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How I got into Computers and Information Technology?

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This is quite an interesting and a bit long winded story of how I got into the computing field.It was the late 1970s when I was deciding which university I should go to. I had a passion for science and academia, and an aversion to humanities and math. At various points since middle school, I was into chemistry, biology, astronomy and botany.

Starting your own software company

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The following is a useful collection of links, articles and discussions on starting your own software company.Note: Many of these articles were discussed on the Slashdot technology web site. While some comments may be off topic or abusive, or simply childish, many others are quite useful. If you do not want to read hundreds of comments, then change the "Threshold" level to see only the highest rated comments.

    Ancestry - Paternal Side

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    All the present Baheyeldins are direct descendants (sons, grandsons, and granddaughters) of Mohamed Baheyeldin.

    Mohamed Baheyeldin was the eldest son of Ahmed Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed Ali (El Gada') El Hosseini Omran, in Arabic: محمد بهى الدين احمد محمد عبدالله محمد على الجدع الحصيني عمران. The Hosseini name is spelled الحسينى or الحصين.

    Here is a simple family tree.

    Baheyeldin's Father

    Ahmed was born in 1910 in El Sakakra, and was a teacher, then a school principal, then education inspector.

    El Sakakra and Shersheima السكاكرة و شرشيمة

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    El Sakakra السكاكرة is a village about 3 kilometers north east of Hehia ههيا (also Hehya), which is the center (Markaz) to which Shersheima belongs. Hehia is about 15 kilometers north east of El Zaqaziq الزقازيق , the capital of the governorate of El Sharqeyya (Sharkeya or Sharkeyya الشرقية).

    In the 1960s, it had only 2,100 people, and by the early 21st century, it has 6,000 to 7,000 people. 

    Shersheima شرشيمة (or Shershema) is a twin village of El Sakakra, with a drainage canal separating them, which has been filled now.

    Similarities between Arnold Toynbee and Samuel Huntington

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    This article discusses the similarities of Arnold Toynbee and Samuel Huntington's philosophy.Arnold J. Toynbee was a reknown Historian. He also worked for the The Britain's Foreign Office and in the Royal Institute of International Affairs, in addition to being a Research Professor of International History at the University of London.Samuel P.

    Weather: Severe weather (again!)

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    As I write this, we are being hammered with a major snow storm. Temperature is not the issue, but rather the high wind with lots of snow.CBC had the following to say in the main story on their front page for Ontario:

    • A major snowstorm swept across the southern part of the province, and was expected to dump between 15 and 30 centimetres of snow by Tuesday night.

    List of Home Grown Terrorists in the U.S.A.

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    Most of the last few years' media coverage on terrorism focused on "Islamic terrorism". This is somewhat not surprising after the spectacular media coverage of September 11.

    However, this coverage ignores that inside America, there has always been some home grown terroists. By home grown, I mean that they are born in America, mostly whites, of Christian background, and not 'foreign' nor 'alien'in any sense of the word. They are mainstream Americans ethnically and culturally.

    Here is a sampling of some home grown terrorism:

    Arabic and Islamic themes in Frank Herbert's "Dune"

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    Those who are familiar with Frank Herbert's famous novel Dune will notice his analogy for the spice, and the surrounding struggle for it, with the crude oil of the Middle East. The novel is symbolic about the dependence of the West on the oil, and the power struggles to control this valuable resource.

    But what is not so obvious to the average Western reader, is the sheer quantity of terms that Herbert borrowed from Arabic and Islamic culture, old and new, and incorporated them into his novels.

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