Friday, November 15, 2013

Chinese New Year In Paris

If there is town to find the celebration of Chinese new year in Paris, that it is the 13th arrondissement known as the Chinatown by excellence. 30,000 people from China and many other asian countries live here.
Like every year, the 13th offers you a parade that will bring together thousands of people from every where.

What is the Chinese New Year Celebration

The celebration of the Chinese new year is, originally, the feast of the winter solstice, which marked the end of this period of extreme cold and the upcoming beautiful days.
This festival dates back from ancient times and, at the time, was especially celebrated by farmers.
Eating together at new year's Eve symbolizes the meeting of the family, prosperity, happiness and health.
 In General, round foods bring happiness and symbolize eternity. This is the reason why raviolis they are abundantly served in times of feast.
 Fire is an essential element of the new chinese new year. Why? To hunt demons and evil spirits. For this reason the Chinese like to throw firecrackers or even grandiose Fireworks. Sound and light are the best ways to keep evil away.

 So we took the metro, the Paris underground that works so well, and got off at Place d'Italie. We were immediately overwhelmed by sounds and colors, specially red, the color of happiness, luck and prosperity!
 The main characters of the parade are the dragons as you can see:

Dragons are the stars today!

And children too!
Next chinese new year will start on January 31st, a nice opportunity to pass by if you are on vacation!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

MacBook Pro Early 2008 Upgrade SSD

I'm upgrading the MacBook Pro with a SSD drive, Crucial M4 SSD 256Gb, so here is how to do it, sept by step.
Here are the tools and the SSD drive:

You will need a Phillips 00 Screwdriver and a Torx T6 Screwdriver. This SSD driver is 9.5 mm thick, but you can install a 7 mm one with an adapter.
First of all remove the battery.

 Then the phillips screws from the memory door.  Lift the memory door and pull from it gently.
Then remove the two phillips screws inside the battery compartment.
Now remove the two torx by the sides of the RAM slot. Remove also the four phillips screws along the hinge.
Remove the four Phillips screws on this side, they are very small (3.2mm)
Remove the two small Phillips screws from the back.

Then remove four more on this side.

Lift the upper case very slowly, do not pull from it as there is a ribbon cable connected to the logic board, just free the sides ver gently. There are four plastic clips over the DVD slot which make difficult to retire the uppercase, just go slow, take your time and do not force anything.
I've finally used this plastic tool to do it.

There is our MacBook Pro open! You can see the hard drive on the bottom left corner. Disconnect the ribbon cable from the logic board.

This orange ribbon cable was really glued to the hard drive, I had to use my credit card to loose as carefully as possible.
Unscrew the bracket that holds the hard drive (Two Torx screws)
Remove the bracket now.
To remove the hard drive you have to pull it a little bit to the right.
Then disconnect the hard drive cable, wow!
Transfer the screws to the new SSD drive, I did it wrong the first time and had to turn it upside down to plug it properly.
Wow, I made it! And my MacBook Pro Early 2008 works great with this upgrade!

Windows User Macbook Switcher Experiences

I was a Windows user and I'd like to share with you my Macbook experiences. I've just got a wonderful present: a Macbook pro Early 2008 A1260.
I must say that I am really happy with it and at the same time nostalgic of my old IBM T42 which has accompanied me so faithfully all these years.

Windows vs Macbook Pro Keyboard

Equivalent keys and shortcuts

FunctionWindowsMacbook Pro
Take cursor to the first positionStart (Home)Fn + left arrow
Take cursor to the last positionEndFn + right arrow
DeleteDeleteFn + Backspace
Ctrl + Alt + DelCmd + Alt + Esc
Print screen (picture will appear on your desktop)Print screenCmd + Shift + 3

Installing & uninstalling applications

Install an application: Drag it to the App folder Uninstall an application: Drag it to the Trash

Go to desktop

Another handy Windows function is the desktop feature: you click on the desktop icon and there you are! From now on you will use F11


Will show all your open windows at once, here are the default values: View all windows (F9), View windows from a certain application (F10), See the desktop (F11). See dashboard (F12)

Upgrading OS to Mavericks

As you can see in this video the performance is not good:

So I think that after upgrading the MacBook to SSD drive I'm going to downgrade software back to Snow Leopard.
Quite great Windows user Macbook switcher experiences!