Monthly Archives: May 2009

Fixing MacBookPro Superdrive

I have purchased my MacBookPro in October 2007, after 6 months my optical drive was so picky in reading or writing DVDs and CDs, and after few months, it was able to read originals only.

I tried everything from updating the firmware or flashing it to restore its original firmware, but no luck, until yesterday when i had to format and install the OS from scratch, but to my surprise it wasn’t able to read the Original MacOS DVD.

I Googled once again about the cuase of this, and found some results referring to cleaning the lens,

I followed this tutorial to disassmble the laptop :

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Core-2-Duo-2-16-2-33-GHz-Optical-Drive-Replacement/461/1

and this one to disassmble the optical drive and clean the lens with benzene,

http://muzso.hu/2008/08/17/how-to-clean-the-lens-of-a-slot-loading-optical-drive-a-macbook-pros-superdrive

In 1 hour i had my superdrive working as brand new one and saved me from buying a new one :) , i know many who face the same problem with the optical drive, this was a nice way to have it back.

Desktop Linux For The Windows Power User

Very nice article about Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty”, posted by Adam Overa yesterday on tomshardware.com

Click here to read : http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ubuntu-linux-guide,2293.html

Highlights :

  • Introduction
  • Understanding Partitions
  • Partitioning
  • Installation
  • Booting Ubuntu for the first time
  • Ubuntu Desktop
  • Updating Ubuntu system & drivers
  • How to install software on Ubuntu
  • Codecs for multimedia playback on Ubuntu
  • Getting help online

Enjoy reading & feel the freedom, Long live Ubuntu :)

Zend Certified Engineer

Hi mates,

finally i have got certified as Zend Certified Engineer on 10th of this month.

i have been decided to take the exam since a year, but was too busy to hold myself at home and revise the manual and prepare for the exam, but this month i said this is it.

The exam is very tricky with lots of confusing questions, it tests your ability of thinking and your real experience with php, web development, security and many other topics that some people will not expect to exist in PHP exam, it isĀ  real benchmarking to your abilities.

I must say that preaparing for the exam has opened various topics for me to dig deep in, and it was a great experience.

And being one of the only 2 certified in Egypt is cool ;)

PHP is Now

Lots of people asks the question why php, i guess this article titles “PHP is Now” by Cal Evans is the Director of the PHP Center for Expertise at Ibuildings, will help those who asks, to know what is the powers of this great tool.

article URL: http://www.ibuildings.com/blog/archives/1554-PHP-is-NOW.html