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Write It! Arabic – Phone App

Write It! Arabic – Phone App

I picked up a new phone app that I really liked about a week ago. I had been trying to learn the Arabic alphabet for a while now, annoying my wife to teach me was not yielding the right result either, but hey, it was worth a shot! Write It! Arabic available here for android and here for iPhone. If you are trying to learn, I highly recommend it. This is better than the flashcards I was trying to make…

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Beer Pong in Yerevan, Armenia

Beer Pong in Yerevan, Armenia

Another country cross off the bucket list, Armenia. It is a beautiful country with many things to see, and a nice spot to play beer pong that I was able to find after hours. The Venue is a rock themed bar/pub with a single 10 cup table in the middle. Getting to it is a bit tricky because it is in a basement, they have a sign outside and a set of stairs to go into it. The Venus is…

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Debian: Set the Resolution by Command Line

Debian: Set the Resolution by Command Line

This weekend I ran into a trivial issue I usually ignore since I will use putty for virtually everything on a Linux virtual machine. I fired up a VM I downloaded and the resolution was 800×600 by default, which compared to the 4k landscape I have available was a little less than ideal. It was a Debian based OS, so the fix was pretty simple. Fire up the terminal and type in “xrandr”, in my case the display was “Virtual1”,…

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Beer Pong in Dubai, UAE

Beer Pong in Dubai, UAE

I have escaped again this last weekend! During my trip to Dubai I managed to find a place to play beer pong. Located at the Media One Hotel on the 9th floor is a place called Mr Miyagi’s. It is an Asian themed bar with four beer pong tables, the food was pretty good but smaller portions that I would have liked. One thing to note is they featured 10 cup as opposed to six cup, also the cups are…

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CSV with LAT and LONG of All Countries

CSV with LAT and LONG of All Countries

I spent a whole 2 minutes searching and didn’t find this online, but Google had one in a table format. Here it is CSV ready, this will be used for the next tutorial and inserted into a MySQL database. country,latitude,longitude,name AD,42.546245,1.601554,Andorra AE,23.424076,53.847818,United Arab Emirates AF,33.93911,67.709953,Afghanistan AG,17.060816,-61.796428,Antigua and Barbuda AI,18.220554,-63.068615,Anguilla AL,41.153332,20.168331,Albania AM,40.069099,45.038189,Armenia AN,12.226079,-69.060087,Netherlands Antilles AO,-11.202692,17.873887,Angola AQ,-75.250973,-0.071389,Antarctica AR,-38.416097,-63.616672,Argentina AS,-14.270972,-170.132217,American Samoa AT,47.516231,14.550072,Austria AU,-25.274398,133.775136,Australia AW,12.52111,-69.968338,Aruba AZ,40.143105,47.576927,Azerbaijan BA,43.915886,17.679076,Bosnia and Herzegovina BB,13.193887,-59.543198,Barbados BD,23.684994,90.356331,Bangladesh BE,50.503887,4.469936,Belgium BF,12.238333,-1.561593,Burkina Faso BG,42.733883,25.48583,Bulgaria BH,25.930414,50.637772,Bahrain BI,-3.373056,29.918886,Burundi BJ,9.30769,2.315834,Benin BM,32.321384,-64.75737,Bermuda BN,4.535277,114.727669,Brunei BO,-16.290154,-63.588653,Bolivia BR,-14.235004,-51.92528,Brazil BS,25.03428,-77.39628,Bahamas BT,27.514162,90.433601,Bhutan…

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Google Maps API Part 1

Google Maps API Part 1

This segment on my blog will be part of a large series on using the Google Maps API. Part one will cover rendering a basic map with a few places I have been to in 2018. First thing is first, a lot of information on the API can be found here. Where to start was the question, well I needed a list of all of the countries in the world along with their Latitude (LAT) and Longitude (LONG). I was…

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Beer Pong in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Beer Pong in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Once in a while I manage to escape works grasp and get away to somewhere new. A few weeks ago I was able to go check out Colombo, Sri Lanka over a long weekend. Out of nowhere the idea of playing beer pong dawned on me, so I did a little google searching and found one awesome place! Playtrix Sports Bar and Café. It is located here; The staff was awesome, they will even play against you and they are…

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Install VCSA 6.7

Install VCSA 6.7

VMWare has an elaborate guide to installing vCenter Server Appliance 6.7, for a small lab setting I have condensed this into a few pages containing mostly pictures. Ensure you meet the minimum system requirements; 2 vCPUs, 10GB of memory, and 250GB of disk space. I have thin provisioned the disks in this tutorial and installed on a 120GB disk I picked up off of Amazon on sale. Step 1: Load the autoinstaller Step 2: Read over the EULA, check the…

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Lending Club – 9 Months Later

Lending Club – 9 Months Later

9 Months ago I decided to give Lending Club a try to see what it could return for me on money I had sitting idle. This is no way to get rich overnight, but if you have some capital laying around it’s a decent place to put it. On average my return shows between 6-8% I have been relatively satisfied with the results so far. I started with an initial $5000, and moved more capital over to increase my return…

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Marrying a Kuwaiti Women as a Non-Kuwaiti Man – K1

Marrying a Kuwaiti Women as a Non-Kuwaiti Man – K1

Back in August of 2015 I had posted about marrying a Kuwaiti women in Kuwait without the consent of her guardian. The posting has been well received and gotten a few comments and a storm of emails over the course of the last year or so. I personally never finished out the process, due to business travel taking priority over a sheet of paper made difficult to obtain by loads of red tape. It seems like every time you make…

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