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Alexandria introduces smoking ban in government buildings

Egypt consumes 19 billion cigarettes a year.

Alexandria is the first Egyptian city to ban smoking in government buildings.

The cynic in me sees grumpy government employees getting more grumpy, and not being on their desk for smoke breaks.

But overall, this is long overdue. As someone who can't stand tobacco smoke, I hope this is enforced for the better health of everyone.

Android tablets reach market, provide competition for the iPad

Android tablets are here! This is good, since they will provide competition for the Apple iPad.

Examples are Pandigital Novel and the Dell Streak.

Heat wave contnues in Ontario

Toronto issued a heat alert as temperatures are expected to reach 30C today.

Monitoring bandwidth usage by individual computers in a home network

Update: I have finally found an adequate solution, which is using wrtbwmon, a bandwidth monitoring tool for OpenWRT routers. You can download it from the previous link.

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Anyone with more than a couple of computers on a LAN will sooner face the issue of increased bandwidth usage by someone on the LAN. Be this teenagers downloading via torrents, employees watching YouTube and Facebook videos, or other reasons.

Gladys Flamer: 103 years old, still driving!

103 years old Gladys Flamer from Coatsville Pennsylvania is one feisty old lady.

Not only does she live alone, but she still drives her 1979 Cadillac Coupe Deville, and runs errands for friends younger than her.

And she turns 104 in 2 weeks. Way to go Gladys!

Mobilicity starts mobile phone service in some Canadian cities

Unlike WINDMobile which operates in the AWS spectrum, Mobilicity operates on the standard frequencies used elsewhere in the world for GSM.

Apple's iPad drawbacks, specially in Canada

It is nice to see the CBC go deep into the iPad and highlight Apple's tight control of the platform. Moreover, they also criticize the disparity between USA data plans and Canadian ones, which much less bandwidth for more cost.

Heat wave in the East, snow in the West

While Ontario suffers a heat wave for three days in a row, Calgary is expecting a snow storm with 10 to 20 cms!

Nader Abou El Leef, a new sensation in Egyptian songs نادر أبو الليف

A new sensation in Egyptian songs is Nader Abou El Leef.

His real name is Nader Anwar Gaber, and he is from Alexandria.

The Arabic Wikipedia has a biography of him and the Egyptian dialect wikipedia has another.