Category: Personal

New Chatbot project for fun

In the past few days, I decided to try something new so I started to play with bots and created this nice little guy here.

The idea of the project is simple, you ask him about the price of any crypto currency and he will reply back, you can even specify the equivalent currency that you want.

Here is a small video about it.

Let me know what do you think.

Am not going to release it for public yet, first I need to build a good infrastructure for it

Filed under: Code, Laravel, Linux, Other, Personal, PHP, Video

A new Episode from Arab Dev talk, this time with two guests

As most of you know, me and my friend Omar Qadan hosts a technical talk were we just talk about any technical topic we find interesting, now this time we got two guests from Gaza Palestine, Mohammad and Waseem, and we interviewed them to know more about the obstacles they are facing in Gaza and how they are able to overcome them, and we also talked about the technical community there and how they are trying to work/operate under the bad conditions there.

To know more, you can head to https://arabdevtalk.com/f5b633c8 and listen to the talk.

Filed under: Arabic, Business, Personal

2018 Plan, and more I guess

So now its nearly 2018 and still, we are still alive but as people say we are standing on a new phase where WW3 might come at any time. And since I do like to plan ahead for each step, I thought that I should put some plans for 2018, the list may change over the time, but at least I should have something to start with.

  1. I should stop buying courses/books/materials that I would not be able nor have the time to use.
  2. I should focus on getting back on the track with Laravel, JavaScript and Web technologies in general.
  3. Reading about ionic or any other mobile development language.
  4. Make sure that I use Docker in production :D, yes I read a lot, and talk a lot, but never had Docker in production (yet).
  5. The more important point is to work on enhancing my English (A lot).

These may seem few, but for me, they will need a lot of energy and hope to do them correctly (esp point 1 & 5).

 

Anyway, let’s see what 2018 will hold for us, at the end we all thought that 2017 will be less bad than 2016 and we were wrong.

Filed under: Personal

Should we keep working 24/7

In the past few months, and the last year, everyone around me (and most of them from the EU/US) talked about how you should not be working 24/7 and that you should always take a break, have fun and enjoy the life after work.

I don’t blame them, I mean it’s not easy to work 24/7, it’s not easy to run after your dream all the time, or at least try to improve your life and the life of those around you all the time, it’s not easy and won’t be. But those forget something, forget that the lifestyle you have in the EU/US is not the same that everyone around the world is having, for example, a recent article was talking about the hourly rates for the freelancers around the world, and am not talking about the whole world, am just going to talk about the one in my region, they said that the average is about $60/h (based on a sample from 130 persons from one country, Lebanon) so yes they have generalized 381Mpeople (based on Wikipedia: The population of the MENA region at its least extent is estimated to be around 381 million people.) with only 130 person, so am pretty sure that this info is not correct, at least in my personal experience, in 10y of my work I didn’t reach that hourly price at all.

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Filed under: Business, Personal

Taking IELTS exam for the second time

Information! I did a small update to correct the number of words required for the exam
A few months ago, I tried my luck and went to take my first IELTS exam, without too much preparation nor studying, and am not justifying my results by this as it’s not the case.

On last Saturday I went to take my second try, am not so optimistic about it, to be honest, as one of the most important section which pushed me to take it again is to enhance my English writing, and yes the writing test is the hardest part ever for me.

In the writing section, you will have 60min to write 400 sentences words, not any sentence, they will give you two tasks, one to write a letter (at least 150 sentences words), and the second task is to write about a topic (at least 250 sentences words), in this 60 min, you will not have much time to:

  1. Think too much about the topics
  2. Count what you have written, to make sure you reached the required amount of sentences.

Also, you will need to be careful about grammar, spellings and punctuation. It won’t be that easy (at least for me) especially that from what I have noticed the IELTS exam will mostly depend on the Old English not the  modern one, you will have to know a lot of words (and I don’t know much, as am comfortable with the Technical Terms more than the day today terms).

Am not so sure that I did a good exam, so am preparing myself to accept the fact that I’ll have to do it again if needed :D.

Filed under: Personal