Archive for April, 2010

Windows on Mac

I generally use a mac, but for development purposes I need visual studio and so I have to switch to Windows..

At first I did a dual boot; that is to say I installed both operating systems on my computer  and when I switch it on it gives me the option of which operating system to boot (windows or Mac). But it became very tiring and boring especially that windows takes so much time to boot and all my ‘life’ things were on the mac. If i needed any of my stuff  I had to either send it to myself using an email or save it on an external flash or hard drive. Boring. Plus, while developing not only don’t I have access to my documents but  all my favorite apps on Mac are inaccessible. so I basically hated time spent on my  computer when it’s in the nonMac mode and I missed my itunes, my radio stations. my dock. my desktop.. ahh if you have Mac you know  the story.

But then I decided, no longer will I live in so much longing. I copied my friends who like me have apple (they are very few but there are) and I decided to install virtual machines like they do on their macs. A virtual machine is basically a machine on top of your machine, only it’s implemetnation is software not physical. It translates to your physcal machine. like the Java Virtual Machine, that when you instal  it you can operate all those jave prorams. A virtual machine when installed you can boot in it a variety of OS’s and it works perfectly.. only it uses so much(working) memory , knowing that I needed to upgrade my physical machine first.  (ie by that I mean increase rams)..

I installed Parallels. For a week I was shiny as a light bulb with the new software, I was recommended it by the UACT.  It has a very lively interface, that it’s hard not to fall in love with it from first sight . I even created a facebook group about  it.

This is a snapshot of the first virtual machine I installed (only that machine is not mine). The name of this software is Parallels.

As you can see you can use windows application alongside your mac. you could see both the task bar and the dock at the same time.

My ‘happiness’ soon ended when I compiled my first program.  For you developers out there save your breath, thougth it “looks” like windows . it uses the old file system so you cant really “work” on it. I couldn’t even create a website on visual studio..My disappointment was heavy within me and I decided to use my friends laptop, for practical purposes..

But not for long. I asked around, and discovered the sun virtual machine and (guess what it is for free.) unlike other truly expensive virtual machines. It is developed by sun Microsystems ( thus open source) and it is very powerful. The very first thing I noticed is that it asks you how much disk space you will give it as it formats part of your hard drive with a new file system like a real boot camp. Moreover you can share folders between your mac and windows so your virtual machine can have access to some stuff on you real machine.

They beaty of virtual machines is that you can run side by side winows and mac programs, so that you wouldn’t be too frustrated when windows dont work. It is just one of many applications you have on your mac..


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Teenagers hasten to post their diaries and most private thougts online  while  adults  strive not to disclose any personal information about them. This is the privacy paradox according to Barnes in her article A Privacy Paradox: Social Networking int he United States.  she explains that journals they are proud to post behind their parents back, may be trakced down by school officials, admistraiton and potential hirers… Teens seem unmindful of what they  are doing says Barnes as “Locked away on hundreds of servers is every minute detail of our daily lives from our individual buying preferences to personal thoughts …Teens use social networking sites as a form of entertainment, but occasionally online predators use these sites to stalk victims.”

and to make matters worse, government officials collect these data in the name of “security” and markets base their businesses on it….

but what does Privacy really mean?

It is coined in Conceptualizing Privacy as

“freedom of thought, control over one’s body, solitude in one’s

home, control over information about oneself, freedom from surveillance,

protection of one’s reputation, and protection from searches and interrogations.”

What about  postethmus privacy?? another related topic on my mind these days..

The terms means the privacy of the dead after they are long dead. Do we have the right to then publish all their material writings and work? To answer that  I looked some arguments online.. bottom line my opinion on the subject is as such, though it might help us understand the person perhaps more to read his writing, it leaves no space for the writer to standup for himself as he could while he was alive. As an arabic saying goes the meaning dies with the writer.So is it our right to unleash this meaning?…I think not.

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AUC Explicit

The AUC Unofficial Website Review

AUCExplicit is a relatively new (student launched project) /website hosted on a remote server(outside of AUC).

It is open only to AUC students, and they have to register using their AUC email and choose a username/screen name to login. Faculty and staff can also register.

Amongst it’s various features is that you can review and rate courses like the Facebook groups ( students rate professors) only anonymously as the screening names conceal identity .. and it can be seen as one of the new ways of digital communication on campus.

Also the website aims at being an archive of all the past exams, and all the material that is passed down from one generation to another. So there would be no longer leakage of material if students apt to use this way of digital storage. And one can imagine freshmen guided to this website will be no longer “freshmen” from the start, as they can actually chart their course the easy path…

“I wore unto a doctor”, says a student (an arabic literal term meaning collapsed) “i didn’t know she was one of those hard professors.. had I been warned from the start or had this medium been available to tell me, things would have worked out differently…”

The website not only aims at replacing Facebook groups or be a way of digital proximity between students, but as one of the web authors stated, it could be seen serving the professors as well as they collaborate and upload their content up there. It could grow into a teaching tool where professors can learn from each other as their content is available.. and thus in  a sense it could be a way  of uniting departments as they  archive all their works.

Another DAR? I suppose…

What is meant by the coined term “Explicit”?

“Explicit is in the sense that there are no moderation on the opinions  being expressed.” Expressed one of its moderators.. “Holding an anonymous identity helps” he elaborated. It is true, on the registration page in AUC Explicit website,  it advises new registers to choose a name that would conceal their identity as the name remains  with them and it that would enhance their freedom of expression …Although there would be moderation on posting  inappropriate content as the call for moderators page reveals…

Will this evolve to be the new medium of communication @ AUC?

what will school officials say?

Only Time Will Tell…


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