Saturday, May 8, 2010

Back in Istanbul

Yesterday evening we came back to Istanbul after two amazing days in Barcelona and 4 days Madrid. We made the right decision to come back one day earlier than planned; more than 15 airports in North Spain were closed today! Madrid was fun, especially to see all the faces from all around the world again in a different setting. Two years ago in Budapest, last year in Milan and next year in Mexico DF; they changed the hosting city for next year from Rio de Janeiro to Mexico City due to security and safety reasons. Strange since when I visited Mexico DF n 1980, I never felt so unsafe. Anyway, our plans changed too. From Mexico we will either fly to Costa Rica/Panama or Cuba. But our next trip, in July, will not change: we will go to Georgia and Armenia. Now enjoying mid-summer in Istanbul.

First full written Arabic internet addresses online

Internet addresses can now also be written entirely in Arabic. Previously internet users in Arabic countries could only write the domain names in Arabic, but the country code after the dot had to be in the Latin alphabet.

Internet users in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Saudi Arabia can now utilise their own alphabet. One of the first internet addresses completely in Arabic is that of the Egyptian Ministry of Communications & Information Technology.
Next week Russia will receive its own country code in the Cyrillic alphabet. Some month ago the The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decided to allow all languages to be used for internet addresses.

Day Opening - May 8

Rio Tarcoles river, Costa Rica