Session at Bahrain: Information Technology – Use & Misuse

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.08.2008 at 09:40

Yesterday I delivered a session on “Information Technology – Use & Misuse” at Al Furqan Center in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It was very interactive and we had a good time discussing the uses as well as threats of modern technology.

We discussed the security and privacy issues on the internet and how we can protect ourselves from software and human threats and have a good overall online experience. A security awareness was emphasized around online interactions and conversations by use of instant messaging, social networking, and other internet tools. We also discussed why security is important, even at home and simple tools that can be used to ensure privacy. An awareness was created around internet child abuse and the ill-effects of pornography.

We discussed how one can be a good netizen, and how we can take advantage of technology, but at the same time prevent its use for illegitimate purposes. The discussions on illegitimate use of the Internet where in light of the Qur’an and the Sunnah, and included issues surrounding pornography, privacy, social networking, multimedia technology, etc.

Audience 1 Audience 2  Me in a Kandoora!

This is a picture of me wearing a Dishdasha!

See Also: Day 2 – IT Career Planning

Technology workshop in Bahrain

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.08.2008 at 10:14

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I will be delivering two sessions at a Teenagers Summer Camp Program in Bahrain on 7th and 9th of August 2008. The ‘Summer Shade 2008’ is being organized by Al Furqan Centre, Bahrain (Bahrain Indian Islahi Centre).

Details of the sessions:

Session 1: Information Technology: Use & Misuse
Information Technology is a two-edged sword. In this interactive session, I will discuss how we can put IT to good use and become responsible “netizens”.
Date & Time: Thursday, 7th August 2008, 4.00 PM – 6:00 PM
Venue: Al Furqan Center – Lecture Hall
Language: English

Session 2: Careers in Information Technology
Career Orientation for students aspiring to enter the Information Technology field – what courses to do – certifications – career paths – IT job roles – tips from the industry.
Date & Time: Saturday, 9th August 2008, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Venue: Al Furqan Centre – Lecture Hall
Language: English

Registration is required for this event. Those interested in attending these sessions should contact Al Furqan Centre on +973 3985-7414.

See also: Session at Bahrain: Information Technology – Use & Misuse

Culminis Speaker Program

by Shijaz Abdulla on 15.04.2008 at 19:16

You may have noticed the recent “Culminis Speaker Program Member” logo on my blog.

It simply means: I enjoy having a good technical discussion and I’d be honoured to speak at your user group event. So if you’re running a user group and you’re looking for an IT Pro speaker you can give me a shout.

QicX event – Session 3 – 19th July – Doha

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.07.2007 at 17:28

We had an awesome day today at Qicx – another action packed, highly interactive session. The venue was at the Qatar Red Crescent Society, Doha. Even though attendance was not as expected due to the holiday session, the excitement was unshaken.

I did the first session, and talked about System Center Virtual Machine Manager. I took the audience around Microsoft’s Dynamic Systems Initiative, Virtualization concepts, and discussed at length the Microsoft virtualization technologies – Virtual Server 2005 R2, Windows Virtualization Server, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager along with some live demos. The audience was great and the session was very interactive.

Boutros of ICT took the stage in the second session, continuing with his series of Exchange 2007 seminars. He took the audience around the Hub transport server role and MRM in Exchange 2007 with live demos. The session was very informative and resulted in productive discussions.


The two sessions went very well, and after a great meal, we had some group discussions. The event closed with a raffle draw, where people were asked to check under their seats to see if they had won. 🙂 Two lucky winners got prizes. Everybody who attended walked away with Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 DVDs and Forefront evaluation software.

Ankur, from Microsoft Consulting Services, Qatar is the founding member of QicX. He did a great job as always in arranging the whole event, inviting and managing the audience and sharing his expertise during the discussions. We think he’s cool. (yeah, we mean it!)

Oh yeah, and afterwards, we did this:
We jump-started Ankur’s 10 year old Wrangler which, in his words, “is a great car with a dead battery”.

Downloads/Resources from my presentation:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Preview: 19th July, Doha

by Shijaz Abdulla on 06.07.2007 at 20:08

Qatar Infrastructure Community eXperts (QicX) user group is conducting its third quarterly session on July 19th at Qatar Red Crescent Society, Doha.

I will be presenting at the event on System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Beta 2. I intend to give an overview on SCVMM, the virtualization concept & vision, and a demo on SCVMM.

The session is free to attend, but requires registration. There will also be other informative sessions by experts at this event. To register for this event or for more details, click here.

Safe Surfing Workshop

by Shijaz Abdulla on 09.02.2007 at 22:52

Today, we at TechLinks conducted a workshop on “Safe Surfing” in association with Al Furqan Centre at DI Hall in Manama. The workshop consisted of two sessions – one for children and the other for parents.

The children’s session which ran from 9 AM to 11 AM covered the following:

  • Safety on the Internet
  • Threats on the Internet (Malware: Viruses/Worms/Bots and People: chatrooms/social networking/public profiles)
  • Misuse of the Internet (Privacy, Piracy, Online Fraud, Pornography)
  • Q & A session

The session was highly interactive and the children, mostly teenagers, participated well. Gifts were distributed to those who gave correct answers and proactive responses during the session.


The parents’ session which was supposed to run from 6 PM to 8 PM, ran all the way till 9 PM, with more questions asked during the Q & A session.

The parents’ session covered:

  • Safety of children on the internet
  • People Threats on the Internet
  • Misuse of the internet (Pornography, Online security, etc)
  • Monitoring & controlling child activity on the internet (Live demo Windows Vista Parental Controls, Internet Explorer 7 Content Advisor)

Overall, the event was a great success and the response & feedback from the parents and children were overwhelming. Special thanks goes to Bart Martens of Culminis for his assistance in providing some of the materials used in the presentation. The event was organized (the venue, the delicious snacks, light & sound, etc) by Al Furqan Centre.

I had a good time engaging in discussions with the teenagers and the parents and look forward to doing the same workshop again sometime in the future for other institutions!

Photos of the workshop at: http://www.shijaz.com/photos/flickr_mvp.htm