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Dude is officially moving out to @ITs965

Its been a nice long journey for me and 7ajidude, and I guess the time has come for me to part into my own blog.. It’ll be more oriented towards technology, gadgets, learning and cars. 7ajidude will still be managed by Dudette and 7aji.

It was quite challenging thinking of a blog name and I finally chose the name Its965.com, its a very difficult decision for me to start from scratch, but i’ll still be around sharing my content with you guys and I hope I can get your support and readership in the new blog as well.

The design of its965 is currently in the beta stage, i’m currently waiting for my new theme thats being built, so please bare with me with the simple theme I currently have on its965.

If you’d like to follow me and check out my new blog here are the details :

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Website : www.its965.com

Twitter : @its965

Instagram : @its965

 

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Proud to be A Boubyan Bank Customer!

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Everyone of us has to deal with a Bank for Salaries, savings, loans, and life in general. I tried 2 other banks, NBK and KFH, but I can say that (in my own humble opinion) Boubyan bank now offers a better quality of service than the service I used to get at the previous banks, and I have taken loans, and have had credit cards issued at all the previous banks including Boubyan, the most customer oriented bank is now in my opinion Boubyan Bank, even when it comes to their customer service centers, I tend to forget my password every time I log in, and I give them a call at least once or twice a month!

Ok, lets forget all the basic features that a bank has to offer, and all the elite features you get if you’re a Gold, Tamayouz or Platinum customer, lets talk about the Value added services they provide, now Boubyan bank provide online Western Union transfers, for me it saves me a very boring trip to the money exchange/transfer offices every month, and I tried it today, it couldn’t be any easier! (I’ll discuss the transfer further down), I decided to write this post not only because of the Western Union transfer feature, but also because of the Card less withdrawal! It’s not major but the option is priceless, especially when I’m in Shuwaikh and I forgot my wallet at my house in Mangaf, simply locate the closest ATM (which I later found out was in a very peculiar location in their application!), and drove a short distance out of my route to Sultan Shuwaikh where there was a Boubyan Bank ATM and did the transfer procedure. Overall I only added 20 mins to my journey, including the time I needed to locate the closest ATM!

The goal of service providers is to provide a reliable, up-to-date and consistent service to the customer and to be able to differentiate with different products and services along the way, I would think the way it is operating it will grow to be one of the best banks in Kuwait and I hope I’ll stay proud I’m a Boubyan Bank customer!

Here’s how simple it is to do the transfer, just add a new Beneficiary, call the bank to validate, you’ll receive a sms within 30 minutes and simply enter the amount you need to transfer. The only thing I believe is missing is a printer friendly version of the transfer (or at least a formatted print option) as I’m used to storing the invoices in a file.

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It’s also achievable directly through any iOs or android device with the Application!

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So what about the Cardless withdrawal, I’d usually call it “wallet gone missing” feature hehe, as I forgot my wallet in my gym bag at home this morning, you simply log on to the app on your phone or computer, click on the menu and select go to Cashless withdrawal as shown in the following image :

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Then simply choose which of your multi-million KD accounts you would like to withdraw from :  (There is a limit of Max 4 times a day and a total of 100 KD – I think ;p)

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Simply click next and you will get another authentication code on your registered mobile phone :

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 Then simply go to the ATM, select Cashless Withdrawal, and you will be prompted to enter the pass-code sent to your phone, then enter the password you chose in the application when setting up the amount you wanted to withdraw, and process, all within less than a minute!

Here are some other tools and features they Had on their app, I didn’t find out the branch locator except when I was writing this post, I feel i should have been labeled somewhere else as well, it didn’t come to my attention it would be under a tab called Apps.

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Overall As I said earlier, I like where they are going, and I hope that there will be more and more features to come!

 

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Learning Something New from Lynda.com

Every once in a while I tend to get some free time, or when I have about 30 mins on the treadmill with nothing to do, therefore I decided to reactivate my Lynda.com subscription. Lynda is basically a huge repository of tutorials Made by professionals in their respective fields and you can access all of that for 25 USD, which is about what you would spend on dinner on a night out, I was taught that education and investments in education are priceless.

 

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Here is an example of new courses for photography as you can see they have different tutorial subjects for different levels of experience.

 

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Hers a continuation of the different new Courses that are available :

 

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I would really recommend you look into investing some of your time learning something new,  everything is built On a modular basis, currently I’m learning how to use Adobe illustrator CS 6 from scratch, and should get through the modules in 8.5 hrs. I will try to update you on my learning advancements on illustrator.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to ask :)

 

Here’s a quick example of a small tutorial :

 

 

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The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado – A truck worth trying!

Last week I had the chance of testing the 2014 Silverado LT extended cab, which is now a double cab, as they stopped the suicide doors and opted for a 2 door style, which is both more practical and offers greater stiffness for the ride and better noise cancellation due to the rubber foam on the B-pillar  + now the rear passengers have a window they can open up offering you an extra amenity for the passengers sitting in the back. I currenlty drive the FJ cruiser, and I found that having doors to access the rear cabin area is a lot more practical, especially when putting your children in the car and when loading groceries in the rear seating area.

 

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The Silverado LT I test drove was equipped with the following :

 

  • EZ-Lift and Lower Tailgate
  • Driver Information Center with 4.2″ diagonal display
  • Cloth 40/20/40 front seating with locking under-seat storage
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
  • 17″ machined aluminum wheels

 

and was powered by a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine 2WD, the power the engine provided was more than enough to carry this big truck around and made you feel that you have more power than you’ll need and all you need to do is give it some gas. The ride quality was a little soft but very comfortable and really felt it had a good grip on the road, at 120 and 140 Km/h it felt safe and you felt in control even when braking suddenly from 100 km/h and taking longer corners. Once you get used to the length of the truck you’ll find it quite comfortable to drive, it made me feel I can’t wait to try the new Tahoe! Going around and getting errands done was simple, a little challenging with the length in the parking, but with the rear camera and sensor, I had no trouble at all parking the truck anywhere!

 

 

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I wanted to use it instead of pulling my cart for Kayaking, but I had so much work to do I couldn’t manage to finish everything on time, and I had to go take a few photos of this cool truck!

 

 

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The rear tailgate was easy to open and not heavy to close at all!

 

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The Interior

 

 

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I was amazed at the quality and design of the interior, it really felt nice, and the modern looking interior was quite impressive. The Mylink system was quite nice as well allowing you to navigate through the console using the touch screen. The AC was actually quite good!! It was also really cold at times, the remote start, means that you’ll always enter your car with the AC on and started, the thing I loved was the option to raise or lower the brake peddles, you can change the height depending on the shoes you are wearing.

 

 

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The 4.2″ driver information system accesses the Cars systems and can show you all the information you would need to know about your car, one comment I hope GM would work on, if you are driving over-speed and have selected to display the spedometer, an announcement would popup saying you are over-speed and you wouldn’t know how much exactly over-speed and you have to click on dismiss for the message to go away, I would think having the speed showing and an overlay displayed would be a much better option. It reminded me of those annoying error messages you can get on a computer, a message is overlaying another more important piece of information. Maybe if you crossed the max speed limit the speedometer numbers can be displayed in red instead of white. That’s just my point of view.

 

 

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Here, the center arm rest is decended and can be used as a cup holder and storage compartment, it also contains 2 USB inputs and and SD card slot which come in very handy, it also recognizes ipads and iphones upon plugging in.

 

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Here the center console was raised giving you an extra front seat, the seat belt is adequately stored under the seat.

 

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The rear seating area was in a 2/3 – 1/3 and the seats can be raised for storage under the seats.

 

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At night the interior is lit up pretty well by LEDs.

 

 

The Exterior

 

The front grille was an an impressive upgrade, just when you though it couldn’t get better than the last design, it gives quite a bold statement and is quite pleasing.

 

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Here are a few shots I took of the car at night, its so hot to photograph in the morning.

 

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The single cab LT starts at 7777 KWD, you can choose between the 4×4 Z71 models and LTZ models, as well as the top of class High Country which comes fully loaded with all options!

For more information check out Alghanim Auto or Instagram @AlghanimAuto

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Mac OSx Yosemite – What’s New ?

A Faster modern looking OSX, at last you feel an upgrade in the look and feel in a new OS.

In the key note they discussed some major updates to the basic Mail apps, and the transparency feature on the apps so that you have a contrast between your app and the current theme on your devices (was already there on Windows 8).

The today view in the notification area which allows you to look at all your calendar entries, and what more is that you can assign specific apps widgets to run in the today column for them to be right on hand when you need them.

Updates to safari include a built in favorites in the search bar and frequently visited sites, as well as direct integration and share functionality for images on websites, where you simply choose and share an image directly.

Safari also allows you to subscribe directly to RSS feeds from within the browser as well as sharing links and images.

Spotlight has been upgraded to allow you to search files and based on the application used, is more intuitive and allows you to do some operations such as changing units or calculating different values, also linking spotlight to internet sources such as wikipedia and different internet sources.

Mail has seen some major upgrades including the ability to annotate different image attachments

and sign pdf documents right from within the main app, the transparency effect on the sidebar and half of the app, and overall stability and speed updates so that swapping from one mailbox to another would be fast.

Mail Drop: A feature that will allow you to send attachments of up to 5 GB’s to your recipients. Its similar to uploading and sending a link through drop box, but everything integrated from within the mail app.

Icloud Drive: Now A built in drop box-like app from apple within the OSX.

New updates to the Message app in Yosemite, include SMS and Call support, where you can simultaneously link between your phone and your computer, and use your computer as a speakerphone and connect to all your contacts simultaneously even if your phone was in the other side of the room.

One of the strongest features in Yosemite which is pretty neat, but not entirely new is the “Continuity” feature where you’re able to resume working on documents and emails from your computer to your phone and vice versa. The app you’re working on on the computer will show on your phone and you can click to continue using this on your phone.

Air drop : Air drop was only on iOs, now its on OSx and iOs, where you can share files between your mac and idevices by simple drag and drop operations.

Starting the Hotspot from your phone directly from your apple computer without needing to touch your handset.

These were some of the major points that are on my mind from after watching the keynote. Now we need to wait for a new macbook pro to get with this new iOs :D

 

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