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It’s been a while, I know. I’ve held to this caricature for a long time, and I thought it was time to let it out.

Let’s all sing our national anthem. I guess we’ll sing it along with that poor guy …

This caricature belongs to my dear friend, great caricaturist and talented artist, Waleed Taher. It was published in Al-Dostour Newspaper a long time ago, I just gave it some quick coloring.


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June 8, 2009 at 3:13 am

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Build your own Flash RSS Reader [Tutorial: Flash ActionScript 3.0]

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You’re building a website, and at some point, you decided that you want to show some RSS feeds to a couple of blogs or other websites. The options are limited between buying a good looking solution, or getting a free, ugly one, that usually bares the name of it’s creator website – which doesn’t seem appealing at all, especially that 90% of the time the reader doesn’t match your design!
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September 9, 2008 at 3:10 pm

new.Facebook Review

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The new Facebook design is out now for testing and feedback collection.

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July 30, 2008 at 1:19 am


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Doodlez is a TV animated series shown on Nickelodeon.

I dropped by a few videos on YouTube, check out this one …

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July 17, 2008 at 5:16 am

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Trusted Computing: Sounds great, doesn’t it?

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Trusted Computing

A friend of mine passed over this URL; a short, animated movie about Trusted Computing. Here’s the movie from YouTube (or, you can download a better quality from their website, or pick here) ..

Well, there’s no words capable of describing how both of us – my friend and I – have been replaying this video infinitely all day!! I also suggest you pay its designers a visit, at least the first one:

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May 30, 2008 at 8:24 pm

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Google SketchUp: 3D for Everyone!

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Seven years ago, Google decided to bring a new, free, easy-to-learn software for people to create, modify and share 3D models: Google SketchUp.sketshup_logo

I do have an almost-intermediate experience with 3DSMax, Maya, Mudbox and other modeling and sculpting tools. But let me focus on the easy-to-learn part: I have built this very-silly-looking model, from scratch, in like, 2 minutes!

Google SketchUp!

It’s not the best I can do, I never intended building something nice; it’s just that it was built without checking any documentation, learning any tutorial or watching any video! I only used two tools: the Push/Pull and Offset tools, along with a few basic shapes to bring this model to life – again, from scratch, in just 2 minutes yes, that’s the whole thing!

I believe being that easy-to-learn is a great step towards building great software. This means less time to learn and master the tool, less cost to train the users, and results in being more productive. It happens a lot when you need a quick 3D model to take a couple of snapshots of (let’s say a logo or so) and it’s not worth installing, learning and building it on 3DSMax nor Maya, or even asking a professional designer to do it for you.

I do recommend downloading it for a quick try-out. Check out the Google SketchUp Official Blog for more info, updates and Tips’n’tricks.

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May 30, 2008 at 6:54 pm

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Facebook Redesigned

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Earlier this month, it was announced that Facebook team will redesign the profiles to be launched in a few weeks (which seems to be pretty much towards a Web Operating System look!)

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May 25, 2008 at 10:25 pm