Written in English.

Debian on Acer travelmate 250


I've installed Debian long ago. I wanted to write this howto since then but I had some problems with the laptop hardware I was unable to solve until today.

Now this laptop is really cool. I bought an extra gig RAM and replaced the 40 gigs harddrive with another 80 gigs one because The one equipped with it was dying.

Google ? Google. Google! Google...


Now what ? Google is providing hosting for Open Source projects!!!
Yesterday I also discovered that google has "Google bookmarks" so you can store your bookmarks there. Not talking about personalized search, Gmail, Google spreadsheet, Orkut, Google maps, Google moon, Google desktop, Google talk, Blogger, Google video, Google OS, Google browser, ...

The reverse path to Morocco.


First, I'd like to say that it's stupid to fly from Cairo to Istanbul and then to Casablanca. But this is the only flight I found.

OK, The fucken guy in Cairo airport announced that it's the last call for the flight, The flight was supposed to depart at 0345 but the announcement was at 0240 so we (Me and Diaa) had to leave the smoking area and discover the trick afterwards,

Arabic status revisited.


Arabic is somehow a complex language when it comes to computer processing, It requires certain capabilities from the rendering and processing engines.
I'd consider 2 things to be the most important things, BiDi and Shaping, While Shaping deals with the different forms of a letter according to its position in the word, BiDi deals with the arrangement of embedded Arabic and English words.