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Senior and Fresh Graduates Job Oppotunity from Microsoft

March 31st, 2010 No comments

 

Microsoft has a program called MACH (Microsoft Academy for College Hire) to hire fresh graduates. As a Microsoft Student Partner, Microsoft has informed me that they are looking for fresh graduates and senior students in Kuwait University who would like to take part in this program. Participants will be offered a full time employment opportunity at Microsoft.

In order to qualify you have to meet the followings:

  • Be a final year student of an IT-related degree (2009 graduates will also be eligible)
  • Have a GPA equivalent to 3.0 or above
  • Be able to demonstrate a passion for technology
  • Speak and write fluent English and Arabic
  • Possess excellent communication and presentation skills as well as strong interpersonal skills
  • Be a strategic thinker
  • Be able to balance individual creativity with working as a team
  • Have a high degree of customer focus
  • Be available from July 2010 to take part in our summer internship.

For more information and to apply, read this document: Job opportunity from Microsoft

Wix – Build a Flash Website for Free

January 1st, 2010 No comments

Ever wanted to create a beautiful Flash website? Wix is a great place to start. It provides a set of flash layouts that you can customize and build your website to the final touch. It’s simple, easy and fast! Best of all, you do not need to have any knowledge in Flash.

Building a Gaming Rig – Kuwait – December 2009 (Part 1)

December 26th, 2009 No comments

(I’m sorry I won’t be able to continue with the next post)

I’ve decided to buy a high performance PC for gaming and heavy tasking that would last as long as possible and could play the latest games with the highest graphic settings. And since I’m from Kuwait I have limited choices as the online markets are off-limit because of the customs here and the extremely slow mailing system. After purchasing all parts and finish building  the PC all by myself, I’ve decided to share my experience for whoever is looking to buy a new gaming PC in Kuwait.

Since I went to college my need for better and faster PC grows at a greater pace. For the second year of college (2005) I bought my second laptop which is Fujitsu Siemens M4348G for the pure purpose of gaming. It was a big mistake because it was heavy and bulky and it is pain to carry even for short distances venturing within the college walls. And the 17 inch laptop looks stupid on me since I’m a short guy.

The year after that (2006), I’ve learned from my mistake and bought an Asus A8js which was the best laptop performance and graphic wise within the 14 inch range and it weights around 5.5 pound which is considered great for travelling or, in my case, the need for the laptop almost all the time in college. I was able to stick with this great laptop for 2 years which is the average age of laptops nowadays.

By 2008 I’ve decided to buy the Vaio Z laptop which is according to my research, it is the best suitable laptop for me! Great specification for such a small laptop (13.3 inch). Decent graphic card, 6 hours of battery life, very lightweight, core 2 duo and 2 GB of RAM… what more could I ask for? Luckily I was in Toronto, Canada, that time and they do sell new Vaio PCs early at a good price compare to Kuwait’s prices. I grabbed a laptop from the store few days before it was displayed in the store… and I lived happily ever after!

By December of 2009 I was about to explode of anger due to performance problem I’m facing playing new games and with my regular usage of a computer. I’ve decided to get a new PC and my aim was to use it for the following:
 

  1. Gaming, thus I need a better graphic card.  The Geforce 9300 GS for my Vaio Z laptop wasn’t able to play even some of the old games with decent graphic settings which really suck. I’m a heavy gamer and I love games and my laptop isn’t nearly enough to satisfy my appetite for new games. After playing Dragon Age: Origins for awhile tweaking settings and all it wasn’t a pleasant experience. The bad frame rate even with the lowest settings and it still go for 10 FPS or less. I had to go for a new PC with better graphic card, I don’t want to play the upcoming games like Supreme Commander 2, Command and Conquer 4 and Final Fantasy XIV with low frame rate.
     
  2.  Browse smoothly! Nowadays websites are more complicated and requires more resources than old days with all the Flash, Javascript and rendering duty it perform. Google Reader is a performance hug when there is hundreds of articles awaiting in the stack. Working with multiple browsers is required for an I.T. professional.
     
  3. Multimedia. I can’t complain about Vaio Z when it comes to play HD content even in stamina mode. I’m an HD freak and I watch every show and movie in HD and Sony geniously created this laptop to fit a heavy multimedia user. Amazing HD playback capabilities, built-in Toslink/Optical audio output, decent speakers and full HD HDMI output port.  The only drawback is that I only have 240GB of HD space which get filled with the basic applications and music files that I install as soon as I format my machine. So, with the new PC I need to go up one more level of home entertainment with enough amount of disk space.
     
  4. Virtualization… RAM killer! Virtual machine eats a lot of memory and when you’re only with 3GB of memory, you won’t have enough memory left to work within the main OS smoothly. Windows 7 comes with a new feature called Windows XP Mode which allows you to run Windows XP on top of Windows 7, it could be helpful when you are running applications that are compatible with Windows XP only but you’ll need a chip-level virtualization which is supported in the Vaio Z.
     
  5. I’m a programmer. Programmers and web developers generally do not need cutting edge CPU and high amount of RAM except in some situations, however, a smooth working environment for a programmer is certainly a big plus. It is not like I’m developing a game or something big but it feel more comfortable to work when you run your website on a GlassFish or MAMP local server and it executes fast enough to do a fast testing and get done with your work quickly. Some big IDEs like Netbeans and Visual Studio 2010 requires more resources when you start developing a mid-sized applications because of all the background processes happening during the development period. I know some programmers still uses Pentium 3, but I’m not really patience when my fingers start writing codes.
     
  6. Designing. I use Adobe Flash, Flex, Photoshop and Swift 3D. Photoshop is pain in the ass when I start creating posters and flyers. It starts getting slow when I go to large designs and as deep as 300 DPI and beyond. Certainly a memory of 3GB is not enough with all other applications working on the background. Also rendering is freaking slow on my Vaio Z which is another drawback.

 

To be continued…

Life at Microsoft

December 16th, 2009 No comments

I’d like to share some great and funny videos about working at Microsoft.

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

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Silverlight 3 Tools Installation – Unable to Detect Visual Studio 2008 SP1

November 7th, 2009 10 comments

I’ve been trying to install Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 but I keep getting a message saying that I don’t have SP1 installed even though I do have it installed, and it won’t allow me to install it. I tried to uninstall everything and reinstalled Visual Studio 2008 and updated it to Service Pack 1 but the same error keeps showing up whenever I executing the Silverlight 3 Tools installation. Here’s the error message I keep receiving:

Installation Requirements:

Build 9.0.30729.XX of Visual Studio 2008 SP1 or Visual Web Developer 2008 SP1 must be installed before installation can continue.  See <A HREF=”http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=122094″>http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=122094</A> for download information.

Silverlight 3 Tools installation error

I’ve done much research to resolve this problem but I couldn’t find any helpful information. However, I’ve been able to find some hints here and there and I’ve came up with the solution after playing around with it for awhile. But first I should clarify few things before I continue with the solution:

  • I’m using an early version of Windows 7 Professional since it was released 3 weeks ago by the time I’m writing this post.
  • I have Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Professional Edition and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed.
  • The VS2008 build is: 9.0.21022.8 RTM which is the latest update I can get from Windows Update and it cannot detect any more updates for the VS2008.
  • I have Expression Studio 3 already installed.

Okay, so now to overcome the installation error of Silverlight 3 Tools follow up these few steps:

  1. Download Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 from here. The download file name should be: Silverlight3_Tools.exe by default.
  2. Download WinRar from here. Winrar will be used to extract Silverlight3_Tools.exe since it is an archived file. The reason I mentioned Winrar here is because I’m not sure if there is any other application that supports extracting EXE files. Feel free to use any other app that could do the job.
  3. After installing Winrar or any equivalent application, right click on Silverlight3_Tools.exe and extract the archive file.
  4. Finally, go to the location where you have extracted the file and execute the file VS_SilverlightTools_Setup.exe to install the Silverlight 3 Tools.

Learn Adobe Flex Builder 4 in A Week

October 20th, 2009 No comments

Remember the Adobe Flex Builder 3 online video tutorials that could be completed in 5 days? Now Adobe have added another set of tutorials for the new Flash Builder 4 Beta 2 that could also be completed within a week. It is also free and publicly available.

Flash Builder 4 Logo

You could also download Flash Builder 4 beta 2 directly from Adobe and for free.

Microsoft New Efficiency Launch Roadshow

October 20th, 2009 No comments

Among other G.C.C. countries, Microsoft is launching a tech demo event, or a roadshow, in Kuwait for new technologies from Microsoft such as Windows 7 and Exchange Server 2010. The event will take place at 17th  November, 2009 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM in Salmiya’s Salwa Alsubah stage.

You better register now before they run out of seats. There is also a quiz to win a laptop or an XBox 360.

TechED Dubai

October 19th, 2009 No comments

This time I might have the chance to get into TechED since Microsoft have decided to do one in Dubai.

Microsoft’s premier technical education and networking conference is coming to the Middle East.
Connect one-on-one with Microsoft insiders and IT peers, get your toughest questions answered and hear
expert advice – right from the source, right in your region.

TechED Dubai Logo

The conference will start at 1st of March in Dubai World Trade Centre and for 3 days.

I’ve always wanted to attend one of these events to get into the community and talk about programming and technologies with others especially about those exciting new technologies from Microsoft.

Fore more information, check out the official website.

Soocial – Sync All Your Address Books!

October 18th, 2009 1 comment

I’ve been looking for a good application to sync all my address books between my devices, email accounts and Outlook. Finally after testing many of similar contact sync applications I’ve settled on Soocial. Now my N95, Gmail (Android), Outlook and Hotmail are all in sync. Any changes happens on any of those services, it will automatically update all my connected contacts.

According to the website, it supports over 500 devices and services which makes it very appealing to use. It also get rid of duplicated contacts so I don’t have to worry about my address book getting messy. The only annoying service to be used with Soocial is Live because you’ll have to reauthorize your Live account to be integrated with Soocial every month. Duh!

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Schedule Your Tweets

August 29th, 2009 1 comment

Not all of us can tweet all the time for many reasons. I’m one of those who can’t tweets all time even though I own a PDA with a Twitter client. This is when scheduling your tweets could come handy.

There are many online services that schedule your tweets. The one I’m using and might interest many of you is FutureTweets. It is easy to use by writing your tweets on a form then select the date and time you want it to be published. You can also see all previous tweets you have scheduled.

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