Phiras\’s Blog

December 12, 09

Arabic enable rich text editor for mac

Filed under: mac — Tags: — phiras @ 3:09 am


It has been a long while suffering with the bad arabic support from Apple on Mac OS.

IWork09 is more than amazing, but it sucks when it comes to write right to left arabic texts.
MSOffice08 for mac is also nice, but it does not support writing in arabic.
NeoOffice can handle arabic texts well, but it has a very bad user interface and it consumes a lot of resources.

I spend a lot of time looking for the free rich text editor that runs on mac lightly and treats arabic well. till I find Bean.

Bean is a “small, easy-to-use word processor (or more precisely, a rich text editor), designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Bean is Open Source, fully Cocoa, and is available free of charge! MS Word, OpenOffice, etc. try to be all things to all people. But sometimes you just want the right tool for the job. That is Bean’s niche.”

Finally a I would like to have an answer for this question : When Apple is going to

show more respect to the Arabic language? if the arabic world doesn’t deserve it, I am sure the arabic man who has 5% share in Apple Prince AlWaleed deserves it.


April 5, 09

Spilled water on my MacBook

Filed under: life, Uncategorized — Tags: — phiras @ 1:08 pm


About a half glass of water was spilled on my MacBook yesterday while it was on, Directly, I flipped it and I realized that I have to turn it off, and I did that.

People around me gave me a lot of tissues and I used them to dry some water, then I packed and get home directly.

I took my mother hair dryer and I tried to dry it more, after taking the battery off.

About two hours after,I tried to turn it on, and here was the shock!, four black lines in my screen, I turned it off again and I thought that I have to dry the screen, I took the white front plastic screen cover. and I took the LCD screen out of its place, And it was very wet in the back, I dried it and I tried to turn it on, and now black lines anymore 🙂 .


I spent about one hour to bring back everything to its place.




Everything now is ok.

I hope Apple will make water resist MacBooks in the future 😀

Tips if you have the same case with your laptop in the future :

  • Turn it off.
  • Unplug it from everything.
  • Remove the battery.
  • Use some tissues to suck the seen water.
  • Use a hair drier to dry the unseen water, and don’t make the air very hot.
  • Leave it off until you believe it’s completely dry, maybe for 24 or 48 hour, and remember that things inside might get damaged because they are working while they are wet.

The happy end 🙂

April 1, 09

Macbook : no airport card installed

Filed under: life — Tags: — phiras @ 10:06 am

Today I opened my macbook, and I found that my airport card was invisible for mac os, I tried to reboot but it didn’t change anything, I still have this message “No Airport card installed” each time I try to deal with my Airport.

After a little research I could find a solution on the net, and it works fine with me, and it was :

  • Shut down the computer.
  • Remove the power cable and battery.
  • Hold down the power button for 5 seconds.
  • Reinserted the battery and attached the power cord.
  • Hold down the command, option, p & r keys will pressing the power button.
  • Keep the command, option, p & r keys pressed down until I heard three start-up chimes.

After that everything was working well.

The funny thing is that was my first time pressing five keys at the same time on the keyboard 🙂

July 11, 08

I’ve got a new macbook

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — phiras @ 7:10 pm

Finally I could make the what is my new laptop decision, It’s a white macbook 2.4GHz dual core cpu + 2GB 667Hz ram, 160GB HDD.

The first impression was very good, things are so good so far, MacOSX is so cool, a robust ,cool , luxury, well supported Unix system.

The only bad thing is the keyboard, There is no Home, End buttons ! yes there is no such things on the keyboard, I’m trying to change my typing behavior to handle it up.

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