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Few ricer I have seen around:

This is a Mitsubishi Jeep Liberty:

And this is a Daihatsu Jeep:

And he insists:

This guy thinks his car is the best in the word, yet he can’t spell its name properly:

I don’t know if I should consider this as a ricer:

Chinese manufacturers should reconsider their product names, this truck I saw on the road was interesting:

I wasn’t sure the name was real, so I visited a car exhibition and they had a booth:

Now, I don’t get surprised any more:



We have implemented mSona’s mBox 2020 few months back.  Since the sellers were very mysterious about the device, I decided to reveal its inner parts.

Here’s how the mBox looks like, you can see the ADSL module installed:

This is a top view of the mBox, after opening the cover:

You can clearly see the Hard-Disk on the bottom-left side of the photo. On it’s right, is the power supply specially made for mSona. The card on the left is the ADSL Module. On the right side, is a regular motherboard for a PC. and that is covered with mSona’s manageable switch.

After unscrewing the manageable switch, you can clearly see the motherboard. the switch is simply up-linked to the motherboard’s gigabit LAN interface, additional connections for power and LED. You can see 2 SATA cables going to the 2 Hard-Disks installed. The disks are configured as RAID-1 from mSona’s OS.

You can see the HDMI and DVI video connections. As per mSona’s engineer, they are used to diagnose the hardware if it is completely down.

USB ports and gigabit LAN connection up-linked to the manageable switch.

Audio connections, an unnecessary addition, yet remember, it’s a standard motherboard.

A closer look at the board and it’s connections. The add-on card contains 2 USB ports which can be used with a 3G connection module, and external USB flash or Hard-Disk and it is used as a console cable with a special USB cable. There are 2 soft buttons for “Power” and “Reset”, 2 LED’s for Power “PWR” and System “SYS”. You can see them in the first image.

A look a t the DSL card from outside.

And this is how it looks like from inside. I think I saw this PCI device in the market few years back. You can also see the PCI-Raiser card, even though this is mSona’s proprietary, I’ve been seeing several types of this in servers and branded PC’s through the years.

You may contact me for any further clarifications.


Bridgestone’s exclusive Saudi distributor turns to ESET to deliver optimized security support.

ADAOX Middle East, the regional business development centre for
ESET NOD32 Antivirus, today announced that Al Talayi Establishment, the
sole distributor for Bridgestone Tires in Saudi Arabia, has deployed
ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security (ESS) suite to secure its
computers and IT network from viruses, spyware, malware and other known

and unknown online security threats.

Al Talayi Tires, an ISO 9001/2000 certified company, has the
largest distribution network for tires in Saudi Arabia. The company has
a huge network of branch offices, tire service centers, warehouses and
large fleet of trucks and vans across the Kingdom. To centralise its
operations, the company has an extensive IT infrastructure in place
which includes a robust BAAN ERP system, Microsoft ISA (Internet
Security and Acceleration) Server and Microsoft Exchange among other
key applications deployed on hundreds of computers at 30 key locations.
The company has several leased lines as well as a Virtual Private
Network for connectivity.

‘With such an exhaustive IT network in place, a failsafe IT
security service was a necessity for us. Robust virus protection is
critical to the well-being of our company’s commercial operations,
which is almost entirely computer-based. We were not happy with the
performance of our previously installed antivirus solution, the lack of
adequate support, and the fact that the software consumed high PC and
network bandwidth. We were experiencing continuous trouble with
infections, complex signature distribution and administering remote
networks and hence we decided to replace the security solution,’
explains Eng. Abdullah A. R. Bawazir, Network Supervisor, Al Talayi

‘We evaluated various security products available in the market and
chose ESET NOD32 and ESS suite for their proactive heuristics
diagnostics and the size of the software, which wouldn’t slow down the
system’s performance. We also read reviews of different antivirus
products performed by independent consumer organizations such as AV
Bulletin and AV Comparatives to be sure we were making the right
choice. We are more than satisfied with the performance of ESET NOD32
and ESET Smart Security solutions and are also happy with Zedan for
their support, speed and professionalism on this deployment,’ Eng.
Bawazir added.

Zedan Solutions, ESET’s distributor in Saudi Arabia, helped Al
Talayi deploy the ESET solutions seamlessly with no network slowdown or
downtime. The ESS suite and ESET NOD32 could be centrally managed,
automatically updating end-user devices without impacting performance
and offering the highest level of proactive protection that stops any
new forms of malware from impacting the network.

Both ESET NOD32 as well as ESS has been installed on the ERAS
servers, as well as the Microsoft Exchange servers. The ability to
centrally and remotely manage ESET administration across several
replicated ERAS has been of great benefit to the client.

‘We have witnessed several strategic businesses in the market
realizing the need for a security product that secures effectively and
is easily managed through a central management console. With such user
friendly features on offer, ESET NOD32 as well as ESS have been finding
favor with a number of customers across the SMB and enterprise
sectors,’ commented Mr. Brian Hawley, General Manager at Zedan

Built on the award-winning ThreatSense engine, ESET NOD32 antivirus
software proactively detects and eliminates more viruses, trojans,
worms, adware, spyware, phishing, rootkits and other internet threats
than any other antivirus solution available on the market today. ESET
NOD32 is very light as compared to other antivirus products, less CPU
intensive when executing a background scan and is also more efficient
in detecting threats. It is an ideal antivirus for any system including
operating systems such as Windows Vista and Windows XP and also runs
smoothly on Windows legacy systems, MS-DOS, file servers, mail servers,
and more.

ESET Smart Security is a tightly integrated security solution,
built on the ESET NOD32 Antivirus and its powerful ThreatSense engine.
It provides antispyware, antispam and customised firewall features.

‘ESET NOD32 and ESS offer industry leading performance and easy
manageability that customers like Al Talayi need to easily and securely
exchange information. Our continued success in the region with key
customers is a testimony of the technical superiority of the products
that we offer. Designed to offer hassle free performance, these
solutions are least resource hungry and drastically reduce the risks of
malicious code and unsuitable e-mail content from entering the
network,’ said Mr. Neo Neophytou, Managing Director of ADAOX Middle

Al Talayi Bridgestone is about to embark on an IT expansion phase,
mostly to increase redundancy and clustering of mail, hub and edge
servers. A key aspect will be to closely integrate ESET solutions into
this expansion and Zedan is working closely with them on this project.

Got my Acer One

Last night, I went to get my Acer Aspire One NetTop. It’s my 1st ever brand new laptop/nettop. I am known for not being a fan of laptops in general.
The thing that made me buy this one that it has no hard disk drive. It uses an SSD memory as a "Hard-Disk". This makes it more durable to vibrations and falls, as there isn’t any moving parts. I will gain more battery time and lighter weight.
The preloaded Linpus Linux is amazing. Boots before you know it (Acer says it boots in 13 seconds), didn’t check it out though, but IT IS fast.

In brief: My trip to Indonesia

Hi everyone,
Just came back Tuesday evening from Indonesia, the trip was very nice, had lots of good time, and met a lot of friends and relatives.

I spent the first 3 days in Bogor

I attended a relative’s wedding, and was invited at the father’s house the next day.

Then we moved to Tegal for my brother’s wedding, but 1st we had BBQ fish

We went to the ‘Macar’ night (It’s the night before the wedding)

Then it was my brother’s wedding

The next day we had a Calung (Chalung) band party

After the wedding we spent a night in Guci

Few days later we all went to Bandung, I spent a night only and left the next night.
Me and my cosine then left for Perwokerto, that’s where Batturraden was located.

After visiting a lot of relatives and dozens of tea cups, I accompanied my cusine to Jakarta
That’s when I went to Monas

And back to Tegal after spending 3 nights in Jakarta, I went back to Slawi On the 19th of August, it was the Carnival in Slawi

That’s when my uncle had a chance to retest his “Drum Band” skills

And on the 20th, there was another carnival in Tegal

And they showed us some snakes!!!

And I had “Ayu Suraya” pose for me (She is a famous Indonesian Singer)

We drove back to Jakarta the following day, and there was another carnival just outside of Berebes!!!

My cosine then cached up with me in Bogor, and we went to Taman Safari

After 32 days in Indonesia, we flew back to Jeddah

I will upload more photos and videos every now and then

Going for vacation

Hi everyone,
Been busy the last few weeks, I did finish my projects early, 1st of this month, 1 day delay because of my lazyness. Now doing some exchange trouble shooting, but I only need to do this so that I would not be call during my vacation.
About my vacation, I leaving for Indonesia on 24th of July night. Insha Allah I’ll be there on 25th noon. I wasn’t planning to go, but we talked my brother to bring forward his wedding from February 2008 to this summer, so we can all attend. Apparently, he had to any way. Will be there for 1 month, and still not sure if I will ever be able to come online. Internet connections there are really lousy (especially in smaller towns).
I bought a new digital camera for the ocasion, after looking around, a friend of mine highly recommended the Canon A720IS. It turned out to be a very good camera.


This one is for France supporters (It’s in Arabic)

YouTube – Coke France


Nice one for Italy supporters (ít’s in Arabic)

YouTube – Coke Italy

12 Years in service

Yesterday, I completed 12 years of work in my company. In the IT field, I’m very old Tongue out. I was promoted 3 times, and the 3rd time was early this year, and I’m looking forward for another promotion next year.
I was very busy working on my projects, I am at the final stage of 2 of my main projects. I had challenged my self finishing on the 30th of this month (June). And I’m 99% positive that I will.
Planed my trip to Indonesia on the night of 25th of July. Bought the ticket and everything. Today I’m shipping some of the stuff we need there.
My brother’s birthday was last week, and we celebrated it in AppleBees, and my Wadee’ah will turn 5 this Thursday.

Weekend in Madinah

Spent last weekend in Madinah. It was my cusine’s wedding.
It was really fun, and the food was very good. But because another wedding hall which had a simillar name and another wedding, many of those who were invited went to the wrong wedding!!! Other than that was all good, especially the food.
The weather was just OK. Not that hot but not cold either.
I had to balance my tires, the steering wheel viberated when i drove ove 120KM/hour. But the Oddessy was very comfortable in the highway.