March 26th, 2008
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That’s right. The qiblalocator finally has its own blog. I’ve had almost no time in recent months to work on the site. That should change now insha’Allah.

One of the first things i plan to add to the site is….i forgot, this should go on the qiblalocator blog. See you there…


Reset your lost Ubuntu Password

December 7th, 2007
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If you ever get locked out of your Ubuntu installation as I found myself to be tonight, you can reset your password quite easily using the following steps.

  1. Power up your computer.
  2. Press ESC at the grub menu.
  3. Press e for edit.
  4. Highlight the line that begins “Ubuntu, KERNEL ………” and press e.
  5. Go to the end of this line, add rw init=/bin/bash and press enter.
  6. Press b to boot your system.
  7. Your system will boot up to a passwordless root shell.
  8. Type in passwd username where username is the username you lost the password for.
  9. Set your password.
  10. Type in reboot.

That is it! you can now log in using your new password. You can even reset your root password here but cannot login with it at the login screen.

T-Mobile T-Zones Outage

October 18th, 2007
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As of 8am this morning, T-Mobile seems to be having problems with their EDGE based T-Zones service. A call to T-Mobile’s customer service number confirmed this. They are said to be fixing the problem and hoping to get the service back up asap. No ETA was given.

If you are using a Windows Mobile phone you will get the “The remote party has terminated this connection” message.

UPDATE: The EDGE network is up and running as of sometime around 6:15pm.

Alternate Shortcuts to cut-copy-paste

October 15th, 2007

Did you know there are alternate shortcuts to the commonly used cut (ctrl+x), copy (ctrl+c) and paste (ctrl+v) shortcuts?

Action Shortcut Alternate Shortcut
Cut Ctrl+X Del+Shift
Copy Ctrl+C Insert+Ctrl
Paste Ctrl+V Insert+Shift

These are kind of confusing so I’m sticking to the Ctrl+ shortcuts. For those who use different keyboard layouts like Dvorák the X, C and V keys are placed far apart and awkward to use. In such cases the alternate shortcuts maybe easier to use.

Mishary Rashid Al Efasy Recitation videos

September 19th, 2007
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I came across a bunch of videos of Sheikh Mishary’s recitation with english translations. I thought I’d share it with all of you. Let me know if you know of others by Sheikh Mishary.

Sura Al Lail (The Night)

More after the link.
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How to configure Pidgin to work with Google Talk

August 2nd, 2007

Pidgin (formerly GAIM) is an open-source multi-protocol IM client which can allow to chat over MSN, Yahoo, AIM and many other protocols. The following settings will allow Pidgin to work with Google Talk.
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This blog is not dead…

February 14th, 2007

I just haven’t had the time to post anything recently as I got very busy with work. Inshallah, you’ll see more posts soon as I make more time for the blog.

For the time being, I’d like to leave you with a gem from sayidna Abu Bakr As Siddiq (ra) who said:

Run away from greatness and greatness will follow you.

Reciting a 3rd of the Qur'an in a night

October 4th, 2006
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Abu Sa’id reported that the Prophet, peace be upon him, asked, “Can anyone of you recite a third of the Qur’an during the night?” The Companions considered this rather difficult and they said, “Who among us can do so, O Prophet of Allah?” Thereupon the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “(Say:) He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is he begotten; and there is none like unto Him.”

Surah 112 - Al Ikhlas

(The reference here is to recitation of Surah 112 (Suratul Ikhlas) of the Qur’an, which the Prophet, peace be upon him, described as equivalent to reciting one-third of the Qur’an. This hadith is reported by Bukhari, Muslim, and Nasa’i)

Quran: Mishary Rashid Al-Efasy

September 21st, 2006

1. Al-Fātihah
[audio:quran/Mishary/Mishary – 001 – Al-Fatiha.mp3]0.79MB
2. Al-Baqarah
[audio:quran/Mishary/Mishary – 002 – Al-Baqara.mp3]115.6MB
3. Āl-`Imrān
[audio:quran/Mishary/Mishary – 003 – Aal-E-Imran.mp3]72.1MB
4. An-Nisā’
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Logging off other users from your account in XP

September 17th, 2006

In situations where you have a computer being shared among multiple users, fast user switching is a great feature in Windows XP to switch from user account to user account. However, once several users are logged in to their accounts simultaneously (have switched accounts, not logged off), you start noticing system performance degredation because all the accounts have processes and/or applications running that are using up system memory.

Logging off users with Process Explorer

If you want to keep the fast user switching feature enabled as well as have the option to forcefully “boot off” other users freeing up memory for yourself, Process Explorer from sysinternals is a great program. Its basically a version of the default Task Manager with an over dose of steroids. Its main feature is to show “which program has a particular file or directory open” and give “you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.” The logging off feature is a small feature of this program. Under the “Users” menu you will be given a list of all users that are logged in and under each username will be an option to log them off. I should mention that logging off a user with any applications running WILL cause any unsaved work to be lost. So use with care.