Friday Reads

Machine Learning in General Lawyer Watch – Lawyers learning about prediction – 1-2017 Machine Learning Is The New Proving Ground For Competitive Advantage 3-2017 You might have heard about natural language process (NLP) – Iotcentral: brief explanation and a more technical version for developers using Python – AnalyticsVidhya 1-2017 Important article about AI from one […]

Technology Learning Snippets

1) machine learning technology is hear to stay. Major course in technology world these days is the deep learning course at deeplearning.ai ( for programmers) For the general audience, a great book about artificial intelligence to read us “The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World” 2) Many […]

Reverse XML – my lessons learned for millennial sake

In April of 2001, I was so much into XML and had some innovative ideas of my own. I was working as a software engineer at Knowledgeview. The company was heavily focused on developing content syndication software for news agencies and newspapers. At that time the language Perl was still dominant for parsing text and […]

Tarek and Computers

I believe that everyone should have a chance to build and grow in the computer world. Youth or old, computers are beautiful and can always open windows for future opportunities, innovation, and personal accomplishments. Some of us might say “I don’t know where to start” or “no one asked me to do something” blah blah […]

Python Getting Started

Getting started with Python Best place to start with Python is on Python main site itself https://www.python.org/about/gettingstarted Sometimes playing around with Python libraries for different projects can mess things up, so it is best to create virtual environment for separate Python projects. Quick and easy tool to use https://virtualenv.pypa.io/en/latest Perfect tool for coding in Python […]

Amazon Alexa Getting Started

Alexa development ####Getting started with Alexa service https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/alexa/alexa-voice-service/getting-started-with-the-alexa-voice-service Code to install the sample Alexa app https://github.com/alexa/alexa-avs-sample-app/wiki/Mac Code to train the Alexa with a new skill https://github.com/alexa/alexa-skills-kit-sdk-for-nodejs Skills development ⁃ Read https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/alexa/alexa-skills-kit/docs/understanding-the-different-types-of-skills ⁃ Develop a custom skill using aws lambda or a webservice with https ⁃ Need a full device for full testing but you can […]

Retro: Atari & Commodore days 1981-1990

This is how my life with computers first started. It all began in 1981 when I first saw my cousin in Beirut, Lebanon playing PacMan on the Atari 2600. The colors, the sounds, and the animation fascinated me. I was six years then and that’s when my passion first started to take shape. We travel to […]

Recalling the PhD experience

Woke up at 5am this Saturday morning for some research and work before the family wakes up. While doing some digital clean up on with my old Evernote notes, I came across my phd work at Walden University which I completed in 2015. At the time I created a Google Sites workplace phd.hoteit.net that I […]

Financial Sentiment Analysis

As part of my Phd dissertation at Walden University, I developed an application that would analyze the sentiments of tweets that include the stock symbols of the publicly held firms in the United States and correlate the results with the financial data of such firms during the period of the research. At the time of […]