Visiting Damascus, Syria from the U.S. - 15" 2.2ghz MacBook Pro (MBP) user - advice?

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  1. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    Did a search for Damascus and Syria and nothing relevant came up. I'm visiting Damascus for a few days with my MacBook Pro. Other than those plugs that convert from the straight to the round plugs, do I need anything else?
     
  2. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    A bulletproof vest.

    No, really. There is nothing else you need to run your computer except for the plug converter. The power supply will take care of the proper voltage, it works between 110 and 240 volts.
     
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    Avoid taking it with you unless you MUST have it.

    Remove all super personal files. Also caution if you have any porn or anything like that. (might be against the law? don't know their culture)
     
  5. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, that's the case. Yes, you're right. Absolutely no porn (not even pics or movies that are marginally NSFW). No political stuff, not even a presidential candidate mailing. This is a edit: still mostly Sunnite Shiite country, so utmost care is suggested.
     
  6. majidf macrumors member

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    It is a sunite (~80%) country and the ruler is alawiye which ***** hate.
     
  7. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    AFAIK (my co-worker, an Arabian Studies professional, came back from there 2 days ago) Sunnis are about 70% and the rumors of increased number of conversions are indeed true. However, I didn't know it exactly before writing the previous post, so sorry for the confusion. Anyway, Sunnis and Shiites share the same disgust for offensive material.
     
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    If you're going to bring it, carry an inconspicuous bag.
     
  9. Sirus2400 macrumors regular

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    I think the incase Kevlar sleeve would be a good idea;)
     
  10. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    forgot about you, put it in a bullet proof case with lead casing against xray :D
     
  11. Rizvi1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the comments guys. My father in law (who's travelling with me) brought some random convertor with a few addon plugs so I've plugged in my MBP to that.

    There's a lo-hi switch on the converter itself. When I set it to "low", my laptop seemed to not be getting enough power, but when I set it to high, everything's all good.

    I'll post some pictures to help other people out who may come out to visit.

    To all the people who warned about someone stealing my laptop. I have all my personal stuff within FileVault so from what I understand, I should be safe. In the shared, non-filevault protected part of my computer, I keep program files, music, videos, etc that I don't care about.
     
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    No, you don't understand. It's a crime in syria to have anything that the government deems unsuitable. They will throw you in jail. You should wipe the drive, and just put what you need on it. Even some of the music we listen to over here is illegal over there because it is "sexually explicit".

    Don
     
  13. Rizvi1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Also, I brought it with me to an internet cafe and took their ethernet wire and put it into my comp so that way, I can download directly to my laptop, not worry about foreign keyboard layouts, leaving "remember me" information, etc.
     
  14. Rizvi1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's good advice I could have/should have followed in retrospect. I don't think I have anything unsuitable anyways - I guess the music may be a little shaky.
     
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    Have you already left? If you haven't it's not to late.

    Don
     
  16. EV0LUTION macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't take it. The MBP would add weight to your pack, slowing you down when you need to run from something that wants to kill you.

    On the other hand it would probably stop a few bullets.
     
  17. iShak macrumors 6502

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    I pity you poor paranoid souls. The man is going to one of the most culturally rich and beautiful city, and all you can think of are cheap pun and stereotypical jokes. Visiting a middle eastern country does not automatically mean going to war stricken zone and 100% probability of getting shot or something, well unless you are going to Iraq for which you have yourselves to blame anyway.

    *shakes head*

    Take your macbook and enjoy your time, if it gets nicked .. I'll give you mine.
     
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    Just turn on FileVault and:


    ... hell just check all those options.
     

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    If you must go with it, go use TrueCrypt or PGP and encrypt any possible illegal stuff.
     
  20. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816

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    This is so sad....

    Wow, this is the saddest forum I've ever read on MacRumors. I'm disappointed in the level of ignorance shown. Of all you idiots cautioning bullet proof vests, wiping things off the HD, I wonder how many of you have ever been to Syria? or any Arab country?

    While there are many ignorant people in the USA, I just wanted to let the rest of the world know that not all of us are this narrow minded.

    :(
     
  21. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    This is the saddest thing you've seen on MacRumors? You obviously haven't been here long.

    Removing potentially illegal material (in another country) from your drive is prudent - not ignorant.
     
  22. pnyc macrumors 6502

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    I think that OP was looking for input on technical issues so cultural bias and poor attempts at humor aside the below site might be useful in figuring out exactly which power adapter plugs you might need, other then access to electricity I don't think there are any other technical issues specific to Syria.
    http://www.kropla.com/electric2.htm

    If you're a US citizen and safety is a concern then perhaps this might shed some light on things
    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_3036.html
     
  23. Rizvi1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have returned safe and sound from my trip. Thanks for all the responses. I thought I'd try to do some replies since you guys took the time to help me out.

    Dmac77(Don), I had already left at the time of posting so it was too late.

    Mac4Obama, I'm glad to see a your positive stance and am aware that most of the world isn't narrow minded. But I do agree with Big-TDI-Guy in that offensive material could get you in trouble. Better safe than sorry.

    Good advice, but I myself did this:

    Yep, that's exactly what I have.

    iShak, it really is a culturally rich and beautiful city. Fortunately (for both of us), my laptop didn't get nicked, but thanks for the offer ;)

    I never felt that unsafe with my laptop when I did have it out with me around the city, but better safe than sorry so covering your bag, not attracting attention to yourself, etc is good advice. And as far as your health advice, I attended a travel clinic before I left and got shots for influenza, typhoid, and heptatis A. And took plenty of cold medicine, etc.

    Thanks for this. I twittered it here too for my friends/family:
    http://twitter.com/srizvi1/status/1039665129

    As I mentioned before in this thread, I used a converter thing my father in law brought with him. I wonder if I could have just plugged in my mac to the wall without the actual converter and if it would be ok, but I never tried it. Attached are some pics of my electricity set up. Also, unrelated to this thread, I'm in the market for a Mac Pro and am wondering what would be good for my needs. I see you're a mac pro user, would love some input if you have the time.
     

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    If you cover the Apple with a Dell sticker no one will try to steal it. :D
     
  25. macrem macrumors 65816

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    ...such as alphaod's avatar ;)
     

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