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GATOG’s Official Blog!

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yes another blog goes online today. visit us at gatog.wordpress.com to get your dosage of GATOG technology!

This branch was created to address the true randomness of this blog. this way, this blog will be for general/announcement posts while gatog will be reserved for technical posts.


Written by seininn

August 26, 2009 at 10:19 am

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Zapped Point: straight to the point technical information

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A new blog has been started to provide (what else) “straight to the point technical information”.



Written by seininn

July 23, 2009 at 11:57 pm

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Free game design course: last day to register!

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i emailed this to two guys i know and thought someone might be interested:
"Guys, this is a FREE golden opportunity to get into the world of game design. i know it's a general game design course (does not revolve around computer games) but it still provides a good foundation for game designers. I signed up (along with three other people). this is the link: http://gamedesignconcepts.wordpress.com/
the instructor seems experienced and this looks like a good chance. and since the course is free, there is nothing to loose (i think it's blog based). if you do regester, add me as a "friend" so we could be added to the same group (whatever that means).

don't forget, registration closes today! and sorry if you read this too late (you can still follow the blog, though)

ps: why does this message seem like spam?"


Written by seininn

June 28, 2009 at 7:22 am

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A Windows Survival Kit for Linux Users

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No Administration Rights Required to install/run the programs mentioned here. Enjoy 🙂
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Two months have passed since i started working at an IT solutions company here in kuwait. it’s a “Microsoft Gold Certified Partner”, which is probably why it has windows running on every machine capable of running it (except for an old P2 which runs fedora). I have been using linux/gnome for a while now and i have to tell you, it’s rough. there are a lot of things that you miss like:

1: workspaces:

each time i try to switch workspaces, the screen flips upside down or sideways.

2: The ‘Third Click’:

got to use CTRL+A now. i know it’s available on windows but only in firefox.

3: bash:

If you’re a CLI guy, and cmd doesn’t even come close.

4: smooth performance:

I actually got a BSOD the next morning after they installed it. a friendly reminder that i’m using windows now.

And to top it off, I’m not the admin! so vista is pretty much locked up. i can’t even install firefox, or so i thought.

The following is a list of some of the software that made working in a hostile locked-down windows environment a little more easer. (NO INSTALLATION OR ADMIN PRIVILEGES REQUIRED):

Portable Firefox

firefox_words source:Firefox portable

This app might be the reason why i’m still sane. this is good news to anyone who has an addiction to firefox (which probably includes 92.327% of real PC users out there*). just don’t forget to modify the proxy setting for firefox if you work behind a proxy. if you don’t know how, just follow these steps:

1: open IE
2: go to Tools->Internet Options
3: select the connections tab
4: click “LAN settings”
5: copy the address and port
6: open firefox
7: go to Tools->Options
8: click on advanced
9: select the network tab and click “settings”
10: fill the required fields and don’t forget to enable “Use this proxy server for all protocols”. and you’re set :).

PuTTYPortable & winscp

putty source:

If you have an ssh server running you will appreciate these two. if you don’t, then you should! here is a detailed guide on how to do it. basically you can ssh into you’re box from work (even behind a firewall using a few tricks) and you can transfer files as well. just don’t forget the proxy.

Portable GIMP

gimp source:GIMPPortable
For those of you who haven’t worked with windows for a long time, MS-paint is retarded. it doesn’t even give you hex values. if you’re a web-developer, you need this if you want to avoid a headache.

These are the Tools/apps i needed so far to make my job more easier. but these aren’t the only ones i use, one of the notable applications i use is Blender which comes in an unzipable package and

In conclusion, this group of software is what i was able to find useful for a linux user working in a locked down windows installation, and i’m sure the are a lot of great apps that don’t require installation but haven’t been mentioned here. if you know any application that hasn’t been mentioned but should have, please help me out by letting me know 🙂


* based on speculation.

Written by seininn

June 11, 2009 at 1:45 pm

What if Microsoft got control of linux development?

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a couple of weeks back, the news of sun being bought by oracle spread through linux comunities like wild fire. all the apps you and I took for granted now seem to face an unknown fate; Virtualbox, OpenOffice, MySQL all lie in the danger zone with the risk of being canceled.
This got me thinking about an even worse scenario, Microsoft getting one of the big guns in it’s dirty clutches. even though it seems it has Novell in it’s pocket, it isn’t as bad as owning it or any other major open source contributor.
Now what if microsoft got a hold of the Free Software Foundation…


Written by seininn

May 29, 2009 at 2:35 pm

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a Pythonic Linux Sharepoint Services?

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السلام عليكم…


WSS is great but it likes people with deep pockets (MS IIS License). Go open source instead XD

I guess one of the benefits of working for a company that is very close to Microsoft is getting to know all their “solutions” first hand. One of these solutions is Windows Sharepoint Service. basically, it’s an application suite that allows people who are working on a project to work better with one another by organizing the way information is managed and accessed while providing methods to organize team work and increase team efficiency.

How did they do it? will it’s simple really, they just jam a blogging platform, a forum, subversion control, and a wiki into on system and provide exceptional integration with MS Office.. thats all.

Why should i give a *? will for starters, this can be the perfect solution for developing software. as you may have noticed, almost all major projects have a Sharepoint like system, one way or another. sourceforge, gnome live, and so on.

OK, now two problems remain: It’s proprietary and it costs money. I’ve searched the net and found an open source sharepoint clone released by Alfresco (google it) but it’s more oriented towards replacing microsoft’s sharepoint technology than providing a platform for POSIX servers. it even integrates with Office!

One solution is to write my one tailored sharepoint system. that, or wait until someone else writes one. I’m probably going to write one myself (most likly using python since it’s very convenient for web applications) if i get the chance.

i’ll probably design it for technical projects rather then general purpose, it might include:

• a bug tracking tool
• a Mailing list/forum
• a basic file management system

you might wonder why i intend to write the previous tools all over again appose to using will established tool already available. the answer is simple:

Better integration with the system
no need for separate passwords for each system and so on
Each tool instance would be specific to the project it serves
No more overcrowded forums/bug trackers. when you access the tool it will only represent the it’s parent project.

In conclusion, I hope I don’t need to write the thing. but if no other sutable choices exist, i’ll probably have to write it anyways. as usual, any feedback is appreciated 🙂


PS: I might also integrate OO.o if it provides the necessary functionality, and if i have enough time to read on the subject.

Written by seininn

May 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Long Lives Microsoft, Long Lives the King

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Today, I realized that i have been tricked into working for microsoft! REALLY!

BY Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

BY Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

I have started to work for a software solutions company here in kuwait. I had a felling something was wrong but i continued anyway. before i started to work i made my boss aware that i’m a linux guy, i like linux.
he assured me that i wasn’t going near microsoft products or .net. he even offered to install linux on my work pc.
i worked for several weeks with python and linux. last week, i recived word that i’ll be developing software with .net even though the boss told me i wasn’t going anywhere near it.
today, i was asked to read up on share point service 3.0 because next week we’ll start working on redoing the company’s site.

now i realize i’ve been terned into a microsoft zombie 😦

Long lives Microsoft.. log lives the psycho-maniac of a company!


Written by seininn

May 17, 2009 at 5:52 pm