While writing [this|], I coined the term CarioChanging. I used it to describe a place ([Sakia|]) that did change Cairo to the better and still has the potential to bring good things to this megapolis.

I borrowed the term from a very popular blog. [Worldchanging|]. They describe their site as:

; works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.

How to search the Egyptian Blogs

Here is how to search the [Egyptian Blogosphere|]. I guess this would be very useful.


Go to [feedster advanced search|], type your keyword and then add [this OPML file|] in the space titled "Limit to feeds in this OPML URL".


UPDATE: the above photos is a bit old please use this url

One more thing, feedster is a little bit strange. You will have to search every time from the Advanced search page.

Here are several examples:

Blogsome is awesome

Egyptian bloggers listen. You can now move away from blogger. Blogger is fine, there is nothing wrong with it, except that it has none of the features of a modern blog. And to add features, you have to subscribe to lots of third party services that transforms your blog to something similar to the back of a microbus.

Cool new map service for Cairo

UPDATE Service is down!

Cairo rejoice!

We are on the bleeding edge of information technology. We now have a map service that is updated, exact, detailed, bilingual, gives you driving directions and has information about all the spaghetti u-turns they have botched our roads with.


[Youssef|] is back. As usual his posts are very entertaining and smart. He also finds lots of surprises and hidden treasures. Boingboinged before for his [toilet roll holders research|]. You sure want to follow his rants and burps.

UPDATE: He moved again, I updated all links.

Hard drive iPods will die soon

If I would like to buy a digital audio player today, I would go for an . Its the dominant mp3 player in the world today. It can carry all my mp3 collection. It looks good and comes with a huge user base.

It's today cultural icon. Its white headphones can be spotted from a huge distance. It is not very cheap but it's a monster, that comes with up to 40GB of storage. So probably worth the investment.

Kodak EasyShare cx7300

I bought a cheap entry level point and shoot camera. It has no features other than it has a good CCD and Lens. For only 800 EGP this [Kodak|] gives you a resolution of 3.2 Megapixels, not bad. I also bought a 256MB SD card so as to carry lots of photos.

Expect some photos here in the future. Part of the reason for buying this camera is that I feel this blog needs some photos. And its about time that I start taking photos of people I meet and places I go.

The ultimate disregard for personal safety

Here, people don't give much thought about safety. Not even personal safety. People in many professions just don't care if they hurt themselves.

Rabak Youstor, they say. You can see workers in extremely dangerous situations not wearing anything to protect themselves. This is not only in case of blue collar workers. White collar workers too don't give a damn about the hazards of their job. Despite their higher education and knowledge about the risks. And that they should be setting an example for their co-workers.

Fahrenheit 103

Today I am starting to feel normal again. I had a terrible flu since Thursday. Fever reached 39.5! I never felt so ill since I was 8 years old.

A chance to see

There will be an event next week that you shouldn't miss. Its a chance to see and learn about great computer software like Mozilla Firefox and others. It's not for technical people and it is all about free software. It is organized by volunteers to display the work of thousands of other volunteers.

You can read more about it here