Caffeine Addiction

Was chatting with a friend about coping with our caffeine addictions during the holy month. I’ve tried giving up coffee and have failed. We were wistfully wondering why no one has the decency to come up with caffeine patches following the great success of nicotine ones.

Was surfing the internet today and voila!

Check it out, I think it’s absolutely brilliant. Me wants some!

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Credit-less on a billed line!

I’m furious and flaming around the nostrils, so I’d put some distance between the monitor and myself if I was you. No promises of not going nuclear on you.

A couple of month back I switched jobs, personnel at old job reclaimed my business cellphone line, and I was cast into the world phoneless. I, seeking to regain connectivity and mend the severed life line to the world went line shopping. Having compared prices and packages and in a moment of insanity I am to regret deeply later and more so today, I opted for the above company.

I’ve been a very patient and very tolerant customer. They have what has got to be the worst coverage in history. Yet do I rant? No. Do I complain? No. I mean don’t dream of reaching me while I’m at the North Coast or Red Sea. You can officially proclaim yourself a good son/daughter who’s mother has profusely prayed for if you can reach me while I’m in Alex. And anybody who’s had the pleasure of calling me whilst driving in Cairo is now very familiar with the amazing cut-off rate and that calls will often not be patched through if I’m anywhere near an embassy, a tunnel or a bridge. Humph.

Despite all that, I was patient, I figured it can only get better from here, I have a number I’m sentimental about and at least they sms me to tell me who the poor souls who tried to reach me and failed were. At least they sms me part of the time.

Now I had moved from one options package to another seeking cost effectiveness and optimal value for money and consumption (economist here, so please tolerate me).

So far so good no? (well notwithstanding the above coverage issues).

During these two months I’ve had an open (read unlimited) bill arrangement which they very punctually collected from my front door on the 1st of every month.

Then today something really odd happened. I tried to make a call only to recieve the following message:

Raseedokom el7ally la yasma7 be2etmam elmokallama

Translates to “your current balance doesn’t allow you to make this call”.

My CURRENT BALANCE! My current what!!!!!????

Insert favourite exclamation curse people.

What balance? I don’t have a balance for it to end. I make the calls. They tally it up and charge me at the end of the month.

Bewildered I call their customer service only to be told that I’m currently on their PRE-PAID system and need to recharge the card to make more calls.

Their pre-paid system, dig this!!!

Ok, at this point I go ballistic, calling them idiots and demanding they refer to history and change this etc…. Hours, and several phone call laters, they’re finally convinced that the error came from their side and I’m promised my connectivity back within 24 hours!! Hence for the remainder of today and probably all of tomorrow I’m credit-less on a billed line!!!!!!!!!

Hardly the point here, point is I don’t believe in fluke occurances. I’m of the notion that these things often happen in trends, and since this was a system error, there is a very good chance it might happen to any of you.

So here’s what I want you to do (listen carefully cause this is brilliant):

When they tell you that your 100 le (or whatever denomination) is over and that you need to recharge… do just that. You see ladies and gents my credit that they claim is over has never really been paid. The last 100 le they recieved for me was payment for calls of the previous month. Accordingly had I not lost my voice explaining to them all day, I’ve really quite been making 100 le worth of PRE-PAID calls courtesy of them! So here’s what you should do, it’s their mistake and they should pay for it, so just go buy a card recharge and live like that for a month having enjoyed your free minutes. Then a month later call them and ask to be moved back to the billed system. What says you??

Alooo!! Akallem Masr!

Unless you are a GSM junkie you must’ve noticed by now that all landlines in Cairo have been changed. All your previously memorized phone numbers have had a 2 added to them at the beginning. While I think increasing the number of digits in our Cairo phone numbers is inevitable. I think they way they chose to do it is absurd.

For one, its very confusing when dialing a number long distance, instead of +202 XXXX now it’s +202 2 XXX. I’ll be damned if I ever remember to add that extra 2. Also for us locals, one usually dials from memory, now I’m forced to pause and remember to insert a 2 prior to dialling away. Not to mention changes that must be made to my entire phone-book on my cell.

The alternative I would have opted for, since they must add a digit, would have been to add a zero to the end. FAR less confusion. You can dial all your peeve numbers from memory then add a zero (reminded to do so by the absence of dial tone upon completion). Voila!! Would it have killed them to do it this way??!!!

To Toshiba

First off, I would like to extend great thanks to all who contributed whether on or off the blog to this purchase decision.

I would also like to remark that the sales person at Virgin Mega-stores was extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the product he is selling (a refreshing change in Egypt).

I went Toshiba, so here it is ladies and gents my new baby.

God Bless Facebook

I know that the “Facebook” phenomena has been discussed to death in this here blogsphere, but at the same time I couldn’t help myself from sharing my excitement. You see, as Richard so eloquently put it “Facebook is the 8th wonder of the world”. Why you ask? Well cause thanks to that brilliant contraption us Gulf born and raised kids can get back together with our multinational group of classmates who have all deserted that beautiful gulf city to find a college education and make something of themselves on different spots of the globe. We had not seen each other since 1997 (that’s OLD people). Now we are back in touch and catching up and it’s just bloody divine. Yay facebook.

To Dell or To Toshiba Remains the Question

OK, I know that some of their prices are an obscene amount of money to be spending all at once, but I’ve had really bad experiences with laptops in the past and am currently sharing one, which is the pits.

 I’ve narrowed it down to a top 3. 2 of them comparable, the the third a tad self-indulgent.

Would love your feedback.

  1. Dell XPS M1210
  2. Dell Inspirion 1510
  3. Toshiba Protege M400-EZ5031

Close-up image of the 15.4

I’m in love

I bet that title got your attention 😀 Well it’s not human so everybody breathe.

I am in love with Apple’s newly launched Iphone. No, seriously, head over heels, wild about that tiny gadget.

I think it’s absolutely brilliant Ipod meets Phone…. classic.

Check it out for yourselves.

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Song of the day: Bills bills bills.

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  • Graphic Editor: Adobe Photoshop and 3dmax
  • Browsers: #1 Browser Mozilla Firefox
  • Mail Client: Microsoft Outlook
  • Download manager: Download Accelerator Plus
  • P2P Software: Limewire
  • CD Burning: Nero (any version) 🙂
  • MP3 Manager: I have to use Itunes for the cursed Ipod, unless you have another option.
  • Video Manager: DIVX
  • Internet Security: McAffee (I’m positive I mispelt that).
  • Compression Software: WinRar
  • As you can tell software choices is not my forte, my baby sister is an engineer so her best friend is my official IT guru.

    Meanwhile watching them work I love AutoCad and 3dMax, you’ve got to check them out.