Perfectionism, revisited!

Girl trying to be perfect

I was complaining today about how I get distracted while listening to podcasts. I’m not a person who can just freeze for 30 minutes or more to do nothing but just listen to a podcast. My eyes will automatically try to find something else to read.
I used to feel guilty each time this happens. Still one of the comments today on my original post, reminded me that this is another kind of perfectionism.

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They don’t buy, as they don’t trust you

If you’re running an e-commerce business or selling any kind of product online, I hope that you already know the main reasons stopping people from buying from you.

As a consumer, and someone who enjoys talking to random people about how they use websites and mobile apps. I tend to always hear the same thing from people when it comes to paying for something online. They say “I don’t trust them”.

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My experience using Easy Taxi in Egypt

easy_taxi_logoEasy Taxi, a new taxi ordering service available in Egypt (mainly Cairo). I think the service started in Egypt in August 2013. Ogra, the Vodafone and Sawari Ventures backed company was supposed to hit market first, but they didn’t yet.

Easy Taxi is available in 20+ countries and expanding rapidly powered by $32 million in funding. I guess Ogra has only raised about $200k so maybe this is part of why their service is not operating yet.

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How we decided to use Mongo instead of MySQL

I got a question recently from Sadek my new colleague at Eventtus about why we did decide to use MongoDB instead of something like MySQL, especially that dealing with Mongo is hard if you’re used to the use of things like Joins in other relational DBs. Luckily we had a 2 years old internal email thread where I listed why I think using Mongo would be a good idea for our case. Eventtus is 2+ years old startup, a social platform for events where you use the mobile app as a guide during events, and as a way to find interesting events happening near you. I will put the important parts of the email thread here, and sure don’t take this as a guarantee that MongoDB would work for all kinds of problems. it just was a good fit for our case, but maybe won’t be good solution for your problem and some of our future problems.

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(read the rest on Eventtus’s Engineering Blog)

Gender equality, misunderstood

I’m living in a country at the far north-eastern corner of Africa, called Egypt. we are a mix of cultures. we’re Pharaohs, Africans, Arabs, Christians and Muslims; all in one.

One of the hot topics you would see Egyptians talking about a lot recently on Facebook and twitter is sexual harassment.

Like 30 years ago, sexual harassment wasn’t something with any real existence in the Egyptian community. the problem started to develop during the last 30 years for some reason, but since the revolution in the country in 2011, people started to talk openly about this issue. Continue reading