter 1.5.0 will not install on Mac OS X 10.7. The installer package searches for /dev/tun to verify that the TUN/TAP drivers are installed, but the search always fails in Lion. To work around this, I created a package with … Continue reading

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Can we trust CloudMagic?

My Google Mail account is over 8 GB in size (thanks, attachment whores!), and includes over 70,000 conversations in my Inbox (ignoring the Archives). Unfortunately, this means that most search queries normally take 5-10 seconds, and this sucks, especially when … Continue reading

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UAE climbing information

I felt the need to collect the information I’ve been gathering about climbing in the UAE into one place. It’s been hard to find information about where to buy climbing gear, indoor climbing walls, etc. One geeky afternoon I threw … Continue reading

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