Stuff You’ll Wish You Brought for Hajj

Hello Readers, I’ve just come back from Hajj, the yearly pilgrimage for Muslims and the following is a list of things that, should you ever go, you’ll be glad you brought along.

 

Extra Bed Sheets and Pillow Cases

The hotel we stayed at in Mecca was run-down, dirty and down right gross sometimes. I pray you don’t have the same experience that I do, but if you, you’ll be glad you brought extra bedsheets. I don’t know when the ones in my room were last washed and even the new “clean” ones they gave me smelled questionable to say the least. Using my own sheets at least gives me some peace of mind in that regard. If you don’t want the extra baggage, you could also probably buy some in the market. In addition to your hotel, they could prove useful at Mina and just praying in Jammat with a bunch of other people when prayer rugs aren’t available for everyone.

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So, your garage door won’t close, eh?

We’ve been having problems with our garage door for a while now, where when we tried to close it, the door would come down all the way to the ground then suddenly pull right back up as if someone gave it the open command. This would go on and on and trying to close a garage door a dozen times in a row is understandably frustrating. If you’re in this situation, here’s a list of things we tried that finally (I hope) got it to close for good.

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My Top 5 Mistakes in Ubuntu

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While I love using Ubuntu, I’ve made my share of (sometimes disastrous) mistakes while using it and wanted to share them so no one else falls down the same dark paths that I have walked.

5. Not using the Long Term Support (LTS) Versions

Each version of Ubuntu just keeps getting better and better, but sometimes upgrading to the latest version isn’t the best choice. If you don’t have a lot of patience (or a slow internet connection) this could be problematic as an upgrade could take several contiguous hours, which not everyone can spare. Then of course there are the problems upgrading from one version to another, such as certain programs not working correctly or packages being corrupted, etc. Avoid it all by just sticking to the LTS versions. You’re not missing anything important by playing it safe; rather, you’re saving yourself hours of headache because you’ll only need to update every 5 years instead of every 6 months.

4. Using the command line for something that could have been done through the GUI easily

Learning how to use the command line is important, but if you know your stuff already it’s better to just take the GUI route when you can. Why? The GUI is usually robust enough to avoid making the mistakes you’d make if you were allowed free access to the guts of your Linux distro. The Software Center already knows everything that is has to do, so there is no guess work and no need to cross your fingers. A single mis-typed character on the command line could send your entire computer into utter chaos and you’d never know why.

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