Monday, December 25, 2006

Melbourne Neighborhoods

Read the neighborhood description here.

The Most Dangerous Roads in the World

How terrible... Read, and watch, here.


New eBook source - ebook-portal


Still no PushButton publishing for the new Blogger. Some things that I write on my web pages should actually go to the blog. The historical notes and links are related to some sites and issues that might never be relevant again so those are just littering the web site.
So the bad thing is that I have to write down the text and links manually as opposed to BlogThis, which used to summarize the main points itself.
Example of these notes are the ones on my Images page.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Domain - Maps

Domain, a very good Australian property-related web site, has integrated Google APIs so that the results of a search can be seen on Google Maps as small houses. Clicking each of these will show it's details. Neat.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Friday, December 08, 2006

Survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest

A good text on importance of exercise. Also mentions how it affects age in a real-world example.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Windows Shutdown crapfest

The Windows Shutdown crapfest

Excellent read for developers. Fortunately I was working in small teams and on small projects. :)
Someone suggested Coderiffic as a place to share your view of your employer.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Getting Old is not a Bad Thing

Learning Mandarin

This is a text I simply have to have linked. There's an answer to those who believe that going over 30 or 40 "makes them unable" to do certain things.
I should add a story of a friend's wife's grandfather (over 70) who rides a bicycle every day.
It's all up to you.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Windows XP: List of Services to Disable to Increase Speed

Windows XP: List of Services to Disable to Increase Speed
Read which services can be safely disabled if you don't use them. I don't use many of those listed.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Flickr Geotagging with Google Earth

Flickr photos geotagging with Google Earth!
After you add geotags with Google Earth and upload a photo to Flickr, or upload a photo and then set the geotag with Flickr Map, use MetaToad's plugin for Google Earth to view Flickr photos at a certain location. Cool.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Norway, Iceland, Australia said best places to live

This year's (2006) UN's report on quality of life in world countries...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Post by Email

It seems that this should work but only if I'm posting from my gmail
That's fine, too. Thunderbird templates and storing sent email can be
configured, if needed. Posting through web mail account is great, too,
when on the road.


One-click blogging does not work at the moment. I've merged my account at to my Google account and all the links to one-click publishing do not work as I'm now on I can't find the parameters to properly use JustBlogIt Firefox extension so I'm logging in and typing the title and text with formatting manually.
I've also tried to post a couple of emails to use mail-to-blog service but they are not arriving. The posts are not shown either as drafts or being published although I've set up my account to do that.
Hope the situation gets better with time...

Posts by Email

Trying again. Wishing myself a bit more luck.
Hope this post goes through and gets published on my blog. :)

blah blah

Supposedly, one can post blog entries by sending email to
Wondering if it works, if I get the correct recipient, email, etc.

Is Your Relationship Ending?

After receiving a reminder from my Care2 account I logged in to find an interesting and valuable article - Is Your Relationship Ending? Not that I need it at the moment but it is insightful, nonetheless.

Monday, October 23, 2006

JustBlogIt with a simple right-click.

JustBlogIt with a simple right-click.
Since BlogThis add-on for Firefox (2.0 RC3) does not work, I installed Just Blog It extension.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Sushila Patel's Weblog : How To: Get the foldername in which the file resides

Sushila Patel's Weblog : How To: Get the foldername in which the file resides

WebLog of Ken Cox : Sumatra PDF Viewer for .NET?

WebLog of Ken Cox : Sumatra PDF Viewer for .NET?
and some libs for working with PDF. Someone asked me the other day if I had some PDF tools so I might need them sometimes again.

Coding4Fun: Flickr-ing about with .NET

Coding4Fun: Flickr-ing about with .NET: "ow photos they have permission to see that others may not, such as private photos or their friends' and family's photos that have been marked for their eyes only. You will also be able to modify their photos, and upload new photos into their account."

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Infinities Loop : Join the Dark Side of Visual Studio

Infinities Loop : Join the Dark Side of Visual Studio
I'm on the Dark Side as well and people actually love it. :)
The above link leads to an article debating that it is easier to concentrate on the light colors than on the dark colors. Hence, why to we keep the rudimentary approach of black letters on white (paper)? In the digital age it is easier to have dark background with light letters on the screen.
Try it out. Backup your original Visual Studio settings, import the settings (VS2008, VS2005) and join the Dark Side...

Monday, August 07, 2006

Windows Scripting Host Tutorial

Windows Scripting Host Tutorial
Nice scripting tutorial. There is an interesting way to compare dates:
c1 = Year(d1) * 10000 + Month(d1) * 100 + Day(d1)

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Matt's Blog : Share your Outlook (Express) contacts with Thunderbird

Matt's Blog : Share your Outlook (Express) contacts with Thunderbird
Second try. Quotes are different.

user_pref("ldap_2.servers.Outlook.description", "Outlook");
user_pref("ldap_2.servers.Outlook.dirType", 3);
user_pref("ldap_2.servers.Outlook.uri", "moz-aboutlookdirectory://op/");

This is the same as the previous try. And it still does not work.

Monday, July 31, 2006

The Simpsons Maker -

The Simpsons Maker -
Along the makers of the characters from South Park, here comes the Simpsons character creator. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Using Outlook (Express) contacts with Thunderbird or Mozilla Mail - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

Using Outlook (Express) contacts with Thunderbird or Mozilla Mail - MozillaZine Knowledge Base: "user_pref('ldap_2.servers.Outlook.description', 'Outlook'); user_pref('ldap_2.servers.Outlook.dirType', 3); user_pref('ldap_2.servers.Outlook.uri', 'moz-aboutlookdirectory://op/');"

I'm going to try this - using Outlook contacts with Thunderbird email client.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

ThemeXP - How to Install

ThemeXP - How to Install
Instructions on how to install XP themes. The same site is hosting a bunch of themes (boot, logon, desktop, etc.).

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Download the X1 Enterprise Client

Download the X1 Enterprise Client
Now available for free! Let's see what it has to offer.

Desktop Search

Desktop Search
I had to start my own desktop search comparison because other were old or did not tell me what I wanted to know. I had to get my hands dirty and to test the ones I thought were interesting.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Copernic Desktop Search 2.0 Beta - Download

Copernic Desktop Search 2.0 Beta - Download
Today I downloaded and installed Copernic Desktop Search again. Windows Desktop Search takes long time to load and, what pisses me off, it keeps reindexing all 20,000 folders after it reaches 0. That kept my disks spinning since yesterday. Copernic has the best features again, so I'm gonna test it. WDS also did not properly update Thunderbird emails index.

Monday, June 19, 2006

TortoiseSVN - Miranda IM Forums

About TSVNCache, that is taking a lot of processor time during WDS indexing of my hard drives...

TortoiseSVN - Miranda IM Forums: "I am using tortoise SVN and I never found the way to do it :(

I always got the TSVNCache.exe running.

But one option I suggest you to uncheck is the
'Show overlay status icons recursively' in options Look and Feel -> Icon Overlays.

It slows down your computer ;)"

Citeknet > Home

Citeknet > Home
Nice filters(plugins) for Windows Desktop Search. I'm testing the later because Google is focusing on other stuff instead of improving the main purpose of Desktop Search application.

MSN Search's WebLog : Announcing MSN Desktop Search

MSN Search's WebLog : Announcing MSN Desktop Search:
here's a list of Windows Desktop Search shortcuts. Let's see if they work as good as SlickRun

cmd==cmd "

Automating TCP/IP Networking on Clients

Automating TCP/IP Networking on Clients
Article on how to set the network settings via scripts. Found when I was searching for how to set the default gateway after Zone Alarm and VPN combination locks Windows.

Friday, June 09, 2006

The Daily Telegraph | Best jobs data in 30 years

The Daily Telegraph | Best jobs data in 30 years
Living in a country where the official unemployment rate is around 40%, reading this is amazing. Australia's unemployment rate is below 5% and the people are still whining. I'm kinda wondering why am I still here.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Google Page Creator

Google Page Creator
Google's free hosting service is in beta. They currently offer 100MB space for the site and a subdomain. No ads.
The pages have to be created via the Google Page Creator. Useful for simple sites.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Alen's Homepage

Alen's CV
Finally I have sorted out another nice thing. Now I have my own domain that works properly. or
Both are forwarding requests properly, meaning that if you go to you will open the right page. does forwards properly only to the main site page but not to any subfolders. Now, this is nice. I can have my own CV url, or images url, instead of opening and then click cv, or images, etc.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Alen's Notes: October 2004

Alen's Notes: October 2004

Actually, I can't believe I'm using this since 2004. I've just been looking at some old, scanned images to upload to Flickr and it got me thinking how time flies. There's almost two years to this blog. Btw, this is not a "blog" blog but a history of my thoughts and deeds. I'm my own primary audience. :)
If you come by this blog please let me know. I don't believe anyone actually reads this.

Saturday, June 03, 2006


Originally uploaded by -=|MisterY|=-.
Experimenting with I'm stunned by the options it offers. No more image resizing and creating thumbnails, mess with uploads, etc.

Children's playground

The first image on my trip to Rose. Children's playground on the top of a cruiser ship. Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 31, 2006

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Honda NT650V Deauville

Yes, I definitely fell in love. I need to sleep on this.
The spring is coming. I feel the need for a motorcycle. This one.

Honda NT650V Deauville

Honda Deauville: The First 500 miles...

I think I just fell in love again...

Honda Deauville: The First 500 miles...

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Managing Low-Level Keyboard Hooks in VB .NET

Managing Low-Level Keyboard Hooks in VB .NET

Windows Forms FAQ

Windows Forms FAQ

This page rocks!

Moving a form by clicking anywhere on it.

Moving a form by clicking anywhere on it. Introduction to System.DirectoryServices, Part 1 Introduction to System.DirectoryServices, Part 1

Manipulation of user accounts in Windows with dotNet.

How To Add a User to the Local System by Using Directory Services and Visual Basic .NET

How To Add a User to the Local System by Using Directory Services and Visual Basic .NET: "How To Add a User to the Local System by Using Directory Services and Visual Basic .NET"

Mark Orlando

From Mark Orlando's blog - Backup /Restore SQL database:

Backup and Restore commands can only be executed from within the master database; this is accomplished by issuing the USE master command. The example below backs up the USRDB database to disk.

USE master
BACKUP DATABASE USRDB TO DISK = 'C:\Backup\Renee\DatabaseBackup\2005.07.20.1200.USRDB.Bak'

Restoring the database is almost no different than backing it up. The only additional to-do is to drop the database before you restore it. The example below restores the backup that was created from the above command.

USE master
RESTORE DATABASE USRDB FROM DISK = 'C:\Backup\Renee\DatabaseBackup\2005.07.20.1200.USRDB.Bak'