Welcome to @Manal And @Alaa's space, where we record our thoughts and feelings, keep in touch with friends and upload the occasional file.

Every now and then we write a post in English, you can find them all under the English Posts category.

teaching dalia about the web

today I started teaching dalia about the web, HTML and content management systems.

you only move twice

you only move twice

finaly manalaa.net is on its new home, and we're running drupal CVS (yes many things will be borked).

I'm migrating stuff from PHPWiki manualy so its taking quite sometime, as usual we'll never get around to doing the webpage properly, but at least this time we got lots of bandwidth and space.

we also decided to donate space and to help anyone with a worthy idea for a website, or anyone who seeks to publish speech that is censored in Egypt (even if we strongly disagree with it).

Anti Torture Demonstration

Today is the International Day in Support of Torture Victims, we had a small demonstration in cairo today, this is probably the first anti-torture demonstration in ages and frankly it SUCKED although the people where very receptive to the topic, should I be happy that we finaly had a public demonstration about this? should I be angry at the bad organization? I probably have no right to complain alot since I didn't help in organizing at all.

Oh well check the Photos.

Egyptians are actually happy their monarch is sick, some of the slogans where against the ruling family, here is a clip in divx and mpg formats.

New Egyptian GNU/Linux user group

Its official, we started a ?NewEgyptianLug eglug, the fork was abit ugly but things cooled down now, this is a very exciting project, we're going to try to do things differently, very differently, we're aiming for a very dynamic ever changing website, for a very open and democratic process (almost anrchist even) and of course lots of fun.

letters from children of Brazil refugee Camp

When you recieve an email that starts with "Hello I'm still alive" in a serious tone; not to indicate that its been long time since the last email, its almost always an email from Palestine. Today we recieved an email from ?WaelZahab who is working in ?BrazilCamp in Rafah, he says the situation is very bad, he feels the world is too ?BoredWithTheOldNews to care. ?WaelZahab sent us a these BrazilCampLetters written by 13-14 years old kids living there, please spread them around.

discovered Drupal

Alaa finaly launched the M20Website, started work on a NewLinuxEgyptWebsite both based on the almost perfect DrupalCms.

  • M20 movement
  • Experimental Linux Egypt Website
  • Drupal CMS

Maybe we'll use DrupalCms for this page one day, we're too busy with exams at the moment though.

Mozilla bloated but at least arabic works

NastyMozillaBug finally fixed and its all because of Alaa :-P all one needs is a slashdot interview

Slashdot Interview

SlashDotInterview turned out to be a great success, Alaa is a famous guy now, everyone loves him, this time there was almost no racism (we must have misjudged slashdotters then) and very few trolls even though we got 530+ comments. Alaa met wonderful people, made new friends, got invited to Orkut and we did not get slashdotted.

The Interview

Candid history of Linux Egypt

Past ?InstallFest ephuria inspired Alaa to write AlaasStoryWithLinuxEgypt, this turned out to be quite a long story, hopefully it will be edited one day to become more readable.

slashdot interview???!!!

Yay Alaa is famous; slashdot is doing an interview with him http://interviews.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/05/1354234 .

Man look at the racist comments, we never could stomach slashdot, the trick ?MadFarmAnimalz tells us is to browse at +5!!!.

first Installfest in Egypt

We where not organized, we did everything wrong, it was a great mess, it was the best day in my life, it couldn't have been better, the 1st ?LinuxEgypt ?InstallFest was a great success, we got around 3000 visitors, had a great time and we're completley burned up. ?InstallFest website @ http://festival.linux-egypt.org Photos @ http://home.linux-egypt.org/cgi-bin/show_photos.cgi?photos/festival/

Most stupid egyptians

Today I was googleing to see how visible is our ?InstallFest, one of the results was this ingenious example of ReverseSpam, I'm sure the poor irish lug now hates all egyptians. anyway this prompted me to start a MostStupidEgyptians page, Mr. ?IbrahimHassan is my first candidate, if darwin is to be believed he must be dead by now.

sniffing the gentle winds

Ahh celebrated the ancient rites of ?ShamAlNesim by spending a couple of relaxing day @ the beach, no swimming weather but I managed to get a tan anyway. and for the first time in my life there was no competition over ?AlBatarekh Sham Al Nesim Photos


so we're finaly having an ?InstallFest in egypt. its an interesting experience to plan and organize a big event like this through a WikiWikiWeb, check http://linux-egypt.manalaa.net/index.php/MayInstallFest

1st of may at al Sakya cultural center. http://festival.linux-egypt.org


finaly gave up on ever doing the webpage thing, I'll use a WikiWikiWeb for the moment, maybe ?Manal has time to make us a theme.

Linux Egypt wiki

set up a pilot LinuxEgyptWiki hopefully this will solve all ?LinuxEgypt problems and help me find the ?CureForCancerWonder

Zagazig GNU/Linux seminar

Went to Zagazig to give presentation for ?LinuxEgypt, finaly solved the mystery of the TwoSidesOfMohammedYousif .

new digicam

We went to buy a new Digital Camera. prices in Egypt are so inflated the best we could get is a low end Sony Cybershot. Anyway back to Photo taking order.

Anti war protest

you can see Photos from the ?M20Demonstrations in cairo here M20Protest2004 and here M20Protest2003 sorry for the bad quality my my digicam is borked, I'm probably buying a new one soon


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