German Keyboard Layout (Keys) – Deutsch Tastatur

Do you have a non-German keyboard? You do not know where the Ä or Ö is? You do not how to type @ or – or >? A German keyboard is quite different from English keyboard, especially with the punctuation marks and symbols.  If you do not have a German keyboard, how can you know the exact locations of letters, punctuation marks, and symbols? The default windows program “On-Screen Keyboard” can help you. Every windows PC has it. You can open the program each time you want to see a German keyboard. Alternatively, you can do like what I do, by storing snapshots of it on your desktop. I believe this will save your time. There are a lot of photos on the internet of German keyboards. I tried many of them for months. However, the snapshots that I made from the On-Screen Keyboard are the best (Here is a link to a Google Images search for “German keyboard”. You can compare the images there with the images from the On-Screen Keyboard at the end of this post).

How can you open thisthe On-Screen Keyboard program? There are two methods:

You can click on start and then search for “on.” The program will be on the top of the search results:

 

You can take the following steps to open the program from its default location in the start menu:

1. Start> All Programs

 

2. Accessories> Ease of Access > On-Screen Keyboard

 

3. The program starts displaying the keyboard of your default computer language (in my case, it is English). You can then switch the language of your computer to German and the program will display the German keyboard.

 

4. This first snapshot is what you will see with no keyboard key pressed:

 

5 This second snapshot is what you will see with the shift key pressed:

 

6. This third snapshot is what you will see with the Alt Gr key pressed (it is the Alt key in your keyboard located at the right side). You can also press alt + CTRL to see this view too. For example, to type @, press Alt Gr + q or Ctrl + Alt + q.

 

You can save the last three snapshots (4-6) on your desktop. I did that and each time I forget the position of a letter or punctuation mark, I open these photos and look it up. This saves time rather than going through the entire road each time (Start> Accessories > Ease of Access > On-Screen Keyboard > Switch to German).


Alternatively, you can download this single photo that contain the three above snapshots togeher. I think it is more practical than having three separate photos:

German Keyboard Layout (Deutsch Tastatur)  كيبورد ألماني

German Channels on Hotbird (13°E): Learning German via Satellite?

One way to learn and improve your skills in a new language is to imitate children when they learn their mother languages. Children do not go to schools or institutes to learn their mother languages; they simply listen to the language spoken around them. With time, they acquire it.

I knew the above technique of “simply listening to the language spoken” when I was approximately in the ninth grade. Before that, it did not turn to me to start watching TV programs that are aired in English without translation. Yes, I used to watch a lot of Hollywood movie and series on satellites. But, I benefited so little from that because I entirely depended on the Arabic subtitles. “I watch movies without subtitles” I heard this sentence from four of the most proficient and American-accent speaking Jordanians I know. They all advised me to watch movies without subtitles. A friend of mine also believed in the above technique. He told me about an uncle of his who stuck a plaster on the lower aspect of his LCD TV screen in order to hide the Arabic translation; very interesting!

After beginning to hide the subtitles and watching English-only channels, I could easily notice that I started to significantly improve my English . I started paying more attention to what is said in movies. I think that helped me a lot in improving my English, mainly in listening and speaking. Yes, speaking. Although I am just listening, but I am listening to the correct pronunciation again and again. I believe that with time, you will start noticing the flaws in your pronunciation. Hence, you will feel the need to modify how you say things.

Since early July, I started learning the German language. From the first days of my starting to learn the German language, I began downloading German videos, mainly videos and movies. Now, I have more than 75 GB of such material.

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I watched a lot of these German videos and movies. I did that on my laptop and mobile phone. It was a great experience! Especially the German movies! Have you ever watched the German movie Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)?

To listen also to German, I searched the internet for German radios. I discovered many websites and a program that offers this service for free:

TuneIn: A radio stations website: A few days ago, in its facebook page, I read that the number of stations in this website is now more than 100,000. Their service is great. The sound is very clear, and it is easy to explore the stations based on language, country, genre, and bitrate. Moreover, you can download a mobile application of this website and start listening to the radio on your phone. How much data can this consume? Please continue reading below before deciding to listen to a radio on your mobile phone:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tunein.player

RarmaRadio: This program is like the TuneIn radio website. You can explore stations based on country. I could roughly calculate that this program has 700+ German Radio stations. Below is the interface of the program. This program is totally free. You can record what you listen to for later hearing offline. Notice the selected station “Bayern 5 Aktuell”. I like it the best and listened to it almost 95% of the time.

 

RarmaRadio

RarmaRadio

All in all, listening to German radio stations over the internet is certainly a great help. The sound is crystal-clear and you have many options for listening. Nonetheless, the only thing that I did not like was that radio listening consumes a lot of bandwidth. For example, if you listened for 10 hours for a radio station airing at a bitrate of 56 kbps, this mean at least 246+ MB of bandwidth consumed (you can see how the calculations are made in the screenshot next). This is a great disadvantage because I do not have an ADSL connection and the 3G internet prices in Jordan are extremely high. For example, Zain gives me 2 GB of monthly download in return for 6 JD ($8.46).  These are not enough for 7 days! How come I listen to a radio!

A post in a forum explaining how to calculate exactly how much data can listening to the radio over the internet consume.


A post in a forum explaining how to calculate exactly how much data can listening to the radio over the internet consume. Source: http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1429504

Secondly, and most importantly, with time, I discovered that it would be much more interesting and beneficial to both watch and listen to German at the same time. I searched the internet for German TV channels. The outcome was not encouraging. Firstly, of course, the data usage that will be required. If 10 hours of radio hearing can consume 250+ MB, how about TV watching? Secondly, and as well importantly, if you are using your computer, then naturally, you cannot both watch the channel and do anything else on your TV.

The solution? I bought a satellite receiver and its appliances. It coasted my “father”, with installation fees, 58 JDs. I had to buy a 90-cm diameter satellite dish.

My G-Guard satellite dish. It costed me, with insatllation fees, 28 JD ($39.48). In the far backgroud at the left appears the Baqa’a refugee camp. I wanted to show the camp in my photo. This is why I did not put the satellite in the center of the photo.

My G-Guard satellite dish. It costed me, with insatllation fees, 28 JD ($39.48). In the far backgroud at the left appears the Baqa’a refugee camp. I wanted to show the camp in my photo. This is why I did not put the satellite in the center of the photo.

Tiger G99 Satellite Receiver – 15 JD

Tiger G99 Satellite Receiver – 15 JD

Isn’t a smaller one good enough? Well, the Arab satellites (Nilesat and Arabsat), do not have German-speaking channels at ALL. To receive transmission from European satellites, you need larger dishes as large as 3 meter and more. I searched the internet for the satellites that air German channels. It turned out that German channels, both free and scrambled, are aired most commonly on a satellite called “Astra 1H @ 19.2°E”. This satellite contains at least 100 German channels. You can see this very useful page that summarizes the German channels on different satellites including Astra 1 H @ 19.2 E: http://www.satage.com/en/list/GermanChannels.php

Unfortunately, the coverage of this satellite does not reach Jordan and virtually any other Arab country. The following is a coverage map of the Astra 1H satellite.

ASTRA 1H geograpical coverage.

ASTRA 1H geograpical coverage.
Source: http://www.ddelec.com/internet/two_way.htm

As a result, this left me only with the Hotbird satellite. It turned out that there are multiple Hotbird satellites. The one that we have in Jordan is called “Hotbird 13°East”. Or at least, this is the one which the satellite men installed for us here in Amman and in Karak and which I saw in Jordanian homes. The above 90-cm satellite dish I bought was enough to secure for me a signal quality of up to 60%. The satellite man promised that this is enough to avoid signal problems even during the winter months.

I downloaded all the free channels (FTA) in this satellite. They turned out to be a little bit more than 500. How many German channels (not German-speaking) are out of these 500+? The German channels transmitting 24/7 in German are, after much search, only 2. Yes, two:
1) Das Erste.

2) Das Zweite Deutsche Fernsehen (ZDF)

Now, I will come to details. The third and last Hotbird channel that airs German 24/7 is Euronews. However, it is only the sound that is in German. The writing in this channel is in English. By default, you listen to this channel in English. However, if you change the audio settings of this channel, then you can listen to it in 2 languages other than English: German and French. I do not like this channel at all because the writing is in English. Reading the writing in German on Das Erste and ZDF is a great help. This is one main reason that makes watching TV better than listening to the radio: You can read the language!

There are three other German channels airing in German. However, they do not do that 24/7:
1) The Deutsche Welle: It airs most of the day in English. From the morning time, since about 7:00 AM GMT, until slightly after midday, I noticed that its airs in German.

2) S.Neu Jerusalem: It is a Christian channel. S.Neu Jerusalem airs in German, English, and Italian. I did not establish the times in which it airs in German. This channel puts huge emphasis on Animal protection. This is the first Christian channel in my life to see with such an obsession about animal rights and animal protection.

3) Erde und Mensch: Again, it does not transmit only in German. I am now watching it airing in French.

Finally, there are two other German-speaking non-German channels that I know of. They are from Switzerland. They are the RTL 2 Channel and SRF info. However, many told me that because I am a beginner (even if I am an advanced German language learner), then the dialect of German spoken in Switzerland is very hard to understand. Therefore, it is better to stick only with German channels.

Am I sure of the above number of channels? I think so. I searched all the channels on Hotbird for German channels. Also, I googled a lot for “German Channels on Hotbird”. I hope a website proved my list wrong. On the contrary, all the top search results support my conclusion. This is a great website that lists all the German channels on the Hotbird satellite (click here please). The frequencies in it were last updated not less 27-10-2013. I tried downloading all of the frequencies it mentions. My list above did not change.

JN1 – Jewish news one: This channel always airs in English.

Bundeswehr TV: It did not download with me!

My final list of the German channels on Hotbird 13 E:

My final list of the German channels on Hotbird 13 E

58 JD ($81.78) = Two German German-Speaking TV Channels on Hotbird 13 degrees E

All in all, I ended up now most of the time only watching Das Erste and ZDF. At the beginning, I was sad because in return of my 58 JD ($81.78) investment, I got only two German channels airing in German 24/7. Nonetheless, I am now very happy with them. I never felt bored by both of them ending up not watching any thing at all. These channels are really diverse. They air news, movies, talk shows, and a hell lot number of series. You do not expect how many series are aired on these two channels! I could count at least 6.

The frequencies of these channels as of today 1/11/2013:

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How to stop facebook from reminding you of the birthdays of your facebook friends? With Social Fixer, no more friends birthdays reminders/notifications.

I love my family members, relatives, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and any other person that may lie under a different category and I have him/her in facebook as a friend.

“Do others what do you want others to do you”. Personally, I grew up not thinking that a birthday is a special day that needs to be given much attention. When I was a child, my parents used to make it special by making a delicious meal, certainly a cake and singing me the birthday song. But I cannot remember when I last had this.
My birthday is at the end of May. Either in School, or in University, this coincides with the final exams of the scholastic/University year. As a result, the last thing that I would care about in such a day is a birthday a party. I have much more important things to care for!
At the beginning, I and facebook had a difficult relationship. One reason that I usually stated for not having a facebook account was that you will have to congratulate your friends when their birthdays come. Later on, I was convinced by the idea that you need to congratulate special person. I did that initially. But later on, I asked myself: “Would not this cause some facebook friends of mine that to be angry to see that I congratulate many people but not him/her?” As a result, I easily solved it by no longer congratulating any of my facebook friends in their birthdays (even my first-degree and second-degree family relatives)! In return, by default, I disabled anyone from writing on my facebook wall. As a result, when my birthday comes, even if anyone thought of writing me something on my wall, he will not be able to :). In my last birthday, for example, no one wrote on my wall! So, I did not congratulate you, I am not expecting you to congratulate me in return.

Facebook birthday reminders

Source: “Use Facebook’s Birthday Reminders to make people think of you”. Link.

As I got used to that, I grew impatient by the facebook birthday reminders. I do not want them! Why force me to see them every day a birthday of a facebook friend of mine comes? Why do facebook compulsorily remind facebook users with that? Did not you notice that there is no option to remove this feature? As a result, I resorted to a google search to help me find a solution. After considerable search of 1-2 hours, I did not find a solution. If a definite solution exists to any software or internet question, then it definitely appears quickly when making a google search. As a result, I surrendered.

Social Fixer Logo

Social Fixer Logo

Today, I received an “Update Notification” by a free Chrome facebook extension that I use which is called “Social Fixer”. This extension is great. It requires no experience. After a few clicks, it is installed. You can see the first link below:

· Page of social fixer on Chrome web store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/social-fixer-for-facebook/ifmhoabcaeehkljcfclfiieohkohdgbb?hl=en

· Website of social fixer: http://socialfixer.com/

After being installed, this extension gives you the opportunity to do many things. I adore the ability of this extension to hide many compulsory parts of the facebook page: Apps recommendations, pages recommendations, friends suggestions, and so on and so forth of annoying reminders and announcements. This is a concise list of the main features of this extension:

Features of social fixer

Today, in the website of Social fixer, I was extremely happy to read that one of its new features is: The ability to “Hide more things”. One of the new things that can be hidden is? Yes, you guess it: Birthday Reminders.

Hide facebook birthday reminder using social fixer

Source: Website of social fixer, http://socialfixer.com/blog/category/releasenotes/

I activated this feature and it is now working. Now, the right side of my facebook page contains nothing except the very useful facebook feature of reminding me with Events that I said that I am going to. You can see how “empty” is my facebook home page! No annoying reminders I do not like : )

Notice the empty right side of my facebook home page. Also, notice the activated blue "Social Fixer" icon: Top right.

Notice the empty right side of my facebook home page. Also, notice the activated blue “Social Fixer” icon: Top right.

With social fixer deactivated. Notice the red social fixer icon in the top right and the multiople reminders in the right side of this page. Of course, other types of reminders appear at other times.

With social fixer deactivated. Notice the red social fixer icon in the top right and the multiople reminders in the right side of this page. Of course, other types of reminders appear at other times.

 

Social Fixer: Thank you very much 🙂

Can I download a YouTube playlist or a YouTube channel using IDM (Internet Download Manager)? No!

Internet Download Manager- the fastest download accelerator

Yes, you can download individual YouTube videos using IDM. Unfortunately, IDM does not support automatic downloading of multiple YouTube videos. In other words, IDM does not support downloading YouTube playlists or YouTube channels.

The following description is from the official website of IDM:

 YouTube grabber.

Internet Download Manager can record and download FLV videos from popular sites like YouTube, MySpaceTV, and Google Video. The best way of downloading webpage embedded videos from the Internet is here. After installing IDM, “Download This Video” button pops up whenever you are watching a video anywhere in the Internet. Just click on the button to start downloading clips.

Source: “Internet Download Manager Feature”, http://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/features.html, retrieved 10/20/2012.

Notice the green “Download This Video” button in the left upper corner of the page.

As a result, you need another program called Free YouTube Download . In a previous post of mine, I explained  how to use it to download YouTube playlists or YouTube channels . Recently, in an indication of how good this program is, this post has become the second most common generator of visitors to my Blog; 15.0% (1,010) of all visits to my blog during the last 3 months.

To download this program and to learn how to use it, please visit the following post:

How to download all videos from a youtube playlist or even all videos of a youtube channel?

Filetype: How to use google to search for PowerPoint presentations?

If you were asked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation then you can use google to search for already prepared ones.

I am a Medical students. Through the following method, I can easily locate tens of presentations related to common topics in Medicine.

So, how to ask google to show results that are PowerPoint presentations?

In the main page of google, type the topic you want to search for. For example, “Pneumonia”. However, to only get results that are PowerPoint presentations, you need to add the following: “Filetype:ppt” or “Filetype:pptx“. PPT and PPTX are the extensions of PowerPoint files. See the images below:

Similarly, you can use this method to search for other file types. For example, if you want to search for word documents, type: “Pneumonia filetype:doc” or “Pneumonia filetype:docx“. Or if you want to search for PDF files, type: “Pneumonia filetype:pdf“.

How to increase the number of comments that appear under a youtube video from 10 to 500?

Sometimes, there are a lot of comments under a youtube video. What if you are interested in reading them all? Unfortunately, youtube only shows 10 comments/page. As you probably have noticed, there are videos that contain hundreds, thousands, and up to millions of comments (See this example of viral Justin Beieber video: 8,317,550 comments at this moment). Therefore, to read a large number of comments 10 at a time is a very tiring process.

As usual, I searched google for a solution using keywords like: increase comments under youtube video, see more comments youtube, show all comments under youtube video… My trials were all futile.

Later on, I noticed that one google result took me to a youtube video page that contains hundreds of comments. I counted the number of comments and it turned to be very large: 500 comments/page!

The question is: Can this be reproducible? Yes, you can do it for any video you want. You can make youtube show 500 comments per page.

How can you show 500 comments/page?

1) In the address bar, locate the  URL of the video. For example, this video of Prof. Stephen Hawking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjBIsp8mS-c

2) In the URL, notice this part (watch).

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3) Delete it and type (all_comments) instead of it so that the title of this video becomes: http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=xjBIsp8mS-c

You are done! Try this with any video you like. The only problem, if any, is that you cannot watch the video when you show 500 comments/page. Youtube shows, in addition to the 500 comments/page, three thumbnails of the video in addition to its title, number of views, when added, and the user who added it.

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Other examples:

1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0cVdPHOIxw ==> http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=i0cVdPHOIxw

2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geybTGQnF4s ==> http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=geybTGQnF4s

3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmzwuYj5w1U  ==> http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=OmzwuYj5w1U

Was I the first? The search engine terms that bring visitors to my blog will reveal it. However, I highly think that it will be a matter of using the wrong terms.

Umniah Evo: Thank you Umniah! إنترنت الجيل الثالث اللاسلكي من شركة أمنية: شكراً

Since less than a month ago, Jordanian Umniah started providing 3.75G internet services. My brother wanted to buy a new internet connection. We had many wireless options including Zain, WiTribe, Umniah WiMax, and Orange.

The prices which Uminah offered were very low compared to other operators not to mentione a promised speed of up to 42.2 MB/Second. My brother wanted a download limit of 10 GB. This comes in return for 10 JDs per month not including a sales tax of 8%.

Personally, because of the low prices and the promised high speed, I believed that there could be hidden fees or that the internet speed will be slow. But we did not have an option because for the same price, Zain gives you a download limit of only 5 GB.

Therefore, we took the plunge of buying a internet flash from Umniah. We bought a flash for a price of about 18 JD which gives you a speed of up to ~4MB/sec as the customer service empolyee said. Are we happy now that we have bought the flash memory?

We are absoultely happy. The internet speed is not less than 4 MB/sec in 90% of my testing it in speedtest.net. I am currently in Safout Amman. I do not know if the situation is the same in Karak. The customer services employee, however, said that the internet coverage is available wherever Umniah mobile coverage is available.

What is more important, you do not need to download an application like Zain interent flash requires. The installation process takes seconds and you are online.

For making internet available to a higher percentage of Jordanians at high speeds and at low prices. I say to Umniah: Thank you! I really love this company!

Update 05/10/2013:

Now, almost one year after we first used Umniah 3G service, we are no longer continuing with it. The interent speed is very slow most hours of the day especially in the evening and at night. My brother many times called the customer care center. However, other than many promises of solving the problem, we did not receive anything. The service is still very bad! Almost two weeks ago, my brother stopped charging his Umniah Internet Dongle!

Shame on you Umniah! You had put me down!

Sources: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaderli/2265098258/sizes/z/in/photostream/
 

 

Update 1/8/2014:

We are back now to use Umniah 3G Internet services. The speed is back quick. Some times, the speed drops toward mednight. At other times, the internet stops working for few minutes, again, toward midnight. But overall, the internet speed is high and I can watch YouTube videos at reolution of 360 without interruption. Here are Speedtest results (05:09 PM):

Finally, and most importantly, there is now an imaginary offer by Umniah. For 15 JD each month, you can get 30 GB of donwload limit. This is crazy! In the past, we paid 10 JD for 10 GB. With extra 5 JD, you get 20 extra GB of download limit!!! To the best of my knowledge, this destroys all offers by other companies, beginning with Zain, which by the way has the worst internet offers in Jordan!

Again, I can confidently say:

Thank you Umniah 🙂 I love you!

 

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