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Today, I realized that i have been tricked into working for microsoft! REALLY!
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!
ps: I MEAN COME ON! SHARE POINT! F!
Kuwait has some of the weirdest rules on the planet, i’ll give you that.
most of them don’t even make sense, but 120$ for a domain name is profoundly wrong.
I was assigned the task of starting up and maintaining the offical AAO site (don’t worry, this blog will remain the main one). while searching for domain names for the site, i thought of .kw. i mean come on, what better way to promote kuwait and our selfs as kuwaities then a .kw domain. so i dropped by http://www.kw. i was stunned when i saw this:
being desperate not to get an online banking account, i conveniently developed amnesia, and continued on reading. reading more, i discovered that i – as a person – am not entitled to get anything except a .net.kw. (i had my eyes on .kw or .org.kw)
developed amnesia again, and continued on reading. the third “rule” did it where it stated that the registration must be done through one of our half dozen ISPs. if you live in kuwait you would know that here, you would need to pay about 60$ per month for a 256kbps connection. i might be able to afford forking 120$ every two years, but the is NO WAY i’m going to pay for a static ip with a decent connection(> 1Mbps). it’ll cost me at least 5 times the amount (300$ per month without registration fees). i was intending on using FreeDNS name servers which is free and no limits are imposed.
I would just like to say that kuwait should be more open like Tokelau (www.tk) when it comes to domain registration or at least like normal 9.99$/year domains out there.
To be honest, i expected this to happen. and i expect it will happen again and again and again.
Today, i went to the registration office in CTS to request duplicate copies of my graduation certificate. they asked me to fill in a forum, normal so far. the forum had a table containing the type of requests that can be made and each entry had a fee specified to the right, still good. for duplicates, you are required to pay a fee of 1/2KD per duplicate. i needed three copies so purchased 2 stamps; 1 and 1/2 KD (i only had 1KD bills on me, and i thought that the stamp dispenser thing did not except 1/2). i went to the guy to give him the form with the stamp and was surprised with a “NO”. when i asked why, he simply replied: “you need three 1/2Kd stamps”.
Logically, what i gave him should suffice. after all, i gave him stamps worth 1.5KD which is exactly what is required. since i didn’t want to wast another KD, I tried the polite way and tried to bargain but the guy was persistent. so i swallowed my pride and opened my pocket (i don’t use an wallet.. long story) to buy another stamp worth 1/2KD (with 1KD).
i went again, this time i gave the guy three stamps along with the form: one 1KD and two 1/2KD. i know i was wasting 1/2KD but i couldn’t help it (it was ether that or i come again later). and the %#(& looked at me and said.. “NO”.
what now i asked, he replied: “you obviosly don’t understand, i said three 1/2 stamps”
struggling to control my temper, i had three choices:
- go over the counter and kick the shit out of him.
- have an argument with a “rich” set of words.
- ‘amsik a39abi’ and buy yet another 1/2 stamp.
number 1 was tempting but i know i can get thrown in jail for it. 2 can still get me in jail or at the very least, my request gets “accidentally lost”. so i had no choice and bought a fourth stamp. so now i have: one 1KD and three 1/2KD stamps. i walked to the counter. and gave him the three 1/2KD. this time he didn’t say i word ‘shina mo 3ajba’.
In conclusion, Kuwait is a wonderful place to live in but sometimes you encounter these type of people. and that’s why i decided to start an entire series dedicated to the dicks that are: The Kuwaiti Bureaucrats.