Added some photos from trips to St. Petersburg (2010), Taiwan (2011) and Las Vegas (2012).
manual gear in cars
cooling fans in computers
The following questions have been swirling in my head for years. Unfortunately, I’ll never know the answers.
1. If we assume that the Universe was created as a result of a Big Bang, does it explain anything? What exactly exploded and where it came from?
2. If we assume that the root source of all is a God, does it explain anything? Who is he, where he lives, what it consists of and where did he come from?
3. When I die, will I know the answers to the first two questions?
Several years ago I almost totally switched to Skype (from ICQ/Miranda). We also use Skype at work as the main communication tool between two offices.
During last 3 years I notice that communication via Skype is getting worse and worse. I’m not talking about voice quality, I’m talking about simple delivery of messages. Due to some reason (probably due to peer-to-peer Skype’s nature), I see my messages cannot be delivered to a person appearing online. It’s sometimes funny to see that two computers in one room can “see” some contact online, but with only one of them it’s possible to communicate normally with the contact. Funny, pity and annoying at the same time.
Additionally, instead of getting better in terms of GUI, Skype becomes uglier from year to year. I express my personal opinion and experience, but I hear the same notes of disappointment from time to time here and there.
Is there any better replacement?
…yeah, I heard many stories about how Linux has improved during last N years, and how user-friendly it is now, and that it will soon rule the world (and of course that Windows sucks and must d1e).
Wanna the real world story? Here we go.
I installed a fresh copy of the brand new Ubuntu 10.04 64bit. Right after install, I copied a small Linux program and tried to run it in the terminal. Look:
aradzish@ubuntu:~/Desktop/linux$ ls -la
drwxrwxrwx 2 aradzish aradzish 4096 2010-08-31 02:30 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 aradzish aradzish 4096 2010-08-31 02:01 ..
-rwxrw-rw- 1 aradzish aradzish 212 2010-02-16 07:43 awt2_gui
-rwxrw-rw- 1 aradzish aradzish 212117 2010-08-30 06:13 awt2_gui-bin
-rwxrw-rw- 1 aradzish aradzish 2542140 2010-08-28 07:05 libQtCore.so.4
-rwxrw-rw- 1 aradzish aradzish 10494484 2010-08-28 07:22 libQtGui.so.4
bash: ./awt2_gui-bin: No such file or directory
I immediately discussed this issue with someone experienced in Linux and I was told that it’s natural since the program I try to run uses 32-bit libraries, and that I need to install a special package ‘ia32-libs’ to be able running 32-bit applications. So I did, I run
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
and got my app working.
Now tell me, do you seriously think that normal user can know this? Do you seriously think that with all this crap Linux is really ‘user-friendly’?
P.S. I was additionally told that Ubuntu is the least crap of all existing Linux craps… Funny, huh?
Audio Watermarking Tools (AWT) of www.audiowatermarking.info are shareware utilities for embedding (and extracting) short data payload within audio streams (wave files). The tools are distributed as a package of Win32 console utilities running on Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP/NT/2000/Server; x86 and x64 versions of the binaries are available. The package does not require any installation and is ready to use right after unpacking. The package consists of encoder (watermark embedding tool) and decoder (watermark extraction tool).
AWT package is free to try. Evaluation (demo) version of AWT with limited functionality is available and can be downloaded absolutely free. Despite its limited functionality, the demo package offers enough flexibility to perform a variety of performance tests so that you can decide whether AWT suits your needs before buying a fully functional version.
I was visiting Korea during short business trip (3 days).
My impressions: very technologically developed country (WiMax, DVB, computerized toilets everywhere), very dense populated, a lot of cars and very tight traffic with many jams, very polite people.
Here is a photo made in one company office.
By the way, here is a cutting I made from a magazine “Weekend Journal”, that I found in my seat in plane from Korea. Sweet.
I know many people suffer of suddenly disappearing spectral view in Adobe Audition 2 and 3. Here the workaround to solve this problem (found here)
Valid for AA2 and AA3.
Since this problem is related to the audition_settings.xml file, I found this workaround to solve the problem in AA spectral frequency view; note that it’s a workaround, it doesn’t solve the root cause of the problem.
Short description: make the audition_settings.xml file read-only.
- Delete audition_settings.xml
- Start AA
- Leave AA running and go to C:\Documents and Settings\ [your name] \ Application Data \ Adobe \ Audition \ 2.0 or 3.0
- right click on the audition_settings.xml (re-created by AA), click properties, and check the read only box.
Spectral frequency display function is restored.