Google Unveils Google Pack
Hello Everybody! This is my first blog here in the UAECB … so I hope you will like what my postings :)Google is distributing a free software startup kit designed to make computing safer and easier – a generous gesture driven by the company’s desire to steer technology offline as well as online.The software bundle, unveiled today in Las Vegas during a speech by Google co-founder Larry Page in 2006 International CES, represents the Internet search engine leader’s latest jab at industry kingpin Microsoft Corp.The suite of programs is designed to make it easier to install and maintain basic applications that have helped turn the PC into a hub of information, entertainment and communications. The software included are:Google Software:
- Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
- Google Desktop
- Google Talk
- Google Pack Screensaver
- Google Earth
- Google Video Player
- Mozilla FireFox with Google Toolbar
- Norton AniVirus 2005 Special Edition
- GalleryPlayer HD Images
- Adobe Reader 7
- Ad-Aware SE Personal
Dubai Shopping Festival has been completely cancelled this yearDubai, Jan. 9th, 2006 (WAM)– The current round of Dubai Shopping Festival has been deferred to the next round, in mourning of the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, organisers have announced.Festival Coordinator Saeed Al Naboudah said all the activities had been deferred to the next round, scheduled for the 20th of December, 2006.Al Naboudeh announced, however, that the prescribed discounts on purchases of this year’s festival will remain valid up to the 4th of February, 2006.
All shopped out
Adieu to ShopFest 2006. The Dubai Shopping Festival has officially been cancelled until next year:Dubai, Jan. 9th, 2006 (WAM)– The current round of Dubai Shopping Festival has been deferred to the next round, in mourning of the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, organisers have announced.Festival Coordinator Saeed Al Naboudah said all the activities had been deferred to the next round, scheduled for the 20th of December, 2006.But the sales are still on, and presumably the Globule Village, just not the festivities and fireworks.
Can you walk from the UAE to Qatar without passing through Saudi Arabia?
Dubai Media Observer
There seem to be mixed feelings from the blog service providers in the region about the advertising potential of blogs. Mark Saunt of the Al Bawaba Group says it is “somewhat unethical and generally a waste of money for the advertiser.” whereas Jeeran’s Omar Koudsi claims that “Blogs, being one of the most powerful web tools by far, are offering endless opportunities in the advertising world. Soon we will see more large advertisers turning to blogs to increase sincerity of their campaigns.”
It is worth noting that Mr. Koudsi comes from a technical background, spitting a bunch of techie jargon in his interview on Campaign, while Mr. Saunt comes off as one who takes the moral high ground.
What both can’t seem to understand is that advertisers will never advertise with ‘random’ blogs. However, an advertiser may want to advertise with very popular blogs (Secret Dubai Diary comes to mind, for UAE blogs). There is no question that advertisers will sooner or later look into advertising on blogs seriously.
The question that no one seems to be asking is, how does this affect the legitimacy of a blogger allowing major advertisers to advertise there? Where do PR agencies stand on this? Currently, not a single PR or media monitoring agency has begun to even attempt to monitor blogs. For the most part, most folks in the media industry are still not taking blogging seriously enough. This is going to change as more quality and topic-specific blogs begin to surface. What do you think?
Bush derided as terrorist :: Detroit Free Press Q…
Bush derided as terrorist :: Detroit Free Press
Singer and activist Harry Belafonte called President George W. Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world” on Sunday and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Belafonte led a delegation of Americans including actor Danny Glover and Princeton University scholar Cornel West that met the Venezuelan president for more than six hours late Saturday. Some in the group attended Chavez’s TV and radio broadcast Sunday.
“No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people … support your revolution,” Belafonte told Chavez during the broadcast.
If American leftists want to be taken seriously and have influence, they must disassociate themselves from these ignorant and dangerous crackpots.
Skinflint’s and Dieter’s Guide to Al Ain Part 2
I remember the first time I saw a woman jogging on the streets of Al Ain. She was a western expat dressed in the kind of clothes that you would normally see a woman jogging in on the streets of London or New York. She was already trim and looked like she’d been doing it since she was out of nappies. What was strange was the reactions she was getting from passing drivers, especially the taxi drivers.
They’d slow down, opened mouthed, until realising that this lady could be a potential passenger. So they’d start to hoot and maybe even stop a few yards ahead, hazard lights a-blinking*, hoping that she’d hop in and even better, given them her phone number. You see it’s so logical in their minds: an attractive ‘gora’ would run down the street in tight clothing in the hope she would attract one of those amazingly sexy cab drivers who would invite her into their car.
Yesterday I decided to don my baggiest t-shirt and my sloppiest jogging bottoms and go for a ‘power walk’. I made sure my I Pod was cranked to a deafening volume to drown out hooting cabs. I took this photo half-way, it reminded me in some funny way of my childhood.
Producers abandon dairy price increase :: Gulf New…
Producers abandon dairy price increase : Gulf News
Dubai: Co-ops have resumed selling dairy products and fruit juices at December prices after producers gave up their attempt to raise prices to offset rising operating costs. After a meeting between the representatives of the dairy and juice association and co-op officials last week, the producers agreed to maintain the previous prices.
Dr Ahmad Al Tejani, Chairman of the Diary and Juice Producers Group, said all parties had agreed not to increase prices. “A meeting will be held after the Eid Al Adha holidays to discuss the need to reduce production costs and shelf fees,” he said. “The group does no seek to monopolise the market,” he said, adding that the problem was the rising cost of production. There is a need to find a solution to reduce costs, he said.
That sounds like doubletalk to me. Until the government took a dim view of the latest attempt to raise prices, the group was acting as cartel.
Official sources told Gulf News that the backdown by the dairy companies was a result of pressure exerted by the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Finance and Industry and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. The three ministries stressed that the Council of Ministries decision regardingprice stability was non-negotiable. The source added that the decision by Saudi dairy giant Al Marai to maintain December prices considerably weakened the fruit and dairy association’s case.
Isn’t it interesting that a foreign dairy wanted to sell to UAE customers at prices lower than the UAE cartel had wanted to?
The agreement to keep the original prices was achieved after the co-ops said they would study the rate charged to producers for shelf space. The co-ops will also help to reduce production costs through combined marketing activities.
Ah, so the story is not simply that the cartel backed down.
Abdullah Al Saleh, Assistant Undersecretary for Economic Affairs and International Co-operation in the Ministry of Economy and Planning, warned that the ministry would take punitive action should a producer try to impose higher prices for its products.
“The Cabinet decision lifting protection on 16 commodities ended a monopoly.”
That’s cryptic. What does he mean?
Moryarti from Dubai Consumer Mirror has created some great buttons for people to link to UAE community blog with.Here they are: You can download them as indivdual images (right click each one above), or for the full zipped set, click here.Thank you Moryati!
An interesting question: was this Jordanian motorist just stupid or really, imbecilicly cretinous? The 33-year-old Emir of Amman was driving like an idiot and flashing his lights (something which should be a capital offence, except for drivers genuinely stuck behind 40kmph Sunnymen); he then undertook from the inside and gave a less-than-royal wave to the driver he had been harrassing.
Who was a policeman:
“The policeman was driving in the fast lane and the motorist, travelling at the maximum speed, wanted to go faster. The policeman, however, refused to give him way.
“The outraged driver, swerved to the right lane, overtook the policeman, wound down his window and made an indecent gesture at him. The policeman went to a police station and reported the incident, giving a description of the car along with its number plate.”
Plain clothes or just plain cretinry?