Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Microsoft GDC '09

Gulf Developers Conference 2009 (GDC '09) , a 3-day conference which is the largest Microsoft developers' event in the Gulf region.

Artificial Intelligence and E-Commerce courses have been canceled just to encourage us to attend this conference, we really appreciate it Professors ^^

The organizer of this event was Marcom. It was well organized and almost everything went smoothly ....
We got to know many of Microsoft's new techs and tools, which was interesting at some parts !
There were more speakers , but I just picked those to feature in my video.

Here is a video of the overall event featuring :
-Visual Studio 2010 Anton Delsink, Technology Advisor
-Expression Web 3 Pete Lepage , Sr Product Manager Microsoft Corp.
-SharePoint 2010 by Zlatan Dzinic ,Enterprise Architecture Consultant

And here are some shots of the event :

the same video , uploaded through blogger, in case youtube doesn't work !


Saturday, December 12, 2009

KSU Students' Research Preparatory Symposium for SSC

Today was a big day in my University, it was as the title stated...
So many students , so many researches and projects... it was a pretty hard competition.
No matter how hard it was...we could make it through... we won :D cuz "we are the champoins my friends ". I was so happy for our project iMarket to be chosen among the other computer science projects... AlhamdulilAllah ^^

I was also happy, cuz the winners of most of the prizes were females... I'm so proud KSU females ...this is how it should be ;)

It was a good opportunity to meet ppl I used to know, some who I knew through my summer training 2008 at King Khalid University Hospital from the SW development center, and some are old friends from high school.

P.s it was REALLY hard to get these shots of the exhibition area, cuz as u know photos in the females area and it was crowded... but I took the opportunity when the press came in to take some shots ;)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Okyakusama wa kamisama desu

I entered that little traditional Japanese shop :
a lady greeted "Irrashaimase== welcome to the shope (to our service)" with her nice smile,
I looked around the shop without her nagging me to buy, then I went out buying nothing,
yet she said politely "Arigatou guzaimasu == Thank you so much " !
I went to that major brand store I was treaded in the same friendly way ...

In Japan, there’s a well known proverb that says :
“Okyakusama wa kamisama desu =customers are God”
Customers service there is the best I've ever seen in my entire life...
It hurts so much!!! yes it does.. cuz I keep comparing that with the reality in Saudi Arabia !

Most of the consumers targeted businesses in SA lacks of good customers service...
and I'm giving my verdict as a mere customer... as their target !

For example, the distributer of Nikon here Ahmed Abdulwahed Trading Co. .
They might be distributing commodities , but they forgot that they also offer service !
Their customers' service is the worst, and I'm trying to be polite here....
I bought a 6000 Riyal camera, yet I wasn't given any service when I was troubled with my lens.
And so many other examples out there (Restaurants, retail shops ..etc.)
The problem in service is not only salespersons manners, it's also the knowledge they lack of...
when a person is selling cameras, he should know his commodity and so on.

After discussing this with some of my friends I've come to wonder... who exactly do they serve !
Aren't customers' their greatest asset !!!

Customers here in KSA should have more knowledge about their own rights,
and salespersons should be trained on how to serve their customers.

I still dream of a perfect market here in SA (from a customer's perspective ).
Where I can be treated as a Kamisama !

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Public waves in Google Wave

تكلمت سابقا في موضوعي قوقل ويف عن هذه التقنية وشرحت ما معنى ويف...وبإمكانكم الاطلاع عليه هنا

ولكن الآن لنقوم بشيء ممتع...مارأيكم بعمل ويف عامة !

أولا ... يجب أن نعلم أن كل ويف جديدة نقوم بعملها تكون خاصة ولا يطلع على مكونتها إلا من نضيفهم من قائمة المتصلين لدينا.

من الأشياء اللممتعة هي الويفز العامة ... بمعنى أنها مفتوحة للجميع ...وتناقش مواضيع ومجالاتها عامة...والأهم أن الدخول إليها مفتوح للجميع وبإمكانهم تعديلها والتعاون عليها...

لتتطلعي على الويفز العامة:
في البحث اكتبي with:public ثم ابحثي
وستعرض لديك جميع الويفز العامة... والآن ماعليك إلا الدخول للويف التي تعجبك ... والمشاركة مع الجميع...

لجعل الويف عامة :
ما عليك إلاإضافة العنوان التالي لقائمة المتصلين لديك
سيقول لك بأنه ايميل غير معرف ... لكن لا عليك ...إنتر وسيضاف إلى القائمة...
وبعدها أضف هذا المتصل public إلى الأشخاص المصرح لهم في الويف...ويتكون الويف عامة

الصورة التالية توضح العملية ... إضغط للتكبير


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Before You Regret It Later !

ok here is one story about how math is ruining my mood !

It was after midnight ... I was in charge of finalizing our project's proposal ... I was so damn tired and sleepy.... I barely could open my eyes...
I finished my job, then I wanted to forward the document to my group...
I clicked send... then this stupid nerve hitting message appeared ...

math !!! I thought it's only captcha ... why is it math !
it was so frustrating ... trying to use my mind at that state... and u can notice from the screen shot that I needed more than one trial -_-

Now what was this for ? does google want us to hate them?!
nope... I guess!

This feature is called Mail Goggles ( one of Labs interesting features) which u can enable from settings menu.

This is the description of this feature :

Mail you send late night on the weekends may be useful but you may regret it the next morning. Solve some simple math problems and you're good to go. Otherwise, get a good night's sleep and try again in the morning .

I totally forgot that I enabled this feature... I was extremely frustrated at that time... but now that I think about it... I know that I'm a person who might do things impulsively at night then regret it later... so let google be my virtual parent and take a good care of me ;p

but I still wonder...why math !!! T_T


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Inspired by the Rain

It's been a long time since it rained here in Riyadh...
Thanks to Allah... we hope it rains more...cause we really need it...
I took these shots under the rain...