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Russian Post, or Welcome to Hell Aug 4, 2015

I have to admit that the Russian Post has well earned its popular nickname "Hell's Office". It's a very good example of the importance of The Rule to the life in the country, as opposed to the common sense. The Rule, one of many, established by those mentals sitting in Russian Duma.

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Up in the air Aug 2, 2015

Summertime is the high time for flying.

One of my colleagues has got a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and his own share of a light aircraft Diamond Star DA40-TDI. Which he offered us to fly. Diamond DA40-TDI Diamond Star.

It's been my first, but hopefully not last, experience with this type of aircraft.

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Fixing Samsung SSD 840 EVO performance issues in Linux Jul 20, 2015

It's been a while since I posted about replacing an iMac's HDD with a solid-state drive (SSD) Samsung 840 EVO, and also about tuning your Ubuntu for it. Once done, you can enjoy the awesome overall responsiveness of your system and instantaneous application startup. And all that at an affordable price.

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Trimming big Jul 20, 2015

I've always wondered how those mile-long roadside hedges get trimmed. And recently witnessed the process, which, expectedly, makes use of technology:

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Upgrade of Koss PortaPro headphones Jul 11, 2015

I managed to upgrade the best-selling Koss PortaPro headphones using a couple of items I've bought on eBay. The headphones are some ten years old now, yet sturdy and rocking, and now have become even better: Koss PortaPro headphones after the upgrade.

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USB testers and charging speed Jun 14, 2015

Out of curiosity I've ordered a couple of USB voltage testers from eBay (there's plenty of them there). USB voltage testers.

For your information, a USB voltage and current tester is a device for measuring voltage and current coming from a USB output into a gadget (usually being charged).

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