Ubuntu 16.04 Beta 2 is out

Ubuntu 16.04 Beta 2 was released yesterday!

As we follow the highly anticipated launch of Ubuntu 16.04 here on this blog, we saw the Alpha roll out and then the first Beta, now it's time for the second beta to launch.

Remember this version is far from over and it's for testing purposes only, but if you would like to download it and give it a spin, you are more than welcome!

On a lighter note, this is the official Ubuntu 16.04 Mascot.

Ubuntu 16.04 Logo

With the Ubuntu 16.04 release being less than 1 month away, I presonally can't wait and will blog about it as soon as it rolls out god willing.

Have a nice day!

Gnome 3.20 is out!

Gnome 3.20 is out today, let's take a look at what's new in this release!

LinkWithin not showing similar posts fixed!

LinkWithin is a widget that appears on your blog and shows similar posts to the post you are on, it's a good way to show more content and get the users engaged, I tried adding it to my site and it didn't work!
It wasn't showing any posts!
In this post I'm going to show you how to fix it with one easy step!

فيسبوك، هل اَن أوان أن تتركه؟

مرحبًا بكم أعزائي القراء
أمل أن يكون يومكم هذا سعيدًا، ومرحبًا إلى مقالة أخرى من مقالات مدونتي، سنتحدث اليوم عن موقع الفيسبوك.

أصبح الفيسبوك من أكثر المواقع زيارة على الإطلاق، الكل لديهم حساب أو حسابان عليه! إنه شعبي جدًا وممتع جدًا، كل شيئ تحبه موجود هنالك وفرصة تواصلك مع أي أحد في العالم تقريبًا! أليس هذا شيئًا رائعًا؟
لا، ليس كذلك!

طرق مضمونة لتحويل الفشل الى نجاح

الكل يمر بلحظات الفشل، حيث يشعرون بعدم القدرة على الإستمرار ومنهم من يفقد الأمل كليا ويتوقف عن المحاولة، في هذه المقالة سنتعرض الى بعض النقاط التي ستساعدك حتما في قلب وضعك من الفشل الى النجاح بإذن الله.

Fix the random restart issue on Archos 45 Platinum

My brother uses an Android smartphone made by Archos, a French multinational electronics company that specializes in making smartphones, tablets and audio players since 1988, I like the company personally, yet I notice it’s barley known in the Libyan market. My brother blogged about it on his blog at this link (in Arabic).
Lately my brother’s phone (Archos 45 Platimum) was acting up, it was restarting at random times, he also noticed a drop in battery performance, the phone became unusable and it needed to be repaired, so here is what we did.
The first step was to remove all the data from the phone, back it up and then preform a factory reset, I used MyPhone explorer, which I blogged about before here.
Archos 45 Platinum

Factory default didn’t work..

We went to the support page and decided to download the phone’s firmware to flash it new, but that didn’t work also, even when following the steps on this site.

My brother noticed something worth noting! That when the phone was plugged into power it didn’t reboot, so I concluded it was a battery problem (combined with the performance decline).
Flashing it with firmware also didn't work.

The Fix

We went to the Archos dealership and spoke to them about the issue and they offered us a free battery as a part of the warranty, and the phone has been working great ever since!

So here you have it! The fix to the restart issue on Archos 45 is getting a new battery! This should fix the battery performance issues and the random hangup and reboot.

I highly advise you visit the place you bought the phone from with your warranty card to get service in all cases, but it was totally worth mentioning!

I wish you a problem free tech life :)

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ليبر أوفيس بالعربية

 يومكم سعيد أعزائي القراء، اليوم سنتحدث عن حزمة مكتبية لم تخرج من تحت عباءة (ميكروسوفت)، بل على العكس تماماً، تهدف إلى تحطيم احتكارها وخلق منافسة لم تكن بالحسبان! 

uGet downloader

A download manager is a must have tool for any computer user, and there are many options to choose from, my favorite is FDM that only exists on Windows (was recently ported to Mac and soon to Ubuntu). But until FDM is available for Ubuntu, let’s take a look at another popular option, that’s uGet, I chose it over the rest of the bunch for many reasons.

uGet logo
Uget is a light weight fully featured download manager available for many operating systems, Linux (Arch, Debian, elementary OS, Fedora, Gentoo, Linux Mint, Mageia, openSUSE, Semplice, Slackware Sparky, Ubuntu), Windows (XP - 10), BSD, Mac OSX And Android. 

uGet interface

Uget is free and open source and available in 29 languages. It has many features like: Mutil mirrors, Pause/Resume, Speed Limits, Clipboard Monitor, and many other features you can check from here.

Despite being a powerful downloader, Uget is very light weight, here I quote from the feature page as it goes: “Uget is a VERY Powerful download manager application with a large inventory of features but is still very light-weight and low on resources, so don't let the impressive list of features scare you into thinking that it ”might be too powerful” because remember power is good and lightweight power is Uget!”.


Visit the download page and click on your operating system to get specific instructions on download and install.

I recommend using this download manager with Ubuntu, it's a good one!

Did you like this post?  Would you consider downloading uGet? Let me know wha you think in the comments section below.

Fix some Ubuntu startup issues with this easy trick!

I fresh installed Ubuntu 14.04.4 lately and things has been smooth, most of the issues I encountered were because of the interface change, looking back maybe the interface was buggy, and I should have read the bug list before installing it!

Advantages of having Windows phone over Android

Until one of my readers asked me this question, I thought I posted about this, turns out I didn't! Let's take a look at some of the perks that Windows phone has!
It's an opinion piece, so don't get all worked up ;)

  1. Part of the chosen few

    Having a Windows phone is unique, it's unlike owning an Android device, they have a distinct look and feel to them that only a few can appreciate.
    Excellent lineup of Lumia phones
  2. Simpler interface

    The interface is really easy to navigate through, no fuss and no uneeded widgets that get in the way.
    Windows phone interface
  3. Minimalistic approach to the smart phone

    Many people complain that this "app" or that don't exist for Windows phone, but the fact is the basic stuff exist with great support, while keeping the rust of the clutter out of the box.
  4. Less prone to malware

    Since Windows phone owns less that 3% of market share, it's less likely to be targeted with malware, unlike Android who owns over 57% of the market share.
  5. Business phone to the core

    it reminded me of the E-series back at the day, phones that were built for business and comes packed with tools to help you work, Windows phone 8.1 comes with Windows's own personal assistant "Cortana" (Later ported to Android) and many other apps like Microsoft Office, OneDrive, OneNote, tools that help you work, let's not forget the excellent keyboard that comes pre-installed with the system, and the excellent integration with Windows computers.
  6. Motion data

    It's a unique feature of Windows phone that allows your phone to graph your movements via the sensor core and display it in a graphical interface, very accurately and with no impact to battery life and show what applications could use the motion data too. This feature isn't available for other platforms such as Android and iOS. While Cortana (which was only available to Windows phone) became available for Android and iOS too, even when iOS have Siri as a virtual assistant by default.

These are some of the reasons I thought of to chose Windows Phone over Android, Keep your options open and don't stick to one thing, I've used several Android smart phones in the past like the Samsung SII And Be Elite 2, and who knows what the future might hold? 
Checkout my review of the Lumia 630 dual sim while you are at it.

Did you like this post? Would you consider buying a Windows phone in the future? Let me know what you think in the comments section below!

Common Windows Phone errors and how to fix them

Windows 8.1 logoIt's not all fun and games with Windows phone. It's better than Android as it doesn't crash as often, but I ran into several bugs the other day that I have to blog about.

Let's take a look at the issue

I turned off the phone and removed the battery to remove the SD memory card that's underneath (a major design flaw) and when I returned it, it was not the same! I noticed that many apps were refusing to work the way they used to! And the browser won't load search results. I thought it was a connection issue (Error 800704CF). but the error messages were about syncing with outlook (Error 80070020).
At this point I was going to restore the factory default settings, which would have deleted everything on the phone and I would have to start all over!
After researching several error codes I realized it was far too simple!

The fix

I set the date wrong! (Error 80072F05) The easiest fix was to set the time automatically, to do this follow these three easy steps!

  • Go to the main menu (swipe left from the desktop).

Windows Phone main menu
  •  From there go to Settings
Windows Phone time and date settings
  •  On the date and time settings, set all of the values to on (24-hour clock, set date and time automatically and Set time zone automatically).

 and the phone went back to normal!

The codes I encountered were: 80070020, 800704CF and 80072F05. So if you face any of those the first thing you need to check is the time settings. I hope you found this tip useful, and please share it with your friends and family to help the blog grow! 

Mainstream attention!

It so happened that I gained a ton of mainstream interest. I blogged about Libyan passports before and every time the registration opens my views spike, today it reached a record of 3696 views in one day! It took me months to get to that number back when I first started blogging! I'm glad all that hard work is finally paying off!