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On Switching Jobs

Posted: October 22, 2016 in Thoughts
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Changing jobs can be both challenging and rewarding. People switch jobs for many different reasons: better compensation, career growth, wanting to do something different, not getting along with coworkers and/or managers in the old job, etc. The list of reasons can be endless. Often times, it is a combination of those reasons. And based on why someone chooses to switch jobs, their experience in their new position can be very different. I will not get here into what to look for when switching jobs, but rather into what to expect after already making the switch.


Traffic in Egypt

Posted: October 20, 2016 in Thoughts
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I have always used traffic and driving as a staple whenever I have tried to explain to non-Egyptians how different life in Egypt is from anything they have been accustomed to. If I were to sum up the traffic situation in Egypt in one sentence, it would be: There are no rules!

This is a follow-up on my previous post, which also reflects what I am currently going through. I already found a new home and I am going through the process of moving. And since I like being organized and having some check-list of steps to follow, I decided to write down this check-list in case someone else funds it useful someday. This post assumes that you have already found a new home. If not, this might be a good starting point.

First of all, This is the first post after almost 2 years of not posting anything. One of my new year’s resolutions is to try to revive this blog and add new material.

So, since I have been moving around basically every year, I thought I should write about my process of finding a new apartment, just in case someone else may find this post useful someday. This applies only if you’re going to rent. I cannot really say what the process is like if you’re planning on buying a home. Let me note that this post is more focused on my experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. This may or may not apply to other areas, so if you are reading this somewhere else, please take that into account.

In the last couple of years, we have seen Google try, more than once, to become a player at the social networking game. Let’s look at these attempts, and what has become of them:

Recently, I had to get rid of my old laptop because of problems with its screen. The laptop was too old, and trying to fix or replace the screen seemed like to much of a hassle, and getting a new laptop seemed like the best idea. Many of us choose to get rid of their old computers… either selling, donating, or even recycling them. Either way, it is important to know how to properly dispose of an old computer, to avoid any problems later on. Here are the steps that I followed:

Google backup
The number of free services offered by Google keeps increasing, and the number of people using these services grows tremendously day after day. Anyone who reads this blog probably knows by now that I am a big fan of Google. I regularly use Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google+, and Google Docs. The biggest advantage of using these services is that they are all very well integrated, and you can access your data from anywhere.