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.

To The Pope: John Paul II

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victor | 12 June, 2005 08:19

On the day of Pope John Paul II's funeral, my company, NetDesignPlus sarl, made a website for his memory. The website,, contains many useful information about the Pope's life and work. Please feel free to go there:

RSS: A Spam Killer!

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victor | 18 May, 2005 08:26

RSS (Real Simple Syndicate) is becoming, day after day, a hot Internet topic for end-users websites. Despite the hard-luck that RSS faced during its early "childhood" when different formats from different providers messed up the daily developer life, RSS 2.0 promises to be a standard corner stone for future RSS improvements.

SPAM, on the other hand, a major topic of controversy among commercial companies, is still a topic that the majority dislikes while the minority still uses and pays for. SPAM is when you receive unwanted email from somone that you don't know and that you didn't even ask to receive email messages from.

In this article, we describe how RSS can be used to fight SPAM by providing examples for the major sources of SPAM and how these sources can be fighted by adopting RSS technology.

Lebanese Prisoners: Who Betrayed Who?

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victor | 30 April, 2005 14:28

A very hot topic nowadays in the Lebanese media is the presentation, discussion, and analysis of the psycholgical and social aspects that the Lebanese prisoners faced in Syria and Israel throughout the past 30 years. This topic is two-fold and must be approached from two points of view which are totally independent from each other.

The first point of view is humanitarian whereby all prisoners must be evaluated equally: How did Israel and Syria violate Human Rights?
The second point of view is political: Who betrayed who, how, when, and why?

Where did the Fouhoud Go???

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victor | 26 April, 2005 06:30

Two months ago, Lebanon started facing a security crisis when many explosions started taking place since the assassination of Mr. Rafic El-Hariri. One month after the assassination, Mr. Elias El-Mur, during a TV interview, asked "Where did the Fouhoud go?" A question that was and is still un-answered clearly. (More)

Hacking the Papal Election

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victor | 16 April, 2005 08:31

This is an amazing article by my favourite Bruce Schneier sent in his April's CryptoGram Newsletter.

The rules for papal elections are steeped in tradition, and were last codified on 22 Feb 1996. The document is well-thought-out, and filled with details. The article elaborates on the election process overview, then on hacking the election process, concluding that the process itself is secure.

Kalam El Nass: A Battlefield for Respect!

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victor | 01 April, 2005 08:39

Yesterday, a very unfortunate scene was seen during the famous LBCI TV Show "Kalam El Nass". My comments on the show are not about the topics that were "discussed" but rather on the approach that many Lebanese leaders use and master while in such public situations. (More)


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victor | 22 March, 2005 08:03

Sometimes you take a break through the path of your life and you stand to look back performing a self-evaluation for what you've achieved and where you have succeeded or failed. This is what I did yesterday.

What grasps your attention is not what you have done but with and through who you've done it!!!
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