Saturday, July 11, 2009

Viva's Fake Word of Mouth Campaign

Seems like Viva, a very tiny and ignorable Kuwaiti telco, is emailing bloggers using fake names and emails to complement their latest ad campain. Its so obvious and pathatic. Nobody is using Viva and nobody cares.

I recieved two emails from pink[...] and s.m[...] both asking my opinion about Viva's recent ads and both attached pictures of the ads, which i won't put on my blog. I'm suddnly an advertising expert and my opinion matters to random people?

I wonder how desperate is their marketing department to attempt such a stunt and sound so obvious and fake? They need people to talk about them in their blogs and get free ads all over the kuwaiti blogsphere? Good idea, but bad fake names.
Probably this post means they have accomplished their goal and let me write about them and give them free mention and advertising. But i felt the need to warn all bloggers out there.
The emails are fake!!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Zain and Wataniya Compared

This is a little comparison between the two leading mobile operators in Kuwait. I made this spreadsheet to help me decide what operator and what plan to choose for my personal use. But decided to put it online for everyone who couldn't decide.

I created it with Google Docs and its available here as a web page and in PDF, Excel, and Open Document formats.

Let me know if it needs any modifications.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Auto Mount NTFS Drives in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

This is by far the easiest way to mount internal hard disks automatically every time you start Ubuntu. I'm assuming this works for all Linux distributions not just Ubuntu. This is copied and slightly edited from Ubuntu forums.

  1. In a terminal window type "sudo apt-get install ntfs-config"
  2. Unmount all manually mounted drives
  3. Run NTFS configuration in the menu (System > Administration)
  4. choose the drives that you want to be automatically mounted (all of them)
  5. Put a check next to "Enable Write Support for Internal Drives"
Thats it. All your drives will be available to you at everytime you start the machine.
I wonder why this is not the default behaviuor in Ubuntu!