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Perfect Amount of Coffee…

// April 16th, 2007 // 1 Comment » // uncategorized

I find it really hard to brew a perfectly balanced cup of coffee. Sometimes I add too much coffee, sometimes I don’t add enough. And there are those time, when I get it just right, and enjoy a few unforgettable moments with my coffee.

Yesterday, I asked one of the managers at Starbucks about the perfect amount of coffee I need to brew a perfectly balanced cup of coffee.

So, if you want to make that perfect cup of coffee, here’s how much coffee you should add:

- French Press: If you want really tasty coffee, then there is nothing like a french press. It’s so delicious, and the aroma of the coffee will make you feel like you own the world. So, if you want that perfect cup of coffee add 41 grams of coffee per 12 oz. of water into your french press. For directions on how to make a french press click here.

- Filtered Coffee: Filtered coffee is also nice for everyday quick use. It’s not as delicious as french pressed coffee, because the filter “filters” some of the coffee’s aroma! To get a perfectly balanced cup of filtered coffee add 100 grams of coffee for 6 12oz. cups of coffee. But if you are making one 12 oz. cup just adding 20 grams of coffee would be enough.

First Mouse!

// April 14th, 2007 // 1 Comment » // uncategorized

Built by Douglas Engelbart in 1964, the world’s first computer mouse consisted of two gear-wheels positioned perpendicular to each other, allowing movement on one axis. Douglas received a patent for the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System” in 1970.


AlRajhi Mosque…ِِِ

// April 4th, 2007 // Comments Off // uncategorized

As I was on my way to work last Monday, the clouds were so beautiful. When I passed AlRajhi Mosque, I opened the window of my car and took a picture. Let me know what you think…

For a bigger version of the picture from the FriendsOfLight website click here

Slow Shutter Speed Pictures

// March 28th, 2007 // 1 Comment » // uncategorized

I’ve been playing abit with my new camera, especially with the vacation we got for the Riyadh Summit. I started to experiment with slow shutter speeds, so this is what I came up with…

In this picture I was just trying to come up with a beautiful design. The shutter speed was set to 30″

Then I tried to write one of my friends names It says “Sulaiman” in Arabic

I drew both with the LED flash light on the back of my k-jam pocket PC…

Too Many Processors?!

// March 8th, 2007 // 2 Comments » // uncategorized

I usually get calls from relatives or friends asking me about a certain intel processor. It used to be easy, but now there are just too many different intel processors out there.

A few days ago my cousin asked me about a laptop with an Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor. I never knew there was a Pentium Dual-Core processor. So, after I got home I search the internet for more information on this processor, but I was surprised to see how many different processors intel is currently manufacturing for desktops!

Here are a few different intel desktop processor names:
* Intel® Core™2 Extreme processor
* Intel® Core™2 Quad processor
* Intel® Core™2 Duo processor
* Intel® Pentium® Processor Extreme Edition
* Intel® Pentium® D processor
* Intel® Pentium® 4 processor
* Intel® Pentium® 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology
* Intel® Celeron® D processor
* Intel® Core™2 Duo processor
* Intel® Core™2 Duo processor Low Voltage
* Intel® Core™ Duo processor
* Intel® Core™ Duo processor Ultra Low Voltage
* Intel® Core™ Solo processor
* Intel® Core™ Solo processor Ultra Low Voltage
* Intel® Pentium® M processor
* Intel® Pentium® M processor Low Voltage
* Intel® Pentium® M processor Ultra Low Voltage
* Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor
* Intel® Celeron® M processor
* Intel® Celeron® M processor Ultra Low Voltage
* Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology

For more on intel’s desktop processors with details on the processor’s architecture, clock speed, cache, bus, number of cores, Virtualization, Hyper-Threading, intel SpeedStep® Technology, and execute disable click here.

Programmable Water!!

// February 24th, 2007 // 1 Comment » // uncategorized

I was really amazed when I saw this project. It is a really cool project that proves that “Computation is not just about electronics“.

Paulo Blikstein (a Phd candidate at Northwestern University) implemented a project for his “How to make (almost) anything” class at the MIT Media Lab, when he was a first-year MSc. student. He was interested in ways to make the opaque transparent, to make people understand what is “under-the-hood”.

The idea of the project was to build a device that could do computation without electrons (well, not considering the electrons in water itself). So, Paulo implemented Boolean Logic with water!!

Here is a picture of Paulo with his project:


In his project, he implemented AND and XOR logical gates, which means you can make a half-adder!!

Here is a picture of the XOR gate:

Here is a picture of the AND gate:

You might say that the the pictures above are for the same module. Well, you’re right. It is the same module, but that’s the cool thing about it. The device he built is an AND and an XOR gate at the same time!

If you consider the bottom output pipe you’ll find that it’s an XOR gate, because you will get water out of the bottom pipe “only” if one of the input pipes inserts water to the gate!

On the other hand if you consider the output pipe in the middle of the module, you’ll see that the water will come out of the middle pipe only when the two input pipes pour water at the same time, so they collide together and fall into the U shaped pouch which will only the water to come out of the middle pipe!

In other words, even if some of the theories that say that “some day we won’t have electricity” become true, we may still have calculators!!

Cleaver ha?!
for more info from Paulo’s site click here

Keep Your Friends Close, but…

// February 22nd, 2007 // 2 Comments » // uncategorized

keep your friends close, but your enemies closer…


This photo of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates was taken at the D3 conference, in May, 2005. How cool would it be to be sitting on that table with the two of them…

Saudi Post EMS = DHL

// February 21st, 2007 // 8 Comments » // uncategorized

Applying to international universities might cost you alot of money, if you plan on sending your papers via DHL or UPS. I called DHL and asked them how much it would cost to send my admission papers to Canada. They said it would cost me about 560 Riyals (149 USD).

So, a friend of mine told me that I can send it via Saudi Post’s EMS (Express Mail Service) and my papers would be there in 3 days, and the good thing about their EMS service is that there not the ones sending the packages, they hand them to the DHL offices here in Riyadh.Which means that if I use EMS to send my package, it would arrive in 3 days via DHL.

So, why not go directly to DHL? Well, because Saudi Post charges only 130 Riyals for the package, while DHL charges 560 Riyals!!

Tip: when you give the Saudi Post your package ask for the DHL tracking number, it’s the only way to tell if your package has arrived.

Firefox 100% CPU Usage?

// February 2nd, 2007 // 6 Comments » // uncategorized

I had this problem with firefox’s CPU usage. When I open many tabs at the same time my computer’s CPU usage rises over 90%. It totally slows down my computer, and the reason this happens is because of flash animations in some of the websites I visit. Many people have faced this problem, and some have even moved back to IE because of it…

So, Here’s a nice solution I found. Use the FlashBlock extension, it blocks all flash animations, but if you want to view the flash animation, just click on it…

Try it and you’ll notice the difference…

New Gas Prices in Saudi Arabia…

// January 2nd, 2007 // 3 Comments » // Information, me, uncategorized

Yesterday, Gas prices hit an all time low. Now we have two kinds of gasoline:
* 95-octane : We have been using this kind for years.
* 91-octane : This kind is new, it has less features than the 95.

The 95-octane was supposed to sell at 0.75 Saudi Riyals, and the 91-octane was supposed to sell at 0.60 SR. Last week the king announced that 95-octane will remain at 0.60 SR, and 91-octane will sell at 0.45 SR.

I visited aramco’s website to see which kind suits my car. I found that almost all American cars use 91-octane.

So, now I fill up my 70 liter gas tank for only 31.50 SR, which equals 8.40 USD!!!! I know it’s unbelievable only 0.12 USD per liter!!


Here is a comparison between saudi gasoline prices compared with other countries:

* if I were in New York I would have to pay 51.71 USD, which equals 193.93 SR!!

* if I were in Vancouver I would have to pay 61.26 USD, which equals 229.75 SR!!

* if I were in Hong Kong I would have to pay 72.31 USD, which equals 271.16 SR!!

* if I were in London I would have to pay 116.38 USD, which equals 436.45 SR!!

* on the other hand if I were in Venezuela I would have to pay only 2.22 USD, which equals 8.31 SR!! So, We don’t have the cheapest prices after all.


These are all today’s gasoline prices, for gasoline prices in the US or Canada visit For hong Kong gasoline prices visit shell’s website. For gasoline prices in london visit For general gas prices around the world read CNN’s article on worldwide gas prices (it’s a year old, so prices aren’t accurate.)