Victor's Blog about the Web, Security and Life

The web for me is a hobby where standards and best practices are daily bread. Security is a concern that everybody must be aware of its details for IT in general, and the web in particular, to be a safer place. My life, on the other hand, is that of a regular Lebanese citizen where politics and social issues are discussed on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and make sure to drop me a comment about any topic you find interesting.

From Israel to Lebanon

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victor | 19 July, 2006 14:25

Because I believe in freedom of speech and opinion and because I witnessed the "blocking" of www.fromisraeltolebanon.org, I decided (without prior notice from the authors of the blocked website) to put a cached copy of the blocked website on my blog.

This page contains pictures of dead children and destroyed areas due to the Israeli bombing of Beirut during July 2006. If you are annoyed by such pictures, please DON'T proceed.

Otherwise, please click the link below to witness what Israel is doing with Lebanon and please sign the petition at the BOTTOM of the page.

Click here to see the cached page.


JMON v1.0 Released

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victor | 30 June, 2006 08:57

JMON is a Java Monitor software for Linux/Unix servers. The software monitors applications and provides remote SSL-encrypted connections for clients. Clients can check the status of remote servers as well as start/stop services.

JMON is developed by Miguel Habre and Joe Wazen as a Senior Project for Notre Dame University (Spring 2006).

[ Download JMON ]

Open-Source Software

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victor | 30 June, 2006 08:55

A new category is added to my blog and labelled Software. All software available inside are senior projects done by my Senior students at Notre Dame University. Feel free to browse and download these software as long as you abide the licenses attached to each project.

Where Is God When We Need Him?

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victor | 15 June, 2006 07:31

A beautiful and nice moral story to share with friends around the globe. This was sent to me by Paul-Marc Bou Gharios asking me to share with everyone. Read it, it only takes 5 minutes of time, learn from it and share it with your online friends.

Sally jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: " How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him?"

The surgeon said, "I'm sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn't make it."

Sally said, "Why do little children get cancer? Doesn't God care any more? Where were you, God, when my son needed you?"


The surgeon asked, "Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he's transported to the university."

Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good-bye to son. She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair.

"Would you like a lock of his hair?" the nurse asked. (More)

Why I Prefer PHP over .NET?

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victor | 18 May, 2006 15:59

One of the major differences between .NET and PHP is the outstanding performance and reliability that PHP provides.

I am always asked by people, especially students, about the reason why I prefer PHP technology over ASP technology. In its simplest form, I can safely say that PHP is safe and secure (by default) while .NET is not. It is obvious that .NET supports easy web development and fast production. To produce a website by a beginner using PHP might take 50% more time than it would take using .NET.

An expert PHP programmer, though, can produce solutions using PHP in almost the same time required by .NET developers. PHP outstands when it comes to cusotmized solutions (especially those related to customized GUI components such as combo boxes, complicated SQL queries displayed in simple XHTML forms, etc.)

PHP also outbeats .NET when it comes to XHTML validity since the XHTML written while coding PHP is completely up to the developer while that written by .NET is written normally by tools that don't produce valid XHTML.

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The Header Part

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victor | 29 April, 2006 14:49

As you can notice, the header part of my blog is changed to something that includes my picture as well as some other stuff although not visible in there (Ray promised a header for my blog so expect something new very soon).

Anyway, this post is just an explanation of the header: That's me at the left and my favourite penguin at the right (the Linux logo for newbies). In the middle you will find the cedar (symbol of Lebanon, my country). In the background there are two things: the earth (although not very clear) and the Internet channels (the orange dots that you see scrambled across the earth).

I also thought of defining the term Blog in my title since I am always asked about its meaning ;) Blog stands for Web Log. Why didn't they call it Wlog and called it Blog instead? I don't know. Maybe it sounds better :)

Good Luck Mr. Gorsky

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victor | 27 April, 2006 18:35

I received this email today about Neil Armstrong and Mr. Gorsky's case. It is said that this is a true story about Neil Armstrong.

I felt posting this message here to simplify my sharing process ;) Share with your friends. Really funny and true (said to be at least)
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