Thursday, April 27, 2006

one of the Classics!

One of the best songs i've ever heard!

Long live eddie veddar.


There’s colors on the street, red, white and blue
People shufflin’ their feet, people sleepin’ in their shoes
But there’s a warnin’ sign on the road ahead
There’s a lot of people sayin’ we’d be better off dead
Don’t feel like satan but I’m to them
So I try to forget it anyway I can

Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world

I see a woman in the night with a baby in her hand
Under an old street light near a garbage can
Now, she’s put the kid away and she’s gone to get a hit
She hates her life and what she’s done to it
That’s one more kid that’ll never go to school
Never get to fall in love, never get to be cool

Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world

We got a thousand points of light for the homeless man
We got a kindler, gentler, machine gun hand
We’ve got department stores and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn, got roads to drive

Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world

Monday, April 24, 2006

24

And finally, time with its tic-tocs has done it, and added another year to my age, now when asked for my age i should state the answer "24".

a nice number, it has a beautiful ring to it .. Twenty Four.

should i be wiser now!? coz frankly i don't!
anyways i love my new age, i think i'll keep it for another year :)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

where are the jordanian talents?

What the hell is going on!!
For the past year and esense is in dire need for Developers, Designers and IT Admins, we want to hire people really badly therefore we didn’t put any complicated conditions for applicants, no experience is needed, no extreme and profound professional knowledge, all we care about is talent and problem solving skills and some really basic knowledge in development and IT in general.

Throughout the past year a total of around 3000 people where interviewed, around 30 people where hired!! Again we didn’t look at the experience, nor did we require extensive professional knowledge - because we will give the employees internal and extensive training courses, all we care about is talent and some basics, so what the hell is going on! Why are the Jordanian graduates so weak?

Examples and excerpts from the interviews, you will love this part:

A guy comes in, very confident, three years of experience, worked on about 17 projects.
esense: you have a comma separated string, how do you separate them?
Interviewee #1: [After a pause]suggests a long and extensive algorithm to it.
esense: ok you’re reinventing the wheel here, isn’t there something ready that might help you do it?
Interviewee #1: No
esense: Sure!!?
Interviewee #1: yes
esense: we’ll call you later! Thank you very much.

*note: there is a ready made function since C language in the 60’s

another guy comes, very sad because development is his soul and he didn’t work for about a year, (he also wrote a book to teach some programming language)
esense: ok, suppose you have a string that contains “Hello Jordan!” how can you retrieve the first Character from that string.
Interviewee #2 : [mmm….] [ehh…], hmmm….
Esense: ok dude, we’ll call you later.

for the position of an IT admin this guy comes in, before he sits down, he takes out and shows the interviewer his MCP, CCNA, MCSE IDs, very confident dude.
Esense: so ok, what is a gateway?
Interviewee #3: something that to give you a place on the server!!?
Esense: whatever that is! Anyways so if I connected two computers together and I didn’t specify a gateway, these two machines will not be able to communicate.
Interviewee #3: off course!
Esense: we’ll contact you within 10 days.

again a developers interview
esense: so what do you know about the windows registry?
Interviewee #4: sorry but I didn’t work on that version of windows before.
Esense: we’ll surely contact you within 10 days.

These are true events that occurred within interviews, I really don’t know the source of the problem. But my theory is that it’s the universities fault somehow, each generation is weaker than the one before.

The quality of professors is getting worse and worse, the concept of “wasta” is still available, students are passing subjects and graduating knowing nothing.

Another part of the problem might lie in the students themselves, they don’t bother learning and working hard to excel, all they want is to know whatever the professor might include in the exams so they can pass with good marks and after that they forget what they’ve studied.
Its really crappy situation; 1% of interviewees are hired. And all we’re asking for are basic knowledge and a mind open for learning

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Really, its embarrassing!!

Do you like the forwarded chain letters that you often receive on your email!? The jokes, the Images, the rumors, lies and gossip that you don’t know the actual source of?

Well I don’t, usually I just delete them without giving them a second thought, but for a while now, I’ve been receiving some “religious” kind of mails. Being a religious person (somehow, kind of, not really!!) I’m interested in reading them just out of curiosity, and for my disappointment they turn out to be “excuse my French”, crappy emails that just make me regret the few minutes I’ve spent reading them.

Putting aside the messages that push people to hate each other or those that curse everything and everyone and calls (kuffar) all people who eat French fries, I’m really annoyed with those “Scientific Miracles of the Holy Quran” forwards!

Let’s establish one fact, the Holy Quran is not a scientific book, not all scientific facts are mentioned in the Quran, and not everything that modern science will uncover is mentioned miraculously in Quran 1400 years ago! The Quran is a guiding book that is suitable for every time and place, and it is the word of Allah (God), who created the universe.

So trying to forcefully fit every finding that scholars unveil to the verses of the Quran is not a good practice, what if this theory or finding is overthrown in the future, does that mean that the Quran was wrong!!?

If you find you’re self in a great urge to write an email, and put a bunch of theories and findings that are discovered by scientists and are mentioned in the Quran, please abide by the following rules:


  1. Don’t say “recently discovered by scientists” or “the modern Science has discovered” for something that was established 100 years ago, really it’s embarrassing to you.

  2. Don’t say “discovered by scientists/modern science”, rather, state the name of the Scientist/team of scientists, It gives you a lot of credibility, if you don’t state the names, you have none.

  3. A good thing is to state the year this discovery was made, along with the edition of the journal that published the research.

  4. When describing the theory, Quote the original published text, or an exact translation, don’t write what you understood from it, or what you heard about it, it’s also embarrassing to you.

  5. when connecting this finding with a verse in the Holy Quran, ask an Islamic Scholar or a Sheikh, and make sure that the verse means that what the theory states.


Because if someone sends and email, not following these rules, he/she will offend Islam and draw people away from studying this Holy book and this religion.

Don’t be so careless with you’re religion and its reputation, already too many people are!

    Wednesday, April 12, 2006

    Hell

    "A British, American and a Jordanian ministers died and went all to hell. The British said: I miss England, I wanna call England and see how everybody is doing there.... he called and talked for about 5 minutes. Then he said: well, devil how much do I owe you for the phone call??? The devil goes: five million dollars... five million dollars!!! he made him a check and went to sit back on his chair....

    The American was soo jealous, he starts screaming, me too I wanna call the United States, I wanna see how everybody is doing too... he called and talked for about 2 minutes, then he said: well, devil how much do I owe you for the phone call???? The devil goes: ten million dollars...ten million dollars!!!!!! He made him a check and went to sit back on his chair...

    The Jordanian was extremely soooo jealous too... he starts screaming and screaming, I wanna call Jordan too, I wanna see how everybody is doing there too, I wanna talk to the ministers, to the deputies, I wanna talk to everybody... he called Jordan and he talked for about twenty hours, he was talking and talking and talking... then he said: well, devil how much do I owe you for the phone call???? The devil goes: one dollar... only one dollar?!!!!!

    The devil goes: yes, well, from hell to hell, it's local!!”

    ok this might be a bit extreme, we're all jordanian and we love jordan and amman and every city and villlage, but with the prices and taxes, things are close to be intolerable.

    god bless our country, god bless its people!!

    Monday, April 10, 2006

    office humor!

    You know something, I love esense!! (esense by the way is the company that I work for)
    Really, the sense of humor shared between all the esensers is rarely found somewhere else, maybe because of our young age; I guess the age average is about 25 or something, though we’re about 60 people in the office.

    Anyways, every minute, you can find something to laugh or smile about, whether it was Abdelqader’s Beer mug that he uses to drink “Karkadeh” or other rather queer beverages, or Rami’s quite creative pictures or Amal’s reactions to anything you say. or my favorite; Noor’s ”a wallah”.(all of these has its own story)

    What really cracks me up these days is that we came up with a new esenser, it’s the office ghost “7sen”, in reference to Shaweesh 7isen in Adel Imam’s play. It’s amazing how things can easily turn into an “office legend”.

    You know most of us work really late, sometimes all night and we need something to add some action to the nightly tasks, 7sen is the perfect companion and he’s really harmless (and was actually acquitted from the charge of printing “catch’em kill’em” on the papers in the printer’s paper tray, that was Rami playing a sick joke on the new esensers!!)

    I suggest that we nominate 7sen for the position of “The Esense Mascot”! who’s in favor?

    Saturday, April 08, 2006

    Remember This?

    remember Sakher computer? also known as the MSX machines??

    if you're interested in playing the amazing 2D games again, there is a way,

    download an MSX emulator, and then download ROM files and enjoy!!

    Amazing...

    a couple of days ago i read on a certain blog that there is a musical event organized by the JU students( their third annual recital ), the theme was "Andalusian Inspirations", so i thought that would be something intersting!!

    anyways, me and couple of friends went there, and frankly i was planning to leave as soon as i realize that i'm listining to a bunch of amatures who mess up the pieces they play.

    as soon as the cute host finished welcoming everybody, and the first notes started to play, that thought of leaving just disappeared! "these guys are really not bad" i thought.

    piece after piece and note after note, i was astonished to how these students touched me. i might be overreacting but lately i was feeling that i'm somehow of a robot, always working late; wrinting computer programs. these musicians made me feel human again.

    chopin, beethoven, de falla and not to mention prof. Hamam. made me go into a strange trance that i have missed. pieces like "Sihr Al Sharq" and the female voice in "Arani Fil Hawa Asmu" though amature abit was out of this world, and of course not to mention the masterful choir in the other two songs.

    there were some glitches here and there i have to say, but surely they didn't mess up the mood.

    anyways thank you guys, you're simply amazing.
    the question is now, where can i get a recorded version of the show? audio or video doesnt matter!