29 September, 2011
Shameless pluggery, I know, but as they say in the North East of England, "Shy Bairns get nowt"...
Here is a link to the e-book I wrote about my time as an expat in Dubai between 2006 and 2007. It costs only 86p
One Year In Wonderland
It is also available on Amazon.com for 99c.
23 September, 2011
Bottled water isn't simply water in a bottle. The process involved in its production and transportation consumes large amounts of fuel and water. It take 3 litres of water to create 1 litre of bottled water. Also 1 tonne of plastic bottles creates 3 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide. On average, each UAE resident throws out 350 to 450 bottles per year. This means that the UAE alone uses 1.2 million barrels of oil and produces at least 410,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide per year in the production of bottled water. In addition to this, each plastic bottle you throw out takes between 400 - 1000 years to decompose. This figure could be longer because plastic hasn't been around long enough for us to know how long it takes for it to decompose.
Please follow this link to answer the questionnaire.
22 September, 2011
Public Relations for startups
Mita Ray (Market Buzz Public Relations - @mita56)
Building public relations and communications into your startup plan is essential, but few startups feel they can afford professional communications. Mita has some solutions...
Human Resources - making those first hires
Ash Athawale (Senior Executive Consultant for IT, Reed Global)
From your first hire to world domination seems a long way, but how do you manage those first appointments and grow your team? Our team of HR specialists have some crucial answers to help you make probably some of the most crucial hiring decisions you'll ever face...
(Ash will be joined by Carolyn Bartz, Executive Consultant for HR at Reed Global. You can email Victoria.Wilcox(at)reedglobal (dot)com to ensure you're names on the door!)
We’re joined at GeekFest this week by two Technology Showcases, Pickapic and Jacky’s Electronics.
Pickapic is a Dubai-based startup with a smart service that lets you download their software and use it to create an album of your photography and then print it as a one-off, printing press quality, hardback book. You can take a look at their website linked here if you can’t wait for Thursday!
Jacky’s is using the opportunity to introduce people to its EcoExchange initiative. EcoExchange is a program that lets you take your old GeekJunk to Jacky’s, where they’ll offer you a price for it (where it’s worth anything!) and then either sell it on or dispose of it to ISO standards. There’s a good post on the program here on the Jacky’s Electronics blog. So you can bring any of your old gadgets (details of what they'll accept below) along to GeekFest at the New Shelter this Thursday and trade it in for Jacky's vouchers!
THE GEEKA SHOWCASE
Financial Planning in the UAE
Elan Interiors LLC
The English Tea Party
21 September, 2011
This is what Al Ain wants from you. We want you to see the city's beauty through your eyes, to capture it and share it's amazing secrets with others. We want you to express the city’s authenticity and civilization, the calming abundance of its nature, the kindness of its people, the uniqueness of it's spirit.
Test your talent as a photographer, journey to the oasis city and Capture Al Ain
20 September, 2011
Enjoy the trip.
For more images and videos please visit Infinity Imagined.
19 September, 2011
11 September, 2011
Yesterday we had a heavy rain in alain and here is some pictures of the rain and storm we had
Enjoy the pictures
04 September, 2011
One of my friends has recently discovered a potentially rather expensive yet legal scam in the UAE. Quoting him:
- "...take care with those 'Stop receiving SMS by texting (a 4 digit number)' messages - Etisalat will charge you up to 30dhs for the privilege! Most orchestrated by a 'ghost' company in DIC (Cellhub Ltd) whose number doesn't work and whose web presence is empty - the word 'collusion' comes to mind...
- "...and to find out who owns any of these mysterious 4 digit numbers you have to call another Etisalat number - charged at 3dhs a minute - they'll initially hang straight up (to bank 3dhs) and if you're daft (or annoyed) enough to call back, they'll keep you on for an average of 8 mins (yes, tried it!) and then tell you they can't help and you should call 101 (the guys who told you to call them originally!) - geez - and all this is legal!"
All services offering SMS communications that cost the user a premium (radio stations, advertisers, etc) should be required to state every time precisely how much the message is going to cost.
03 September, 2011
Some Critical and indepth analysis by Maryam Ismail
02 September, 2011
Among the findings:
- "Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is both legal and appropriate" and "in keeping with international law and that its forces have the right to stop Gaza-bound ships in international waters"
- "The way Israeli forces boarded the vessels ... was excessive and unreasonable."
- "When Israeli commandos boarded the main ship, they faced “organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers” and were therefore required to use force for their own protection"
- Recommends that "Israel make 'an appropriate statement of regret' and pay compensation"
(All quotes from NYT article, not UN report).
As I noted, there were a lot of very strong opinions about the legality of the interception and blockade at that time. Just curious if this info changes anyone's mind.