The Scooba!!

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This is going to be the coolest thing! iRobot, the makers of Rooma the robot vacuum cleaner are coming out with the Scooba. The scooba is a Robotic Floor Washer and its exactly what I need for my hardwood floors. The scooba works by first vacuuming up the flotsam and jetsam, then applying a liquid cleaner, and following up by drying the floor. Its coming out in the fall so it will be on my Christmas wishlist.. Videos and more info here. Here is a picture of my roomba in action.


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Daily News Snippets

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Husband forces wife at gun point
A Kuwaiti woman recently filed a complaint with the Farwaniya Police Station accusing her husband – who was armed with a gun – of forcing her to sign on a promissory note for KD 15,000, reports Al-Anba daily. The husband admitted to the charge saying she owes him the money. In a similar incident, an Egyptian man filed a similar case with the same police accusing a compatriot of forcing him to sign a promissory note for KD 1,000 under threat of using firearm. Meanwhile, a Kuwaiti woman recently filed a complaint with the Jahra police accusing her ex-husband of kidnapping their children, reports Al-Rai Al-Aam daily.

Wife assaulted: A female Kuwait University student, recently filed a complaint with the Salwa Police Station accusing her husband, an employee of Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC), of assaulting her. The wife has submitted two medical reports to substantiate her claim, reports Al-Rai Al-Aam daily.

3 Filipinos robbed
Police are looking for five unidentified persons for robbing three Filipinos in Jabriya, reports Al-Rai Al-Aam daily. In their complaint to police, the victims said the men broke into their apartment, beat them and escaped with KD 600, gold worth KD 1,500, and cellphones.

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WordPress 1.5.1

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Time to upgrade… [Link]

update: done, I am now 1.5.1


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Jordanian Man Given Life for Kidnapping, Raping Woman

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I was just catching up on some news on the Arab Times website when I came upon this article about a Jordanian man who had sex with a Kuwaiti girl. The guy was given 15 years in jail followed by deportation. The thing is though from what I read in the article is that she consented to the sex. She just didn’t want him to lose her virginity (ie. she wanted it from the back) but when he did lose her virginity she went and reported him to the police. According to her he sweet talked her into having sex with him although she didn’t want to. Come on, thats total bullshit.

He then asked her to close her eyes saying he has a surprise for her. He then talked to her in a soothing way which made her unable to resist him. He asked her to have sex and the woman is said to have requested him not to ‘damage’ her hymen. However, the man failed to keep his word as she found herself bleeding.

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Naseem’s Mercedes SLR Crash

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SLR Accident

Prince Naseem the boxing champ crashed his Mercedes SLR yesterday while trying to overtake a couple of cars on a tight road. He was later arrested at his home because he had fled after the accident. What interests me in this story is that Naseem was speeding in his car. I hate it when people buy fast cars and drive them slow so its cool that Naseem drives his car the way its supposed to be driven. But, as you can seen in the picture he totally smashed his KD170,000 SLR. Hmmm maybe he will get the Carrera GT next? [via]


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Star Academy Hashem Detained

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I overheard my sister and mum talk about this wanting to know what happened. Well surprisingly CNN has an article on why Hisham Abdel Rahman the guy who won Star Acadamy this year got detained in Saudi. Turns out all he did was greet some fans who had spotted him at a shopping mall and the religous police didn’t think they way he greeted them was appropriate and so asked him to leave the mall. When he refused they arrested him. [Link]


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GameStop and EbGames Merging

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Ok, this might be nearly as big as yesterdays Adobe and Macromedia merger, GameStop Corp. and Electronics Boutique Holdings Corp. have announced a merger agreement. The new company will be known as GameStop Corp. and pretty much holds a monopoly on video game retail. Over 3,200 stores. About $3.8 billion in annual revenue. [Link]


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Adobe & Macromedia

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Like Nibaq just posted, Adobe just acquired Macromedia. What does this mean to us? Well first lets see what major software both companies have.

Adobe
Acrobat, Photoshop, Elements, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive, Premier, After Effects

Macromedia
Flash, Dreamweaver, FreeHand, Director, Fireworks

The biggest and most controversial problem is Illustrator and Freehand. Both softwares are currently being used although in the past few years FreeHand has lost a considerable share of the market, they still have a cult following. But, between Illustrator and Freehand, there is no question, Freehand will die. Its been dying slowly anyway but I am sure the fans will cry murder. Fireworks which conflicts with Photoshop and Elements will also die out, Photoshop has a much larger market share and a much stronger brand. GoLive and Dreamweaver, GoLive is out for sure. Adobe has been trying to play catchup with Dreamweaver for a very long time and this way they can just trash GoLive and pickup the much more popular Dreamweaver. Director will be a very nice addition to the Adobe Suite and I hope they manage to integrate it nicely with the other Adobe software, which I am sure they will. Finally owning both Flash and Acrobat I think is a very strong package, PDF is used a lot in the print world while Flash is used alot in the digital one. Owning both means that they will have a very strong position in both medias. All they need now is to buyout Quark and we will have another Microsoft-like company to deal with.


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Terri Schiavo Dead

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Finally CNN.com can get back to posting interesting news on their main page. Terri Schiavo died earlier today nearly two weeks after doctors removed her feeding tube. Nat is pissed, she thinks it would have been better if the doctors injected her with a lethal injection or something instead of starving her to death. I think that has to be the most hillarious solution to the issue. But seriously now, can we get back to the real news.


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A BIG breakfast at Burger King?

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Burger King is reportedly set to unveil a large new breakfast sandwich that bets not everyone is looking to watch their diet.

USA Today reports that the No. 2 fast food chain is set to debut its Enormous Omelet Sandwich Monday. The sandwich will have one sausage patty, two eggs, two American cheese slices and three strips of bacon, according to the paper.

That works out to 730 calories and 47 grams of fat, according to the report. While the sandwich goes against the trend at some competitors to offer healthier fare, some analysts said that the new sandwich is likely to be a sales success. That’s more than the company’s Whopper burger, which the Burger King Web site said has 700 calories and 42 grams of fat.

“The critics will still label it food porn,” says Sherri Daye Scott, editor at QSR, a fast-food industry trade magazine told the paper. “But the average male fast-food customer does not have a problem with this.”

The new offering could also make Burger King more of a player in the breakfast market, where USA Today reports it seriously lags behind McDonald’s (Research).

Burger King has been privately held since it was sold by British food conglomerate Diageo to a group led by Texas Pacific Group in 2002.


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