The Global Airport Database

Global Airport Database – Arash Partow

The Global Airport Database is a collection of data about all (???) airports in the world, big and small.  It covers a total of 9,300 airports worldwide.

That’s pretty interesting.  For example, how many airports do you think there are in Cyprus?  Obviously, there is the Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport.  Then, there is one in Nicosia, which is not functioning since the island was divided.  And there is one in Acrotiri on the British military base.  Four, right?   Well, the Global Airport Database has a total of 7 (!!!) entries for the country of Cyprus:

LCCC:N/A:N/A:NICOSIA ACC/FIC:CYPRUS:000:000:000:U:000:000:000:U:00000:0.000:0.000
LCLK:LCA:LARNACA:LARNACA:CYPRUS:034:052:030:N:033:037:029:E:00003:34.875:33.625
LCNC:N/A:N/A:NICOSIA:CYPRUS:000:000:000:U:000:000:000:U:00000:0.000:0.000
LCPH:PFO:PAPHOS INTERNATIONAL:PAPHOS:CYPRUS:034:043:004:N:032:029:008:E:00013:34.718:32.486
LCRA:AKT:AKROTIRI:AKROTIRI:CYPRUS:034:035:025:N:032:059:016:E:00024:34.590:32.988
LCRO:N/A:N/A:EPISKOPI:CYPRUS:000:000:000:U:000:000:000:U:00000:0.000:0.000
LCRR:N/A:N/A:NICOSIA:CYPRUS:000:000:000:U:000:000:000:U:00000:0.000:0.000

Larnaca and Paphos are there. The Akrotiri one is there too. Then we have 3 records for Nicosia. And one more for Episkopi. Hmm …

Landmark deal signed for Europe’s largest casino

Cyprus Mail reports that the casino deal is signed:

The contract for Cyprus’ first integrated casino resort, the only one of its kind in Europe, was signed on Monday in Nicosia between the gaming authority and the Melco Hard Rock consortium and is designed to provide for an investment of €500m, attract an extra 300,000 tourists a year, and to add 4,000 jobs.

The contract was signed at the Filoxenia Conference Centre between the president of the National Gaming Authority and Andy Choy, chief gaming officer, of the consortium of Melco International Development Ltd, Seminole HR Holdings LLC (Melco Hard Rock) and CNS Group (Cyprus Phassouri Zakaki Ltd).
Energy, Commerce and Tourism Minister Yiorkos Lakkotrypis, who addressed the event, touted the fact that the Limassol complex would be the only integrated casino resort in Europe, which will be based in Limassol, and will include four satellite casinos in Nicosia, Larnaca, Famagusta and Paphos.

The main resort will also be the largest casino in Europe, the minister said with 136 gaming tables, 1,200 gaming machines, a luxury hotel with 500 rooms with the capacity for expansion, a conference hall spanning 6,000 square metres that can accommodate audiences of 1,500, and a wellness centre covering 4,000 square metres.

It’ll obviously take a bit of time and effort until this all comes to life, but no doubt – that’s a new era for Cyprus as a country, as a tourism destination, and as a member of the European Union.

Exciting news!

10 upcoming real estate projects in Limassol

A while back I’ve blogged already about the changing face of Limassol.  Cyprus Beat has a post with the 10 upcoming real estate projects in Limassol, that overlaps the previous blog post of mine, as well as provides some updated pictures.

Limassol is truly becoming an iconic city of the Mediterranean (even being mentioned in The New York Times). Hopefully, the trend continue…

36 Hours in Cyprus

Lunch

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The New York Times runs “36 Hours in Cyprus” article, which introduces the rest of the world into the good side of Cyprus.  Particularly cool of them to mention “To Theatraki” cafe, which is one of the many places where I consumed numerous pints.  Happy hours indeed!

21st century is finally here with PrimeTel Fibernet

The apartment building where I live in for the last few years had some cabling issues.  That prevented me from joining the rest of the world in the 21st century, when it comes to home Internet connectivity.  Here’s what I’ve been on until today:

PrimeTel (before)

Today, I’ve got my connection updated.  PrimeTel Fibernet, which is currently only available to select buildings, brought the modern age of technology into my house.  Here’s how it looks:

PrimeTel (after)

Yup, that’s a 50 Mbps download with 8 Mbps upload connection.  Nearly a 10x speed increase, but not only that.  Have a look at 1 ms ping now vs. 35 ms ping before.  And that all is for the same price.  And nothing else had to change – I still have the same TV channels and the same landline number.  Ah, no, wait, my home IP address changed, but who cares about that, right?

This thing is so far indeed, that to fully utilize it I need to use the Ethernet cable.  Gladly, that’s how both my PlayStation 3 and the home media server are connected.  With my laptop’s WiFi, I get the numbers like this:

PrimeTel (WiFi)

I’m not yet sure why, but I’ll probably need to look into my wireless card drivers or something.

Anyways, WiFi or not, it’s way faster than it used to be, both in bandwidth and latency.  Which are amazing news!

P.S.: Thanks to SpeedTest.net for cool graphics and years in service too.

Changing the face of Limassol

Limassol, Cyprus

My brother sent me the link to this forum thread (in Greek mostly), which contains lots of pictures for the current and upcoming real estate projects in Limassol, which are significantly changing its skyline.  It’s one thing to hear about these projects individually, and see the construction begin in different areas of the city, and a completely different to see them all together on one page.

It’s quite impressive!

Conference : Freedom and Technology

announcement (english)

There is going to be a Free Software / Open Source conference “Freedom and Technology” this Saturday, October 3rd (18:00-21:00) in Cyprus University of Technology, in Limassol, Cyprus.  Organizers are the same people you know from the Ubuntu CY community.  I’m going to do a talk titled “The practical guide to Open Source participation”.  Slides will be linked here after the talk.

See you there.

TePee no more …

This weekend I got my first bar ban.  I was asked to leave TePee Strictly Rock bar and to never ever come back.  Which I did and which I won’t.

(This post is here mostly for those people who were there on Saturday and who keep asking me what happened.)

What happened was an escalation of misunderstanding, mostly of what is rock music, what is a rock bar, what is a live gig, and what are the behavioral boundaries.  I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but I do have an opinion, with which a few people agree.  Too bad, the band on stage and the owner of the establishment didn’t.

It turns out I was too loud in the crowd.  It turns out I was making the band uncomfortable by screaming requests for something heavier (AC/DC, Rammstein, Metallica, etc) than Bon Jovi and Aerosmith.  Too bad I wasn’t familiar with the band’s repertoire – my bad.  And, it turns out that asking for a refund will get you kicked out.  No problem.  Maybe the band repertoire was a wrong reason to ask a refund for.  Maybe I should have mentioned the horrible sound engineering instead.  It’s too late now anyway.

On the other hand, it looks like some people enjoyed the gig (there are YouTube videos).  So maybe I was inappropriate.  To each his own I guess.  TePee is not a rock bar in my book anymore.  And I’m not a wanted customer in TePee.  Fair enough.

Open-Source Software – an Enterprise Solution

Spreading the word from the Ubuntu CY – Cyprus Linux forums:

HotForex and the Cyprus FOSS community would like to invite you to “Open-Source Software an Enterprise Solution: An insight into how HotForex utilizes FOSS to excel in the Foreign Exchange Industry”.

The event will case study HotForex and how the business has transitioned from a fledgling company using traditional business solutions, into an organization with over 100 employee’s across countries and fully utilizing FOSS.

After the main presentation there will be 2 short presentations by the Cyprus FOSS community.

Place: Hustle Lounge Bar, 3 Griva Digheni Avenue, Nicosia 1081
Date: 18th of November, 2014 (19:00 – 23:00)

Agenda:
6:45 – 7:00 pm: Pre-presentation drinks
7:00 – 7:40 pm: ‘Open-Source Software in the Enterprise’ by HotForex
7:40 – 8:00 pm: ‘Skills for the near-future sysadmin’ by Cyprus FOSS Community
8:00 – 8:30 pm: ‘ETL Processes with Talend* for Big Data Management’ by Cyprus FOSS Community

The presentations will be in English. The event is open to anyone wishing to attend.

A finger food buffet and drinks will follow after the presentations.

For more information:

agianni@hotforex.com
info@ubuntucy.org