Thursday, September 25, 2014

JukeBox September 24

It is the indie music Jukebox show with Paul Kelly from and we are playing some of the coolest music from the Middle East!

Here is the podcast.

And here is the running order for the show!

Josh Monteath Music
Josh Monteath is a singer/songwriter with a sound best described as “new age folk with a touch of blues”.
Monteath’s lyrics, like most songwriters’, are derived from his own life and experiences using the golden rule that to be able to write well, one must write what one knows. In Monteath’s case, he writes about the people around him, little things we do, that girl, and what inspires him whether it be good or bad. More than anything, Monteath enjoys sharing his music and stories and hopes that people find their own way of relating to it.
In November 2013, Josh Monteath reappeared on the Dubai music scene and has since then become a memorable and regular performer at events by the grassroots music initiative “Freshly Ground Sounds” and “The Fridge”…and you can be sure to see a lot more of him.
The Josh Monteath Music is not just a solo act anymore, but a band.
The band now consists of Theofan Mahmuti, Bimbo Bimsdrumz Durojaye, Raz Moussa and his brother, Jaxx Sheldon Monteath.

White Cube ShoutOut - Josh (What's Done Is Done)

Kamal Mussallam - Akhayel Broug.mp3

Kamal Mussallam - Out Of My City

Mother Mantra Lebanon- I’m Ok

Zahed Sultan Kuwait-Ghazi


Shehab Kasseb - Just You and Me-1

@ZahedSultan @JoshMonteath @KamalMusallam @shebakasseb @triplewme @whitecubeuae

Telemarketing Call-in September 24

And here we go with a call-in conversation about telemarketing.

The question was simple, how do you get the telemarketing people to leave you alone?

Here is the podcast of the conversation.

Here is what we got via the SMS.

Say 'oh, I'm VERY interested,  please tell menmore' then take your phone & put it next to the TV,  radio, boiling kettle, screaming 2 year old etc then go back about 5 mind later & say 'oh hello, are you still there?  Bye bye. Let them use their phone bill then save all numbers as Do Not answer! Works a treat!  Hannah

Hello.. am I speaking to Dr. James Piecowye? ... may I take a minute of ur time and ask u to delete ur block and reject list and embrace our kind!    Urs sincerely, tele-marketer

Will I just ask them about all there offeres get in to the deep info how many shops hotels parking service charge government regulations then I tell them I work as an electrician with 400 aed salary they stopped calling me Mohammad 

Hey James numero uno here. Long time no speak. The tel marketers! Well we are in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Its a part of the selling hype business go getting environment  in which we live and hey thos guys are simply doing there job. Thanks Steve

Hi James! I end up asking so many ridiculous questions that the guy just gives up. So for example I just asked a credit card company what interest is. Ahmad

In response to your q: I do invest a lot of time but its so much fun l, its worth it.

I've just remembered what a friend from uni used to do - he just said 'Que? ' in a Fawlty towers waiter accent over and over and over. Seemed to work for him & amused him greatly! Hannah

I am a dentist; so whenever I have a call I say "I am a doctor, I have a patient!"
Dr. Ihab

And here are the notes for the show.

Telemarketing what is your strategy?

I'm a Telemarketer. Here's How to Get Rid of Me

I've worked for a telemarketing company for two years and made a lot of unwanted calls. I have to keep making them because most people don't know how to get rid of us, but the right approach can make all the difference. Here's how you can get rid of telemarketers like me and save us both a lot of time.

How Telemarketers Get to You

Not all companies run exactly the same way, but most calls follow a similar pattern. Successfultelemarketers generally have a 96% chance of getting turned down. With such terrible odds, they will be relentless in trying to keep you on the phone.

Block Telemarketers and Robocalls for Good with the Raspberry Pi-Powered Banana Phone
No one likes unsolicited and unwanted calls from telemarketers or robocalls from…Read more
Each telemarketer has their own username and password, so all the information they gather during their shift stays linked to them. Depending on the company calling you, the lead will display a little or a lot of information. I work for an arts organization, so we can see the customer's entire history: subscriptions, added ticket purchases for friends, donations, and sometimes even notes on who their assistants or friends are. In other cases, they may just have your phone number.

Avoid Telemarketers by Understanding Their Secrets
Sure, you can put yourself on the Do Not Call list but that doesn't stop telemarketers from…Read more
Anything relevant you mention will be added to your lead profile: an email address, best time to call, or your objections to the product. Don't say anything to the telemarketer unless you want it written down on your profile.
If the caller doesn't reach you, they mark your lead as "no answer" and the system programs it so you get called again a few days later. If the company does not have a large lead pool, you may get called as soon as 12 hours later. If you're dealing with this kind of aggressive campaign, it's actually better to answer then to let them keep calling you. (More on how to handle that later.)
If the caller does speak to you, they will do their best to sell to you on the first call. A good telemarketer uses the "Three Nos" rule: don't let the customer go until they have said "no" three times during the phone call. This technique has actually worked for me several times. After the first two no, the client often runs out of reasons and becomes more persuadable. Telemarketers try to keep you on the phone as long as possible because they can eventually wear you down and get money out of you.
If you don't purchase on that initial phone call, the telemarketer will log everything you've said and suggest calling you back another time. These are logged as "call backs"—tiny gold nuggets for telemarketers. Selling to a call back is more likely than selling to a first call because you've already established a rapport. This process may take weeks, and sometimes results in a sale simply because the patron wants to stop the calls.

How Can I Block a Number from Calling My Cellphone?
Dear Lifehacker, I've been getting tons of spam calls lately--like, multiple calls per day.…Read more

How You're Making It Worse

A lot of people make simple mistakes that lead to several more calls. Here are the things you need to avoid:
  • Don't immediately hang up the phone. This results in the telemarketer marking your lead as "no answer" and calling you back until they actually have a conversation with you.
  • Don't engage with the telemarketer in any way. This gives them the false hope that you may just need some convincing and are actually interested in their product. Do not ask questions. Do not explain why you are not interested in the product. Do not show empathy or other human characteristics.
  • Don't get irrationally angry at the telemarketer. Remember, the computer chose your lead, not the caller. If you scream at them because you've gotten called before, this will not make them sympathetic to your case. It's likely they'll just put you back into the lead pool to torture you. If the telemarketer is being rude, you can ask to speak to a manager. Despite what they might say, every campaign and business has a supervisor in the call room.
  • Don't give up mid-conversation and hang up without an explanation. This will most likely result in the telemarketer calling back, claiming you got "disconnected." If you don't answer then, they will keep calling.
  • Don't let the telemarketer call you back at another time. Anything that's not a hard "no" will be interpreted as an opportunity to call you back. When you say "This isn't a good time," the telemarketer hears "Call me back later!" When you say "Sorry, I don't have time to talk about this right now" the telemarketer hears "I will buy this another day!"
Telemarketers literally have a script that tells them how to respond to every objection, so the less you engage with them, the better.

How to Make the Calls Stop

The most efficient way to get the person to stop calling you requires you to say one sentence: "Please put me on your do not call list." Don't say "Can you put me on your do not call list?" or "I don't want to get these calls." This will lead them to ask why. Be polite, but firm. If they ask why or won't do it right away, remain calm and repeat, "I want you to put me on your do not call list."

Banish telemarketers from your phone
The National Do Not Call Registry allows you to register your phone number as a do not call number…Read more
You should register on the national do not call list if you haven't already. It's illegal for a company to keep calling you if you're on this list and you have verbally asked them not to call you at least once. Unfortunately, it is not illegal for non-profits. But most non-profits run seasonal campaigns, so at least your lead will be put to rest for three to 11 months.
Even when dealing with a non-profit, you should ask for a manager and tell them you've repeatedly requested to be placed on the do not call list. Keep in mind that a prior caller may not have done their job and removed you, and this new, innocent caller is getting all the blame. The manager needs to to deal with these kind of customer issues so the callers can keep dialing.
The solution for getting rid of telemarketers may seem obvious, but it's mostly about the approach. By using those exact words and not making any of the mistakes previously mentioned, you don't give the caller anything to work with. The way you phrase your response can mean the difference between getting called all the time and getting rid of telemarketers efficiently. Make the right choices and you won't be bothered.

Energy Drink, raise the age?

GetFitRadio September 23

Well we have a change up for the next couple of weeks, Zelda Higgins from Zayed University is joining us to talk fitness!

Here is what we set out to speak about for 25 minutes, a shorter show this week.

Zelda Higgins
recreation coordinator at Zayed University

  1. students and physical ed are they tuned in?
  2. motivating staff and faculty to move?
  3. what is the best workout?
  4. do we need personal trainers and exercise classes
  5. jessica alba, workouts and dance workouts 10 years 2 children WOW, consistency

7 weightloss lies!

And here is the podcast!

DocTalk Sept 23

The doctors were back int he house for another week of questions and conversation about the wild world of medicine!

Here is the podcast.

Here are some of the SMS messages.

My wife has severe pain when having periods. Any way to reduce the pain.

Great show guys! I had my medial meniscus removed when I was 19 and now I am 43. I am taking flexamin these days though I don't any issues at the moment. How many months do I need to take? Any side effects? Many thanks guys!

Hello Doctors,  I brisk walk for 45 minutes everyday without getting breathless, do you think I can still have CAD (Heart problem)? Vinod

I don't think blood grouping is tht important  I am or. I was a combat medic for the us marine  core, during the battle for fallujah in Iraq @ times thecasualties would be very high n there wasn't really time to do blood grouping as to saving the guyz life n t worked just fine. Wendy

Hiya, my last vaccine was at 17, 33 now. Last week went to GP, he came up with a rainbow list of shots what could knock a full-grown billy-goat out cold! My question is what are the essential shots for adults? Thanx, Samer

And here are the notes we spoke from!

turn on automation on the board

Dr Shereen Habib, Well Woman Clinic

Dr Sean Petherbridge Keith Nicholl Medical Centre

Be Happy Be Well by Shereen!

04 425 9308 talk back

1. what is going on in the office

-dozen ear infections
-feveral convulsions

- what might cause finger and or toe numbness?

-thoughts on online medicine

-a service that offers house calls in the uae

Power walker loses 150lb! Issues with surgery and weight

Flu shot time? or not? Who needs one?

Climate change and world health some big issues!
By 2050, many US cities may experience more frequent extreme heat days. For example, New York and Milwaukee may have 3 times their current average number of days hotter than 32°C (90°F). The adverse health aspects related to climate change may include heat-related disorders, such as heat stress and economic consequences of reduced work capacity; and respiratory disorders, including those exacerbated by fine particulate pollutants, such as asthma and allergic disorders; infectious diseases, including vectorborne diseases and water-borne diseases, such as childhood gastrointestinal diseases; food insecurity, including reduced crop yields and an increase in plant diseases; and mental health disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression, that are associated with natural disasters. Substantial health and economic cobenefits could be associated with reductions in fossil fuel combustion. For example, the cost of greenhouse gas emission policies may yield net economic benefit, with health benefits from air quality improvements potentially offsetting the cost of US carbon policies.
Conclusions and Relevance  Evidence over the past 20 years indicates that climate change can be associated with adverse health outcomes. Health care professionals have an important role in understanding and communicating the related potential health concerns and the cobenefits from reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Artificial sweeteners are not so good for us!  And may raise the blood sugar!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

TechTalk September 22

Andrew Thomas and I are talking tech!

Did I mention I got to play with the 2 iPhone6 babies before Andrew?

"Some guys have all the luck", that was a very popular song in the day!

We also tested an Alcatel Pop 8 Tablet and a Samsung tablet.

Here is the podcast of the show to share and enjoy.

And you know you want them, the show notes.

Andrew Thomas MD @ Nexa

App of the week

Swiftkey ( we did this before correct)
wiftKey Keyboard for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is a smart keyboard that learns from you, replacing your device’s built-in keyboard with one that adapts to the way you type. The app learns your writing style to give you super-accurate autocorrect and intelligent next-word prediction, reducing keystrokes and getting smarter over time.

Cool game

Socratic Smackdown

A versatile discussion-based humanities game to practice argumentation around any text or topic for grades 6 through 12

Review Alkatel ONETOUCH POP 8  (699 AED)
-ANDROID tablet (4.2)
-8 inch
1.3 ghrz core X4 processor 2mp camera, .3mp,
comes with a coloured back and a smart cover
-Blue Back/red smart cover
  • a thinner note 3

-this is a product designed for the budget market
-not the most expensive looking or feeling device
-gives the android experience
-is fast
-not an ipad


-this reminds me of an iPad!
-10.5 inch landscape is the desired method
-1.3ghz Octa core
3gb ram
-16gb internal/expandable

-iPhone chat with Omar at JadoPado
-had a chance to touch the 6

Cool bit of imagry!

Microsoft Courts iOS 8 Users With OneDrive Free Space Promotion


Larry Ellison bows out of Oracle
Ellison founded Oracle in 1977 -- around the same time that Microsoft and Apple were getting off the ground. It was an era of iconoclasts, technology visionaries who started with small companies and big ideas who built massive fortunes during the explosion of the computer industry.
But Steve Jobs is gone. And Ellison's other tenacious tech peers from the glory days -- people like Scott McNealy and Bill Gates -- have moved on to other things. Now at 70, Ellison seems to be eyeing a second act, although he will remain involved in the company as chairman of the board and the company's engineering chief.
Google wants Internet broadcasting drones and is testing them!
Google hopes to someday use drones to broadcast the internet from the sky, and they’re asking the federal government for permission to test their broadcasting equipment in New Mexico.  The company filed an application with the FCC (which controls electronic transmissions), revealing limited details about their plans to use their new technology.  Some of that equipment was acquired as part of their purchase of Titan Aerospace earlier this year.  Google’s proposed test site is located directly south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, directly east of Albuquerque, and South East of Las Vegas (see the map below).
In the application Google writes:
Google recently acquired Titan Aerospace, a firm that specializes in developing solar and electric unmanned aerial systems (“UAS”) for high altitude, long endurance flights. These systems may eventually be used to provide Internet connections in remote areas or help monitor environmental damage, such as oil spills or deforestation. The STA is needed for demonstration and testing of [REDACTED] in a carefully controlled environment.

GE creates a board to let you hack your appliances!
General Electric is releasing an interface board that will let you program and control their smart appliances, and they’re giving away a batch of ovens and refrigerators to makerspaces to help launch the project.
The program comes through the FirstBuild program, a new endeavor by GE and Local Motors to interface with independent designers to find, make, and license new product ideas much more rapidly than normal for the manufacturing giant. The interface board, called the Green Bean, is their first product, released to help makers generate new appliance-based projects.


Opennit a robotic loom !  VERY COOL!

OpenKnit is the open-source digital fabrication tool that will knit you a jumper in under an hour.
The automated loom has been built by Barcelona-based designer Gerard Rubio, and its novelty lies in the fact it is not only relatively affordable to build from the instructions posted on Github (under €550) but there is already something of an ecosystem around the venture. Collaborators Mar Canet and Varvara Guljajeva have designed the Knitic software that lets you input parameters for the machine to adhere to, to tailor the garment; and Takahiro Yamaguchi has launched DoknitYourself, a place to share all the digitally designed knitted clothes already made using it. To be fair, the latter only seems to be populated with a handful of Rubio's own designs, but the intent is there nonetheless.

This is cool!
Enter, a group formed by Australian security journalist Patrick Gray. Last July, Gray announced that he was working with HD Moore, developer of the Metasploit Framework tool used by security researchers to pen-test systems, and with another respected security professional who goes by his hacker handle The Grugq, to craft a secure, open-source encrypted chat program cobbled together from parts of existing anonymity and messaging systems -- such as Prosody, Pidgin and Tor. They wanted a system that was highly secure, user friendly and metadata-free. Gray says his primary motivation was to protect the anonymity of sources who contact journalists.
I want to do this just cool!
You have an opportunity to spend $300 on a ticket for an airplane that never takes off. What you're paying for is time travel back to the go-go days of Pan American World Airways in the 1970s. The airline famously went bust in 1991, but not before setting the standard for polyester-era travel luxury.
Air Hollywood, an aviation-themed film studio, is now offering the Pan Am Experience, an immersive jaunt back to a world where orange was a fashionable color and in-flight menus featured items like chicken in wine sauce, grilled filet mignon, and cognac.
The experience takes place in a re-creation of a Pan Am 747, complete with first-class and clipper-class cabin seats. You'll be treated to cocktails, dinner, and video and audio selections suited to the time period. "Everything from the china to the glassware is authentic with careful attention to the exquisite service delivery of the era and menu offerings of Pan Am," Air Hollywood promises. The flight attendants are all decked out in original uniforms, complete with gold buttons, wide collars, and weird beige and blue colors.

CarTalk September 22

The boys from joined me as they do to talk cars!

The RAM pickup is super affordable and the Mustang is not so affordable.

Here is what we spoke about via the podcast!

And here are some of the SMS questions.

Wat do you guys think btw the 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 and the  Camry 2015,I'm torn btw both ni need to makeup my mind b4 Thursday,plzz advice, Natalie

Hi team, is the new xtrail based on the renault koleos? Or brand new chassis drivetrain? . . Oops you mean the fiat 500 renegade ! Oh dear.. Do we have to move on? :-( (ian skoda guy)

Whats ur opinion about Rolls Royce Wraith ?


Hey guys! Check out the new Honda Accord with double exhaust with a new look. Big Honda logo. Awesome veh. What's r it view on this veh. Sanjay

Sorry ur views on this veh

Hi Guys, I have 2006 Honda Accord, excellent car, driving from last 6 years, 250k mileage, would like to change in the similar segment, any suggestions please, thanks, sid

What do you think of the corsa opc?  Anything else in the market with comparable performance, warranty,  price?

Review on range rover sport and wud u opt for it...the Porsche or BMW X5? Any other recommendations in similar category---thxs..Muhammad

Drunmers drive  the kia optima. Eddie riff raff.

No way! the impala is absolutely no where close to the Honda. Test driven both and still prefer the Honda.

 Hi guys.. Can I have ur opinion on the jag cjl

Gents: views on the gmc acadia? Ahmad

And of course this is what we set out to talk about.


-Gonow GX
-RAM has great price
-new mustang price out of the galaxy

  1. 2015 CRV getting a bold upgrade?

  1. Mitsubishi has some nice concept cars at Paris 2014 will we ever see a new pajero?

  1. sierra elevation sport pickup, doesn’t look too sporty will we see one?

  1. Never shy about flaunting its British heritage, Land Rover has revealed the limited-edition SW1 Evoque, a variant that pays tribute to Great Britain’s famous Union Flag. Commonly referred to as the Union Jack, the iconic insignia gets a tire-tread treatment in this application to add a unique texture to the usually solid-color graphics. Appearing on the mirror caps and the rear spoiler, the Jacks are joined by a Fuji White roof and 20-inch, gloss-white, multispoke wheels, regardless of which of the five available exterior colors a buyer specifies: Firenze Red, Fuji White, Loire Blue, Santorini Black, or Corris Grey. A white (red on the white Evoque) decal stripe runs from the hood to the rear fenders.