One of the things that make me wonder is comparison of prices for alcohol in Holland and Russia, and especially their relationship with the quality.
Alex Exler considers 1000 rubles (€ 25) for a bottle of decent wine in Moscow is a good deal. Here in Holland you would usually buy a collection item for this price, and definitely not Chateau Tour 2006. Even taking into account local alcohol prices are substantially higher than, say, in Germany.
Штормовое предупреждение (Russian for Storm Alert) is a prelude to Ураган (“Hurricane”). This track was composed and recorded by Igor Abakumov and me back in 2002–2003.
This bash script picks up a random image file (.jpg, .jpeg or .png) from the predefined directory and sets it as wallpaper.
The previous version of the script worked fine with GNOME 2 and Ubuntu 11.04 (and earlier), but after
GConf backend was changed to
dconf in GNOME 3, it stopped working.
In the groaning and moaning on Steve Jobs’ passing minority opinions coming from the dissentients get eminent.
Ryan Tate wrote a lengthy article What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs for Gawker. Its primary message is:
A while ago I made up my mind to upgrade my Apple iMac 27” from Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard to 10.7 Lion. Not that I’ve been actively using it, but did it rather out of curiosity: I heard many positive reactions about it.
My main system on this machine has always been Ubuntu.
In theory, upgrading should not be a big pain. All you need is to buy Mac OS X Lion in Apple’s AppStore:
What this man has done in his not-so-long lifetime has undoubtedly changed the world for better.
Now that October has come, the summer is finally here. The last time it visited us was in April. After that I couldn’t say we ever had summer weather in the past months. Temperature would hardly rise above 21—22° C (70—72° F), and mainly kept around 16—18° C (61—64° F), especially during August and September.
But the last two days of September happened to be really warm, and on the first of October temperature soared to 26° C (79° F) again.
What else could one do on such a lazy Saturday than simply go to the coast?
Even though nearly half a year has passed, better late than never.
In April 2011 I visited the largest car exhibition of the Netherlands called AutoRAI. It takes place in the Amsterdam RAI exhibition centre, and its name originates from Rijwiel- en Automobiel Industrie Vereniging (“Bicycle and Automobile Industry Association”, founded in 1893).
Each time when I saw books from the “For Dummies” series, I wanted to come up with a broader set of topics for John Wiley & Sons.
At last I got to do it. I give the ideas away for free, no royalties required.