Excellent News From VIVA تفائلوا بالخير ياعملاء فيفا

Everyone around me knows how loyal of a client I am to Zain, for almost 20 years now; but that has never stopped me from criticizing them. Zain, being the 1st ever mobile operator in Kuwait had a million advantages over its competitors, and was able to rule the market in terms of # of clients, geographical reach, coverage… etc.

All of this said, it shouldn’t deter the other Telecom companies from trying to provide better services in Kuwait. For example, I’ve always had problems with VIVA’s coverage in a lot of areas; like chale, wafra, and the airport. No matter how great VIVA is in offers, customer service, and honesty; if their network doesn’t work, not a lot of people are going to stick with them.

That’s why this new tweet by VIVA’s CEO is making me super optimistic. According to Mr. Salman Al-Badran: VIVA’s coverage issues will all be solved before the end of the month. That is like music to my ears.

I know I am from that kind of people who look at change with suspicious eyes, which is the main reason why I’m stuck with super expensive & poor customer service Zain for almost 2 decades. But still, I would love to have a VIVA phone that works anywhere I am in inside of Kuwait; be it chale, Garrouh, Wafra, or anywhere else.

Excellent news VIVA. I’m looking forward to your complete coverage, may you have great luck in this endeavor.

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My car’s A\C is acting funny

Something weird is going on with my car’s a\c. The middle air holes both front and back, have stopped pushing air outside. Only the side vent holes are working. I tried making the fan stronger, but I can hear the air just stuck somewhere. And I don’t think that is a good sound.

I have no clue why its acting like this. And I guess the car needs to be checked at the garage first thing in the morning, before I bust a pipe or worse.

I just came back from travel today, and this is just a crappy thing to come to.

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API login and authentication failure and log in error for Twitter on BB and iPhone

Are you getting an API login error messages and authentication failure with Twitter? You’re not the only one, and nothing wrong with your twitter account, and the answer is very simple.

Twitter have changed the login method for mobile devices starting Sept 1; on the iPhone, iTouch, Android, BB, iPad starting Sep 1st.  Twitter used to allow 3rd party applicatios to store username and password externally, but they changed that policy, all info will remain with twitter all the time. Applications had plenty of time to adjust, and most work just fine. My tough luck got me Twitterific and the BB’s twitter T, one of the few that didn’t work.

  • If you try to login, it won’t let you. You’ll get the message in the pic above.
  • Every application has to be authorized by you. Problem is the settings tab doesn’t have any applications to approve anyway, even if you wanted to.

After spending a couple of hours searching and reading, I got to the solution:

  • All you have to do is update the applications. It works on all Apple products and BB.
  • Problem is the App store will tell you everything is up to date, so you will have to go around it. What you do on the iPod and iPad is just delete whatever twitter application you’re using, then just install it again from the App store. That’s it.
  • As for the BB, it’s takes just a little bit longer. But really, all you have to do is download the twitter application again, using the browser on your BB. Install it, it’ll ask you if it’s OK to replace the old version. Click OK, restart the phone, and your done.
  • The same principle should apply to Android phones, but I wouldn’t know, I don’t have an Android.

I got everything to work again, but it did give me a much un-needed headache before I figured it out. Here’s Twitter’s support page, it explains the problem, but doesn’t help much with the solution. Problem name is OAuth or something terrible like that. I’m just glad everything works again.

Now if only someone can tell me where the hell is the New Lulu Hyper market is? Tweet me here. I really want to go there!

Renaming multiple files on your Mac

I sometimes need to rename batches of files, and then add a numbering sequence. It takes a lot of time, and sometimes gets boring and confusing.

Then I started using “A Better Finder Name“. This thing is super easy, you can rename anything, and start anywhere. You just specify what goes before the numbering, and choose what number to start from. It’s really that easy and is done in seconds, and I highly recommend it.

It’s totally free, as long as you stick to renaming 10 files at a single time. You can download it here.

How to back up or get music from iPod without iTunes

My previous post about getting back your music or videos from iPod\iPad got people confused. Because I had used the word “Free” in the title, it miss led some readers to think I meant to steal music.

However, what I meant was to introduce a new way to get back your music or video (or other people’s) if ever find your self in a position where you can’t use iTunes anymore. Which is the case with me these days after my MacBook died and I had to install a new Hard Disc.

I couldn’t use iTunes anymore, because it meant that all my pictures (the last few ones  that I do have left on the iPad) will get wiped and deleted. I still have to find a way to extract them. But in the mean time, I did manage to get back my music and videos; which was what I was trying to explain in my previous post ;)

Get music from other peoples’ iPods for free

Update: Read this.

You know how every iPod\iPad has to be synced with just one iTunes library? And how it means that you can never get songs or videos you like from your friends’ devices? Well, there is a very simple program that allows you to take what ever music or video you like out of other iPods.

Double Twist is very simple to use (and free). You just run it, connect the iPod, and exit iTunes. Then you take whatever you want from the iPod. Only downside is that the video names are messed up when they appear on your hard disc. But this isn’t a problem after all, because the names do appear correct when you add them back to iTunes.

If you remember, my MacBook died on me last week, which means that I can’t sync my iPod and iPad back with iTunes without losing my huge collection of music and videos. With Double Twist, I was able to get back everything. I added the stuff back to iTunes. This means that I get to sync my devices again and still have everything.

Well, not everything. The playlist ordering is gone along with genius mixes.But that isn’t a problem. I can manually make the list back on iTunes from the listing in the ipod before I sync stuff back.

I’m still not going to sync back at this time, because I haven’t found a way to get my pictures out of the iPad yet. So no syncing for me till I find a way to do that!

Recovery software for MacBooks corrupted Hard Drives

Like I said in my previous post, I’ve completely lost my MacBook’s internal hard drive. Since I’m not careful about backing up my data, I ended up losing everything on the HD. That’s a few years of digital pictures and videos, and a whole lot of important documents and scans.

Digits couldn’t fix it, so I had to buy a new HD. I just got my laptop 2s hour ago. Since then I’m been searching the net for a solution. Apparently there are several recovery software, some more repair software, and a collection of clean-room recovery services. Prices start from free-to-try to a few thousand bucks.

So far I’ve tried 2. Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery and  Virtual Lab Recovery for Mac. They both came in highly recommended, so I was shocked when they both failed to even register my dead HD, let alone recover anything.

As a side note, Digits were telling me that a lot of their customers have come with my exact same problem. Apparently, the Fujitso HDs that Apple suppled with the new unibody Aluminum laptops were faulty. That just depresses me even more!!

I’m not gona give up. I’ve got a long weekend ahead of me, and it seems that the dusty weather is got once on my side. It’s gona encourage even more to stay in over the weekend. Wish me luck ya jama3a. I think I need it.