Effects of SOPA on non-Americans

Few weeks ago, after small and major web sites blacked out in protest of SOPA, the US congress decided to pause it. Note, they did not throw it out completely but until they can come up with changes to make it pass. So the battle is not exactly over, even though the Internet won the first round. Those outside the US may think that American law does not affect them, but in reality it does, directly and indirectly.…

Benefits of Owning a Netbook

Netbooks are becoming more popular over the past few years and they prove to be quite valuable. Netbooks, which are also referred to as mini laptops, are smaller than the size of standard laptops and they are more affordable. Most importantly it is easier to carry these Netbooks. Laptops are usually available with a 14 inch or 15.6 inch screen. It is possible to find different types of laptops with different configurations and sizes.…

Missing My Other Home: Fortaleza, Brazil

For those who closely know me, they also known that I am half Bahraini and half Brazilian (my mother's side). As a result, I am quite fluent in Portuguese (the language in Brazil is NOT Brazilian…) thanks to my mother (the speaking part) and kids comics I used to buy by the tons in Brazil when I was a kid (the reading and writing part). Since half my family is in Brazil, I visit my mother's hometown of Fortaleza (in the state of Ceara) every year, mostly during the summer months of June through late August.…

Review: BurstNET VPS Hosting

I thought I would leave a review about my previous host (BurstNET) which hosted this website reliably for just under a year (from last December till the mid of this month, November). BurstNET provide a wide variety of services, however their most popular services are dedicated servers and virtual private servers (VPS). They are a well known, budget provider in the hosting market, running since the 90s. Many are put off by their website design, but don't judge a book by its cover!…

Aramex Launches Online Payment

Great news for those out there that use Aramex’s Shop and Ship service. Actually two bits of news. Firstly, they have moved away from their old URL (http://www.aramex.com/shopandship) to a more meaningful one (http://www.shopandship.com), not to mention a brand new look and design.

The other good news is that they have launched an online payment service where you can pay for the shipments you get from your US and/or UK boxes.…