Labor Day weekend in Seattle

“How do you call two rainy days in a row in Seattle?Weekend!” For reference, Labor Day is September 7th here, so we have a long weekend: from Saturday September 5th ro Monday September 7th: As usual from the personal blog…

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Legends of Windows Home Server — Checkin Garfield

It was a logn time ago, so, I guess, it’s ok to tell this story at last…  Well, everybody knows what “checkin” is, right? That’s when you send your updated, fixed or new code to the depository for safekeeping. There is a lot of systems for that. OpenSource guys usually use CVS for that, there…

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How to use tripod with the basic Amazon Flip camera

Some time ago I’ve got an Amazon Flip camera. I loved it, but one thing did not worked well: I’ve got the basic one and it did not had the jack for a tripod. Not good… The answer happened to be simpler than I expected. You may want to watch this video if you have…

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Working Paper #666

Recently, in one of the current economic crisis disccusions, I saw a link to a Working Paper #666 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. At first I thought it’s a prank. Well, the number alone sounds like some dark humor. Nope. It was not. I went through the link http://www.minneapolisfed.org/publications_papers/pub_display.cfm?id=4062, yeah, really, the site truly belongs…

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Economy crisis 101

Pardon for another non-technical post, but I thought it may be interesting. A friend of mine, a professor at the University of Texas, presented an article of his student, introducing some mathmatical theory explaining the roots of today crisis in economy. And I could not resist to answer. If you know all this, please, understand. Afetr…

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A Case Against Code Reviews

I know, it sounds odd in the modern world where code reviews are almost like one of the Sacred Commandments, that is taken religiously and you could be burned at the stake for not respecting it. So, please, hold with me for a little heresy… No, I don’t argue that code reviews are valuable. It’s…

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The Long Tail by Chris Anderson

Long Tail, The, Revised and Updated Edition: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson – Hyperion, 2006/2008,  267 p., ISBN 978-1-4013-0966-4 This book is almost a classic by now, so if you did not heard about it, at least briefly going through pages may be a great idea. Although…

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I almost got back to the weight I had when I came to United States….

Just a few days ago I tried, and I fit perfectly into the suite, in which I came into the United States from Russia in now so old 1996 year. Since that I fattened a lot on Cola, pizzas and other dubious food substitutes from 195 pounds to almost 255 pounds last October (2007). In October vacation…

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I am really thinking about reviving this blog…

…but not the way it was before. My Russian blog on Technet is flooded with readers, and I am wondering if I could bring some of that value to English-speaking audience. First, while I still will publish an occasional technical piece or two, the topics will be much more diverse and more aligned with my…

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Ciao, bambino, sorry! — Leaving Windows Home Server

I just wanted to let readers of my blog know that I just left Windows Home Server team and won’t be available for questions about this product anymore. Good resources are: Windows Home Server team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/ Forums: http://forums.microsoft.com/windowshomeserver/default.aspx?siteid=50 Well, everything changes and I am looking forward to challenges in the new group. In fact, once…

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