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Connecting your iPhone to your Laptop using a wireless ad hoc network [iPhone]

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imageWhen I first got the iPhone, they used to tell me that the only means to get an internet connection to the iPhone is either the 3G or through a Wi-Fi access-point. I used to connect my older iMate to the internet over its USB connection to the laptop, that’s not possible anymore with the iPhone.

To keep it short, here’s what you need to do …

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Written by AlaaShaker

March 27, 2009 at 3:20 am

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Arabic text driving you crazy?!

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Now, you want to type some text in Arabic, let’s say a one-page letter .. No, half-a-page letter .. Let’s even say a single paragraph, OK? How long does it take you to just find where the next letter is?!!!

No matter how much I train myself to the Arabic keyboard layout – it’s never like the English! I’m typing in every letter in this post without even looking at the keyboard, wouldn’t you just dream to do the same with Arabic text?

Instead, we all go for what we call, Franco Arabic, which is more like the native Arabic syntax in the technology world. Time goes by and we ended up with a generation that doesn’t know how to spell yasta6ee3 and yadtar (يستطيع ويضطر) without mixing up the letters ت, ط and ض .. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 14, 2009 at 10:08 pm

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Making GMail your Default Windows Email Client

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For all GMail lovers, to make GMail your Windows default email client, here’s what u have to do

  • Open Start Menu > Run (or press Win+R)
  • Type “regedit” (without the double quotes!)
  • Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\Mail”
  • Right-click on “Mail” and add new Key. Call it “GMail”
  • Construct the following hierarchy by right-clicking and adding keys. Then give the corresponding values on the right by double-clicking the “default” item and changing its value, or right-clicking anywhere and adding a new item with the type described between brackets ..

  • GmailDefault = Gmail
    • DefaultIcon Default = “c:\\Program Files\\Google\\Google Talk\\googletalk.exe”,5
    • ProtocolsDefault = URL:MailTo Protocol | EditFlags (REG_BINARY) = 02 00 00 00 | URL Protocol (REG_SZ) = <leave empty>
    • shell
      • openDefault = Gmail
        • command

In “DefaultIcon”, you can change the path to any other icon you’d like, just don’t forget to write the path with two backslashes. Also, you can also bookmark this link to directly compose a new mail in your web browser.

Written by AlaaShaker

April 16, 2008 at 8:54 pm

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