Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

February 2, 2010

Lost Answers, funny song

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 9:15 pm

Only less than 12 hours remaining until the return of final season of Lost. I found this funny parody song about the return of Lost and if the writers will solve all the answers or not. I also found an updated version of the “Lost in 8:15 minutes” video.

Video and lyrics after the break.

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January 23, 2010

Lost plane crash scene done in 24 style

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 7:00 am

For fellow fans of the hit TV show Lost: Flight 815 crash done in real time, 24 style. You get the plane scene, the hatch scene and the otherville scene. Enjoy (10 minutes video):

Lost’s final season (season 6) will air Tuesday February 2nd, a bit early this season. I will be downloading acquiring it of course on Wednesday.

December 4, 2009

Video: Saudi Numa Dance

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 6:02 pm

So a bunch of Saudi kids decided to make this video:

Nothing original here, just a copy of this “Asian Numa Numa dance” which is also based on this original “Numa Numa” video.

October 7, 2009

A new STC ad makes fun of Mobily’s slowness

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 1:26 pm

I see a pattern here. STC‘s newest ad makes fun of Mobily‘s Broadband @ home slow Internet speed.

The ad is a parody of a Mobily ad (which I will post once I find it) where a guy wears goggles to face the “speed” of the Internet connection by Mobily.

Quick translation: (preparing to download a file) Guy: “Are you ready?” Announcer: “Are you surprised by the truth?” (on screen: 4 hours to finish download) Announcer: “Your only solution is AFAQ DSL SHAMIL, fastest Internet in Saudi Arabia”.

October 6, 2009

New Mobily ad takes a shot at STC’s slowness

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 1:12 am

Mobily attacks their biggest competitor, STC with their latest ad starring Saudi actor Youssef Al Jarrah “يوسف الجراح”. Here’s the ad (Arabic video) and and English translation:

Here’s the translation:

left: (talking to his new born child). right: congratulations, what will you name him? left: Nawaf (Neefo as a nickname) Oh yeah you reminded me (dials the phone) I will order Internet access for him. right: Internet for the newborn? left: It will be turn once he enters college. ad guy: with Broadband @ home get the Internet immediately from Mobily. left: God help them, “all our operators are currently busy”.

The ad takes a shot at STC’s slow support system and to be honest I had my shares of waiting for over 30 minutes for an STC operator. Mobily: Where’s my iPhone 3GS?

September 23, 2009

Saudi newspaper ignores Creative Commons

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 12:01 am

Sabq is not the only “Saudi Online Newspaper” that steals content from content creators and never credits them.

Alweeam has ignored the Creative Commons: Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported mentioned here. The CC means that you are free to share under the condition that you should attribute the work.

They have embedded the following video (video take from Saudi Arabia’s National Day celebration in 2009) without any attribution.

Even Alarabiya news channel is doing it. Same video posted on their site (WMV video).

I shared a similar video last year here with attribution to it’s content owner of course.

September 19, 2009

STC and Mobily ad wars (part 2)

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 5:18 am

The ad war between the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Mobily continues. After STC’s response to Mobily. Mobily has aired the following ad on 9/9/2009. The Mobily employee warns against using inferior products shown by “their brothers”, meaning STC. In the end he said “beware of fake products”.

CITC is being quiet about it. But a few days later STC has edited their ad to remove the “fake device” and Mobily has stopped airing their ad mentioned in this post.

I found this interesting comic on Alriyadh newspaper:

ad-wars-stc-mobily-cartoon

The title is “ad wars” and the two women in this ad are dressed in the traditional logo colors of STC and Mobily. Guess the ad war is good for the consumer, no?

This is not the first ad war between the 2 companies. It happened before in 2006 and you can read about it on Arab News.

September 13, 2009

Spiderman attends a Saudi university

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 4:44 am

Spiderman designs to attend a Saudi university (KSU), enjoy the video:

Special thanks to Basem for posting a link to that video.

September 7, 2009

Saudi Telecom (STC) and Mobily ad wars

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 11:32 am

The eternal feud between the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Mobily will never end apparently.

Starting this Ramadan Mobily has aired some ads showing their Mobily Broadband @ Home service. This ad shows a person installing a DSL land line, happily saying “they are finally installing the Internet”, he did not say “finally” but his expressions show that he is happy that he finally got his DSL Internet connection (from STC).

This second ad is about the wireless features of the modem, it reminds me of the good old days of dial up modems (oh wait, STC DSL still feels like a dial up modem sometimes). The third ad shows people screaming in frustration with their disconnected Internet connections (something I am sure everyone in Saudi Arabia has experienced).

So on September 6th, STC has aired a counter advertisement which ironically airs at the same time as Mobily ads:

The ad clearly copied how Mobily customer care desks looked like, the blue square logo on the modem and how the modem looked. The customers were trying to get a good signal by extending the modem out of the window. The guy using STC’s service said “they got screwed”.

I am no fan of Mobily; their billing system is inaccurate and they are ruining the iPhone 3G/3GS experience in Saudi Arabia (I got into the details at SaudiMac). STC isn’t any better; Mobily is truly the lesser evil of the two.

August 27, 2009

Hitler can’t get STC DSL (with English translation)

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 1:45 am

Even Hilter is angry at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and their crappy DSL service! He could only get 512kbps DSL to his house. Watch the video (Arabic subtitles):

Youtube video removed, it was posted here.

I understand his frustration with STC!

If anyone wants an English transcript I am willing to translate. Just ask. Special thanks to @yassoma from twitter for posting the link to the video.

I have translated it, here you go:

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