Saturday, December 31, 2005

Shiny Shiny: Phones


If you are a girl, and you want a cool phone, then this site is a must!... It has links to all to cool phones including pink leather covered and crystal covered ones, not to mention hello kitty phones ;)

Monday, December 26, 2005

Reel-Multimedia Reelbox

An embeded-linux based device that has a sattelite reciever, a digital video recorder, a DVD- and media player, as well as a multi-media homeserver - all in an elegantly designed casing , which does not even require ventilation.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE


Dubai's International horse show takes place at the Emirates riding Centre from the 11th to 13th of January 2006.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Gulf News Fun Drive


This is considered as the "gum Ball" or "Cannon Ball Run" of the Desert! The differences being that there is no winners or loosers. There are fun events along the way including live entertainment for the whole family in the middle of the desert. there are around 5 sections in this 2 day event each section is about 20-35 kms long. Difficulty also ranges between "smooth sailing" and "Rodeo Country".

Dubai A1 Grand Prix


Here is a link to the A1 races in dubai from 9-11 December :) You can also go to the Official Website Here.

Uni Matters in UAE

A study was conducted in UAE covering the subject of drugs, bullying, violence and teenage pregnancies amongst uni students in UAE. The results are published in an article by Gulf News and linked below.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

ABC TV Show: In The Mind Of The Architect


A must see for architects and architecture lovers! Designs that are bold and beautiful sometimes and ones that are just ugly! The site is very interactive and I encourage every architect to fully browse it and exhaust of the site's features... Time well spent :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

India computer engineers are good at theory but ...


Indian computer engineers are good at theory but not well equiped in practical aspects! Learn more from the link below.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Using Arabic: A Guide to Contemporary Usage - Google Book Search

I know this is not flattering or anything but there is a book that has the following sentance in it: "Marwan has become a doctor." Isn't that just amazing! I am becoming a doctor soon inshallah ;)

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

gulfnews.com: The Arab answer to Barbie


Her Name is Fulla. Ain't she just too cute! BTW, no Ken doll! You can buy Fulla dolls in the UAE at Carrefour and Toys’r’Us. Prices varry.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Look At This...: Football goals to download

Soccer clips for you to enjoy. Do try these at home :P

LATEST GOALS . NET - submit and see fresh soccer goals

Missed the game last night? No worries mate... This site has the goals for you... Also check out the sister site Soccer Clips for some interesting video clips!

Secure Network Storage Server - Appliance with RAID Disk and Ethernet


Why we love it: - Terabytes of network storage - SATA (Serial ATA) technology for the hard disks - Gigabit Ethernet connectivity - Energy efficient with more than 35% power saving - RAID level 0, 1, 5, JBOD support - Easy web-based configuration - Easy installation and maintenance - Last but not least: It is cheap! What does that mean to you? Imagine this: - All your files including music, movies and other files in one place and is accessible on your ahum-ahum gigabit network (if you have it!) - You don't have to worry about your hard disk crashing. But if it does, you simply take it out and take it back to the dealer and replace it without loosing any data (this is because it is hot swappable with RAID support). - It is fast... So if you are watching a movie from it, you will not see any hiccups.

SeatGuru.com - Your Enlightened Guide to Airplane Seating

Find out what the best seats are on major airlines :) Seating charts and best seats are pointed out on this site to help you make sense of your seat number when you book an airline ticket.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

AmigaOS4.0


AmigaOS 4.0 is going to be here soon! I stumbled on this site today and I am really excited :) I love Amigas and I still use UAE's on my PC and PSP! Kick Off, Sensible Soccer and Rick Dangerous are all great but with Amiga OS 4 you can do much more exciting things. It is both powerful and effecient :) Just look at this great footage and tell me that you are not convinced!.... IT IS FAAAAAAAST! Here are 20 good reasnons why you should get one!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Monday, October 31, 2005

CNN Video: Know Your Big Mac!

Do you know how many calories are in a Big Mac sandwitch? You will soon. McDonalds is going to put the caloriesand other information on the sandwitch wrappers.

Only In America!

Freedom of speech and expression at its best ;)

Friday, October 28, 2005

The Samsung SGH-P300 credit card cameraphone


The design looks like an 80's style calculator or even a really old VCR remote control! On the bright side, it has 1.3 megapixel camera.

Google Classifieds?

Also called Google Base! A global classified ad search? What will they do next!

TV Squad: The TV show blog

Wonder what is on TV or what is coming up next? This site keeps you up to date so you can get even more glued to your TV!

E-mail Spyware: You could get fired too!

An employee was fired for sending email. Learn more about the technology and how to avoid getting caught. There are two types of people in this world, those who get caught, and those who dig (tunnels)... You should dig in this case ;)

VK2000 Slim Phone


Yet another mobile phone that can fit in your wallet ;)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

BugMeNot.com

Did you ever go to a website that required you to register before you can access its contents? Who hasn't! This site addresses this problem by providing you with the credentials to access such sites... Problem solved!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Samsung Serene


A mobile phone that doubles up to be a desktop phone. Who can bring you such a phone other than the good people at Samsung and Bang & Olufsen!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Sunday, October 16, 2005

PSP Browser

The wipeout game comes with a web browser that restricts going anywhere on the net except for the updates site. Not for long! This was hacked and now it can be used to browse anywhare.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Donald Trump To Build Tulip-Shaped Hotel In Dubai

Trump Tulip Hotel In Dubai U.S. real estate and gambling kingpin Donald Trump is joining forces with top Emirates developer Nakheel LLC to build a tulip-shaped hotel on a man-made island shaped like a palm tree (Nakheel). The deal that Nakheel announced Wednesday October 5th brings together two of the world’s flashiest developers, and marks Trump’s first foray into the Middle East.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

BlackBerry email to go AES/3DES with PGP: Engadget


Finally :) a mobile phone that natively comes with encryption, decryption, and signature package for email based on 3DES and AES.

Funny: PSP Ad

No comment. Only do not sign up unless you live in the UK, have an address that is NOT a P.O. Box AND have money to BURN!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

PSP Hacking 101


Hacking the PSP to run SNES, AMIGA, and other roms is easier than you think. Also running home-brew applications is a simple task! The site is a guide for basics of hacking the PSP. For the ausie official PSP site go to http://www.yourpsp.com.au. For episode one go Here.

GPS Mobile with Qiblah, Quran and Prayer Times

Fred Ernst / AP file.  Linked from MSNBC
Another Ramadhan Special for you from marwan.com (Thanks Dobey).

Datel 4GB PSP Hard Drive on Sony PSP


The kit includes: 4Gb of HDD storage, X2 battery power and Max media get connected cable and software. Priced around 140 UK pounds. Not bad when comparing it with the price of the 2 GB memory stick!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Online Quran Reciter

Flash based live online reciter. With choice of voices from:Abdulbaset, Ali Alhodaifi, Mahmood Alhosari, Abdullah Basfar, Ibrahim Alakhdar, Mohammed Ayoub. Also includes Four Tafseers: Ibn Katheer, Galaleen, Tabari, and Kortobi. Six Translations: English, French, German, Turkish, Indonesian and Malayu. If you still want more, then try the test and knowledge section! Best of all, you do not need to download anything!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

:: Swapping Lives ::

Two girls an Indonesian and Australian swapping places. Crossing the cultural and religious understanding gaps.

PSP Demo Vids

Watch how cool PSP games are in this short video. I am sold and I am getting one ASAP!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The Holy Quran and the Miracle of Number 19


The Quran is characterized by a unique phenomenon never found in any human authored book. Every element of the Quran is mathematically composed. Because of this comprehensive mathematical coding, the slightest distortion of the Quran's text or physical arrangement is immediately exposed. Nineteen is the common denominator throughout the Quran's mathematical system. To really appreciate this fact, please follow the link and spend some time and try some of the math out! A treat for mathmaticians in Ramadhan :) Happy fasting and calculations!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Picasa with GMail, and Blog This!


Do you know you can use the free download from Google to send photos directly through your gmail and also to your blog? Try it, the software will also find all the pictures on your computer and organize them for you. Other features include picture touch up, picture collages, posters and much more :) For a tour of Picasa click here.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Arabic: Emirates Vision Introduces Mobile Phone Services

Emirates Vision Launches new service that allows subscribers to download ringtones and other content for mobile phone users.

Melbourne research bid to prevent Alzheimer's

The drugs developed may block the protein that causes Alzheimer's disease, and eventually prevent it or slow its progression.

Australians Win Nobel Price for Discovering Bacteria that Causes Stomach Ulcers

Two Australians were awarded the prize for discovering a bacterium that causes gastritis and stomach ulcers.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Cisco Buys Nemo for $12.5M and Enters data-center Market

In brief, Cisco is jumping into the data-center architecture market with accuasition of Nemo. It already launched new line of server fabric switches and virtualization software based on technology that it accuired by acquisition of Topspin Communications earlier this year.

Nano Screens Crack!

Apple will replace cracked screens though :P but NOT scratched ones hehehehee.... You figure it out!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Opera is now FREE.... That is Ad Free for Free!


So, download your ad free opera via the link below. And ditch your old Opera with the ads. FYI, the Opera browser supports up to 32 simultaneous connections versus 6 (I think) for Internet Explorer... What does that mean?! It means you will browse faster!

Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents


A book by the RSF explaining how to avoid censorship laws! A must read for all online publishers (ahum... Bloggers!). It is available in the following languages: (Arabic, English, French, Chinese and Persian).

iPod Nano - Stress Tested!


If you are thinking of buying this device, then read this review before you buy. If you've already bought it, do NOT try this at home!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Ultimate Fighter 2


The second season of "The Ultimate Fighter" TV reality show. If you've watched The Ultimate Fighting championship or Pride Fighting Championship, you know will love this reality TV show on UFC. Eighteen fighters, nine Heavyweights and nine Welterweights, fight it out to be named the Ultimate Fighter and to be given a contract in the UFC organization. If you've ever wondered how fighters prepare for the UFC, this show is for you.

eWEEK.com - Enterprise Technology News and Reviews

I used to read the print version of this publication during my work at ERAU. The online version has up-to-date information on technology news and business aspects of the IT industry. The site also includes opinions, latest trends, product reviews and even eSeminars!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Matchstick Puzzles

I love matchstick puzzles... The ones in the link are to get you started ;) If you love them, try other puzzles on puzzles.com :)

Monday, September 19, 2005

FuelWatch added to Marwan.com

Under popular demand (my friends basically), I'm providing a permanent link to FuelWatch in the left menu under the "Perth Links" heading. The site provides the cheapest fuel prices in Perth and Western Australia.

Monday, September 12, 2005

World Tales

Tales from around the world that don't nessesarily have a happy ending. Reminded me of "7ekayat 3alamiyah" cartoons. Must allow for pop-ups to see the animations. When the pop-up window shows click on "home" on the left of the window to refresh the page and be able to view other animations. Not suited for children! Enjoy the tales.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

DigitalLifeTV

PC magazine's Internet TV version! Basically they are Windows Media and Quicktime based episodes of PC and technology news shows. You can download the episodes you are interensted in and view them at your own pleasure.

TVexe: Free International Television on your PC

A free download that allows you to watch many International TV channels using your broadband Ineternet connection. Channels include sports, news, Arabic and many more :)

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Shocking Lie Detector


If you lie, you get an electric shock. Puts a new spin on intorregation. Don't let you wife get a hold of one of these ;)

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Haier Pen Phone, smaller is better? - Gizmodo


I don't know about you, but I love tiny mobile phones. What I also love is confusing people! So, this is perfect for me :) My NEC N900 mobile phone looks like a calculater and this one looks like a pen! Wonderful!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Cool Cologne for Spring 2005

Girls, it is spring time!! TIme to give your man something new.. SO, after you buy your new spring wardrobe, why don't you get your man a present.. he he he he he Here's are some new colognes recommended this spring! COme on, spoil your man! 1. Aquaman by Rochas 2. V/S by Versace 3. Black Code by Giorgio Armani Click here for details!

Ski Dubai


ski resort in dubai :) Opens this month!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Dogpile Search Comparison Tool

A great way to visualise search engine results. I tried "marwan" and I found out that my site "marwan.com" was the only site common to all three search engines: google, yahoo, and MSN!

How to Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's does NOT only have to do with memory, but also problem solving. For example, did you know that people with Alzheimer's disease lose the capacity to adjust and solve problems? They also jump into conclusions faster than normal people! Read more about the disease in an Interview with a Mayo Clinic specialist.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Meet MEDIAGATE MG-35

Do you dowload movies and watch them on your PC and laptop and wished that you had the following: - Enough space on your hard disk to save them on. - A way to play them on your big screen TV without having to burn them on DVD or VCD. If yes, then this is for you. It is a external HDD with the capability to play movies, store and view pictures, and play music on your home entertainmet system. Best of all, you can connect it to your PC via USB2 or an RJ-45 cable.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Highest grossing indian movie of all time

If you love indian movies then this one takes the cake! It is called "Pandey: The Rising". It is not out in Australia yet but it is out in the U.K and India :) Read the news about it: BBC article. or click below for the official site.

Google Talk


Try the personal messenger from google. It supports voice :) Why would you want to do that when you have the almighty MSN? Beats me!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Cool Things you can do with your Football!

See a British kid show off his soccer skills, including taking his shirt off while balancing the ball on his back! Make sure that you click the "showdown" link on the left after you watch the clip. You will see many more guys performing amazing things with their balls ;) (Thanks Shake!)

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Feedster: A Search Engine for RSS

The best 500 blogs of the month.

NCSA Research: Google Vs Yahoo

When comparing google and yahoo index sizes, it was concluded that google gives 170% more results than yahoo. What does that mean to you? Well, I guess that yahoo will get you much less results, so stick with googling for now!

Urine (pee) Powered Battery!

Who could invent such a thing? Well, you guessed it! Scientists in Singapore!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Is borrowing neighbor's wi-fi wrong?

This is a very interesting article I have read in CNN. You can read the whole article if you want, but I have taken the following paragraphs since I found them interesting and funny! Experts do agree that the likelihood of getting caught and prosecuted for stealing a wireless connection probably depends on how often you do it and how you're using it. "The damages are really the big issue," said Hale. "Are you just poking around, checking your e-mail, or are you doing it on a regular basis and affecting this person's bandwidth?" There is also the possibility that someone could have set up the unsecured connection as a trap. Experts say it's possible for the network subscriber to gain at least partial access to your computer, read your e-mails and see the pages you visit if you are using their connection. Any personal information you send online could then be compromised.

Man dies after online game marathon!

I guess Game Over! A 28-year-old South Korean man who played computer games for 50 hours almost non-stop died of heart failure minutes after finishing his mammoth session in an Internet cafe. "Lee" had recently quit his job to spend more time playing games. After he failed to return home, Lee's mother asked his former colleagues to find him. When they reached the cafe, Lee said he would finish the game and then go home. He died a few minutes later.

Hollywood's Profits are Really from TV Licencing!

I love Edward Jay Epstein and all his articles. This one is no different!

Reading Your Baby's Mind - Newsweek Article

Very interesting research on babies minds and how they work... Look at the pictures in this article... scary!

Americans are not stupid, they're just lazy!

...and older students fail globally... duh! again!

What Sex is your Brain?

It is not only your genitals that determine your sex but also your brain... duh!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Making and Copying DVD Videos

It is easy when you know how ;)

Skype for free!

This hack involves the use onf Boingo Bireless firmware on a WRV54G Linksys Router. Sounds too complicated... Not really! Mind you that this hack is for WRV54G and NOT WRT54G!

Make Fire From Water : Gizmodo

Read this article and please tell me "no way mate"... Cause I don't think it is possible!

Top 10 Sony PSP Hacks

Change the background, war drive, surf the web, play music and much more :)

Friday, August 05, 2005

MSN Tech & Gadgets Website

This is Microsoft's MSN-based gadget news site. It contains tech news, downloads, product reviews, games, and how-to...s.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Sunday, July 31, 2005

I.C. Can Self-Chilling Container : Gizmodo


You gotta love self cooling cans! They work win a chimical reaction uappens around the drinkable part of the can to cool it. Sounds dangerous doesn't it... what if there is a leak between them?

Friday, July 29, 2005

Aids to Survival - Outback Survival Guide

Issued by Western Australia Police Force, this PDF file is useful as a general read for road trips and wilderness survival. For more information about the print version of the booklet go to the WA Police website at: http://www.police.wa.gov.au/recruitingandtheacademy/ThePoliceAcademy.asp?AidstoSurvival.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Teen Brain and its Role in Teen behavior

The study shows that the human brain does not mature until the age of 25! More science stories can be found on the Catalyst TV Program website.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Circumcision 'helps to halt HIV'

Male circumcision prevents 7 out of 10 infections!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Insiders' Secrets to Make You Younger and Healthier

As Seen on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the the book "YOU: The Owner's Manual"

Will a premium bed really improve your sleep? Via Health-Hack.com

Not really! According the to latest studies :( I also read that the best sleep you can have is one that is least interrupted! so, I guess that buying something like sleep tracker is better than buying a good bed! Sources: From Google Print. YOU: The Owner's Manual.

Sensible Soccer 2 Player Plug 'n' Play


Remember Sensible Soccer from the amiga age? Well it is back and this time on a stand-alone system :)

Monday, July 25, 2005

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Four-door Porsche? Source: Autoblog


It might just become true soon!

Web Developer's Handbook:

A collection of links on developing web-sites, CSS, Color Tools, SEO, Usability and more.

del.icio.us - Link Manager

If you don't already know this, Delicious is a social bookmark manager. It allows you to have your bookmarks online and categorize them with keywords and share them with others. Handy for bloggers.

Styled Checkboxes

Here is a way to style-up the check boxes in your online forms ;)

Performance Boosting your XP

Simple tweaks to speed up your Windows XP. Step by step guide for improving the speed of your machine's software.

Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures

For geeks and math-heads!

How To Look Like A UNIX Guru

Your crash course on Unix so you become a guru without spending the time to actually learn Unix or Linux!

the odk - o c t o p u s d r o p k i c k !

Japanese Humour and culture blog :) some stories are really funny, others are just odd!

UAE Replaces Camel Children With Robots - Gizmodo


No more children in camel races :)

Sunday, July 17, 2005

We're Not Afraid .com


A website that has galleries of people stating their defiance of the London bombings.

Spud - The Potato Powered Web Server


Do not try this at home. Unless you have heaps of potatos!

Blog software comparison chart

If you ever considered starting your own blog or changing from one blog provider or software to another, this chart is for you.

Primotech Morphing Keyboard

It is the keyboard that has keys that are able to change to pretty much anything... Any language, any color and any icon you want!