Thursday, December 29, 2005

Memory Improvement Tools

Articles that help you to improve your memory. The techniques it explains are particularly helpful in studying for exams or in situations where you need to remember detailed, structured information. They also make things like learning foreign languages and remembering people's names much easier.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005


MyBlogLog is all about tracking where your readers come from and where they go; in the simplest, most non-intrusive way possible.

Firefox File-Sharing Extension

Firefox extension has peer-to-peer capabilities into the browser via a sidebar. AllPeers combines the strength of Firefox and the efficiency of BitTorrent to add media sharing to the long list of available extensions.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

No signing up, no creating an account. just put the # and message and hit send.

Monday, December 19, 2005


Writely allows you to edit documents online with whomever you choose, and then publish and blog them online.
You can:

  • Upload Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or text (or create documents from scratch).

  • Use our simple WSIWYG editor to format your documents, spell-check them, etc.
  • Invite others to share your documents (by e-mail address).
  • Edit documents online with whomever you choose.
  • View your documents' revision history and roll back to any version.
  • Publish documents online to the world, or to just who you choose.
  • Download documents to your desktop as Word, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or zip.
  • Post your documents to your blog.

  • Friday, December 16, 2005

    Can you really get a Mac mini for free?

    You've seen the ads, possibly even on this site: Get a Palm, a gift card, an iPod, an iBook, or an Apple Mac mini for free. The list of these "free" items is endless. Maybe you've even clicked on one of the ad links and decided it was just a scam to get your email address. The article chronicles author's one and only experience with these "gift" offers. It's intended to help you decide if offers like these are for you.
    Free Mac Mini

    Google Music

    Google on Thursday launched a new service intended to give searchers fast links to song lyrics, musical artists and CD titles on the main search results page.
    Google Music

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Unrelated to Typing?

    Found on Slashdot: "Carpal tunnel is caused when nerves in the wrist are pinched, however it's not caused by frequent use of a keyboard, claims the report. Instead, it is caused by heredity, body weight, fracture, or even pregnancy."

    Thursday, December 15, 2005

    Google Safe Browsing

    Google Safe Browsing is an extension to Firefox that alerts you if a web page that you visit appears to be asking for your personal or financial information under false pretences. This type of attack, known as phishing or spoofing, is becoming more sophisticated, widespread and dangerous.

    RIAA / MPAA spider trapping script

    A PHP script that, "generates fake apache directory indexes for the purpose of slowing, and overloading with false positives the RIAA/MPAA's spider bots.
    Fake Index
    Download: ZIP

    Friday, December 9, 2005

    Use BitTorrent to keep up with your shows is a listing of television shows you can download and watch with BitTorrent.

    Haha, now I got 4 in queue

    It's start to be rediculus. I am going to ask at my apartment office if there are any restrictions. All I want to leave package at apartment office. Let's see if there is a reason why UPS cannot do that or they are just morons.
    UPS InfoNotice 4

    Thursday, December 8, 2005

    As predicted, UPS cannot deliver

    Two more days and two more InfoNotices. Now they cannot deliver 3 packages. I do not know what's wrong, driver does not like me or the whole company just sucks?
    UPS InfoNotice 3
    UPS InfoNotice 2

    Wednesday, December 7, 2005


    Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide. So far we have 6120 destination guides and other articles written and edited by Wikitravellers from around the globe.

    Tuesday, December 6, 2005

    The Photographer’s Right

    Photographers, know your rights: attorney and photographer advocate Bert P. Krages II has created The Photographer’s Right, a PDF file meant to be printed, stowed in your camera bag and distributed in the event of a confrontation.

    Do Not Press!!!

    Do Not Press!

    Colorize black and white photos

    Norwegian developer Haakon Bertheussen has implemented the algorithm in his own program called Recolored, and the Windows beta is available to play with for free.

    Mamiya ZD

    Mamiya first announced their 22 megapixel ZD medium format digital-SLR more than a year ago and it’s finally going to ship, a bit late, but hey this one is worth the wait. This professional-level shooter is up for pre-order (grrr, in Japan only apparently) for delivery on the 21st. Oh, did we mention it’ll set you back a cool $10,844 US green equivalent? But this is for pros, son, and features a 14-bit A/D converter recording 12-bit images at 1.5fps, CF and SD storage, 1.8-inch LCD and FireWire support.
    Mamiya ZD

    Monday, December 5, 2005

    UPS cannot deliver…

    For last couple months they were not able to deliver anything to my apartment. I ordered something to be delivered overnight on Friday. I got it next Thursday after 3 unssucessful attempts. I had to go and pick it up myself. It's always like that. Why FedEx can leave packages at my apartment office? Here we go again, Bed Bath & Beyond order has arrived today :-) I start documenting this :-)
    UPS InfoNotice 1

    Friday, December 2, 2005

    How to Give Up Coffee

    Teeccino Caffeine-free Herbal Coffee is a delicious blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts that are roasted and ground to brew and taste just like coffee.

    Coffee lovers are attracted to Teeccino’s full-bodied, dark roasted flavor and its nutritious health benefits. Teeccino allows coffee drinkers to keep their cherished coffee ritual with all the enjoyment and satisfaction of a freshly brewed cup!

    Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP

    Microsoft has today made their RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer PowerToy available for download. This utility provides for viewing of Canon (CRW & CR2) RAW and Nikon (NEF) RAW files as well as TIFF images and other standard image formats (BMP, GIF, PNG, JPEG etc.). The utility is split into a Windows XP shell extension which provides preview / edit / print commands for RAW files as well as a RAW viewer application. It weighs in as a 47 MB download!
    MS RAW

    FedEx delivered my Bessa R3A

    I got it yesterday. Went to Safeway to buy cheapest 3-pak of B&W film to learn how to use this bueaty :-) I fill like went back in time to my primary school days. It's funny experience after years of using SLR cameras.
    New toy

    Thursday, December 1, 2005

    “The show must go on!”

    "The show must go on!"

    "The show must go on!",
    originally uploaded by !!! Monika !!!.

    I missed anniversary of Freddie's death. Let's rember him and others on World AIDS Day.

    Wednesday, November 30, 2005

    Fuzzy Duck Note Tab

    Fuzzy Duck Note Tab is a small utility for taking quick notes. The notes are saved in an RSS 2 formatted xml file for safe keeping.
    Fuzzy Duck Note Tab

    Tuesday, November 29, 2005

    VLC Media Player 0.8.4

    VLC Media Player is a lightweight media player capable of playing almost any audio or video file; two, it's cross-platform; three, a lot of other ambitious media player projects are based on its open source code; and four, the VLC team keeps on improving it. Today VLC Media Player 0.8.4 came out with a host of fixes and new features, including a new on-screen display system, better IPv6 support, an RSS feed overlay video filter, Icecast (Shoutcast) stream forwarding, and CGI 1.0 support in the HTTP module.
    VLC Media Player
    SuSE RPM packges are availble from PakMan.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2005

    I’ll be back…

    on Sunday. I am going for a trip to Joshua Tree, Mojave and Death Valley.

    Simple Linux backup

    I have found article about Mirdir on LWN. Mirdir provides a quick and easy way to make an ad hoc backup of important data. With it you can copy a file or directories to your keydisk, or save redundant copies of data you can't afford to lose. It tries to do only one thing, and do it well: mirror a directory. When searching more I found that there are few other tools available to do this job: rsnapshot based on rsync

    Monday, November 21, 2005

    Capture One RAW Converter

    C1It loooks like great RAW utiliy. Pro version it's a little expensive but I might try LE version available at BHPhoto for $79. Capture One DSLR (known hereafter as C1) can be used to convert a group of RAW images with the maximum quality, maximum control and quickest workflow. The one big strength Capture One DSLR has over the Canon software is that all adjustments happen in (almost) realtime. That means you can make a grey balance adjustment and see the change immediately, this is far better than the rather slow-to-change Canon FIle Image Viewer.


  • DPReview

  • Outback Photo - Capture One DSLR (C1) Experience Report and RAW Converter Essentials

  • Andy Rouse's Review
  • How To Write Unmaintainable Code

    Nice article about programming priciples ;-) If you follow all these rules religiously, even you wouldn't be able to maintain the code! Funny or Deja vu?

    Thursday, November 17, 2005

    Fotolia: social marketplace for royalty free stock images.

    Found on The Digital Photography Weblog:
    "Fotolia is solution to allow photographers of all levels to store, share and sell their photographs and illustrations. You create an online gallery - which also allows comments from viewers - and offer the photographs for sale. Membership is free and copyright remains with the photographer."


    Wednesday, November 16, 2005

    Celebrity Maps

    With Google Maps possibilties are endless. Want to know where Brad Pitt lives, check out Celebrity Maps ;-)

    Polarizer tricks

    Articles about polarizers:
  • Filters for Outdoor Photography
    Darwin Widgett

  • Understanding Polarizers
    Luminous Landscapes
  • The 8 Basic Steps of Image Editing

    It's looks very similar to what I am doing. I guess I am on right track...
    Unsharp Mask

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - cheap flight search engine
    Simple and powerfull as Google :0)

    Arch Enemy

    I saw them live at Slim's club in San Francisco. Great show, Angela is really powerfull vocalist.
    Arch Enemy

    Friday, November 11, 2005

    Voigtlander Bessa R3A

    I am thinking about selling my EOS 3 camera body at eBay and replace it with some smaller rangefinder system. Leica M7 is quite expensive but it looks I found a "clone" - Voigtlander Bessa R3A. It seem to be great manual camera.
    Bessa R3A
    Comparison with Leica M7, Konica Hexar RF
    Also compatibility with many excellent Leica M mount lenses is a plus.
    Leica M mount

    Thursday, November 10, 2005

    Editing RAW

    Nice suggestions regarding modifying the image once in the RAW editor.
    Raw to Cooked with Adobe Camera Raw
    Raw is all you need: Adobe Camera Raw Plug-in
    RawShooter | essentials 2005

    Switch your users to Firefox and make money.

    What do you get when you combine Firefox zealotry with a healthy profit motive (or twisted greed, depending on how you look at it)? You get Explorer Destroyer, a collection of free scripts for webmasters. Sign up for Google AdSense (which will allow you to collect a commission by getting visitors to switch to Firefox), install a script, and IE users who come to your site will be greeted by either a polite suggestion that they switch to Firefox, a splash page greeting them with a Firefox entreaty before they enter your site, or something of a nuclear option: a page blocking them from entering your site until they get the Fox.

    Kill Bill's Browser

    Wednesday, November 9, 2005

    SuSE Linux Founder Exits Novell

    SuSE Linux founder Hubert Mantel has resigned from Novell stating "Too late for me. I just decided to leave Suse/Novell. This is no longer the company I founded 13 years ago." Mantel's departure also comes less than a week after Novell announced a major restructuring that would result in 600 layoffs. It's unclear if Mantel's resignation is related to the restructuring that would result in 600 layoffs.

    Arch Enemy at Slim’s

    I missed them at Ozzfest so I got second chance to see them next Monday at Slim's in San Francisco.
    Arch Enemy
    Arch Enemy

    333 11th Street
    San Francisco, California
    Mon, November 14, 2005
    Showtime: 8:00 PM (Doors: 7:30 PM)
    Ticket price: $18/$20

    Tuesday, November 8, 2005


    If you'd like to access flickr on your desktop like one big hard drive, flickrfs may just be the answer. Inspired by Gmail Drive, flickrfs "mounts" your flickr account, letting you download, upload and search pics via the command line.

    Monday, November 7, 2005

    How to install VMware 5.0 workstation on SUSE Linux 10.0

    I tried to install the VMware 5.0 my SUSE 10.0 installation and got problems with compilation of VMware kernel modules. Found solution on Novell website when searching on VMware forums.

    Rolleiflex MiniDigi

    A true miniaturized digital replica of the world-famous famous Rolleiflex:

    Thursday, November 3, 2005

    Digital Photo of the Day

    It looks like one of my pictures posted on Flickr made to The Digital Photography Weblog:

    Tumb of Nicolas Copernicus found in Frombork

    In Frombork cathedral scientists found a skull which was most probably fragment of the skeleton of famous astronomer Nicolas Copernicus.
    Computer reconstruction of his face at the age of 70:
    Nicolas Copernicus

    Wednesday, November 2, 2005

    WordPress Flickr Post Bar

    The WordPress Flickr Post Bar plugin very simply allows you to easily insert your Flickr photos into your blog posts. Once installed, this plugin will display your most recent Flickr photos as thumbnails in a bar across the bottom of your WordPress post form.

    Flickr Post Bar

    Apple goes after photo pros - and Adobe - with Aperture

    The company has now announced Aperture, which looks like a high-end version of its free iPhoto program, with professional tools like advanced RAW handling and a range of output formats.

    DPReview compares D200, 5D and 20D


    See comparison.