B1-B Lancer video from Dubai Airshow 2005

I took my new Sony HDR-HC1 to the Dubai Airshow in November 2005 and filmed several aircraft during the flying display. Earlier I posted a video of an Airbus A380 in flight, but now I’ve stopped being lazy and posted another interesting video which is of an American B1-B Lancer supersonic bomber doing several high speed fly-bys. There were two B1’s at the show, one on static display and the other for the flying display.

The video is being posted in QuickTime 7 format (480p H.264) to save bandwidth, though it was originally filmed and edited in 1080i. Unfortunately, some interlacing is visible in the video and I still haven’t found an easy way to export a movie from iMovie HD to QuickTime H.264 with good de-interlacing.

B1-B Lancer @ Dubai 2005 (480p QuickTime H.264)

Dubai Macintosh Users Group

This is something I’ve wanted to start for twenty years, but I guess better late than never. I’m pleased to announce that a basic website for the Dubai Macintosh Users Group (DubaiMUG) is now up and running, though it’s currently woefully short on content. I’m hoping that this group will give Mac users in Dubai and the region an easy way to help each other and also work together to improve the selection and price of Apple products in the region.

Over the past few months I’ve noticed a big upswing in Mac users based in Dubai and in the region who are accessing my blog so I think the time is right for a MUG to be setup here (I believe there have been several failed attempts in the past) and try and get Apple directly involved and in touch with its customers here in the Middle East. I’ll go through the process of officially registering this new MUG with Apple once it gets a few members and is active.

I’m using Apple’s new .Mac Groups service and hope that it provides the right set of capabilities and ease-of-use to make this effort successful. Please check out the site and post your comments there or here.


Good SPAM solution for Outlook Express?

My aunt uses Outlook Express and her e-mail account gets tons of SPAM. Can anyone recommend a good WinXP client-side anti-SPAM software that supports Outlook Express? Commercial/freeware/shareware is fine…I just have no idea how to decide what the best options are.

Be careful where you fall!

From today’s Gulf News:

Hacksaw blade was “accidentally left behind’
By Kelly Crane, Staff Reporter

Dubai: An American family has vowed never to return to Ski Dubai after discovering a hacksaw blade on the slopes during a visit. The holiday-makers said they were “horrified” when they spotted the sharp, six-inch blade sticking up from out of the snow.

To make matters worse, it seems it is not the first time a blade has been found in the snow.


Microsoft announces new Mac keyboard & mouse

Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse for Mac

Microsoft announced a new wireless keyboard and laser mouse designed especially for Mac users. This is their first Mac specific keyboard & mouse, though most of the previous ones they have sold were compatible. As soon as I can I will order one because it looks pretty cool and has both Command (Open-Apple for those of us old-time Apple users) and Option keys. More info at MicrosoftWatch.com.

Yes, I already ordered one. :)

I’m a Mac Geek for life, and I’ve already placed my order online. What exactly did I get? Read on…

Apple Introduces MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro with Intel Core Duo Processor Up to Four Times Faster Than PowerBook G4

MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO—January 10, 2006—Apple® today unveiled its new MacBook™ Pro notebook computer featuring the new Intel® Core™ Duo processor which delivers up to four times the performance of the PowerBook® G4. The new MacBook Pro, the first Mac notebook based on an Intel processor, features a stunning aluminum enclosure just one inch thin, weighs only 5.6 pounds, includes a built-in iSight™ video camera for video conferencing on-the-go, and the Apple Remote and Front Row™ software for a simple, intuitive and powerful way for users to enjoy their content wherever they go. The new MacBook Pro, available in February, also features Apple’s new patent-pending MagSafe™ magnetic power connector, designed especially for mobile users

Though I really wish Apple had launched an ultra-portable Mac laptop (less than 3lbs, .75 inches thick), this machine will be a big improvement over my original 17″ PowerBook G4. In fact, it’s performance will be better than the super noisy PowerMac G5 I have at home which will now be for sale along with my PowerBook. I can’t wait to run

Shaikh Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, passes away

Shaikh MaktoumI’m writing this post from the JetBlue departure lounge at JFK. I got the news that HH Shaikh Maktoum had passed away today right after landing in New York and I would like to express my sincere condolences to residents of Dubai and all UAE nationals. I remember seeing his father’s funeral when I was a kid and experiencing the sadness that filled Dubai at the time. Here is the official press release:

Shaikh Maktoum passes away

DUBAI – H.H. Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai passed away early morning today in Australia.

The President of UAE, Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan mourned his death.

A statement issued by the ministry of presidential affairs said, “The UAE today lost a historical leader who has contributed throughout his life in establishing the UAE and enhancing its structure and the welfare of its people.

The statement added that the late Shaikh Maktoum was an example of the sincere national commitment. He placed his country’s interest over any other considerations. He was a model for good behaviour.

“His constructive role in establishing the UAE and enhancing its federal march and other field of national action will remain engraved in the memory of the nation and its people, the statement said.

Official mourning

The government has announced a 40-day official mourning during which flags will fly at half-mast.

Ministries, government institutions and departments will remain closed for seven days starting from today.

In Dubai, private sector will be off work for three days as of Thursday, January 5.

Maktoum to be laid to rest on Thursday

The late Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who passed away in Australia today, will be laid to rest at Umm Hurair Cemetery at Bur Dubai after his body will arrive here tomorrow (Thursday).

Funeral prayers( Janazat) will be held at Zabeel Mosque in Dubai today ( Thursday) at 10am before burial.

Ruler of Dubai H.H. Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will receive mourners who will extend their condolences on the sad demise of Shaikh Maktoum at Shaikh Mohammed’s Palace in Zabeel and for three days running.

Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and industry Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid and Al Maktoum family members will also receive mourners besides Shaikh Mohammed.